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Heritage Month Honours Leading Ladies

first_imgLeading ladies is the perfect description for the six women being honoured this year for African Heritage Month. Edith Cromwell, Annaopolis Co.; Ada Fells, Yarmouth, Co.; Geraldine White, Amherst; Beryl Braithwaite, Sydney; May Sheppard, Halifax; and Willena Jones, Truro; have made great contributions to the success of their communities and its members. Mrs. Cromwell, Mrs. Fells and Mrs. White were honoured posthumously. Lasting legacies are opportunities that exist because of their hard work and dedication. Teachers, activists, youth group leaders, volunteers and choir members; these Leading Ladies have made inroads in numerous aspects of community living. One honouree, Edith Cromwell, last year described her experience as a young teacher in Annapolis County. “Being a teacher back then, in Inglewood, it wasn’t easy,” she said. “I had only the bare minimum in the classroom – desks, chalk and a chalkboard. The students would pass around books and had to share their texts. We didn’t even have a library.” After decades of teaching with the most basic of necessities, Mrs. Cromwell successfully lobbied to have her students bused to Bridgetown where they could reap the advantages the town school had to offer, and no longer had to share meagre supplies. “The kids travelled into the city in a bus that was converted from an old hearse. These kids from Inglewood have become scientists, nurses and meteorologists, and live and work all over the world,” she said. “It’s my biggest accomplishment and I’m very proud of it. After that, I didn’t need to teach anymore.” Mrs. Cromwell, and the other five women, are featured on the colourful 2010 African Heritage Month commemorative poster, complete with a photo and brief biography. Their photos are also prominently displayed on event brochures, giving all Nova Scotians an opportunity to learn the stories of these unsung matriarchs. The women were also honoured during the provincial launch of African Heritage Month at Province House’s red chamber on Wednesday, Jan. 27. “Leading Ladies, Lasting Legacies tells the story of six women from across Nova Scotia who were, or are, outstanding figures in their communities,” says African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris. “Each have, in their own unique way, made great contributions to all African Nova Scotians.” Head of the African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, Crystal States, agrees. “These women don’t toot their own horns, but have done a lot of little things that have made a difference to the bigger picture,” Ms. States says. “They are just a small example of the many great and deserving community women.” Another special feature at the launch, was a performance by talented spoken word artist and Halifax Regional Municipality poet laureate Shauntay Grant, who wrote a piece especially for the occasion. Ms. Grant explains that the profiled matriarchs represent all African Nova Scotian women who have provided their children with constant love, support and encouragement, often sacrificing themselves for the betterment of their community. “When we recognize our mothers, we’re really saying thank you. I’m not sure if I can fully express my overwhelming gratitude in one poem.” The contributions of this year’s six honourees make up only a small fraction of the largely untold stories of the province’s African Nova Scotian matriarchs. Although some might shrug off the title of heroine and dismiss the importance of their achievements, Ms. States champions their accomplishments. “There is a legacy of success because of the efforts of these women,” she says. For more on African Heritage Month including information, photos and biographies of the Leading Ladies, visit . -30-last_img read more

Security Council condemns mob attacks against embassies in Serbian capital

In a statement to the press, Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias of Panama, which holds the rotating Council presidency, stressed “the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic missions.”He noted that the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations obliges host governments to take “all appropriate steps” to protect embassy premises.“In this context, the members of the Security Council welcome the steps taken by the Serbian authorities to restore order and protect diplomatic property and personnel,” the statement added.The mob attacks took place amid protests in Belgrade today over last Sunday’s decision by the Assembly of Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to declare independence from Serbia.In a related development, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Joachim Rucker told UN Radio that it was crucial that Kosovo be “multi-ethnic.”“I think it’s very important that the Kosovo Serbs are perceived as part of the future Kosovo,” Mr. Rücker, who also heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said.Ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one in Kosovo, which was administered by the UN after Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting over eight years ago.Mr. Rücker said that the two sides must cooperate and engage in dialogue. “We all have to be careful, understanding, sensible and sensitive to the need of each community and to build on that.”Both Mr. Rücker and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have in recent days emphasized the need for everyone in Kosovo to exercise calm and to respect UNMIK and the NATO-led Kosovo Force, or KFOR.Belgrade and Pristina had been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s status, which had been the subject of months of negotiations led by the troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States. That group was set up after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo. 21 February 2008Security Council members have condemned today’s mob attacks against embassies in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, which have endangered diplomatic personnel and resulted in damage to embassy buildings. read more

Speaker defends decision on opposition leader post

Some joint opposition members have said they will not recognize the Speaker if he fails to recognize their demands. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended his decision not to change the leader of the opposition in Parliament.Jayasuriya said in a statement that the decision taken earlier was done after careful consideration. The Speaker however said that he had studied the matter very closely and had wide ranging discussions on the matter and also based his decision on the standing orders of Parliament.The joint opposition wants Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena to be appointed as the leader of the opposition. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition has opposed the decision taken by the Speaker to keep Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan as the opposition leader. read more

