NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has started a new initiative to promote conservation of water in the Delhi government schools. It has asked all the schools affiliated to it to implement the zero liquid discharge system. The government had earlier undertaken the implementation of the rainwater harvesting to prevent wastage of water in the schools. The government has given the schools a 90-day window to implement the system. The government aims to save water by recycling and reusing it through the zero discharge system initiative. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe system will help direct using wastewater for those activities for which freshwater is used in the school compound. The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia while talking about the Zero Discharge System said that ‘in order to create awareness among students regarding the environment, the eco-club has been made years back. As per our latest step towards the same direction, the water that is being consumed in schools is recycled.’ He further added that they are planning to reach the stage of zero wastage of water. And after the implementation of the ZLD system, the Delhi government schools will be observing zero wastage of water. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Delhi government also organised recently the Mega Parents Teacher Meeting (PTM) in all of 1041 schools on July 12, 2019. The event has now formed into an important platform for interaction between the teachers and the parents of the students studying the Delhi government schools. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that ‘Mega PTM is mandatory for the parents to attend the meeting with the teachers and the principal. “It gives parents a kind of importance that boots their confidence. It helps parents come and asks questions of their own from the teachers,” Sisodia said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a Mega Food Park to be set up by HAFED at a cost of Rs 179.75 crore at Industrial Model Township (IMT), Rohtak. The initiative of Mega Food Park at Rohtak was taken by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to give momentum to the growth of the food processing sector in Haryana and to generate employment and further to boost the income of the state farmers. Further supporting the move of chief minister, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India has approved Mega Food Park with the state of the art infrastructure facilities The primary objective of the Mega Food Park Scheme (MFPS) is to provide modern infrastructure facilities for the Food Processing along the value chain from the farm to the market, officials said.
MONTREAL — Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg will be in Montreal at the end of the month to take part in a climate march.The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist announced her presence at the Sept. 27 event via social media on Sunday.Currently in New York to spread her message on the importance of fighting against the climate crisis, Thunberg had previously expressed her interest in coming to Quebec for the global day of mobilization for the environment.Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic from England to Manhattan — a two-week trip — to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit later this month.She’d refused to fly to New York because of the carbon emissions involved in jet travel. She will also take part in a march in that city on Sept. 20.A local Montreal collective that invited Thunberg to come to Montreal will hold a news conference on Tuesday to highlight her appearance.According to the group, at least 867 cities around the world have protests planned for Sept. 27.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsAPTN National News has been running a special series called, Perspectives On.All week, APTN National News is going to bring you stories from across the country about suicide.Suicide occurs on reserves and in Canada’s North on a much higher scale than other parts of Canada.So what are people doing about it?We’re going to hear about a number of issues including the need to remove the stigma and communities talking.The stories begin in British Columbia and a First Nation in crisis.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, issued a statement today in Nairobi saying he was “very pleased” by the reaction from several Somali groups, especially the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia. Mr. Ould-Abdallah said he would now discuss the timing, agenda and venue for the talks with all the concerned parties in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991. “I would like thank all the parties for finally thinking of the fate of the Somali people and for realizing that reconciliation can lead to a win-win situation for all sides,” the envoy said, according to a press release issued by the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). In recent months, Somalia has been wracked by violence which has displaced around one million people and has caused some three million others to flee the country as refugees. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there are up to two million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid within the country. In addition, aid workers face difficulties and the transport and delivery of crucial items such as food is being impeded by roadblocks, taxes and banditry. 14 March 2008The senior United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the positive reaction to the announcement by the Transitional Government in the Horn of Africa country that it will hold discussions with the political opposition.
