Login/Register With: Facebook Toronto is a huge city with a diverse set of cultural influences and a variety of interlocking arts scenes. Even considering that, we’re hitting above our weight class when it comes to music. Whittling NOW’s list down to our 10 best local albums was hard enough (which is why we also published our critics’ personal lists), but even deciding our 101 best Toronto songs was tough this year.Weekly throughout the year, we’ve been making 20-song playlists of the best local music of the week (it’s called #NOWplaying, and you can subscribe here). The best of the best ended up here, in the 101 best Toronto songs of 2018 playlist. There are major pop hits (Drake and the Weeknd, hello again) to future pop superstars (hey Jessie Reyez) and all corners of the hip-hop scene, from Regent Park to Parkdale. There’s some hardcore, some thrash and death metal, some techno and house, some folk and country, some operatic neo-classical ethnomusicology – there are all kinds of music in the city, and we tried to feature as much of it as we can.The only real rule to this Spotify playlist is that each artist could only be represented once (with a few little exceptions here and there). It’s been arranged to flow for close to seven hours, so you can start at the top and let it play through. Or hit play anywhere and listen for a while. Hit shuffle if you want to, and see what gems you dig up. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
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Rabat- Morocco has achieved significant growth in the aeronautical sector since attending its first Farnborough Airshow in 2010, the aviation outlet AIN reported.Morocco’s Investment Development Agency (AMDI) will attend Farnborough Airshow to present the advantages Morocco has as a manufacturing destination for the aerospace industry. The airshow began July 16 and will continue until July 22.The aviation news outlet thoroughly highlighted Morocco’s advantages for the aerospace industry. Low labor force costsMorocco has been successful in touting its inexpensive labor force and political stability to motivate international investments.“Due to its political stability, solid infrastructure, and strategic location, Morocco is rapidly becoming a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies,” the Aerospace Industry in Morocco said.China, more than other countries, has benefited from Morocco’s advantages of investment in various sectors.In an April 2017 statement, the AMDI expected “the arrival of 200 Chinese companies operating in a variety of areas including the manufacturing of cars, the aeronautics industry, aviation replacement parts, electronic information, textiles, the manufacturing of machines, and many more. Total investment by companies in the [free economic] zone after 10 years is expected to reach $10 billion.”Since the aviation sector is developing, especially in the manufacture of ancillary and spare parts, Morocco could be an attractive destination for companies seeking to invest in the aerospace industry.“The Kingdom of Morocco is a dedicated industrial partner. The Boeing Eco-System is indicative of our ability to plan and execute large-scale projects in the aerospace sector and launches a new era of aerospace in Morocco,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, told the publication.Economic free zones ideal for aviationAIN has listed many economic locations in Morocco which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aviation sector. These include Casablanca’s Aéropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to Tangier, Kenitra, Oujda, and Salé, which have aerospace facilities.Midparc said that Morocco is a “competitive platform for export” with an average monthly wage of $327, which is “almost ten times lower than in Spain.” The Aviation Professions Institute (IMA) gives vocational training for professionals in the sector. “IMA’s medium-term objective is to train 800 persons per year in aviation and aerospace professions thanks to a tool of international standards, set up as a result of a partnership between the GIMAS (Group of Moroccan Aviation and Aerospace Industrialists), the UIMM (Union of Metallurgical Profession Industries) and the state of Morocco,” Midparc said.AIN noted that the Midparc Free Zone claims to host aviation companies such as Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Aviation, Ratier Figeac, and Safran.In addition to more than 110 international aeronautical and aerospace companies operating in Morocco, AIN cited a recent briefing of the US’s export.gov. It said “Morocco boasts nearly 11,500 aviation professionals, of whom 50 percent are women. [Morocco’s] aerospace industry…plans to double its capacity and number of operators and create 23,000 new jobs by 2020. The Casablanca Free Zone in Nouaceur…is a designated industrial integrated platform with special support for investors in the aerospace sector.”Stephen Orr, vice president of Operation Morocco Manufacturing praised the future of aerospace and employees’ development.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.In late 2017, “Boeing and RAM announced orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $1.1 billion at list prices. RAM’s fleet consists of 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s, and a 747-400”, AIN reported.
