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Bombardiers G7000 will help it regain top spot among business jet makers

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. expects to regain top spot among global business jet manufacturers in the coming years after delivering the fewest aircraft in more than a decade last year.“With the Global 7000 we are going to regain the leadership position in the marketplace,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Wednesday at a Citi conference in Miami.The Montreal-based company’s largest business jet is expected to be delivered later this year, contributing at full production US$3 billion to the US$10 billion in division revenues projected for 2020.Bombardier sold 140 business jets worth US$5.2 billion at list prices last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Deliveries were the lowest since they shipped 130 in 2004.In 2016, it shipped 163 aircraft valued at US$5.9 billion.That compared with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which shipped 120 planes valued at US$6.5 billion last year, similar to 2016.Overall, the business jet industry delivered 676 aircraft last year, up 1.3 per cent from 2016, GAMA reported Wednesday.Bombardier deliberately reduced its production rate in 2015 for business jets, causing the layoff of thousands of workers, as part of its turnaround plan that focused on improving margins.“We wouldn’t have expected the down cycle to have lasted so long and everyone was anticipating some recovery at some point in time,” added chief financial officer John Di Bert.He said the company “made the right call” by balancing supply with lower demand, something its competitors were slow to act upon.Signs of life in the corporate jet market — including a lower number of used planes for sale and increased usage — portend to better results to come, Di Bert said.“The second half of 2017 people started to get more confident but before that not so much so.”Di Bert said the company is being realistic about the recovery, but 2018 could be an important year and higher than projected sales are possible for 2020.“We’re going to watch this and going to favour getting strength back before we kind of think about big rate adjustments.”Asked about the future of Learjet, Bellemare said the small business jets aren’t “material” to its operations but he didn’t indicate any interest to sell the unit.Meanwhile, Bellemare acknowledged that Boeing’s trade complaint — which Bombardier ultimately won in a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling — created a “drag” on C Series sales.“The customers didn’t move away, they were just more prudent,” he said.“They wanted to know what the outcome would be but the momentum is good, the market is solid and we’re seeing it from the multiple discussions that we have with customers everywhere around the world.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Historic vote Chicago elects Black gay woman as mayor

first_imgChicago: Chicago on Tuesday became the biggest US city to elect a black woman its mayor, as voters put their faith in an openly-gay political novice to tackle difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence. Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, won the Midwestern city’s mayoral race in a lopsided victory. She beat out Toni Preckwinkle, a career politician who is also black, by a wide margin of 74 to 26 per cent with most ballots counted. “We were up against powerful interests,” Lightfoot said in a victory speech, with her wife and young daughter by her side. “Today, you did more than make history, you created a movement for change,” she told a cheering crowd. Lightfoot will become Chicago’s first openly gay mayor as well as the first African America woman to hold the post. Since 1837, Chicago voters have elected only one black mayor and one female mayor. Her ascendancy to the top of Chicago government was a stunning development in a city where insider deals and entrenched party politics held sway for decades. “It is a city-wide rejection of the Chicago political establishment at the mayoral level,” Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, said. Preckwinkle, the chief executive of Cook County in which Chicago is located, has for decades held various local elected offices, which analysts said hurt her in an election in which voters were looking to shake up city hall. Among the top issues were high levels of gun violence that claims more lives than in other major American cities, and years of political corruption in the Democratic stronghold. The initial field in the mayoral race consisted of 14 contenders, but Lightfoot managed an upset — sidelining moderates and establishment figures by promising to clean up city government and reduce economic inequality. She and Preckwinkle were the final two left competing in Tuesday’s run-off election. Voters left little doubt they wanted the next mayor to tackle the major issues vexing the city of 2.7 million people — including economic disparities and gun violence. “The message is that (voters) want new ideas and cleaner government,” McKenzie said. Community groups have for years complained about disparities in living conditions among the sprawling city’s diverse communities. Gun violence, fuelled by gangs and the drug trade, plagues economically-depressed neighbourhoods in the South and West, which are majority African American. The downtown business district, and areas to the north and along the city’s famed lake shore, have enjoyed an economic boom even as more than 550 people were murdered last year alone. Reforming the police department, which has a sordid history of abusive tactics, and city hall, which is mired in a federal corruption probe of one of its members, were priorities for voters, McKenzie said. Lightfoot headed a panel investigating the city’s policing problems and held a number of appointed positions in city government. She has promised to increase affordable housing, fight homelessness and crime, and boost oversight of the police department. “We can and will finally put the interests of our people, all of our people, ahead of the interests of a powerful few,” Lightfoot said Tuesday night. Lightfoot will replace outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel — once a rising star in the Democratic Party and former president Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff. The powerful Emanuel sustained political damage for his handling of murder of black teenager Laquan McDonald and declined to run for a third term. Lightfoot emphasized during her campaign that she was among the few early candidates to declare her candidacy before Emanuel decided not to run again. McDonald was a 17-year-old boy shot dead by police in a 2014 encounter caught on police dash cam video. The video — showing officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 bullets into the knife-wielding teen even after he fell to the ground — was not released for more than a year. Emanuel faced accusations of an attempted cover-up. He fired the police chief and brought in a reformer who instituted changes, worked to rebuild public trust, and reduced gun violence. But as Van Dyke was about to go on trial for murder in September, Emanuel announced he would not run for re-election. Van Dyke was convicted and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.last_img read more

