Jim Belushi And The Sacred Hearts To Perform At American Indian College

first_imgThe American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has signed Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts to perform live at its 25th Anniversary Gala, to be held Friday, May 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the legendary Drake Hotel.The formal fundraising event will benefit Native American higher education and celebrate the College Fund’s mission to provide access to higher education for all Native people.VIP ticket-holders will enjoy a special reception and the opportunity to meet Jim Belushi.A silent auction featuring Native art and unique items will also be held at the event. In addition, the College Fund will be accepting bids for a guest to perform the song “Soul Man” with Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts that evening.All VIP packages, tickets, individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available for purchase now. Visit collegefund.org/gala to learn more or call 303-426-8900.25th Anniversary event sponsors include Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.; Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL; Wieden+Kennedy; Ford Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; The Walt Disney Company; AT&T; and McDonald’s Corporation.
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been “Educating the Mind and Spirit” of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on 77 campuses on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit www.collegefund.org.last_img read more

Brookfield Property Partners makes offer to buy GGP banking on future of

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Property Partners LP offered $18.8-billion in stock and cash to fully acquire U.S. shopping mall owner GGP Inc. in a deal announced Monday, doubling down on the future of bricks-and-mortar retail even as many merchants face increasing pressure from e-commerce.The Toronto-based company (TSX:BPY.UN), a publicly-traded real estate subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, already holds a 34 per cent stake in GGP (NYSE: GGP).The Chicago-based mall owner, which has 126 retail properties in 40 U.S. states, said it has formed a special committee of its non-executive, independent directors to review and consider the offer.The acquisition is an opportunity to leverage Brookfield’s expertise to grow, transform or reposition GGP’s shopping centres, “creating long-term value in a way that would not otherwise be possible,” said Brian Kingston, chief executive officer of Brookfield Property Group.“Brookfield’s access to large-scale capital and deep operating expertise across multiple real estate sectors combined with GGP’s high-quality retail asset base will allow us to maximize the value of these irreplaceable assets,” he said in a statement on Monday.Brookfield is offering $29, or US$23, in cash or 0.9656 of a Brookfield Property Partners unit in exchange for each GGP share. The amount of cash offered is capped at $9.4 billion, while the number of shares offered is limited to 309 million, worth roughly $9.4 billion.Brookfield Property Partners said the offer is a premium of 21 per cent to where GGP shares were trading before reports of a possible offer last week.Shares of Brookfield Property Partners were down more than three per cent in midday trading in Toronto on Monday to $29. Shares of GGP in New York, however, were up more than seven per cent to US$23.77.However, GGP shares are down nearly five per cent year-to-date, including Monday’s lift, as its retail tenants increasingly come under pressure from e-commerce sellers competitors, such as Amazon.But Brookfield’s Kingston sounded bullish on American shopping malls on its third-quarter earnings call earlier this month. He said that its U.S. mall business — which consists of 126 regional malls containing roughly 11.4 million square metres — saw positive financial results, with occupancy rising 80 basis points to 95.4 per cent.“Well-located, high-quality, retail real estate in the United States continues to perform well, despite negative perception in the public markets,” he told analysts on Nov. 2.“While many retailers continue to face significant challenges in growing their businesses, those retailers that are focused on the intersection between bricks and mortar retail and online sales channels continue to expand and grow.”He added in a letter to unitholders that it has continued to acquire big-box anchor spaces in malls and reposition them, calling it “one of the best opportunities in U.S. retail today.”John Williams, a partner at retail consulting company J.C. Williams Group, said there is “deep concern” in the U.S. about a “potential retail apocalypse” amid pressure on traditional retailers and shopping centres, some of which are overleveraged.However, he added, premier shopping centres in prime locations continue to draw in shoppers. And the shopping centres being revitalized — such as by using food as opposed to department stores as anchor tenants — to improve the shopper’s experience will be rewarded, he said.“The mall is nowhere near dead, and the good tenants are still very vital,” Williams said. “And I think it’s a matter of reinvention, to some degree, the tenant mix.”Mark Rothschild, a real estate analyst with Canaccord Genuity in Toronto, said Brookfield has signalled its interest in GGP for several years.“It’s only really been the last couple of years that GGP’s stock price has not done well, which created the opportunity for Brookfield to do this,” he said.However, Rothschild said it was surprising that Brookfield made the bid without partners, using its own expensive capital for the transaction.The offer comes after Brookfield in 2010 invested $2.5 billion for a 27 per cent stake in GGP as part of a deal for its emergence from bankruptcy. Brookfield has since moved to increase its stake, and in November 2013 Brookfield Property Partners invested another US$1.4 billion.last_img read more

