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Pot linked to mammary growth in men officers reportedly tell teens

first_imgAURORA, Ont. – Police north of Toronto are trying to clear the air after officers reportedly told a group of teens that marijuana use can lead to “enhanced mammary growth in men.”York Regional Police Service spokeswoman Const. Laura Nicolle says the erroneous information was included in a presentation by officers for high school students last week.Nicolle says the police force was contacted on social media by several people who were at the session, questioning the link between cannabis and growth in that area in men.In a tweet Friday afternoon, police say marijuana does not cause “enhanced mammary growth in men,” adding that the force is “working to address” the misinformation by the officers.Nicolle says police are looking into exactly what the officers told the students and where they got that information.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Experience Package Benefits MusiCares

first_imgThe latest GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney.Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the package is available for bid now through June 23 at spectacular package includes: • Two (2) passes to attend a soundcheck • Two (2) passes to meet Sir Paul • Two (2) tickets to a concert (select dates in July & August) • One (1) official photo (sent to winner after the show) • Two (2) roundtrip Delta One Business/First-Class Air tickets within the Continental U.S.The auction benefits MusiCares.last_img read more

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Anishinaabe hip hop artist Mic Jordan trying to inspire Aboriginal youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Austin Street Festival in Winnipeg was a large part of Aboriginal Music Week last week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and caught up with an Anishinaabe hip hop artist who is trying to reach out and inspire Aboriginal youth.last_img

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US stocks follow global markets lower on worries over possible US interest

US stocks follow global markets lower on worries over possible US interest rate hikes FILE – This Oct. 8, 2014 file photo shows a Wall Street address in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are opening lower Tuesday, March 10, 2015, reversing a gain from the day before, following declines in European markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 10:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes fell sharply as fears of over possible interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve roiled financial markets around the globe.In Europe, renewed concerns Greece may run out of money also spooked investors Tuesday. The euro sank to a 12-year low against the dollar.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 241 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 17,755 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 25 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,054. The Nasdaq composite lost 67 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 4,875.Barnes & Noble dropped 8 per cent after reporting earnings that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The price of oil fell 85 cents to $49.16 a barrel.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.14 per cent. read more

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Questions asked about Apples relationship with Department of Finance

first_imgQUESTIONS HAVE BEEN asked about Apple’s relationship with the Department of Finance after a TD produced a series of emails from the tech company at an Oireachtas committee meeting.In the emails, the top civil servant in the Department of Finance suggests the tech company should approach the Irish government about using Apple products.The information came from Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty who received the emails under a Freedom of Information request, and who raised the issue at an Oireachtas committee meeting on Ireland’s corporate tax regime this afternoon.One of the emails, sent from the head of Apple’s European operation based in Cork to John Moran, the Secretary General of the Department of Finance says:One of the items that we discussed during your visit that I wanted to follow up on, was your suggestion that someone from Apple should approach the Government with a view to improved adoption of Apple’s products within your environment.The mail does not give further details as to exactly what the phrase “improved adoption of Apple’s products within your environment” means.Doherty questioned whether it was usual practice for the Secretary General of the Department to suggest that a company goes to the Government to discuss selling a product.He noted that John Moran had met representatives from the company on other occasions in relation to issues such as ICT and e-government, which he described as “perfectly normal and innocent,” but separate to the issue he was raising.The  representatives from the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners responded to Doherty’s questions about the emails but there was no more information about what the outcome of the emails was.Sub-committeeThe Oireachtas sub-committee on global taxation met today to discuss the issue of corporation tax, and specifically the recently-announced European Commission preliminary questioning about whether Ireland had a preferential tax rate for certain companies.Both the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners representatives repeatedly stressed that Ireland didn’t strike deals with multinational companies offering a lower rate of corporation tax in return for their locating to Ireland.“Ireland does not do special tax deals,” Gary Tobin of the Department of Finance told the Committee.He stressed that the European Commission request for information was not an investigation and does not automatically mean that an inquiry of any kind is going to be carried out.Gary Tobin of the Department of Finance speaking at the committee today.Here’s why TDs and SEnators can’t update their iPhones and iPads to iOS 7 > US committee wants to impose US tax on Google and Apple’s Irish income >last_img read more

