Muslim Women Line Westminster Bridge in Show of Solidarity

Toronto – Four days after Khalid Masood drove his rented SUV through crowds of pedestrians making their way across Westminster Bridge, ultimately killing 4 and injuring dozens more, a group of determined Muslim women joined participants on the bridge in a show of solidarity.It was a bright Sunday afternoon when 34-year-old Ayesha Malik decided to take her place on Westminster Bridge in support of the victims of last week’s terror attack. “As a visible Muslim, I think it was important to show solidarity with the principles we all hold dear, the principles of plurality, diversity and so on.”According to a report on BBC News, the event was organized by the Women’s March on London.Participants lined Westminster Bridge, linking arms to form a human chain. As big Ben struck 4 p.m., five minutes of silence were observed to show respect for the victims and their families. 40-year-old professional, Fariha Khan, spoke to Metro on Sunday about the impact of standing in the place where such unnecessary tragedy took place. “The feeling of what happened here on Wednesday was really strong. We thought of the ordinary people who were here and were mown down, standing here like this, it was very overwhelming.”Most of the Muslim women who attended opted to wear blue, the colour of peace. It made for a visibly moving tribute to the lives lost and forever changed by the violence of one individual.According to the same source, Sarah Waseem, a 57-year-old Muslim woman from Surrey, attended the event to support the viewpoint that Islam does not condone or encourage violence in any form. “When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me. It is an attack on all of us. Islam totally condemns violence of any sort. This is abhorrent to us.”Many of the Muslim women who showed up, some accompanied by their daughters, decided to participate following a social media backlash which occurred against an hijab-wearing woman whose photo was posted online in the midst of the attack. The woman was criticized for appearing to walk calmly past a group of people tending to an injured pedestrian.The unidentified woman took to the media herself on Friday to explain the context of the photo and what her reality had been in that moment. In her statement she said, “Not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who drew conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.”The young woman expressed sympathy for the victims and their families, explaining that the image didn’t show the complete picture of her experience that terrible day. For example, she said, it didn’t show that she had stopped to offer help and try to determine what had happened. “My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families.”People from all walks of life, all backgrounds and every description, took part in Sunday’s Westminster Bridge memorial march. Most described it as a small, proactive gesture to show support in the face of hate and intolerance. As Londoner Mary Bennett put it, “This is my city. It’s a very small gesture but life is made up of small gestures.” read more

Rooted Everyday to Organize Biodiversity-Themed Creative Writing Contest

Rabat – Rooted Everyday, an environmental campaign focused on the Mediterranean, is launching an environment-themed writing competition on April 2. The short story competition is open for writers over 18 from the Mediterranean ecoregion: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Greece, and Lebanon. Candidates should submit a 3000-word story encouraging “awareness, understanding and the protection of Mediterranean culture and biodiversity.” The deadline for submitting stories will be on June 24, and the winners will be announced on October 1, 2019. Stories can be either in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, or Greek.There will also be a competition for children and young adults aged between 7 and 18. Candidates for that category should be from schools in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, Greek Island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea, Montados in Portugal, and Shouf mountains in Lebanon. The campaign has selected experienced readers and judges from each country to look for stories that address the conservation issues within the Rooted Everyday campaign. The prize includes a certificate, a selection of books, promotional support for the winners to share their stories on the campaign’s platforms and have them featured in an e-book.According to the organizers, the contest’s main objective, is to show the value of biodiversity and traditional practices in the Mediterranean.The prize is set to celebrate the rich biodiversity in the aforementioned ecoregions, “and to tell the stories of the people whose livelihoods depend on traditional and sustainable practices.”The campaign mentioned Morocco’s High Atlas Mountain landscapes which are home to a rich cultural heritage, including endangered traditions and economically important plant species looked after by indigenous Moroccan Amazigh people.Lily Mordechai, MeDINA’s Scientific Secretary, said:  “We chose to make creative writing part of the campaign because storytelling is a powerful tool that is authentic … By engaging writers and creative individuals we hope we will not only raise awareness but also hear stories of how people experience and perceive biodiversity and heritage in the Mediterranean.” read more

MPs face summer recall for new NAFTA approval if no U.S. progress next week

OTTAWA — The Canadian Press has learned the Liberal government is prepared to recall Parliament this summer to ratify the new North American trade agreement.The government wants to move “in tandem” with the United States toward final legal approval of the new agreement, says a senior government official who wasn’t authorized to speak for attribution because of the sensitivity of the process.The source says Canada does not want to get too far ahead of the Trump administration in ratifying the new deal, and that it is not clear obstacles in the U.S. Congress can be overcome before the House of Commons’ session expires next week.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington today for meetings with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and she will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday for talks with Republican and Democratic lawmakers.The government expects to have a better sense of the way forward for Canada after those meetings.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence promised to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by “the summer” during his recent visit to Ottawa, while the Mexican ambassador to Canada has said his country’s Senate will give final approval at its own extended legislative session this coming Monday or Tuesday.The Canadian Press read more

