zoom The subsea service company Reef Subsea has today exercised its option to extend the charter party for the subsea vessel “Polar King” with nine months.This extends the current contract until February 2015. Reef Subsea has an option of extending the contract for another 15 months.“Polar King” has been on contract for Reef Subsea since the vessel was delivered in 2011.GC Rieber Shipping, November 15, 2013
zoom SeaBird Exploration Plc (SeaBird) announced that the Aquila Explorer has been awarded a 2D contract in the Far East region.The contract has an estimated duration of about 60 days and an estimated value of approximately USD 8 million. Startup is expected early January 2014.MV Aquila Explorer was converted to 2D-Source vessel in Singapore 2007. The vessel is designed for worldwide operation.SeaBird is a global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry.SeaBird, December 19, 2013
Kolkata: Three candidates from Bengal have managed to secure ranks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) the result of which was published on Wednesday afternoon. However, many candidates, failed to check their result due to a server failure till late on Wednesday evening resulting in confusion among the medical aspirants.The candidates have raised questions on how such technical problems occur in a high profile exam like NEET where lakhs of candidates from across the country take part. NEET is a national level medical entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHemant Khandelia from Bengal has ranked 11 in the merit list with 691 marks out of 720 while M.H Sayan Shah has got a rank of 44 with 685 marks. Diprasom Das has managed to secure a rank of 46 with 685 marks. All of them are male candidates belonging to unreserved category. Among other states Delhi has bagged 9 candidates who have secured their ranks below 50 in the merit list. Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have 6 candidates having found ranks below 50. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn case of Bengal the number stands at three. Many candidates from the city who hooked on the NTA portal on Wednesday afternoon failed to pull out their results as the server was down. Dr A.K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the country said that the NTA which has been assigned to carry out the NEET must come up with a full proof system so that the students are not inconvenienced. Dr Maity said that there were some issues with the NEET question paper. He said that there were some set of questions which had multiple correct answers on the OMR sheets as a result of which many students preferred not to attempt the questions. In a highly competitive examination like NEET, even a fraction of marks can put a candidate far behind in the merit list.
New Delhi: Amidst India’s discontent over the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) leaving shooting out of its 2022 programme, Olympic medallist Gagan Narang Monday refused to see it as a setback, saying, to thrive, the sport shouldn’t depend only on quadrennial events. Narang, a bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, cited the example of cricket and squash to corroborate his point. “I don’t see it as a setback, it’s not a negative thing. If you look at cricket, it’s not there in the Olympics, not even in the Commonwealth Games, but the sport is thriving on its own. Even squash, for that matter, that is also doing well on its own,” Narang told PTI during an interaction. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Last month, the CGF made it clear that shooting will not be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, dealing a blow to India’s hopes. However, Narang preferred not to lose heart. “Now that it is out let’s be positive and give our best in Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he said. Indian shooters have bagged as many as 16 medals, including seven gold at the Gold Coast Games last year. Since the 2002 Manchester edition, India have won most of its medals in shooting. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open As a result of the CGF move, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) threatened to boycott the 2022 Games, even as the sports ministry promised to explore diplomatic channels. A winner of multiple medals at top international tournaments, the 36-year-old Narang is not too worried about the move because he is confident that shooting will be back in the CWG programme after the Birmingham edition. “… In any case it will be back again I am sure. Okay, it’s not there in Birmingham, but it will certainly be back for the later editions,” he said. Last year, India’s then sports minister and Olympics silver medallist shooter, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, had urged the CGF president to ensure shooting remains a part of the 2022 edition. Also, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh had called for India to boycott the Birmingham Games if shooting was not included in the roster.
