The United States isn’t a top-tier creditor, in one map
For that we turn to the BlackRock Investment Institute, the research arm of the giant money manager. It has created the “BlackRock Sovereign Risk Index” which aims to combine key aspects of creditworthiness of 48 countries around the world. It factors in plenty of things that have to do with the substance of different countries’ finances, such as their current debt and deficit levels, banking system strength, and exposure to debt denominated in foreign currencies. But it also adds an important layer that it calls “Willingness to Pay.” It measures the effectiveness and efficiency of governments to meet their obligations, and counts for 30 percent of the total index. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising after the last couple of weeks of government shutdown and debt ceiling chicanery in Washington, but by BlackRock’s reckoning, the United States is not among the top-tier credit risks by this ranking. Here’s a complete map: You can check the detailed analysis for each country in an interactive graphic here . By BlackRock’s reckoning, the world’s most creditworthy nations–those with both solid finances and solid political systems that ensure bonds will be repaid–are the likes of Norway, Singapore, and Switzerland. The United States, as the map shows, is in the second tier, more similar to South Korea and Austria and Malaysia in its creditworthiness. For anyone who follows the news, it is hard to disagree. Neil Irwin is a Washington Post columnist and the economics editor of Wonkblog. Each weekday morning his Econ Agenda column reports and explains the latest trends in economics, finance, and the policies that shape both.
The United States Government Is Open for Business
One of the questions that have caused a great deal of perplexity for many years is this: why did the United States rush to withdraw from Iraq without leaving a foothold for itself in the form of military bases or otherwise, after it had heavily invested in a costly war – despite the fact that some Arab countries have covered some of its financial cost? One seasoned observer provided this answer: “The Americans discovered at the time the size of their own wealth of oil and gas, and thus decided that they had no need for Iraq’s oil and for its reserves, nor for the claims they had made about the Iraq War having been for the sake of democracy and freedom. They thus rushed out of there after having spent trillions of dollars. Indeed, the strategic equation had changed, and it required rushing to withdraw without anything in return”. The pattern of instant abandonment without warning is not new to American policy. In fact, the United States has historically had a reputation based on abandoning allies once there are no more benefits to be reaped from them. What is new is that what has been discovered under President Barack Obama exceeds many times over what had begun to appear under former President George W. Bush. It should in fact be stressed that the plans for withdrawal from Iraq were drawn up at the end of the Bush era, and then the Obama administration came and implemented them hastily and with unusually great speed. Such a pattern and such a reputation are a cause for embarrassment for some in the United States, where long-term strategic decision-makers, who are part not of the governing administration but rather of the “establishment,” devise strategies for decades, not years, in the country’s future. Part of this establishment pauses at such embarrassment and shame, especially as the new direction taken by the United States comes at the expense of the values which America had claimed to be an integral part of its structure that it would never abandon, no matter what. The other part says: “so be it” – America no longer needs to satisfy anyone or to pay the bill for being provided with oil and gas.
‘AAA’ rating can tolerate a substantially higher level of public debt than other ‘AAA’ sovereigns. Medium – The repeated brinkmanship over raising the debt ceiling also dents confidence in the effectiveness of the U.S. government and political institutions, and in the coherence and credibility of economic policy. It will also have some detrimental effect on the U.S. economy. The ‘AAA’ rating reflects the U.S.’s strong economic and credit fundamentals, including: – Its highly productive, diversified and wealthy economy; extraordinary monetary and exchange rate flexibility; and the exceptional financing flexibility afforded by the global reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar and the depth and liquidity of domestic capital markets – in particular the U.S. Treasury market. The U.S. sovereign credit profile also benefits from the respect for property rights, the rule of law and a high degree of social stability. – Fitch continues to judge that the U.S. economy (and hence tax base) remains more dynamic and resilient to shocks than its high-grade rating peers. Fiscal and macroeconomic risks emanating from the financial sector are generally low and diminishing and becoming supportive of, rather than a drag on, economic growth. Fitch forecasts economic growth to pick up from 1.6% in 2013 to 2.6% in in 2014 and to average 3% over 2015-17, before reverting to its assumed long-run trend growth rate of 2.25%. The projected recovery is supported by easing headwinds from private sector debt deleveraging, a pick-up in the housing market and a gradual decline in unemployment.
