InFocus Ottawa foxes have tricked the bear PART I

first_imgPART IIAPTN National NewsThis week APTN is putting the leadership of First Nations InFocus.How can First Nations lead the way in their self-determination in the face of federal legislation governing over their jurisdiction?Joining us to talk about this is Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox from Saskatoon, law professor Sarah Morales in Ottawa and Mohawk scholar Brian Rice in Winnipeg.last_img

Crescent Point Energy Corp cuts quarterly dividend and capital budget

first_imgCALGARY — Crescent Point Energy Corp. has cut its capital budget for this year by about $500 million and slashed its dividend.The company said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share, down from three cents.However, it says that given its low share price it will buy back up to seven per cent its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid.The company says it plans a capital budget of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.Crescent Point plans to spend about 55 per cent of its capital budget on its Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon and Flat Lake regions.Annual average production is expected to come in at 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fish Creek Trail System to be developed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Committee of the Whole Meeting, City staff made a presentation to Council members regarding the Fish Creek Trails, the current state of the closed Silviculture Trail and how to make improvements to the trails.A portion of the Fish Creek trail system has been closed for approximately 5 years. The Fish Creek Trails located in the Community Forrest behind the Northern Lights College is a popular outside destination for users of the trails to get outside and be in nature.The closure of Silviculture trail was due to sliding from the above slope and the damage and debris of fallen trees from the years of being left unattended. Council passed a motion that the Silviculture trail would now be closed permanently for public use and that City staff engage with local wildlife experts to look at the new trail and other options.To view the presentation; CLICK HERE To view the Request for Direction; CLICK HERE City staff with the help of Urban Systems retained SNC Lavalin to review and provide their input regarding the stability of the slope and recommendations for the Silviculture Trail. What SNC Lavalin shared is that the primary issue with the Silviculture trail due to the erosion of the hillside above the trail, that the toe of the slope will continue to erode over the years.The two methods SNC Lavalin suggested fixing the trail would have a significant impact on the surroundings and would be a high cost to the City. The construction of a new trail network was presented as an alternative suggestion as well as proposing the permanent closure of the Silviculture trail.Robin Langille, Director of Facilities and Grounds for the City of Fort St. John shared in his presentation to Council the potential new trails would increase the length of the trail network and increase connectivity through the trails.An internal loop trail or the figure 8 trail was recognized as a potential solution to the trail system as Langille shares they found a trail that the footing of the trail has already had alignment and grading created, going on to share it has probably been used by people yet the ‘entranceway’ to the trail was not so noticeable and would require being opened up.Once the presentation was completed, Mayor Lori Ackerman voiced her concerns with the new trail addressed in the presentation that might actually have been created by Wildlife. Ackerman shares she wants to keep both wildlife and users of the trails separate from each other, to keep both safe by limiting opportunities to have surprise interactions. Ackerman goes on to share the City needs to know in fact, if this is a game trail by involving a B.C. Conservation Officer or someone with Wildlife experience before the City staff proceeds with implementing the new trail system.Until the City staff are advised by a Wildlife Professional, the professional’s opinion will determine if they can proceed if this is not a game trail or the plans will have to be revisited if it is.last_img read more

7 suicide bombers involved in Lanka blasts 24 arrested as toll rises

first_imgColombo: Seven suicide bombers were involved in a series of eight devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the worst terror attack in the country’s history, authorities said on Monday. The blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, but police have so far arrested 24 people and declined to give further details. “The attacks which had taken place at the Shangri-La, Kingsbury, and Cinnamon Grand hotels and also at St Anthony’s Church in Kotahena, St. Sebastians Church in Katuwapitiya, and the Zeon Church in Batticaloa have been identified as suicide bombings,” the Government Analyst’s Department was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times. Hours after the six blasts, a seventh explosion rocked Colombo on Sunday. When a police team entered a house in the Colombo north suburb of Orugodawatta to conduct a search Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up causing a concrete floor of a two-storey building to crash on them, killing three policemen in the eighth blast. “A total of seven suicide bombers had carried out these explosions,” the department said. Over 290 people, including six Indians, were killed in the blasts that left more than 500 others injured, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Gunasekera said 24 suspects have been arrested so far and they have been transferred into the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations. The government has said it will not disclose the details of the suspects involved in the attacks to prevent them from getting publicity. “Don’t give extremists a voice. Don’t help to make them martyrs,” State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters when asked for details of those in custody. Media reports said that there was prior intelligence warning that the National Thowheeth Jama’ath – a radical Muslim group – was planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that an investigation must be launched as to why intelligence reports of the attack was not taken seriously. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a three-member committee to conduct investigations. Supreme court judge Vijith Malalgoda, former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and Former Law & Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri Jayamanne have been appointed as members of the committee. The committee has been instructed to submit a report on the Easter explosions within two weeks to the President. Meanwhile, police said the driver of the van which had carried explosives to carry out bomb attacks at the three hotels was arrested. A safe house where the bombers had lived for nearly three months leading to the attacks was found in the south of Colombo suburb of Panadura. Sri Lanka Air Force said it found an improvised explosives device along a road leading to the departure terminal at the Colombo international airport Sunday night. “It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside,” an air force spokesman said. “We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location,” he added. On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three Indians as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh who died in the blasts. “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals,” she tweeted. “We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted. On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan identified a Keralite, P S Rasina (58), among those killed in the blasts. Four of them died in the Colombo National Hospital while the bodies of two Indians who succumbed to their injuries from the blast at the Shangri-La Hotel has been sent for autopsy, the National Hospital spokesperson said. Sri Lanka on Monday lifted the curfew which was indefinitely imposed with immediate effect after the eight blasts. The blasts – the deadliest attacks in the country’s history shattered a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE. The civil war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, who had fought for 26 years for an independent homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils. The war is thought to have killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people. The nation has seen some sporadic violence since. In March 2018, a state of emergency was declared after members of the majority Buddhist Sinhala community attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties.last_img read more