TORONTO — Mining stocks led the way to a strong showing on the Toronto stock market Friday amid general relief over a plan to lower euro zone borrowing costs.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 128.28 points to 12,268.01, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 18.41 points to 1,276.71.The plan by the European Central Bank to buy up government bonds raised hopes that greater financial stability in Europe will help the region get out of its economic slump, hopefully hike demand for oil and metals and send shares prices higher on the resource-intensive TSX.“Any indication of stability is positive, is viewed that we can get things back on track and get global economic growth back into a positive trajectory,” said Jennifer Dowty, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.[np-related]It was a different showing in New York as traders considered vastly different employment pictures for Canada and the United States.Surging copper and a weak U.S. currency also helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.48 of a cent to 102.23 cents US as Statistics Canada said the economy created 34,300 jobs in August. That was much better than the approximately 10,000 new jobs that economists had expected.The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3%, however.U.S. markets were slightly higher as a poor U.S. jobs report was expected to persuade the Federal Reserve to launch further stimulus.The U.S. Labour Department reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in August, less than the 125,000 that had been forecast. The jobless rate edged down to 8.1% from 8.3% but that was because of fewer people looking for work.And to top it all off, the department said 41,000 fewer jobs had been created in June and July than previously reported.The Dow Jones industrials was up 14.64 points to 13,306.64, while the Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.61 of a point to 3,136.42, weighed down by a revenue warning from chip giant Intel.The S&P 500 index gained 5.8 points to 1,437.92.Previous easing measures by the Fed have supported financial markets.The Fed’s intentions could become clearer next week when the central bank holds its next interest rate meeting.“It tilts the scale for some sort of action next week by (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke,” Dowty said.“The market is certainly betting on it, suggesting if we don’t see action next week it will certainly create some volatility.”North American markets were set to end the week higher in the wake of the ECB’s move Thursday to get a grip on the euro zone’s debt crisis.The plan amounts to a commitment to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds from euro countries that request help. Ostensibly, the plan is meant to ease the financial pressures on Spain and Italy by giving them time to reduce debt and reform their economies.The ECB had been under pressure to take action after Spain and Italy became the latest countries forced to pay yields in the seven% range on their benchmark 10-year bonds earlier this year, a level that raised worries that they could be forced to seek bailouts.The ECB plan seemed to be working as Spain has seen its cost of borrowing fall since the announcement. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond fell another 0.21 percentage point to 5.80% on Friday, the first time it’s gone below six% since May.Investors think Spain will make a formal request to tap the new program within weeks, which could ease the pressures in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.TSX gains were led by an 8% rise in the base metals sector as September copper ran ahead 13 cents to US$3.65 a pound. Teck Resources gained $2.48 to $29.51 while First Quantum Minerals jumped $1.95 to $21.92.The gold sector rose over 2% as bullion prices turned positive on the prospect the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide on another round of quantitative easing, which would see the central bank print more money to buy bonds. December gold was up $34.90 to US$1,740.50 an ounce and Barrick Gold Corp. rose 99 cents to $39.27 while Goldcorp Inc. improved by 70 cents to $42.06.The energy sector rose just over 2% as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 89 cents to US$96.42 a barrel. Suncor Energy climbed 74 cents to $32.59 while Cenovus Energy rose 92 cents to $34.22.The ECB move helped push the TSX up 319 points or 2.66% this week.In corporate news, Garda World Security Corp. has agreed to be taken over in a $1.1-billion deal that would see the company taken private. Garda say a consortium formed by Stephan Cretier, its founder, chairman and CEO, and a subsidiary of funds advised by global private equity firm Apax Partners, is offering $12 per share in cash. That represents a 30% premium over the closing price of the company’s class A shares on Thursday. Its shares were halted Friday morning but at mid-afternoon had surged $2.74 or 29.78% to $11.94.Lululemon Athletica Inc. reported quarterly net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share. That compared with net earnings of $38.4-million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Vancouver-based activewear retailer also reported revenue up 33% to $282.6-million. It also raised its full year revenue projection and its stock rose $8.11 or 12.03% to $75.50.Intel is cutting its third-quarter revenue forecast due to softer than expected demand for its chips amid difficult economic conditions. Intel chips go into about 80% of personal computers and into a vast number of servers as well, making it a bellwether for spending on computers. Its stock fell 90 cents to US$24.19.
