There’s No Canada like French Canada: A Traveler’s Guide to Montreal

first_img 1 of 6 Mural/Marie Deschene Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Le Village/Alison Slattery Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Next Festival Mural/©This Is Herd Production Skyline of Montréal from the Mount Royal Park/© Tourisme Montréal/Orlando G. Cerocchi Skyline of Montréal from the Mount Royal Park/© Tourisme Montréal/Orlando G. Cerocchi Port of Montréal/David Giral 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Even though Montreal is just an hour north of the US border, it feels like a world away. The proprietary blend of French charm with North American modernity is unlike any other city on the continent and potentially the world. The city and its people will welcome you with open arms as long as you’re ready to unlock its secrets.Montreal is built like a puzzle: several distinct neighborhoods are interlocked by transitive streets while anchored by Mount Royal park in the center and Old Montreal by the water. Large Italian and Portuguese neighborhoods complement the Francophone lifestyle that’s proudly enjoyed by everyone with radiant independence. Every culture plays a crucial role in the diverse dynamism of a city that’s celebrating its 375th birthday this year.After a recent trip to La Metropole, we logged some of our can’t-miss stops as an itinerary for a city that must be experienced first-hand. Without further ado, our traveler’s guide to Montreal.StayHotel GaultThis minimalist charmer in Old Montreal is a relatively new project within the city. The hotel sits nicely on a street corner minutes from the shopping on Saint-Catherine Street and an even shorter walk to the subway. Rooms are progressive-chic with waterfall showers, standalone tubs and amenities hidden behind flat wooden cabinets. While it’s not a nightlife spot, it does have a solid breakfast lobby and coffee/tea all day long (the latter free to guests). The exterior also looks like it fell out of Paris, which adds to the overall Europe-in-North-America vibe.Photo Courtesy of KozuEatKozuAsian-Fusion seems to be an international trend these days, but few do it as well as the team at this new spot. Clean lines and palm tree prints offer the perfect environment to tackle salmon tataki, roasted cauliflower, duck, chicken and a well-curated wine and sake list. The only thing prettier than the food is the crowd indulging in it all. Twenty and thirty-somethings dot the tables, well-dressed for a night out in one of Montreal’s coolest districts.LOV VeganLOV is a booming vegan restaurant full of bright colors, patio furniture, and outstanding healthy fare. Right down the street from the Gault, it attracts a mix of young professionals and trendy visitors looking for things like quinoa fritters and almond feta. It feels like a slice of Los Angeles in the Great White North. They’ve recently opened a second location in the Golden Square Mile neighborhood, too.Schwartz’sYes, it’s the most popular restaurant in town. Yes, you’re going to face a long line of similar tourists eager to see and taste what all the fuss is about. Montreal is famous for its smoked meat and this deli is where it all started. Thick cut slabs of beef center between two pieces of rye with a dab of mustard. If you don’t want to wait in a long line, a shorter line is next door for take-out.If standing in line for a sandwich isn’t your thing…Then try the fascinating Portuguese neighborhood near the deli. Traditional Portuguese chicken sandwiches and coffee replace wafting scents of smoked meat. You’ll know you’re in the neighborhood when Portuguese flags adorn every storefront window surrounded by unwavering support of national hero Cristiano Ronaldo.Bagel St. ViateurIt’s as simple as this: don’t leave Montreal without having a sesame bagel fresh off the oven line. Make it a point to go to the original location.Old Montreal and Old Port at Jacques Cartier Place/© Montréal Tourism/Stéphan PoulinDrinkBarrocoChances are, you’re going to find yourself out in Old Montreal at least one night. The neighborhood has two distinct sections: one is very touristy, the other full of local designers, shops, and solid drinking away from the hubbub. Barroco falls in the latter as a wine bar/bistro hybrid. The menu is full of French and Italian classics and feels like someone carved a restaurant into the French countryside. It’s hip, accessible and worth a stop.Le RoyalEven though you have to descend a flight of stairs to its entrance, calling this craft cocktail haven a speakeasy seems almost unfair. The vibe is very urban with a well-illuminated back bar setting the tone for an intimate, but jovial soiree. The bartenders have a rotating menu of new recipes, often with tropical flavors, but be sure to try something with one a local Québécois spirits. The distillery scene is quietly pumping out some of the best gins in Canada. Drinks are expensive, but they’re worth it. Treat yourself; you’ve made it to Montreal.Whiskey Sour at Le Royal/InstagramShopMaison CloakroomWe’re listing Maison Cloakroom here because it’s a tailor and made-to-measure shop first. The team deals in handcrafted suits and jeans from Japan, coupled with gorgeous bespoke Italian shoes. Beyond that it has a barbershop and, tucked away behind another set of doors, is a small, 25-seat cocktail bar. It’s a manly oasis on steroids: rich mahoganies coat every wall while furniture and adornments are placed perfectly on the shop floor. We would spend a lot of time (and money) here.Frank and Oak Flagship StoreIt’s no secret that we’re fans of Frank and Oak, so when in Montreal, a stop at their flagship store downtown is a must. The store is three stories of tightly curated current collections paired with a barbershop and café. The staff is super friendly and also a great place to get recommendations for the rest of your Montreal stay.RooneyIf higher-end brands like APC and Maison Kitsune are your thing, then this looker of a store in Old Montreal should be on your list. The store has plenty of neutral colors and is definitely more for the minimalist dresser.Cité Mémoire/© Stories of Montreal/Joe BeefDoCité MémoireImagine the sultry Montréal evening sky lit up by impressive projections on a number of buildings in Old Montreal. More than 30 short films showcase the history of Montreal from its controversial beginnings to current modernity. The entire project can be controlled by anyone with a smart phone – simply download an app and walk through the streets at night and press play once you’ve arrived at a designated showing. Every stop has free wi-fi, so anyone can join in. Again, Montreal prides itself on inclusiveness. Cité Mémoire runs nightly for two more years, with discussions in the works to extend the project further.Jean-Talon MarketThe heart and soul of a city often reveals itself in its central market and Jean-Talon is no exception. During the summer, vendors are hawking everything from fresh seafood to some of the most beautiful breads you’ll see this side of the Atlantic. Produce sampling is encouraged, especially when local fare is in season.Peruse Saint Laurent ShopsSaint-Laurent is one of Montréal’s largest streets, essentially running the span of the city. It also notably divides its French speaking side from its English speaking side (although its more of a ceremonial divide than anything). Up in the Mile End neighborhood, local boutiques and thrift stores adorn both sides of the street, making it ideal for afternoon wandering.Embrace ArtThe Québéc government mandates that 1% of every public project in Montreal has to include some type of art. That could be a sculpture, series of paintings, or projections on the side of a building as with Cité Mémoire. The city is a veritable living art gallery, without even mentioning the Francophone architecture around every turn. When we visited, there was a glass sculpture outside the city’s art museum, multiple colorful outdoor terraces, and a mobile gallery in The Village. Much like a real museum, the city’s exhibits change regularly. And unlike most museums, it’s all free.And, just to round out our traveler’s guide to Montreal, here’s a key swear that the Quebecois love to employ: “tabernac” which is French for “tabernacle” and plays heavily into the region’s French Catholic heritage. Employ it in the same manner as you would “shit” and you’ll fit right in. Example: “Tabernac! I broke a shoelace!” Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Previous Mural/Marie Deschene last_img read more