Judge rejects lawsuit against Fox by exhost Andrea Tantaros

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”The lawsuit U.S. District Judge George Daniels dismissed had alleged Fox tried to torment Tantaros after she complained about sexual harassment.The lawsuit claimed Tantaros was viewed as a threat by Fox executives after she declined an offer of more than $1 million to remain silent. The suit said Tantaros suspected her emails and telephone conversations were being monitored after she revealed personal information in calls or emails that were then referenced by others in cruel social media posts.She sought unspecified damages.Fox News Channel had urged the lawsuit be rejected, saying the claims were a paranoid fantasy or a deliberate hoax.In his written ruling, Daniels recounted her claims at length but repeatedly cited instances in which her accusations lacked the kind of specifics and proof necessary to put them before a jury.For example, he rejected a wiretap claim, saying she had “failed to allege a basic element of this cause of action: an actual interception of her wire, oral, or electronic communications.”In another instance, he struck down a malware claim, citing her “vague, speculative, and conclusory allegations.”In an email response to a request for comment, Tantaros said, “Not one part of this lawsuit was based on speculation and conjecture — it was based on first hand testimony, cold, hard facts, and independently verified computer forensics.“The Judge made the wrong call, and I absolutely plan on appealing,” she wrote. “Fox News will be held accountable, just as they have for their sickening past, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and destroying the careers of dozens of women for having the courage to come forward with the truth.”Asked for comment, a Fox News spokesman said the decision speaks for itself.In August 2016, Tantaros sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives in a separate lawsuit, saying they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss Roger Ailes. A state judge ruled those claims were subject to closed-door arbitration.Tantaros worked as a host and political analyst for Fox News from 2011 to 2016.Ailes died last year.last_img read more

Satisfaction rises among Air Canada WestJet passengers says JD Power survey

first_imgMONTREAL – A J.D. Power survey says passenger satisfaction with the performance of Canada’s two largest airlines has grown in the past year.Air Canada enjoyed the largest gain in satisfaction among traditional carriers in North America, rising 25 points to 734 on a 1,000-point scale.WestJet scored 747 in the low-cost carrier segment, up from 736 a year ago.Each Canadian airline ranked third overall in their respective segments.Airline investments in newer planes, handling of luggage and cheaper fares drove a seventh straight year of improved customer satisfaction.Alaska Airlines ranks highest among traditional carriers for the 11th consecutive year, while Southwest Airlines tops the low-cost carrier list for a second straight year.Satisfaction with United Airlines dropped. The U.S. carrier received undesirable global attention after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight.The exceptions to improved satisfaction with North American airlines were in the categories of in-flight services, including food, beverage and entertainment systems.The study of business and leisure travellers is based on responses from 11,508 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2017 and March 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trio accused of murdering Prince George man make court appearance

first_imgBonin’s body was discovered on a forest service road north of Hope in the Fraser Valley on the morning of April 20th, 2017. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take over the investigation after Bonin’s death was deemed suspicious. After a nine-month investigation, IHIT announced in January that charges have been laid in connection with Bonin’s death.An arraignment hearing was scheduled for July 9th.With files from The Abbotsford News: https://www.abbynews.com/news/b-c-men-accused-in-alberta-mans-murder-appears-in-court/ KELOWNA, B.C. – Three men from B.C., one of whom is from Dawson Creek, appeared in a Kelowna courtroom today for a pre-trial hearing.According to The Abbotsford News, 27-year-old Dawson Creek resident Jared Jorgenson, 26-year-old Vancouver resident Ryan Watt, and 20-year-old Joshua Fleurant of Prince George appeared in B.C. Supreme Court via video link to schedule an arraignment hearing. The three have each been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Michael Bonin.Bonin, who is originally from Prince George but was most recently living in Rycroft, was previously known to both the three accused and to police. Court records show that both Bonin and Fleurant were charged with stealing a car in Kamloops on March 31st last year.last_img read more

Beth MacPherson named honourary fire chief for the day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department named Beth MacPherson as Honourary Fire Chief for the Day on Thursday.MacPherson, a grade three student at Alwin Holland Elementary, had the honour of being paraded around the city in the comfort of a fire truck.The day included an interactive tour of the fire hall, a special lunch, and a meeting with community officials. Fire Inspector, Alyn Stobbe, says the selection of Honourary Fire Chief of the Day is part of the Fire Prevention Week program.“Every year we go through the schools for Fire Prevention Week, and so through that process, we get to educate the grade threes, well the entire elementary school, but the grade threes, in particular, they’re kind of our target group. So as part of that target group, for the grade threes, there is draws for Fire Chief for the Day. We collect ballots from the grade threes, and we randomly select one and this year we have Beth MacPherson as our Honourary Fire Chief for the Day”.A presentation of a certificate was made by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Fire Chief Fred Burrows in honour of MacPherson’s appointment as Fire Chief for the Day.last_img read more

Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia

first_imgWashington DC: Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election won by him, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report submitted to Congress on Sunday, in a major relief to the embattled US President on an issue that has cast a shadow on his presidency for nearly two years. In a four-page letter to top lawmakers on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr highlighted two sections of the long-awaited Mueller report — Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe report was submitted on Friday to Barr, who reviewed the document before handing a summary to Congress. Trump, who repeatedly described the inquiry as a “witch hunt”, said on Sunday “it was a shame that the country had to go through this”, describing the inquiry as an “illegal takedown that failed”. Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and other actions throughout the probe raised concerns about the president trying to end the investigation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMueller, who spent nearly two years investigating Moscow’s determined effort to sabotage the last presidential election, found no conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” Barr wrote in the letter to lawmakers. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Trump illegally obstructed justice, Barr said, so he made his own decision. The attorney general and his deputy, Rod J Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators had insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed that offense. Barr cautioned that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue. The investigation had cast a shadow over the Trump presidency for nearly two years with the Democratic leadership alleging that Russian interference helped him in the 2016 polls. Barr said that Mueller found no proof of such a conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russia-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign”. “The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election,” the attorney general said. “For each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the special counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Barr said, adding Mueller “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment”. The release of the findings was a significant political victory for Trump who described it as a “complete and total exoneration”. Terming the allegation of collusion “the most ridiculous thing ever”, Trump said, “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame that your president had to go through this.” “This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side,” Trump said. “After a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happened… it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia,” he said. The Democrats were banking heavily on the results of Mueller’s investigation to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections. Many were also talking about impeaching the president if the report reveals collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. While the president and his allies saw vindication in Barr’s letter, Democrats questioned how Barr came to his conclusions and called for more information from Mueller’s report. Citing “concerning discrepancies”, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he planned to call the attorney general to testify. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that Barr’s letter “raises as many questions as it answers” and called for access to the full report. “For the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” the statement said. Barr’s letter could be just the beginning of a lengthy constitutional battle between Congress and the Justice Department about whether Mueller’s full report will be made public. Democrats have also called for the attorney general to turn over all of the special counsel’s investigative files. Barr’s letter said that his “goal and intent” was to release as much of the Mueller report as possible, but warned that some of the report was based on grand jury material that “by law cannot be made public”. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the report has justified the president’s stand. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said this is a great day for all Americans. “As we have said all along, there was no collusion and no obstruction. Now that this investigation is over, Democrats need to finally end their baseless investigations and political crusade against President Trump for the good of the country,” she said.last_img read more

Disappointing day for Shaunae Bahamas Gold medalist misses medal in London

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Shaunae4thaftercrampingatIAAF2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – What a disappointment for our Shaunae Miller-Uibo tonight in London as she finished fourth after cramping up in the final 40m of a race she was winning at the IAAF World Championships.    Miller-Uibo was among the stars running in the rain in a tough field of competitors and our Olympic gold medalist appeared to be getting the job done, when all of a sudden a cramp allowing three others to pass as Miller-Uibo’s dreams of gold at the Championships in the 400m were dashed.It was an amazing performance in that losing effort.. first went to Phyllis Francis of the USA, Salwar Eid Naser of Bahrain ends up with silver and placing third, legendary American sprinter, Allyson Felix.    Up to news time, we were unable to find any reactions to the event by Shaunae.#MagneticMediaNews#Shaunae4thaftercrampingatIAAF2017last_img read more

