U.S. real estate website Zillow says it has reached a deal with Century 21 Canada to list Canadian properties on its site.The Seattle-based service says it expects to feature Canadian listings, including from Century 21 Canada, on the site starting later this year.The company says that with 79 per cent of U.S. home buyers already shopping online for real estate, the addition of Canadian listings will increase exposure to properties in Canada.Century 21 Canada says the deal to provide a direct listing feed to Zillow mirrors a partnership its U.S. counterpart already has with the site.It says the deal is the first between a Canadian real estate company and Zillow, and that it will improve marketing for its sellers.Founded in 2006, Zillow is one of the largest real estate and rental listing sites in the U.S.
Rabat – The event is organized by the Rabat-based Goethe Institute, under the auspices of the German foreign affairs ministry. In a press release shared with Morocco World News, the institute emphasized the “pedagogical” aspect of the cultural events.The concerts, to be performed in Casablanca’s Mohammed VI High School on November 27 and Fez’s Moulay Idriss November 29, will mostly be for prospective German language students and established Germanophiles to have first-hand cultural immersion in German culture.Helgen tour programPrior to performing their two concerts, “the three young German pop musicians from the city of Hamburg will offer a workshop with about 25 German-learning students in both high schools,” the institute’s press release said. It added: “During this educational event, the members of the group will rehearse their songs in German [with students] and talk about German pop music as well as their daily lives as musicians in the country of Goethe.”The two concerts are part of the German foreign affairs ministry’s “Schools, Partners of the Future” (PASCH) initiative. PASCH, the press release explained, envisions promoting the worldwide teaching of the German language and culture.In addition to students from the host high schools in Casablanca and Fez, groups of students from other PASCH schools in Morocco will also be invited to both concerts. PASCH has schools in Rabat (Lalla Aicha and Descartes), Casablanca (Lyautey), Kenitra (Abderrahmane Enacer), and Settat (Ibn Abbad).While the PASCH program traditionally collaborates with leading high schools in countries where it operates, the two concerts in Morocco will also see the participation of students from public schools in Casablanca and Fez.“There will be much fun,” organizers promised.
HOUSTON — Enbridge Energy Partners LP is looking at a possible sale of its main natural gas business in the United States, which has experienced a 51 per cent decline in first-quarter revenue and a higher operating loss compared with last year.The Enbridge-run limited partnership, which is primarily involved in transporting oil from Western Canada and North Dakota, says it is reviewing its holdings in Midcoast Energy Partners and Midcoast Operating LP — its main natural gas holdings.Enbridge Energy Partners also announced a 43 per cent decline in net income and a 26 per cent decline in overall revenue in the first quarter, mainly attributed to weakness in natural gas.Enbridge’s Northern Gateway may be resuscitated as Trudeau wavers on tanker moratoriumLNG hope and OPEC’s tightrope: What’s in store for Canada’s oil patch in 2016Total revenue was US$1.06 billion, including $431.9 million from natural gas. That’s down from US$1.43 billion, including US$873.5 million from natural gas, in the first quarter of 2015.Net income dropped to US$80 million or seven cents per unit from US$140.1 million or 26 cents per unit. Adjusted net income dropped 20 per cent to US$113.8 million or 17 cents per unit from US$142.8 million or 26 cents per unit.The natural gas segment’s operating loss increased to US$29.9 million from US$26 million and it reduced total net income by $22.8 million. The liquids business increased its operating profit to $301.4 million from $270.2 million.Enbridge says its strategic review of the natural gas business is in its early stages and no decision has been reached.
The EU comes into the picture as it imposed, in January this year, a ban on export of fish and fishery products from Sri Lanka as the country’s fishermen were violating the international laws. To have the ban lifted, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Sri Lankan government is implementing an action plan consisting of 57 activities. According to an official document, 36 activities were fulfilled by July end and the EU, at a meeting in Brussels to review the progress, had expressed satisfaction but pointed out that the amount of penalties had not been hiked. In September, it also reminded the Ministry for not having raised the amount. The Sri Lankan government will not make any complaint to the European Union (EU) about alleged poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, even as it has decided to increase the amount of penalty for violation of fisheries laws in international waters, according to Rajitha Senaratne, Cabinet spokesperson.The decision of the government has been made as India is a “friendly neighbour,” the Minister has said, according to The Hindu newspaper. The issue came up before the Cabinet of the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday and it was decided to make the penalty five times the value of fish catch. The penalty would be determined, taking into account the size of vessel too. This would also cover import and export of fish.On the implication of the decision for alleged poaching by Indian fishermen invariably along the coast of the Northern Province, Dr. Senaratne told The Hindu that this would not be applicable as the fishermen were doing fishing in the “Sri Lankan waters” and the move pertained to the international waters.