TORONTO — Many Canadians are watching their mailboxes and inboxes for a personal income tax refund, now that the filing deadline has passed. But instead of a welcome influx of cash, some may receive a dreaded notice that their file is under review or audit.When the Canada Revenue Agency starts looking your way, it can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t need to be, tax experts say.The best thing to do is respond and co-operate, said Jason Safar, a partner in the tax services practice of PwC.“The worst thing you can do is play the ostrich, put your head in the sand and pretend that nothing is going on,” he said.The federal government in recent years has ramped up its efforts to crack down on tax evasion, particularly by big international companies and wealthy individuals using offshore tax havens. In the 2016 Federal Budget, Ottawa earmarked $444.4 million over five years to help the CRA track down tax cheats, with the aim of raking in an additional $2.6 billion in tax over that period.There has been an increase in audit activity, in all facets, but less so for personal income taxes, said Safar. And the vast majority of Canadians will never face a personal tax audit, he added. However, more Canadians will face the less serious option called a review.“For the ‘lucky’ 0.1 per cent that does, it’s probably that there is something that is very unusual about their filings or history of filings that causes Canada Revenue Agency to want to take a closer look,” Safar said.A review, however, happens fairly often, said H&R Block senior tax professional Valorie Elgar.A CRA review is simply a request for additional information, rather than an audit which involves deeper scrutiny of your tax file.Your income tax file may be selected for review randomly, or for reasons such as a discrepancy between the figures you cited and those of a third-party, such as your employer. An unusual change in your activities, such as an increase in medical expenses or child care costs, may also trigger a closer look from the tax collector.Often, once the taxpayer submits the required information to clear up confusion, that’s the end of the process, said Elgar.“Send in the documentation that they request, and then that’s usually it,” she said. “But some people do get worried.”If you do not co-operate, the CRA will likely make adjustments based on the information they have. This could lead to unwanted outcomes, such as a large tax bill plus interest charges, she said.There are several types of review, such as a pre-assessment review program that takes place before a notice of assessment is issued. A processing review happens after the notice of assessment is issued, usually between August and December.Your information could also be reviewed in a matching program after the tax assessment is issued that compares the information in your tax return to a third party, such as a financial institution.Just in case you ever find yourself in the CRA’s crosshairs, it’s important to preempt any headaches by keeping all relevant receipts used to file your tax return on hand for at least six years, said Elgar.Some documents may need to be kept on file even longer, said Safar. For example, documents in connection with a property owned by the taxpayer will need to be kept until the property is sold, in order to quantify the capital gains.If you do find yourself under audit or review by the CRA, it is important to read the letter carefully and make sure to understand what they are asking for, he added. After submitting the requested information, the CRA will commonly send the taxpayer a letter outlining their concerns and reassessment details, and the recipient has 30 days to respond before the new tax assessment is processed, said Safar.If you disagree with their conclusions at this point, let them know before that reassessment is processed, he added.If the dispute is not resolved, there is still recourse. After the reassessment comes you have the option to file a notice of objection, which will go to an appeals officer who is different from the original auditor, said Safar.If you plead your case and it falls on deaf ears, you can take the government to the Tax Court of Canada, he added. The issue can be further escalated to the Federal Court of Appeal, and if need be, you can seek leave to take your battle to the Supreme Court.“You have lots of opportunities to plead your case,” he said.However, that can take a long time and a lot of money. Depending on how much you owe the government, you will have to make a call on whether the effort and expense for this battle is worth it, Safar added.“It depends how much you’re arguing about, and how much of a person of principle you are if the amount is not significant enough to justify the cost.”
