Conservatives call for emergency meeting after PMO SNCLavalin report

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal opposition is calling for an emergency committee meeting to investigate allegations the Prime Minister’s Office may have tried to politically interfere with criminal proceedings against Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the explanations from the prime minister and his team in the wake of the allegations, reported in the Globe and Mail, simply aren’t good enough.That’s why he says his party will request an emergency Justice Committee Meeting to call witnesses and get answers.“This matter strikes at the very heart of our rule of law and calls into serious question the ethics and conduct of those at the highest level,” he said.Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer says his party is exploring legal avenues if Liberals try to block an attempt to launch a Justice committee investigation #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019He is also warning the Liberals not to block the efforts for a meeting.“If the Liberals vote this down, it is quite clear that there is a cover up going on,” he added.The Conservatives want to call witnesses such as former Justice Minister @Puglaas, current Justice Minister @DavidLametti, and top PMO Officials. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019Scheer says he supports an NDP call for an investigation, noting the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a criminal investigation.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner if, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists, the allegations are not true.“All this cries out for some serious investigation,” Singh said in a telephone interview with the Canadian Press. “At the end of the day, Canadians deserve to have a government on their side, on the side of justice, not on the side of a multinational corporation.”The New Democrats have since officially requested an investigation from the Ethic’s Commissioner.He noted the timeline of events is suspicious.SNC-Lavalin was charged in 2015 by the RCMP and openly called for a remediation agreement to avoid damaging the company, a major employer in Quebec. After lobbying by the company of government officials, including those in the PMO, the government included in its 2018 budget a Criminal Code amendment to allow such agreements to be negotiated in cases of corporate crime, as is done in the United States and the United Kingdom.The Globe reports top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop criminal prosecution against the company.In a brief statement to the media, Wilson-Raybould — who is now the Veterans Affairs Minister — says she can’t discuss the matter because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege.Meantime, the parliamentary secretary to justice has offered the most sweeping denial yet from the Trudeau government.“At no point has the current minister of justice, or the former minister of justice, been pressured or directed,” Arif Virani said.NEW: Former Justice Minister @Puglaas has released a short statement on the SNC/PMO influence story. “As the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter.” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Seizure and Arrests

first_imgDuring the investigation, four adult males and three adult females were arrested.All seven persons were released without charge at this time, pending further investigation and charge approval from the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada.In a release, the RCMP say this is a significant disruption to drug trafficking in the community.  The Prince George RCMP is committed to enforcement and prevention initiatives that combat the possession and sale of drugs in the community.If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit with theassistance of the North District RCMP’s Emergency Response Team, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence on Isle Pierre Road, approximately 30 kilometres west of Prince George on Wednesday, November 21.Police say approximately 1.5 kilograms of what they believe to be methamphetamine and 1 kilogram of what they think to be cocaine was located in the residence along with cash, drug trafficking paraphernalia and a loaded firearm.The street value of the drugs was estimated to be more than $50,000.last_img read more

US jury tells JJ to pay 29 mn in talc cancer trial

first_imgCalifornia: A California jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in the company’s talcum-powder-based products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, caused her mesothelioma. The verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, marks the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate, which faces more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. J&J said it was disappointed with the verdict and would appeal, citing “serious procedural and evidentiary errors” in the course of the trial. The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company denies that its talc causes cancer, saying numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its talc is safe and asbestos-free.last_img

SC asks EC to decide by May 6 complaints against PM Modi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday directed the Election Commission to decide by May 6 nine complaints of the Congress party alleging MCC violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.The poll panel told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it has already decided on two out of the 11 complaints which were filed by the Congress party against Modi and Shah for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Senior advocate, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Congress Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev, who has filed a petition in the apex court on the issue, said that they had given 11 representations to EC against the duo, but it has decided on only two. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”The Election Commission shall decide the remaining representations of the petitioners before we hear the matter again on Monday (May 6),” said the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The poll panel has given a clean chit to PM Modi for three of his speeches. In her plea, Dev has alleged that “inaction” by EC on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” as also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of the electoral process. It has been alleged that BJP leaders have been violating MCC during the last four weeks and the EC has not taken any decisions on as many as 40 complaints of Congress party. In a related development, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks, tagging BJP chief Amit Shah a murder-accused at an election campaign, was not a violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), the Election Commission said here on Thursday. See P7last_img read more

