“Any act of violence is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” said Farid Zarif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). “I call on the competent authorities as well as EULEX [European Union Rule of Law Mission] to launch a full investigation into all of the circumstances relating to the incident and bring to justice the perpetrators,” Mr. Zarif said in a press release. The violence occurred in Kroi i Vitakut/Brdjani village in the northern part of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica municipality, north of Pristina. “The use of violence in any context is unacceptable and could threaten Kosovo’s peace and stability. ‘The international community expects all Kosovo people to exercise calm and restraint, and to conduct themselves within the rule of law,” Mr. Zarif added. 10 November 2011The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo has strongly condemned yesterday’s shooting incidents in the northern part of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica that resulted in one death and two injuries, and called for an investigation to determine the cause of the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I attach great importance to regional cooperation among States and between regional organizations and the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told the heads of Government of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“CARICOM and the United Nations are good partners. I am committed to ensuring that our cooperation – both with the CARICOM Secretariat and with Member States – is more targeted and more responsive to the needs of the region.”Mr. Ban said he would continue to call on members of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Group of 20 (G20) to fulfil their pledges to maintain international aid, to help Caribbean countries whose growth has been weakened by high levels of debt and barriers to trade.The Secretary-General also underlined that climate change is an urgent challenge that is having a “disproportionate impact” on the Caribbean, and praised the region’s leadership during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June.“Your efforts helped to produce a far-reaching outcome document with concrete deliverables. I will look to you to continue that dynamic engagement as we move toward establishing a set of Sustainable Development Goals and outline a post-2015 development agenda,” he said.Transnational organized crime is also a growing threat with devastating impacts on women and youth and with the potential to undermine development and stability, Mr. Ban said. He underscored that the region must continue to work with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to implement a regional strategy, including the possibility of re-establishing a small permanent office in the Caribbean to address this problem.Mr. Ban thanked CARICOM members for their support to Haiti, which is set to assume the chairmanship of the organization in January and encouraged them to maintain their commitment to the country’s recovery and well-being. “Thank you again for your support at this challenging time for the region and the world. I look forward to working with you to achieve our common goals of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights for all.”In a separate meeting with the leaders of CARICOM’s Member States, Mr. Ban discussed the global financial crisis, climate change, education, non-communicable diseases and sustainable development. CARICOM leaders also reiterated their interest in increased UN engagement in the region.
Newtrax Technologies Inc says it has achieved significant improvements in safety operations at Gold Fields’ Granny Smith mine with the implementation of digital evacuation notification technology. It is the second mine in the world equipped with such a system. “Safety is our number one priority.” says Michael Place, Unit Manager of Projects from Granny Smith. “We live by the motto that if we cannot mine safely, we will not mine. We have integrated technology into the mine to ensure that all 800 personnel go home safely to their families every day.”The Newtrax tracking system allows Granny Smith mine to track their personnel underground in real-time to ensure they are safe at all times. The mine currently has 80 km of development underground and over 100 personnel, so to know where people are in the mine at all times is a huge benefit according to Michael Place. Newtrax was present at their underground evacuation drill that took place October 10, 2018. Where they managed to get all personnel to refuge chambers within 37 minutes, which is approximately 20 minutes faster than they would do previously.“To save 20 minutes just by implementing technology for the safety of personnel underground, that’s a fantastic achievement. “ says Place. “We believe that using cutting edge technology like the Newtrax suite, ultimately helps give us the safest mine possible, but it also helps us attract and retain people that want to work in a safe mine, that want to work in a mine that is at the cutting edge of technology,” says Mark Glazebrook, Mining Manager, Gold Fields Granny Smith.Granny Smith mine is also planning to implement more technology from Newtrax in 2019 including productivity system such as Mobile Equipment Telemetry, Ventilation On Demand, and Proximity Detection. They have estimated A$3.2 million is savings in 2019 from using the Ventilation On Demand (VoD) system alone. Simon Waghorn, VP APAC, Newtrax says: “Through our combined vision, and our combined drive for improvement, we’ve really put together a strong technology roadmap which will be delivering significant returns on investment in terms of safety and productivity at Granny Smith mine in the next few years.”
