first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: “I’m not alone,” he continues, illustrating how changes in the music industry have hit virtually every working musician in some way. “As a result, bands/musicians are downsizing, recording at home, cutting corners wherever they can […] And with every band in the world back on the road, venues are clogged and ticket prices have tripled. For me it means being away from home and taking on more work than I ever have.”Michel goes on to reference a study that says “24% of musical professionals indicated they were considering leaving the music industry.” He says he believes that number is actually higher than reported. “Over the last few months, I’ve spoken to many brilliant life-long musicians (some you know) who are quietly beginning their exit strategy,” he explains. “I fear musicians are reluctant to admit any of this because so much of this industry is perception.”He concludes by telling fans not to feel sorry for him. Rather, he is warning music lovers of a big shift that might be on the horizon. “Music fans deserve to know how this all works and why artists they love may soon be gone.”By Melody Lau Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It’s no secret that being a musician in the age of streaming can be difficult, but very few musicians actually break down just how hard it can be to make a living. That’s why Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel took to Facebook this week to give people a “peek behind the curtain” of what’s really going on.In a lengthy post published on Tuesday, which has now been shared by over 2,400 people, Michel opens up about some of the finances and math behind his income. He notes that his album sales have dropped by 95% this year as a result of music streaming services. He also adds that he has never worried about his financial stability till this year. In an act of complete transparency, he uses his song “Purgatory Cove” from his latest album, White & Gold, as an example of how little one track earns now. “This song has been in the TOP 20 charts (CBC Radio 2 & 3) for 10 weeks, climbed to #3. In 2018 that equals $44.99 in sales.” Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Even for this show, we’re paying for it,” he said, since they’ve already used up all the grant money they’re eligible for and have received.Northern Canadian musicians are ballooning in popularity, thanks in large part to streaming, which has given these artists the ability to reach audiences as never before. But it’s also forcing them to rely more heavily on live shows and touring to generate an income. In the past, they would have benefited from album sales.Artists from Canada’s remote communities face a particularly difficult, expensive and emotionally draining reality of struggling to simply get to the same venues that musicians from the South can easily access, said Morrison and Jerry Cans bandmate Nancy Mike. Andrew Morrison of The Jerry Cans is setting up to play what would be — for most bands with their popularity — a standard-sized gig at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. Instead, the concert has become something much bigger: a showcase of northern Canadian musicians that he and his bandmates hope makes the money they spent on the trip worthwhile by maximizing the participating bands’ exposure.It took more than $10,000 to get the five-piece band from Iqaluit, where they’re based, to Toronto — and that’s only counting the plane tickets. It’s a significant amount of money for the band, which performs largely in the Inuktitut language.“Touring is super-challenging,” Morrison said a few hours before the group’s show, part of the Curator Series during Toronto’s North by Northeast (NXNE) music and arts festival. The Jerry Cans’ Andrew Morrison, left, performs at the 2018 Juno Awards. Despite their success, Morrison says the resources northern musicians need to succeed are often lacking. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Morrison says it cost more than $10,000 to get his band to Ottawa for a single tour. ‘We’ve struggled a lot to get out of Nunavut sometimes to play music.’ (Jackson Weaver/CBC).“[Flying] from Iqaluit to Ottawa is, like, $2,200 return for one person,” said Mike.And because they took every opportunity to play as many dates as possible while touring in the south, “we’d be exhausted by the end of it,” she said. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMeryl Streep (Photo Courtesy of Fox) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will be among the honourees at the Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural Tribute Gala.Streep is set to receive the Tribute Actor Award at the festival’s first annual fundraiser for year-round programming.The event celebrating outstanding contributions to the film industry will be held at Fairmont Royal York on Sept. 9. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TIFF will also hand out the Impact Award to Participant Media, the production company behind best-picture Oscar winners “Spotlight” and “Green Book.”Other honourees to be announced include the winner of the Mary Pickford Award for female emerging talent, and a second Tribute Actor Award recipient who will be named in the coming weeks.Steep will star in this year’s festival in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” about a group of journalists probing the so-called Panama Papers money laundering scandal.The festival runs Sept. 5-15.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Organized crime salmon link causes stir in BC

first_imgAPTN National NewsTestimony linking organized crime with black market salmon has caused a stir in British Columbia.Department of Fisheries Officials told the Cohen inquiry that 97 per cent of fish caught by First Nations for food and ceremonial purposes were finding their way onto the open market.First Nation leaders call the DFO allegations outrageous.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more on this story.last_img

