Clarksons Greece Owns the Worlds Largest Fleet

first_imgzoom With the latest turn of the tide, Greek owners have placed themselves at the top with 210.1 millon gross tons, representing the world’s largest fleet, according to Clarksons Research.This change is the latest in a recent set of switches in the leadership of ownership of the global orderbook. Although the Japanese now own the world’s second largest fleet at 164.2 million gross tons, they account for the largest orderbook across all owner nationalities, with 488 ships of 28.2 million gross tons on order.This year, the size of their orderbook has surpassed that of their Chinese counterparts, leaving Japanese owners on top of this particular pile.Following the boom in ordering preceding the global economic downturn, the orderbook stood at its highest ever level with 416.6 million gross tons in October 2008. At this point in time it was Greek owners who accounted for the largest orderbook, ahead of the German owners in second place. Since then, things have largely gone downwards for the Greek orderbook.By start of 2011, the Chinese owners’ orderbook was the world’s second largest and across the period 2012-15 it vied with the Greek orderbook for pole position before pulling ahead last year.In December 2016, Japanese owners took the lead in the orderbook stakes. The Japanese orderbook surged in 2015 as Japanese owners contracted 22 million gross tons, often bulkers and largely at domestic yards. “Against the background of a declining orderbook since 2008, the Japanese orderbook has switched from third to first position,” Clarksons Research said.“Contracting has been extremely limited last year and this year so far, but at some point it will come back in greater volumes and then it will be necessary to watch the movements in the orderbook even more intently.”last_img read more

Team USAs Women Are An Olympic Powerhouse

The United States brought home more gold medals than any other country at the Rio Games this summer. As has become usual, the U.S.’s excellence owes much to the success of American women.In Rio, the U.S. women shined with 61 of 121 medals, including 27 out of 46 golds (59 percent). The U.S. was also atop the medal table at the end of the previous Summer Games, in London, and women were responsible for more than half the gold medals that year as well. Worldwide, more women than ever are competing in the Olympic Games: In Rio, around 45 percent of the athletes competing were women, and women’s events accounted for 47 percent of the 306 total. Of those 145 gold medals available for women, the Americans took 27 of them (19 percent). The U.S. men, meanwhile, won gold medals in 19 of the 161 male events that took place in Rio (12 percent). In the 2012 Games, the U.S. women took 29 of the 140 available gold medals (21 percent) while their male counterparts took 17 of the 162 available gold medals (10 percent). This has been the trend in most Summer Olympic Games, which leads to this inescapable conclusion: The only thing limiting the success of American women at the Olympics is the number of events available to them.Naturally, this brings us to Title IX, which was passed into law in 1972 and prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded educational programs, including sports. The share of U.S. gold medals won by women at the Summer Olympics dipped in 1976, but with the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, the U.S. women began a rapid ascent into equilibrium with the U.S. men: If we take into account that women have participated in fewer events than men in all modern Summer Olympics — and therefore competed for a smaller number of medals — the divide between men and women looks even more drastic. In 19 of the 26 Summer Olympic Games in which American men and women fought for medals,1This excludes the 1896 Olympics, which had no female events, and the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which the U.S. did not compete in. the women won a greater share of the available gold medals than the men did. That’s right — if there were a gold medal for who performed better in the Olympics, women would bring that one home too. The International Olympic Committee hopes to achieve an equal number of male and female events and athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics, being held in Japan. That’s good news for everyone, but considering recent history, perhaps even better news for Team USA. read more

Jabari Parker Named Prep Hoops Player of the Year

Jabari Parker, the Chicago high school player of Mormon faith who selected Duke over a plethora of colleges, was named the Morgan Wootten Male Player of the Year during a news conference Monday at the Ronald McDonald House.“It’s a big-time (honor),” Parker said of the award. “I always dreamed about being amongst the ranks of especially Chicago players, but now I can say nationwide. Hopefully, I can take this and give myself a little bit motivation.”Parker, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 2 senior in the country, helped guide Simeon Career Academy to its fourth consecutive Illinois state championship in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday. He had 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds in the Wolverines’ state title victory. He also had 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 15 rebounds in the team’s semifinal win.Parker averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds during his senior year after battling a foot injury early in the season. He averaged 21.7 points during the team’s seven playoff victories.The Wootten award is named after the former DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.) coaching legend and given to the McDonald’s All-American who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and exemplifies the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and the community. McDonald’s established the award in Wootten’s name to pay tribute to his achievements as a teacher and coach.Taya Reimer, a guard/forward and Notre Dame recruit from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind., won the girls’ Wootten award.Parker, a 6-foot-9 small forward, was among six finalists for the award. The other finalists included Archbishop Mitty power forward Aaron Gordon (uncommitted), William B. Travis guards Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) and Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Montverde Academy center  Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) and Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins (uncommitted). All six players are ranked among the top 11 players in ESPN’s Class of 2013 rankings.Parker committed to Duke over BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford on Dec. 20.As a junior, Parker was named the Team USA basketball 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, the Gatorade national player of the year and Illinois’ Mr. Basketball.Parker will be presented with the Wootten award on April 2 during the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities and will play in the April 3 McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. CST. read more

InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration

first_img Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Recommended for you Related Items:airline, flights, international, travel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online.It only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online. Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agentlast_img read more

TCI Ministry of Tourism Honors Mrs Tina Fenimore

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Tourism in commemoration of Women’s International Day 2018 under the theme “Press for Progress”; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs along with staff paid tribute to Mrs. Tina Fenimore for her immeasurable contribution not only to tourism but national development.  Mrs. Fenimore was the first local, female hotelier on the Island of Grand Turk and instrumental in both the Grand Turk and Providenciales Chambers of Commerce.Her dreams turning the Turks and Caicos Islands into a tourism destination is truly seen today.  Her actions were a part of the engine that still assists in driving the local economy; The business provided employment for a number of residents and saw countless guests.  Mrs. Fenimore mentored and trained many local employees, allowing for direct socio-economic injection to the community.  She also operated a travel agency, T & C Travel, along with other tourism related businesses since the early 70’s through 90’s.Minister, Hon. Higgs commented; “It is an honor and pleasure to recognize Mrs. Fenimore for her unselfish contribution to the tourism industry, she has always been a champion for our destination since its modern infancy.  She has historically promoted the Turks and Caicos, which we are grateful for; especially today.  We are happy to highlight the accomplishment of women in the various sectors as their efforts have paved the way for the empowerment of women in leadership across every sphere.”There are many women, past and present who have played key roles in developing our tourism industry.  The sustained growth over the years is testament to their ingenuity and involvement.  The Turks and Caicos Islands is truly a place of gender equality as women play leading roles at the executive level.  As we pay special recognition to accomplished women, we must be mindful of young aspiring women who seek to follow their lead in breaking through glass ceilings.Let us thank God for all he has given as we reflect on all accomplishments of women throughout the country; the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming extend best wishes to the hardworking women across the globe for a Happy International Women’s day!Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Credit Market Making Publishers Nervous

first_imgThe Bear Stearns acquisition “certainly casts a gloomy outlook over where the markets and economy are headed,” DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips says. Kemp and Phillips are right. What’s going to come of situations like that with Reed Elsevier announcing plans to divest business sector magazine publisher Reed Business Information? A number of potential suitors have emerged, but is there really a strategic buyer out there willing to pony up $2-2.5 billion now?We’ll have to wait and see. Less than a week after its 21st annual media conference wrapped up in Florida, investment firm giant Bear Stearns Co. was sold Monday to rival JP Morgan Chase & Co. for $240 million—or just $2 per share, a 90 percent loss to what the company was worth a week ago.Although the dramatic news doesn’t have a direct impact on the magazine industry (unless Bear Stearns owes your business money, of course), it does have Wall Street traders up in arms again in a credit market that has former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan—who some blame for the housing market fallout—calling the current U.S. economic crisis the “most wrenching since the end of the second world war.” Capital markets across all industries, including media investors, are nervous about yesterday’s news—and for good reason. “Every time that we think that we’ve seen the bottom of the credit market, something like this happens and we see that it can get much, much worse,” Veronis Suhler Stevenson managing partner Tom Kemp told me during a phone conversation this morning. “Every time these things happen, the credit approval process becomes more difficult, leverage will be tougher and pricing will be higher.”last_img read more

Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze on Civilian Workers

first_imgThe Defense Department has rescinded a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD), defense agencies and field activities that applied to all vacant positions.The department lifted the freeze, which went into effect March 20, after all organizations finished transferring their personnel records to a central manpower tracking system that provides officials a clearer picture of staffing levels, reported Defense News. The change was needed as the Pentagon imposes a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020 on major DOD headquarters activities.OSD is planning to eliminate 309 positions by FY 2020, said DOD spokesman Eric Badger. Of those positions, 243 currently are filled.“We continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,” Badger said of those workers. The issue of headquarters reductions should remain on the front burner as Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Defense Secretary Ash Carter focus on reforming the department, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Keith Urban Talks Graffiti U Julia Michaels MusiCares SXSW 2018