TV and Internet bundling and smartphones, give big telecom Bell growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 2:47 am MDT MONTREAL – BCE’s strategy of bundling of its TV service and high-speed Internet is starting to pay off for the communications giant, with the company reporting improved financial results and a hike its dividend.The wireless division of the Montreal-based company, led by smartphone use, is still an anchor for revenue, but BCE is moving to capitalize on the growth of Internet-based viewing habits.Chief executive George Cope said Thursday the strategy is paying off.“So we continue to see with the growth of Fibe TV, the improvement in our Internet,” Cope told analysts on a conference call Thursday.BCE said its Fibe TV service, available in Ontario and Quebec, added just more than 60,000 net subscribers in the quarter, up 25 per cent compared with a year ago. It also added about 16,000 high-speed Internet customers, more than double the number added in the same quarter last year.Fibe TV has a total of almost 480,000 subscribers, nearly twice the number at the end of 2012.Data revenue in wireline division, which includes TV and Internet services, was $1.5 billion in the quarter, up 4.1 per cent. Cope said that was the “highlight” of the quarter for him.He also said adding home phone service as part of the Fibe TV-Internet bundle has improved on its residential line losses in the quarter.In its wireless division, BCE added 119,520 net postpaid customers, who generally have lucrative smartphone contracts, down almost seven per cent from the same quarter last year.Revenue from wireless data jumped 15.2 per cent with the increasing adoption of smartphones, the report said. The company said 73 per cent of its postpaid customers are using smartphones, up from 62 per cent year-over-year.Bell also cut the number of customers leaving to go to a competitor to 1.29 per cent, down from 1.35 per cent among its postpaid wireless customers.BCE (TSX:BCE) raised its quarterly dividend Thursday six per cent to 61.75 cents per share, up from 58.25 cents as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $495 million.The profit amounted to 64 cents per share for the quarter, down from $666 million, or 86 cents per share, from the same quarter in 2012 when it had a non-cash gain on the transfer of spectrum from Inukshuk to its partners.Operating revenues grew 5.2 per cent in the fourth quarter to $4.8 billionAdjusted earnings for the fourth quarter were $540 million or 70 cents per share, up nearly 17 per cent compared to a year ago. That compared with analyst expectations of 69 cents per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.Cope also said the company’s media division, which includes CTV channels, specialty and pay TV channels, had another good quarter with viewership at TSN sports channel up 31 per cent year-over-year.Despite being disappointed about competitor Rogers recently winning a multi-media distribution rights deal with the National Hockey League, Cope said TSN will be showing a high number of Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators games.Shares in BCE were up 68 cents to $46.05 in noon trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
(Jamaica Observer) A 76-year-old retired parish council worker from Trelawny, on Tuesday took home a cheque for $117 million for winning a share of the June 16 Super Lotto.Super Lotto winner W Gordon signs the necessary paperwork to claim his $117-million jackpot at the handover event on Tuesday, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Looking on are (from left) Simone Clarke-Cooper, assistant vice-president, Supreme Ventures Group Corporate Communications; Rachael Dixon, assistant Super Lotto finance analyst at International Game Technology, and Marcia Richardson from the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.The pensioner, identified only as W Gordon from Granville near Falmouth, was masked in a red, green and gold tam with hanging locks covering his face.Despite his sporting locks, however, Gordon confessed that he is a devout Methodist who attends church in Falmouth and believes that God had a hand in his luck.“I believe in God and he supplies my needs. I am thankful. I don’t plan on moving or doing anything different. I will maintain my Christian fortitude,” he told the Supreme Ventures team.Gordon told the Jamaica Observer at the handover event Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, that he retired from working in 1998, after being employed by parish councils, now municipal corporations, in his hometown of Falmouth, as well as in St James and Hanover.He was not sure what he would do with his new wealth, but noted that he had bought another ticket already, in the meantime. He had said that he wanted to reach home in time that Tuesday to purchase a second ticket for that night’s draw, as he would not stop playing the game.Gordon, who has been playing the local Lotto and the regional Super Lotto for more than 10 years, almost threw away the lucky ticket after being given the wrong results for the June 16 draw by a neighbour.