MEA refuses to share details on extradition of Mallya Nirav Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has refused to share details on the extradition of fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, citing an RTI clause that bars disclosure of information which would “impede the process of prosecution of offenders”.In a reply to an RTI query, it said requests for extradition of Mallya and Modi have been sent to the UK government. “They are under the consideration of the concerned UK authorities. Copy of communications in this regard may not be provided under Section 8 (1) (h) of Right to Information (RTI) Act,” the ministry said in response to the application filed by this PTI journalist. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe section bars disclosure of “information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders”. Embattled liquor tycoon Mallya is out on bail in the UK. The former Kingfisher Airlines’ boss is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore. India’s request to extradite Mallya was approved by UK home secretary in February this year. He has appealed against his extradition order, a hearing for which is now scheduled in the UK High Court on July 2. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadFugitive diamontaire Nirav Modi is also contesting extradition proceedings in London. He has been denied bail for the third time in his extradition case to India to face charges in the Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case amounting to up to USD 2 billion and will continue to be lodged in a London jail described by his lawyers as “unliveable”. He has been lodged in the prison since his arrest in March this year. India’s investigating agencies — the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) — are looking into these high profile corruption cases involving Mallya and Modi. In a reply to another RTI query, the Ministry of External Affairs said 132 extradition requests were forwarded to foreign governments in the last four years. “Details may not be provided under Section 8 (1) (h) of RTI Act,” it said, when asked to provide details of offenders and copy of communications to the foreign governments.last_img read more

Youngster Leon Bailey extends contract with Leverkusen

first_imgThe Jamaican star will stay with Bayer until the 2023 season after having a remarkable 2017-2018 Bundesliga seasonAfter scoring nine goals and claiming six assists in the 2017-2018 Bundesliga season, youngster Leon Bailey has extended his contract with Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old Jamaican winger was reported by the official Bundesliga website as having signed a new contract up to 2023.“This contract extension is a show of appreciation for the support I’ve had and I’ve always said how happy I feel here in Leverkusen,” Bailey said.“We can achieve a lot with this young team. My goal is to repay the trust shown in me with good performances and consistent development.”The Jamaican started his professional career with Genk in Belgium.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.There, he appeared for 56 matches, scoring eight goals.He has been called up to Jamaica’s U23 squad on one occasion, but his performances should land him a place at the senior national team soon.It’s a great honor to receive “ the best new comer of the season 2017/2018”, thanks to my supporters, family, teammates, coaches and most importantly @bayer04fussball. Looking forward to the 2018/2019 season. ⚽️??? #LB9 #B04 #GodIsInControl— Leon Bailey ✞ (@leonbailey) August 10, 2018last_img read more

City plan Neves swoop

first_imgManchester City are preparing an offer to bring Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves to the Etihad, according to Manchester Evening News.City manager Pep Guardiola is believed to be a fan of the highly rated midfielder and the club are considering a £60million offer for his services.Neves made an interesting start to life in England last season, picking up the player of the year award in the Sky Bet Championship while also guiding Wolves to the title, which meant they would be playing Premier League football this season.City are looking for midfield reinforcements after failing to sign Jorginho from Napoli this summer, as the player opted to join former manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.Reports in the English press says the player would cost any potential buyer around £60million and Pep believes the player could play in the defensive midfield role.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Neves was in inspired form in the opening weekend of the Premier League, scoring one while providing another as Wolves played out a 2-2 draw against Everton at the Molineux.The Portuguese international is under contract at Wolves until 2023 and has Jorge Mendes as his agent, who also represents City players Ederson and Bernardo Silva.Last month, he spoke of his admiration for Pep Guardiola and said he was most looking forward to visiting the Etihad this season, of all the stadiums in the Premier League.City are also keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund Julian Weigl should they fail to sign Neves in January but the German midfielder would cost the Citizens in the region of £68million.last_img read more