Steve Francis Fighting to Overcome Turbulent PostNBA Life

Ten years ago, Steve Francis averaged 21.3 points and 7.8 assists for the Orlando Magic and was considered one of the top point guards in the NBA. The other day, he was recorded getting a chain ripped from his neck while on stage with rappers in Houston.The difference between Francis then and the 38-year-old Francis now is alarming to those who know him as a giving, thoughtful man who would never put himself in a position to be accosted in that fashion.But today’s Steve Francis is not the “Stevie Franchise” of then, although the elements that made him a likable NBA star persists amid the chaos. And that’s why friends believe he will rebound—he’s staggering, but not knocked out.That 2004-05 campaign was his last healthy season in the league. No one knew then, but the subsequent three years of injuries diminished his talent and imploded his self-esteem. He faded into obscurity in 2008 after 10 games with the Houston Rockets.It was then that we lost Steve Francis, just as he was losing himself. . . in pain and self-pity and most damagingly, in alcohol.Many wondered about the Washington, D.C.-area native when he resurfaced in the last year, looking far different, diminished, puffy, aged and worn. Disturbing videos can be found on the web of Francis pouring alcohol from the bottle all over himself and then drinking it. . . before passing out.These are portrayals of his own doing, but illusions, too, according to those who have known him for decades told Atlanta Blackstar.“He’s a good guy, a good man,” said Andre Johnson, who began working with Francis the day after he was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft in 1999. “And even with the challenges he faces, those parts of who he is still show. He realizes that a lot of what has happened to him is avoidable. And he’s committed to putting himself in better positions.”Francis’ decline is apparent in his appearance, and it is startling. He was a world-class athlete whose success was dependent on his skill and athleticism. On staying in shape. He earned $103.5 million over his nine-year career, during which he was the NBA rookie of the year and a three-time all-star.But his fall is not uncommon, just different. Cynics are quick to judge and joke, but the dynamics of being a professional athlete do not end with money and fame. The pressure to perform is enormous. The pressure to provide can break your spirit, especially when your first instinct is to give, like friends say Francis’ is.Usually, these athletes represent more than themselves. A few generations of family members are a part of the responsibility in most cases and an entire community in many. The weight of this can be far more imposing to those who have not had that responsibility. Sports psychologists have published studies that find many athletes in retirement struggle with coping away from the game.Sugar Ray Leonard, the Hall of Fame former boxing champion, spoke often of going from Las Vegas hotel to hotel when he quit the sport “to feel the adulation of the people. Nothing can top that feeling. I needed it. And when I didn’t have it, well, it wasn’t good.”Leonard admitted to drug use to stave off the bouts of depression. He’s just one example of an athlete unable to cope with life after sports.Steve Francis (left) looking unlike the NBA version of Steve Francis.Francis is another.Johnson said, “He knows one thing and loves one thing. Basketball. It’s not an easy transition to be on the cover of a magazine one day and next day you have to figure out what you’re going to do with your day, with your life. That’s a lot for anyone to handle.”Francis has been described as sensitive: When his mother died of cancer in 1995, Francis could not pull himself together to play basketball. . . for two years.He’s also been described as caring: When a tornado struck the University of Maryland, where he played one year of college ball, he had a dinner catered for more than 700 displaced students.He held a fund-raiser prior to the elections for new D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser. He’s put 60 kids through college through his foundation. He wants to help young artists in the D.C. area get their careers off the ground.But to do so, he has to rise. He’s still here, “which means he still has a chance to rewrite his story,” one friend, who requested anonymity, told ABS. “Over the last several years, Steve lost who he was. He allowed the lifestyle and the money and people around him to influence him.“But he’s a smart and intuitive guy. I’d like to believe the Steve I know is still inside him. . . and will come out for good one day soon.”Francis remains loyal to his family, Johnson said. He takes pride in dropping off and picking up his two children from school. “His family is his foundation,” Johnson said.“I talked to Steve after the whole chain incident. He knows that at this point in his life, he’s got to make better decisions. There have been times when he’s been great. Other times, he’s flawed, like the rest of us. But what he has shown is that he makes things happen. And there are a lot of people betting that he will regain the consistent stability in his life. Including him.” read more

