TIFF volunteer gets the celebrity treatment for a day

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Tolman got to check out hotel suites usually reserved for Hollywood A-listers and CBC Toronto’s Adrian Cheung tagged along. (Joe Fiorino/CBC News)Volunteering at TIFF is an annual ritual for Tolman, who’s been doing it for 15 years.“It’s a bonding time with my sisters. It’s two weeks my sisters and I have together,” she said. “It’s grown … [we’ve made] great strides, we have 3,000 volunteers. We have over 80 countries represented but the fun factor has also grown too.”Tolman says she likes to see TIFF volunteers get acknowledged during every public film showing with a clip on the screen. When the hottest stars roll into town, local restaurants and hotels pull out all the stops.Some big names who have stayed at the five-star Windsor Arms Hotel include Harrison Ford,  Michael Douglas, Cher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elton John, Meg Ryan, Ryan Gosling and Robin Williams.Nadine Tolman’s name can now be added to that star-studded list.Volunteering at TIFF is an annual ritual for Tolman. (Joe Fiorino/CBC News) Advertisement Nadine Tolman has been volunteering with TIFF for 15 years. (Joe Fiorino/CBC News Facebook Twitter She may not be famous, but the volunteer at TIFF got the celebrity treatment Friday and CBC Toronto reporter Adrian Cheung tagged along. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

3 Naxals CRPF jawan killed in Jharkhand encounter

first_imgRanchi: Three Maoists and a CRPF jawan were killed in an encounter in Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Monday, officials said.They said the encounter between the two sides took place around 6 am in the forests of Belbha Ghat area of the district when troops of the 7th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were undertaking an anti-Naxal operation. The district is about 185 kms from state capital Ranchi. Three bodies of Maoists along with an AK-47 Rifle, three magazines and four pipe bombs have been recovered from the encounter site till now, the officials said. CRPF constable Biswajit Chauhan was also killed in the encounter, they added. The constable hailed from Udalguri district of Assam. The force is looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area, they said. Jharkhand will go to polls in the final four phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

US Approves Sale of 25 F16 Fighter Jets to Morocco

Rabat – The US State Department has approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter jets to Morocco for $3.8 billion.The US also agreed to approve of Morocco’s purchase of upgrades for the 23 F-16 aircraft it already has, for $985.2 million.The military deal, according to Defense News, is Morocco’s second largest purchase from the US after a November 2018 agreement for new Abrams tanks. On November 29, the US State Department announced that it had approved a deal to enhance 162 Abrams tanks with machine guns and rounds for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion for Morocco.Morocco aims to upgrade its military capability as well as enhancing interoperability with the US and other partners.Morocco buys most of its arms from the US. Between 2014 and 2018, Morocco received 62 percent of its arms from the US, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).In addition to the US, France is also a major supplier of arms to Morocco.Read Also: Morocco to Receive F-16 Fighting Falcon Planes in 2021Despite Morocco’s efforts to upgrade its military, Algeria has a more powerful military.In its latest reports, SIPRI ranked Algeria among the top five importers of major arms in the world between 2014-2018.The Global Firepower Index (GFP) ranked Morocco’s military power 61st out of 137 countries globally for 2019.GFP said that Morocco has 1,109 combat tanks, 800 artilleries of three different types, and 2,270 armored fighting vehicles.The report also mentions that the country holds a “Power Index” rating of 0.8244 in which 0.0 is “perfect.”Morocco also has 346,000 military personnel in total: 196,000 active personnel and 150,000 reserve personnel.According to Global Firepower, Morocco has 291 total aircraft, including 61 fighters, 16 attack planes, 31 for transports, and 79 trainers. The country also has 72 rocket projectors.The report lists zero submarines, 3 frigates, and 81 patrol vessels.The report estimated Morocco’s defense budget at $3,400,000,000, but lowered Morocco’s score because of its large debt to international countries.Morocco owes $51,480,000,000 in external debt, according to the report. read more

Turkish Cypriot leader renews pitch for joint gas committee

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The leader of Turkish Cypriots on the ethnically divided island of Cyprus has renewed a proposal to establish a joint committee with Greek Cypriots to oversee offshore gas drilling activities.A statement Saturday said Mustafa Akinci conveyed the idea to the east Mediterranean nation’s Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades through a U.N. official. The statement said the proposal aims to turn a gas search off Cyprus into a platform for co-operation rather than one of “tension and conflict.”The proposal comes as the European Union is preparing sanctions against Turkey for gas drilling in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.Akinci has repeatedly called for the creation of such a committee.The Associated Press