Bocas Almendra likely to end up in Inter

first_imgBoca Juniors President Daniel Angelici believes Inter Milan has the upper hand over Napoli in the pursuit of Agustin AlmendraAlmendra who will turn 19 next month has only recently broken into the Boca first team.“Almendra has a €30m release clause and has just signed a new contract, so we’re waiting for him to return from the Under-20 South American competition,” Angelici told Radio La Red via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“As part of their proposal, Inter said they are prepared to leave Almendra here for two years, so we could talk about that. However, we have no need to sell.”According to reports on Sunday, Inter’s offer was worth €15m and the chance to keep Almendra on loan at Boca until December 2019, but it seems to be an even longer gestation period.Inter who were relegated to the Europa League from the group stages of the Champions League will be aiming to win the competition when it resumes next month.last_img read more

Home Lost In Clam Gulch Fire No Injuries Reported

first_imgThe Division of Forestry and Ninilchik Emergency Services responded with mutual aid to the fire. Dobson was the last one on scene with CES crews at 5:20pm when the fire was under control and crews with DOF began to mop the wildland areas that had burned. According to Dave LaForest, the American Red Cross of the Kenai Peninsula provided immediate needs and lodging assistance to the displaced family and will help the family on their road to recovery Updates will be posted as they are made available. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Brooke Dobson, Fire Marshal with CES: “The call came in at 1:08pm. There were no occupants inside the structure. The structure was reported as entirely engulfed by the time dispatch was notified. By the time we got on scene it had collapsed and the fire had spread to the wildland.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 05:46 amA single family home was declared a total loss after a structure fire in Clam Gulch on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured, according to Central Emergency Services. Photo credit: Joe Vigil KTVA 11last_img read more

Stream Watch Taking Trash And Turning It Into Treasures

first_imgStream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who have spent 25 years making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. So far this summer volunteers have collected over 85 pounds of fishing line from areas around the Kenai Peninsula.Tilley: “Another cool thing we have been doing with the line this year is a sculptor at KPC made a salmon sculpture that we have been filling with the line we’ve collected so far this year. It was at the Kenai River Festival, and it will be at Salmon Fest this  weekend.” Tatiana Tilley with Stream Watch: “Part of what we do is collect trash and fishing line from sites across the Kenai, so those being ‘high use’ fishing areas. When we collect the line we clean it, remove all the lures and hooks, and then it gets sent to a recycling plan in Iowa and then it’s made into park benches and things for fish habitats.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In the last five years volunteers with Stream Watch has collected over 525 pounds of used fishing line from river banks and beaches across the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 15, 2018:Full-Time Educational Assistant (Special Education) at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Site Coordinator Apprentice at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramPart-Time Group Leaders at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramFull-Time Installation Coordinator at SunRunFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Warehouse Associate at Vivint SolarFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at Vivint SolarFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Merchandise Handler (First Shift) at Crate & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Furniture Shop Deluxer (First Shift) at Carte & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Field Analyst at SymboticFull-Time Marketing Services Associate at Charles River LabsFull-Time Communication & Brand Coordinator (Global Graduate Program) at OSRAM SylvaniaPart-Time Cashier at K1 SpeedPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Treasury Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Global Alliance Sales Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Manager at D.B. RobertsFull-Time (Commission) Field Sales Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Store Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Product Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Software Engineering Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Price Accuracy Team Member at TargetPart-Time Merchandiser at Lawrence MerchandisingFull-Time Software Application Support Rep at LoadSpringFull-Time/Part-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Merchandiser Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Accounts Receivable and Cash Applications Specialist at AMETEK, Inc.Full-Time Market Research Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director Marketing (Global Discovery) at Charles River LabsPart-Time Office Manager at Group 5 POSFull-Time Elementary Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolFull-Time Customer On-Boarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Key Account Executive at AmetrosFull-Time Custom Account Coordinator at RocheFull-Time Sales Operations Consultant at RocheFull-Time Disaster Restoration Crew Chief & Technician at ServiceMaster Disaster Associates, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Retail Project Merchandiser via Advanced SolutionsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Retail Merchandiser at HallmarkSubstitue Teachers, Educational Assistant, LPN & Nurses at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Audio Visual Project Manager at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Audio Visual Field Technician at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Analytic Mechanical Design Engineer at SolidusFull-Time Licensed Technician at TeslaFull-Time Driver via Express Employment ProfessionalsFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Nirmala Sitharamans major challenge ahead How to widen income tax net

