Free market forces have given Canadians the ability to summon meals or cars at the touch of a button and demand a million dollars for an urban bungalow; but, as frustrated parents know all too well, the same forces haven’t solved the problem of finding childcare.The Canadian daycare market has a well-established surplus of demand, resulting in anxiety-inducing waitlists — joined as early as the day a couple learns they’re expecting — and monthly fees that can amount to more than a mortgage payment.“It’s worse than finding a house or looking for an apartment, it’s just insanity,” said Anjali Lowe, a civil servant in Ottawa.Lowe started to worry after nine months of silence from the dozen daycares where she applied through the city’s centralized waitlist system.With her maternity leave ticking down, Lowe widened her search and found a promising home-based daycare, only to lose the position after asking for a police check. She also considered a private daycare that was just adding spots, even though it would add 45 minutes to her commute and cost $2,500 a month.She finally managed to find a space — across the provincial border in Gatineau, Que., that worked as long as she made a temporary office change.“Eventually you find something, you don’t have a choice because you need to go back to work.”Lowe is among thousands of parents searching for childcare spaces every year when there aren’t enough to go around.In 2016, there was room for 28.7 per cent of all Canadian newborns to five year olds in regulated centres, according to a report by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, a group promoting a universal, publicly funded childcare system.In Toronto, one of the country’s most expensive daycare markets, a 2016 city-commissioned study found demand for licensed spaces outstripped supply by 4,069 spots, or about eight per cent of total demand. This, in a city where the median cost for childcare is $1,758 a month for children under 18 months, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Economic theory supposes that in a competitive market, such a surge of demand inflates prices to a point where there is incentive for innovation and more providers to come on board. That, in turn, is supposed to increase supply until the quantity demanded equals the quantity supplied, resulting in market equilibrium.But daycare is no ordinary market. Childcare providers say a host of barriers — including strict regulations and tight profit margins — combine to pressure supply and make meeting that demand an expensive challenge.One of the biggest hurdles is finding rental space for a daycare, said Abi Paul, who opened Chapter1 Daycare in Calgary in 2015.Some building owners don’t want to rent to daycares because of the renovations required, while operators who do find space have to pay rents charged to big conglomerates who might otherwise occupy the space, he said.“They’re paying the kind of rent that Tim Hortons or Starbucks or any other major tenant would be expected to pay.”The time and effort to renovate a space and get all of the inspections and approvals completed also adds to the challenge and costs. It takes well over a year to open a space, he said.Once the space is opened, because the business involves the delicate task of taking care of people’s children, there are also numerous regulations, including strict child-to-supervisor ratios that make it difficult to have flexibility in the business when other costs go up, said Paul.“You cannot reduce hours, you cannot lay off staff because of the ratio requirements, so the only avenue you have is raise fees.”Daycare does generally follow market principles, suggests Michael Krashinsky, an economist at the University of Toronto, but the cost of running a daycare means operators do their best to make sure spots are always filled — one of the reasons for the ubiquitous waitlist.“It’s not that supply and demand aren’t operating, in fact they are operating, but it means that you don’t tend to get your spot exactly when you want it.”Use of childcare in Canada shows the variety of ways the market is filling demand. About 31 per cent of parents use a home daycare, 33 per cent opt for daycare centres, and 28 per cent use private care like family or a nanny, according to a 2011 Statistics Canada report.The real problem with daycare isn’t the market, but with the ability to afford the actual cost of care, said David Blau, an economist at Ohio State University who’s studied the issue.“Often when people talk about not being able to find daycare, what they really mean is not being able to find daycare at a price that they’re willing and able to pay.”The question becomes a problem of public policy rather than market principle, said Blau.“The issue isn’t competition, the issue is just that high quality care is costly to provide…that is definitely a social problem, it’s not a problem caused within daycare market,” he said.“It’s a problem of whether the government or society wants to ensure people can have access to high quality care at an affordable price.”