Ban issues call for religious leaders to foster dialogue between cultures

In a message to the two-day World Summit of Religious Leaders, which concludes today in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, Mr. Ban said that “when we build a culture of understanding and uphold human dignity, we build a better world.” He noted that “we live in a changing and interconnected world,” where local events can have an impact globally and international events can also have a local impact. “Globalization continues to transform our societies, bringing gains for many but leaving too many others untouched and discontent. These 21st-century facts compel us to strengthen cooperation – to expand the space for dialogue.” The Secretary-General stressed that the entire United Nations system supports efforts to promote dialogue between cultures and religions, adding that the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative has part of those efforts since 2005. “As religious leaders, you have an essential role to play in ensuring that the values of equality, tolerance and mutual respect, which lie at the core of all the world’s greatest religions, are defended, promoted and used to truly enrich our societies. “You can encourage dialogue that respects the importance of tradition but also embraces change. You can foster contacts and create conditions that will lead to sustainable peace, social justice and cultural cohesion.” The World Summit of Religious Leaders was organized by the Inter-Religious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). 27 April 2010Religious leaders have a vital part to play in promoting dialogue between different cultures and societies at a time when globalization has left many people feeling discontented, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told an international gathering of leaders. read more

At UN Holy See hails Millennium Development Goals document with reservations

“It is important to underline that the goals (MDGs) will not be attained without activating two great moral imperatives,” Secretary for Relations with States Dominique Mamberti told the General Assembly. “On the one hand it is necessary that rich and emerging countries fully realize their aid commitments for development and immediately set up a functioning financial and commercial network favourable to the weaker countries.“On the other all, rich and poor, must ensure an ethical turn in politics and economy that guarantees good government and eliminates every form of corruption. Otherwise, there is the risk of arriving in 2015 with only insufficient results, except perhaps – and that would be sad and paradoxical – in the fields of population control and promotion of minority lifestyles, which have been introduced in some paragraphs in the recent summit’s document.“In that case the MDGs will have become a veritable fraud for the integral human development of peoples.”He stressed that the major guarantee that the UN will continue to fulfil its historic mission of uniting all States for the common goals of peace, security and integral human development will be given by “a constant reference to and effective respect of the dignity of all men and women, beginning with the right to life – even the weakest like the terminally ill and the yet unborn infants – and of religious freedom.”He also welcomed the entry into force of the treaty banning cluster munitions and the new START nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.Also speaking on MDGs at the Assembly was Abubakr Al-Qiribi, Foreign Minister for Yemen, who said that his country’s progress towards achieving the targets had been set back by the financial crisis.He pointed to low oil prices, which account for 75 per cent of Yemen’s national income, along with overpopulation, scarce water resources and limited help from development partners as serious challenges. 29 September 2010The Holy See today hailed the efforts to eliminate poverty at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but voiced concern at paragraphs on population control and minority lifestyles in the outcome document. read more

