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Fleetwood Mac Named MusiCares Person Of The Year 2018

first_imgTwo-time GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Jan. 26, 2018.The quintet — comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — is the first band to receive the prestigious award.Fleetwood Mac will be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala — to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 60th GRAMMY Awards — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.“Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”Fleetwood Mac earned two GRAMMYs for their Album Of The Year-winning LP, Rumours, for 1977. The band also has two recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977).“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Toronto, ON (April 15, 2019) – FilmOntario is pleased to note the renewed commitment to providing stability and support for the film and television industry in Ontario in the 2019 Provincial Budget. This commitment to stability sends a clear message to our partners here at home and around the world that the province of Ontario is a great place to be in the film and TV business.“Independent film and TV production spending grew by 23% to $1.6 billion from 2014 to 2017, creating over 32,000 jobs and contributing $2.3 billion to the province’s GDP,” said FilmOntario co-chair and New Real Films President Jennifer Jonas. “With this re-statement of the government’s commitment to the industry, we can expect to grow by 5% annually over the next three years, bringing an additional 7,000 jobs to Ontario.”The Budget documents also noted the important investments in studio infrastructure at Pinewood Toronto and Cinespace Film Studios, as well as in new spaces such as Markham Movieland’s First Studio City and CBS Television Studios’ new Mississauga location, that will build on Ontario’s ability to support increased production in the province. Such investments are already attracting business, such as Netflix’s recent announcement of a production hub in Toronto, also noted in the Budget. Advertisement “The commitment shown by the government has meant that our production partners are looking at Ontario as a great place to do business,” noted John Weber, FilmOntario Treasurer and President & CEO of Take 5 Productions. “The expansion of our physical infrastructure, combined with our competitive and stable incentives, great locations, and professional on- and off-screen talent, are a great draw for producers from all over the world.”“We look forward to working with the newly announced Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel on ways to continue to grow the industry, and to find ways to support both our domestic producers and our partners from around the world who choose to come here,” added FilmOntario co-chair and ACTRA Toronto Executive Director Sue Milling. “The strength of Ontario’s production ecosystem is its balance between domestic and service work, and the 2019 Budget will allow us to continue our efforts on behalf of all our members to maintain and strengthen our unique industry make-up.”Some industry facts:• $1.6 billion in independent film and television direct spending in Ontario in 2017, leading to a $2.3 billion contribution to provincial GDP• Domestic feature film spending was up by 16% in 2017 to $80.6 million• Foreign TV series spending was up by 27% in 2017 to $653 million.About FilmOntarioFounded in 2003, FilmOntario is a privately-funded industry consortium representing organizations from across the province’s screen-based sector. Our membership includes Ontario-based production companies, unions, studio owner/operators, equipment suppliers, production service providers, and other industry organizations in the province’s screen-based industry. Our emphasis is on marketing Ontario as a screen-based content creation and production jurisdiction, and on working with all levels of government to ensure that their policies and programs continue to support Ontario’s competitiveness in the global market. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Altagas signs agreement with Kelt Exploration

first_imgIn a release, Altagas said that the additional natural gas liquids will increase utilization in AltaGas’ existing liquids pipelines, positioning the company for an expansion of the North Pine fractionator to 20,000 barrels per day – which already has regulatory approval, and to provide additional propane supply to the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.The Commercial Arrangements provide Kelt with firm processing of 75 million cubic feet per day of raw gas under an initial 10-year take-or-pay arrangement and includes raw gas gathering, liquids handling, field fractionation and propane marketing arrangements including export through Ridley Island.The expected commercial operations date of the Townsend Deep Cut Facility is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019. The infrastructure investment for expansion and increasing the capture area of the Townsend site is estimated to be $180 million.“We have significant investment opportunities ahead of us, with Gas being the primary growth driver followed by U.S. Utilities over the next few years,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “Our presence in the two most prolific gas plays; the Montney and Marcellus/Utica—positions us to participate in energy export projects on both coasts of North America. Additionally, the recent NEB approval of the TransCanada North Montney expansion will enable producers to move ahead with their growth plans. AltaGas with its strategic infrastructure in Northeast British Columbia is well positioned to be a part of that growth.”Under the terms of the Commercial Arrangements, Altagas said Kelt has the option during the first three years of the initial take-or-pay term to commit to additional firm processing at Townsend Deep Cut, up to a total of 198 million cubic feet per day for a term of its choice, with an additional minimum take-or-pay commitment of ten years.AltaGas will construct 198 million cubic feet per day of deep cut natural gas processing capacity at the Townsend Complex. This will consist of the proposed and permitted 99 million cubic feet per day of deep cut capacity and the proposed and permitted modification of an existing 99 million cubic feet per day shallow cut capacity to enhanced NGL recovery. CALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas Ltd. announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with Kelt Exploration Ltd. to provide an energy infrastructure solution for the liquids-rich Inga Montney development located in northeast British Columbia.Altagas says that the Commercial Arrangements underpin the expansion of its Townsend Complex, including the addition of a 198 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity at the Townsend Deep Cut Facility.Kelt announced in early July that it had signed a letter of intent with Altagas to process 75 million cubic feet per day of raw gas under a 10-year arrangement at AltaGas’ proposed Townsend Deep Cut Gas Plant.last_img read more