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Its better than your child coming home in a hearse Family campaign

first_img Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 5:21 PM ‘It’s better than your child coming home in a hearse’: Family campaign after daughter killed in car crash “I honestly expected that we’d go out to Tramore and she’d be sat on the kerb, maybe with a broken arm or a couple of bruises.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Conor McCrave 30 Comments 53,573 Views Share603 Tweet Email1 Image: Image: THE FATHER OF a 16-year-old girl killed in a road collision involving an unaccompanied learner driver has told of the devastating effect it has had on his family. Katie Murphy (16) died after the car being driven by Edward O’Shea, who was 17 at the time, crashed in Tramore, Co Waterford, two years ago. Yesterday, O’Shea, who is now 19, was handed a six-year driving ban and sentenced to 14 months in prison by Judge Eugene O’Kelly after pleading guilty to careless driving at Waterford Circuit Court. Speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One, Katie’s father Hilary Murphy described the moment he received the call to say his daughter was in a car accident. He recalled his heartbreak at arriving at the scene to find paramedics unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate her. “We didn’t even realise she had left the house,” he explained. “I got a phone call from a lady who lives maybe 20 to 50 yards away from where the crash happened and she just said you better get out here quick, Katie has been involved in an accident and hung up.“I honestly expected that we’d go out to Tramore and she’d be sat on the kerb, maybe with a broken arm or a couple of bruises.The Fire Brigade guys had taken the roof off the car and they were taking her out on a board so we went over and had a look at Kate and pretty much realised that she was gone.“They took her into the ambulance and for some reason the back door of the ambulance flew open and I could see that she was being resuscitated inside the ambulance so at that stage I pretty much knew that she was gone.”Two other passengers in the car survived the collision but were left with permanent injuries, with one suffering several broken bones and another being placed into a medically induced coma. In the minutes leading up to the crash, Katie reportedly uploaded videos onto social media site Snapchat where the passengers were heard saying “that the car was being driven over the speed limit”.One passenger of the modified Japanese import said, “Basically we’re going to be killed in this car and somebody in the front said ‘yeah we probably are’”, according to Murphy.In his sentencing, as reported by the Irish Times, Judge O’Kelly said “some young men, particularly young men treat the public roads like some form of private racetrack”.AftermathSince the collision occurred a number of measures have been taken to improve visibility and prevent further collisions along the same road. “It’s along the cliff outside Tramore. Some people might know the Gillameens, it’s a swimming area and it’s a very twisty road,” Murphy told O’Rourke today. “Since the accident they’ve put in lighting along the whole stretch, they’ve put in speed bumps the whole way out – but unfortunately that’s no good to us.“There was a number of witnesses living along the road who spoke of the terror when they heard the car coming at such speed. At least two of them jumped up and said ‘Oh my God, there’s going to be an accident’… And went outside straight away and as soon as they got out, the car was against the wall.”Katie’s family has started a campaign to deter young drivers from speeding and to warn passengers to get out of a car if the driver breaks the speed limit. The campaign is called Odd Socks for Katie because one of her friends started wearing odd socks in her honour since Katie died.“The message behind it is if you are in a car that is being driven dangerously just tell the driver to stop, get out of the car, phone your parents and get them to take you home,” Murphy said. “Any parent will come out and collect the child, they might be upset about being disturbed or whatever but it’s much better than your child coming home in a hearse.“We basically try to empower children to have the courage to say stop let me out,” he said. Murphy said he and his wife were both burdened by the huge loss in their lives since Katie’s death and added that her siblings, especially her younger brother Scott, were heartbroken. “They were very, very close and Scott would be a quieter guy, and Katie was such a fun-loving person. If she saw him lying on his bed playing video games or whatever she would literally come in and dive on top of him to make him laugh and get him out.“It’s a big loss to Scott because she was a lifeline, I suppose,” he said.  Mar 27th 2019, 5:21 PM last_img read more

