Freshman College Football Player Dies In Car Accident

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonA freshman college football player has died in a car accident this weekend.Johnathon Gilmore, a freshman tight end for Winston-Salem State, reportedly died in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.The freshman football player had gone back home to watch his high school team play.The 6-foot-4 tight end was a Fayetteville, Ark. native.From Journal Now:Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams said he was scrambling around on Sunday afternoon trying to find out details.“He wasn’t just a good kid, he was a great kid,” Boulware said after hearing the news that Gilmore had died. “He had just texted me last week about setting up a meeting because he wanted to know what he could do this off-season to become better.”This is the second WSSU player to die this year. Najee Baker, a defensive end, died after being shot at a party at Wake Forest in January.Fighting back tears, Boulware said: “We are in the process of reaching out to this family but we are all devastated by this news.”Our thoughts are with his family and friends.May he rest in peace.last_img read more

NL health minister says province considering coverage of abortion pill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister says the provincial government is considering offering coverage of the abortion pill.John Haggie says in a statement that the province is watching what is happening across the country and looking at ways to improve access to the drug.He says the government is working to determine the most appropriate coverage model for Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination that induces an abortion up to nine weeks into a pregnancy.Every province in Canada, except for Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced some cost coverage of the drug, from payment depending on a patient’s income, private health benefits and other factors to full universal coverage.Medical students at Memorial University in St. John’s are meeting with provincial legislators this week to advocate for universal coverage of Mifegymiso.Haggie says he looks forward to a meeting with medical students, expected Wednesday.Surgical abortions are offered only in St. John’s at the Health Sciences Centre General Hospital or at a standalone private abortion clinic, the Athena Health Centre, although the clinic has plans to open two satellite locations in Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor.last_img read more

Chicago Raises 110000 For Musicians On Call

first_imgChicago rocked out at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on November 19 to raise funds for Musicians on Call (MOC) – a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.The band’s performance raised over $110,000 for the charity.The band performed its smash hits in an intimate setting including “Saturday In The Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “You’re the Inspiration.”Thanks to the generosity of their supporters, MOC will continue over 40 weekly Bedside Performance Programs throughout New York. With the help of WABC weather anchor, Bill Evans, MOC auctioned off autographed guitars from Chicago, and gave away great raffle prizes. MOC also auctioned a once-in-a-lifetime experience – to sing Chicago’s hit, “If You Leave Me Now,” on stage with the band. The night was hosted by Helen Little, LiteFM radio host.Musicians On Call would like to thank all the supporters and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event. For more information on Musicians On Call, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.last_img read more

Gene Simmons And Joanna Krupa Attend Ante Up For A Cancer Free

first_imgDozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film anted up and bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and helped change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s 3rd Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night over the weekend at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills.Joanna Krupa played blackjack dealer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s 3rd Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino NightCredit/Copyright: TIFFANY ROSE PHOTOSSamantha Harris, host of Entertainment Tonight, and former host of Dancing with the Stars, who is a breast cancer survivor, was honored with the inaugural Cancer Free Generation (CFG) Mission Award.Cancer Free Generation is the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in the Southern California region, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer. Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation. CFG’s executive committee consists of young professionals working in a variety of fields including finance, law, real estate, entertainment, and medicine. Many members of CFG’s leadership are, themselves, young cancer survivors. Their common vision is the desire to build a more inspired community via connecting fascinating and passionate young people who make a difference in the world.Gene Simmons and Joanna Krupa at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s 3rd Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino NightCredit/Copyright: TIFFANY ROSE PHOTOSAmong those who attended were Gene Simmons of KISS and supermodel Joanna Krupa.Top prizes from the affair included a seat in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, January 2017 in the Bahamas; 5-Night Stay at the Trump Hotel Waikiki Hawaii; and a 3-Night Stay for Two at the Hilton Los Cabos.last_img read more