Moroccan tears down Algerian flag from consulate

first_imgMWN with AFP – RABAT – A young Moroccan tore down the Algerian flag from the roof of that country’s consulate in the city of Casablanca during a protest Friday over disputed Western Sahara, police said.A video widely circulated on Internet sites in Morocco shows the man climbing the walls of the building to reach the flag.A police official told AFP the man, a member of a group called “Royalist Youth”, was arrested and would appear before a judge. Dozens of people had gathered outside the consulate in Morocco’s economic capital to protest over comments by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Western Sahara.In a speech read out in Bouteflika’s name at a meeting in Abuja, he said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever.”Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people.Rabat in protest recalled its ambassador to Algiers.The spat is the latest between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territorysince 1975.In April 2007, Rabat proposed broad autonomy for the Sahara under its sovereignty.This is rejected by the pro-independence Polisario Front, who are based in the western Algerian city of Tindouf and fought Moroccan troops for a decade and half until the United Nations negotiated a ceasefire in 1991.last_img read more

HallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of Day

*JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB RPTom Gordon29.313.820150.4 OFJim Wynn48.444.919830.0 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YEAR ON BALLOTVOTE % 1BTony Perez47.230.89200077.2 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS CTed Simmons44.253.1%19943.7 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YRS ON BALLOTYR ELECTEDVOTE % OFJim Rice44.126.615200976.4 OFKenny Lofton56.771.720133.2 3BDick Allen53.243.119833.7 Based on the historical relationship between an MLB team’s total JAWS from its starters (at the positions listed above) and its record, our team of snubs would figure to win about 100 games in a typical season, depending on how close the players were to their primes. By comparison, the lowest-probability team of actual Hall members voted in over the same span would figure to win 96 or so games in an average season: 2BRoberto Alomar53.970.42201190.0 3BPaul Molitor55.938.31200485.2 *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB SSJim Fregosi42.938.319841.0 OFJim Edmonds53.964.120162.5 1BJohn Olerud49.440.420110.7 2BBobby Grich60.488.819922.6 The Hall of Fame’s Anti-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the lowest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who were actually inducted (1979-2017) SPCatfish Hunter34.55.53198776.3 SPRick Reuschel54.852.219970.4 SSLuis Aparicio42.224.56198484.6 The Hall of Fame’s All-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the highest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who dropped off the ballot after only one year (1979-2017) CCarlton Fisk54.080.6%2200079.6 At long last, Tim Raines will officially be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Montreal Expos outfielder was voted into the Hall last winter in his 10th (and final) year on the ballot, after years of lobbying by media members and analysts who emphasized Raines’s advanced stats, rather than his more modest traditional ones. Raines’s induction this Sunday has been hailed as monumental in the effort to populate Cooperstown with more sabermetrically accomplished ballplayers.It’s too bad, though, that so many qualified candidates have already been passed over — and some only lasted a year on the ballot. Take, for instance, former Cleveland Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton, a player with a comparable résumé to Raines. Out of the 569 ballots cast for the Hall in 2013, only 18 (3.2 percent) carried Lofton’s name, causing him to drop off of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s (BBWAA) ballot forever. (Players named on at least 75 percent of ballots are elected to the Hall; those named on fewer than 5 percent fall off the ballot.)According to JAWS,1Or the “Jaffe WAR Score system” — so named for its creator, sabermetrician Jay Jaffe. a system that measures Hall of Fame worthiness using wins above replacement,2In this case, I calculated my own version of JAWS using an average of the WAR numbers provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Lofton is the eighth-best Hall-eligible center fielder in modern3Since 1901. baseball history, checking in slightly behind HOF member Duke Snider and slightly ahead of two other members, Andre Dawson and Richie Ashburn. A regression I ran using JAWS4Specifically, I ran a logistic regression between a player’s JAWS components (his career and peak seven-year WAR) and his HOF status, with dummy variables for each position (some positions have a higher or lower JAWS threshold than others). thinks a player of Lofton’s caliber should make the Hall about 72 percent of the time. Instead, he fell off the ballot after just one appearance — a farcical outcome for one of the most electrifying players in the game’s history.And Lofton isn’t even the most egregious one-and-done snub since 1979, when the policy of dropping players with fewer than 5 percent of the vote was enacted. You could build an entire All-Star team of players whose numbers seem Hall-worthy but got booted off the ballot after just one try.There’s longtime California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich, whose JAWS numbers suggest an 89 percent Hall probability. Yet Grich somehow received only 11 votes (2.6 percent) in 1992. Then there’s recently retired center fielder Jim Edmonds (64 percent), whose career was roughly as good as Ashburn’s by JAWS, despite what all but 11 voters thought in 2016. Even the less-probable members of the All-One-and-Done Team were borderline cases, such as catcher Ted Simmons (53 percent), pitcher Rick Reuschel (52 percent) and outfielder Jimmy Wynn (45 percent).Like Raines and Lofton, these players were overlooked because they fell well short of Cooperstown’s traditional stat benchmarks. Reuschel didn’t win 300 games.5He won 214. Edmonds didn’t hit 500 home runs.6 He hit 393. But through the lens of sabermetrics, each player’s Hall candidacy has taken on more legitimacy — albeit far too late. Even with advanced metrics, you can make an argument for why each player shouldn’t be in the Hall, but it’s still tough to justify how they couldn’t even stay on the ballot longer than a year.According to my JAWS-based HOF probability metric, here’s the All-One-and-Done roster:7I excluded third baseman Ron Santo, who was later inducted via the Veteran’s Committee, as well as pitcher Kevin Brown, whose exclusion from the Hall can be explained by being listed on the Mitchell Report for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. OFLou Brock37.59.31198579.7 OFKirby Puckett43.323.91200182.1 RPBruce Sutter22.66.713200676.9 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS Not every player on the team above is worse than his counterpart on the One-and-Done All-Stars. (For instance, Carlton Fisk, the “worst” catcher inducted, was far superior to Simmons.) But most were — and as a result, our team of one-and-done candidates would be favored to beat those Hall of Famers about 52 percent of the time at a neutral field.8According to Bill James’s log5 method of comparing two team’s winning percentages. Based on JAWS, even the second-most unlikely team of inducted Hall of Famers9C Ivan Rodriguez1B Harmon Killebrew2B Craig BiggioSS Ozzie Smith3B Brooks RobinsonOF Dave WinfieldOF Willie StargellOF Billy WilliamsSP Don DrysdaleRP Rollie Fingers is only roughly as good as our All-One-and-Done team, with each clocking in around 100-win talent in a typical season. (That second team is extremely star-studded, and in many cases also beloved by a single team’s fan base, which offers clues into what helps generate Hall of Fame traction — or, in the case of Lofton, who played for 11 teams in his career, helps take it away.)Unfortunately for the Kenny Loftons of the world, there’s little precedent for a player eventually making the Hall through the Veteran’s Committee after going one-and-done in the BBWAA ballot. Longtime Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is the only player since 1979 to pull off the feat, finally receiving a posthumous election in 2011 after years of lobbying from more sabermetrically inclined analysts (and an army of Chicago fans).Perhaps Lofton & Co. will get to tell their own redemption tales at the Hall of Fame podium someday. But for now, remember that even as Raines take his place among baseball’s greatest stars this weekend, there are plenty of other deserving players whose candidacies were dashed in the shadows of the ballot after barely getting a chance. read more

