Rebound in Canadian IPOs sets stage for another good year in 2018

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian initial public offerings rebounded last year from their worst performance in nearly two decades in 2016 as $5.1 billion in proceeds were generated with the prospect for a strong 2018, says Pricewaterhouse Coopers.There were 38 issues from Canadian companies or companies listing on Canadian exchanges in 2017.That included 13 in the fourth quarter, which raised a total of $1.7 billion.Six of those were in the mining sector last quarter, raising the total number of sector IPOs for the year to 20.A total of $4.7 billion was raised from 17 listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange and $55.5 million from 10 listings on the Venture Exchange.In 2016, total proceeds amounted to $466.7 million from eight offerings.A dismal 2016 was followed by a buoyant 2017, said Dean Braunsteiner, PwC national IPO leader.“It certainly was a big turnaround in 2017 and I would say it was a bit of the stars aligning to allow the IPO market to bounce back the way it did,” he said in an interview.Braunsteiner said the foundation started after the U.S. election in late 2016 when equity markets continued to increase and created opportunities for venture capitalists and private equity funds to monetize their investments.He said signs are pointing to another good year.“I think 2018 is certainly looking like it’s going to be another blockbuster year,” he said.Braunsteiner said it’s difficult to forecast an amount of proceeds because companies are holding their cards a bit closer about whether to pursue IPOs, joint ventures, partnerships or asset sales.“It’s hard to look into the pipeline to get a good predictor of what the market might be in 2018 but as long as the equity markets continue to run I think we’ll have a strong IPO market this year as well,” he added.Despite accounting for more than half of public offerings last year, proceeds from mining offerings totalled $947.3 million, trailing energy at $2.02 billion.Pharmaceuticals and health raised $668.5 million, retail $665.4 million, industrial products $400.1 million and other $416.5 million.Low commodity prices have curtailed mining IPOs for the last five or six years. But a stabilization of prices could create some action among junior miners that have historically accounted for a lot of the IPO activity, Braunsteiner said.The top IPO in 2017 came from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML), which raised $1.75 billion in the second quarter. It was followed by a dual listing on the TSX and New York Stock Exchange of Luxembourg miner Nexa Resources S.A. (TSX:NEXA), which raised $728 million in the fourth quarter.Other notable IPOs in 2017 were Canada Goose Holdings Ltd. (TSX:GOOS) which raised $340 million, Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT) at $200 million and Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX:STLC) at $200 million.PwC said stabilizing commodity prices and the interest in copper, lithium and cobalt driven by the potential for electric vehicles will likely influence the 2018 IPO market.Braunsteiner said sectors that missed the wave in 2017 included the budding recreational and medicinal cannabis industry, which faced regulatory uncertainty, and the tech sector including firms such as Hootsuite and Vision Critical.PwC has conducted its survey of the IPO market in Canada for more than 15 years.last_img read more