The Associated PressWASHINGTON – In the first canonization on U.S. soil, Pope Francis has elevated to sainthood an 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast.Francis canonized Junipero Serra on Wednesday during a Mass in Washington.Serra was a Franciscan friar who marched north from Baja California with Spanish conquistadors, establishing nine of the 21 missions in what is now California.The canonization was polarizing. Serra is revered by Catholics for his missionary work, and many Latinos in the U.S. view his canonization as a badly needed acknowledgment of Hispanics’ role in the American church.But many Native Americans say Serra enslaved converts and contributed to the spread of disease that wiped out indigenous populations.In July, Francis issued a broad apology for the church’s sins against indigenous peoples.
MONTREAL — Champion Iron Ltd. is restarting production in March at its Bloom Lake iron mine in Quebec’s Labrador Trough, three years after it was shuttered when its previous owner sought creditor protection.Some 450 workers will be on site around Christmas at the facility near Fermont, Que. About 250 of the total workforce has already been hired to get the mine ready for a resumption of activity.A subsidiary of Champion Iron (TSX:CIA) is reopening the mine after raising $350 million in financing, including about $51 million from the Quebec government and a US$100-million loan from the Caisse de depot pension fund manager that is partially tied to the price of iron ore.Sprott Resource Lending is also providing US$80 million in the form of a five-year senior secured loan.“It’s never easy to raise $350 million to start a project but people believed in the potential of the iron mine at Bloom Lake,” chief operating officer David Cataford said in an interview from Fermont.The mine is expected to produce 7.4 million tonnes of iron concentrate per year, all of which has been sold.The Quebec Iron Ore Inc. subsidiary and agencies of the provincial government bought the Bloom Lake mine and a regional railway last year from an affiliate of Cliffs Natural Resources that was put into creditor protection after ore prices tumbled.Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pierre Moreau said the government has supported the mine’s revitalization because of its strategic importance to the Quebec economy and Fermont community.“This project is one of the initiatives that will make a significant contribution to the success of Plan Nord. It will promote the development of our natural resources responsibly while leveraging our skilled workforce,” he said in a news release.Cataford said the company has the advantage of having access to the Sept-Iles port that can handle large ships to transport the ore and a railway to transport the product to port.“We will benefit from this pier so logistically we have a big advantage.”The reopening was announced as the Quebec government reported that mining investments in the province grew last year for the first time since 2012.Quebec’s statistics institute said spending grew 2.9 per cent from the prior year to reach $2.57 billion. That’s almost half the $5.13 billion in activity five years ago.Iron ore is the second most important metal after gold, accounting for 23.5 per cent of investments last year.It forecasts the investments will increase 17.8 per cent this year to reach $3.02 billion.
A man has been arrested after he allegedly swam across the Niagara River from Canada, to try to illegally enter the United States.U.S. Border Protection say they got a call about a man in the water just south of the Whirlpool Bridge on Tuesday evening. They found a life vest and swim fins near the shoreline, but the swimmer was no longer in the area. A possible vehicle involved was identified to local police.Then around 3 a.m., Niagara County Sheriff’s office found the vehicle at a local mall. Border Patrol agents arrested the suspected swimmer and two others. The swimmer and another person in the vehicle are citizens of Spain, while the driver of the vehicle is a citizen of the U.S.“This individual placed himself in extreme danger by swimming across the Niagara River in attempt to illegally enter the U.S. and is lucky to have survived the ordeal. The river is immensely hazardous with rapids, strong currents and low water temperatures”, said Patrol Agent Josh Barrett of the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2013 6:11 am MDT WASHINGTON – A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are levelling off after big gains earlier this year.Real estate provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices increased 0.2 per cent in September from the previous month. That’s sharply lower than the 0.9 per cent month-over-month gain in August and well below the 1.8 per cent increase in July.Prices still rose 12 per cent in September compared with a year ago.Higher mortgage rates and steady price increases began to slow home sales in September. As a result, price gains have cooled off.Mortgage rates are still very low. And the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan has fallen to 4.1 per cent in the past month, down from a two-year high of nearly 4.6 per cent over the summer.“This deceleration is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer-term,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.Many economists expect the housing recovery to continue, though with slower gains in sales. Still, the spike in rates over the summer has weighed on the market. A measure of signed contracts to buy homes fell 5.6 per cent in September to the lowest level in nine months.There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The sharp drop in September suggests final sales will decline in the coming months.The annual price gains are widespread, according to CoreLogic. Prices rose in all 50 states and in all 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas.Price jumped 25.3 per cent in Nevada from a year earlier, the most in any state. California (22.5 per cent), Arizona (14.6 per cent), Georgia (14.4 per cent) and Michigan (13.9 per cent) reported the next highest gains.Home prices are still about 17 per cent below the peak reached in April 2006, according to CoreLogic. US home prices rise at slower pace in September as higher mortgage rates weigh on sales