New documentary reveals Pep Guardiolas touchline row with Wenger

first_imgAmazon documentary has revealed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s touchline row with Arsene Wenger.The former Barcelona boss had a touchline row with the former Arsenal boss during last season’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Pep is overheard criticizing Arsene’s treatment of referees and he was also filmed watching the semis between Arsenal and Chelsea were he said ‘Arsene gets all the luck sometimes’.The Spanish manager was overheard slamming the French gaffer’s touchline behavior.From the bench, he shouts at Wenger: ‘All the time the referee. All the time. Shut up, you!, as quoted by Daily Mail.Guardiola then made a gesture with his hand to imply that Wenger was talking too often.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…City won that final at Wembley in February 3-0 to capture the first trophy of the Guardiola era.And during the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, Guardiola storms onto the pitch.He moves his players away from the officials before saying to referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz: “It was a penalty! It was a goal and it was a penalty! Shut up! It was a penalty!”The 47-year-old was sent to the stands for his actions.During a heated dressing room discussion, he says: “That is bulls***, guys. That is not the point.”On another occasion, he states to the players: “The real belief is to convince you, when this is s***, I will tell you it is s***’.”last_img read more

Bale expected Denmark resolution

first_imgGareth Bale has revealed his lack of surprise towards the resolution achieved by the Danish Football Association and its players ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday.A team consisting of only futsal and amateur players lost 3-0 in a friendly to Slovakia on Wednesday after the main team decided against playing due to an issue over image rights, but the Danish FA has now confirmed an agreement has been reached with the country’s main players.Wales will, therefore, take on Denmark’s strongest side in Sunday’s Nations League clash, Bale having scored for Ryan Giggs’ men in a 4-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in their opening game in the competition on Thursday.And the Real Madrid attacker, who has hit four goals in his last four games for club and country, is not surprised by the news the DBU has temporarily resolved the issue.“We never thought it would be any different,” Bale told Sky Sports, as quoted by SportsKeeda.Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“The friendly is different but for the qualifier, we knew it’d be a strong team and we will be ready for the game on Sunday.”Giggs’ first competitive game in charge of Wales saw Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts all on target as well as Bale.“We had to put a good performance in for the new manager, first home game of a new regime, show what we’re capable of and make a statement,” Bale said.“We’ve been working hard since the new manager came in, he wants to stamp his own style on us with attacking football and we want to express ourselves.“There was lots to improve but lots to enjoy and admire, we hope the fans enjoyed it.”last_img read more

Marijuana busts in Nassau Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – Some drug busts have taken marijuana off the streets on two islands, New Providence and Eleuthera.  Police say they got a pillow case of marijuana on Gun Hill road, Nassau yesterday around noon; it appears no one was around for that discovery and so no one was arrested.In another case in Russell Island, Eleuthera, police gave chase to a man who broke into a run after acting suspiciously upon seeing the Police officers who were on mobile patrol.  That man allegedly dropped the bag he was holding and it was found to have had two pounds of marijuana.  No suspect was caught.On Briland, also on Thursday around 6pm on Barrack Street, marijuana again found already allegedly packaged in 26 foil wraps.  A man was taken into custody for that illicit find.#MagneticMediaNews#drugbustsinNassauandEleuthera#marijuanaoffstreetsinNassauandEleathera Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#drugbustsinNassauandEleuthera, #magneticmedianews, #marijuanaoffstreetsinNassauandEleatheralast_img read more

