À compter de septembre, un programme uniformisé et innovateur avec une forte composante en mathématiques et en littératie saura mieux encadrer un apprentissage important pour les élèves de la 1re à la 3e année. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, a présenté le programme, aujourd’hui 20 mai, à 200 enseignants des premières années du primaire et à des directeurs d’écoles primaires de toute la province. Le personnel du ministère a travaillé avec les enseignants depuis février pour apporter les changements qui feront que la plupart des matières seront intégrées dans les deux grands champs de la littératie et des mathématiques. Il a aussi réduit le nombre des résultats d’apprentissage de plus des deux tiers pour mettre l’accent sur les résultats d’apprentissage essentiels et pour que les attentes quant à l’apprentissage des élèves soient plus claires. « Les changements au programme aideront les élèves à acquérir une solide base en mathématiques et en littératie, soit des connaissances qui les aideront tout au long de leurs études, a indiqué Mme Casey. « Nous donnons suite aux commentaires qu’ont formulés plus de 3 000 enseignants l’automne dernier lors des consultations du comité ministériel sur le système d’éducation public. Il nous faut un programme qui met l’accent sur l’essentiel et qui permet à nos élèves d’acquérir les connaissances dont ils ont besoin pour réussir à l’école et dans la vie. » Le programme uniformisé de la 1re à la 3e année tient compte de plusieurs problèmes que les enseignants ont cernés, y compris le besoin d’avoir plus de temps pour enseigner les matières de base, du soutien dans le contexte des classe à années multiples, et la surveillance et l’intervention soutenues quand les élèves apprennent à lire, à écrire et à compter. Le programme de la 1re à la 3e année est l’une des 21 nouvelles initiatives mises en œuvre dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse en septembre dans le cadre du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation, plan qui est destiné à renouveler, réorienter et rebâtir le système d’éducation. « Faire partie de l’équipe de conception et d’élaboration a été une occasion magnifique d’aider à façonner ce qui va se produire dans les classes de la 1re à la 3e année dans la province, de dire Michael Macdonald, enseignant à l’école élémentaire John MacNeil de Dartmouth. « Les changements vont créer de riches occasions d’apprentissage pour nos élèves tout en mettant l’accent sur la lecture, l’écriture et les mathématiques. » Le nouveau modèle de préparation de programmes est conçu pour que les programmes soient continuellement mis à jour pour refléter les tendances modernes en éducation. Tous les programmes de la 1re à la 12e année seront revus et uniformisés au cours des quelques prochaines années.
. Login/Register With: Advertisement In a departure from last year, in which Jay-Z was the only artist to score nods in the top three categories, Drake, Lamar, and Carlile all garnered nominations for record, song, and album of the year. Drake’s single “God’s Plan” and his album “Scorpion” are both recognized; Lamar’s “All the Stars” and the “Black Panther” soundtrack he curated are vying for the top categories; and Carlile’s song “The Joke,” along with her album “By the Way, I Forgive You,” nabbed top nominations as well.Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” H.E.R.’s self-titled album, Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer,” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” round out the category for album of the year.The Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 10 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The broadcast will air live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Here is the full list of nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards:GENERAL FIELDRecord Of The Year:“I Like It” — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile“This Is America” — Childish Gambino“God’s Plan” — Drake“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper“All The Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA“Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & GreyAlbum Of The Year:“Invasion Of Privacy” — Cardi B“By The Way, I Forgive You” — Brandi Carlile“Scorpion” — Drake“H.E.R.” — H.E.R.“Beerbongs & Bentleys” — Post Malone“Dirty Computer” — Janelle Monáe“Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” (Various Artists)Song Of The Year:“All The Stars” — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)“Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)“In My Blood” — Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)“The Middle” — Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, MichaelTrewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)“Shallow” — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)“This Is America” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)Best New Artist:Chloe x HalleLuke CombsGreta Van FleetH.E.R.Dua LipaMargo PriceBebe RexhaJorja SmithPOP FIELD Best Pop Solo Performance:“Colors” — Beck“Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello“God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga“Better Now” — Post MaloneBest Pop Duo/Group Performance:“Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys“‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper“Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B“Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & GreyBest Traditional Pop Vocal Album:“Love Is Here To Stay” —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall“My Way” — Willie Nelson“Nat “King” Cole & Me” — Gregory Porter4. 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THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! —Barbra StreisandBest Pop Vocal Album:“Camila” — Camila Cabello“Meaning Of Life” — Kelly Clarkson“Sweetener” — Ariana Grande“Shawn Mendes” — Shawn Mendes“Beautiful Trauma” — P!nk“Reputation” — Taylor SwiftDANCE/ELECTRONIC FIELD Best Dance Recording:“Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford“Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)“Losing It” — Fisher“Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson“Ghost Voices” — Virtual SelfBest Dance/Electronic Album:“Singularity” —Jon Hopkins“Woman Worldwide” — Justice“Treehouse” — Sofi Tukker“Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” — SOPHIE“Lune Rouge” — TOKiMONSTACONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL FIELD Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:“The Emancipation Procrastination” — Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah “Steve Gadd Band” — Steve Gadd Band“Modern Lore” — Julian Lage“Laid Black” — Marcus Miller“Protocol 4” — Simon PhillipsROCK FIELDBest Rock Performance:“Four Out Of Five” —Arctic Monkeys“When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell“Made An America” — The Fever 333“Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet“Uncomfortable” — HalestormBest Metal Performance: “Condemned To The Gallows “— Between The Buried And Me“Honeycomb” — Deafheaven“Electric Messiah” — High On Fire“Betrayer” — Trivium“On My Teeth — UnderoathBest Rock Song:“Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & DanielRobert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)“Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)“MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring MeThe Horizon)“Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)“Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)Best Rock Album: “Rainier Fog” — Alice In Chains“M A N I A” — Fall Out Boy“Prequelle — Ghost“From The Fires” — Greta Van Fleet“Pacific Daydream” — WeezerALTERNATIVE FIELDBest Alternative Music Album:“Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino” —Arctic Monkeys“Colors” — Beck“Utopia” — Björk“American Utopia” — David Byrne“Masseduction” — St. VincentR&B FIELD Best R&B Performance:“Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton“Summer” — The Carters“Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway“Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar“First Began” — PJ MortonBest Traditional R&B Performance:“Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” — Leon Bridges“Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette“Honest” — MAJOR.“How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba“Made For Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah HathawayBest R&B Song:“Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & DijonMcFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)“Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)“Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)“Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)“Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)Best Urban Contemporary Album:“Everything Is Love” — The Carters“The Kids Are Alright “— Chloe x Halle“Chris Dave And The Drumhedz” — Chris Dave And The Drumhedz“War & Leisure” — Miguel“Ventriloquism” — Meshell NdegeocelloBest R&B Album: “Sex & Cigarettes” — Toni Braxton“Good Thing” — Leon Bridges“Honestly” — Lalah Hathaway“H.E.R.” — H.E.R.