MonoNeon Releases New Album, ‘Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time!’ [Listen]

first_imgBassist MonoNeon released a new eight-track album on Wednesday, Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time!Related: MonoNeon Joins Charles Cornell For Auto-Tuned Remix Of Cardi B’s Swisher Sweets Uggs VideoThe quirky project hears MonoNeon (real name, Dwayne Thomas Jr) playing a captivating and loose mix of space-funk on his bass and other instruments with additional contributions from Amber Baker (drums), Sam Porter (drums, keyboards), Nina Gnewd (vocals), and Jelani Brooks (tenor saxophone). Tracks on the album include “Don’t Get Drunk, Just Believe In Yourself”, “Your Life Is Wild, Keep Smiling”, “Can We Start Over? Unblock My Number”, and the previously-released “MYPA (Masturbate Your Problems Away)“.The arrival of Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! on Wednesday marks the second album from the funk-rock bassist so far this year, as he released the nine-track My Feelings Be Peeling back in January.MonoNeon has been with his Ghost-Note bandmates throughout most of the summer as part of the band’s 2019 world tour, which continues into the fall months. The next scheduled performances will see the band team up with The New Mastersounds for a three-show run throughout Colorado in mid-October. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Scroll down to stream MonoNeon’s new album in full.MonoNeon – Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! – Full Album<a href=””>Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! by MonoNeon</a>[Audio: MonoNeon Bandcamp]last_img read more

Hey… What’s a ‘Yowie?’ …Fashion designer Kiya Tomlin teams with Ford to make popular Steelers fan accessory

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter KIYA TOMLIN, arriving to the Rock Steelers Style annual event, Oct. 20, in the Ford Expedition.Everyone’s asking, “What’s a Yowie?”Simply put, it’s a multi-functional, unisex fashion accessory favored by sports fans, such as Pittsburgh Steelers fans. One can wear it as a bandana, wristband, head wrap, scarf, sleeve, or anything else one can imagine.But when it comes to designing one, leave it to the professionals—specifically, Kiya Tomlin.THE YOWIE!—This model rocks the “Yowie” as she cheers on her Steelers all season long. (Photo courtesy Neighborhood Ford Store)Kiya, the wife of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, is known for her “architectural, feminine clothing favored by women throughout the U.S.,” says a press release by Neighborhood Ford Store.“When I was asked by Neighborhood Ford Store to consider designing the motif for this season’s Yowie, I knew there would be some strict logo-use guidelines because both the Steelers and Ford have strong brands,” Kiya Tomlin said in the release. “But I also thought the project would be interesting because strong guidelines really make you think more creatively about a design.”KIYA TOMLIN, speaking to the crowd at Rock Steelers Style, Oct. 20 at Stage AE. (Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers)Now, it’s a fan favorite, as fans at Heinz Field get their own Yowie when they register to win the Official Truck of the Pittsburgh Steelers.(For more information about Neighborhood Ford Store and Kiya Tomlin, visit and read more

