Le gouvernement se prépare pour l’hiver et les Néo-Écossais sont invités à en faire autant. « Notre priorité est que nos routes soient sécuritaires et pour ce faire, nous déployons toutes nos ressources en hiver, a déclaré le ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, Geoff MacLellan. Nous sommes en train de nous préparer pour l’hiver, et vous devriez en faire autant. Il faut hivériser votre véhicule, c’est-à-dire poser les pneus d’hiver, ajouter de l’antigel et placer une trousse d’urgence dans votre véhicule. » Au volant de plus de 400 véhicules de déneigement et d’entretien, les employés provinciaux travaillent tous les jours, 24 heures sur 24, avant, pendant et après du mauvais temps pour préparer et déblayer les routes et les rendre sécuritaires. Les normes du Ministère prévoient le déblaiement des routes de la série 100 et d’autres routes principales à forte circulation dans les huit heures qui suivent la fin d’une tempête. Les routes secondaires et un peu moins achalandées doivent être déblayées dans les 12 heures qui suivent la fin tempête. Les routes locales, les rues dans les quartiers et les lotissements résidentiels ainsi que les routes de gravier doivent être déblayées dans les 24 heures qui suivent la fin d’une tempête. « Notre but est que les gens puissent, le plus vite possible, être en mesure de se rendre au travail, à l’école et à leurs occupations, et ce, dans les meilleures conditions de sécurité possible, a ajouté M. MacLellan. C’est pourquoi, nous demandons aux conducteurs de ne pas circuler quand il fait tempête, tant pour des raisons de sécurité que pour permettre aux conducteurs de chasse-neige de travailler plus efficacement. » Le budget alloué à la maintenance cet hiver est de 60,5 millions de dollars, ce qui comprend 34 millions pour l’achat et l’épandage de sel. Pour en savoir plus sur la conduite sécuritaire en hiver et avoir accès à l’outil de suivi des chasse-neige, allez à novascotia.ca/tran/winter. Pour l’état des routes, suivez le Ministère sur Twitter à @NS_TIR ou composez le 5-1-1.
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Quebec Premier Francois Legault told Ottawa on Wednesday to stay out of the province’s business on health care.“We will not be dictated to by the federal government,” Legault told reporters in Quebec City as he entered his limousine.The strong words were in reaction to news that Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor threatened the province last summer over its tolerance of private health care services.Petitpas Taylor wrote a letter to former Quebec health minister Gaetan Barrette in August, warning him that Ottawa would cut health care transfer payments to the province if it continued to allow patients to pay out of pocket for medical exams.The letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, said allowing patients to jump the queue in the public system and pay for private exams is “unjust” and a violation of the Canada Health Act.Legault told reporters that Quebec has full authority over its health care system.“People prefer to enter the private system for certain exams — it’s going to stay like that,” Legault said.“With health care, we have the jurisdiction. We will manage our health care system the way we want. The federal government is not going to start telling us how to manage it.”Quebec’s new health minister, Danielle McCann, echoed the premier’s comments.She said Quebec’s public system can’t respond to current demand within prescribed wait times, so the province isn’t going to limit access to private medical exams.“For the moment, there is no way we are going to close the doors on people to access (medical exams),” McCann said.The federal government transferred $6.2 billion to Quebec in health care payments for the 2018-19 fiscal year.In her letter to Barrette, Petitpas Taylor said access to medical care in Canada should be “based on health needs and not on the capacity or the will to pay.”She said Quebec’s health care system can include private providers as long as the costs are paid for by the public health insurance system. Jocelyne Richer, The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial and territorial ministers of justice and public safety are urging the federal government to hurry up on solving court delays and slow down on legalizing pot.BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said today after the two-day political meeting that all provinces are concerned about the Canadian government’s refusal to reconsider its deadline of legalizing marijuana by July 1st, 2018. “I would like us to have more time,” he said. “But in the case of British Columbia, our job is to make sure that we can put in place that framework, and we’re working to that July date.”Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the rush to meet next summer’s deadline is interfering with the province’s own legislative plans for the fall session. “It’s asking for us to do a lot within a very short period of time,” Vallee said. “We also had a legislative agenda that’s been pushed because of this. We had no choice. I think it’s the same for all provinces,” she added.Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, insisted at the conclusion of the two-day gathering that the July timeline still “appears to be a reasonable one,” despite a crescendo of misgivings from other governments, public health experts and police forces.“We are going to continue to work diligently with all of our partners to make sure that this is done in a thorough, competent, professional fashion,” Goodale said. “Public health and safety will always be paramount.”Quebec’s public consultations wrapped up two days ago and Vallee said she expects her government to unveil its regulatory framework for marijuana in the coming months.Alberta is partway through its own public consultation process and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she expects to use the results of a recent outreach initiative to release a draft in the coming weeks.“That framework will go back out to the Alberta public for further validation,” she said. “We’re essentially going back and asking, ‘Was this the view you took?’”Besides pot laws, the ministers discussed strategies to address the so-called Jordan decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which imposes strict time limits on criminal prosecutions and has resulted in numerous serious cases being tossed over court delays.Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the areas being considered for reform in an effort to accelerate the trial process include mandatory minimum penalties, the bail system, preliminary inquiries, the reclassification of some criminal offences and judicial case management.She did not elaborate when asked about specific details or a timeline for those reforms.“We had very detailed conversations about potential options,” Wilson-Raybould said. “We are going to proceed as quickly as we can,” she added, describing court delays as a priority. “I’m hopeful that we can have a package in the near future.”Quebec has borne much of the fallout from the so-called Jordan decision, with more than a thousand applications working their way through the province’s court system, including cases of alleged murder and sexual assault, Vallee said. “We need to do more than just cosmetic changes,” she said, emphasizing the need for changes to the criminal code and preliminary inquiries.Quebec has invested $135 million for more judges, prosecutors and court staff to deal with the backlog, she added.