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Linventeur du web sinquiète de la situation actuelle

first_imgL’inventeur du web s’inquiète de la situation actuelleTim Berners-Lee, l’homme qui a inventé le World Wide Web il y a 20 ans, a publié une liste des menaces qui mettent en danger le futur d’Internet.Le 22 novembre dernier, un des hommes les plus important du XXe siècle, Tim Berners-Lee, a publié un avertissement sur les dérives qu’est en train de connaître le Web. Méconnu, ce Britannique a pourtant activement participé à la révolution numérique puisqu’il a tout simplement inventé le World Wide Web il y a 20 ans en mettant au point un système hypertexte utilisable sur le réseau Internet. Dans la revue Scientific American, il a donc mis en garde le public sur les dangers qui pèsent sur le web. Selon lui, des mesures sont à prendre afin de garantir l’ouverture et la neutralité du réseau. À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesLe président du World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) pointe cinq grands axes dans son plaidoyer. Il s’inquiète d’abord du système de référencement propre de certains réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook, qui n’utilisent pas d’URL et empêchent la libre circulation des informations qu’ils contiennent. A terme, c’est la monopolisation des informations qui guette. Ensuite, c’est l’abandon du langage HTML qui soulève sa méfiance. On peut voir sur iTunes, la plateforme d’achat d’Apple, que le protocole “http” disparait au profit du protocole “itunes”. “Lorsque l’on est sur le site d’iTunes, nous ne sommes plus sur le web”, explique-t-il, mettant en garde contre les espaces clos. Le troisième axe concerne les fournisseurs d’accès qui limitent la bande passante de certains sites tels que les plateformes de téléchargement ou de partage de vidéos afin d’inciter les internautes à utiliser leur propres outils. Pour lui, ces fournisseurs doivent proposer “un accès complet aux fonctionnalités de l’Internet, sans opérer de restrictions volontaires” et il encourage les gouvernements à prendre des mesures pour préserver la “neutralité du web”. Les gouvernements sont la cible de sa quatrième mise en garde. Il s’insurge contre la censure gouvernementale et les lois comme Hadopi en France, qui prévoient des sanctions pouvant aller jusqu’à la coupure de la connexion Internet. Il s’est enfin montré optimiste sur l’avenir, si ses avertissments sont pris en compte, avec des possibilités nouvelles telles que l’HTML 5 ou l’accès au réseau sans fil pour nombre de pays ou régions jusqu’ici non connectés. Le 18 janvier 2011 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Riverdale Buries Jason Blossom but the Mystery Remains