“I bought my ticket days before the draw, around the Wednesday, and I didn’t check my numbers same time,” he told the Supreme Ventures team.“I asked someone to give me the draw numbers, but the ones he gave me were wrong, so I drove to the nearest Supreme Ventures, three miles from home, to get the numbers. When I got it, I was in bed checking it and I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, I got everything’,” he explained.He said that since winning the windfall, he has been considering what to do with the money. But the only ideas he has come up with so far are giving some to his church and travelling.“I like travelling. I would like to go to the Middle East and to England, but I am scared of these places, with all the violent attacks going on there. I think I will still travel, but stay within the Caribbean,” he said.Gordon lives alone, although he has five children, all boys, aged between 57 and 27, who are all on their own.He insisted that although he is a devout Christian, he does not think gambling is a sin.“To each his own; we all have our own rules. I will continue buying the Lotto. I have a ticket for tonight’s draw and when I get home I am going to buy another ticket,” he said.Asked whether there will be a celebration for him when he returns to Granville, Gordon said that he didn’t think anybody there knew yet about his luck.“Well, I didn’t tell anybody,” he told the Observer.He won $117 million or US$911,250 because he had bought a mini ticket valued at $200. He shared the total jackpot with another winner in Anguilla, who received the remaining $193 million with a full-priced ticket. The lucky numbers were 06,09, 11, 06, 19, with a super ball number 04.Supreme Ventures Limited started selling the Super Lotto tickets in August, 2009. The multi-jurisdictional game is played in Jamaica, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Antigua, St Maarten, Paraguay, and the US Virgin Islands, for a shot at the largest lotto jackpot in the Caribbean. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
One of the perks of having a friend with a Pandora, Rhapsody, or Netflix account is that if they’re really nice to you they may share their password, giving you free access to movies and music. Of course, these companies don’t advertise this as an option, for obvious reasons, but a new law passed in Tennessee is actually making it illegal to share your password. The consequences for being caught are pretty scary.The bill, initiated by none other than the Recording Industry Association of America, has been approved by the Tennessee governor. The goal of the bill is aimed at stopping the billions of dollars lost in illegal music sharing. RIAA executive president of public policy Mitch Glazier told the AP that the bill is a “necessary protective measure as digital technology evolves.” He said the music industry has seen its domestic revenue fall from $15 billion to $7 billion in the past 10 years.The RIAA says the bill was geared more towards hackers who sell passwords in bulk, but admits it could be used against people using a friend or relative’s password. The punishment for stealing $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor and up to a year in jail, as well as a $2,500 fine. Anything higher than $500 would be a felony with more serious penalties.The RIAA hopes this bill will spread to other states but targeted Tennessee first because of Nashville’s ties to the music industry. It seems that most people sharing passwords within the same house, say between spouses, would be safe. However, if you’re sharing your Netflix password with 10 of your friends, you may be getting more than a slap on the wrist soon.Do you think this is a little much, or should people who share their passwords be penalized?Via AP
2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Us tells the story of Adelaide Wilson, a wife and mother whose traumatic childhood experience casts a shadow over a summer beach trip with her family. Trauma haunts survivors for years to come like a shadow they can’t shake, and Us puts the members of the Wilson family face-to-face with their own shadows: doppelgangers in red jumpsuits wielding glinting gold scissors. They’re called The Tethered, and they’ve got a score to settle with their better look-alikes.You could say Us has been hotly anticipated. It follows 2017’s Get Out, a tightly-made, critically acclaimed thriller with a social message that earned Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It helped set him up as a bright light in the realm of thrills and suspense. In fact, he’s pretty busy these days with projects like the reboot of the Twilight Zone, for which he’s the executive producer and host, and Weird City, a YouTube Original dystopian anthology series. Lupita Nyong’o takes a good long look at herself in Us. Claudette Barius So it’s hard not to make comparisons to Get Out. But where Get Out was a tidy concept, executed in a way that deliberately and carefully guided you through the story toward the big ideas, Us is bigger, broader and perhaps less neat. One of the inevitable questions