Jamdani mela attracts sari lovers in Delhi

first_imgA day-long fair of jamdani, muslin and other handloom saris – the pride of Bangladesh has caused a ripple of delight and a spree of purchase among the enthusiasts.The creations of Mantasha Ahmed and Nasreen Jahan – owners of two popular fashion houses in Dhaka – were on a spectacular display organised by Association Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (ATDB) and Bangladesh High Commission (BDHC) Spouses Club in New Delhi. It was opened by Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali at the mission’s Maitree Hall. For the Delhi lovers of Bangladeshi Jamdani – bright, colourful and full of motifs – the exhibits had in its display some of the master piece of weavers. In 2013, UNESCO declared the traditional art of weaving Jamdani as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and in 2016 Bangladesh received the GI status of Jamadani sari. The recently organised mela was second such initiative by the same organisers in two years.last_img read more

Poor feeding for infants leads to nearly onefifth of childhood deaths –

Infants who are not adequately breastfed are left with limited defences against fatal diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea and lack essential nutrients to develop body and mind, according to UNICEF. Currently, an estimated 63 per cent of children less than six months in the developing world are not breastfed adequately in the critical period if at all.“Exclusive breastfeeding is ideal nourishment for babies up to six months old,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “In a developing country, a child that is not breastfed is about three times more likely to die in early infancy than a breastfed child, and exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk still further.”To mark this year’s Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF is emphasizing not only the six-month period of exclusive breastfeeding, but also a program of continued breastfeeding combined with safe, appropriate complementary feeding for two years or longer.The damage to children from lack of adequate breastfeeding and lack of good nutrition in the first two years of life can be permanent, the agency said. In addition to early death, immune-system weakness, stunted growth and compromised intelligence are possible long-term consequences.UNICEF said it works with partners, governments and communities to protect and promote breastfeeding by supporting national infant-feeding legislation, improving ante- and post-natal care and boosting resources for new mothers at the community-level. It added that a priority is the protection of breastfeeding during emergencies, when poor feeding practices can allow diseases to claim lives with frightening speed.During this year’s world Week, the agency is making special efforts to spread the message about breastfeeding and good infant nutrition. In Lofa County of Liberia, for example, UNICEF social mobilizers are partnering with an estimated 50 communities to help educate mothers about the issue. read more