Serving Seniors Benefits of exercise

first_imgServing Seniors: Benefits of exercise January 7, 2019 Posted: January 7, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego (KUSI) – There are countless benefits to exercise, no matter what age. For older adults, many studies point to how exercise is important for the mind and the body.The Serving Seniors’ Walkers is a club made up of low-income seniors who walk every Tuesday and Thursday.Paul Downey, president and CEO of Serving Seniors, shared tips  on how to put one step in front of the other heading into the New Year on Good Morning San Diego.6 TIPS TO GET SENIORS WALKING IN 2019:1. Find a friend. Walking is easier, and safer, with a friend. Setting a walking date can keep you accountable and socially engaged.2. Visit the mall. Many shopping centers open early to allow walkers to take advantage of the indoor square footage. Or, visit during shopping hours to leisurely browse and people watch as you get some steps in. Most malls have plenty of public seating, providing a respite when you need a break.3. Join a local health club. If you are unsure of how to start, a local health club is a wonderful option. Professionals can help keep you safe by creating a walking or exercise program to suit your needs. And, most treadmills have handrails to help stabilize yourself while you walk.4. Go grocery shopping. You may not even realize it but running errands can really rack up the steps! From the car to the store, and from aisle to aisle, running an errand daily is a simple way to get exercise as well as get out and about. Use a shopping cart to help stabilize yourself as you walk – and remember to wear good walking shoes.5. Volunteer. Finding a volunteer activity can keep you social and physically active. The humane society may need help walking dogs. Volunteering as a local museum docent can give you a chance to help visitors. Here at Serving Seniors we have volunteer opportunities like helping serve meals to seniors, assisting in the computer lab or fitness room, and of course there are leadership positions on our board6. Take some laps in the house. If you are housebound, there are ways to still get some daily walking in. Set a timer to remind yourself to get up every thirty minutes and take a lap from room to room. Or, every time you use the restroom, touch each of the four walls of your house before returning to your seat. Small activities can make a big difference in your cardiovascular health, and before long you’ll have more stamina to walk further.For more information click here. last_img read more

Excise Tax On Cigarettes And Other Tobacco Products Reintroduced

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is once again faced with a proposal for a borough-wide excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The proposal is for an excise tax of $0.05 on each cigarette brought into the borough beginning on January 1, 2019. Also, an excise tax of 10 percent of the wholesale price levied on other tobacco products effective January 1, 2019. The ordinance will be reintroduced at the assembly meeting on Tuesday, August 7, at 6pm. Even though excise taxes are collected from businesses, virtually all merchants pass on the excise tax to the customer through higher prices for the taxed goods. The state collects an average of $474 in yearly excise taxes per capita, higher than 54% of the other 50 states. Dunne: “The administration estimates that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has approximately $29.5M dollars in taxable tobacco sales annually.”center_img Assemblymember Willy Dunne has decided to rehash the idea for an excise tax that Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce previously tabled. Pierce: “We’ve certainly talked about a number of new taxation ideas over the last couple of months and I think the fact of that matter is the borough, although we continue to try to find ways to cut costs, it’s clear we are going to needs ways to gain additional revenue as well.”  Advocates of an excise tax argue that they discourage people from partaking in harmful behavior by hiking up costs. But critics lament the fact that such taxes are often regressive in nature, disproportionately affecting low-income people. Currently the state has an excise tax, or ‘sin’ tax, that are flat per-unit taxes that must be paid directly to the state government by the merchant before the goods can be sold.last_img read more