Spa and beauty industry campaign hopes to fill 30000 jobs

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.Lynnelle Lynch is president of Beauty Changes Lives, a foundation committed to “elevating the perception of careers in beauty and wellness and make it a first choice,” she said. The foundation provides scholarships from $1,000 to $15,000, and spas and salons across the country are helping to get out the message.The campaign was a focus of the annual International Spa Association show held Tuesday in New York to showcase trends, treatments and new spas.Spas are now a $17.5 billion industry in the United States, up 4 per cent in a year, according to iSPA statistics, with 187 million visits to spas in nearly 22,000 locations, and more than 370,000 employees, about half of them full-time.“We’re opening our fifth Kohler Water Spa in Chicago next year as a result of how hot the industry is right now,” said Garrett Mersberger, director of wellness and Kohler Water Spas at Kohler, a Wisconsin-based company.Mersberger is also chairman of the iSPA board, and noted that the industry’s record-breaking boom includes “spa visits at an all-time high,” along with record average revenue of nearly $94 per customer visit.Lynch emphasized that the industry welcomes workers in every stage of life, from students just out of high school to older workers looking for new opportunities, to those returning to the workforce after raising kids — along with military spouses looking for skills they can take with them if they move.But Lynch feels the industry does not always get the respect it deserves. She even encourages parents to get kids considering careers in the industry if college isn’t the right fit.“If they’re creative, if they love wellness, if they love beauty, why not allow them to take an alternative path?” she said. “The skills are portable. And it’s short term — five months to a year — to get this training.” Jobs include estheticians who provide facial skin care and body treatments, and cosmetologists who do hair styling, makeup and nails. Lynch pointed out that celebrities often owe their looks to “people behind the scenes,” and that beauty school is a good steppingstone for entrepreneurial-minded professionals to launch products or open salons.As an example of a behind-the-scenes profession that’s booming, an eyelash artist from Borboleta, the largest educator of lash artists in the world, was at the spa show to demonstrate the application of lash extensions. Borboleta trains nearly 3,000 lash artists annually in beauty schools across North America and Brazil.“Consumers will pay $200 to $500 for a lash service, with $75 to $200 for a fill (lash maintenance) every two to three weeks,” said Kainoa Clark, vice-president of marketing for Borboleta. “We’re one of the fastest-growing segments within the beauty industry and it’s still in its infancy.”Other spa show participants included:—Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida, demonstrating “vibrational sound therapy” with the resonating sounds of a didgeridoo, the long wooden Australian aboriginal wind instrument, blown on the skin.—Yo1 Luxury Nature Cure, a new $300 million property with 131 guest rooms that opened in June on the grounds of the defunct Kutsher’s Resort in Monticello, New York, in the Catskills. Programs and services include yoga and aryuvedic massage.—Hilton Hotels, launching a “5 feet to fitness” program with fitness equipment installed in standard king rooms. So far the program is in 12 hotels in San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago, among other cities, with more in the pipeline.—Elements Massage, with 250 franchise locations, offering a new aroma ritual treatment that combines aromatherapy, essential oils and a light-touch massage.—Aspira the Spa in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, showcasing organic food from its gardens. Aspira champions healthy eating as a foundation of wellness and grows 5 to 6 tons of food annually. A tasting menu at the spa show included chia seed pudding, lavender cookies, heirloom tomato salad and beet quinoa.—Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Corona, California, demonstrating a “tranquility pro sleep ritual” to “rebalance the senses.” For sound, participants listen to music through headphones with bass notes that mirror the resting heartbeat. For scent, there’s an oil and spray that smells like sweet orange and damask rose. And for a relaxing touch, a special brush is applied to the skin.But spas are “not just a place to relax,” Mersberger said. “People are seeing spas as a place to go for healing.”___Online:http://www.GetYourDreamJob.comHOMEhttp://www.experienceispa.com/job-bank-search-openings___This story has been corrected to show Yo1 Luxury Nature Cure has 131 guest rooms, not 136.last_img read more

BC Hydro advising public about controlled burns by Site C project crews

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is advising members of the public that contractors employed on building the Site C dam could be conducting controlled burns this fall.In an advisory today, Hydro said that clearing and debris management is underway at a number of Site C project areas.Any felled trees of sufficient size, quality and volume to make them suitable for harvest and transport will be hauled to local mills. Any remaining wood waste and non-merchantable trees may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.Contractors can only burn during weather periods known as venting windows, during which there are appropriate weather conditions for the disbursement of smoke, as established by the Ministry of Environment.Burning is expected to start in early October and will take place over several months this fall and winter when appropriate venting windows are available.Controlled burns are planned for:Parts of the lower reservoir area on the north and south banks of the Peace River, directly west of the dam site, and in the Moberly River drainage area.Sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.Areas near the Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.BC Hydro said that its contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. The Crown Corporation added that contractors will be compliant with regulatory requirements and burning will be done in accordance with BC Hydro’s Smoke Management Plan.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

