HALIFAX – Wearing a dress and a wide smile at a trendy Halifax bar, Kristin Johnston was excited about starting a new chapter in her life.The Montreal-born yoga instructor shared drinks with friends and joked about ways she could break up with her boyfriend Nicholas Butcher, a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job.Johnston, 32, had just shut down her yoga studio and wanted to leave her life in Halifax behind, eager to move across the country to be closer to her sister in Tofino, B.C.Johnston had just returned from a reinvigorating trip to Costa Rica.“She looked beautiful,” Lisa Abramowicz, 34, said of her childhood friend. “Very happy. Very bubbly.”Hours later, Johnston’s lifeless body was found on a blood-soaked bed at her home near the ocean on Halifax’s outskirts.Butcher, who turned 36 on Friday, is charged with second-degree murder in her death, with evidence so far revealing much about Johnston’s plans for a fresh start. The Crown will continue calling evidence Monday as the trial enters its third week.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality. Despite her passion and hard work, though, Johnston’s business failed in 2016.Having just closed the studio, Johnston decided to take a trip to Florida in early March 2016 to see family, and then to Costa Rica to meet her best friend, Jennifer Hazard.Hazard said Johnston looked “exhausted” when she arrived.They talked about her relationship with Butcher, and how she wasn’t happy and wanted to end it. She told her friend she didn’t “believe in that kind of love anymore.”By the end of the trip, Johnston’s mood had changed.“She was ready for a new chapter and so excited to move to Tofino and start a new life,” Hazard, 32, testified at the trial.Back at home, Johnston was faced with reality. She agonized over how to break-up with Butcher, seeking advice from several friends.She told Hazard in a Facebook message that she felt “trapped” in the city she had moved to five years earlier.“I need to end things with Nick,” she wrote. “Doing what I can not to be home.”The 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury has heard that Butcher recently started living with Johnston at the house she owned in Purcells Cove, because he needed a place to stay after losing the lease on his own apartment.Days after returning from her trip, Johnston decided to have drinks at Halifax’s Lion and Bright bar. She told friends she didn’t want to see Butcher that night.The physically fit woman with brown hair donned a dress, tights, and short dark boots with heels.“She was really excited, really happy,” Matthew Whiston, who was with her at the bar that night, testified. “She said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship, that she didn’t love him the way he loves her.”Later in the evening, Johnston and Abramowicz went to their friend Michael Belyea’s apartment nearby.The three were listening to a Johnny Cash record and sharing a drink when suddenly Belyea heard footsteps coming up the stairs to his upper-level flat.Belyea said Johnston was surprised to see her boyfriend, and was completely unaware of how he knew where she was. She had just acquired Belyea’s address a few hours earlier.The pair talked outside the flat, and then Johnston came back inside alone. She said she had ended it with Butcher.Belyea said Johnston then said she was tired and was going to sleep over, and went into the bedroom. He said goodbye to Abramowicz and followed Johnston. He closed the door behind him, and heard Abramowicz leave soon after.Belyea — who said he had previously been intimate with Johnston when they first met in 2009 — said he laid on the bed with Johnston and they started kissing.Then, he heard footsteps coming from the kitchen. He assumed Abramowicz had forgotten something, but then he felt a push on his shoulder. It was Butcher.“He said to her something like ‘What are you doing’ or ‘Why are you doing this’,” said Belyea, a 41-year-old carpenter and musician. “I remember her saying, ‘This is where I want to be’.”Belyea decided to give them space and went for a walk. When he returned. Johnston and Butcher were not there.About three hours later, Johnston was found dead at her home in Purcells Cove.Police had gone to the scene after Butcher, breathing heavily and sobbing, called 911 and told them he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He told them he had cut off his hand.“I need help,” Butcher said on the call, played for the jury last week. “I’m bleeding to death.”Police officers have testified that a blood-caked Butcher emerged from Johnston’s home that morning shirtless and wearing pyjama pants, and was missing his right hand.Inside, investigators found Johnston’s body in the master bedroom on a blood-soaked bed, next to a steak knife.They testified that a mitre saw and an amputated hand were found nearby on the floor of the bedroom.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings. He wears a navy suit and glasses each day of the trial, with his hair closed cropped.He has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