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 5:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,499.47 up 139.31 points):Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 50 cents, or 4.12 per cent, at $12.64 on 9,369,563 shares. The financial sector was up 0.97 per cent to 181.92 points on the main stock exchange.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 4.18 per cent, at $9.98 on 6,906,274 shares. The gold sector was the second biggest gainer among the subsectors, rising 2.91 per cent to 346.53 points, as price of the bullion rose 60 cents US to $1,772.70 per ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down a penny, or 0.26 per cent, at $3.79 on 6,723,578 shares. Major components of the plane and train maker’s first CSeries test flight vehicle are scheduled to arrive in Quebec at the end of this month.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up $1.14, or 3.44 per cent, at $34.32 on 6,212,240 shares. The energy sector was up 1.98 per cent to 272.28 points, as price of the October crude contract rose 69 cents US to $99 per barrel.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 2.80 per cent, at $2.94 on 5,669,718 shares. The junior oil and gas company’s stock closed near its highest level this year.TSX Venture Exchange (1,318.11 up 15.22 points):ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. (TSXV:SNM). Mining exploration and development. Up 4.5 cents, or 12 per cent, at 42 cents on 26,570,287 shares. ShaMaran’s stock closed at its highest level this year a day after it announced it made an extensive testing program at its Atrush-2 Exploration and Appraisal well in Iraq.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSX:PRY). Oil and gas exploration and development. Up seven cents, or 3.72 per cent, at $1.95 on 5,348,258 shares.Companies reporting major news:Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN). Real estate. Down 17 cents, or 0.56 per cent, at $30.33 on 276,090 shares. The Toronto-based real-estate investment trust will buy the Demcor Building and Chamber of Commerce Building for a total of $27.3 million. The two buildings in Calgary will raise Allied’s portfolio to 14 office properties in the area.Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT). Communications. Up 30 cents, or 0.89 per cent, at $33.88 on 519,537 shares. The Winnipeg-based company launched a strategic review Thursday of its Allstream business division, which may mean selling the business. read more

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Microsoft files patent for smartphone with interchangeable modules

first_imgIf you look at how smartphone designs have changed over the past few years, you’ll notice a growing trend towards offering up just a single, large touchscreen display with the hardware hidden in the casing behind it. In some cases you’ll get a slide out section for a keyboard, but the norm is increasingly just a big touchscreen.Microsoft may break away from that design in the future though, if a patent that has come to light turns out to be a real product in development.The Microsoft patent is entitled “Mobile communication device having multiple, interchangeable second devices.” What it boils down to is a smartphone that has a number of interchangeable modules offering the user a configurable experience.Such an idea isn’t exactly new, Modu for example tried a similar thing in 2009, but ended up having its patents acquired by Google rather than making a success of the device. As this is Microsoft though, and it is now fully focused on the smartphone market, this idea may turn into a real product one day.As you can see in the image above, the design of the phone body looks very similar to what is common today. However, slide the display back and you have an empty section where interchangeable modules can be inserted. Microsoft lists a game controller, second battery, physical keyboard, and even a second display as possible gadgets that can sit in the phone.Importantly, each interchangeable part must be able to wirelessly communicate with the core phone module. That means fewer connectors to worry about, but also opens up the option of using 3 of these modules together. So, for example, you could have the second display inserted into the phone and then hold the game controller module to control a game played across both displays.With the industry as a whole producing thinner and less power-hungry handsets, a question hangs over whether anyone actually wants a smartphone like this. It would clearly need to be substantially thicker than today’s high-end handsets, and do people really need or would consider buying a keyboard module on top of what they already paid for the phone?More at RegHardware and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Officelast_img read more