Freshman forward Maddy Humphrey (23) chases the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Grant Miller / Copy ChiefOhio State field hockey has earned the right to face top-seeded and No. 2 Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament after sneaking into the bracket because of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana.In Maryland’s first season as a Big Ten member, the Terrapins dominated the conference. Maryland (16-2, 7-1) finished the season on an 11-game winning streak, including seven against intraconference foes to finish as the Big Ten regular season champions.Before Maryland took the reins of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes (6-11, 1-7) and Terrapins squared off Oct. 3 in College Park, Md., in a game where OSU kept the score tied for 25 minutes before the flood-gates opened. The Terrapins scored four unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and ultimately defeated OSU in shutout fashion, 6-0.OSU is going to try to make changes personnel-wise to match Maryland’s versatility, senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner said.“I think we’re gonna have to maybe mix our lines together,” Wagner said. “Say maybe a midfielder switch with an offender if the offender is tired. We need to layer our fitness and rotate around.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest problem in the first matchup was Maryland’s ability to build a rhythm and keep pressure on freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro.“We need to be able to break (their momentum) and you need to be able to possess the ball to do that,” Wilkinson said. “We’ll work on being able to keep possession in small spaces. And again, being able to get some production out of our attacks.”Maryland took home four Big Ten postseason awards. Senior midfielder Maxine Fluharty was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference’s best team with 15 goals on the season.Sarah Sprink, a junior defender from Neuss, Germany, received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, while freshman forward Moira Putsch took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year after tallying 11 goals and six assists in her rookie campaign.Maryland coach Missy Meharg was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for her team’s nation-leading 3.23 scoring margin.Despite her 12 goals and 32 points overall, OSU midfielder Maddy Humphrey fell short in freshman of the year voting and did not make first or second team honors in the conference.Humphrey said she was proud of her work ethic and added her awards snub will motivate her to work even harder in the future.“I worked really hard this season and my stats are among the top stats in the Big Ten, so yes, I do believe I deserved a spot,” Humphrey said in an email. “Unfortunately, I am young and a new face so I just have to work even harder to be recognized.”Junior forward Peanut Johnson was named second-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season despite Humphrey leading the team in points with 32 compared to 27 for Johnson.OSU and Maryland are set to face off at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday at 10 a.m. The winner is scheduled take on the winner of fourth-seeded Penn State and fifth-seeded Michigan State in the semifinal round Friday at 1 p.m
Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scores in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
DID YOU THINK it was that guy in the office who always steals your lunch?Or the girl in the coffee place you’re convinced always short-changes you?Well, no – neither of those people are your worst enemy. We here at DailyEdge.ie have got news for you: YOU are your own worst enemy. That’s right. YOU there.Don’t believe us? Well, see how many of these boxes you tick and find out.1. The work/holiday conundrumYou ruin your holidays from work for yourself by obsessively counting how much time off left you have. “Oh, it’s Wednesday? That means I’ve already been off for longer than I have left. God, I’m practically back at my desk.” Source: Shutterstock2. Pre-emptive missing of chipsEver ruined a takeaway for yourself while eating it by thinking mournfully about how it’ll soon be finished? Yep. Source: Flickr/dangermain3. Birthday fun pressureYour birthday is fast approaching and the pressure to do something good for it is mounting. You end up psyching yourself out so much that you have zero fun on the day. Too much pressure. You’ll never have as much fun as this little fella, anyway. Source: Imgur4. Bargaining toolsYour brain tells you that if you just do one more hour of work, you can have three chocolate digestives. Then you go and spoil everything by not doing any work, but still