Muppets Most Wanted Cast Sign Green Piano For Charity

first_imgIn celebration of the upcoming home entertainment release of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” on August 12, Yamaha Entertainment Group is auctioning off an incredible Yamaha Disklavier grand piano that has been signed by 18 cast members including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Josh Groban and is valued at almost $74,000.Josh Groban with the Muppets-Inspired Green PianoBidding begins on Monday, July 28 at 9:00 EST and is open through Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST through leading charity site Charitybuzz.com. Proceeds will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation, devoted to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.Beginning Monday, July 28, consumers can bid on the chance to own the Yamaha Disklavier E3 piano, which combines technology with tradition. A modern day “player piano,” it can accurately record piano performances and play back piano performances with all of the expression and nuance of the original performance. As an added bonus, this Kermit-inspired bright green piano comes with the seven songs from the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack.“We are always thrilled to work with Disney and the Muppets, and the fact that we can come together and donate such a magnificent instrument for music education is a true gift,” says Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder and Vice President Chris Gero. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and talents to make this a reality. The winning bid of this grand piano supports the gift of music, an indispensible part of a child’s education.”“This is a very special piano both in color and sound,” says Josh Groban. “The only downside to owning it is my seething life long jealousy associated with that responsibility. It’s not easy being green (with envy).”The piano features signatures from a diverse group of the cast and crew, including: Co Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell; Cameos Josh Groban, Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, and Chloe Moretz; Director James Bobin; Musicians Bret McKenzie, Christophe Beck, and Chris Caswell; as well as Muppet Performers Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman and Peter Linz.last_img read more

Five Bahamians Invested as Knights and Ladies of the Order of the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Caption:Five Bahamians: Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St. Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St. Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien on Friday, November 18, 2016.  They join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who how hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini.  Pictured from left to right are Burton Hall, Camille Hall, Monsignor Culmer, Elma Garraway, The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G Archbishop of Nassau, Patricia Coakley, Cheryl Albury and Basil Albury, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday November 26, 2016.(PHOTO/Peter Ramsay)center_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, November 28, 2016 – Five Bahamians were made Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre during ceremonies at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday, November 18, 2016.Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.The ceremonies took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien in the presence of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Grand Prior of the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States.In the Archdiocese of Nassau they join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who now hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini, who was admitted to the Order in his native Canada and who now holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross.The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that traces its roots to circa 1099 under Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, “Defender of the Holy Sepulchre”, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.It is the only order of chivalry, together with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that is recognised and protected by the Holy See.  The Pope is sovereign of the order.The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 members in 56 lieutenancies around the world. As there is not yet a lieutenancy in our region, at the instance of Archbishop of Nassau, Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, STD, CMG, has been included with those states, which comprise the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States, the Catholic Church in The Bahamas having historical ties with the Church in New York.Admission into the Order means taking on a commitment for life to be a witness to the Faith, to lead an exemplary Christian life of continuing charity in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and to maintain the true charitable commitment of a Christian. The purpose of an individual in joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and to support the efforts of the Church and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to maintain the Christian presence in the Holy Land.Within the Catholic Church, members of the Order are entitled to use the courtesy titles “Sir” and “Lady” (or “Dame” with effect from 2017). Recommended for youlast_img read more

