VANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark has weighed in on the discussion around sexual misconduct in Canadian politics, saying she saw plenty of “frat boy behaviour” during her time in office.Clark, who was the first woman elected premier in B.C., posted Thursday on Facebook that politics is an often “brutally sexist” business.“All of us who have experienced a sexual assault, harassment, or aggressive and unwelcome advances know it’s a damn hard thing to talk about,” she wrote, thanking women who have come forward.“I was involved in politics for 25 years and saw plenty of frat boy behaviour. It made me promise myself that I would do things differently, should I ever get the chance to lead.”Clark declined to expand on the post when contacted, saying she would comment after the B.C. Liberal leadership race that ends Feb. 3.Patrick Brown, a former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party, and Kent Hehr, a Liberal MP and cabinet minister, have denied misconduct allegations in recent days.Clark worked behind the scenes in politics before she was elected to the legislature for the B.C. Liberal party in 1996. She served as premier from 2011 to 2017, when her minority government was defeated in a non-confidence motion.In 2016, she revealed in a Vancouver Sun op-ed piece that when she was 13, a stranger pulled her off a sidewalk into some bushes, but she was able to escape. She said she never told anyone about the incident or any of the other “frightening things of a sexual nature” that happened to her as a youth.Advocacy groups commended Clark for coming forward, but they also criticized her track record on women’s issues, arguing she had not increased funding to transition houses and crisis centres after cuts by her predecessor.Clark touted her achievements in the Facebook post, saying her cabinet had a greater percentage of women than any in the previous decade, and she appointed the first women to serve as the province’s attorney general and to lead BC Hydro.“It’s an awful lot harder for sexist behaviour to go unnoticed or be deliberately ignored when there’s a woman in the room,” she said.“What can every citizen do to change it? Elect more women. Yes, make sure they’re qualified — not every woman is better just because she’s female — but if she’s smart and capable, give her the chance.”First ministers also shouldn’t load up their offices and the senior civil service with men, or use gender-balanced cabinets as a facade, she said.“Yes, I get it, most of you are men, but culture change starts at the top and if your ‘real’ cabinet is mostly male, you won’t change a thing despite the window dressing,” she said.“We are watching history being made right now. Politics is a brutal and very often brutally sexist business — one that has historically reduced women like me to a footnote in history. But, thanks to lots of brave women who are making their voices heard, change is FINALLY afoot.”B.C. Finance Minister Carole James said Friday the issues in Clark’s post are pervasive.“I don’t think there’s probably a woman in any walk of life, whether it’s politics or business or community, that doesn’t have a story to tell about either harassment or an unprofessional workplace or an experience they’ve had in their lives,” she said.It’s been extraordinary to see the growing number of women standing up and voicing their experiences, James said, adding that more also needs to be done to generate longer term change.“I’m very proud of being part of a cabinet that is 50 per cent women, but we need to make sure that the environment for women when they’re in these workplaces is supporting them as well. I think that’s the additional piece that we all have to work on, take the momentum that’s going on right now and carry it forward.”Speaking on a teleconference call Friday from Seoul, South Korea, where he is on a trade mission, B.C. Premier John Horgan said his government is committed to gender equality.“There’s not a frat boy sentiment in our group,” he said, adding that the culture of politics has changed in recent years.“In the time I’ve been a member of the legislature, certainly there is an old boys culture to the institution,” Horgan said. “But I believe that’s been changing over the past number of years and will continue to better reflect where we, as a society, want to be and the role of women in our government, in our industry and in our communities.”— Follow @ellekane and @gkarstenssmith on Twitter.Note to readers: CORRECTS spelling of ‘generate’ in para 18.