Oil, Gas, and the New Relationship between the United States and Russia
The shutdown ended after president obama stared down house republicans, re-opening the government without making any of the big changes to obama care they demanded. But he is not declaring victory. Let’s be clear. There are no winners here. Reporter: No winners indeed. The 16 day shutdown cost by one estimate $24 billion and hurt u.S. Credibility around the world. The president placed 100 percent of the blame on republicans. You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Reporter: The showdown left the republican party battered in the poles with party leaders placing the blame on senator cruz who kicked off the showdown with his 22 hour talk-a-thon last month against obama care.
Alcoholic Drinks in the United Kingdom: New Research Report Available at Fast Market Research
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It is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods and services by a fifth to 25.7 billion euros ($35 billion) a year, according to the latest EU estimates. Barroso said he hoped the agreement could come into effect from 2015, after EU governments, the European Parliament and Canada’s 10 provinces give their blessing. One significant potential obstacle was cleared on Friday when the government of Quebec, whose dairy industry had been unhappy about the increased EU cheese quota, announced its support for the agreement. On dairy, the province’s government said Ottawa had committed to compensate producers for any losses due to the new import quotas. However, France signaled some reservations about an influx of Canadian beef under the deal, even if its Munster and Camembert cheese will now win easier access to Canada’s supermarket shelves. “I am waiting for confirmation from the Commission that this accord, particularly in agriculture, does not a set a precedent for talks with the United States,” said French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq at a meeting with De Gucht and her peers in Luxembourg. The Commission is negotiating trade pacts with more than 80 countries on behalf of the bloc’s 28 members after the collapse of the marathon Doha round of global trade talks. The delays that dogged the agreement with Canada showed how difficult such deals can be. Efforts to sign a free trade accord with the United States faced a setback this month when a second round of negotiations was cancelled because of the U.S. government shutdown. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia. Still, the EU-Canada agreement should provide a boost for EU-U.S. negotiations. Both deals seek to go far beyond tariff cuts and to reduce transatlantic barriers to business.
The Quebec negotiator was settling in to munch, ironically enough, on some supply-managed poultry when he got the news. “(We’re) having turkey sandwiches and they tell us it’s 17,700 tonnes (more dairy imports allowed),” Johnson, a former premier, told reporters Friday. “We said, ‘Are we hearing this right? Maybe there’s one too many zeros?’” He interpreted the 11th-hour, holiday timing of that news as a sign Ottawa was “concerned” that the issue could scuttle the historic deal. Things were smoothed out over the next three days, with premiers Pauline Marois and Kathleen Wynne eventually consulting each other on how to wrest compensation for farmers in exchange for more European dairy imports. Both provinces have now declared themselves on board with the project. In fact, Quebec’s opposition party has even said it’s “rejoicing” over the deal which was initially spearheaded by the Charest government seven years ago. That doesn’t mean the negotiations were problem-free in the later stages, however. “When they told us (about dairy imports) we were stunned,” Johnson said. “I reported this to Quebec City. So we mounted an offensive, with Ontario.” That offensive consisted of demanding help from the federal government for farmers hurt by the influx of European products. Quebec says that compensation mechanism might include money, or import licences, for farmers. It took three days to work out the details with the feds.
Canada-EU talks hit stressful patch over Thanksgiving
government shutdown would be on the world’s largest economy. The uncertainty weighed on the greenback, though the currency cut some of its earlier declines, and kept the loonie largely to a narrow trading range. A partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which was resolved earlier this week, has raised concerns about how much of a bite it will take out of the already fragile economic recovery. That casts some uncertainty on Canada’s economic prospects, as the United States is Canada’s largest trading partner. Investors are also speculating that the impact from the shutdown will see the Federal Reserve maintain the current pace of its economic stimulus program for longer than had been expected. On the domestic front, the loonie saw little reaction to data that showed the annual inflation rate was unchanged in September, leaving the Bank of Canada with plenty of room to keep interest rates low. “The Canadian dollar is going to be sidelined, realistically, and I don’t see us getting out of our recent ranges,” said John Curran, senior vice president at CanadianForex. Curran sees the Canadian dollar staying within a range of C$1.01 and C$1.06 for the remainder of the year. The Canadian dollar ended the North American session at C$1.0294 versus the greenback, or 97.14 U.S. cents, just a tad weaker than Thursday’s close of C$1.0293, or 97.15 U.S. cents. The United States will be releasing economic reports that were postponed by the shutdown over the coming weeks. Chief among them will be September’s unemployment report, which will be released on Tuesday. Canada’s annual inflation rate was unchanged at 1.1 percent in September and core inflation held at 1.3 percent, both under the Bank of Canada’s target rate of 2.0 percent, according to Statistics Canada.