“Our focus is on a moving target,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the IAEA’s Symposium on International Safeguards currently under way at its Vienna headquarters, outlining the multiple challenges it faces.“We cannot just continue to do business as usual. We cannot continue with mechanical or mechanistic operations,” he added, stressing the importance of safeguards as a tool for peace and security.On the agency’s finances, he noted that its budget is only $130 million dollars. “That’s the budget with which we’re supposed to verify the nuclear activities of the entire world,” he said, adding that $1 billion was reportedly spent just by the United States-led Iraq Survey Group checking on weapons of mass destruction there after the 2003 war.“Our budget, as I have said before, is comparable with the budget of the police department in Vienna. So we don’t have the required resources in many ways to be independent, to buy our own satellite monitoring imagery, or crucial instrumentation for our inspections.” While the expansion of nuclear power generation is good because of shortages of energy, concerns about climate change and the development prospects of 2.4 billion people who have no access to modern systems, it also means that nuclear technology will spread to more and more countries, applicable for both peaceful purposes “and unfortunately also non-peaceful purposes,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Another challenge comes from the political environment. “There has been temptation for countries to develop nuclear weapons in the last decade or so. We started with Iraq, then there was Libya. We have seen the nuclear test in North Korea. So it’s becoming fashionable, if you like, for countries to look into the possibilities of protecting themselves through nuclear weapons,” he added.Turning to the problem of undeclared activities in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Weapons (NPT), he cited the Iraqi programme discovered in 1991 and 20 years of Iranian activities that also went unreported, stressing the need for enforcement of an additional protocol providing for speedy, unannounced inspections. Another challenge arises over verification of arms dismantling in a country that has already moved into the weaponization field. “We are going to face the question for sure in North Korea,” Mr. ElBaradei said of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) which said it carried out a nuclear test last week.Because of its modest financial resource, the IAEA has to rely on Member States for support in using new tools such as environmental sampling and satellite monitoring, but would prefer to have its own programme in the field, he added.But above all, “access is the key. You can use environmental sampling, you can use satellite monitoring, but there is no substitute for being on the ground. We have seen how important that is in many countries where we are on the ground and are doggedly asking questions until we understand what is really going on,” he declared.
← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2014: Easy start for Barca Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce win opener of the season Here are the complete groups of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/2015.Group ATHW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)PSG HB (FRA)HC Brest Meshkov (BLR)Group BFC Barcelona (ESP)KIF Kolding (DEN)Alingsas HK (SWE)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Besiktas MOGAZ HT (TUR)Group CMKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HC Vardar (MKD)Montpellier AH (FRA)Group DKS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pick Szeged (HUN)Aalborg Handbold (DEN)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)The opener will be seen in Schaffhausen on September 25, when Kadetten will meet Vive Targi Kielce.
TWO MEN ARE being questioned after gardaí raided a cannabis growhouse in Tralee.Around 1,000 plants were discovered in the operation. Gardaí estimate the drugs have a street value in the region of €1 million.The discovery was made following a planned search at an industrial unit in the Clash area this morning.Two men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were arrested at the scene. They’re being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tralee Garda station.The area has been sealed off pending forensic tests.Read: Two in court over giant €2 million cocaine and heroin seizure
