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Eva Longoria To Take Part In Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

first_imgNew participants and program details have been announced for the 2013 meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), to be hosted by President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Board Member Chelsea Clinton June 13-14 in Chicago.Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, Chief Technology Officer of the United States Todd Park, Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman, Chairman, President and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation Jim Rogers, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon, and leading U.S. mayors are among the latest participants slated to join nearly 1,000 business, government, and civil society leaders at the annual gathering dedicated to accelerating economic recovery and promoting the long-term competitiveness of the United States.Other newly announced CGI America participants from the business and nonprofit sectors include some the country’s leading innovators and experts on sustainable economic development, such as James Anderson, director of government innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies; Janie Barrera, president and CEO, ACCION Texas, Inc.; Mike Brady, president and CEO, Greyson Bakery; Nikki Cicerani, executive director, Upwardly Global; Harold DePriest, president and CEO, EPB; Liz Dwyer, education editor, GOOD Magazine; Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina Enterprises, chairman, Good360; Sara Martinez Tucker, chief executive officer, National Math + Science Initiative; Tracey Nichols, director of economic development, City of Cleveland; Rex Northen, executive director, Cleantech Open; Katie Rae, managing director, TechStars Boston, founder, Project 11; Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, founder and CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen; Davier Rodriguez, winner of CGI University’s Commitments Challenge and co-founder, DREAMzone; Beth Shiroishi, vice president, sustainability and philanthropy, AT&T Services; and Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target Corporation.For the first time, CGI America will feature Broadcast Conversations, programming produced in conjunction with and broadcast by CGI media partners, which is now a regular feature of the CGI Annual Meeting in September. At this year’s meeting of CGI America, Bloomberg TV anchor Trish Regan will host sessions where top government, business, and nonprofit leaders will address the U.S. economy, including how to improve access to capital for small businesses and how the U.S. can enhance its energy production in a way that’s sustainable for the environment and beneficial to the economy.CGI America 2013 will also serve as the site of the next meeting of the Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force (IFC Task Force). Launched in April and chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the co-leadership of President Clinton, the IFC Task Force is a collaborative effort by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and CGI to spur investment into job-creating public infrastructure projects. Task Force mayors participating in CGI America 2013 include Mayor Emanuel; Philadelphia Mayor and USCM President Michael Nutter; Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard; Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown; Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Redmond, Wash. Mayor John Marchione; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; and Mesa, Ariz. Mayor Scott Smith.Today’s list of new participants join the business, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit leaders announced May 2, including Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey; Jacob J. Lew, United States Secretary of the Treasury; Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers; Jim Gibbons, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries International, Inc.; Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO, Commonwealth Edison; Jessica Jackley, venture partner, the Collaborative Fund; Eva Longoria, founder, the Eva Longoria Foundation; Janet Murguía, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza; and Lucien Vattel, chief executive officer, GameDesk.For more information, including the full program and list of participants, visit read more

Kanesatake will accept help from army if flood waters rise again

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe Grand Chief of the Mohawk Territory of Kanesatake says he will accept help from the army if rising waters are too much for people living along the river are too much to handle.With heavy rainfall forecast for the area, people are bracing for the same kind of flooding that his in 2017.Kanesatake’s relationship with the Canadian army has been strained since the 1990s when soldiers were brought in to break up a blockade in the community.Known as the Oka Crisis, the conflict pitted Mohawk people against Quebec’s police and Canadian read more