Akswesasne Ottawa settle 5 million specific claim

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter nearly 200 years, the Mohawks of Akwesasne are celebrating the settlement of a specific land claim.The community received roughly $5 million in compensation for land leased out on the reserve.Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says the money will be set aside for future generations.Both the federal government and the community were happy to celebrate the accomplishment.last_img

OPP meets with Attawapiskat diamond mine blockaders while band awaits De Beers

first_img(Attawapiskat Elder Jean-Arc Jacasum, left, and Rebecca Iahtail, right, stand early Monday morning outside the canvas tent pitched beside the blockade site. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National News TIMMINS, Ont.–OPP Aboriginal liaison officers met with the Attawapiskat diamond mine ice road blockaders on Monday afternoon while the band council waited for De Beers to endorse an agreement that would end the now nine-day protest that has severed the mining giant’s overland supply route.A court date is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Timmins, Ont., to hear arguments on an injunction obtained by De Beers late last week against the blockaders.The blockaders have said they won’t allow the barricades to come down until De Beers officials sign the agreement at the site.The agreement would see De Beers agree to a joint dispute resolution committee that would deal with issues like employment and training, housing and the need to compensate community members whose traplines are in and around the Victor mine site, among other issues.“Attawapiskat First Nation wants to see this matter resolved so that Attawapiskat First Nation and De Beers may discuss De Beers’ proposed further exploration projects in Attawapiskat territory,” said the letter, signed by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.The letter, which was faxed to the company on Sunday, also needs to be signed in person by Tony Guthrie, president of De Beers Canada.As of early Monday evening, De Beers had yet to respond.The OPP is not expected to make any moves on the blockaders until after the court date.The mine relies on the winter road for fuel deliveries and the transport of machinery and replacement parts too heavy to fly in. The ice road’s lifespan is not expected to last beyond mid-March. It opened on Feb. 1. It has been hit by two blockades since Feb. 4.Attawapiskat community members have rallied around Rebecca Iahtail, 45, who was the last blockader standing following a band meeting on Friday. Iahtail says she is dying of cancer.Iahtail’s decision to stay gave renewed life to the blockade, which is on an intersection by the ice road leading to the De Beers Victor mine site which is located about 90 kilometres west of the community.Spence said she is worried about another visit from the OPP.“We are waiting for De Beers to come with this agreement,” said Spence, in an earlier interview. “But at the same time we are worried.”Spence spent the night in a wood stove-heated canvas tent after a provincial court sheriff, with an OPP escort, served the blockaders with the injunction at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.The sheriff returned about four hours after he was turned away from the Attawapiskat airport by Spence who presented him with a letter forbidding his presence on the reserve.The Attawapiskat chief has been put into a delicate balancing act with the blockade, which does not have full community support. Still, Spence told APTN National News that as chief she has to protect her community members and she has visited the blockade site often over the past several days.De Beers claims the blockade is threatening its operations for the rest of the year.The mine ships about 11 million litres of fuel up the winter road every year, along with machinery and parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The mine also uses the winter road to truck-up hazardous substances like ammonium nitrate and truck out “hazardous waste material” that can’t be flown out of the mine.De Beers has already identified over a dozen additional potential diamond deposits sites in the area.People in Attawapiskat say the community is also sitting on read more

National Guard on the ground as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supporters await