Business Highlights

___US hiring slow but steady amid trade war and global weaknessWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that hiring has slowed but remains durable in the face of global economic weakness and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades. And more Americans entered the workforce in August, a positive development that increased the proportion of adults who are either working or seeking work.___As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probesWASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups of states are targeting Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes, widening the scrutiny of Big Tech beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations into their market dominance. New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading the probe into Facebook. She says, “Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers.” Facebook says it plans to “work constructively” with the state attorneys general.___Fed Chairman Powell says he doesn’t expect recessionWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.” Powell gives an upbeat view of the U.S. economy during an appearance with Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Powell says that trade policy is causing “some uncertainty” but that the U.S. consumer is in good shape.___Brexit crisis grows as opposition rejects snap election callLONDON (AP) — British opposition parties are refusing to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for an election until he secures a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union. Johnson insists Britain must leave the EU in 55 days, and says an election is the only way to break the deadlock. But opposition parties say they won’t support a snap election when it is put to a vote in Parliament next week.___Trump challenges California power to control auto pollutionDETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration has begun an all-out assault on California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards. Government agencies have opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution. The outcome of the emissions fight will make or break an effort by President Donald Trump to relax Obama-era mileage standards nationwide.___Generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt settles 2 opioid lawsuitsCLEVELAND (AP) — Mallinckrodt, one of the leading manufacturers of generic opioids, says it is settling lawsuits with two Ohio counties over the toll of its drugs. The company will pay a total of $24 million and donate products worth another $6 million. The deal with Cuyahoga and Summit counties means Mallinckrodt does not have to be one of the defendants in the first federal trial over the toll of opioids, scheduled for next month. The company still faces hundreds of other lawsuits.___US health officials report 3rd vaping death, repeat warningNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday again urged people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. Officials said they had identified 450 possible cases, including at least three deaths, in 33 states. The count includes a newly reported death in Indiana. No single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses, officials said.___Moving beyond Mueller, Democrats focus on Trump’s propertiesWASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are demanding more information about the use of taxpayer money at President Donald Trump’s hotels and properties. They’re seeing violations of the Constitution that some think could bolster the case for his impeachment. In letters Friday to the White House and other government agencies, two House committees led by Democrats cited “multiple efforts” by the president and administration officials to spend taxpayer money at his properties.___American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flightMIAMI (AP) — An American Airlines mechanic appeared in court Friday on charges of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations. Federal officials say Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted that he tampered with a navigation-system part on the plane also to gain overtime work. The July 17 flight from Miami to the Bahamas was aborted when the tampering caused an error alert.___US stocks’ mixed finish nudges S&P 500 to a 2nd weekly gainNEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes finished little changed Friday after a day of mostly quiet trading capped the S&P 500’s second straight weekly gain. The market shook off an early stumble thanks largely to gains in health care stocks, makers of consumer products and retailers. Technology, communications and utilities stocks fell, as did bond yields and gold prices. Traders had a muted reaction to new data showing that U.S. employers added fewer than expected jobs in August.___The S&P 500 inched up 2.71 points, or 0.1%, to 2,978.71. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 69.31 points, or 0.3%, to 26,797.46. The Nasdaq lost 13.75 points, or 0.2%, to 8,103.07. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 5.58 points, or 0.4%, to 1,505.17.The Associated Press read more

Leadership contributing to No 13 Ohio State womens volleyballs hot start

OSU freshman setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has started off the season going 8-1, including three victories over top 25 teams in then-No. 14 Florida State twice and then-No. 13 Arizona.Before the 13th-ranked Buckeyes open conference play with No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota next week at St. John Arena, the team has three final nonconference matchups in Rochester, Michigan, against Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and Oakland.OSU plays in statistically the toughest conference and has the ninth toughest schedule overall in the NCAA.A key contributor to OSU’s success so far this season has been junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. The third-year starter put together strong performances in the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, including a match against Florida State in which she tallied zero hitting errors. Sandbothe is second on the team in kills with 110 kills, and has a .419 hitting percentage through nine matches, 33rd best in the country.       “You need players like that,” coach Geoff Carlston said about the Big Ten co-Player of the Week. “She’s certainly one of the kids we’re looking to for those moments.”Sandbothe said she sees herself as a player who likes to lead the rest of her team by example.“All of us have a passion for the game, and if I can influence my team by having that swagger and confidence on the court, that’s the player I want to be,” she said. “And if my teammates can look to me to be that kind of player consistently, I feel like that’s a privilege for me.”With two freshmen and four sophomores on the roster, Carlston said he looks to the seniors for leadership but has equally been impressed by the juniors.“I think our younger players tend to gravitate toward other people,” he said. “Our juniors have really stepped up in terms of taking on that leadership role. I’ve seen them keeping our team relaxed and in the moments.”Along with Sandbothe, junior libero Valeria León — the team’s defensive leader — said she takes on some of the responsibility of assisting the freshmen and sophomores in understanding how to play in big games.“We always talk about staying in the moment,” León said. “Don’t get excited, don’t get too nervous.”OSU returned most of its key players from last year’s squad that was a set away from an Elite Eight appearance — which would have been the first in Carlston’s tenure at OSU — and an improved 12-8 conference record from the 2013 season, when the Buckeyes were 6-14 in Big Ten play.León said she sees the team continuing its strong start through conference play and into the NCAA tournament.“After this year, I’m going to be a senior so right now, I’m approaching this year like it’s my last one,” León said. “I think we have a pretty good chance to make it far this year. I’m really excited for this team.”Sandbothe echoed the libero’s enthusiasm about the team.“Our team definitely has a dynamic and chemistry unlike we’ve ever had,” Sandbothe said. “Don’t count us out for being a Final Four team — and winning the Big Ten.” read more