Saskatchewan premier says timing is wrong to double Canada Pension Plan rates

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he doesn’t want to see an increase to contribution rates for the Canada Pension Plan, at least right now.“I just don’t think it’s right for the Canadian economy right now and we have to take a national view of this,” Wall said Wednesday at the legislature.“And so our position has been pretty consistent from the beginning: there can be a discussion I think, as to when the conditions are right for a national change here, remembering that wouldn’t just occur in one part of the country that might be economically strong.”Wall pointed to recent jobs losses in Ontario where Kellogg Co. plans to shut the doors of its cereal plant in London by the end of next year, cutting more than 500 full-time jobs, and food producer Heinz announced it was closing its tomato plant in Leamington, Ont., eliminating 740 full-time jobs.He says that’s not just bad for Ontario, but for Canada.“I just don’t think that the national economy needs a significant cost added to job creation or job retention,” he added.“Employers look like they’re looking for reasons, or if not looking for reasons, open to reasons for leaving those kinds of economies in our country — witness the recent layoffs and shutdowns. I don’t think we should give them any more.”Saskatchewan’s economy has been growing for the last several years, but Wall also says he doesn’t think it’s ready for “another hit on payrolls.”“I listen carefully to small business in this province, as we all should as the major generator of jobs, and I just don’t think the timing’s right for our economy either,” he said.However, the premier says there could be a discussion about when the time would be right and what economic factors should be in place to change the CPP. In the meantime, Wall says there should be a focus on voluntary pooled registered pension plans and provincial ones, like the Saskatchewan Pension Plan.A federal-provincial meeting on CPP reform broke up Monday after several provincial ministers accused Finance Minister Jim Flaherty of blocking efforts to enrich the plan or even agreeing to further study.The federal position is that any hike in CPP premiums amounts to a payroll tax that would result in fewer jobs, as well as taking money out of workers’ pockets.CPP reform requires approval of seven provinces representing two-thirds of the population, as well as a green light from Ottawa.While there have been several options floated, most involve a three to 10 year phase-in period where premiums are raised to pay for a boost in benefits down the road, with the idea that young Canadians today will be ensured an adequate standard of living when they retire.Currently, employees and employers split the 9.9 per cent contribution rate on pensionable earnings up to $51,100. That pays out to a maximum benefit of $12,150 a year, although the average payment to current retirees is about $7,200.Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for Finance, said officials estimate that current proposals to expand the CPP could eliminate up to 70,000 jobs.“We share the concerns of employees, small business and several provinces of increasing costs during a fragile global recovery,” Sorenson said in an email to The Canadian Press.“We all want a stronger retirement system but we are wary of the significant costs — including smaller paycheques and lost jobs — for Canadian families and the risk to our economic growth a CPP expansion would trigger.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan premier says timing is wrong to double Canada Pension Plan rates by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 12:49 pm MDT read more

BCBG Max Azria to shut down stores in Canada files for bankruptcy

BCBG Max Azria to shut down stores in Canada, files for bankruptcy protection by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 11:57 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Women’s fashion retailer BCBG Max Azria has filed for bankruptcy protection, a move that will see it shutter its 51 locations in Canada.According to court documents, the high-end clothing chain known for cocktail and formal dresses is seeking protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code and Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.The company says it’s still looking at “exploring alternatives” to closing down its presence inside Hudson’s Bay department stores in Canada.In early 2017, BCBG began closing down 120 out of its 550 locations worldwide as part of an effort to downsize its physical stores presence.It blamed lagging sales in recent years to a “general shift away from brick-and-mortar to online retail channels,” a trend it says has negatively affected many similar retailers.BCBG was founded in 1989 in Los Angeles and employs 4,800 workers.A number of retailers in Canada have either filed for bankruptcy or closed down shop in the past few years including Jacob, Bikini Village, Danier Leather, Smart Set and Mexx Canada. read more

Focus on future prioritize reconciliation for the region UN envoy urges Western

The renewed focus of the Western Balkan States to achieve European Union membership, provides a new opportunity for prioritizing the reconciliation agenda, Special Adviser Adama Dieng said on Monday. Mr. Dieng met with high-level government officials; religious leaders; civil society organizations; and members of the diplomatic community – along with representatives of the UN Country Teams in the region and the UN Office in Belgrade – exploring both reconciliation challenges along with opportunities to overcome them.Mr. Dieng was concerned over a number of divisive factors that, without serious and concerted efforts, could make matters worse, including political polarization across identity lines and politicization of past events, such as glorifying war criminals and contesting court decisions.Special Adviser Dieng called on political leaders to take active steps to overcome divisions and maximize common ground, encouraging them to focus on the future and prioritize reconciliation as a fundamental regional policy objective.In Bosnia and Herzegovina, he placed a special focus on the October general elections, noting the increase in political tensions when he met government officials at State and entity levels in Sarajevo and in Banja Luka. He also met members of the Speakers Collegium of both parliamentary chambers. Mr. Dieng paid tribute to the victims of past atrocity crimes with visits to memorial sites in Srebrenica and in Donja Gradina and visited the Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar.He appealed for recognition of the suffering of all victims irrespective of their ethnic or religious origin, including through joint participation by political leaders in memorialization events.He also underlined the important role of religious leaders and actors in promoting reconciliation, as well as the importance of empowering the youth with sustained efforts to promote inclusive education.Additionally, the Special Adviser encouraged further strengthening joint agendas in fields where cooperation already exists, including prosecuting war crimes and regionalizing the joint UN and Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Dialogue for the Future initiative.He also pointed to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 16, as a key instrument for prevention as it addresses drivers and root causes of instability and conflict. read more