Food crisis not yet over warns top UN rights official

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Geneva-based Human Rights Council that it must target its work towards helping the most marginalized segments of society.Last year, the number of the world’s hungry surged from 854 million to 967 million due to the steep climb in prices of staple foods. In spite of dropping prices, they remain higher than they were in 2002, leaving the poor still unable to purchase food, she noted.Further, lower food costs are actually discouraging agricultural investment, Ms. Pillay said, impeding efforts to step up food production, especially the capacity of small-hold farmers to sustain their livelihoods.The Commissioner told the 47-member Council that steps to alleviate hunger and promote the right to food have yet to be translated into concrete action to help those most impacted by the crisis.She voiced particular concern for the situation of the rural and urban poor, landless or small-scale farmers and households headed by women.Ms. Pillay maintained that any successful strategy to defeat hunger should involve stronger institutions with better accountability, sustainable investments in agricultural production and research, and targeted support to small-scale farmers and the poor.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need to scale up efforts to combat hunger and realize the right to food, given that the number of hungry people around the world is surging amid the current global financial crisis and the effects of climate change.“Food is not just a commodity, and agriculture is not just a business. Both are central to survival. Realizing every person’s right to food is a moral and humanitarian imperative,” Mr. Ban told students of the UN International School at a conference on the global food crisis. 9 March 2009Despite falling food prices worldwide, the global food crisis has not ended, the top United Nations human rights official cautioned today, emphasizing the need to view the issue through the very basic right to adequate food. read more

Record number of donors support UN population agency this year

The top six donors were the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. The United States was not among the countries backing the Fund this year. UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said level of support had surpassed the agency’s expectations. “This is strong evidence that countries, from every region of the world, have confidence in the Fund.” Regular resources for UNFPA in 2003 were approximately $294 million. The number of donors more than doubled since 1999 when the agency received funding from just 69 States. New donors in 2003 included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Somalia, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Uzbekistan. “UNFPA works hard to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women in developing countries, to prevent HIV infections and to help couples plan their families and avoid unintended pregnancies,” said Ms. Obaid. “We can now meet more of the demands for reproductive health care in the 150 countries where we work.” According to the agency, about 350 million couples still lack access to a range of safe, effective and affordable contraceptive methods, while only half of all births in developing countries take place with a trained attendant. read more

Former NBA Star Rasheed Wallace Pens Fiery Letter Voicing

Former Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace. Photo by Paul Sancya/Associated Press.In the past year, the public health disaster that became known as the Flint Water Crisis has all but disappeared from the daily news cycle. Major media outlets rarely mention it.But former Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace is making sure America doesn’t forget about the people of Flint, reminding the nation that the crippling health crisis is ongoing — and far from being over.In a sharply worded letter published in the Players’ Tribune, Wallace expressed frustration at the conditions in Flint, noting how the city’s residents have been forced to rely on bottled or boiled water to drink and bathe over the last two years.The former basketball star began his letter by emphasizing the importance of having clean water for simple, everyday tasks like brushing your teeth, washing your hands or rinsing off that apple you took for lunch. Unfortunately, these “luxuries” are no longer afforded to the people of Flint.“When you woke up this morning, what’s the first thing you did?” Wallace wrote. “Took a piss and flushed the toilet? Brushed your teeth? Took a shower? Whatever you did, I’m guessing you used water.”“That’s all normal, part of our everyday lives,” he continued. “Unless you live in Flint, Michigan.”Wallace, who’s been visiting the impaired city over the last year, said he first learned of the water crisis when it was on every news station, in every headline. That’s when he decided it was time to help. On his first visit to the city, however, the retired basketball player said Flint reminded him of a “third-world country in the United States.”“I’m not a water expert or anything like that, but I don’t need to be to know when something is f–cked up,” he wrote. “I just saw the horrible news, about how the government had put people at risk for the sake of saving money, and I knew I needed to help.”“So I went,” Wallace continued. “I flew to Detroit with some friends and family members, rented a moving truck, loaded it up with as much bottled water as it could hold and drove to Flint.”Former Tar Heel All-America & Piston Rasheed Wallace is driving a truck filled w/cases of water from NC to Flint, Michigan tonight #GoHeels— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 4, 2016Wallace said he went door-to-door delivering water in the city’s low-income communities. He noted that many of Flint’s residents were already living in poverty, and now they were being forced to suffer the brunt of this public health crisis.“… People missing clumps of hair, rashes on adults and children alike — all because of poisoned water,” the basketballer said of the affected residents he met. “Imagine that: The poorest people paying the heaviest price.”While in Flint, Wallace said he met up with another former NBA player (and Flint native), Mo Peterson. Peterson had also decided to take action to help the people of Flint. The two former athletes met up for lunch downtown, but Wallace said he noticed a sign at the restaurant that infuriated him: “OUR WATER IS SAFE,” it read.“Hold up, I thought. How is it that downtown water is cool, but three blocks over, the water is making children sick?,” he wrote. “I couldn’t believe it.”Wallace went on to express disgust at the fact that the government tried to cover up a crisis that sickened thousands of residents, including young children. Wallace said he would continue returning to Flint and encouraging others — even his former teammates — to join him. Letting the people of Flint know there are still people are out there who care about them is of the utmost importance to the retired basketball star.“They supported me when I was playing with the Pistons,” Wallace wrote. “There were a lot of people from Flint who maybe couldn’t really afford a ticket to a game, but they bought one anyway, or came down for the parade when we won the title.”“Handing out water is the very least I can do,” he added. “I didn’t partner with any organization or agency. I just went on my own because that was the right thing to do. Every time I go, I’m amazed by the people, but I’m sickened by the lack of help.”Wallace asserted that although the crisis is no longer in the headlines, the problem is still ongoing and nothing has been done to fix the water. He called the crisis a “long-term fix,” but bashed the government for taking nearly two years to approve funding to remedy the issue. He also pointed out that the city is still billing residents for their water — essentially forcing them to pay for water that is “still unsafe and contaminated.”“That’s right. They still want those people to pay their m—–f—— water bills,” Wallace concluded.“You can read this and ignore it,” he wrote. “You can say I don’t know what I’m talking about. But I’ve been to Flint. I’ve seen what’s happening. The cameras are gone, but the people are still there, and they still need our help.” read more