OTTAWA – A preservation society is blasting the redesign of an addition to Ottawa’s stately Chateau Laurier hotel as “heritage vandalism,” but the lead architect on the project says a contemporary approach is the best way to protect the property’s history.Heritage Ottawa fired yet another salvo this week in its ongoing campaign to prevent the proposed glass and metal structure from moving forward at the national historic site.“Heritage Ottawa remains unimpressed — and is gravely concerned that the City of Ottawa may be on track to approve what would be the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation,” the organization said in a statement Sunday.Leslie Maitland, who co-chairs the organization, welcomed some of the modifications in the latest revision of modernist design, which has faced intense backlash since it was first unveiled in late 2016.The most recent iteration reduces the addition’s height to seven stories in order to preserve views of the hotel, according to the City of Ottawa’s website, and has also added limestone accents.But Maitland said the changes aren’t enough to overcome the structure’s fundamental clash with the chateau’s “picturesque” sensibility.“They come up with several iterations, but they’re basically all versions of a glass box stuck onto this magnificent, Edwardian chateau,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “They can’t even think outside the box.”Peter Clewes of Toronto-based firm architectsAlliance, who is the lead architect on the project, said he shares Heritage Ottawa’s admiration for the hotel’s whimsical style, but they starkly diverge in their views of the most effective strategy to preserve the property’s heritage.“We’re trying to do a building of our time, and we don’t want to confuse the cultural history of Ottawa,” Clewes said. “We certainly don’t want to demean the hotel in any way.”Clewes said designing a structure in the same style of the hotel would likely amount to ahistorical mimickry, and could create confusion about what elements of the property are new, and what has been there for more than a century.“When you’re dealing with a building of national historic significance, you don’t want to confuse history,” he said. “Our focus has been trying to create a building that’s deferential to the hotel, and allows it a clear legibility of the hotel itself — what is historic and what is new.”The architect said the public criticism of the project has at times been hurtful, but the process of consulting with stakeholders, government officials and citizens has ultimately influenced his team’s designs for the better.Ottawa City Council is slated to discuss the project later this month.— By Adina Bresge in Toronto
3 March 2008Opening the seventh session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on its members to ensure that all nations are held equally accountable for the protection of rights as the new body begins its first-ever universal review of their performance. “No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights,” Mr. Ban said, hailing the start of the Universal Periodic Review, under which all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations. “The Review must reaffirm that just as human rights are universal, so is our collective respect for them and our commitment to them. It must help prevent the distrust that surrounded the work of the Commission on Human Rights in its final years,” he added, recalling the accusations of bias and politicization that dogged the predecessor body whose work was taken over by the new Council in 2006. Looking back at progress since the issuance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in December, Mr. Ban said that it had become clear that commitments and accountability are crucial factors in the effort to make those rights a reality for all. That accountability, in turn, depends on the collective scrutiny of international organizations, governments and civil society, he said, calling it “a duty of the highest order for each individual State, and the raison d’être of the Human Rights Council.” As for the record of the Council itself, Mr. Ban said that the establishment of its mechanisms and procedures had been on the right track over the nearly two years of its existence. But he posed the question to Council members of whether they were fully meeting the high expectations of the international community, which included the application of human rights values “without favour, without selectivity, without being impacted by any political machinations around the world.” “If you meet this benchmark,” he said, “you can count on my fullest support and defence in the face of criticisms and attacks, wherever they may come from.” The Council’s seventh session, including a high-level portion for the views of government representatives, as well as expert panels and presentations by Special Rapporteurs, will run through 28 March.