Questlove To Present John Batiste With ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 13th, WhyHunger will host its annual Chapin Awards to honor grassroots organizations and artists making a difference in the fight to end hunger and build social justice for all.This year’s event celebrates two local trailblazers that are nourishing communities and creating change in New York City and beyond.Honorees include musician and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, who will receive the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award presented by percussionist, DJ and co-founder of The Roots Questlove, for his commitment to mentoring young musicians and building community. Batiste is known for his signature sounds as an international performer with the band Jon Batiste and Stay Human and is the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. WhyHunger grassroots partner, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, will receive the WhyHunger Chapin Award, presented by Barbara Turk, NYC’s Director of Food Policy, for their innovative food justice work in providing nutritious food with dignity for their clients while combatting the root causes of hunger as one of the largest food access organizations in New York City.Join the honorees and 300 guests committed to ending hunger and building social justice for a celebration of music, food and grassroots power.WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017· 6:00pm Cocktail Hour· 7:00pm Red Carpet Photos· 7:30pm Ceremony Begins· Musical Performance, Jon Batiste and Stay HumanWHERE: The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th St, NYCTICKETS & INFO: www.whyhunger.org/awards.last_img read more

Indias MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 laws enforcement

first_imgNEW DELHI – Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world’s largest democracy.“People using social media to articulate their complaints should be recognized in the context of failure. The system has in effect failed us, has failed women,” T.K. Rajalakshmi, the president of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, said in a panel discussion Thursday in New Delhi.The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 holds Indian workplaces liable for sexual harassment, and prescribes a system for investigating and redressing complaints. Employers must create committees that are at least 50 per cent women, presided over by a woman and with one external expert, to process complaints. The law builds on the landmark 1997 Vishakha case, in which India’s Supreme Court held that sexual harassment at work violated a woman’s constitutional right to equality.But nearly five years since the law came into effect, many managers and employees are not aware of it. Those who are rarely implement it fully, in part because of the enormous taboo in India of discussing anything related to sex, said Naina Kapur, the attorney who argued the Vishakha case before the Supreme Court.“Every time I get a call it’s after the event has happened. It’s supposed to be effectively communicated and it hasn’t been,” Kapur said, adding that in India, “as women get more into the marketplace and the workplace, their experience of sex harassment and violence is a growing area of concern but it’s not being heard.”Based on the nonstop TV coverage, alleged victims are making themselves heard on social media, bypassing completely the protocol created by the 2013 law.The social media storm began in September, when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke to several Indian TV news channels about her frustration with a fruitless police complaint she filed in 2008 against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on a Mumbai movie set.Dutta said that after Patekar groped her during a dance routine, she fled the set and a mob surrounded her car, smashed the windshield and trapped her inside.Patekar has denied the allegations.Then on Oct. 4, Mumbai comedy group AIB announced it had decided to de-list every video featuring former member Utsav Chakraborty, whom women had taken to social media to condemn for alleged sexual harassment.On Oct. 7, an unnamed former employee at Phantom Films writing in the Huffington Post described allegations she had made in 2015 against one of the company’s partners, director Vikas Bahl, whom she said behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa.The following day, company partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films. Bahl has filed an intent to sue his former partners for defamation.Also on Oct. 8, journalist Sandhya Menon shared screenshots of her conversation with two women claiming that actor Rajat Kapoor harassed them over the phone.Kapoor apologized on Twitter if he had “slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt.”That same day, former TV producer, director and writer Vinta Nanda said on Facebook and in TV interviews that she was raped 19 years ago by actor Alok Nath.Nath said in a TV interview that he neither denied or agreed with the allegations. “It must have happened, but someone else would have done it,” Nath said.TV actress Sandy Mridul expressed her support for Nanda in a tweet. Fellow TV actress Deepika Amin followed on Twitter: “Everyone in the industry knows that #AlokNath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women.”On Oct. 10, actor and heavyweight Bollywood producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao put out a statement saying they were “committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in.” In a tweet, Khan said they were about to begin work with someone who had been accused of sexual misconduct and that the matter was pending in court.Perhaps the most startling development has been the string of accusations against Junior External Affairs Minister M.J. Akbar. In less than a week, at least nine women journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he was a newspaper editor in Kolkata and Delhi. Neither Akbar nor the ministry has responded.But for India’s burgeoning #MeToo movement to take hold in the broader strata of Indian society, the 2013 sex harassment law must be implemented more broadly, said Sunieta Ojha, a lawyer who regularly conducts workshops on the law.“It requires a complete change of attitude toward women and toward workplace ethics. Employers instead of looking at it as a hassle, they have to see it as an investment. If they start doing that, it starts to have a very positive effect,” she said.Mumbai police on Thursday said they had opened an investigation into Patekar after Dutta filed a fresh complaint, charging him with violating two sections of the Indian Penal Code related to offending a woman’s modesty. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is two years in prison.Dutta said that after the alleged attack in 2008, she also lodged a complaint with Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), an agency now subject to the 2013 law.Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, said Dutta decided to speak out again about what allegedly happened to her in 2008 because she hoped the spotlight would help enforce the workplace sex harassment law within CINTAA.“Some are rich, some are poor, but many women are working there, and it will benefit all,” Satpute said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed to this report.last_img read more