Forget family meals – parents would rather just bond in front of

first_imgIt is a scene evoking thoughts of an idyllic family life many fear is being killed off by long working hours and smartphones.But new research suggests that the prospect of gathering the family around a table to share a meal is enough to bring most parents out in a cold sweat – and many would rather just relax with their children by watching television.Findings by Mintel, the consumer trends specialist, show that two thirds of British parents describe family meals as “quality time” and half think of it as a “bonding” experience. Family meals at Downton AbbeyCredit:CARNIVAL FILMS/ITV But any bonding might, it seems, have more to do with adversity as not even a quarter of parents (23 per cent) said they think of dining together with the family as relaxing.By contrast more than six in 10 (62 per cent) chose watching television together as form of family relaxation and almost half (47 per cent) of mothers surveyed agreed that it was an activity which brings their whole family together.The findings challenge the once common argument that television threatens family life by discouraging parents and children from spending “quality” time together. They echo remarks last Christmas by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, who argued strongly for the merits of festive television as a “shared experience” for families. Overall 79 per cent of those polled said the female partner in their household handled household chores on a typical weekday compared with only 36 per cent citing the male partner. But when it came to spending time with children the proportions were 48 per cent and 33 per cent. Richard Cope, Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel, said: “Today’s parents are more attentive, but feel time starved and more distant than past generations.”While eating dinner together as a family is seen as being ‘quality time’ and a bonding experience, so too is watching television, but where it comes top is in helping families relax – relaxation is something that almost two thirds of respondent associate with TV viewing.” While eating dinner together as a family is seen as being ‘quality time’ and a bonding experience, so too is watching television, but where it comes top is in helping families relaxRichard Cope, Mintel downton-dining The research, presented at ITV’s “Family Planning” conference in Leeds also shows that while women still shoulder the burden when it comes to housework, men are gradually narrowing the gap when it comes to childcare and reading bedtime stories. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Bank seizes Vlahos house

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The family home of racing identity Bill Vlahos has been seized by Westpac, according to the daily Herald Sun. The bank is foreclosing on the luxury Torque property after Vlahos defaulted on mortgage payments.Mr Vlahos and wife fell more than three months behind, with arrears totalling more than $12,000.It is believed that Westpac will commence enforcement proceedings which include exercising a “power of sale” to seize and auction the property to recover what it is owed.It is expected that the five bedroom home can reach a sale price of around $1 million. The sale proceeds will then be used to repay approximately $500,000 owed to Westpac.Neighbouring homes in the area have sold for between $900,000 and $1.2 million. Both Mr and Mrs Vlahos appear in the banks records as borrowers, although the property is in Mrs Vlahos’ name only.Bill Vlahos was the operator of failed punting syndicated club ‘The Edge’, and in December 2013 he filed for bankruptcy over his collapsed club owing more than $100 million to investors. It is believed that there were at least 1000 members of the syndicate, with some losing more than $1 million.Mr Vlahos, who was also chairman of BC3 Thoroughbreds is under investigation by Victoria Police, bankruptcy trustees and Racing Victoria over the collapse of The Edge betting syndicate.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

Discovery encore plus de fissures découvertes sur son réservoir

first_imgDiscovery : encore plus de fissures découvertes sur son réservoirLes ingénieurs de l’agence spatiale américaine ont terminé hier la radiographie scanner du réservoir externe de Discovery. Ils ont découvert davantage de petites craquelures sur des arceaux extérieurs de soutien en aluminium de la navette, selon la Nasa. Le 22 décembre, les ingénieurs de la Nasa ont décidé de procéder à une radiographie scanner des 108 arceaux de soutien situés dans la partie intermédiaire du réservoir de Discovery. Hier, l’agence spatiale américaine a affirmé avoir découvert quatre nouvelles fissures, dans un communiqué publié sur son site Internet.Ces craquelures, qui se situent sur trois arceaux de la partie intermédiaire du réservoir sur le côté opposé à celui où est attaché la navette, seront réparées de la même manière que celles découvertes après l’annulation du lancement de Discovery le 5 novembre dernier. Ce jour-là, le tir a dû être reporté à la suite d’une fuite d’hydrogène dans le mécanisme de remplissage du réservoir.La réparation de ces nouvelles fissures devrait prendre deux à trois jour, indique la Nasa. Cependant, les responsables de la mission ne sont pas encore en mesure de savoir si ces nouvelles craquelures retarderaient ou pas le lancement de la navette avec six astronautes à bord vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) prévu le 3 février au plus tôt à 1h37 du matin.Ce vol sera le 39e et ultime pour Discovery, plus vieil orbiteur de la flotte des trois navettes. Il sera ensuite envoyé au musée en 2011.Une fois que toutes les navettes seront clouées au sol, l’année prochaine, les Etats-Unis dépendront uniquement des capsules Soyouz russes pour acheminer leurs astronautes vers la Station spatiale internationale. La Nasa devra attendre que les véhicules spatiaux commerciaux américains soient prêts à prendre la relève. Et ce ne sera probablement pas avant 2015. Le 31 décembre 2010 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hon Ralph Higgs Gives Update on the Tourism Industry After Hurricane Irma

