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GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 statesGOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

first_imgWASHINGTON – Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation.The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection of the party’s crusade to erase President Barack Obama’s law into an eleventh-hour triumph.Alaska is home to GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’s among a handful of Republicans who’ve not said how they’ll vote. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the bill’s co-sponsors and his support is not in question, but the episode suggests the value of helping craft of legislation.The bill was chiefly written by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. It would end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for people buying private insurance and combine the money into new block grants for states.With all Democrats opposed, Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 can lose only two votes if they are to succeed, leaving the bill’s fate uncertain. Generally, it would shift money from states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor under Obama’s statute, which tend to be run by Democrats, to the largely Republican-run states that shunned that expansion.The measure would shield Alaska from some cuts it imposes on Medicaid, according to analysts, including from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, by limiting spending to a maximum amount per beneficiary starting in 2020. The federal-state program for low earners has always automatically provided whatever money is needed for eligible recipients. Montana would also qualify for the exemption.It would also increase federal Medicaid funds for states with high American Indian populations, including Alaska, according to health care consultant April Grady.Analysts offered no figures about how much money the provisions would mean for Alaska.The provisions hardly ensure support from Murkowski, who’s said she’s studying how the measure would affect her state. The administration was pushing for her support, with Vice-President Mike Pence calling into an Anchorage talk-radio show Thursday and urging listeners to contact Murkowski and ask her to “stand with President Trump” and support the bill.According to studies released this week by Kaiser and the consulting firm Avalere Health, Alaska is among many states that would lose money overall under the bill. Alaska has unusually high health care costs because of the remoteness of many communities.The provisions do not mention Alaska or Wisconsin by name.But the bill allows a state that turned down extra federal funds to expand Medicaid under Obama’s statute to count the rejected money in determining how large its block grant will be, analysts say.Grady, Avalere analyst Chris Sloan and others said they were unaware of states other than Wisconsin that would benefit from the provision. This language could mean “potentially hundreds of millions” of extra dollars for Wisconsin, said Grady.In a written statement provided by aides, Johnson said funding formulas to correct “the grossly unfair” distribution of money under Obama’s law needed to be changed “to reflect the unique circumstances of many states, including recognizing the innovative reforms of Wisconsin.”Wisconsin is among 19 states that declined to fully expand Medicaid under Obama’s law, which also provided generous federal reimbursements. Under Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 presidential contender, Wisconsin just partially expanded Medicaid and agreed to accept smaller federal subsidies.The provision in the health care bill applies to states that expanded Medicaid only up to 100 per cent of the federal poverty level and had that expansion in effect this past Sept. 1.Since the bill’s details emerged, health industry and other groups have been lining up against it.The National Association of Medicaid Directors, representing state officials who administer Medicaid, said it is concerned the measure would have damaging consequences on state budgets. Also announcing opposition recently was America’s Health Insurance Plans, a huge health insurers’ trade group, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listingsWeekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Mar. 11-Mar. 15.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAmerican Tower REIT .90 from .84Americold Realty Trust .20 from .1875Applied Materials .21 from .20Danaher Corp .17 from .16Gentex .115 from .11Independent Bank .44 from .38Innovative Ind Properties .45 from .35Och-Ziff Capital Mgmt .23 from .20Owens Realty Mortgage .24 from .20Switch Cl A .0294 from .0147Trinity Industries .17 from .13US Physical Therapy .27 from .23Vail Resorts 1.76 from 1.47Wyndham Destinations .45 from .41SPECIAL DIVIDENDSCapital Southwest .10Ellington Financial .14FBL Financial Group 1.50Goosehead Insurance Cl A .41J.Jill 1.15Scorpio Tankers .10Verisk Analytics .25g- Canadian fundsREDUCED DIVIDENDSArconic .02 from .06Mannatech .125 from .50OTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKDropCar Inc 1 for 6 reverse splitIconix Brand Group Inc 1 for 10 reverse splitOcean Power Technologies 1 for 20 reverse splitReebonz Holding Ltd 1 for 8 reverse splitWipro ADR 4 for 3 splitX4 Pharmaceuticals Inc 1 for 6 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $350 MILLIONAntero Midstream Partners LP – Antero Midstream GP LP (598M)Esterline Technologies Corp – TransDigm Group (4B)Nevsun Resources Ltd – Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd (1.4B)Nutrisystem Inc – Trivity Health Inc (1.3B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEAir Lease Corp 6.15pc pfdNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSFox Corp Cl A and Cl BSTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEGazit-Globe LtdNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSWright Medical GroupCORPORATE NAME CHANGESAntero Midstream GP LP to Antero Midstream CorpArsanis Inc to X4 Pharmaceuticals IncThe Associated Press read more