UN Assembly condemns Holocaust denial by consensus Iran disassociates itself

26 January 2007The United Nations General Assembly today condemned without reservation any denial of the Holocaust, with only Iran publicly disassociating itself from the consensus resolution which was immediately hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The United Nations General Assembly today condemned without reservation any denial of the Holocaust, with only Iran publicly disassociating itself from the consensus resolution which was immediately hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The Assembly, noting that the resolution was adopted on the eve of the UN-designated annual International Day of Commemoration for Holocaust victims, who also included not only Jews but also Roma, Sinti, homosexuals and other groups, called on all its 192 Member States “unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end.” Welcoming the measure, which was introduced by the United States on behalf of 103 co-sponsors, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement voicing “his strong desire to see this fundamental principle respected both in rhetoric and in practice.”“By this action today, the General Assembly reaffirms its condemnation of the Holocaust as a crime against humanity,” said the body’s president, Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa of Bahrain.“This is a strong reminder to all that the international community is united in opposing all crimes against humanity,” she said. “For the dignity of all humanity, we must strengthen our resolve to prevent such atrocities, whenever and wherever they might occur.”Introducing the resolution, acting US Permanent Representative Alejandro D. Wolff said it made clear that all people and all States have a vital stake in a world free of genocide.“We remember it [the Holocaust], indeed we must remember it, to ensure that such events are never repeated,” he stressed. “Those who would deny the Holocaust – and, sadly, there are some who do – reveal not only their ignorance but their moral failure as well.”Iranian representative Hossein Gharibi, while reiterating his country’s “unambiguous” condemnation of genocide against any race, dismissed the resolution as a manipulation to deflect attention from Israel’s “atrocious” crimes and said it should have included other cases of genocide such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the US dropped atomic bombs, Palestine, Rwanda and the Balkans.“In view of the above we truly disassociate ourselves from this entire hypocritical political exercise,” he declared. Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said the lessons of the Holocaust are universal, compelling all nations to recommit to preventing the horrors of genocide. “While the nations of the world gather here to affirm the historicity of the Holocaust with the intent of never again allowing genocide, a Member of this Assembly is acquiring the capabilities to carry out its own,” he added.“The President of Iran is in fact saying: ‘There really was no Holocaust, but just in case, we shall finish the job.’” Speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU), German Ambassador Thomas Matussek said distortions of historical facts “are a shameful failure of the responsibility we all share to ensure a world free from such atrocities.”Speaking in the name of his country, he noted that the “unprecedented crime of the Holocaust was committed by Germans and in the name of Germany, and from that stems our very special responsibility.” The UN marks Holocaust Commemoration Day annually on 27 January but because it falls on a Saturday this year, it will be observed on Monday 29 January. In a message prepared for the occasion, Mr. Ban calls the Holocaust “a unique and undeniable tragedy.” The remembrance “is an essential response to those misguided individuals who claim that the Holocaust never happened, or has been exaggerated,” he adds. Tomorrow, a month-long exhibition will open in the General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby, displaying both the plight of the Roma and Sinti minorities in Central and Eastern Europe and paintings and sculptures by four Holocaust survivors – Joseph Bau (deceased), Henny Trompetter Zwecher de Brito, David Friedman (deceased) and Hanka Kornfeld-Marder.Last month, on the day he was sworn in as the next UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was asked about Iran’s conference on the scale and nature of the slaughter of 6 million Jews. “Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable,” he replied. “Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people.”In 2005, both then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council condemned reported remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. read more