Smart, Lexus : les voitures les plus propres de 2012L’Agence de l’environnement et de maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) vient de livrer son palmarès des véhicules les plus verts en matière d’émissions de CO2. Plusieurs modèles de Smart, ainsi que l’hybride Lexus arrivent en tête du classement des voitures propres de l’année 2012.Le classement annuel car labelling de l’Ademe vient d’être publié. Ce palmarès est celui des voitures les moins émettrices de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) et annonce cette année une bonen nouvelle. En effet, l’agence s’est réjoui de constater que pour la “11ème année consécutive, les véhicules particuliers améliorent leurs performances”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tous les véhicules figurant en tête du classement affichent des niveaux d’émissions inférieurs à 90 grammes de CO2 par kilomètres, précise-t-elle, et comme l’année dernière, ce sont des Smart qui s’offrent les premières marches du podium des voitures diesel les plus propres. Avec 86 grammes de CO2/km, les Smart Fortwo cabrio et coupé arrivent en tête, suivies de deux de leurs soeurs, également des Smart Fortwo, qui n’émettent que 87 grammes de CO2/km. Du côté des voitures roulant à l’essence, les hybrides restent les meilleures élèves. La Lexus CT 200h prend ainsi la place des Toyota Auris et Prius, arrivées en tête en 2011, avec ses 87 grammes de CO2/km.Insistant sur l’importance d’informer les automobilistes pour les encourager à se tourner vers des véhicules respectueux de l’environnement, l’Ademe rappelle qu’une étiquette CO2, à l’image de celle qui accompagne les appareils électroménagers, a récemment été mise en place. Elle comporte sept couleurs correspondant aux niveaux d’émissions des voitures, permettant ainsi aux consommateurs de comparer les différents véhicules qui les intéressent, et de faire le meilleur choix.Sur son site Internet, l’Ademe propose en outre un guide officiel riche en informations sur les voitures vendues en France, leurs consommations de carburant et leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre.Le 5 juin 2012 à 20:18 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘The Warriors’ Get the Waxwork Records Treatment4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork Records Rankin / Bass may be most popular for their stop motion Christmas classics. But it was Mad Monster Party that had me singing along “I’m different!” at the top of my lungs so many years ago. Featuring film-movie stars Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller, the Rankin / Bass stop-motion animated musical horror-comedy has become a holiday cult-classic. Believed to never receive an actual official physical release, the soundtrack to Mad Monster Party has been mastered for vinyl from the original source material and given the deluxe treatment from Waxwork Records. Features include heavyweight colored vinyl, old style tip-on gatefold jackets, printed inserts, all new artwork by illustrator Rich Kelly, and an essay on Mad Monster Party from Finders Keepers Records founder, Andy Votel. “Do not enter the mines!” My Bloody Valentine is a famous staple to all horror fans around. By working directly with composer Paul Zaza (Prom Night, Curtains, Porky’s), Waxwork was allowed to work directly from the original master tapes to source the complete, haunting score. This release marks the very first time the score to the 1981 slasher-horror classic has been released in any format. The foreboding score by Paul Zaza is a mix of both minimal synth and orchestral compositions intertwined with bluegrass and country soundtrack cues. Expertly mastered by Thomas DiMuzio at Gench Mastering, the complete score clocks in at over one hour and spans two 180 Gram opaque red vinyl records. This one comes in cherry red. Black Christmas is easily the darkest holiday horror film around. The soundtrack to the 1974 slasher classic is just as iconic. The haunting, dissonant score composed by legendary composer Carl Zittrer (Porky’s, A Christmas Story) has never been released in any format, ever. In fact, the score to Black Christmas was widely believed to never receive an actual official release. The masters to the score were thought to be lost or destroyed for 40 years. Waxwork Records has worked for a year with composer Carl Zittrer researching and tracking down the original masters. After locating them, Zittrer spent many months constructing a cohesive, definitive Black Christmas soundtrack experience. The entire album was then expertly mastered for vinyl by Thomas Dimuzio at Gench Mastering. This release comes in glass unicorn with sorority sister blood splatter or simply clear glass unicorn. “I’m going… To kiss you.” This Stuart Gordon classic has been begging to have a great soundtrack release! The music of H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond by composer Richard Band won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain. Waxwork’s newly re-mastered release marks the first time that the complete From Beyond soundtrack has been released on vinyl. Features include deluxe packaging with 180 gram colored vinyl, old heavyweight style tip-on gatefold jackets, liner notes from both director Stuart Gordon and composer Richard Band, and all new artwork by Marc Schoenbach of Sadist Art Designs. Comes in blue & pink splatter or pink slime. A lot of us grew up listening to The Tales from the Darkside theme. It shook me in ways I never knew a theme could. Later on, in 1990, the late/great George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and horror author Stephen King created a film adaptation for the ages that has been referred to as “The Real Creepshow 3” by make effects legend, Tom Savini. For this expanded, definitive soundtrack release, Waxwork Records worked closely with John Harrison to track down the original master tapes in the Paramount Pictures vault. Upon locating them, Waxwork faithfully restored and remastered the entire soundtrack for vinyl. Much of the music contained in this new release does not appear on the original 1990 album which is now out of print and has become a collector’s item among both horror fans and record collectors. This release comes in “Lot 249” Mummy Spice gold, “Cat From Hell” black & blue and “Lover’s Vow” Gargoyle Green swirl. It goes without saying that Michael Dougherty created one of the best Halloween classics of the last few decades. Composer Douglas Pipes is also to thank for the films incredible success with its utterly haunting soundtrack that should accompany any horror fans Halloween season. The score to Trick r’ Treat spans two Heavyweight 180 Gram Translucent Orange Vinyl Records and features terrifying, yet whimsically malevolent musical cues that will keep you looking under your bed for mischievous holiday spirits. If you’re like me and are tired of the same typical Christmas music year after year, the Krampus soundtrack is perfect for your holiday record collection. Orchestrated by composer Douglas Pipes (Trick r’ Treat), this bloody double LP brings horror home for the holidays. This set includes liner notes from Krampus director Michael Dougherty, full LP art by Justin Erickson, booklet and was mastered specifically for vinyl. Change up the holidays this year for some extra devilish tunes. This is not just a soundtrack to one of the best horror films of all time. But a love letter to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this cult classic in all its gory glory! The music by composer Joseph Loduca (The Evil Dead, Army Of Darkness, Ash Vs. Evil Dead) is the sophisticated follow up to the first film’s outstanding soundtrack, engrossing the listener in classic orchestral horror, electronic cues, and haunting lullaby compositions. Available again for the first time in 30 years, Waxwork Records is proud to present the deluxe, re-mastered-for-vinyl 30th Anniversary edition of the soundtrack to one of the most beloved films in the history of horror cinema. Evil Dead 2 features 180 gram colored vinyl, heavyweight old-style tip on jackets, 11” x 11” printed inserts, and all new artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative. You can currently get this one in Oldsmobile Delta 88 yellow. How fitting! That groovy rendition of the original theme song is every bit of reason to slap down some bones for this one! Never before released on vinyl, Waxwork and composer Harry Manfredini re-visited the original analog tapes to faithfully master the complete soundtrack for vinyl. Friday the 13th Part 3 includes every musical cue featured in the film and encompasses two 180 gram LP’s clocking in at nearly one hour of chilling audio which serve as a dark musical backdrop to one of the most beloved franchises for horror fans. To keep in tune with the original 3-D theatrical