first_imgStay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 This week, Riverdale finally got around to burying Jason Blossom. It seems like it’s been a little long since his body washed up in the river, but I guess a murder mystery will delay a memorial a bit. As the episode began, we learned that it would take place at the Blossom mansion, which Jughead describes as the creepy old house the kids stay away from.Though it appears that the scariest thing about it might be how the Blossom family treats each other. Cheryl is in Jason’s old room, having fallen asleep writing his eulogy. After a particularly terrifying dream where Jason comes back from the dead to haunt her, Cheryl awakens to an even scarier sight. Her mother. After telling Cheryl not to sleep in her brother’s old room, Penelope Blossom then refuses to let Cheryl speak at Jason’s funeral. She might say something to embarrass the family. So maybe there’s a reason she treats other people the way she does.Things aren’t going well for anyone in Riverdale, despite the town ridding itself of a child molester last week. Archie still blames himself for Grundy’s departure and is burying all his feelings in football. In his mind, football will lead to scholarships, which will allow him to study music. That’s what he’s telling himself anyway. As it has been with most weeks, Archie’s storyline was the weakest subplot this week. There are so many interesting things going on in Riverdale; it’s hard to care about the guitar-playing football star’s problems.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Alright, let’s get through this. Val sets Archie up with a very strict music teacher who isn’t all that impressed with Archie’s music. That makes Archie doubt himself until Val reminds him he doesn’t need any permission to play. The coach sets up a competition between Archie and Reggie to see who gets to be captain. They both play hard, but ultimately, Archie’s decision to retire Jason Blossom’s number and give his Jersey to the family seals it. Archie is made captain but turns it down because he needs to focus on his music. The end. Can we give this kid something interesting to do now? The only decent part of this arc was the budding relationship between Archie and Val. They actually have decent chemistry together, and after the Grundy business, it’s nice to see him with someone his own age.Over at the more interesting part of the show, Veronica is still one of the few decent people in town. Realizing that Cheryl may be acting especially mean because she’s burying her brother at the end of the week, Veronica makes a peace offering. In return, Cheryl invites her for a sleepover the night before the memorial. Cheryl says she doesn’t want to be alone that night. Given what we learn about her parents this episode, I wouldn’t blame her for not wanting to be alone with them ever. One of the many creepy things about them: Everyone they’ve invited to the memorial is someone they see as a murder suspect.Speaking of murder suspects, remember how someone trashed the sheriff’s investigation board last week? Kevin has done his best to recreate it in the school newspaper office. He, Betty and Jughead decide they’re going to use their journalistic powers to figure out what exactly happened to Jason. On a date with one of his old friends, Betty asks some probing questions about what Jason was like in the weeks leading up to his death. She learns Jason started blowing off plans and started selling drugs, trying to get as much money together as possible. All this started just a few weeks after Jason and Polly began dating. To answer the question of why a rich kid would need so much money, Jughead suggests they sneak into Jason’s room during the memorial.Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW)The night before the memorial arrives, and Cheryl’s sleepover is just about as awkward as you could imagine. Veronica, it turns out, is the only one Cheryl invited. She tries to focus on her dinner while Cheryl’s parents make passive aggressive comments towards their daughter. It’s probably the most uncomfortable the show has made me so far, so congrats on that, I guess. After dinner, though, Veronica and Cheryl begin to form something like a real friendship. After hearing that Cheryl is forbidden from giving a Eulogy, Veronica vows to help Cheryl no matter what consequences it brings.The next day, we get to see the strangest, most tense funeral in history. When Archie gives Jason’s old jersey to Penelope, she talks about how much Archie looks like Jason. Then, she caresses his face, which might be the creepiest moment in this episode. Penelope is taken aback when Cheryl gives her eulogy, but Veronica reminds her that stopping Cheryl will only make things worse. The eulogy isn’t accusatory or embarrassing. It’s pretty much what you’d expect someone who lost a teenage brother to say. Still, Penelope drags Cheryl off and slaps her, threatening to send her to a boarding school somewhere.Betty and Jughead break off from the funeral to explore Jason’s room. They don’t get too far before Jason’s grandmother appears behind them. She was just sitting alone in the shadows, apparently. Can anyone in this family not be creepy? Thinking Betty is her sister, Polly, Grandma Blossom asks Betty about the engagement ring Jason gave her. That news is enough to make Betty drag her father home from the memorial and ask a few questions. It turns out her dad knew about Polly and Jason’s engagement but wasn’t happy about his daughter becoming a Blossom.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)He reveals, in the most serious of monologues, that Betty’s great grandfather used to be in business with Jason and Cheryl’s great-grandfather. What business is that? Maple syrup. Apparently, the maple syrup business was so good the Blossoms’ great grandfather was willing to kill the Coopers’ great grandfather for the profits. That’s why the Blossoms live in a mansion, and the Coopers live in a… still very nice house. Ever since then, the Coopers have hated the Blossoms, and Betty’s dad wasn’t about to let the Blossom’s take one of his daughters too. All that over maple syrup. It’s this kind of pure, distilled, unadulterated melodrama that makes Riverdale so special. As Betty brings everything she’s learned back to Jughead and Kevin, she figures out who must have destroyed Sheriff Keller’s investigation board. It was her dad.After last week’s episode ended with a dud, this week felt like the show was getting back to the weirdness that made us love it in the first place. There is something seriously wrong with the Blossom family, and I don’t think we’ll find out what that is for a while. Maybe it’s a constant sugar crash from all that maple syrup? This is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of from Riverdale. This melodramatic, unabashed strangeness that separates it the teen soap operas of the past. We also have a new murder suspect in Betty’s father, but I’d be surprised if it actually turned out to be him. It’s a little early in the show’s run to reveal the real culprit. Something is definitely going on, though. Sooner or later, we’ll have to see what really happened to Polly, and I don’t think it’s going to match up with the story the Coopers are telling.last_img read more