Was Hamilton man fighting for ISIS

(Updated)The family of a Hamilton man who is reported to have died while fighting with ISIS says they tried everything to stop him from crossing into Syria. If reports of his death are true, 20-year old Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud would be the first Canadian killed in the conflict between ISIS and Kurdish forces.A spokesperson for the family say while they wait for confirmation of Mohamud’s death, they’re struggling to understand what happened to a charismatic, promising young student to take him down this path.After returning from his first year at York University, Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud’s family in Hamilton noticed his views of the world were changing. Then two months ago, he went missing for a few days after visiting his father in Minneapolis. The family was able to trace his cell phone and discovered he was in Turkey.Hussein Hamdani, family friend: “In an attempt to reach out to him when he was in Turkey, he had then mentioned his intention was to then cross the border into Syria and help the resistance against the Assad government.”Mohamud’s relatives reached out to family friend Hussein Hamdani because he has contacts with CSIS and the RCMP. He says the Canadian authorities acted right away and if Mohamud were still on a plane they would have been able to stop him.Hussein Hamdani: “But once you’ve landed, the handlers picked him up. There is an underground railroad and at that point it’s too late and he made it over the border.”Posts online say a Somali-Canadian was killed last week during clashes between ISIS and Kurdish forces. Former classmates have identified this man in an accompanying photo as Mohamud. But the Canadian government has yet to confirm he was killed.Hussein Hamdani: “His family is trying to understand what happened. I mean he was an extremely young intelligent gregarious young boy had a lot of promise. He had scholarships to university. Great grades. Great personality.”Patrick Daly, Chair of the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board: “We’ve been informed by the school community is that he was a good student without incident while he attended in terms of any behavioral matters.”The Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board confirmed today that a student named Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud attended St. Thomas More from 2008 to 2011. The public board says he was a student at Sir Allan Macnab from 2011 to 2012.Patrick Daly: “If it’s the same individual, I think the reaction would be as you expect. One of shock and concern for his family.”Hamdani says he’s been told there are 10-thousand radical websites that try to recruit young people to fight with ISIS — his family thinks he may have picked up on one while he was away at school, joined a chat room and left for Syria on his own.As of Monday, the RCMP and CSIS reached out to the family to say they still do not have confirmation he was killed in battle or killed at all. read more

Rihannas Crop Over costume slays social media

(BBC) Social media almost collapsed under the reaction to Rihanna’s costume on Monday as the singer attended the Crop Over festival in Barbados.The 29-year-old had teased fans by uploading photos of her new turquoise hair on Instagram over the weekend.(Photo: @BADGALRIRI)But the look was completed on Monday as she stepped out in a jewel-encrusted costume with green and pink feathers. (And not much else).“We are not worthy,” was one of many fan reactions on Twitter.Another added the singer “officially killed me” with the costume, while others said she was “blessing the internet”.The posts also attracted the attention of Chris Brown – who left a comment on one of her Instagrams with the pair-of-eyes emoji.Many of her fans were less than pleased about this, telling him to “keep his negative energy away” from Rihanna and recalling his assault on the singer in 2009 when the pair were dating.What is Crop Over?Crop Over started in 1687 to mark the end of the sugar cane crop harvest.At the time, Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar, but as the industry declined, so did the festival – and it was dropped in the 1940s.But the festival was revived in 1974 and has since become one huge party similar in style to Notting Hill Carnival – with lots of music, dancing and colourful costumes.The festival, which attracts tourists from around the world, runs from July and ends in early August with the Grand Kadooment Day.Rihanna has attended the finale parade several times over the last few years – and worn suitably attention-grabbing costumes at each of them.To be fair, temperatures are around 30C in Barbados at this time of year so she’s just dressing sensibly for the weather, really.Part of Rihanna’s outfit was designed by DBleudazzled – a line specialising in bedazzled costumes.The owner of the company, known as Bleu, told Billboard she had to provide the tights at very short notice – with Rihanna’s team only requesting them last Wednesday.The rest of her outfit was put together by local designer Laura Austin, according to Vogue.“Crop Over used to be celebrated with people wearing simple T-shirts,” Austin said.“Over the years however, designers started getting creative. Today it’s very important to dress up in full costume to really and truly feel the Crop Over vibe. It’s exhilarating, free, and radiant. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPregnant Beyonce photo mesmerises AmericaFebruary 2, 2017In “Entertainment”Is this picture disgusting or beautiful? The father and son photo that has divided social mediaMay 20, 2016In “Is this picture disgusting or beautiful? The father and son photo that has divided social media”Singer Christina Grimmie’s killer ‘came to confront her’ – PoliceJune 11, 2016In “Entertainment” read more