87 Adults Graduate from General Equivalency Diploma Programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS)Photo Captions:  Scenes from the General Equivalency Diploma Graduation Ceremony.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 27, 2017 – Nassau – Eighty-seven adults from inner-city communities in New Providence were recognized for successfully completing the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), a series of tests designed to measure proficiency which allows students to earn their high school equivalency credentials.   The graduates received their diplomas during a special service at Salem Union Baptist Church, Taylor Street, on Sunday, October 22, 2017.The GED programme is a jointly sponsored venture by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development along with corporate sponsors including Atlantic College and various churches.  The theme for the service was ‘Global Competence for an Inter-Connected World’.In her remarks, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, said the Government has made a decision to marry the work of Social Services and Urban Renewal to produce an “holistic” empowerment programme designed to achieve the socio-economic development of its people.“This marriage, designed in paradise, has a built-in preventative measure and self-help component.   While Social Services ensures those in need maintain an acceptable standard of living Urban Renewal executes on one end of its spectrum, programmes that will ensure needed citizens receive skills and competencies necessary to prevent our people from relying solely on the government for assistance, and on the other end of the spectrum, for our clients to be given opportunities to achieve or return to a state of independence.”Minister Rolle said the redefined mission of Urban Renewal is to “Transform the physical environment of our heritage and over-the-hill communities through the delivery of empowerment programmes and social initiatives designed to develop urban environs and revitalize inner-city spaces across the length and breadth of The Bahamas.”She reminded the graduates that the benefit of education has and will always outweigh the burden, and challenged them to go a little further, take their studies a little higher, extend themselves a little longer and make their life a journey of good choices.“You have attained some of the knowledge and skills needed to enter the competitive world of work and beyond.   You have been certified to function as an effective part of the workforce on a national level and, of course, you can choose to continue your studies with the University of the Bahamas, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and other private institutions all designed to equip you to excel in your endeavours.”The subjects covered were Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Reading and Writing.   The students honed in on topics including life skills, personal development, entrepreneurial studies and effective oral communication.   The students were presented with plaques, trophies and certificates for their achievements.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Show Your Library Card At Wilmingtons Heavnly Donuts This Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Having a Library Card is Heav’nly! There are so many perks to having a library card we’re adding one more to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month. For the month of September, show your library card at Heavn’ly Donuts to get a free donut! Don’t have a card? Come to the library to sign up for one to get your sweet treat and check out all the great books and other things you can borrow!Adult EventsPoetry Circle*RRSaturday, September 15, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Ask a Career Counselor *RRMonday, September 17, 10 amGot questions about how to describe gaps on your resume, perhaps you left your last position with less than warm feelings, stuck on how to present yourself? Not making it past the first interviews? Ask a counselor about any aspect of the job search. Come with questions and leave with great ideas. Taught by MassHire staff.Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms *RRTuesday, September 18, 7 pmFacilitator Keith West, debate coach at Boston Latin, will lead this second amendment discussion.   This is an opportunity to voice your opinion and to listen and learn from others. Background reading (article length) will be available at the main desk.Coffee with a CopWednesday, September 19, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group*RRWednesday, September 19 pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Empathic Meditation *RRThursdays, September (13, 20, & 27), 11 amPart of civility is being mindful of other people’s thoughts and opinions as well as being kind to them no matter whether you agree or not. Meditation is a great way to work on that. These four half hour sessions will focus on general practices of compassion and gratitude as well as the Buddhist practices of Metta and Tonglen. Led by Technology Librarian Brad McKenna.  Drop in.Joe Leary, Acoustic Music*RRThursday, September 20, 2:30 pmEnjoy listening to popular country and acoustic classics with singer/guitarist Joe Leary. Joe will channel the likes of John Fogarty, Jim Croce, The Eagles, Elvis and more for an afternoon of musical memories.Novel Ideas Book Group *RRThursday, September 20, 7 pmFeatured Book: Treating People Well: A Guide to Reclaiming Civility in Life and Work by Lea Berman and Jeremy BernardJoin Adult Services Librarian Kim Blakely to discuss this book by two social secretaries who worked at the White House and how they navigated the challenges of a variety of social situations with tact and civility.Kids & Teen EventsR.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club: Hello Universe by Erin Estrada *RRFriday, September 14, 3:45 pmJoin us as we make kaleidoscopes and discuss Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelley.  The book tells the story of three very different sixth-graders and the bully who ultimately unites them.  It is a suspenseful, quirky and heartwarming story.  Bring a friend to this great discussion!  Snacks provided. Grades 4-5Little Movers *RRMonday, September 17, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around!Ages 1-2’Teen Tech Buddies OrientationTuesday, September 18, 2:30 pmAre you a tech savvy teen in need of volunteer hours? Become a Tech Buddy! Tech Buddies is a new program that connect teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of help navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud. Grades 9-12Trivia Tuesdays *RR Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes (and bragging rights!). Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, September 19, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.  KindergartenBe Kind, Be Cool, Be You! Stories to Make the World a Better PlaceWednesday, September 19, 6:30 pmRona Leventhal will share stories from her large repertoire of multi-cultural folk tales on the theme of kindness. Ages 4+Middle Ground Book Club Together at Midnight*RRThursday, September 20, 2:30 pm“What does it really mean to be kind…and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?” We’ll discuss Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle as part of “Revive Civility” Month. Grades 9-12(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