San Diego DA Summer Stephan announces new initiatives to train officers for

first_imgSan Diego DA Summer Stephan announces new initiatives to train officers for mental health crisis calls DA @SummerStephan Announces De-Escalation Training & Mental Health Reform Blueprint to improve public safety outcomes when individuals w/ mental health challenges come into contact w/ police & the criminal justice system: https://t.co/XCOJmVLQUw @NAMISanDiego @SanDiegoCounty pic.twitter.com/MOgix7E1nK— SD District Attorney (@SDDistAtty) May 21, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter May 21, 2019 Updated: 9:51 AM Posted: May 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced $1.5 million in funding Tuesday to go toward increased police training on interacting with individuals suffering from mental illnesses.The initiative seeks to offer enhanced training to all police officers in the county within the next three years, providing strategies for how best to recognize the signs of mental illness or substance abuse when responding to emergency calls.Officers already receive training regarding mental health issues in the police academy, but Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said the new training curriculum offers “more tools to cope with those in crisis while we’re in the field.” Officials hope the new curriculum — the culmination of a year-long collaboration involving more than 200 experts on mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice issues — will reduce to need for officers to use deadly force in the field.The new training includes classes led by members of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team — or PERT — who often assist police officers responding to emergency calls related to mental health crises.The funding will also go toward use of the MILO Range Theater, a video simulation that places officers in a variety of situations replicating potential interactions with subjects suffering from mental illnesses.In addition, a 911 Mental Health checklist has been created to give family members calling 911 an opportunity to inform police dispatchers of a loved one’s mental health issues, access to weapons and other important information, which “will allow officers to be more prepared before they arrive on scene,” according to District Attorney Summer Stephan.The checklist, available on printed flyers, will be distributed to psychiatric hospitals, jails, police agencies and will soon be available on a free phone app.Dispatchers will also be trained to inquire further on mental health related issues when taking 911 calls.According to Stephan, county law enforcement responded to more than 53,000 calls for service last year for people with mental health issues. Subjects with mental health or substance abuse issues also accounted for 79% of the county’s officer-involved shootings over the past 25 years, she said, while around 30% of county jail inmates receive medication for mental health disorders.“Individuals in San Diego County facing mental health issues frequently come in contact with law enforcement and with our criminal justice system,” Stephan said. “Too often, the outcome falls short of helping people who face those challenges.”The recommendations that led to the new funding are included in a 76- page report released Tuesday, titled “Blueprint for Mental Health Reform: A Strategic New Approach Addressing the Intersection of Mental Health, Homelessness and Criminal Justice in San Diego County.”Summer Stephan’s complete press conference is below.The full report can be viewed at https://www.sdcda.org/Content/Preventing/Blueprint%20for%20Mental%20Health%20Re form.pdf . KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

County unemployment rate rose slightly for second consecutive month

first_imgCounty unemployment rate rose slightly for second consecutive month Posted: August 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:04 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in July, the second consecutive month with an increase, according to data released today by the California EconomicDevelopment Department.The unemployment rate in the San Diego-Carlsbad region rose from a revised 3.3% in June to 3.6% last month. The rate steadily declined for most of the year’s first half but has now increased by nearly a full percentage pointfrom 2.7% in May to last month’s figure.The county’s total nonfarm employment dipped by 7,200 jobs, from 1,517,200 in June to 1,510,000 last month. Farm jobs held steady at 9,000 month- over-month.Several industries showed modest job gains in July, but those gains were wiped away by government entities shedding 14,500 jobs in the county, most of them education jobs during the summer months. The construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and financial industries all added at least 1,000 jobs in July, according to the EDD.Despite the month-over-month job losses, the county’s unemployment rate is the same as last year’s July estimate of 3.6%. In that time, nonfarm industries have added nearly 30,000 jobs while farm jobs have fallen from 9,500 last July to 9,000 last month.Nonfarm jobs are up by 29,700 from 1,480,300 in July 2018 to 1,510,000 last month, with multiple industries showing gains of 3,000 jobs or more. Government jobs increased the most of any industry, adding 9,100 jobs, while professional and business services jobs increased by 8,400.The trade, transportation and utilities industry lost the most jobs year-over-year, shedding 3,000. The financial and information industries also lost 700 and 300 jobs, respectively.Statewide unemployment rose to a seasonally adjusted 4.1% in July, tying a record low.Nationwide, unemployment rose to an even 4% in July, up from 3.8% in June and down from 4.1% in June 2018. center_img KUSI Newsroom August 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Publishers AOL Partner on Subscription Service

first_imgPublishers have partnered with AOL on a new bundled-subscription offering the company rolled out Monday.The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software, and include annual subscriptions to seven magazines like National Geographic, Maxim and Cosmo (Hearst is the biggest contributor right now with four titles offered). Bundles include four items and run $15 to $30 a month.The magazine titles are heavily discounted, making it an attractive offer for consumers, but a marginally-profitable one for publishers initially.A Maxim subscription, for example, is listed as a $5.99 value on Gathr, but starts at $19.99 directly through the publisher’s website. Even with special offers, Maxim’s average annualized subscription price in the first half of 2013 was $17.79, per the Alliance for Audited Media. Each title in the Gathr storefront is marked down at least 50 percent from the price offered directly by the publisher.For AOL, Gathr is an attempt to build out its subscription business that once thrived around bundled Internet access offers, but has fallen off lately. The segment still did drive $332 million in revenue in the first half of this year though.”Some of the things we’ve done [with the subscription business] gave us the platform and core competencies we knew we always wanted to leverage for other growth,” Bud Rosenthal, CEO of the AOL membership and paid services group, tells AllThingsD.Rosenthal also notes to TechCrunch that AOL is paying wholesale prices for the services and pocketing the remainder as profit. Additionally, he says subscribers will need to create separate accounts with each provider to manage their subscriptions.last_img read more