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThousands of supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota are anxiously awaiting for a U.S. Federal Court judge to deliver a key ruling on the Dakota Access pipeline whether the construction project will be stopped.People at the camp say the four-state, $3.8 billion dollar project which would carry over 500,000 barrels per day of fracked oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota to Illinois threatens the area’s drinking water source and has already disrupted sacred sites.The camp has been in place since April. Last Saturday there was a clash between demonstrators s and pipeline company security forces using dogs and pepper spray.Ahead of Friday’s decision, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrympl called in the National Guard to augment the local county and police force. The National Guard was seen Friday manning a barricade on the highway that leads to the Sacred Stone camp.Although a ruling on an injunction is expected sometime Friday, some are calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene.Obama visited Standing Rock in 2014.Cara Currie Hall, an Obama supporter who campaigned for him during the 2012 election, met the president at the time.“He has the executive authority to intervene and live up to his words,” said Currie Hall. “Because if he doesn’t, he’s going to be like everybody else, you know. It’s all rhetoric.”Currie Hall said what’s happening in Standing Rock is changing the dialogue on energy resources and Indigenous Nations.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said he’d rule by the end of Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request to block the project.The lead developer, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, says modern technology allows quick detection of leaks. Pipeline supporters also say it would cut the amount of oil that travels by train.Follow Dennis Ward on Twitter for the latest.last_img read more

Ottawa has turned a corner in First Nations child welfare Philpott

first_imgThe Canadian PressCanada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.“We have turned a corner,” Jane Philpott told The Canadian Press. “We will reach a day soon where we will know that the parties have agreed that we have fully complied.”She said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.The First Nations children’s advocate who filed the complaint said the matter is far from settled.“It’s untenable to me that still in 2018 the Canadian government gives First Nations kids less than every other kid in the country,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“That, to me, is unacceptable and it needs to change and there needs to be a plan to change it.”In 2007, Blackstock’s society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Nearly a decade later, the tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.The tribunal ordered Canada to stop discriminating immediately, reform First Nations child-welfare programs and make sure Indigenous kids have their health, education and social needs met no matter where they live.In February, the tribunal issued a fourth non-compliance order to Ottawa. It said the “seriousness and emergency of the issue is not grasped with some of Canada’s actions and responses.”The same day, Indigenous Services Canada sent a letter to all 105 First Nations child and family services agencies. It said the federal government would immediately begin to cover agencies’ actual costs, as well as reimburse them retroactively to 2016.Philpott pointed to funds in the federal budget – about $1.4 billion over six years for First Nations child and family services – as an important step towards meeting the tribunal’s requirements.Blackstock said compliance doesn’t come from promised money – the government needs to show that it will flow to children.“We don’t know how much is going to go to provinces and we don’t know how much is going to First Nations agencies or to First Nations,” Blackstock said.There have been encouraging developments since Philpott took over the file, she said, but Blackstock is skeptical the funding will come without strings attached. Money often doesn’t make its way to kids unless certain conditions are met, she added.Indigenous children account for about seven per cent of all kids in Canada, but make up more than half the number in care. In Manitoba, Indigenous children make up nearly 90 per cent of kids in care.Philpott said increased funding isn’t the government’s only solution. The idea is to change things so there aren’t “these perverse incentives which incline the system to see kids being apprehended.”There is a lot more flexibility in the new funds so money goes to support families and doesn’t flow only when children are apprehended, Philpott said.“We are doing well beyond what the tribunal has asked us to do in terms of really transforming the system,” she said. “Really trying to find ways that we support families.”last_img read more