Column: Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the NFL

first_imgIn this photo taken on Friday, July 10, 2015, the Manning Family, from left to right, Peyton, Archie, Cooper and Eli pose for a group photo before they talk to the media about the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. About 1,200 aspiring quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends practice and learn football fundamentals from the Mannings. (Ted Jackson/ The Times-Picayune via AP)Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL.Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the league, where what you’ve done in past Super Bowls isn’t nearly as important as what you did in your last game.Manning probably understands that better than most, coming as he does from a royal family of NFL quarterbacks. It was just a few years ago that he watched from a distance as his brother was run out of Indianapolis after he was thought too old and decrepit to lead the Colts to another Super Bowl title.Peyton Manning went to Denver and proved them wrong, and Eli Manning may do the same himself. Maybe not for the Giants, but perhaps for another team that could use a quarterback so durable that he started 210 straight games, and so good that he was MVP in two Super Bowl wins.No, this isn’t the end for Eli Manning. Far from it, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to think he leads the Giants once again if current management should themselves happen to get sacked in the offseason.If not, there are plenty of teams that would like a crack at a player who is the only quarterback to beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in not just one, but two Super Bowls.“Eli’s a big boy, he’s played a lot,” said his father, Archie, who threw passes for 15 years in the NFL. “He’s a tough guy. I’m very confident Eli will handle it.”The way Manning was so unceremoniously removed as a full-time quarterback this week was a bit disconcerting, if nothing else. A coach increasingly desperate for wins not only benched a potential future Hall of Famer, but the player who has been the face of the Giants franchise for more than a decade.“If you had a Mount Rushmore of not only New York Giants but New York athletes, he’d be on it,” said Davis Webb, the rookie quarterback who may end up getting some of Manning’s playing time.Manning would be there indeed, probably occupying the Teddy Roosevelt position right next to Derek Jeter. And that’s part of what makes Manning’s sudden demotion as inexplicable as it was sad.There’s nothing that will happen in the Giants’ final five games that makes coach Ben McAdoo’s decision any easier to digest. The team is playing out a lost season, and any talk about needing to try out Webb or Geno Smith under center is really just talk.What makes it even more puzzling is that this isn’t how the Giants usually do business. This is an old-school franchise that prides itself on stability and deliberate moves, as evidenced by how long former coach Tom Coughlin stuck around.This made the Giants look more like the New York Jets, their stadium partner at the Meadowlands.“This is so much bigger than Eli Manning. This is about an entire organization that has gone sideways,” said NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner. “If you’ve got one guy that represents what this organization has been about and the character and the success of this organization, it’s that guy that has been under center in Eli Manning. He’s never done anything but show character and do things the right way.”Manning showed that by handling his sudden demotion about as professionally as possible, though tears welled in his eyes Tuesday as he discussed it with reporters.“I don’t like it, but it’s part of football, you handle it,” he said. “I didn’t do my job. `’Someone had to take the fall for a miserable 2-9 season and, while Manning is not blameless, it should be noted that 19 Giants are on injured reserve and he has played behind a leaky offensive line that general manager Jerry Reese failed to patch during the offseason. Even Manning’s toughest critics acknowledge that, though the fact remains he’s six years removed from his last Super Bowl win and on the back nine of his career at the age of 36.It’s never really a shock when an NFL player is demoted or cut loose. This is a league that values players only as commodities, which is why even the most elite players get only guaranteed signing bonuses and no guaranteed contracts.Manning is luckier than most because he’ll get a chance to play again, whether in New York or somewhere else. Like his brother before him, he can pretty much pick where he goes and what kind of system he plays under.Yes, Manning deserved better after 14 seasons than an ignominious benching late in a lousy season.For players, though, there are seldom happy endings in the NFL.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or

Sammy and Tory’s legacy lives on with stunning €67,000 charity donation

first_imgIt was a night of tears, memories and much love.Before Christmas, the Johnston family held a fundraising night in honour of the late Sammy and Tory Johnston from Letterkenny in the Silver Tassie Hotel.And this week Helen Johnston and her extended family made presentations totalling an incredible €67,000. The three charities to benefit were CRY , Donegal Hospice and Oncology Patient Comfort Fund.With thanks to photographer Brian McDaid for the photos.Members of the Johnston Family including Helen and Amy at the presentations of fundraising to CRY, Donegal Hospice and Oncology Unit Comfort Fund in memory of Tory and Sammy Johnston. Photo Brian McDaid.Anne and James Johnston with Helen and Amy Johnston at the presentations of Fundraising to CRY The Donegal Hospice and Oncology Comfort Fund.Helen and Amy Johnston with Mickie and Joe Dorian at the presentations of cheques to CRY, The Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Unit Comfort Fund in memory of Tory and Sammy Johnston. Photo Brian McDaidHelen and Amy Johnston and friends at the presentations of cheques to CRY, The Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Unit Comfort Fund in memory of Tory and Sammy Johnston. Photo Brian McDaidHelen and Amy Johnston with family and friend and Hospice Staff at the presentations of cheques to CRY, The Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Unit Comfort Fund in memory of Tory and Sammy Johnston which raised over Û67,000 Photo Brian McDaidHelen and Amy Johnston and friends at the presentations of cheques to CRY, The Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Unit Comfort Fund in memory of Tory and Sammy Johnston. Photo Brian McDaidHelen and Amy Johnston present a cheque Û30,350.00 to the Donegal Hospice in memory of the Tory and Helen Johnston fund which was received by Lucy Mc Gettigan Manager, Grace Boyle Chairperson Jean Alcorn and Geraldine Casey at the presentation at the Donegal Hospice. Photo Brian McDaid.Tommy Fagan from the the CRY unit at Tallaght Hospital pictured receiving a cheque for Û31,000 from Helen and Amy Johnston in Memory off Tory and Sammy Johnston.Sammy and Tory’s legacy lives on with stunning €67,000 charity donation was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfundraiserletterkennyMemorySammy JohnstonTorylast_img read more