Losing Tom Brady Is Unlikely To Doom The Patriots

Here we go again.When news broke last May that Tom Brady would be suspended for four games for his role in the divisive Deflategate scandal, we scrambled to tell you what that meant for the Patriots and how it might affect their bottom line. In September, that suspension was vacated by a U.S. District Court judge in what we considered to be moderately good news for the Patriots. Then, on Monday morning, a split panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated that suspension, and we’re right back where we started. Pending further litigation, Brady will likely miss the first four games of the season, against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills.So how worried should Pats fans be? Honestly, we don’t know. Our best guesses last year were that Brady was probably worth somewhere in the range of 5 points per game, or possibly about half a win every four games, and in the one season he missed the Patriots finished 11-5 – about one game below Brady’s career average. On the other hand, player value in the NFL is largely a mystery, and seeing Peyton Manning’s Colts implode (or possibly tank) after his 2011 neck injury, it would seem that the upper range of possible value for a top QB may be higher than we thought.Thus, the range of possible outcomes runs from the Pats’ being a bit worse without Brady to their being utterly terrible. But with only four games, there are a pretty discrete number of outcomes. That is, the modest estimates would suggest that losing zero to one more games than usual is the most likely scenario, and the most drastic estimate possible can only produce a four-game swing.Here’s what those scenarios would have produced in the previous years of Brady’s career, had he missed the first four games: 201113Lost SBPossible home field3Bye and home field 201014Lost DivNothing3Bye and home field 201212Lost ConfBye2Bye SEASONWINSRESULTONE-LOSS COSTPOSSIBLEARMAGEDDON COST 201312Lost ConfPossible bye4Playoffs and bye 201412Won SBPossible bye2Bye and home field 200314Won SBPossible home field2Bye and home field 201512Lost ConfBye4Playoffs and bye EFFECT ON PATRIOTS PLAYOFF POSITIONING 200811OutNothing2Playoffs and bye* 200716Lost SBNothing4Home field *Includes games that Brady played only part of as possible losses if won and possible wins if lostSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 200414Won SBNothing4Bye The lefthand “cost” column assumes that the Patriots lost one more game in their first four than they did each year, and sees how it would have affected their playoff positioning. There were no seasons in which a single game would have necessarily cost them a playoff berth (though two in which they might have missed depending on tiebreakers). Two of the seasons when they won Super Bowls came when they had byes, which they might have lost without Brady.The Armageddon scenario presumes that the Patriots would have lost every game that Brady actually won as a starter, and conversely, that they would have won every game in which Brady did not play if he had been available. To be extra cruel, I’ve assumed all tiebreakers went against them as well.Unsurprisingly, this turns out a lot worse, as the Pats miss the playoffs in six of the 15 years they made it. However, it’s worth pointing out that they would NOT have missed the playoffs in any of the years when they actually won the Super Bowl. So if they were really on a Super Bowl trajectory this year, they may still have a fighting chance, even if Tom Brady is as good as his fans think. 200612Lost ConfNothing3Playoffs 200910Lost WCPossible playoffs3Playoffs 200111Won SBBye3Bye and home field* What if Tom Brady missed four games every year? 20029OutNothing3Nothing 200510Lost DivPossible playoffs2Playoffs read more

Aubameyangs recordbreaking start at Arsenal

first_imgAfter scoring in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has broke the record for being directly in more goals than any other player during their first seven games at the clubThe Gabon international arrived in January as the club’s record signing from Borussia Dortmund for a club record fee of £56m and has already breathed new life into Arsenal’s attacking force with Aubameyang having now scored six goals with one assist in his first seven matches at the club.This stat has seen him break the record for being directly involved in seven goals for his first seven appearances for the Gunners .7 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in seven goals in the Premier League this season (six goals, one assist); the most of any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances in the competition. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/NxpgviwTVy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 8 April 2018Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…At the age of 28 years old, Aubameyang is in the prime stage of his career and has been regarded as one of Europe’s deadliest strikers in recent seasons with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who played alongside the Gabon at Dortmund, having previously hailed the forward as his rival for the title of the Bundesliga’s top scorer.Aubameyang had credited the travelling he undertook with his father, when he was a professional footballer himself, as the reason to why he has enjoyed such a fast start to life at the Emirates.“I’ve traveled throughout my life, because my father was a footballer,” said Aubameyang, as stated on the club website“I’ve experienced many different cultures and languages, so that was a very good experience for me, to be able to move around quite frequently.last_img read more

Buffon gives Mbappé some solid advice

first_imgThe Italian legend says the French footballer “should stay humble and hungry” to become the best in the worldKylian Mbappé is living the best days of his life.The 19-years-old became the second teenager to score in a World Cup final last month as he was crowned champion with France.Only Brazilian football legend Pelé has done that.But to stay with his feet on Earth, Mbappé has been given solid advice from non-other than Italian superstar Gianluigi Buffon.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper knows what fame is and how to avoid falling into its traps.“It’s obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices,” he told PSG’s official club magazine according to Goal.com“If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport,” he added.The French star returned to training with PSG on Monday and could line up alongside Buffon for the first time on Sunday when his club plays Caen.last_img read more

Hundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash

first_imgHundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: May 24, 2018 It was far from the average beach day for nearly 700 local students.Together with volunteers, they showed up to Mission Beach to help pick up trash. Nearly 400 pounds of trash was collected.The event is coordinated by “I Love a Clean San Diego” to celebrate “Kids Ocean Day.” center_img May 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_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

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 May 7 Raccoon Terrorizing Family Man Walking On Tracks

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, May 7, 2018:Animal Control Officer found two baby raccoons on the ground near an oak tree on Thurston Avenue and took them to a rehab facility. (7:58am)A resident turned in firearm and ammunition at Public Safety Building. (11:59am)Police were out with a male party walking on the railroad tracks on Waltham Street. Man said he was taking a shortcut to the train station. Police advised him to stay off the tracks. (1:50pm)A walk-in party reported someone attempted to open a credit card account in her deceased father’s name. (3:21pm)A Fox Run Drive caller reported a raccoon is sitting near their front door and preventing them from leaving their house. Police referred them to Wilmington Wild Things and to call back if the company can’t provide services. (4:16pm)(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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 3: Drug Arrest; 11pm Fireworks On Lowell St.; Raccoon Gets Head Stuck In Soup CanIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