As our poll yesterday showed, more than a few people are taking their iPhone 5 out of its packaging to find the casing scratched or chipped. For any brand new product that you’ve paid hundreds of dollars to purchase, that’s totally unacceptable. But as far as Apple is concerned, it looks like you’re just going to have to accept their smartphone is prone to damage.That’s the view of Phil Schiller at least, Apple’s president of marketing. He’s probably been getting more than a few emails from iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon owners complaining about the damage to the aluminum casing, so he decided to respond to one of them. His explanation is not going to make many people very happy.Schiller briefly explains that aluminum will scratch or chip and “that is normal.” That’s all he had to say on the matter and it suggests he thinks iPhone 5 owners just need to accept it is going to happen.That is fair enough, but only if the scratches and chips occur once the phone is in use and not protected in a case. However, taking an iPhone 5 out of its packaging to find it damaged is not right. Hopefully Schiller was just referring to a phone in use (as his “with use” suggests), not brand new handsets that haven’t been touched since leaving the factory.Apple will have to do something to stop the damage happening during manufacturing, but it may not be able to make the aluminum any less prone to damage during use. iPhone case manufacturers won’t mind that one bit as they will see steady sales from consumers wanting to protect their iPhone 5 over the coming months.More at 9to5Mac
The Oculus Rift, an incredibly successful Kickstarter project determined to take a modern crack at the VR headsets of years past, is ready to help offer the “in the game” experience that so many gamers crave. Like many Kickstarter projects that see explosive growth, the Oculus Rift team wasn’t prepared to deliver so many headsets within the original deadlines. To explain how delivery will work now that the Kickstarter is over, the team published an update to the project on their website.Few Kickstarter projects start with the expectation that the project is going to explode out of the gate. The Oculus team admits to originally only planning to have to make a few hundred units. By the end of the Kickstarter they were faced with the challenge of shipping more than 7500. Production scale changes dramatically with that sort of growth, so the team had to work hard to create a solution that still managed to get units in the hands of developers within a time frame that was somewhat close to the original projection of four months. In their update, the team does a fantastic job breaking down exactly why Oculus units won’t be shipping until late March 2013.The final designs for the Oculus Rift developer headset features a 7-inch display with 1280×800 resolution. The new displays are said to be a marked improvement over the demo units that were originally made for the project, but are also 30 grams heavier and 1.4 inches larger. The final build features an optimized motion sensor capable of higher refresh rates and a magnetometer that was previously not available. The end result is a better screen and a sensor that can more accurately track the movements of the user, ultimately creating a more immersive experience.The Oculus team also announced additional support and ongoing work on adding support for popular game engines to the SDK. The video above demonstrates the work done with the Unreal 3 engine, however the SDK will also include Unity integration with the hopes that support will be included in the engines themselves in the future.The Developer Center for Oculus Rift was announced as well, with plans to provide developers with a single place for SDK access, forums, and a support system that will make it easy for developers to communicate directly with the Oculus team.Despite the delay the Oculus team is doing a great job of keeping everyone informed, and it is clear by this update that the team has everything they need to deliver an exciting product. Accessories like this one live or die on the support from developers willing to make their games work well on the hardware. With glowing reviews, like the one our own Sam Cook gave to an the early prototype of Rift, and the constant communication and updates seen by the team, I think it’s pretty clear that we will see a lot of support for this generation’s VR headset.via the Oculus blog
Jun 12th 2018, 8:40 AM By Hayley Halpin Share129 Tweet Email Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 8:40 AM Dublin City Council planning new pedestrian and cycle-only bridge across the River Liffey The council is proposing the Blood Stoney Bridge to cross the River Liffey in the Dublin Dockland Area. 28 Comments DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has begun planning for a new pedestrian and cycle-only bridge across the River Liffey.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the council said the proposed Blood Stoney Bridge will provide a new crossing point from New Wapping Street to Blood Stoney Road in the Dublin Dockland Area and will be a pedestrian and cycling-only facility.The bridge will have a full segregated cycleway with footpaths on either side and will tie in with the proposed Liffey cycle route, according to the council. The bridge will act as an opening bridge to allow river traffic to pass through when required.“The Dublin Dockland Area has been designated a Strategic Development Zone and is going through a period of significant investment. This includes major improvements to infrastructure and the creation of new business and residential zones within the historically industrial docklands,” the council said.