Le gouvernement provincial désigne un site protégé

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial célèbre une partie importante de l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Écosse en désignant une section du marais de Belleisle comme site protégé. La section protégée contient des artefacts archéologiques importants des premières colonies françaises et acadiennes établies avant la Déportation de 1755. « Le fait de reconnaître l’importance du site du marais de Belleisle contribue à assurer sa préservation et son interprétation pour tous les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs, affirme Percy Paris, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. La désignation nous permet également de promouvoir l’appréciation du site tout en assurant sa protection. » Le site protégé est une section de 37 hectares de terres de la Couronne située à environ 15 kilomètres au nord-est d’Annapolis Royal. « Cette désignation est très importante pour la communauté acadienne et francophone parce que le site contient des vestiges des colonies établies avant la Déportation, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. La désignation du site aidera la communauté à continuer de le préserver et de promouvoir son identité unique. » Le groupe de travail de Belleisle, formé de représentants de la communauté et du gouvernement, élabore actuellement un plan de gestion à long terme pour le site.last_img read more

Canadian government airlines issue travel advisories because of storms

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian government and several airlines have issued travel advisories because of hurricanes and tropical storms churning towards the U.S. east coast, Caribbean and Hawaii.Ottawa urged Canadians to avoid all travel from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border due to hurricane Florence.It also warned against non-essential travel to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica because of tropical storm Isaac.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines also issued travel advisories and offered to allow passengers to change certain flights free of charge to affected areas in the U.S. southeast, Barbados and Hawaii.Porter Airlines warned that flights to Newark, N.J. could be delayed or cancelled because of unfavourable weather.Hurricane Florence is expected to pose the greatest challenge with 380 to 635 millimetres of rain forecast and up to 1.14 metres of rain in isolated spots.last_img read more

Glenn Close And Bradley Cooper Attend National Conference On Mental Health

first_imgGlenn Close was at the White House today to take part in a panel as part of the National Conference on Mental Health.The panel focused on how addressing negative attitudes about mental illness is essential to making sure more people seek help; what we know about why these attitudes exist and the misperceptions they are grounded in; and what we can do to break down the barriers preventing too many people from seeking the help they need.Also in attendance was Bradley Cooper.During the conference, President Obama applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to raise awareness and improve care for Americans experiencing mental health issues, including expanding mental health coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health services for veterans and supporting initiatives to help educators recognize and refer students who show signs of mental illness.The National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching mentalhealth.gov, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.Among the stars who have recorded messages for the new website are Demi Lovato, Cher and Glenn Close.In 2009 Glenn Co-Founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. Bring Change 2 Mind produces science based Public Service Announcements aimed at tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental illness where they live – in all of us.Several commitments were made as part of the conference, including launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.Commitments include:• The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representing local television and radio stations and broadcast networks throughout the country, is creating a national public service campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The multiplatform campaign, launching this summer, will include TV and radio ads, online ads and resources and a robust social media platform to raise awareness – specifically among 13-24 year olds, their friends and caregivers – that it’s okay to talk about mental health and help is available. • Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization created by military families to strengthen military families and connect America to her military, is producing a second series of public service announcements entitled “This Country Cares,” featuring country music stars telling our military heroes with mental health problems that they are not alone and encouraging them to seek help if they are struggling with these issues. • As part of their Love is Louder campaign, MTV and The Jed Foundation will promote help seeking and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging members of MTV’s audience to take any action that supports their or a friend’s emotional health, and then share that action with @LoveisLouder. MTV will amplify the best responses through several of its social media channels, which in total reach nearly 160 million fans and followers.• The Entertainment Software Association and leading video game companies Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft Corporation will promote consumer resources for mental health and wellness information through their consumer web sites and online communities, which reach tens of millions of people every month. • Other organizations committing to help raise awareness through television, film, and social media include the Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Google, SchoolTube, and Twitter.last_img read more