Des chercheurs mettent à jour les données sur les températures en ArctiqueDes scientifiques viennent de mettre à jour HadCRUT, une des bases de données principales en ce qui concerne les températures terrestres. Les premières informations remontaient à 1850… Et il était temps que les données subissent un petit coup de jeune, notamment celles provenant de l’Arctique, devenues obsolètes. En effet, c’est la région de la planète qui a connu les plus grands changements au niveau du réchauffement climatique. Mais les modifications ne changent guère la tendance à long-terme. 1998 n’est juste plus considérée comme l’année la plus chaude, c’est 2010 qui prend la première place. Phil Jones, directeur du Climatic Unit Research (Cru) explique qu’il était nécessaire de revoir les chiffres de HadCRUT: “Nous avons étayé la base de données avec différentes observations mais il est clair qu’il se peut que cela ne reflète pas totalement l’ampleur des changements en Arctique, car nous avons très peu d’informations sur cette région. Nous avons donc ajouté à HadCRUT, les données provenant de plus de 400 stations en Arctique, en Russie et au Canada”, rapporte la BBC. En outre, les scientifiques ont également changé leur façon de mesure la température à la surface des océans. Désormais, avec les avancées technologiques, les bateaux sont pratiquement tous équipés de capteurs, qui peuvent précisément mesurer la température à la surface. Leurs nouvelles techniques ont donc été enregistrées, permettant de préciser et de réajuster les anciennes données. Quand une erreur se glisse dans les données… À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cela leur a également permis de découvrir une anomalie qui se glissait dans chacun de leurs relevés… Cette erreur était due aux anciennes techniques de mesure. En effet, avec des différences dans les seaux utilisés pour collecter l’eau de mer, et les différents endroits de prélèvement des échantillons, les résultats étaient loin d’être précis. Peter Stott, directeur du département de surveillance du climat au Met Office, explique que “des recherches ont montré qu’en général, l’eau contenue dans les seaux était plus froide, car elle était inerte, du coup, il pouvait y avoir d’importants écarts artificiels de température”.Mais nous sommes désormais en mesure de quantifier et de corriger ces erreurs, et de donner une évolution claire et globale des températures à la surface de l’océan”, affirme Peter Stott. HadCRUT est une des trois bases d’archives utilisées par les climatologues. Elle est compilée par le Met Office’s Hadley Center et l’Unité de Recherche Climatique (Cru) en Angleterre. Les deux autres sont gérées par la NASA et la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Même si les observations “donnent une meilleure représentation de ce qui se passe sur la plus grande région géographique de la planète”, précise Phil Jones, l’indice général de réchauffement climatique reste le même. Depuis 1900, l’atmosphère semble se réchauffer de 0,75°C. Le 21 mars 2012 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambert
By Sulayman Bah The previous campaign of Mamut Saine, though it did not deliver a collage of titles, he still has a reason to smile after having clutched the league’s best foreign midfielder award in his first spell in European football. Such recognition did not come without hard work, and achieved at total new surroundings, makes it all the more a fascinating storyline.Saine like all established professionals of the trade’s long journey to European football is a bumpy one with inevitable rough patches.He spent a couple of stints at local club Seaview as the first stop to a career spanning five years. One of the then GFA championship’s notable midfielders, his flashes of brilliance were not to go unnoticed and the late gaffer Lamin Sarr was vindicated when he tasked the youngster to command the Gambia U-20’s midfield throughout the CAF Youth Championship in South Africa.Tunisian club Bizertin, which he would later signed for, intrigued by the Gambia’s stand-out show in Johannesburg, came hovering but were overshadowed by a plethora of big-name clubs including, Moldova’s Sheriff, Austria’s Rapid Wein and Porto FC of Portugal.And understandably, Porto’s offer turned Saine’s head. Soon a round of transfer negotiations between the European club and the Gambian’s representatives followed but the process hit the buffers after disagreement ensued amongst the parties over the player’s Seaview contract – a deal he signed prior to departing for the U-20 tournament.Upon returning, prompted by Gambia’s youth team acrimonious early exit in the group stages, Mamut took up Tunisian outfit Bizertin’s five-year offer making his debut in a Champions League clash with Morocco’s Raja Casablanca. What began as a fairytale took a drastic turn as the Gambian, after three games, spent several months on the peripheries nursing an injury. His return to the pitch brought an end to the North African side’s 28-year wait for a trophy.‘My first season with Bizertin was very good after signing with them; I started in the first eleven in Arab Champions League against Raja Casablanca of Morocco. I played the entire game and we won 2-0. And later, after three games in the season, I got a bad hamstring injury which kept me out for months which was very stressful. I later came back and played and we won the Tunisian Cup. I scored in the semis and played 65minutes in the final which we won. It was a very important cup for the club because it was over 28 years since the club last won a trophy and we did it for them,’ Mamut Saine told Foroyaa Sport from his base in Greece.Description: Description: C:\Users\Report1\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\5606_501338926600647_810578229_n.jpgPic: Mamut Saine while at CA BizertinHowever club Bizertin’s flourish took a massive hit amid looming financial trouble. Top ten players on high wages including the Gambia international were asked to take a pay cut in a bid to balance the books. This proposal was met with a rebellious response with a good number of the players, Mamut included, rejecting it. The Gambian midfielder insists he wasn’t lowering his wages because he’d only played a single season and on account his transfer fee from Seaview was yet to be completed.