UN cohosts pandemic response exercise in SouthEast Asia

16 August 2010The United Nations opened a four-day pandemic preparedness exercise today in South-East Asia with the aim of boosting the region’s capacity to handle such an event. The organizers say that the exercise, taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, marks the first time that multiple nations have united to simulate the effects of a pandemic on different sectors of an entire region’s essential services. “This event provides the opportunity to bring the multi-sector preparedness focus to a regional level” and to set a global example, said Nhim Vanda, a senior disaster management official with the Cambodian Government. The exercise is designed to study how an outbreak, and the resulting high absenteeism, would impact several essential services simultaneously, especially energy, transport and health care. It will simulate a communicable disease emergency on the fictional continent of Pandemica, which has five countries with similar economic and infrastructural conditions to South-East Asia. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as the UN and other humanitarian organizations, will take part. Participants will spend four days responding to fictional reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the pandemic’s escalation. The UN is co-hosting the exercise with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). UN agencies and offices, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and WHO, will also take part. read more

Australian UN to help Sri Lanka prepare to face natural disasters

The project targets the most vulnerable districts which are adversely affected by recurrent disasters, particularly the annual monsoons, including Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa.“Investments to enhance emergency preparedness and response capacities are critical to mitigate the impact of shocks. In periods when emergency response is required, 25,000 severely affected people will receive assistance through UNICEF and WFP, with a main focus on children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating mothers. The assistance will include food security and nutrition, and child protection’, said Nguyen Duc Hoang, WFP Deputy Country Director.“Children, particularly the most vulnerable children, are at the heart of UNICEF’s work in Sri Lanka.   Initiatives such as this, are vital to help build resilience and reduce the impact of disasters on the lives of the most vulnerable children and their families”, said Tim Sutton, UNICEF Representative. (Colombo Gazette) The annual cycle of floods and drought is causing severe household economic and social stress in Sri Lanka. This cyclical pattern gradually decreases the coping strategies of families and the possibility to return to normalcy in the long run. The Australian Government, WFP and UNICEF have signed a 3-year partnership (2018-2020) with a funding of AUD750,000 (around 89 million Sri Lanka Rupees), to ensure stronger preparedness and faster, more integrated responses to natural disaster emergencies in Sri Lanka.UNICEF said that 96 per cent of disasters in Sri Lanka are caused by climate, such as flooding, landslides, extreme winds and drought. Sri Lanka was ranked the fourth most climate change affected country in 2016 according to the Global Climate Risk Index, 2018. Over 500 people were killed (including 191 people still reported as ‘missing’ in official documents) and over 1.3 million people were affected during the two years. The high number of deaths is being attributed to inadequate emergency preparedness measures.“The Australian Government has supported Sri Lanka in disaster management and emergency response since the 2004 tsunami. We are pleased to now join forces with two of the leading UN humanitarian partners in Sri Lanka to deliver a program with the dual focus of helping Sri Lanka be better prepared to handle natural disasters and respond to emergencies”, remarked Victoria Coakley, Head of Development Cooperation, Australian High Commission. Simultaneously, heavy rainfall during the southwest monsoon period in 2016 and 2017 caused widespread floods and landslides in southern and western regions. read more