VANCOUVER – A foreign buyers tax will do little to cool the British Columbia housing markets where it’s been expanded, as international purchasers make up only a small percentage of sales and lack of supply is the bigger problem, real estate groups say.Metro Vancouver has had a 15 per cent tax on foreign home purchasers since 2016. The province announced Tuesday it would hike the levy to 20 per cent and impose it in the Victoria and Nanaimo areas, as well as the Fraser Valley and central Okanagan.The changes took effect Wednesday, catching some industry groups off guard.“I don’t know anybody who was thinking we needed this tax,” said Tanis Read, president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. “I’m very troubled by the lack of consultation.”Foreign transactions made up 1.8 per cent of purchases in the central Okanagan, 1.4 per cent in the Fraser Valley, 4.3 per cent in the Victoria area and 4.4 per cent in the Nanaimo area, provincial data compiled by the B.C. Real Estate Association shows.Read said prices in the Okanagan have steadily risen due to population growth and declining inventory, not foreign buyers. People from Vancouver are moving to the region to escape high housing costs and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle, she added.She said the tax might have a “modest” impact but she’s concerned about ripple effects. She has European clients who are planning to move to the Okanagan and the tax has reduced their budget to $600,000 from $800,000, she said.“That puts pressure on lower-priced homes,” she said. “There are so many unintended consequences, and if they had actually consulted with industry as a trusted partner, instead of as an adversary, then we would have had more concrete solutions.”Don McClintock, president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, said he’d heard talk of the tax being extended to buyers in Victoria but he was surprised to see the Nanaimo Regional District included.There’s a “light sprinkling” of foreign buyers in the area his board covers, which includes Nanaimo, he said.“It’s not a major part of our market by any means,” he said. “So I don’t think it’ll have any negative effect on our sales or even any significant effect on control of prices.”McClintock said a shortage of listings has gradually driven prices up in the area, with a 15 to 19 per cent spike last year. Provincial and municipal governments should focus on increasing supply, rather than controlling who the buyers are, he said.The government has committed $6 billion to deliver 114,000 affordable homes over the next decade, and has created a new office within the government agency BC Housing to partner with non-profits and developers on housing projects.Finance Minister Carole James said during her budget speech on Tuesday that foreign buyers should contribute more for the high quality of life they enjoy in B.C.“Increasing the tax should help to deter those speculating in B.C.’s housing market,” she said. “Extending it to other communities ensures that we don’t simply push the speculation into neighbouring markets.”The previous Liberal government also gave little warning before it imposed the tax in Metro Vancouver in August 2016. Sales had already been declining that year, and the slide continued for a few months after the tax before rebounding.The benchmark price of a detached home in the Vancouver area in July 2016 was $1.58 million. By January 2017, the trough of the market, it was $1.48 million. But it steadily climbed back and now it sits at $1.6 million.Cameron Muir, chief economist of the B.C. Real Estate Association, said the temporary cooling effect was magnified by local buyers who held back to see how the tax would impact prices.It’s fine if the government wants to collect more tax from foreign buyers, but it won’t make homes more affordable, he said.“Foreign buyers are just such a small part of the marketplace that there’s really no difference on the affordability side.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
Rabat – A number of young Moroccans who were sent by a governmental agency to work in the United Arab Emirates published a video on YouTube expressing their discontent at what they described as the “Moroccan government’s neglect” to their situation.Published on December 24th, the eight-minute long video shows a number of young Moroccans in what appears to be a moving bus telling the story of how they ended up jobless in the oil-rich country and with no money to meet their necessary needs, such as food.One of the young men appearing in the video said that “he was promised along with others better jobs and better life conditions in the United Arab Emirates.” Instead, they ended up with no jobs for six months, eating only rice since they cannot afford buying anything else.Another young Moroccan called on the Moroccan government to refund him, adding that he prefers to go back than staying in the UAE jobless and with no money.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 8:05 am MDT In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, photo, a ship to shore crane unloads a shipping container at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City terminal, in Savannah, Ga. The Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in December at the slowest pace since last summer, another sign that the economy lost some momentum at the end of 2013.Wholesalers boosted stockpiles by 0.3 per cent in December from November, smallest gain since July, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.Sales growth slowed to 0.5 per cent December after healthy gains of 1 per cent in November and 1.1 per cent in October.Rising stockpiles boost economic growth because they reflect expanding production at factories. Bigger inventories accounted for more than 40 per cent of economic growth in the July through September period last year when gross domestic product increased at a robust 4.1 per cent annual pace.The surge in stockpiles slowed in the last three months of 2013, and overall growth fell back to a still-healthy 3.2 per cent.After the December increase, inventories at the wholesale level stood at a seasonally adjusted $517.9 billion, up 4 per cent from a year earlier.The government tracks inventories held by wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers. A report covering all inventory levels comes out Thursday.At the wholesale level, inventories of computer