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

by Andrea Rodriguez And Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 4:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, a tourist sleeps on the Malecon sea wall of Havana, Cuba. The Trump administration’s new policy on travel by Americans to Cuba is creating winners and losers. Group tour operators and cruises that take Americans to Cuba said they’ll have no problem complying with the new rules, which bar American travelers from patronizing any entities connected the Cuban military. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File) President Donald Trump’s new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they’re losing business.Five of 12 private bed-and-breakfast owners in Havana and Cuba’s southern colonial city of Trinidad told The Associated Press that they received cancellations after Trump’s June 16 announcement .“It’s contradictory that (Trump) says he want to help civil society, the Cuban people, but what he’s doing is hurting them, hurting bed-and-breakfast owners in this case,” said Tony Lopez, who rents rooms for $30-$50 nightly in a three-bedroom, 16th-floor apartment in Havana’s trendy Vedado neighbourhood. Those cancelling included two Americans worried about legal requirements, including documenting their spending.“We get a lot of Americans. We’re alarmed,” said Eliset Ruiz, manager of a nine-room bed-and-breakfast in Trinidad. “We’ve had a lot of cancellations for June and July.”Alex Bunten of Charlotte, Vermont, hoped to go to Cuba with his girlfriend in August “without the hassle of tour groups and schedules and such. We like watching the world go by, eating good food, not being herded by an umbrella-holding, annoyingly interesting tour guide.”But Bunten nixed the idea because under the new rules, only licensed tour operators can take Americans to Cuba on “people-to-people” trips. That’s “too much of a hassle,” Bunten said.GROUP TOUR BOOM OR PUBLIC CONFUSION?Tour operators “should be opening Champagne” because of the new policy, said John Caulfield, former chief of mission of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and co-founder of the non-profit Innovadores Foundation , which seeds innovation in Cuba.In theory, the new rules should spur “an increase in demand,” said Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell. But some Americans “will be confused by the new policy,” wrongly assuming that all Cuba travel is now off-limits.“The travel operators are going to have to do some work to make people aware that if you go with us, it’s OK,” said Caulfield.Classic Journeys President Edward Piegza said the new rules could discourage Americans from travelling individually, but the change could be good for the group tour business.BAN ON BUSINESS WITH THE MILITARYThe new rules also ban Americans from doing business with entities controlled by Cuban military and intelligence agencies, including some 50 hotels.Many tour operators say that’s no problem because they already use privately owned villas, casas and eateries, and engage with local guides, entrepreneurs and artists.Caulfield said the Cubans can also fill up hotels that are off-limits to Americans with tourists from other countries, thereby freeing up rooms elsewhere for U.S. groups.Meanwhile, small bed-and-breakfast owners plan to create informal associations of neighbouring businesses so they can accommodate larger American groups.Piegza said lodging costs increased last year but are coming down, allowing Classic Journeys to drop tour prices from $4,995 for four days in Cuba to $3,995.But Lowell thinks prices could go either way. With fewer individual Americans travelling, private lodging options could increase, driving prices down. But if tour groups forced out of military-controlled hotels start booking private homes, prices could stay high.Hotels aren’t an issue for cruises because passengers sleep on the ships. But Carnival Corp. says even its activities on the ground in Cuba already comply with the new rules. “Many of our current tours have been designed with small family-run operations to give our guests an authentic Cuban experience,” said Carnival spokesman Roger Frizzell.Others are revising itineraries. “We have had to redesign our women’s trip to Cuba,” said Phyllis Stoller from The Women’s Travel Group , which plans a trip for 15 in March. “Our original operator had us visiting some rural areas that are apparently owned by the military.”Meanwhile private entrepreneurs worry the government may not allow U.S. tour groups to simply shift their business from state-run hotels to the private sector, at least not without hefty commissions. In the decade since President Raul Castro began allowing more private-sector activity, the government has viewed entrepreneurs as both vital sources of economic growth and as dangerous competitors for sluggish state-run businesses. Because tour groups are required to use government buses and guides, the government controls their movements and requires many private businesses that receive tour groups to sign contracts that include commissions for the government.Visits to major tourist attractions like Ernest Hemingway’s estate and the Tropicana nightclub shouldn’t be affected by the new U.S. rules, since neither falls under military auspices. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, a Cuban-American who supports travel restrictions, suggested in tweets that he’d like to ban attractions run by other Cuban government agencies, like the ministries of culture and tourism. But it will be months before the U.S. Treasury Department announces details on which sites are off-limits.SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLERubio also suggested that independent travel might continue. Rubio tweeted that the new rules allow “individual Americans” to “travel to Cuba under Support for the Cuban people category” as long as they use “privately owned lodging.”That’s heartening to companies like ViaHero, which creates personalized itineraries connecting individual Americans with artists, entrepreneurs and other Cuban locals. ViaHero CEO Greg Buzulencia thinks ViaHero trips will qualify under the “support for the Cuban people” category of travel permitted by the U.S. because ViaHero’s itineraries “start conversations and promote independent businesses and activity” in Cuba outside of government-run spheres.ViaHero’s model is also affordable, as little as $400 for a week in Havana — plus a $25-a-day trip-planning fee — compared with group tours charging $5,000 for a week.Chad Olin, president of Cuba Candela , says his company’s people-to-people tours qualify under the new rules because all lodging, drivers, restaurants and cultural activities are from Cuba’s private sector. But he also thinks Americans can travel independently using the “support for the Cuban people” category, as long as they patronize private businesses and connect with locals in meaningful ways.___This version clarifies a comment about the group tour business by Classic Journeys’ Edward Piegza. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State rides hot start to 8055 blowout of Northeastern