release of the film, Waxwork created a deluxe quality 3-D lenticular mounted album cover for the heavyweight old-style tip-on gatefold jacket which houses two LP’s featuring the complete soundtrack. Sides A & B pressed on Red vinyl, and Sides C & D pressed on Cyan vinyl. The 3-D lenticular effect is incredible in person! Last month we shared with you one of Waxwork Records most interesting projects since their limited run of Friday the 13th blood filled vinyl; House of Waxwork! An original horror comic which includes an LP that becomes the soundtrack to your haunted journey through the two spine tingling tales that are sure to keep you up at night.This month we are bringing you a ghoulish delight from Waxwork Records. We’re listing off eleven classic titles that have been released through Waxworks Records. Luckily for you, a good amount of these rarities are still available! Titles including classic horror composers such as Douglas Pipes, Ennio Morricone, John Harrison and more! Make this the last vinyl store you ever visit.After hearing that slow synth heartbeat, it will make any horror fan feel a slight chill in the air. This is a deluxe re-issue of Ennio Morricone’s classic score to John Carpenter’s revision of The Thing. Waxwork Records worked for two years to ensure that such a highly anticipated and sought after vinyl soundtrack re-issue would meet and exceed expectations of the biggest fan of John Carpenter and his sci-fi/horror tour de force that is The Thing. This re-master from the original master tapes comes in your choice of two different 180 gram colored vinyl variants, all new artwork by Justin Erikson/Phantom City Creative. The deluxe heavyweight packaging includes satin coated old-style gatefold jackets with UV spot-gloss varnish, an 11″ x 22′ poster; a custom hand assembled breakaway “ice” slipcase with 100% overall UV gloss coating and an exclusive interview with director John Carpenter. The first Creepshow album was one of Waxwork Records number one releases of all time! Now they’re delivering us more ghoulish comic goodness with the release of 1987’s Creepshow 2! The score, co-composed and performed by Les Reed and Rick Wakeman, features a mix of both classic, orchestral compositions and electronic, synth cues. Waxwork’s Creepshow 2 deluxe, double LP soundtrack release marks the very first time that the music from the film has been released in any format. After a lengthy search of the original masters, Waxwork Records was able to work directly with composers Les Reed and Rick Wakeman to acquire the original source material and re-master for vinyl. Packaging details include 2xLP 180 gram colored vinyl with variants correlating to stories within the film, old style tip-on gatefold jackets with a built in a booklet featuring liner notes by composer Les Reed, and an LP package that is jam-packed with all new artwork by Ghoulish Gary Pullin! Look for it in The Raft or Old Cheif Woodenhead colors!To this day, Waxwork Records is one of our favorite cult vinyl sites around. Their detail and consistency are unmatched, and I love all the new and different innovative ways the team has been bringing us great classics I never thought I’d hear on vinyl, let alone hold in my hands. Check out everything they have to offer here in their store and be sure to grab House of Waxwork issue #1 while it’s still available. Happy hauntings!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Linda Greep has had a lot of reasons to break into song:… Because she was performing in a musical.… Because it was a chance to record her first Christmas song.… Because Gen. Colin Powell was expecting to hear “God Bless America.”Greep did release that Christmas CD single a few weeks ago. As she talked about achieving that longtime goal, Greep also mentioned other memorable performances in her vocal career.They included what might be called a command performance in 1991 when the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs was in Vancouver for a national Medal of Honor convention.Greep found herself among a group of dignitaries at the O.O. Howard House, including then-Mayor Bruce Hagensen; military officials from what was then Fort Lewis; and Powell, who went on to become U.S. Secretary of State.As spokeswoman for Evergreen schools back then, Greep represented district shop students who had made two cannons marking the west end of Officers Row.“A military band was there, playing music,” Greep recalled. “As the ceremony concluded, the band was going to play ‘God Bless America.’ A veteran had been selected to sing it. Bruce, who was MC-ing the event in his role as mayor, called out the gentleman’s name and no one came. He did it again.”
Stock MarketReuters [Representational Image]Quarterly results, along with manufacturing PMI and fiscal deficit data, are likely to drive the Indian equity market in the coming week.Market participants and analysts expect value buying in the indices as the market has been largely bearish in the last couple of weeks.In terms of quarterly results, companies like Bank of Baroda, Tata Power, Tata Motors, Union Bank of India, Lupin, DLF, HDFC, Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, SAIL and Vedanta are likely to announce their second quarter earnings in the coming week.Further, the Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for October will be released on Thursday, November 1, and the fiscal deficit data for September is due on Wednesday, October 31. This macroeconomic data would be key for the market sentiments.”Manufacturing PMI and infrastructure output numbers will be seen crucially while leads will also be taken from ICICI Bank’s result (released on Friday). Mostly the trend will be in tandem with the global markets and indices such as S&P 500,” said Mustafa Nadeem, CEO, Epic Research.On the technical front, the Nifty50 is seen receiving support at 9,951 points and 10,139 would be the immediate resistance level, analysts said.In the week gone by, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty50 lost 273.55 points, or 2.65 per cent, on a weekly basis to settle at 10,030 points on Friday.Similarly, the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex lost 966.32 points, or 2.81 per cent during the week, to close at 33,349.31 points.On Friday, both the Sensex and the Nifty dropped to seven-month lows.”During the ongoing Q2 corporate earnings, companies declared lower-than-expected numbers which led to disappointment on the street. FII selling, lower-than-expected earnings and global markets sell-off combined, led to major selling in the markets,” said Rahul Sharma, Senior Research Analyst at Equity99.In the coming week, the direction of flow of foreign funds will assume significance as there have been massive outflows in October, as investors pulled out from emerging markets to redeploy their capital in safe-havens such as US securities.According to data provided by the National Securities Depository (NSDL), the monthly outflow of foreign funds at Rs 24,186 crore from the equity segment was at its highest so far in October.The NSDL website has data from 2002, as Indian markets received minuscule funds from foreign investors prior to that, said Deepak Jasani, Head of HDFC Securities.During the week just-ended, provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 5,751.17 crore, whereas domestic institutional investors bought Rs 4,508.62 crore worth of stocks.Figures from the NSDL showed that foreign portfolio investors divested Rs 4,563.31 crore, or $622.5 million, in the equities segment during the week ended October 26.Besides, the rupee’s movement against the US dollar and global crude oil prices will also be closely followed by investors.The Indian rupee on Friday closed at Rs 73.46 to a US dollar, weakening by 14 paise from its previous week’s close of 73.32.(Ravi Dutta Mishra and Rituraj Baruah can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com )
.HT Imam, Mashiur Rahman, Gowher Rizvi, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and retired major general Tarique Ahmed Siddique have been reappointed advisers to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.The cabinet division issued a gazette notification in this regard on Monday.As per the notification, all the advisers were entrusted with the same responsibilities they performed during the prime minister’s immediate past tenure.HT Imam will continue to serve as political affairs adviser to the PM while Mashiur Rahman as economic affairs adviser, Gowher Rizvi as international affairs adviser, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury as power, energy and mineral resources affairs adviser and retired major general Tarique Ahmed Siddique as security affairs adviser.They will enjoy the status and privileges of ministers while in their posts, the notification says.
Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationWatch Gus Kenworthy’s boyfriend tell him how loved he isWATCH: Gus Kenworthy discusses posing naked on a mountainRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-gus-kenworthy-story/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… He didn’t win a medal at the Winter Olympics, but Gus Kenworthy has become a national hero in the US. GAYSTARNEWS- Kenworthy made history at the PyeongChang games, when he kissed boyfriend Matt Wilkas on live TV.Now he’s revealed all about his personal experiences of coming out as a gay man.People magazine have launched Coming Out, a series exploring how 16 high-profile celebrities did so and subsequently changed their lives.GLSEN, a nonprofit organization that fights to make schools safe for all kids, helped create the series.Gus Kenworthy: ‘I was afraid of being different’He discussed the journey and struggles he faced, admitting that he was scared to reveal his sexuality.‘I first knew I was gay when I was 5 – I didn’t understand that at all i just knew there was something different about me from my brothers.‘When I was 14 I really tuned into what that meant and understood who I was. But I wasn’t ready to accept it at all.’ Kenworthy then revealed that the more involved he became in the freestyle skiing culture, the more he went ‘into the closet’.‘I was scared of doing the wrong thing’Gus Kenworthy posted ‘then’ and ‘now’ photos to illustrate his journey in the last four years (Photo: @guskenworthy | Instagram)‘I was so scared if I said the wrong thing, did the wrong thing, the wrong person found out I was gay – they would take everything away from me.‘There’s a culture within free skiing: the partying, hooking up with girls, the language used.‘It’s really homophobic: the weather, the course – everything’s “gay”. The snowboarders used to say “skier fags”.‘I thought to myself: “Oh God I’m never going to be able to come out, these people are crazy and will hate me.”‘Others tipped to tell their stories are Jesse Tyler Ferguson and former NBA player Jason Collins.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy in new video series Coming Out (Picture: YouTube) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
More than five years in the making, Soneva Kiri opened on November 30, 2009 and is set to impress even the most loyal fan of the first two Soneva properties. Soneva Kiri by Six Senses is the new global benchmark for “Intelligent Luxury” and will attract discerning guests who enjoy a touch of hedonism with their sustainability.Just one hour southeast of Bangkok, accessed by the resort’s private plane, Soneva Kiri is located on Koh Kood, a pristine island off the coast of The Gulf of Thailand. Upon landing at the resort’s own airstrip on an adjoining island and the five-minute crossing to Koh Kood aboard the classically-inspired Six Senses Aquasense motorboat, arriving guests will discover the stunning pool villas, extraordinary guest experiences, a Six Senses Spa and more—and all the while, treading lightly and responsibly on the earth.Six Senses has sourced the most environmentally benign building materials available in Asia, without compromise. To preserve the site’s identity and ensure wildlife corridors are maintained, a monitoring system protecting indigenous flora and fauna was implemented during construction. The on-site nursery propagated many species of native plants for landscaping, while a microgreen organic garden has been established to provide produce. Fruit trees, ginger, lemongrass and pepper plants have been scattered across the site as part of the edible landscaping concept.The resort comprises 42 Pool Villas, including Beach and Hilltop Reserves, Beach and Hilltop Retreats and the Eco Villa, plus 20 Private Residences, along the beach front and on the hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Several villas feature private spa suites and each has an electric vehicle and charging station to ensure that all noise and air pollution is avoided as guests silently cruise the jungle without disturbing wildlife. The zero-carbon-emissions bio-climatically designed Eco Villa showcases a range of futuristic environmental technologies.A Six Senses Spa is a focus within the resort. A team of international and Thai therapists take guests on sensory journeys with Six Senses a la carte and local treatments for balancing the senses. Visiting practitioners bring unique talents to the spa to enlighten and inform guests. The spa menu includes spa journeys, bodywork, well-being, men’s journeys, junior spa and wellness activities.The property also features a state-of-the-art observatory, Cinema Paradiso, an ice cream parlor and adjoining chocolate room, a gourmet deli, wine cellar, the children’s Den and much more.For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.