Meet The FirstTime GRAMMY Nominee Angela Aguilar On Her Culture And Family

first_img Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Angela Aguilar meet-first-time-grammy-nominee-angela-aguilar-her-culture-and-family-legacy News Facebook Twitter The 15-year-old singer, who is up for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano), also talks about her love of singing ranchera music and how she hopes to catch a glimpse of Lady Gaga at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 10, 2019 – 6:16 pm At only 15 years old, Angela Aguilar talks about music with the wisdom of someone much older. It might be because since she was a child she’s been crooning some of the most heavy-hearted kinds of Spanish language songs of all time: ranchera.”Ranchera music does something to you that I don’t think a lot of genres can do,” she says enthusiastically. “Some songs are made to listen to in the background, some songs are [made] just to dance to, some songs are [made for you] to feel something and I feel like almost every ranchera song is made for you to feel something.”Singing ranchera, i.e., traditional Mexican music from the countryside that is sometimes sung with mariachi, is in her blood. Aguilar’s father is GRAMMY-winning mariachi singer/songwriter Pepe Aguilar. Her grandfather was the late GRAMMY-nominated master mariachi singer and Mexican Cinema Golden Era actor Antonio Aguilar. Her grandmother is the prolific Mexican singer and actress Flor Silvestre.Her family’s legacy inspired Aguilar at a very young age to sing. Her first time on a stage was at the age of three in front of 80,000 people on one of the pit stops on her grandfather’s last tour. At seven, she went into a recording studio to record Whitney Houston’s classic ballads “I Will Always Love You” and the “Wind Beneath My Wings.”She may be entertainment royalty in Mexico, but the Mexican-American singer is swiftly carving out a unique space for herself in the music world: She has a Latin GRAMMY performance under her belt and is one of the youngest artists to ever be nominated for a Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY.Aguilar spoke the Recording Academy about her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano), what it takes to be singer at such a young age, and how proud she is to represent her culture through song.How did you find out about your GRAMMY nomination? How did you feel when you found out?I was waking up to go to school and my sister ran into my room started jumping on my bed, like, “Angela you have to look at this.” I didn’t even know the GRAMMY nominations were that day. I never even thought I was gonna get nominated. So when my sister came to me I was completely, completely shocked. It was like, I don’t know, 6 AM, and I was with my parents running up to their room, going and telling them. It was super, super cool because I’ve always seen the GRAMMYs, and I’ve always related them to my father[.] My father has [four] American GRAMMYs and he has four Latin GRAMMYs, so like whenever I thought of a GRAMMY I thought of him. I always used to go with him to all the awards ceremonies and everything, so this time it was like wow, it’s my turn now.You’re a Mexican-American artist singing in Spanish. You were nominated for two Latin GRAMMYs, now you’re nominated for a GRAMMY. What do these nominations mean to you?I didn’t start to sing because I wanted to get GRAMMYs or [because] I wanted to get awards or anything. I started singing because I really like music and it’s been my passion since I was two years old.The first time I was on stage in front of like 80,000 people was when I was three, and I sang a little part of a song and it started becoming, not a routine, but it started becoming a treat for me of when I was a little kid. It was amazing.As I started growing, I started accompanying my dad to all his different shows. Last year we sold over 400,000 tickets worldwide in different shows and arenas and everything. It’s been a true blessing to be able to be Mexican-American and to be a woman and to be recognized in an industry filled with so many talented artists.It’s pretty crazy to be nominated for an award of this caliber at 15. I’m still so small and it’s just crazy to be nominated next to my heroes like, Luis Miguel. He’s such a powerful artist, he’s one of my dad’s friends. He’s such an inspiration to me. He started when he was very, very little as well. Why did you decide to name your GRAMMY-nominated album Primero Soy Mexicana?Well, because I am Mexican-American. I was born in Los Angeles, I have a house over there. I have a house in Mexico. Half of the year I’m in Mexico, half of the year I’m in the States, and it’s so, so cool to be American and to be bilingual and to have dual citizenship. But at the same time, I’m Mexican. That’s where I came from, it’s in my veins, that’s why I sing the songs that I do. I’m honoring my ancestors and the traditions that my grandfather and my grandmother have led me to follow. So before anything, before being American, I’m Mexican, and I’m proud of it.Speaking of your culture, you wore an indigenous huichol corset at the Latin GRAMMYs, and you highlight your culture through your dresses when you perform. Why is it so important for you to share your culture with the world?Because I feel like our culture is what makes us. How can you be someone different? How can you change who you are if you don’t know who you are? It’s like, you’re trying to find your own way, but you don’t even know where you came from. You always need to know where your road starts, and I think my road is starting with my traditions, with very, very important things that my ancestors left me for a reason.When I was nine years old, I sang a song called “La Chancla.” It’s a very, very old song that my grandfather used to sing. And before my grandfather it was another artist. It’s basically a song about a person that used to love someone and they don’t anymore. And it’s me at nine years old singing “La Chancla.” I didn’t even understand it, but I felt so proud to sing something that my grandfather was singing and to perform stuff that represented my country.Sometimes when people think of Mexico they don’t necessarily think of all the beautiful things and the culture and the food and everything. They think about the negative things, which also are there. You cannot be blind to the negativity, but you cannot let it control you. That’s why I perform with very big and sparkly dresses that are very, very in honor of my culture. But at the same time, they’re my dresses. I add Swarovskis, I add mesh, and I add crinoline. I add so many things that make the dress me because it’s really cool to honor your culture, but at the same time you have to honor yourself.What made you want to follow in your family’s footsteps and be a professional musician?When I was little, whenever I went on a train or a plane or a bus, I would try to mimic the same sounds or the same vibration that the airplane was doing. My love of music started growing, growing, growing. And I went into my first recording studio when I was seven. I recorded a Whitney Houston song, “I Will Always Love You,” and then I also recorded “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” [Those songs have] some powerhouse vocals. It’s always been my thing. I really like doing harmonies and I love doing runs. I do sing Mexican music, but that’s not all I listen to. Of course I can name 20,000 artists, but I can also tell you about Lady Gaga, I can tell you about the Rolling Stones, about Pink Floyd, Coldplay. I like to have a lot of tools so that when I sing certain types of music, it can still be a worldwide thing.So Latin music, specifically urban Latin music, is getting very popular here in the U.S. Would you ever consider performing something in that realm?I don’t really know. I have a lot of friends that are in that, like Becky G is very close with me. I’m pretty good with all of the people that sing that genre, and I think it’s very cool, I think it’s very respectable. I love dancing with it, it’s very fun to see how many things they can come up with and the new dances and everything. But right now I’m just not focused on stuff like that. I just wanna focus on what I’m doing right now, which is just mariachi. And if the opportunity comes or if we decide to do a collaboration with somebody or something, that would be super, super cool.RELATED: Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA On Why ‘Lune Rouge’ Is “A Celebration Of Life”Do you at all feel pressured to live up to your family’s legacy?I don’t feel pressured. I feel like it’s a big responsibility. Honestly, being an Aguilar, having that last name means a lot, especially in Mexico. I think it’s something I can use to grow as an artist and as a singer and as a person, because I never want to let [my family] down. So I’m just working on myself, I’m working on my product. It’s really cool that they’re still with me. My grandfather passed away 10 years ago, but my grandmother’s still with me and my father’s still with me. It’s really cool because they help me all the time. Every single time I get off the stage, my dad tells me how I can improve myself, and that’s helped me a lot.Tell me, what is it that you love about singing ranchera music?I just feel like every song is a story. The songs that I sing, they all have meaning.I was talking to a director, today actually, about how whenever I sing a happy ranchera song I get happy, and whenever a sing a sad and depressing, heartfelt breakup song, I get super sad to the point of where I can start crying. And yes, I’m a very sensitive person because I’m an artist, but ranchera music does something to you that I don’t think a lot of genres can do, which is it makes you feel. I feel like almost every ranchera song is made for you to feel something.What is one thing you want for people in the U.S. to know about you as an artist?I want them to know that it’s okay to be young in the industry, because it is gonna be harder for you. I’m 15, and it’s hard to be doing school and to be singing and to be on finals, and the next day I have a performance or I have an awards ceremony to go to. It is hard, but it’s worth it, if that’s what you love.And I think to the parents, and to just older people in general, I just wanna say that young artists can be as responsible and respectable as people that are older. The arts should not have an age where you can start or where you should stop. I feel like anyone can do it at anytime at any age.RELATED: Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Protoje On Evolving ReggaeYou’ve already accomplished so much at just 15. What’s next for you?I’m probably gonna do an album with my songs that I [write the] lyrics [for]. I think that’s gonna be next for me. I think maybe start branching out, maybe start singing in different languages. I don’t wanna stop growing, ever.What are you most looking forward to the most at the 61st GRAMMY Awards?I don’t even know. If I win, I’m gonna be super happy, but if I lose it’s not gonna define me. I saw this movie called A Star is Born where Lady Gaga performs, and that was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I haven’t cried that much in a movie since, like, Bambi. I feel like if I see her I’m gonna kind of have like a starstruck moment. I never get starstruck  because I’ve been in the industry for so long, and I live in Los Angeles. It’s everywhere. But with her I think I might get a little antsy.2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los AngelesRead more Email Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Angela Aguilar On Her Culture And Family Legacy last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 15 A Dunkins Stop Causes A Traffic Issue