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam in her maiden budget speech pondered the miniscule number of 3.7 crore income tax payers in India, a nation of 132 crore people figuring just below China in terms of the world’s most populous country.Ironic but the tax payers’ size at 3.7 crore is nowhere near the number of voters registered in our country at 82 crore, indicating the strong political narrative undermining the plea of economists and accountants to make it broad-based and more compliant. Currently, 3.3 percent of Indian population is filing Income Tax returns (ITR), which is far less compared to 8 percent in China. In her buget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, like many of her predecessors, reiterated the wider belief that ours is essentially a ‘non-compliant’ society in terms of payment of taxes. But the truth is that ours is hugely a ‘subsidised’ nation where agriculturists, forming the biggest chunk at 75 percent of the population, are availing the tax exemption citing the agricultural income.In sheer numbers, these agriculturists constitute a whopping 61.5 crore and many of them buy cars, bungalows and any luxury item like other tax payers in India. Next comes the other segment of people who really fall ‘Below the Poverty Line’ and they constitute 24 percent of the population or 20.5 crore, whose exclusion is never questioned in a developing country like ours.Finally, the tax authorities are left with 15 crore population, who come under non-agricultural or non-BPL category. But not all of them are paying taxes as other exclusions such as Senior Citizens, non-working housewives, unemployed youth, and below taxable income earners come into play.The typical Indian family has one bread winner and five to six dependants, whether children or aged parents or a housewife. With the middle-class values still persisting through the average Indian family, we cannot reverse the situation overnight and the Indian chartered accountant organisations have put this figure at 11.5 crore. Hence, our income tax payers’ base remained still at just 3.75 crore, as it is now.As the past experiments such as demonetisation and rampant scrutiny and IT raids evinced little progress in widening the tax net, the next best alternative is to widen the tax net, bringing the agriculturists into it gradually. Since, doubling the number of tax payers never doubles the tax revenue, selective inclusion and exclusion policy is the need of the hour.In fact, many people, citing the agricultural income, evade the income tax, while those paying higher tax regularly face the prospect of further taxation in every budget. Even a token amount of tax on rich farmers by amending the exemption clause under Section 10 (1) of the Income Tax Act of India will bring 26 percent of this segment into the direct tax net.The choice for the Finance Minister is either to widen the Income Tax net or abolish it entirely, since indirect tax, say GST, in already in place. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pitched this idea during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. If feasible, this could save many pockets. Other tax avenues such as inheritance tax can also be explored, instead of repetitive taxation slabs at the higher end.last_img read more

Wyatt Voted ACC Player of the Week

first_imgWyatt is the second straight Louisville player to win the weekly honor, after freshman Alex Binelas received the award one week ago. It marks the first time the Cardinals have won the conference’s Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks since joining the league in 2015. The strong performance last week continues the tear the All-American has been on over the previous eight contests, in which he is batting .472 with five doubles, four homers, 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored. For the season, Wyatt has his average up to .321 with seven long balls and 38 runs batted in. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior baseball player Logan Wyatt was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Louisville will be in nonconference action for its next five games, starting on Tuesday evening with a midweek game at Cincinnati. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version Wyatt was red-hot last week, hitting .550 (11-for-20) as the Cardinals picked up a win at Kentucky and took two of three from Miami. The junior had three doubles, three homers and drove in 12 runs over the four games. Wyatt also had one of the highlights of the week with a straight steal of home in the fifth inning of Saturday’s series finale as the Cardinals rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win 9-6. Story Links Notre Dame sophomore Tommy Vail was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. ACC baseball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a media panel and are announced each Monday throughout the regular season.last_img read more