having the three biscuits. Damnit, it’s impossible to bargain with yourself. Source: Imgur5. Alarm woesTen more minutes in bed? For that sweet bounty, I’ll forego breakfast. Five more minutes? Oh God yes, I didn’t want to shower today anyway. Source: anandtech6. FOMOAlso known as the Fear Of Missing Out. In your heart and your soul, you know you need a night off the tiles. But your brain keeps wondering, “Is this the best night out my friends have ever had? AM I MISSING THE STUFF OF LEGENDS?” Source: Garfield Minus Garfield7. Hangover worryingAnd then when you DO go out and paint the town red, you spend half the evening worrying about the hangover you’ve got in the post – so much so, you can’t relax and enjoy yourself. The pits. Source: ShutterstockSo. Now you know. Are you your own worst enemy?Read: The 10 stages of FOMO you’ll go through tonight>Read: The 23 stages of the weekend everyone goes through>
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has praised sacked Huddersfield David Wagner for helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League.Wagner left Huddersfield by mutual consent on Monday after guiding them to the Premier League in 2017.He spent three years at the club and helped them avoid relegation last season, but they have failed to recover after a poor start this season.The Terriers are stuck at the bottom of the league table with just eleven points after 22 matches and have failed to win a single game since the end of November last year.“I just think it’s sad the way it has ended – I actually believe it was by mutual consent for once,” Carragher told Sky Sports, paying tribute to Wagner.“I think in most people’s eyes, they’re almost down, although we have seen teams in this position before proving us totally wrong.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“What a story and what a job that man has done, getting Huddersfield into the Premier League and keeping them up.“It was always going to be difficult and eventually, they were going to go down at some stage.“It looks like it will be this season, but he will be remembered very fondly at Huddersfield.“Who knows if they go down this season, how long it will take them to get back in the Premier League? But what happened there certainly in the couple of years he has been there is an absolute fairy tale.”
News Green Day Auctioning Instruments, Gear On Reverb green-day-auction-instruments-and-gear-reverb https://twitter.com/reverbdotcom/status/1087742215328333824 Email Green Day To Auction Instruments And Gear On Reverb Facebook Punk-rock history will be up for bid on Feb. 7 when The Official Green Day Reverb Shop opens for businessPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 23, 2019 – 12:42 pm The musicians of GRAMMY-winning punk band Green Day — guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, drummer Tré Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt — are parting with beloved gear and instruments on Reverb in a career-spanning auction beginning on Feb. 7. While Armstrong’s Reverb auction in late 2017 no doubt added to the band’s comfort level in parting with items from their collections, Cool confessed that as a hoarder, his reason behind the auction is that “my psychiatrist said I have to do this.””After 30 years of collecting odds and ends and really good stuff, what ended up happening was I got too many,” said Armstrong. “I think every guitar to me has its own character.” The 44 guitars up for auction include a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop as well as the first guitar Armstrong ever owned, an acoustic Harmony Stella Parlor. He used the latter to record “F.O.D.” on Dookie, which won Best Alternative Music Performance at the 37th GRAMMY Awards, the band’s first of four wins. Dirnt is offering up more than 20 pieces of studio gear as well as amps, including a Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 and a vintage Ampeg SVT.Cool is offering one of the drum kits he burned on stage as well as a new “old stock” Slingerland Spitfire Tré Cool Signature Drum Kit he says is “probably the only one left in existence.” Cool basically burned all the other ones. A matching snare drum is available separately. Cool expressed insecurity that as a hoarder who never sells anything, he will be tempted to buy all of his stuff back again. The Official Green Day Reverb Shop is scheduled to open on Feb. 7 and offers an email sign-up so avid buyers can be among the first to make their bid on this incomparable selection of punk-rock history.Maroon 5, Online Store Reverb Announce Sale Of Music Gear, InstrumentsRead more Twitter
Safilguda: Lack of basic amenities like bad roads, proper street lights, water logging and increase in the number of diseases has made the lives of residents residing at Krupa Complex Lane in Block 22 in Safilguda miserable. Despite making several requests and representations to the authorities concerned, nothing has been done to address the issue yet. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, H Manjula, resident of the locality, said, “This issue arises during every monsoon and we ourselves are very irked by this. Roads filled with potholes are very slippery. Street lights are not working properly.” Furthermore, she said, “Due to the absence of street lights, a commuter can’t see the damaged manholes and the authorities need to fix the manhole covers also. There is an open plot which is turning into a garbage dump and it needs to be cleaned up as it is spreading foul smell which can cause diseases.”