How LSU And Oklahoma Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

11LSUArkansas+0.7-3.41.2 9OklahomaKansas St.+1.4-13.92.5 9TexasOklahoma St.-1.4+1.71.6 WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 11OklahomaOklahoma St.+4.4-13.46.6 8OklahomaTCU+5.4-11.87.4 OklahomaCurrent playoff chances: 17 percentWhat it can do: After losing the Red River Showdown to Texas on Saturday, the Sooners are less in the driver’s seat than LSU in terms of controlling their own postseason destiny. Even if Oklahoma wins all its remaining games, our model still gives the Sooners only an 85 percent chance of making the playoff. That’s not too terrible, though, given that Kyler Murray and company have a relatively manageable remaining schedule that includes only one ranked opponent. That matchup — a Nov. 23 battle against West Virginia in Morgantown — could swing Oklahoma’s season more than any other game, with our model calling for an average change to the Sooners’ playoff chances of plus or minus 13 percentage points, depending on whether they can beat the Mountaineers. In the universe where OU does win that one, the Sooners make the playoff 29 percent of the time; in the ones where they don’t, that number is 2 percent.Who can help them: Because they’re not quite the locks that some other top teams are, Oklahoma will probably need another big-time contender to falter. And according to our model, that team is most likely Notre Dame. Aside from West Virginia and Texas, whose hopes each rest on outdueling the Sooners for the Big 12 title, the Fighting Irish are the team whose playoff chances drop the most in simulated universes where Oklahoma makes the playoff. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Notre Dame has a 39 percent chance of navigating the rest of its schedule undefeated — tops among any team in the nation — while Oklahoma’s chances of winning out are only 14 percent. (That discrepancy is a big reason for Notre Dame’s 46 percent chance of making the playoff, while Oklahoma sits at 17 percent.) But a Notre Dame loss — most likely to Syracuse, USC or Northwestern — would do the Sooners a big favor in their struggle to regain position in the playoff race. 8LSUMississippi St.+2.6-3.43.0 13Notre DameUSC-0.9+2.41.3 13AlabamaAuburn-0.5+2.60.8 * Relative to the team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group 10FloridaMissouri-0.3+0.70.4 11TexasTexas Tech-0.4+0.40.4 Which games hold the most weight for Oklahoma?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on Oklahoma’s playoff chances* 10Penn StateMichigan-0.3+0.40.4 Which games hold the most weight for LSU?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on LSU’s playoff chances* 12OklahomaKansas+1.0-13.61.8 DIff. in Oklahoma Playoff Odds WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 13OklahomaW. Virginia+12.2%-14.2%+/-13.1 7AlabamaMissouri-0.3+2.30.5 13LSUTexas A&M+3.7-3.53.6 * Relative to team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group 7LSUGeorgia+7.1-3.04.2 A week ago, we kicked off our College Football Playoff prediction model by talking in part about the handful of teams that were in great shape — provided they just kept winning ballgames. Then Saturday came around, and just like that, two of those squads (LSU and Oklahoma) were knocked down more than a few rungs on the championship ladder. So how can the Tigers and Sooners climb their way back toward the top?In each remaining week of the season, we’ll break down what one team — or, in today’s case, two — needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. Primarily, we’ll be looking at how much each remaining game on the team’s schedule (and other teams’ schedules as well) potentially swings its playoff probability.Louisiana StateCurrent playoff chances: 4 percentWhat it can do: Losing to Florida dropped LSU’s playoff chances from 11 percent to 4 percent, giving the Tigers very little margin for error from here on out. The good news in Baton Rouge, though, is that they still basically control their own destiny — one of the fringe benefits of having an impossibly tough SEC schedule. If LSU wins out, our model says it would have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff, making it one of only five schools (joining Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson) whose playoff chances are that high if they go the rest of the season without a loss. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done: Even after putting the Gators behind it, LSU still has four more ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule, plus whomever it might play in the SEC title game (if the Tigers get there). At the same time, just one more loss would basically doom LSU, leaving its playoff probability at the end of the season at just 16 percent even if it finishes 10-2. Practically speaking, Ed Orgeron’s team really does have no choice but to keep winning.Who can help it: After allowing LSU to storm back from down 21-10 to beat it in September, Auburn could end up doing its SEC West rivals yet another favor by winning the Iron Bowl over Alabama in late November. LSU’s chances of making the playoff are about 3 percentage points higher in our simulations where Auburn beats Alabama than vice versa. In fact, any Alabama loss would generally help LSU’s chances of making the playoff because it would give the Tigers the edge over the Tide in the division (assuming they beat the Tide themselves in Death Valley on Nov. 3). One other thing is also clear: Alabama and Georgia’s playoff bids are basically incompatible with LSU’s. Conditional on the Tigers making the playoff, there’s only a 23 percent chance that Alabama also makes it and a 14 percent chance for Georgia. Even the SEC can contain only so many playoff contenders. Outside the conference, Texas and Penn State are teams with similar playoff bona fides who would theoretically be competing with LSU for an outside shot at the final playoff slot, so slip-ups by the Longhorns or Nittany Lions also slightly help the Tigers. But even so, most non-LSU games won’t move the Tigers’ needle much, meaning they’ll mostly have to forge a path to the playoff for themselves. 10OklahomaTexas Tech+6.7-12.48.7 12TexasIowa St.-1.1+2.91.5 Check out our latest college football predictions. DIff. in LSU Playoff Odds 10LSUAlabama+10.6%-3.5%+/-5.3 12Notre DameSyracuse-0.8+3.31.3 read more