“Gumbo Unplugged (Live)” — PJ MortonRAP FIELD Best Rap Performance:“Be Careful” — Cardi B“Nice For What” — Drake“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake“Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae LeeBest Rap/Sung Performance:“Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink“Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK Featuring J. Cole“This Is America” — Childish Gambino“All The Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA“Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 SavageBest Rap Song:“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, RonLaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future &James Blake)“Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J.Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)“Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)“Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels& C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)Best Rap Album:“Invasion Of Privacy” — Cardi B“Swimming” — Mac Miller“Victory Lap” — Nipsey Hussle“Daytona” — Pusha T“Astroworld” — Travis ScottCOUNTRY FIELDBest Country Solo Performance:“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves“Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton“Parallel Line” — Keith UrbanBest Country Duo/Group Performance:“Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne“Tequila” — Dan + Shay” When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill“Meant To Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia LineBest Country Song:“Break Up In The End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)“Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris,Songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)“I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & BenHayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)“Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves,songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)“Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)Best Country Album:“Unapologetically” — Kelsea Ballerini“Port Saint Joe” — Brothers Osborne“Girl Going Nowhere” — Ashley McBryde“Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves“From A Room: Volume 2” — Chris StapletonNEW AGE FIELDBest New Age Album:“Hiraeth” — Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhemann“Beloved” — Snatam Kaur“Opium Moon” — Opium Moon“Molecules Of Motion” — Steve Roach“Moku Maluhia – Peaceful Island” — Jim Kimo WestJAZZ FIELDBest Improvised Jazz Solo:“Some Of That Sunshine” — Regina Carter, soloist“Don’t Fence Me In” — John Daversa, soloist“We See” — Fred Hersch, soloists“De-dah” — Brad Mehldau, soloist“Cadenas” — Miguel Zenón, soloistBest Jazz Vocal Album:“My Mood Is You” — Freddy Cole“The Questions” — Kurt Elling“The Subject Tonight Is Love” — Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace“If You Really Want” — Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza“The Window” — Cécile McLorin Salvant Best Americana Album:“By The Way, I Forgive You” — Brandi Carlile“Things Have Changed” — Bettye LaVette“The Tree Of Forgiveness” — John Prine“The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone” — Lee Ann Womack“One Drop Of Truth” — The Wood BrothersBest Bluegrass Album:“Portraits in Fiddles” — Mike Barnett“Sister Sadie II” — Sister Sadie“Rivers and Roads” — Special Consensus“The Travelin’ McCourys” — The Travelin’ McCourys“North of Despair” — Wood & WireBest Traditional Blues Album:“Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here” — Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio“Benton County Relic” — Cedric Burnside“The Blues Is Alive and Well” — Buddy Guy“No Mercy in This Land” — Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite“Don’t You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker) — Maria MuldaurBest Contemporary Blues Album:“Please Don’t Be Dead” — Fantastic Negrito“Here In Babylon” — Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps“Cry No More” — Danielle Nicole“Out of The Blues” — Boz Scaggs“Victor Wainwright and The Train” — Victor Wainwright And The TrainBest Folk Album:“Whistle Down the Wind” — Joan Baez“Black Cowboys” — Dom Flemons“Rifles & Rosary Beads” — Mary Gauthier“Weed Garden” — Iron & Wine“All Ashore” — Punch BrothersBest Regional Roots Music Album:“Kreole Rock and Soul” — Sean Ardoin“Spyboy” — Cha Wa“Aloha From Na Hoa” — Na Hoa“No ‘Ane’i” — Kalani Pe’a“Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs” — Young SpiritREGGAE FIELD Best Reggae Album:“As The World Turns” — Black Uhuru“Reggae Forever” — Etana“Rebellion Rises” — Ziggy Marley“A Matter of Time” — Protoje“44/876” — Sting & ShaggyWORLD MUSIC FIELD Best World Music Album:“Deran” — Bombino“Fenfo” — Fatoumata Diawara“Black Times” — Seun Kuti & Egypt 80“Freedom” — Soweto Gospel Choir“The Lost Songs of World War II” — Yiddish GloryCHILDREN’S FIELD HISTORICAL FIELD Best Historical Album: “Any Other Way” — Rob Bowman, Douglas Mcgowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, masteringengineer (Jackie Shane)“At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight…” — Martin Hawkins, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)“Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War” — Hugo Keesing, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg,mastering engineer (Various Artists)“Rhapsody in Blue – The Extraordinary Life of Oscar Levant” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Rebekah Wineman, mastering engineers (Oscar Levant)“Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris” — William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven LanceLedbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:“All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do” — Ryan Freeland & Kenneth Pattengale, engineers; KimRosen, mastering engineer (The Milk Carton Kids)“Colors” — Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne,Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers (Beck)“Earthtones” — Robbie Lackritz, engineer; Philip Shaw Bova, mastering engineer (Bahamas)“Head Over Heels” — Nathaniel Alford, Jason Evigan, Chris Galland, Tom Gardner, Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Tony Hoffer, Derek Keota, Ian Kirkpatrick, David Macklovitch, Amber Mark, Manny Marroquin, VaughnOliver, Chris “TEK” O’Ryan, Morgan Taylor Reid & Gian Stone, engineers; Chris Gehringer & Michelle Mancini, mastering engineers (Chromeo)“Voicenotes” — Manny Marroquin & Charlie Puth, engineers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer (Charlie Puth) Advertisement MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD Best Music Video:“APES***” — The Carters, Ricky Saiz, video director; Mélodie Buchris, Natan Schottenfels & Erinn Williams, video producers“This Is America” — Childish Gambino, Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers“I’m Not Racist” Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer“Pynk” — Janelle Monáe, Emma Westenberg, video director; Justin Benoliel & Whitney Jackson, video producers“Mumbo Jumbo” — Tierra Whack Marco Prestini, video director; Sara Nassim, video producerBest Music Film:“Life in 12 Bars”— Eric Clapton, Lili Fini Zanuck, video director; John Battsek, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen & Lili Fini Zanuck, video producers“Whitney” — (Whitney Houston), Kevin Macdonald, video director; Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn & Lisa Erspamer, video producers“Quincy” — Quincy Jones Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula DuPré Pesmen, video producer“Itzhak”— Itzhak Perlman, Alison Chernick, video director; Alison Chernick, video producer“The King” — (Elvis Presley), Eugene Jarecki, video director; Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, David Kuhn & Christopher St. John, video producers . Best Jazz Instrumental Album:“Diamond Cut” — Tia Fuller“Live In Europe” — Fred Hersch Trio“Seymour Reads The Constitution!” — Brad Mehldau Trio“Still Dreaming” — Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade“Emanon” — The Wayne Shorter QuartetBest Large Jazz Ensemble Album:“All About That Basie” — The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By ScottyBarnhart“American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom” — John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists“Presence” — Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band“All Can Work” — John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble“Barefoot Dances And Other Visions” — Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big BandBest Latin Jazz Album:“Heart Of Brazil”— Eddie Daniels“Back To The Sunset”— Dafnis Prieto Big Band“West Side Story Reimagined”— Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band“Cinque”— Elio Villafranca“Yo Soy La