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs gave an update on the state of Tourism and the Tourism industry post-Hurricane Irma.“We were happy that the tourism infrastructure, the hotels have sustained very little damage and we suspect that the vast majority of them will be operational in very short order.” He promised.The Tourism Minister also reiterated that the airport is now opened and commercial flights have resumed. Since the passing of Irma, the TCI has already had tourists show an interest of immediately visiting the island to vacation. While Mr. Higgs welcomes the prospect of guests to the island, he is also urging prospective visitors to consider the current condition of some parts of Turks and Caicos that have had extensive damage done to buildings and landscape. “It is obviously not business as usual”, he said.Since the passing of Irma, the TCI has already had tourists show an interest of immediately visiting the island to vacation. While Mr. Higgs welcomes the prospect of guests to the island, he is also urging prospective visitors to consider the current condition of some parts of Turks and Caicos that have had extensive damage done to buildings and landscape. “It is obviously not business as usual”, he said.He also gave an update on the 2000+ visitors that were on the island during Hurricane Irma. “They all weathered the storm as we did, with some challenges and stress from the weather. Flights have resumes so those persons will leave today or tomorrow. We certainly rolled out all of the hospitality to all our guests to ensure their safety and the best hospitality during those circumstances.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Music Educator Award 2018 Who Are The 25 Semifinalists

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 6, 2017 – 12:40 pm Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors 25 music teachers across 17 states in the running for the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s preeminent music education awardTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 6:00 am The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have announced 25 music teachers representing 17 states have been selected as semifinalists for the 2018 Music Educator Award. Twitter Facebook Email Music Educator Award 2018: Semifinalists Announced music-educator-award-2018-who-are-25-semifinalists News Music Educator Award 2018: Who Are The 25 Semifinalists? 2018 Music Educator Award SemifinalistsBonnie Anderson: Coronado Village Elementary, Universal City, TexasPamela Andrews: Station Camp Elementary School, Gallatin, Tenn.Drew Benware: Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, N.Y.John Churchville: Go Like The Wind Elementary School, Ann Arbor, Mich.Victor de los Santos: Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, Calif.Michelle Droe: Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls, IowaDale Duncan: Henderson Middle School, AtlantaCurtis Gaesser: Folsom High School, Folsom, Calif.Ralph Jackson: Bridle Path Elementary School, Lansdale, Pa.Brandi Jason: Liberty High School, Eldersburg, Md.Mike Kurilko: Trenton High School, Trenton, Mich.Kate Margrave: Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.Chris Maunu: Arvada West High School, Arvada, Colo.Darren McCoy: Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash.Aaron Rex: Jackson High School, Jackson, OhioDavid Reynolds Jr.: Vienna Elementary School, Vienna, Va.David Rhen: Towson High School, Towson, Md.Melissa Salguero: P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake, Bronx, N.Y.Bonnie Scholz: Pius XI Catholic High School, MilwaukeeJoani Slawson: Saturn Elementary, Cocoa, Fla.Laura Steigerwald McCoy: St. Joseph Central Elementary School, Fort Wayne, Ind.Amy J. Steiner: Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Buffalo, N.Y.Vicky Stockton: New York State School for the Deaf, Rome, N.Y.James Yaques: Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington, Fla.Davey Yarborough: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists in recognition or their significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The honoree will be flown to New York to attend the 60th GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.Additionally, 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion: Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the program is supported by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association/The Music Educator Award finalists will be announced in December. Nominate A Teacher For The 2019 Music Educator AwardRead morelast_img read more

After weathering cash crisis Perseverance Theatre expected to live up to its

first_imgDirector K. Brian Neel leads a theater exercise June 26, 2018, with student actors at Perseverance Theatre. The Douglas theater produces three student productions each season. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)After mounting debt left its future in question, Alaska’s largest professional theater now is expected to weather a severe funding crisis.Listen nowPerseverance Theatre had threatened to close down after 40 years this summer. But the theater’s leadership said that true to its name, it’s expected to… persevere.Young actors stand in a circle and karate-chop each other at Perseverance Theatre in downtown Douglas.“The kids are devising the show themselves. It’s all original, them telling their stories, doing funky stuff,” Julie Coppens, the theater’s newly hired director for outreach and engagement, said. “I saw last year’s performance and it’s pretty amazing what these kids come up with in just a few weeks.”These and other youth productions are part of the theater’s five-week Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous program. The theater also puts on about a half-dozen professional productions each season.A lot of drama recently surrounded the theater off-stage.The theater’s 10 staff members were back to work Tuesday, the first day after a number were furloughed during this month’s cash crunch.“We were trying to conserve cash as much as we could while we sorted out what the theater’s financial path forward was,” the theater’s executive director Art Rotch said Tuesday.Six-figure debt from losses in recent years had cast doubt over the theater’s very survival.Performances of the play “Snow Child,” both here and in Anchorage, were cancelled this spring.“We just had over extended ourselves in a number of different ways,” Rotch said. “That was the tipping point moment for us. It doesn’t have anything in particular to do with that project it’s just when it came along.”Shutting down after 40 years would have been an ignoble end to a creative institution that’s made a name for itself with original Alaska productions.Many productions take on distinctly Alaska themes from early mining history to the experience of Alaska Natives in rural villages.Perseverance Theatre in downtown Douglas has, over the decades, grown to become Alaska’s largest professional playhouse. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)A new donor package being finalized will be presented to the nonprofit’s board of directors this week.Until then Rotch is staying mum on many of the details.“There will be some changes,” Rotch said. “We’ll be announcing what those are in a couple more days when we, you know, cross the T’s and dot the I’s on the finance that we’re working on. It’s been a big, big lift but we’re fortunate to have a lot of good friends that care about the theater’s mission.”The revised lineup will be announced within the next week, as will financial details allowing Perseverance Theatre to stage professional plays both both here and in Anchorage.last_img read more