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 15, 2019:Police provided mutual aid via NEMLEC for Boston Marathon. (5:00am)A tractor trailer unit was blocking traffic on Lowell Street. Driver was inside Dunkin Donuts getting a coffee. He quickly moved his truck. (11:31am)Police put out a BOLO (Be On The Look Out Alert) for a missing man, who was found in Billerica. (11:46am)Police noted a train (#1641) was blocking Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (9:40pm)A Church Street neighbor reported a female entered a home and is looking around with a flashlight. There’s no vehicle in the parking lot. Police responded. The homeowner was moving back in and trying to turn the utilities back on. Checked OK. (10:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Your phone is the reason youre a tired procrastinator study says

first_img Android P has features to curb smartphone addiction How addicted are you to your phone? Zhang Peng/Getty Image The most dangerous thing I can say to myself in the morning is “I’ve got time.” Like many people, I check my phone when I wake up. If I’m not quite ready to get out of bed, I keep scrolling. Articles lead to memes, memes lead to videos, and before I know it, I’m looking up what everyone from The Wonder Years is doing now. I’m also late to work. Researchers call it “technoference.” It means you prioritize your phone over other parts of your life like your marriage, your kids, your work, sleeping or even safety. In study results released Monday, scientists at Queensland University of Technology said they’ve seen a jump in technoference over the last 13 years. Tags Post a comment The study’s data showed more people blame their phone for their being tired, being less productive, driving distracted and being in pain. Twenty-four percent of women and 15 percent of men studied are classified as “problematic mobile phone users,” according to study leader Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios. Along with decreased productivity and increased pain, respondents reported they sometimes tried to hide their phone use. Those surveyed also expressed anxiety that people wouldn’t be able to reach them if they didn’t have their phones. “Rapid technological innovations over the past few years have led to dramatic changes in today’s mobile phone technology — which can improve the quality of life for phone users but also result in some negative outcomes,” Oviedo-Trespalacios said. University researchers surveyed 709 phone users in Australia aged 18 to 83 in 2018. The team conducted a similar study in 2005.  Share your voicecenter_img 0 3:07 Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Wellnesslast_img read more

10 cars with inventory surpluses ripe for a sweet deal

first_img 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance 5:13 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 10 vehicles with the highest unsold 2018 model year inventory More From Roadshow 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon takes on the Rebelle Rally Preview • 2019 Porsche Macan: Why mess with success? Plenty of these sporty SUVs are in stock and looking for homes. Chris Paukert/Roadshow There may be 2020 model year vehicles arriving at dealerships, but for those looking to score the best deal on a new car, know there are actually 2018 models sitting around as well. And since these vehicles have been sitting around for so long, automakers and dealers are eager to pile cash on the hood to move them out. iSeeCars surveyed two million new cars for sale and found that 4% of them are from the 2018 model year. However, of that 4%, there are 10 models that have exceptional inventory surpluses.  First on the list is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, with 19.5% of the SUVs on lots from the older model year. Right behind it is the regular Wrangler with 16.8%. For those eager for one of the off-road SUVs, locating a 2018 model will likely result in some significant savings. The only luxury model on the list is the Porsche Macan, with 15.3% for still hailing from the 2018 model year. Discounts for the Macan have dipped as deep as $7,900 off the luxury SUV. In fourth sits the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with 12.5% from the 2018 model year, but the Dodge Durango also boasts a 12.5% inventory surplus to create a tie. Rounding out the list are the Chrysler Pacifica (9.6% surplus), Chevrolet Malibu (8.7%), Ford EcoSport (8.4%), Jeep Compass (7.7%) and Kia Optima (7.1%). While the study didn’t provide concrete reasons as to why these models have such large surpluses sitting around at dealers, a number of factors may provide an explanation. Buyers may be waiting for a vehicle refresh or specific feature in a new model year. The vehicle might also simply be declining in popularity (see: Chevrolet Malibu). In fact, in a separate ranking of discontinued models new vehicles with the highest 2018 inventory, every single one is a sedan. The Ford Taurus, notably, has 52.9% inventory from the 2018 model year, or 13 times more than the average vehicle. It’s no surprise with more consumers turning to crossovers, SUVs and trucks, sedans are piling up at dealerships. Car Industry Share your voice 10 Photos 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 3 More about 2019 Porsche Macan AWD Jeep Chevrolet Porsche Kia Ford Chrysler Mitsubishi Dodge Tags Now playing: Watch this: Comments Chevrolet Ford Jeep Kia Mitsubishi Porsche Chrysler Dodgelast_img read more