The Average Cost Of World Series Tickets Has Gone Up

A Kansas firefighter rescued some World Series tickets from a burning house. A man was robbed at gunpoint outside Missouri’s Kauffman Stadium for his tickets. The Feds seized more than a hundred ersatz tickets, along with some “counterfeit panties” (don’t ask me). A Kansas City Royals fan was ready to sell his Mustang to get tickets for his family.Then again, Wade Davis’s wife tipped her waiter with a World Series ticket.How much are these things worth, anyway? This year, an average of $930 apiece.The New York Times reports that Game 1 of the World Series drew only 12.2 million television viewers — the worst Game 1 ratings on record. But though the television audience for 2014’s Series isn’t much interested, the fans trying to get into the stadiums certainly are. Ticket prices are up this year.Playoff tickets are a hot commodity in sports and, unsurprisingly, World Series tickets are baseball’s most expensive. Even still, the jump from the earlier playoff rounds is remarkable. This year, they’ve been nearly five times as expensive as any other playoff round.Using transactional data provided to me by SeatGeek — which gathers price data on a number of popular online ticket resellers — here are this year’s average ticket prices for all the playoff games, by round:(Note that chart this includes ticket transactions for unplayed, and potentially unnecessary, World Series games. Prices may have fluctuated. ) The average price for this year’s two wild card games was $169. For league division series games, it was a bit less: $129. For league championship series, it was $200.With the San Francisco Giants seeking to establish a sort of quasi-dynasty, and the Royals looking for their first championship since 1985, the fan bases seem eager. And though the fans’ demand to see their home teams has boosted in-person prices, the Royals’ small television market may be to blame for the low television ratings.Not only have prices jumped sharply going into the Royals-Giants matchup, but this year’s Series has also outpaced recent fall classics. The past few years’ World Series averages were $766, $634, $618 and $797. Not a single game of the 2014 Series averages a ticket price below $800.Here’s the spread of prices for recent World Series games:If the current price for Game 7 holds (and, of course, if that game is necessary), about $40 million will have been spent on the tickets to fill Kauffman Stadium. They’re averaging $1,078 a pop.The cheapest — if it can be called that — average ticket since 2010 was $488 for 2011’s Game 2, when the Texas Rangers visited St. Louis. Game 6 of that series seems, in retrospect, like the deal of the century, at an average of just $500.The outlying game in 2013 was Boston’s clinching Game 6 over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway — the first time the Red Sox had won the Series at home in 95 years. It’d have set you back an average of $1,175 to see that one — reportedly the most expensive baseball ticket in history.The going price for Saturday’s Game 4? A relatively affordable $987. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State returns home for daunting matchup against No 1