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Glam Gets 10M in Private Financing

first_imgGlam Media has secured $10 million in financing from Mizuho Venture Capital, a subsidiary of Japan’s Mizuho Bank, the online content network announced today. It’s the company’s fifth round of financing in as many years.The financing will be used to fund Glam’s expansion in the U.S. as well as in Japan and Germany, the company said. As part of the announcement, Glam said it also received an additional second round investment from Munich-based Hubert Burda Media for its Glam Germany venture.”Glam Media has proven its new media model can fuel one of the fastest-growing online companies in these difficult economic times,” Glam CEO and chairman Samir Arora [pictured] said in a statement. Last month, Glam launched, a micro-blogging platform for users to find, follow, filter, create and share real-time conversations on events and news from online platforms like Twitter. In February, Glam acquired AdaptiveAds, a display ad targeting and optimization company.Rated recently by comScore as one of the fastest-growing Web sites, Glam is said to have more than $100 million in private financing, including $85.6 million it secured last year. The principal backer in that financing round was Hubert Burda Media.last_img read more

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Indian govt to issue sovereign gold bonds on 26 November

first_imgThe central government on Friday announced that it will issue sovereign gold bonds on November 26 while applications for the bonds will be accepted between November 5-20.In a statement issued here, the finance ministry said the bonds would be sold through banks and notified post offices and would be issued by Reserve Bank of India on behalf of the central government.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced, in the 2015-16 budget, the development of a financial asset – sovereign gold bond – as an alternative to the precious metal, and the borrowing through issuance of the bond will form part of market borrowing programme of the government.The gold bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of one gram while the minimum investment limit is two grams.The maximum subscription is 500 grams per person per fiscal (April-March) and for joint holders, the limit will be applied on the first holder.As per the scheme, the gold bonds will be sold only to resident Indian entities including individuals, Hindu undivided families, trusts, universities, and charitable institutions.The issue and redemption price will be in Indian rupees fixed on the basis of the previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd.As per the scheme, the bond tenure will be eight years with exit option beginning the fifth year onwards. The bonds will also be tradable in the bourses.The rate of interest will be 2.75 percent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.As to the tax treatment, interest on gold bonds will be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 and the capital gains tax shall also remain same as in the case of physical gold.Commission for distribution shall be paid at the rate of one percent of the subscription amount.last_img read more

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The inevitable happened iPhone 7 gets a headphone jack case

first_imgApple likes to talk about how magical, amazing, and “the best ever” its latest gadgets are, but with the iPhone 7 it’s turning out to be one of the most frustrating, infuriating, control-grabbing version of the smartphone the company has created. And that’s down to one simple reason. No, not courage. The removal of the headphone jack.You can continue to use your existing headphones if you don’t mind an adapter hanging out of your phone. Or you could upgrade to some Lightning headphones if you have the cash and can find some you like. Or you could embrace Apple’s Earpods if they were actually available and didn’t cost a small fortune.But fear not iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners! The inevitable has happened. A case has been created that adds a headphone jack back into the equation. Not only that, but it also extends battery life while offering scratch and shock protection.It’s called the Fuze Case and it has appeared on Indiegogo attempting to generate $60,000 of funding. Super early birds can grab a Fuze Case for $49, with the price increasing to $59 and then $69 once those early slots have all been filled.Here’s the less than great Indiegogo video:The Fuze Case works by simply integrating the 3.5mm audio jack to Lightning adapter into the bottom on the casing. It makes the iPhone 7 longer and fatter, but removes the need for a separate adapter completely. As for the extended battery, the iPhone 7 version of the case includes a 2,400mAh battery, where as the 7 Plus squeezes in a 3,600mAh battery.If you’re tempted, the cases are expected to ship in December by which point you may have already lost your headphone adapter or given in and purchased some Lightning headphones or EarPods.last_img read more

