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No date set for TrumpXi summit trade parleys on White House

first_imgWashington DC: No date has been set yet for a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday noting that the trade negotiations between the two countries still continues. “In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet. We’re continuing the negotiations with China.” “When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we’ll certainly let you know,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her news conference. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingShe was responding to questions on reports that a summit meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in the US state of Florida has been put off as China considers the US President as “unreliable” in view of him walking away from talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sanders ridiculed such a view. “I would say that’s absurd. The President is going to make a deal if it’s a good deal. He’s going to make a deal if it’s in the best interest of America. If he doesn’t feel like it’s a good deal, it’s not worth just signing a piece of paper,” Sanders Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiangsaid. She argued that the President didn’t feel like what was on the table was enough. “The President is 100 per cent committed to denuclearization of the Peninsula, and he’s going to make sure that whatever we do furthers that process.” “We’ll see what happens with North Korea, the same way we’re going to see what happens in the negotiations with China. They’re ongoing,” she said. Trump is going to make sure whatever deal the US gets is in its best interest — that it’s fair and reciprocal trade; that it protects intellectual property; and that it actually has safeguards to make sure that the Chinese follow through with whatever commitments that they make, Sanders said. The two leaders will sit down for talks only when the negotiations are complete, she asserted. Agencieslast_img read more

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Imminent peace deal in southern Sudan offers blueprint for Darfur Annan

Asked by a journalist about the media reports of an imminent peace deal, Mr. Annan said he thought it would have a “positive impact on the country” and lead to both a formal national conference and national dialogue.Representatives of Khartoum and of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) have been negotiating in Naivasha, Kenya, in a bid to end the civil war that has killed more than 2 million people and displaced up to 4 million others since it began in 1983. Earlier this year the two sides signed a series of protocols about power-sharing and the distribution of economic resources, including oil.In November the Sudanese Government and the SPLM/A signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to successfully conclude their peace talks in Naivasha by the end of this year.Mr. Annan said he hoped that any agreement in southern Sudan would “add momentum” to resolving the conflict in Darfur, where more than 1.85 million people have been displaced and tens of thousands of others killed since rebels took up arms against the Government early last year.The Secretary-General said some of the solutions found for the war in southern Sudan could be useful in developing a plan to end the conflict in Darfur. read more

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UN Human Rights Council to send factfinding mission to occupied Palestinian territory

Gravely concerned over the impact of Israel’s current military operations, the new United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to “urgently dispatch” a rights expert to undertake a fact-finding mission on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, as it concluded its first-ever special session in Geneva.According to the resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 29 in favour to 11 against with 5 abstentions, the Council will send its Special Rapporteur on the situation, John Dugard, to the area, while demanding Israel end its military operations, saying they are having a “detrimental impact” on the “already deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people.”Speaking in explanation of their votes, many of those who voted against the resolution called the text unbalanced. Vesa Himanen of Finland, for example, speaking on behalf of the European Union, regretted that it did not call for the immediate and unconditional release of the captured Israeli soldier or for the cessation of Qassam rocket fire into Israeli territory.A Pakistani amendment – which urged “all concerned parties” to respect the rules of international humanitarian law, to refrain from violence against the civilian population and to treat under all circumstances all detained combatants and civilians in accordance with the Geneva conventions – did not go far enough to create such balance, according to some who voted against the resolution. read more

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Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a fixed game