first_img Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images SXSW 2018 Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW Email SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More Facebook Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year MélatPhoto: Sasha Haagensen/WireImage.com SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? Keith Urban Talks ‘Graffiti U,’ Julia Michaels & MusiCares | SXSW 2018 What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charm SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? 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Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote keith-urban-talks-graffiti-u-julia-michaels-musicares-sxsw-2018 Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Blake LewisPhoto: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Blake LewisPhoto: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charm Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Prev Next See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote From his musical upbringing to his new album and sobriety, the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter went deep during his keynote discussion at SXSW Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 16, 2018 – 5:06 pm As if SXSW 2018 doesn’t have enough cool stuff going on — the panels, the bands, the networking, the parties, the culture of Austin, Texas — one of this year’s keynote speaker sweetened the deal just a little bit more.GRAMMY winner Keith Urban took the stage in conversation with GRAMMY Museum Executive Director and “Required Listening” podcast host Scott Goldman on March 16. The duo covered a wide range of topics, including the singer/songwriter’s early music memories, how Ricky Skaggs influenced his career, the art of collaboration, memorable career advice, and why he’s a huge fan of MusiCares and Post Malone.The New Zealand native was quick to credit his drummer father for turning him onto his love of country. As a 5-year-old, Urban had the chance to see the legendary Johnny Cash in concert, which captured the young artist’s imagination.”What I remember from that concert is just how loud the crowd was,” Urban recalled. “I remember just the roar of everybody when this guy walked out on the stage and it’s never left me, and the power of when he played guitar and sang was an extraordinary thing.”By age 6, Urban was taking guitar lessons and learning from the country records spinning in his parents’ house as well as the local bands in his area. When he discovered the “chicken pickin'” style of guitar players such as Skaggs, the deal was sealed.Urban also discussed how his unique musicality stems from his affinity for collaborations. Not only has he recorded with other country artists but he’s also worked across many genres, including artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and many more.Indeed, his upcoming studio album, Graffiti U, will feature a collaboration with “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, as well as borrowing a sample from country great Merle Haggard on another track.Julia Michaels Deconstructs “Issues,” Writing Songs | “Required Listening” PodcastFor his part, Urban feels collaborations keep his music fresh while also playing to his appreciation for all music genres and their creators, whether they are an EDM electronic-only musician or the classic instrumentalist.”I’m a big believer that it’s all still musicianship,” said Urban. “If you’re doing it on your MacBook Pro or you don’t play an instrument … they still have to compose these things like a painter putting paint together in a such a way that it creates a compelling image. That’s as valid to me as a guy sitting there playing guitar.”Urban further solidified his stance when asked by an audience member about his current favorite contemporary artist outside of country music.”Post Malone because he’s got his own thing, it’s insane,” Urban answered. “I don’t even know what it is. I don’t think he knows what it is, which is beautiful. It’s just an incredible fusion of things — singer/songwriter, hip-hop, R&B, soul. It’s just all out there and I love it.”His penchant for fusing genres and forging his own path as a singer/songwriter, while it looks effortless now, wasn’t always an asset to Urban. He recalled his early days playing shows around Nashville, Tenn., when a record label employee followed his band religiously, yet there was no indication the label wanted to sign him. When the guitarist finally asked why, the employee had some sage words of wisdom for the emerging artist.”You’re just really unique and it’ll be your biggest curse until it becomes greatest blessing,'” Urban recounted. “And as cheesy as that might sound … what I took from that was stay the course and it’s just going to take time.”With Goldman guiding the conversation, Urban went deeper on more personal topics, including his path to sobriety.”It’s such a personal thing, sobriety, for each person,” Urban said about his journey. “I wished I gotten sober many, many years before I did but it is what it is. I’m glad that I finally got here almost 12 years later. I think for me it’s made it possible to do the things I do.”Urban revealed that the Recording Academy-affiliated charity MusiCares was a driving force behind him getting help in the 1990s. The organization’s MAP Fund helped pay for his first rehabilitation treatment, which is part of the reason he has lent his support to not only MusiCares but other charitable causes throughout his career.To conclude the panel, audience members expressed their appreciation for Urban’s music, including fans from as far away as Canada, Brazil and France. For Urban, who will play a special showcase at SXSW at Stubb’s BBQ on March 16, it’s clear that his reach will continue to make waves in the music industry for years to come. Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? Twitter Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Korea Spotlight Coming To SXSW 2018 Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charmlast_img read more