TORONTO – Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 as tighter mortgage stress tests apply pressure and the impact could be exacerbated if an expected interest rate hike drives buyers to put off their home purchases, economists said Monday.The Bank of Canada will make its first interest rate announcement of the year on Wednesday. Many observers predict will boost the country’s benchmark rate by 25 points to 1.25 per cent after the economy’s strong performance last year and a particularly strong jobs report from November. If the economy keeps pace, they believe that rate may be bumped up a few more times over 2018.The suspected hikes could heap stress onto buyers already combating stricter regulations that were introduced by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages, and elevated five-year, fixed mortgage rates that were pushed up by the CIBC, RBC and TD banks last week.“This is the most significant test the market has seen in recent years,” said Benjamin Tal, CIBC’s chief deputy chief economist.He expects a market slowdown to be seen as early as the first quarter as people who were hoping to scoop up homes weigh whether renting or living with family for a bit longer will pay off later in the year, when the country has grown accustomed to the new conditions.“The big question though is to what extent investors will stop buying,” says Tal. “That will carry a big effect, but it’s still the biggest unknown.”The Canadian Real Estate Association slashed its sales forecast for 2018 to predict a 5.3 per cent drop in national sales to 486,600 units this year, shaving about 8,500 units from its previous estimate due to the impact of the stricter mortgage stress tests.On Monday, the association released a report revealing that national home sales rose 4.5 per cent in December from the month before and that the average national home price reached just over $496,500, up 5.7 per cent from one year earlier.It said the bounce likely stemmed from buyers scrambling to nab homes before being forced to submit to the uninsured mortgage regulations, which requires would-be homebuyers with a more than 20 per cent down payment to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.“It will be interesting to see if the monthly sales activity continues to rise despite tighter mortgage regulations,” Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, said in the report.It also shared that the number of homes on the market increased by 3.3 per cent in December from the month before and December home sales were up 4.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis.The improvements signal that the country is “fully recovering from the slump last summer” when there was a drop in sales before a set of policies introduced by the Ontario government in April produced the desired market slowdown in Toronto during the second and third quarters following a hot first quarter.“The new OFSI measures and a shift to a rising-state environment should prevent speculative froth from building again, and contain price growth to a reasonable pace for the remainder of the cycle,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic predicted in a note Monday.Looking across the country, he said Toronto home sales were in “a strong spot,” Calgary’s “remained steady” and Ottawa and Montreal were “continually showing better momentum.”CREA said in December it had seen 60 per cent of all local markets surge in activity.That spike came as no surprise to Toronto-based realtor David Fleming.While agents typically avoid keeping listings up over the holidays, he saw many bucking their usual habit this year by leaving homes on the market because sales were so strong.Of the three listings he let sit, one sold on Dec. 31 and another on Jan. 2.“There are definitely people who thought they had to close a deal before Jan. 1. and the numbers are really showing that,” Fleming said.“I think it will take a couple months for buyers to wrap their heads around the new rules and for the country to see the affect.”
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Singapore today on a three-day visit.The Prime Minister is scheduled to return on Friday.
The ongoing violence in Gaza, on top of the sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation this year, is pushing the Palestinian population into a deep crisis, a dozen United Nations aid agencies working in the region warned today.They called on the Israeli Government to guarantee humanitarian agencies unrestricted and secure access into Gaza for both personnel and relief supplies, ensure the free movement of humanitarian goods and personnel within the territory, and respect its obligations under international humanitarian law by ensuring the safety of the Palestinian civilian population.”The UN organizations recognize Israel’s legitimate security concerns, particularly the need to stop Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks into civilian areas; however, its actions should be in conformity with international humanitarian law and it should not use disproportionate force,” they said in a statement released in Jerusalem.Since 28 September, 82 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 24 children, while 5 Israelis – including 2 children – have lost their lives. For the year, approximately 45 Palestinians have been killed each month in Gaza and poverty rates are predicted to rise to 72 per cent.At the same time, movement restrictions imposed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have prevented effective delivery of humanitarian aid. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) – the main organization helping people in the region – has not been able to deliver emergency food aid to the north of Gaza.The IDF has also denied UN personnel secure access into Gaza for the last two weeks – making a total of 65 days so far this year that the UN has not been able to enter.In related news, Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked in New York if Israel should apologize if what it had claimed to be a rocket being loaded on a UN vehicle was in fact a hospital stretcher.”In my discussions with the [Israeli Ambassador to the UN], I did raise that if it is found out that the facts are not correct, that they would issue a disclaimer on their side,” he replied.
Cagliari are currently locked in negotiations with Liverpool to sign Ragnar Klavan, according to Football Italia.The Estonia international is a target for the Italian club who are looking to strengthen their back line. Reports in Italy suggests that talks between Liverpool and Cagliari are going really well and the player could move to Italy this summer.Klavan signed for Liverpool back in 2016 from German club FC Augsburg and his current deal with the club runs out in the summer of 2019.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The 32-year-old has dropped in the pecking order at Anfield after the arrival of defender Virgil Van Dijk but more importantly the return to fitness of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.Klavan spent the major part of his career in the Netherlands with Heracle and AZ Alkmaar. Cagliari are keen to complete the deal quickly as the Italian transfer window closes on Friday, August 17 by 19:00 BST.