The number of Americans seeking jobless aid rises unexpectedly to highest level

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February, a dose of mixed news for an economy that is supposed to be gaining momentum.The Labor Department says a seasonally adjusted 344,000 people applied for jobless aid, up 14,000 from the previous week and the most since late February. Economists had expected a drop.The less-volatile 4-week average rose by 3,000 to 320,000. The number of people applying for jobless aid has now risen three straight weeks.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said last week’s numbers might have been warped by the Easter holiday. “We think the underlying trend is falling, but only slowly,” he wrote in a research note.Unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs and have fallen to pre-recession levels since peaking at 665,000 in March 2009.Another Labor Department report shows that layoffs are running nearly 40 per cent below their peak in 2009. Though they’ve stopped cutting jobs, employers have been slower to add new ones: Hiring remains well below pre-recession levels. Still, the United States economy generated a solid 192,000 jobs in March on top of 197,000 in February. The government releases job figures for April on Friday. Economists are forecasting that the economy generated 210,000 jobs last month.The government reported Wednesday that the economy grew at an annual pace of just 0.1 per cent from January through March. Economists blamed bad weather for the slowdown, which was worse than expected. Most expect growth to pick up as the year wears on and to reach an annual rate of more than 3 per cent from July through December.The Federal Reserve was confident enough in the economy’s strength to announce Wednesday that it would continue scale back a bond-purchasing program meant to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage more borrowing and spending. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 7:05 am MDT The number of Americans seeking jobless aid rises unexpectedly to highest level in 2 months In this April 22, 2014 photo, job seekers line up for a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) read more

Chinas building boom bolsters zinc mining market

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific region is the largest zinc producer region in the world, and upcoming zinc mining projects in Australia, China and India are set to push production even higher, states a new report by mining experts GBI Research. The new report states that demand from galvanised steel makers is rising within the region, as populations expand and housing projects are announced, “keeping investor interest alive and the zinc mining industry buoyant.”Substantial zinc reserves in China, Australia and Kazakhstan support Asia’s zinc mining industry. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Asia-Pacific region had the largest zinc reserves in the world at the end of 2010 with 122 Mt, with Australia and China accounting for around 78% of these reserves. Most of the zinc reserves in Australia are located in the provinces of Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria, while the provinces of Hubei and Guangdong Sheng accounted for the majority of zinc reserves in China.Planned and upcoming zinc projects in Australia, China and India will increase the region’s production levels during the next few years. This anticipated boost in activity is driven by a surging demand for galvanized steel, which is used in construction. China’s domestic zinc consumption is expected to increase from an estimated 5.23 Mt in 2010 to roughly 6.5 Mt by 2020, due to China’s plan to build 36 million units of affordable housing by 2015. National plans such as this, aimed to support population growth in emerging economies, also work to bolster industrial sectors by raising demand for raw materials.Overall zinc metal consumption in the Asia-Pacific region stood at an estimated 6.4 Mt in 2011, with China accounting for almost 90% of this. Regional consumption during this decade is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 1.6% to reach approximately 7.8 Mt by 2020, due to demand for galvanised steel. However, the skilled labour shortage in Australia could pose a major threat to the Asia-Pacific zinc mining industry, as the second largest zinc mine company in the region has been experiencing a skilled labour shortage for a number of years. Beginning in 2004, the situation worsened as the global financial crisis forced the resources sector to lay off around 28,300 personnel during 2008-2009. Since then, as the industry has gradually recovered, the shortage issue has become more apparent and is soon expected to become a major concern. With many remote mines located in Western Australia and Queensland and several mining projects under development, the skilled workforce shortage is likely to adversely affect the mineral resource sector.Asia-Pacific zinc ore production stood at an estimated 6.6 Mt in 2011, and during the forecast period 2012-2020, zinc ore production in Asia-Pacific is estimated to increase at a CAGR of around 4% to approximately 9.6 Mt in 2020. China was the major contributor to regional production in 2011, accounting for a 58.3% share, and the country is expected to remain the leading source of zinc in the future.last_img read more