EA and Klei announce Shank 2 adds survival coop mode

first_imgLast year PSN, XBLA and Steam gamers got a treat in the form of the ultra-violent side-scrolling beat-em-up Shank from developer Klei Entertainment. If there’s a better looking game in the same genre we haven’t seen it yet, and now it is getting a sequel.EA Partners announced this week its intention to publish Shank 2. Klei has already spent a year developing the game, but this apparently isn’t just a sequel. Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei states on the official blog for Shank 2 that the team took on board all the feedback they got for the original and started fresh. So while this is going to be a true sequel, everything has been re-imagined to offer up “twice the fidelity and far more control over our favorite stabbing man.”The weapon system has been redesigned allowing for more variation in the enemy types you can take on. This includes new weapon combos and counter moves. The environments also look even better than the first game, and Klei has added a new layer of destruction with more explosions and environmental damage promised.As for new features, Shank 2 introduces a survival mode that can be played co-op with a friend either locally or online. It’s basically a brawl on a much larger scale to challenge both of you at once.There’s no word on a release date yet other than “early 2012,” but with a year of production already done I’m hoping for a January rather than March launch.More at the Shank 2 official blog, via Gamasutralast_img read more

La Liga planning to name an award in Messis name

first_imgLa Liga president Javier Tebas has opened up on his desire to name an award after FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, considering his contribution to the league.“It would depend on Leo Messi but I’d love to have a La Liga award in his name… If he finishes his career in Spain, or most of it, I don’t believe anyone has contributed more to the competition.”Tebas, a Real Madrid fan, nonetheless believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has only strengthened the importance of Messi to La Liga. “Yes, the fact Cristiano Ronaldo has gone to Serie A means he’s even more important,” he said, as cited by Barcablaugranes.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Tebas also once again argued in favor of a Barcelona-Girona match taking place in Miami. “Our objective, of course, is that the match is played outside of Spain. Our objective is that it’ll be played on the 26th of January. I believe we have the right to do that and we’ll fight for it until the end.”The league president also spoke about rumors of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returning to La Liga. “I would like to see Neymar in Spain again, I don’t care which team,” he stated. The Brazilian has been linked with a return to FC Barcelona as well as a switch to Real Madrid.last_img read more

North Park hosts largest World Cup viewing party on West Coast

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s John Soderman was in North Park for the largest World Cup viewing party on the West Coast.Well over 10,000 people were in attendance to watch France’s 4-2 victory of Croatia.The event was organized by SoccerCity, which is pushing to bring a professional soccer complex to Mission Valley to build on the soccer excitement in San Diego.What is perhaps most amazing about this viewing party is just the sheer amount of excitement in generated without a certain team even qualifying for the World Cup. That team being the United States. This is why organizers are excited about how large this could grow in four years should we qualify. John Soderman Posted: July 15, 2018 July 15, 2018 John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter North Park hosts largest World Cup viewing party on West Coastlast_img read more

Average FTSE 100 chief executive pay falls to £45m

first_imgChief executive officers (CEOs) who work for the UK’s top 100 organisations receive an average annual pay package of £4.5 million a year, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the High Pay Centre.The Review of FTSE 100 executive pay packages report, which analysed the executive pay of FTSE 100 CEOs at March 2017 based on information from organisations’ annual reports for the financial year ending 2016, also found that male CEOs earn an average of £4.7 million a year, compared to an average of £2.6 million for female CEOs.The research also found:FTSE 100 CEO pay fell by 17% between 2015 and 2016, decreasing from £5.4 million to £4.5 million.Median pay for FTSE 100 CEOs is £3.45 million.The average pay ratio between FTSE 100 CEOs and their employees was 129:1 in 2016, compared to 148:1 for 2015.The average pay package for the 25 highest-paid FTSE 100 CEOs was £9.4 million in 2016.An average full-time UK employee earning £28,000 a year would need to work for 160 years to earn what an average FTSE 100 CEO could earn in a year, and 60 of the FTSE 100 CEOs earn more than 100 times the UK average salary.20% of FTSE 100 chief executive officers’ total remuneration is represented by base salary, 6% by pensions, and 25% by bonuses or short-term incentives. Benefits represent 2% of total pay, which amounts to £91,000 per CEO on average.Women make up 6% of FTSE 100 CEOs, and they earn 4% of the total pay.The top 10 highest-paid CEOS in 2016 were from WPP, Carnival, Reckitt Benckiser Group, AstraZeneca, RELX, BP, CRH, British American Tobacco, Shire, and Royal Dutch Shell.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “We have to hope that the reversal in rising executive pay is the beginning of a re-think on how CEOs are rewarded, rather than a short-term reaction to political pressure. The fall in executive pay is a step in the right direction, but it’s still happening within an overall reward system where average wages in the UK have been flat. Our analysis also shows a clear gender pay disparity at the top, with female CEOs receiving less than their male peers. Quite rightly this issue of fairness is increasingly being called out and this needs to be addressed at all levels of businesses.“Rather than focusing predominantly on share price or short-term profit, we need a much more balanced scorecard for performance that also takes account of other indicators of success such as investment in people, social responsibility and accountability, and long-term value creation. High pay must be addressed as part of the much broader review of UK corporate governance.” Stefan Stern, director at the High Pay Centre, added: “We have finally seen a fall in executive pay this year, in the context of political pressure and in the spotlight of hostile public opinion. This is welcome, but the response has been limited and very late. It is also, so far, a one-off. We need to see continued efforts to restrain and reverse excess at the top. And we should beware the ratcheting up of pay lower down the FTSE league table as CEOs and remuneration committees ‘chase the median’. This helps nobody but a few lucky top execs”.last_img read more