Empowering women is key to development Fréchette tells UN Commission

Studies have repeatedly shown that by giving women equal education and work opportunities and access to a society’s decision-making processes, a country can boost its economic productivity, reduce infant and maternal mortality rates and improve the general population’s nutrition and health, Ms. Fréchette told representatives gathered during the first day of the two-week meeting at UN headquarters in New York.More than a decade after the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in 1995 in Beijing, the Commission will focus on two themes that it believes are crucial to women’s progress around the world: their participation in development and their role in decision-making in all areas of society, from politics to business to media. More than 2,000 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were expected to attend the session.“Ten years after the Beijing declaration, we still have far to go on actual representation of women at the highest levels of national and international leadership,” Ms. Fréchette said. “That includes the United Nations itself, the Charter of which proclaims the equal rights of men and women.”The UN Charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945 and the Commission was created the next year to promote the advancement of women around the world.Ms. Fréchette praised the Commission for its role over the past six decades in shaping the progress of women at global and national levels through such activities as developing legal measures, shaping new policies and raising consciousness of how global trends from migration to HIV/AIDS affect women.Rachel N. Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, said the Outcome Document hammered out by global leaders at the 2005 World Summit as well as the UN’s ongoing reform offer fresh opportunities to speed up the implementation of global commitments to women.“A fully implemented and engendered Summit Outcome will usher in a new era for the empowerment and advancement of women,” said Ms. Mayanja, noting that the Summit called for the increased representation of women in Government decision-making bodies. read more

Citing UNs moral responsibility Ban pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera

“The Secretary-General notes yesterday’s decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which upheld the immunity of the Organization from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al, in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.The class action lawsuit was filed in October 2013 in US Federal Court in New York in connection with the cholera outbreak in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. The suit called on the UN to compensate victims of the epidemic.The cholera outbreak has affected an estimated 780,000 people and claimed the lives of over 9,100 people. The disease is typically contracted through contaminated food or water.“The Secretary-General deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic,” said the statement issued today, which added: “The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems.” Sustained efforts by national authorities and the international community have contributed to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of cases since the peak in 2011. “However, eliminating cholera from Haiti will take the full commitment of the Haitian Government and the international community and, crucially, the resources to fulfil our shared duty,” the statement explained. According to the statement, Mr. Ban is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera. These efforts must include, as a central focus, the victims of the disease and their families.Further, the UN intends to intensify its support to reduce, and ultimately end, the transmission of cholera, improve access to care and treatment and address the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems in Haiti.“Despite repeated appeals, these efforts have been seriously underfunded, and severe and persistent funding shortfalls remain. The Secretary-General urges Member States to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Haiti by increasing their contributions to eliminate cholera and provide assistance to those affected,” said the statement.For decades, the UN has stood by the Haitian people, supporting them in their quest for democracy and the strengthening of their institutions and helping to rebuild the nation after the tragic earthquake of 2010, the statement said and added: “The Secretary-General and the United Nations as a whole are determined to continue this support, honour the people of Haiti and help them usher in a more peaceful and prosperous future.”For more on the UN response to cholera in Haiti, please click here. read more

Podcast Injured QBs The Nationals Implode A NWSL Finals Preview

Congratulations to Tim Curry and Luke Barr for winning Madden with Walt as their quarterback.FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur tries to untangle the Nationals’ many woes.The Guardian’s Howard Megdal looks at whether the NWSL is taking advantage of its American fan base.Five things you need to know before Thursday’s NWSL championship game.Significant Digit: 1. The WNBA has admitted that a pivotal call at the end of a playoff game — giving the Minnesota Lynx a 1-point win — was incorrect. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 29, 2015), we reveal the names of the two people who won the Super Bowl in Madden NFL 16 with FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey at quarterback (his avatar at least). Then we look at the rash of injuries to NFL quarterbacks and whether it’s going to doom their teams, we tour the many, many reasons the Washington Nationals imploded this year, and we preview Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League championship game. Plus, a Significant Digit on a wild finish in the WNBA playoffs.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS What’s to blame for the Nationals’ collapse? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Adelaide trio delivering advanced 3D reality capture scanning and modelling solutions