Recommended for you Related Items:quarter three, report, washington misick Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Feb 2015 – When Minister Washington Misick speaks to media today, it is expected to be a glowing report on the third quarter performance of the Turks and Caicos. The country is already basking in the highest recorded tourism growth for the region at around 35% for early in 2014 and a revenue surplus of nearly $20 million dollars, also for the first three months of the new fiscal year. During a recent Cabinet meeting, it was agreed that the fiscal performance report would be published in the Gazette and that the Gazette will soon become more accessible to members of the public. Free at the government’s website and $200 for annual email or hardcopy subscriptions. While the Q1 report showed a significant surge in recurrent revenue; Quarter two’s performance was not the same. It fell slightly below expectations by around 1% according to the government provided ‘Second Quarter Financial Report.’ The highest expenditure was government’s payroll at $16.8 million dollars, followed by healthcare costs at over $11 million dollars; slightly above what was earmarked and slightly above what was spent last year the same period. The first two quarters of this nearly ended budget year revealed that recurrent expenditure was $74 million or about 11% below budget estimates and the savings, according to the Ministry of Finance report was due to budgetary controls exerted over personnel costs and other operating expenses despite the 10% salary reinstatement being fully reflected this financial year. It will be interesting to hear what the Finance Minister shares later this morning… The report on the fiscal performance for Q3 will come at the Provo International Airport where there is also expected to be spotlight placed on airport workers and Immigration officers. TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Tuesday he will seek re-election this fall.Kimsey, 58, was first elected in 1998.The Republican trounced an opponent in 2002 and ran unopposed in 2006 and 2010.“I care deeply about our community,” Kimsey said Tuesday. “It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve as the Clark County auditor. If I’m re-elected I will continue to apply my experience, skills and knowledge to serve what I believe are the best long-term interests of Clark County citizens.”Before becoming a public official, Kimsey was chief financial officer for Vancouver Oil Co. and had been vice president of U.S. Bancorp’s Investment Banking Office.As auditor, he’s the county’s primary financial officer, tracking the $360 million budget and reporting back to the Board of County Commissioners and the public. He’s also responsible for conducting elections, registering voters, recording legal documents, issuing marriage licenses and licensing motor vehicles.Kimsey, whom Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed recognized as Auditor of the Year in 2006, manages a staff of 48 people and an annual budget of $6 million.In 2005, at his request, county commissioners approved switching to all-mail balloting.The auditor earns $100,913 annually.The Committee to Re-Elect Greg Kimsey will host the 14th annual “Pre-St. Paddy’s Day” fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Club Green Meadows, 7703 N.E. 72nd Ave. in Vancouver.
Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2 Share your voice 1:29 Everything we know about Disney Plus But for guidance about how Disney is likely to approach pricing changes, Netflix is probably a good guide. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger long ago indicated Netflix was the benchmark for pricing Disney’s service. Back in 2017, he said that whatever the streaming service would cost, the price would undercut Netflix to reflect that the library of content would be limited compared with its bigger rival. And Netflix learned the hard way what sharp price hikes can do. In a pricing debacle in 2011, it essentially raised prices 60%, lost members in droves and saw its stock price tank. Since then, Netflix has become an expert at tapping its prices gently higher every couple years. Its latest increase, earlier this year, raised the price of its most popular plan in the US by a buck to $13 a month Netflix for years has said its subscribers largely accept these incremental price increases as the company loads the service with more content they want to watch. As Disney Plus ramps up its own catalog of programming, odds are it’ll do the same. Will Disney Plus have every Marvel movie/Muppets show/[insert your favorite here]? At its investor day, Disney specified a lot of programming that you can count on at launch and within the service’s first year. Disney Plus will have every Pixar movie available on day one, for example; the only exception is Toy Story 4, a film that will likely still be playing in some theaters. CNET has a comprehensive list of all the programs Disney confirmed in writing. Captain America: Civil War is