“There is clear requirement for new pedestrian and cyclist facilities to not only meet current needs but also provide for the future infrastructure requirements in the area as other strategic developments are completed.”Planning stageDublin City Council said the bridge is “currently at the preliminary design stage”.Construction work is due to commence on the bridge in winter 2019.In a tendering document online, Dublin City Council has said it is currently seeking a contractor to carry out a ground investigation contract for the bridge.The investigation works will involve excavations, geophysical surveys, associated temporary traffic management, laboratory testing and the production of a factual ground investigation and contamination assessment report.The investigation is required to inform the future development of the bridge, the council said.“Blood Stoney Bridge is envisaged as being a continuation of the Campshire environment for cyclists and pedestrians. The engineering elements of the bridge will be incorporated with an architectural sensitivity to provide a continuity of character for people to experience along the Campshires that celebrates Dublin’s engineering heritage,” Dublin City Council said. Short URL Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Dublin Docklands along the River Liffey http://jrnl.ie/4065982 17,178 Views Dublin Docklands along the River Liffey Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, August 4, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash occurred in front of Rocco’s Restaurant on Main Street. Airbags deployed. Unspecified injuries. At least one individual was taken to Lahey Clinic by the Fire Department. Both vehicles towed. (8:43am)Police retrieved a syringe in a Middlesex Avenue parking lot and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (1:23pm)A caller reported there is a contractor she hired from Craigslist on her property attempting to collect payment. Police responded. Issue was a miscommunication about modern technology and old school banking. (2:38pm)John Romano (56, Lowell) was arrested on a warrant. A caller reported a suspicious man was leaning against a Fairview Avenue house he didn’t live in. (4:26pm)North Reading Police requested assistance with a male party possibly loading a rifle on Riverpark Drive in North Reading. (7:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”
In this 9 May 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: APThe US Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female CIA director, despite deep reservations among some lawmakers that her past involvement in the torture of terror suspects was a red flag.President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passed on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel’s nomination.“Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!” tweeted the president, who has described her as exceptionally qualified.Two Republicans voted against her, while Republican senator John McCain, who was tortured during years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, also opposed her nomination but is in Arizona battling brain cancer and could not vote.The 61-year-old Haspel, a Russia specialist who spent her career in the clandestine service, takes over from Mike Pompeo, whom Trump recently made his secretary of state.Haspel is widely respected as a disciplined, non-political field agent. She rose to manage the global clandestine network before becoming the CIA’s deputy director one year ago.But with her past suddenly in the spotlight, she endured a contentious confirmation process during which lawmakers criticised her work following the 11 September 2001 attacks, when she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand.It was there that Al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were water-boarded, an interrogation technique subsequently condemned as torture.Haspel pledged to lawmakers that she would “never ever” take the CIA back to enhanced interrogation techniques.While she notably declined to describe the interrogation methods as “immoral” at her confirmation hearing, she wrote in a follow-up letter to lawmakers that the harsh program “is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”‘The wrong message’?Number two senate Republican John Cornyn said Haspel is well-liked within the CIA and will provide “objective, unbiased, and unvarnished intelligence” to the president and policymakers.But several Democrats expressed worry that Haspel might not stand up to the president, who in 2016 told supporters that “torture works” and that he would like to see interrogation techniques “tougher than waterboarding.”Senator Dianne Feinstein, a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Community who in that role worked extensively with CIA management, said confirming Haspel sends “the wrong message” that the United States has abdicated its moral authority.“No one has ever been held accountable for the torture programme and I do not believe those who were intimately involved in it deserve to lead the agency,” Feinstein said in a statement after voting against Haspel.“What message does it send to the world if we reward people for presiding over what is considered to be one of the darkest chapters in our history?”The American Civil Liberties Union also attacked Haspel’s confirmation, calling it “a complete disgrace to our democracy.”“For the first time in the history of the United States, the CIA will be led by someone with a past role in the use of torture,” Christopher Anders, deputy director of ACLU’s legislative office, said in a statement.