Mississauga teen Andreescu wins Rogers Cup after Williams retires

.@serenawilliams in tears @Bandreescu_ goes over to embrace Williams. Says something that makes her laugh @CityNews @680NEWS #RogersCup— Melissa Nakhavoly (@MelNakhavoly) August 11, 2019 Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years.She was up 3-1 in the first set when American opponent Serena Williams called for a medical timeout.Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.The 19-year-old Andreescu has now won 17 consecutive matches, not counting when she has had to retire from matches due to injury herself.Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, now has victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world.Her world ranking will rise from 27th to 14th on Monday. Her previous high was 22nd.The Rogers Cup was Andreescu’s first tournament after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her since the French Open in May.Andreescu had been on the court more than any other player at this year’s Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes heading into the match against Williams.The tournament’s final lasted only 16 minutes before Williams withdrew.After the chair umpire announced Williams’s retirement the former world No. 1 started to cry on her bench. Andreescu went over to comfort her, hugging her and telling Williams how much she admires the 23-time Grand Slam winner.Faye Urban of Windsor, Ont., beat Vancouver’s Vicki Berner in the 1969 final, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open..@Bandreescu_ receiving her trophy. Thanks @serenawilliams. Says this is a dream come true now being the first Canadian to win a Rogers Cup in 50 years @CityNews @680NEWS— Melissa Nakhavoly (@MelNakhavoly) August 11, 2019 read more

Two men charged over mortars seizure

first_img Possession of explosives with intent to endanger lifePossession of articles for terrorist purposesAnd conspiracy to cause an explosion They are due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday, 6 March.As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.Two males, aged 37 and 31, remain in custody.Read: PSNI dealing with ‘incredibly volatile situation’> TWO MEN HAVE been charged in connection with the seizure of mortars in Derry.The PSNI said this evening that detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the seizure of mortars in the Letterkenny Road/Lone Moor Road area in Derry on Sunday night, 3 March, have charged a 35 -year-old man and a 37-year-old man with:last_img read more

Dublins AllIreland quarterfinal will be exclusively live on Sky Sports

first_imgSunday 3 AugustElectric Ireland All-Ireland MFC quarter-finalsMayo v Armagh, Croke Park, 12pm All-Ireland SFC quarter-finalsKerry v Round 4A Winner, Croke Park, 2pm* (RTÉ)Mayo v Round 4A Winner, Croke Park, 4pm* (RTÉ) *Kerry cannot meet Cork again at this stage and Mayo cannot meet Galway. If neither win, there will be a draw to determine which of the Rd 4A winners (Sligo, Tipperary) play which of the provincial champions.Monday 4 August Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC quarter-finalsDublin v Cork, Semple Stadium, 2pmKerry v Kildare, Semple Stadium, 3.45pmSaturday 9 AugustAll-Ireland SFC quarter-finalsDonegal v Round 4B Winner, Croke Park, 4pm** (Sky Sports)Dublin v Round 4B Winner, Croke Park, 6pm** (Sky Sports)**Donegal cannot meet Monaghan again at this stage and Dublin cannot meet Meath. If neither win, there will be a draw to determine which of the Rd 4B winners (Armagh, Kildare) play which of the provincial champions.5 talking points from the weekend’s GAA action ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS Dublin and Ulster champions Donegal will play their respective quarter-finals in a Croke Park double-header on Saturday 9 August.The two games will be exclusively live on Sky Sports, the GAA confirmed today.The other quarter-finals, featuring Kerry and Mayo against the Round 4A winners, have also been fixed for Croke Park on Sunday 3 August as part of a bumper bank holiday weekend schedule.The Round 4B qualifiers — Meath vs Armagh and Kildare vs Monaghan — take place in Headquarters the previous day. Those two games will also be exclusive to Sky, as will the Round 4A qualifiers — Cork v Sligo, Galway v Tipperary — this Saturday.The pairings for the quarter-finals are not yet known but because there can be no repeat of any of the provincial finals at this stage, an open draw might not be necessary.Saturday 2 August All-Ireland SFC Round 4B QualifiersMeath v Armagh, Croke Park, 5pm (Sky Sports)Kildare v Monaghan, Croke Park, 7pm (Sky Sports) Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC quarter-finalsDonegal v Roscommon, Markievicz Park, 3pmlast_img read more