Men are about twice as likely than women to own guns, according to the survey. From the report: Nearly 40 percent of men surveyed said they personally own a gun versus 22 percent of women. Thirty-six percent of gun owners surveyed were white; 24 percent were black and 15 percent were Hispanic. 44 percent of adults surveyed personally know somebody who’s been shot — either accidentally or intentionally.Horowitz: Many gun owners themselves say that they know people who have been shot. We did a series of focus groups and one of the things that we heard about was accidental shootings, and of course, not all of them result in serious injuries. But the experiences with guns really varied. Many Americans have very positive experiences, and many have had very negatives experiences, including about a quarter of Americans who say that they themselves or someone in their family has been threatened with a gun at some point in their lives. Half of all gun owners surveyed said guns are somewhat important to their identity.Horowitz: Those who say this is the case are more likely to be engaged in activities related to guns. In addition to saying they own guns for protection, they’re more likely to say they read magazines related to guns and they watch TV shows related to sports shooting and hunting. Male gun owners are more likely to be participating in those activities and be immersed in that culture, which is mostly tied to sports shooting.We asked people whether their friends own guns, and we found that male gun owners are more likely to have a social network of people who also own guns. This could be tied to the idea that a lot of the activities that they do with their guns are hunting and sports shooting and are things that can be done socially, whereas female gun owners are not participating in those social activities as much. 67 percent of gun owners surveyed said there were guns in their household growing up.Horowitz: This is something that is very much part of American culture. One of the things that we see is that a lot of Americans have exposure to guns whether they currently own one or not, or grew up with a gun in the household. A majority of Americans say that they have fired a gun at some point, including many who’ve never owned one, because people go shooting or hunting with friends and family members. So exposure to guns goes beyond owning one or having lived in a household with one. But those who grew up with one are more likely to be current owners. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)National Rifle Association members listen to a speech at the NRA convention Friday, May 20, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Registration begins Thursday for the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which is at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas.It’s open to NRA members and their families. The association will host appearances by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.The annual meeting will be a weekend-long demonstration of the NRA’s advocacy of gun rights. Hundreds of exhibitors will show off guns and gear at the exhibit hall. And there are events focused on women and youth. However, fewer than one in five American gun owners surveyed by the Pew Research Center say they actually belong to the organization. The report published last year details Americans’ attitudes about guns, firearm regulation and the influence of the NRA.On KERA’s “Think,” Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew’s associate director of research, talked with host Krys Boyd about who actually owns guns in America, why they have them and how gun ownership tracks with attitudes about crime, politics and freedom. Men surveyed who grew up with guns in their household on average first shot a gun at age 12. For women surveyed who grew up with guns, the average age was 17.Horowitz: Men and women are equally likely to say they grew up with guns in their household, but their experiences growing up with guns are very different. Men who grew up with guns are more likely to say that when they were children that they went hunting or shooting than women are. Some of it might be related to interest; it’s possible that boys who grew up with guns in the household are more interested in doing these activities. We heard comments from women who currently own guns who said that growing up, there were guns in their household, but their fathers or their grandfathers wouldn’t take them hunting or shooting but would take their brothers or their male cousins. 