‘…the (club) president was angry with me and other players and they later asked us to train with the second team (reserves) until we take pay cut. While I was training with the second team there, ES Métlaoui (anther club in the Tunisian top flight) came with an offer. (My club CA Bizertin) accepted and I did too. I signed six months loan with them…,’ Saine says.The tempestuous relationship between Mamut and the Tunisian outfit ended with a divorce sealed in blood.He continues: ‘When the season finished (after the loan), we broke the contract in mutual terms and I left.’Reports preceding the Gambian and other rebellious players’ unceremonious exit triggered uproar when the club’s website claimed the players were let go because the coach considered them surplus to requirement.Saine ventured into a sabbatical away from the spotlight before taking a dip swim into waters of European football months after he found Greece second tier AS Fokikos’s offer too good to turn down. His spell there lasted six months opting on a move to cash-stabled Anagenisi Karditsa in the same league, completing his first league season in Europe.Mamut fondly christened after retired Spain international Macus Sena, had his best moments with Karditsa. He didn’t win the league but helped guide the club to a decent finish and for his efforts was named the league’s best foreign midfielder in the second division. Like every decent playmaker, the former Gambia U-20, courted a bevy of interest including two concrete offers from Greece Super League, top flight.One of the suitors is a regular in the Europa League who’d promised to tie him to a deal and loan him to Cyprus to rake up first-team top tier experience. The player disapproved the offer having spoken to few of his team-mates who’d had spells in Cyprus.The other Super League club slapped a juicy five-year deal on the table but the deal was scuppered after the club coach and Sporting Director left.‘The other team from the Super league offered me a five years contract which I agreed already and was supposed to get back to Athens to complete the transfer and later the coach and the sporting director left the club so the deal didn’t go through. And later I decided to take this offer and start preparations as early as possible and they finished 4th in the table last season. They have signed good players in order to secure promotion.’Second tier Athlitikos Omilos Chania won over the playmaker on a two-year contract after making huge investment and signing big-name players in an effort to boost their promotion chances this season.He continued: ‘I’m very happy to finally join this historic club, because so many big players played here and left a good name and later they all played in big leagues in Europe and that’s what I want too in the near feature. I had a long discussion with the coach here and we also met when I was on holidays. He told me how seriously he needed me in his team, the project the team is putting on which is promising to any developing player. My agent was also very keen on this move because he knew I will have the playing time that will convince other big teams to make offers.’On the coming new season he concludes: ‘My ambitions are always the same which is to be at my best throughout the season and be a key player in my club. Hopefully we will make a good season together.’The 21-year-old owes Seaview former club president Hatib Janneh for his part in his career development.]]>
Ahead of their of their game at Anfield on Saturday, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has praised Liverpool’s front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as the best in the world.Cardiff City face a difficult away game when they visit Anfield on Saturday to play an in-form Liverpool team and Warnock understands that his team has to be at the top of their game to get a result.Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, he also heaped praise on Liverpool’s dangerous front trio, Cardiff City website reports.“I think their front three is probably the best around the world,” Warnock said.“But we’re playing quite well and I think we can cause problems. You’ve got to go there and believe. We’ve all got to play to the top of our potential to give them a good game, and hope that they have a bit of an off day.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I know the lads are looking forward to it; it’s not every day you go to Anfield. It’s a special place for football.“After tomorrow’s game, we’ve played almost everyone in the ‘top-six’, with just Manchester United to go in December.We’ve had a tough run of games, but the crowd has been the biggest plus for us – the whole city has got behind us. It’s been special this season, and now we’ve got a big run of games leading up to Christmas.”