Former Nicaraguan foreign minister set to be next General Assembly PresidentFormer Nicaraguan foreign minister set to be next General Assembly President

24 March 2008The former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann is likely to become the next President of the General Assembly after the Latin American and Caribbean countries at the United Nations agreed to endorse his candidature, an Assembly spokesperson said today. Ambassador Aura Mahuampi Rodriguez de Ortiz of Venezuela, who serves as the current chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Group of countries (GRULAC) at the UN, sent a letter last week to the current President, Srgjan Kerim, informing him of the group’s decision, the spokesperson told reporters in New York.Under the Assembly principle of regional rotation, the next GA President – who is scheduled to start serving on 16 September this year – should come from one of the countries in GRULAC.In recent years the election of a General Assembly President has been by acclamation, with the last case of a formal vote occurring at the 46th session (1991-92), when there were three declared candidates. Assembly rules and procedures state that a president must be elected at least three months before the new session, which in the case means before 16 June.Mr. D’Escoto Brockmann, 75, served as foreign minister of Nicaragua from July 1979 to April 1990 and in February last year he was appointed special senior adviser, with the rank of minister, for foreign policies and boundary issues to Nicaragua’s current President Daniel Ortega Saavedra. read more

Ontario malls to extend hours to compete with US Black FridayOntario malls to extend hours to compete with US Black Friday

TORONTO — Some of Ontario’s biggest malls are going to be open even longer on Black Friday in the hopes Canadian shoppers will decide to stay in the country.Mall operator Cadillac Fairview Corp. says it will extend the hours at nine of its properties on Nov. 23.The move is part of an effort to keep shoppers at its malls, rather than heading south of the border for the rush of bargains on the day following American Thanksgiving.[np-related]Cadillac Fairview says retailers at its malls also plan to host Black Friday promotions.The Ontario malls participating in the longer hours are Fairview Mall, Sherway Gardens and Shops at Don Mills in Toronto. Also, Fairview Park in Kitchener, Limeridge in Hamilton, Markville in Markham, Masonville in London, and Promenade in Thornhill.Most locations will open their doors at 7 a.m., while the Toronto Eaton Centre will stay open even longer, starting at 6 a.m.The Canadian Press read more

GuineaBissau gaining ground but still at risk of major setbacks says AnnanGuineaBissau gaining ground but still at risk of major setbacks says Annan

“A strong commitment to improve the political climate continued to emerge” during the past three months, Mr. Annan said in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, known as UNOGBIS.He cited progress in the national dialogue process, the efforts of Guinea-Bissau’s two major political parties to heal serious internal divisions and advances in reconciliation efforts within the defence and security forces.But Mr. Annan said the socio-economic situation is dire, with a sharp drop in revenue from the staple cashew nut crop, a poor rice harvest this season and the problem of salary arrears in the public sector combining to exacerbate social tensions.Stressing that the international community must continue to support Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to achieve political stability, the Secretary-General said he planned to revise UNOGBIS’ mandate slightly and extend its operation until the end of next year.UNOGBIS was created in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, emerge from the devastation of a civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.In his report Mr. Annan also called on the international community to give generously during a donors’ round table for Guinea-Bissau in Geneva in early November. read more

BC fishing industry upset over pending announcement of marine protection areaBC fishing industry upset over pending announcement of marine protection area