Review Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars for Nintendo 3DS

first_imgEnough Lego games (Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc.) have been released that a dependable formula has been established. They get good source material and then throw in the blocks, basic mechanics, and fun graphics to make for approachable games that are appropriate for the whole family. They are fun, non-violent, and easy enough for kids to get through with some challenge for older people if they want to focus on things like score and completion percentage.The latest installment of the Lego series, is the 3DS launch title Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. It takes us back to the familiar Star Wars universe, with Luke, Leia, Yoda, the Stormtroopers, and all the other characters that we know so well. But it’s not an exact retelling, so even if you’ve watched Clone Wars a number of times you can still enjoy the game and its cut scenes. The game is basically a distilled version of Star Wars action scenes with non-stop laser shooting, lots of lightsabers, frequent use of the force, and an emphasis on teamwork in order to get past obstacles. At any time you have two or more people in your party so you are constantly switching to, say, use a Jedi’s force to scale a wall and then using Yoda’s small size to crawl through a vent.The game consists of simple button-mashing to attack and defend yourself, and it’s quite easy. Even if it wasn’t that easy, the challenge would be limited because you have as many lives as you’d like, the only penalty for dying being the loss of a thousand or so coins (which you can usually retrieve when you are revived). The coins are used to buy extra characters and special bonuses on the hub level and they are the best way for more advanced players to measure progress when playing. There are also collectibles, some of which require special characters to get to, so there is strong element of replayability in each level.The action quickly gets tedious thanks to the Jedi’s lightsabers being basically unstoppable. So normally you just choose the guy with the lightsaber, swing it until everything is destroyed, pick up all the coins, and then move on. At that point you might need someone else’s special ability to progress, but you’ll be back at the Jedi/Sith before long. The fundamentals, like controls, visuals, and audio are all good, but it’s a lot of the same. The only weak part of the game is that can be frustrating is the platforming because you have to account not just for the distance of the jump (which is easy) but depth, which can be tricky.The 3D works well with Clone Wars, so long as you are good about keeping the 3DS very steady (this can be hard during longer levels). You get a good sense of depth and it’s a good looking game, even if elements tend to be very small. The game was clearly designed with the intention of showcasing the 3D as it’s worked into the level design at times. That said it’s not an integral part–after all the game has to be playable in 2D as well. Ultimately the 3D worked well for me but I didn’t feel like I missed it when I turned it off, and I enjoyed the 3D effect more with Pilotwings Resort.Overall, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars isn’t a must-have game, but it serves as a good enough introduction to the 3DS. It’ll be too easy for dedicated gamers, but they’ll be able to squeeze 10 or so hours out of it if they want to get through the levels and grab most of the collectibles. It’s a better gamers for the 10-12-year-old crowd who wants something fun, approachable, and action-packed without unnecessary depth or complexity. As far as the 3DS launch titles go, Street Fighter is still on top but this isn’t the worst of the bunch.last_img read more

I5 reopens after dump truck crash in Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE — Southbound Interstate 5 traffic through downtown Seattle backed up for miles for more than three hours Monday morning after a dump truck overturned, spilled its load and caught fire.The Washington State Patrol says the driver responsible for the crash left the scene.Trooper Chris Webb says a Volvo veered into the path of the truck about 8:30 a.m. The truck had to take evasive action to avoid hitting two motorcycles and overturned. Spilled fuel burned until the fire department put it out.Dirt and gravel blocked southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Interstate 90 interchange and also blocked access to eastbound Interstate 90 until noon.The truck driver suffered minor injuries to his arm and shoulder.last_img read more

Lawmakers vow to avoid gridlock in Congress

first_imgIn response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, night all three of Southwest Washington’s congresswomen pledged to avoid partisan gridlock and work together to improve the nation. “The president outlined a number of initiatives tonight for which he will need help from Congress,” U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, said in a statement. “While he and I don’t always agree on the government’s role in helping individuals and small businesses, Americans are expecting us to work together to find common ground. I remain ready and willing to do just that.”The president hit on many topics that will likely receive Republican push-back. The agenda he outlined includes many key Democratic priorities, including raising the minimum wage and ending tax breaks for the wealthiest citizens. In addition to pushing to bolster the middle class, he spoke of acting on climate change and overhauling the nation’s immigration system. “I am very glad that President Obama laid out an agenda that puts well-paying middle-class jobs first and would offer opportunities to all families in Washington state and across the country who want to work hard and succeed, not just the wealthiest few,” U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement. “Republicans control Congress and can decide to push us toward more gridlock and dysfunction if they want, but if they are willing to come to the table to get results for the families and communities we represent, I am ready to get to work.”For the first time in his presidency, Obama gave his address to a Republican-controlled Congress. The president made it clear he would not be afraid to use his veto power.last_img read more

Heavy Rain Expected To Bring Rising Water Levels On The Kenai

first_imgAn active and much wetter pattern is then expected to continue into early next week with another round of potentially heavier rains expected to move into the area late Sunday into Monday. Including the cities (and surrounding areas) of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Cooper Landing, Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass According to the National Weather Service, while this is not expected to bring significant floodingto the area, it will produce rising water levels to many of the popular recreation areas of the Kenai Peninsula including the Kenai River and Six Mile Creek near Hope this weekend. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The remnants of Typhoon Maliksi will bring heavy rain to much of the Kenai Peninsula beginning today and continuing throughout much of the weekend. This second system will likely cause rising water levels to continue throughout the area into early next week, especially in the Seward area.last_img read more

Otterbox has a new iPhone case with a builtin PopSockets PopGrip at

first_img CES 2019 $999 Sprint Mobile Accessories Share your voice Comment Best Buy See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1center_img $999 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. See It Apple iPhone XS The new case, which comes in multiple color options, retails for $60. Otterbox If you’re someone who likes the idea of a PopSocket PopGrip, but doesn’t like the idea of sticking one on the back of your case, Otterbox has come up with the perfect solution: an Otterbox Symmetry Series case with a built-in PopGrip and a swappable PopTop that retracts into the case. It’s called the Otter + Pop.The key here is that the integrated PopGrip lays flush with the case when not in use. Each case comes with a case-matched PopTop color, but you can swap in another PopTop with a “simple turn and a snap,” Otterbox says. Otter + Pop is available for the  iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus starting at $60. Individual swappable PopTops start at $8. There’s no word yet on international pricing, but we’ll add it as soon as we get it. otterbox-ipxs-84-gotoblue-d-b-facet-inEnlarge ImageOther PopTops can be swapped in. Otterbox Now playing: Watch this: Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 $999 CES Products See It Tags $999 1:07last_img read more