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman speaks during a Law Day event at the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman says investigators found abuses in sales of concert and sports tickets that prevent consumers from buying affordable tickets or sometimes even getting them at all, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File) Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a ‘fixed game’ by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 7:58 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York’s attorney general says that’s probably because more than half of tickets to many events are held for industry insiders or otherwise unavailable to the general public.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a report released Thursday that his investigation of the industry was prompted by consumer complaints, which his office receives regularly.“Ticketing, to put it bluntly, is a fixed game,” the report said. Investigators found abuses and practices that prevent consumers from buying tickets at affordable prices or sometimes even getting them at all.Investigators found that third-party brokers resell tickets on sites like StubHub and TicketsNow at average margins of 49 per cent above face-value and sometimes more than 10 times the price. Some brokers use illegal specialty software, called “ticket bots,” to quickly purchase as many desirable tickets as possible for resale at significant markups, they said.The report cited a single broker buying 1,012 tickets within one minute to a U-2 concert at Madison Square Garden when they went on sale on Dec. 8, 2014, despite the vendor’s claim of a four-ticket limit. By day’s end, that broker and one other had 15,000 tickets to U2’s North American shows.Madison Square Garden is “well aware of the issue of tickets getting into the hands of brokers” and has been working to address it, spokeswoman Kimberly Kerns said. “While there are no obvious solutions, we continually look for ways to avoid selling tickets to brokers,” she said.Venues and sellers like Ticketmaster regularly tacked on fees that added more than 21 per cent to the face value, investigators said. They found that on average, 16 per cent of tickets are reserved for various industry insiders like the venue employees, artists and promoters, while 38 per cent are reserved for presales to certain groups like holders of a particular credit card.Ticketmaster did not immediately reply to a request for comment.The report also criticized “price floors,” particularly by sports leagues and teams including the NFL and New York Yankees, which are rules meant to prevent tickets from being sold below their face value and that deprive the public of possibly cheaper tickets. Many NFL teams encourage or even require ticket holders to use Ticketmaster’s NFL Ticket Exchange platform, where the seller is prohibited from cutting the price.“The more aggressively sports leagues and individual teams push ticket buyers and sellers to use their ‘official’ secondary markets, the more serious this problem becomes,” the report said.“This investigation is just the beginning of our efforts to create a level playing field in the ticket industry,” Schneiderman said.An NFL spokesman said the NFL Ticket Exchange is just one of many options for ticket holders to buy or sell tickets.“The NFL does not require them to use the Ticket Exchange,” Brian McCarthy said. “The NFL imposes no restrictions whatsoever on any fan’s ability to buy or resell tickets on other secondary ticketing sites or to do so at any price they choose. “A spokeswoman for the Yankees said the Yankees Ticket Exchange is “a completely voluntary program” and a small percentage of the market.“It is however the only place where a fan can be guaranteed a safe ticket,” Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said.Schneiderman’s office is still examining the NFL platform’s price floor and whether it’s anti-competitive, said an official with knowledge of investigation who wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly and declined to be identified. They want the teams to remove it, he said.The attorney general also has reached settlements with two ticket brokers operating without a reseller license. The settlements require one company to pay $80,000 and the other $65,000. They and their principals also must maintain a license.The attorney general’s office issued a report more than 15 years ago that found New York’s ticket distribution system was largely underground and provided “access to quality seating on the basis of bribes and corruption at the expense of fans.”Thursday’s report said that despite changes in technology and state law, the problems persist, and event ticketing is the great exception to areas of the economy where online sales have yielded lower prices and greater transparency. read more

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Tens of millions of elderly are abused each month – UN health

“Abusive acts in institutions include physically restraining patients, depriving them of dignity (by for instance leaving them in soiled clothes) and choice over daily affairs, intentionally providing insufficient care (such as allowing them to develop pressure sores), over- and under-medicating and withholding medication from patients; and emotional neglect and abuse,” WHO said in a fact sheet released today.“While there is little information regarding the extent of abuse in elderly populations, especially in developing countries, it is estimated that 4-6 per cent of elderly people report significant abuse in the last month,” according to the UN health agency.That figure translates into the tens of millions and is predicted to increase as many countries experience rapidly ageing populations. The number of people worldwide aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025.“Older people are often afraid to report cases of abuse to family, friends, or to the authorities,” according to WHO.WHO also noted that data on the extent of the problem in institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are scarce.“A survey of nursing-home staff in the United States of America, however, suggests rates may be high: 36 per cent witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse of an elderly patient in the previous year; 10 per cent committed at least one act of physical abuse towards an elderly patient,” WHO said. In addition, 40 per cent admitted to psychologically abusing patients, the same survey showed.And The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014, the first survey of its kind, which was released today and assessed national efforts to address interpersonal violence including elder abuse, noted that less than half of the 133 surveyed countries reported plans to address elder abuse (41 per cent).WHO defined elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.”And “the consequences of abuse can be especially serious because their bones are more brittle and convalescence is longer.”“While older men have the same risk of abuse as women, in some cultures where women have inferior social status, elderly women are at higher risk of neglect through abandonment when they are widowed and their property is seized,” according to the fact sheet. “Women may also be at higher risk of more persistent and severe forms of abuse and injury.”WHO drew attention to the fact that “too little is known about elder abuse and how to prevent it, particularly in developing countries. The scope and nature of the problem is only beginning to be delineated, many risk factors remain contested, and the evidence for what works to prevent elder abuse is limited.” read more