In order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says. On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.Calgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected _ and over-corrected _ very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January. CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.
New Delhi: A businessman was allegedly robbed of Rs 1.4 crore at gunpoint by bike-borne men after intercepting his car in outer Delhi’s Rani Bagh area, police said Friday. The incident took place on Friday evening when Vinod, a resident of Rani Bagh, was returning home and suddenly his car was intercepted by the bike-borne men, they said. The men, wearing helmet, forced him to get off his vehicle by pointing a pistol at him and robbed of Rs 1.4 crore. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder One among them took his car while others fled on their motorcycles, the police said. The men drove away the trader’s car containing the money, but abandoned it some distance away, the police said. The police have recovered the car and are looking for fingerprints that may help them to nab the accused. Vinod’s car was found abandoned over a kilometre from the crime spot an hour later. The bag containing the cash was missing, police said. They are scanning through CCTV footage around the crime spot as well as the route to the place where the car was found abandoned. Further investigation is underway, police said.
Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Monday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over rising cane arrears to farmers, asking why it cannot act tough against the erring sugar mill owners. “How can the UP sugarcane farmers be happy and prosperous when their arrears amount to Rs. 10 thousand crores ? This is a matter to ponder on. Anti-farmers and pro-capitalist BJP government need not make wrong claims,” Mayawati said in a tweet. “Why is BJP not acting tough against the mill owners like the BSP government and getting all the arrears of the farmers cleared?” she asked. On Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) were only working for the rich and are not bothered about the poor. She had also shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state.
“There are no longer any objective reasons for impeding the forward progress of the peace progress in Côte d’Ivoire,” Pierre Schori told journalists after his meeting with the mediator, South African President Thabo Mbeki, during a two-day trip on which he was accompanied by the UN High Representative for the elections in Côte d’Ivoire, Antonio Monteiro. Mr. Schori said he would meet the other “Troika” members, Côte d’Ivoire Prime Minister Seydou Diarra and a South African mediation representative, later in the day, while a meeting between Mr. Mbeki and certain members of the Ivorian political leadership would soon be announced. Noting that the Security Council was scheduled to meet informally to review Côte d’Ivoire’s progress tomorrow, and the Council’s Sanctions Committee was likely to meet at the end of the month, he said, “Even if we are of the opinion that the dialogue among the parties must be maintained, it is important to make concessions, it is important that the train start up.” Fighting erupted in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 when rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north, dividing the world’s largest cocoa producer in two. Last year the Security Council set up UNOCI, which, along with French Licorne forces, maintains a ceasefire between Government forces, ruling the south of the country, and the major rebel group, Forces Nouvelles, controlling the north.