The Government says it needs more time to fulfil promises given to the UN human rights body to investigate war crimes allegations from a long civil war that ended seven years ago.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents on Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N human rights session starting on February 27, the Associated Press reported. The U.N. human rights chief had called for a hybrid court with local and international judges. Sri Lanka agreed to the participation of foreign judges before backtracking and now insists on local courts investigating the allegations. Sri Lanka, in a joint resolution in 2015 at the U.N. Human Rights Council, promised to work toward ethnic reconciliation, which includes investigating alleged abuses.
Quick : un rapport révèle “de graves manquements aux règles d’hygiène”L’enquête sur le décès de Benjamin, l’adolescent de 14 ans décédé au lendemain d’un dîner dans un Quick d’Avignon, se poursuit. Si un pré-rapport commandé par le fast-food soulignait qu’il n’y avait pas eu de dysfonctionnement du côté du restaurant, un rapport de trois pages épingle la chaîne.La direction de Quick a de quoi s’inquiéter. Selon un rapport de trois pages, qui se trouve actuellement en la possession de la juge d’instruction, les agents de la direction départementale de la protection de la population ont constaté de “graves manquements aux règles d’hygiène et d’entretien” dans le restaurant d’Avignon, rapporte Europe 1. C’est à cet endroit que Benjamin, 14 ans, avait dîné en famille il y a deux semaines, avant d’être soudain pris de vomissement et de décéder le lendemain. À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteSelon les derniers éléments fournis par la procureure, le jeune homme serait probablement mort suite à une intoxication alimentaire. Pour savoir si Quick est réellement en cause, le restaurant d’Avignon a été passé au peigne fin. Résultat, sur 40 points de contrôle relevés, 14 ont été notés en “Non-conformité” : 5 “majeures”, 8 “moyennes”, 1 “mineure”, 12 en “non-conformité moyenne”, rapporte LeDauphine.com. Le rapport ferait également état de plinthes décollées, rendant impossible un nettoyage et une désinfection efficace. Le fast-food avait pourtant déjà été épinglé en novembre 2008.Quick continue néanmoins de se défendre. Le restaurant affirme que la nourriture et la chaîne du froid sont conformes. Si pour le moment il n’existe aucun lien formel entre le décès de l’adolescent et son dîner, le Quick d’Avignon reste fermé sur arrêté préfectoral. D’autres expertises sont en cours. La procureure devrait avoir les résultats dans quelques jours.Le 4 février 2011 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Yesterday, NASA held a press conference today announcing that Enceladus may harbor life. That’s right; we may have alien life right here in our solar system.Scientists have confirmed that there’s plenty of chemical energy within the moon’s underground lakes to support life. Molecular hydrogen, for example, is evidence of hydrothermal vents, and it, alongside water, and a smattering of other minerals and compounds are all necessary for life. What’s more, every time we’ve found this cocktail of chemicals here on earth, we’ve also found life. It’s likely that if Enceladus has life, we’ll find it near the ocean floor where thermal vents provide an excellent source of energy and nutrients for life. This discovery officially makes Enceladus the most likely candidate for life outside of Earth we’ve yet found.The results were published today in the journal Science and expounded with a press conference at Washington’s James Webb Auditorium. To be clear — we haven’t found life yet, but we’re looking at a very similar set of materials to what we’d find on Earth’s own ocean floor. And while it might be dark and cold in the depths, it’s also home to vital ecosystems and thousands of species across the world.Enceladus is, notably, not Earth and there will be some big challenges to any search for life. For one, the ocean is a staggering 37 miles deep — a long way to go for a remote-controlled submersible. Enceladus also has an elliptical orbit around Saturn, meaning tidal forces keep the core and the ocean above it uncharacteristically warm. Parts of the massive ocean may be close to water’s boiling point, and there’s no telling how that might affect potential organisms.The announcement is also the culmination of more than a decade of study with the Casini probe as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2015, NASA used Casini to collect samples from massive plumes of water vapor erupting from the icy surface. Since then, the analysis suggests that there’s a litany of organic molecules as well as virtually all of the major ingredients for life.We still can’t say for sure that life is on Enceladus, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the closest humanity has yet come to finding life on another world. Molecular hydrogen, for example, is generally unstable and quickly binds to other chemicals. It’s also an important ingredient for life, and without a source to replenish it, the substance doesn’t stick around for long. Since Casini found loads of hydrogen, we know that something has to be making it. And that dramatically increases the chances that Enceladus has active hydrothermal vents, which could be feeding primitive microbes.It’s hard to overstate the significance of the discovery, but you can be sure that NASA, the European Space Agency, and others are probably eyeing Saturn’s medium-sized oceanic moon a bit more closely for future missions. Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend
Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form December isn’t typically known as a month which sees a whole lot of big releases. This is the case in 2018. While there are numerous titles dropping, massive hits are few and far between. While this doesn’t look good on the surface, remember that most folks are still playing all the bangers released during the past three months. The lull in December will give many the opportunity to either finish up or start playing titles which fell by the wayside. If you somehow have no games to play, there are a couple of releases this month that’ll hold you over until new titles start pouring in at the end of January 2019.Super Smash Bros. UltimatePlatform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: December 7The biggest game of December is unquestionably Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This enhanced Wii U port features damn near every character that ever appeared in Super Smash Bros. On top of its robust roster, Nintendo’s brawler has a ton of different modes to play. If you’re a fan of the series, this is definitely everything you could have asked for. If you’re unfamiliar, this is probably the best way to check out what all the fuss is about. Expect this title to generate a ton of memes on social media when it launches.Pre-order Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from AmazonJust Cause 4Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: December 4Open world games are all about giving players the freedom to do what they want. No other franchise lives up to the genre’s potential like Just Cause, which is getting a new entry this month. Just Cause 4 is very much in the vein of its predecessors. Players can destroy the environment with a variety of unique weapons and abilities. The biggest addition this time is a massive tornado that sucks up everything in its wake. The fact you can control the tornado’s trajectory will no doubt lead to some truly insane scenarios.Buy Just Cause 4 from AmazonHellblade: Senua’s SacrificePlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: December 4Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an indie game for people who don’t like indie games. Though made on a modest budget, it very much looks and feels like a AAA title. However, it deals with subjects most big studios would never touch. The game is finally getting a physical release on PS4 and Xbox One. Most indie games do not receive this treatment, so it’s great to see this wonderful title on disk. If you didn’t try out Hellblade when it first released, now is the perfect time to play it for yourself. Just have some handkerchiefs ready. This isn’t for the faint of heart.You can buy Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Amazon.PlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsPlatform: PS4Release date: December 7A year after making its debut on Xbox One, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds arrives on PS4. Though Fortnite is now seen as the defacto battle royale game, it was PUBG which really kicked the whole craze into motion. While PUBG is still relatively popular on PC and Xbox One, it’s unclear if it’ll sell as well on PS4. This might be a case of too little too late. But it’s better to release on PS4 late than not at all.Pre-order PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from AmazonSega Genesis ClassicsPlatform: SwitchRelease date: December 7As someone who lived through the old Sega and Nintendo console wars, it’s still a trip for me to see classic Sega games on a Nintendo system. Twelve-year-old Tony would never have believed it. Despite the weirdness of it all, I appreciate having the ability to play these Sega classics on Switch. Sega has released Genesis collections in the past so it’s likely you already own one iteration. But since Switch gives you the ability to play these games on the go, it’s worth picking up the new collection for that reason alone.Pre-order SEGA Genesis Classics from AmazonGwent: The Witcher Card GamePlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: December 4The Witcher 3 is filled with a great deal of side quests and optional content. One of the biggest diversions is a card game called Gwent. The in-game game was so popular that some users said it’s good enough to be its own title. Well, that’s exactly what’s happened with the appropriately titled Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. The only potential downside with this free-to-play title may come from its microtransactions. Hopefully, they will not be too egregious.Download Gwent: The Witcher Card Game from the PlayStation Store and Xbox LiveThronebreaker: The Witcher TalesPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: December 4Interestingly enough, Gwent isn’t the only Witcher 3 card game releasing in December. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales uses the Gwent system as its base but adds a narrative element on top of it. Like The Witcher 3, the storytelling and voice overs are all of exceptional quality. While the isometric graphics aren’t on the same level of Witcher 3, the cell-shaded art style is easy on the eyes. This, along with Gwent, should hold fans over until the next Witcher game drops.Buy Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales from the PlayStation Store, Steam, and Xbox LiveBorderlands 2 VRPlatform: PlayStation VRRelease date: December 14Borderlands fans are no doubt eager for a new entry. Despite Randy Pitchford’s cryptic tweet from the other day, Borderlands 3 has not been officially announced by Gearbox. Thankfully, fans of the franchise can find some satisfaction with Borderlands 2 VR. This is mostly the same Borderlands 2 experience from before, but only in virtual reality. I say mostly because there is no online component. That could very well be a dealbreaker for some considering how fun it is to play with friends. However, if you really need a Borderlands fix and own a PSVR, you can’t go wrong with this one.Pre-order Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales from AmazonEarth Defense Force 5Platform: PS4Release date: December 11It’s amazing to me that we live in a world with five Earth Defense Force games. Maybe there are more fans of cheesy 1950’s sci-fi movies than I realized? I personally never hear or see much hype for these titles but the games just keep on selling. Maybe it’s one of those “it’s big in Japan” type of deals or something. Anyway, if you liked shooting giant bugs in previous entries then you’re probably going to love what Earth Defense Force 5 has to offer. Perhaps I should play this game myself to see what’s so special about the series.Pre-order Earth Defense Force 5 from the PlayStation StoreMore on Geek.com:‘Fornite’ Creators Challenge Steam With Epic Games Store‘Pokemon Go’ Finally Lets You Battle Other PlayersMake Your Nintendo Switch Accessible With the Xbox Adaptive Controller Stay on target
Bayern Munich and Liverpool will face off tomorrow in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match.German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are preparing to take on English Premier League club Liverpool tomorrow night.The game at Anfield will be part of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series.And Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic already knows what to expect from the match.“We know what kind of atmosphere awaits us, that it’s a truly beautiful stadium, and that it’ll be a cauldron,” he told the club’s official webpage.“So we must fight passionately but keep our cool.”“The match could have been a semi-final tie. It’ll be a duel at the highest level, I’m looking forward to it,” he continued.“It’s always important to score a goal on the road, that would be good.”“We can all be looking forward to a great match,” said manager Niko KovacCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s the toughest draw we could have been handed. Liverpool made it to the final last year, they’re top favorites for the title.”“But we’re FC Bayern, and I’m convinced Liverpool know they’ll play in Munich in the return leg,” added Kovac.One of the players who has been working very hard to develop his game under Kovac, Leon Goretzka, also spoke to the press.“We go to Liverpool with healthy confidence. We want to assert ourselves there, turn in a good display and ideally achieve a good result before the return leg,” Goretzka said.After the match, Bayern will have three consecutive games in the Bundesliga, against Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg.The second leg against Liverpool will be played on March 13th.Our last training session before tomorrow’s game! 📸#LFCFCB #FCBayern #packmas pic.twitter.com/vs7MK3qKhT— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 18, 2019
The top 10 most-read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 19 September and 17 October 2016 were:EXCLUSIVE: BT to consolidate benefits in global online platformCommunications organisation BT is launching an online benefits portal that will bring all of its employee benefits together in one place. bit.ly/2eaU86e2. National minimum wage rises to £6.95A higher minimum wage rate came into effect on 1 October 2016, increasing from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour for employees aged 21-24 years old. bit.ly/2dB9JYP3. British Gas Court of Appeal decision confirms inclusion of commission in holiday payThe Court of Appeal has confirmed that holiday pay calculations should include a representative amount of commission-based pay, upholding the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of British Gas v Lock. bit.ly/2ejV5JU4. EXCLUSIVE: Central government to launch online benefits platformThe UK central government is to launch a benefits platform to provide 418,000 civil servants with online access to their employee benefits package. bit.ly/2elERfi5. EXCLUSIVE: Hachette UK introduces financial education workshops for under 30sPublishing group Hachette UK introduced targeted financial education workshops to address financial issues that affect employees under 30. bit.ly/2cUfm4b6. BMW consults on closure of final salary pension schemes to future accrualOn 29 September, BMW opened a 60-day consultation with employee representative bodies regarding the closure of its two final salary pension schemes to future accrual. bit.ly/2dVOROk7. 80% do not take time off for stress-related illnessesResearch by Canada Life Group Insurance found that 28% of respondents feel their workload is too great to call in sick, and 21% go into work when ill because of financial reasons. bit.ly/2di5RAj 8. 70% want to access employee benefits from their mobile deviceAccording to Thomsons Online Benefits’ Global employee benefits watch 2016-17 report, 18% of employee respondents are unhappy with how they have to interact with benefits, while 17% are unhappy with benefits communication. bit.ly/2dbIAP89. 59% feel their employer supports their work-life balanceThe Why BWell report by Barnett Waddingham found that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 feel their organisation supports them in leading a healthy lifestyle, compared to 41% of 30-49 year olds, and 37% aged 50 and over. bit.ly/2cKjbM010. Old Mutual launches financial education programme for staffInternational investments and savings organisation Old Mutual launched a personalised financial education programme for its 200 employees as part of its wellbeing strategy. bit.ly/2dgsIsT
