first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party on Monday dissolved its Punjab unit at the first meeting held under newly appointed president Bhagwant Mann here. It was decided that party co-president Aman Arora would meet volunteers throughout the State from May 18 and take suggestions regarding the new office-bearers.last_img

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first_imgFear of a dengue outbreak is looming large in waterlogged Patna with 640 patients being tested positive, mostly in the last four days, according to official data.Unofficially, however, the number of dengue patients may be as high as 800.According to health officials, dengue is spreading fast in the waterlogged residential localities in Patna.What worries health officials is the stagnant, stinking water that still remains a problem in the posh residential localities of Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra and Gola Road following many days of heavy rain. Many areas, however, are now free of waterlogging.Outbreak ruled out Bihar Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar has, however, ruled out a dengue outbreak in the State capital.“There is no indication of an outbreak of a vector-borne disease in Patna as per the views of experts”, he said, admitting, however, that chances are high of an epidemic. According to him, 24 teams are spraying ‘Temefos’ in Patna to kill mosquitoes.Till now, 900 cases of dengue have been reported from across the State, including 640 cases in Patna alone.The government-run Patna Medical College and Hospital’s Deputy Superintendent Ranjit Kumar Jaimiar said the number of dengue patients is on the rise.Patna Civil Surgeon R.K. Choudhary said that arrangements had been made to carry out dengue tests in all primary health centres in view of increasing number of cases.In Patna, where thousands of people are still living in inundated areas even eight days after rains have stopped, fighting dengue has become a major challenge. It is more than a fear, as hundreds of waterlogged victims confined in their homes are reportedly suffering from mild to high fever.Health officials said that waterlogging helps vector-borne diseases increase due to fast mosquito breeding.Chikungunya, diarrhoea What is disturbing is not only the spread of dengue in waterlogged areas, but also reports of other illnesses like chikungunya and diarrhoea. Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi said there is danger of outbreak of epidemics due to filth, dumped garbage and stagnant water in many areas.According to a senior health department official, measures are being taken to prevent the outbreak of diseases and teams of doctors will soon visit affected areas to provide medical treatment wherever required.Till date, waterlogging in Patna and floods across the State have killed 73 people and over 20 lakh people have been affected.last_img read more

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first_img The Government is poised to generate significant savings from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) implementation of the US$40-million Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The initiative, which was launched during a stakeholders’ workshop at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on Wednesday (May 30), is expected to yield a reduction of US$6 million per annum in government expenditure on energy consumption at the 80 health and educational entities shortlisted for its implementation.The phased roll-out, which runs until 2023, will entail the infrastructural upgrading at these entities through the installation of energy-efficient equipment and technology.Additionally, it will target improvement in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR) traffic management system, which is projected to, among other things, reduce travel time by approximately 35 per cent, resulting in lower fuel consumption.Speaking at the workshop, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the public sector is “taking the lead” in relation to energy efficiency and conservation.He argued that despite Jamaica’s moving towards diversification, “I believe that the ‘cheapest energy’ around is energy efficiency and conservation”.In this regard, the Minister encourages Jamaicans to practise prudent energy management and conservation, even as the Government works to create a sustainable energy future for the country.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley said the investment in improving the traffic management system under the programme also aims to enhance public safety and security.“The urban traffic management system involves upgraded traffic controllers, CCTVs and communication switches at intersections to provide real-time traffic count and patterns, among other things,” he outlined.The EMEP’s Programme Manager, Derian Jackson, said the project will make a significant contribution to Jamaica becoming more energy efficient.He said the goal is to reduce consumption in the targeted beneficiary institutions by 50 per cent. These include 18 hospitals and health facilities and 20 schools.Mr. Jackson advised that the PCJ will be partnering with the National Works Agency to implement an upgraded urban traffic management system within the KMR.He said the programme is expected to assist in the reduction of the country’s carbon footprint, adding that training will be a critical component of the initiative.The programme also aims to boost the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry’s expertise and capacity to complete an Integrated Resource Plan for Jamaica to guide the development of a modern energy sector.The initiative is being jointly funded through loans totalling US$30 million from the Inter-American Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency, and a US$10-million grant provided by