5 things to know about the Miami Beach mansion once owned by designer Gianni Versace MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – 1. THE HOME. The three-story, Mediterranean-style home at 1116 Ocean Drive was originally built in 1930 by Standard Oil heir Alden Freeman and modeled after Alcazar de Colon, the house built by Christopher Columbus’ family in 1510 in what is now the Dominican Republic.2. GIANNI VERSACE. He bought the mansion and a hotel next door in 1992 after the property had fallen into disrepair and spent $33 million on renovations. He was fatally shot on the mansion’s stone front steps in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who later shot himself as a police search closed in on him.3. THE HIGHLIGHTS: The 23,000-square-foot mansion has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a 54-foot-long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold and an open-air courtyard.4. THE WORTH: The property was sold in 2000. The minimum bid for the auction is set for $25 million. The sale price was initially listed at $125 million last year. The asking price dropped to $100 million and then last month to $75 million. High-profile attorney Scott Rothstein owned a share in the mansion, until federal agents seized it among his other assets in their investigation into a massive Ponzi scheme.5. SINCE VERSACE’S DEATH: The mansion was renamed Casa Casuarina and operated as a private club and then a boutique hotel until earlier this year. A bankruptcy court appointed Fisher Auction Company to put the property up for auction Sept. 17. Bidders must be prequalified and place a $3 million deposit. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 6:22 pm MDT
← Previous Story Marko Vujin before Skopje’s “hell”: Barca, PSG and HSV lost, but we are Kiel! Next Story → “ZEBRAS” TO COLOGNE: Kiel storm over Skopje! Hungarian TOP team, MKB MVM Veszprem are finally close to achieve the goal of all goals – placement at VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne! Antonio Carlos Ortega team celebrate an important victory in Paris over Paris Saint Germain 28:26 (12:14). The winning door was open by Nandor Fazekas who saved the fast break from M’tima in the last minute (27:26). Veszprem’s left back Momir Ilic, scored the final goal two seconds before the end for the +2. The biggest problem for the French champion was unstopable Laszlo Nagy (9), who showed why he was elected for the World’s Best Player in 2011, but also best lefhander on the planet in the last season…PSG: Annonay – Abalo 2, Narcisse 3, KOPLJAR 4, Diaw, M. Hansen 4, M’Tima 5, Sierra, Gunnarsson, Melics 4 (4), VORI 3, Császár, Hallgrímsson 1, A. García. VESZPRÉM: Alilovic – Iváncsik T. 2 (2), NAGY L. 9, CHEMA RODRÍGUEZ 2, Sulic 3, ILIC 7 (4), Iváncsik G. 2, FAZEKAS, Terzic, Schuch, Vilovski, Ruesga, Gulyás P. 1, Ugalde 2, Jamali.
Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Search continues for Rescue 116, fears for Ibrahim Halawa and the death of Chuck Berry. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Specialist ship The Granuaile arrived at Blacksod Bay today as the search continues for missing helicopter Rescue 116. Source: Peter Byrne/PA ImagesThe Coast Guard and the RNLI rescued eight people from an overturned boat off the coast of Sligo.Lynn Boylan MEP claimed that Ibrahim Halawa is ‘being kept alive by glucose injections’ in the Egyptian jail in which he is held.There have been appeals to help a Clare family after a three-year-old girl was killed in a car crash.Three people were charged over a stabbing in Longford town on St Patrick’s Day.Traffic flow changes are set to come into effect on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge.A woman was arrested in connection with the murder of a prominent loyalist in Co Antrim.There are plans to build a €19m visitors centre and a treetop walkway at the Hellfire Club in Dublin.WORLD A woman strokes an Italian Spinone dog during the gundog parade at the West of England Game Fair. Source: Ben Birchall/PA Images#RIP: Tributes have been paid from the entertainment world and beyond for rock n’ roll legend Chuck Berry who died aged 90.#DIPLOMATIC DISPUTE: The German defence minister strongly rejected claims by US President Donald Trump that Berlin owes NATO “vast sums of money”.#ORLY ATTACK: A French prosecutor claimed that the man shot at a Paris airport after trying to grab a gun had shown “signs of radicalisation” during a prison term.PARTING SHOT Share7 Tweet Email1 Mar 19th 2017, 7:59 PM https://jrnl.ie/3296186 18,506 Views Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 7:59 PM Get our daily news round up: Short URL A parody of the viral BBC interview with Prof. Robert Kelly has gone, er, viral.The skit sets the interview from the perspective of a “working woman” and shows how women are often expected to take a number of roles within the household. By Rónán Duffy No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Drug dealers need a place to live. Unfortunately for some Clark County landlords, drug suspects can end up renting houses and leaving a legal and physical mess behind after an arrest.Georgia Ketchmark, whose family rents out four properties around the county, recently discovered one of her houses was searched as part of a drug investigation led by the Camas Police Department. Since then, the family has evicted the tenants and is working to repair the home so it can be rented out to someone else.“We were really shocked,” Ketchmark said of drug activity at the house. “They’ve always been really good tenants.”Camas police, with assistance from the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force and Washougal police searched two houses on May 24, including the Ketchmarks’ at 1410 S.E. 152nd Court, which backs to Mountain View High School in the Cascade Park area.Scott Lockwood, 25, was arrested at the rental house on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana, mushrooms and Ketamine — a tranquilizer used in veterinary medicine, according to a Camas police news release.Ketchmark first heard of the investigation about a week after the arrest, when she got a letter in her post office box from Camas police.