Pixel 3s camera can now detect kisses for photos with your boo

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Pixel 3: 6 months in Google Available in the latest update to Google’s camera app for the Pixel 3, Photobooth is a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to recognize kisses, clear faces and open eyes to automatically take a photo. With the update, you can just smile and pose in front of the selfie camera without needing to tap the shutter. Known for its excellent camera, the Pixel 3 (and its larger counterpart the Pixel 3 XL) are Google’s flagship phones for 2018. While other phone competitors employ multiple rear cameras to boost photo quality, the Pixel 3 has only one rear camera, but it uses impressive software optimization, known as computational photography, to capture stunning photos. Photobooth is optimized specifically for the phone’s two front-facing cameras, and adds yet another AI component under the Pixel 3’s belt. Google engineers trained Photobooth to recognize five types of facial expressions, which are “smiles, tongue-out, kissy/duck face, puffy-cheeks and surprise,” Google says in a blog post. (Rejoice single people, you can still use Photobooth with just the duck face expression.) As expressions change, Photobooth displays a dynamic white line that widens as the photo content “improves.” You can see the line move in the camera app and adjust accordingly to trigger the shutter.In addition to Photobooth, the Pixel 3 has other standout camera features that use algorithms to take better photos. Top Shot also recognizes good, clear expressions to suggest the “best” photo out of a series of burst shots. The camera’s low-light mode, called Night Sight, brightens up dimly lit scenes without a flash.For more information about the phone, and how it has been holding up since its launch, check out our updated Pixel 3 review: Six months in, here’s what’s great and what’s not.   5:52 Google Pixel 3 camera test: Google’s phone delivers again Share your voice Phones Software Photography Comments Tags 33 Photos 2last_img read more

Smartphone radiation is not causing health issues scientists say

first_img Sci-Tech Some people are still concerned that smartphone radiation could cause health problems. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty With 5G technology beginning to roll out across the world, old fears that smartphone radiation could have negative health effects are beginning to flare up. A recent report raised further concerns by suggesting that some phones are leaking more radiation than expected. Facebook groups and YouTube comments sections are filled with people voicing their concerns about radiofrequency (RF) radiation used in our communication networks. Though the scientific evidence has consistently shown there’s little reason to be worried, many believe RF radiation could be harming us.There is a huge amount of scientific data on the issue, making it increasingly complex for both consumers and health professionals to untangle. A new comment piece, appearing in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, agrees the topic is complex but says any potentially harmful biological effects are more commonly seen in low-quality scientific studies.According to Mark Elwood, an epidemiologist at the University of Auckland and first author of the piece, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health asked for an independent, objective response after an article was published in the same journal last December by Susan Pockett, a researcher at the University of Auckland. The Ministry of Health thought Pockett’s article, which argued public policy in New Zealand wasn’t doing enough to protect public health, was misleading.Scientists have been studying the effect of RF radiation on the human body for decades, demonstrating that the major biological effect appears to be heating of human tissue. RF radiation is non-ionizing which means it does not have the energy to do damage to DNA. Tags Share your voice Here’s everything that 5G can do for you Pockett’s article argued this is untrue, citing a number of studies that suggest biological effects of non-ionizing radiation go beyond heating of tissue. The new comment piece cites the numerous studies showing these biological effects, but questions their quality.”Many of the studies showing a potential detrimental health effect are of low quality, but get published because they are interesting,” Elwood said. “The word ‘potential’ is important. Most of the studies investigate some physiological or molecular change which could possibly be related to a health effect, but usually direct evidence of a health detriment is lacking.”Elwood points to a recent review by researchers at the University of Texas which reviewed over 200 studies and over 2000 tests of RF radiation on mammalian cells, finding only 9% of the highest-quality studies suggest genetic damage may occur, whereas half of the lowest-quality studies showed this. “This suggests that the positive results in many studies are due to failure to meet basic criteria of quality of conducting studies,” he said.The key to good science is reproducibility. It’s one thing to show that exposure to RF radiation has an effect, but another thing altogether to be able to show it again and again and again. There remains unanswered questions about exposure to RF radiation, with both laboratory studies and animal studies showing no consistent health effects.That doesn’t mean research will stop, and it doesn’t mean the current guidelines enforced around the world will not be further scrutinized. However, the weight of evidence currently suggests that radiation from phones is nothing to worry about. As 5G begins to roll out for everything from our phones to the Internet of Things, gaming and more, it becomes increasingly important to sort the good science from the bad.As Sarah Loughran, a researcher at the University of Wollongong, wrote in The Conversation earlier this month, “anti-5G sentiment and campaigning might be well-intentioned, without the scientific evidence to back these sentiments, it’s likely doing more harm than good.” 0 16 Photos Post a commentlast_img read more