Forward Jae’Sean Tate attempts a lay-up in the Buckeyes’ 80-55 win over Northeastern on Sunday. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (4-0) defeated Northeastern (2-2) with ease 80-55 Sunday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop led the way for the Buckeyes with 24 points and five rebounds, and 19 points and seven rebounds, respectively.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann praised the way they have set the tone for the rest of the team through not only their play on the floor, but also through their mental preparation and fortitude. “Players win games,” Holtmann said. “(Tate and Bates-Diop) are guys that have ability and yet their approach has probably matched — in a lot of ways — their ability. That is filtered down to all of our guys, so hopefully that will continue. Those guys have led the way for sure.”Northeastern played at Stanford Friday night and perhaps the team was a little sluggish after traveling across the country before taking on Ohio State. The Buckeyes took advantage of the slow-starting Huskies, out-hustling them to loose balls and diving on the floor to make plays. Just two minutes into the game with the score still close at 4-2, freshman guard Musa Jallow stole the ball and threw it deep down the court. It appeared a Northeastern player was going to steal Jallow’s pass, but Bates-Diop raced down the court and gathered the ball. The 6-foot-7 forward quickly fired a pass to junior guard C.J. Jackson, who cut to the basket for the layup. Tate aggressively attacked the Huskies’ defense from the opening tip, scoring 11 points in the first five minutes of the game. The 6-foot-4 forward finished with a career-high 24 points and made 10-of-10 shots, setting a school record for the most shots made without a miss in a full game. Tate’s aggression and the hustle of Bates-Diop helped the Buckeyes jump out to a 15-2 lead. Tate credited his teammates, and particularly Jackson, for allowing him to take advantage of mismatches in the paint. He emphasized the importance of everyone doing his job and playing hard in order to achieve success in games. “It’s mind-blowing how hard this team plays on the court,” Tate said. “We’re having fun out there.”Seven minutes into the game, Northeastern redshirt sophomore guard Donnell Gresham Jr. made a 3-pointer to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 17-7, the closest the Huskies would come for the rest of the game. The game’s most exciting play came nine minutes into the game when redshirt senior Kam Williams poked the ball loose on defense. As Williams tried to recover the steal, Bates-Diop dove across the floor to grab the ball. Bates-Diop attempted to find a teammate to pass to from his rear end, but a Northeastern player deflected the pass. Bates-Diop somehow recovered the ball and threw an outlet pass to redshirt senior Andrew Dakich from his backside. Bates-Diop then quickly got to his feet and sprinted down the floor, outrunning all Huskies and catching the unconventional give-and-go pass from Dakich for a thunderous dunk. The two-handed slam ignited the home crowd and gave the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead. “It was just fun out there,” Bates-Diop said. “Everyone was playing hard, going on a big run — that kind of capped it off and it was just an exciting moment.”Holtmann noticed Bates-Diop  waving his arms to pump up the fans at the Schott and said it was good to see him playing hard and showing emotion, which is rare for the soft-spoken forward.“I think (Bates-Diop) looks like he’s having fun,” Holtmann said. “It’s fun to play hard and to kind of cut loose and play and leave it out there.”After his hustle led to a momentous dunk, Bates-Diop found a rhythm, scoring five more points in a two-minute stretch. The versatile forward used an array of moves to score near the rim and also drained a 3-pointer in a defender’s eye, pushing Ohio State’s lead to 30-9 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Buckeyes first-year coach said pushing Bates-Diop to give more effort takes his game to another level because he is already athletic and skilled.“Keita’s got to play full throttle to be at his best,” Holtmann said. “I think we’ve challenged him with playing with a great motor. When he does that, he’s just really hard to handle because of his natural ability.”Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said the biggest difference in the game was Ohio State’s front line and physicality. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskies 38-29 and outscored them 48-26 on points in the paint. Although Northeastern had a size advantage, Ohio State played with much more energy from the jump.“I certainly wasn’t pleased with the first half effort,” Coen said. “Maybe we were a little intimidated, maybe we were a little jet-lagged — whatever it is — there’s no excuse for it. But (in) the second half, I was proud of our response to that adversity.” read more

Youth charged with attempted murder released on bail

A 20-year-old man slapped with an attempted murder charge was Friday morning released on $100,000 bail when he made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Trillion Peters, a construction worker of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge.It is alleged that on May 14, 2019, he wounded Ovid Barrow – with the intent to commit murder of cause grievous bodily harm.Police Prosecutor, Neville Jeffers said on the day in question, the defendant and victim were involved in an argument over an old grievance when Peters became annoyed, whipped out a knife, and dealt Barrow several stabs about his body.Peters reportedly fled the scene but was later arrested.Barrow, on the other hand, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where he underwent emergency surgery.Prosecutor Jeffers made no objections to bail being granted but asked that conditions be attached.As such, in addition to bail, Peters was ordered to report to the East Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday as well as to stay away from the victim.The matter was adjourned until August 15, 2019. (Story by Leah Hernandez)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSubryanville hotelier now facing murder charge in fatal shooting incidentSeptember 24, 2018In “Court”Chinese National slapped with attempted murder chargeApril 30, 2019In “Court”Mabaruma businessman on bail for attempted murderJanuary 27, 2019In “Court” read more