A former Elsipogtog chief told the Globe and Mail that “everybody got mad” after the arrests and that Mounties chased the crowd to a line of police cars. She reported seeing six in flames. At least one shot was fired at Mounties, the RCMP said. Protesters reported that police fired plastic bullets and used pepper spray. No injuries were reported. “The RCMP has worked diligently with all parties involved in hopes for a peaceful resolution. Those efforts have not been successful. Tensions were rising, and serious criminal acts are being committed,” Constable Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the New Brunswick RCMP said in a news release . But native leaders said police provoked the confrontation by arriving with guns drawn. “It is really very volatile. It’s a head-to-head between the people and the RCMP right now and the warriors are in the middle surrounded by the RCMP and then the RCMP are surrounded by the people,” said Susan Levi-Peters, a former Elsipogtog First Nation chief, who has been an intermediary during the dispute. Melina Augustine, who was arrested for obstruction, described to CTV News Atlantic what happened. “It just got wild and they all tackled us down,” she said, adding that her 67-year-old mother was among those subdued.
At his second meeting with NFU Scotland since succeeding Borders MP Michael Moore last week, the Orkney and Shetland MP said an early decision was required as the proposals would be subject to consultation before being submitted to the European Commission by the end of the year. Farmers shouldnt have to wait very much longer, said Carmichael. It is very much a live issue but I dont think its a good idea to conduct negotiations in the pages of the press. He was speaking during a visit to the farm of NFUS North-east area chairman, Charlie Adam, at Braeside, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Adam said the main topic of discussion had been the danger of losing critical mass in the meat industry as a result of the continuing decline in the national beef herd and sheep flock. Carmichael went as far as saying he was not unsympathetic to the arguments being put forward for additional support for Scottish farmers but it was important for the government to get it right to avoid any legal challenge which could finish up in the courts. Its not just a political issue but a legal one, he said. We are entering a very different world under the new Common Agricultural Policy. The application of regional policy in the implementation of the CAP will be one of the last battles on agricultural policy for a few years. All the options will have to be considered and the decisions we make must count. The CAP agreement allows the UK to allocate up to 8 per cent of the Single Farm Payment as direct support for livestock production (so-called coupled payments) and NFUS wants to see this calculation based on the UK budget ceiling rather than a Scottish ceiling which would give the Scottish Government greater flexibility in applying coupled payments. UK Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, has indicated he will not use the coupling option in England which could release additional funds for Scotland. NFUS president Nigel Miller said an increased coupled payment could be a real game-changer for Scotland as it would allow the Scottish Government to supplement low area payments by increasing payments to active livestock farmers. The UK has also been granted an additional 230 million (195m) over the next five years designed to even up area payments throughout the UK. A cross-party letter signed by SNP, Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem agricultural spokespersons, including Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, was sent to the UK government last week demanding that all the extra money should come to Scotland as the only reason the UK qualifies for the funding is because of Scotlands low payments under the current system. MORE STORIES
it should be clear that this is not a special arrangement for China, rather it is part of a broader policy,” Bailey told a British Bankers’ Association conference on Thursday. Bailey said branches would only be allowed if the PRA had clear and credible assurances from the parents of banks and from their home regulator. “This is not a free for all,” he said. “Our stance is sensibly cautious, but not I think restrictive … And let me reiterate that it is a general policy, not a China policy, and it is consistent with promoting the benefits of an open world economy.” In the last five years Britain has required most overseas banks to set up their UK operations as subsidiaries rather than branches, thereby providing greater protection for depositors and taxpayers. Branches are treated as extensions of the overseas bank, leaving the British regulator with limited control over capital and liquidity. According to media reports Chinese banks have complained the rules made it hard to operate in Britain, prompting them to move much of their business to Luxembourg. But in announcing an easing of the rules Osborne was met with accusations that he was being softer on Chinese banks, and going against the trend of requiring tougher rules on capital adequacy and against money laundering. A senior UK lawmaker on Wednesday called on the PRA to show it had not been put under pressure by the government. Following Thursday’s clarification from the PRA several bankers welcomed the shift in policy as a boost for London’s financial industry. “I think it’s good,” said Jeremy Bennett, chief executive in Europe for Japanese bank Nomura. “We (Nomura) are a typical example of people who choose to base themselves in London because of all the intellectual capital. “If we don’t reach out to the big Asian powers and the big investors it is at our peril.” RESOLUTION PROGRESS Bailey said progress had been made in how banks would be wound down in an orderly way and ensure customers’ money is kept safe, meaning it was reasonable to take steps towards a resumption of the growth of cross-border banking in ways that were discouraged in the past. Cross-border banking has become divided since the 2007-09 financial crisis as regulators want to avoid having to use taxpayer money to shore up lenders again, prompting some to force foreign banks to hold more capital locally.