SpaceX expands rideshare missions on Falcon 9

first_img Share your voice Tags 2:57 The SmallSat Rideshare Program will be pre-scheduled, with SpaceX saying it won’t ever be delayed by co-passengers. If a small sateliite company is delayed due to “development or production challenges,” SpaceX will also let them put 100% of their payment toward rebooking a later mission.Pricing goes up to $6 million for up to 300kg of payload mass, with a charge of $20,000 per kg of additional payload mass. Elon Musk shares behind-the-scenes pics as SpaceX Starship aims for orbit SpaceX Falcon 9 launch delayed to replace ‘suspect valve’ NASA puts SpaceX, Boeing ISS flight test dates ‘under review’ “With SpaceX as a launch partner, small satellites can fly on dedicated missions with the world’s leading commercial launch provider at a fraction of traditional costs,” the space company said.The first mission will launch between November 2020 and March 2021, with the subsequent two SmallSat Rideshare Program missions scheduled for the first quarters of 2022 and 2023. Sci-Tech Culture Small sats can use SpaceX’s dedicated, regular Falcon 9 missions for $2.25 million minimum. SpaceX Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expanding its Falcon 9 rideshare missions to target small satellite operators, saying Monday it will have “regularly scheduled, dedicated” missions. The service will start at $2.25 million for 150kg (330 pounds) of payload mass, plus $15,000 for every kilogram above that.The company pioneered the reusable rocket, lending it out for rideshare missions as a faster, less expensive way for companies to get their products into orbit. Now playing: Watch this: Are SpaceX Starlink satellites ruining the night sky? 0 SpaceX on CNET Post a comment Elon Musk SpaceX SpaceX is expanding its launch services to directly address the needs of small satellite operators through regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare missions → https://t.co/jqQxEdt4xp pic.twitter.com/3gzOPxdVkW— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 5, 2019last_img read more

Wells Fargo to Lend 100 Billion to Small Businesses by 2018

first_imgWells Fargo has officially launched its newest initiative geared specifically at budding entrepreneurs looking to help their small businesses grow, entitled Wells Fargo Works for Small Business. The initiative was unveiled this past weekend, at the first-ever South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE) conference that took place at the Conde Nast building in Times Square in New York on 17 May. Wells Fargo was the key sponsor of the SAY WE conference, helping to foster entrepreneurial spirit in the South Asian community.”We know that the Asian small business community is the first one to achieve entrepreneurial parity,” said Nancy Wong, Senior Vice-President of Wells Fargo’s Asian Segment Manager. “We have seen the momentum grow in very specific regions, specifically the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and California.”Wells Fargo, which has been the largest small business lender for the last 11 years, also announced their goal of lending $100 billion to small business by 2018.Wong said that this is an aggregate goal for all businesses, South Asian and otherwise, but Wells Fargo has resources meant specifically for Asian business owners.”We host several financial seminars and workshops, across the Wells Fargo footprint, that partner specifically with Asian chamber associations and trade associations,” said Wong. “These solidify our commitment to providing resources and guidance to the Asian small business community.”Featuring a congregation of some of the best and brightest minds in the tri-state area’s South Asian entrepreneurial scene, the SAY WE conference is intended to be the first leg of a three-part series of conferences that will continue in Houston and San Francisco later this year.The series is entitled “Raise, Rise, Rule!” and strives to help budding South Asian entrepreneurs, particularly women, by giving them the advice and resources that will help to establish and grow their small businesses.Saturday’s event was organized by SAY WE founder Reema Rasool, who described the experience of being at the organization’s inaugural conference as “surreal.”Rasool explained that she founded SAY WE as a way of providing young South Asian women with the advice and resources they needed, but often never have access to, in order to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.An entrepreneur herself, Rasool said that she wished these resources were available to her when she was getting started, and now wants to make sure that she can help those who are now starting to come up after her.Two panel discussions were held, one in the morning and one during the afternoon session. The first featured South Asian American entrepreneurs Pialy Aditya (co-founder of fashion site Mintbox), Sindhya V. Kalghatgi (founder of men’s grooming label Helix), Abbas Hashmi (founder of Green Card Capital), and Wong, and centered on what one has to do to take their business idea from an intangible wish to a profitable operation.The second panel discussion featured local New York City news anchor Joya Dass, Bibi Magazine founder Ayesha Hakki, the Cake Designer founder Parul Patel, and social media guru Adam Khan. They talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to promote small businesses, and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the still-young but incredibly powerful online marketing tool.Keynote addresses were given by Aroon Shivdasani and Faisal Hoque.Shivdasani is the founder of the Indo-American Arts Council, key organizer of the annual New York Indian Film Festival, while Hoque is a writer and entrepreneur who also gave out and signed copies of his latest book, “Everything Connects.”Hoque spoke at length about his personal story, coming to the US from Bangladesh at the age of 17 and, eventually, dropping out of college in Minneapolis to start his career with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut. Today, he is the founder of Shadoka Ventures, and a number of other companies.Shadoka’s portfolio of companies – which specialize in R&D driven products, services, and thought leadership – accelerates individual and organizational sustainable growth.Hoque warned prospective business owners that people should keep in mind the lows as much as the highs, citing his own ups and downs, and the successes and failures he experienced during his career.”There is absolutely no substitute for passion and authenticity,” Hoque said in summation of his remarks, telling future and current small business owners that being true to themselves and passionate about their ideas are ultimately what will lead them to success in the long run.Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of SAY WE allowed for the conference to be free for attendees. Wells Fargo will continue to be a partner of SAY WE, as a sign of its increasing commitment to helping the Asian and South Asian American communities across the US.The SAY WE conference series will continue in Houston on 14 June, and will conclude in San Francisco on 9 August.(Global India Newswire)last_img read more