57 percent of adults surveyed said they did not have a gun in their household. But 36 percent who didn’t own guns said they might consider getting one in the future.Horowitz: The main reason that gun owners give for owning a gun is for protection. But other reasons include things like sports shooting and hunting and for collection. This really varies depending on the type of gun owner, particularly between men and women. Men and women who own guns are equally likely to say that protection is a major reason for owning, but women are more likely to say that’s the only reason why they own guns. So female gun owners are less likely to be participating in sports related to guns, like hunting and shooting than male owners are. Share
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 He concludes by saying “we still believe a SiriusXM acquisition of Live Nation would benefit the Liberty complex, especially under certain structures (in addition to giving Maffei the end-to-end music distribution company he has long desired),” and notes that Live Nation’s board — led by Maffei — and management, with CEO Michael Rapino (pictured above), are in the driver’s seat in terms of a potential deal. It also predicts that Rapino would become head of the combined company, since SiriusXM CEO James Meyer is expected to step down at the end of the year. Ross said a potential deal is attractive to Sirius because the company appears to have a “terminal value problem” as it lacks logical places to employ its free cash flow. Live Nation, which is the world’s largest live-entertainment promoter, owns TicketMaster and also operates venues, “is near maximum leverage.”“Live Nation’s flywheel continues to turn with increased velocity,” he wrote. “On top of its vertical integration, the company has built an insurmountable competitive moat especially in the United States, allowing it to find new ways to win every year.” The company boasted a bullish first-quarter earnings report in May.He enumerated the reasons why a merger makes sense. “We believe Liberty President and CEO, Greg Maffei, has long desired to combine Sirius and Live Nation into a single music distribution company and has encouraged a marriage of his two music industry interests in the past.“So what has changed to make us think a merger is coming closer to reality?,” he continued. “To start, we do not see an acquirer for SiriusXM, especially after AT&T / Time Warner has closed. … A Sirius acquisition of Live Nation could help solve Liberty’s problems by helping to (at least optically) protect SiriusXM’s terminal value, giving that company a better use of capital, and at the same time improving some of the forces that have led to a senseless tracking stock discount (currently sitting at 25%).”However, he says that Sirius “will have to pay a significant premium to get a deal done,” and points to Amazon and “even Spotify” as potential competitors to acquire Live Nation.“Music remains a top priority for Amazon and that company is constantly looking for additional businesses to add to its own flywheel and enhance Prime. They also could significantly improve Ticketmaster.”But, he notes, “Spotify is the most intriguing to us, even if it is a longer shot and has antitrust risk. The potential synergies and value unlock could be immense. We love Spotify stock (link) and are extremely bullish about its global subscriber growth and future share of listening. But, there is still one major question surrounding the company’s future: how much it can move its gross margins through improved deals with the major labels.” Popular on Variety Live Nation’s stock climbed more than 1% in pre-market trading today after BTIG Research’s Brandon Ross upgraded the stock to buy and predicted a merger between the live-entertainment giant and Liberty/SiriusXM.“We and a growing group of investors have come to believe a nearer-term combination of SiriusXM and Live Nation is inevitable,” he wrote. “We believe Liberty President and CEO, Greg Maffei, has long desired to combine Sirius and Live Nation into a single music distribution company and has encouraged a marriage of his two music industry interests in the past.” Long-percolating rumors about a possible merger between the two companies began heating up over the past couple of weeks; reps for Live Nation and SiriusXM declined comment or did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment.