Nirav Modi remand extended till Aug 22 extradition trial likely

first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until August 22, when he will appear once again via videolink from his London prison cell. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot presided over the routine four-week remand appearance via video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court during which she indicated that a five-day extradition trial will take place on May 2020 after dates are mutually agreed between all sides. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “You would like it to be sooner rather than later, I presume. We will have a date for you by August 22, so you know what you are working towards,” Judge Arbuthnot told 48-year-old Modi, who was dressed in a grey T-shirt and appeared quite cheerful. He has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case. In light of the UK’s current heatwave, the judge said, in a good-humoured way, that she hoped it wasn’t too hot for him in Wandsworth. “Fine, thank you, mam,” responded Modi, amid laughter. Also Read – At corruption retrial, Samsung scion may end up being jailed Advertise With Us Modi was represented in court by barrister Jessica Jones, who ran through some of the “directions” agreed between the diamond merchant’s defence team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – arguing on behalf of the Indian government. As per the timelines discussed during the brief hearing, the judge said she expected to receive all the evidence and skeleton argument bundles in the case by April 8, with a five-day hearing then expected to be slotted in May next year. There are likely to be a number of case management hearings ahead of that but meanwhile, a planned case management hearing for next Monday was vacated as not required. Advertise With Us “The Indian government have made arrangements to attend Monday’s hearing so we would like it to go ahead,” said CPS barrister Hannah Burton, but the judge overruled that saying it would not be necessary for light of the pre-agreed directions and the court has a “lot going on”. Under UK law, Modi is expected to be produced before the court every four weeks, which now falls on August 22. Modi has had his bail rejected multiple times, the fourth time being by the UK High Court last month. In her judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Ingrid Simler had concluded there were “substantial grounds” to believe that Modi would fail to surrender as he does possess the means to “abscond”. Reiterating similar concerns as those previously raised by Westminster Magistrates’ Court during earlier bail attempts, Judge Simler ruled that after considering all the material “carefully”, she had found strong evidence to suggest there had been interference with witnesses and destruction of evidence in the case and concluded it can still occur. “The applicant has access to considerable financial resources, supported by an increased [bail bond security] offer of 2 million pounds,” the judge noted. The High Court judge stressed that while it was not for her to take a “definitive view” on the evidence, she had proceeded on the basis that the government of India has acted in good faith in what is “undoubtedly” a serious case and a “sophisticated international conspiracy” to defraud, together with money laundering. Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant on March 19 and has been in prison since. During subsequent hearings, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that Modi was the “principal beneficiary” of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud PNB and then laundering the proceeds of crime.last_img read more