Greenhills completes the Uis tin project acquisition

first_imgGreenhills Resources Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of Bushveld Minerals Ltd, the vanadium producing company with a diversified projects portfolio of tin and coal assets in Southern Africa, has acquired a 49.5% interest in Dawnmin Africa Investments from a consortium of Namibian shareholders.Dawnmin’s interest in the Uis tin project is held through its 85% shareholding of Guinea Fowl Investments 27. The remaining 15% shareholding in Guinea Fowl is held by the Small Miners of Uis, a Namibian Government entity.Erongo, the majority shareholder in Dawnmin, will spend up to A$2.0 million to complete a scoping study at the project, including the acquisition of processing equipment where deemed appropriate by the board of Bushveld and Technical team of Dawnmin, which will be comprised of representatives from Bushveld and Erongo.The Uis tin project is one of the largest known undeveloped open-pit, hard rock tin deposits in the world and has a history of significant tin mining.Due diligence confirms large well developed pegmatite ore body with 0.3% Sn commonly found in greisenised zones, estimated to host approximately 20,000 t of tinIntent to confirm JORC compliant resource, advance feasibility studies, while simultaneously refurbishing an old existing plant for a 10 t/h pilot scale production of tin concentrate, with a view to scale up targeting the identified high grade zones.The project is located in the Erongo Region of Namibia and comprises three mining licenses, ML 134, ML 129 (B1 and C1) and ML 133. Historic work confirmed a significant tin resource on all three licenses, the most significant of which is the ML 134 with the resource estimated at 70.3 Mt at 0.14% Sn for a total potential resource of over 90,000 t of contained tin.Following due diligence work recently completed, the company has identified significant high grade zones that it recommends form the basis for early production with pilot scale production, at the existing plant which is currently being refurbished by Erongo (pictured), targeted for the second half of 2017.Greenhills, Bushveld’s tin platform, was established to develop a pan-African portfolio of tin assets with a near term production profile. It continues to advance its stated strategy to build a critical mass of tin resources with a near term production profile, to advance the projects towards production and to establish Greenhills as a standalone tin platform offering exposure to a pan-African tin portfolio to investors. Options for listing Greenhills as a stand-alone platform are currently being considered by the company.Fortune Mojapelo, CEO of Bushveld Minerals: “The completion of the Uis tin project acquisition by Greenhills is a very significant step in delivering our strategy of establishing Greenhills as an attractive standalone platform, with options for listing Greenhills currently being considered by the company. We will continue to build a critical mass of tin resources in Greenhills offering exposure to a pan-African tin portfolio with a near term production profile.”last_img read more

Michal Jurecki signs for SG Flensburg Handewitt

The German SG Flensburg Handewitt think big with the new signing from Poland! The 34-years old Polish left back Michal Jurecki signed two years contract with the German team since 2019.Jurecki, one of the best left back players in European handball in the last few years, decided to give another chance to himself in DKB Bundesliga, where he already played in HSV Handball and TUS Lubbecke between 2007 and 2010.Jurecki’s club PGE Vive Kielce announced signing of Belarussian back-line player Vladislav Kulesh. Michal JureckiSG Flensburg Handewitt ← Previous Story Horvat to finish career in Zagreb – Four newcomers in Croatian capital Next Story → Spaniards had no mercy for African champions read more