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Outotecs 24 Mty sinter plant for Kalagadi Manganese

first_imgOutotec has agreed with Kalagadi Manganese on the design and delivery of a new manganese sinter plant to be built in Hotazel in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The contract, valued at around €119 million, involves plant delivery on a turnkey basis including engineering, project management, supply of all equipment and structural steel, construction, commissioning as well as advisory services for civil works. It will produce 2.4 Mt/y of sinter and is scheduled for commissioning in March 2012.Kalagadi Manganese is 50% owned by the world’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, whereas Kalagadi Resources owns 40% and IDC 10% of the company.Pertti Korhonen, Outotec’s President and CEO: “Kalagadi’s new plant will be one of the world’s largest manganese sinter plants. This significant order once again demonstrates our ability to deliver total process solutions to customers – from the test work with raw materials to defining the optimal process and technology, plant engineering, as well as equipment supplies and services, not to mention taking full responsibility of the project and performance guarantees”.last_img read more

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Column The Leprechauns are at it again in the latest GDP figures

first_img Mar 10th 2017, 8:30 PM 564 Views Column: The Leprechauns are at it again in the latest GDP figures for Ireland But on the upside Ireland’s inflated GDP makes it easier for the country to meet the 3% of GDP budget deficit target, writes Victor Duggan. Share Tweet Email NEW NUMBERS FROM the boffins in the CSO again make a mockery of how we measure economic activity. Sure, on the face of it, last year’s 5.2% GDP growth sounds more reasonable than the make-believe 26.3% recorded in 2015. Remember that prompted Nobel prize-winner Paul Krugman to call out Ireland’s “Leprechaun economics”?Over the years, many economists in Ireland have argued that GNP – which strips out the repatriated earnings of multinationals – is a better measure of our economic progress.According to this measure, growth halved from 18.7% in 2015 to a still stellar 9% in 2016. But, even the most sunny-sided economists would struggle to claim with a straight face that this is a good indicator of Ireland’s true rate of economic growth.Let’s take a closer look at the data for the last three months of 2016According to the CSO, investment almost doubled from the previous three months to reach €29bn. At 43.5% of GDP for the fourth quarter, Ireland appears to have a similar investment rate to China. In reality, of course, it does not.We see a clue as to what happened in the trade data. Imports also surged to a record quarterly high of nearly €78bn, a little less than exports, meaning Ireland’s trade balance fell from €18.6bn in the three months to September 2016 to only €1.2bn over the final three months of the year.In the calculation of GDP, this meant the surge in investment was more than wiped out by a corresponding increase in imports. These freak figures have largely been explained by the redomiciliation of multinationals to Ireland.How does that work?What happens is a multinational decides to relocate to Ireland to benefit from our notoriously attractive corporate tax regime.Through an accounting and statistical sleight of hand, this is recorded as an investment in Ireland, but often also as an import of intellectual property from the multinational’s previous home country.Thus, little or no cash may change hands. Even if some jobs are created in the host country, these pale into insignificance compared to the amount of money in play. This is not productive investment as we conventionally understand it.Neither is it a new phenomenon We know well that big corporations like Apple Inc have long had big operations in Ireland, with huge benefits in terms of tax avoidance. Source: Shutterstock/pio3We know well that big corporations like Apple Inc have long had big operations in Ireland, with huge benefits in terms of tax avoidance. The phenomenon has accelerated in recent years, particularly among US firms.This explains in large part Ireland’s too-good-to-be-true growth rates for 2015 and, to a lesser extent, 2016. But, this could be the last sting of a dying wasp.Global rules on corporate taxation are being tightened, while new US Treasury rules introduced in 2016 to scuttle Pfizer’s mega-move to Ireland have already made such tax inversions more difficult.Spike in Irish investments and importsWhat, then, explains the spike in Irish investment and imports during the latter part of 2016? Could it be that the election of Donald Trump on an explicitly protectionist platform caused a rush to the exits before the rules are tightened further?Or, perhaps US-based multinationals take Trump and Congressional Republicans at their word when it comes to corporate tax reform.It is expected that the corporation tax rate will be reduced significantly from its current level of 35%. There is also speculation that big US corporations hoarding cash overseas will be offered, essentially, a tax amnesty to repatriate past profits, in the hope that these funds will be used to fund investment domestically.Late 2016 and early 2017 could be the last chance saloon for US firms wanting to switch their tax headquarters so that they can benefit from any such amnesty in the future.Over the medium to long term, one would expect increased repatriation of US multinationals’ profits to show up in Ireland’s national accounts as big reductions in GNP. But, again, the negative impact on employment and productive investment in Ireland may be much less than these headline numbers would suggest.If we can’t trust GDP or GNP to tell us how our economy is doing, what can we trust? Some have suggested using a hybrid measure somewhere between these two. A simpler approach is to focus on domestic consumption.If we ignore exports and imports, investment and multinationals’ repatriated profits, we are left with household and government consumption.These tend to be less volatile, and are probably a better proxy than either GDP or GNP for the evolution of living standards in the country.So what do these numbers say? Even though the wider economy, measured by both GDP and GNP, started growing again in 2013, growth in public and private consumption only turned positive in 2014.Domestic consumption increased by 2.6% in 2014, 3.7% in 2015 and, according to yesterday’s numbers, 3.4% in 2016. This is closer to the level of growth suggested by the labour market.Even if GDP – or GNP for that matter – is hardly a reliable indicator of Irish standards of living, it still matters. Importantly, it matters for the calculation of the debt and deficit levels permitted under the EU fiscal framework.In effect, Ireland’s inflated GDP makes it easier for the country to meet the 3% of GDP budget deficit target, and eases the path to the 60% debt-to-GDP target. This means less spending cuts and tax hikes are needed to meet the restrictions signed up to by governments across the Eurozone.Victor Duggan is an economist and public policy expert, having worked in the OECD, World Bank, European Commission, European Investment Fund and the Irish Labour Party, as well as in the private sector.Opinion: ‘To say Britishness is authentic, while denying Irishness is quaffing one’s own Kool-Aid too deeply’>Fair City’s Úna Kavanagh: ‘I had a social welfare book called ‘Unmarried Mother’s Allowance”> Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Short URL Economist By Victor Duggan Victor Duggan 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le Fisc français sintéresse à Google

