Stars Support Montblancs Signature For Good

first_imgSaturday, February 23, 2013 marked the official launch of Montblanc’s Signature For Good Collection with UNICEF, whereby Montblanc hopes to provide children access to quality education.This collection reinforces Montblanc’s long-term commitment to children’s education and UNICEF.To celebrate the launch of the collection, Montblanc hosted a pre-Oscar charity brunch with UNICEF at the Hotel Bel-Air. Academy award winner Hilary Swank made a special appearance to speak about the importance of the initiative and shed light on her recent visit to Ethiopia with Montblanc and UNICEF.For every piece in the Signature For Good Collection sold between March 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014 Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million to support the UNICEF education programs worldwide.Additional celebrities who lent their support to the cause and attended the brunch were Emmy Rossum, Rosario Dawson (actress), UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano, Louise Roe, Alan Arkin, Billy Zane, Jesse Metcalfe, Peter Fonda, Jesse Williams, Jane Seymour, Clemens Schick, Rachel Griffiths and many more.Montblanc Signature For Good Collection includes a special edition of writing instruments, jewelry and leather accessories, all of which feature a unique brick design symbolizing the joint effort of building a better future for all children and their communities by improving access to quality education, including the construction of schools – brick by brick. For every piece in the “Signature for Good” Collection sold between 1 March 2013 and 31 March 2014, Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to UNICEF’s education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America.With a heritage deeply rooted in the culture of writing, Montblanc has always been committed to the support of education and literacy. For nearly a decade, Montblanc has taken an active role in supporting UNICEF’s efforts to enable more children to learn how to read and write, with several global initiatives together raising over $5 million dollars to date. With the new “Signature For Good” Collection, Montblanc is building on the success of the first “Signature For Good” initiative launched in 2009 and pledging to raise in 2013 at least $1.5 million dollars.For this special Montblanc “Signature For Good” Collection, the design of the Meisterstuck has been revisited with unique detailing. Available as a Classique Fountain Pen, Rollerball, and Ballpoint Pen and in the bolder LeGrand size, the black precious resin writing instrument features a cap top ring designed with the symbolic rectangular brick pattern. The blue sapphire set in this ring is inspired by UNICEF’s blue colour and the work it accomplishes to improve children’s lives. Other pieces in the collection include handcrafted leather wallets, cardholders, a pen pouch and notebook with blue lining decorated with the symbolic brick design. The leather used by Montblanc for the Signature For Good Collection is Italian full-grain printed calfskin. The distinctive pattern on the leather is a series of diagonal lines. Cuff links with reversible surfaces of onyx and stainless steel, bracelets and key rings, all embellished with a sapphire, make up the jewellery selection.Each writing instrument, leather item and jewellery piece features an individual serial number associated with a “brick,” a reference to the building and running of schools: indicating that the owner of the product has a symbolic share in the programme and is contributing to building better and brighter futures one brick at a time. By registering the number on the product at, the owner of the piece can monitor the progress of the initiative and find out the many ways in which UNICEF is improving educational opportunities for children. Not just by building schools but also by transforming them into a safe and protective place where children can learn and play.Lutz Bethge, CEO Montblanc International explains, “With 61 million children in the world not yet enrolled in school, it is our duty to take the necessary steps to empower these children with an education so they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape a better future for themselves and their communities. Our aim was to create a collection that not only appeals through its design, style and fine craftsmanship, but that has a greater purpose by enabling real change.”For UNICEF, the ongoing relationship with Montblanc is a meaningful and important one. As Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF says, “Thanks to our partnership with Montblanc and the vital contribution to UNICEF’s work, UNICEF has provided more children a quality education that will significantly better their chances in life. The impact of their investment is truly noticeable and we are grateful for the contribution they make in raising global awareness for UNICEF’s work with vulnerable children around the world.”last_img read more