Personalizing Your MagicBands

first_imgStickers and tattoos – Using stickers, rub-on designs, or even temporary tattoos, you can add plenty of style to your MagicBand. For one of my Halloween themed designs, I actually downloaded a Haunted Mansion style font, printed words onto temporary tattoo paper, and applied it to my MagicBand. For more longevity, you may want to coat the MagicBand with some type of sealant (either a spray or clear paint) after decorating.Decals – For less than $10, sites like MagicYourBand and DVCCentral can send you pre-designed or custom vinyl decals that you can apply to your MagicBand. See our review of those here.Duct Taping – This one is pretty simple. Find a duct tape style you like, apply it to your MagicBand, and cut away the excess. If cutting near your MagicBand makes you nervous, you could use tissue paper or newspaper taped to your MagicBand to trace a stencil first. Then use that to cut the duct tape to size before applying.Fabric Cover – Whether you use a no-sew approach or start stitching, the idea here is generally the same. You want to create essentially an open ended tube of fabric to slide onto your MagicBand. Some people also choose to create a hole where the Mickey head is on the MagicBand to make life easier at touch points.Painting – Probably the most difficult of the DIY methods, this technique requires a steady hand and some creativity. My favorite tip for those taking this route is to use transfer paper to get your design from paper and pencil onto the MagicBand. Then it’s just a matter of coloring in the design with either nail polish or acrylic paints. This is another one where you may want to seal the MagicBand for durability. MagicSliders given to Annual PassholdersMagicSliders slide onto the MagicBandMagicBandits and MagicSliders (start at $6.99)You can further accessorize any of the MagicBands with items that pin into the holes (MagicBandits) or that slide onto the MagicBand (MagicSliders). MagicBandits are typically sold with three or four packaged together under one theme. For example, you can get one box containing the icons of each of the four parks, one package featuring all three Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion, or one with three of the dogs from 101 Dalmations. MagicSliders, on the other hand, are usually more expensive and only sold individually. Having tried to check my MagicBand for the time more frequently than I’d care to admit, I love the idea of the MagicSliders that feature a watch face. MagicBands on Demand (start at $24.99)In October of 2015, Disney debuted MagicBand on Demand. At certain locations in Walt Disney World, guests can use a touch screen to design a personalized MagicBand by selecting both a design and color. While names cannot be printed on the underside of the MagicBand, they can be included in the design on the front for an additional charge. Sarah provided a step by step update on the process back when the first location opened. Currently, there are three locations: Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park, D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace, and Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Star Wars designs only). Painted MagicBand (Left)Painted MagicBand (Middle)Painted MagicBand (Right)Well, what do you think? Would you spend extra money to get customized MagicBands for your whole family? Or better yet, are you willing to risk turning your dining room table into a Picasso painting in order to personalize them? Tell me all about it in the comments below! Limited Edition MagicBands (start at $32.99)Limited edition MagicBands are released in a limited and pre-specified quantity for special events like holiday parties or movie releases. For example, the MagicBand that will be available for the 2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will have an edition size of 3,000, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Depending on the situation, these MagicBands may only be available at specific locations in the parks. Other times they will be available on the or on the Shop Disney Parks app, like this Alice Through the Looking Glass Limited Edition MagicBand. These do not include the ability to add your name to the underside of the MagicBand. However, some of these MagicBands feature special sound and light effects when used at the main entrance or FastPass+ touch points. Share This!When MagicBands first rolled out across Walt Disney World, design and accessorizing options were limited. Bored with the sparse selection, some guests (okay, I’m guilty) started to customize their MagicBands to feature their favorite Disney icons. As long as nothing interfered with the Mickey head, everything from painting, temporary tattooing, and fabric covering was fair game to personalize a MagicBand. Not one to miss an opportunity like this, Disney took note and started selling additional design options. Little by little, new designs began to appear. Now, there are tons of different ways to personalize your MagicBands, whether you purchase something special or do it yourself.Standard MagicBands free to on-site guestsStandard MagicBands ($0 for on-site guests or $12.99 to purchase)Available for free to Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders or guests staying on-site at Walt Disney World, these original MagicBands are just one solid color. Options include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and gray. Choosing the solid color is the only customization here, unless you count the fact that guests receiving these for free can have a name printed on the underside of the MagicBand. For guests purchasing these, they are now available on, the Shop Disney Parks app, or at many gift shops at Walt Disney World.Open Edition MagicBands (start at $22.99)Guests visiting Walt Disney World can purchase these via, the Shop Disney Parks app, or upon arrival in many of the resort and theme park gift shops. These MagicBands feature various Disney characters or icons from the parks. However, the color and design combinations are not customizable. For example, if you want Rapunzel from Tangled on your MagicBand, it only comes in purple. There is no option to print a name on the underside of these MagicBands either.Limited Release MagicBands (start at $27.99)These MagicBands are only available for a limited amount of time. Aside from the higher price, they’re hard to differentiate from the open edition MagicBands. They can be found on, the Shop Disney Parks app, or in resort and theme park gift shops and cannot be customized with a name on the underside of the MagicBand. MagicBand covered in Nightmare Before Christmas fabricDo-it-yourself There are a few reasons you might want to forego the clean lined and professionally designed MagicBands available for purchase. For some, spending $48 for a specialty MagicBand (I’m looking at you Dooney and Bourke MagicBands) for each member of the family is not an option. Even choosing from the open edition MagicBands, a family of four would spend nearly $100. Then for others, despite hundreds of options, it’s quite possible that Disney doesn’t have a design to fit your needs or preferences (MagicBand designers, if you’re reading this and taking requests, I’m still holding out for resort specific MagicBands, pretty please). Or maybe you want a unique MagicBand that you won’t see on everyone else walking around the parks. Whatever the reason, taking one of the following do-it-yourself approaches to the MagicBand may be the best option for personalization depending on your situation.last_img read more