first_imgLe Fisc français s’intéresse à GoogleLa filiale française du géant de l’Internet américain ferait l’objet d’une procédure de la part du Fisc qui pourrait déboucher sur un redressement de plus 100 millions d’euros.Google France permetrait-t-il des transactions financières qui ne soient pas en accord avec la loi française ? C’est en tout cas ce que pourrait suggèrer la perquisition menée par des agents des impôts au siège du géant de l’Internet, révèle L’Express. Il s’agit d’un problème qui concerne le chiffre d’affaires ridiculement faible de Google en France, 68,7 millions d’euros en 2010, soit un montant 37 fois inférieur à celui du Royaume-Uni (2,5 milliards d’euros), alors que la France est le quatrième pays en terme d’activité. Des achats de liens sponsorisés en France ont notamment été facturés directement au siège irlandais, un procédé légal, sauf si les ordres sont enregistrés dans l’Hexagone et suivent un cycle commercial complet avant d’être encaissés dans un autre pays…Et si Google explique se conformer “aux législations fiscales de tous les pays dans lesquels l’entreprise opère” et être “convaincus d’être en conformité avec la loi française”, l’entreprise risque un redressement fiscal de 100 millions d’euros. Une amende qui pourrait également frapper d’autres sociétés américaines utilisant ce type de procédé d’optimisation fiscale visant à ne pas déclarer dans des pays à la fiscalité contraignante ses revenus pour aller vers des endroits où le taux d’imposition est plus faible. Et en ces temps de crise, le Fisc ne risque pas de lâcher les Google, Amazon, Apple ou autres Facebook… Le 20 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Train Barks Like a Dog To Avoid Runins With Unsuspecting Deer