Equifax takes down customer service web page after malicious content found

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

PMs museum CPWD penalised for rejection of bid to build

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CPWD to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to an architectural firm for unjustifiably rejecting its bid for constructing a museum for India’s Prime Ministers on the premises of Nehru Memorial at Teen Murti Bhawan.The court, however, did not quash the contract citing the substantial outlay of expenditure, which has already occurred pursuant to the award of tender, and the work progress at the site. “We do not consider it to be in the larger public interest to quash the award of the project and direct further processing of the petitioner’s (firm) bid, or to mandate that a de novo exercise be carried out in the present case by calling for fresh tenders,” said a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan. The court directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to refund to Bangalore-based Flying Elephant Studio the amounts incurred on tender documents and fee. “…the present petition is disposed of without granting any relief to the petitioner… However, in the peculiar facts and circumstances, the respondent No.1 (CPWD) will pay the costs of these proceedings to the petitioner. The costs are assessed at Rs 1,50,000 to be paid within two weeks,” it said in a recent order. The petition concerned a ‘Notice Inviting Tender’ (NIT) issued by the CPWD for a Prime Ministers museum on the premises of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library at Teen Murti Bhawan here. The firm’s grievance was that its bid for the museum was rejected by the CPWD. The authorities told the court that they rejected the bid on the ground that the firm did not satisfy the eligibility criteria and that the previous projects executed by it do not fall within the categories of buildings enumerated in the definition of ‘Similar Comprehensive Consultancy Work’ contained in the NIT. The firm’s counsel submitted that it fulfilled all the eligibility criteria set out in the ‘Initial Eligibility Criteria’ provided by CPWD in the tender notice.last_img read more

UNP confident its May Day rally will draw large crowds

However UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that the joint opposition has no moral right to celebrate May Day. He said that while the joint opposition, when in power, burdened the public, the UNP has taken steps to meet the needs of the working class. Hashim said that under the UNP led Government the basic salary of Government employees has been increased while a Bill has been submitted in parliament to increase the salaries of private sector employees.He said the joint opposition is looking for a place to hold their May Day rally but they have no right to hold such a rally in the first place. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) is confident its May Day rally will draw large crowds.There have been claims the support for the joint opposition is growing and that the May Day rally of the joint opposition will see a big turnout. read more

Ontario wont raise mining tax despite auditors report Minister

Ontario won’t raise mining tax despite auditor’s report: Minister by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 1:37 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle says the Ontario government is not going to increase the mining tax, despite the auditor general’s concern about falling revenues.Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk says Ontario’s revenue from mining taxes averages less than two per cent of the value of the minerals extracted, and less than one per cent of the value of diamonds that are mined.Ontario is the largest mineral producer in Canada with about 25 per cent of total national production, but provincial mining revenues from taxes and royalties fell from a high of $236 million in 2008 to just $18.6 million in 2014.Gravelle says it’s a very challenging time in terms of commodity pricing, and the mining sector is at a low point right now.And he says companies can spend $750 million to $1 billion before they “extract one piece of metal out of the ground.”Gravelle says mining companies employ hundreds of well-paid workers in the preparation stage and during operations, and the government doesn’t want to discourage any new investments by hiking taxes.“All of those things, I think, mitigate in a powerful way to us being very, very cautious about speaking about changing the mining tax or royalties,” he said.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown agreed with the government’s decision.“I’m worried about the decline in the mining sector and I think a new tax right now would be the wrong time,” said Brown.The province received only $20 million in royalties from $2.5 billion in diamonds that were extracted by De Beers over six years at Ontario’s only diamond mine.All minerals mined are subject to an Ontario mining profit tax of 10 per cent, except for diamonds, which are subject to royalty payments.A reduced rate of five per cent applies to mines that are at least 30 kilometres from the nearest road or railway.The auditor was critical of the Liberal government for leaving it up to private companies to meet its duty to consult Aboriginal communities on proposed mining activities, which she said may be hurting the ability to attract new investment.“The ministry has not been effective in encouraging timely mineral development in the province,” auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said in her 2015 annual report.“Ontario is ranked near the bottom in Canada with respect to attracting mining sector investments.”Lysyk also said there has been virtually no progress in developing the huge Ring of Fire mineral deposit since it was discovered in 2008 about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, and is believed to have a potential value of $60 billion.“The area is still not close to being ready for production, and the ministry has no detailed plan or timeline for developing the region,” said Lysyk.Gravelle said the province was hopeful about moving forward now that the federal Conservative government has been replaced with a Liberal administration, but insisted it was hard to deliver the timelines the auditor is looking for.“Conditions from a labour market point of view, from a negotiation with the First Nations point of view, let alone the federal government’s point of view, make it a little challenging to impose a timeline, although we’re as eager to do that as anybody else is,” he said.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

Lady Pirates Hold Car Wash to Raise Funds

The Green River Mont Harmon Lady Pirates hosted a car wash on Saturday to raise funds for the girls to attend an upcoming basketball camp.The camp takes place in Price at Utah State University Eastern on June 10-13. The coach of the team, Tyler Bastian, said that they wanted to raise funds to help offset the cost of the camp.“It costs $250 per kid, so the funds are helpful to cut the price so kids can attend,” Bastian said.