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What to do in weather like this

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite * Get crafty- Pull out your craft supplies and get creative. Decorate pine cones, make hand puppets, draw pictures, make leaf collages and use felt pieces to make a picture story. The only limit is your imagination.* Have a treasure hunt- Set up a series of clues throughout the house. Have each clue lead to the next. This keeps the kids busy as they work towards finding the treasure. The treasure can be a toy, a treat, a fun activity or a small reward, you decide.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Gloomy weather can ruin even the cheeriest moods. Some may be enjoying the cold and wet weekend Ladysmith is experiencing, but there are definitely some who are not. That said, here is a list of family activities to keep you occupied on a day when going outside is out of the question:* Camp Indoors- Who says tents have to stay outside? If you have a pop-up or small dome tent, it’s easy to set up camp for your kids indoors. If not, you can create tents by draping sheets over the couch. Make them comfy with airbeds, pillows and sleeping bags, then follow through with an indoor picnic to be eaten “under canvas”.* Cook something- One of the best ways to keep busy during a rainy day is to cook. This keeps you busy and lets you use some of those ingredients in your pantry you’ve been wanting to try. The best part is that you end up with a tasty result at the end that everyone can enjoy!last_img read more

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Wage raise for Costa Ricas private sector set at 378 percent

first_imgSome 1.3 million workers in Costa Rica’s private sector will receive a 3.78 percent wage increase effective Jan. 1.In a majority vote the National Wages Council on Wednesday evening approved the figure that will apply for salaries during the first semester of next year.The final percentage was proposed by government officials and consists of 2.47 percent of projected inflation, 0.77 percent cumulative inflation for the first half of 2013 and 0.54 percent for gross domestic product growth in the last five years.The proposal received “yes” votes from unions and government council members, while employers voted against it.Union leaders last week had proposed a 3.96 percent hike, while employers proposed a 3.60 percent increase.Costa Rican Chambers Union and Private Business Sector Associations President Jaime Molina said the private-sector proposal “sought to avoid affecting high unemployment rates, estimated at more than 10 percent and the highest since October 2011.”The last increase approved for the country’s private sector was 2.40 percent, which took effect on July 1.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Fairfield by MarriottMarriott International

first_imgFairfield by MarriottMarriott International Fairfield by Marriott, Marriott International’s second largest brand, is celebrating its 30th anniversary year by honouring its heritage that was born at the Fairfield Farm – a ranch in Hume, Virginia, USA, that was purchased by J.W. and Alice Marriott in 1951. Nestled amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Rappahannock River, Fairfield Farm served as a retreat from the everyday chaos, where the Marriott family hosted friends, business associates and dignitaries alike (including U.S. presidents Eisenhower and Reagan) – and seeded the inspiration for the brand’s founding in 1987.In 2017, that legacy has been celebrated with the unveiling of a new brand design and the launch of a global social responsibility initiative to expand upon Marriott’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity.Last week, hotel associates from Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu, and members of the international press, worked alongside Habitat for Humanity Nepal, helping build a home for a local family in Kavre, an area that was affected by the 2015 earthquake, situated 32km from the capital. “While Fairfield by Marriott has achieved rapid global growth, entering new markets like Brazil, China and Nepal this year, those seeds were planted 30 years ago when the Fairfield Farm inspired a seamless service experience that has helped propel the brand,” said Janis Milham, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Classic Select Brands. “Now in our milestone year, we’re building onto our foundation of trusted service by unveiling a new modern décor package inspired by our roots.”IMAGE:Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu hotel associates volunteered alongside international press to build two homes in Kavre, Nepallast_img read more