NASA Mars lander covered its seismometer like a gourmet meal

first_imgEnlarge ImageThis cover will keep InSight’s seismometer safe.  NASA/JPL-Caltech My compliments to the chef. NASA’s Mars InSight lander performed a maneuver that wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end restaurant when it daintily set a protective cover over its marsquake-seeking seismometer.NASA posted a GIF over the weekend showing the operation. The lander’s robotic arm lifted up the cover and placed it on top of the seismometer on the ground. The cover will shield the instrument from winds and temperature fluctuations. “Stay cozy in there, little guy!” the InSight team wrote. NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Tags Share your voice NASA educates Captain Kirk on weird blue light in Mars InSight photo See NASA’s InSight lander play the claw game on Mars NASA Space 22 Photos InSight first positioned the seismometer in December, but NASA took its time to make sure everything was in the right place before covering it up. The lander touched down Nov. 26, 2018, on a mission to study Mars’ interior so we can learn more about how rocky planets are formed. center_img InSight’s scientific studies are still in the early stages, but it’s already introduced us to the haunting “sounds” of the red planet and given us a fascinating view of a previously unexplored section of Mars.We can now look forward to hearing more about the planet’s stomach rumblings as the seismometer goes to work. Bon appétit! InSight insights Post a comment 0 Sci-Tech I’ve done it — carefully placed this protective cover over my seismometer. Shielding it from wind and temperature changes will help it get its best measurements of any #marsquakes. Stay cozy in there, little guy! pic.twitter.com/6ZcqJPBqKj— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) February 3, 2019last_img read more