Hexagon introduces solution to detect fatigue distraction in operators of mine light

first_imgHexagon AB, a global leader in digital solutions, today introduced HxGN MineProtect Operator Alertness System Light Vehicle (OAS-LV), a fatigue and distraction detection unit that continuously monitors operator alertness inside the cab of light vehicles, buses and semi-trucks.OAS-LV expands Hexagon’s portfolio for operator safety solutions, filling a gap to protect light-vehicle operators from falling asleep at the wheel, crashing or other fatigue-related incidents. The product is based on the proven technology used in HxGN MineProtect Operator Alertness System Heavy Vehicle (OAS-HV), which protects operators of haul trucks.“Operator fatigue and distraction are recurring hazards in mining and other industries,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO. “OAS-LV is a valuable integration to our market-leading MineProtect safety portfolio and further proof that Hexagon — like its customers — is serious about safety.”The solution’s in-cab device is easy to install and scans the operator’s face to detect any sign of fatigue or distraction, such as a microsleep. A machine-learning algorithm leverages this facial-feature analysis data to-determine whether or not an alert should be triggered. OAS-LV works in both light and dark conditions, and through prescription glasses and/or sunglasses.The in-cab hardware is always connected, and data from the vehicle may be transmitted to the cloud or an on-site monitoring center. This enables real-time notifications for supervisors and controllers to apply intervention protocol and allow for further forensic analytics.The OAS-LV is one of the many innovative solutions being showcased this week at HxGN LIVE 2019, Hexagon’s annual digital technology conference.last_img read more

Mining services major Ausdrill changes name to Perenti to reflect growth and

first_imgThe Ausdrill Group is adopting a new brand and identity, Perenti. Perenti Global will be the trading name of the group company and listed entity and will sit above the Industry Sector Groups (ISGs); Surface Mining, Underground Mining and Investments. “The Board considers the new name and brand better reflect the Group’s status as a diversified global mining services group and provides a strong platform that will support the Group’s strategic direction and future growth ambitions.”The Group’s Managing Director Mark Norwell said the change represents a new chapter in the Group’s proud history and is a natural step given the evolution of the business. “Over the past year there has been transformational change within the Group. We have doubled our revenue through the acquisition of Barminco, developed a new strategy and implemented a new operating model to set a platform for future growth. “We have evolved from an Australian drilling company into a global mining services company that has businesses in surface mining, underground mining and mining support services (our Investment ISG). We have offices and operations in four continents across 13 countries and we employ more than 8,000 people globally.”Norwell said having a strong, identifiable brand is a critical enabler of the Group’s growth strategy. “As a group of businesses we are resilient and agile and have the ability to embrace change, a key aspect that is directly embedded in our company principles. We also pride ourselves on successfully operating in many challenging and remote locations the world over. This name change is more than cosmetic, it’s an important step in culturally binding our businesses together under a common identity and it supports our new aspiration, purpose and strategy we rolled out earlier in the year,” Norwell said.Existing customer facing brand names will be retained as they are well established in their respective markets. The Ausdrill name has a long and proud history and that name will be retained for the Group’s surface drilling operations in Australia. In addition, our other iconic brands such as Barminco, BTP, AMS and more, will continue to be used in their own right.To support the new brand and direction the Group has also evolved its tagline from Bringing More to Mining, to Expect More, underlining a commitment to all its stakeholders. “For the Group to achieve our aspiration and deliver our purpose we have to constantly raise the bar in everything we do. Our stakeholders, whether they are customers, suppliers, employees or the communities we operate in, should Expect More from us,” Norwell said.last_img read more

Student develops supercapacitor that enables 30 second battery charges

first_imgEvery year Intel runs the International Science and Engineering Fair, and as part of that event the chip giant awards high school students prize money for the best science projects.The winner this year was 19-year-old Ionut Budisteanu for his low cost, self-driving car model. But it’s 18-year-old runner up Eesha Khare that caught our attention. Intel awarded her the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 scholarship for a tiny device that fits inside a phone battery.Khare’s invention could potentially have a major impact on smartphones because it holds the promise of 20-30 second battery charges. So no more hooking your phone up to an outlet for a few hours, you just wait no more than 30 seconds for a full battery.What Khare has designed and created is a supercapacitor with a “special nanostructure” allowing it to store significantly more energy while charging incredibly quickly. It also remains viable for 10,000 charges compared to the more typical 1,000 charges of today’s batteries.Her experiment used the supercapacitor to power an LED, but both Khare and Intel believe the same tech can be used to similar effect on a smartphone. There’s also potential uses for car batteries, too, which could make electric cars more viable if their recharge time can be cut to a few minutes or even seconds.For now, Khare will be using the scholarship money to go to college while at the same time continuing to study science and experimenting. Who knows, one day she could be the next Elon Musk, or may actually end up working for him if this supercapacitor tech continues to hold promise.last_img read more