Tradición” — Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral QuartetGOSPEL/ CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELDBest Gospel Performance/Song:“You Will Win” — Jekalyn Carr; Allen Carr & Jekalyn Carr, Songwriters“Won’t He Do It” — Koryn Hawthorne“Never Alone” — Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, Songwriters“Cycles” Jonathan Mcreynolds Featuring Doe; Jonathan McReynolds, Songwriter“A Great Work” — Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson & Brian Courtney Wilson, SongwritersBest Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:“Reckless Love” — Cory Asbury; Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver & Ran Jackson, songwriters“You Say” — Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters“Joy” — for King & Country; Ben Glover, Matt Hales, Stephen Blake Kanicka, Seth Moslely, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters“Grace Got You” — MercyMe Featuring John Reuben; David Garcia, Ben Glover, MercyMe, Solomon Olds & John Reuben, songwriters“Known”— Tauren Wells; Ethan Hulse, Jordan Sapp & TaurenWells, songwriters Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:Anderson, Laurie: Landfall” — Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet“Beethoven, Shostakovich & Bach” — The Danish String Quartet“Blueprinting” — Aizuri Quartet“Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Concerto For Two Pianos: — Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin“Visions and Variations” — A Far CryBest Classical Instrumental Solo:“Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2″ — Yuja Wang; Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)“Biber: The Mystery Sonatas” — Christina Day Martinson; Martin Pearlman, conductor (Boston Baroque)“Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46; Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26” — Joshua Bell (The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields)“Glass: Three Pieces in The Shape of a Square” — Craig Morris“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:“Arc” — Anthony Roth Costanzo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor (Les Violons Du Roy)“The Handel Album” — Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse, ensemble“Mirages” — Sabine Devieilhe; François-Xavier Roth, conductor (Alexandre Tharaud; Marianne Crebassa & JodieDevos; Les Siècles)“Schubert: Winterreise” — Randall Scarlata; Gilbert Kalish, accompanist“Songs of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi” — Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo’s Fire, ensemblesBest Classical Compendium:“Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush” — JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer“Gold” — The King’s Singers; Nigel Short, producer“The John Adams Edition” — Simon Rattle, conductor; Christoph Franke, producer“John Williams At The Movies” — Jerry Junkin, conductor; Donald J. McKinney, producer“Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi” — Peter Oundjian, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producerBest Contemporary Classical Composition:“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Mason Bates, composer; Mark Campbell, librettist (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edwards Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)“Du Yun: Air Glow” — Du Yun, composer (International Contemporary Ensemble)“Heggie: Great Scott” — Jake Heggie, composer; Terrence McNally, librettist (Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade,Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra)“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)“Mazzoli: Vespers For Violin” — Missy Mazzoli, composer (Olivia De Prato) . Best Children’s Album:“All The Sounds” — Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats“Building Blocks” — Tim Kubart“Falu’s Bazaar” — Falu“Giants of Science” — The Pop Ups“The Nation of Imagine” — Frank & DeaneSPOKEN WORD FIELD Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):“Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)” — Courtney B. Vance“Calypso” — David Sedaris“Creative Quest” — Questlove“Faith – A Journey For All” — Jimmy Carter“The Last Black Unicorn” — Tiffany HaddishCOMEDY FIELD Best Comedy Album:“Annihilation” — Patton Oswalt“Equanimity & The Bird Revelation” — Dave Chappelle“Noble Ape” — Jim Gaffigan“Standup For Drummers” — Fred Armisen“Tamborine” — Chris RockMUSICAL THEATER FIELDBest Musical Theater Album:“The Band’s Visit” — Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’elStachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & DavidYazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist(Original Broadway Cast)“Carousel” — Renee Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry,Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists;Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer;Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” — Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, BrandonVictor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend,Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; HarveyMason, Jr., producer (Andrew Lloyd-Webber,composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)“My Fair Lady” — Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & HarryHadden-Paton, principal soloists; Andre Bishop, VanDean, Hattie K. Jutagir, David Lai, Adam Siegel & TedSperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; AlanJay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)“Once On This Island” — Phillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin EarlDarrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, AlexNewell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists;Lynn Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, StephenFlaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (StephenFlaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (NewBroadway Cast) . . . . . . Facebook . Producer Of The Year, Classical:Blanton AlspaughDavid FrostElizabeth OstrowJudith ShermanDirk SobotkaCLASSICAL FIELD Best Orchestral Performance:“Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)“Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 & Symphony No. 4” — Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony)“Ruggles, Stucky & Harbison: Orchestral Works” — David Alan Miller, conductor (National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic)“Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4” — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)Best Opera Recording:“Adams: Doctor Atomic” — John Adams, conductor; Aubrey Allicock, Julia Bullock, Gerald Finley & Brindley Sherratt; Friedemann Engelbrecht, producer (BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers)“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edwards Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)“Lully: Alceste” — Christophe Rousset, conductor; Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro & JudithVan Wanroij; Maximilien Ciup, producer (Les Talens Lyriques; Choeur De Chambre De Namur)“Strauss, R.: Der Rosenkavalier” Sebastian Weigle, conductor; Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Günther Groissböck & Erin Morley; David Frost, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)“Verdi: Rigoletto” — Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Francesco Demuro, Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Nadine Sierra; Vilius Keras &Aleksandra Keriene, producers (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra; Men Of The Kaunas State Choir)Best Choral Performance:“Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes” — Vladimir Gorbik, conductor (Mikhail Davydov & Vladimir Krasov; PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)“Kastalsky: Memory Eternal” — Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)“McLoskey: Zealot Canticles” — Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)“Rachmaninov: The Bells” — Mariss Jansons, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Oleg Dolgov, Alexey Markov & TatianaPavlovskaya; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)“Seven Words From The Cross” — Matthew Guard, conductor (Skylark) Advertisement MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:“Call Me By Your Name” — (Various Artists)“Deadpool 2” — (Various Artists)“The Greatest Showman” — (Various Artists)“Lady Bird” — (Various Artists)“Stranger Things” — (Various Artists)Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:“Black Panther” — Ludwig Göransson, composer“Blade Runner 2049” — Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers“Coco” — Michael Giacchino, composer“The Shape of Water” — Alexandre Desplat, composer“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — John Williams, composerBest Song Written For Visual Media:“All The Stars” — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)“Mystery Of Love” — Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens)“Remember Me” — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)“Shallow” — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)“This Is Me” — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)COMPOSING/ ARRANGING FIELDBest Instrumental Composition:“Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil)” — Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)“Chrysalis” — Jeremy Kittel, composer (Kittel & Co.)