another major Marvel title that’s missing from Disney Plus confirmed library within the first year. Film Frame at Marvel But there are some high-profile gaps in the confirmed content. The biggest is the catalog of Marvel movies. Disney Plus will have Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark Worlds available to stream at launch, and it will add at least eight more Marvel movies in the first year. But that still leaves a handful of Marvel films missing, including 2012’s first mega-crossover film, Marvel’s The Avengers. Even for movies that Disney produced and distributed itself, some remain locked up in licensing deals that will prevent Disney from adding them immediately. But the company hasn’t gone into specifics about what high-profile titles are excluded from Disney Plus and why. Will each season of original series on Disney Plus be released all at once or week to week? With Netflix’s production slate churning out new series every week, it’s easy to forget that its attitude — let’s drop all episodes of a season at once for fans to binge — is still an outlier in the industry. Amazon and Hulu (the latter of which is now controlled by Disney) release their original streaming series week to week for most titles. And premium networks that now offer direct-to-consumer streaming subscriptions, like HBO, stick with releasing their programs in episodic morsels when they’re broadcast. Disney didn’t address its plan for releasing its Disney Plus original series, which will include Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian at launch and Marvel cinematic universe series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier during the first year. Given its background as a traditional network company with ABC, The Disney Channel and others, it has a legacy of releasing week to week. But with Netflix as its prime competitor, it may adopt the rival’s’ strategy to be more competitive. So far, it hasn’t specified. How long after movies become available to rent or buy will you be able to stream them? Throughout Thursday’s presentation, Disney consistently said that its big-budget blockbuster movies would arrive on Disney Plus to stream after their “theatrical and home entertainment windows.” That means movies like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are going to finish their runs in theaters and have a sales period for DVD, Blu-ray and download purchase or rentals before being unlocked for Disney Plus subscribers. But Disney didn’t clarify whether it would be noodling with how long its movies are available to rent or buy before they go to subscribers. The company did generalize this timing for one movie, Frozen 2, which hits theaters Nov. 22. Disney said Frozen 2 would be available to stream on Disney Plus in the summer of next year. That suggests Disney is sticking with its previous “windowing” timeline for subscription video on demand — letting movies stream about seven to nine months after their theatrical release. Disney’s Frozen 2 will be available to stream next summer after its November theatrical release. Disney How many people can stream Disney Plus at once? Can you pay for more simultaneous streams? During its demo of the Disney Plus app, Disney called out a lot of standard features of streaming services — profiles, downloads, parental controls and so on — but it never commented on how many people can stream from a Disney Plus account at one time. Netflix addresses this issue with pricing tiers. Its cheapest plan only lets one person stream at a time, while its premium tier allows four simultaneous streams. (Netflix’s most popular plan lands in the middle, letting two devices stream at once.) Disney didn’t address either of these concepts, neither the number of streams nor the availability of tiers to increase that number if you have a big family. And though Disney told us that it would offer content in 4K and HDR, it didn’t specify how much, what titles and at what additional cost (if any). Comments TV and Movies Digital Media Marvel’s The Avengers, its first big crossover movie in 2012, hasn’t been confirmed for Disney Plus in the service’s first year. Marvel Studios Disney gave us a three-hour lesson, and it still wasn’t enough. Last week, Disney threw back the curtain on Disney Plus, its streaming service to rival Netflix. At an hours-long investor presentation at its Buena Vista studios in California, Disney unleashed a tremendous amount of information about the service’s programming, its app and how it fits into the larger Disney universe. In the US, Disney Plus will launch Nov. 12 and cost $7 a month, or $70 for an annual subscription. Ultimately, Disney Plus will become a global digital hub to stream all the family-friendly content (that is, everything without an R-rating) from Disney brands, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. As Disney faces down growing competition from tech powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple, Disney Plus represents the entertainment giant’s full-throated response: It’s taking on digital upstarts at their own game. In the meantime, we still have some questions. It’d be unfair to say Disney raised more questions than it answered. (No, that’d be Apple.) Disney answered most of our biggest questions going into Thursday’s event. But even as Disney showed us what the puzzle is supposed to look like when everything fits together, a few pieces are still missing. From a list of 20 questions we asked Disney on Friday following the presentation, these are some the biggest that remain unanswered. How long will the $7-a-month price persist? During Thursday’s presentation, Disney’s chief financial officer, Christine M. McCarthy, hinted that Disney Plus pricing may rise as the service advances, calling the $7 monthly fee an “initial” price. But the company didn’t characterize how long its initial price for Disney Plus would persist, nor did it specify the prices it would charge in other countries as it expands around the globe. Disney Fox Hulu Netflix
Warangal: The National Institute of Technology, Warangal, (NITW) researchers have come up with a cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing grapheme from the bark of eucalyptus trees, also known as gum trees, an abundant resource in India and Australia. In a collaborative research, two research scholars Saikumar Manchala and V S R K Tandava headed by Dr Vishnu Shanker, associate professor of Chemistry Department, NITW, and Jampaiah Deshetti and Suresh K Bhargava of the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Also Read – Rowdy sheet withdrawn against 133 persons in Warangal Advertise With Us Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known so far which is flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal for anything from flexible nanoelectronics to better fuel cells. The research was initiated and conducted by Dr Shanker’s research group in the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Advanced Materials, NITW and then continued by Prof Bhargava’s group in the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry at the RMIT University. Also Read – Selfie of success: A book that personifies victory Advertise With Us Eucalyptus bark extract is cheaper, sustainable and highly efficient than current synthesis methodologies of graphene. Prof Bhargava said eucalyptus bark extract was never used before to synthesise graphene sheets. It is in fact a superior method, both in terms of safety and overall cost, he added. “The new method not only brings down the cost of producing graphene from around US $100 per gram to just 50 cents, its availability at low cost would augur well for the research paving way for new technologies,” he said. Graphene’s distinctive features make it a transformative material that could be used in the development of flexible electronics, more powerful computer chips and better solar panels, water filters and biosensors, he said. Advertise With Us Dr Vishnu Shanker said, “this green chemistry avoids the use of toxic reagents, potentially opening the door to the application of graphene not only for electronic devices but also biocompatible materials.” A novel approach to graphene synthesis Chemical reduction is the most common method for synthesising graphene oxide as it allows for the production of graphene at a low cost in bulk quantities. This method however, the use of reducing agents that are dangerous to both humankind and the environment. When it tested for the application of a supercapacitor, the E-graphene produced using this green and novel method matched the quality and performance characteristics to the traditionally produced graphene. “Graphene is a remarkable material with great potential in many applications due to its chemical and physical properties,” Bhargava and Shanker said. The study ‘Novel and Highly Efficient Strategy for the Green Synthesis of Soluble Graphene by Aqueous Polyphenol Extracts of Eucalyptus Bark and its Applications in High-Performance Supercapacitors’ was published in the ACS journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.
A little more than 26,000 election observers, including 163 from foreign organisations and missions, will monitor the 11th parliamentary election slated for Sunday, reports UNB.Among them, 25,900 observers are from 81 local organisations, according to a fact sheet of the election commission.Among 163 observers from foreign organisations and missions, 38 foreign nationals are from different international organisations including Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA), AAEA, OIC and Commonwealth, 64 from diplomatic or foreign missions and 61 Bangladeshi nationals from foreign organisations, missions and High Commissions stationed in Bangladesh.This time the number of observers is lesser than that of the year 2008, which was held amid participation of all major political parties.More than 150,000 local and 600 foreign observers monitored the 2008 general election, while over 200,000 local and 225 foreign observers monitored the 2001 general elections.