Sanrios Heavy Metal Red Panda Aggretsuko Is Getting Her Own Netflix Anime

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hello Kitty Heads to Hollywood With Her First Film DealAdamTots Presents: Deepmind Sanrio Sanrio’s newest character is Aggretsuko, who you may have actually seen at stores like Hot Topic or sister store Torrid. She’s hard to miss, and she’s amazing. She may even be your spirit animal. Who is she? Simply put, she’s a red panda who absolutely hates her boring office job. Who doesn’t, right? She also happens to love heavy metal and busting out some super metal lyrics while daydreaming at her day job. If that’s not basically me, I don’t know what is.If you’ve never heard of her, prepare to be acquainted. She’s about to make waves on Netflix as she gets her own anime, starting April 20. You might mistake her for a nice, demure young woman, but don’t get it twisted. She’s way too hardcore for you.Her name is Retsuko, and she’s just a normal office worker to the rest of the world, but you can only take so much, you know? That’s why she turns into a death metal singer in secret, busting out the best pig squeals with the best of them at karaoke and trying to hide her everyday woes, drowning it all with pure, unbridled rage. She’s not afraid to top it all off with a healthy dose of beer, either.WHO’S READY TO @NETFLIX AND #RAGE?!?! #Aggretsuko is coming soon… launching April 20th, 2018 pic.twitter.com/8V9tpk0wXm— Aggretsuko (@aggretsuko) February 6, 2018This looks like one of the most adult-oriented Sanrio shows out there, and as such it’s probably going to be hilarious. It’s got pretty much everything you could want in a series featuring the adorably angry red panda: drama, modern office politics, adorable characters, and much more. I’m still getting over Devilman Crybaby, but you can bet I’ll be watching Aggretsuko and bringing a review out just for you. You’d expect nothing less, right?center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Weather Eye Look for temperatures to cool a little with slight chance

first_imgOur fine summer weather continues with pleasant afternoons just about everywhere. Today we will see the morning clouds linger longer and drop the highs down just a bit. A weak weather system moves by to our north bringing a few scattered showers or drizzle north of Clark County up into Puget Sound.Always a chance the clouds will thicken enough to cause a little mist or drizzle but I am keeping it dry with no measurable moisture. You knew there was a slight chance I would mention a slight chance of moisture didn’t you? That slight chance increases by Thursday into a most likely situation but any rain that falls will be on the light side. We mention it to cover the bases.We have gone 10 days without measurable rainfall this month (unless drips tip the bucket a hundred of an inch or so). If it stays intact until midnight then Wednesday would be day 11. It may as I mentioned end on Thursday.Last year we escaped the first 10 days as well without any measurable rain. We did have a trace of drizzle on June 1 but that doesn’t count. It finally rained .02 of an inch on the 11th and then a good soaking on the 12th and 13th with nearly an inch at the official gauge at Pearson (.92 of an inch). So we are kind of mirroring last year although it was warmer last June.last_img read more

KCHS Student Helps City Purchase Magnetic Rake For Dip Net Fishery

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 25th, 2018 at 08:34 amKenai Central High School Freshman Riley Graves placed 6th in this years Caring For the Kenai competition. Riley: “A man is walking on the beach barefoot and suddenly feels a sharp pain as he steps on a piece of metal underneath him. He screams with sounds of agony as he sees a nail; then screaming again as he sees rust on a nail, wincing as he pulls out the nail, and knowing he better get a tetanus shot soon. This is why I believe we should spend some money on some metal detectors and magnetic sweepers for our beach cleanup.” Riley’s answer to that question was for the City of Kenai to purchase a magnetic attachment for their beach raking equipment utilized on Kenai beaches during dip net season. Shortly after CFK,  Riley made a presentation to the Kenai City Council about the need for a magnetic rake. If approved, Riley will have raised a total of $2,500 to purchase the equipment, which was quoted at $2,632. According to council members there wasn’t any funding for the magnet in this year’s budget. So, Riley applied for a new CFK Project Development Grant, sponsored by ENSTAR, requesting $2,000 to help the City purchase the equipment.center_img The Kenai City Council will review the mini-grant application during their meeting on July 5, when an ordinance appropriating the CFK-ENSTAR Grant will also be introduced. His application was selected by ENSTAR and CFK staff on June 20 to receive $2,000. Riley also applied for a $500 City of Kenai mini-grant. CFK asks Kenai Peninsula high school students to answer the question, ‘What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?’last_img read more