De La Soul Claim Theyll Get Just 10 of Streaming Revenue From

first_imgA final post reads, “Monday, when confronted and questioned whether or not all samples had been cleared for our catalgoe’s streaming release, Tommy Boy felt that it would be better the move forward with thte lresase and deal with all cleams/lawsuits later on… really? That’s just not smart business. We don’t want to be sued. “ A caption next to that one reads, “We are being placed in the line of fire. We understand respect and appreciate your support and business. We regret that you and fans have been place in the middle of this mess. De La Soul cannot afford negligent hurried business. We are fighting for our livelihood. Imagine trying to settle a #phantom2millionddollardebtand now possible lawsuits lurking??? There goes that 10% Thank you @tommyboyrecords #respectourlegacy#dorightbytheculture #tommyboycott#4080 #delasoul #30years.”At press time, reps for Tommy Boy Records had not responded to Variety’s repeated requests for comment.Speaking with Sway on Wednesday, the group’s Maseo, explained, “For some years, the catalog had been held up because … of the issues that existed behind the projects, with samples not being cleared.” He then acknowledges that few could have foreseen the forthcoming legal problems around sampling in 1989.“I don’t know what [Tommy Boy’s] deals were with clearing samples, but back then a lot was probably done on a handshake, especially when you’re an independent” label like Tommy Boy, he says. “Nothing comes to the surface until it actually turns into something. If I was the record company at that time, I would have probably thought it was a small thing and not cleared it: ‘This little 30-second thing, who would come after that?’ And it happened! I think by the time [the catalog] got to Warner Bros., people started come out of the woodwork, and I think for the most part [those] people are the ones whose business didn’t get dealt with.“Now it’s 2019,” he continues, “Tommy Boy has been able to acquire the catalog back, but there are still some infractions around the catalog, things we’re sure aren’t cleared, that might have new potential issues. Also, what’s on the table [contractually] for De La Soul is unfavorable, especially based on the infractions that have taken place, the bills that exist over time. And we have continued to pay the price, and that’s one of our big concerns with [the streaming releases of their albums]. Popular on Variety Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Indeed, “3 Feet High and Rising,” produced by Prince Paul of Stetsasonic, was a pioneering event not just in hip-hop history but in the art of sample technology — and it suffered accordingly, as copyright laws were rewritten as a result of it. The group was the first to be sued by the now-famously litigious musicians Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of the Turtles, who went after De La over the unlicensed use of a snippet of the Turtles’ song “You Showed Me” in “Transmitting Live From Mars” (the suit was ultimately settled for a reported $1.7 million). Similar problems have bedeviled several of the group’s other releases. Over the years, the catalog has moved from Tommy Boy to Warner Bros. and recently back to Tommy Boy, yet the complications have remained unresolved.On Tuesday, the group — Posdnuous (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy (David Jolicoeur) and Maseo (Vincent Mason Jr.) — put its collective feet down and posted messages on Instagram claiming that due to the unsettled business around the albums, the royalties they receive from the releases will be miniscule, and on Wednesday they sat down for a 45-minute interview with Sway Calloway on SiriusXM’s “Sway in the Morning.”The first Instagram message reads: “Dear Fans … just got off the phone with Tommy Boy Records … negotiations (or lack therof) to release our catalog on all streaming platforms.. Uh oh.” The next message reads: “Just got wind that Tommy Boy was not happy about our last post. Touche. We are not happy about releasing our catalog under such unbalanced, unfair terms. #RespectTheArtist.” A caption next to that post reads, “For our fans to finally be able to stream and/or download our music will be a dream come true! The reality for De La… what an ugly greedy nightmare.”The next post reads, “The music WILL be released digitally. After 30 years of good music and paying their debt to Hip Hop, De L Soul unfortunately will not taste the fruit of their labor. Your purchases will roughly go 90% Tommy Boy, 10% De La. Thank you. Sincerely yours, #thephantom2milliondollardebt.” The group says that it has never earned more than “peanuts” or “pennies” on their recorded music, and instead has earned a living from touring and merchandise.“Because the catalog [hasn’t been available], it has [earned] nothing,” Mase says, with Dave adding, “So we’ve been somewhat aimlessly performing the music but we’re not getting any [income from it].”Sway asks whether the group is not with the fact that these long-lost albums are finally being made available on streaming services, which has become the primary format for hundreds of millions of music fans.“I can’t say I’m not with it,” Mase says, “I’m just not with the administrative structure behind it. Let’s be straight up: We don’t really financially benefit — there’s so many infractions around this whole thing that we’ll probably never see no money from it or any project that has these infractions.”Asked whether they’ve ever received any royalties from the albums, Dave says, “Pennies, compared to what Tommy Boy was receiving.”Yet De La Soul remained with Tommy Boy for six albums and 12 years. “We never felt like any label was really good,” Mase explains, “but the music ended up really doing well so no one could try to tell us how to make music — we had our creative freedom the whole time. That was the best thing,” he adds, “the only thing that was great [about remaining with Tommy Boy].”The group gets into greater detail about these, and happier matters in the 45-minute interview below. UPDATE Feb. 28 3:45pm ET: In a pair of Instagram posts Thursday, De La Soul said that Tidal has told the group that it will not stream the catalog until the issues outlined in this article are resolved: “Thank you Tidal, thank you Jay [Z, Tidal’s primary owner]”; the group also said that Tommy Boy “want to negotiate, but only if we sign a confidentiality agreement first,” to which the group replied, “How about we close a deal first, and then we agree to keep the deal confidential.” De La Soul’s 1989 debut “3 Feet High and Rising” is widely acknowledged as one of hip-hop’s all-time classic albums, yet it and several other releases from the group’s catalog have not been legally available on streaming services due to longstanding complications over sample clearances (or the lack thereof). And even 30 years later, as De La Soul’s longtime label, Tommy Boy Records, prepares to finally release the group’s catalog on streaming services, the problems remain — and this week, the group spoke out about them. ×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