Friday — 438 adult summer chinook, 208 jack chinook, 3,412 steelhead, 198 shad, 712 sockeye. Water temperature was 68.6 degrees. No streamflow data available.
Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY luis-miguel-wins-latin-grammy-album-year-%C2%A1m%C3%A9xico-por-siempre Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Legendary vocalist takes home one of the Biggest Night In Latin Music’s most coveted honorsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2018 – 6:06 pm Luis Miguel won Album Of The Year for ¡México Por Siempre! at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Earlier in the night, Miguel’s 20th album also took home the award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album.Miguel, a Puerto Rican-born Mexican powerhouse singer burst onto the pop music scene at a very young age, releasing his debut album at age 11. He won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” at the 27th GRAMMY Awards. An internationally acclaimed artist, Miguel went on to enjoy immense success, playing a significant role in the Latin explosion of the ’90s and bringing bolero music to a wider audience.¡México Por Siempre! marked a triumphant return for Miguel, his first new album since 2010’s self-titled release. ¡México Por Siempre! climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and even cracked into the Billboard 200. Album Of The Year is one of the most anticipated honors each year at the Latin GRAMMYs comes from the coveted category. This year’s competition was especially stiff, with nine other nominees vying for the win.Other nominees include Pablo Alborán’s Prometo, the Spanish singer/songwriter’s fourth studio album, J Balvin’s Vibras, the Columbian reggaeton star’s fifth album features an impressive list of collaborators, and Rozalén’s Cuando El Rio Suena…, which also earned a Song Of The Year nomination for “La Puerta Violeta.” Chico Buarque was also nominated for Caravanas, which won the award for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album and Best Portuguese Language Song for “As Caravanas,” as was another winner earlier in the night, Jorge Drexler, who’s Salvavidas De Hielo won Best Singer-Songwriter Album. El David Aguilar’s Siguiente, also received a nom, as did Kany García’s Soy Yo, her fifth album and only the second album to ever debut in the top five on Billboard’s Top Latin Album chart.Natalia Lafourcade was also nominated for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latioamerican En Marcorinos), Vol. 2, which won the Mexican singer/songwriter the Latin GRAMMY for Best Folk Album earlier in the evening. Monsieur Periné’s Encanto Tropical, the Columbian group who won Best New Artist just two years ago, was also nominated. Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs News Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Twitter Facebook ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? 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The Big Lebowski is a cult movie phenomenon from writer/directors the Coen Brothers. This bowling-fueled, counter-culture classic is still rolling twenty years on from the moment audiences were introduced to Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) and the Jesus himself, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro). It missed the box office pins at its first throw. But once viewers caught on to its mix of burned-out characters, warped mystery and slapstick comedy, its future was assured. Other films have fans. Lebowski goes one better. It has its own religion.“Dudeism” is a belief system based on the central persona of “The Dude.” He was so laid back he needed a rug to lie on. A rug that really tied the room together. When that rug was stolen it set him off on a crazy adventure that is watched, rewatched and quoted to this day.Jeff Bridges speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0Anyway, the rug is not the issue here! A special guest at 2018’s Lebowski Fest (a convention which began way back in 2002) was Jeff Dowd. This other Jeff isn’t a regular type of guest. He doesn’t need to dress up as The Dude. That’s because he is The Dude.Ethan (left) and Joel Coen, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC By SA 3.0Dowd is the force of nature who tied The Big Lebowski together. A friend of Joel and Ethan Coen, he recognized their potential when watching their debut feature Blood Simple in the 1980s. He was in a position to help them too, as one of the founding members of the Sundance Film Festival, not to mention a movie marketing expert.Jeff Dowd, the Coen Brothers’ inspiration for the ‘Dude’ character in The Big Lebowski. Photo by Brian Solis (b_d_solis) Flickr. CC BY 2.0They returned the favor by structuring a Raymond Chandler-style narrative around Dowd’s spaced-out character. His actual surname is “Duda,” which is Irish Gaelic, and became “Dude” from an early age.Uproxx caught up with Dowd in 2016 to tell his story. Ethan Coen is quoted as saying:“It just seemed interesting to us to thrust that character into the most confusing situation possible. The person who would seem – on the face of it – least equipped to deal with it. That’s sort of the conceit of the movie.”John Goodman as ‘Walter’ at Lebowski Fest 2011. Photo by Joe polletta FLickr CC BY SA 2.0Dowd himself comes across as pretty incoherent, yet his track record speaks for itself. He marketed major releases such as Chariots Of Fire and The Blair Witch Project. So he certainly doesn’t need to find a cash machine.This shambling figure resembles Bridges’ ace slacker in many ways, despite the actor famously dressing himself from his own wardrobe for the part. He enjoys a White Russian or two. To the uninitiated, that’s a combination of vodka, coffee liqueur and milk over ice. As told to Uproxx, he feels the Coens captured his approach to life perfectly through the big screen take.Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi in a scene from the movie The Big Lebowski. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images“The way he dances, the way he sits, the way he mumbles, y’know etc… Then they’re gonna take other things, things at my expense or the Dude’s expense okay? So he’s smokin’ a joint in the car, drops the roach, starts goin’ like this (slapping at lap) and then crashes the car. That’s Dude all the way.”<span data-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_start></span><span data-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_start></span>Bridges’ unlikely Brother Seamus (no that’s not an Irish monk) boasted of former triumphs in the field of political activism. In one scene a post-coital Lebowski asks conceptual artist Maude: “You ever hear of the Seattle Seven? That was me… and those six other guys.”Stars Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges at the 2011 Lebowski Fest. Photo by Joe Poletta CC BY-SA 2.0Jeff Dowd was an actual member of the Seattle Liberation Front protesting the Vietnam War. Who knows what the Dude’s veteran buddy Walter would have made of that. The Nazis in his real world didn’t lose their ears, though Dowd did unfurl a Nazi flag during his trial, branding his accuser a “Good German,” or fascist facilitator.Jeff Dowd, ‘The Dude.’ Photo by Scott McDermott/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesDowd is a strange role model. However, he has managed to achieve a double legacy. The one that inspires filmmakers through his work in production, and the one concerning his fictional self that will seemingly live on forever.Read another story from us: Norman Bates from “Psycho” was Inspired by a Real-Life Psycho and Body SnatcherIn closing I’d like to say that if anyone finds those Creedence tapes, lost somewhere near the In-N-Out Burger, you can mail them to… ah whatever dude let’s just go bowling. Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.
In this competitive software market, finding a great developer for your startup can be a bit like dating.You can try searching online sites such as TechCofounder and CoFoundersLab, which match entrepreneurs to software engineers. But it might be best to meet face-to-face to find someone who understands your goals and meshes well with you. One of the simplest ways is by attending coding events called hackathons.These marathon programming sessions, which happen most weekends throughout the world, are the digital equivalent of a jam session: Programmers team up to write software, solve a specific problem or just test their development chops.There are similar events, such as those sponsored by Seattle-based Startup Weekend. These aren’t technically hackathons but do bring people with different skill sets — coders, designers, marketers, managers and others — to collaborate on new business ideas.If you are in the market for a great software engineer and are game for going to a hackathon, follow these five steps to start mingling with coders with confidence:1. Know the language.Coding expertise isn’t a must for every entrepreneur, but familiarity with programming language will enable you to talk software engineering with a modicum of confidence. Written guides can be a surprisingly comprehensive way to dive into a software topic if you’re starting from zero knowledge. They range from general surveys such as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Programming Basics to programming-language specific books like SQL for Dummies.There are also online resources for learning the basics of the common Web programming languages, including w3schools and Codecademy.Related: Do You Really Need to Code?2. Know what — and whom — you are looking for.There are hackathons for mobile apps, websites and open-source tools. Some are sponsored by big companies, and others, by small businesses or nonprofits. The list goes on and on.Before you invest in face time, have a concrete idea of the product you want to develop. And, based on your programming research on your product, you should have at least a basic feel for which development works best for your business. If you don’t know the kind of software talent you need for your business model, you’re wasting everyone’s time.Once you know which software solution suits your project, there are several lists of appropriate events you may want to attend, including Hackatopia and Meetup.com. Google also sponsors technology meetups called Google Technology User Groups, which range from small gatherings to hackathons to lectures. Attendees talk about everything from designing full programs to simple Android apps.3. Don’t be a digital wallflower.Once you’re at the event, use the time to get a feel for which people you’ll be most comfortable with. Only speak at length with developers willing to explain what they do in detail. Remember, they are coding right there before your eyes. If they can’t explain how they are engineering a problem — literally command by command — then they are probably not worth the time.Once you think you’ve found a match, be ready to explain your idea. That’s the moment to pitch your “next big thing.” In doing so, present yourself as who you are — the well-prepared entrepreneur. Don’t overstate your computer acumen.Related: How to Find a Technical Co-Founder (Video)4. Get real as soon as you can.Once you have found a match, offer your potential partner a paid assignment on a simple project. This way you get a feel for how your programmer works, how well he meets deadlines, and whether you get along.The fee can be as high as $100 an hour for an experienced developer. But $40 an hour is more typical.This experience should be similar to working with an architect or contractor. If a contractor can’t explain exactly how to fix the kitchen and you aren’t seeing progress, then that person isn’t your solution.5. Rinse and repeat.Software engineering is an iterative process. So is finding the right technology partner. Once that initial project is under way, hit the books again and study up on how your software is getting engineered. Then go back to your developer with questions to confirm that you’ve made a good choice.If you feel you should look around for a different partner, you will probably have developed contacts with several other developers at this point. And it can’t hurt to keep making more tech connections.Related: Why and How to Host a Hackathon 4 min read May 2, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Related posts:Latin America’s anti-corruption crusade In a hideaway for Brazil’s rich and famous, a new scandal emerges Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probe RIO DE JANEIRO — With just days to go before the presidential election here, a growing scandal has placed a number of issues center stage: They involve corruption, political machinations with the state-controlled oil company, and delays and overspending on a multibillion-dollar oil refinery that Brazil desperately needs.A high-ranking former executive from Petrobras, the oil company, has just been released from jail to house arrest having turned state’s evidence.His allegations have appeared in a steady stream in a weekly magazine, Veja — and they link payments in the refinery construction to politicians from incumbent President Dilma Rousseff’s Workers’ Party and other parties in Brazil’s ruling coalition.The first round of voting takes place Sunday. In a three-way race, Rousseff and Marina Silva are the front-runners, with Rousseff edging ahead, according to polls. Brazilians tend to be cynical about politicians, but the Car Wash scandal reaches deep into the long-standing apparatus constructed by the Workers’ Party, and no one is sure where it will lead.Rousseff, a former minister of mines and energy and chairwoman of the Petrobras board, takes pride in her management skills. But the image of competence she has constructed is now taking some dents.The scandal cuts deep in another way: Rousseff’s strength is among Brazil’s working-class voters, but amidst all the alleged overspending and mismanagement associated with the delayed refinery construction, some workers have come to feel badly treated and complain about not getting paid.Rousseff’s opponents have gone on the attack.“It’s shameful,” said Aécio Neves, the third candidate in the race, in a television debate on Sunday, as he took aim at Rousseff. “The denunciations don’t cease.”Millions of dollars were allegedly creamed off inflated contracts for the Abreu e Lima refinery being built near Recife in Northeast Brazil. The refinery is to start operating in November, three years late. Its cost has ballooned.A second Petrobras refinery project — Comperj, near Rio — is four years behind schedule, double the projected cost and delayed by strikes.Petrobras eventually paid $1.2 billion for a third refinery in Pasadena, Texas, after a long court battle that ended in 2012, seven years after its previous owners had bought it for just $42.5 million.While Brazil’s economy stutters, Petrobras hemorrhages cash importing the fuel Brazil can’t refine but urgently needs. And these enormous refineries have become emblematic of the barriers the country faces in building much-needed infrastructure — barriers created by mismanagement, corruption and overspending. Brazil’s presidential candidates, from left, Aecio Neves, for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), President Dilma Rousseff, for the Workers Party (PT), and the Green Party’s Marina Silva. Nelson Almeida/Evaristo SA/Mauricio Lima/AFPProsecutors say the complex Car Wash scheme was run by Paulo Costa, now under house arrest and providing testimony, and money-changer Alberto Youssef, in custody. Police first arrested 28 people in March, having been alerted by “irregular” movements of $4 billion. Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts has found overpayments of $99.2 million in just four contracts related to Abreu e Lima alone.Evidence suggests “the possible involvement of various authorities … including federal parliamentarians,” a Supreme Court Judge wrote this week, in approving Costa’s state’s evidence deal.Neves, the candidate for the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, alleges that Costa’s appointment in 2004 as a key Petrobras manager was political. “The corruption involving the company is much more serious than is being noticed,” a spokesman for Neves said in an email interview.Brazil’s rumbling economic problems — the country is in technical recession — are also a central theme of this election, and opposition candidates point a finger at falling investment and lack of infrastructure.