IDG Communications CEO Steps Down

first_imgMichael FriedenbergMichael Friedenberg is stepping down from his role as CEO of IDG Global Communications after 12 years with the company, effective immediately, IDG announced today.Friedenberg’s four year tenure as CEO was one of persistent change for IDG — whose brands include CIO, ComputerWorld, PCWorld, and MacWorld — as it evolved from a traditional publishing model to a more centralized, global business information organization, focused its growing data and marketing services businesses. He helped steer the company through both the passing of founder and longtime chairman Patrick McGovern, in 2014, and the eventual sale to China Oceanwide Holdings Group for about $1 billion, a deal made official earlier this year.Indications that the company was going through some transitional pains then popped up in May, when a mass round of at least 90 layoffs hit both senior-level executives and staffers at all four of the above-mentioned titles.In a statement, the company said the cuts were the cost of IDG’s ongoing transformation “from a decentralized and complicated organization to navigate and do business with into a globally streamlined company that provides the greatest possible value and best possible experience to our readers and customers.” Kumaran Ramanathan“The timing was right for me to step down from this position, given IDG’s overall health, strong leadership team and a desire to be closer to my family,” Friedenberg said in a statement. “IDG has a very bright future ahead thanks to the talent, passion, and commitment to excellence of our employees around the world, coupled with the incredible leadership and financial resources that China Oceanwide offers.”China Oceanwide has kept things internal to replace Friedenberg, naming Kumaran Ramanathan president of IDG Communications, effective immediately. Ramanathan until now held the role of CEO of IDG Global Services, a group that oversees IDG’s Global Solutions, Strategic Marketing Services, Corporate Sales, and Research divisions. Altogether, he’s been with the company for nine years.“I am honored by today’s announcement,” added Ramanathan in the statement. “I was fortunate to have worked with Michael for many years as he led the company through the unexpected passing of our Founder Pat McGovern and transformed the company to become the world’s largest technology media, data and marketing services company.”last_img read more

Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation Team Up To Bring Concerts To

first_img Facebook Twitter Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation Team Up To Bring Concerts To Graceland Email Elvis Presley’s Graceland To Host More Concerts elvis-presley-enterprises-and-live-nation-team-bring-concerts-graceland The two organizations plan to add between 50–75 concerts, music festivals and other events per year to Presley’s famous Memphis homeJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 13, 2018 – 5:22 pm Live Nation and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. are joining forces to bring a number of concerts to Graceland, the home of the iconic GRAMMY winner at the time of his death in 1977.Along with Live Nation, Graceland Soundstage and the Guest House at Graceland, expect to book between 50–75 concerts, music festivals and more shows in 2019 and will continue to expand outside of Presley-related events, according to Commercial Appeal.  More shows are planned for 2020Graceland currently hosts selected concert and music events, including the Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend.Live Nation’s COO of Live Nation Clubs and theatres said that Graceland is “one of the singular iconic and transformational music brands on earth. We’re anticipating a creative partnership that will play a role in honoring such a historic artist and the place he called home.”“Graceland is already the most famous music destination in the world. And we want to make it one of the most famous destinations to see live music as well,” Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings told Commercial Appeal.According to Graceland’s website, the property, which is a National Historic Landmark, has hosted more than 20 million visitors from in and outside of the U.S. since it first opened to the public in 1982.An announcement of the first coming shows will be released soon, according to Commercial Appeal. So far, rock’ n’ roll’s Rick Springfield is scheduled to play at Graceland in January.Chuck Berry, The Beatles & More To Have Instruments On Display At The Met MuseumRead more News last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Tuesday, December 11, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Masonic Lodge (32 Church Street)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

VIDEO WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team Celebrates Its Seniors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television was on hand to capture WHS Girls Hockey Senior Day on Saturday at Ristuccia.Watch the brief pre-game ceremony honoring seniors Jocelyn Palmer, Lia Kourkoutas, and Molly Foley below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Girls Tennis Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: Students Create Short Documentary About Wilmington High SchoolIn “Videos”last_img read more