Female Artists Top The Lineup For Outside Lands 2018

first_img Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images The San Francisco music festival will feature two female headliners for the first time ever in 2018Brian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2018 – 2:44 pm Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has officially announced its lineup of performers for 2018, and in a welcome departure from the traditionally male-heavy booking practices of most major festivals, the late-summer celebration of music and culture will play host to female headliners on its largest stage for two of its three nights – a first in the festival’s eleven-year history.Topping the lineup this year are GRAMMY-winning pop icon Janet Jackson and GRAMMY-nominated British indie rock band Florence + The Machine. GRAMMY-winning darkpop/alternative R&B superstar The Weeknd rounds out the lineup as the third headliner.Both Jackson’s and Florence + The Machine’s music catalogues are clearly at top-of-mind for talent bookers this summer, as both were also announced as the forthcoming headliners for Los Angeles’ annual two-day FYF Festival. Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? More Music Festivals Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest News The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Outside Lands 2018 Lineup Celebrates Women Artists female-artists-top-lineup-outside-lands-2018 Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Along with the expected appearances from top-tier artists such as Future, Beck, Portugal. The Man, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, N.E.R.D., and many others who are generally must-have bookings for any contemporary music festival looking to compete on the U.S. summer circuit, the festival’s middle and upper cards are also packed deep with rising and established female and female-fronted talent.Acts like CHVRCHES, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie Ware are obvious and anticipated additions to the billing of early-evening sets, but it’s equally exciting to see so many newer names like Tash Sultana, Sabrina Claudio, Jessie Reyez, Margo Price, Lizzo, and others featured so prominently, bringing a welcome diversity of genre, vibe, and national origin in rising female talent to the festival’s slate of offerings.”We wanted to create a lineup that is really well-rounded and speaks to what people are listening to now. We didn’t just want three big names on the top,” said Allen Scott, VP of the festival’s co-producer Another Planet Entertainment, to SF Gate. “We look at it from every level and always strive to build a unique festival.”Outside Lands 2018 will take place in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park on Aug. 10–12. Tickets will go on-sale at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 5 via the festival’s official website. Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Twitter Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Female Artists Top The Lineup For Outside Lands 2018 Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Email The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Prev Next Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Facebook Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Imageslast_img read more

OBITUARY Alan P Ware 72

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — Alan P. Ware, 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on June 21st, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Dearstyne) Ware with whom he shared almost 50 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Robert H. and Doris E. Ware.Family and friendships were the center of Alan’s world. He and Linda raised three sons and were blessed with 9 grandchildren. Nothing meant more than to them than having all of the family together. Each Halloween, Alan would beam with pride as he hauled hundreds of pounds of pumpkins home for the annual family pumpkin carving event.Alan was the owner of Battery Shop of New England in Dracut. After creating a battery department at Brodie in the early seventies, where he began his career, he worked throughout the industry, persevered and went on to become the proud owner of Battery Shop of New England. BSNE today remains one of the most successful industrial battery and charger suppliers in the industry, a true testament to Alan’s reputation as a man to be trusted and respected.He was an avid golfer who would often times play 9 holes before heading to his office in the morning. He would then end his day by playing another 18 holes with his evening golf league. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing. Two of his favorite trips that he talked about were his ten day canoe and fishing trip on the Allagash Waterway and his late night, hi-tide striper fishing off of Plum Island, followed by a 3 am breakfast with the locals.After the loss of his beloved Linda, the love of his life, Alan continued on despite his own health issues. He remained the great father, grandfather, brother and friend he had always been and made sure his relationships remained strong and unbroken. Despite his faltering health he anxiously awaited Wednesday nights when he would have dinner with his old friends he proudly dubbed “the Romeos” (retired old men eating out.) Each week’s dinner was at a different restaurant but it was his day out with his friends .Alan is survived by his three sons, Mark and his wife Amy of SC, James (Jimmy) of Wilmington and Paul and his wife Katie of Wilmington as well as his brother Bob and his wife Joanne, his brother in law Eric Dearstyne and his wife Joan. He was predeceased by his brother Eric (Wally), survived by his wife Terry of Plum Island. He also leaves his dear friends, Paul Herman of Lynn and Bill Endicott of Eliot, ME.He will be especially missed by his nine grandchildren, Nantahala, Tully, Miles, John, Mackenzie, Michael, Alyssa, Madison and Tyler.Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours on Monday, July 1st, from 4:00–8:00 pm in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte 62) Wilmington. Alan’s funeral service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to be made in Alan’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Alan proudly served in the US Navy.Alan P. Ware(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Trumps China tariffs could hit Apples AirPods and Apple Watch next

first_img Apple Mobile Tech Industry Politics 18 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It See It Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Best Buy See it Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144 $144 Amazon Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple Donald Trump Apple’s AirPods may end up in the center of Trump’s trade fights. Sarah Tew/CNET President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has already hit farmers so hard that the country’s giving out billions in bailouts to help cover losses from unsold goods. Now the electronics industry may be the next to feel the pinch. A new round of tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Sept. 1, raising prices on some electronics by 10%. That, according to Reuters, may include Apple’s popular AirPods and Apple Watch, which together are estimated to represent multibillion-dollar businesses in their own rights. The administration said Tuesday it will be delaying tariffs for other popular tech products, such as laptops and cellphones, to Dec. 15. Trump had initially planned to hit tech products with tariffs last year, but delayed that move amid industry opposition.Apple was among the companies that sent letters to the US Trade Representative asking for an exemption at that time, arguing that “because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on US consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.” Trump, meanwhile, has called for Apple to build its devices in the US. Apple does the majority of its research and development in the US, but assembles the bulk of its devices overseas. Apple and the White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Tags $159 reading • Trump’s China tariffs could hit Apple’s AirPods and Apple Watch next See All See It 3:55 Apple AirPods 2019 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch 4 Share your voice $144 AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Apple Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrierlast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 What to expect from episode 1