Bill Gates Slams Google Says Healthcare is More Important than Project Loon

first_imgMicrosoft founder Bill Gates has slammed Google’s initiative to provide internet connectivity in developing countries through its Project Loon, saying that it is not for really low income countries.”When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you,” Gates told Business Week in an interview.But the former Chairman of Microsoft clarified that he believed in digital revolution. “Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And connecting up primary-healthcare centres, connecting up schools, those are good things. But no, those are not, for the really low-income countries, unless you directly say we’re going to do something about malaria,” Gates said.Google launched Project Loon in June this year with 30 balloons above New Zealand as a pilot scheme. The balloons were to provide internet access through receivers on the ground.Project lead Mike Cassidy had announced on the company’s official blog, “We hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and under-served areas and for helping with communications after natural disasters.””We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe in the stratospheric winds that provides Internet access to the earth below.”However, Gates questioned Google’s commitment during the interview, “Google started out saying they were going to do a broad set of things. They hired Larry Brilliant, and they got fantastic publicity. And then they shut it all down. Now they’re just doing their core thing. But the actors who just do their core thing are not going to uplift the poor.”Moreover, he refused to believe that an internet connectivity can solve the real issues gripping the developing countries of the world.”When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that,” said Gates, adding that unless some physical effort is being made to tackle healthcare in such countries, such technology projects won’t help.last_img read more

Crude oil rises for first time in eight days after US stocks

first_imgCrude futures rose on Wednesday for the first time in eight days, with US oil pulling further away from the widely watched $30-per-barrel level breached the previous session, after US crude stocks unexpectedly fell last week.US West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) CLc1 was up 44 cents at $30.88 a barrel at 0144 GMT (8.44 p.m. ET). On Tuesday, it fell 97 cents to close at $30.44 a barrel, after touching a low of $29.93, which was last seen in December 2003.Brent crude LCOc1, the global benchmark, was up 34 cents at $31.20 a barrel. The contract fell 69 cents to settle at $30.86, after bottoming at $30.34, on Tuesday.The $30 mark is both a psychological and financial threshold and, in recent days, traders have poured money into $30 put options for expiration in February and March.”$30 may be intermediate support but I really honestly can’t say whether this is the bottom,” said Avtar Sandu, senior commodities manager at Phillip Futures in Singapore.”We see a bounce off here but a change in trend is not visible yet,” he said.US crude stocks fell by 3.9 million barrels in the week to 480.071 million, compared with analysts’ expectations for a increase of 2.5 million barrels, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for WTI fell by 3,02,000 barrels, API said.But the bearish outlook for oil remains after the US government forecast on Tuesday that the global glut will swell until late 2017.Increased Iranian oil output should feed into oversupply this year with the expected lifting of Western sanctions on that country’s exports, the US Energy Information Administration said.The agency forecast that a limited decline in US supplies next year and steady growth in global demand will help ease the glut only in the third quarter of 2017, the first decline after nearly four straight years of gains.Still, in a reminder that geopolitical tensions could intervene to support prices, Iran is holding 10 US sailors after seizing two Navy boats that allegedly entered Iranian waters in the Gulf on Tuesday.last_img read more