Jazzy Os death was murder not accident

first_imgHomicide detectives are convinced well-known Melbourne stripper and sex worker Johanna “Jazzy O” Martin was not killed during a sex act that went wrong. Detective Senior Constable Tina Dodemaide told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court that excessive force had been used for a long time to strangle Ms Martin. Detective Dodemaide said she believed Ms Martin had been murdered because of the suspicious way the body had been disposed of, the way her jewellery had been removed and the fact no one had come forward to claim she had died accidentally from a sex act that went wrong. Steve Constantinou, 49, of Port Melbourne, is charged with murdering Ms Martin on October 11 last year and stealing gold jewellery including chains, rings and bangles from her worth $33,000. A theory introduced by Detective Inspector John Potter that Ms Martin had died accidentally from some sort of sex act was denied by the prosecution but they did accept her fingernails had not been damaged from when she might have been using her hands to try and stop being strangled. In earlier evidence, Paul Bedford, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Ms Martin, found she died from “neck compression” consistent with being strangled with some sort of ligature. The 65-year-old grandmother’s body had been found in bushes wrapped in a blood-stained sheet in Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne, about 400 metres south-east of the West Gate Bridge. There had been no attempt to conceal the body. Ms Martin was well-known in the adult entertainment industry for her “extreme acts”, which made her a millionaire. She is believed to have been the oldest worker in the game in Victoria. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

P2P un internaute bordelais poursuivi pour téléchargement illégal

first_imgP2P : un internaute bordelais poursuivi pour téléchargement illégalUn quadragénaire bordelais comparaîtra prochainement devant le tribunal correctionnel pour le téléchargement illégal et la mise à disposition d’œuvres protégées par des droits d’auteurs. Il est accusé d’avoir partagé plusieurs films en peer-to-peer (P2P) via le logiciel eMule.En mai prochain, un internaute bordelais sera jugé par le tribunal correctionnel pour téléchargement illégal en P2P, via le logiciel eMule, rapporte le journal Sud-Ouest. Âgé d’une quarantaine d’années, cet internaute a été repéré par l’Association de lutte contre la piraterie audiovisuelle (Alpa). Celle-ci affirme qu’en une seule journée, au mois de juin dernier, il aurait partagé 18 films protégés par des droits d’auteurs avec d’autres internautes.À lire aussiUn retour de Megaupload et le lancement de Megabox ?Contactée par le Figaro, l’Alpa précise que le quadragénaire, dont l’ordinateur, un disque dur et une clé USB ont été saisis par les enquêteurs, a été attaqué en dehors de la sphère de compétences de la Hadopi et de sa riposte graduée pour contrefaçon. Il risque alors, s’il est reconnu coupable, d’écoper d’une amende pouvant aller jusqu’à 300.000 euros, assortie de trois ans de prison. L’association affirme, en outre, avoir obtenu une “autorisation de la Cnil pour détecter l’adresse IP qui met à disposition, dans une journée, le plus grand nombre d’œuvres surveillées”.Le 8 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Green living classes to be taught by masters

first_imgClark County’s Master Composter/Recycler program is accepting registrations for a series of workshops intended to educate the community on how to reduce its impact on natural resources. The series of workshops are taught by “master” composters and recyclers and cover topics including composting, gardening, green cleaning and creating worm bins.The classes include:• Backyard composting: 10 a.m.-noon, Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, and 6-8 p.m. June 20, 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to build a backyard compost pile that turns yard waste into garden gold.• Lasagna gardening: 10 a.m.-noon June 3, Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. Learn how to create lush, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of back-breaking digging or soil-breaking tilling.• Green cleaning: 6-8 p.m. June 8, Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to make versatile green household cleaners. Free kits and ingredients provided.• Wormshop: 6-8 p.m. June 13, 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Receive a free bin, worms, information and resources, and learn how to build and maintain a worm bin.To register, visit read more