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 is officially only a couple of hours from its official premiere. Before the world will get hooked on to their TV screens to stream Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1, there are several things which we can expect from the very first episode.Jon Snow and Arya Stark’s meetingYou will be lying to yourself if you are not excited to see the most awaited reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. The siblings parted ways in Game of Thrones season 1 episode 1 and have been through a lot. Over the years, Jon has been dead for a night and was later magically resurrected. Arya, on the other hand, has become this fearless assassin who can change faces at the drop of a hat. These two will definitely have a lot to talk about and we are sure that their first hug will bring tears to all of us.Jaime Lannister’s arrival in the WinterfellThe last we saw of Jaime Lannister was when he was on his way to the Winterfell. He was seen standing on the border of some town when he saw the snowfall for the first time. In his own world, he has now realized that Winter has arrived and now there is nothing one can do if they are left alone. He will be heading to the North and will be finally meeting all the Starks and Daenerys Targaryen. Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageJon Snow’s true parentsWell, we know who Jon really is! But the lead character is clueless about his mother and he has been fed lies about his father as well. When he will go and see Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly, these two will probably tell him who he truly is and how he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. It would be interesting to see how Daenerys Targaryen will respond to all this as sitting on the Throne has been her dream from a very long time.Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark’s face-offFrom the released trailer, we saw that Sansa gave a very cold look to Daenerys. As we know, Daenerys’ father was the one who ordered to kill Sansa’s grandfather and Sansa has not forgotten anything. Although, once she will understand that The Dragon Queen is their most trusted and most powerful ally, she might welcome her with open arms. Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/FacebookThere are many other things we can expect from episode 1 like what is going on with Cersei Lannister and how Night King has finally arrived in the North? For more information, we all should watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 on April 15.last_img read more

Market week Key factors likely to increase postbudget volatility

first_imgTraders are likely to be risk-averse in the first market session on Monday, February 4, as the stand-in finance minister Piyush Goyal presented feel-good interim budget 2019 provoked some edge-of-the-seat tension because of extreme market volatility.The markets should trade range bound, now that traders have priced in the feel-good factor the budget provided.The corporate world is right in the thick of an earnings season with some key market movers expected to announce their December quarter results during the week.The week is also expecting a key Reserve Bank of India (RBI) policy meeting giving the markets cause to be cautious.The benchmark indices ended up on the day of the budget on Friday, after Goyal announced steps to boost consumer spending. However, the indices sharply slid off the day’s highs amid concerns over the confusing fiscal math.After rising 521 points (1.44 per cent) in intra-day trade, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex ended just 213 points or 0.6 per cent higher at 36,778. The index’s upward momentum was helped by stocks in the automobile, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and realty sectors.National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 swung wildly on Friday, February 1, as parliament’s budget session progressed. It hit a high of 10,983 and slumped to the red to touch a low of 10,813 points. Nifty 50 recovered marginally to end in the green closing at 10,893, marking a change of 63 points or 0.58 per cent.Banking stocks that account for a fourth of the index weightage fell sharply amid a spike in government bond yields that hit investor sentiment.Market observers attributed the early rally to the initial euphoria from the slew of announcements. Motilal Oswal, chairman and managing director of Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said that announcements such as the cut in income tax should help corporate earnings growth.Friday’s gainers like Hero Moto Corp and Maruti Suzuki India that rose 7.5 per cent and 5 per cent respectively could consolidate their gains during the week, but traders could expect some profit-taking.The badly battered banking stocks including YES Bank, State Bank of India, and ICICI Bank may remain under further pressure, according to observers.Concerns over extra borrowing could haunt the market through the week as the massive election-year sops begin to weigh on the fiscal balance. However, the market could find traction in the hope of increased consumer spending from the Rs 75,000-crore outlay for farm sector relief and the rebate declared for middle-income earners by freeing incomes up to Rs 5 lakh from the income-tax.Central bank meetingThe RBI Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting later in the week assumes significance after the interim budget contains steps to boost consumption demand. If the central bank cuts repo rates and CRR to ease pressure on banks the market will react positively.EarningsCoal India (Buy Back), IDBI Bank, IRB Infrastructure, Indian Overseas Bank and Exide Industries will be announcing quarterly results on Monday (February 4).Tech Mahindra, GAIL, HPCL, ACC, BHEL, Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDFC First Bank, DLF, Apollo Tyres, Tata Global and Dish TV will be announcing their results on February 5.Lupin, Cipla, Siemens, Adani Ports, Adani Power, JSW Steel, and Allahabad Bank, will come out with quarterly results statements on February 6.February 7 will see the December quarter results of Tata Motors, Aurobindo Pharma, Britannia, Adani Enterprises, Coffee Day, Cadila Healthcare, and Arvind and Grasim.Mahindra & Mahindra, NHPC, BPCL, and Engineers India will come out with their results on February 8.FII activityForeign investors have turned net buyers and this will augur well for the market. FIIs have bought about Rs 1,300-crore worth of shares so far, according to reports.last_img read more

