St. Vincent Performed Her First Show Of 2016 Dressed As A Toilet

first_imgWatch St. Vincent perform “Bring Me Your Loves” dressed as a toilet below, courtesy of YouTube user Tyler McCall. St. Vincent is our hero. The indie art-rocker always impresses audiences with her excellent guitar playing, synchronized dance moves, and her interesting stage outfits. As reported by Consequence of Sound, the unique artist performed at New York club (Le) Poisson Rouge last night, and the artist also known as Annie Clark took the stage in a toilet costume. Yes, that’s right, a toilet costume.Clark rocked the stage with her band last night as part of a benefit concert, which raised money to help her drummer Matt Johnson‘s son Jasper after he suffered a seizure earlier this year. Other performers at the benefit included Father John Misty and Rufus Wainright. Clark played “Bring Me Your Loves” and “Marry Me”, and played a brand new track that she dedicated to her girlfriend Cara Delevingne.Watch St. Vincent’s new song below.last_img read more

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OSV crew detained in Angola for months under ‘false charges’

first_imgTwo Croatian offshore workers have reportedly been held captive by the Angolan authorities, under what they claim to be false charges for  ship fuel theft.According to Croatian media, the two seafarers Vanja Maričić i Duško Jelača, have been unable to leave Angola for almost three months.The pair sailed on the Sutton Tide platform supply vessel owned by Sonatide, a joint venture between Tidewater and Sonangol, when they were arrested in late March 2017.Novi List has written that the shipowner reported the crew, including the two men, of stealing fuel from the vessel, leading to their arrest in the Soyo port of Angola on March 24.Describing the arrest, one of the people in question told to Novi List: “More than forty policemen were waiting for us at the dock, together with the company representatives. They then started searching the command bridge, they dismantled and turned everything upside down.“The seafarer said that after an hour of search the company representative asked him what was going on.“I replied that I did not know and that I assumed that it was a police exercise because at that point I couldn’t have imagined that something like this could happen.“He said that while the raid found no irregularities, the police seized the seafarer’s passports, and took the crew to a local police station for interrogation.It was only then that the crew found out what the charges were – a theft of 104 cubic meters of ship fuel.“One of the crew members had reported to the company that on March 1, between 3 and 6 am in the territorial waters of the Congo, we unloaded the fuel from the ship to another vessel,“ the captain of the ship.The company then, based on that report, informed the police, leading to the detainment of the crew, which has denied the fuel theft allegations.The captain further said that all the information on the charges were given in an unofficial manner „because they did not give us any official documents, even though they took our passports and put us to a hotel.“He also said that a police inspector then came to the hotel, asking from the crew to sign some documents in Portuguese – which they do not speak. The crew, also including two Ukrainians and one Russian, refused and, according to the captain, it would later turn out the documents were an admission of guilt for all the criminal offenses they had been charged with.The Croatian Sailors UnionIn a statement on Tuesday, the Croatian Sailors’ Union said it was doing everything in its power to make life easier for the two sailors in custody. The union has also reached out to the ITF seeking support.“It is an accusation without arguments. This is a strange story started by the company (shipowner) to prevent or deter, workers from doing similar acts. We believe they chose Angola as a place known for corruption to be able to perform the move, but they chose the wrong crew.”The union further said, “the evidence clearly shows that there was no shortage of fuel on the ship, nor that there was a surplus of 104 cubic meters which could have been sold.”The two Croatian sailors along with other crew members, reportedly from the Philippines, Ukraine, and Russia, are not allowed to leave the country for the duration of the investigation. Angolan crew members have been released.Sonatide did not respond to Offshore Energy Today’s request for comment on the case.As for the vessel itself, the Sutton Tide’s latest AIS data show it is an operation, having recently left Total’s Pazflor field, offshore Angola.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Buyer Interest in a Net-Zero Home Sags in Survey of Architects