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Vulnerability key to country singer Brett Youngs

first_imgVulnerability key to country singer Brett Young’s breakout by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2018 8:41 am PDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Aug. 8, 2018, photo, Brett Young poses in Nashville, Tenn. The Southern California-native has taken over as country music’s new heartbreak kid, thanks to that triple-platinum song and a string of other emotional, heartfelt ballads from this debut self-titled album in 2017. But he promises more tempo on the new album, including the title track “Ticket to L.A.,” which releases later this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) center_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a love ballad by country singer Brett Young, has been added to a lot of wedding playlists since it came out in 2017, but it has put Young in an awkward position for his own upcoming nuptials.Young, who is engaged to longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills, said he’s already ruled out singing that song — or any other he’s recorded — at his wedding.“One thing I think is just a terrible decision is to sing one of your own songs from your own record,” Young, 36, said. “That is such a cop-out and so cheesy and easy.”The Southern California native has taken over as country music’s new heartbreak kid, thanks to that triple-platinum song and a string of other heartfelt singles from the debut self-titled album.Young won new male artist at this year’s ACM Awards and is up for new artist at the CMA Awards in November. His platinum-selling debut spawned four platinum-selling country singles and he just announced the release of his next album with Big Machine Label Group, “Ticket to L.A.,” coming out Dec. 7.Young hoped to become a baseball player in college but was sidelined by an elbow injury. He had been playing guitar since high school and was inspired to start writing songs after listening to Gavin DeGraw. So he worked as a bartender and sang wherever he could get a gig in Los Angeles.“Ten years in total of playing bars and restaurants in one of the biggest entertainment cities in the world and I never got one meeting,” Young said during a recent interview at The Thompson Hotel in Nashville’s trendy Gulch district where he now lives. “I came to Nashville wanting to focus on the songwriting side of things. And within a year of writing songs and pitching demos with my voice on it, I had a record deal.”DeGraw said Young caught up with him as he was walking down Sunset Boulevard after a show about 10 years ago. They exchanged phone numbers and Young kept in touch to give him updates on his career.“I love his story. He had high hopes for something else and it didn’t work out,” DeGraw said. “Instead of kicking a can about it, he found a new direction. It’s a real classic underdog story.”Turns out he came to Nashville at just the right time. Young’s image as a sensitive, athlete-turned-songwriter slid right into a niche among country music fans tired of party songs. Much of his first record was based on his lengthy relationship with his fiancee.“The key has been vulnerability,” Young said. “I’m a large guy and I came from the sports world, and the last thing I wanted to do was come barrelling in with this kind of aggressive attitude. I think by being a guy that’s willing to be vulnerable and show that, it’s helped reach both male and female audiences.”He’s been serving ballad after ballad to country radio, which has been surprisingly receptive to his slower songs. But he promises more tempo on the new album, including the title track, “Ticket to L.A.,” which contains a story line fit for a Netflix romantic comedy.DeGraw and Young, together with songwriter Ross Copperman, put Young’s personal story to song in a new track they both sing on from the upcoming album, “Chapters.” It felt very full circle for DeGraw to see a fan turn into a friend that has achieved his dreams.“I’ve been lucky to have success,” DeGraw said. “It’s different when you get to watch someone you’re friends with have success. It’s well deserved. I tell Brett, ‘You’re gonna be the next stadium act.’”Young is on tour with Thomas Rhett before headlining the next CMT on Tour trek, which starts in November. And he’s still weighing his options for wedding songs.“It is an interesting dilemma knowing that I got to sing something and I have no idea what it is,” Young said. “I like stuff that happens in the 11th hour and I feel like this will be a thing I decide on like a week before or something.”__Online: Kristin M. Hall at read more

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