“Infinity War” — Alan Silverstri, composer (Alan Silvestri)“Mine Mission” — John Powell & John Williams, composers (John Powell & John Williams)“The Shape of Water” — Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:“Batman Theme (TV)” — Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Wynton Marsalis)“Change The World” — Mark Kibble, arranger (Take 6)“Madrid Finale” — John Powell, arranger (John Powell)“The Shape of Water” — Alexandre Desplat, arranger (Alexandre Desplat)“Stars and Stripes Forever” — John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists) . Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:“It Was a Very Good Year” — Matt Rollings & Kristin Wilkinson, arrangers (Willie Nelson)“Jolene” — Dan Pugach & Nicole Zuraitis, arrangers (Dan Pugach)“Mona Lisa” — Vince Mendoza, arranger (Gregory Porter)“Niña” — Gonzalo Grau, arranger (Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider)“Spiderman Theme” — Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)PACKAGE FIELD Best Recording Package:“Be The Cowboy” — Mary Banas, art director (Mitski)“Love Yourself: Tear” — HuskyFox, art director (BTS)“Masseducation” — Willo Perron, art director (St. Vincent)“The Offering” — Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (The Chairman)“Well Kept Thing” — Adam Moore, art director (Foxhole)Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:“Appetite For Destruction (Locked N’ Loaded Box)” — Arian Buhler, Charles Dooher, Jeff Fura, Scott Sandler & Matt Taylor, art directors (Guns N’ Roses)“I’ll Be Your Girl” — Carson Ellis, Jeri Heiden & Glen Nakasako, art directors (The Decemberists)“Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: The Complete Recordings” — Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Roy Henry Vickers, artdirectors (Grateful Dead)“Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic” — Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & Al Yankovic, art directors (“Weird Al” Yankovic)“Too Many Bad Habits” — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Johnny Nicholas)NOTES FIELD Best Album Notes:“Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924” — James P. Leary, album notes writer (Various Artists)“4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings of America’s Iconic Instrument” — Richard Martin & Ted Olson, album notes writers (Charles A. Asbury)“The 1960 Time Sessions” — Ben Ratliff, album notes writer (Sonny Clark Trio)“The Product of Our Souls: The Sound and Sway of James Reese Europe’s Society Orchestra” — David Gilbert, album notes writer (Various Artists)“Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981” — Amanda Petrusich, album notes writer (Bob Dylan)“Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris” — David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists) The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are here! Kendrick Lamar led the nominations with eight nods recognizing his work for the “Black Panther” soundtrack, including the hit song “All the Stars” with SZA. Drake is right on his tails with seven nominations, and producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are just behind them with six apiece.Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, R&B newcomer H.E.R., and producer Sounwave all notched five noms. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:Boi-1daLarry KleinLinda PerryKanye WestPharrell WilliamsBest Remixed Recording:“Audio (CID Remix)” — CID, remixer (LSD)“How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)” — Maurizio Colella, remixer (Charlie Puth)“Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix”) — Stefan Bossems & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)“Stargazing (Kaskade Remix)” — Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)“Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)SURROUND SOUND FIELDBest Immersive Audio Album:“Eye in The Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition” — Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project)“Folketoner” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)“Seven Words From The Cross” — Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores,surround mastering engineer; Dan Merceruio, surround producer (Matthew Guard & Skylark)“Sommerro: Ujamaa & The Iceberg” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ingar Heine Bergby, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Choir)“Symbol” — Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround mix engineers; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround producers (Engine-Earz Experiment)PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD Best Engineered Album, Classical:“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Mark Donahue & Dirk Sobotka, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edwards Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)“Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 — Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)“John Williams At The Movies” — Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Jerry Junkin & Dallas Winds)“Liquid Melancholy – Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson” — Bill Maylone & Mary Mazurek, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (John Bruce Yeh)“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)“Visions and Variations” — Tom Caulfield, engineer; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (A Far Cry) Best Gospel Album:“One Nation Under God” — Jekalyn Carr“Hiding Place” — Tori Kelly“Make Room” — Jonathan McReynolds“The Other Side” — The Walls Group“A Great Work” — Brian Courtney WilsonBest Contemporary Christian Music Album:“Look Up Child” — Lauren Daigle“Hallelujah Here Below” — Elevation Worship“Living With a Fire” — Jesus Culture“Surrounded” — Michael W. Smith“Survivor: Live From Harding Prison” — Zach WilliamsBest Roots Gospel Album:“Unexpected” — Jason Crabb“Clear Skies” — Ernie Haase & Signature Sound“Favorites: Revisited By Request” — The Isaacs“Still Standing” — The Martins“Love Love Love” — Gordon MoteLATIN FIELD Best Latin Pop Album:“Prometo” — Pablo Alboran“Sincera” — Claudia Brant“Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2” — Natalia Lafourcade“2:00 AM” — Raquel Sofía“Vives” — Carlos VivesBest Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:“Clairoscura” — Aterciopelados“Coastcity” — Coastcity“Encanto Tropical” — Monsieur Periné“Gourmet” — Orishas“Aztlán” — ZoéBest Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):“Primero Soy Mexicana” — Angela Aguilar“Mitad y Mitad” — Calibre 50“Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II” — Aida Cuevas“Cruzando Borders” — Los Texmaniacs“Leyendas De Mi Pueblo” — Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez“¡México Por Siempre!” — Luis MiguelBest Tropical Latin Album:“Pa’ Mi Gente” — Charlie Aponte“Legado” — Formell Y Los Van Van“Orquesta Akokán” — Orquesta Akokán“Ponle Actitud” — Felipe Peláez“Anniversary” — Spanish Harlem OrchestraAMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELDBest American Roots Performance:“Kick Rocks” — Sean Ardoin“Saint James Infirmary Blues” — Jon Batiste“The Joke” Brandi Carlile“All On My Mind” — Anderson East“Last Man Standing” — Willie NelsonBest American Roots Song:“All The Trouble” — Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)“Build a Bridge” — Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)“Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” — Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)“Summer’s End” — Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
New Delhi: State-run State Bank of India (SBI) said on Tuesday that it has put non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans) worth Rs 423.67 crore on auction to recover unpaid dues. The accounts — Kamachi Industries owes Rs 364.80 crore and SNS Starch has Rs 58.87 crore due – to SBI, the bank said. The bidding for these properties will start on April 25. SBI, the country’s largest lender, has been active as well on NPA recovery channels outside the insolvency process . Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The bank is looking to sell all of these stressed assets on a 100 per cent cash-basis, but the actual realisation will depend on the reserve price and bids received from the buyers. The SBI has seen its asset quality improve in the current fiscal. The percentage of its net NPAs eased to 3.95 per cent in the third quarter of the last fiscal, from 4.84 per cent in the previous quarter. Last month, the bank had put NPAs worth Rs 6,169 crore on auction.