Occupancy rate at luxury hotels fell to 59.9 percent in the year through March 2012 from 73.8 percent in 2006, according to data provided by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India . Slowing economic growth hasnt discouraged the operators from betting on Indias potential. Accor, which has started a three-year reorganization plan that includes increasing its focus on emerging markets, is betting on Indias middle class, which is forecast to add the equivalent of more than the entire population of Germany in less than a decade. Middle Class Between 2010 and 2021, Indias emerging middle class — who earn as much as $5,550 a year — will swell by 100 million to 570 million, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated in June 2012. Paris-based Accor , which has 23 percent of its hotels in Asia, considers India as one of its three strongest growing markets over the longer term after China and Indonesia , Issenberg said. More than half the hotels it will build will be in Asia, he said. Hotels are a consumer item, its a discretionary spend, Issenberg said. As the middle class continues to grow in Asia, travel will continue to grow and grow faster than GDP. Nakul Anand, chief executive of ITCs hospitality business, said in July that the operator is developing at least 18 projects. Indian Hotels opened two new hotels since April, adding 175 rooms, according to an Aug. 12 company presentation. It plans to add 1,575 rooms by March 2014 and an additional 1,553 in the next fiscal year, it said at the time. Keeping Up India has 200,000 rooms versus 5 million in the U.S., which has a smaller population, and 3 million in China, according to Indian Hotels Managing Director Raymond Bickson. Accor has over 455,985 rooms at more than 3,555 hotels in 92 countries, according to its website. Its brands include Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, the Novotel, and Ibis.
Europe’s Car Sales Rally, Thanks To Discounts, Dealer Action
The rally is based on expensive price cutting and manipulated sales data, which will only further undermine the precarious state of most of Europes non-German manufacturers. Car sales may have stopped falling at close to 20 year lows, and forecasts for next year are positive. But much of this improvement has been down to huge spending by the manufacturers on discounts and price cuts, while dealers are being persuaded to buy the excess cars on their lots which count as new car sales. These will eventually be sold on to the public at well below sticker price. The Brussels-based European Car Manufacturers Association, known by its acronym in French, ACEA, ( www.acea.be ) announced today that Western European car sales were up 5.4 per cent in September compared with the same month last year at just over 1.1 million, bringing the total for the year so far to 8.8 million. Thats a fall of 4.0 per cent on the first nine months of last year. Peter Fuss, partner at consultants Ernst & Young Ernst & Young s Global Automotive Center in Frankfurt, Germany, said the recovery in car sales was down to the improvement in Europes economic outlook, with the Euro currency zone pulling out of recession during the second half of 2013. But with factory use down to less than 65 per cent by manufacturers, according to Fuss, this underlines the chronic overcapacity in Europe, which remains unresolved because of pressure from unions and governments to resist rationalisation. The European industry is looking for a bailout along the lines of the U.S. intervention on behalf of bankrupt GM and Chrysler, to allow it to finally shut-down uneconomic factories. But given the financial crisis in the euro zone, this is simply unaffordable. Ernst & Young expects an overall decline of three per cent in Western Europe for the whole year, and only modest growth next year. This growth will continue to be artificial one that is driven by discounts and self-registrations.