Audibles Hag podcast unearths forgotten folk tales about defiant women

first_img Share your voice Comment drcarolynelarrington-190f1Professor Carolyne Larrington collected the stories that were reimagined for Hag. Audible Professor Carolyne Larrington, who selected the tales used in the collection, specializes in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford. Speaking to me by email, she says it’s no coincidence that women are drawn to these stories. They were traditionally told by mothers and grandmothers — we still talk about “old wives’ tales” — and many of their early chroniclers were women. Firebrand poet and Irish nationalist Lady “Speranza” Wilde (whose son Oscar you may have heard of) collected Irish folklore in the late 19th century.”Traditional tales often feature women in a whole variety of roles, and although patriarchal ideas are everywhere in the stories, trying to constrain the women to behave in certain ways and often casting them as victims, the women usually find ingenious ways of subverting their fates and defying the forces that are ranged against them,” Larrington says.Fairy tales also form part of a girl’s early education. Little Red Riding Hood, for example, reminds us that it isn’t always wise to trust charming strangers. But they can also reflect the values of societies where women’s freedom was often limited.Read more: How author Kirsty Logan brings folk stories to modern listenersJust as the oral tradition once kept Rapunzel and Snow White alive, Hag is part of a newer tradition in fiction. From Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber to Disney’s Frozen, written and co-directed by Jennifer Lee, writers in recent decades have spun old tales into works that can shed new light on women’s roles in contemporary society. Hag’s eight authors include Eimear McBride, winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction, Liv Little, the founder and editor-in-chief of Gal-Dem, and Sunday Times best-seller Daisy Johnson. In each episode, a piece of folklore is reinterpreted by an author from the region where the story originated. Each one is rooted in its own community and many position their heroines as outsiders, able to observe a society’s norms and injustices. These women are often pitted against narrow-minded members of their communities. But while the original stories may have painted in broad strokes, there’s room for nuance in these updated versions.In Kirsty Logan’s Between Sea & Sky, the heroine is an osteoarcheologist investigating generations of skeletons buried on the Scottish island of Orkney. When she has a child and won’t reveal the father’s identity, she’s acutely aware of the gossip surrounding her. But, as her friend Heather points out, the island isn’t a hive mind and plenty of the locals have better things to do than poke their noses into other people’s business.groupshot1-696f1Authors Mahsuda Snaith (l) and Liv Little (center) with professor Carolyne Larrington (r). Audible Elsewhere in the collection, Eimear McBride sardonically retells The Tale of Kathleen. The story is set on Inishark, a now-uninhabited island in County Galway, Ireland. McBride pokes fun at traditional narrative tropes, noting the tendency of grieving heroines to become appealingly waifish instead of turning to food for comfort. The Tale of Kathleen also toys with the stereotypes of its region, playfully contrasting popular notions of Ireland as either a mystical fairyland or a country dominated by austere religious authorities. In this fantastical version of the past, magic and the church coexist without anyone really questioning the situation — and both forces prove hazardous to the young woman at the center of the action. Telling tales in the 21st centuryIn some ways, audiobooks and podcasting feel like a natural continuation of the oral tradition that produced these stories. Instead of sitting down to read a book and conjuring up a world in your head, you can sit back and listen as the plot unfolds.”If there is a drawback [to the audiobook version], then I suppose it might be that the performance is always fixed as it was recorded and edited. And that isn’t quite the same as hearing your grandmother telling the story with different nuances, elaborations and explanations each time,” Larrington says. Meanwhile Kirsty Logan hopes that the collection will inspire people to rediscover the magic of storytelling in their day-to-day lives.”I’d encourage everyone out there to try reading aloud to the adults in their lives. A partner, a friend, a parent. It’s considered natural to read bedtime stories to children, but then for some reason we think we grow out of it. But the rising popularity of audiobooks and podcasts shows that we love being told stories, and we never get too old for it.”Hag launches Aug. 29 and is free to subscribers on Audible in the UK. It’ll be available in the US later this year. Pod people: CNET’s favourite podcasts Tags Professor Larrington on curating the collection”I tended to choose the tales that might be slightly less familiar. For example, there are lots of stories about selkie women, all following much the same pattern, but I decided to go for one about a selkie man. Finding stories from London – which has urban myths and legends but not traditional folk-tales as such — or from the Midlands was more difficult. Much depends on how early people started collecting tales in different areas, and we don’t have so many tales preserved even from the rural Midlands. So there I used a legend about the origins of a coat-of-arms of a noble family.”What surprised her about working on Hag”I was surprised, though maybe I shouldn’t have been, by the turn many stories took, away from the merely uncanny and unsettling into absolute full-blown horror. The effects of the supernatural have tended to be magnified in the new stories, and there are often suggestions that the speaker may be mad or hallucinating. The emotional impact of the events in the stories on the women is spelled out rather than left implied, as in the original stories, where the audience could easily infer from their own lives how loss, infertility, or social exclusion might feel.”The stories that inspire professor Larrington”You can’t teach medieval English literature in Oxford without being strongly aware of the legacy of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis; other fantasy writers who studied English here, such as Diana Wynne Jones, Alan Garner, Susan Cooper and Philip Pullman have absorbed a good deal from reading medieval literature and you can see how myths, legends, folklore are refracted in their writing. The short ghost stories of the Cambridge don M. R. James were made into a series of black and white TV films in the 70s. From rewatching these, I’ve become increasingly interested in folk horror — films like (the original) Wicker Man, or the very recent Ari Aster film Midsommar, films in which modern, normal people are confronted with ancient rituals and traditional story-patterns, and which challenge the protagonists to make sense of the world in utterly different terms. I have a PhD student who is working with me on the ways in which Welsh myth and legend — including the Arthurian story — is used in the works of some 20th-century writers, including Garner. We’re both learning a lot from this project!”Clarification at 8:45 a.m. PT: The podcast’s US release is coming by year’s end. 19 Photos 1 A ballad first collected in Scotland’s Orkney Islands inspires one of Hag’s original stories. Alan Majchrowicz / Getty Images An archeologist unearths a remote Scottish town’s ancient secrets. A woman in Ireland spends one too many nights dancing with the fairies. And in England, two mysterious children appear near a pit. These are old stories, originally passed on by word of mouth. Despite being centuries old — some were first recorded in the 12th century and may be even older — they touch on themes of gender, religion and community that still have relevance today. Now Audible is breathing new life into them with Hag, a series of eight original podcasts based on Britain and Ireland’s little-known folklore. The podcast launches Aug. 29 on Audible in the UK and is free to subscribers. It’ll launch in the US later this year. Hag: Exclusive excerpt from Between Sea & Sky Your browser does not support the audio element. Culture Onlinelast_img read more