people will ask about Us is whether it’s scarier than Get Out. Peele gets the dread machine going in the first scene at a beach-side amusement park, and the tensest moments include the Wilson family trying to figure out why people outside are trying to get in. And that old horror staple, the ominous Bible verse, will never not be creepy — in this case, Jeremiah 11:11. You can see the uncomprehending terror on Lupita Nyong’o’s face as she stares at her Tethered counterpart, tears streaming down her cheeks. SXSW 2019 Jordan Peele’s Us gets a new trailer and it’s terrifying 77 Photos 2 Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 1:00 SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed reading • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out See All Share your voice But while Us shoots for a next level of frightening, it runs into a few weak spots along the way.For one, we learn the Tethered aren’t just knocking on the Wilsons’ door. But that larger plot is pretty vague.The effectiveness of the movie’s humor is also tough to gauge. The audience at SXSW was extremely game, laughing uproariously, even in places where it wasn’t entirely clear whether there was a joke to be had — like when the Tethered first show up in the Wilsons’ driveway, and Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke), who’d been dadding it up hard (in the best way) since the start of the movie, goes outside with a bat and some adopted bravado to try and get these mysterious figures to leave. The audience howled.In a horror film a well-placed quip can cut the tension to not only temporarily relieve the audience but also enable the tension to build back up again. Stick it in the wrong place and the laughs just undercut everything around it.Throughout the film, we’re shown lots of mirrors and reflections, visually reflecting the theme. After all, the Wilsons are seeing themselves like they never have before, though warped.Similarly, Us mirrors Get Out. It’s more scary fare with social commentary. But the copy’s never quite the same as the original.Want another take on Us? See GameSpot’s review here. Comments Tags • It shouldn’t come as a shock that a horror film titled Us plays with the idea that perhaps we are the villains.The film’s writer, director and producer, Jordan Peele, addresses how we fear and hate those we consider to be other without examining ourselves. “Maybe the monster we need to look at has our face,” Peele told the audience at the film’s world premiere during SXSW 2019. “Maybe the evil is us.” Us opens March 22 in the US and UK. Looking in a mirror is one of the recurring motifs of Peele’s new horror flick, and the biggest metaphorical theme too. Movie reviews
Learning to code is as easy as Raspberry Pi.The single-board computer, designed to promote basic computer science skills, has grown into one of the most popular general purpose processors on the planet.But despite its small size (and equally small price tag), the Raspberry Pi can be hugely daunting; it’s hard to know where to even begin.Which is why STEM-focused SunFounder created the RasPad: an all-in-one DIY tablet that facilitates customized projects—for even the most inexperienced of engineers.A Raspberry Pi tablet to build your creative projects (via SunFounder)Walk into any electronics store and you’ll find shelves of fixed devices—perfect for most people’s everyday computing needs. But the one-port gadgets leave little room for personalization.Enter RasPad—a next-generation tool for bringing your wildest voltaic dreams to life.With a 10.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen and all the ports you could possibly need, the tablet pairs with the latest Raspberry Pi 3 machines (not earlier models) for an easily tailored experience.The open-source platform lets you switch between systems (Raspbian, Ubuntu Mate, Chromium OS, Android), connect with other hardware (GPIO, Camera SI Arduino), and change motherboards (Banana Pi, LattePanda, Beaglebone).Beginners can tinker with existing projects, while hobbyists run with their own ideas: control lighting, camera, and alarm systems; guide a personal drone; spend hours gaming; build a home robot.RasPad started life as a crowdfunding project, earning nearly $611,000 toward its $10,000 goal. More than 3,390 backers snagged early-bird kits, many of which shipped to international customers last month.If you missed the initial Kickstarter campaign, the RasPad is available to order online. A discounted $235 gets you one tablet, two stereo speakers, an HDMI input, a micro-USB input, and four USB ports; the kit also comes with a power adapter (for charging up to four hours of battery life), a mini USB microphone, and a handbook.The Raspberry Pi is not included. And if you think putting a Raspberry Pi inside a tablet is cool, how about slapping one in a karaoke machine or DIY Spotify speaker?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data