Prince Charles shows off proud grandpa credentials as he puts unseen family

Prince Charles with Prince HarryCredit:Geoff Pugh The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince's own books They include a photograph of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Cornwall dressed in red, and the Prince with his arm around his younger son in 2012 after “Captain Wales” passed his helicopter pilot training.They join more than 100 pieces from the Prince’s private collection, the Royal Collection and work by up-and-coming artists for the exhibition, which marks his 70th birthday year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their weddingCredit:Geoff Pugh The exhibition is laid out in a rectangular roomCredit:Getty Mounted without labels, the show instead relies on an audio commentary explaining how the small, densely-hung room was inspired by Zoffany’s Tribuna of the Uffizi.The artwork is arranged on the walls of an octagonal room with tables filled with books by the Prince, vases and other decorative objects, while above are hung rows of paintings and other artworks, some with a tapestry as a backdrop.The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall have been in to admire the finished show before it opened to the public. The Queen has not visited, and has already made the journey to Scotland for her summer trip to Balmoral. The picture is one of a handful of images framed and put onto desks in the exhibition, along with personal ornaments and flowers in a design aimed at recreating the feel of the Prince’s own homes. The photo shows all three future kingsCredit:Reuters The exhibition is laid out in a rectangular room The Prince and Patron exhibitionCredit:Geoff Pugh His birthday exhibition styles him as “Prince and Patron”, a connoisseur whose childhood playing among the treasures of the palace led him to become a lifelong benefactor of the arts.The Prince of Wales, who helped curate the Buckingham Palace exhibition in honour of his 70th birthday, has added one other important title to that list: proud grandpa.The Prince has loaned his favourite art works, trinkets and family photographs to the show to help create a glimpse of life in his home.Among them is a never-before-seen photograph of his cradling his firstborn grandson, Prince George, with his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge by his side.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The three future kings, rarely captured together in a photograph released to the public, look relaxed, with a baby George fast asleep in his grandfather’s arm. Speaking about one of the highlights of the exhibition, Napoleon Bonaparte’s red felt hooded cloak, the Prince said: “Since, as a child, I first caught sight of this cloak in the Grand Vestibule at Windsor, I have been fascinated by the sheer magic of the colour, the dashing pattern of the lining and the enthralling story of Napoleon himself which it conjures up.”It is said to have been worn by the Emperor during his Egyptian campaign and was taken from his carriage after the Battle of Waterloo 15 years later.” The Prince of Wales and Duke both have open-necked shirts, in a casual family photograph likely taken at Clarence House or Kensington Palace in 2013.Prince George, who turns five next week, leans into the Prince’s elbow, as the Duke, who would have been settling into life as a new father, sits protectively behind them both.It is the first time such a candid family photograph of the three heirs together has been shown to the public. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their wedding The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince’s own booksCredit:Geoff Pugh He also tell visitors via audio guide: “I am very fond of the two preparatory oil sketches of my sons which I acquired from the artist, Nicky Philipps, in 2009.”They were painted for a double portrait that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Both are dressed in the regimental uniform of the Household Cavalry – the Blues and Royals – and are particularly good likenesses.”The summer opening of Buckingham Palace, which includes the Prince & Patron exhibition, opens on Saturday and runs until September 30. Vanessa Remington, senior curator of paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, said: “It’s a departure because it is not a standard museum display and the works aren’t shown in isolation, they’re shown in profusion very, very densely. ” Prince Charles with Prince Harry Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. (Tables) are dressed with a range of objects and those are intended to show or give a flavour of the interiors of the Prince of Wales’s own residences because this is a very personal show.” 'Prince and Patron', an exhibition of over a hundred works of art selected by Britain's Prince Charles The Prince and Patron exhibition read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GOOD NEWS: The ESRI has predicted unemployment will fall to 9.8% next year, though it also said house prices in the Irish market are undervalued.2. #EBOLA: A state of emergency has been declared in Liberia over the outbreak of the Ebola virus with the president commenting that extraordinary measures were needed “for the very survival of our state”.3. #CORK:  A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Cork city last night. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.4. #FORGET ABOUT IT: Wikipedia has revealed that Google complied with a request to remove a link to a page about Gerry Hutch – better known as ‘The Monk’.5. #GAZA: Israel has offered to extend the three-day ceasefire in Gaza, while Amnesty accused its army of deliberate attacks on health workers.6. #ON TRIAL: Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in South Africa, will be back in court today for closing arguments as his trial comes to a close.7. #CHECK YOURSELF: Screening for prostate cancer could reduce deaths from the disease by about 20%, according to a major study published today.8. #DRUGS: A Dublin inner-city resident discovered a large number of pills scattered around a children’s playground and they were later found to be a brand of paracetamol not normally available in Ireland, the Irish Daily Star reports.9. #CAMBODIA: Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Khmer Rouge ended, a UN-backed war crimes tribunal found two of the regime leaders guilty of crimes against humanity.last_img read more