UPDATE LA School Shooting Was Accidental 12YearOld In Custody

first_imgDamian Dovarganes/APPeople wait for news about the shooting that left two injured at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles on Thursday. A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said.The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. and within minutes a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody without incident. Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.The determination capped a frantic day at Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles and corroborated what some students told reporters after the lockdown was lifted and they were reunited with parents on the school’s athletic field.In a telephone interview with his mother alongside, Jordan Valenzuela, 12, told The Associated Press he was in the classroom next door when he heard a loud bang. He said he talked to the girl just after the shooting and she was sobbing.“She was like, ‘I didn’t mean to. I had the gun in my backpack and I didn’t know it was loaded and my backpack fell and the gun went off,’” he said.Shortly after that he said the girl asked him to hide the weapon.“She said, ‘If I give you the gun will you hide it for me?’” he said. “I said ‘No.’ Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared.”Shallin Lopez, a seventh-grader at the school, was in the room at the time of the shooting. She said she never saw a gun.“I just saw something pop,” she said. “It was loud. I didn’t see her shoot.”Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun after the shooting. TV video from helicopters showed a dark-haired girl in a sweatshirt being led from the school in handcuffs as anxious parents and family members gathered on a street corner, many crying and talking on their phones as they waited.Diego Salinas had just dropped off his 12-year-old sister and was stunned when she called minutes later to say there had been a shooting.“There were so many things crossing my mind,” said Salinas, who was still shaking hours later. “I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream. I wanted to run. I wanted do so many things.”Claudia Anzueto, Jordan Valenzuela’s mother, said the boy was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone to tell her he was OK.“Not safe, very insecure,” Anzueto said of the school. “I fear for my son’s life. You know what I mean, you really hear about things like this in the news, and just to hear that something like that happened so close to home, it scared the life out of me.”The district has a policy requiring every middle and high school campus to conduct daily random searches by metal-detector wands at different hours of the school day for students in the sixth grade and up.Student Melanie Valencia, 13, said the school did a random security search Thursday, but that she’s never been checked.The most seriously injured victim, a 15-year-old boy shot in the head, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and remained in intensive care during the afternoon but was doing well.“This child was extremely lucky,” said Dr. Aaron Strumwasser, a trauma surgeon. “The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life.”A 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the wrist was hospitalized in fair condition. An 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were grazed and were treated and released from the hospital. A 30-year-old woman who was treated after the shooting was not hospitalized and the nature of her injury was not immediately known.The school’s campus was placed on lockdown but most classes continued. The school has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many are from low-income families.“We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic,” said Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District police force. “We have our school mental health folks that are here to support the needs of the students.”#Rampart; #LAFD and #LAPD provide update regarding today’s school shooting. pic.twitter.com/1aoltc15F2— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) February 1, 2018 Update 5 Patients #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD with a shooting … https://t.co/2i7jR2fHpl— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; https://t.co/1jxzXQLhMj; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD … https://t.co/rrcFsdbnpT— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #LIVE Aerials over LA school where 2 students were reportedly shot and a female student suspect is in custody https://t.co/pJRifBCEVv— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 1, 2018 #LIVE aerials over LA school where 2 students have reportedly been shot and a female student suspect is in custody. Watch: https://t.co/CUW7QSayal pic.twitter.com/T2EC7UA1le— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 1, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

WATCH This disabled trans model wants to create a space for disabilities

first_imgDisabled trans model Aaron Philip wants to see more representation and diversity in fashion Gender-nonconforming model Aaron Philip hopes for a world where people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and body types can see themselves represented in fashion. — aaron (@aaronphilipxo) November 24, 2017Representation matters‘I think it’s time to really include marginalized folks within fashion in big ways,’ Philip says. ‘That’s why I’m working so hard to become a model so that—in my wheelchair, being trans, black, disabled, feminine—I can walk runways, like Gucci and Prada and Dior… all the big runways.’‘I want to get signed to a modeling agency so I can take on runway, and editorial, and beauty campaigns,’ they say. ‘Because there’s such little representation for disabled bodies, people with disabilities, and black trans women and femmes, and nonbinary people in general.’‘And somehow, I’m at the intersection of all of that.’Learn more about Aaron Philip in the video below:Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img ‘For me, I just keep it pushing cause I know who I am,’ Philip says in a video for NowThis.BackstoryPhilip is a 17-year-old originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua. As a baby, Philip was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. They moved to the United States with their family at age three.Back in November 2017, Philip had a Tweet of them in their wheelchair go viral. Since getting discovered on the internet, Philip has gone on to do photoshoots for Paper Magazine and popular online retailer ASOS.honestly when i get scouted/discovered by a modeling agency it’s OVER for y’all! by y’all i mean the WORLD! it’s real inclusivity/diversity hours folks, get into it! pic.twitter.com/58VOSafAm6 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Aaron Philip becomes the first trans and disabled model to sign with ElitePlayboy founder’s son Cooper Hefner: I want more trans ‘playmates’Women all over are sharing their best selfies for Lesbian Visibility DayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-this-disabled-trans-model-wants-to-create-a-space-for-disabilities-in-fashion/last_img read more