Food events in the Washington area
The Trussell Trust , which supports food banks that provide three days emergency supplies to people in need, said today 355,985 people had been helped between May and September this year, compared with 113,570 in the same period last year. It wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron requesting an inquiry. The level of food poverty in the U.K. is not acceptable. Its scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people, Trussell Trust Executive Chairman Chris Mould said in an e-mailed statement. The time has come for an official and in-depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in the usage of food banks. Food prices have risen by 12.6 percent more than inflation over the past six years, outstripping wages, and higher energy prices are likely to see more people forced to choose between eating and heating this winter, the charity said. Food-bank clients are giving back food items that need cooking because they cant afford to turn on the electricity, the trust said. There are twice as many food banks as last year, accounting for some of the increase in demand, the trust said, though well-established food banks are also reporting that theyre helping more people. Welfare Overhaul An overhaul of the welfare system has led more people to seek help, the trust said, with 117,442 people referred to food banks by agencies including the health service, social workers and police because of delays in welfare payments compared with 35,597 last year. Camerons spokesman, Jean-Christophe Gray, said the increase had been driven by the government axing restrictions on officials referring people to food banks and reflected a British tradition of charitable help for the poor. Use of the facilities increased 10 times under the Labour government that left office in 2010, he added. Its this government that has lifted the block on job centers being able to point people in the direction of the type of additional assistance that food banks provide, Gray told reporters in London . The U.K. has a proud tradition of voluntary and charitable organisations providing additional support alongside the welfare system. The previous government stopped job centers, where job seekers register for unemployment benefit and seek work, issuing vouchers for food banks because they said other help was available and they could not provide consistent support as they were unevenly distributed around the country. Food-bank use increased from 2,814 people in 2005-2006 to 40,898 in 2009-2010, when Labour lost power, the Trussell Trust said.
Demand for food aid spikes in Britain
It’s getting worse.” WORRIES AHEAD OF WINTER Mould said that increasing numbers of people in Britain are living on incomes that are insufficient to cover the rising costs of food, gas and electricity, fuel, and transport. Disposable incomes have fallen, when adjusted for inflation, since the global financial crisis erupted in 2007-2008. But the price of necessities has risen gas and electricity costs are up 30 percent in real terms since 2007. The trust says many people this winter will choose between “eating and heating.” “People at food banks have started giving back food items that need cooking because they can’t afford to turn on the electricity,” the trust said in a statement. The British Red Cross announced last week it would have 30,000 volunteers help in a massive food drive at the end of November. The Red Cross hasn’t been involved in food distribution on a wide scale in Britain since World War II. IMPACT OF AUSTERITY The stress on the poor has increased since Britain’s coalition government, elected in 2010, imposed tough spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the debt. The government has cut welfare payments, forced many low-income residents to pay local government tax for the first time, and imposed a new fee for public housing tenants with spare bedrooms. Treasury chief George Osborne has acknowledged that the austerity has proven to be hard and that recovery is taking “longer than anyone hoped.” But the government insists the policies are a short-term necessity and that there is no evidence welfare reforms are causing people to go hungry. Among those struggling is Tim Day, 30, a graphic designer who is between jobs and visited one of the trust’s distribution centers at the United Reformed Church in Bromley on Tuesday. Between temporary work contracts, Day was grateful for a food supply that included orange juice, vegetables, and porridge.
19, 2013. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg/Getty Images Walmart has no regrets about allowing a wild shopping spree at two of its Louisiana stores when an electronic glitch lifted the spending caps on the cards of food stamp recipients. “We know we made the right choice,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told ABCNews.com today. The chain has no regrets even though Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services said food stamp recipients should have been limited to $50 each during the emergency and that Walmart will have to pay the difference. Lundberg declined to comment about how much the company may have lost or why it did not follow the emergency $50 limit. Read More: Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree Courtesy KSLA.com Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Another Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said, “Our focus was to continue serving our customers.” Food stamp recipients jammed into Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill Saturday when word of the glitch spread. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were buying eight to ten grocery carts full of food. The store in Mansfield temporarily closed because of overcrowding and Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers left with up to eight carts of food and then went back for more. The food shelves were left bare and all the meat was sold as well, Lynd said.