equipment rose by 5.3 per cent after a healthy 3.6 per cent gain in November. Automotive stockpiles rose 0.6 per cent after dropping in November. Overall, inventories of long-lasting durable goods rose 1.3 per cent in December. But non-durable goods stockpiles fell 1.3 per cent, pulled down by a 5.2 per cent drop in inventories of farm products.Economists had hoped 2014 would be a breakout year for the U.S. economy, still struggling to regain full strength nearly five years after the Great Recession ended. But recent economic reports have sent out conflicting signals.Consumer spending, which drives 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity, rose at a solid pace in December. Consumer confidence has also been healthy. Unemployment has fallen to a five-year low 6.6 per cent.But two straight months of weak job growth have raised questions about the economy’s strength. Employers added a disappointing 113,000 jobs in January and just 75,000 in December. And part of the drop in unemployment — from 7.2 per cent in October — has been caused by Americans dropping out of the job market, which means they can no longer be counted among the jobless. US wholesalers increase stockpiles just 0.3 per cent in December, smallest gain since last July
According to a news release, some 85 civilians have reportedly been killed, 76 wounded and nearly 11,000 displaced from the town of Bria, Haute Kotto prefecture due to clashed between two armed groups – the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). “Given the country’s recent history, this kind of targeted violence is extremely dangerous and must be stopped,” said Special Adviser Adama Dieng, warning that new outbreak of violence could result in reprisal attacks and rapidly escalate. He also called for full investigations into allegations of targeted killings and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. “If carried out in a widespread or systematic manner, such acts could constitute crimes under international law that can be prosecuted before national or international courts,” he stressed. Reportedly, the FPRC singled out ethnic Fulani in Bria and carried out house-to-house searches, killing, looting and abducting residents. The armed group also occupied hospital buildings, preventing wounded Fulani from receiving medical treatment. Peacekeeping troops deployed by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) later took control of the hospital and reinforced measures to protect civilians in Bria. Clashes have also been reported between opposing factions of the mainly Muslim ex-Séléka armed group in Bambari, Ouaka prefecture. The Secretary-General’s Representative for the CAR and the Deputy Representative travelled to Bria and Bambari, respectively, along with Ambassadors, UN officials and representatives of the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States and called for an immediate end to hostilities. Also in the release, Special Adviser Dieng welcomed progress towards the establishment of the Special Criminal Court in the CAR, which will investigate serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the country, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity since 2003.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY said he accepts the decision of the electorate in the local elections — but he’s issued a reminder that there’s no “pot of gold” available for an exchequer spending splurge.Speaking to RTÉ’s Claire Byrne this afternoon in the wake of a surge for Sinn Féin and independent candidates in the local elections, he said that those incoming councillors would soon be faced with difficult financial decisions at local level.He said:We’ve been very clear with the people that there is no pot of gold, but that any flexibility or resources available to the Minister for Finance in preparation not only for this forthcoming Budget but the one after that, we’ll be giving back to people and families and people who need that.He said those Budget decisions depended on the strength of the economy.In terms of the election results, which show Fine Gael and Labour filling less than 130 of the 480 seats decided so far, he said they were a “stark reminder” of people’s frustration and anger. He said other parties and candidates had campaigned on the basis “that there were pots of gold available”, adding…Well, there aren’t.-“The decision of the people stands and its consequences will last for a number of years,” the Taoiseach said.“There’s been a major shift in people voting for Sinn Féin and independents.”RTÉ ScreengrabIn terms of the internal difficulties within Labour in the wake of their vote collapse, he said both parties had gone into Government with “eyes wide open” in agreement that the country’s problems were never going to be solved by “pious aspirations”.He said Labour had “stepped up to the mark” and made the hard decisions necessary.On the question of whether Eamon Gilmore should remain in charge, he said that he wouldn’t comment on another party’s leadership, but paid tribute to the Tánaiste’s performance as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.Speaking yesterday, Labour deputy leader Joan Burton declined to be drawn on whether she might stage a heave on Gilmore, saying “I am not going to call anything like that until we get the final results in”.On the Tánaiste’s future, she said: “Eamon Gilmore is the elected leader of the Labour Party and of course I have confidence in Eamon Gilmore.”Read: Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizensRead: Election 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happen
A biologist at Colorado Starte University is developing a plant that can detect explosives. By engineering the plant’s DNA, June Medford has managed to develop a plant that turns white when it comes into contact with certain chemicals found in explosives.Medford and her team developed a computer model that allows them to manipulate the plant’s various receptors. “The computer program designs how the protein, which detects things, and explosive or environmental pollutant interact,” she told Wired. “We translate the language from the protein back to the DNA, and encode what we want in the DNA.”Though lab tests have been successful up until this point, Medford says that the plants are still several years away from being used in the field. The plan is to eventually distribute the plants as genetically modified seeds.