In July 1969, NASA astronauts landed on the moon.In celebration of the 50-year milestone, we created Moonwalk, a multi-generational series of fascinating, one-of-a-kind conversations between groundbreaking voices in aerospace. Watch and listen right now at HoustonPublicMedia.org/moon.– / 5Moonwalk is available where ever you consume media:Digital Video Series – Available on YouTube, Facebook and on our websitePodcast – These extended conversations have a behind-the-scenes, authentic feel. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, where ever else you find your podcasts or on our website.Broadcast TV – This tv special premieres July 8 at 10pm on TV 8 following Chasing The MoonTV and Mobile Streaming – Available on demand beginning July 8 on the PBS appRadio – A 1-hour radio special premieres July 20 at 5pm on News 88.7. Share
Tony Norman is an attorney in the District and a progressive activist. (Courtesy Photo-WPFW)Tony Norman, a former Ward 1 advisory neighborhood commissioner, was recently elected chairman of the Pacifica Radio Foundation. Pacifica, a pioneer in listener-sponsored radio in the U.S., is known for its liberal slant in political coverage and for shows such as Democracy Now! and From the Vault.Norman said he wants to ensure that this brand of radio thrives. “It is important that community-based listener-sponsored radio succeed and compete in this evolving mass media market,” said Norman, a 1984 graduate of Howard University Law School and leader in the effort to preserve McMillan Park in Ward 5 from over-development in an interview with the AFRO. “Pacifica has a proud history of covering activist movements and is well-positioned to amplify the voices of a new generation of activism emerging today.” He was elected to a one year term with the foundation on February 25.Norman served as the vice chairman of Pacifica’s board from 2014 to this year and before that he chaired the board of WPFW, the Washington area’s Pacifica outlet.Pacifica has stations in Los Angeles and Berkeley in California, in Houston and New York, and 200 affiliate stations. Norman is the first District resident to lead the Pacifica board in a decade, with the last local board leader being the late Ambrose I. Lane Sr., a local poverty activist.Norman said that radio listenership has declined as social media has increased in popularity. “Young people aren’t listening to radio because they are using iphones and apps to get their information, in addition to social media,” he said. “We need to move in that direction to stay relevant to young people.”As an example, Norman said that the average WPFW listener is 65 and that must change in order to thrive in the 21st century. “We are reaching out to a diverse audience,” he said. “With WPFW, our listeners are mostly Black but they are becoming diverse and the WPFW signal reaches into Baltimore and deep into Maryland and Virginia. Our listeners have moved out into the suburbs and while we want to keep our base market, we want young people to support us also.”Norman said there is a market for news and programming that the larger, corporate media doesn’t offer. “We offer our audience voices that aren’t heard by the mainstream radio stations,” he said. “While those stations feature news and content about the Democrats and Republicans, we cover other party candidates that have strong voices but aren’t heard as much.”Pacifica stations generally don’t solicit advertising and are supported by individuals in the form of donations and memberships as well as corporate donations and some government support. Norman said that WPFW has 8,000-9,000 members, and Pacifica in general has anywhere from 50,000-100,000 members.“Congratulations to Tony, who is a fellow Ward 1 resident and a fixture in local media,” D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) said. “I think it’s so important to ensure that there is a place for fellow progressives to share their views, and WPFW creates that opportunity in the District.”“For as long as I have known him, Tony Norman has been an advocate for D.C. residents and a strong community leader,” said Andre Byers, Development Corporation for Columbia Heights president and CEO. Norman is member of the organization. “It seems natural for him to be a part of independent radio because he has not been afraid to challenge the mainstream.”
High school students who take music courses score significantly better in exams than their peers, a study suggests. School administrators needing to trim budgets often look first to music courses, because the general belief is that students who devote time to music rather than math, science and English, will underperform in those disciplines. “Our research proved this belief wrong and found the more the students engage with music, the better they do in those subjects,” said Peter Gouzouasis, University of British Columbia in Canada. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher, but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers, said Gouzouasis. The team examined data from all students in public schools in British Columbia who finished Grade 12 between 2012 and 2015. The data sample for the study, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, was made up of more than 112,000 students. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis included those who completed at least one standardised exam for math, science and English. Students who studied at least one instrumental music course in the regular curriculum counted as students taking music. Qualifying music courses are courses that require previous instrumental music experience and include concert band, conservatory piano, orchestra, jazz band, concert choir and vocal jazz. The researchers found the predictive relationships between music education and academic achievement were more pronounced for those who took instrumental music rather than vocal music. The findings suggest skills learned in instrumental music transfer very broadly to the students’ learning in school. “Learning to play a musical instrument and playing in an ensemble is very demanding,” said Martin Guhn, an assistant professor at UBC. “A student has to learn to read music notation, develop eye-hand-mind coordination, develop keen listening skills, develop team skills for playing in an ensemble and develop discipline to practice,” said Guhn. “All those learning experiences, and more, play a role in enhancing the learner’s cognitive capacities, executive functions, motivation to learn in school, and self-efficacy,” he said. The researchers hope that the findings are brought to the attention of students, parents, teachers and administrative decision-makers in education, as many school districts over the years have emphasised numeracy and literacy at the cost of other areas of learning, particularly music. “Often, resources for music education – including the hiring of trained, specialised music educators, and band and stringed instruments – are cut or not available in elementary and secondary schools so that they could focus on math, science and English,” said Gouzouasis. “The irony is that music education – multiple years of high-quality instrumental learning and playing in a band or orchestra or singing in a choir at an advanced level – can be the very thing that improves all-around academic achievement and an ideal way to have students learn more holistically in schools,” he added.
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