Howard University Gospel Choir Returns Home for Live Recording

first_imgThe renowned collegiate choir will be recording their new project Glorious God on Oct. 4.  This live recording experience will take place on Howard’s campus at the Cramton Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.The project will be produced under the advisory of Grammy and Stellar Award Winner Kevin Bond.  In addition, the special recording will feature artists such as former Howard Gospel Choir director and BET “Sunday Best” finalist Clifton Ross III, gospel recording artist and Morgan State alumna Brittney Wright, “Sunday Best” finalist and current Howard student Ayodele Owolabi, Morehouse alum and “Sunday Best” season seven winner Geoffrey Golden and many more special guests.This recording is open to the public and is free, although you do have to pick up tickets from the Cramton Auditorium or by e-mailing: tickets@howardgospelchoir.com.Producers for this project include current directors of the Howard Gospel Choir and alumni of Howard University, Reginald Golden and Darrell Brown, alongside Kevin Golden.The Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) was formed over 40 years ago in 1968 by a body of students, alumni and community members “dedicated to using the gift of music to spread the good news of Jesus Christ,” according to its website.This choir has produced very notable artists over the years including Grammy Award winners Richard Smallwood and Coré Cotton (member of Sounds of Blackness); Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark, of the Clark Sisters and the R&B star Ángela Winbush.The choir is not just known locally, having traveled all over the world with trips to the Republic of Georgia, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Ukraine.last_img read more

DC Teen Sentenced to 14 Years for Robbery

first_imgAs the world becomes more digitized, so are the crimes committed. Recently a District teenager was convicted for a string of online robberies.On Oct. 2, it was announced that Jarod Ingram, 17, was sentenced to 14-years for a series of armed robberies committed earlier this year. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu.iPhones, such as the pictured iPhone 8, are increasingly being stolen from people. (Courtesy image)Authorities said Ingram committed four robberies in less than three weeks. The victims met Ingram through the digital application, “OfferUp,” which permits users to buy or sell items. Ingram’s victims were interested in purchasing computers or iPhones that were listed on the site.The first armed robbery took place at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 on the 300 block of Taylor Street, N.E. The victim was robbed of $300 being carried to purchase an iPhone. The second crime took place at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 on the 400 block of Taylor Street, with Ingram again taking $300.On Feb. 5, two armed robberies took place. One happened on the 600 block of Riggs Road, N.E. where $500 was stolen from the victim and an iPhone was taken from her pre-school son’s hands. The other occurred on the 4900 block of Third Street., N.W., where $250 was stolen.Ingram was caught and arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department the following day.The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which serves as the prosecutors for major crimes in the District, charged Ingram as an adult because of the nature of the crimes. He pled guilty in April in D.C. Superior Court to armed robbery and firearm offenses.On Sept. 29, D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Thomas J. Motley sentenced Ingram to 14 years imprisonment and to five years’ of supervised release at the completion of his incarceration.Kathy Henderson, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5 and avid supporter of law enforcement and the D.C. police told the AFRO on Oct. 8 that she is not surprised about the type of crimes that Ingram committed. “People are set up to be robbed all the time,”Henderson said. “You go on Craiglist to purchase something from someone and you may get robbed and assaulted. That is unfortunately common.”Nevertheless, Henderson said people can defend themselves. “The D.C. police have set up safe zones where people can conduct business like that in a safe manner,” she said. “Other than that, I would not do it. It would be better to use Amazon or some other site like that to get things. It’s a risky proposition to do business like that. I say just don’t do it.”last_img read more