Phoenix Williams and Brianna Frisby help run the Juneau-Douglas High School art club booth at Public Market, which was located in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. (Photo by Peter Metcalfe)The Juneau-Douglas High School art club is sending 10 students to Art Fest in Skagway, despite a fundraising setback last month. Some money went missing from the club’s booth during Public Market.The booth was in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and featured student-made pottery, comic books and holiday cards. Prices ranged from $3 to $15. Art teacher Heather Ridgway and art club students ran the booth.Juneau-Douglas senior Hal Turman was the last person there the first evening of the three-day market.“Ms. Ridgway told me to put the cashbox under the table and so I did that and, I don’t know, it wasn’t there the next day,” Turman said.Turman felt terrible, but Ridgway said she takes the blame. Normally, Ridgway would close the booth and take the cash box home, but she left the market early for a family obligation.“I was embarrassed. I can’t believe I did that to my kids. I felt awful,” Ridgway said.She told Public Market employee Thomas Beierly Sr. that money had gone missing.Beierly told the other vendors about it as a warning to be extra careful with their sale items and money. But then Beierly, along with a couple others, went a step further.“I went to all the vendors and I asked if they could help donate a couple of bucks that we could help the kids, and everybody agreed and I think the smallest I ever got was $5. The vendors were throwing, like, $10, $20, $20 …” Beierly said.Beierly said all the vendors at the JACC pitched in. He was able to give the art club more money than what was lost. Ridgway “couldn’t even stop hugging me,” Beierly said.“I was beside myself with gratitude,” Ridgway said. “We had some cards we were selling with student designs on them and one of the parents that came brought a bunch of Hershey’s Kisses, so we put chocolate kisses in cards together and went around to all the vendors in the JACC and gave everybody a card and chocolate kiss and thanked them.”In the end, the art club raised about $1,400, enough for all 10 students to take the ferry to Skagway for Art Fest in April.
Share Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty ImagesFireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2015As Americans prepare to celebrate the country’s 241st birthday, they believe the overall tone and level of civility between Democrats and Republicans in the nation’s capital has gotten worse since the election of President Trump last year, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. The same survey also shows distrust of many of the nation’s fundamental democratic institutions amongst the public.Seven in 10 Americans say the level of civility in Washington has gotten worse since President Trump was elected, while just 6 percent say the overall tone has improved. Twenty percent say it’s stayed the same. For comparison, 35 percent in 2009 said civility in the country had declined in the U.S. following President Obama’s election, per a Gallup survey. Eight years ago, 21 percent of Americans in that poll thought civility and the tone of discourse in the country had improved.There’s also little difference in Americans’ views on civility and the level of discourse across partisan lines. Just over eight in 10 Democrats say it’s gotten worse since Trump was elected, while 70 percent of independents say the same thing. Sixty-five percent of Republicans say civility between the GOP and Democrats has declined since November, with just 12 percent saying it has improved.“Searching for consensus in Washington?” asks Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “There’s strong consensus across the board that civility in Washington is on the outs.”And few people have a high level of trust in many of the institutions that are the backbone of American democracy. Only intelligence and law enforcement agencies like the CIA and the FBI engender much goodwill, with 60 percent saying they have some degree of trust in them.Even as Trump has, at times, attacked the CIA along with the FBI investigation into his campaign aides’ possible collusion with Russia during the election, 40 percent of Republicans say they have a good amount of trust in the intelligence community, with 19 percent saying they have a great deal of trust in them. Twenty-five percent of Republicans say they don’t have very much trust in the intelligence community, with 11 percent saying they don’t have any trust in them. Among Trump supporters, just over half still have trust in those groups, while 30 percent say they don’t have very much trust in them, with 14 percent having no trust.Americans still trust the judicial system too, with 6 in 10 also saying they have some degree of trust in the courts. A quarter of people say they don’t have much trust in the court system, with 12 percent saying they don’t have any trust at all.But other institutions are viewed dismally by the public. A 46 percent plurality of Americans say they don’t have very much trust in Congress, while 22 percent say they don’t have any trust in the legislative branch; just 6 percent have a great deal of trust in Congress, while 23 percent say they have a good amount of trust in it. The body’s unpopularity is fairly high across party lines, though Republicans (39 percent) are slightly more likely than Democrats (25 percent) to trust Congress.How much Americans trust the Trump administration, the media and public opinion polls is