first_imgA quarterly survey by The American Institute of Architects shows rising interest in solar panels and docking stations for electric vehicles but declining interest over time in the number of people who say they want net-zero energy or superinsulated houses. The findings for the third quarter of the year represent information that AIA member architects who design single-family homes gather in their dealings with clients. The survey, which measured changes in interest from 2018 to 2019, focused on a variety of home features. Other quarterly reports look at kitchens and baths, home and property design, and neighborhood and community design. Many of the subject areas probably aren’t of particular interest to designers and builders who specialize in high-performance houses or sustainable design. But there are a few topics that relate directly to that type of construction.RELATED ARTICLESA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersMy Net Zero ConundrumA New Net-Zero CommunityThe Evolution of SuperinsulationMaking Room for a PV Array As AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker explained in a telephone call, the survey calculates the net difference between architects who report rising interest in a particular topic minus those who report declining interest. Here’s what participating architects reported in the last survey: Interest in net zero and superinsulated houses is going down: In the most recent survey, the net interest level was about 23%, the same as it was last year. But the four-year trend is off sharply. In 2016, a net of 43.9% reported increased interest in net-zero building. That dropped to 31.1% in 2017. By way of contrast, there was twice as much interest in two other features—accommodations for multiple generations and ramps/elevators. Interest in electric car docking stations is going up: Interest was up slightly this year, growing from 57% in 2018 to 61% this year. In 2016, it was 47.7%, which rose to 54.1% the following year. Solar panels are gaining ground: Up from 41% last year to 52% this year. What’s just as interesting is the proportion of architects who reported that interest was declining—13% in 2018, down to just 6% this year. Energy management: Down slightly, from 63% a year ago to 62% this year. Interest among prospective home buyers for technology friendly features—including extra outlet capacity and charging stations, wireless mobile charging docks, and USB wall outlets—dropped by five percentage points but remains strong at 64%. The AIA has been conducting the surveys since 2005, Baker said, with the purpose being to learn “what’s hot and what’s not.” In the area of solar panels and net-zero energy and superinsulated homes, Baker said trends could be partly explained by relatively low energy prices. “Solar panels make a lot of sense if energy prices are high,” he said, “not that much if energy prices are low.” Ditto with net-zero construction, and interest could surge rapidly with a spike in energy prices. Baker said the survey should not be viewed as a personal wish list from single-family architects. “It’s not designed to be, ‘What do you think is going to be popular in five years, or what should be popular five years from now,’ ” he said. “It’s very much, ‘What are you seeing in your current practice and projects you’re working on.’ ” What millennials don’t want Over at realtor.com, another survey charts home upgrades that millennials say they don’t care about. There’s no mention of energy efficiency, air tightness, or indoor air quality either way. But we do learn that there are five things that actively repel potential homebuyers. They include: “Over-the-top” landscaping: Out with tidy, well fertilized lawns. Instead, millennials are said to prefer growing plants indoors and having an outdoor space that doesn’t require too much maintenance. Formal dining rooms. Let’s cook up a storm and eat in or near the kitchen. Rigid floor plans: Millennials would rather have open floor plans and rooms that can be used for a variety of functions. Brand new carpeting: Bare floors with “statement rugs” are more appealing and better for their pets. Memorabilia and game rooms: These are areas where you put a pool table or show off stuff you’ve accumulated, like golfing trophies. Millennials are more taken with digital things, so a big screen TV or media room is more likely to please, according to the report. Realtor.com wasn’t specific on exactly when and how it gathered the information. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

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Minister Mickenzie praises staff of NSWMA

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has commended staff of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for their role in improving the operations of the agency.  He said that despite “trying circumstances”, the workers have “brought significant difference” to the NSWMA operations.  He also hailed the board under the chairmanship of Dennis Chung for “putting in place the necessary management structure to ensure that there is efficiency within the organisation”.The Minister was speaking at the NSWMA’s annual Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony and Concert at Mandela Park in St. Andrew on December 15.   Mr. McKenzie also expressed confidence in the competence of the agency’s newly appointed Executive Director, Audley Gordon.  “Your organisation has got someone who is committed and will be able to undertake the work that is required to be done,” he told the staff in attendance.Mr. Gordon in his remarks, pledged the NSWMA’s commitment to fulfill its mandate to keep the country clean, vowing to make this Christmas  “the cleanest ever”.   In a previous interview with JIS News, Mr. Gordon informed that he would be working to further improve the agency’s operational efficiency, with particular focus on financial and human resources management.The Executive Director noted, as well, that he would be placing focus on improving communication with the public in order to enhance transparency and raise awareness of the work of the entity.  Mr. Gordon said the intention is to “be more open and transparent, to communicate more and keep the public informed, so that they will know what the agency is doing every step of the way”.The mandate of the NSWMA is to ensure a clean Jamaica by managing solid waste effectively through public cleansing, adherence to public health and environmental standards, public education and enforcement programmes. Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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