Man breaks into Miami Beach apartment gropes woman

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who, they said, broke into a Miami Beach apartment and groped a woman while she slept.According to Miami Beach Police, the subject entered the unit in the area of 83rd Street and Crespi Boulevard, at around 6 a.m., Sunday.Officials said the victim was asleep on a sofa when she awoke to find the burglar touching her pelvic area just above her privates. Investigators said the subject had his genitals exposed and yelled at the victim to look.Police said the victim screamed for the man to leave, but he refused. She then ran outside and screamed for help.Meanwhile, police said, the crook fled in an unknown direction with the woman’s cellphone and $52 in cash. He remains at large.If you have any information on the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MA Scorecard April 2008

first_imgOur panel says: “Virgo has had good financial performance over the last few years. Investing in b-to-b is still attractive to private equity players. I think this deal is testimony to the strengths of b-to-b media.”March 6Buyer: ALMSeller: Altman Weil PublicationsSale Price: <$20 mil. est.Multiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Legal and business publisher ALM acquired Newton Square, Pennsylvania-based Altman Weil Publications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 34-year-old Altman Weil publishes surveys “focusing on the economics and management of law firms,” including the Survey of Law Firm Economics, which provides economic performance data on private U.S. law firms.According to the deal, Altman Weil will become part of ALM Research, which produces subscription legal market intelligence database ALM Research Online and a number of syndicated survey reports, including the annual Law Firm Business Development survey.ALM is owned by Incisive Media.Our panel says: “It’s logical. The Altman Weil surveys that get behind the economics of U.S. law firms will add another valuable product tha ALM can sell to its large database of lawyers, law firms and suppliers to law firms.”March 11Buyer: EBSCOSeller: Hallmark Data SystemsSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Circulation fulfillment provider Hallmark Data Systems has been sold to EBSCO, the world’s largest full-service subscription agency. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Hallmark in the deal.Skokie, Illinois-based Hallmark is 40 years old and services over 400 titles. Prior to the deal, Hallmark was owned by Tinicum Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Tinicum purchased Hallmark in 2003 from SourceLink.Tinicum also owned Palm Coast Data before selling it to Allied Capital in 2005, which then sold it to Kable Media services in January 2007 for $92 million.Our panel says: “This has the potential of being a better situation for Hallmark than it had with its two previous owners. EBSCO isn’t private equity and has synergy with Hallmark. It’s a good match especially if EBSCO is coming at this with plans to invest and move the fulfillment industry forward to match its needs on the Web.”March 18Buyer: Bessemer Venture PartnersSeller: Ziff Davis EnterprisesSale Price: $20 mil. stakeMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Joining Insight Venture Partners as part owners in Ziff Davis Enterprise, global investment group Bessemer Venture Partners ponied up $20 million in funding for the b-to-b publisher.According to ZDE CEO Steve Weitzner, the funding will “significantly accelerate the pace at which we can innovate and grow to best meet the challenging needs of our subscriber and b-to-b technology marketer client communities.” ZDE hopes the funding will help fuel acquisitions and further develop its initiatives in audience development, social media and contextual content.ZDE was acquired from Ziff Davis Media last June by Insight Venture Partners for $150 million.Our panel says: “It’s early still, but to bring in another equity investor sounds more like a cash flow issue, like it is funding relative to the performance of the business, not this positive spin about acquisitions. It’s an intriguing move.” February 25Buyer: Arlington Capital PartnersSeller: Virgo PublishingSale Price: <$100 mil. est.Multiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: After months of speculation over a potential sale of Virgo Publishing, private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners has stepped up as the suitor. Media investment firm DeSilva + Phillips brokered the deal.Phoenix-based Virgo publishes 17 magazines and produces 10 events. With approximately $50 million in revenue, Virgo was acquired by Seaport Capital in December 2004. Virgo was founded in 1986 and serves niche business sectors, with magazines including Billing & OSS World, Corporate Logo, Professional Door Dealer and New Telephony.Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based middle market private equity firm that invests primarily in U.S.-based companies with values between $50 and $100 million.last_img read more

ExInterview Editorial Director Suggested Putting Magazine on the Block

first_imgO’Brien pointed to the departure of group publisher Alan Katz and the elevation of owner Peter Brant’s son, Ryan Brant, to president as a major financial stressor on the company. Things got so bad, O’Brien said, he offered to help put Interview on the block. “I told Ryan Brant that if Peter’s situation is that bad, how about selling [the magazine]? I was prepared to go out and look for a team of buyers … I would have liked to get together a group to buy from Peter, but I never got an answer.”While almost every magazine publisher is feeling the financial pinch in this recession, one thing is for sure: Things at Brant/Interview haven’t seemed the same since longtime editor-in-chief Ingrid Sischy, and former co-owner Sandra Brant, left the company in January 2008.Besides Interview, Brant publishes the Magazine Antiques, Art in America and newly-launched Modern.UPDATE: It appears Brant has fired back at O’Brien with a lawsuit alleging he breached his contract by speaking to the media. From layoffs to extravagant photo shoots to freelancers going unpaid, the rumor mill on the financial pitfalls at Brant Publications has been on overdrive for many months. The most significant move recently was the ouster this week of editorial director Glenn O’Brien, who was promptly replaced by former co-editorial director Fabien Baron, who—get this—left the company in February. A Brant spokesperson did not return a FOLIO: phone call this week seeking comment on the changes happening at the company.However, details emerged by way of Fashion Week Daily’s exclusive—if not a bit scorned—interview with O’Brien, during which he said the situation at Brant is “like a Greek tragedy. Like watching a company go insane, instead of a person.”last_img read more