Aussie banks downgraded

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram UK banks are being told to prepare for a “systemic crisis” which could include the break-up of the eurozone. The warning came this week from Bank of England governor Mervyn King, who says UK banks need to start stockpiling money. British banks are owed $11 billion by Greece and $25 billion by Portugal – but both are dwarfed by the $72 billion debt outstanding from Italy. King urged UK banks to limit bonuses, stop paying dividends and ask their shareholders for more capital. He also admitted that contingency plans were being drawn up to prepare for a possible break-up of the eurozone. Meanwhile European Central Bank head Mario Draghi called on eurozone nations to agree new rules to restore credibility to the eurozone. Speaking in the run-up to another key European Union summit next week, he warned time was running out to stop the crisis spreading like a virus around the world. “It is time to adapt the euro area design with a set of institutions, rules and processes that is commensurate with the requirements of monetary union.” His comments came a day after the world’s major central banks took emergency joint action to provide cheaper US dollar funding for starved European banks. As UK banks prepare for the worst, Australia’s big four banks – Westpac, the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and NAB, were hit this week with a ratings downgrade from AA to AA-. The revisions by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) come as ratings agencies reassess their definition of risk. Earlier this week, S&P cut the ratings of 15 banks in Europe and the US due to the revised criteria. These downgrades were expected, but provide more evidence that the global banking system is operating in an increasingly uncertain environment, and that Australia would not be immune to a further deepening of the European economic crisis. The big four Australian banks have 40 per cent wholesale funding exposure to global finance markets. Speculation remains that China may come to Europe’s rescue by investing its substantial foreign exchange reserves in the eurozone’s bail-out fund. China already owns 60 per cent of global reserves. But bailing out developed countries may be a hard sell for China’s leaders, with soaring housing and food costs in China affecting millions of poorer households and many small exporters struggling to pay their bills. This week, China’s central bank relaxed regulations on cash reserves to encourage new lending, while six of the world’s central banks, including the Bank of England and the US central bank, moved to sure up debt-laden nations by freeing capital to provide much-needed US dollars – the measures being taken to offset the difficulties increasingly faced by foreign banks to borrow in $US.last_img read more

Smartphones leurs ventes dépasseront bientôt celles des mobiles classiques

first_imgSmartphones : leurs ventes dépasseront bientôt celles des mobiles classiquesLes ventes de smartphones devraient prochainement dépasser celles des téléphones classiques. Selon une étude menée par l’Institut GfK sur le marché français, 3,8 millions de ces appareils ont été vendus au cours des cinq derniers mois enregistrant une hausse de 80%. L’étude publiée cette semaine par l’Institut GfK confirme une nouvelle fois l’engouement des Français pour les smartphones. Les résultats révèlent en effet une hausse de 80% des ventes entre janvier et mai 2011 en dépit de celles des téléphones traditionnels qui ont chuté de 15% sur cette même période.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Selon les prévisions du cabinet d’analyse, le nombre de smartphones vendus devrait s’élever à 11,9 millions d’ici la fin de décembre 2011. Il devrait ainsi dépasser celui des mobiles classiques vendus, dont le nombre devrait avoisiner les 11,8 millions à ce moment-là. Cette croissance importante tient essentiellement aux efforts déployés par les opérateurs pour mettre les smartphones à disposition de leurs clients. La variété des offres proposées, notamment sur les forfaits dits illimités, et la baisse du prix des terminaux grâce aux subventions accordées ont augmenté l’accessibilité de ces nouvelles technologies au plus grand nombre.Selon le site iphoneaddict, la France compte actuellement 14 millions de smartphones dont 27% d’iPhone, 24% d’Android phone et 11% de BlackBerry.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ministry of Finance issues guidelines for Financial Institutions with US and UK

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Since December of 2014, the Turks and Caicos signed an Intergovernmental agreement or IGA so that the laws of the US FATCA or Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act and the UK equivalent could have force in these islands. Last month, the Ministry of Finance issued some guidance notes to companies working with clients of the two countries on how the monies of these clients ought be handled based on that agreement which had been almost two years in the making. Magnetic Media asked Drexwell Seymour, a CPA and CEO of HLB what advice he would give to his clients regarding the 164 document and it’s stipulations; Seymour said: “I would encourage all US citizens and UK citizens to ensure that they reflect all of their deposits and investments in the TCI with the relevant US and UK authorities.” Seymour explained that this honesty is what these larger nations are looking for and failure to comply is so fiscally painful that a breach by a Turks and Caicos company is highly unlikely. “In any event the local financial institutions will release the information because if they do not, they will face a withholding tax of 30 percent.”TCIG advised that while the recently released, ‘Guidance Notes’ are not law, they do carry the spirit of the FATCA and IGA signed with the United States and the United Kingdom which are equivalent to having Tax Information Exchange Agreements. The Ministry of Finance also shared that while there is no law to make TCI financial institutions adhere, there is an Exchange of Information Unit , or EIU which is authorized to monitor the compliance of local companies who are reported to them by the US or UK. TCI and South Africa have tax agreement signed Recommended for you Related Items:drexwell seymour. ministry of finance, fatca, HLB, Tax Information Exchange Agreement Small business conference Residents say TCI doing enough; not a tax havenlast_img read more