the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility.The workshop brought together key stakeholders to discuss the EMEP’s objectives, expectations of the programme’s sponsors and donors, and the Government’s perspective on the programme’s anticipated outcomes. The initiative, which was launched during a stakeholders’ workshop at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on Wednesday (May 30), is expected to yield a reduction of US$6 million per annum in government expenditure on energy consumption at the 80 health and educational entities shortlisted for its implementation. The Government is poised to generate significant savings from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) implementation of the US$40-million Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). Additionally, it will target improvement in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR) traffic management system, which is projected to, among other things, reduce travel time by approximately 35 per cent, resulting in lower fuel consumption. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners on Sunday at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal certain to please U.S. President Donald Trump who has touted the plane’s sales as a job creator in America.The deal appeared to surprise Boeing’s archrival Airbus, whose staff had attended a long-delayed news conference and left the room just moments before the announcement.Airbus has pinned hopes of continuing production of its double-decker jumbo jet on Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the aircraft which took delivery of its 100th A380 earlier this month. Reports circulated before the air show that a major A380 sale would be coming.But instead, Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum explained how the airline considered the Airbus A350 and decided to pick the Boeing 787-10.“We were comparing the two apples,” he said, but found that the Boeing 787 is “the best option” for Emirates “given its maintenance and so on.”It’s the second time Airbus has lost out on selling the A350 to Emirates. In June 2014, the state-owned Emirates cancelled an order for 70 A350s after a “fleet requirement” review.The Boeing 787-10 typically lists for $312.8 million. Delivery will begin in 2022.Chicago-based Boeing Co. already has 171 787-10s on order. Among those waiting for the aircraft are Abu Dhabi-based Etihad.The twin-engine 787-10, however, has been a focus of Trump since he came into office. In February, he visited the Boeing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, which manufactures the carbon-fiber, 330-seat plane Trump described as “an amazing piece of art.”“As your president I’m going to do everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and to put our great people back to work,” Trump said at the time. “This is our mantra: Buy American and hire American.”Sheikh Ahmed made a point to say the deal will help create more jobs, echoing Trump’s mantra. The deal was signed in the presence of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the United Arab Emirates’ prime minister and vice-president.“The order will take Emirates’ total (number of) wide body aircraft of the Boeing to 204 aircrafts, units worth over $90 billion,” Sheikh Ahmed said. “This is a long-term commitment that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, not only at Boeing but also throughout the aviation supply chain.”Trump and the White House made no immediate comment on the sale amid the president’s trip to the Philippines on Sunday.Emirates’ business has suffered under Trump’s travel bans affecting predominantly Muslim nations, as well as the recent ban on laptops in airplane cabins. Emirates said it slashed 20 per cent of its flights to the U.S. in the wake of the restrictions, though Dubai International Airport remains the world’s busiest international travel hub.Emirates now relies solely on the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 777 for its flights, making it the largest operator of both. It now has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet today.Last week, the U.S. plane manufacturer secured an order valued at more than $37 billion at list price for 300 of its single-aisle and double-aisle planes during Trump’s visit to China. Trump also was present for the signing ceremony last month between Boeing and Singapore Airlines for 39 new aircraft, including 19 of the 787 Dreamliner, in a deal worth up to $14 billion.While a big sale, the Dubai Air Show opened Sunday on what seemed to be a quieter note. The only other major sale for airplane manufacturers involved Azerbaijan Airlines, which will buy five Boeing 787-8s, two other freighter aircraft and landing gear maintenance from it for some $1.9 billion. The UAE’s Defence Ministry signed a $1.6 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to upgrade dozens of its F-16 fighters.It’s a far cry from 2013, when airlines made $140 billion in new orders before the collapse of global oil prices. Prices have rebounded recently to around $60 a barrel.Other airlines than Emirates are taking part, but missing from the trade show this year is one of the region’s largest long-haul carriers, Qatar Airways, amid a diplomatic fallout between Qatar and four Arab nations. Qatar Airways previously had played a big role in the Dubai Air Show, reserving a large pavilion and displaying its latest aircraft to visitors.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June over its ties with Iran and its support of Islamist groups, accusing the small Gulf state of supporting extremists, charges it denies. The Arab quartet cut direct flights with Qatar and closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft.Meanwhile, Emirates unveiled new, state-of-the-art, first class private suites.In an industry first, passenger suites in the middle aisle without windows will be fitted with “virtual windows” relaying the sky outside via fiber optic cameras on the plane. There’s also a video call feature in the suites that connects passengers to the cabin crew, as well as temperature control and various mood lighting settings.Emirates President Tim Clark declined to say how much a ticket in the 40 square-foot (3.7-square-meter) private suite will cost. 