VANCOUVER – The federal government’s decision to ban all fishing in some marine protected areas off Canada’s west coast threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of Canadians and ignores years of discussions with the fishing industry, says the country’s largest commercial fishermen’s association.Jim McIsaac, the Pacific vice-president of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation, said that an anticipated marine-conservation announcement by the Fisheries Department will hurt jobs and raise seafood prices.“We’ve been sold down the road,” McIsaac said on Wednesday, calling the move both extreme and unnecessary.“We’re more than disappointed,” he added. “These are people’s lives. These are people’s livelihoods.”The federal government is expected to announce on Thursday a 2,000-square-kilometre marine conservation area comprising three sites between Vancouver Island and the archipelago of Haida Gwaii aimed at protecting the region’s sensitive glass-sponge reefs.The B.C. coast is believed to be one of the last remaining homes for glass-sponge reefs, described by the environmental organization Living Oceans as fragile relics of prehistoric times that were thought to have gone extinct before their rediscovery in the late 1980s.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said in Vancouver on Wednesday that the government does not believe imposing fishing restrictions to protect the marine ecosystem is an either/or proposition, adding that it is possible to do so while balancing the interests of industry.“People should be careful before they pull the fire alarm and tell Canadians that, as the government meets the commitments that we made to Canadians, it will necessarily have these devastating economic impacts,” LeBlanc said.“Obviously, that’s not a view we have and we’ll continue to work with the industry to make sure that’s the case.”LeBlanc made the comments after announcing the government’s official endorsement of a marine conservation agreement between federal, provincial and First Nations governments for Canada’s Pacific coast.The government is committed to meeting its target of protecting five per cent of Canada’s marine ecosystem by the end of the year, and 10 per cent by 2020, he added.Only about 1.3 per cent of Canada’s ocean territory was protected when the federal Liberals were elected in late 2015.McIsaac said the government’s conservation announcement will have a “cascading effect” that could hurt workers, including those who crew the more than 50 boats that fish in the area and those involved in processing the catch.The federation had proposed a plan to protect about 1,000 square kilometres of seabed but still allow fishing in the surrounding areas and in the water above the glass-sponge reefs, he said.“From the fishing community’s point of view, fishermen have been working on protecting sponge reefs for considerably longer than the seven years in the marine-protected-area process, McIsaac said.Fishermen brought in a voluntary closure around the reefs in 2000 and endorsed an official closure under the Fisheries Act in 2002, he added.“We’re trying to protect the environment and our jobs, and that doesn’t seem to be on the agenda,” McIsaac said.The federation represents 8,000 fishing industry workers across Canada.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter B.C. fishing industry upset over pending announcement of marine protection area by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2017 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc, right, looks at a boom used to contain oil spills while being given a tour of environmental response equipment by Michael Martens, left, Canadian Coast Guard Acting Senior Environmental Response Officer, after an announcement at the Sea Island Canadian Coast Guard Base, in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Canada’s largest commercial fishermen’s union says the creation of a new marine protection area off British Columbia’s north coast will result in lost jobs and higher prices for seafood. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Womens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at OhioWomens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at Ohio

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not.  When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.” read more

Powell focused on making most of second chancePowell focused on making most of second chance

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMets search for a Diamond on the Cricket Pitch – former international cricket star Kieran Powell gets baseball tryoutJanuary 13, 2016In “Entertainment”CPL Tournament Preview: Leading personalities braced for biggest and best ever CPLJune 26, 2016In “Sports”Underdogs Windies seek to end home drought against PakistanApril 7, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) Kieran Powell is reveling in his second chance at international cricket and says he intends to make the most of it and fight his way back into the Test and Twenty20 squads.Kieran Powell (file photo)The left-hander is part of a West Indies 13-man squad which will take on England in three One-day Internationals starting Friday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here.His selection comes after he returned to regional first class competition last year following a two-year self-imposed break from the game.“Lots of people don’t get an opportunity to play international cricket and I’m having a second opportunity,” the 26-year-old said.“I just need to maximise it and not put myself under any pressure but continue to work hard, that’s the key to it. I’ve been working very hard, I’ve felt like a completely different person to when I just started to play cricket so hopefully this can carry on.”He continued: “Hopefully my performances can push me into the Test and the Twenty20 teams as well but I need to go out and do my best and make sure that I don’t leave that in the hands of others.“I’m not taking anything for granted. Being back in cricket after such a long time, it’s an opportunity and a good privilege. I’m honoured to be here and hopefully I can get some big scores.”Powell forced his way back into the West Indies squad with heavy scoring in the recent Regional Super50 where he amassed 513 runs with three centuries. read more