“There are people who were involved in the running of the company who are involved in this corruption scandal. That does affect people who are planning to invest in the country,” said Aditya Banerjee, an analyst at a commercial intelligence agency called Wood Mackenzie, in Houston.Petrobras is keeping its distance from Costa, whose job put him in charge of refining, and who was replaced in 2012. “Petrobras, in the condition of victim, is attending all the requests of the authorities and collaborating with the investigations, as the main interested party in clarifying the facts,” a company representative said in an e-mail interview.Delays to the Abreu e Lima refinery were “principally for the need to repeat bidding because of excessive prices and delays in the acquisition of critical equipment,” the representative said, and did not comment on the cost increase — from $2.5 billion to $18.5 billion.“It’s twice as much as any other refinery. Any other refinery would cost around $10 billion. So that’s massive,” Banerjee said. “It’s not just Abreu e Lima, it’s also Comperj.”The Comperj oil refinery project, being built in Itaboraí near Rio, is due to start operating in 2016. Its budget has doubled to $13.2 billion. Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts has found overpayments in the tens of millions of dollars.The delay was caused by an “unsuccessful business model of partnerships,” Petrobras said. “In each investigation process, Petrobras is presenting its defenses and technical clarifications and has been able to demonstrate adherence of its practices to the norms and regulations in force,” a company representative said. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, left, speaks with advisers during a television debate in São Paulo, on Sept. 28, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFPComperj was paralyzed by a 40-day wildcat strike earlier this year that was blighted by violence. Riot police were called, a union car was set on fire and, on February 6, two workers were shot and injured.The workers were on strike because they hadn’t been paid by their employer, a subcontractor, for months. Felipe Lima, a 22-year-old carpenter, was struck by two bullets. One went through his right hand; the other burst his pancreas. Rigger Françuelio Fernandes, 20, was shot in the hand and foot.Speaking by phone from his home state of Ceará, in Brazil’s Northeast, Lima said he lives today on a sickness benefit and a one-time $2,000 payment from the construction-workers’ union. Money is tight. “I can’t work. My instrument of work is my hand,” he said.Petrobras did not comment on the case as a police matter.Money is increasingly tight for the oil company, too. Brazil is heavily reliant on road transport but can’t refine enough fuel to meet its rising domestic demand. Petrobras has to buy gasoline and diesel abroad at high international prices, which it sells at a loss because prices are fixed artificially low by the government to control inflation — currently running above target at 6.6 percent. This cost Petrobras a $1.5 billion loss over the past 12 months, according to figures calculated by the Brazilian Infrastructure Center, a Rio consultancy.The Brazilian Oil, Gas & Biofuels Institute, IBP, recently called for fuel prices to be freed up. “The closer to international prices, the more they make investments viable,” said IBP president João Carlos de Luca in a phone interview. “Brazil needs refining.”Rousseff’s opponents blame fuel price policy for hurting Petrobras, the environment and Brazil’s struggling ethanol sector, underpriced by cheap gasoline and diesel.“We have a serious problem,” said Silva, from the Brazilian Socialist Party. “This is highly prejudicial to our country, and something the government needs to correct now.”Petrobras’s ambitious development of Brazil’s ultra-deep water reserves, central to a $220.6 billion investment program, have also entered the fray. Rousseff attacked Silva, an environmentalist, as anti-oil.The enormous costs of developing these reserves, coupled with the losses it incurs importing fuel, has put Petrobras in a worrying amount of debt — $114 billion at the end of 2013, according to Bloomberg.But Petrobras is increasing production from those deep-water reserves. It promises to be producing 4 million barrels of oil a day, compared to the current 2.6 million.Then they may finally be able to deal with their debts.“Until then, we see things being pretty tight financially,” said Ruaraidh Montgomery, a senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Australian cities are among the worlds most expensive when it comes to corporate travel, according to a new report.Concur’s Expense IQ Report has revealed that four Australian cities – Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne – were listed among the top ten most expensive cities for business travel, while Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 25 most visited international cities for corporate travel.Brisbane was ranked as the most expensive city in the world for business travel, with hotel rooms costing US$305.05 per night on average, compared with New York which costs US$194.62 per night.Considering the suffering value of the Australian dollar and the high cost of hotels in Australia, business travellers are spending less on dining (down 4.47 percent since 2011) and entertainment (down 14.77 percent since 2011) and more on lodging (up 3.37 percent since 2011) and ground transportation (up 7.07 percent since 2011). “Using Brisbane as an example – with the city still in the midst of the mining-related construction boom, accommodation costs have contributed significantly to its position at the top of the list,” Concur executive vice president and general manager APAC Michael Eberhard said.