deeply divided along partisan lines. Just 30 percent of all Americans have some degree of trust in the media, while a 37 percent plurality say they don’t have any trust in the media. However, among Democrats, 56 percent say they trust the media, but only 9 percent of Republicans say they trust the press, while 59 percent say they don’t trust it at all. Just over 1 in 4 independents say they trust the media, with 35 percent saying they don’t trust the press at all and the same amount saying they don’t trust the media very much.There’s similar distrust of public opinion polls, which just more than 6 in 10 Americans say, to some degree, they don’t trust. Half of Democrats, however, say they do, while just 28 percent of Republicans say they trust surveys. Thirty-four percent of independents say they trust public opinion polls, while 63 percent either don’t have much trust or any trust in them.Just more than 6 in 10 Americans say they either don’t have very much trust or any trust in the Trump administration, including, 69 percent of Democrats who say they don’t trust the White House at all. Almost half of independents also say they don’t trust the Trump administration. However, 47 percent of Republicans say they trust the White House a good amount, with 37 percent saying they trust the administration a great deal.Compared to trust in the new administration, there’s a reversal in opinion when it comes to which party trusts that U.S. elections are fair. Overall, Americans are split on that question, as are independent voters. But 72 percent of Republicans trust that they are, while just 42 percent of Democrats overall do.And when it comes to the rights that Americans are afforded in the Constitution, there’s a split along party lines over whether some of those rights have been encroached upon or have been expanded too much.Majorities of Americans agree that freedom of religion is fine as things are, but slightly more Republicans and independents, when compared to Democrats, think it has been too restricted. Thirty-four percent of Trump supporters also think it’s been restricted too much, though 49 percent think things are fine the way they are.A slight majority (52 percent) also think the right to protest or criticize the government is fine as things are, though 41 percent of Republicans think it’s been expanded too much, compared to just 7 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of independents who feel that way. A 48 percent plurality of Republicans think things are fine as they are when it comes to protesting or criticizing the government.Forty-four percent of Democrats also think that the right to vote has been too restricted, while 49 percent think things are fine as they are now. However, 25 percent of Republicans think the right to vote has been expanded too much, while 66 percent think things are fine as they are now.One of the biggest partisan gaps is over freedom of the press. A 46 percent plurality of Republicans think press freedoms are fine as they are now, but almost as many (42 percent) think that freedom of the press has been expanded too much. Forty-two percent of Trump supporters also think freedom of the press has been expanded too much. In comparison, 32 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of independents think freedom of the press has been restricted too much.The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll surveyed 1,205 adults from June 21-25 contacted by live interviewers using a mix of landline and mobile numbers. There is a 2.8-percentage point margin of error. A sub-sample of 995 registered voters were also surveyed, with a 3.1-percentage point margin of error.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Hotel chain Accor will operate a new five star, Sofitel-branded hotel in Adelaide, South Australia, scheduled to open in 2018.Palumbo Pty Ltd selected Accor to operate the AUD$140 million development, which will boast 250 rooms and 80 apartments within its 32 storeys.Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said this development will raise the tourism standards and international profile of Adelaide.“It is almost 30 years since a hotel of this status and quality has been built in Adelaide’s CBD and it will help attract significant increases in tourism, business travel and conferences to the city,” Mr McGrath said.“The demand into Adelaide’s visitor economy is growing despite new hotel supply entering the market last year.“Occupancy for the total market finished just under 80 per cent in occupancy while revenue per room grew by 5.5 per cent.“This growth is being fuelled by major projects such as the Adelaide Oval and Convention Centre.”Palumbo Pty Ltd managing director Daniel Palumbo said Sofitel Adelaide is expected to be a premier hotel destination and will reflect Sofitel’s signature French style.“It will offer the best of both worlds, it will combine the very best South Australian wine and produce with the finest French pastries, wines, cheeses and breads, all of which create a uniquely European experience for guests,” he said.The hotel will feature a restaurant, four bars, a ballroom, conference rooms and swimming and fitness facilities.South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the hotel will benefit Adelaide in terms of tourism and employment.“Having a luxury branded five-star hotel in Adelaide will be a further boost to our [AUD]$5.1 billion tourism industry which employs more than 33,000 people,” he said.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
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