Tokyo Children dream up the future of cars

first_imgClose Children from all over the world gathered at Toyotas annual Dream Car Art Contest at Tokyos bay side on 26 August, to share ideas and drawings on the future of cars.Families were invited to watch their children receive prizes for some of their unique ideas, such as cars that allow people to share ideas without language barriers, cars that could plant seeds, or cars that could unite relatives living far away.The contest encouraged children to stretch their imagination. One of the more unusual entries depicted tiny cars that could wash peoples mouths. But many of the cars were designed to solve social issues that were present in the childrens home countries.Minhal Adnan Sami, nine, from the United Arab Emirates, received this years new Engineering Inspiration Award for her Ecofix Car, which she says would run on vegetable and fruit compost, and collect rainwater to water plants. The award goes to the entry that inspired Toyotas car production staff the most. Her prize-winning drawing was made in to a 3D model.Its more for poor people. They have to collect vegetable and fruit compost, the waste, and they will put it in the fuel tank, and then the car separates the seeds from the compost and dries them, and throws them on the ground, Sami said. And then, the water, the car preserves rain water so it can water the plants, and the new plants can grow.Canadian Hye In Park, 15, received the President Akio Toyoda Award, selected by Toyotas president, for her Dream Society car, designed to unite families living far away.My dream is that I can live with all my family members together, because I am an immigrant from Korea. I live in Canada now, and everyone else lives in like Korea, U.S.A. And I want to, I want to one day live with all of them together in one society, Park said.Toyota officials say they are hoping to fuel the progress of the future with the contest. In order for the global community to keep progressing, it is important that Toyota nurtures the imagination of children, who represent our future, 51-year-old Yoichi Miyazaki, managing officer for Toyota Japan said.last_img read more

YouTube Kids app draws flak for advertising junk food

first_imgYouTube Kids, an app meant for children under the age of 12, is drawing flak from two advocacy groups for children in the US for carrying advertisements and promotional material for junk food and beverages.According to YouTube Kids policy, paid advertisements of junk food won’t be broadcast on the site. The app is positioned as a space that contains children-appropriate content, but the advocacy groups differ.The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Centre for Digital Democracy have found ads of Coca-Cola, Hershys, Nestle, etc, on the Google-owned app and have registered a complaint asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube Kids.In the complaint, the groups have included screenshots of the ads, promotional videos, or videos with product placement selling Reese’s peanut butter cups, Crunch bars, Hershey Kisses, Nutella, and Pop Tarts, reports Wired.com.CCFC Executive Director Josh Golin said: “Far from being a safe place for kids to explore, YouTube Kids is awash with food and beverage marketing you won’t find on other media platforms for young children.”A spokeswoman from YouTube responded: “YouTube Kids prohibits paid advertising for all food and beverage brands. We also ask YouTube creators to disclose if their videos contain paid product placement or incentivised endorsements, and we exclude those videos from the YouTube Kids app.”She added: “The app contains a wide range of content, including videos with food-related themes, but these are not paid advertisements.”The groups had registered a complaint in April when they found videos with ads included in the reel of the video as it was profitable for video creators to include advertisements. The advocacy groups argue that children won’t have the discretion to distinguish between a video and an ad, and as kids spend more and more time on the Internet today than watching television, which has some guidelines, it becomes a concerning matter.last_img read more

9 Rohingyas held in Jessore

first_imgPolice in a raid detained nine Rohingya people from Manihar Bus Stand area in the district town in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The detainees are Tafur Alam, 40, his wife Murshida Begum, 30, their daughter Yeasmin, 9, their three sons – Riazul Islam, 7, Saiful Islam, 3, and nine-month-old boy Shahidul Islam, their niece Jannat, 20, and Jannat’s nine-month-old son Hamid.All of them were residents of Panigajiri area in Rakhaine state of Myanmar.Azmal Huda, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said suspecting movement of some people in the bus stand area, police challenged them and after interrogation police came to know that they are Rohingyas.Later, police detained them and took to Kotwali police station.The detainees entered Bandarban through Myanmar border amid persecution in Myanmar.Some people boarded them on a Jessore-bound bus in exchange of some money, claimed the detainees.last_img read more

Man stabbed dead in Cumilla

first_imgAn expatriate was stabbed to death over a previous enmity at Jora Meher village in Cumilla Sadar upazila on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shahid Miah, 55, son of certain Momtaz Miah of the village.Shahid had been at loggerheads with Ripon, 30, son of Azgar Ali of the village. Ripon stabbed Shahid around 8:00pm, leaving him injures, according to witnesses.Shahid was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police said that they were investigating the killing.last_img read more