Will India have its own space station Heres what ISRO chief K

first_imgISRO chief K Sivan addressed a press meet on Chandrayaan 2.Twitter/ISROIn the next seven years, India is planning to have its own space station. The development was confirmed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan said on Thursday, June 13.The project, an extension of Gaganyaan mission, aims to send an Indian crew to space in August 2022.Addressing reporters, Sivan said, “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station.”Stating that India will not join the International Space Station (ISS), Sivan said the space station is going to be very small. “We will be launching a small module and that will be used for carrying out microgravity experiments,” he added.Sivan also said that the ISRO will join ISS for a manned mission to the moon and beyond. The ISRO chief said the proposed space station is likely to be 20 tonnes and serve as a facility where astronauts can stay for at least two to three weeks. It would be placed in an orbit 400 km above the earth. The time frame to execute the launch will be 5-7 years after Gaganyaan, according to Sivan. On Wednesday, Sivan announced that Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on July 15, 2019. ISRO’s second spacecraft to the moon – Chandrayaan-2 – will cost around Rs 1000 crore.However, ISRO will launch another mission to the sun in the first half of 2020. This mission – Aditya-L1 – will be after Chandrayaan-2. Sivan, who is also the secretary of the Department of Space, said that in the next two to three years ISRO will launch another mission to Venus.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Heres why Ashu Reddy apologised to her parents

first_imgAshu ReddyTwitter/StarMaaIn the recent episodes, it has been seen that Ashu Reddy was pulled up by other contestants for not taking part actively in tasks. As part of nominations, few of contestants have mentioned this as the reason for nominating her.Since then, Ashu has been taking part in the tasks. In the recent task, every contestant was asked to perform some task like a reality show and win the hearts of the judges (Baba Bhasker and Sreemukhi). When it was Ashu’s turn to perform, she was asked to dance and chose to do it.Before kick-starting her performance, she apologised to her parents for choosing to dance. This is because her parents were never supportive of her dancing hobby, which she wanted to make into a profession. She performed on Jigelu Rani, a peppy number from Rangasthalam. Screenshot from HotstarAshu has impressed her fans with her amazing dance moves. It is finally revealed that she is a brilliant dancer. After the performance, Ashu revealed that she was always passionate about dance and the art, but never got a chance to get trained for it. Against all the odds, she still managed to be brave and give the best performance of the task and it has given her immense joy. Fans of Ashu are pretty much happy with her performance and are happy that she is doing it really great in the show.Sreemukhi, who is one of the judges in this task has also appreciated Ashu Reddy very much. She said that she hopes her parents will definitely understand what her passion is all about and will let her follow her heart. Baba Bhasker, the other judge in the task has also appreciated Ashu for all the efforts she put in to dance and has asked her to keep practising her dance. After a stellar performance, Ashu finally was seen overwhelmed with what her fellow housemates have said to her, and also it is expected that she would be getting some good number of votes for her. It is expected that Ashu would not have to be part of the elimination phase this week.last_img read more

Over 1000 Rohingyas flee India fearing crackdown

first_imgThe Rohingya refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar district is among the largest in the world — Courtesy: Al JazeeraActivists ask India to protect Rohingya as Hindu nationalists call for them to be deported en masse, writes Al Jazeera.At least 1,300 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh from India since the start of the year, the network reported quoting an official as saying on Wednesday.Fears of deportation to Myanmar are said to have spark an exodus.New Delhi has faced sharp criticism for turning Rohingya people over to Myanmar in the past months, despite the members of the persecuted minority facing threats to their safety there, with the United Nations and rights groups accusing India of disregarding international law, observed Al Jazeera.India, which is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, reportedly arrested 230 Rohingya in 2018 – the highest number in years – as Al Jazeera said, Hindu nationalists called for the displaced Rohingya to be deported en masse.”For the past year, the government of India has been making life difficult for the Rohingya refugees in India”, Ravi Nair, of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC), told Al Jazeera.Nair was quoted to have said that the Rohingya in India are subjected to “regular visits by local intelligence officials, this includes harassment about their paperwork. A large number of Rohingya, our own data shows over 200, from Jammu to Tripura, Assam and West Bengal states have been arrested and imprisoned”.The round-ups in India and fear of deportation to Myanmar have driven even more of the stateless Rohingyas into Bangladesh, where a million already live in sprawling refugee camps in the country’s southeast, Al Jazeera mentioned.Increase in new arrivalsNayana Bose, a spokeswoman for the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which includes UN agencies and other foreign humanitarian organisations, was quoted to have said the pace of new arrivals to Bangladesh had increased since 3 January.”Some 1,300 individuals from 300 families have arrived from India to Bangladesh until today,” she told the AFP news agency.UNHCR spokesman Firas Al-Khateeb reportedly said the UN refugee agency was “aware of the situation”.Those crossing the border in recent weeks have been allegedly intercepted by police and sent to Cox’s Bazar, a southern district home to the world’s largest refugee camps.Some 40,000 Rohingya are believed to have taken shelter in India over the years.Humanitarian lawRohingyas for decades have faced persecution in Myanmar, which refuses to recognise them as citizens and falsely labels them “Bengali” illegal immigrants, said Ak Jazeera.The Rohingya Muslims, it pointed out, were concentrated in Rakhine state, the epicentre of a brutal Myanmar army offensive in August 2017 that UN investigators described as genocidal in intent.At least 720,000 Rohingya fled the bloody crackdown in 2017 and entered Bangladesh to join some 300,000 already living in camps there, the report mentioned.Amnesty International, among other rights groups, has blasted India for forcibly repatriating the Rohingya to Myanmar when persecution in Rakhine is ongoing.The Oxford Human Rights Hub has reportedly said India and its Supreme Court were in “breach of several international human rights obligations” when it decided to deport the Rohingya asylum seekers in October 2018. “Amidst the rising tide of Hindu nationalism, this decision raises cause for concern.”According to Al Jazeera, Nair of the SAHRDC said India must honour the “right to protection” and “non-refoulement”, the practice of not forcing refugees or asylum seekers to return to a country in which they are liable to be subjected to persecution, both aspects of international humanitarian law.He was quoted to have added: “The Bangladesh foreign minister is expected here next week, and we hope he will take this up strongly with India.”last_img