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) has squared off against three currently ranked opponents this season. It lost all three games — all by double-digits. To end its losing streak against the top teams in the nation, it will have to pull one of the biggest upsets in the season when it hosts No. 1 Michigan State Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.The game starts at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. Here’s what to expect.Projected startersMichigan State:G — Joshua Langford — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Cassius Winston — Sophomore, 6-foot, 185 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, G/F — Miles Bridges — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 225 lbs., 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Jaren Jackson Jr. — Freshman, 6-foot-11, 242 lbs., 10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Nick Ward — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 245 lbs., 15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Michigan StateThe Spartans are arguably the most complete team on both sides of the ball Ohio State will face all season. They rank in the top 15 for both points scored and points allowed this season and lead the nation with a plus-26.6 scoring margin. What makes Michigan State such a challenging offense to defend is its ability to score from all ranges. This season it has spread out its point distribution quite a bit with 51.5 percent of its offense coming from inside the arc, 31.3 percent outside and 17.2 percent from the free-throw line, according to Ken Pomeroy.And regardless of where the Spartans are on the court, it is more than capable of making the shots. It ranks in the top 10 in both 3-point and 2-point shooting this season with 42.4 percent from the 3 and 59.5 percent for two. It has a 61 percent effective field goal percentage, according to Pomeroy.That versatility of the Spartans is equally effective on defense. Their 39.4 effective field goal percentage allowed ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to Pomeroy. Opposing offenses have found more success from beyond 3-point range, shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and just 32.8 percent inside (lowest in the nation). Michigan State also blocks the most shot, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. What to expectNearly any opponent Michigan State faces looks outmatched, and that remains true for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was never all that close with No. 12 UNC on Dec. 23, losing 86-72, and was blown out by No. 19 Gonzaga, 86-59, on Nov. 23.Ohio State is not a team that relies on 3-point shooting for offense and has its most success when it drives to the basket. Only 26.7 percent of its points this season have come from the 3 while 54.4 percent have come within the perimeter, according to Pomeroy. That does not bode well against a team like Michigan State that is one of the better interior defenders in the nation. The Buckeyes do have a statistical edge when it comes to both forcing and limiting turnovers. The Spartans have turned the ball over 19.5 percent of the time and forced turnovers only 17.6 percent of the time, 212th and 250th in the nation by Pomeroy, respectively.Particularly as of late, the Buckeyes have done a much better job limiting their own turnovers. They currently sit at No. 140 in the nation at 18.5 percent while forcing the 114th-most turnovers in the country at 20.2 percent. Ohio State has a few promising matchups against Michigan State statistically, but overall this will be a challenge for the Buckeyes. If head coach Chris Holtmann is going to get his first signature win with the Scarlet and Gray, a lot will have to go right for his team.Prediction:Michigan State wins 80-65 read more

Additional salmonella cases tied to eatery

first_imgThe salmonella outbreak count keeps climbing.The number of people sickened after eating at On the Border in east Vancouver is now up to 13 confirmed and 33 probable cases. Most of the ill are adults, though some children have also gotten sick, said Don Strick, Clark County Public Health spokesman.Three people have been hospitalized, at least two with dehydration, after being diagnosed with salmonella. Two of those hospitalized have since returned home, Strick said.Health officials are still trying to determine the source of bacteria. They’re unsure whether the bacteria was spread by a contaminated surface or food product, or whether a food handler passed the illness to customers.All but one case involves customers who visited the restaurant between Sept. 20 and Oct. 8. One restaurant employee has also gotten ill, Strick said.All employees have been asked to submit samples for salmonella testing. The restaurant will not reopen until those results are back from the lab, which can take several days. Health officials closed the restaurant Tuesday.The restaurant’s corporate office asked local health officials to help coordinate an advanced food safety class for all of the Vancouver employees in response to the outbreak. Washington State University Extension will administer the course at the restaurant, likely sometime in the next month, Strick said.last_img read more

Grass fire burns 5 to 10 acres in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to a grass fire in Southwest Miami-Dade, Saturday night.The fire burned five to 10 acres across a field, located near Southwest 136th Street and 188th Avenue.No buildings were damaged as a result of the fire.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fort Lauderdale commissioners unanimously approve demolition of disused soccer stadium

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners unanimously approved to demolish a disused soccer stadium to make way for a new one.David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF ownership group won a vote of approval for a new stadium, Tuesday.Related: Fort Lauderdale commissioners vote to begin negotiations with Inter Miami CF over disused stadiumBeckham’s club won a bidding war for the abandoned Lockhart Stadium, at 1350 NW 55th St., on March 19.The club’s current plan is to play at the stadium for two years while a stadium in Miami is built.After that, the club plans to place its youth academy and farm team in Fort Lauderdale.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao opens gym in Bheemunipatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Minister for Tourism and Culture Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao on Thursday inaugurated an open gym built at a cost of Rs 12 lakh in Bheemunipatnam beach, among other infrastructure in his constituency. He announced special action plan for developing Bheemunipatnam beach and called for cooperation from public, officials and political leaders for the same. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the development works pertaining to road and canals taken up for over Rs 21 lakh and an open gym were established for the people of Bheemunipatnam. He called for cooperation from all sections of society to make Navaratnalu, the pet scheme of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, a success. He said the State government was contemplating to provide Rs 10,000 per month to those affected by kidney disorders, paralysis and Thalassemia.last_img read more