Share AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FileIn this Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration’s main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Medicare’s financial problems have gotten worse, and Social Security’s can’t be ignored forever.Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class.The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point.The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034 — no change from the projection last year.The warning serves as a reminder of major issues left to languish while Washington plunges deeper into partisan strife. Because of the deterioration in Medicare’s finances, officials said the Trump administration will be required by law to send Congress a plan next year to address the problems, after the president’s budget is submitted.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that there’s time to fix the problems. “The programs remain secure,” Mnuchin said. Medicare “is on track to meet its obligations to beneficiaries well into the next decade.”“However, certain long-term issues persist,” the statement added. “Lack-luster economic growth in previous years, coupled with an aging population, has contributed to the projected shortages for both Social Security and Medicare.”Social Security recipients are likely to see a cost of living increase of about 2.4 percent next year, said government number-crunchers who produced the report. That works out to about $31 a month.At the same time, the monthly Medicare “Part B” premium for outpatient care paid by most beneficiaries is projected to rise by about $1.50, to $135.50.Both the cost-of-living increase and the Medicare outpatient premium are not officially determined until later in the year, and the initial projections can change.More than 62 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children receive Social Security benefits. The average monthly payment is $1,294 for all beneficiaries. Medicare provides health insurance for about 60 million people, most of whom are age 65 or older.Together the two programs have been credited with dramatically reducing poverty among older people and extending life expectancy for Americans. Financed with payroll taxes collected from workers and employers, Social Security and Medicare account for about 40 percent of government spending, excluding interest on the federal debt.But demands on both programs are increasing as America ages.Unless lawmakers act, both programs face the prospect of being unable to cover the full cost of promised benefits. With Social Security that could mean sharply reduced payments for retirees, many of whom are already on tight budgets. The report said the total annual cost of Social Security is projected to exceed total annual income in 2018 for the first time since the Reagan era, meaning the program will have to tap into reserves.For Medicare, insolvency would mean that hospitals, nursing homes and other providers of medical care would be paid only part of their agreed-upon fees.Medicare is widely seen as a more difficult problem that goes beyond the growing number of baby boomers retiring. It’s also the unpredictability of health care costs, which can be jolted by high-priced breakthrough cures, and which regularly outpace the overall rate of economic growth.The Cabinet secretaries for Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor usually participate in the annual release of the report, along with the Social Security commissioner, and take questions from reporters. None of those top officials was present Tuesday; an aide cited scheduling conflicts.The four top officials serve as the Social Security and Medicare trustees, along with two independent trustees who are supposed to represent the public. The public trustees are usually more candid, but those posts remain unfilled.President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but he hasn’t offered a blueprint for either program.Democrats, meanwhile, want to extend the social safety net by spending more on health care and education. Advocates for the elderly said Tuesday there should be no cuts to Social Security benefits.But federal deficits keep rising, and the recent Republican tax-cut bill is expected to add to the debt.Last year’s tax law, which cut taxes on Social Security benefits, helped exacerbate the shortfall. So too did repeal of the individual mandate in so-called Obamacare, which promises to increase the number of people without health insurance and therefore Medicare payments for uncompensated medical care.Higher deficits mean less maneuvering room for policymakers when the day of reckoning finally arrives for Social Security and Medicare.In principle, the U.S. is supposed to be paying forward its Social Security and Medicare obligations by building up trust funds to cover future costs. That money is invested in special government securities, which also collect interest. But when the money is actually needed to pay for benefits, economists say a government deep in debt could be hard pressed to make good.
BALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has been actively restoring service to customers who lost power due to the winter storm that began affecting central Maryland last night. Most of the outages have been concentrated in the southeast portion of BGE’s service area where ice and freezing rain accumulated on trees, power lines and other electric equipment. More than 3,600 employees and contractors, including additional construction and tree crews from outside Maryland, were mobilized to respond to outages. Most customers are expected to have service restored by late Tuesday evening. “BGE will continue to work throughout the day and this evening to restore service to customers who experience service interruptions,” said Robert Biagiotti, BGE vice president and chief customer officer. “As a reminder, due to potentially hazardous road conditions, it may take crews longer than normal to respond to outages. We thank our customers for their patience as we work to restore service as quickly and as safely as possible.”Outages and downed wires may be reported at BGE.com and through mobile devices. Customers may also report outages by calling 877-778-2222. Outage information and important details on how to remain safe during winter weather and other emergency events can be found at the storm center on BGE.com and on BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook.Customers with special needs, such as those who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.BGE’s restoration priorities are public safety and critical care facilities, such as 911centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest. Clearing fallen tree debris, snow-blocked roads, and safety limitations on use of bucket trucks during periods of high sustained winds, can be factors in restoration progress. As customers clear snow and ice, it is important to know the location of outside utility equipment such as natural gas or electric meters that could be covered in snow and may be susceptible to damage from snow shovels and mechanized snow removal equipment. Keep exhaust vents for natural gas appliances like water heaters, furnaces and fireplaces, clear of snow and ice, an important safety precaution in preventing buildup of carbon monoxide. Please keep outside meters clear of ice and snow. Use a broom or brush to gently clear the area around the meter of anything blocking it, including debris, ice and snow. Do not melt ice or snow on meters with a heat source, and do not chip or scrape ice. These methods can damage or break the meter. It is also important to remove icicles that hang over the meter and can drip freezing water that may damage equipment. Customers using a generator or space heater should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators outside, in well-ventilated areas.
However, you could also argue that Pacheco’s work simply depicts the past, rather than making a statement; Pacheco was a populist documentarian, and he pictured the homes where “average” campesinos lived. While his landscapes are beautiful, they are also emotionally neutral – the man simply painted what he saw, nothing more or less. With such literal titles as “La Troja” (“The Barn”) or “Casa Campesina con Tranquera” (“Country House with Fence”), he seems as personally attached to his subjects as a dentist to a tooth.Because the artist died in 1966, we can’t ask Pacheco his intentions, and although there are plenty of art historians ready to discuss the meaning of his work, the joy of the Pacheco exhibit is how open-ended it is. The Calderón Museum is a stately old mansion in Barrio Escalante, and its halls can only be described as hallowed. This handsomely arranged exhibit looks like it’s been around for years. There is little information on the walls, nor obvious pamphlets or statements. The art speaks for itself. Courtesy the Calderón MuseumI like to think of Pacheco less like Rockwell and more like Winslow Homer, the self-taught New England landscaper. Whether Pacheco knew it or not, he was preserving visions of past decades, before mass electrical grids and paved highways. You not only see what Costa Rica looked like in the mid-20th century, but you also sense the pace of life as only a master painter can capture it. Pacheco’s style is realistic, but it is also romantic and celebratory. He shied away from rainstorms and ruins, overworked laborers and giant bugs. He showed the country – literally – in its best light, years before anyone actually said “pura vida” in conversation.However you respond to Pacheco’s work, the exhibit is worth a visit. Other artists are also on display, and it’s interesting to see how Pacheco likely inspired them. In its brief online biography of Fausto Pacheco, the Education Ministry describes his landscapes as exploring “national themes.” One of those themes pervades every single painting: peace.