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GRiZ Deletes Instagram, Releases Animated Video Of Inspired Spoken-Word Poetry

first_imgIn the past week, DJ and producer GRiZ has been teasing a big change on the horizon for him, posting an image of blurred-out pieces of papers with the caption “it’s about time we talked” on Wednesday and noting on Twitter on Tuesday, “I’m gonna miss u guysssss.”While these cryptic clues had many fans in a panic about his retirement (at time of publication, he is still scheduled to perform the first weekend of Electric Forest with the GRiZ Live Band), it seems as though the artist, also known as Grant Kwiecinski, is looking for a clean slate. He’s recently deleted his Instagram, leaving only a new picture of a blank piece of paper, implying that he’s looking for a fresh start and will be focusing on new projects in the coming months.However, today, Kwiecinski posted a brand-new animated video him reciting spoken-word poetry over cascading keys provided by Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), further bolstering rumors that in future months he will be focusing on new projects and collaborations outside his GRiZ persona. Throwing back to his Wednesday post, his poetry in the video frequently repeats the phrase, “it’s about time we talked,” and addresses larger societal issues.You can watch the video, which was shot by Josiah Jones, animated by Gabyo, and directed by Jason Siegel, below.last_img read more

University asks Supreme Court to review HHS case

first_imgIn May 2012, Notre Dame filed its initial lawsuit for relief from Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.Two years and four months later, after several rounds of denials and appeals, the University’s attorneys filed paperwork Friday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, citing the Court’s June ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s decision not to provide certain types of birth control in its health insurance plan.“The University of Notre Dame … asked the U.S. Supreme Court, in light of its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. to vacate an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and remand our case for consideration,” Paul Browne, the University’s vice president for public affairs and communications, said in a statement. “The 7th Circuit had denied Notre Dame’s request for a temporary restraining order regarding government-mandated contraceptive services.“In [this] filing, Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith.”Sara Shoemake Notre Dame’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services argues that the provision of the Affordable Care Act that orders health care plans to cover contraceptives violates its religious beliefs, even if the University isn’t paying for the coverage. The University currently provides the coverage through its third-party health care administrator, Meritain Health, in accordance with the accommodation available to religious employers.In the filing, attorneys Matthew Kairis and Noel Francisco wrote that “the lower courts declined to protect the University of Notre Dame du Lac from being forced to violate its religious beliefs by participating in a regulatory scheme to provide its employees and students with coverage for abortion-inducing products, contraceptives and sterilization.”The petition argues that the 7th Circuit Court’s decision “cannot be reconciled” with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby.“Contrary to Hobby Lobby’s clear command, the 7th Circuit chose to conduct a lengthy analysis of whether Notre Dame was correct in its assertion that the actions it must take to comply with the accommodation would ‘make the University an accomplice in the provision of contraception, in violation of Catholic doctrine,” the petition states. “The 7th Circuit failed to appreciate that whether a particular action makes the University complicit in the provision of contraceptive coverage is a religious judgment, rooted in Catholic teachings regarding the permissible degree of entanglement in illicit conduct.”The petition further argues that the accommodation allowing Notre Dame to provide the contraceptive coverage through Meritain Health still imposes “a substantial burden” since Notre Dame still has a religious objection to maintaining that contractual relationship.“The government has effectively ‘poisoned’ the insurance market for Notre Dame, making it impossible to offer health coverage consistent with its religious beliefs,” the attorneys wrote. “Just as a Mormon might refuse to hire a caterer that insisted on serving alcohol to his wedding guests, or a Jew might refuse to hire a caterer determined to serve pork at his son’s bar mitzvah, it violates Notre Dame’s religious beliefs to hire or maintain a relationship with any third party that will provide contraceptive care to its plan beneficiaries.”In June, Notre Dame law professor Rick Garnett told The Observer that Hobby Lobby was not yet technically eligible for the same accommodation as Notre Dame since it is a for-profit, nonreligious corporation. However, “it is still an open question whether the revised mandate violates the [Religious Freedom Restoration] Act as applied to Notre Dame and other religious employers.”However, both Hobby Lobby and Notre Dame “are both entitled to invoke the [Religious Freedom Restoration Act]’s protections,” which was enacted by Congress to provide more generous accommodations to religious objectors than the Constitution requires, Garnett said.In an essay published on the SCOTUS blog, law professor and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture O. Carter Snead wrote that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision “follows from the most natural and straightforward reading of [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act], given both its text and the jurisprudence in which it is situated.”The attorneys’ argument in the petition concurs with Snead’s analysis of the accommodation in his essay.“The accommodation in this context forces the religious employer to say ‘no’ in a manner that functions as a legally operative ‘yes,’” Snead wrote.Tags: ACA, contraceptive mandate, HHS Lawsuit, HHS Mandate, Hobby Lobby, Meritain Health, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, U.S. Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Leadership lessons from Frank Underwood and famous TV bosses