Indias Sharan at prequarters Nadal teaches Kyrgios lesson at

first_imgLondon : Divij Sharan kept the Indian interest alive at the Wimbledon Championships by reaching the men’s doubles pre-quarterfinals with partner Marcelo Demoliner, quelling a spirited fight from Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen here Friday. Battling hard for over three hours, Sharan and his Brazilian partner eked out a 7-6(1) 5-7 7-6(6) 6-4 win over the Belgian pair. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Left-handed Sharan’s best ever Grand Slam performance had come at the Wimbledon last year when he made the quarterfinals with Artem Sitak. He has also reached the third round at Australian Open (2018), French Open (2017) and US Open (2013). Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, Purav Raja and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan have all exited from the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Earlier, Rafael Nadal may not end up winning a third Wimbledon singles title but he will take joy from having beaten his ‘bete noire’ Nick Kyrgios in an engrossing but bad-tempered grudge match. The 33-year-old Spaniard on Thursday came through in four sets 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3) which saw fiery but talented Australian Kyrgios receive a warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour after a running argument with the umpire while twice serving under-arm. Advertise With Us Nadal’s pleasure was evident when he sealed the match against a man he had accused of lacking respect for the sport as he fist-pumped and jumped in the air yelling to his camp seated on Centre Court. “I was aware of everything,” said Nadal, who was winning his 50th match at Wimbledon. “I was just next to him so I don’t want to comment on this but potentially he is a Grand Slam winner.”last_img read more

During Ramadan virtual spaces help stave off the loneliness for some Muslims

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Report: US Jews of color overlooked and undercounted Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Latino evangelical leaders meet in Jerusalem for summit on Israel Share This! Tagshomepage featured Muslims Ramadan social media,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – For most Muslims, Ramadan is a month filled with community and fellowship: waking up together to eat before dawn, sharing communal iftar meals to break the fast in the evening, praying together in the mosque long into the night.But for others, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar is also the loneliest.Whether they’re recent converts, new immigrants, LGBTQ Muslims, married to a non-Muslim, living in a rural or isolated area, living alone or simply living in a new area without a Muslim network, many Muslims may not have a mosque or Muslim community to bond with.Instead, they turn to social media to help bridge the distance between friends, family and religious leaders.Omar Aziz“I really want to connect to the Muslim community physically, but I need social media to help me do that, to help me see lectures from scholars and find out about community iftars,” said Omar Aziz, an Afghan American community organizer studying higher education at George Mason University.  “We have to rely a lot on these digital spaces because we’re not always connected and we might be far away from communities and family and places that we find that sense of belonging.”Social media and technology are critical to helping fill that gap, Omar said.“Connecting through social media is a really big part of building community and having friendships,” Aziz said. “Because we don’t always have a lot of spaces to do that ourselves.”Five years ago, writer Shannon Abulnasr created the Ramadan Iftar Project, a Facebook group with more than 2,100 members, to help Muslim converts connect with community online. Group members in the same time zone connect via video chat to break their fasts together and share photos of their iftar.Abulnasr converted to Islam in 2006 and launched a now-defunct website called to help guide fellow converts.Since then, other digital initiatives have launched to help guide and connect new Muslims. The New Muslim Academy offers online videos, courses and books to help converts engage in the rituals of Ramadan.Through podcasts and online videos, Muslims of all stripes can be transported to the campus of New York University, where the popular Imam Khalid Latif offers a sermon on becoming one’s best self during Ramadan.They can take classes from renowned scholars on understanding the Quran and find advice on how to get back on track with their goal of finishing the Quran this Ramadan. They can hear sermons from the Women’s Mosque of America, or from their hometown mosque, or from the mosque that their family across the world attends every night. They can tune in to livestreams of the intense taraweeh prayers held at mosques across the country during Ramadan.Muslims breaking their fast alone in their living rooms can also watch Muslim YouTube stars turn their own iftars into mukbangs, a popular genre of videos in which hosts broadcast themselves eating food while chatting with their audience. They can laugh with blogger Dina Torkia’s daily Ramadan videos, now an annual tradition online, showing her and her husband wrangling their two young children while fasting.When Muslims feel ostracized from traditional mosques or have no biological family to spend time with during Ramadan, getting a positive Instagram comment on a photo of last night’s iftar can be life-changing.Keeping that community connection alive is challenging during Ramadan, when many Muslims take a step back from social media during Ramadan to avoid distractions from worship.Bilal Askaryar, who works for Church World Service in Washington, D.C., had been informally fasting from social media during Ramadan since he made his first online account.But since he began leaning into his identity as a gay Muslim a few years ago, that changed.Even in Washington, finding spaces that are affirming of queer Muslims is not easy, he said. While many mosques are welcoming, a few “unfortunate incidents” he and other queer friends have faced make entering a new mosque stressful.“That’s why I still actively look out for those spaces online where I can interact with like my queer Muslim siblings and see how they’re observing Ramadan and making a digital place for themselves,” he said. “So often, we’re left out. The visibility itself is revolutionary.”Askaryar, 33, may not be able to travel to Chicago to pray and break his fast alongside queer Muslims at Chicago’s Masjid al-Rabia.But simply knowing that there are some people who are praying – and, sometimes, being able to watch them do so on Instagram Live – makes him feel less alone, he said.This year, Masjid al-Rabia also launched the #MyDisabledRamadan hashtag to help disabled Muslims around the world find community.Recently, I found the hashtag #MyDisabledRamadan and felt instantly at home with other disabled muslims♡I decided to write a blog post about my own experience as a disabled muslimah and the struggle of being unable to fast and the guilt that comes with it— Zahra (@CutieHijabiLife) May 15, 2019This has included a community iftar at the mosque in Chicago this week that was broadcast online. The mosque’s programs – Friday prayers, Quran study circles and livestreamed “digital hangouts” around iftar time — are also online.The conversation around #MyDisabledRamadan mirrors that the dialogue created by #BlackMuslimRamadan, launched on Twitter by anthropologist Donna Auston in 2015. Auston was looking for ways that underrepresented Muslims could share their experience with others across the world through photos, poems, recipes and reflections.“In a world where blackness is very often attacked as the very antithesis of all that is beautiful, this newly formed digital community affirmed and uplifted an unapologetically black aesthetic as its own yardstick,” Auston wrote for Religion News Service soon after launching the conversation.Inspired by Juz’ 14, @msbmack honors the legacy and the timeless teachings of Malcolm X. Don’t miss this powerful reflection! #Ramadan #Juz14 #SapeloSquare #BeingBlackAndMuslim #ttQuran— Sapelo Square (@SapeloSquare) May 20, 2019Black Muslims have also created a virtual space for themselves with Sapelo Square, a blog that seeks to be “a gathering space that builds on the long tradition of Islam in Black America and reflects the vitality of Black Muslim Life.”Every Ramadan since 2016, they have invited contributors to offer reflections on passages of the Quran through a black Muslim lens. One emotional reflection compares the plight of Moses’ mother, as recounted in the Quran’s 20th chapter, to the way that enslaved black women’s children were taken from them and “sold down the (Mississippi) river”; another finds hope for those behind bars in the Quranic story of the prophet Joseph.These online conversations have helped lead to in-person connections, too. Last year, Chicago-based organizer Samira Abderahman launched Black Iftar, a series of potluck iftar events aimed at gathering “black Muslims and their friends” in nine cities around the country.#BlackIftar is a diaspora delight!You get Black American, Afro Caribbean, Latinx, East Africans, West Africans, Biracial, born Muslims, converts, Sunni, Shia, NOI, Sufi, men, women, youth, & those who love us in a room to break bread & be fly! 🤲🏾Alhamdulillah! ❤️❤️❤️ #Ramadan— Ms Scholarly Info 🍑 (@msbmack) May 15, 2019“I knew a lot of Muslims who were black … belonging to various different communities who I know didn’t necessarily know each other or didn’t spend time with each other,” Abderahman explained last week on the Identity Politics Podcast, which features stories about race, gender and Muslim American life. “The intention of it was literally just to get a lot of these people … putting them all in a room with the intention of breaking our fast together and building community.” Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Exploring the botanical heritage of India

