Film Scores: Are They Getting Better or Worse?

first_imgWatch as two video essay maestros clash in good fun while arguing the pros and cons of contemporary film scores.Top image via Journal SentinalAfter the recent release of Every Frame a Painting’s excellent breakdown of why current film scores lack the enduring appeal of classics like Star Wars, Dan Golding just released a response video to Tony Zhou’s original piece while posing some new questions about the current state of film scores.The Marvel Symphonic UniverseThe intriguing video above was released a few days ago. It lays out a pretty convincing argument: While the Marvel cinematic universe certainly has many things going for it, memorable film scores are not one of them.While movie classics such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter all have memorable soundtracks that provoke feelings of nostalgia and joy, Marvel seems to be lacking in this department entirely. Shouldn’t these billion-dollar products have a more profound audio impact on audiences? Tony Zhou breaks down the ins and outs of the situation, while explaining how movie soundtracks are produced, copied, and sometimes essentially stolen.By breaking down scenes from Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, Zhou demonstrates how the film scores (or lack thereof) could benefit from a few subtractions or mood changes. The Captain America clip proves especially frustrating after Zhou demonstrates what could have been.Temp MusicThe central focus of the video essay shifts halfway through to temp music. To put it simply, temp music is a score from a previously released film that is placed into the rough edit of the current production before the soundtrack has been composed.This is done to give the composer an idea of what the director wants for the film. This inevitably leads to many scores sounding strikingly similar to those of other movies.The similarities between 300 and Titus are surprising and undeniable and serve to further Zhou’s point of how lazy scoring has become. In a similar vein, while Mad Max: Fury Road’s shredding guitars might have been more the more memorable musical cue, there were still plenty of other sections that recalled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Zhou addresses the problem of composers using temp music and borrowing cues from previously released scores:What changed everything was modern non-linear editing which allowed a director to put their favorite music in the movie and have the editor cut to it. Now the director points to the temp and says ‘make it like that.’We see composers such as Alexandre Desplat explain how directors will watch and listen to the temp track in the edit over and over again until their mind is set — and stuck. Zhou closes his argument by saying that reused scores, temp music, and unmemorable cues stem from the same place — playing  things safe.A Theory of Film MusicNow let’s take a look at Dan Golding’s rebuttal essay in which he states that — even though Zhou’s presumptions are correct — everything is still okay. Although the Star Wars theme is the main focus of Zhou’s intro and overall message, Golding counters with the knowledge that the iconic Star Wars score was never all that original in the first place.Taking cues from films such as 1942’s King’s Row and 1963’s How The West Was Won, Golding explains how even the narrative structure and themes of Star Wars are not at all original. However, the film was still executed creatively and with a unique twist. Calling back to films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, George Lucas had originally intended on using classical pieces for the picture and had to be convinced otherwise. I’d say that was a close call.Image via MGM StudiosGolding goes on to discuss legendary contemporary composer Hans Zimmer. Zimmer changed the game of scoring films and pioneered the way computers are utilized in the process. The director could hear the music as it was being produced/composed and make changes or be more involved with the process, all while editing the film at the same time. This workflow was groundbreaking and many composers have followed suit.In a more traditional light, Golding talks about John Williams process for scoring Star Wars and the difficult nature of recording scores back in the day. For example, because it was so expensive to pay all the artists to come in and record, everything had to be meticulously planned out — and once the score was composed, the film could not be edited anymore. This is a fairly crazy notion, given how many changes contemporary films go through before hitting the silver screen.A key component to today’s approach is the cheap price that comes with this method. Hans Zimmer explains that, by using computers, he is able to personally touch every note in the score himself. By doing this,“you end up creating a landscape of sound rather than melodies and harmonies.”Marvels music isn’t hummable. Each film has a musical landscape, but they’re different not through melody, but through texture. This is the impact of digital technology on film music…. So are we living in an era where composers are told to play it safe? To copy temp tracks? Yes, most of that isn’t new. Remember, Hollywood film music isn’t about originality. It’s about new ways of working with proven formulas, and digital technology has changed that hugely. It’s creative unoriginality for our era of Hollywood.And, hey. If you find yourself in need of some epic, cinematic music for your next film score (and you don’t have that Hans Zimmer money), PremiumBeat’s got you covered.What do you think? Have soundtracks gotten better or worse? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Hold Assembly polls in J&K: CPI(M)