Feds Charge Florida Man With Mailing Improvised Bombs To Trump Political Critics

first_imgUpdated at 3:03 p.m. ETThe Justice Department charged a Florida man on Friday in connection with a wave of improvised explosive devices sent to political critics of President Trump.Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, is facing five federal charges after he was arrested in Plantation, Fla., following a national investigation. He faces a potential total of 58 years in prison.The homemade bombs intercepted or discovered this week “are not hoax devices,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. They contained “energetic materials” packed into PVC pipes and could have been dangerous, he said, although none of them exploded and no one was hurt.FBI and other investigators surrounded a white van believed to be connected to the case in a parking lot in Plantation; their inspection was shown live on cable TV and the van was loaded onto a flatbed truck.The #FBI can confirm we have one person in custody. There will be a press conference in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET.— FBI (@FBI) October 26, 2018Trump hailed law enforcement agencies in a statement at the White House and condemned the prospective threats to political leaders.“These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” he said. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions echoed the president in a press conference at the Justice Department on Friday afternoon.“We will not tolerate such lawlessness especially not political violence,” he said.More Suspicious PackagesThe announcement followed the discovery Friday of more packages bound for political foes of President Trump.One parcel that resembled the earlier envelopes in the case was discovered in Sacramento, Calif., addressed to Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office there. One was discovered in Florida addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and one in New York City to former intelligence boss James Clapper.The recovery of those envelopes brought the known total to 13 parcels addressed to 11 targets, all of whom are critics or opponents of the president.None of the suspicious devices included in the envelopes has exploded, and so far no one has been hurt.Federal authorities have acknowledged they don’t know how many total packages there are and there could be more moving through the mail as the search continues both for the devices and for the person or people who sent them.Clapper, who is a commentator on CNN, appeared on air to say, “This is definitely domestic terrorism. No question about it in my mind.”Although the apparently homemade potential pipe bombs have not exploded, authorities say they are treating them as “live devices,” not “hoax devices,” New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Thursday.Authorities who have discovered the parcels around the country — in New York, outside Washington, D.C., in Florida and in Los Angeles — are sending them to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., for examination there.The Sunshine StateAt least one of the packages passed through a large U.S. mail sorting facility in Opa-locka, Fla., near Miami, according to multiple reports.The Miami Herald, citing a federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, reports that the package sent from the facility is likely the one that ended up on Wednesday at the South Florida office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.That package was originally sent to the office of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. It was not delivered and was instead sent to the labeled return address — listed as Wasserman Schultz’s office.Before the package arrived there, the Herald reports it was rerouted through the Opa-locka mail sorting facility.Federal agents and the Miami-Dade County Police Department searched the facility on Thursday night, according to reports from the Herald, Reuters and The Associated Press. No potentially explosive devices were found, according to reports.“A search of a postal database suggested at least some may have been mailed from Florida,” the AP reports.Hundreds of thousands of packages pour into the facility every day — it’s the size of five football fields, the Herald reports. Miami-Dade Police Department specialists worked at the mail center on Friday morning, the agency said.The AttacksThe packages began to show up on Monday, starting with billionaire George Soros, a major donor to Democrats and Democratic causes.In addition to Booker, Clapper and Brennan, one package has been addressed to former President Barack Obama, two to former Vice President Joe Biden, one to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one to former Attorney General Eric Holder and two to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. One was also addressed to the actor Robert De Niro, a harsh Trump critic.De Niro included a political call-out in his statement about the packages on Friday morning.“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” he said. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People must vote!”Trump sounded the same note when he addressed the parcel attacks Friday morning on Twitter.Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018Trump’s use of sarcasm quotes around “bomb” appeared to be an allusion to skepticism voiced by some former investigators and explosives specialists about the devices. As one expert told NPR, the apparently homemade devices look like they might include hazardous materials but not as though they could explode.Authorities say they’re treating the devices as potentially “live” and one of them has been protectively destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team in New York.A wide investigation remains ongoing, with the FBI, the Postal Service and other federal agencies working with state and local authorities.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Koinonia Baptist Church Celebrates 25th Church Anniversary