Breakthrough in bringing back Bangabandhu murder convicts

first_imgDhaka has made certain breakthroughs in the process of bringing back death-row convicts of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case, law minister Anisul Huq has indicated.Diplomats in Washington said on Monday that the United States government has ‘some interest’ in extraditing AM Rashed Chowdhury, one of such convicts who is now living there under political asylum.The government of Bangladesh has started the communication process to bring back two more convicts after being certain that Shariful Haque Dalim is staying in Spain and Moslem Uddin in Germany.However, Canada, a country which opposes death penalty, refuses to hand over another convict in the Bangabandhu murder case – Noor Chowdhury.Dhaka does not know where two others – Khandaker Abdur Rashid and Abdul Mazed – are currently living, foreign ministry officials admit.The law minister told Prothom Alo earlier on 2 August that, “Death penalty has not been abolished in the US. So, the US has no point why AM Rashed Chowdhury shall not be extradited… What I can say is that there has been certain breakthroughs in the process.”On extradition of Noor Chowdhury from Canada, Anisul Huq, a lawyer by profession, said that they have continued discussions with Canada.Anisul Huq is the head of the taskforce the government earlier formed to bring back the convicts of the murder case of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was killed on 15 August 1975 in a coup d’etat.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, during his visit to US in February of 2015, requested Washington to extradite Rashed Chowdhury. Three months later, a US legal consultancy firm named Skadden LLP was hired to expedite the process of extradition of Rashed Chowdhury.Former president Barack Obama’s law consultant Gregory Craig, now representing the firm, is monitoring the case. He and his colleagues had held a series of meetings with the officials of US departments including the state department and the homeland security. The matter was brought to the attention of the then US attorney general Stuart Bruce.Following foreign minister Mahmood Ali’s request to the US law office last year for extraditing Rashed Chowdhury, Skadden LLP informed Dhaka that the US is positive about extraditing Rashed Chowdhury.In June 2007, the US government sent back another convict in the case KM Mohiuddin, who failed to get political asylum, and who had already been executed.When asked about progress in bringing back Moslem Uddin, Bangladesh ambassador to Berlin Imtiaz Ahmed declined to make any comment.Also, Bangladesh ambassador to Madrid, Hasan Mahmud Khandaker did not make any comment on Dalim’s stay in Spain.Both Germany and Spain have already abolished the death penalty as punitive measure for serious offence.Foreign ministry officials in Dhaka said  Canada has not yet completed the pre-risk removal assessment of possible extradition of Noor Chowdhury although the Canadian high court rejected his appeal for political asylum.A three-member Bangladesh delegation held discussion with Canadian authorities in April about forming a taskforce for bringing him back. The two sides may hold talks again in December.Abdur Rashid, a key convict, is believed to have been staying in Islamabad. Dhaka has sought information from Islamabad about his stay in Pakistan. No reply came in this regard till date.The government is yet to trace the whereabouts of Abdul Mazed.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

No bar to gazette publication on 9th wage board for journos

first_imgSupreme Court. File PhotoThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks a High Court order on the ninth wage board for journalists, clearing the way for publication of gazette notification to this end.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Mohammad Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing a government petition.It also asked the state to file a regular leave-to-appeal by this time.On 14 August the Chamber Judge fixed 19 August for hearing an appeal by the state seeking a stay on the High Court order to main the status quo on publication of the gazette notification on the ninth wage board.After the hearing on Monday, the Appellate Division set Tuesday for passing an order in this regard.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the government while advocate AF Hasan Arif stood for Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).The HC bench of justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Mohammad Ali on 6 August issued the status quo after hearing a petition filed on 5 August.Last month, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said a gazette would be published soon after the Cabinet approves recommendations for implementing the 9th wage board.last_img read more