The 10 video game characters that would make the best significant others

first_imgChun-Li (Street Fighter series)Who wouldn’t want to date Chun-Li? Not only is she one of the world’s best martial artists, but she’s also a seasoned traveler with an upbeat personality who dresses with style. Being that she is Chinese, she can no doubt show you all of the best places to visit in her homeland, and of course, fight off any locals that make a habit of preying on tourists. Just be sure not to mention any type of “bison” in a conversation.Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher series)One may think that Geralt is on this list simply because of his rugged good looks, and while that isn’t exactly wrong, it wouldn’t be totally correct. Aside from belonging to a special class of monster hunters and possessing super-human abilities, Geralt is loyal to a fault. If he counts you as his ally or lover, there is nothing he won’t do for you. Plus, he’s technically a royal knight and has gained extensive knowledge of the world over his 97 years (and he looks great for his age). On top of all that, he’s a passionate lover, practically making him the overall perfect romantic companion.Honorable mention: Commander Shepard“Savior of the Galaxy” is probably all that Commander Shepard’s dating profile needs, but there’s more to the Citadel spokesperson that. The Commander is the first human to become a Spectre, which is basically the galaxy’s own police force, and helped humanity gain a higher standing within the galactic community. The commander is highly sought after as a romantic companion, though, so make sure to act with speed when in pursuit.Of course, if none of the above do it for you — or you’re just really sad that they aren’t real — you can always date a printer. No really, there’s a printer dating sim — and hey, printers are something you could just get delivered to you from Amazon. Who would’ve guessed that Amazon was secretly in the mail-order significant printer-other business? No matter how much time we spend playing their games or how much of an emotional impact they may have on us, the sad fact is that the video game characters we love cannot love us back. No matter how attractiveor relatable you may find a character, your relationship with them begins and ends in front of a monitor or television screen.What if you could actually date one of your favorite characters, though? Which ones would be perfect companions, or if not perfect, be the most interesting to date — provided you aren’t killed along the way? Since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, we’ve decided to inhale some of the love that’s in the air (at least we think that’s love in the air) and imagine what it would be like to go out with some beloved video game characters.Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)Lara Croft is an adventurous type of girl who is curious about the world around her. Despite being rich, she prefers to spend most of her time outdoors exploring long-forgotten places, or hunting wild animals. She’s an exercise enthusiast as well, and spends countless hours in her custom made gym working on her climbing skills. She’s also filthy rich, so you know, that’s always a bonus too. Dating her may occasionally result in both of you being chased by a dinosaur, but that’s all part of the package with Lara.Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil series)Leon is the all-American boy next door type that you could bring home to your parents. On his first day as a police officer, he survived a zombie outbreak and helped whoever he could in the process. In fact, he continues to do his part in helping stem back the zombie hordes from infesting the planet. This is a committed man, who would no doubt bring that commitment to any relationship. He doesn’t talk much, though, so you may have to put in extra effort to get him to open up. Just consider that him being a strong silent type.Leliana (Dragon Age series)If you’re looking for a kind and loyal companion with an air of mystery to her, then Leliana may be right for you. She’s a girl who is comfortable being around both regular folks and nobility so you can pretty much take her anywhere and be assured she won’t feel out of place. She also has a stern side and is pretty good with a bow and arrow, perfect if the waiter at the restaurant you take her to messes up your order.Link (The Legend of Zelda series)While Super Mario is also in the business of rescuing kidnapped princesses, Link is the younger, more attractive of the two Nintendo stars. He’s a man (or boy) who will travel across dangerous lands to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganondorf. He’s the quiet, sensitive type which just adds to his allure. He’s also an accomplished musician, and can not only serenade you with his trusty ocarina, but literally conduct the winds to play a tune. Plus: his wide array of different tunics and boots suggest a complex fashion sense.Samus Aran (Metroid series)Any woman with a sense of duty is always attractive, and considering that Samus Aran is compelled to rid the galaxy of evil aliens, makes her even more appealing. Samus isn’t one to show her feelings, so you may have to work a little harder to get her to open up. If you do, it could mean romantic flights across the galaxy to visit exotic worlds. If there are any dangers on these planets, then you can rest assured that Samus will keep you safe.Kratos (God of War)For girls who like to live on the wild side, there’s no better man to date than Kratos. This demigod spends most of his time killing mythological beasts and deities, so you should forgive any random bloodstains he might be covered in. He’s a renowned lover, having bedded down even the goddess of love herself, and would be best left for experienced ladies. He also spent the better part of three games literally trying to destroy immortal gods because they didn’t protect his family, so you know he’s a caring husband and father.Quiet (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)Now, Quiet isn’t exactly the talkative type (duh), but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t be a cool girlfriend. Her favorite pastime is shooting bad guys with her sniper rifle, so the gun range makes for an excellent romantic evening. She’s also an ’80s pop music connoisseur, which is a big bonus if you’re into that as well. Before considering going out with Quiet, make sure you’re okay with someone who wears revealing outfits, though, on account of her being photosynthetic and all — but hey, it means she has an interest in botany.The Prince (Prince of Persia series)This dude is basically the male equivalent of Lara Croft: Rich royalty who is highly athletic and thinks of others before himself. The Prince is a charmer (let’s just ignore his personality in The Warrior Within) so expect him to delight you with his wit and cleverness. Be prepared to get a crash course in parkour, of course, as The Prince’s castle is a veritable jungle gym and you’ll need to be physically adept to simply head to the bathroom in the middle of the night.last_img read more