Clarence Avant Godfather Of Black Music To Be Honored At PreGRAMMY Gala

first_img Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Clarence Avant To Be Honored At Pre-GRAMMY Gala clarence-avant-godfather-black-music-be-honored-pre-grammy-gala Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained “For several decades Clarence Avant has been the quintessential adviser to almost every successful African-American music executive and artist,” said Davis, the Pre-GRAMMY Gala co-host. “He defined the term master mentor and definitely has played a vital role in music history.” Davis and Avant have both received the Recording Academy’s Trustees Award in 2000 and 2008 respectively.Artists such as Jimmy Jam and Quincy Jones testify for all Avant has done. Avant’s own labels and other entertainment businesses placed him in varied top leadership roles, but he also always took the time to reach out and help others. More than 10 years ago, Jimmy Jam said Avant was “one of those who broke the mold,” truly one-of-a-kind.The event takes place during GRAMMY Week on the evening before the 61st GRAMMY Awards and is by invitation only. Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Prev Next Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 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Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage News Email 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images The Pioneering music executive will be celebrated on Feb. 9 during GRAMMY Week Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 25, 2019 – 12:10 pm The Recording Academy and Clive Davis have announced the Feb. 9 2019 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons gala will honor Clarence Avant, the multi-faceted music industry executive also known as the Godfather of Black Music.”We are incredibly excited to honor Clarence Avant with this year’s GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “His pioneering work in the industry has redefined what it means to be a leader and opened countless doors for musicians from all backgrounds.” 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. 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Navy holds community forum in Kodiak

first_imgNavy representatives held a community forum in Kodiak yesterday to address concerns about its training in the Gulf of Alaska, which they say begins Monday. They say many people believe this month’s training will include bombs, sonar, and exercises that will disturb commercial fishing, but say much of that is misinformation.Chief of Plans for Alaskan Command, Captain Raymond Hesser, says while Environmental Impact Study documents approve the use of various pieces of weaponry, the Navy won’t actually be testing all of it during Northern Edge 15. He says this year won’t stand apart from past trainings in that way.“So, ten days of the air-sea integration, that does not include any bombs or missiles, and it typically doesn’t. Okay. So those airplanes will be flying out just to coordinate and get used to operating in a maritime environment with Navy ships. And that’s the training objective,” Hesser says.Hesser says the Navy’s exercises will not disrupt commercial fishing.“Mitigations are establishing operating areas where exercise planners know to avoid fishing activity and other activity that we know would be of particular concern for a Navy ship doing its multi-mission stuff,” says Hesser. “So, again, I’ll tell ya, I can’t tell you exactly where the operating boxes are, but I will tell you that they’re not on the shelf.”Fisheries biologist, Andrea Balla-Holden, says they will use sonar and that it’ll have a minimal affect on fish. She presented a graphic that outlines the range of fish hearing.“There is no overlap in the frequency of the sonar used by the navy with the salmon, with the halibut, cod, snappers, and a variety of other great species, I didn’t put it all up there. And that’s just to try to indicate and to show you and convey that they don’t actually hear all of the sonar,” says Balla-Holden.The graphic does show that herring can hear the sonar, but Balla-Holden says most fish cannot. She also says the sonar will have no affect on fish physically, while explosives could. While there will be no missiles or bombs, she says the explosions from naval gunfire will take place from the surface to five feet below it and its impact depends on different elements.“The effects, which can include injury if you are close to the source, would be only occurring if you are very close to the source, but it is not a guarantee, it is not an absolute because it depends on the other factors. Smaller fish can be more affected than larger fish,” says Balla-Holden.She says the explosions weaken as they continue down below the surface. The speakers at the community forum emphasized the training won’t be nearly as damaging as imagined.And Hesser says they could have acted earlier to prevent misinformation.“We never actually had questions about the exercise in the past and so we’ve never actually gone out before the exercise and done the public engagements like we’re doing right now,” says Hesser. “I think it’s a product of kind of the campaign that went against the exercise recently and a product of not doing the exercise for four years.”Hesser says they’re doing their best to clarify matters now. They spoke in Cordova before visiting Kodiak for a second public forum and Hesser says the Navy will carry out its exercises between June 15 and 26.last_img read more