first_imgLove him or hate him, House of Cards’ Frank Underwood is a captivating television personality whose powers of persuasion lead him all the way to our country’s highest ranking position, Commander in Chief. Although Underwood is corrupt, manipulative, and in many ways evil, he understands his weaknesses as well as his strengths and uses both to climb the political ladder.Despite his many villainous traits, Underwood is determined to reach his goals and is never intimidated no matter what obstacles he faces. Like Underwood, the following three famous television bosses, although incredibly flawed, possess leadership qualities we can learn from.Tony SopranoAs the dangerous head of a New Jersey crime family, Soprano is controlling and strong, but also conflicted. He cares deeply for his family and friends but is also motivated by power and money. Many of his actions throughout the series are despicable, but there is something to be said for his ability to command respect from everyone around him. Soprano knows when to assert his authority and he is consistently strategic regarding business and personal life decisions.Don DraperDespite his murky past, Mad Men’s Draper is a force to be reckoned with in the advertising world. He understands his place within the business and knows what to bring to the table to achieve company success. He values in-person exchanges and knows the importance of connecting deeply with clients. Despite his business achievements, he often lets his personal life and bad habits interfere with his work. He learns over time the importance of self-improvement and the need for work-life balance.Michael ScottAlthough he is often clueless, The Office’s Michael Scott regards himself as the “world’s best boss,” even though his subordinates may not always agree. He cares about running a fun work environment, but also tries too hard to be friends with those he leads. Although he makes them feel important, Scott has a difficult time establishing himself as their superior. Because of his inability to assert himself, his direct reports often have trouble respecting him and taking him seriously. It’s important that all leaders find the right balance between running an enjoyable office environment and providing the necessary structure for company success. 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance Tax

first_img October 24, 2017 Governor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance Tax Budget News,  Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Severance Tax,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement calling on House Republican leaders to consider severance tax legislation for a vote:“It is well past time for House Republican leaders to allow for a vote on a commonsense severance tax that will make oil and gas companies finally pay their fair share. A majority of Pennsylvanians support a severance tax, along with many Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate, and Pennsylvania should no longer be the only gas-producing state in the country without one. I am calling on the House to hold a vote on a severance tax this week.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spacious and gracious, this family home has something for everyone

first_img11 Bartlett Avenue, MundingburraUpstairs offers a dedicated bedroom wing, kitchen, dining and another large room which could be a lounge or a formal family space.Upstairs front and back patios are also a feature.There’s still room for adding your own upgrades and styling.“Mundingburra is also one of those suburbs with big trees. It’s just a nice place to live for a family,” Mr Spinella said.“Mundingburra is definitely becoming more popular again with more than 40 properties on the market.” YOU just have to take one look at this property to understand why it has won over the hearts and minds of a Townsville family.Currently under contract in the high $400,000s, 11 Bartlett Ave in Mundingburra is set to become home to a growing family after only four weeks on the market.Listing agent Giovanni Spinella, who took the property to auction this month, said it was the property’s size that helped seal the deal.“The home sits in a unique pocket and the size of the home is just unheard of,” he said. “There are only 15 homes in the street and they all sit on large-sized land parcels.” 11 Bartlett Avenue, MundingburraThe 1591sq m allotment was certainly a rare find for its new owners, with the home located in the centre of town with its own bore water. There is a wonderful large concrete swimming pool and with the two big shady mango trees this is the best place to enjoy the many holidays and seasons ahead.The classic double-storey brick home has plenty of space to enjoy.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The two levels are joined internally with a classic marble staircase which adds so much character to the residence.Downstairs has two garages and a massive living area with a bar area, office and bathroom and a fully self-contained granny flat which is perfect for visitors or the extended family.last_img read more