Foster mother of more than 100 children works to recruit Latino families

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Amy Butler, first female pastor of The Riverside Church, to step down Heather Adams,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Heather Adams By: Heather Adams Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Heather Adams As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LOS ANGELES — With two biological children at home already, Noemi Amezcua, then not yet 30, asked her priest how she could get more involved in her community.Her priest suggested foster care — something her sister, Maria, was already doing.Twenty-seven years and more than 100 foster children later, Amezcua is working to convince other Latino families to offer themselves as parents to kids in need.Amezcua, now 56, and her daughter, Jc Amezcua, 27, work with FosterAll, a group that recruits prospective foster parents from faith communities in Los Angeles and gives them support and guidance during the experience. FosterAll has worked with more than 140 faith partners across the area.There are more than 40 foster family agencies in Los Angeles. The county can also approve “resource families,” as they are called in California. Each agency has different requirements regarding languages, location, support options, philosophies and more, said Katherine Hernandez, the director of FosterAll’s programs.It can be hard for any one person to navigate, said Hernandez, which is why FosterAll works directly with each family to find the right fit.On Father’s Day, Noemi Amezcua set up her booth outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Rowland Heights, just east of LA, where Masses are offered in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. As people began to file out, a small crowd gathered around the booth, wanting to know more.The Amezcua family. Courtesy photoShe told parts of her own stories, answered questions and invited the congregants to an informational meeting. Jc, who said she grew up not realizing how different her family is, did the same thing at other churches throughout the morning.As the next Mass began, Noemi Amezcua walked to her car as one family continued to ask questions. She moved on to attend two more parishes that morning, with her daughter visiting a few more.Under a state program, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services supports recruitment efforts like FosterAll’s, which focuses on faith communities and pays Amezcua to connect with Latino Catholics in particular.“One of the best places to find stable and loving resource families is through faith communities that promote strong families,” said Michelle Vega, public affairs director at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.Latinos are in great demand as foster families in the county. More than 50% of the nearly 30,000 children in DCFS in Los Angeles are of Latino descent, and the county tries to place children in “homes that meet their cultural and linguistic needs and that of their families,” said Vega.But despite an increase of almost 8,000 in the number of Latino foster families statewide from 2012 to 2016, according to The Chronicle of Social Change, Latino children in care in California still number three times that amount. That means Vega can’t alway place Latino children in homes that match their cultural backgrounds.Removing any child from a home causes trauma, but it’s worse when that child is placed in a home with unfamiliar customs. As Hernandez said, “It’s trauma on top of trauma.”“Therefore,” Vega said, “it is critically important to recruit additional families in Latino communities who are willing to become a placement resource for a child or youth.”FosterAll recruitment materials outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019. RNS photo by Heather AdamsAmezcua warns those she recruits that fostering any child, culturally acclimated or not, isn’t easy. Foster children come from different circumstances — some manageable, some horrific. One of Amezcua’s foster children, for example, a 4-year-old girl, had been seriously burned before she came into Amezcua’s care, and her skin had to be cleaned every four hours.The emotional toll caused Amezcua to wonder if she had the strength to continue helping children in tough situations, until one day the girl told Amezcua that she knew she was in good hands in Amezcua’s house because “there’s a God that heals me here.”That’s when, Amezcua said, she knew why God had brought her this little girl — and so many others.But two years ago, when one of Amezcua’s three adopted children, Jessica, died of cystic fibrosis at age 19, Amezcua took a break from fostering.During this break, she heard about FosterAll and slowly got back into the community, eventually opening her home again. Recently she welcomed three more children in foster care to live under her roof.At their visits to churches like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jc said she gets a lot of questions about requirements regarding same-sex couples, economic status, marriage status and their faith.They welcome everybody, she said.“I’ve heard a lot of myths about the foster care system,” Jc said. “I want to show the good part about it.”The approach seems to be working. Of the more than 150 people who came to a FosterAll information session, 80 of them were people Amezcua had invited, according to Jc. About half filled out an application to become a foster parent.FosterAll can’t say how many applicants became foster parents, as many are still going through the lengthy process. But at a time when California has spent about $140 million to recruit and retain foster parents, these numbers are already telling.Said Jc: “I think our method works because we have hands-on experience.”She believes she’s being “placed in the right direction at the right time.” People often tell her, she said, that they were asking God for a sign or that they had been thinking about foster care or adoption.“We always end up being there,” she said.But then, she added, it’s time for the people they speak with to take that leap of faith.“Stop thinking about it,” Jc said. “The time is now.” Share This! Share This! Catholicism Heather Adams TagsCalifornia foster care agency homepage featured Latino Catholics Los Angeles Roman Catholicism social services,You may also like Newslast_img read more