first_imgSouth Australian company Redstack has formed alliances with local partners Maptek and Avitus UAV Systems to deliver end to end reality capture, 3D scanning and 3D modelling solutions.With national headquarters in North Adelaide, South Australia, Redstack is a leading provider of service and technology to engineering and architecture community. These new partnerships compliment Redstack’s relationships with Autodesk, Apple and Makerbot, enabling Redstack to deliver end to end solutions for design, engineering and BIM professionals.Maptek is a leading provider of 3D scanning hardware. With more than 30 years of commitment to research and development, it offers an extensive range of high quality 3D scanning technologies. James Moncrieff, Technical Services and Distributor Coordinator at Maptek says “Through our partnership with Redstack, we are seeing exciting applications of our technologies in the architecture and construction industries. 3D scanning is providing significant safety improvements and efficiency for engineers working on existing sites.”Avitus UAV Systems is another local success story, offering customised aerial systems for professional aerial photography and videography from South Australia.  This partnership provides Redstack clients the opportunity to complement their existing design systems with professional aerial products and services.  Simon Butterworth, Avitus Managing Director says “With the broad range of UAV technologies on the market, it’s important you get the right technology to meet your needs.  There are complex regulation and licensing requirements for utilising aerial technologies and partnering with someone like Redstack will ensure you avoid making a costly mistake in selecting the right technology and complying with regulatory requirements.”These partnerships allow Redstack to take cutting edge technologies and deliver them as complete solutions to address existing challenges and create new possibilities for clients.Redstack is a leading provider of design technology and services to engineering professionals. Avitus UAV Systems can provide a range of aerial products and services to support customer requirements. Services include design and fabrication of custom components, aerial videography and photography to lease of a fully capable platform. Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for the global mining industry. Maptek I Site™ systems combine accurate 3D laser scanners with advanced point cloud processing software for survey, civil, mining and forensic applications. Products include the I-Site 8820 and I-Site 8200 laser scanners, which target survey tasks for surface and underground operations. Maptek I-Site Studio is intuitive point cloud software for processing and modelling point cloud data.last_img read more

Ireland has one unfilled ambassadorship guess where it is

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs says that it hopes to fill the one outstanding ambassadorial vacancy the country has in the coming months.The role of Irish Ambassador to Uganda has been unfilled for a number of months since the previous holder of the office moved to Lisbon.Says a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson:“Anne Webster was Ireland’s Ambassador to Uganda until August 2013 when she was appointed Ambassador to Portugal. “A Senior Development Specialist (Donal Cronin) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently Chargé d’Affaires in the Irish Embassy in Kampala. He will remain in this role until an ambassador is appointed this summer.”Much has been made in recent days about the length of time the US administration has taken to fill the vacant US Ambassador to Ireland role. That role has been unfilled for 15 months. The Ugandan role will be unfilled for 10 months, if all goes well. However, in case you were dusting off your CV, applicants for the role must all come from within the Department of Foreign Affairs. Poll: Does it matter that the US hasn’t appointed an ambassador to Ireland?last_img read more

Greek comedy tours Australia

first_imgA modern Greek play and a submersive comedy is coming to Australia direct from Greece, featuring well known tv Greek actors Tony Dimitriou, Iosif Marinakis, Dimitra Matsouka and Maria Solomou. Directed by Yiorgos Valaris, The play “A divorce” will have its Australian premiere on 2 February at Melbourne’s Regal Ballroom. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

La Xbox 360 toujours reine aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLa Xbox 360, toujours reine aux Etats-UnisLa console de jeux de Microsoft reste la machine la plus vendue sur le sol américain, et ce depuis 14 mois consécutifs. L’éditeur a réussi à s’imposer dans le secteur difficile des machines de jeux vidéo.Un peu plus de 10 ans après sa première incursion sur le marché ô combien difficile des consoles de salon, Microsoft à réussi à s’imposer avec sa marque Xbox. Si la première version de la machine avait eu un succès en demi-teinte, on peut parler de triomphe pour la Xbox 360, notamment sur le sol américain, où la machine est encore une fois en tête des ventes, toutes machines confondues, et ce depuis 14 mois consécutifs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il s’est encore écoulé, selon Übergizmo, aux États-Unis, près de 426.000 exemplaires de la Xbox 360, pour un total, sur ce territoire, de 33,57 millions. Cela représente 42% des ventes de consoles, portable ou de salon, sur le mois de février. Une prouesse pour une machine sortie il y a plus de six ans.Et la relève n’est pas encore prête de montrer le bout de son nez selon le constructeur, puisque les licences phares de la console vont débarquer dans de nouveaux épisodes avec la sortie d’Halo 4 en 2012 et d’un nouvel épisode de Fable, pour ne citer que ces deux-là. De plus, Kinect continue de se vendre et de nouveaux titres exploitant la caméra à reconnaissance de mouvements vont bientôt être disponibles, dont notamment un jeu s’appuyant sur la licence Star Wars.Au total dans le monde, la Xbox 360 s’est vendue à 64,79 millions d’exemplaires, se plaçant juste derrière la Nintendo Wii et son succès stratosphérique (95 millions de copies) mais devant l’ancien leader du marché, Sony et sa PlayStation 3, qui a connu un démarrage difficile (61 millions d’exemplaires). Le 12 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mans body found near SDCCU Stadium