Related posts:Envision kicks off with long lines, high spirits, community service The band plays on: “Summer Series” serenades Plaza de la Democracia A passion, not a profession: new orchestra aims to broaden access to music U.S. blues phenomenon to play Barrio Amón Cantoamérica, which is Calypsonian or “Caribbean Fusion,” as they describe themselves, will blow out 35 candles this year. Instead if cekebrating it with a birthday cake, they are releasing a new album named “Vuela Otra Vez” (“Fly again“) eight years after their last release, “Vientos del Caribe.”The Tico Times talked to three of the nine members of the group: singer, guitarrist and songwriter Manuel Monestel, who has been part of the band since the start; trombonist Alfredo Chavarría, who joined the band in 2008; and percussionist José (Momo) Valverde, who joined in 2001.TT: As you, Manuel, have been part of the band sice it was created, where did the idea of Cantoamérica came from?MM: In the 1970s there was a musical movement called “The new Costa Rican song,” part of a larger, regional movement of Latin American identity, which tried to balance U.S. influence on Latin American music. We played Latin American music using Latin American instruments. I was playing with a group called “Tayacan,” directed by the great Nicaraguan musician Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, who after a while went back to Nicaragua because of the Sandinista Revolution at that time.After he left, the group came to an end, but some of us wanted to continue. That is how Cantoamérica was created in 1980 by Rodrigo Salas, Roberto Salas, Carlos Svedra, Bernal Monestel (my brother) and me.Why Calypsonian music? Why the Caribbean?MM: In 1978-1979 I started questioning what happened with music on the Caribbean side of the country, understanding that we have a Caribbean province populated and influenced by an Afro-descendent culture. We found that approximately 95% of the music heard all around the world has African roots. Without the African Diaspora there would be no jazz, no blues, no salsa, no cumbia, no merengue, no calypso, no reggae. So I thought there must be interesting music in Limón. I started making contacts, getting to know their culture, reading about that region’s music that so few people knew; casually all written by foreigners, because, as you must know, ‘Ticos’ don’t get interested in those things. So, there I discovered Calypso, found musicians such as Walter Ferguson, and understood there was a whole musical culture led by Calypsonians. That is how I decided to bring in that kind of music to Cantoamerica. The group started with a Latin American emphasis; now it is more Afro-American.AC: I would’t like to label it, I mean, I wouldn’t say “we play calypso.” I think it is more like Manuel said, a fusion. I think that is an important and faithful reflection of what Costa Rican culture is: a mixed culture. I would also say that the great legacy of the group is the reinvindication of that mixed heritage which, from my point of view, has been historically invisible.It seems to me that, not only in Costa Rica but worldwide, those fusions are very successful because, at some point, people feel identified with them, unless they don’t quite understand why. I’m sure that when people listen to Cantoamérica they inmediately identify with it. They feel Costa Rican.MM: We are often described as a ‘World Caribbean Music’ group, and it is exactly that. A fusion of roots of our musical identities.How would you describe the trajectory of the group?MM: There are nine members; I am the only one who has been in the group since the start. We have toured through Asia, Africa, Europe and America, with approximately 28 international tours and 13 albums. We have worked with soloists and bands from Limón.JV: For this new album we had the opportunity to visit Africa, where we could see our roots, the roots of the Caribbean. We worked with African musician Eleuthere Gabon Assouramou, who gave a special feel to the new album. You can find some African drums in some songs.MM: A characteristic of the group right now, that I really like actually, is the participation of very young musicians. Most of them are less than 30. I like it because they bring young ideas, young energies. They give the group oxygen.AC: Another thing to highlight about the group today is female participation. They give a very special touch to the group.MM: They make us ‘politically correct’ [laughs].AC: Basically [laughs again]. Well, more than that, I think that the female energy creates a balance, a very important energy in any kind of human group. And the album reflects that female influence.José, can you describe the characteristic percussion of Cantoamérica?JV: We play many rhythms such as Cha Cha Cha and bolero, but we are mainly focused on Calypso, which is a rhythm that does exist in our country and that we must exploit. Thus, our percussion is basically based on drums, timbales, bongo, large conga drums, effects and minor percussion.José and Alfredo, what has your experience been since joining the band?AC: I joined in 2008, and about the experience – I could talk for hours about it. I could easily compare what I learned at university with what I have learned in Cantoamérica. That says quite a lot. Manuel’s