first_imgShowcasing the specimens and literatures that depict some of the most crucial chapters of botanical history of India and the world, an exhibition entitled the ‘Botanical Heritage of India’ is going to be launched on October 27.Being organised by The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) along with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at London and Centre for World Environmental History (CWEH), University of Sussex, exhibition will be held at the gallery of India International Centre, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt is based on the theme of Indian Natural History Collections in Botany and Meteorology and aims at helping assemble, reconsider and debate fresh frameworks for botanical and meteorological histories of the Indian Ocean region c.1500- c.2000.It is very clear that no plants in the world are left out without any medicinal value. So, the collection of Bengali manuscripts known as Puthi, on display, is an important pointer to the existence of indigenous knowledge of plants and their medicinal values. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInfographs, prepared by Botanical Survey of India and Central National Herbarium, form an important component of the exhibition. These posters would provide a historical background of the discipline of botany through the work of William Roxburgh and Nathaniel Wallich. The commissioned expedition of Joseph Dalton Hooker, and his subsequent publications and work in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, England as its director, was extremely important in organising the classification, preservation and distribution of plant specimens and its accompanying botanical knowledge across the world. This forms the core of the exhibition. The collection comprises of materials brought over from Kew Garden and corresponding artefacts from the archives of Botanical Survey of India. This exhibition also celebrates the life and work of an Indian Botanist Janaki Ammal Edavaleth Kakkat and puts her in her rightful place in the pantheon of botanical heritage of India. This Exhibition offers scholars and the general public in India an opportunity to view and access a rich collection of the Heritage. The exhibition will last till November 7.last_img read more