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 28, 2019 Updated: 8:50 AM Man’s body found near SDCCU Stadium Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img July 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man’s body, suffering from possible trauma, was found near SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, police said today.A caller reported the discovery near 9449 Friars Road about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, San Diego Police Lt. Michelle Velovich said.“A preliminary investigation revealed signs of possible trauma to the upper body,” Velovich said. “The victim has been identified, but (his name) is being withheld pending family notification.”The department’s homicide unit asked anyone with information regarding the death to call them at 619-531-2293. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Boys Girls Clubs throws gala for MiamiDade children in need

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade threw a classy cause for kids, Saturday, at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami.Proceeds from the gala went toward after-school care programs, mentoring, computer training and other programs to help children in the community who need it the most.Adding to the night’s proceeds was WSVN station Vice President Andy Ansin, who was on hand to present a $1 million donation.“We’ve been doing this now for 11 years, and it’s a way that we get a lot of folks in here — the community — to come out and have a great night, get all dressed up, and raise a lot of money for the kids” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.7News and Deco Drive’s own Lynn Martinez took a break from her anchoring duties to emcee the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Iguana explodes after crossing power line in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An iguana met an unfortunate end after it crawled onto a power line in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to officials, the reptile came into contact with a high-voltage line and exploded, Friday morning.“I was in the front yard and I heard a loud noise, like an explosion,” said a resident of the area.The resulting explosion knocked out power to 16 homes in the area near Northwest 139th Street and 10th Avenue.Power has since been restored.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ABM Adds Nine Companies to Membership Roster

first_imgABM, which is wrapping up its Executive Forum being held in Chicago this week, voted nine new companies into membership at its board of directors meeting Monday.Media members include Editorial Projects in Education, InsuranceNewsNet.com and new international member Beuth Verlag GmbH.The association also added six associate members, including Adobe Systems Inc., bXb Online, LiveIntent, MagToGo, Tout and WeiserMazars LLP. “These new members—ranging from traditional and international media companies to progressive businesses focused on app development, social media, virtual event technologies and digital monetization solutions—support ABM’s initiative to represent the wide range of platforms and models leveraged by business information and media companies,” said ABM president and CEO Clark Pettit in a statement. Meanwhile, news out of the Executive Forum includes a bit of research ABM did in partnership with Outsell that examined mobile content and business models. B-to-b executives responding to the joint survey, it seems, are not in it for the money—yet. Instead, brand enhancement, content delivery, serving advertisers’ needs and creating a superior digital experience were the top mobile objectives, with 64 percent, 60 percent, 60 percent and 52 percent of responses, respectively. At the bottom of the objectives list were “new revenue from mobile users (29 percent) and “enable mobile e-commerce” (24 percent).Additionally, only 20 percent of respondents indicated they have a formal mobile strategy in place. The majority of respondents (56 percent) say their mobile strategy is somewhere between formal and ad hoc. A quarter, or 24 percent, say mobile is on an ad hoc, project or case-by-case basis. Given that objectives aren’t quite standardized and that 40 percent of respondents expect to break even with their mobile investments and 48 percent expect a negative ROI, mobile initiatives are clearly still in the experimental phase.For more results from the study and the slide deck on the ABM/Outsell presentation from the Executive Forum, click here [pdf].last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Concert with WHS Strings Chorus Soundscape 8th Grade Chorus