How clean are Irish apples This student put it to the test

first_imgTHEY SAY THAT an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and student Jason Hannan (15), assisted by Jamie O’Connell (15) took that as his starting point for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition entry.The duo are students at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick, and investigated the vitamin and chemical content of organic and non-organic apples, to make comparisons to determine which is healthier.Hannan said they spoke to experts from University of Limerick, who showed them how to test sulphur in apples. The test found that organic apples contain a lot of sulphur, but once they are washed the amount of sulphur diminishes.This project also looked at whether people prefer the taste of organic or non-organic apples. Here are the results: Read: Meet Ireland’s bright sparks at the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition>Read: Here’s why you can’t feed hens any food you want>last_img read more

Satellite casinos at risk under Macau license retender lawyer says

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Asked whether satellite casino operators would be able to continue should Macau’s current concession model be scrapped, Proença said the future existence of satellite casinos might not fit into the government’s previously stated policy goals of making the city a “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.”“Do these satellite casinos contribute to creating a world class tourism destination? I think many of them as they stand today would [find that] difficult to achieve,” Proença said.“They are stakeholders, they have contributed, they should be consulted in the process and given the chance to bid for new concessions if [concession bids] are opened, [but] if some of them bid against international operators they will be placed in a very difficult position because it is hard to compete with companies that have created world class tourist destinations in other parts of the world.”There are currently 20 satellite casinos – defined as casinos operated by a third party under the license of a Macau concessionaire – in Macau of which 16 are run under the license of SJM. Galaxy Entertainment Group licenses three and Melco Resorts one.According to Proença, it would be difficult for most third-party operators to stand up in any license bidding process against foreign operators such as Genting, Hard Rock or even US tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment.“These bring quality offerings and lots of experience,” he said.“You could argue that satellite operators have a lot of local experience but with a few exceptions they are yet to prove they have the ability to build and operate world class IRs.” RelatedPosts Load More Macau’s satellite casino operators could find themselves on the outer under potential changes to the law as part of the SAR’s license re-tendering process.The possibility of such an imbroglio was put forward by Rui Pinto Proença, Partner at Macau law firm MdME, during a discussion on local television news service TDM about the two-year license extension handed to SJM and MGM by the government last week.last_img read more

Juanes Wins Best PopRock Album 18th Latin GRAMMYs

first_imgNominated in the category alongside Juanes tonight were Mikel Erentxun, Jarabe De Palo, Miranda!, and Joaquín Sabina.Raised in Medellin, Colombia, Juanes began playing guitar at age 7, and started his first band, Ekhymosis, at 15. After releasing five albums with Ehkymosis and achieving domestic success in his home country, Juanes began recording as a solo artist in 2000. On the strength of his debut solo album, Fíjate Bien, won three awards at the 2nd Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist, and Best Solo Rock Album.Tonight’s win is Juanes’ ninth career win in the Rock Field of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, having previously won categories such as Best Solo Rock Vocal Album and Best Rock Song. He previously won Best Pop/Rock Album for 2014’s Loco De Amor .See The Complete List Of Winners From The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs Facebook Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Twitter Prev Next Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Email What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Song “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY juanes-wins-best-poprock-album-18th-latin-grammys See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Song Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win News Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song “Wow. Thank you very much to everyone really. To the Academy for this recognition. Bull, Nene, Sky, wherever you are, many, many thanks. Jesus Lopez [and] all of the family at Universal Music. Rebeca Leon, Lionfish [Entertainment]. To my wife who is the channel to my life. My children at home — Luna, Paloma and Dante — to my mother, Alicia. Colombia, this is for you. I’m here because of you and for you I’ll be here until the end. To Rafa, Henry. To the team that’s always with us. Many thanks to the band that accompanies me. Many, many thanks.” — JuanesThe win brings the Colombian icon’s impressive total of Latin GRAMMY career wins to 22. He was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The Year. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Wincenter_img ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 17, 2017 – 12:57 pm Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Colombia, todo es por ti 🙏 #LatinGRAMMY #misplanessonamarte— JUANES (@juanes) November 17, 2017 See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends The Colombian was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The YearBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 5:26 pm Juanes has won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Pop/Rock Album, for Mis Planes Son Amarte, at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights https://twitter.com/juanes/status/931332743354392576 Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Read morelast_img read more