The Justice V K Jain-headed Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal constituted by the Centre (in India) has confirmed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.“There is enough, cogent and relevant material before the Central government giving rise to sufficient cause for declaring the LTTE to be an ‘unlawful association’ within the meaning of Section 2(p) of the (above) Act,” Justice Jain said in his recent order, upholding the Centre’s May 2012 notification. The judge said the LTTE had “not come forward to declare before the tribunal that it does not want secession of any part of India or secession of a part of Indian territory from the Union; and the earlier tribunals have not accepted its contention that ‘Tamil Eelam’ is confined only to certain Tamil-speaking areas in Sri Lanka.” (Deccan Herald) Justice Jain’s latest order, published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette is significant amid clamour by pro-LTTE groups and parties in the State seeking a revocation of the ban in the wake of Sri Lanka’s claim to have “decimated” the LTTE in the final military action in May 2009 which culminated in the killing of the Tamil outfit’s chief V Prabhakaran. The issue was referred to the tribunal to see whether or not there was sufficient cause for declaring the LTTE as an “unlawful association.” The outfit has been declared a “terrorist organisation” in India and the ban on it is extended every two years since former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in May 1991.
Ten years ago Monday, Michael Leshner and Michael Stark became Canada’s first legally married same-sex couple.They believe the battle to have their marriage recognized in court has made it easier for today’s LGBT community to feel accepted. Their quick civil ceremony in Toronto came just hours after Ontario’s Court of Appeal pronounced the Canadian law on traditional marriage unconstitutional. Many other provinces followed Ontario’s precedent soon after.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
The death of a Hamilton man has renewed pleas for better pedestrian safety on Rymal Road.Neighbours say a crosswalk is long overdue at the intersection where a 66-year-old man was run over on Friday.Residents in this area have been pushing for improved pedestrian safety at this intersection for years.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as traders took some profits from a sharp runup in beaten-down resource stocks and oil prices continued to hover around 15-month highs.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 31.09 points to 12,462.17. The tepid showing followed a jump of nearly 200 points the previous session in the wake of reassurances from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank was in no hurry to curtail key economic stimulus measures.The Canadian dollar was off 0.1 of a cent at 96.19 cents US after gaining 1.2 cents Thursday.U.S. indexes were off the best levels of the session after the Dow industrials and S&P 500 hit fresh record highs Thursday after Bernanke said the U.S. needs a “highly accommodative monetary policy,” or low interest rates, for the foreseeable future. The Fed is buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep interest rates lowThe Dow Jones industrials inched up 3.38 points to a fresh, record high close of 15,464.3. But the blue chip index was pressured in large part by a slide in Boeing Inc. shares after news of a fire on board an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both its runways Friday. Also, Thomson Airways says one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes travelling from England to the U.S. had to turn back after experiencing a technical issue.Boeing’s new Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.Boeing shares fell as much as seven per cent as the news first came in but later were down $4.97 or 4.65 per cent to US$101.91.The Nasdaq gained 21.78 points to 3,600.08 and the S&P 500 also moved further into record territory, up 5.17 points to 1,680.19.“(Bernanke) is very consciously trying to avoid a repetition of the mistakes made in 1994 (when) his predecessor Alan Greenspan took the markets by surprise, increased rates and the bond and stock markets had a very difficult year,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“And I think Bernanke knows the U.S. economy could ill afford (that sort of a surprise) at this stage.”Traders also took in earnings from American banking giants JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo that beat expectations.JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, made US$6.1 billion in the second quarter after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 32 per cent from the same period a year ago and amounts to $1.60 per share, beating estimates by 16 cents. Revenue in the period grew by 14 per cent to $25.2 billion, higher than the $24.9 billion forecast by analysts.Despite the surge in profits, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement that loan growth remained soft. The bank’s shares edged 17 cents lower to $54.97 but still near their highest level in more than a decade. The stock has gained 25 per cent this year.And Wells Fargo posted earnings of US$5.5 billion or 98 cents a share, beating estimates by five cents. Revenue was $21.4 billion versus $21.18 billion a year ago. Wells Fargo is the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, but with mortgage rates rising sharply in recent weeks analysts are concerned about the potential impact on the bank’s mortgage business.Its shares were ahead 74 cents to $42.63.Elsewhere in the financial sector, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Friday it has withdrawn its application to acquire a 19.99 per cent stake in China’s Bank of Guangzhou. The bank said in a statement that “since announcing the proposed investment in September of 2011, Scotiabank and the City of Guangzhou have re-evaluated the proposed partnership in light of changing conditions.” Scotiabank shares added 11 cents to C$57.05.The gold sector led decliners with a slide of about 2.5 per cent as August bullion backed off $2.30 to US$1,277.60 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 36 cents to C$15.49 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back 48 cents to $26.72.The base metals sector was down 1.94 per cent with copper prices depressed after China’s finance minister suggested that growth could come in at seven per cent for this year, which is below the government’s official forecast.China releases April-June growth figures on Monday morning and that could well determine trading next week.The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost two cents to US$3.15 a pound and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 46 cents to C$22.85 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) slipped 16 cents to $6.83.The energy sector drifted 0.45 per cent lower as signs of higher demand in the U.S. pushed the August crude contract on the Nymex up $1.04 to US$105.95 a barrel, up 2.6 per cent for the week.In other corporate news, paper company Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) says it expects to post an operating loss of between US$30 million and US$35 million when it reports its second-quarter results later this month. Its shares fell $1.66 to $74.59. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 8:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Declining gold stocks, base metal miners lead way to losses on TSX
A CSIRO-led innovation that enables fast, automated analysis of rock materials directly from drill sites is to be commercialised, opening the way for millions of dollars worth of potential cost and time savings. The Lab-at-Rig technology that CSIRO has developed in partnership with Imdex and Olympus, under the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC), enables chemistry and mineralogy of rocks found within a drill hole to be analysed within minutes of drilling.“Lab-at-Rig is an important breakthrough for the industry because of the potentially massive cost savings in drilling, exploration and overall mining operations,” says CSIRO Lab-at-Rig Futures Project Leader, Dr Yulia Uvarova.The new technology features automated analysis of mineralogy and geochemistry of drill-hole cuttings direct from the drill site, while still offering the relevant sampling methods and quality control current processes use.“If mining or exploration companies have real time information about the mineralogy and chemistry in the drill-hole they can efficiently plan what to do next; whether that is to drill deeper, drill further holes, try elsewhere or to stop,” says Uvarova.“Ultimately, Lab-at-Rig will provide improved decision making and productivity for mineral resource operations.”The Lab-at-Rig system, fitted to a diamond drill rig and Imdex’s AMC Solids Removal Unit includes: a sample preparation unit that collects solids from drill cuttings and dries them; Olympus X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction sensors to provide chemistry and mineralogy of the sample respectively; and the ability to upload data to REFLEX’s cloud-based platform where it can be analysed and provided back to the explorer.This technology will provide a great advantage over the current process which can take three months and often millions of dollars to set up the drill sites, drill, extract, sample and log the drill cores, send to a lab for analysis, enter data into a database and finally provide information back to the company.Lab-at-Rig offers a one-hour cycle for the whole process enabling rapid decision making and cost savings.