New UN body to focus on women

first_imgFormer Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is sworn in as executive director of UN Women by UN secretary- general Ban Ki-Moon. (Image: UN Woman) The creation of a new body, UN Women – or the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – was celebrated on 30 January 2011 at the 16th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking about the new entity at the summit, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “There is progress here and there on the continent regarding women’s rights, but we must go much further to ensure greater gender equality in Africa. It is not just a matter of justice as the facts show indeed that gender equality is a factor of growth and social peace.”The entity should place emphasis on African women’s access to education, health and political responsibility, Ban added.Achieving gender equality was a key theme of the 2011 AU summit.“We need to empower African women who produce food, raise children and drive the economy. When women take their rightful place at the negotiating table, in parliament and in leadership positions across society, we can unleash Africa’s enormous potential. UN Women is here to help reach this goal,” said the secretary-general.Unveiling UN Women’s new logo at the summit, its executive director Michelle Bachelet said: “A vision of how much more is possible when men and women have equal rights and opportunities will drive UN Women. We will be bold and ambitious in our aspirations and we will also be practical in building an organisation that can make a lasting difference in women’s lives.”Bachelet was Chile’s first woman president, serving her term from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010. She prioritised women’s issues during her tenure and has been working with the UN Development Fund for Women (Unifem) since leaving office.Pushing gender equalityUN Women was created in July 2010 at a UN General Assembly session and became operational on 1 January 2011.It merges four previously distinct entities of the UN focusing on gender equality: Division for the Advancement of Women; International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women; Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; and Unifem.UN Women will see to the development of women-friendly policies, and help member states implement and monitor them.Celebrating African leadersAt this year’s AU summit, President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took over the rotating presidency of the AU from Malawian President Bing wa Mutharika.The choice of Mbasogo has been criticised as taking the AU back to the days when dictators led the now-defunct Organisation of African Unity. Mbasogo has ruled Equatorial Guinea with an iron fist for more than 30 years after executing his predecessor.The UN secretary-general spoke about the unrest in Egypt and the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire at the summit, but also commended the successful secession referendum in Sudan.French President Nicholas Sarkozy said that France would continue to support development on the African continent.President of South Africa Jacob Zuma also addressed delegates at the summit.“Today we also celebrate many outstanding leaders on the continent. We were inspired by Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Sellasie, Jomo Kenyatta, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ahmed Ben Bella, Samora Machel, Agostinho Neto, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Amilcar Cabral, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, and many others.”“We continue to draw inspiration from their selflessness, commitment and dedication to this continent and its people,” added Zuma.last_img read more

World-class field for Attakwas MTB Marathon