“Fausto Pacheco y Otras Apreciaciones Estéticas del Paisaje Costarricense” continues through Sept. 28 at the Dr. Rafael Calderón Guardia Historical Museum, Barrio Escalante. Open daily. Free. Info: Museum Facebook page. Facebook Comments When the artist Fausto Pacheco was born in Heredia in 1899, Costa Rica was a very different place. San José was only the size of a large town, and the avenues were lined with streetcars. The nation had a standing army, and racial segregation was still on the books. La Sabana had not yet been converted into an airport, and the transcontinental railway wasn’t yet complete. It could take an entire day – or more – for a Central Valley resident to travel to the nearest beach. The National Theater was only two years old.This is why the Pacheco retrospective at the Calderón Historical Museum is so profound: the artist spent most of his life documenting those halcyon days, first as a photographer for the newspaper Diario de Costa Rica, and later as the nation’s most revered landscape painter. The exhibit displays many of Pacheco’s landscapes, which represent the nation as it once was: a place of farms and forest, mountains and dirt roads, haphazardly dotted with stucco houses and stone walls. Courtesy the Calderón MuseumFrom a 21st century perspective, Pacheco may seem like the Norman Rockwell of Costa Rica, and you could view his paintings as hopelessly sentimental. All Pacheco’s portraits show old-fashioned buildings, brightly sunlit and surrounded by foliage. (The popular painting instructor Bob Ross would have called them “happy little trees.”) Hindsight makes Pacheco look wistful and conservative, yearning for an idealized bygone age. Pacheco has the same soft palette as Thomas Kinkade, the same absence of human subjects, and the same corny patriotic imagery, like painted oxcarts, imposing mountains, and swaying palms.In an angrier country, such images could be used as evidence of past purity that has since been lost. See how great things used to be, before all the Taco Bell restaurants and Nicaraguan refugees? Remember how simple life was, when everyone was Catholic and spoke only Spanish? When cultures have crises of identity, they routinely pine for those better times, whether they existed or not. Related posts:TEOR/éTica offers different views of urban life Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú ‘From the Trenches’ exhibit illustrates World War I at Alianza Francesa ‘Casi Invisibles’ celebrates diversity among Costa Rican artists
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination January 3, 2019 1,244 Views Altisource HOUSING Lenders loans mortgage Non-QM Origination Production 2019-01-03 Radhika Ojha Today’s economic environment is one of the biggest challenges facing the mortgage market, according to the latest Originations Solutions Survey by Altisource.The online survey, which was conducted among 202 decision makers in the U.S. mortgage origination business also focused on industry insights including the risks and challenges in the current market landscape. Survey respondents listed competitor innovation through automation, margin compression through compliance costs and mitigation of regulatory risk, and rising rates among some of the major challenges faced by originators today.However, the biggest challenge according to 29 percent of those surveyed was increased purchase competition. The survey revealed that regulatory mandates, which was listed as the second most important challenge faced by mortgage lenders, continued to add “cost and time to the origination process.” The survey said that stricter standards continued to increase the risk of regulatory action and loan buyback demands.The survey found that while a decline in refinances was affecting the market, the respondents did not view this trend as a big challenge for the industry since the steadily rising interest rates and the drying up of the refi market was an expected phenomenon.Given these challenges, the Altisource survey highlighted five key areas that lenders should include in their strategies to remain competitive. They included:Considering outsourcing some or all operations to create a more variable cost modelJoining a peer network to gain knowledge, develop partnerships, and save moneyContinuing to look for new talent while focusing on the retention of top performersConsidering pilot programs, such as moving a portion of the lenders’ business to a variable cost model to generate savingsLooking at the future, 78 percent of the respondents said that they were concerned about loan production expenses that were likely to continue to increase even as volumes dropped. To tackle this challenge, 64 percent said that they had implemented automation. Fifty-six percent of the respondents said that they had diversified and changed their loan offerings, 51 percent had consolidated their staff and 45 percent had outsourced their production.Among market opportunities, 25 percent saw maximum opportunity in construction loans followed by Non-QM non-Jumbo loans, and renovation loans. 5 Ways to Remain Competitive Share