Bolly Meets Sufi at Qutab

first_imgMusic lovers in the Capital can gear up for their annual date with folk and Bollywood. Delhi Government announced the annual Qutub Festival on Wednesday. This time too, the festival that features modern contemporary music against the backdrop of the magnificent Qutab Minar, is going heavy on Bollywood.   The five-day music fest will feature top Bollywood singers like Shan, Hariharan, Shreya Ghosal, Mohit Chauhan along with Pakistani Sufi singer Arif Lohar who shot to fame with his song Jugni which was incorporated in the Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone starrer Cocktail. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Right from its inception, Qutub Festival has elucidated euphoric response from the people of Delhi. Held on the backdrop of the world famous Qutab Minar, the festival has a unique character and gives soul-stirring experience,’ said Rawail Singh, secretary, Punjabi Academy which is organising the festival along with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. ‘Big names from the Bollywood music industry in different genres will perform under one roof. We are confident and sure that the audience will appreciate and welcome this musical extravaganza with open arms. This festival will showcase a different musical marvel every day,’ he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first day of the festival will also feature the band Astitva, a multi-genre Hindi band formed in 2007. Their songs are a blend of rock, jazz and Hindustani classical, with Hindi and Urdu lyrics. The event is a part of the ongoing Delhi Celebrates, an initiative by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to showcase the culture of India and the national capital. Entry to the festival is through free passes that will be available in Dilli Haat (both Pitampura and INA), Delhi Tourism Office in Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Punjabi Academy in Pahargunj 12 November onwards. Schedule:15 November:Shaan & Astitva16 November: Hariharan17 November: Shreya Ghoshal18 November : Arif Lohar19 November: Mohit Chauhanlast_img read more