first_img15 January 2014The eighth edition of the Fairview Attakwas Extreme mountain bike marathon has attracted a powerful field, including top Swiss, German and Czech racers, for Saturday’s year-opening showdown in the Western Cape.South Africa’s best marathoners will take on the international stars over a 121-kilometre route that starts and finishes just outside the town of Oudtshoorn.Current world championTopping the start list in the men’s race is the defending champion, Christoph Sauser of Specialized Racing. The Swiss ace is the current marathon world champion and a four-time winner of the Absa Cape Epic.Sauser brings with him his new Specialized Racing international teammate, Frantisek Rabon of the Czech Republic. It will be Rabon’s first participation in the event in a year in which he switches his focus from road racing to mountain biking. He previously raced for ProTour teams T-Mobile and Omega Pharma Quickstep.A powerful German contingent will also be on the starting line. Karl Platt, a four-time Absa Cape Epic winner will head up the four-man Team Bulls squad, which includes compatriots Stefan Sahm, a three-time Epic champion, and Simon Stiebjan. Platt and Sahm have both finished on the podium at Attakwas before.Cross country starAnother high profile German, Manuel Fumic, will make his Attakwas Extreme debut. Better known as one of the world’s top cross-country racers, Fumic was seventh at the 2012 Olympic Games and was runner-up at the 2013 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg. The Cannondale Factory Team racer competed in his first Cape Epic last year, finishing fifth.Urs Huber, the Swiss rider who partnered Platt to second place at the 2013 Cape Epic, is also confirmed to start the race for Team Bulls.South African challengeThe South African challenge is led by three-time Attakwas Extreme winner and multiple former national marathon champion, Kevin Evans of FedGroup Itec, who makes a return to racing after a lengthy recovery following complications related to a burst appendix. Evans will be joined by FedGroup Itec teammate Neil MacDonald on the start line.Other strong South Africans to watch are the Cannondale Blend trio of Darren Lill, Waylon Woolcock and Charles Keey, while Team RE:CM’s triple threat comes from Nico Bell, Erik Kleinhans and Lourens Luus, last year ‘s runner-up. Dark horses include Louis Brelser Knipe (PYGA) and Adriaan Louw (SWIFT/Fairview).Women’s line-upThe women’s field also boasts class and depth with defending champion Ariane Kleinhans, the current Swiss marathon champion and two-time Cape Epic Mixed division winner, topping a quality line-up. She will be joined by new Team RE:CM teammate Cherise Stander, the 2012 South African marathon champion, who will make her Attakwas Extreme debut.Current South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot of Biogen Cycle Lab, will also be in the mix, along with two-time Cape Epic winner Hanlie Booyens, while Ischen Stopforth, a seven-time Attakwas finisher with multiple podium places and Jeannie Dreyer, the Freedom Challenge champion and record holder, complete the list of high-profile female entrants.CelebritiesOver 1200 riders have already entered the event, which has also attracted South African celebrities, who will be riding for the Absa Team at this year’s Absa Cape Epic. They include former Springbok rugby stars Joel Stranksy and Stefan Terblanche, radio and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, and actress Hlubi Mboya.The 121km race includes a total of 2 900 metres of vertical ascent, making it a serious challenge by anyone’s standards. Add in the rough terrain of the Klein Karoo, the excessive heat, which can easily reach over 40 degrees Celsius in January, and the traditional headwind in the final 40km and you have a gruelling year-opener for the world of marathon mountain bike racing.Mini AttaEntries for the Fairview Attakwas Extreme have closed. However, for those keen to sample the event, there’s a relatively challenging 52km Mini Atta, presented by Spur. Late entries (with a late entry fee penalty) can still be done until race day.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