first_imgSenior CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami on Friday said the Centre’s decision to extend President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months had “deprived the people here of a democratically elected government for the last more than one year.”“In the absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the State is deepening day-by-day and dissatisfaction among a large section of people is increasing. Only effective response to this situation would have been to hold early Assembly polls as there is no justification to delay it, neither political nor constitutional,” said Mr. Tarigami.Rajnath’s promiseHe said not holding Assembly elections on time and not having an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir was not in the interests of the country. “Last year in December, then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament had said that the Centre was ready to hold Assembly polls in the State. What happened to those promises?“If elections to urban local bodies, panchayats and the Lok Sabha were held, what is the logic in deferring Assembly polls which are due since last November when the Assembly was dissolved by the Governor? An elected government’s rule is any day better than Governor’s rule and bureaucratic rule,” Mr. Tarigami said.‘BJP responsible’He said the overall situation was very bad in Kashmir. “The first responsibility for this is with the BJP because they hold power in Delhi and are directly ruling the State for more than a year. They should without any further delay recommend to the Election Commission to announce Assembly polls,” he added.last_img read more

Three fined for stealing lotuses

first_imgA kangaroo court in western Assam’s Barpeta district made three people cough up ₹15,000 for stealing lotuses from a wetland.One of Assam’s prime wetlands, with 39 species of indigenous fish, the 91-hectare Kapla Beel has been a major source of income for the villages around it. The wetland is also known for its lotuses that the villagers protect.But the lotuses – as buds or in bloom – kept vanishing for a week before Durga Puja. The villagers formed a vigilante group and on October 4 caught three people from a neighbouring village under Sarthebari police station. The men were let go but on the condition they face a kangaroo court comprising elders of the two biggest villages adjoining the wetland. A couple of days ago, the court decided to penalise the three with a fine of ₹5,000 each for stealing the aquatic flowers. “We did not intervene as the trial did not involve any physical assault or violation of law. The three were flower traders and had been harvesting the lotuses without permission from the stakeholders,” a local police officer said.last_img read more

Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilas

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side READ: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas PilipinasAnd in Gilas’ tiff against Qatar on Sunday, Filipino fans took their admiration to the next level as they rallied behind their team even after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs per Fiba.com, more than 2,000 fans came out to meet Gilas in its 80-74 win over Qatar. The victory put the squad on top of Group B with a 3-0 record with wins over defending champion China and Iraq.Photo from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.com Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Filipinos sure know how to show their all-out support to their beloved national basketball team.The Philippine team has been the biggest draw of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the number of fans in attendance at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon appears to be growing every time Gilas hits the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

Injury scare for Tendulkar, hit at helmet

first_imgThe Indian cricket team suffered an injury scare as Sachin Tendulkar escaped unhurt after he was hit on the helmet by a rising delivery from fast bowler Umesh Yadav during pre-series training at coach Gary Kirsten’s academy in Cape Town.A delivery from the uncapped right-arm paceman caught Tendulkar by surprise as it hit the left side of his helmet as he ducked, expecting the ball to rear up higher and pass overhead during the morning training session at Claremont Cricket Club last evening.Tendulkar, who was among the second batch of players who reached here, took the very audible whack with great calmness, even as colleagues in both his and the other nets swiftly turned heads out of concern for his well-being.The 37-year-old veteran of 174 Tests simply stooped a little, removed the helmet and inspected it, while Yadav rushed in but heaved a sigh of relief after laying his hands on Tendulkar’s head which apparently did not have any signs of taking the blow.Tendulkar then carried on serenely as if nothing had happened and shortly afterwards S Sreesanth sent him a shortish ball that barely climbed knee height, which caused some amusement.He was batting on a strip which was with some up-and-down sort of bounce apparently prepared by Kirsten as part of preparations for the three-match Tests series against South Africa starting at Centurion on December 16.”You can’t control these sorts of situations in a net environment. It even happens in India; guys get hit on the glove and so on. You just have to hope nothing too serious occurs,” said Kirsten afterwards of Tendulkar’s minor scare.advertisement”Interestingly enough the one net here is pretty flat and low and the other is going around a bit. The guys wanted to use the one that was more (spicy). I’m pretty excited about that; we’ll use the one that?s going around a bit again tomorrow,” he said.Kirsten wanted to simulate the South African pitch conditions as best as possible as India are not having any warm-up game before the Test series.The Indian squad will reach Centurion on Monday.last_img read more