6 health workers transferred over Sitakunda childrens death

first_imgBesides, a temporary health clinic will be operated in the hilly area where immunization programme will begin on Wednesday, said Azizur Rahman. The decision was taken following the directives of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), he said. Those transferred are heath inspector Khaled Md Humayun Kabir, assistant health inspector Reba Mahajan, and four health assistants Nilufa Akhter, Badrunnesa Bgum, Tafura Begum and Nurul Karim. Recently, nine children died of ‘unknown’ disease and 50 others fell ill in hilly Tripurapara of Situakunda. Six health workers of Sitakunda Health Complex in Chittagong have been transferred to Sandwip Upazila Health Complex for their negligence of duty as nine children at Tripurapara in Sitakkunda upazila ‘died of measles’.center_img On Monday, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said the children were suffering from measles. Civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique disclosed this while speaking at a press briefing at Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital here on Tuesday, reports UNB. Director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad at a press conference at the IEDCR auditorium on Monday said the children of about 85 ethnic communities of Tripurara were not brought under the coverage of immunisation since they kept themselves away from modern faculties due to their customs.last_img read more

India defence ministry website hacked 3 other govt websites down

first_imgIndia’s defence minister said the department website was hacked on Friday, with the web portals of at least three other government departments including the interior, law and labour ministries also appearing to be down.Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed the attack, but India’s cybersecurity czar denied hacking had taken place, saying a “hardware problem” was to blame.”Action is initiated after the hacking of the MoD (ministry of defence) website. The website shall be restored shortly,” Sitharaman said on Twitter.”Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken,” she added.The defence ministry website was the first to be affected, with its homepage replaced by a screen showing a chinese character that means “zen”.Soon, other major departments’ websites were either “unreachable” or “not found”.The Ministry of Home Affairs website’s main page said that the site was offline “due to technical problems”.Gulshan Rai, the national cybersecurity coordinator, contradicted Sitharaman.”There is no hacking of any nature anywhere in the Defence Ministry website. There is a hardware problem due to which the website is down. It will be up shortly,” Rai told the local NDTV news network.”Due to malfunctioning of storage network system, websites of few ministries (are) down and will be up soon,” he added.last_img read more

Govt procuring arms not equipment to save lives Rizvi

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBNP on Saturday alleged that the government has failed to modernise the Fire Service and Civil Defence with modern life-saving equipment as it has only enhanced the capacity of law enforcers to “suppress the opposition”, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said many lives could have been saved had the fire service been modernised.”The government didn’t take any step to equip the fire service with modern equipment to extinguish fire and rescue people. The fire service lacks sophisticated life-saving equipment and management. But many modern lethal weapons have been procured to suppress democratic movements. Expensive and modern equipment have been bought to kill people,” he observed.The BNP leader also questioned as to why the government has no interest in spending money to save people’s lives when it can launch a satellite into orbit. “The country’s people think Sheikh Hasina-government is responsible for the loss of huge lives in Banani’s FR Tower.”He praised the frantic efforts by firefighters in rescuing people from the fire-hit FR Tower, but they failed to save more lives for lack of modern equipment. “Developed countries now use ultramodern equipment to douse fire and rescue people.Rizvi said the government procured modern teargas shells, smoke grenades, sound grenades, rubber bullets, pepper spray and many other costly modern deadly weapons and equipment to suppress opposition and democratic struggles.He also alleged that 30,000 modern 12-bore shotguns and 30,000 cartridges were bought spending several thousand crores of taka.The BNP leader said electric chairs, modern tele-tapping devices and audio-video recording devices were also procured for law enforcers. “The law enforcers were provided with helicopters with an evil intention. But they (govt) are least bothered about saving people’s lives.”He also expressed deep concern over the fire incident at Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) kitchen market at Gulshan, just two days after a deadly fire in the city’s Banani area.last_img read more