Get in the holiday mood with Diana Ross, John Legend, more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This cover image released by Ross Records/UMe shows “Wonderful Christmas Time,” a holiday album from Diana Ross. (Ross Records/UMe via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2018 8:57 am PDT Here’s a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press.______Diana Ross, “Wonderful Christmas Time” (Ross Records)Are you in the mood for jolly, sing-along Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered.Looking for something more serene, with religious tones? Diana Ross has you covered.Or are you looking for inspirational music that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the holidays? Again, Diana Ross has you covered.Her new Christmas album, the 20-track “Wonderful Christmas Time,” may actually have a track for every mood of the season with the exception of the bah-humbug crowd. Ross’ silky, smooth soprano takes on a wide variety of songs, from “Ave Maria” to “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let it Snow!”She also goes outside the Christmas arc with songs about peace and love, like Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” While there’s something for everyone here, the downside is the lack of cohesiveness: Even though “What the World Needs Now” is given a sweeping, classical approach, to go from that to “Amazing Grace” is still a bit of head scratcher, despite a near seamless transition.Of course, it’s a small quibble, like complaining that you were offered too many pie options at the holiday meal. In the end, you’ll be deeply satisfied.— Nekesa Mumbi Moody (twitter.com/NekesaMumbi)______John Legend, “A Legendary Christmas” (Columbia Records)If anyone needs a model for how to put out a successful Christmas album, look no further than everyone’s latest EGOT winner — John Legend.On the modestly titled “A Legendary Christmas,” the singer mixes old chestnuts and new tunes, switches tempos from jazz to blues, and adds a few perfectly cast cameos. (Only Legend could get Stevie Wonder to play a little harmonica work on “What Christmas Means to Me”).Legend teams up with veteran producer Raphael Saadiq for new takes on classics, including an uptempo “Silver Bells” and a lush “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with guest Esperanza Spalding. “Christmas Time Is Here” gets the lounge treatment and he’s nicely unearthed Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes.”Legend shows off his own songwriting with the delicious throwback “No Place Like Home” and co-writes the bustling “Bring Me Love” with Meghan Trainor. “Waiting for Christmas” is classic piano Legend, “Wrap Me Up in Your Love” is a smoky R&B standout and “By Christmas Eve” — a promise to get home, like an update on Brenda Russell’s “Get Here” — is simply sublime.The album’s cover features Legend in a Santa hat and bow tie, emulating one of Bing Crosby’s iconic Christmas albums. Bold move, Mr. Legend — but earned. This Christmas album is an instant classic.— Mark Kennedy (twitter.com/KennedyTwits)______Eric Clapton, “Happy Xmas,” (Bushbranch/Surfdog)Guitar god Eric Clapton may have been an unlikely rock star to cut a Christmas record, but for music fans looking for a bluesy alternative to the typical holiday dredge it’s as welcome as a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a wintry night.“Happy Xmas” steers clear of the typical holiday playlist, and thankfully has more hits than misses.“White Christmas” and “Lonesome Christmas” benefit from Clapton’s distinctive slowhand blues guitar style. The lone new song from Clapton, “For Love on Christmas Day,” will comfortably find a slot into soft rock holiday playlists but may turn off fans who prefer their Clapton with a little less schmaltz.The most un-Clapton song, “Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii),” is a tribute to the late EDM DJ-producer Avicii, whom Clapton admired. It may be the first time “Jingle Bells” has ever been re-imagined as a tribute to a DJ, but whatever. It bears little resemblance to the holiday standard, or anything Clapton has done before, making it a curiosity at the very least, and a standout track for those who treasure Christmas music that’s not just outside the box, but on another planet entirely.Kudos to the 73-year-old Clapton for at least making it interesting.— Scott Bauer (twitter.com/SBauerAP)______The Monkees, “Christmas Party” (Rhino)Take the last train to Christmas, and enjoy pure pop goofiness, harmony and personality with the implausibly still-around Monkees, the late ’60s TV sensations who are still as fun today as they were then.Micky Dolenz handles most of the vocals, though Michael Nesmith sings on two songs and Peter Tork is on the banjo-laden “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Davy Jones, who died in 2012, sings lead on two tracks via tapes he recorded in 1991, backed by new instrumentation. His “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” will make a daydream believer out of you, too.“Unwrap You at Christmas” sets the tone for this lighthearted holiday romp, leading into the whimsical “What Would Santa Do?”Most interesting is “House of Broken Gingerbread,” with its unmistakable ’60s psychedelic feel. Built around a funky guitar riff, “Christmas Party” arrives at the conclusion that one holiday blowout year is enough: “Remember last year/Cops had to shut us down twice.”The Monkees also cover classic Christmas tunes from Roy Wood (“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”) Paul McCartney (“Wonderful Christmastime”), and the oft-covered “Merry Christmas, Baby,” which is way more bad-ass than one would expect from The Monkees.Guest musicians include XTC’s Andy Partridge, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Adam Schlesinger, who produced as well.— Wayne Parry (twitter.com/WayneParryAC)______William Shatner, “Shatner Claus — The Christmas Album” (Cleopatra)There comes a point every Christmas season that we get tired of hearing the same holiday songs. For that reason, and maybe if you’re a “Star Trek” fan, consider giving a listen to “Shatner Claus — The Christmas Album” by William Shatner.Delivered in spoken word, the man who played Captain Kirk takes on classics like “Silent Night,” ”Blue Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad” on an album that features a diverse group of guest artists, including Brad Paisley, Iggy Pop and Judy Collins.Then there’s Henry Rollins, just in case you want a little bit of thrash to go with “Jingle Bells.” Or maybe Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson playing flute while Shatner speaks the word to “Silver Bells” is more your thing.Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure — this is one of the most unique albums for the holiday season.— John Carucci (twitter.com/JaCarucci)______Rodney Crowell, “Christmas Everywhere” (New West)There are more than enough recorded renditions of the season’s standard repertoire, from “Silent Night” to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” So it’s a Christmas blessing that Rodney Crowell has opted for all-original material on his first album celebrating the holiday.His songs tend toward the “Grandma Got Run Over” end of the spectrum, as his wry humour spreads irreverent Christmas cheer. The opening “Clement’s Lament (We’ll See You in the Mall)” is worthy of Tracey Ullman, and the Spike Jones-inspired title cut is just as funny thanks to a dream interlude and such poetic couplets as, “Christmas out the waz … Christmas up the schnoz.”Crowell offers a mix of musical styles, from countrypolitan and jump blues to gypsy jazz. He does the bah-humbug bit on “Let’s Skip Christmas This Year” and the powerful “Christmas In Vidor,” and there are several ballads about romance on the rocks and the resulting holiday blues.But he ends with the cheery “All for Little Girls & Boys,” as Crowell and his young daughters sing on a cassette recording from the early 1980s — a gift from Christmas past.