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu center_img At one point in time, the cowcatcher seemed like an acceptable way for trains to deal with track obstructions. The pointed, metal V prevented trains from suffering serious damage, though the same couldn’t be said for the animals it “caught.”By today’s standards, however, the cowcatcher is a touch barbaric. Wandering animals still pose a serious risk to trains these days (and vice versa), but researchers in Japan have come up with a much more modern solution. It’s a heck of a lot more humane, too.In Japan, deer have a nasty habit of lingering on the tracks in some areas. They don’t always react to the sound of an oncoming train, not that they always have a lot of time to react given how fast some of Japan’s trains move.The Railway Technical Research Institute figured that an early warning system was needed. All they needed was a sound that was guaranteed to get the deers’ attention and get them moving. Since deer are naturally spooked by dogs, they decided that a train that could snort like a deer and bark like a dog was the way to go.Ultimately they hit upon a mix that seemed effective. Between sundown and sunup, trains snorted for three seconds and then barked for 20. During the RTRI trial period, deer were spotted about 45% less often when the trains wereRTRI plans to continue running trials. The next step is to automate the system. They want to make sure sounds don’t play in areas where homes are near the tracks, since it would be an annoyance to homeowners and deer likely wouldn’t be present anyway. When trains enter more wide-open areas where deer are commonly seen, they would start snorting and barking again.Previously, the RTRI relied on using physical barriers to keep deer away from the tracks. That hasn’t worked out that well, however. In 2016 there were a whopping 613 animal-related incidents that delayed trains for a half hour or more.last_img read more

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Woman gets 16 months in Yacolt fires

first_imgA 47-year-old woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 months in prison for starting fires in a metal shop and home west of Yacolt.Court records show that Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson sentenced Angie Mae Ingram to 15¾ months on a single count of first-degree attempted arson as part of a plea agreement. Ingram originally was charged with two counts of first-degree arson.She was arrested Oct. 18, 2017, after admitting to Clark County sheriff’s deputies at the scene of a fire, in the 15900 block of Northeast Gabriel Road, that she was responsible for setting two structures aflame, according to a probable cause affidavit.Firefighters were called to the address about a shop fire shortly before 5 p.m. A deputy there spoke with Ingram, who was standing in front of the house laughing and smiling, according to the affidavit.Clark County Fire District 10 firefighters were busy working to extinguish the burning metal shop next to the home when Ingram started asking them questions, such as how long it would take to put it out. She also said, “Maybe they can put the house fire out while they are here,” before entering the house and lighting fire to curtains hanging over a bed, the affidavit says.last_img read more

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Woman bitten by monkey speaks out

first_img“I want them to be a little bit smarter about the way they go about things,” she said. “If you own a zoo, you should have protocols. We have lions and tigers and wolves. I know it’s a lot to handle. It’s a lot to have animals, but they need to hire more people.”FWC said they didn’t find any violations after investigating, and the monkey will not be removed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A volunteer at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation Center said she has been barred from resuming her duties there after she was bitten by a monkey at the facility.“I was literally like ‘All right, I need to pull my hand out, or I’m going to lose my finger. I know I’m going to lose my finger,’” said the former volunteer, who wanted to conceal her identity. “When I saw her canine latch into my skin, like, I saw it inside my skin, I was like, ‘Oh, no.’”The 21-year-old self-described “animal lover” said she had been volunteering at ZWF in Southwest Miami-Dade for almost two months and had gotten close to many of their animals.“I handled the animals with no problem. I never had an issue, never been in trouble there,” she said. “As I was playing with [the monkey], perfectly fine, she got possessive over a paper that she had taken from me. I tried to get it back and she latched onto my finger.”On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Police and Florida Fish and the Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to the center on Southwest 172nd Avenue after the volunteer said she was bitten by a 9-year-old Brazilian Tufted Capuchin monkey.“I’m flipping out. I have no idea what to do. I’m in the office, pacing, crying, walking back and forth waiting for my friend to get there because no one’s there. Everyone’s already left,” said the former volunteer.MDPD said they received the call around 6:30 p.m. from less than a mile away from the incident. The volunteer was driven by a friend to Krome Avenue and Southwest 168th Street before she called 911. “And only because my best friend who was driving said, ‘Hey, maybe you should call an ambulance. They could probably get you [to the hospital] faster,’” she said.The woman was taken to the hospital while MDPD investigated the situation. She was not given stitches for the bite but was prescribed antibiotics because the hospital was unsure if the bite would get infected.When she returned to ZWF to retrieve the animal’s records, she said the facility told her she could no longer volunteer with them because she broke protocol. She said she was unaware of such protocol.“The owner informed us today, now, after everything, after my two months of being there, that the protocol would be to call him — that I should have never left the property,” she said. “How was I supposed to know that? How was I supposed to know that I wasn’t supposed to leave the property. My finger could be super infected, could be dangling off, and I have to stay at the property to wait for you.”“They had no problem when I had to clean up the poop of those animals, but you know, since I got bitten now it’s something,” said the former volunteer.Despite the incident, she still plans to pursue a career as a wildlife veterinarian.She hopes ZWF will make improvements to ensure the same won’t happen to others. last_img read more