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Quenton Nelson looks exactly like a franchise-cornerstone left tackle: Standing 6 foot 5, 325 pounds, Nelson is “built like a bank safe” and blessed with the athleticism and aggressiveness to be a perennial All-Pro. The quarterback’s protector is often called the second-most-important offensive position, so it’s no wonder that Nelson’s in the mix to be the first non-quarterback to be picked in this year’s draft.But one thing does separate Nelson from other highly coveted tackles on draft day: He isn’t a tackle. He’s a guard.How players at one position in the NFL’s otherwise-anonymous quintet of trench warriors became some of American sports’ most-prized athletes is a story so well-known it was turned into a best-selling book, and even a movie: The uniquely gifted protectors of “The Blind Side” emerged in the 1990s to stop the pass-rushing outside linebackers of the 1980s, like eight-time All-Pro Lawrence Taylor.For years afterward, teams trying to land the next Orlando Pace or Walter Jones had no qualms about throwing high draft picks at top tackles. Even less-than-perfect tackle prospects like Michigan’s Jake Long and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher were deemed “safe” picks at No. 1 overall — because unlike quarterbacks, who are unlikely to play another position well, if those tackles fail to establish themselves as quality starters, teams have the option of kicking them inside to guard.As recently as 2012, guards were still afterthoughts, not worthy of the draft-value (and contract) investment that comes with a high first-round selection. Outstanding guard prospect David DeCastro, whom many evaluators deemed worthy of at least a top-10 pick, didn’t come off the board until No. 24 that year.In the 32-team era,1Since 2002. 62 tackles have been drafted in the first round compared to just 14 guards. On average, those tackles were taken with the 14th pick, while the average guard went between 23 and 24. In fact, after “The Blind Side” was released in September 2006, NFL teams went on a four-year tackle binge, drafting 19 first-round tackles compared to just three centers and two guards.Last season, though, the market for elite tackles seemed to dry up. Only two — Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk — went in the first round, and both were picked in the back end of the round (20 and 32 respectively). After Alabama’s Cam Robinson was taken with the second pick of the second round, which was lower than most expected, no tackles were taken until pick No. 85. To get a sense of how high in the draft tackles have tended to go over time, we can quantify pick position using Jimmy Johnson’s draft-pick value chart, which assigns a point value to every pick in the draft based solely on how early the pick is, not on which player is taken. Last year, the picks used on tackles in rounds one and two were worth a total of 2000 points, the lowest sum since at least 1994. By comparison, the picks used on the six tackles taken in the first two rounds in 2013 were worth more than 10,000 points. The trend of devaluing tackles seems certain to continue in the 2018 NFL draft. After Nelson, tackle Mike McGlinchey (average mock draft position: 22.2) is the next offensive lineman projected to go. But then it’s a run of interior linemen: Center James Daniels (28.5) and guards Isaiah Wynn (28.8) and Will Hernandez (28.9) are all set to be drafted ahead of the only other tackle who’s projected to be taken on the draft’s first night, Kolton Miller (31.2).If Miller doesn’t make it into the first round, it’ll be the first time that fewer than two tackles have been drafted in any first round since “The Blind Side” was released, and it would match the 2005-2006 nadir for high-pick tackles — only three tackles were taken in the first round in each of those two back-to-back draft classes.It’s not like NFL teams suddenly decided that the offensive line isn’t important, it’s more that the value pendulum is shifting away from left tackle. If Nelson goes as high as he’s expected to, he’ll be the third guard picked in the top 10 in the last six seasons (the fourth if you count Washington’s Brandon Scherff, who was drafted as a tackle but has since become a Pro Bowl guard2Washington initially tried Scherff at tackle before switching him to guard in his first training camp.). Before Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper went in the top 10 in 2013, no guard had been picked that high in a dozen years.3Leonard Davis went No. 2 overall in 2001 as a guard, though he went on to play both tackle and guard in the NFL.But it’s not just draft capital that teams are investing in a previously neglected position.This spring, All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell signed a five-year, $66.5 million unrestricted free-agency deal that briefly made him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman. Though former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder’s four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants topped Norwell’s $13.3 million average annual value, Norwell remains No. 2.In 2016, the five biggest free-agency deals4In terms of contracts’ average annual value. given to offensive linemen went to left tackles. In 2017, half of the eight offensive-line contracts worth at least $10 million per year went to left tackles — but the other half went to three guards and a center. In 2018, Solder’s was the only one of the top six offensive-line deals that did not go to