— Steven Wine (twitter.com/Steve_Wine)______Mitch Ryder, “Christmas (Take A Ride)” (Goldenlane/Cleopatra)If you have a juke box by the Christmas tree or want to experience the feeling, Mitch Ryder’s your man. He keeps songs under three minutes, accentuates the beat and primes a dozen Yuletide favourites for a bit of Christmas dancing.The Motor City legend’s style (no surprise here) is founded on the sounds of the Sixties — rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues and soul — and enough energy to light up all your seasonal ornaments.Ryder, who’s made some albums since his glory years with Detroit Wheels that are well worth tracking down, sings some of the inevitable holiday favourites in the rock and pop canon like “Blue Christmas,” ”Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” and Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”But you’ll also find some Motown sounds like “What Christmas Means to Me” and a hidden 1965 gem in The Sonics’ booming “Santa Claus.”Ryder’s voice is often ragged and he covers the unfortunate “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” but Jackie DeShannon’s “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” is a great closer to a kind of Christmas record you rarely hear these days.— Pablo Gorondi (twitter.com/PabloGorondi)______Michael McDonald, “Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection” (BMG Records)Michael McDonald is no newcomer to the Christmas album genre. He’s recorded two original discs while also putting tracks from those records on compilations with the addition of a new song or two.“Season of Peace” belongs in the latter category, complementing tunes from records released in 2001, 2005 and 2009 with an instrumental version of “Winter Wonderland” featuring ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro.If you don’t have any of the previous offerings, “Season of Peace” is a good holiday choice, as the intimacy and warmth of McDonald’s voice is well suited to the Christmas catalogue of standards like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” ”O Holy Night” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”“Every Time Christmas Comes Around,” which he co-wrote, sounds like the Doobie Brothers with the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section. Other tracks McDonald co-wrote — such as “Peace” (written with Beth Nielsen Chapman), “To Make a Miracle” and “Christmas on the Bayou” — add a variety of styles and tones to the festive spirit and help make the compilation a worthy option.— Pablo Gorondi (twitter.com/PabloGorondi)______Jessie J, “This Christmas Day” (Lava/Republic)English pop star Jessie J of “Bang Bang” fame shows off her jazzy side and a very serious ability to tackle standards on her first holiday album, “This Christmas Day.” It’s utterly charming — and utterly unmemorable.The talented songwriter and singer’s voice flutters beautifully over classics like “Let It Snow,” ”White Christmas” and “Silent Night” without doing anything different or interesting to them. It’s overly respectful, as zesty as eggnog.These songs have been done to death and everyone has their favourite versions. While Jessie J proves yet again she’s an underappreciated artist, she’s hardly dislodged, say, Brenda Lee from owning “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”Two duets — “Winter Wonderland” with Boyz II Men and “The Christmas Song” featuring Babyface — are highlights, as is her nicely fresh take on “Jingle Bells,” which she nicely owns. But let’s face it: This is mostly background music while we wait for Elvis or Sinatra or Mariah to show up.— Mark Kennedy (twitter.com/KennedyTwits)______The Mavericks, “Hey! Merry Christmas!” (Mono Mundo)If you could only choose one new album to mingle in with the classics at your holiday party, you could do a lot worse than the Mavericks’ “Hey! Merry Christmas!” It’s the sound of a great band with a unique style leaning into the holiday season with gusto.The Mavericks have evolved in all the right ways over the years — adventurous, ambitious and not bound by formulaic thinking. Led by Raul Malo’s dynamic vocals, they pour folk, swing, jazz, rockabilly and Latin sounds into one big pot of gumbo.And it turns out their holiday stew has some kick.This collection includes eight original compositions and two familiar tunes, both far enough from heavy rotation to fit in well here: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Happy Holiday.”And while some of the new songs sound derivative — you’ll hear echoes of Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” on “Santa Does,” for example — the common element is fun.No gimmicks or fakery here — just straight-ahead party songs made-to-order for the party season.— Scott Stroud (twitter.com/ScottStroud1)______Engelbert Humperdinck, “Warmest Christmas Wishes” (OK! Good Records)Engelbert Humperdinck seems like a natural choice for frequent collections of Christmas songs, but “Warmest Christmas Wishes” is his first in nearly four decades.Last year’s “The Man I Want to Be” showed the now 82-year-old singing with gusto and updating his repertoire with songs from Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Here he doesn’t come so near to the present, covering Chris Rea’s “Driving Home for Christmas” and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Christmas Song (I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas)” and the arrangements stay close to the “holidays with strings” sort. One exception is an unexpected instrumental version of “White Christmas,” which sways gently in Django Reinhardt-Stephane Grappelli mode.Also on board are Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” as well as “O Tannenbaum,” in a bilingual German-English version.The German influence continues with “Leise rieselt der Schnee,” which also gets a separate, English-language adaptation — “Silently Falls the Snow.” The album also includes Austrian evergreen “Still, Still, Still” (in English only) and some original compositions like “A Christmas for the Family.”Humperdinck’s album radiates calm, so it’s probably best played when soothing sounds are most appreciated, not, for example, when the children are tearing the wrapping paper off their gifts. On second thought, maybe that’s exactly when it could be most effective.— Pablo Gorondi (twitter.com/PabloGorondi)The Associated Press
Photo Information: Rep. Mary Whiteford recently welcomed Allegan High School students Benjamin Andrews and Max Clark to the House floor. The students spent the day in Lansing job-shadowing Rep. Whiteford and learning more about state government. 26May Rep. Whiteford invites local students to Capitol Categories: Whiteford News