Do The Costs Of Property Tax Reform Outweigh The Benefits

first_img X 00:00 /03:41 Last May, the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform held a hearing at the University of Houston. It took testimony from dozens of witnesses, but the basic message committee members drew boiled down to eight words: “Now we’re being taxed out of our home.”Cheryl Stalinsky is a retired lobbyist for the Texas Municipal League. The 72-year-old said she regularly spoke with neighbors in Fort Bend County – neighbors who came to her, crying, after meeting with the county’s appraisal district to discuss their property taxes.“By the time I pay taxes and insurance,” Stalinsky said, “we’re lucky to go to McDonald’s, if you know what I mean.”Senator Paul Bettencourt of West Harris County chaired the select committee. “The bottom line, I believe, is that there’s a growing sentiment that folks are really being pressed too hard as property taxpayers, and we have to slow down their rate of increase,” he says.After nearly a year of hearings, Bettencourt and three of his colleagues produced Senate Bill 2. The bill would require local governments to get voter approval to raise property taxes more than 4 percent. The current cap is 8 percent.“In Harris County, the growth over the last three years has been an astonishing 36 percent,” the senator says. “That’s the average home’s taxable value. It means their tax bill’s up over $900 to everybody.”Those numbers come from a study by the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. Critics of SB 2 argue they greatly overstate the growth of property tax bills.“Because what [Bettencourt is] using is the median value of a sold home in Texas over the last five years,” says Dietrich Vollrath, an associate professor of economics at the University of Houston. He says Bettencourt is assuming that, because median home prices have spiked more than 30 percent, that homeowners have seen a similar jump in tax bills.“But that doesn’t follow,” Vollrath says, “because not everybody in Texas sold their home. And the median value of a home that’s been sold over the last five years may have gone up, but that doesn’t mean the median value of all homes has gone up.”Vollrath argues a better measure to use is the American Community Survey, produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the survey, median home value in Texas rose about 13 to 14 percent over past five years, on par with household income growth.But Bettencourt says it’s the federal numbers that are faulty, “because the amount of taxes owed that they claim the average home was about $2,500. And believe me, the average homeowner would love to be paying only $2,500, because the real number’s about $4,500 now.”Bettencourt says the only solution that’s fair to taxpayers is for local governments to rein in their spending. It’s an argument that goes down poorly with his fellow Republican, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The judge is no fan of property taxes either, but he notes they are the only revenue the county is allowed under state law. He too questions Bettencourt’s numbers. But that’s not his biggest problem.“The four major things that county government provides are criminal justice, indigent health care, flood control, and transportation,” Emmett says.The judge says the county has no control over the number of “customers” using the criminal justice system. It gets no help from the state in providing for indigent health care. Cutting back on flood control, given recent trends, would be a bad idea. And road construction is critical to attracting new taxpayers, such as the Exxon Mobil campus near Spring.“So if we have to cut back on transportation, then that just brings the economic growth of our region to a screeching halt,” Emmett says. “That would be the result of Senate Bill 2.”The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hear SB 2 next Tuesday, March 14. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Steve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trumps Space Force

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target Attention, U.S. citizens: Trump’s Space Force is coming to Netflix, thanks to The Office’s Steve Carell and Greg Daniels.On Wednesday, Netflix announced Space Force, a new comedy series created by Carell and Daniels, on its See What’s Next Twitter account. The show, which will star Carell, highlights a new squad that’s tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: the Space Force. Netflix hasn’t disclosed a premiere date yet, however, Netflix said it will be streamable soon.The Space Force YouTube video announcement doesn’t reveal much details, however, it provides a brief history lesson: On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced that it created the Space Force, a sixth major division of the United States Armed Forces.The goal of this new division, according to Space Force, is to “defend satellites from attack” and “perform other space-related tasks.” Space Force is the story of the people who try to figure out this new division, with a touch of hilarious brainstorming.No other details have been disclosed on the TV series yet, so we’ll have to settle with this funny teaser announcement for now.More on Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan Prices‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Publisher Sues Netflix Over TrademarksNetflix’s ‘Polar’ Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen as a Badass Assassinlast_img read more