a guard or center.So why the sudden change? For starters, the evolution of the left tackle was a response to a defensive revolution that’s been over for a long time; Taylor’s 10-season Pro Bowl streak ended 27 years ago. From Dick LeBeau’s zone blitzes to Jim Johnson’s and Jim Schwartz’s aggressive 4-3s, Wade Phillips’s one-gap 3-4 schemes to Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia’s hybrid/multiple fronts attack, defensive coordinators have as many different ways to send pass rushers at quarterbacks as there are gaps between offensive linemen.According to ESPN Stats & Information Group, 36 percent of the 1,082.5 sacks by front-seven players in 2017 were registered by a player lined up at right defensive end or right outside linebacker. That means even a Hall of Fame left tackle can’t possibly help with at least two-thirds of the pressure that defenses are generating.Then there’s the fact that quarterbacks don’t really have a “blind side” anymore. The heavy use of shotgun formation in today’s NFL allows quarterbacks to keep the whole defense in front of them. According to ESPN Stats & Info, just 13,319 of 32,436 offensive plays (41 percent) were run from under center in 2017– and of those, a quarterback dropped back to pass on just 4,201 plays (13 percent of all offensive plays).The average left tackle, then, will only be called upon to keep his quarterback clean during a traditional dropback about 1/8th of the time he’s on the field.But don’t tell Nelson, Wynn, Hernandez or any of the other guards set to be drafted this weekend that the value of offensive linemen has crashed. They’re about to prove that the NFL has finally figured out that anyone who can get keep a pass-rusher from getting to a quarterback is worth an awful lot — regardless of where he’s positioned on the line. read more

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Parents always tell their children to appreciate the little things people do: hold the door open for a stranger, say “please” and “thank you,” don’t underestimate the power of a smile. It’s time for Ohio State fans to start appreciating the little things that men’s basketball coach Thad Matta does for the OSU program.Matta has put Buckeye basketball on the map. He keeps the program’s image clean and clear of the NCAA’s compliance department. Even when courting high profile high school prospects, Matta follows the rules. There’s never been a whisper of recruiting violations since he’s been at the helm. There’s no baggage attached to him like a John Calipari or Kelvin Sampson.With regard to recruiting, Matta is a regular Rembrandt. His ability to recruit is second to none, from finding diamonds in the rough (see Evan Turner) to bringing in superstar classes such as the “Thad Five” and this year’s “Super Six.” He doesn’t just recruit players, he recruits good people. Matta’s players regularly stay out of trouble.Before taking over as the head of Buckeye basketball, Matta enjoyed an incredible run of success at Butler and Xavier. In his first and only season at Butler, he coached the Bulldogs to 24 wins and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. At Xavier, Matta posted three consecutive 26-win seasons and an Elite Eight appearance, the furthest the Musketeers have ever advanced in the tournament. In five-and-a-half seasons in Columbus, he’s posted a record of 141-52, already good for third all-time in OSU history, and guided the Buckeyes to a National Championship game in 2007. He’s one of two coaches to win 20 or more games in each of his first nine seasons as a head coach.Matta’s personality also stands out. Watch him during a game. He’s the polar opposite of Jim Tressel. He looks like he’s in a Richard Simmons video, jumping around and shuffling up and down the sideline. Matta does his share of yelling and screaming, both at his players and the officials, but he’s also not afraid to crack a smile or dish out encouragement. He’s also a bit of an oddball. Last year in a home game against Wisconsin, Matta was chewing a piece of gum when it subsequently dropped from his mouth to the gym floor, which of course had been dirtied for the past hour or so by the player’s sneakers. Laws of sanitation be damned, Matta, an obvious follower of the five second rule, quickly picked up the wad of gum, popped it back into his mouth, and started chomping away. Tell me another coach that would have done that. Certainly not The Vest.Matta is under contract through 2016 and makes $2.5 million a year, which makes him the fourth highest-paid college basketball coach in the country. Presumably, the job is his for life, which is pretty good job security for a guy who turns 43 in July. But Ohio State is the epitome of a football school. If jobs opened up at schools where basketball reigns supreme such as Kansas or Duke, Athletic Director Gene Smith might get a little nervous. A little appreciation goes a long way. Start by heading to the Schottenstein Center sometime this season and supporting Matta and his troops. read more