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School’s Strings, Chorus and Soundscape Acapella group, along with the 8th grade Chorus, held its Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Concert with 7th & 8th Grade Strings & Chorus, WHS Chorus & SoundscapeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”last_img read more

Did Prabhas rumoured girlfriend Anushka hurt her leg Here is the truth

first_imgAnushka Shetty.PR HandoutThe fans of Anushka Shetty have been sending ‘get well soon’ messages to her following the reports which claimed that she suffered an injury on the sets of her Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, but the actress has responded to it by stating that she is fit and fine.”I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle Love You All,” the actress wrote on her Instagram account to clarify the rumours. Anushka Shetty is working on her other project Silence, which stars Madhavan.Prior to her formal clarification, reports stated that she has informed her associates to clarify the rumours and a WhatsApp conversation apparently with the director and the actress had surfaced online.Although there is no authenticity on the purported screen shot of the conversation, her online fans club are sharing it on social media sites. Now its officially confirmed ?Thanks @hemchandINC anna for sharing this ?❤Now Dear Media’s Please Stop this rumor #Sweety is absolutely fine officially confirmed by (Her) #AnushkaShetty ?❤ pic.twitter.com/fVo0sqquSf— Anushka Shetty™ (@TeamAnushkaFC) June 26, 2019Earlier, there were reports that Anushka Shetty got her leg fractured after suffering the injury during the shooting of Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She was taking treatment and had maintained secrecy over the development, reports said.Indeed, some reports had claimed that Anushka Shetty was in bed rest and not attending the shooting of Silence. This came as a worrying piece of news to fans, who prayed for her quick recovery.Anushka Shetty, who is the rumoured girlfriend of Prabhas, will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.last_img read more

Howard Homecoming – Whats Missing

first_imgThousands of people from across the world came to the District of Columbia to participate in Howard University’s recent homecoming events. But, many were surprised when key activities were left off the schedule.During the week of Oct. 18-22, Howard celebrated its homecoming week, with the name “Blueprint,” which, according to the university’s website, stood for recognizing the past, celebrating the present and embracing the future. Homecoming events took place on the main quadrangle known as “The Yard,” the Burr Gymnasium, and throughout the university. But, some signature events such as the parade and the gospel concert didn’t take place this year, and some alumni weren’t happy about it.Howard University homecoming is one of the District’s most popular events. (Courtesy Photo)“I miss the parade and I am disappointed that it was cancelled,” Ryscha Williams told the AFRO. “I miss the gospel concert too. There were also too many people in line at the events and you had to do too much walking to go to things.”Kevin Jenkins, a graduate of Howard, agreed with Williams. “I was disappointed that there was no parade,” Jenkins told the AFRO on Oct. 22. “After getting my haircut, I stepped on Georgia Avenue and said to myself, ‘Where is the judges’ stand?’”The reason for the missing events had more to do with the budget than with a lack of interest. “The budget was reduced dramatically, by 20 percent,” said Victor Montgomery, director of special events and development and alumni relations told AFRO. “In years past, we’ve gone over for events that cost a lot, like the Gospel show and the parade, but receive little or no return. This put us in a hole fiscally. This year, the goal was ‘less-is-more.’ We put our focus in making fewer events more memorable for all.”Howard University has celebrated its homecoming since 1924 and it is considered one of the leading annual entertainment activities occurring in the District. As many as 100,000 people participate in homecoming activities that include a football game with a battle between Howard’s band and the visiting band, Yardfest, and a concert event that takes place on the The Yard the Friday before the Saturday football game that features well-known artists and bands.This year, rapper-entertainer Common, vocalist Faith Evans and the band Ayyy-tone entertained thousands of people at the International Yardfest. The Yardfest also had vendors in white tents selling food, university and Greek-letter paraphernalia, and organizations such as the Peace Corps and the D.C. Army National Guard.“Yardfest speaks to the fellowship, community and Howard. Issues with the crowd caused us to cancel it in other years, but the alumni reached out and expressed how much of a signature the event is to Howard,” Montgomery said.The step show, featuring Greek-letter organizations, took place on Oct. 20 and was sold-out. “I am glad to see the step show back on campus,” Williams said. The step show features Greek fraternities and sororities stepping in cadence with dance routines.Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said that “homecoming is a unique experience.”“It not only provides an opportunity for Howard University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to engage with one another but it also reminds us why the Howard University experience is essential to the genetic makeup of the Diaspora and the world,” Frederick said.Katherine Powell, a spokesperson for the homecoming committee, told The Hilltop Howard’s student-run newspaper, that changes were made to make homecoming more focused on its popular events.“We wanted to bring everything back to those core events, the very traditional Yardfest and step show, everything that is most exciting,” Powell said. “Obviously the parade, R&B show, and the gospel show were events that the community loved, however we wanted to make sure that we allocated all of our efforts and funds to do a very strong Yardfest and step show.”There were other events such as a “Committed to Breath” town hall meeting, an LGBTA Reception, and a Tailgate that ultimately had thousands of people at the school’s parking lot across from the university’s bookstore.Inga Willis told the AFRO she was going to enjoy homecoming, parade or not. “I am happy to come to homecoming,” Willis said. “I think the homecoming committee and the administration did what was feasible. There should always be a flexible schedule in regards to those things.Not having the parade didn’t stop me from having a good time.”William Anderson, a junior at Howard, looked at homecoming differently. “It is great to see people come together and have a good time,” Anderson told the AFRO. “In terms of the parade, I have always learned that there will always be glitches. The main purpose of homecoming is for people in the Howard family to come together and have a good time.”Alexa Lisitza contributed to this article.last_img read more