State Finds No Health Impacts From Aurora Energy Plant

first_imgAn analysis by the state finds no health impacts from coal ash and dust from the downtown Fairbanks Aurora Energy Plant. Particulates from the facility drift onto properties in the surrounding neighborhood, but the state report dispels health concerns.Download Audiolast_img

Its really sad Juneau kids sorry to see playground burn

first_imgFirefighters at Project Playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Foam clung to the charred remains of castle steeples and playhouses while firefighters swept the Twin Lakes playground with high-pressure hoses.The smoke was thick but through the gaps, it didn’t look like much was left of the popular playground located in a park north of downtown Juneau.The playground caught fire Monday evening. Bystanders watching from the sidelines said it was a huge loss.11-year-old Kala Burras was watching the fire crews with her parents and brother. She said she feels a strong connection to this park.“It was really important because I liked to play on it everyday and it was just really fun to play on it and now that it’s gone, it’s really sad,” Burras said.Kala said she especially used the park in the summer months, something she was looking forward to doing this year.“I’m probably just going to go see if there’s any other thing I can do, like play at another park, but it’s probably not going to be as good as this one,” she saidKala and Kaleb Burras with their parents Latroy, left, and Donny, right. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Kala’s 10-year-old brother, Kaleb said he loves the park, too, and he and his friends usually play here during the summer.“I’m probably going to stay home and play video games now,” he said.But, he said video games won’t make up for it completely.Nerio Bernaldo said that his kids hadn’t even seen the fire damage in person yet. He showed them a picture on Facebook before coming out to the scene.“When I got wind of it, I told them about it and immediately they started crying, so I could see the effect that it had on them and that was just by word of mouth,” Bernaldo said. “So, I think by a lot of kids actually seeing it would cause a lot of emotional trauma and they’d be upset about what’s going on.”Nerio Bernaldo on Monday. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Bernaldo was sad and angry. He wants to know how the fire started. He said this playground was a go-to destination for a lot of families, including his. He said it was like a safe haven for his kids in a community where he is increasingly worried about his kids having a safe place to go.A Facebook group called Rebuild Castle Park popped up Monday and within three hours of the fire, there were nearly 1,800 members.last_img read more

Collector Rajat Kumar Saini reviews progress of 2BHKs in

first_imgKothagudem: District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini has reviewed the construction of double bedroom houses in the district with the department officials of Panchayat Raj, Engineering and Revenue at the Collectorate meeting hall in Kothagudem on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, the Collector reviewed the mandal-wise construction details of double bedroom houses and enquired with Tahsildars the progress of construction and the list of houses completed. Stating that houses in tribal areas should be allotted only to tribals, the Collector said the allotment of houses should be done through a draw of lots. He directed the officials to speed up construction works and complete them in the stipulated time. Joint Collector K Venkateswarlu, Sub-Collector Bavesh Mishra, District Revenue Officer Kiran Kumar, Panchayat Raj Executive Engineer Sudhakar, Tribal Welfare Department Engineer Koti Reddy and other officials attended the meeting.last_img read more

Manohar Parrikars son attacks BJP says fathers path of politics ended on

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:32Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Utpal was a BJP contender for assembly by-election in Goa, after his father’s death, but the party decided to not field him. TwitterAfter 10 Congress MLAs from Goa joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, Utpal Parrikar, the son of late Manohar Parrikar, said on Wednesday that the path of trust established by the Parrikar-led BJP in the state ended with his father’s demise.According to IANS, Utpal said that he was ready to take the lead to help re-establish the philosophy of trust among the party’s committed cadre. “I am willing to do it. There will be repercussions, but I am willing to face them,” he said.Utpal was a BJP contender for assembly by-election in Goa, after his father’s death, but the party decided to not field him. The election was eventually won by Congress’ Atanasio Monserratte. Monserratte was amongst the ten who joined the BJP on Wednesday.”The path of trust which Parrikar established in his politics ended on March 17,” said Utpal, while reacting to the BJP’s decision to induct the MLAs.10 of the 17 Congress MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, quit the party and defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday. Since the 2017 state Assembly elections, 13 Congress MLAs have switched over to the BJP, whose strength has increased from 13 to 27. Closecenter_img Karnataka political crisis | Kumaraswamy won’t resign after Thursday’s cabinet meetlast_img read more