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Viva Las Vegas Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long

first_img Why Vegas Residencies Are Suddenly Everywhere viva-las-vegas-why-sin-city-residencies-no-longer-signify-long-farewell Once thought to be a lucrative last hurrah for an aging artist’s career, the Las Vegas residency has undergone a sea change in the last decade, playing long-term host to mega-stars like Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Drake and moreLarry FitzmauriceGRAMMYs Mar 15, 2019 – 11:20 am When it comes to the overall trajectory of commerce and entertainment, it’s often tempting to read into the theoretical tea leaves that Las Vegas represents. The culture of the Strip itself has, in its own way, reflected the perspective of American culture over time—from its initially seedy-and-glitzy reputation to its rebranding attempt as an adult-ified Disney World that the whole family can still enjoy, to the city epicenter’s current residing stance of somewhere in between those two moral poles. A similar transformation has taken place when it comes to the Vegas residency, too: a bespoke entertainment-industry staple that was once the stomping ground of now-musty musical dinosaurs like Elvis and Frank Sinatra has now become part and parcel of the touring circuit for some of the biggest acts in pop music today.In recent months, Drake and Cardi B announced Vegas residencies off the heels of Lady Gaga’s own Sin City spectacular and Mariah Carey’s own career-spanning extravaganza from a few years back. This trend is in its early stages, which means that we’re likely to see more of music’s biggest stars taking a similar route over the next few years; it’s not unimaginable to assume that Imagine Dragons—undoubtedly the most successful Vegas-hailing rock band since the Killers—will eventually have their own casino-set stint. The fact that such a prediction could be made for artists nearing the peak of their artistic and commercial success reflects just how far the Vegas residency as an institution—as well as our own perspective of it—has come.It’s commonly held that the concept of a residency itself—in Vegas and elsewhere—was pioneered by Liberace, the singer, pianist, and public-facing bastion of 20th century kitsch who performed on and off on the Vegas circuit from 1944 until the years leading up to his death in 1987. The man born Wladziu Valentino Liberace was such a staple of the Vegas entertainment complex that the city is home to an entire museum honoring the man, situated in one of Michael Jackson’s former Vegas properties. (In a full-circle moment of coincidences, future Vegas-residency queen Cardi B’s recent performance at this year’s GRAMMYs featured Liberace’s piano, on loan from the museum itself.)Sinatra’s regular appearances throughout the 1950s at the since-shuttered Sands Hotel And Casino eventually transformed into “Summit at the Sands,” a series of performances that included Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop in the hotel’s Copa Room performance space—the figurative birth of “The Rat Pack,” as it were. Ol’ Blue Eyes wasn’t the only artist who made an iconographic mark on Vegas around this time; of course, there was Presley, although his initial stint wasn’t as successful as his legacy suggests.Indeed, before his iconic and astounding run at the Hilton Las Vegas, Presley attempted a two-week residency at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in 1956 that went as poorly as such things could go; the critics were merciless, with a Newsweek critic infamously comparing his presence to “a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party.” Later in his career—1969, to be specific—he embarked on the Hilton run, performing a consecutive 837 shows over the course of seven years and thereby outlining in cement the shape of his late career as seen through the eyes of American history.For all its successes, Presley’s Vegas stint also marked his late-period decline—when he transformed from iconoclast to gift-shop trinket in the eyes of the collective American pop-cultural consciousness. And for decades to follow, the mere concept of Vegas residencies was viewed with a similar side-eyed perspective, not unlike a dust-gathering family heirloom too ancient to dispose of completely but not vital enough to pay any attention to.In 2013, Chris Bell of The Telegraph referred to the Vegas musical performance circuit’s transitional years (decades, really) as “the place where acts went to die.” And for a little while the concept of the residency itself seemed close to perishing, as the city’s entertainment focus veered away from music and towards big-budget musical stagings of Broadway shows like “The Lion King,” as well as the psychedelic, (mostly) all-ages stage shows conceived of by the team behind “Cirque de Soleil.”So, what changed?Well, for one, financial success. (Is there any factor that drives decisions made in music industry—or any business—as strongly as the potential for profit?) Celine Dion’s four-year “A New Day…” residency in 2003 is widely cited as revitalizing the state of the Vegas residency, and at an adjusted gross of over $460 million over that time period, it stands as the most successful residency of all time since ticket-sale data became something people kept track of. “She changed the face of modern Vegas,” Caesars Palace Vice President of Entertainment Kurt Melien told The Telegraph in 2013 while discussing Britney Spears’ own four-year “Britney: Piece of Me” residency that kicked off that year.Shania Twain and Cher also staged similarly successful stints in between Dion and Spears’ own residencies—and Dion’s residency also paved the way for the concept of residencies to move far beyond Vegas to other major American cities. Billy Joel has had his own regular spot at Madison Square Garden since 2014, and acts ranging from Prince and Bruce Springsteen to Phish have embraced the concept as well. During much of this decade, the financial boom that came with the music industry’s fixation on dance music (EDM, for short) meant that a plethora of DJs—from big-budget guy Calvin Harris to Dutch duo Showtek—were staples on the Vegas strip as well.As much a financial trend as anything else, as EDM’s collective star faded within the music industry its biggest names likewise started to disappear from the marquees of Vegas’ hottest spots, and that goes a long way to explain the latest crop of Vegas residencies. In terms of cultural cache, artists like Drake and Cardi carry significantly younger-skewing appeal than more traditional Vegas forebears from this century like Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and (yes, even) Britney Spears; that same appeal coursed through EDM’s veins like the sickest bass-drop, so it only makes sense that promoters and artists alike have a vested interest in keeping the Vegas residency circuit from returning to its aged-up tendencies. Most important, it’s another newly discovered revenue stream—albeit one lying in plain sight for decades—in an industry that constantly needs to make money but is also constantly finding fewer and fewer ways to do so.Blink-182, Mariah Carey, Queen + Adam Lambert: Which Vegas Residencey Is Road Trip-Worthy?Read more Facebook Viva Las Vegas: Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long Farewell Twitter News Email last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Watch a short PSA below on the Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton Memorial WEF Walk on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. WEF President Leslee Quick and Vice President Jen Mason explain this popular fundraiser for students in Grades PreK to 5.—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Educational Foundation:WEF’s Walk Fundraiser has become one of their largest annual fundraising events to date. They recently renamed the event in honor of the late Joanne Benton (see flyer for more info). The walk reinforces the Wilmington Public School’s belief in physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition and physical education for all students’ academic success.Students are encouraged to ask family and friends to sponsor them in this walk. They are invited to wear Halloween costumes, favorite sports team shirts, or orange and black attire for the walk. Each school will conduct the walk on Wednesday, October 31st.The fitness walk rain date will be Friday November 2, 2018.Last year, WEF was able to fund approximately $25K which encompassed Educational Exploration, Curriculum, Technology and Miscellaneous grant funding opportunities. We also support and fund the annual STEM Fair held at the Middle School.A flyer has gone home for grade Prek-5th. On the reverse side of the form is the sponsor sheet each student shall use and return with funds prior to the Walk on Monday, October 30th. You can also make an online donation HERE.Our WMS and WHS families also received a flyer and are encouraged to participate and help our fundraising efforts!Thank you for your continued support. Without it we would not be able to give back to our schools!For more information, please visit the Wilmington Educational Foundation’s site or email Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Returns This HalloweenIn “Education”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Set For October 31In “Community”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Raises $10,000In “Education”last_img read more

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Timelapse video of plane flying through the massive eye of Hurricane Florence

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