An injured Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu (32) waves to cheering fans as he stands with teammates Trevon Hartfield (41), Brandon Williams (26) and Tyrequek Zimmerman (45) during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Me & @Jbet26 been grinding…… We will be Ready!!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 16, 2016Rucker required offseason surgery on his ankle.However, while all three players officially took another step closer to their respective returns, being removed from the PUP list does not necessarily mean they are on target to be ready for Week 1 vs. New England.“I wouldn’t say that,” Arians said. “I’d just say that they’re on target to get mental reps. They look good — Ty looks real good right now; Justin still favors a little bit, but he’s fine. Frostee’s got to get in a little better shape.” Share The Arizona Cardinals removed Tyrann Mathieu, Frostee Rucker and Justin Bethel from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, though none of the recovering defensive players are ready to join the team in full practice.“We brought those guys off of PUP not necessarily to practice, but to be able to get them mental reps in walk-throughs,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in San Diego while discussing the move. “We’re not going to get them on the field until they’re ready, and there’s no timetable for any of those three guys right now as far as when they’ll practice, but they will get the mental reps in the walk-throughs.” As for what Mathieu, Bethel and Rucker need to show Arians for him to deem them ready to practice, he said it comes down to passing physicals.“As far as the physical football-part of it,” he said. “They know and we know.”Arizona Sports’ Adam Green contributed to this report – / 15 The biggest name coming off the PUP list is undoubtedly Mathieu, who in mid-December and Week 15 of the NFL season tore his ACL.Mathieu recorded 89 tackles, a forced fumble and five interceptions last season before his injury. He recently signed a five-year contract that is backloaded with guarantees.Bethel underwent offseason surgery to repair a fractured foot in April after finishing 2015 as a starting cornerback for two regular season games and the postseason. He is behind in the cornerback competition opposite Patrick Peterson with rookie Brandon Williams out of Texas A&M taking advantage of his opportunity there.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on a performer known as Grandma the clown who resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.(all times local):2:10 p.m.An official at a Vermont-based youth circus says she doesn’t know when or where a former circus performer met a 16-year-old aerialist he pressured into posing for pornographic photos.Circus Smirkus Executive Director Jennifer Carlo says Wednesday the victim travelled with the youth circus from 2002-2004 and could have met Barry Lubin, also known as Grandma the clown. She says it was common for Circus Smirkus performers to meet other members of the circus world.At the time Lubin was not employed by Circus Smirkus .Lubin says the allegations are true and has apologized.His accuser says she first met Lubin while she toured with Circus Smirkus. She says the incidents happened in 2004 while she was performing with the Big Apple Circus in New York.Carlo says Circus Smirkus has severed its relationship with Lubin, who worked for the circus as recently as last summer.____10: 25 p.m. TuesdayA beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that 65-year-old Barry Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward.In a statement released by his lawyer, Lubin apologized for his conduct, saying the sexual misconduct allegations are true and that he takes full responsibility for his actions.The female victim said it happened during the Big Apple’s 2004 season in New York. She said she was at first hired to work with the mini-troupe, but then Lubin persuaded her to model for his personal photography business. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 11:18 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Circus exec: not sure when clown, teen met
Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 17, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Eric Church; $2,848,366; $97.59.2. Elton John; $2,537,107; $138.32.3. Fleetwood Mac; $2,345,717; $143.93.4. Justin Timberlake; $2,146,500; $132.55.5. Metallica; $2,094,252; $119.42.6. Luis Miguel; $2,003,661; $80.67.7. Michael Bublé; $1,517,024; $124.47.8. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,405,405; $115.69.9. Cher; $1,345,126; $114.96.10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $1,309,680; $64.80.11. KISS; $1,243,595; $105.96.12. Mumford & Sons; $1,230,658; $73.96.13. Marc Anthony; $1,190,570; $104.62.14. Florence + The Machine; $1,144,592; $73.15.15. Travis Scott; $1,136,791; $75.16.16. Blake Shelton; $1,044,392; $89.58.17. Dave Matthews Band; $1,014,332; $94.92.18. André Rieu; $947,246; $87.54.19. Shawn Mendes; $861,630; $68.73.20. Panic! At The Disco; $785,504; $60.47.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 1:46 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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