One Dominican shot dead and another captured in St. Vincent

first_img Tweet LocalNews One Dominican shot dead and another captured in St. Vincent by: – July 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share Police Commissioner, Cyril Carrtte. Photo credit: GIS NewsPolice Commisioner, Cyril Carrette has confirmed the shooting death of a Calibishie man in St. Vincent. He said in an interview with DBS News that two Dominicans were on a boat transporting drugs and a shootout ensued.“I received information from the Police in St. Vincent  yesterday informing me that a Dominican boat was intercepted by the Vincentian Coast Guard on the shore in St. Vincent and there was a shootout with the Police and one Dominican was shot dead and another Dominican was captured and a Vincentian was captured as well. It also said that aproximately thirty-one (31) kilos of cocaine was found on the boat and some marijuana. The information I have is that the boat was heading to Dominica but was still on shore in St. Vincent.”Mr. Carette describes the incident as a very serious one, and will not deter the Police Department in their fight against drug trafficking.“Well it is a very serious matter and we are working collaboratively with our counterparts because there has been an increase in drug activities because they are trying to tighten up in the Latin American countries in places like Mexico where they had these drugs going up to the United States of America and now we are seeing more frequent movements of these crafts carrying drugs to the region. It is indeed very serious but we will not relent in our efforts at pursuing those drug traffickers and trying to bring them to justice.”The Commissioner has not released the name of the man who died in the incident nor the other which was captured by the Vincentian Police authorities.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Diversion Road elevators to finally operate continuously?

first_imgThe overpass withelevators is a project of DPWH. It has yet to be turned over to the citygovernment four years after its completion in 2015. ILOILO City – Thecity government will hire a total of six personnel to operate the two elevatorsof the overpass on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (formerly Diversion Road)in Mandurriao district. DPWH Region 6operated the elevator for a few months only. In February thisyear, the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) questionedthe DPWH regional office over the nonworking elevators. “I have discussedthis already with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),” saidMayor Jerry Treñas. “Ang problema sang una kay indi magpirma angsyudad sangmaintenance. Sus, aton na gid ina indi pata magpirma,” said Treñas, referring to the administration of then mayorJose Espinosa III. During itsinauguration graced by Sen. Franklin Drilon four years ago, the overpass wasdescribed as “state-of-the-art.” PSTMO chief JeckConlu observed that the overpass had degenerated into a dirty “comfort room”and that very few pedestrians were using it to cross the avenue. In refusing toaccept the facility from DPWH, then mayor Espinosa reasoned out, “Antis kita maghatag dira sang tawo kagmag-maintain, kinahanglan mabal-ankon may spare parts. Kay karun kon saaton na ina kag indi ma-maintain kaythrowaway type, ti budlay man. We arejust being prudent.” Aside fromoperating the elevators, the city government will also be shouldering thefacility’s maintenance, said Treñas.center_img With a length of50.235 meters and a width of three meters, the overpass cost P19,302,321. Fundscame from the Road Board. The DPWH Region 6director at the time the overpass was constructed was Edilberto Tayao. He saidit would reduce traffic congestion on the avenue. The elevatorswere intended for persons with disabilities, the elderly and pregnant women whowere having a hard time crossing the widened avenue. But these haven’t beenoperational. Acting on thefrequent vehicular accidents on the avenue, the PSTMO was finding ways toimprove the traffic situation on the busy thoroughfare. ‘WHITE ELEPHANT’. Iron grills secure this four-year-old unused elevator of the P19.3-million overpass on Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. With very few pedestrians using the overpass, the facility has degenerated into a dirty “comfort room”. The homeless have also found it a good place to rest. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The pedestrianoverpass was built as an additional feature of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.Avenue expansion project, which also included bike and pedestrian lanes. In Jan. 9, 2015DPWH inaugurated what it touted to be a first of its kind in Western Visayas –a pedestrian overpass with two elevators. “Pedestrians,most especially PDWs, would be able to go to various establishments along theDiversion Road without crossing the main road. The city government encouragesthe contribution of private entities to the development and maintenance of thisproject,” Tayao had said./PNlast_img read more