Defense in Hariri case Prosecutor has no evidence

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “It is quite surprising to see … this crime, for the time being, seems bereft of any motive,” he said. “The prosecutor has put forward no reason” for the bombing. “I am struck that after nine years you do not have the wherewithal to explain that.”Hezbollah denies involvement in the murder and the group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has denounced the court as a conspiracy by his archenemies _ the U.S. and Israel.Hariri, who also held Saudi citizenship, was one of Lebanon’s most influential Sunni leaders, with wide connections in the Arab world and international community.Syria initially was suspected of involvement in the assassination, since Hariri had been seeking to weaken its domination of Lebanon. Syria has denied any role, but the killing galvanized opposition to Damascus and led to huge street demonstrations, dubbed the “Cedar Revolution,” which helped put an end to Syria’s 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor.Earlier Friday, lawyers representing victims of the bombing said the trial could help break a cycle of impunity for political slayings in Lebanon.Lawyer Mohammad Mattar told judges their court “can restore the faith of the Lebanese people in justice.” Among nine victims in court was Hariri’s son, Saad, himself also a former prime minister.Hariri “sits here not as a politician or former head of state, but as a son who lost a father,” British lawyer Peter Haynes said.Other victims included a mother whose son, one of Hariri’s bodyguards, was killed in the blast, and workers from nearby office buildings injured when the explosion blew out windows. In total, 65 victims will be represented in the case; 16 who were injured and 49 whose family members were killed.Prosecutors wrapped up their opening statement by detailing the movements of the alleged assassins based on what investigators say are their mobile phone records in the final minutes of Hariri’s life. Prosecutors claim a flurry of calls were made by the plotters just before the truck bomb exploded and then the phones went silent.Lebanon has a history of political assassinations for which no one has ever been held accountable.Victims’ lawyer Nada Abdelsater-Abusamra told judges that the tribunal could change that lawlessness “by ending impunity and restoring basic human rights to the people of Lebanon.”(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) – Defense lawyers for four suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said Friday prosecutors have no valid evidence against the alleged bombers and have presented no possible motive for the truck bombing that killed him and 22 others.The defense comments came at a news conference after the second day of the trial at a U.N.-backed tribunal on the outskirts of The Hague.center_img Lawyers for the four suspects, whom prosecutors say are supporters of the Shiite group Hezbollah, are scheduled to make opening statements Monday.The suspects themselves are being tried in their absence at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, because they haven’t been arrested nearly nine years after a huge truck bomb was detonated Feb. 14, 2005, on a seaside road in Beirut.But their court-appointed lawyers signaled they will mount a robust defense against a prosecution case built largely around records for mobile phones allegedly used by the plotters to plan and execute a bombing which sent shockwaves through Lebanon.Prosecutors are relying on a web of timings and locations of calls they say were made by the bombers as they tracked Hariri in the months, weeks, days and minutes before his assassination.But the records don’t include taped conversations or even text messages, said Antoine Korkmaz, who is representing the alleged mastermind Mustafa Badreddine.“There is not a shred of evidence,” he told reporters.Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, a French lawyer representing suspect Hassan Oneissi, added that prosecutors had presented no possible motive during their opening statement that took a day and a half. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

Third Lufthansa A350900 has landed in Munich

first_imgThird Lufthansa A350-900 has landed in MunichThird Lufthansa A350-900 has landed in MunichCaptains Andreas Jasper and Pol Uffer transferred the aircraft from the Airbus works in Toulouse to Munich. With the addition of this third member to the fleet, Lufthansa will also be adding Mumbai to the A350-900 flight schedule. The first flight to the Indian metropolis is planned for 15 April.At Airbus, the new aircraft carried the production serial number MSN087 and will now fly for Lufthansa under the international registration number D-AIXC. The A350-900 is currently the world’s most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft. In February the first of fifteen aircraft arrived in Munich to be stationed there. The A350-900 has capacity to carry 293 passengers – 48 passengers in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy Class and 224 in Economy Class.Source = Lufthansa Grouplast_img read more