4 Factors Behind Kashmere Highs Expected Passing State Grade

first_img Listen 00:00 /04:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTeachers and administrators at Kashmere High are focused on turning the school around this year and getting off the state’s list of struggling schools.The Texas Education Agency keeps a list of schools that must improve academically or face tough penalties. The school that’s been on that “failing” list the longest: the historically black Kashmere High School in northeast Houston.It hasn’t passed the state’s accountability system for over a decade. But that may change very soon. Before the summer’s over, Kashmere High is expected to finally get a passing grade.That’s despite doubts by many, even its own students, that Kashmere could improve in time, as reading coach Shundra Mosley explained at a community meeting last fall. “She told me, she said, ‘Miss, why did you come here? We bad, miss. Kashmere’s bad. Why did you come here?’” Mosley said, recounting a conversation with a student.“And I had to hold the tears back and I had to swallow a little bit and let her know that Ms. Mosley has been known to turn bad into good but I can’t do that by myself. It takes all of us and what we’ve come here to do. I said all that to say, their confidence is low because of what they’re hearing,” Mosley said.For at least the last two years, Kashmere’s students and teachers have heard that if they don’t improve, their school could be shut down — or the state could take over the entire elected school board of the Houston Independent School District, thanks to a law known as House Bill 1842. At least for Kashmere’s part, that threat appears to be waning. But just like the school’s struggle has been years in the making, so has its turnaround. News 88.7 looked back at four key changes that have helped the school improve.More access to social services: In 2016, Kashmere High opened a new service center with the help of the group, ProUnitas. There students could find a food pantry, mental health services and other support. It’s since evolved to include more wrap-around social services for students at all the schools in the neighborhood. Helping bring in that support: alumni, churches and community leaders, like Keith Downey. “It’s not someone else’s responsibility, it’s all our responsibility,” Downey told News 88.7 last fall.Community Support: Downey helped create a community council four and a half years ago for schools in Kashmere Gardens. He said that there are ongoing social service needs in the community, especially after Harvey hit Kashmere Gardens hard. “A lot of our children are hungry and we want them to pass a test to see where a school lies. But if you’re hungry in the mornings, then can an adult pass the test if they’re hungry in the mornings?”The community council holds regular meetings with principals and social service coordinators to check how they are doing academically and what kind of support they need. Downey said the social services and community support have been critical for Kashmere students.Stable Leadership: Chris Ray graduated from Kashmere High School and now sends his daughter there. He said that within the last 10 years or so, he hasn’t seen a principal who’s lasted long enough to watch a freshmen class graduate as seniors — and that churn in leadership drags down improvement. And Ray noted that it takes time to develop improvement in education: “You take a year to figure out the problem. You take the second year to implement some things to help solve the problem,” Ray told News 88.7 earlier this year. “In the third year, those things that didn’t work, you go back and reinvest more problem solutions. And maybe the fourth year everything turns around.”Ray said that recent principals have brought stability and momentum. In 2015, Nancy Blackwell came out of retirement from the Aldine school district to lead Kashmere High. She made sure all teachers were certified and got others more training. But, as she told News 88.7  in 2017, they missed the state’s grade by just a few points: “Coming close hurts, but coming close doesn’t count,” Blackwell said. Then came Hurricane Harvey, prompting the state to give Kashmere a one-year break from its accountability system. Consistency: Halfway through this past school year, Kashmere’s new principal Reginald Bush gave his prediction: “Consistency, consistency is the big piece.” In his first year, Bush has brought a military-style energy to campus. He’s put tutors in classrooms and encouraged students to join clubs. Along the way, they’ve celebrated small victories in ways students wanted, like fish fries and field trips, turning that doubt into confidence. “I think if we remain consistent, with the momentum that we have, there’s no doubt in our mind that Kashmere will receive distinctions this year,” Bush said.Kashmere High will get its official state letter grade in August when the Texas Education Agency releases them. However, if the school barely passes, the pressure for progress will continue, because Texas will expect more improvement the following year. center_img X Share last_img read more