Kupwara: Days after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, locals of Kupwara district are now in hope of better employment opportunities in the region, while some of them have requested the central government to take strong actions against corruption. “From what we are seeing, the situation is not that difficult, but not normal too. In their mind, people here think that they will not get jobs. Unemployment is the main cause here. People are protesting for this reason too thinking that now they won’t get jobs. But I don’t think this is correct as now more businesses will open up here. There will be new jobs,” said a local. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Another one added, “Few people are not understanding what exactly abrogation of Article 370 means. I feel that there is no loss in it. It’s profitable because the young generation will get jobs as big industries will come here. Even people, who are talented in different fields like dance, singing, among others will get chance. I feel the outcome will be good.” Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The clampdown was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on August 4, a day before both the Houses of Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, and adopted the resolution to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A. One local has requested the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a “major issue in Jammu and Kashmir is corruption, so the CBI and other agencies should keep an eye on it to take strong actions.” Advertise With Us Irfan Bhadan, chairman of Gurjar Pahadi Forum said, “After abrogation of Article 370, we are looking forward for development and employment in the valley.” The government agencies started easing restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after the situation in the Valley continued to remain peaceful for the 12th day since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to the state.
BSE closes points 162.88 up on Feb 18120 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 162.88 up on Feb 18120 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 162.88 points up to stand at 29,298.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 56.95 points up to stand at 8,866.30. SUZLON and RTN POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.34% and 15.35% along with PIPAVAVDOC and MRPL with an increase of 14.18% and 9.25% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD and HERO MOTOCORP LTD. with a decrease of 6.78% and 4.94% along with PMCFIN and NMDC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 193.03 points at 19,867.25 while the banking sector is up 105.78 points at 22,088.77 and the reality sector is down at 9.30 points at 1,728.46. The Indian currency is down 0.25% at Rs 62.31 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 162.88 points up to stand at 29,298.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 56.95 points up to stand at 8,866.30. SUZLON and RTN POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.34% and 15.35% along with PIPAVAVDOC and MRPL with an increase of 14.18% and 9.25% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD and HERO MOTOCORP LTD. with a decrease of 6.78% and 4.94% along with PMCFIN and NMDC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 193.03 points at 19,867.25 while the banking sector is up 105.78 points at 22,088.77 and the reality sector is down at 9.30 points at 1,728.46. The Indian currency is down 0.25% at Rs 62.31 per dollar.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald TrumpUS Democrats, licking their wounds from last year’s election debacle, will pick a new leader Saturday to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans.With opposition Democrats preparing for crucial 2018 midterm elections and the nation’s next presidential race on the distant 2020 horizon, nothing less than the future of the party is at stake.The race to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC) features front-runners Tom Perez, a Hispanic-American and former secretary of labor under Barack Obama who is the establishment pick, and Keith Ellison, a black Muslim congressman from the party’s progressive wing who has left open the prospect of pushing to impeach Trump.The race is narrowing — one of the second-tier challengers, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jamie Harrison dropped out of the race Thursday and supported Perez — and culminates in a vote Saturday at a DNC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.During a debate with several DNC candidates Wednesday night, Perez and Ellison expressed similar views about how they would run the party.They acknowledged that it needs to take a solid economic message to working-class and middle-class Americans, many of whom said during last year’s campaign that they felt abandoned by Democrats.Perez, 55, said Democrats need to “get back to basics” by making house calls in all 50 states and establishing a year-round organizing presence to remind American workers that the Democratic Party represents their values and interests.”When we lead with our message, our message of economic opportunity, that’s how we win,” he said during the debate broadcast on CNN.