Woman taken to hospital after car hits house following accident

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Driver named following fatal collision Staffordshire Police have helped direct traffic, with a number of readers contacting us to say vehicles were diverting down side streets on their way into the town. A spokeswoman added: “Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving three cars outside Lidl on Buxton Road, Leek, at 8.42am this morning (4 December). “One of the vehicles collided with a wall.” The road is reported to remain closed heading into town. Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA woman has been taken to hospital after a car hit a house in Leek following an accident earlier today. Emergency services were called to the collision, which involved three vehicles, on Buxton Road near Lidl, shortly after 8.30am this morning (Tuesday December 4). The woman, a passenger in the car, was not seriously injured. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said they had been called to the scene shortly after 8.30am and had sent one ambulance to the scene. He added: “We assessed two patients, one man and one woman. “The man, the driver of the vehicle, escaped injury and was discharged at the scene. “The woman, a front seat passenger, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital with minor injuries.” Read More Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers approve traffic bill in firstround vote

first_imgCosta Rican lawmakers on Thursday night approved a new traffic law that includes new fines for violations. The fines are less than those approved in a similar bill last September and later struck down by a court as unconstitutional.In a 37–2 vote, lawmakers approved the bill in a first round of debate, setting fines of nearly half of the amounts that were to take effect last year before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck them down, saying they were too high.In the bill approved this week, the highest traffic fine is ₡280,000 ($550) for exceeding the speed limit by 120 kilometers per hour or more, drunk driving, driving with an expired license, passing in a no-passing zone or making an illegal U-turn. The previous fine for these infractions was ₡468,780 ($928).If passed in a second round of debate and signed by President Laura Chinchilla, the bill would also establish different blood-alcohol limits by separating drivers into two groups: those with regular licenses and drivers with commercial licenses. The blood-alcohol-content limit for commercial drivers would be 0.2 grams per liter, with punishment of up to three years in jail for driving with a content over 0.5 g/l. The limit for regular drivers would be 0.5 g/l, with jail time for more than 0.75 g/l.Lawmakers will debate the bill in a second round on Tuesday, but they also plan on first sending it to the Sala IV to avoid constitutional errors. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

US Northwest pear crop forecasts rises amid lar

first_img U.S.: Northwest pear crop forecasts rises amid lar … Fresh produce sales continue to grow, with value-added vegetables, and meal prep options especially bolstering momentum, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s FreshFacts on Retail.These are just a few of the trends the association covers in its latest issue, which delves into the developments of 2019’s second quarter.Beyond these topics, the issue also covers data on the sector’s unit growth. This has slowed compared to other fresh departments and the grocery department, it notes.Additionally, it reports that a variety of fruits and vegetables continue to influence overall organic growth. One reason for this is their appeal to health-conscious consumers, says United Fresh.“At a time when the total store growth remains challenging, consumers’ demand for healthy and convenient eating options represents a unique growth opportunity for players in the retail and consumer packaged goods industry,” explains Miriam Wolk, United Fresh’s vice president, member services.“Fresh food categories are favorably positioned to capitalize on both these trends.”This quarter’s report features seasonal category deep dives on apples, celery, and brussel sprouts. What’s more, it provides a comparison of 2018’s fourth quarter versus 2017’s fourth-quarter results, notes the association. UAV-IQ and Koppert team up for drone-based aerial … Peru gears up for first mandarin exports to Japan … Moreover, the report looks at the top commodities purchased by families with children in their household.In this way, the report can help companies plan for a successful Q4 2019, United Fresh says.United Fresh’s webinar to discuss forces behind current trendsAs an added value, the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board and Nielsen Fresh are hosting a webinar on the report’s highlights.The webinar will occur Wednesday, August 14, at 2:00 EST and feature analysis from Matt Lally, Nielsen Fresh’s associate director.Additionally, it will give participants the opportunity to ask questions and gain a broader understanding of what may be driving current trends, says the association.Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral at Tops Friendly Markets and United Fresh Retail-Foodservice board chairman, will moderate the webinar.Registration for the event is available here. Meanwhile, the complete report can be downloaded free of charge for all United Fresh members here. Non-members can access it for US$50.center_img Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … You might also be interested in August 05 , 2019 last_img read more