26Jan Rep. Howell, Michigan House vote to bring tax relief to families and seniors Categories: Howell News,News Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch once again voted this week to lower taxes for Michigan families and seniors.The legislation, approved by the Michigan House, increases the personal exemption amounts for state taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for seniors.“This tax relief is long overdue,” Howell said. “We’re lowering taxes without compromising our schools and other public services. That is the common-sense way to help Michigan residents hang on to a greater share of their own money.”Taking into account the federal tax reforms that were signed into law last month, this legislation ensures that Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes. In addition, the legislation gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year. Taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions as well.Other legislation in the package also helps senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase. The legislation provides a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers. This provides partial relief for retirees who have been hit by the pension tax in Michigan. Representative Howell has repeatedly proposed repeal of the unfair pension tax.The bills include a provision to ensure that school aid funding is not negatively affected by the legislation.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for further consideration.###
Oakland County roads would benefit with additional money for road repairs this construction season through legislation approved this week by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston and the Michigan House.The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan.“Everywhere I go, the poor condition of our roads is a complaint I hear about,” Tedder said. “With additional money available through smart budgeting, we are in a position to invest more than previously planned to help improve road conditions. And that’s exactly what we should do.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Some of the estimated local allocations include about $7 million to Oakland County.“Imagine using this money to pave miles of Oakland County roads in a year where we need it more than ever,” Tedder said.Additional funds would go to cities and villages within Oakland County.The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved this week comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: News,Tedder News 23Feb Rep. Tedder: Michigan House approves more road repair money for Oakland County
22Mar Rep. Barrett’s bill part of measures protecting state interests from drone interference The Michigan House today advanced a legislative plan establishing needed state laws for drones, with a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett included.Barrett’s bill, House Bill 5497, makes it a crime to knowingly and intentionally interfere with a public safety official performing their official duties. First responders attempting to reach people in life-threatening, emergency situations have been impeded by drones in the vicinity – most notably during airlift evacuations when helicopters need to land close to an accident in order to provide assistance.“When firefighters are attempting to direct ladders or airlift evacuation personnel are looking to touch down, they are concerned solely with doing their jobs and trying to save lives,” said Barrett, of Charlotte. “They should not have to worry about a hobbyist drone getting in their way, and these are the things we needed to look at when working on this project and these proposals. I’m pleased with the work of the task force assembled by the governor last year and the subsequent legislation that has been advanced to this point. I want to make sure it keeps working its way to the governor’s desk so we can make the very difficult jobs our first responders do a little easier.”A separate part of the plan cracks down on drone use around correctional facilities, which would be classified as a “key facility” along with manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities and telecommunication facilities in accordance with the Michigan Penal Code. Individuals have used unmanned aircraft to drop contraband, cell phones, weapons and other items onto correctional facility property for inmates.Drone use would be declared as an “extension of the person”. Illegal activity carried out with the use of a drone would be treated the same as an individual breaking the law without unmanned aircraft as an aid. This language would apply to Barrett’s proposal in regards to intentional interference.A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million unmanned aircraft systems were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.The FAA currently has security sensitive airspace restrictions and other parameters on unmanned aircraft flights. However, little has been done at the state level due to the rapid rise of the industry’s popularity while state government assesses its role in maintaining safety in the wake of technological advancements.House Bills 5494-98 advance to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: News
State Rep. Peter J. Lucido testifies in support of his civil asset forfeiture legislation before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 6.Legislation introduced by state Rep. Peter Lucido to protect the due process rights of Michigan citizens advanced today after receiving approval from the House Judiciary Committee.Lucido’s legislation requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement officers can seize property using the civil asset forfeiture process.“The whole concept of civil asset forfeiture is to prevent criminals from profiting off of their crimes,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “I completely agree – no one should profit from criminal activity. The problem is, the due process rights of innocent citizens are being trampled on under the current process.”As a former probation officer and criminal defense lawyer of more than 30 years, Lucido said he witnessed law enforcement agencies abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture law.In 2016, Michigan law enforcement agencies reported confiscating $15.2 million worth of cash and property through the civil asset forfeiture process. No charges were ever filed in about 10 percent of the cases.“This reform is long overdue,” said Lucido. “It’s time to protect the civil liberties of Michigan citizens by ensuring their personal property cannot be seized unless and until law enforcement proves a crime has been committed.”House Bill 4158 advances to the full House for consideration.### 01May House panel advances Lucido’s civil asset forfeiture reform plan Categories: Lucido News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares July 1, 2014; ForbesWhere might a new college graduate find good job prospects? Forbes has an analysis ranking states by relatively low increases in college tuition for four-year public colleges and universities, high increases in income, and consistently low unemployment. In the table below, states shaded in green show conditions that Forbes considers the most promising (yellow reflects changes that are roughly commensurate with the nation’s, and pink conditions are below average). Based on this analysis, it’s a good thing to be in college getting ready to graduate in North Dakota. While North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wyoming look promising for grads, other states offer grads less promising employment prospects. According to Forbes, “California, Rhode Island and Georgia reside in the nation’s basement, with large decreases in median income, high unemployment rates, and rising tuition since 2006.”Interestingly, many of the pink states are high in the number of nonprofit employers that might be looking for graduates. GuideStar’s map of nonprofits of all kinds (searchable on its website) suggests some states have lots of nonprofits that might be good employers:It isn’t hard to imagine that on a per capita basis, states such as Rhode Island, Delaware, and New Jersey probably rank very highly in their nonprofit density. How would the Forbes list change if there were a column for measuring the job environment for college graduates in the nonprofit sector?