Sri Lanka name uncapped Malinda Pushpakumara in Galle Test squad

first_imgSri Lanka have named uncapped left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara in their squad for the first Test against India beginning at Galle on Wednesday.Batting all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva and paceman Nuwan Pradeep return to the 15-man squad, which is to be led by veteran spinner Rangana Herath as regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal continues his recovery from pneumonia.While Pushpakumara has not had a chance at international level yet, the canny 30-year-old spinner will hope to step out of Herath’s shadow if he is given the nod to face India, the world’s top ranked test side.Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan and paceman Dushmantha Chameera have been dropped from the squad who beat Zimbabwe in the one-off Test in Colombo earlier this month.Colombo hosts the second Test from August 3 while the third and final match is scheduled at Pallekele from August 12.Sri Lanka squad: Rangana Herath (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeeplast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Lukaku demands more from Belgium after Tunisia win

first_imgRomelu Lukaku was a modest man despite Belgium’s 5-2 thrashing of Panama on Saturday at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.With two thumping three-goal wins over Panama and Tunisia in their two Group G fixtures so far, Belgium became the fifth team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16s but the the big man feels that Belgium need to improve further and that will be their goal against England.”We can still do better. It is important we did better than in the previous match. That is what we did. Against England we still have to do better,” said the striker.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAlready by far Belgium’s top scorer in all international competitions with 40, at just 25 Lukaku is carrying high hopes that he is the final piece in a jigsaw — providing the clinical finish that intricate build-up play from the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne has provided in recent years. But, he is not ready to take credit for his impressive run and feels that all the attackers were good and played a part in the win.”Today all the offensive players were able to bring something and the defenders were there too. As a team we keep improving,” he said,With four goals from two matches now, the Manchester United forward is now the joint top scorer in this year’s World Cup along with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in his first match against Spain and then netted the winner against Morocco while the Belgian has scored two each against Panama and Tunisia. On Saturday, he had the chance to score a hat-trick but his stay on the pitch was cut short due to a niggling heel injury he picked up during the match and was subbed off after on the hour mark.World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku equals Diego Maradona’s 32-year-old recordadvertisement Lukaku picked up an injury during the match against Tunisia (AP Photo)But, he has no regrets and said that it is nothing serious but a regular check will be one soon.”I could have gone off right away but I wanted to push it. We’ll see with the physio tomorrow.”Lukaku has started the World Cup from where he left off for Manchester United in the Premier League. Having scored 27 goals for United after making his move from Everton, the Belgian was coming to the World Cup high on confidence and he has only got better in every aspect. And, his national manager Roberto Martinez was all praise for him.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”It’s not easy to score that amount of goals in two games,” said Belgium coach Martinez following their 3-0 opening win over Panama.It remains to be seen if he starts against England on Thursday but if he does, the English defence will have a task on their hand in keeping Rom quiet.last_img read more

Virat Kohli did not boast to Tim Paine: BCCI refutes rumours

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday rubbished media reports in Australia which claimed that captain Virat Kohli bragged about being the best batsman in the world while ridiculing Tim Paine during the second Test in Perth.The two captains were consistently involved in banter during the match but both insisted that no line was crossed. Reports in Australia claimed that the world’s No.1 Test and ODI batsman boasted about being the best in the business during the showdowns.The BCCI came out in support of Kohli, saying the statement attributed to Kohli was just hearsay and he never bragged about himself.”It is ‘assumed’ that Kohli said, ‘I am the best player in the world and you are just a stand-in captain’. These claims were based on hearsay and the BCCI would like to bring into notice that no such words were spoken on the field by the Indian captain,” BCCI said in a statement.”The BCCI got a clarification from the team management about the incident and would like to classify the reports as baseless.”With the banter reported by the media on the last two days of the match, Kohli faced questions on the issue but he said no one crossed the line.”As long as there is no swearing on the field, and there’s no personal attacks, the line doesn’t get crossed. That’s it!. But look, in competitive spirit it stays on the field. I am not going to go into details but to be honest it’s not of importance for me to speak on and it’s something that’s done,” Kohli said after India lost the Test by 146 runs.advertisementPaine also insisted that things never went out of hand.”It was a highly competitive Test match from both teams. There’s a lot on the line and both teams desperately want to win and sometimes that stuff happens” Paine said during the post-match press conference.”It was just two competitive cricketers trying to do their best to win the game,” Paine said.last_img read more