The Week Ahead Updates from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase

first_img April 5, 2019 1,144 Views Share Chase Earnings Income JP Morgan mortgage Wells Fargo 2019-04-05 Seth Welborn On Friday at 8:30 AM ET, JPMorgan Chase will hold a conference call to discuss their Q1 2019 earnings.In his annual letter to shareholders, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon stated that the U.S. is in desperate need of mortgage reform. Dimon stated that reform would add to America’s economic growth.“Reducing onerous and unnecessary origination and servicing requirements (there are 3,000 federal and state requirements today) and opening up the securitization markets for safe loans would dramatically improve the cost and availability of mortgages to consumers – particularly the young, the self-employed and those with prior defaults,” said Dimon.“And these would not be subprime mortgages but mortgages that we should be making,” Dimon continued. “By taking this step, our economists believe that homeownership and economic growth would increase by up to 0.2 percent a year.”Wells Fargo is also set to release their quarterly earnings on Friday. Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan recently anounced that he will retire, less than three years into his tenure running the bank. Sloan will step down at the end of June.C. Allen Parker, Wells Fargo’s General Counsel, will serve as interim CEO and President while the bank searches for a long-term replacement.“In my time as CEO, I have focused on leading a process to address past issues and to rebuild trust for the future,” Sloan said in a statement. “We have made progress in many areas and, while there remains more work to be done, I am confident in our leadership team and optimistic about the future of Wells Fargo.” He added that his resignation came in part because “our ability to successfully move Wells Fargo forward from here will benefit from a new CEO and fresh perspectives. For this reason, I have decided it is best for the Company that I step aside and devote my efforts to supporting an effective transition.”Here what else is happening in the Week Ahead.Here’s what else is happening in the Week AheadCorelogic Loan Performance Insights Report, TuesdayThe Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System-Tuesday, 2 pm ESTBLS Consumer Price Index, Wednesday 8:30 EST”Risky Business: Using Data and Analytics to Protect Properties” Webinar, Thursday, 1–2 p.m. EDTUMich Consumer Sentiment, Friday 10 am ESTcenter_img The Week Ahead: Updates from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase in Daily Dose, Data, Newslast_img read more