20 hours agoArsenal boss Emery discusses Ceballos transfer plans

first_imgArsenal boss Emery discusses Ceballos transfer plansby Paul Vegas20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists a permanent move for Dani Ceballos hasn’t yet been decided.The Spaniard is currently on loan at the Gunners from Real Madrid and has impressed so far during his time in north London.However, Emery said: “I think it is very soon to say that.“Ceballos is doing great things, he is playing regularly. Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning. Always all the players need time to adapt. He is in that process and I really want to accelerate it.“We are trying to use that energy and enthusiasm in the way we want to play. We had some good games, sometimes it is not easy for him, but I think that’s normal.“But I think it is too soon to say if we want to incorporate him in different conditions.“We are only in October, there is still a long way to take that process. The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is if he can bring us all his potential.“If he can help us to achieve all our goals as a team with more positive performances, we are more than happy to count on him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ballots run out in 6 First Nation polling stations

first_imgAPTN National NewsSix polling stations in First Nation communities ran out of ballots on Monday, the final voting day in the current federal election.The polling stations, in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta communities, ran out of ballots in the late afternoon and early evening, triggering calls to Elections Canada officials.The incidents may signal a large voter turn-out from First Nation communities.Elections Canada told APTN officials are working on the issue and “everyone will get to vote.” A spokesperson said polling stations can photocopy ballots.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has been pushing the First Nation vote and he even cast a ballot for the first time in a federal election Monday in Ottawa.The AFN has identified about 51 ridings were First Nation voters could influence the final outcome.Wab Kinew, a well-known author and educator, said ballots ran out at the polling station set up in the school gym in Onigaming First Nation, which sits in northwestern Ontario and his home community.Kinew said the ballots were replenished by Elections Canada in the early evening.Kinew said the polling station ran out of ballots as a result of the high number of unregistered voters who showed up to cast their ballot.“They were down to the last few ballots, 10 ballots or so, and people were still coming in,” said Kinew, who is currently in Edmonton but is in touch with his home community. “Tonnes of First Nations people have turned out to vote.”Kinew said no one was turned away from voting.“People are now going door to door and driving people to the poll,” said Kinew.Onigaming is now in the Kenora riding following a re-drawing of electoral boundaries which came into force in 2013.Conservative candidate and incumbent Greg Rickford, the minister of natural resources, is facing a strong challenge from Liberal candidate Robert Nault, a former federal Liberal Aboriginal Affairs minister, and Howard Hampton, a former provincial NDP leader and Native affairs provincial minister.APTN anchor Michael Hutchinson also reported that the polling station Shoal Lake 40, which is in the Kenora riding, also ran out of ballots.A polling station on the Siksika First Nation in Alberta also ran out of ballots in the late afternoon.People were lined up to vote at the polling station is in the Siksika Nation’s community centre when an announcement was made in the late afternoon saying there were only 70 ballots left.Siksika, which has a population of 7,200, was given just 400 ballots and they quickly ran out.“I think Elections Canada should have known instead of using an estimate of actual numbers that we have with our people,” said Siksika Nation Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman.APTN reporter Brandi Morin says polling officials immediately got on the phone to Elections Canada to get more ballots once they ran out.Morin says community members have told her polling officials were aware they were running low on ballots, but didn’t act until they ran out.Siksika sits outside of Calgary and is part of the Bow River riding which was re-created as part of a redrawing of electoral boundaries.The Conservatives are running Martin Shields in the riding, the Liberals are running William Alexander, the NDP Lynn MacWilliam, and the Green Party has Rita Ann Fromholt running.Ballots also ran out at the polling station in Moose Factory which was set up in the Moose Cree First Nation band’s administration building. Elections Canada has allowed poll officials to photocopy new ballots.Terry Metatawabin said that people are reporting the longest “line-up in history of Moose Factory voting.”Metatawabine said people in Moosonee where walking through the Moose River, which is at one of its lowest points in recent memory, to Moose Factory to vote. Moose Factory an island in the Moose River.