Second election likely in Italy as Bersani fails to seal grip onSecond election likely in Italy as Bersani fails to seal grip on

first_imgITALIANS ARE LIKELY to have to go to the polls again in the coming weeks to hold a second general election, after votes cast in this week’s ballots failed to conclusively appoint a new government.The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani topped the polls for both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, but the strength of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right movement in key regions has put a roadblock on Bersani’s path to power.Italian law means that the coalition that tops the nationwide poll for the Chamber of Deputies is guaranteed a majority in that house, ensuring that Bersani has a comfortable majority there – even though he scored barely 1 per cent more of the vote than Berlusconi.In the Senate, however, coalitions are given bonus seats depending on the results of regional ballots – meaning that Berlusconi’s victories in key provinces like Sicily and Lombardy, which includes his home city of Milan, meant his coalition is the largest in terms of Senate seats.A further complicating factor is the phenomenal performance of the ‘Five Star Movement’, an apolitical anti-establishment movement led by former TV comedian Beppe Grillo, which is the single largest party in the Chamber and took over a sixth of the Senate.Bersani-Monti alliance falls shortBersani had hoped that he could form a power-sharing administration with the supporters of the outgoing technocratic premier Mario Monti, who registered a new political party to fight the election – but his support failed to materialise, with voters shunning him for introducing unpopular austerity measures.Monti’s movement won just over 10 per cent of votes for the Chamber, and 9 per cent for the Senate – with the later meaning that the Bersani-Monti coalition would have only 125 seats in the Senate, still way short of the 158 needed for a majority.If Grillo’s movement was to ally with Berlusconi, the pair would have 171 Senate seats – easily enough for a majority in the Senate – but would still face Bersani’s legally-guaranteed massive majority in the Chamber.The only prospect that would avert the need for another election is if Grillo and his supporters decided to back a Bersani-Monti partnership – though this could prove difficult to stomach for Italians who voted for the Five Star Alliance simply as a protest vote against the established parties.Nonetheless, Italian state news agency Ansa quoted a spokesman for the Alliance who said the new party would “gather, listen to the network and decide what to do”.The Five Star Alliance chose its parliamentary candidates based on an online primary, and campaigns on a platform that free internet access should be considered a human right – suggesting that the party could canvas its supporters to decide how to respond.Berlusconi, for his part, told Italy’s Channel 5 he did not believe it was “useful” to consider holding a second election.Further complicationsThe elections are further complicated by the forthcoming retirement of the Italian president, Georgio Napolitano, whose seven-year term lapses in May.The Italian presidency is elected by the parliament, but only the President has the power to dissolve the parliament – meaning the new dysfunctional parliament may have to convene and elect a new president whose first task could be to call another election.In the meantime, Mario Monti’s outgoing government remains in place in a caretaker capacity – but its power to legislate is nullified by the absence of parliamentary support, while any sense of a public mandate has been lost by the poor showing of support for Monti in the election.Investors have already acted with unease to the result of the election: the interest rate on a 10-year loan for the Italian government by 0.25 per cent yesterday.Italy would now have to pay 4.85 per cent annual interest on a 10-year loan – up from 4.07 per cent only a month ago.Explainer: Everything you need to know about the Italian electionlast_img read more