Huawei Y9 (2019) brings a 6.5-inch display, dual front cameras at Rs 15,990

first_imgHuawei on Thursday launched its first smartphone in 2019 in India. The Huawei Y9 (2019) is now official in the country an it brings some unique features to the mid-range segment. For one thing, the phone touts a large 6.5-inch display and packs an equally large 4,000mAh battery. It also gets a total of four camera, two on the front on two on the back. The Huawei Y9 (2019) is a phone designed for the youth as it comes in some attractive colour options.The Huawei Y9 (2019) is an Amazon exclusive product and it will be available on the e-commerce platform starting January 15, 2019. The new Huawei Y9 is a mid-range smartphone that is priced at Rs 15,990. The company is also offering a pair of Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth headphones for free on purchasing the device. There is only one variant of the phone which comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.Huawei Y9 (2019) specificationsThe Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) FullView display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The front fascia is mostly all display barring a notch on top and a chin. The notch is slightly wide and it houses dual front-facing cameras. It also gets a 3D arc design on the back with a glass finish that adds a touch of premium and in-hand comfort. The phone has been launched in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue colours. Powering the new Y9 is a 2.2Ghz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone is offered with 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability via a microSD card. The phone also comes equipped with GPU Turbo that boosts the performance while playing games to reduce jitter rate and lag. The Huawei Y9 unfortunately ships with Android Oreo with EMUI 8 on top instead of Android Pie with EMUI 9.advertisementThe Huawei Y9 (2019) also houses a large 4,000mAh battery that promises to deliver all-day battery life with promising standby time thanks to AI power saving features. The company promises 52 hours of voice calling, 9 hours of game play or 9 hours of media playback on a single charge.The Huawei Y9 (2019) gets dual AI cameras on the front and back. Up front, the phone gets a 16MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 2MP secondary sensor for depth sensing. On the back, there is a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2MP secondary camera. Both the front and rear cameras support portrait mode and AI scene recognition. The handset supports two Nano SIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD card.ALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?ALSO READ | Huawei P30 may surprisingly come with a headphone jack, renders suggestALSO READ | Honor View 20 with 25MP front camera set to launch in India on January 29<br />last_img read more

Throne Watches Are Ridiculously Beautiful

first_img Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. 1. Throne Watches 1.5 2. Throne Watches 1.5 4. Throne Watches 1.5 5. Throne Watches 1.5 6. Throne Watches 1.5 7. Throne Watches 1.5 The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier center_img It’s okay to stare—the watches in the second collection from Brooklyn based design company Throne are undeniably vintage-money-slick sexy. They’ve dubbed this set, their “1.5 watches,” and each are handcrafted in the U.S. with the design process in Throne’s Williamsburg studio. Every timepiece is equipped with an upgraded Swiss Ronda 1009 movement that includes date function, an intricately designed sub dial, and of course, the standards that made the 1.0 such a success. The 1.5 face is clean and modern but still speaks to the minimal, vintage watches that have inspired the Throne team from the beginning, and is set perfectly into a 40mm stainless steel case and adorned with an antireflective coated Sapphire crystal. As with Throne Watches’ first collection, you can customize the watches by choosing from an selection of wristbands on the Throne website. Along, with the standard 1.5 watches, Throne Watches is also introducing a capsule collection for the launch based on the three cities the founders grew up in. The “Los Angeles” watch face comes in a shimmering gold reminiscent of the California sun and shine of Hollywood past. The “Brooklyn” watch face is a bold black combining ideas of Gotham nights and present day street wear trends. And the “Boston” is a vibrant green showcasing the city’s Irish roots and historic love for the Celtics. All of the new 1.5 Collection are available on ThroneWatches.com and select boutiques worldwide. The standard collection will retail for $500 and the city watch collection at $550. Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kitslast_img read more

Contract Signed for Refurbishing of St. Catherine Parish Court

first_imgThe St. Catherine Parish Court (Spanish Town) is to be refurbished at a cost of $43 million.The contract for the undertaking was signed on Thursday (July 19) during the quarterly press briefing at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew.SM Quality Construction will undertake the project, which is expected to get under way shortly and be completed over a four-month period.Building Project Consultant at the Justice Ministry, Vivian Gordon, said that renovations will be extensive.“We are changing windows, redoing the floors, we are painting, and we are upgrading plumbing and electrical services in the building,” he informed.“We have many areas in the building that we have to look at in terms of the type and quality of the finishes, and all of those things will be addressed by the refurbishing,” Mr. Gordon added.last_img read more