Defending the Star Wars Prequels Were They Really That Bad

first_img It’s Star Wars Day, that special time of year when we all remember that “May the fourth be with you” is a hilarious joke. It’s also right around the time the original movie came out, and starting next year, new Star Wars movies will be released in May. All that means it’s the best time of year to rewatch all the movies. Yes, all of them. Not just Episodes IV through VII. Being a Star Wars fan means revisiting the entire canon from time to time. Even the parts you’d rather pretend didn’t exist.That’s a sentiment I see a lot, both on the internet and in conversation with fellow Star Wars fans. Is it fair though? Are Episodes I, II and III really so bad they deserve to be forgotten? As someone who’s been regularly rewatching all six, now seven, movies for a few years now… honestly, I don’t think so. They were  hugely disappointing when they came out. How could they not be? They were follow-ups to some of the greatest films of all time. But many people, myself included, carried that disappointment with them, letting it grow and fester, building these movies up into terrible atrocities. They forgot that there was actually good here. Their anger led to hate, and the hate led to suffering.  So this Star Wars Day, I thought I’d try to find the good in the most maligned part of Star Wars history.Podracing in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. (Photo via Disney/Star Wars)Episode I: The Phantom MenaceThis one is probably the hardest to defend. Being the first Star Wars movie since 1983, expectations couldn’t be higher. Not only that, this is easily the worst movie of the three. It opens with the riveting subject matter of tax negotiations. It’s full of offensive stereotypes from minute one. Natalie Portman’s acting is wooden, Jake Lloyd’s Anakin is obnoxious, and there’s Jar Jar. So much has been said about why Jar Jar Binks is the worst, but it all deserves repeating. He sucks so much. He aggressively sucks. He doesn’t do one helpful thing the entire movie, and actively ruins every scene he’s in. The undersea battle at the beginning should have been a cool setpiece. Instead, it’s ruined by wacky high-pitched yelling and pratfalls. Even in the final battle, when something’s really at stake for him, he bumbles his way through it, and actively hinders his fellow fighters.And yet, despite all of that, it does have its redeeming moments. Liam Neeson was a fantastic choice to play a wise Jedi Master. Ewan McGregor gives an underrated performance as young Obi-Wan. He’s no Alec Guinness, but who is? He has one of the more complete, well-played journeys of anyone in the trilogy. By the third movie, he’s an entirely different person than he is in this, and the transition feels natural. He’s also clearly overjoyed to be in a Star Wars movie, which makes his Obi-Wan fun to watch. He and Neeson work well together, and you can see the characters’ influence on each other as Master and Apprentice.The big set pieces are where this movie really shines. The pod racing sequence is an early highlight. It’s one of the film’s more competently made scenes, even if it does drag on a little long. The stakes are established when the danger of the sport is mentioned and raised with Qui Gon’s bet on Anakin. The action is well-shot and easy to follow. There’s an adversary for Anakin to beat, and most of all, pod racing actually looks cool. There’s a reason this one scene inspired one of the best racing games on the Nintendo 64.Then there’s the big battle at the end. If nothing else, this movie establishes that Anakin is a great pilot (much like his eventual son). The scene where he flies into the droid control ship and destroys it from the inside is exciting. It’s so cool, even his stupid line about pod racing can’t ruin it. Meanwhile, there’s an awesome Jedi battle happening between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Darth Maul. Maul was a fantastic villain who always deserved more than this one movie. He was terrifying, a formidable fighter, and wielded what is still the coolest lightsaber ever designed. Who didn’t immediately run to the toy store to pick up a dual-lightsaber the minute the movie was over? The fight itself is fun, fierce and Qui Gon’s death hits almost as hard as Obi Wan’s in Episode IV. Almost. Plus, “Duel of the Fates” is a fantastic piece of music.Ewan McGregor in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. (Photo via Disney/Star Wars)Episode II: Attack of the ClonesAfter the less-than-ideal reception, The Phantom Menace got, George Lucas, delayed the second episode to rework it a bit. The result isn’t a great movie, but certainly a better one than its predecessor. For one thing, Jar Jar is almost entirely absent, so that’s a huge improvement already. This movie is most remembered for the introduction of Hayden Christensen. And yeah, he’s not great in this. Some might argue that he plays the angsty teen well, but he does lay it on a little too thick. It doesn’t make for a pleasant viewing experience. And then there’s the dialog. Dialog has never been George Lucas’s strong suit (even the original trilogy has some questionable lines), but it’s especially bad here. “I hate sand,” is probably the most laughably terrible line in the entire canon.Here’s the thing though: There is half of a good movie here. Yes, the ham-fisted romance plot is nigh unwatchable, but Obi Wan’s storyline completely redeems this movie. If you only watch his scenes, they tell a pretty compelling mystery story, punctuated by exciting action beats. Jango Fett is almost as cool as Boba becomes, which is no small feat, and he has a great fight scene with Obi-Wan. The first time you see the clone army is an effectively chilling visual, and we start to get into some fun foreshadowing of what’s to come. Ewan McGregor continues to refine his portrayal of Obi-Wan, finding the character’s sense of wit. Christopher Lee is easily the best part of the movie, and his Count Dooku is an even more formidable villain than Darth Maul was. Plus, we get to see Yoda in a lightsaber duel. You can’t tell me that’s not cool. Cut this movie up into half-hour chunks, and it would fit right in with the Clone Wars cartoon that came later. And you know what? That cartoon was the best thing to ever come out of these prequels. In fact, if you ignore all the romance scenes, Attack of the Clones is essentially an above average Clone Wars story arc. I’ll watch that all day.Hayden Christensen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Photo via Disney/Star Wars)Episode III: Revenge of the SithThis movie doesn’t need to be redeemed by anything. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a legitimately good movie. That’s helped by the fact that this movie contains everything we wanted to see since The Phantom Menace came out. The Empire rises, Anakin turns evil, Luke and Leia are born, and Obi-Wan becomes a hermit. All that, plus the fact that our expectations were incredibly low after Episodes I and II, made Revenge of the Sith a notable upgrade in quality.At some point in between Episodes II and III, Hayden Christensen became a better actor. His Anakin is still as angsty as ever, but it’s much less obnoxious than in the previous film. It helps that at this point, he has a reason for acting the way he did. He’s still dealing with the guilt over slaughtering a village of sand people, and Palpatine is fully messing with his head at this point. Though Anakin’s transformation into Vader feels a little rushed from having all been crammed into this last movie, it’s still a natural enough transition. Revenge of the Sith has the best pacing of these three movies, not that that’s saying much.Ewan McGregor continues to be a fantastic Obi-Wan, with this movie allowing him more emotional depth than the other too. He takes advantage of it too. When he realizes Anakin has truly gone to the dark side, you can feel Obi-Wan break. Remember in A New Hope when Owen tells Luke that Obi-Wan died around the same time as his father? In this movie, you see that’s actually kind of true. Even Natalie Portman gives a much better performance here than she did in either of the previous movies. Nothing against her, she is demonstrably a fine actress. She just wasn’t given the greatest material to work with. The worst you can really say about this movie is that the dialog can get super clunky, which has always been one of George Lucas’s weaknesses. Even with that, it’s still an effective, surprisingly well-paced tragedy.The Star Wars prequels have a different structure than the original trilogy. While there are elements that rhyme, like the way Anakin destroys the droid control ship and Qui Gon’s death, it doesn’t have a traditional three act structure. Unlike the original trilogy, the prequels are a tragedy. George Lucas isn’t as experienced when it comes to writing those, and it shows here. Their biggest problems are pacing and dialog, two signs that what Lucas really needed was an editor. Someone to tell him “no.” All writers need that, and with all the fame and success, Lucas lost his somewhere along the line.The prequels aren’t bad movies, and certainly, aren’t the worst ever made. They just happen to be tied to some of the greatest, and very few films can survive that comparison. Taken on their own, there’s a lot these movies do really well. They’re fun sci-fi adventure films that get increasingly better as you go along. Plus, without them, we wouldn’t have the excellent Clone Wars or Rebels animated series. That alone is reason enough to give the prequels another chance. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Four arrested in Cancun airport for traveling with fake documents