Alberta woman recognizes herself in photo found in US serial killers truck

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN InvestigatesA Thunderchild First Nation woman made a chilling discovery online that could help police in two countries discover more about a convicted serial killer‘s activities.“Hey, that’s me,” said Pamela Milliken to her then-boyfriend back in 2015. “He was like, yeah right.”((A post circulating on Facebook. Photo: Courtesy Pamela Milliken)Milliken, now 52 said she was browsing through Facebook and she came upon a post asking for help identifying a young Indigenous woman in a photo found left in the semi-truck of “The Truck Stop Killer” Robert Ben Rhoades.Rhoades is currently serving life sentences in Illinois for three murders. He pled guilty to the first degree murder of 14-year-old Regina Walters in 1992 after investigators found haunting photos of the teenager in his apartment.His truck is said to have contained a homemade torture chamber.(Robert Ben Rhoades)Milliken was first referenced publicly in a 2012 GQ article by Vanessa Veselka.She wrote about escaping a trucker like Rhoades herself and writes of how retired FBI investigator Mark Young gave her the photo.One paragraph in the GQ story written relates a conversation Veselka had with Mark Young.“Young pulled out one last picture and slid it across to me The photo was of a beautiful young girl, possibly Native American.“She was on the end of the roll with Regina,” he said.She’s shown sitting in Rhoades’s truck wearing a gray hoodie. Her eyes are partly closed, as if she’s stoned or sleepy. Rhoades must have just picked her up, because he hasn’t cut her hair yet. It is glossy black and long. No one knows who she is.”Veselka confirmed that the photo in question was given to her by former FBI investigator Mark Young during her research for the 2012 GQ article.She explained that the photo Milliken believes is her was found on alongside another of Rhoades victim, Regina Walters, at the end of same roll of film. That’s according to what Young told Veselka at the time.However, the incidences were five years apart from one another.When asked to explain how that could be, she said there were a lot of photos attached to the case.“To me that inconsistency of where or when the photo was taken does not rule out her story. All of the photos came out of Rhoades apartment.” she said. “If that is her in the photo, that’s her in the photo. And that photo came out of Rhoades apartment.”“He took a lot of photos.” she said. “To me it doesn’t matter if it was Rhoades or not, these guys are so common. If it wasn’t him it was someone like him.”“I knew right away that it was me.” Milliken said. “I was going to find my brother in Winnipeg.”She says she started hitchhiking from Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan in the spring of 1985.After a series of successful rides, she met up with a semi-truck driver she identifies as Rhoades in the town of White City just outside of Regina.“The sun was setting, It was 8:00 or 9:00 at night. I was walking a ways and it was getting dark. I stuck my hand out and waited for someone to pick me up,” she said.When a flat-nosed, white semi-truck stopped on the highway and she went running after it.“I opened up the door and I looked at him,” she said. “ He said, ‘Hey jump up on in here.’ I said I have a really heavy bag you are going to have to help me with it. I put my bag on the seat and he said, ‘Yeah I’ll help you with that and he put it in the back.‘”Just as Milliken was turning around to climb up onto the passenger seat, she says the driver took her photo.“I said ‘What did you do that for?’ he said ‘Well I am going to take your pic. If you rip me off I can tell the cops that you stole from me.’”She and the driver who introduced himself as “Robert” chatted on the way to Brandon, MB.“He told me he was going to Florida and he wanted me to come with him,” she said. “At one point, he pointed to a sign on his dashboard that said ‘CASH, GRASS or ASS — No one rides for free.’”“I didn’t have any money. I didn’t smoke pot so I knew which one it would be.” she said, adding that she and the driver had consensual sex in the back of the truck.(Pamela Milliken in Feb., 2019)She said she was dropped off without harm in Winnipeg, MB at the bus depot.Fast forward 30 years and she came across the Facebook post.“I knew it was me but I didn’t have a photo of myself from that time to prove it to anyone,” she said. “But then I was at my niece’s a few months back and she had one on the wall.”Milliken has reached out to the FBI at their toll-free number in the US. The dispatcher said she would research it and suggested she phone the RCMP in St Paul where she is currently enrolled in a camp preparation program.RCMP K division confirmed Miliken’s call to APTN Investigates. Miliken said they are sending out a constable to speak with her tonight and confirm her identity.“I was pretty freaked out when I saw it but I just want them to know I am OK,” she said.APTN  reached out to the FBI in Houston, former FBI investigator Mark Young and Milliken’s niece.More to come.last_img read more