guidance have been really important.JV: I started to play in the group in 2001, and I can say that Cantoamérica has given many musicians the opportunity to learn, be creative, and experiment. This has been a school for all of us. This is a group which through the passage of the years always keeps its charisma and joy. Before I joined the group, I used to listen to Cantoamérica and think, “So nice! I’d love to play with them” and, well, here I am.AC: Cantoamérica is an emblematic group within Costa Rican music, and I don’t say that because I’m part of it, but because there are many generations of Costa Rican musicians who has passed through Cantoamérica and have carried all the learning they obtained to other different projects and groups. The most rewarding aspect is all that daily coexistence with musicians.Tell us about this new album, “Vuela Otra Vez.”MM: Most of the music is original, mainly written by me. When we use non-original songs, they are music of Calypsonians authors from Limón. One track, ‘Orire,’ is a mixture of our music with the traditional African song of that name. It expresses both cultural sides, African and Caribbean.The name of the album has a double function. Frst, is the name of one of the songs which tells the story of a girl whose husband cheats on her and abandons her; the song encourages her to get free of her situation, to open her wings and fly, as the chorus says: ‘Vuela otra vez mariposa, vuela otra vez’ [‘Fly again butterfly, fly again’]. And, second, since Cantoamérica had several years of not releasing an album, the message is like: ‘Vuela otra vez Cantoamérica.’ We are back.We received financial support from approximately 100 people to make the album, and we are really thankful to all of them.What does Cantoamérica wants to communicate with its music?MM: Costa Rica is a complex country, and I say complex beacuse it is a country that focuses on the outside instead of the inside. It still doesn’t value its cultural production, our ethnic-cultural roots. The country is still thinking about itself as a ‘white country’ and most of its radio is virtually closed to any national music. The country follows a mainstream which makes invisible all those movements that go against that, and groups such as Cantoamérica must try harder. It is gratifying to me to write my own music, the music we like and we want to play, and not write in function of commercial impositions and opportunism.I don’t critize musicians who play covers, but I think that Costa Rica will not represent itself internationally with its music if we keep that way. You don’t go to the United States or England and play covers. The country must progress, look for its roots and base itself on those roots to create. I’m not talking about folklore. I’m talking about assimilating our real roots and transmitting them along with contemporary music, and relating all this to our history.Cantoamérica is offering a free concert today at the National Cultural Center (CENAC) in downtown San José at 3:30p.m. More info at 2255-3188. Facebook Comments
“We just got to continue to get some guys back healthy, continue to eliminate mistakes and we can be a good football team,” Whisenhunt told the Arizona Cardinals radio network after the final loss of the season.If only it was that simple, because it obviously is not.Every team has injuries and every player makes mistakes. But most teams don’t suffer the type of season-crippling losing streaks the Cardinals have. So now the Cardinals have some decisions to make, and they’re likely to be made by the time 2013 arrives. The direction the franchise chooses to go will have ramifications for many years to come.Keep Whisenhunt — on a one-year deal, no less — and risk losing defensive coordinator Ray Horton to another team. Also say goodbye to the likes of Dockett, Wells and probably Wilson. Part with the coach of the last six years, though, and take a risk that you can’t actually do better than the only man to ever lead the organization to the Super Bowl. Can the Cardinals do better than Whisenhunt? We don’t know the answer to that question.What we do know, however, is Whisenhunt has a 45-51 record in Arizona, and has compiled a mark of 18-30 in the three years since Kurt Warner retired. In that time not only have the Cardinals lost their fair share of games, but they’ve also lost considerable ground in the NFC West. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo San Francisco? Better.Seattle? Better.St. Louis? Better. A common thread among the three teams who finished ahead of Arizona in division this season is that each hired a new coach in the time since the Cardinals last finished at the top. The Cardinals should not only take note, but also follow suit. – / 22 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Ken Whisenhunt’s first game as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals came in a loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Did his final game with the club come with the same result against the same team in the same place?Arizona falling in its season finale by a score of 27-13 Sunday was in no way a surprise. Hell, the team finishing the season with a 5-11 mark isn’t that surprising, especially when you figure eight of 12 Arizona Sports 620 personalities pegged the Cardinals to finish with six or fewer wins this season. Six times since moving to Arizona have the Cardinals finished a season 5-11, and six more times have they finished a game or two worse than that. Yet, this 5-11 season feels worse than any of those.The 2012 Cardinals started the season with a 4-0 record. The 2012 Cardinals have a playoff-caliber defense.The 2012 Cardinals have talented players dotted all throughout the roster.None of that mattered.The 2012 Cardinals are as big of a mess as any previous iteration, with a league-worst offense and a handful of veteran leaders and key players finding their way into Whisenhunt’s doghouse.Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett both caught Whisenhunt’s ire this season for different reasons, as did John Skelton and Beanie Wells.Whether it was from mouthing off like Wells, ineffective play like Wilson and Skelton, or for whatever it was Dockett actually did in New York, the fact is the coach tried to send a message via his most important players.It didn’t work as the mistakes, poor play and losses continued.In fact, nothing Whisenhunt did this year worked, and it’s why the Cardinals, for the second time in three years, finished a season with just five wins, which just so happens to be, according to ESPN Stats & Info, a record in futility. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
By Revaz LominadzeThis year Georgia and Cyprus are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations, and I think we have achieved substantial progress in forming excellent political, economic and cultural cooperation in this time.But there is always room for improvement. After all, the more we do, the greater the opportunities that arise.Historical and cultural ties between Cyprus and Georgia have always been strong. One of the best examples is the mediaeval Georgian Orthodox monastery in the Paphos district. The duty of our generation is to revive these ties and give them a new impetus.I’m extremely proud of taking part in this endeavour. Last year we initiated the Georgian Culture Festival which was held in Nicosia and Limassol. This year we have added the beautiful city of Paphos as well.The highlight of the festival is the National Georgian Ballet – the Sukhishvili – which I consider to be the best ambassador for Georgian culture. With incredible energy and grace, they represent both ancient and modern Georgia.Another highlight will be the Georgian State Pantomime Theatre which presents the peculiarity of Georgian culture in a very unique and interesting way. The performances will take place on September 13 in Limassol Municipal gardens, on September 14 in Ancient Odeon Paphos and on September 15 in Skali Aglantzias Nicosia.The deepening economic ties between our countries is especially positive.In 2016, Cyprus for the first time appeared in the list of top ten investors in Georgia. We have witnessed significant growth in visitor numbers from Georgia to Cyprus and vice versa. Political relations are also thriving, particularly in recent years, leading to what I describe as full political understanding.We are especially grateful for Cyprus’ support in the rapprochement process between the EU and Georgia, specifically during the conclusion of EU-Georgia Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), that has taken our relations to a qualitatively new level. We will never forget Cyprus’ support for Georgia’s visa liberalisation, which is another success story.For our part, we have done a remarkable job in modernising and reforming our country, but more needs to be done. The support of our European friends, among them Cyprus, is essential and I am glad that I can count on it.We have chosen European integration because it is a natural path for us. Recent polls have shown that 90 per cent of the Georgian population supports joining EU.In the context of our European plans, one of the most important upcoming events is the Fifth Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place in Brussels in November 2017.We expect this summit to reiterate the open doors policy; reaffirm differentiation in forging individual partnerships with Eastern European states; incentivise progress through adequate support; focus on selected cooperation areas in order to create strong linkages – including effective interconnections, more market opportunities and business links – reiterate firm support for the territorial integrity within internationally recognised borders and offer a commitment to peaceful conflict resolution.Here, I would like to express my country’s huge gratitude to Cyprus for supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity. And, for our part, we support a rapid political solution to the Cyprus problem and all the efforts aimed at reunification.Revaz Lominadze is the Georgian ambassador to Cyprus You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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