Govt playing opportunistic role over Rohingya issue BNP

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday alleged that the government is playing an opportunistic role regarding the Rohingya issue instead of taking stance on humanitarian grounds.”The entire world has become vocal over the Rohingya issue. All should get united on the issue of humanity to force Myanmar to stop the atrocities and take back those fled their country in the face of persecution,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “But our government is playing an opportunistic role. It’s allowing the helpless Rohingya to enter the country on one hand, but it’s pushing them back on the other hand.”The BNP leader urged the government to take a stance in favour of humanity, shunning its opportunistic attitude. “Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas through strong international diplomacy,” he added.Saifur Rahman Smrity Parishad arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking the 8th death anniversary of former finance minister Saifur Rahman.Fakhrul said their party wants the Rohingya issue to be solved through diplomatic efforts and Rohingyas to be taken back ensuring their rights and dignity.He termed an ‘ominous sign’ the remarks of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader over BNP’s programmes announced for Friday over the Rohingya issue.Pointing at BNP, Quader on Thursday said, “We’re worried as they [BNP] engage in internal clashes whenever they call any rally. But they shift the blame on Awami League and the government. We’re little bit worried whether they will engage in infighting while going to show humanity for Rohingyas.”The BNP leader also recalled the life and works of Saifur Rahman who placed the national budgets in Parliament on 12 occasions.The former finance minister was killed in a road accident in Brahmanbaria on his way to Dhaka from his home district of Moulvibazar on 5 September 2009.President of Saifur Rahman Smrity Parishad Naser Rahman, also eldest son of late Saifur Rahman, presided over the discussion.BNP leaders Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf, Fazlul Haque Milon and Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu, among others, spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

Baltimore City Radio Show Host Community Activist and Pastor Rev Dr St

first_imgFor Immediate ReleaseContact: Christy Baldwin- 443-838-0664 christyjoystewart@gmail.comOutspoken, dedicated and trailblazing community leader, political activist and pastor, Rev. Dr. St. George I. B. Crosse passed away on August 7, 2019. He was 79 years old.He battled Dementia and died from complications of the disease at the Woodholme Gardens facility in Pikesville, Maryland.Rev. Dr. St. George I. B. Crosse“St. George”, as he was lovingly called by family and friends was a committed servant of Maryland, his community, family and God. In 1966, as a law student, he was the first African American to run for the Office of Sheriff of Baltimore City. Though his bid was unsuccessful, he continued in public service as a Neighborhood Director for the Community Action Agency in Baltimore City. Later in his career, he served as Special Advisor for Minority Programs in the Office of the Deputy Under the Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There he fought tirelessly for fair housing and equal opportunity for Maryland residents for over 25 years. He was also  President Reagan’s Personal Representative and Special Ambassador to the nation of St. Kitts-Nevis, West Indies when the nation gained its independence from Great Britain.  Additionally, Rev. Crosse served in ministry with the Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Conference with several ministries in Baltimore City, Harford County and Washington DC for 18 years. Together, with his wife Delois as co-pastor, Rev. Crosse organized the Overcomers Tabernacle Full Gospel Methodist Church in 1994 where they continued their soul winning and evangelistic ministry in Baltimore City for another 22 years. Many people remember his innovative telephone ministry of encouraging messages that touched the lives of residents throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.Rev. Dr. St. George I. B. Crosse with his girls.Rev. Crosse had a passion for the Word of God, politics and controversial topics. Along with his impeccable skill for debate, his unmistakably deep, rich voice poised him as the ideal television and radio personality. For 22 years, he was the on-air host of WEAA’s “Crosse Talk” and was a frequent guest on WJZ-13’s public affairs forum talk show, “Square Off” with Richard Sher.Rev. Dr. St. George I. B. Crosse and family, Father’s Day 2016.His drive, strong work-ethic and generosity was only outmatched by the love for his family. He was a devoted husband to his college sweetheart, Delois for 52 years and a doting father to his two daughters, Karin and Liris, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.The services to honor his life and legacy will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm with a Wake Service at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home located at 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133. The Homegoing Service will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at DreamLife Worship Center located at 4111 Deer Park Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Rev. Crosse’s honor.last_img read more

Apples Decision to Stop Disclosing iPhone Sales May Backfire as Company Reportedly

first_img Popular on Variety Apple has slashed the production of all of its 3 new iPhone models in recent weeks, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Particularly hard hit is the iPhone XR, which has seen order cut-backs twice since its introduction in September, according to the Journal.Apple didn’t immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment, and the company isn’t expected to be very transparent about its holiday quarter iPhone sales: Apple executives told Wall Street during the company’s fiscal Q4 earnings call earlier this month that it they would stop reporting iPhone sales numbers going forward.This only leaves Apple watchers with supply chain chatter as a way to gauge the success of the iPhone — and the signals from companies manufacturing key components of Apple’s phone haven’t been good: Three key suppliers cut their quarterly profit estimates last week, blaming an unnamed major customer for cutting back orders, according to the Journal. And Foxconn, a fourth major Apple supplier, reportedly cut overtime hours. Apple disclosed during its latest earnings report that iPhone sales in is fiscal Q4, which ended September 30, was flat year-over-year. The company was still able to grow profits because consumers gravitated towards more expensive models, including the iPhone X, which was introduced a little over a year ago.The company used the increasing average iPhone sale price to justify a significant reporting. Until now, Apple had been reporting aggregate quarterly sales numbers for all of its iPhone models as well as iPads and other product categories. Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri said during the company’s Q4 earnings call that it would stop reporting these kinds of unit sales in the future. “A unit of sale is less relevant to us today than it was in the past,” Maestri said.But with production reportedly declining, investors may take little solace in this “less is more” approach. Apple’s share price was down 3.6 percent Monday.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Nintendo DS gets voice recognition and cloud storage for teaching