Health care leads the way on TSX after strong Valeant showing loonie

first_imgTORONTO – The health-care sector helped boost Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday despite a slide in energy prices, as the loonie lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.52 points to 16,114.03, with shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) up $1.73, or 6.54 per cent, to $28.18 at the closing of markets.Earlier on Tuesday, the commodity-heavy index had flirted with a new record, after setting an intraday high of 16,142.80.South of the border, markets were mixed as investors awaited Wednesday’s announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise short-term interest rates by 0.25 of a percentage point. While inflation has remained low, the central bank has seen a path to gradually raise rates as the economy and labour market have strengthened.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 118.77 points to 24,504.80 and the S&P 500 index added 4.12 points to 2,664.11 — capping off three straight trading sessions in which these indices have surpassed record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.76 points to 6,862.32.“The hike tomorrow by the Fed is baked into the cake,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.“What would be important is the tone of the Fed tomorrow. They may indicate through their updated forecast that they’re more confident about their inflation outlook. They might even mention something about the tightness of the labour market. We may have a bit of a hawkish hike tomorrow which would be supportive of the U.S. dollar.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.69 cents US, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent.De la Durantaye attributed part of loonie’s drop to falling oil prices, which had seen sharp increases over the past three trading sessions.The January crude contract tumbled 85 cents to US$57.14 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract gave back 15 cents to US$2.68 per mmBTU. The February gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,241.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up a cent at US$3.02 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

BC premier tells truck loggers he wants to reconnect communities with forestry

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says the relationship between British Columbia and the forest industry has fractured over outdated government policy that hurts communities and threatens many small business contractors.He told delegates at the Truck Loggers Association’s convention on Thursday that the once solid social contract between the industry, government and communities is in need of repairs.The premier didn’t promise any changes in policy during his 30-minute address, saying his government is awaiting recommendations of an industry sustainability review from former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott within the next month.“We want to try and reconnect the social licence that existed over the decades in B.C.,” he said.Horgan said previous Liberal government policy introduced in 2003 allowed forest companies to ship timber to mills of their choice. The result was industry bypassing communities and small contractors even though the timber is located close to their homes, he said.“Clearly, 14 years later it’s not working for you,” he said. “It’s not working for communities, and it’s not working for the province.”Horgan said the conversation about reconnecting the industry with B.C.’s towns will not be easy but it’s one the province must undertake.“It’s a certainty in many communities that the relationship between tenure holders in the community has been broken. It’s in all our interests to make sure we re-establish that relationship in the days, weeks and months ahead.”Horgan said he’s deeply concerned about increases in the export of raw logs from B.C. since the policy changes.“When we see raw log exports, log exports from public land, rise from eight per cent in 2003 to 23 per cent last year, that raises questions and concerns in communities,” he said. “It raises questions and concerns with me.”He said that amounted to 1.6 million cubic metres of raw logs exported from the province last year.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said raw log exports from the province were 1.6 billion cubic metres.last_img read more