PM returns home from Canada

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home Tuesday night wrapping up her four-day official visit to Canada to attend the outreach session of G7 Summit.The prime minister joined the outreach session of the G7 Summit at the invitation of her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau.An Emirates flight carrying the premier and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 11:20 pm, reports BSS.On her way back home, Sheikh Hasina had a five-hour stopover in Dubai.The premier attended the outreach session of the G7 Summit at Hotel Le Manoir Richelieu in Quebec on Saturday.She joined the G7 Outreach Session with 16 other world dignitaries beyond the Group of Seven (G7), a platform of the world’s seven largest advanced economies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States.Sheikh Hasina also held a meeting with Justine Trudeau on Sunday morning at her place of residence at Hotel Chateau Frontenac.On Friday, she attended a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Canada in honour of heads of state and government who took part in the G7 Summit and the outreach programme.From Quebec, Sheikh Hasina returned to Toronto on Sunday and addressed a reception accorded to her by Canada chapter of Awami League.She held a meeting with Special Envoy of Canada on Myanmar Bob Rae at her hotel The Ritz Carlton on Monday morning.The prime minister also had a meeting with deputy premier of Saskatchewan and minister for trade and export development Gordon Wyant QC and minister of immigration and career training of Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison and business leaders of Saskatchewan Province.Before departing Toronto, Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with president and CEO of Commercial Corporation of Canada (CCC) Martin Zablocki at her hotel.last_img read more

New US Geological Survey Report Offers New Inundation Maps And Flood Details

first_imgA new report from the U.S. Geological Survey offers new inundation maps and flood details in the wake of Harvey. Kara Watson is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and she spoke with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about the findings. Share Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez, US Air National GuardThe City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department  file photo shows a Houston neighborhood that the historic storm flooded in summer 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Listen 00:00 /03:19last_img read more

Residents of Baltimores Tent City Out of Sight Not Out of Mind

first_imgThe homeless housing pilot project at 1200 North Fremont Ave. in the Upton community of West Baltimore, was scheduled to conclude Sept. 6. Yet, the uncertain status of the so-called “Tent City House,” seems to mirror the City’s policy on those experiencing homelessness.(Screengrab from YouTube and Google Photo)City officials and activists at the Upton site stated that the temporary facility was sheltering approximately 55 of Baltimore’s population of 2,669 homeless individuals. The facility’s population is unique in that is entirely made up of residents of the “Tent City” encampment that, until Aug. 23, occupied War Memorial Park at the foot of City Hall.Requests for an official headcount by the city and a firm statement from those running the site day-to-day went unanswered or were denied. Residents of Tent City known to the AFRO by name were not confirmed to be in residence by activists on site.Lawrence Brown, assistant professor at Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy, referred to the project in a post on Medium.com as “Tent City West.” Brown described the Autonomous Transitional Housing Community (ATHC) as, “the perfect opportunity for innovative thinking. Residents and activists will be running the ATHC as residents build their capacity for self-governance and self-determination.”The AFRO recently visited the former elementary school, now called “Tent City House” by residents, only to be turned away by a security volunteer. The volunteer claimed that visits by the press to observe goings-on inside were being blocked at the behest of the Mayor’s office.Questions to Mayor Catherine Pugh’s spokesperson and her Human Services representative as to whether this is actual city policy, and requests for an explanation of it, have gone unanswered.The AFRO was invited to the facility by a resident who raised serious questions about food security, security in general and issues of proper sanitation.In an Aug. 26 phone call, the source described conditions akin to “a refugee camp.” The same source stated city officials returned to the site later and brought the living space up to conditions satisfactory to meet the source’s needs.“We are in constant contact with the residents and the mayor has been there in person daily. We are not aware of any safety concerns,” Terry Hickey, director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, wrote in an e-mail response to the AFRO’s questions about conditions inside. “In fact, many of the residents have commented that they feel secure and involved in something important.The building that was once William Pinderhughes Elementary stands one block down from the sign for Sandtown that reads “Where It Is Safe & Clean.” It is ringed by a chain-link fence and bound on one side by a row of boarded up homes. Abandoned tires and crushed traffic cones litter the sidewalks.The AFRO observed the floors of the school swept and mopped clean. Every cot in the sleeping quarters had a blanket and pillow, and the air conditioning was running. Stickers on the outside of the building still indicated that the facility had no gas service or running water.During the phone call, the source inside the facility claimed that the water used for bathing, while running, was rust-colored.The city plans to use the shelter to house Tent City’s former residents until permanent housing can be arranged for every resident.“We are in the beginning of a 2-week assessment period at Pinderhughes,” wrote Hickey. “We are actively working with the tent city group to collaboratively make long term plans while we focus on matching residents with permanent housing. There are no solid plans yet for long term improvements to the building but this will be discussed in the days to come.”A request for an update on planned and completed improvements of the facility was not answered.Kenneth Gwee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has been on the ground at the building since its establishment on Aug. 14, and told the AFRO that the mayor visited the shelter on Aug. 24, 25 and 26. He said he sees no loss of momentum since residents vacated the park.“The whole reason that we were out there were housing and jobs and that’s being addressed,” said Gwee. “So, the momentum is now on actually getting housing and jobs and everybody here is excited about that. So, I would say that the momentum is still growing. And just the potential of what this building can be, is even more exciting. Because, once this program works, you can then duplicate it to address people who weren’t a part of Tent City.”last_img read more