first_imgNintendo‘s main focus has moved from its very popular DS portable gaming unit to the 3DS. However, in its home territory work is still being carried out to extend the usefulness of the last generation device. The latest innovation is aimed at bringing the DS into the classroom. Not for gaming, but to aid with learning by recording lessons. Nintendo has teamed up with NTT to implement voice recognition on the DS. With the voice recognition software running, students will be able to record what a teacher says in text form for later review. Rather than rely on storage on the DS, the recording of this information is stored in the cloud, taking advantage of NTT’s established mobile network to upload it. When a student wants to review a lesson they’ve attended (or indeed missed) it is brought up on their DS as a virtual blackboard. Unfortunately, no voice is recorded alongside the text as far as I can tell, which seems like a missed opportunity. But then the main purpose of the system is to aid disabled children such as those that are hard of hearing.The new system is still in development with trials beginning in Tottori Prefecture and Okinawa. Further development will also see the recorded text become interactive depending on the subject matter. There’s also a chance for this system to have a much wider appeal as it can apparently turn a DS into a communication device, allowing students to interact.The Japanese-language news report below gives you a glimpse of what the app looks like and how the teacher records his voice. Hopefully the final system will allow him to teach hands free rather than relying on a handheld recorder.Read more at NHK (translated), via Andriasanglast_img read more

Xbox One players spend more money on Ubisoft than players on PlayStation

first_imgAs we all know, the PlayStation 4 is the best-selling current-gen console on the market, with roughly 35.9 million units sold worldwide. Coming in second place is the Xbox One which has an estimated 19.1 million units sold. The wide gap between the two systems doesn’t mean that the Xbox One isn’t bringing in good money from game sales, however. According to a recent earnings report from Ubisoft, it appears that the French publisher is bringing in more money from Xbox One players over those on PlayStation 4.As VentureBeat pointed out, the average Xbox One player spends roughly $1.25 on Ubisoft games, whereas PS4 users spend an average of $1. This may seem odd considering that the same report says that 41 percent of Ubisoft’s third quarter earnings came from the PS4 over 27 percent from the Xbox One. The PS4 market is worth about 52 percent more to Ubisoft than that of the Xbox One’s. So how can Xbox One players be earning more money for the publisher?Ironically enough, the Xbox One’s smaller install base is the reason for this. It seems that Ubisoft is dividing dollars spent on its games by the total number of players out there. If this is the case, then it could actually help inflate the numbers we see. There may be more PS4 users out there, but they aren’t buying as many Ubisoft games as those on Xbox One, proportionately speaking.This data is useful to help ensure third party partners that theirs is a viable system to develop for. It can also help to secure future exclusivity deals for the console as well. Second place or not, The Xbox One is proving itself to be a money maker for Microsoft.last_img read more