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

first_imgTUALATIN, Ore. — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.“I saw this video where the big tree, the mom decorates it, and the little tree, the kids get to decorate it,” she said, as her husband, Jason Jimenez, snapped a photo of their toddler posing with a tiny tree just his size.Christmas tree farmers across the U.S. worry families like Villarreal’s are slowly dwindling. Artificial trees, once crude imitations of an evergreen, are now so realistic that it’s hard to tell they are fakes even though many are conveniently pre-strung with lights and can fold up for storage at the push of a button.Between 75 and 80 per cent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one, and the $1 billion market for fake trees is growing at about 4 per cent a year — even though they can be reused again and again.To combat this trend, Christmas tree farmers have joined forces as the Christmas Tree Promotion Board and are running a social media ad campaign this holiday season to tout the benefits of a real evergreen. The campaign, called “It’s Christmas. Keep It Real!,” is funded by a 15-cent fee that tree farmers pay for each tree they harvest.It’s a modern-day attempt at such famous agricultural ad campaigns as “Got Milk?” and “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.”A series of short movies on Instagram and Facebook follow real families as they hunt for the perfect tree, cut it down and decorate it. The target audience is the “millennial mom” because tree farmers are increasingly worried that young adults starting their own family traditions will opt for an artificial tree, costing farmers a generation of customers, said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, based in Michigan.“The target we’re talking about right now is millennials: first house, first baby. That’s kind of the decision-making time,” she said, adding that the videos show families cutting their own trees and buying pre-cut trees from lots.“We realize they may have never done this before. And we need to help them discover it and figure out how to include it in their holiday.”It’s impossible to know exactly how many real Christmas trees are sold each year because there is no central clearinghouse or agency collecting that information. But the National Christmas Tree Association estimates about 25 million evergreens are harvested each year — and presumably, most of those are sold.Americans buy about 10 million artificial trees each year, said Thomas “Mac” Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill, the leading retailer of artificial Christmas trees. Harman is also the president of the American Christmas Tree Association, which does not disclose its membership but raised $70,000 in donations in 2016 for its work, which includes touting artificial trees.Most people buying artificial trees cite convenience, allergens and fire safety, he said.“We’re seeing a trend where consumers want to set their tree up over Thanksgiving weekend and leave it up all the way until after New Year’s.” That’s safer with an artificial tree, Harman said.Denise Shackleton got a real tree each season before switching to an artificial one. On a recent day, she was at an artificial tree outlet store in Burlingame, California, shopping for a new tree for herself and one for her daughter.“No one got as excited about a real tree as me, but it was just too much work to put the real tree on my car, get it into the house — all of that,” she said. “It’s totally for convenience.”Harman says Christmas tree farmers are overestimating the threat to their industry from artificial trees.Many families now have both a real tree and an artificial tree, and small mom-and-pop tree farms that allow families to cut their own evergreen remain extremely popular, Harman said.“I think it’s the farms in the middle that are really seeing their business shrink because more people are either getting their tree from Home Depot — which is supporting the big farms — or they’re going out to these small farms,” he said. “I think a lot of the angst about ‘artificial trees are taking over’ is coming from these mid-sized farms.”To fourth-generation tree farmer Casey Grogan, that angst is as real as the towering noble and Nordmann firs he grows at Silver Bells Tree Farm in Silverton, Oregon. Oregon is the nation’s No. 1 producer of Christmas trees, yet Grogan says he has watched about half the fellow tree farmers around him go out of business in the past decade.A seedling takes eight to 10 years to grow to maturity, and it’s difficult to predict demand years out, he said. He harvested about half as many trees this year as he did a decade ago, and with every new seedling he plants this season, he knows he’s taking a gamble that the demand will still be there in 2028.“We’re an industry that would like to remain here and be around — and if everybody buys an artificial tree, we’re not going to be here,” said Grogan, who is also president of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.“It may be a little difficult, but not everything is easy,” he added of buying a real tree. “It’s worth the extra effort.”___Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at Flaccus, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trump signs 867B farm bill without food stamp program cuts

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a massive $867 billion farm bill that reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs without any cuts to the food stamp program.Trump signed the bill Thursday after the Agriculture Department announced plans to tighten work requirements for recipients of food aid. Negotiations over the farm bill had stalled for months in Congress over a provision by the House to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and over the Senate’s unwillingness to go along.Trump had voiced strong support for stricter work requirements.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the regulation to tighten work requirements was a tradeoff for Trump’s support for the bill.The farm bill will cost roughly $400 billion over five years or $867 billion over 10 years.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Vancouvers first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

first_imgVancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.The province says it has referred 232 application to local and Indigenous governments, but only six licences have been issued, including Evergreen and two City Cannabis locations in Vancouver.City Cannabis says it plans to open its Robson location soon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Loxo Oncology Dollar Tree and Schlumberger rise PGE sinks

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Loxo Oncology Inc., up $92.78 to $232.65Eli Lilly agreed to buy the cancer drug developer for about $8 billion.PG&E Corp., down $5.45 to $18.95Reuters reported that the California utility might file for bankruptcy as it faces big liabilities connected to deadly wildfires.Dollar Tree Inc., up $5.07 to $97.96Activist investment firm Starboard Value disclosed an investment in the discount retailerGeneral Electric Co., up 51 cents to $8.74Bloomberg News reported that private equity firm Apollo Global Management might try to buy GE’s aircraft leasing business.Intercontinental Exchange Inc., down $2.29 to $73.38A group of Wall Street firms is getting ready to launch a new, low-cost stock exchange.Schlumberger NV, up $1.08 to $40.17Energy company stocks gained as oil prices rose for the seventh day in the last eight.NuVasive Inc., down $4.60 to $45.45The spinal device maker said equipment sales were delayed in the fourth quarter and surgical procedures slowed.Lowe’s Cos., up $1.78 to $95.65Shares in retailers climbed Monday as U.S. service companies reported a strong increase in new orders in December.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Newmonts 10B offer would create worlds biggest gold miner