Olly Alexander What do I really want A big dck

first_imgYears & Years frontman Olly Alexander just revealed what he really looks for in a man. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Olly Alexander. | Photo: Drew de F Fawkes / Flickr GAYSTARNEWS- Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last night (15 June), Olly excitedly joined some of the stars of Ocean’s 8.When he walks over to the couch after singing his new song If You’re Over Me, Olly excitedly hugs everyone.He then says: ‘Sorry, they said I shouldn’t hug everyone but I had to.‘This is – I can’t believe – goddesses, angels, magical queens… and I get to sit with them. I’m going to faint.’Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. | Photo: The Graham Norton Show / BBCBut then Graham asks about Olly’s contribution to the latest Bridget Jones movie.Olly explains: ‘So, Bridget Jones’ baby – which is the third Bridget Jones movie – they asked us to write a song for it. We were like, yes, great! It’s gonna be a big song in the movie and it’s gonna come out.‘So I was just imagining that I’m Bridget and what do I really want?’‘Like, a big dick, right?’‘I just mean, just because, like, I can relate!’center_img They end up writing the song Meteorite and the band go to the premiere of the film. They sit through the whole film and realize their song is the one of the last songs in the credits of the film.Olly Alexander: ‘I love you so much’Graham Norton also asks Olly if he’s excited to meet any of the guests in particular. Olly looks straight at Rihanna and says: ‘It’s you!’He continues: ‘I love you all but you’ve been such an inspiration to me and I love you so much. I dyed my hair red because of you. She’s the one.’Rihanna responds proudly to her fellow co-stars: ‘Laters, all of you!’She later tells Olly: ‘I love you!’After the show, Olly posts a photo of the pair to Twitter with the most excited look on his face and Twitter is loving it.He captioned the photo: ‘I will never be the same.’I will never be the same— olly (@alexander_olly) June 15, 2018You can watch the full episode on BBC.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Years & Years release new ‘petty’ song about gay heartbreakYears & Years’ Olly Alexander on Grindr, sex with straight guys inspiring new songOlly Alexander and Little Mix’s Jade protest Instagram gay kiss pic removalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | May 15, 2013 C.R. Bard Pays $48.2 Million to Settle Brachytherapy Seed Whistleblower Lawsuit C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to pay the federal government $48.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges its urological division and wholly owned subsidiary, ProSeed Inc., paid doctors and hospitals kickbacks to entice them to order Bard’s products at inflated prices to treat Medicare patients with prostate cancer.Bard and ProSeed, based in Covington, Ga., sold radioactive seeds used for brachytherapy, a treatment for prostate cancer. The seeds are permanently implanted in the prostate to deliver a prescribed dose of radiation directly to the cancer cells.”Bard’s nationwide brachytherapy sales force would customize the kickback offers after assessing what the customers’ financial needs were,” said Peter Chatfield, a Washington, D.C., attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP, who is representing the whistleblower. “Bard allegedly offered doctors anything they wanted — such as unrestricted ‘grant’ money, rebates, advertising campaigns and free medical equipment — to induce them to buy Bard’s brachytherapy seeds at inflated prices.”Customers order the radioactive seeds used in brachytherapy from whatever company they want. During the period relevant to the lawsuit, Medicare paid whatever price was billed for the seeds, so doctors and hospitals weren’t affected by paying higher prices for seeds.The “qui tam” lawsuit alleged that from 1998 to 2006 Bard inflated the costs of the seeds sold to treat Medicare patients, using a portion of its excess profits to pay for kickbacks. By paying kickbacks, Bard caused false and inflated claims to be submitted to Medicare, which is a violation of the False Claims Act.The whistleblower, Julie Darity, is a former contracts administration officer for Bard in Georgia. She worked for the company for 18 years and received numerous top employee awards. She complained about the kickbacks to her supervisors and through the internal compliance system to no avail before filing a qui tam lawsuit.”I was following the company’s ethics policy when I complained about all of the enticements sales reps were offering customers to get them to buy the brachytherapy seeds,” Darity said. “Rather than stopping these sales tactics, the company continued to allow sales reps to offer inducements and rewarded them very generously.”Darity’s qui tam case was filed in federal district court in Atlanta in 2006. The government joined the case after investigating the allegations. Darity is represented by Peter Chatfield of Phillips & Cohen, Marlan Wilbanks, of Wilbanks and Bridges, in Atlanta, Ga., and Charles E. Cox, Jr. of Macon, Ga.”Having an honest and informed client is an important part of every whistleblower case,” said Wilbanks. “In this case, Ms. Darity was an extraordinary asset. She has literally spent thousands of hours over the last seven years assisting the government in understanding the nature and scope of the Bard kickbacks at issue.”Darity expressed great appreciation for the work of the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.”The government attorneys and investigators were fabulous, particularly Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeli Ben-David,” Darity said. “They understood that the Bard sales tactics were costing Medicare millions of dollars and had to be stopped. Ms. Ben-David spent years working on my case, and she personally reviewed thousands of documents related to the Bard kickbacks.”The False Claims Act encourages whistleblowers to file lawsuits against companies that are defrauding the government and offers them a reward if funds are recovered. When the government joins the case, whistleblowers are rewarded between 15 percent and 25 percent of the recovery. For the evidence she provided and the years she spent working on the case, Darity was rewarded with 21 percent of the Bard settlement proceeds.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