- Crisis of confidence -Perez also warned that Democrats must reform their party’s presidential primary system, which he said has created “a crisis of confidence” because of its lack of transparency.The current system includes the use of several hundred so-called “super-delegates” — DNC members, party grandees and lawmakers who can vote for whomever they choose in the primary, regardless of how citizens vote in the states.Ellison, 53, is the insurgent in the race, a supporter of liberal Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries who, like Perez, has pledged to reclaim the party’s reputation of standing for fair trade, jobs, infrastructure investment and the preservation of Social Security.”That’s what we do,” said Ellison, who was endorsed by Sanders. Trump “stole a Democratic message” by constantly reminding working-class and middle-class voters during the campaign that he was the candidate who listened to their concerns.Trump no doubt is watching the DNC race closely. Earlier this week he tweeted that Ellison’s bid is notable because “he was the one who predicted early that I would win!”Beyond Perez and Ellison, a dark horse has emerged: Pete Buttigieg, the charismatic 35-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.He has earned support from former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former DNC chair Steve Grossman, and Vermont ex-governor Howard Dean, himself a onetime presidential candidate and DNC chair.”The wolf is through the gates and eating our sheep right now. We’ve got to take it to the real opposition, which is the Republicans,” Buttigieg said in the debate.The falsehoods peddled by the Trump White House must be “met with fact and outrage,” he added. But at the same time, the focus has to return to struggling Americans.”We’ve got to get back to talking to people and about people in terms of their everyday lives.”The three candidates pledged to remain neutral should sitting Democrats be challenged by more liberal candidates in the 2018 midterm elections in the Republican-controlled Congress.And they portrayed the Democrats as a party desperate for a reenergizing from the ground up.Grossman, one of the former DNC chairs, said Trump was far more adept than Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate he defeated, at showing Americans that he could feel their pain.”He did, and she didn’t, and that was the difference,” Grossman told CBS radio earlier this month, as he said the new DNC chair will be tasked with bringing that message home to voters.Saturday’s winner needs a majority of the DNC’s 447 members. Roll Call newspaper reported a number of ballots would likely be needed for a candidate to emerge victorious.
What was the very first Rolling Stones song? Even Mick Jagger and Keith Richards can’t agree. When you’ve been musical partners for nearly 60 years, you’ll be forgiven if your memories of your early days together don’t exactly line up. Mick and Keith knew each other as neighboring preteens in the early 1950s, when they attended the Wentworth Primary School, in Dartford, England, before Keith’s family moved away. As lads, they were both choirboys; Keith once sang at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II. Jagger was the better student, winning a scholarship to study business at the London School of Economics. He also sang in a nascent rock band, Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. Richards was kicked out of a technical high school for truancy, had enrolled at Sidcup Art College, but spent more time in his room noodling around on his guitar, reconstructing Chuck Berry licks.In the early 1960s, Jagger and Richards reconnected when they bumped into each other at a train station. Their conversation quickly turned to their shared admiration of such seminal rhythm and blues artists as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Little Richard. Soon they moved in together and started playing gigs at local pubs.On July 12, 1962, Jagger and Richards along with mates Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart, and Mick Avory played at the famed Marquee Club on London’s Oxford Street. They called themselves the Rollin’ Stones, after a favorite Muddy Waters song, and ran through a set list of covers, including songs by Waters, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Robert Johnson, all of whom would eventually influence the Stones’ original songwriting.Jagger, left, with Richards 1972 Author:Larry Rogers CC BY-SA 2.0A young manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, only 19 at the time, advised Jagger and Richards to stop doing just covers and to write their own songs. And here their memories diverge.Richards likes to recount that Andrew Oldham locked him and Jagger in a kitchen for a night and said, “Don’t come out without a song,” according to Keith: Standing in the Shadows, a 1996 Stanley Booth biography. “We sat around and came up with ‘As Tears Go By,’” Richards said. “It was unlike most Rolling Stones material, but that’s what happens when you write songs.” Richards went on to say that Oldham gave the song