Mental Health and Addictions Community Grants Available

first_imgA new community grant program will help organizations that support people living with mental illness and addictions issues in the province. The Mental Health and Addictions Community Grants are new grants through the province’s recently released mental health and addictions strategy Together We Can. “This is just one of many initiatives to come from our mental health and addictions strategy,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Helping those living with mental illness, substance use and gambling problems is an important investment that ensures they get the community help and support they need.” Funding grants are available for community organizations interested in programs for: children and youth aboriginal and diverse communities mental health and addictions promotion community supports reducing stigma and discrimination persons with disabilities the workplace substance use and gambling Funding will range from $25,000 to $100,000, with an overall budget for 2012-13 of $500,000. Online applications for the grants will be accepted until Dec. 7. For more information and applications, visit http://novascotia.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-addiction-strategy.asp .last_img read more

The Annual Festival of Gnaoua Celebrates its 21st Anniversary

By Intissar FaouziRabat-The 21st Gnaoua World Music Festival will kick off on Thursday, June 21, and run through Saturday, June 23,  in the Atlantic coastal city of Essaouira.If Essaouira becomes a leading tourism destination in Morocco, it will undoubtedly be thanks to the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which brings together a mixture of Moroccans, other Africans, and tourists from all over the world. What is Gnaoua music?Gnaoua music is a historic style of African spiritual music and rhythms; it is handed down from formerly enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural community and created a special style to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.The music combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing; it is closely attached to a prayer whose lyrics tell stories about the sensitive subject of their past slavery.It is also believed that Gnaoua music can be used as a spiritual medicine to heal people possessed by a spirits.The name Gnaoua is derived from Guinea, a place known for its slave trade, especially in the 11th century.Gnaoua music is characterized by percussion and string instruments. The large iron castanets known as “krakeb” and the three-stringed lute called “gimbri” are the essence of Gnaoua music.The African heritage is clearly reflected in the dances and the garments the singers wear.The festival’s historyThis unique musical event in Morocco began in 1998. Its purpose is to connect people with music and to allow listeners to forget life’s reality for a moment and indulge in spirituality.“Since the birth of the festival, its unique character has given it a place of choice in cultural events that have confirmed to the world that Africa is more than ever a land of dialogue and creation,” said Neila Tazi, the director of the festival.The Gnaoua festival attracts an audience of 500,000 visitors each year. It offers a varied program to celebrate the Gnaoua heritage and to invite the best global jazz artists to come and perform in Essaouira.At the festival, the singers, called maâlems, begin to chant in Arabic or Gnaoui. The message is usually spiritual.The 2018 festivalAccording to a statement issued by the organizers, the opening ceremony will feature Snarky Puppy, a powerful Brooklyn jazz band known for combining jazz with rock.The band, led by guitarist Michael Leigh and pianist Bill Lawrence, will perform two concerts in the festival.Also performing at the opening ceremony will be celebrated Hamid El Kasri, the most famous Gnaoua singer, who has admirably made Gnaoua music a multidimensional musical world.In the festival’s 21st appearance, women and Africa will be in the spotlight. When Mâalem Hamid El Kasri will share the stage with the American group Snarky Puppy, Fatoumata Diawara and Asma Hamzaoui will also take the stage to dance.In addition to Dar Loubane,  Zaouia Sidna Bilal, and Issaoua, concerts will be held at the big stage of the square, which will welcome the group Hoba Hoba Spirit. The Borj Bab Marrakech opens its terrace to Mokhtar Gania, Africa Gnawa Soul, and  Mâalem Omar Hayat, as well as many other Moroccan and international artists.Morocco today is considered the epicenter of Gnaoua music, which preserves the heritage and culture of both Morocco and Africa. read more