40km human chain for addressing death trap

first_imgA 40-kilometer long human chain was formed demanding effective steps to prevent road accidents on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Sitakunda on Saturday. Photo:UNBFrustrated by recurring road accidents in Sitakunda on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway, local stakeholders formed a 40-kilometre long human chain on Saturday, reports UNB.They held the demonstration as at least 36 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in the past three months on that area.Students, teachers and members of more than one hundred social, cultural and political organisations joined the human chain that last for about two hours.The demonstrators demanded immediate and effective steps to prevent road accidents and ensure overall road safety.Speakers there said the highway has turned into a death trap as number of accidents has increased alarmingly, particularly in Sitakunda and Mirsharai points.They blamed ‘unskilled drivers’ for the unwanted accidents.At least 142 people died in road accidents in Sitakunda in past one year, according to government data.Apart from careful driving, the demonstrators emphasised the importance of awareness of the passengers and surveillance by the authorities to address the situation.The human chain, considered longest ever in this part of the country, was organised by ‘Sitakunda Samity Chattogong’.Students and teachers of Fouzdarhat KM High School, Shitalpur Multipurpose High School, Shilpur Madrasa, South Mechzidda Government Primary School, Kumira Girls’ School and Mosque High School along with Sitakunda Journalists Association, Smile Bangladesh, Jaijaidin Friends Forum, Hafiz Jute Mills, Green Education, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Sitakunda Evolution Club and Lions Club of Chattogong Liberty, among others, participated in the human chain.last_img read more

Bangladesh appoints new Ambassador to China

first_imgMahbub Uz Zaman. Photo: UNBThe government has decided to appoint Mahbub Uz Zaman, currently serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific) at the foreign ministry, as the new Bangladesh Ambassador to China, reports BSS.Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career foreign service officer, belongs to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) foreign affairs cadre.In his distinguished diplomatic career of over 30 years, Mahbub served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore and Sri Lanka, a foreign ministry press release said.He also worked in various capacities in Bangladesh Permanent Missions in Geneva, New York as well as Bangladesh Missions in Tokyo, Ottawa and New Delhi. At headquarters, from December 2016, he has been serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific).Zaman obtained his Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He also obtained a diploma in French language and International Relations from Belgium.last_img read more