Allardyce: No patience in modern game

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes the need for instant success in football is leading to more and more managers losing their jobs. “We all know it is a volatile world and we know how volatile it is year-in, year-out now and it is becoming less patient than ever before. He (McDermott) did a fantastic job at Reading and at this particular time the owner thinks bringing someone else in for the last nine games is going to make the difference, which is pretty sad really. “Everybody strives for success and at the end of the day there are only three teams that can get promoted. Realisation and expectation don’t go together, realisation is, if you have got a small wage budget you are going to finish lower in the league. “New owners, if they are foreign or British, they are less patient than every before and generally a sacking comes from poor results, media and fan pressure and the owners are unable to deal with that pressure like the managers can.” Allardyce takes his West Ham side to face Chelsea on Sunday, looking to complete the double over the European Champions after a 3-1 victory at Upton Park earlier in the season. Avram Grant, who has managed both clubs in the past, claimed earlier this week that the West Ham job was harder than being at the helm at Stamford Bridge, but Allardyce thinks every job comes with different pressures. “Every club is difficult in its own situation,” he said. “If you have got the millions and millions that Chelsea have got then you aren’t allowed to lose a game of football and if you haven’t quite got those millions then you are allowed to lose against the big-boys when those games come around. “Expectation is great in this game and the greater the expectation the bigger the disappointment. I think what has happened today is the level of improvement in a team is much smaller than the need to spend. If you spend £30million you only get two per cent better and that is what people don’t realise, they want you to get 20 per cent better.” Press Associationcenter_img Reading sacked Brian McDermott earlier this week just 33 days after he had been awarded the Barclays Manager of the Month award for January. Nigel Adkins – the man who finished second to Reading in the npower Championship with Southampton – has also recently lost his job. Allardyce is now the only manager in place at the six clubs who were either relegated from, or promoted to, the top flight last season and the 58-year-old reckons the lack of long-term vision is to blame. “From a manager’s point of view it is always sad when you see one of your fellow managers lose their job,” he said. last_img read more

Toure says abuse is ‘a disgrace’

first_img Toure posted his first message on Twitter in five months after City’s derby win over Manchester United at the weekend. The Ivory Coast international had previously withdrawn from the social network site to concentrate on the World Cup. But soon after the posting he began to receive offensive responses, prompting anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out to make an official complaint to police on Monday. Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Tuesday that complaint had been received. The force have yet to issue a formal statement but a tweet in response to a query about the matter confirmed it was under investigation. It read: “Thank you – we are aware if (sic) this and are investigating.” The incident comes just over a year after Toure was the subject of racist chants from supporters during a Champions League group game at CSKA Moscow. Toure was upset by that abuse and even suggested black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the issue was not tackled in that country. European governing body UEFA punished CSKA for that, ordering them to play their next home game in the competition in a partially closed stadium. Two further offences led to the Khimki Arena being closed to paying spectators when City visited again in this season’s competition a fortnight ago. Police are investigating after Toure was sent racist tweets within hours of reactivating his Twitter account on Monday. The 31-year-old told BBC Sport: “For me it’s a disgrace to be honest. We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behaviour have to stop. I want those people to understand what they’re doing is wrong.” Press Association Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has described the racial abuse he has been subjected to on social media as “a disgrace”. CSKA will also have no fans present when they play City in the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident the latest issue will not adversely affect Toure on the field. The Chilean, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said: “I think Yaya is an experienced player. He is always trying to fight against those things but I don’t think he will have any problem about that, to play in the way he knows (how) to do it. “I read the news about what happened but I think the people in charge will do the right things.” Kick It Out expressed concern immediately after learning of the abuse Toure had received via Twitter. A statement from Kick It Out read: “We received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure yesterday evening. “We have informed the police via True Vision, the online reporting facility, and have also alerted Twitter. “Yaya Toure has been back on Twitter for a matter of hours and he has already received abuse of an appalling nature. “We are disturbed by the fact that someone can be treated this way. It makes footballers start to question why they should use these platforms. We are offering Yaya Toure our full support.” Toure added that he does not understand the reason for such hateful abuse. Speaking to BBC World Service, he added: “To have such aggression in sport, I can’t understand that. That’s why I’ve been trying to fight it. “Football doesn’t have a colour. We’re just people from all over the world trying to enjoy the game. “I never see this in rugby, I never see that in tennis or anything else. I don’t know where it’s coming from.” Asked if he was hurt by the abuse, Toure said: “To be honest with you, no, because I’ve been attacked like that for many years. I will never stop telling them they are wrong and have to change.” last_img read more