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first_imgJesse Lingard has been one of the key players of José Mourinho’s Manchester United lately but he admitted that he prefers to play for his national team over his club because he can play with no fear there.The 25-year old scored 13 goals for his club this season and he was selected to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup in Russia – and he insisted that he is looking forward to this great experience.The Red Devils winger spoke about his desire to play for Albion as he said, according to Sports Mole:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear.”“It’s one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench.”“And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe president of the Mundial host, Vladimir Putin in a rallying call before tournament says Russia will “fight until the end” even though they head into the World Cup in poor form.The side automatically qualified as hosts but they are the lowest ranked of the 32 teams at the tournament and are without a win in 2018. However, they will launch the World Cup on Thursday when they face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.“Our team have not achieved big results in recent times,” said Putin according to BBC.Russia’s last win came on 7 October when they beat South Korea 4-2 in a friendly in Moscow. Since then they have lost to Argentina, Brazil, France and Austria and drawn with Iran, Spain and Turkey.However, Putin expects Stanislav Cherchesov’s side to raise their game with a population of 144 million willing the hosts on.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We very much expect – all fans and lovers of football in Russia – expect the team to play with dignity, for them to show modern, interesting football, and to fight until the end,” added Putin.Russia are ranked 70th in Fifa’s world rankings – three places below opening opponents Saudi Arabia. After Thursday, Russia move to Saint Petersburg to face Egypt on 19 June before rounding off their Group A programme against Uruguay in Samara on 25 June.Cherchesov knows his players need to discover some confidence.“I am not a therapist able to reassure anyone,” he said after a 1-1 draw against Turkey on 5 June.“We are making progress and our main task is to believe in ourselves. We also need the fans to believe in us.”last_img read more

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first_imgTianjin Quanjian forward Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by having Leonardo return.He also admitted he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian. Leonardo managed Pato at Milan between 2009-10 campaign and ever since then has returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting hype from the striker.“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport and quoted in Football Italia.“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!Pato also shared his thoughts about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri.“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”last_img read more

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first_imgJuventus have reportedly joined the race for the battle of Isco’s signature due to his uncertain Real Madrid futureUnder new coach Santiago Solari, Isco is yet to start in any of the Argentine’s seven games in charge of Real.The last time Isco started a game for Real was in their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on October 28, which saw manager Julen Lopetegui lose his job afterwards.In a press conference on Wednesday, Solari defended his stance on Isco by stating that there are no undisputed starters in his team.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus have been alerted to the possibility of Isco’s availability and are plotting their move.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is understood to have been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder for quite some time.However, the Old Lady are not the only ones interested in Isco with several other European giants eyeing a move for the 26-year-old.Isco has made 10 appearances in La Liga this season with half of those coming from the bench.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe 10th Annual Conch Festival took place last weekend and the event did not disappoint the scores of residents and tourists from all over the country who came to support the event. More than 25 restaurants competed this year in the Conch dishes competitions where last year’s second place winner Hemmingways Restaurant copped first place this year. First time participants, the TCI community college got third place in the specialty conch category. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_imgWednesday 4/17Audio PlayerJennifer-0417.mp3VmJennifer-0417.mp300:00RPdBorough Approves KPBSD Additional Funding Request, UPDATED: Seward Man Fatally Shot 2 Men In Van Friday 4/19Audio PlayerFRIDAY-41919.mp3VmFRIDAY-41919.mp300:00RPd2019 KSRM Easter Egg Found!, O’Brien Approved As interim KPBSD Superintendent Of Schools, Joint Chamber Lunch with Congressman Don Young Next Week, Proposal Deadline for Board of Game, Oilers Baseball Honda “Big Red” Stolen From Storage Connex Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 08:35 amThe KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 4/16Audio PlayerTUESDAY-41619.mp3VmTUESDAY-41619.mp300:00RPdSeward Man Arrested For Shooting, Killing Two Other Seward Men, Troopers Will Be Patrolling, Checking Buoys And Pots Through September, Detour In Place For Kenai Spur Highway Construction Project, 2020-2023 Community Transportation Program Application Period Extendedcenter_img Monday 4/15Audio PlayerMonday-0419.mp3VmMonday-0419.mp300:00RPdRepresentative Vance Launches Inquiry Into Board of Fish Actions, DF&G Weigh Set Gillnet Gear Reduction Options For 2019 Thursday 4/18Audio PlayerTHURSDAY-41819.mp3VmTHURSDAY-41819.mp300:00RPdWelcome Home To The ‘Welcome To Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’ Sign, BIK&S Working To Bring Bike Rack Program To Kenai, Commercial Fishermen Dismayed With Legislature’s Confirmation, Borough Set To Intervene In Enstar Rate Caselast_img read more