Khaledas health deteriorates further BNP

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has accused the prison authorities of neglecting the health of incarcerated party chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying her condition has deteriorated further, reports UNB.“The jail authorities are not paying the due attention to Khaleda Zia’s health condition,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the media at the party’s Naya Paltan office in the capital city on Wednesday.“Relatives, who visited the former prime minister Tuesday, said her condition has worsened,” Fakhrul said, claiming that there was a plot to kill Khaleda in jail by denying her medical care.Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is in jail since 8 February last year as she was convicted in a corruption case.Her five-year sentence was later doubled. The BNP chairperson was also convicted in a separate corruption case later that year.The BNP claims the cases are politically motivated and that the government is trying to keep her away from politics – charges the government denies.The party contested the 11th parliamentary elections, held on 30 December, without Khaleda Zia.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League won 96 per cent seats in the 300-member assembly.Unconditional release of Khaleda has been her party’s main demand ever since she has been incarcerated.Fakhrul said the BNP chief is so ill that she cannot move independently. “She’s also complaining of pain in different parts of her body,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the medical board formed at the High Court’s order is not ensuring her treatment.He also expressed concerns as the government has not taken any step to shift Khelada Zia to any specialised hospital for treatment even after the BNP’s 4 March meeting with the home minister.Fakhrul demanded the BNP chief be treated at a specialised hospital.“If anything happens to her, the government, the jail authorities and the home ministry will have to take the responsibility,” he said.last_img read more

Inform Bagan drub Salgaocar

first_imgSony Norde and Katsumi Yusa struck one each as Mohun Bagan downed Salgaocar 3-1 in an action-packed second-half to maintain their stronghold atop the table in the I-League football tournament at Vidyasagar Krirangan on Friday.The second-half saw all the four goals as Denson Devadas gave Mohun Bagan the lead (51st) but within a minute the Goans brought the game on an even keel after Augustin Fernandes smashed in from close range from a freekick.The city heavyweights, however, grabbed the lead in the 70th minute when Katsumi Yusa from a Norde corner as the Japanese snatched a loose ball from the rebound off Salgaocar goalkeeper Subrata Paul. Norde then gave Mohun Bagan a commanding lead in the 85th minute when the Haitian recruit cut in from the left leaving two defenders for dead and fired in from just outside the box. The win enabled Mohun Bagan (24 pts) establish a four-point lead over defending champions Bengaluru FC with one match in hand.last_img read more

Govt to preserve rain water to boost pisciculture in droughtprone areas

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is taking initiatives to increase fish production in the drought prone areas of the state by preserving rain water. This will assist the local fishermen to increase the production of fishes.In a bid to boost pisciculture, the state fisheries department will set up more watersheds in the drought prone districts like Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, West Midnapore and some other districts, where considerable amount of rain water is wasted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the experts, if rain water is harnessed by small dams, it can be used for pisciculture, cultivation and also domestic purposes during the lean season. The department is taking up comprehensive development schemes to enhance fishery infrastructure in the drought prone areas to improve the overall socio-economic condition of fishermen in the region. A watershed is defined as the land that contributes water to a given site. It is a line that connects all the highest points in the area. A watershed provides a natural environmental unit for planning a developmental initiative. The watershed mapping in the districts of Purulia and Bankura has been done to delineate watershed boundaries and suggest the suitable sites for check dams for water harvesting. A digital map of water bodies was already created by the Fisheries department. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe GIS based map of water bodies will help in managing e-governance in the fishery sector. Web based availability of GIS maps will improve decision making process in a decentralised set up, thereby creating a scenario of efficient management.Moreover, water stored in check dams also helps in reaching the ground water through bottom percolation in the subsurface. Watershed development thus plays an important role in uplifting the rural economy, increasing fish production, agricultural production, afforestation, water, soil and land management in the drought prone areas. Co-operative farming is also given paramount importance to strengthen co-operative fish farming. The schemes will engage unemployed rural youth that will uplift the rural economy. The department has chalked out a detailed plan to make West Bengal self sufficient in fish production and to increase export.The state fisheries department is also keen on the implementation of the People Participatory Programme (PPP) method for the sustainable development of fisheries. The purpose of PPP is to develop an operational method to increase participation of local fishermen in fish production, storage and distribution.This will also prove handy for the fisher folk to organise self-help groups and co-operatives which in turn will increase their income. They will be given access to the existing fishing ponds and fishery infrastructure.last_img read more