first_imgKoinonia Baptist Church will celebrate its 25th church anniversary with community leader and B.U.I.L.D organizer, Bishop Douglas I. Miles whose celebrating his 50th year in ministry, Bishop Miles and Koinonia Baptist Church will celebrate their anniversaries with a Silver and Gold banquet at Martin’s Valley Mansion on October 19. Call Tiara Jenifer at 443-627-0802 or send an email to tiara.jen@gmail.com, for more details.last_img

No 6 Cardinals Power Past Alabama AM 153

first_imgThe lead would be short-lived though, as Oriente banged a double off the left-centerfield wall in the bottom half of the third to push the Cardinals back in front for good. ACC Network Extra Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Lavey’s solo home run came as part of a two-run fourth for UofL and the Cardinals put the game well out of reach with nine more runs in the seventh inning. Next Game: Alabama A&M 4/28/2019 | 1:00 PM Louisville and Alabama A&M will wrap up the series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version Story Links PDF Box Score Justin Lavey finished 2-for-3 with his second home run of the season and the trio of Lucas Dunn, Zach Britton and Zeke Pinkham all finished with two hits apiece as well. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team pounded out 18 more hits in a 15-3 victory over Alabama A&M Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Danny Oriente added his fourth and fifth doubles of the weekend and matched his career high with four RBIs. Jake Snider had a pair of hits, including a two-run triple, while Tyler Fitzgerald reached base four times, driving in two and scoring twice.center_img Preview Following Bennett’s outing, the Louisville bullpen retired the final 12 batters of the game in order to slam the door shut. Bryan Hoeing worked the sixth and seventh, with Jared Poland and Michael McAvene taking the final two innings. Video Highlights Nick Bennett (6-2) allowed three runs across five innings on the mound for the Cardinals. The victory was the 19th of the junior’s career, moving him into a tie with Derek Self (2009-12) for ninth-place on Louisville’s all-time list. Eight Cardinals finished with at least two hits, led for the second straight day by Alex Binelas. The freshman followed up his cycle on Friday night with a 3-for-4 day Saturday, tallying a pair of doubles and a triple with two RBIs and two runs scored. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Cardinals jumped on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, however Alabama A&M (13-32) put three runs up in the top of the third to take their first lead of the weekend. Louisville (34-9) has now scored at least 10 runs in eight of its 11 games and has double digit hits in 10 of the last 12 contests. Live Statslast_img read more

Aquatic treadmill found effective for stroke patients

first_imgWalking on an underwater treadmill was found to be more effective than walking on a conventional treadmill for patients in rehabilitation after a stroke, according to a study.The findings stated that aquatic treadmill exercise may be a useful option for early intensive aerobic exercise after subacute stroke, as it may both improve their aerobic capacity and maximise functional recovery.The study included 21 patients recovering after a stroke where all patients had some walking ability, but with impaired leg movement on the side affected by the stroke. The patients underwent two exercise tests: one on a conventional land treadmill and one on an aquatic treadmill, submerged in water up to their chests. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn both tests, walking speed and slope were gradually increased until the patients felt they could not go any further. Measures of exercise capacity were compared between the two tests. Two key measures were higher on the aquatic treadmill test: maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), reflecting heart and lung function during exercise; and metabolic equivalents (METs), reflecting energy use.Heart rate was not significantly different, but was related to oxygen consumption on both tests. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEven though their exercise performance was higher on the water treadmill, patients felt they were not working as hard as on the land treadmill, based on a measure called rating of perceived exertion.“This improved performance may reflect the fact that the aquatic treadmill exercise involved the fluid resistance of the water environment,” said Bo Ryun Kim, a researcher at Jeju National University Hospital in South Korea.Early intensive aerobic exercise training might be beneficial in the early weeks after stroke. Treadmill walking is commonly recommended, but may be difficult or impossible because of decreased muscle power. The buoyancy provided by water reduces musculoskeletal impact while allowing combined aerobic and resistance exercise. Exercising in water also has the psychological benefit of freedom from the fear of falling.Aquatic treadmill exercise may not only improve baseline functional status and functional recovery during the subacute period, it may also enhance social participation and quality of life during the chronic stroke period, the researchers suggested, in the paper published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.last_img read more