first_imgDENVER — Newmont Mining will buy Canada’s Goldcorp for $10 billion, creating the world’s biggest gold miner.The combined company could log gold production of 6 million to 7 million ounces over a decade and recognize $100 million in annual pre-tax savings.Miners are consolidating as gold becomes more expensive to procure. Barrick Gold said it would by Randgold for more than $6 billion just four months ago.Newmont will acquire each share of Goldcorp Inc. for 0.3280 of its own, plus another 2 cents per share. Shareholders of Newmont Mining Corp. will own 65 per cent of the combined business, with Goldcorp shareholders owning 35 per cent.The acquisition, expected to close in the second quarter, must still be approved by shareholders as well as regulators in Europe, Canada, South Korea and Mexico.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Imperial to host an exotic French affair

first_imgThe great global event, ‘Goût de France / Good France’ will be celebrating its 5th annual edition on March 21, 2019, and ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ – a proud purveyor of classic western cuisine in the capital since 2011 – is chosen to be a part of the largest dinner in the world featuring 5000 restaurants across 5 continents. The Good France menu at Nostalgia, The Imperial will pay a tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and will showcase a menu using fresh and seasonal regional produce. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA combination of old world charm coupled with an unparalleled French menu featuring authentic recipes across aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course and dessert promises a distinct dining experience. More than 70 restaurants have been selected across India by the committee of international chefs headed by Chef Alain Ducasse, placing India among the top participating countries. The traditional and rare European theme around which ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ makes it an ideal property to promote this glorious French dinner. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThis extraordinary evening will have a delectable array of signature French dishes, in the backdrop of a venue that makes you experience the old Hollywood glamour. Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial will be cooking up a French-style dinner, with a focus on more responsible cuisine. “French food is based on local sourcing of very simple ingredients paired with good-old wine and hand-picked variety of cheese. The cuisine has already been influenced in terms of standardising menus and presentation so the day is not far when Indians will be more familiar with French specialties and classic ingredients. The French culinary events like Good France is a great initiative to promote French gastronomy in India and it’s an honour for The Imperial to be part of an international gourmet at a global level. We at ‘Nostalgia’ use exclusive French cheese, cream, butter, and meats to keep the local flavors intact and these local ingredients only help in achieving a perfect dish which the French guests relish,” said Chef Prem.last_img read more

Dont forget 2004 Sonia to BJP

first_imgRAEBARELI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not invincible, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi told reporters today in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, where she filed her nomination papers. “Don’t forget 2004,” she said, reminding the media of her party Congress taking power despite widespread predictions of a BJP victory.last_img

Indian ships in China for 70th PLA Navy anniversary Pak ships set

first_imgBeijing: Two Indian battle ships, including the biggest indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, have arrived at the port city of Qingdao to take part in the Chinese Navy’s fleet review while the Pakistan naval ships will be conspicuous by their absence at the event. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is celebrating its 70th founding anniversary on April 23 with a grand fleet review. Ten countries, including India, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam will deploy 20 vessels to join a naval parade. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsINS Kolkata, which is the first of a new class of three destroyers built by India, is accompanied by tanker INS Shakti, a fleet support ship, to take part in the event. However, PLAN’s naval fleet review will be held without the ships from its closest ally Pakistan. Though there is no official announcement, official sources said that no Pakistan ships are expected to take part in the fleet review. Instead, Pakistan navy will be represented by a high-level delegation at the Qingdao celebrations being held from April 21-26. Being an all-weather ally of China, Pakistan is the biggest procurer of Chinese weapons systems. China is currently building four most advanced naval frigates for Pakistan.last_img read more