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first_imgThe Air Force’s recent creation of an office dedicated to developing privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects marks a transition to a more comprehensive approach to meeting the service’s energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency, according to officials.“The core principles — resiliency, cost-competitive, and clean — will continue to characterize Air Force energy projects, but with an increased focus on meeting multiple objectives within single projects,” the service’s public affairs office stated in response to emailed questions. “In short, energy projects should move toward the ‘sweet spot,’ or meeting all three principles wherever possible.”Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the establishment of the Office of Energy Assurance during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in March. Previously, Air Force energy projects focused on “cost savings and goal achievement resulting in a fragmented and/or siloed approach,” the response stated.The office will leverage all existing tools and authorities to procure large-scale energy projects, including power purchase agreements, direct funding and enhanced use leasing.“We will also look to partner with our sister services to maximize our opportunities. The Air Force anticipates a significant level of partnering with local utilities to identify and develop potential projects,” according to the public affairs office.The office is aiming to have 10 viable projects of at least 10 megawatts in service or procurement over the next 20 months.The Air Force did not add any new headquarters personnel or manpower to create the office. Instead, the service is using Air Force Reserve and Guard personnel to start the new activity. The service will transition to using civilian personnel for three-year assignments this summer.Last month, the Office of Energy Assurance and its Army counterpart entered into a formal partnership allowing the two organizations to share resources. The memorandum of agreement the two service signed calls for the offices to share support staff, business processes and best practices. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_imgWashington, D.C. — Defense communities are excited about the prospect of a new DOD authority, included in the versions of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill passed in both the House and Senate, which would permit the department to provide funding for off-base infrastructure projects designed to enhance the military value of an installation. During the opening session of the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit on Monday, the Pentagon’s chief installations official weighed in, saying a new capability similar to the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program could be beneficial. The DAR program is designed to pay for defense-related transportation needs affecting a surrounding community if they are sudden, unusual or unique, and state and local authorities are unable to address the need. Annual funding for the program is limited, however; lawmakers provided only $20 million for the program in FY 2018.A new authority to fund defense community infrastructure could be used for requirements such as improving an installation’s water resiliency, said Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment. Niemeyer said he was concerned, though, about the possibility that the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) would be used to administer such a program. Asking OEA to carry out activities that are not part of its core missions possibly could jeopardize the office’s future, he said, a reference to House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s earlier proposal to eliminate the office along with six other defense support agencies. Thornberry scaled back the proposal, however, and the House-passed version of the defense authorization bill calls for cutting only the Washington Headquarters Service; the bill also directs DOD to slash spending on many defense support functions by 25 percent.OEA is a “critical field agency,” Niemeyer said, one that provides a “lifeline” to defense communities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2018 – 8:40 pm Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Email Karol G, Natti Natasha and other female urban artists are winning awards and topping streaming lists, but that wasn’t always the caseJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2019 – 7:19 am Karol G is “200 percent” sure that women are gaining visibility in reggaeton.An urban Latin artist, the 28-year-old is undeniably one of the brightest stars in her genre, with more than 15 million followers on Instagram, four million followers on Spotify, 600k-plus followers (and 183 million lifetime streams) on Pandora, and placement on Apple Music’s Dale Play! Latin urban playlist for International Women’s Day. And that’s not counting her three No.1 hits on the Latin Airplay Chart and a Best New Artist award at the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMYs in 2018.There’s little doubt that Karol G is thriving. Her take on reggaeton, a genre that generally borrows from dancehall, reggae and hip-hop, features a pop fusion and empowering lyrics directed toward a female audience. But her success didn’t happen overnight; it’s been years in the making.”A lot of people may know me for my music now,” Karol G says during a stop in Mexico for the tour she’s doing with fellow urban artist and boyfriend, Anuel AA. “It took me almost 14 years to get where I am, and it was really hard.” Where Are Urban Music’s Latinas? closing-gap-how-latina-artists-are-combating-gender-inequality-urban-music News Twitter Facebook Closing The Gap: How Latina Artists Are Combating Gender Inequality In Urban Music REGGAETON’S HISTORY OF GENDER IMBALANCEResearch supports that female artists in Latin music are scarce. According to Dr. Stacy Smith and USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who analyzed the top 150 songs from the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart between 2015–2917, the ratio for every 10 male artists was one female artist. In 2015, six percent of artists were women in the top 150 songs of the chart, while 2017 saw a rise to 13 percent. In terms of songwriting, women represented 3.8 percent during the three years analyzed.  “Female artists are few and far in between… I think that is a problem in Latin [that’s] always been there,” says Head of Latin Music at Pandora Marcos Juárez.WOMEN DON’T SELL(?)According to female reggaeton artists, the roadblocks they face have everything to do with gender.“From the moment I decided to go by ‘Karol G,’ I began doing reggaeton or urban Latin music, and because there were no women, they would say [that] women couldn’t do it or because ‘You’re a woman,’ this or that,” says Karol. “Because you’re a woman they think your values and your dignity, become interchangeable, and they offer you things at the cost of other things.”Reggaeton has been a male-dominated genre for years. And Latin trap, the Spanish-language version of the South’s trap music and another rising sub-genre of urban Latin music, is not much different.In Puerto Rico, reggaeton began as an underground scene (many attribute the birth of reggaeton to Panama and artists like El General) in the early and mid-2000s. Eventually, what is now known as “classic reggaeton,” expanded outside of the island to other parts of Latin America and parts of the mainland U.S., where there were more young Latino-Americans.But a recent resurgence of the genre, led by artists like J Balvin and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s 2017 Latin-pop smash “Despacito,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 100 with a version featuring Justin Bieber, has taken the genre to a new global level. And thanks to the viral nature of the internet, people in many more parts of the U.S. and world, English speaking or not, are listening to reggaeton’s more “marketable” version of itself.How powerful has the genre become? In 2018, only two of YouTube’s top 10 most-watched videos were in English. The rest were in Spanish, and each had at least one urban music artist attached to it. With over 1.5 billion users, the platform is the most popular to stream music, according to Forbes. Only one of those eight songs featured women, “Sin Pijama” by Natti Natasha and Becky G.As Remezcla points out, women have been instrumental in the Latin Urban genre, one of those artists being Puerto Rico’s Ivy Queen who has been a trailblazer for women empowerment with anthems like “Quiero Bailar,” which tackles women’s rights and objectification. So why has it been so tricky for women to gain visibility in the market?Natti Natasha, a Latin urban singer/songwriter who had her first hit alongside reggaeton icon Don Omar in 2012 with “Dutty Love,” was initially told by label executives that women simply don’t sell in her genre.”Any [female] artist that is trying to make it out there is probably struggling right now,” she says. “And then being a woman is like, I had to go places and show what I had and they were like, ‘We like it. It’s good music, but women don’t sell. They’re not going to listen to you. So us investing our time and investing all we have in you, it’s probably not gonna come back.’”While “Dutty Love” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs Chart, the success was short-lived for Natasha. But things turned around years later; Natti Natasha is YouTube’s most watched female artist and overall one of the top ten most-watched acts on the platform of 2018.BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING BY BANDING TOGETHER With a growing interest in Latin urban music, labels are closing in on the imbalance. Universal, home to Karol G, and Sony, who distributes Natti Natasha and where Becky G and Jennifer Lopez are signed, recently told Billboard that things are beginning to look different for women in urban Latin.“There was definitely an opening for women [in 2018], ”Executive Vice President Latin America/Iberian Peninsula for Universal Music Angel Kaminsky said. “There has been a surge like we’ve never seen before of female acts from many different countries with lots of attitude and potential. These girls are writing at a younger age, and the material reflects their stories and their lives, leading to bigger engagement.””We made a commitment to bring diversity to the Latin music landscape, and this year we’ve had a record number of hits by female acts,” says Nir Seroussi, President of Sony Music U.S. Latin also told Billboard.While the industry may be more welcoming women now, there was a time where Natti Natasha says women felt pitted against each other.”They used to want women to compete,” she says. “Don’t know why, but it was just like an automatic thing. Once you understand that is not the way to go, you understand why that happens, why they do it. You do all the opposite, and you get together and you make this happen. You prove to people that it’s not a competing thing. It’s a collaborating situation.”RELATED: Latin Pop Performer Natti Natasha Takes Center Stage On ‘IlumiNATTI’Collaboration among Latin urban women is absolutely on the rise, agrees Latin Curator at Pandora Leticia Ramirez, which has helped them gain visibility. “I think there is definitely a sense within the music community with female artists that there needs to be a level of support for one another versus a comparison of one another. I think that is allowing more experiences and opportunities with amongst themselves to do things.”Cross-promotion among Latin artists is already a widely utilized practice. During a tribute to Daddy Yankee at Premios Lo Nuestro this past year, the reggaeton figurehead thanked his male colleagues for supporting each other. According to Juárez, public support, like the sort offered by Yankee, is precisely what helps Puerto Rican performers be successful.”I think what’s really unique about Puerto Rican artists is the way they’ve all put each other on … Puerto Ricans have set the template for collaborating and co-signing artists, and helping bring people up. You see that over and over and over.”Dr. Stacy Smith found in her research that many Laitn