Environment Ministry restricts operations at three pineapple farms

first_imgRelated posts:Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming Environmentalists demand halt to pineapple expansion Environmental agency orders suspension of pineapple farming project TheEnvironment Ministry‘s National Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA) ordered the owners of three pineapple farms in the Northern Zone to partially halt operations.The order states that work at those farms is causing environmental damage, particularly the sedimentation of various rivers, lagoons and wetlands. SETENA’s inspectors found the problems during recent on-the-ground inspections at various farms in the area. They also found that owners of those three farms do not have the required permits that must be issued by the Health Ministry.In addition, they also found that farmers performed a series of actions to prepare the lands “several months before SETENA granted them the environmental feasibility permits for growing pineapple,” according to a news release from SETENA.SETENA’s orders warned farm owners that they must refrain from conducting any work that might have an impact on nearby wetlands, ponds, or protected lands.“Otherwise, this agency will order the immediate halt of all work at the farms. Farm owners will also have their environmental feasibility permits revoked,” the document adds.The Environment Ministry said that inspectors will keep visiting other pineapple farms in the area in order to verify that they all have the required legal permits.Also in the southSETENA also ordered the suspension of all work at a pineapple farming project in the southern Pacific region in May. Officials ordered  the project’s developer to comply with various requirements in order to avoid actions that might have an impact on grasslands, forests, rice fields or trees.The decision came after protesters marched in downtown San José, criticizing the government for issuing excessive permits including that for a project owned by Del Monte.An on-the-ground inspection conducted by officials from the Environment Ministry, SETENA, the National System of Conservation Areas, and the National Museum at the time found that the project lands are too close to protected areas, including the Térraba Sierpe wetland and four archaeological sites that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared as World Heritage. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Rise of Property Valuation in Mortgage Financing

first_img Justin Vedder is Vice President with Altisource Origination Solutions. He joined Altisource in July 2015 through the acquisition of CastleLine, where he served as EVP of CastleLine Risk and Insurance Services. Vedder recently spoke with MReport about the rise of property valuation in the financing space, with a look ahead to next year.                  Why is property valuation rising to the list of top priorities in the mortgage financing space?This is the byproduct of several forces driving the market. Valuations was identified as one source of much of the fraud and collusion that led to the default crisis in 2008. Subsequent legislation and enforcement have put valuations under scrutiny and, consequently, much of the subsequent risk and liability for mortgage finance is placed at the doorstep of valuations, citing issues with how they were done. That has resulted in today’s environment where credit is tight and real estate sales depend even more heavily on the valuation. With valuations being scrutinized, many appraisers and collateral underwriters take extremely conservative positions on property values, further restricting housing activity.How is the current state of the market impacting this trend looking ahead to 2017?The current state of the market is like the shifting of the earth—two tectonic plates are pushing against each other. The immovable aversion to credit and collateral risk are being pushed by the lackluster economic rebound, slow housing sales (particularly in upper-value properties) and major population sectors being once again shut out of the market and homeownership due to the credit and price demands. The country needs homeownership rates to increase. That will not happen unless credit and collateral risk tolerance increases. Which force wins? Let’s hope it is not another catastrophe like an earthquake.Justin VedderHow should the industry address the shortage of appraisers?Either the industry needs to alleviate the high appraisal entry barriers (college degree, years of experience, high-lingering-long-term risk, intense follow-up demands, disincentive to use interns, etc.), or it needs to find a more economical, predictable, risk measurement tool for collateral risk than appraisals. The second option is what we’re seeing today, and the appraisal industry as we know it will not remain the standard valuation meter for real estate finance in the long term.What will be some other priorities for the mortgage financing space next year?Many of the trends happening now in the mortgage industry will continue into 2017, including a heightened focus on efficiency while market participants maintain a consistent awareness about regulatory changes and compliance factors. The mortgage process is becoming increasingly streamlined due to technology integration, and industry professionals are working to better communicate with customers, providing them with information on evolving regulation and access to information by way of tech-based resources. The mortgage industry continues to become more integrated, which presents its own set of challenges but also provides opportunity to ensure consumers are more educated and mortgage originators can perform more effectively and efficiently.Some analysts are predicting this year will be the best year for home sales in a decade. What is your forecast for origination volume for the rest of 2016?Mortgage lenders are focused on improving the time from origination to closing and consider it to still be a top priority in order to be competitive in the current market. With lenders streamlining processes, they are increasing efficiency and originating more loans. Based on current rates and the state of the market, we can likely expect sales in Q4 2016 to be similar to those in Q3. Mortgage Financing Property Valuation 2016-10-07 Seth Welborn Share October 7, 2016 673 Views center_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination The Rise of Property Valuation in Mortgage Financinglast_img read more