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Justin Bieber fans will get to spend Christmas Day with the performer if they so choose. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Tour in Pictures And on each Monday prior to the release of Believe, a new Bieber song will be released exclusively through iTunes. Last week, Bieber’s “HeartBreaker” shot to No. 1 in nearly 70 countries. This week, “All That Matters” debuted to No. 1 in 58 countries. Believe is presented by SB Films and Dolphin Films and produced by Bieber, Scooter Braun, Usher Raymond, Bill O’Dowd and Garrett Grant. “I am so excited to be involved in this movie, and so happy to be able to give back to my fans, especially during the holiday season,” Bieber said. “Jon Chu and my team have done a wonderful job creating a special moment for Beliebers worldwide, and I can’t wait till Christmas Day when the movie will be in theaters everywhere.” PHOTOS: Justin Bieber by the Numbers: 18 Key Stats From His Music Empire and Beyond Added Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager: “It’s no secret that Justin Bieber’s name drives a lot of attention. But with Believe, we wanted him to tell his own story, truthfully and directly.” IM Global is representing international rights to the documentary. On Friday, Bieber unveiled the film’s first teaser on his official YouTube channel.
Muse Gets Unsettlingly Close in New Concert Film
October 17, 2013 (AP) By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Muse frontman Matt Bellamy had to be more than just camera-ready for “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.” The British rock band’s new concert film was shot in 4K, which meant a whole new level of detail. “There’s weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to,” Bellamy said. “It’s so much more noticeably sharper that it’s almost unsettling at first.” “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium,” directed by Matt Askem, is the first concert film released in the new ultra high definition format. Also called 4K, UHD has a much better resolution than regular HD and is considered the next technological leap in film and television. Thousands of movies have been shot in 4K, but almost all of them have been shrunk down to HD format before being screened. Exceptions include Sony’s 2011 remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Will Smith’s sci-fi adventure “After Earth.” Fans will get a first look at the Muse film Nov. 5 when it debuts in 20 cities around the globe, before expanding to 700 theaters worldwide the next day in 2K and 4K. Bellamy said in a phone interview Wednesday from Costa Rica that the band was inspired by U2′s use of then-new technology in the 2008 concert film “U23D,” so they decided to kick up the production values and aim for something a little more grand. A trailer shows video screens stories tall and pyrotechnics backing the band. Spider cameras crawled over rigging above the crowd during the July concert, and a pair of actors contributed abstract theatrical interpretations of some of the songs. Even so, Bellamy said when he saw the movie, his eyes often drifted away from the action on stage to the vivid details elsewhere. “You see the sort of big panning (shot) across the audience and your eyes are drawn to the details of so many people’s heads and what they’re wearing,” Bellamy said. The release of the film and the conclusion next month of a long world tour leaves Muse, which also includes bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard, at something of a crossroads with no concrete plans at the end of a six-album record deal. “Early next year I think we’ll probably take a break for a few months and at some point next year we’ll start writing new music,” Bellamy said.
India.Arie’s Paramount concert switched to NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Video)
on Sunday, November 3rd, will be moving to a new venue on Long Island the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Ticket-holders to this event will need to return their tickets at their point of purchase for this show at The Paramount (online purchases will be automatically refunded through Ticketmaster). Customers will then be required to repurchase their tickets for the India.Arie concert at Westbury on Nov. 3rd. NYCB Theatre has placed seats on hold for comparable or better seating locations for any Paramount patrons that come to the box office in person to purchase tickets to the show in Westbury. For any questions or concerns, please call the NYCB Theater at 516-334-0800 or The Paramount Box Office at 631-673-7300. Opened Sept. 30, 2011, The Paramount, located in downtown Huntington, Long Island, New York, has featured concerts, comedy, boxing, community and other special events in a club/theater setting. With over 25,000 Facebook fans, The Paramount was recently ranked by Pollstar Magazine as the #24 highest attended club venue worldwide (January-June 2013). A Ticketmaster venue, booked by Live Nation, The Paramount hosts over 150 events per year and in less than two years since its inception, has quickly established itself as the premier music venue on Long Island. Some artists who have recently taken the Paramount stage include; Pitbull, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Counting Crows, Primus, The Blues Brothers, Limp Bizkit, & many more. Unfortunately, India. Arie will not be gracing the Paramount stage this time around.
Hollywood Post Alliance Honors Avid With the Charles S. Swartz Award
He went outside and saw a pony-tailed woman and a man in dark clothing run away from the scene. The witness then saw Rivera injured in the alley and dialed 911. Photos: Faces of meth, before and after Rivera was shot in the temple, arms, spinal column and the chest, according to an arrest warrant. Goff was charged with premeditated murder and was arrested Tuesday. At a first-appearance court hearing Wednesday, she was ordered held without bond in jail. According to documents read in court by Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley, the slaying was orchestrated by Goff. The day after the killing, Goff told a detective that she had spent the day with Rivera at ArtsPark at Young Circle, but lost sight of him at North Dixie Highway and Taft Street, police said. She told the detective that she continued walking home alone at that point, police said. Goff then provided a different account, saying she was with Rivera when he was shot. She said Rivera became angered when he saw Goff greet another man known as “Dread” with a hug, the warrant said. Goff said “Dread” then shot Rivera and she fled the scene and later went to the park to get drunk, because she was upset, authorities said.