The Art of Australian Hospitality – why you should choose Qantas for

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map If you want lots of benefits but don’t have time to build upyour frequent flyer status, you can pay to join the Qantas Club. For a one-offmembership fee you can enjoy access to Qantas Business Lounges, which havecomplimentary drinks, food and entertainment. Joining the club also lets youearn new points – three for every Australian dollar (about 55p in July 2019). Catch up with new films and full TV boxsets while you fly Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Explore Qantas The Qantas in-flight entertainment system is constantly being updated with the latest blockbuster films, award-winning sitcoms and groundbreaking documentaries. The interactive seat-back screen makes it easy to choose from over a thousand hours of entertainment. There’s also a hand-picked selection of new and classic Disney films – ideal for little ones (and older travellers – c’mon, who can resist a bit of Pixar?)  First class passengers get to tuck into a five star meal designed by Neil Perry, a celebrity Australian chef who specialises in Asian-inspired food. Seasonal produce from Artisan producers is the focus, and you can choose from a hand-picked meal or go for the full-on tasting menu experience. To add the decadence, it all kicks off with a glass of proper French champagne. You definitely won’t go hungry on a Qantas flight, whichever class you book. Economy travellers are served a selection of multicultural dishes accompanied by delicious Australian wines – there’s beer, spirits and soft drinks too of course. If you treat yourself to a cheeky Premium Economy upgrade you’ll be welcomed on board with a glass of sparkling wine. When meal time arrives, each dish is served on proper tableware made by Sydney-based designer David Caon. You can fly on some of the most advanced aircraft in the sky In partnership with Explore Australia Qantas Explorer fares Eat and drink like a real foodie – even in economy When you fly on the Qantas Dreamliner, your holiday starts as soon as you’re on the plane. The lighter frame, GEnx engines and innovative onboard systems combine to make the aircraft super efficient. It uses 20 per cent less fuel than other aeroplanes of its size – so it can fly direct from London to Australia without any stopovers. This means no waking up in the middle of a snooze to drag your bag out of the overhead cabin, no interrupting your in-flight movie at the crucial moment and no mad dashes through airports. If you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer you collect points every time you book a Qantas or oneworld flight, stay in a partner hotel, book car hire with a partner agency or take an organised tour with a partner company. These points can be used to pay for flights and upgrades. The more you fly, the higher your frequent flyer status – and the more chances you have to get rewards like lounge access and priority check-in. From camel-riding along Cable Beach, wine tasting in the Barossa Valley and sailing through the Whitsundays, there’s a huge range of adventures to be had in Australia. Once you touch down, you can save money hopping around the vast country with Qantas Explorer fares. It’s much cheaper than booking all the flights separately – just choose the multi-city option when you book your flight to Australia. Then, go through your itinerary and add all of the regional airports you want to visit. Finish by adding your flight home and your e-ticket will cover you every step of the journey. Perth, Australia In business class, the experience is all about choice.Whether you fancy something light or a full-on three-course meal, you canchoose the time it’s served – or you can help yourself to snacks from the bar.If you fancy a tipple to wash it down, the Sommeliers in the Sky are speciallytrained to help you choose the perfect Australian or New Zealand wine. Qantas rewards its loyal passengers With non-stop flights to Singapore and Perth from London Heathrow, as well as, convenient connections to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and much of Southeast Asia, it’s easier than ever to choose Qantas for your next adventure. Browse Qantas flight deals now. You don’t need to go all the way to the Land Down Under to experience Aussie hospitality – as soon as you step foot on a Qantas flight you’ll be treated to plenty of Antipodean charm. With a state-of-the-art aircraft, delicious in-flight meals and fantastic rewards for frequent flyers, there are plenty of reasons to fly Qantas. Here are a few reasons why we reckon they’re one of the best options out there. You can fly direct to long-haul destinations The Qantas Dreamliner (a Boeing 787-9) only has 236 seats, so there’s more room to stretch out. Every seat is designed with the utmost comfort in mind, so you’ll even feel like a rockstar when you fly in Economy. The Dreamliner is also fitted with cutting-edge technology that reduces the effect of turbulence for a much smoother flight. Oh, and the windows are 65% bigger than most plane windows – so you get to see more of the world as you zip above it. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in SydneySophisticated, bold and multi-cultural, Australia’s best-known city has plenty to offer even world-weary travellers; from camping at the zoo to the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House. Read on for the best things to do in Sydney.One world, 20 very special destinations (for a very special occasion)Anniversary? Big birthday? Honeymoon? Or hen do? To mark oneworld’s 20th, we put together a list of destinations worthy of a special occasion.Who’s the best (and worst) airline?Regular passengers on commercial aircraft tend to have a favourite amongst the many carriers.last_img read more