This nanny died before her incredible secret photographic talent was revealedThis nanny died before her incredible secret photographic talent was revealed

first_img“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian MaierWHO WAS VIVIAN Maier?She was a nanny. She was unmarried. She often wore anachronistic clothing and was both remarkable and unremarkable.She was born in the USA. Or was it France? She had a French accent. She had a fake accent.She loved children. She had no children. She disliked some children.She was 7ft tall. She was 5ft 9.She was paradoxical and interesting, she was a woman who people knew but who nobody knew.She was one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers.Just who was Vivian Maier? This photograph taken Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at an exhibit of Vivian Maier’s photography at the Chicago Cultural Center, shows a 1984 letter sent to Maier soliciting her services as a nanny in Chicago Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIf the lines above seem like a bundle of contradictions, then a new film about Maier’s life might provide you some answers, but even more questions.Finding Vivian Maier is co-directed by Charlie Siskel and John Maloof. The latter is the young Chicagoan who bought a box of negatives at an auction in 2007 while searching for images for a local history book.Initially, Maloof put them aside, but after scanning some of the negatives, he realised he had some incredible special photographs in his possession.In 2009, the same year Maier died, Maloof posted this link on Flickr, asking what he should do with the images he now owned:The reaction was incredible – it was clear he now owned photos that were not of the usual amateur photographer standard. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHungry for more of Maier’s work, he sought and bought more of her possessions, finding himself the owner of thousands of negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film, as well as numerous books, rumpled hats and shirts, personal tchotchkes, piles of newspapers and letters.In essence, Maloof became the new owner of Maier’s life, and after he discovered she had recently passed away, he could not abandon this new responsibility.In Finding Vivian Maier, we see how this intriguing woman documented her life, venturing into dangerous or poor parts of town, often bringing her reluctant child charges with her.We also realise that Vivian Maier left various and differing impressions on the lives of the people she met. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPiecing together Maier’s story has become Maloof’s life, and he treats this task as sensitively as he can in the film, even when the subject turns quite dark.Maier appears to have been a forthright, passionate but slightly reclusive woman, who was sensitive to injustice and uncompromising about the way she lived her life.The question ‘what was a nanny doing taking photographs?’ – as Maloof asks at the beginning of the film – underlines not only that she stepped out of prescribed gender and societal roles from the 1950s, but that these assumptions still linger on.Maloof is frustrated at what he sees as a refusal of the art world to accept Maier’s posthumously developed work, but at the same time he has been able to exhibit her photos in the United States and Europe.Whether Vivian Maier is ever considered a ‘great’ by those in the higher echelons of the Art world makes no odds when you witness the responses to her work.Technically brilliant, exquisitely framed, whether they were snapshots of downtrodden lives or experimental self-portraits, Maier’s photographs show that she had that rare combination that makes a great photographer.Just as the chemical mix needed in the darkoom has to be 100% correct to develop an image, Maier had a combination of talents that allowed her take such stunning shots.She had the eye, the nose for a good shot and sense of mystery, an empathy for the vulnerable, and a talent for working with light and shadow. In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, John Maloof looks at Vivian Maier’s negatives on a light table at his home in Chicago. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBut, like us all, she wasn’t perfect. This, the documentary makes clear.Some might call it a ‘failing’ that she never appeared to try and bring her work to a wider audience, but only she knows the reason behind that.The rest of us can feel grateful for whatever twist of fate led her to layer and pile her life into the boxes that ended up in the hands of the capable John Maloof. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesYou can see Vivian Maier’s photographs and find out more about her on the website. Finding Vivian Maier is on general release now.Read: On the Wild Side: 10 of the very best images from this year’s wildlife photography awards> Source: VivianMaierFilm/YouTubelast_img read more

Marshadow Is The Newest Mythical Pokemon Being Added InGameMarshadow Is The Newest Mythical Pokemon Being Added InGame

first_imgStay on target If you foolishly thought you knew everything there is to know about Pokemon, you’re going to want to think again. There’s a new mythical Pokemon in town, and its name is Marshadow. The new Pokemon has had the rumor mill up in arms over the last few months. But it’s finally official, and we can finally welcome Marshadow to the world, with a brand new trailer that not only shows Marshadow off but gives you a glimpse at what might be coming in the future for this rare Pokemon.Marshadow won’t be just another average Pokemon, however. The Pokemon Company has already made it very clear that you won’t be able to capture it during normal gameplay. But there aren’t any details just yet on how, exactly, you will be able to add it to your collection. What we do know about Marshadow is that it’s going to be a dual-type fighting and ghost Pokemon that won’t evolve into another Pokemon or evolve from another Pokemon, though it kindles images of Litwick and similar creatures.It does have a special Z-Move, which is the Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, which, according to Bulbapedia “punches and kicks the target consecutively with full force.” Perhaps we’ll see some of that Z-Move on display in the upcoming Pokemon movie that’s scheduled for a July release in Japan, called Pokemon: I Choose You!, as yet unconfirmed for a Western release.Marshadow is an interesting new addition to the Pokemon family, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when it’s finally available for us to check out. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer below for a glimpse at what we might be able to expect from this dark and diminutive Pokemon. Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K last_img read more