Former Russia and Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been announced as the new coach of China’s Under-21 sideThe 71-year-old previously worked in Asia for South Korea, whom he led to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup at their home ground.Now Hiddink has been assigned the task of leading China’s newest generation of young stars to the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Report: Guus Hiddink in talks to become new Colombia boss Andrew Smyth – August 25, 2018 Guus Hiddink has reportedly held talks with the Colombian FA over becoming the new manager of the national sideCurrent head coach Jose Pekerman looks…It will mark Hiddink’s first role in football management since his brief spell in charge of Chelsea in the 2015/16 season after they fired Jose Mourinho.A statement on the China Football Association’s website read (via FIFA): “The team will be prepared for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification with the aims of sealing a place at the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games.”The China Under-21 side will begin their qualification for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in March next year.
Anchorage Assembly members debate a resolution on SB91, October 10, 2017 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)Amid growing criticism of the state’s new criminal justice laws, officials in Anchorage are asking lawmakers for reforms, not a full repeal.Listen nowDuring its Tuesday night meeting, the Anchorage Assembly debated dueling measures concerning Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime overhaul signed into law last summer. One of the non-binding resolutions asked lawmakers for specific improvements to rules that are on the books or set to go into effect soon.The other resolution told lawmakers to scrap SB91 and start over from scratch, incorporating only a handful of tougher penalties for serious crimes laid out in the original bill. That effort was lead by conservative Assembly member Amy Demboski of Eagle River, who said SB91 is fundamentally flawed.“Essentially what we’re doing is taking a pile of mud and trying to turn it into an apple pie,” Demboski said of the reform effort under discussion. “I’m not going to pretend all these little amendments are going to fix SB91. It’s not.”The effort failed three to eight. Instead, the Assembly incorporated several amendments into a measure that is intended to instruct state lawmakers on local issues arising from parts of SB91—not all of which have gone fully into effect.Liberal-leaning Assembly vice-chair Forrest Dunbar thinks the move encourages state lawmakers to continue down the same path they have already started on when they take up Senate Bill 54, the legislative vehicle for further changes to state criminal law.“I think this is a strong resolution, a strong message to the Legislature, that we want you to take this step, pass SB54, and then let’s talk about other issues as well,” Dunbar said. “Let’s talk about staffing, let’s talk about treatment, let’s talk about the bail schedule.”The measure urging specific reforms passed the Assembly 10 to one.
Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reportedly moving cleverly to consolidate the party and emerge as an alternative to ruling TRS before next Assembly elections in 2023. According to sources, after succeeding in luring a handful of leaders from Reddy community from different political parties recently, the saffron party is eyeing to bring big leaders from SC community into the party fold. In Telangana, the Scheduled Caste community accounts nearly 20 per cent of the total population. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us After the formation of Telangana State, the major sub caste Madigas in SC community shifted their loyalties to the TRS. Traditionally, Madigas in Telangana used to rally behind the Congress for decades. Amid speculation that TRS former leader G Vivek is likely to join the BJP, Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) founder president Manda Krishna Madiga called on BJP senior leader and Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy here on Sunday. Speaking to media after the meeting, Krishna said he requested the Union Minister to pursue the issue of long pending categorisation of SC into four groups ensuring reservation benefits reach the deserved in proportionate to the population. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Krishna already met several BJP national leaders including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on SC categorisation and apprised them of the pathetic living condition of Madiga community in Telangana. The BJP leaders said a separate political strategy is being worked out to lure majority SC community in Telangana in a phased manner. The BJP leadership will hold series of meetings with the representatives of Madiga community and assure them of addressing their issues and also giving more political opportunities in the party. Advertise With Us The BJP leaders said TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao extended his support to Madigas’ demand for SC categorisation but failed on all fronts including empowerment of the community. Now, BJP will stand behind the community and fight against the State government. The demand for SC categorisation issue was already put before the BJP high command by the State party unit. The party will come out with a statement and declare the party stand soon on categorisation issue after studying pros and cons at the national level. Many SC organisations in the country are opposing the categorisation of SC.
Jonas Samson of the Netherlands has developed a light emitting wallpaper. The Dutch designer has stretched the utility and craft to form a work of art for his products. In other work he utilizes Freestyle Blowmoulding to create vases, jugs and other objects of art from PVC tubes and halved soda bottle molds. His work is unique in its usefulness and beauty. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Light Emitting Wallpaper Jonas Samson of the Netherlands has developed a two-dimensional flat surface wallpaper that emits a light source. The paper can be tuned on and off. In the off position, the wallpaper is indistinguishable from any other wall covering surface. His work has been on display in Amsterdam at the Design Scoops during September, 2007. His next exhibit will be October 20-28 at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Mr. Samson has received favorable reviews by Fengshangweekly dot com, and Trendhunter dot com.Jonas Samson explores the utility, art and craft of turning conventional items into a work of high tech design. In his other work he utilizes a process called Freestyle Blowmoulding to produce works of art and utility from standard industrial products. These products can be produced with speed and accuracy.The Freestyle Blowmoulding is achieved by pressing air into PVC tubes and pre-formed tubes that are from the halved soda bottles to create works of art and consumer products. The range of products include, trendy jug containers, vases and other home products. Each design that is created is unique, but may be massed produced. The art form is the result of the combined efforts of art, craft and commercial utility. The finished product is in part controlled by the production process that may involve a level of chance. This slight level of unpredictability creates the uniqueness of the objects of art. Explore further Vases from Industrial Tubes Citation: Innovations in Light-Emitting Wallpaper & Design (2007, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-light-emitting-wallpaper.html Charging with ultrasound: uBeam has functional prototype
Harbour Island, home to Eleven’s latest property, Bahama House, is now open. The property marks the first island escape for Eleven’s portfolio, setting itself apart with a range of tailor-made guest experiences geared towards water enthusiasts and leisure travellers.Bahama House is within walking distance to dining, nightlife and the island’s beaches. The house offers guests hospitality, accommodation and a vast array of island adventures.Bahama House’s Manager will be on hand throughout guests’ stay ensuring that visitors get the most out of their time on this beautiful Caribbean island. Eleven’s guides will take guests on water-based adventures including bone fishing, deep-sea fishing, paddle boarding, diving, kite surfing and snorkelling. Customised itineraries can also include tours of the island, caving, bicycling as well as beach days. Guests can of course just choose to sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean and pink sandy beaches of Harbour Island and dine at one of the island’s numerous culinary hot-spots. Bahama House dates back to 1800 and has recently undergone an extensive restoration. The house, a series of separate buildings arranged around a central pool, sleeps up to 22 people in two chic two-bedroom cottages, an original 1800s structure with three suites, and an annex with four suites. This arrangement of 11 rooms in four separate buildings makes Bahama House the place for family holidays, wedding parties and friend getaways. Each property offers guests indoor and outdoor spaces and garden or bay views; there are two fully stocked private bars, a library and a private pool with adjoining hot tub.Open from November to July for exclusive use or on an individual room basis, Bahama House’s in-house chef will prepare a breakfast for guests every morning. Guests can also use the property’s bicycles and daily beach set up. Buyout groups will further enjoy exclusive use of the property, house spirits, beer and wine, lunch or gourmet picnics, guided island adventures, use of the boat and a captain, a dedicated experience manager, on-island transportation, one day of professional photography and round-trip airport transfers. Rates begin at US$440 for bed and breakfast and US$8750 for a full property buy-out experience.