How Following His Heart Led This Entrepreneur to Start a MultiBillion Dollar

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.Ryan Holmes initially ignored his high school guidance counselor’s advice: follow your heart. But when he finally realized the value of the advice in 2008, Holmes was able to turn his passion for social media into a platform that operates in more than 175 countries.  As the co-founder of Hootsuite, a social media management company, he has helped his company grow to 10 million users including more than 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies, according to its website.It wasn’t easy to get there though, Holmes was told by an angel investor that his idea to harness social media was never going to work. “He told me the idea of a platform for managing all this had little potential, and I should probably rethink my proposal,” the CEO recalls.He didn’t take no for an answer though. We caught up with Holmes and asked him 20 questions to figure out how he founded and continues to run Hootsuite, along with what makes him tick.Related: The Morning Rituals of 10 of the World’s Most Inspirational Entrepreneurs (Infographic)1. How do you start your day? The first thing I do in the morning is check my social-media feeds. I have a stream set up to monitor any references to Hootsuite, and this is kind of a sanity check to make sure nothing blew up overnight. With that out of the way, I try to set my mind to think about the big to-dos of the day.  2. How do you end your day? I end my day the same way. Before going to sleep, I’ll give my social feeds one last skim. It’s a way to get a quick pulse check on the company and see what users are talking about, what issues we may need to address and what features are working well.  3. What’s a book that changed your mind? The Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom is one of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time. It tells the story of author Slavomir Rawicz, a Polish soldier who is imprisoned by the Soviets after World War II. To gain his freedom, Rawicz goes on a remarkable journey through the frozen Siberian tundra, the Gobi desert, the Himalayan Mountains and to India. The Long Walk is about everyday human struggle, overcoming obstacles and achieving the impossible. That’s why I keep 10 copies on my desk to give away at any moment.4. What’s a book you always recommend?An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Canadian astronaut and International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield. He’s a friend and one of the most courageous and inspirational people I know. In the book, he shares some incredible stories from his life as an astronaut but also shows us how to make the impossible a reality whatever pursuit we’re in. I recommend this to anyone who dreams big and who strives to stay true to themselves.Related: 6 Books Every Hustling Entrepreneur and Creative Should Read5. What’s a strategy to keep focused? Like lots of entrepreneurs, my attention is always pulled in a dozen directions at once. The one thing that really helps me stay focused is exercise. After I jog, do yoga or get out and do some backcountry skiing, I always come back with more clarity and focus.6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?I wanted to be a video game developer. But after high school, I decided to do the practical thing and study business in university. That turned out to be a mistake. I dropped out and opened a series of businesses, including a pizza joint, before finally getting back to what I originally loved, in a way, with Hootsuite.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?  This individual was a bad boss but definitely not a bad person. I was working at a small dot-com, and he just didn’t know enough about software development to be effective. He’d give unrealistic timelines to build impossible products, like “I need you to build Yahoo by tomorrow.” All the developers would just nod and agree but of course, the projects were never completed.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work? My parents. My mom was originally an art teacher, so she was really in tune with design, aesthetics and creativity — all things that have been so important with Hootsuite. My dad was a math teacher with a much more analytical way of thinking, which rubbed off on me, too. I think this left-brain-right-brain dynamic has guided a lot of what I do. 9. What’s a trip that changed you? Shortly after Hootsuite launched in 2009, I took a trip to Japan to meet up with some of the users of our product. We were popular in Japan from the start, with little marketing in the region, and I wanted to understand why. It was amazing to see that Hootsuite was having an impact on people’s lives halfway around the globe.10. What inspires you? Building products that solve the pains of real people is one of the most exciting things you can do. Recently, I also worked on a side project called Oristand: a $25 standing desk made of cardboard. We were flooded with grateful comments on social media from people who had desperately wanted a standing desk but weren’t able to pay hundreds of dollars for one. That was really satisfying.Get it on for $39 11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it? I was a huge paintball fan as a kid, but it’s an expensive hobby. In high school, my brother and I had the idea of starting our own paintball field near our home in British Columbia. It was a crash course in business — everything from marketing to pricing and filing your taxes.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful? When I was 12, I washed the windows of my mom’s clothing store for $5, and soon I was approaching other local businesses to wash their windows. There really wasn’t anyone offering that service in town, so it was an early entrepreneurial lesson: Find a void and fill it.Related: What You Can Learn From 8 Kids Already Making a Million Dollars13. What’s the best advice you ever took? Follow your heart. A guidance counsellor actually gave me this advice in high school, but I ignored it. I loved computers and video games at the time, but I just didn’t think there was a career in it. So I went on to study business in university. It took me about a decade to realize the error of my ways and get back to my true passion.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got? Early on, I was pitching Hootsuite to a local angel investor. He just couldn’t wrap his head around this new thing called social media. He told me the idea of a platform for managing all this had little potential, and I should probably rethink my proposal. I still see the original investor who passed on us all the time and he never fails to express his regret.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?When answering emails, I tend to use the three-sentences philosophy. This approach, effectively treating all of my emails like short SMS text messages, has worked extremely well for me. I’ve trained myself to leave out the fluff and keep only the most essential points in an email. If I absolutely have to say more, I just pick up a phone or talk in person.16. Is there an app or tool you use in a surprising way to get things done or stay on track? I tend to use my email inbox as a catch-all for everything. But it’s a hassle to have to fire up my Gmail and compose a message just to remind myself to bring home milk. That’s why I really like Squarespace Note. It’s an iPhone app that you can use to jot down notes whenever, and it will automatically send them to your email inbox. Not super high-tech but very handy.17. What does work-life balance mean to you? It’s a moving target. It’s not like if I work 40 hours this week I’ve achieved balance or if I work 80 hours next week then everything is imbalanced. I try to ride the line between not being challenged enough and being over-challenged.18. How do you prevent burnout? Exercise has always been my outlet. Growing up in rural British Columbia, I developed a love of the outdoors and my passions generally reflect that. Snowboarding, cycling and cross-country skiing are some of my favorite pastimes, as well as surfing and scuba diving. I also enjoy yoga. I found yoga a great way to clear my mind and come back better equipped to handle the fire hose of demands.Related: 5 Burnout Warning Signs (and How to Respond)19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating? I find that lots of problems work themselves out if you just give them time. I try not to rush to decisions or judgement if I don’t have to. Neurologists have said that we essentially have two decision-making systems: a quick brain and a slow brain. The quick brain is good for keeping us alive out in the physical world. But we often neglect to stop and allow our slow brain time to do some of the processing. I get some of my best and most original ideas after a good night’s sleep or in the shower.20. What are you learning now? At this point, what I’m learning is how to continue scaling while also managing a more mature company. The demands now revolve around streamlining processes and improving efficiency, while also ensuring that we continue to innovate — which is critical in a fast-moving space like social media.This interview was edited for brevity and clarity. September 28, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 9 min readlast_img read more