It used to strike fear (or maybe pride) into upper-level executive hearts. Now just reads like a list of nobodies. This year’s top hated executive was Andrea Simon, a manager with no famous clientele who once produced a Lifetime TV movie in 2007. The next two slots went to a creative ad exec and a part-time consultant at Fox. The only high profile executive on the entire list was seventh-ranked Paul Lee, president of ABC’s Entertainment Group. The remainder of the top 10 were managers, agents and producers from boutique firms, as well as a CAA human resources exec. While Simon did garner 830 votes, it’s unclear how much (or well, how little) her fledgling business will really be affected by this. In its inaugural 2009 tally , the Brown List counted Harvey Weinstein, Scott Rudin, NBC Pres Ben Silverman, and WME’s Ari Emanuel among its list of high ranking execs. Yet from 2010 onwards, the list has remained a collection of small nameswhich isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This is Hollywood, even low-ranking executives enter this town with an overinflated sense of entitlement. What is interesting is the disparity between the highest ranked votes and everyone else.
About the HPA Awards The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Sponsors: Foundation members: Dolby, Company 3, Deluxe, EFILM, Encore; Premier sponsor NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor Sohonet; Brand Sponsor NVIDIA and Supporting Sponsors. About Avid Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the worldfrom the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools, Media Composer, ISIS, Interplay, and Sibelius. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com , connect with Avid on Facebook , Twitter , YouTube , LinkedIn , Google+ ; or subscribe to Avid Blogs. 2013 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, Avid Everywhere, the Avid logo, Interplay, and ISIS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The Interplay name is used with the permission of the Interplay Entertainment Corp. which bears no responsibility for Avid products.
A witness in the case told police that he heard four to five gunshots and a slight pause before two more shots rang out that night. He went outside and saw a pony-tailed woman and a man in dark clothing run away from the scene. The witness then saw Rivera injured in the alley and dialed 911. Photos: Mug shots of famous athletes Rivera was shot in the temple, arms, spinal column and the chest, according to an arrest warrant. Goff was charged with premeditated murder and was arrested Tuesday. At a first-appearance court hearing Wednesday, she was ordered held without bond in jail. According to documents read in court by Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley, the slaying was orchestrated by Goff. The day after the killing, Goff told a detective that she had spent the day with Rivera at ArtsPark at Young Circle, but lost sight of him at North Dixie Highway and Taft Street, police said. She told the detective that she continued walking home alone at that point, police said. Goff then provided a different account, saying she was with Rivera when he was shot. She said Rivera became angered when he saw Goff greet another man known as “Dread” with a hug, the warrant said. Goff said “Dread” then shot Rivera and she fled the scene and later went to the park to get drunk, because she was upset, authorities said. However, when police reviewed surveillance video of a nearby home, it did not show Goff, “Dread” or Rivera involved in an altercation. Police also used a statement from a confidential informant as evidence to link Goff and Cabrera to the murder. Cabrera is known to frequent hotels in the Hollywood area.
Hollywood arts school gives struggling teens a second chance
In Los Angeles County alone there are more than 100. Some focus on job skills, some on dealing with teen pregnancy. Few focus on the arts. Mayorga ended up at Hollywood Media Arts Academy . Many of the school’s small student body of 50 students areteen parents, drug users or facing problems with the juvenile justice system. This school is unique in how it tries to reach those kids: through the visual and performing arts. “I found it to be better,” said 11th grader Stephanie Delgado. She used to go to Fairfax high school and prefers the small class sizes at Hollywood Media Arts Academy. “It’s easier, you know, when you need help you go to the teacher and they start explaining it to you and they put more dedication into helping you with what you need.” Students at the school spend 10 hours each weeklearning photography, video production,animation and other skills from teaching artists. Two weeks ago,teenagers wereworking in small groups on a silk screen poster project as a skateboarding video played on a laptop. They learn their core subjects math, science, English from teachers employed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which runs the school.