With Manufacturing Bootcamp Sagamore looks to Make Good

first_imgThe 16 men enrolled in Port Covington’s  Manufacturing Bootcamp represent the start of Sagamore Development’s promise to “make good.” Sagamore is seeking to deliver on a pledge to invest millions of dollars to support underserved citizens and communities in exchange for the unprecedented $660 million TIF passed by the Baltimore City Council for the Port Covington Project in fall 2016.Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh congratulates Bootcamp participants (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined civic, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the Bootcamp with a tour and mini pep rally this week.  The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a workforce development pre-apprenticeship program and the start of programs by the developer based on a $100 million agreement announced between the Baltimore government and community leaders in September 2016 requiring Sagamore Development to invest in job development and creation, moderate income housing and other community benefits.  “This is about the long game and I commend Sagamore Development and their partners for already delivering on promises made to help train, cultivate, develop and hire Baltimore¹s workforce,” Pugh told the partners gathered at the Foundery to support the program.  The Port Covington TIF was delayed for months while city council and community leaders worked with Sagamore Development’s leadership to craft the $100 million community benefits agreement insisted on by local citizen groups like BUILD and others in exchange for support of the $660 million TIF Sagamore development project.  The 16 participants represent the second class of Sagamore Development’s six-week career readiness program led by The Foundery, a workforce development hub at City Garage and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and co-sponsored by Whiting-Turner, and The Commercial Group.The Center for Urban Families serves as the connection point for men and women interested in the workforce readiness Bootcamp.   “What we do is on the front end.  We recognize that the Baltimoreans we serve may have various labor force impediments. “said Joseph T. Jones, founder, president and ECO of The Center for Urban Families. “They may have criminal backgrounds, little to no work experience, a checkered educational record. We support Bootcamp candidates with essential skills before determining eligibility for the program.”The second six-week Bootcamp began in early February and will be completed in March. Classes include woodworking, welding machinery, textiles and 3D printing.  Employers interact with participants throughout the course of the camp.  The eight men who completed the first program in January of this year were offered jobs immediately, according to Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s vice president for community affairs. Wilson said that the Bootcamp model will continue to be refined and scaled-up until Sagamore Development meets the training and workforce development goals negotiated in the $100 million community agreement. “We’re starting now. We’re following through,” Wilson said.  “This is just the beginning.”last_img read more

Sébastien Janin OTT videoondemand provider Wuaki

first_imgSébastien JaninOTT video-on-demand provider Wuaki.tv has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development. Janin has worked for iTunes , where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he has headed up iTunes’ international independent film business, securing day and date releases for movies across European countries. Before the joined Apple, Janin spent 12 years as vice-president of home entertainment at Studiocanal.Wuaki.tv has set a target of being available in 10 European contreis by the end of this year. The service launched in Italy in February and plans to roll out in Ireland and Austria in the second quarter.“Our European rollout is the key factor in this year’s plans for Wuaki.tv. We’re determined to bring our consumer friendly, video-on-demand service to everyone. However, we recognise that in order to do this we need to bring experienced people into the Wuaki.tv family. The hire of Sébastien reinforces Wuaki.tv’s commitment to enhancing our team with passionate executives who share our vision of delivering on demand, quality home entertainment to homes and mobile devices across Europe. We’re delighted to have him on-board and look forward to celebrating his successes internationally,” said Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv.last_img read more

BBC Worldwide has signed deals to broadcast a bran

first_imgBBC Worldwide has signed deals to broadcast a branded block of BBC Earth content via public broadcaster VRT in Flanders, Belgium, and on Canal+ 1 in Spain.The factual content block will be available in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium on the public channel Eén from this autumn. The block on Canal+ 1 in Spain is live now.“I am incredibly proud that audiences in Spain, through Canal+ and Flanders, through VRT, will now have a dedicated place for our BBC Earth content, featuring territory premieres of some of the best natural history and premium factual content anywhere in the world,” said Tobi de Graaff, executive vice-president, Western Europe, BBC Worldwide.“It is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest-quality content and the BBC Earth brand to wider audiences across Western Europe and securing these BBC Earth blocks highlights our long-standing partners’ commitment to our programming.”BBC Worldwide launched BBC Earth as a linear TV channel in a number of European countries this year, starting with Poland in February. It has since launched in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, as well as Romania and Turkey.last_img read more