“These increases are influenced by the influx of FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) workers to the city, and the growing importance of corporate hospitality to the Queensland economy.”Mobile devices were also found to be a growing aspect of companies’ expense management processes, with logins to the Concur mobile expense app more than tripling from 2011 to 2012.“Understanding that travel is inherently mobile, it’s easy to see how using a tool that moves with business travellers wherever they go increases productivity – whether it’s billable work or something more administrative like managing expenses,” Mr Eberhard said. Four Australian cities made the top ten list. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Future Redskin— Landon Collins SZN (@PrimeRedskins) April 8, 2019 Nick bosa incoming— Felix gebert (@gebert_felix) April 8, 2019 Had to get there early to clean out his locker— Larry Cuppy (@lcuppy) April 8, 2019 30 Comments Share The #AZCardinals offseason conditioning program begins today, and not only is QB Josh Rosen in the building… he was the first guy in the building for new coach Kliff Kingsbury.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2019 He must be there packing his stuff up since this guy is coming in in a couple weeks…. pic.twitter.com/vcPaIpvvZz— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) April 8, 2019 Maybe this bit of non-news means the Cardinals will let Rosen lead the 2019 Cardinals under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. Remember, as of January, Kingsbury took the job thinking 2019 draft prospect Kyler Murray was about to embark on a baseball career — the coach’s main task then was to develop Rosen, last year’s No. 10 overall pick.Things have obviously changed since.Now with Murray in the NFL Draft pool, maybe Arizona is making Rosen’s attendance well-known to portray Rosen as a team player and leader. Make him look good and they can trade him while drafting Murray, the Oklahoma quarterback prospect, with the No. 1 pick.Related LinksReport: QB Josh Rosen expected at Cardinals’ offseason workout programKyler Murray expected to visit with Arizona CardinalsIf Cardinals buy Kyler Murray’s potential, there’s only 1 decisionNobody can really say. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim might not even have come to a firm conclusion about what to do at this point. A mind-boggling offer for either Rosen or the No. 1 pick could always change their mind.Hate this media-driven story all you’d like, but give Keim and the Cardinals credit for allowing it to create confusion about their plans.Everyone has assumed Arizona will take Murray in the draft without any evidence the team is set on him. The only thing anyone has to go on is that the Cardinals have met with Murray and, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, will host him this week. He’s the QB, he’s supposed to be— Max Linn (@to_the____MAX) April 8, 2019 But did he beat the janitor there?— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 8, 2019 Top Stories This is awkward— Ray Duran Jr (@ray_duranjr) April 8, 2019 pic.twitter.com/IGAPpzx8b8— Terrek (@Terrek11) April 8, 2019 Lol no need Josh, they are replacing ya— Kendall Jacobs (@ItsJakesYO) April 8, 2019 pic.twitter.com/qoZ6oGj6Td— Nick Thunborg (@nick_thunborg) April 8, 2019 They just need to tell him whether they’re taking Kyler or not. Do him the courtesy, he’s been extremely professional during this entire process and if they let him risk injury when they have no intention of keeping him that’s just… not a good look.— Brandon Howard (@RocTheJetsFan) April 8, 2019 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Josh walking in after last season like.. pic.twitter.com/uwNZk7EdsQ— Mr Dj (@hiphopizmylfe) April 8, 2019 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) As it stands, they aren’t showing indications of shopping Rosen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week.Arizona has also met with and hosted draft prospects in Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, making the case that they are in the mix to come off the board at No. 1, too. Will all these potential avenues create a favorable trade offer for the No. 1 pick on draft day?It doesn’t hurt.What’s Rosen showing up early to work mean?Hardly much. Or maybe everything. Kliff was probably like “Nice to see you Josh” pic.twitter.com/PQvzcOF09m— The Opening Drive (@OpeningDrive) April 8, 2019 Way too many people are way too convinced that Arizona is going to take Murray and that Rosen will be traded. As of now, he is the starting QB for that team. I would expect him to arrive early.— Brian (@Brian_FFL) April 8, 2019 Auditioning for his new team— George-Harrison (@GHMcHugh) April 8, 2019 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling pic.twitter.com/QtVYfB1iIA— Redskins France (@FranceRedskins) April 8, 2019 You know what they say: Early is on time, and on time is late.Second-year Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen apparently knows that rule, because NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Rosen, who has been named in trade speculation this offseason, was the first player in the building Monday as offseason workouts began for Arizona.He was the first in the building as a rookie to! Great Guy and player!— Markus Golden (@markusgolden) April 8, 2019
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