Which Cell Phone Service Is The Best In Houston

first_img Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Ever wondered which cell phone carrier is the best in Greater Houston? So does Michael Muchmore. He works for PCMag.com as a lead analyst for the publication’s annual cell phone signal study.Back in May, he came to Houston with four Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones. They were velcroed to a pair of wooden boards in the back seat of his rental car. Each phone had service through one of the nation’s four major carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.He’d park in numerous places all over the city and measure how each phone performed in several categories: download speed, upload speed, something called “ping” (how long it took to get a response form the Internet when an address is first entered), and reliability (whether there are any holes in the coverage).From that data, he and his colleagues assembled their annual Fastest Mobile Networks series for Houston and the nation’s other big cities.Overall Scores For Cell Phone Providers In Houston (Out Of 100):T-Mobile: 97Verizon: 90AT&T: 91Sprint: 84T-Mobile was the big winner for Houston, balancing upload and download speeds. While Sprint had the best scores for downloads. Out of a possible score of 100, T-Mobile scored a 97, Verizon earned a 90, AT&T scored a 91, and Sprint had an 84. However, Muchmore told Houston Matters those ratings can be misleading, depending on what’s important to you.In the audio above, Muchmore tells host Craig Cohen about how the signals are tested in Houston and offers more detail on the carriers’ performance. And Houston Chronicle technology blogger Dwight Silverman answers questions about cell phone service providers and signal in Greater Houston. He wrote about PCMag.com’s Houston tests in an article earlier this month. 00:00 /07:14 Pexels.comlast_img read more

Study shows brewers yeast hybridizes in wasp gut

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Italy, Uruguay and Spain has found via lab study that common brewer’s yeast not only mate in the guts of wasps, but interbreed with other yeast species, producing hybrids. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and results and why they believe their findings could have implications for both environmentalists and manufactures of yeast based products. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: “Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest,” PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1516453113 These findings, the team notes, could have serious implications for not just wine growers or bread makers, but for environmentalists as well. Here they suggest is evidence of a fundamental part of the ecological cycle that was not known to exist. They wonder if other insects might be playing a similar role for other yeast or fungus types, such as bees or ants. They plan to continue the work to find out. Crabro wasp looking outside from a wasp’s nest in a tree. The image suggests how crabro wasps could transport yeasts from different environments, harboring yeast species isolated from tree bark, such as Saccharomyces paradoxus and some Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and strains from species mainly found in wine, grape berries, and wineries, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Credit: Carlotta De Filippo Researchers find wasps are the key to yeast’s ability to survive through wintercenter_img Explore further Brewer’s yeast, a type of fungus, is used to make alcoholic beverages and bread—its use has been the focus of study for thousands of years, yet, as the researchers with this new effort note, little is known about it outside of the laboratory. To learn more, they started with the findings four years ago by another team—that brewer’s yeast lives inside the guts of wasps while the wasps hibernate. They collected five different strains of the yeast and put them on grapes which were fed to wasps and then turned down the heat, causing the wasps to hibernate. After two months the researchers found that approximately one third of the yeast population had mated with yeast of a different species. After four months that number went up to 90 percent, proving , they claim, that yeast not only mate in wasp guts, but also interbreed.Taking the experiment a step further, the researchers found that the interbred strains tended to be more hardy inside the wasp gut then those that were not—over time, the pure breeds actually died off. This, the researchers claim, proves that wasp gut reproduction is a major driver of yeast diversity in nature. And , they add, that suggests that yeast are dependent on interaction with insects for evolutionary development. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Study shows brewer’s yeast hybridizes in wasp gut (2016, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-brewer-yeast-hybridizes-wasp-gut.html The wasp and the grape: a worker hornet (Vespa crabro) feeding on a grape in a Tuscan vineyard in October. The image shows how Vespa crabro can break and eat grape berries, moving S.cerevisiae yeasts and other microorganisms. Credit: Stefano Turillazzilast_img read more

IOA officials tell Bach their opposition to Sports Bill

first_imgMiffed at the “interference” of sports ministry in its affairs, Indian Olympic Association on Monday told the visiting International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to convey to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi its opposition to the Sports Code of the government in its current form.Bach, visiting the country for the first time since being elected as IOC chief in 2013, had a meeting with top IOA members at a city hotel that lasted an hour. The IOC chief also had an hour-long meeting with sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the same hotel. Sonowal was assisted by sports secretary Ajit Sharan and Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFormer IOA secretary general and IOC member Randhir Singh also attended both the meeting. Later, Sonowal hosted a lunch for the visiting dignitary which was attended by top IOA and sports ministry officials and minister of state information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Abhay Singh Chautala, who served as president of the IOA during the 14-month suspension from the IOC, told reporters after the meeting the members have told Bach to convey to the PM that they would oppose the Sports Bill as it “interferes” with the autonomy of the IOA.“For some time, there has been this issue of the implementation of the Sports Bill. The earlier Congress government had tried to implement this Sports Bill and the current BJP government is also saying that it will implement the Bill,” said Chautala, an INLD MLA in Haryana. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“There has been interference in the affairs of IOA from the sports ministry which is undermining the autonomy of the IOA under the Olympic Charter. This will harm Indian sports,” Chautala, now a Haryana Olympic Association official, said. IOA’s objection to the Sports Code centers around two major issues, age limit of 70 of the office bearers of the IOA and the cutting into size the importance of the state units of the IOA.last_img read more