chart-toppers are Puerto Rican.COMBATING “MACHISMO” IN LATIN CULTUREBut, as Juarez points out, there may be more subtle, industry-wide obstacles that deter women’s success in this arena. He notes that listeners on Pandora, which allows users to thumb up or thumb down artists, are not always receptive to female artists.”I think part of it is probably culture … machismo is real, and I think that is definitely part of it,” he says. “I’ll tell you what, on [the] Reggaeton de Hoy [station,] it’s really hard to put women in there, because people just don’t … number one, there’s not a ton of [female] artists [out there]. It’s not to say that there is none, I mean, there definitely are some artists who are killing it. But there’s not a ton, and people react adversely to it still.”Ramirez sees the industry’s recent push for female artists and believes that it may be listeners who need to become more supportive of female artists.”They are publicists. They’re pushing. They’re communicators. They’re making s**t happen. So I don’t think it’s something that’s dictated from the industry. I think it could be cultural, quite frankly,” she says. “I think that for some reason the consumer isn’t as easily supportive of a female artist as they are a man. There’s still that negative comparison to women … With men, a lot of things are excused. You know?  … I do think there is that part of it. I think that that could kind of impact women and how far they can go in the music industry.”RELATED: Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo NuestroMORE WOMEN IN THE STREAMING MIXJuarez says digital streaming platforms, along with labels, could be doing more. Dr. Stacy Smith agrees. At a panel called Women In The Lead, held during Billboard Latin Week 2018, asserted that it’s ultimately up to streaming platforms to create desire for an audience. “It’s not about what the audience wants, it’s what these companies are willing to supply to create the desire amongst listeners.”But what does that look like? An all-female playlist or radio station? Juarez says “all-female” content may not be the best solution.”I think you run the risk of making [women] ‘other,’” he says. “It’s much more beneficial to integrate [women] and have it seem natural as part of just a listening experience. I think more and more, we’re getting to that,” he says. “We have a station, an effort called El Pulso on Pandora, which we launched last year, sort of like a franchise Latin effort. The idea there was to really embrace this popular Latin movement that our listeners are showing us that is important and impactful for them. But then we’re also trying to be predictive and trying to include up-and-coming artists, and a lot of those artists are females.”One thing streaming platforms can do, Juarez says, is keep women artists in front of audiences in an organic way.”I think within that branded listening experience, there’re opportunities to just keep … Not force-feeding people, but just keep trying, you know? Keep putting it in front of people,” he says. While Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora are all establishing ways to organically integrate women into their Latin music playlists and stations, Karol G says another way females need support is through the acceptance of their lyrics.”The only limit I see at the moment is people accepting our lyrics … We have songs about love, about falling out of love … I want to be able to talk about anything and everything because I am human … I think there needs to be a little more equality in that aspect,” say says.But despite the challenges, Karol G believes this moment for women in reggaeton is more than a trend; it’s a genuine movement that’s showing no signs of slowing down.”There was a time in which there weren’t feminine faces,” she says. “Now that door is open, and we’re coming in. Not one, not two, but many of us. That makes people’s curiosity grow. People now want to hear our side of the story. They want to know where we’ve been and how we did it.””On Location: Miami”: Lary Over Talks About Latin Trap Origins Read morelast_img read more

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first_imgThe New York Times is producing Virtual Reality (VR) films and is gearing up to send its subscribers free Google cardboard sets on the weekend of 7-8 November. The New York Times seeks innovative ways to create and deliver digital journalism and the company aims to achieve this through a three-dimension (3D) phase.Keeping in tune with this, the company announced its partnership with Google on Tuesday morning and through this venture, subscribers of The New York Times can watch video reality films made by the brand. The company will send millions of their readers free virtual reality headsets according to Fortune Magazine and the content can be viewed using the NYT virtual reality app.Despite the cardboard being a Google creation, the app will be available on both Android and iOS platforms. This app will be introduced in the market on 5 November, digitaltrends reported.The NYT is ready for the launch of the new app with three films lined up.The first film “Displaced” follows the journey of three refugee children from Ukraine, Sudan and Syria. The other story, which is slated to be released in December, is a behind-the-scenes look where the viewers will be shown the process of creating the cover of The New York Times. More films are lined up to be released in 2016.The Google Cardboard device is a VR platform developed by Google, and it first made an appearance at Google’s I/O conference in Paris in 2014. The new technology will allow viewers a “360-degree-view of the unfolding event.”It has also been reported that as part of the project, General Electric and MINI — the company’s sponsors — will be offering viewers their own virtual reality films.last_img read more

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