to Marianne Faithfull and it became a hit: “We were songwriters already! But it took the rest of the year to write a song for the Stones.”Andrew Loog. Author:Craigbsnyder Craig B Snyder CC BY 3.0Jagger remembers it differently, according to John McMillan’s Beatles vs. Stones and several biographers. “Keith likes to tell the story about the kitchen, God bless him,” Jagger said, explaining that an exasperated Oldham may have said “I should lock you in a room until you’ve written a song,” but that he didn’t mean it literally nor did it happen that way. Indeed, Jagger said their first song was actually “It Should Be You.”The Rolling Stones performing at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia, May 1965. Author: Kevin Delaney CC BY-SA 2.0The Rolling Stones’ first single was a Chuck Berry cover released in 1963, “Come On.” “The Last Time,” released in 1965, was the first original song written by Jagger and Richards to hit the Top Ten charts in the U.S. It ushered in a string of world-wide number-one hits memorable to this day, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” and “Under My Thumb.” Richards’ jangly guitar and Jagger’s raw and edgy vocals led the British Invasion.A trade ad for the 1965 Rolling Stones’ North American tourQuickly the Stones became superstars, with the facetious Jagger and Richards fashioning themselves as the Glimmer Twins. And nearly as quickly, the band saw the turmoil that accompanies sudden fame: drug troubles, internecine squabbles, artistic differences. Some say their creative run peaked in 1972 with the release of Exile on Main Street.The Rolling Stones almost split permanently during the 1980s, during which time Jagger recorded a few solo albums. But he and Richards came to the conclusion that they had to reconcile for the simple reason that they were more successful together than apart.“When we got to making [the 1983 record] Undercover, that was the worst time I’d ever experienced with them,” Chris Kimsey, who co-produced the album, told Vanity Fair’s Rich Cohen in 2016. “I would get Mick in the studio from like, midday until seven o’clock, then Keith from like, nine o’clock till five in the morning. They would not be together. They specifically avoided each other. Mick would say, ‘When’s he coming in? I’ll be there later.’ After about a week, it was killing me. And it was such silly things, like one would say, ‘What did he do?’ And I’d play a bit, and the other would say, ‘Get rid of it.’ ”The Rolling Stones at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, July 2006. Author: Severino CC BY 2.0Much water has gone under the bridge since then, in the form of albums, movies, books, along with lineup changes, though Jagger and Richards remain as the beating heart of the band. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.Related story from us: An angry aristocrat of the Zeppelin family once forced Led Zeppelin to change their name to play a single show in CopenhagenThey continue to perform sell-out arena shows, acting amiably enough on stage, if they go their separate ways post-show. In 2010, Richards published an acclaimed autobiography, Life, which includes memories Jagger disputes. But that’s how it goes with any 60-year relationship, right?
From the very small screen to the very big one.Image: LightRocket via Getty ImagesBy Rachel Kraus2018-12-17 22:55:56 UTC A screenplay about the birth of Snapchat has just been crowned the most-liked script to make the rounds in Hollywood this year, according to an annual industry list. It’s called Frat Boy Genius, and is a fictionalized docu-drama about Evan Spiegel and the creation of Snapchat. Frat Boy Genius earned the top spot on something called the Black List. Every year, Hollywood executives vote on which scripts that have passed their desk in the last year they liked the most. The scripts that get the most votes then make the list, in descending order. These are screenplays that are unproduced, which means they haven’t been made yet. But there’s a long history of Black List films getting made and going on to receive awards and praise from the highest echelons of the industry. Though it can also serve as a peek into what the most buzzy subjects in Hollywood are at the moment.And, according to Vulture, right now that means tech, and the idiosyncratic, sometimes ill-suited to power, figures at the helm. In addition to Frat Boy Genius, films about Matt Drudge, Gawker, and Cambridge Analytica also scored high on the list.The admiration of Hollywood executives doesn’t mean that a Snapchat movie is in the works. It just means that the power brokers were into it. So we’re going to have to wait and see whether the Snapchat ghost will make it onto the big screen.Vulture offered a closer look at some of the winning scripts, including Frat Boy Genius — in comic book form. According to the accompanying comic, the movie sounds delightfully bonkers. In the comic strip of just one scene, we’re getting a glimpse into the world of private jets, Zuckerberg tête-à-têtes, and highly public romance that was the Snapchat early days.The founding of tech companies has provided fruitful subject matter for movies. Most successfully, of course, The Social Network has come to define the Facebook story; during Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing, a member of congress even questioned the CEO about Facemash, the hotness ranking app from Zuckerberg’s college days made famous by the film.However, tech stories are not necessarily a formula for success. The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher was not, um, well received. And some people are definitely not stoked for not one but two forthcoming movies about Uber.Snapchat is currently struggling to maintain the user base and buzz that it once generated, particularly during its 2017 IPO. But in the aftermath of The Social Network, the journey of a startup from dorm room project to the Wall Street trading room floor is certainly a fun story to tell.WATCH: Ashton Kutcher On Set Reveals a Spitting Image of Steve Jobs