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Four Cuban nationals were detained at the Cancun International Airport in two separate arrests for traveling with fake documents.Federal Police in the Cancun airport detained the first three who had arrived in Terminal 2 from Havana via Interjet. An inspection of their passports, which was outfitted with Schengen visas, proved to be fake.On the same day in Terminal 2, federal police took notice of a male passenger who was trying to avoid them. After asking him for identification, he presented a driver’s license from the state of Guerrero that did not match his other identification, including his passport.The man, who was of Cuban nationality, was found carrying fake Mexican identification. He was headed for Viva Aerobus flight 4210 bound for Reynosa, Tamaulipas.All four were taken into custody and held for the public prosecutor.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more October 21, 2008 – GE Healthcare is showing one of its compact ultrasound systems, the LOGIQ e Breakthrough 2009, an ultrasound system that combines real-time clinical images and control capabilities on the same touchscreen user interface, at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meeting, October 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.The peripheral touchscreen monitor on an articulating arm provides clinicians with flexibility in their viewing angle for procedures. The touchscreen’s intuitive and simplified user interface has fewer controls, designed to make it easy to use. The benefits include:· Helping clinicians focus less on controls to optimize images, and focus more on patients.· Making training easier, decreasing the learning curve on the system, especially for new users.· Providing a flat, touchscreen surface that is easy to clean and disinfect.· Improving clinical workflow.“The LOGIQ e touchscreen controls are intuitively obvious,” said Jeffrey Swenson, M.D., professor and director of anesthesia for the orthopedic center at the University of Utah. “This makes it user friendly, even for new ultrasound users and for support staff to assist during the procedure. I think it’s easier to focus on the patient and the image. There’s less distraction with the controls–you don’t have to be looking back and forth.” For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | October 20, 2008 Compact Ultrasound Combines Real-Time images, Easy Interface News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more center_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

Thai army chief urged to stay out of 2010 probe

first_img Sponsored Stories Prayuth has denied any army abuses and told investigators not to publicly report the probe’s findings. His spokesman did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday.Human Rights Watch also urged the government to hold the military accountable, instead of siding with it.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day BANGKOK (AP) – Human Rights Watch has called on Thailand’s army chief to stop interfering with investigations into the deadly political unrest that paralyzed the capital two years ago.The rights group said in a statement Thursday that army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was trying to intimidate investigators and critics in an attempt to halt criticism.Anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters staged a massive nine-week rally in Bangkok in 2010 that ended with a crackdown by soldiers. At least 90 people were killed and more than 2,000 people injured in the violence. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more