Binay Tamang urges Union govt to grant Scheduled Area status to N

first_imgDarjeeling: The demand for declaring North Bengal and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration areas as a ‘Scheduled Area’ resonated on Monday.Binay Tamang, President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has demanded that the Union government immediately grant ‘Scheduled Area’ status to North Bengal and the GTA areas. Incidentally, ‘Scheduled Areas’ are socially and economically backward areas. Scheduled areas find mention in the 5th schedule of the Indian Constitution under Article 244(1). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeStates like Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh have been granted ‘Scheduled Areas’. Tamang on his way back to Darjeeling from Delhi, talking to media persons at Bagdogra Airport said: “Both North Bengal and the GTA areas are socially and economically backward areas. If the Government can declare economically sound areas in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and other states, then why not North Bengal and the GTA areas?” questioned Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe alleged that the BJP was indulging in vote politics in the Hills. “Twice we elected BJP MPs for Gorkhaland. They had also assured that they would incorporate 11 Gorkha communities in the Scheduled Tribe list. Forget Gorkhaland, they have not done anything for the schedule tribe status as well,” stated Tamang. He stated that the BJP Government by using central forces had prevented the GJM from observing their foundation day on October 7 in Delhi. “They threatened to arrest me and did not even allow a cultural programme. The BJP complain that there is no democracy in West Bengal but I found that there is no democracy in the capital of this country. We were humiliated,” retorted Tamang. The GJM plans to hold a massive rally in Delhi after Diwali. “Whether they give us permission, even if we are arrested, we will go ahead with the rally,” added Tamang. Tamang alleged that all of this was the handiwork of SS Ahluwalia, BJP MP from Darjeeling.last_img read more

Cops nab two with 4 kg ganja intended for selling to students

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police along with 4kg ganja on Wednesday night from the Anandapur area. Sleuths came to know that the ganja was intended for selling to students of various schools and colleges across the city.Police recently got tipped off about a racket being operated by some people who were supplying ganja to school students in and around the Taltala area. Based on the information, one Munni Das was arrested on March 4 opposite a school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSleuths came to know that apart from schools in the Taltala area, the racket used to target several other renowned schools across the city as well. On March 4, police had come to know from sources that someone would be going to a school located on AJC Bose Road to sell ganja. Based on the information, police reached the spot in plain clothes and kept a strong vigil in and around the school. In the afternoon, police officers noticed Das with a handheld shopping bag. After a while, sleuths noticed that Das was trying to approach some school students and was immediately detained. During preliminary search, ganja was found inside her shopping bag. Without wasting any time, police took her to the Narcotics Cell facility and started interrogating her. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring interrogation, Das revealed the names of the duo arrested from Anandapur, identified as Dudh Kumar Halder and Parvina Bibi. Later, sleuths came to know that several students of renowned colleges and schools were their customers. Sleuths are now mulling about contacting the authorities of the schools and colleges whose names have cropped up in the case. Halder is a resident of Rajdanga, while Bibi resides on a footpath near 4 number gate of New Market.last_img read more

Google releases Magenta studio beta an open source python machine learning library