Star AllianceSource = Star Alliance Star Alliance is improving customer experience at Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) through a combination of co-locating the member airlines in a one single check-in zone and the progressive introduction of more automation.The aim is to offer customers a wider choice of check-in options, giving them more control over this part of the travel process and creating time savings.As a prerequisite to providing these enhancements, check-in for all 10 Star Alliance member carriers operating out of TBIT has been consolidated in one singe aisle.The check-in counters for Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS and Turkish Airlines are now all in aisle “C”, at the north end of the terminal.This not only allows customers to easily identify the location of the check-in desks, but also permits the member airlines to share counter space to even better match capacity to the actual demand.A range of joint automated services is also progressively being made available by the TBIT based Star Alliance member carriers. Passengers are being encouraged to make use of the various mobile and web check-in options available.For those needing to print boarding passes at the airport, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has installed 24 common-use kiosks, which can print both boarding passes and luggage tags.In addition to the traditional full service check-in desks, fast bag-drop counters can also be made available for those who have opted to self-tag their bags.To further support these improvements, LAWA will be opening a new North Security Checkpoint located at the end of Aisle “C” sometime in March.With Scandinavian Airlines set to begin services to Los Angeles from Stockholm from mid-March, the total number of Star Alliance airlines serving the airport will rise to 15.Scandinavian will join the current 10 members in TBIT, with Air Canada and Avianca offering flights from Terminal 2, COPA from Terminal 6 and United from Terminals 7 and 8. Jointly they offer around 1,150 daily flights from the airport, connecting 79 cities in 24 countries.The changes at TBIT are being implemented in close cooperation with LAWA and have to a large extent come from the experience Star Alliance made during the Terminal 2 project at London – Heathrow Airport, where a completely new check-in concept was put into effect.All Star Alliance member airlines use the same check-in kiosks, make use of common bag-drop counters and even share Economy Class check-in desks.Using the success of the Terminal 2 project as a base, the Alliance is enhancing the customer experience at other airports around the globe, implementing various technological advances made in London.
Housing Markets 2016-06-30 Seth Welborn West Dominates Top 10 Housing Markets June 30, 2016 555 Views The West dominated May’s best-performing housing markets, according to ProTeck’s latest Home Value Forecast. Markets in California and Utah made up more than half the forecast’s top 10 markets for May, where limited inventory is leading to quick sales and high sales price-to-list price ratios.Topping the list, however, was Colorado Springs, followed by Boise City and Grand Rapids. California’s highest entry on the list was the No. 4 performing market in May, Modesto. Oakland, Odgen, Utah, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Stockton rounded out the top 10.All 10 markets had sales-to-list-price ratios of at least 100 percent, except for Grand Rapids, which barely missed, at 99.35 percent. Oakland had the highest ratio, at 102 percent.While Colorado Springs posted middle-of-the pack numbers in terms of sales and sale prices and also had a high foreclosure ratio, the metro finished at the top of the list because it was the only one to show positive changes in all of the study’s 18 categories. All others showed negative trends in sales percent change, with Portland posting the highest number, 27.85. Portland, however, had the most sales (6,022) and the most active listings (6,436).“Every day there’s a new news story with a list of top performing cities—but do these cities really reflect what is going on in the real estate market?” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of ProTeck. “We believe that a housing market’s health is made up of many factors. Much like how a doctor must look at multiple vital signs to make a diagnosis, we analyze multiple data points, track trends and use consistent methodology in our rankings.”The South and Midwest placed most on ProTeck’s bottom 10 list. Texas had two markets on that list, Killeen and Midland. The bottom ten also has some familiar metros, including Madison, Wisconsin, and Atlantic City, the latter placed on the list due to its nagging city management issues, declining gaming revenue taking a bite out of real estate prices. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share
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