—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shares August 18, 2014; Accounting TodayIt seems that the IRS is getting stricter on what gets approved for 501(c)(3) status. We once heard a well-known tax lawyer suggest that getting a (c)(3) approved required a bit of paperwork and time, but beyond the minimal rigmarole, there was little to stop the nonprofit status of nearly any kind of organization.That’s recently been shown to not be the case in a private letter ruling of the IRS last month, wherein the Service denied tax-exempt status to an unusual organization. According to its articles of incorporation, MindJustice.org says it is dedicated to the “protection of the human rights of defenseless victims from involuntary microwave and M attack, organized stalking, or direct mind control attack of its various forms, and to compensate such targets from the associated damage or death resulting from such sightings.” Writing for Accounting Today, Michael Cohn says that M attacks are “electronic radio or microwave transmissions from governmental agencies and others who are working on projects that manipulate or control human behavior.”That may not be the most coherent mission statement ever written, but the point is understandable. On its website, MindJustice describes itself with a bit more clarity: “A human rights group working for the rights and protections of mental integrity and freedom from new technologies and weapons which target the mind and nervous system.” These people, whoever they are, are concerned about neuroweapons development and classified neuroscience research. It’s not clear if they’re focused on the most common form of mind control: the jingles on television commercials. (“We’re Behr-footing,” “H-O-T-W-I-R-E, hotwire.com,” “Five, five dollar, five-dollar footlong,” “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” “I’m stuck on Band-Aid ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me,” “Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat Bar”—oh how many nights are you sleepless with these jingles running on an endless loop in your brain?) According to Cohn, MindJustice.org aims to educate the public about involuntary mind control and develop anti-M weapons, sort of mind control jammer. It will also help specific individuals counter M attacks.That didn’t fly with the IRS. “You did not provide a detailed description of the proposed operations of the trust or describe the process by which you will verify claims or insure unbiased selection of eligible victims,” said the IRS. In fact, the unnamed founder of MindJustice would himself be eligible for compensation in legislation proposed by MindJustice. The founder—referred to in the IRS letter as “E”—apparently has paid for much of the group’s operations and is owed $35,000 by MindJustice, to be reimbursed after the organization receives grant funds. To the IRS, this all sounded like a strategy that would have MindJustice operate for the benefit of specific private interest—implicitly, Mr. E’s interest.MindJustice, of course, can appeal the IRS’s ruling. For our purposes, maybe MindJustice.org should get a (c)(3) if they could protect us from the Phillips Colon Health lady who pops up on double-decker buses and on airplanes warning about bloating.—Rick CohenShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shares
ShareTweet4ShareEmail4 SharesMarch 28, 2016; NPR, “The Two-Way”NPQ reported yesterday that the state of Georgia was under widespread pressure from entities doing business in the state to dump the religious liberties bill making its way through the legislature towards Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. Yesterday, Deal vetoed the measure, which was believed to “enshrine” discrimination against LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs. It would, in short, allow people to discriminate against others based on the “sincerely held religious beliefs” of the discriminator.Calling the measure “a solution in search of a problem,” Deal declared Georgia “a welcoming state…full of loving, kind and generous people. And that is what we should want. They choose to worship God in the way they see fit in a myriad of ways, in a variety of different settings. I believe that that is our best side. And our people, every day, work side-by-side without regard to the color of their skin of their fellow mate. Or the religion that their coworker might adhere to. They are simply trying to make life better for themselves, their families and their communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way.”“For that reason,” he said, “I will veto House Bill 757. […] I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives.”Among the corporations that had threatened to rethink their business relationships in Georgia were the NFL, UPS, Coca Cola, and Delta. To take one specific industry as an example of the damage that might have been caused: Georgia’s film industry is very active due to its tax incentives. In fact, the Georgia Department of Economic Development reported that there had been “248 film and television productions shot in Georgia in 2015, amounting to $1.7 billion in spending.” But Disney threatened to boycott the state, and companies including Time Warner and AMC Networks (which shoots The Walking Dead in the state) urged the governor to veto the legislation.As readers will remember, the same kind of pressure was brought to bear on Indiana when a similar bill was passed there, and in North Carolina where a discriminatory “bathroom bill” has just been passed, we also see corporations using their financial “voices” to some effect.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweet4ShareEmail4 Shares
European cable giant Liberty Global increased revenues by US$1billion (€750 million) last year, posting a total of US$9.5 billion for the full year compared with US$8.4 for the previous year. The company posted a loss of US$772.7 million, compared to a profit of US$388.2 million in 2010 when it benefited from the sale of its Japanese operation.LG’s UPC Broadband division ended 2011 with 15.2 million subscribers, an increase of 2.3 million on 2010. Germany, where UPC recently acquired regional operator Kabel BW, was UPC’s largest market with 6.8 million subscribers, of which two million took digital services. In Poland, including the recently acquired Aster customer base, digital subscriber numbers were up 41,500 to 626,100.Telenet, LG’s Belgian operator, increased its digital subscriber base by 48,700 to a total of 1.4 million.LG’s president and CEO Mike Fries said, “The operating momentum we exhibited throughout 2011 continued into the fourth quarter with 380,000 net RGU additions, and 1.2 million for the full year. Our broadband bundles are driving demand across our footprint, which is now over 90% upgraded to offer 100Mbps-plus speeds. This demand propelled us to a record quarter in both broadband and telephony, as we added approximately 230,000 RGUs of each product in the fourth quarter.”