Taxis to remain off the roads in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Vehicles, mainly taxis, will remain off the roads from 11 am to 1 pm in Darjeeling town on Thursday. This is owing to a meeting of the Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee on various issues pertaining to taxis.”The Hills are plagued with numerous taxi and transport-related problems including parking, taxi-bus stands, and revision of fares. “During elections, different political parties give us assurances but afterwards, the assurances do not translate into action. We have called for a meeting on Thursday in which we have called all the taxi owners, transporters and drivers so that they can voice their grievances and hear about the solutions from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration top brass,” stated S N Pradhan, president. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBinay Tamang, former chairman of the GTA along with Anit Thapa, acting chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, will be present at the meeting to be held at the GDNS Hall in Darjeeling from 10:30 am on Thursday. Handouts to this effect were circulated to transport and taxi syndicates by the coordination committee on Wednesday. The committee is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay faction.) However, the handout stated that taxis will remain off the roads in Darjeeling town from 11 am to 1 pm stressing that in this period, if there is any untoward incident and vehicles are damaged, the committee will not take any responsibility. “We have written this so that all attend. We want them to have direct interaction with the authorities so that they can put up their problems and hear what the GTA authorities have to say,” explained Pradhan. There are 61 syndicates under the Committee.last_img read more

Finding LowCost Treasures to Sell

first_img You’ve read the success stories, and now you’re ready tomove from eBay buyer to eBay seller. The challenge is findingproducts to sell that people will buy, preferably at a premiumprice.Start the search under your own roof, scanning your closets,rummaging around in your garage and opening those long-forgottenboxes in the attic.Once you’ve exhausted these options, consider your ownskills and interests for ideas on finding product. Tim Stallard,35, and Todd McGohan, 40, made their golf addiction the link to asuccessful business, Proshopwarehouse.com (eBay User ID:proshopwarehouse), which had about $10 million in sales last year.They began by selling their own used golf equipment. Satisfied withthe response, they turned next to their network of golf enthusiastsfor more supply. The first stop was a golf pro shop at a localcountry club, where a friend sold them $5,000 worth of liquidatedequipment. “From there, we started looking for more people weknew in the golf business,” Stallard says. The effortstretched from the company’s base in Franklin, Ohio, to otherareas of the state and beyond.Product sources are only as limited as your imagination. Afriend eager to be rid of a dusty record collection could turn intoan eBay windfall. More traditional sources are garage sales, thriftshops, going-out-of-business sales, real estate and storage siteauctions, and even junkyards. “You can make an extra $500 to$1,000 a month going to garage sales and thrift shops,” saysSkip McGrath, eBay PowerSeller and principal of Vision-One Press inAnacortes, Washington, which publishes McGrath’s newsletter andbooks about eBay. “Virtually anything sells.”It helps to be a shopaholic with a knack for finding deals likeMargaret Demopoulos, 40, of Durham, New Hampshire (eBay User ID:goatbeard). She haunts local retailers and outlets looking fordeeply discounted items, reasoning that the greater discount, thegreater the potential profit. One past success was with LeapPads, achildren’s educational toy, bought for $9 each and sold for $21each on eBay.Sun W. Kim, 30, recognized an eBay opportunity in a bucket fullof computer cables at a Los Angeles flea market. He paid 50 cents acable and sold them on eBay for $10 each. Another flea market visitturned up older versions of the popular Crystal Reports businessreporting software in unopened packages for $2 each that Kim soldfor an average of $350 each. Kim (eBay User ID: tekgems) has sincestarted sourcing straight from manufacturers (check out”Bigger Deals” on page 52). His San Francisco company,TekGems, grossed $300,000 in 2004.Marsha Collier, author of Starting an eBay Business for Dummies, andher daughter Susan used their knowledge of the fashion world totake advantage of $450 Fendi handbags selling for $200 at Costco.They sold for $350 each on eBay. Says Collier, “Most successstories on eBay are from people who sell what they know.”Find It OnlineWhere to go to source products online:www.fleamarketguide.com: Directory of U.S. fleamarketswww.tuesdaymorning.com: Brand-name and designercloseoutshttp://auctions.samsclub.com: Great deals oncloseoutswww.ustreas.gov/auctions: One of several governmentauctionswww.biglotswholesale.com: Closeout merchandise atwholesale pricesSource: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies, MarshaCollierJulie Monahan is a writer in Seattle whose articles on smallbusiness and emerging technology have appeared in numerous consumerand trade magazines. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » August 29, 2005last_img read more