Sensex Nifty Fall on Profit Taking

first_imgTop gainers from NSE were Birla Power Solutions Ltd, LCC Infotech Ltd, Wockhardt Ltd, Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation and VKS Projects Limited, while top losers were Antarctica Ltd, FCS Software Solutions Ltd, Century Enka Ltd, Syncom Healthcare Ltd and AVT Natural Products Limited.Also, global investors sold 2.80 billion rupees of Indian index futures and options on Thursday. Experts predict that in the near term, the markets would be driven by the ongoing earning sessions, with Larsen & Turbo, ICICI Bank and Maruti Suzuki India, ahead of Central bank policy review on 5 August.”Risk reward has become slightly unfavourable. Correction is part of the course. But, it’s still a buy-on-dips market,” Reuters quoted Jagannadham Thunuguntla, chief strategist and head of research at brokerage SMC Global Securities. NameSymbolLast in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in % Wockhardt LtdWCKH750.25+92.40+14.05 Virat Industries LtdVIRI42.55-5.25-10.98 Mukesh Babu Financial Services ltdMUKB24.30-2.70-10 Samrat Pharmachem LtdSAMR28.20+2.55+9.94 ACI Infocom LtdACII4.87+0.44+9.93 Top losers from BSE:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast in RupeesLast in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in %Change in %NameCentury Enka LtdSymbolCNTELast in Rupees173.95Change in Rupees-22.40Change in %-11.41NameShalibhadra Finance LtdSymbolSHALLast in Rupees28.10Change in Rupees-3.60Change in %-11.36NameVirat Industries LtdSymbolVIRILast in Rupees42.55Change in Rupees-5.25Change in %-10.98NameMukesh Babu Financial Services ltdSymbolMUKBLast in Rupees24.30Change in Rupees-2.70Change in %-10NameT & I Global limitedSymbolTIGLast in Rupees14.40Change in Rupees-1.60Change in %-10 NameSymbolLast in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in % Bombay Burmah Trading CorporationBBRM161.75+18.30+12.76 Century Enka LtdCNTE173.95-22.40-11.41 Shalibhadra Finance LtdSHAL28.10-3.60-11.36 Foundry Fuel products LtdFOFP8.36+0.76+10 T & I Global limitedTIG14.40-1.60-10 Among the 30 companies in Sensex, stock prices of only 10 companies surged on the day, while in Nifty, only 15 stocks ended higher.Meanwhile, among the 12 Indian stock indices, only FMCG and Healthcare stocks ended higher, by 0.73 percent and 1.89 percent.Nifty fell on Friday after hitting a record high for a third straight day as investors took profits in blue-chips, such as ICICI bank, whereas IT stocks declined after Wipro’s US Dollar revenue growth lagged rivals.ICICI Bank stock price fell 2.04 percent at Rs.1475.65, while stock price of Wipro Limited fell 4.47 at Rs.551.05.BSE Sensex closed 0.55 percent or 145.10 points lower at 26126.75 points, and NSE Nifty ended 0.51 percent or 40.15 points lower at 7790.45 points on Friday.Top gainers from BSE:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast in RupeesLast in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in RupeesChange in %Change in %NameWockhardt LtdSymbolWCKHLast in Rupees750.25Change in Rupees+92.40Change in %+14.05NameBombay Burmah Trading CorporationSymbolBBRMLast in Rupees161.75Change in Rupees+18.30Change in %+12.76NameFoundry Fuel products LtdSymbolFOFPLast in Rupees8.36Change in Rupees+0.76Change in %+10NameSamrat Pharmachem LtdSymbolSAMRLast in Rupees28.20Change in Rupees+2.55Change in %+9.94NameACI Infocom LtdSymbolACIILast in Rupees4.87Change in Rupees+0.44Change in %+9.93last_img read more

Kisan Vikas Patra Relaunched to Wean Poor off Ponzi Schemes

first_imgWith a view to raising the rate of domestic savings that are in decline, the government on Tuesday re-launched the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) investment scheme designed to target the country’s poor.”In the last 2-3 years, the savings rate in the country has declined from a record high of 36.8% to below 30% due to a slowdown in the economy. It is, therefore, necessary to encourage people to save more,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said at the launch in New Delhi of the revamped KVP.”There is an urgent need to raise savings in the country. These savings are then used for nation building,” he added.Besides, KVPs would help poor gullible investors channelise their savings in trusted government scheme instead of Ponzi schemes where hard earned savings disappear, Jaitley said.Available in the denominations of ₹1,000, ₹5,000, ₹10,000 and ₹50,000, the sum invested would be doubled in 100 months. The instrument has no upper limit for investment and can be encashed after a lock-in period of 30 months.The KVP would be a bearer instrument without the name of the holder in the first phase, the finance minister said.”This will be a bearer instrument just like currency and easy to encash,” he added.The certificates can be issued in single or joint names and can be transferred from one person to any other person or persons, multiple times. Transfer facility will be available from one post office to another in India, as well as of nomination.The certificate can also be pledged as security to avail loans from the banks, and in other cases of need as collateral security.The scheme, launched earlier in 1988 was very popular, while the percentage share of gross collections under KVP was in the range of 9% to 29% against the total collections received under all National Savings Schemes.KVP gross collections in 2010-11 (scheme closed in November 2011) were ₹21,631.16 crore.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame mints a whopping 107 million at China box office

first_imgAvengers: Endgame cast at the press conferenceInstagramAvengers: Endgame is shattering records at the Chinese box office ever since it was released in China. The film, which released in China, two days prior to the rest of the world, has already grossed $107 million at the box office.Having minted $107 million at the Chinese box office, Avengers: Endgame has not just broken all kinds of records set at the box office but also created a new history at the China box office. If the film’s debut earning has been as much as $107 million, the magnitude of the collection in the first weekend can easily surpass more millions. Few trade experts are even claiming that the film will easily manage to surpass $1 billion at the global box office.The reviews for the film have been overwhelmingly positive. The film critic of The Hollywood Reporter stated, “an amiable brand of melancholy that pervades the film, one that scarcely gets in the way of the enthusiasm and excitement that Marvel adventures almost always deliver in some measure or another.”Despite being a three-hour long film, it’s ambitious vision and poignant scenes have left critics to call it a befitting end to the decade-long franchise. Gizmodo’s reviewer wrote, “There are moments where plot points play out a little too conveniently or with not enough explanation in comparison to the rest of the story.” Collider’s film reviewer stated, “Endgame isn’t a quest for a perfect resolution for every single superhero, nor is it a celebration of the status quo… Endgame never feels like a victory parade but a story with its own stakes and dangers. This is the landing that the MCU had to stick, and for the most part, they nail it.”Many film critics have even said how the film brings about impeccable action sequences are as Empire adds, “a satisfying gut punch to the purple bastard who ruined things.” Turns out the film has comic deliveries even at the darkest moments which is not surprising considering how most of the Marvel film’s approaches have been like so far. The movie releases on April 26 in India and USA.The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin and more, in pivotal roles.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame earns Rs 300 crore in India Trade expert explains why