RelatedIncreasing numbers of people could book flights to Cornwall this summer, findings suggestMore Brits could be booking flights to Newquay,Tunisia remains popular holiday destinationHolidaymakers are still booking flights to Tunisia despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.More UK holidaymakers booking flights to Greek islandsncreasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Corfu and Crete, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) has said. Increasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Brescia as the city grows into a tourist destination.This is the suggestion of Andrea Arcai, a Brescia city councillor, who explained that UK holidaymakers now make up a third of the northern Italian city’s tourist market.”British tourists are very important for our development; we only have to remember Churchill who came to Brescia, DH Lawrence and many others,” he commented.Mr Arcai went on to say Brescia’s growing popularity is down to its impressive heritage, with painters such as Moretto, Savoldo, Foppa and Romanino all residing in the city.Cheap flights carrier Ryanair generally flies once a day to Brescia, which allows Brits easy access to the popular holiday resorts around Lake Garda.Holidaymakers who have booked flights to Milan Bergamo can also reach the city easily thanks to a direct bus service.Brescia is also well connected by rail, with both Verona and Venice in easy reach. A branch line also runs to the popular tourist spot at Lake Iseo.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
This cover image released by Frontiers Music Srl shows “The Secret,” a release by Alan Parsons. (Frontiers Music Srl via AP) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 11:06 am PDT Review: Alan Parsons quotes from his past on ‘The Secret’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alan Parsons, “The Secret” (Frontiers)Magic is one of the themes of “The Secret,” Alan Parsons’ latest project, and it is best represented by the instrumental opening tune, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Its many moods over nearly six minutes are like an orchestrated soundtrack to a ’60s animated Disney film or a magician’s stage act, with Steve Hackett, Nathan East and Vinnie Colaiuta helping to embellish Parsons’ passion.On his first solo studio album since 2004, Parsons — without longtime collaborator Eric Woolfson (who died in 2009) — is back with a familiar approach: a handful of lead vocalists, crystal, smooth sounds and pop songs with classical and progressive rock elements.Parsons recently turned 70 and won his first Grammy this year after over a dozen nominations, picking up best immersive audio album for “Eye In the Sky — 35th Anniversary Edition.” His first nomination was at the 1974 Grammys for his work as an engineer on Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” so it’s no surprise then that many songs on “The Secret” have autumnal lyrics dealing with the passing of time.Parsons himself sings “As Lights Fall,” which has myriad echoes of “Eye In the Sky,” and it sounds autobiographical: “My sword was cast in songs of light/In sparks and waves, enchanted nights.”Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm takes lead on “Sometimes,” a string-drenched highlight that sticks to the seasoned topics — “The older grow wiser/And fall in love sometimes,” while Jason Mraz sings “Miracle,” another song with precedents in the Alan Parsons Project discography.Some songs sag a bit, like “Years of Glory,” and on “Soirée Fantastique,” an otherwise charming duet between Parsons and Todd Cooper, the French pronunciation feels like a parody.Parsons didn’t tour until the mid-1990s, but he is currently on an extended series of international concerts. Though he has a long list of classic tracks to choose from, adding some from “The Secret” to the set lists would be a valid path.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press
September 5, 2016Congratulations to the July 31. 2016 workshop participants upon their graduation.from left:Juan Diego Montanez from Columbia, Julian [Eli] McAlister, Andrew Degano from Australia, and Giulia Setti from Italy.As part of their workshop, they built the pool stairs, worked on finalizing the greywater system, refurbished the entrance to the Lab building, and began work on east housing. We welcome two of our workshoppers – Eli and Juan Diego – into the Arcosanti community. Juan Diego will be a planning intern, Eli will become a construction volunteer.[photo by Sue Kirsch, text by Sean-Paul VonAncken, sa]
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