Inhofe in Line to Take over Armed Services Committee

first_imgWith Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) poised to take the gavel for the Senate Armed Services Committee following the death of Chairman John McCain, the panel’s priorities and tone almost certainly will change. While McCain was a vocal critic of the Trump administration, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Inhofe, who served as the committee’s ranking member from 2013 to 2015, is a Trump supporter and frequently defers to Mattis on significant issues, reports Roll Call.Inhofe and McCain also differ on issues involving Pentagon reform. Last year, McCain and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) offered an amendment to the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill to launch a new BRAC round while incorporating a series of changes to the existing process. At the time, Inhofe indicated he opposed starting a new round. “When you talk about excess resources, excess capabilities and you’re in the middle of growing and rebuilding the military, it doesn’t make sense to [do a BRAC round] at that time, because you don’t know what you’re going to need,” Inhofe said. The amendment never came to the floor for a vote, however.An official decision on replacing McCain at the helm of the committee could come shortly.DOD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 7 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, October 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.Moving Sale: There is a Moving Sale at 15 Marie Drive from 9am to 3pm.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Lady Gaga announces line of Amazonexclusive cosmetics

first_img Post a comment Lady Gaga Amazon Share your voice Music Music 0 Tags Pop singer Lady Gaga plans to launch her own line of beauty products in the fall on Amazon. y Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue Lady Gaga knows a thing or two about selling music. She’s sold more than 11 million albums and earned an Academy Award in the process. Now she’s turning her sights to beauty products, and she’s picked a venue that knows something about sales: Amazon.The pop singer on Tuesday announced a line of cosmetics that will be carried exclusively by the internet retail giant. Her line, called Haus Laboratories, will launch in nine countries in September, including the United States, Germany and Japan, selling kits containing lip gloss, lip liner and all-over color.The move underscores Amazon’s growing interest in the cosmetics business. Sales of health, personal care and beauty products on Amazon reached $16 billion last year, an increase of nearly 38 percent in 2017, according to researcher eMarketer. Lady Gaga told The Business of Fashion news site that partnering with Amazon was an easy decision, as Amazon’s happy to let her build her own brand rather than insisting she tailor it to conform with a corporate image. “If it’s not perfectly in line with what they do… they’ll be like, ‘Can you just change half of the equation?’ The answer is no. No deal,” she said. “No message of self-acceptance, no deal. This [deal with Amazon] was so wonderful because this was like, ‘Let’s make a deal, let’s make a deal to change the world with their beauty.'” Amazon confirmed the details provided in the Business of Fashion report but didn’t offer additional comment.last_img read more

HarveyDamaged Water Systems To Receive Emergency Aid from Loan Program

first_img X City of Houston Emergency Operations CenterHouston’s Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is seen during flooding from Harvey on September 5, 2017. It was still shut down as of September 12, 2017.Texas is set to receive faster aid for water systems hit by Harvey, with the Environmental Protection Agency agreeing to speed up funding for water infrastructure repairs.State environmental regulators said Tuesday that 20 drinking water systems and 31 wastewater systems were still shut down from Harvey.In the Houston area, that’s led to potentially-dangerous bacteria levels in floodwaters.Federal disaster aid is on the way, but in the meantime, the Texas Water Development Board has worked out a deal with the EPA to get federally-funded loans to cities for emergency repairs.“Our hope was to give those folks an opportunity and resources to get the work started right away, and then ideally when they do get federal aid money a little further down the line, they can take that and pay off the loan,” says Bech Brunn, the water board’s chairman.In the wake of Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt supporting the water board’s request for assistance. Brunn says some of the expedited loans could also go to jump starting work on longer-term water infrastructure projects.“The City of Houston will be considering larger-scale flood control projects moving forward, and we can fund those types of projects as well,” he says.The water board is making sure its plan won’t make cities ineligible for separate FEMA aid down the road, but once that’s resolved, the board says it will start taking applications for the emergency loans. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:04last_img read more