“Our ‘light bulb’ moment was in 2011 when a group of DET CRC researchers were watching a diamond drilling operation near Adelaide and observed the fluid carrying the drill cuttings to the surface,” Uvarova said. “They asked the question: ‘what if we could analyse the cuttings separated from that fluid in real time?”Lab-at-Rig is the product of two years of research and development and a tribute to the successful collaboration of the research and industry partners through the DET CRC, according to CSIRO’s Discovering Australia’s Mineral Resources Program Director, Dr Rob Hough.“The way that Imdex, Olympus and CSIRO have worked together on this through the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC has been crucial l to delivering this world-class technology in such a short timeframe,” Hough said.REFLEX, a business in the ASX-listed Imdex Group of companies, is the commercialisation partner for the technology.CSIRO, Imdex, Olympus, University of Adelaide and Curtin University are now working on the A$11 million collaborative DET CRC Lab-at-Rig Futures Project which will build the next generation system to cover: new sensor technologies, improved data analysis and processing for decision making, and development of the system for new applications and drilling platforms.
US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden has announced an extra $100 million to be give to improve access to mental health services as he met with families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting.Half the money will go to enable community health centres to offer behavioural health services to people suffering from mental illness or addiction, according to an administration official.Another $50 million will be earmarked by the Department of Agriculture for the construction of mental health facilities in rural areas, said an official.“The vice president will discuss the new funding during a meeting at the White House with families who lost loved ones during the shooting in Newtown, as well as mental health advocates,” the official said.On Saturday, the United States marks the first anniversary of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 26 people dead, including 20 six- and seven-year-old children.The shooter, a mentally unbalanced 20-year-old named Adam Lanza, took his own life at the scene.The killing, two weeks before Christmas, traumatised the United States and ignited renewed debate over the country’s lax gun laws.A handful of states have since toughened their laws, but national reforms advocated by President Barack Obama failed to pass the US Senate.Obama, who entrusted the fight against gun violence to Biden after Newtown, has vowed to tackle the problem using decrees and administrative measures. One angle has been to improve access to mental health care.- © AFP, 2013Read: Harrowing Sandy Hook 911 calls made public > Read: Sandy Hook shooter ‘was obsessed by Columbine’, but motive for massacre still unknown >
The Rock Has Been Named Forbes Highest Paid Actor Second Year In A Row Enzo Amore Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ex-WWE Superstar Enzo Amore Says He’s ‘Retired’ From Wrestling Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Big Cass Twitter Big Time Wrestling has announced former WWE star Big Cass, using the new name Big Cazz, has booked his first post-WWE appearance for September 21.The event, which will be held in Spartanburg, South Carolina at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, will also feature Mick Foley, Emma, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Tommy Dreamer, The Barbarian and Meng and James Ellsworth.Cass was released by WWE back in June shortly after the Money in the Bank PPV.25 Things You Didn’t Know About SummerSlamWWE has uploaded a video with 25 facts about SummerSlam. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Rapper Lil Dicky to Star in FX Comedy From ‘The League’ Creator, Kevin Hart Facebook Roman Reigns Has Leukemia Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+
MIAMI (WSVN) – A teenager arrested for robbing and forcing himself onto a woman in a parked car appeared in court, Wednesday.According to Miami-Dade Police, 16-year-old Chargois Ramon Anderson was arrested on May 7 for an incident on Feb. 18. At around midnight, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Anderson allegedly approached the 29-year-old female victim who was sitting in her parked car.Police said the 16-year-old, armed with a firearm, demanded she get out of the car and give him all of her property.The victim complied, and then, officials said, Anderson made her cross the street towards a duplex where he proceeded to force her into sexual activity.Shortly afterwards, Anderson fled the scene, according to police.The 16-year-old admitted to the allegations and appeared in adult bond court, Wednesday, where he received no bond from a judge.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
McLaren Lego,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. More about 2019 McLaren Senna 1 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 12 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice 71 Photos 18 Photos Car Industry 49 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 26 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Share your voice Tags 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff McLaren 81 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers Comments 52 Photos 68 Photos 3 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tags Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV More From Roadshow Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. More From Roadshow GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Preview • 2019 McLaren Senna: Refined brutality 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Lego McLaren Senna is made from nearly half a million bricks 69 Photos Car Culture Performance Cars Comment 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 10 Photos Enlarge ImageIt’s the first Lego McLaren model to feature genuine parts from the real car. Lego The McLaren Senna has been immortalized in plastic bricks as a full-size Lego model. McLaren announced Tuesday that assembling the Lego Senna took builders 2,725 hours and a total of 467,854 bricks — or nearly twice as many Lego bricks as were needed to create a McLaren 720S model a few years prior.McLaren also pointed out that the assembly time for the Lego Senna was about nine times longer than the approximately 300 hours it took the company to hand build each of the Senna production cars. Add in the time taken to design and develop the model, and McLaren says producing this Senna required a total of 4,935 hours of work from 42 Lego employees. The Lego Senna is also 1,100 pounds heavier than the real thing, scaling at about 3,748 pounds.The one-to-one Lego model does a faithful job of recreating the look of a genuine Senna, with the car’s expressive bodywork, massive adjustable rear wing and functional dihedral doors all made from bricks. The lights and infotainment system are functional, McLaren says, and pushing the car’s engine-start button plays a recording of a Senna roaring to life. However, not everything is assembled from bricks: The model’s pedals, steering wheel, driver’s seat, badges, wheels and tires are all genuine ones from McLaren.McLaren plans to roll out the Lego Senna at events this year, including at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. For McLaren fans who want to get a scaled-down, easier-to-build version of this supercar model, well, there’s always the Lego Speed Champions Senna kit, which comprises just 219 pieces and starts at $15. 8 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
Turkish first lady Emine ErdoganTurkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district on Thursday noon and meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.They also held meeting with government officials, representatives of the international organisations who are working on Rohingya issue, reports UNB. The Turkish delegation spent around one hour in the camp and distributed relief materials among the Rohingya refugees.Read more: Bangladesh seeks peaceful resolution to Rohingya crisisThe first lady talked to some of the injured Rohingyas in the camp. Thousands of Rohingyas were seen both sides of the road and inside camps with a hope that they will get some instant relief materials. Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and state minister Md Shahriar Alam accompanied them during the visit. Earlier, a special aircraft carrying her and her entourage landed at Shahjalal International Airport around 3:00am. State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam received her at the airport. The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, arrived in Dhaka in a different aircraft. The visit follows the latest bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that resulted in the fresh influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.