“People are walking across the river, walking through water,” said Metatawabine, who is from the neighbouring community of Fort Albany. “The river has never been that dry, ever. It is like there is some kind of spirit working out there.”Moose Factory is in the Timmins-James Bay riding. NDP candidate Charlie Angus is seeking re-election. He is facing challenges from Conservative candidate John P. Curley, Liberal candidate Todd Leve and Green Party candidate Max Kennedy.A report also came in from Manitoba that ballots ran out at another polling station on a First Nation in that province.Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said she received a report that ballots also ran out in Split Lake First Nation.“This is what I’m told,” she said.Split Lake is in the Churchill riding currently held by NDP candidate Niki Ashton. Ashton is facing a serious challenge from Liberal candidate Rebecca Chartrand.In Saskatchewan, the polling station on the Big River First Nation also ran out of ballots, said APTN reporter Larissa Burnouf who is on the ground there.Big River is the home community of Liberal candidate Lawrence Joseph who is running to unseat Conservative candidate Rob Clarke in the Desnether-Missinippi-Churchill River riding.Burnouf said over 800 people showed up to vote in the community Monday, quickly depleting the number of available [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

US housing starts sank 53 per cent in September

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. home construction fell 5.3 per cent in September, a sign that recent hurricanes and rising mortgage rates may be weighing on the market.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million, down from 1.27 million in August. So far this year, starts have increased 6.4 per cent. But the pace of homebuilding has downshifted since MaySeptember ground breakings were also likely hurt by Hurricane Florence striking North Carolina — and ground breakings could possibly be depressed in October after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle.“Starts are stagnating as the housing market slows, though September’s numbers were suppressed by the hurricane affecting the Carolinas,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at Lending Tree, an online loan broker.Homebuyers are facing new cost pressures that could be dampening demand.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 4.9 per cent last week, the highest level since 2011. The combination of higher borrowing costs and rising home values has made home ownership less affordable.“It may be tempting to draw national conclusions from these storm-related dips and rallies, but the regional blips can’t obscure the year-long malaise in the national single-family home construction market: Starts have been hit or miss, sales flat and permits trending downward for months,” said Aaron Terrazas, a senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.After the Commerce Department released the report, shares in home builders and building materials retailers dropped in Wednesday morning trading. Shares for the building companies Lennar, PulteGroup and D.R. Horton were each down by more than 2 per cent, while shares in Home Depot and Lowe’s slumped more than 3 per cent.Builders appear to be adapting to the affordability challenges. Starts for multi-family buildings such as apartments have increased at a faster clip than single-family houses year to date.Still, much of September’s decline came from a decline in ground breakings for multi-family buildings.Housing starts fell last month in the South and Midwest, but they increased in the Northeast and West. The construction data can be volatile, so the regional levels of homebuilding can change sharply on a monthly basis.Permits, an indicator of future activity, fell 0.6 per cent to an annual rate of 1.24 million.last_img read more