The Most Dangerous City in America

first_imgI’ve lived in three of the most dangerous cities in the world: Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore. But, it is Baltimore, where I was born and raised and where I currently reside, which tragically endures at the top of the murder list.This week USA Today, citing crime statistics from police departments around the nation tagged Baltimore with the nefarious title, “the nation’s most dangerous city.”As much as the designation sucks, we earned it.“Baltimore is the big city with the highest per capita murder rate in the nation, with nearly 56 murders per 100,000 people. At 343 murders in 2017, the city tallied the highest per capita rate in its history,” USA Today wrote Feb. 19.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)There is only one big city in America, which had more homicides than Baltimore in 2017; Chicago with a population of almost three million people, had 650 homicides in 2017, but that was still down from 762 homicides in 2016.Perhaps, frequent readers of this column remember me previously citing the most astonishing comparison; New York City, with a population of about 8.5 million had 290 murders in 2017, versus Baltimore, with a dwindling population of about 615,000 recording 343 homicides.But, after reading the USA Today story, I discovered Baltimore also outpaced the second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles, which had 286 murders in 2017.I remember living in L.A. in the late 1980’s when the crack epidemic rolled over the “City of Angels,” like a satanic tidal wave, fueling a myriad of murders. L.A. was notorious as, “the home of the drive by shooting,” depicted in a slew of movies from, “Colors,” to “Boyz in the Hood.” Not any more.Another California city, San Diego, with a population of 1.4 million had 31 homicides in 2017. That means in 2017, Baltimore endured more murders in the months of January (32), May (38) and July (34) than San Diego experienced in all of 2017. Let that sink in.Further, there are about two dozen U.S. cities with larger populations than Baltimore, which had less murders in 2017.Clearly, we have to do something different. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says that we are.“We read the USA Today piece…but, what we want you to know is that ever since November we’ve been trending downward in terms of crime,” Mayor Pugh said during a press conference, Feb. 20, with newly appointed Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa by her side.“From Nov. 1st to today, you’ll see that we are trending downward in every single category. And I think that we’ll end up in 2018…I’m not a magician, but I’m very clear that the direction that we’re taking is going to get us to where we need to go,” Pugh added, before she alluded to the aforementioned success of Los Angeles and the correlation a strategy being implemented in Baltimore.“Who would have known that today Los Angeles would be the poster child for violence reduction…I think when I was sworn in, in Dec. of 2016, one of the things I said was that we were utilizing the model from Los Angeles, because we had done some research and looked at how they were able to sustain violence reduction over a long period of time. So, we chose the Los Angeles model,” Mayor Pugh said.Perhaps bolstering Pugh’s claims, for 12 glorious days this month, “nobody killed anybody,” to paraphrase the mantra of the Baltimore Ceasefire movement, which started the streak of 12 days with no homicides on Feb. 2.“Are we satisfied yet? No. Are we trending in the right direction? Yes,” said Pugh.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore AFRO editor and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Imran Khan threatens to shut down Pak by Dec 16

first_imgThe Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, in a rally here outside the parliament, said that his protest will continue till the government initiate an inquiry into the “massive rigging” in last year’s general elections, which saw Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) win by a landslide. “The ball is in your court, Nawaz Sharif — do your talks, do your investigations and solve the issue. We will close Pakistan down when December 16 comes, and what I do after that you will not be able to bear it…It has been 109 days and “Naya Pakistan” is waking up every day. We can all see it,” Khan was quoted as saying by Dawn. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“On Thursday (December 4), I will go to Lahore and shut it down. On December 8, I will shut down Faisalabad, on December 12, I will go to Karachi and shut it down. By December 16, I will shut down all of Pakistan if the poll inquiry is not initiated,” Khan said. The cricketer-turned-politician has been holding protest-rallies in different cities to spread his movement, demanding a probe into the allegations of rigging the election. Khan had launched his protest in mid-August, demanding Sharif’s ouster, but he later withdrew his main demand of the prime minister’s resignation ahead of the probe and offered the government to constitute a judicial commission comprising Supreme Court judges, ISI and military intelligence officials, to investigate the reported rigging. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanDecember 16 is considered as a tragic day in the history of Pakistan as the country lost its eastern wing after a war with India when its army surrendered and Bangladesh emerged as an independent country.The PTI leader said that if his demand for the impartial inquiry of the elections was not met, he would make the functioning of government “impossible”. He alleged that the Nawaz Sahrif government is promoting corruption and politics of patronage. Meanwhile, the prime minister’s spokesman, Mussadik Malik said that it was “unfortunate” that Khan had threatened to “shut down” the country. “What he want to achieve through it. I urge him to leave the politics of agitation and enter into a meaningful dialogue to achieve his objectives,” he said.last_img read more