History books are not always right, but it’s a shock to many familiar with the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii that the commonly accepted date of Mount Vesuvius’s volcanic eruption is most likely off by two months. An inscription has been uncovered during new excavations that dates it to mid-October in 79 AD, not August 23rd.Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1880 at night. Lithograph, published in 1883.Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli made the announcement on October 15, 2018 in Pompeii, and declared it “an extraordinary discovery.” He said the discovery was important for science, history, and art — and for highlighting Italian expertise.A charcoal inscription made in a house being renovated in ancient times apparently re-dated the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.Statue of Pliny the Elder on the facade of Cathedral of S. Maria Maggiore in Como. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber CC BY-SA 3.0Historians used ancient writings that purported to share first-hand accounts of the volcano to come up with the original date.The writings came from Pliny the Younger, a lawyer and author who wrote about the death of his more famous uncle, Pliny the Elder.Roman painting from Pompeii, early 1st century AD, most likely depicting Cleopatra VII, wearing her royal diadem, consuming poison in an act of suicide, while Caesarion, also wearing a royal diadem, stands behind her.“On the 24th of August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud…” he wrote in a letter to Tacitus, a Roman historian, about the events.According to the BBC, Pliny the Elder “was then a fleet commander at Misenum – modern day Miseno – across the bay from Pompeii. He took a ship to stage a rescue for those in danger from the volcano.” The older man did not return.Detail of Alexander Mosaic, showing Battle of Issus, from the House of the Faun, Pompeii. Photo by Magrippa cc by sa 3.0Pliny the Younger wrote in his letter, “I have faithfully related to you what I was either an eye-witness of myself or received immediately after the accident happened, and before there was time to vary the truth.”But now historians aren’t so sure. Perhaps Pliny the Younger’s correspondence was incorrectly translated from Latin, or in some way misunderstood.The theater, restored by Pliny the Younger. Photo by QuartierLatin1968 CC BY-SA 3.0The archaeologists released a statement about the new findings: “In particular, a charcoal inscription, a tangible trace of everyday life, supports the theory that the date of the eruption was October and not August. The inscription appears in a room of the house which was undergoing refurbishment, while the rest of the rooms had already been completed. Work must therefore have been ongoing at the time of the eruption.”They also pointed out that since the scribbling was made “in fragile and evanescent charcoal, which could not have been able to last long, it is highly probable that it can be dated to the October of AD 79, and more precisely to a week prior to the great catastrophe.”Bases for a roman stone hand mill (mola asinaria) of a bakery at Ruins of Pompeii.Interestingly, there had already been a challenge to the August date, based on climate and crops. A team of scientists led by Giuseppe Rolandi, a professor of Earth sciences at the University of Naples, wrote in a paper published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research in January 2008 that the wind patterns dispersing volcanic debris only occurred in the autumn.Also crops that were harvested in the autumn months like grapes and pomegranates were available at the time that Vesuvius exploded.Pompeii, Italy.The explosion of Mount Vesuvius is the subject of other, recently revealed research.A new study suggests that Mount Vesuvius’s explosion inflicted horrible deaths on its human victims: the heat was so extreme that victims’ skulls exploded, their blood boiled, and their flesh and brains were replaced with ash.Scientists now say that Mount Vesuvius erupted in Italy with a thermal energy 100,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Read another story from us: Mt Vesuvius Explosion in 79 AD: Exploding Skulls and Boiling BloodThis conclusion was reached after archaeologists at the Federico II University Hospital in Italy conducted a study of bones recovered from some ash-filled waterfront chambers in Herculaneum, a city close to the volcano, and discovered a strange red and black mineral residue on the bones, including inside skulls, and permeating the ash around and inside the skeletons.
Go back to the e-newsletterFinnish backpackers Kati Hakkinen and Atte Svisalo stumbled on beautiful Nadan Beach in Thailand’s Nakhon Siu Thamamrat province about 10 years ago. Today, they are the owners of the luxury Scandinavian-style Aava Resort & Spa on Nadan Beach.The Finnish-designed resort has 28 bungalows, a traditional Thai spa, two restaurants, a pool bar and a shopping arcade. Rooms come in four different styles, but, says Hakkinen, “the key is the beach”.At nine kilometres long, Nadan Beach fronts the waters that are home to the rare pink dolphins for which Khanom district is famous.Rooms include bungalows with private gardens, poolside villas with direct access to the infinity pool and sea views, and family villas with sun terraces and private Jacuzzis, all in a sleek, contemporary design.Aava Spa runs wellness and fitness activities including Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and yoga, and has a range of treatments from Thai and Swedish massage to therapeutic pampering packages.Wedding planners can arrange Western or Buddhist ceremonies or blessings, and all aspects of the event from the catering to entertainment. Exclusive access to the entire resort is possible for medium-sized wedding parties.The resort is two hours from Krabi airport. The best time to visit is March to October.Go back to the e-newsletter
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