first_imgAvengers EndgameTwitterAvengers: Endgame has created history at the Indian box office and has now become the first Hollywood film to enter Rs 300 crore club.Released across 2845 screens in India, the 22nd film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shattered all the myths around the number of screens and the day of its release to become an All Time Blockbuster. The movie will cross Rs 300 crore on its second Sunday which talks a great deal what Indian audience is really craving for. And that is nothing but a good well-made entertainer that is worth spending their hard-earned money on.After achieving the most coveted feat, Avengers: Endgame has joined Rs 300 crore club along with Indian films like PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan, Dangal, Tiger Zinda Hai, Padmaavat, Sanju and Baahubali 2 (Hindi – which is the only film to cross Rs 500 crore mark).Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share Avengers: Endgame box office collection in India, “#AvengersEndgame remains the first choice of moviegoers… Biz took a slight dip on [second] Fri, but gathered speed on [second] Sat… Will cross ₹ 300 cr today [Sun]… [Week 2] Fri 12.50 cr, Sat 18 cr. Total: ₹ 290.90 cr Nett BOC. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 346.31 cr.”Looking at Avengers: Endgame’s unprecedented run at the Indian box office, Taran Adarsh expressed his views on why most of the Indian films are struggling to earn money at the box office in today’s time.”One of the key reasons is, we aren’t giving the audience what *they* want: Entertainment. Two years ago, #Baahubali2 [#Hindi version] crossed ₹ 500 cr NBOC in India. Now #AvengersEndgame is decimating previous records and setting new benchmarks… The audience is thirsting for well-made entertainers, but we rely more on packaging and marketing to do the trick… No wonder, our films misfire too often,” He tweeted.He continued, “#AvengersEndgame has shattered two myths: Screen count and release period… Most *Hindi* biggies release in 3500 screens, even 4000 or 4500+ at times, yet those movies don’t achieve the numbers that #AvengersEndgame has amassed in just *seven days* on *2845* screens.Holidays, festivals, even a minor holiday that could lead to an extended weekend is given priority, while deciding on the release date… Festivals/holidays don’t necessarily guarantee success… Deliver qualitative content and non-holidays will turn into festivals for investors (sic).”Avengers: Endgame, which picks up from its previous instalment Avengers: Infinity War, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson, amongst others.last_img read more

Alphabet passes Apple to become most valuable traded US company

first_imgAlphabet Inc surpassed Apple Inc as the most valuable company in the United States in after-hours trading on Monday, knocking the iPhone maker from the top spot that it has held for the better part of four years.The change may signal the passing of the technology baton to Alphabet — formerly known as Google — from Apple, which surged past Microsoft Corp in market value in 2010. Microsoft in turn eclipsed International Business Machines Corp two decades ago.It is not without piquancy for Apple and Alphabet, which worked hand-in-hand to develop mobile computing, but fell out bitterly after Google launched its own Android mobile operating system in 2008. Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt left Apple’s board the following year.The two companies’ operating systems and apps are in direct competition with each other and Apple is still in litigation with Samsung Electronics, the biggest Android smartphone maker.Alphabet shares jumped 6 per cent on Monday after reporting strong quarterly earnings after the bell, making its combined share classes worth $554 billion, compared with Apple, which had a value of about $534 billion. Apple shares dipped last week after reporting the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments and forecasting its first revenue drop in 13 years.Alphabet will officially overtake Apple in market value if the two companies’ shares open around current levels on Tuesday.The Internet powerhouse’s stock has surged in the last year, helped by increasing sales of advertising on mobile devices, while Apple has struggled due to signs of softening demand for its signature phone, especially in China, and the lack of another blockbuster product in its pipeline.”This makes Alphabet an even stronger bellwether for investors to watch,” Scott Fullman, chief strategist at Revere Securities Corp, after the earnings on Monday. “The company has been tracking very well given the volatility in the market, dominated by falling energy prices and weakness from China.”The latest spurt in Alphabet’s stock price growth started around July last year. Since then the company has restructured, forming a new holding company and splitting into two parts.Google includes its search engine, YouTube and related parts of the company, while a unit called ‘Other Bets’ includes its ‘moonshots’ such as self-driving cars, and encompasses Google Capital, the secretive X research division and Nest, which offers smart-home accessories.Investors have appreciated the company’s new discipline on costs, which started with the arrival of new Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat.For a time it looked as if Apple would never relinquish the top spot in terms of market value. Bolstered by success of the iPhone, an enormous cash hoard, Apple took over the top US spot in 2012 from Exxon Mobil, and at one point in early 2015 was worth more than $760 billion.Alphabet shares are much more expensive, relatively speaking, than Apple’s, trading around 38 times earnings for the last 12 months, compared to about 11 times for Apple. Alphabet pays no dividend, whereas Apple’s dividend currently yields about 2 per cent of the stock’s value annually.Alphabet’s move into the top spot makes it the 12th company to be recognised as the largest publicly traded US name since 1928, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Past No. 1 names include General Electric, General Motors and IBM.last_img read more