Gutting Gun Bill A Good Omen

first_imgOn July 25 the Baltimore City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee voted 5-2 to amend the council’s ill-fated attempt to impose a mandatory minimum one-year sentence on anyone “illegally” carrying a gun within 100 yards of a school, public park, church or any other public facility in the city.The revised bill would impose the one-year sentence only on those committing a second gun possession offense or carrying a gun in commission of a crime against a person or property. Ultimately, the amended measure would be neutralized by existing Maryland law.The response to the original proposed legislation was fast, furious and decidedly negative in many of the city’s mostly Black, mostly poor communities. However, the council’s actions to gut the bill may have avoided a catastrophe similar to what we witnessed in April 2015 following the death (some say murder) of Freddie Gray.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)This wasn’t just a knee jerk response to the very real crisis of violence and murder this city has endured over the last three years (although many would argue the epidemic of violence has been at a crisis level for decades). There is a tone deaf quality to the argument that implementing a mandatory minimum gun law in Baltimore City would somehow assuage our fears and deter violence.In fact, several people who work at City Hall have asked privately, ”Who advised the mayor on this legislation?“ “Mandatory minimums don’t work,” said Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd) during last week’s tumultuous hearing prior to the council committee stripping down the hapless gun law.However, the result of implementing the bill as it was originally crafted would have almost assuredly resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, more arrests by the end of 2017.How many of those arrests would have fallen into the category of “illegal arrests” a term made popular during the days of the nefarious zero tolerance policing implemented by then Mayor Martin O’Malley? There are thousands of Black men, their families and communities that still have not recovered from the zero tolerance policy, which at its zenith, was responsible for the arrest of more than 100,000 people per year for several years, in a city of just over 600,000 people.Many argue, with our city being ravaged by violence and 206 homicides (as of August 2), we are at a very tenuous tipping point in Baltimore. The implementation of a mandatory minimum gun law and its aftermath could have had a similar effect as the bad days of zero tolerance policing, possibly recreating circumstances that sparked the uprising of 2015. We underestimate that potential at our own peril.I guess the original bill could technically be resurrected, but it seems highly unlikely because of the vigilance of several of the council’s youngest and newest members.The “renegade eight,” the eight newest members of the council voted in during last year’s general election, entered the chamber with the hopes of many of the city’s most disenfranchised citizens riding on their shoulders. In these cynical political times punctuated over the last six months by the unprecedented and potentially apocalyptic antics of the 45th president, hope in our political leaders has been hard to come by.Yet, the newest members of the council began their tenures by spearheading the unanimous condemnation  of statements made by President Donald Trump, just days prior to his visit to Baltimore in December 2016. The first official action of the council denounced Trump’s “divisive and scapegoating rhetoric, rooted in hate and prejudice.” And the rebuke of Trump came as Mayor Catherine Pugh was preparing to ask the 45th president for much needed federal resources for the city. It was a symbolic gesture of course, but perhaps one that set a critical tone going forward.However, the council’s actions in snuffing out the mandatory minimum gun law was real action taken against what many argue was a really bad bill. And in the process they may have diffused  a very volatile situation in our city festering beneath the summer sun.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img read more

Eide There is agreement on hydrocarbons

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus said yesterday he remained optimistic the two sides would resume peace talks, suspended for weeks due to a dispute over the island’s offshore hydrocarbons.“The problem right now is that we’re not talking… but if we can get back to the table and negotiate, we can solve these issues,” Espen Barth Eide said during a live news show on state broadcaster CyBC.“If we speed up negotiations we will solve every issue. And remember that, for instance, on territory or property there is no agreement, we have to negotiate. [But] on hydrocarbons, there is agreement. The two sides do agree. It takes two minutes to discuss it because they already did. It [hydrocarbons] shall be a federal capacity, it belongs to all Cypriots through the state, they all agree.“So paradoxically, it would be the easiest question at the negotiating table if it was there,” Eide noted.The UN official stressed that sooner or later the two sides will have to address the hydrocarbons issue: “It is not up to me to decide whether it shall be there or not, but it must be discussed at some stage… somewhere, sometime… in order to create a working federal republic.”Asked to clarify the bridging proposal he floated to the two sides to get the talks going again, Eide said he never proposed co-management of the island’s hydrocarbons today, but rather in the future.“My original idea was not about management [of hydrocarbons] today, it was about the future situation when the political process has already led to a solution.”The UN official confirmed that his proposal – setting up a panel of experts from the two sides to discuss such issues as management of hydrocarbons and pollution, following a settlement – was rejected by both communities.“Hydrocarbons can either be a blessing or a curse. If unresolved, it can cause trouble and scare off investors,” he said.Despite the ongoing standoff on the hydrocarbons issue, Eide sought to strike an upbeat note, saying that there was a political will on both sides to resume talks.Later in the day the UN official held separate meetings with the leaders of the European Party and the Citizens Alliance.Commenting on Eide’s remarks, EDEK said that Cyprus hydrocarbons are not within the remit of the United Nations.For their part, the Greens noted that the UN official appeared to be unaware of the history and intricacies of the Cyprus problem.During his current visit to the island, Eide met with the leaders of both communities in a bid to get the talks process back on track.President Nicos Anastasiades walked out of UN-backed negotiations last month, reacting to Turkey’s move to dispatch a seismic survey vessel to conduct exploration within the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots.Nicosia says the explorations inside its EEZ are illegal. Ankara does not recognise the Republic or its jurisdiction over the EEZ, and has warned that both communities must share in the island’s hydrocarbons wealth.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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