As many as 4,742 of every 100,000 children under the age of five suffer from hearing problem or loss, the highest among 195 countries, according to a study conducted by Global Research on Developmental Disability Collaboration funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The study was published in the online edition of UK based medical and research journal The Lancet on 29 August.The researchers published six different lists of the top 10 countries based on six development disabilities in children — hearing loss, vision loss, autism, intellectual disability, epilepsy and lack of attentiveness (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-ADHD).Bangladesh was listed among the top 10 countries with hearing loss, epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism in children.Confirming the report as credible, the director of National Institute of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Mahmudul Hassan, told Prothom Alo that nearly 15 million people in Bangladesh, including children, are suffering from hearing problem of different levels.Around 40 per cent of the children suffering from hearing loss had inborn defects while the remaining suffer for various reasons, such as infections, side effects of medicines and many others, he added.The researchers analysed data from 195 countries between 1990 and 2016. The report said it is difficult to find information about children’s disability.This Prothom Alo correspondent found that there was no national survey on such disabilities in Bangladesh.However, the study says several survey on various diseases and health problems of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru, Tanzania and the United States had been carried out between October 2009 and June 2010.The data of those surveys were used in the current study.There are 679,629 less than five years’ old children with hearing disability while at least 4,742 out of every 100,000 children are suffering from hearing problem, globally the highest.However, the ratio of children with hearing disability as per the size of total population is highest in India. Bangladesh ranked fifth on this list that also include are China, Nigeria and Pakistan.Children can be born with such disabilities if the mother suffers from malnutrition or this may happen due to the side effects of medicines taken during pregnancy, said Pran Gopal Datta, a former vice chancellor of Bangabandhu sheikh Mujib Medical University.Measles is another reason for ear problems after birth. Also, damage in eardrums can cause hearing disability, he added.Researchers say, the first five years are important for the growth and development of the brain that builds the foundation for life and learning skills. Disabled children have a higher health risk and likely to lag behind from all aspects.Tahmina Banu, director of the Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, is conducting a research for more than 15 years on child’s birth defects and health problems.“There is a recognised method known as ‘birth screening’ on the seventh day and six months after birth.The condition of each child could be known and effective measures could be taken if the method was introduced in Bangladesh,” Tahmina Banu added.
President of Naogaon BNP Nazmul Haque Sony speaks at a press conference at the party office in Naogaon on Thursday. Photo: UNBNaogaon BNP on Thursday alleged that law enforcers were arresting its leaders and activists in fictitious cases and threatening them over the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB. It also accused the ruling party men of tearing off BNP candidates’ posters, banners and vandalising and torching its election offices.District BNP president Nazmul Haque Sony came up with the allegations at a press conference at the party office in the afternoon.“In the last 10 days, over 100 BNP leaders and activists were arrested without any warrant. Law enforcers are threatening BNP leaders and activists over cell phones and visiting their houses to keep them away from the election,” he said.Sony also alleged that AL men vandalised and torched 70 election camps of BNP since the election campaign began.“They (AL men and police) are tearing off the posters and beating up BNP activists and supporters,” he added.District BNP general secretary and party candidate for Naogaon-5 constituency Jahidul Islam Dhalu, its contestant for Naogaon-6 and former minister Alamgir Kabir and Naogaon-3 contender Parvez Arefin were present at the press conference.
An elderly man is helped as he arrives to cast his vote outside a polling station during the presidential election in Cairo, Egypt on 26 March. Photo: ReutersEgyptians headed to the polls Monday in a presidential election to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a little-known politician who has struggled to make the case he is a serious contender.Polling stations opened at 9:00am (0700 GMT) for the three-day vote, in which Sisi is all but guaranteed to win a second four-year term.The president was among the first voters, shown on Egyptian television casting his ballot at a school in Cairo’s Heliopolis district under tight security.Security forces were deployed across the country to protect polling booths and armoured vehicles were stationed at several points around Cairo.The Islamic State group’s Egyptian affiliate, which has killed hundreds of soldiers and civilians, has threatened attacks on election infrastructure.On Saturday, two policemen were killed in a car bomb attack targeting the provincial head of security for the Alexandria governorate. The security chief was unharmed.Some 60 million people in Egypt, the most populated Arab country, are registered to vote on 26 , 27, and 28 March. Official results are expected on 2 April.They will have the choice between Sisi and Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who registered immediately before the close date for applications, saving the election from being a one-horse race.Moussa, who has denied he is a “puppet”, had been leading a Sisi re-election campaign until the moment he registered as a candidate.Other opponents have been sidelined, including former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was detained in January, shortly after announcing his candidacy.The military said the reserve general broke the law by illegally declaring his candidacy.In an interview broadcast on Egyptian television last week, 63-year-old Sisi said the lack of serious opponents was not his doing.“I wish we had one, or two, or three, or 10 of the best people and you choose however you want,” he said.Sisi had won his first term in 2014, a year after the former army chief ousted his predecessor Mohamed Morsi following mass protests demanding the divisive Islamist’s resignation.In that election, Sisi faced Hamdeen Sabbahi, an established left-wing politician much better known than Moussa. Sisi won with 96.9 per cent of the vote.With Sisi’s victory effectively guaranteed, authorities will be hoping for a large turnout to enhance the vote’s legitimacy.Sisi has stressed in his pre-election appearances the importance of voters turning out in large numbers.In 2014, about 37 per cent of voters participated in the two-day election, prompting authorities to add a third day to obtain a final participation rate of 47.5 per cent.It is unlikely that this year’s turnout will even reach the 37 per cent threshold, said analyst Mostafa Kamel al-Sayed.“The result is known in advance, and this does not encourage Egyptians to go out and vote,” he said.During the campaign, Sisi appeared frequently on television and in newspapers, hailing factories and infrastructure projects built over the past four years.Egyptian cities, especially Cairo, are flooded with banners featuring photographs of Sisi and messages of support from business owners. Posters vowing support for Moussa, 65, are rarely seen.But with an economic crisis and gruelling price hikes-and the return of a regime seen as at least as authoritative as that of ex-leader Hosni Mubarak-support for Sisi appears to be slightly in decline.