Serious crashes on rise in VancouverSerious crashes on rise in Vancouver

first_imgAfter decades of downward progress, the number of fatal and serious injury crashes nationally and statewide are trending upward. The same largely holds true in Vancouver.City officials discussed some of the key findings of a Transportation System Safety Analysis by the city of Vancouver during a presentation to the Vancouver City Council during a workshop Monday.Above all: Vancouver drivers are driving too fast, getting distracted and having trouble safely navigating their way through large intersections; the city’s pedestrians are especially at risk; and there are solutions that can be applied to specific intersections and across the city’s roadways that could improve safety conditions.The city built the report by examining the years 2010 to 2016 with crash data from the Washington State Department of Transportation to build its analysis. They also used crash trend data to compare Vancouver’s crash factors to those included in the state’s strategic highway safety plan, Target Zero. The city then took the data a step further and looked deeper into the data and analyzed crashes at specific intersections and road segments.By the city’s data, the number of crashes has been trending upward since 2013. The number peaked in 2015 with just under 1,600 crashes in the city. In 2016, the figure was somewhat lower, at just over 1,400. No one was injured in those crashes 56 percent of the time.last_img read more

18th District lawmakers host town hall marathon18th District lawmakers host town hall marathon

first_imgIn order to address citizens across the 18th Legislative District before the new session starts Jan. 14, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, and Rep.-elect Larry Hoff hosted a marathon town hall session on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in Ridgefield and ending at 4:30 p.m. in Salmon Creek.The schedule was so jam packed Hoff even got a speeding ticket trying to get between Ridgefield and Battle Ground in a timely fashion.Room after room was packed full and the public came armed with insightful questions about everything from opioids and climate change to mental health, education funding and as many might predict, what’s going on with the Interstate 5 Bridge.Vick said Ridgefield and Camas both focused more on environmental issues, Battle Ground dove into property rights and the railroad and Salmon Creek asked about anything and everything. The Salmon Creek town hall was a first for the 18th Legislative District; usually the stops include just Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Camas. But as Vick noted, Salmon Creek had the best attendance and nearly everyone who stopped by asked it to become a regular occurrence.Rivers said as she marked off her 60th town hall Saturday, she’s looking forward to adding more events to the schedule.“My district is changing, the demographic, the issues that my district cares about is changing significantly,” she said. “I just want to know where my district is at with respect to the myriad of issues so that … I can hear things, I can sort of pluck out and see if I can come up with elegant solutions or compromises.”last_img read more

Wynn Group pulls out of Freeport resort purchaseWynn Group pulls out of Freeport resort purchase

first_img Related Items:#AMResorts, #magneticmedianews, #WynnGroup Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Nassau – All guessing is unnecessary now as the Wynn Group, in an exclusive interview with the Nassau Guardian has announced that it will pull out of the Grand Bahama deal to purchase the three resort strip and is now looking to get its refundable deposit back from owners, Hutchison Whompoa.Wynn is still not saying why they have opted out of the purchase though and are not revealing what was in the agreement, described as a bullet point letter of intent with the PLP Administration in May.    What was said is that while Wynn will work with  any of the resorts to see the revival of the Lucayan Strip, they prefer the #AMResorts which is the largest tour operator in the United States.AMResorts accounts for 20% of bookings within the Caribbean and Mexico and currently has no footprint in The Bahamas.    #WynnGroup, CEO, Paul Wynn shared much in that interview including that they are still interest in Grand Bahama if the Government was interested in revisiting their idea of what must happen on the troubled tourist strip.The Wynn Group is moving onto other business in Nassau; a hotel to come for Goodman’s Bay called, the Kimpton Hotel.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more