first_imgOn 11th November, the Google Brain Team released Magenta studio in beta, a suite of free music-making tools using their machine learning models. It is a collection of music plugins built on Magenta’s open source tools and models. These tools are available both as standalone Electron applications as well as plugins for Ableton Live. What is Project Magenta? Magenta is a research project which was started by some researchers and engineers from the Google Brain team with significant contributions from many other stakeholders. The project explores the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music. It primarily involves developing new deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms to generate songs, images, drawings, and other materials. It also explores the possibility of building smart tools and interfaces to allow artists and musicians to extend their processes using these models. Magenta is powered by TensorFlow and is distributed as an open source Python library. This library allows users to manipulate music and image data which can then be used to train machine learning models. They can generate new content from these models. The project aims to demonstrate that machine learning can be utilized to enable and enhance the creative potential of all people. If the Magenta studio is used via Ableton, the Ableton Live plugin reads and writes clips from Ableton’s Session View. If a user chooses to run the studio as a standalone application, the standalone application reads and writes files from a users file system without requiring Ableton. Some of the demos include: #1 Piano Scribe Many of the generative models in Magenta.js requires the input to be a symbolic representation like Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). But now, Magenta Converts raw audio to MIDI using Onsets and Frames which  a neural network trained for polyphonic piano transcription. This means that only audio is enough to obtain an output of MIDI in the browser. #2 Beat Blender The Beat Bender is built by Google Creative Lab using MusicVAE. Users can now generate two dimensional palettes of drum beats and draw paths through the latent space to create evolving beats. #3 Tenori-of Users can utilize the Magenta.js to generate drum patterns when they hit the “Improvise” button. This is more like a take on an electronic sequencer. #4 NSynth Super This is machine learning algorithm using deep neural network to learn the characteristics of sounds, and then create a completely new sound based on these characteristics. NSynth synthesizes an entirely new sound using the acoustic qualities of the original sounds. For instance, users can get a sound that’s part flute and part sitar all at once. You can head over to the Magenta Blog for more exciting demos. Alternatively, head over to to read more about this announcement. Read Next Worldwide Outage: YouTube, Facebook, and Google Cloud go down affecting thousands of usersIntel Optane DC Persistent Memory available first on Google CloudGoogle Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and morelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter JNTO recently hosted an Izu, Shimoda, luxury famil with seven travel partners escorted by Stephanie Sng from Japan National Tourist Office Sydney Organisation.Participants were taken on the Royal Express, a luxury train from Yokohama to Shimoda and Shimoda to Izu Kogen, chartered for this famil, where they were treated to French cuisine, an on board violinist and pianist, and handcrafted sushi.During the famil, the group experienced the hydrangeas (a native flower to Japan) in full bloom at a Hydrangea festival at Shimoda Park, visiting the Bamboo Forest of Shuzenji Onsen, staying at Arcana Izu, an Auberge-style resort located in a sacred green forest by the Kano River with each suite having a private onsen facing the river and forest, seeing two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces and Mt Fuji, and taking part in an Edo Kiriko glass-cutting experience in Tokyo and a ‘Nerikiri’ Japanese sweet making workshop.The tour ended with a full day of pre-matched business sessions at the Japan Luxury Showcase held at the Conrad Tokyo. The event was attended by 53 overseas buyers including those from Oceania, North America and Europe, and domestic sellers from 62 companies including luxury hotels, DMCs and experiences.Participants (pictured) included Adam Burke, Scenic; Dorothy Chambers, World Journeys; Fanny Gibert, Renaissance Tours; D’arne Haines, Holland Clarke & Beatson (New Zealand); Wendy James, Kaleidoscopic Travel; Kerrie Kaesler, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents; Petia Davis, Captains Choice and Stephanie Sng, JNTO. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.center_img Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensions

first_img Legislation ensures state can’t extend costly MEGA creditsMichigan taxpayers are protected from additional liability due to budget-busting Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credits under common-sense legislation introduced today that prohibits the state from extending the costly credits, state Rep. Lee Chatfield announced.Since the MEGA credits were greatly expanded in 2008, the program has accumulated a projected taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion. The Republican-led Legislature and newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder ended MEGA in 2011, but even with the irresponsible program’s demise, state law still allows the existing credits to be increased and extended.  Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Chatfield prevents this from happening.“No future governor of Michigan should be given the opportunity to extend these MEGA credits,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Although the current governor has no intention of extending these harmful credits, the reality is that a less fiscally responsible administration could come into office and put our state in greater financial jeopardy.  We simply can’t allow that to happen – the stakes are too high.  It’s up to us to ensure that the mess created during the previous administration is cleaned up not only for current Michigan taxpayers, but for our future generations.”The $9.38 billion estimated liability is projected to be incurred over the next 17 years.  This year, the credits created a $325 million state budget shortfall.House Bill 4333, sponsored by Rep. Chatfield, prohibits MEGA tax credit extensions as currently allowed in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act. Categories: Chatfield News 11Mar Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensionslast_img read more