Popular on Variety Among Americans who subscribe to traditional pay-TV service (i.e., excluding cord-cutters and cord-nevers), basic cable came out on top as the top choice for TV viewing on Cowen & Co.’s survey. Still, Netflix was a very close second: For those who subscribe to a traditional TV package, basic cable was the top response (26%), followed by Netflix (24%) and broadcast TV (19%).“Over the long term, assuming [Netflix] is able to continue to increasingly offer great content, this lead clearly bodes well for further value creation,” Cowen & Co. analysts led by John Blackledge wrote in a research note Tuesday.Netflix continues to pump out an enormous amount of original content — all told, it’s on pace to spend $13 billion on content in 2018, Cowen & Co. estimates. (Netflix has projected content spending for the year of up to $8 billion on a profit/loss basis.)In the second quarter of 2018, Netflix released around 452 hours of U.S. original programming, up 51% year-over-year but actually slightly under the company’s record output of 483 hours in Q1 2018. In Q2, Netflix’s originals slate included “Thirteen Reasons Why” season 2, “Luke Cage” season 2, and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” season 4, in addition to the reboot of “Lost in Space” and second seasons of drug war docu-series “Dope” and Brazilian dystopian series “3%.”Netflix is scheduled to report second quarter 2018 results on Monday, July 16, after market close. The company has forecast net adds of 5 million international subscribers and 1.2 million U.S. subs.Cowen & Co.’s Blackledge is particularly bullish on Netflix’s international prospects, raising the long-term price target on the company’s shares from $375 to $430 per share. The firm expects Netflix international subs to grow from 83.6 million at the end of 2018 to 255.2 million in 2028 (up from its previous estimate of 243.9 million).“Owning a leading international content-production footprint and ramping relationships across the talent ecosystem should prove beneficial to NFLX’s ability to increase production in those markets, much of which is produced at a lower cost than similar content produced in Hollywood,” the Cowen & Co. analysts wrote. Netflix has established a substantial foothold in the American living room — especially among millennials.The subscription-video service is now the most popular platform for watching entertainment on TV, ahead of traditional cable and broadcast television networks as well as YouTube and Hulu, according to a recent survey of U.S. consumers by Wall Street firm Cowen & Co.For the survey of 2,500 U.S. adults conducted in May, Cowen & Co. asked, “Which platforms do you use most often to view video content on TV?” Overall, Netflix captured the No. 1 with 27% of total respondents, followed by basic cable at 20%, broadcast at 18% and YouTube at 11%.When looking at adults 18-34, Netflix’s lead is even more dramatic: Nearly 40% of those in the younger demo said Netflix is the platform they use most often to view video content on their TVs — well ahead of YouTube (17%), basic cable (12.6%), Hulu (7.6%) and broadcast TV (7.5%). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Tetris is one of the most popular games of all time, selling over 70 million copies on various consoles and handheld devices, as well as over 100 million copies on cell phones. So it makes sense that whoever owns the publishing rights at the moment wants to continue releasing new games carrying the Tetris name.That company is EA, and their new take on the series is called Tetris Monsters.Tetris Monsters has just been announced for release in Japan. It’s set to be a free-to-play title on iOS and is currently only confirmed for Japan this summer. It differs from previous Tetris games by adding a monster-collecting/battling element to the gameplay.Although details are sparse, it looks as though EA has decided to copy the formula that has made GungHo Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons game so popular. In P&G, the gameplay combines a monster fighting rpg with a match 3 gem game. Basically, you progress through dungeons by using your match 3 skills to defeat any enemies you encounter. In the case of Tetris Monsters, EA has swapped out the gem matching for Tetris.It’s understandable why EA has chosen to take this route and target Japan first. Puzzle & Dragons is currently the number one grossing app on both iOS and Android and counts 16 million downloads in Japan alone.The money P&G generates is through in-app purchases that require the player regularly spend about $1 in order to retain any rewards, stamina, and progress they have made over the past hour or more of play. Using the tactic of “if you don’t spend you lose a lot” clearly works as P&G is thought to generate upwards of $62 million a month. I expect EA will attempt to use the same tactic for Tetris Monsters.
Riviera 2018, the annual sports and cultural extravaganza event that attracts some of the finest young minds from all over the world commenced with a bang on February 15, at VIT in Vellore. After enthralling the audiences on its first day, the festival continued to present back to back performances, thereby highlighting the rich cultural heritage of different countries.Aikya, a commemoration of the unity in diversity that our nation is famous for and immensely proud of, was conducted on the second day of Riviera’18. Aikya was one of the vibrant displays of grace and power associated with Indian culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event offered an important platform for the performers as well as an opportunity to spread awareness about varied cultures of Indian states. A key aspect of any culture is the clothing associated with it, and students of VIT went up and above in this regard, by dressing up in amazing vibrant colours.Another special highlight was ‘Infusion’, an International exhibit of cultures around the world, which was conducted on the third day of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The main goal of Infusion is to motivate students from all over the world to form strong cross-culture relationships, which would help the students improve their cultural awareness on a global scale,” Said Ujjawal Surana, student organizer of Infusion.Krishna Radhakrishnan, President, Women Entrepreneur’s Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion as chief guest for the event.Apart from cultural performances, a workshop on Global Skills was conducted during the event. It was graced by the presence of the team from the upcoming Tamil movie Sagaa. Also, Khalbali, the street play was conducted by the students where they portrayed social problems through a creative medium. Hindi was used as the language of conversation throughout the play.The ‘Spokesperson’ event was also conducted to develop and improve the oration skills of students. What’s interesting to note is that students from around 29 countries have worked to put on a graceful display of the diverse cultures that exist around the world.