Business Highlights

___US delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjustWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying some restrictions on technology sales to Chinese powerhouse Huawei. The U.S. says it’s to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment. Still in place are requirements that government licenses be obtained for any sales to Huawei unrelated to existing equipment. The Trump administration insists the sanctions are unrelated to its trade war with China.___US home sales fell 0.4% in April amid limited supplyWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales slipped 0.4% in April, as would-be homebuyers face affordability challenges and a limited supply of starter houses. The National Association of Realtors says that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million last month, down from 5.21 million in March. Despite the solid job market and lower mortgage rates, sales have tumbled 4.4% from a year ago.___Department stores woes reflected in latest batch of resultsNEW YORK (AP) —The outlook for department stores grew murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Nordstrom reported fiscal first quarter results that reflected their struggles at the start of the year. Penney reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines. Kohl’s sales momentum took a pause in the period, and it cut its fiscal 2020 profit outlook as its sales slumped. Upscale Nordstrom reported a first quarter sales drop and cut its annual sales forecast.___‘Medicare for All’s’ rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nationsWASHINGTON (AP) — The “Medicare for All” plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more generous than what’s offered in other advanced countries. The plan by Sen. Bernie Sanders would charge no copays or deductibles for medical care, allowing only limited cost-sharing for certain prescription drugs. Policy experts say the benefits may be needed to persuade Americans they would be better off in a new government plan. But the plan is a punching bag for Republicans trying to tag Democrats as “socialists.”___Tesla reduces prices on Models S and X amid stock slumpDETROIT (AP) — Faced with a slumping stock price and questions about demand for its vehicles, Tesla has lowered the U.S. base prices of its two most expensive models. The company on Monday cut $3,000 from the price of the Model S sedan and $2,000 from the Model X SUV.___Detroit OKs land deals, jobs plan for Fiat Chrysler plantDETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler can move forward with plans to build a new, $1.6 million assembly plant on Detroit’s eastside and invest $900 million to retool and modernize another. The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved land deals and community benefits agreements tied to the project. They include a four-week exclusive window Detroit residents will have to apply for jobs at the facilities once laid-off workers and temporary employees are considered. Fiat Chrysler expects to add 4,950 new jobs.___Speedy reactor cleanups may carry both risks and rewardsPLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual – eight years instead of 60, in some cases. That is a completely new approach to decommissioning nuclear plants in the United States. Some regulators, activists and others question whether the rapid timetables are safe.___Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring systemBOSTON (AP) — The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it’s seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track right whales. The company says the system will help ensure speed restrictions and other marine safety protections are followed. It’s also expected to benefit whale researchers and others.___California Senate OKs bill creating special pot banksSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country’s largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow people to start banks and credit unions that could accept cash deposits from marijuana retailers. Those banks could issue special checks that could only be used to pay taxes and other specific expenses.___Tech rebound powers US stocks higher, snaps 2-day S&P slumpNEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies helped power stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak. The rally followed the U.S. government’s decision to temporarily ease off proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies. The news gave a boost to chipmakers and other technology stocks, which took steep losses a day earlier when the Trump administration announced the restrictions.___The S&P 500 index rose 24.13 points, or 0.9%, to 2,864.36. The Dow gained 197.43 points, or 0.8%, to 25,877.33. The technology heavy Nasdaq composite climbed 83.35 points, or 1.1%, to 7,785.72. The Russell 2000 index of small companies picked up 20.28 points, or 1.3%, to 1,545.25.The Associated Press read more

QuickList August inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in August, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Prince Edward Island: 2.3 (1.8)— Nova Scotia: 1.1 (0.9)— New Brunswick: 1.8 (1.4)— Quebec: 1.1 (0.9)— Ontario: 1.5 (1.2)— Manitoba: 0.9 (0.9)— Saskatchewan: 1.7 (0.8)— Alberta: 1.1 (1.0)— British Columbia: 2.0 (1.9)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)

ExMaldives President Nasheed arrested

Earlier today the Maldivian Democratic Party, in a statement, said it was deeply disturbed and worried by the court warrant issued to arrest the Party’s Presidential Candidate and the Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, and produce him to a widely disputed court. Maldivian opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed was arrested on Monday following a court order.The Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) said that Nasheed was arrested and taken away by the police while he was taking part in a political rally on an island. “He was arrested today right n front of our eyes,” MDP activist Shauna Aminath told the Colombo Gazette. The court order was issued by the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on 7 October, Sunday, while Nasheed had appealed the legality of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court with the High Court on Sunday and the appeal process has not yet been exhausted.“We are currently on presidential campaign trail by boats in the Southern atolls. This trip has been organized for months and immediately after the dates of the trip were announced, the courts decided to summon our candidate to a court that is unlawfully established. Leading experts and lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of this court” MDP spokesperson for international affairs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said. Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

Mobile brothel busted in Mount

A mobile brothel was busted in the Mount Lavinia area, the police media unit said today.The police said that a car used for the transportation of women for prostitution was seized near the ‘Lobster Hotel’ in Mount Lavinia. A man involved in the operation as well as three women used as prostitutes were arrested.The three women are residents of Kandy, Madampe and Balapitiya, the police media unit said. The suspects have been placed under report on a court order while further investigations continue. (Colombo Gazette)

Civic holiday closures

Government offices, libraries, banks, and many child care centres will be closed Monday for the civic holiday.There will be no mail delivery and in most areas, garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by a day all week. Electricity will be at the off-peak rate all day monday.The HSR and TTC will operate on a holiday schedule, while Go Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule, which includes running trains to niagara falls.Many malls, grocery stores, and liquor and beer stores will be open. However, they may have shorter hours.