Adorn Your Cat With Adorable Headgear This Christmas

first_imgStay on target ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It Putting costumes on our pets is one of the best parts of having pets. Whether you’re trying to put your cat into a Harry Potter outfit or your dog into a Batman costume but he just won’t put his little paws through the costume’s sleeves, there’s something inherently hilarious about dressing up your furry friend in clothes that they normally wouldn’t have on out in the wild. It’s especially fun to dress up your pets for the holidays, like putting a Santa hat on your cat.Novelty item maker Kitan Club knows how fun this can be, which is why the company has put together a new set of products just for cats: special little cuddly hoods called the Cute Cute Cat Christmas-chan line of headgear. They’re Christmas-themed hats for cats and you know you’re already wondering how you can get one, or all of them. Or how you’re going to get your cat ready to get into these costumes at all, because you know he’s definitely not going to stand for any of that.There are four designs: a Santa hat, reindeer, Christmas tree, and a snowman. Each is more adorable than the last, and they’re all fitting for holiday cheer. You get them as part of a Gachapon selection, and because there are only four of them out there, you should be able to collect the entire roundup of hats pretty easily without having to keep buying tons and tons of the things. Good thing, because they’re about 500 yen ($4.50 apiece), which makes them more expensive than regular gachapon, but cheap enough to afford a few and just collect any extras that may occur as a result.They’re available now in gachapon machines in Japan, but you can probably find one or two online to buy if you really need to have them in your life, and you probably do. No one’s going to judge you if you bust out the snowman all winter, either.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Argentina chief Im sure Messi will return in 2019

first_imgArgentina general manager Jorge Burruchaga is hopeful that the national team haven’t seen the last of Lionel MessiThe Barcelona forward absence’s for Argentina continues after his name again failed to show in Lionel Scaloni’s squad list for the international break.It means that Messi has now not represented Argentina since June 30, where they went crashing out of the World Cup in the last-16 stage to eventual winners France.While Messi himself has remained silent on his Argentina future, Burruchaga expects him back for next year’s Copa America in Brazil.“No date is scheduled right now for the return of Messi and he will not be back before the end of the year,” Burruchaga told Goal.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“But it’s impossible that he will not be in the national team again. This is transitory.“I’m sure that next year, he will be in the Argentina national team again.”Messi has scored a record 65 goals and added 42 assists in 128 matches for Argentina.La Albiceleste will play Mexico on Saturday in Cordoba before facing Mexico four days later.last_img read more

Dortmund chief rules out Pulisic Weigl January exits

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Christian Pulisic will remain at the club after January, while also hinting the same for Julian WeiglThe young duo have both been linked with winter moves away from Dortmund amid struggles to gain regular game time under coach Lucien Favre.Weigl, who was previously linked with a switch to Manchester City earlier this year, has fallen behind summer recruit Axel Witsel in the Dortmund midfield pecking order.Meanwhile, ex-USA star Alexi Lalas has urged Pulisic to leave Dortmund in favour of a transfer to a bigger European club.Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Pulisic recently, but Dortmund insists the American is going nowhere.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We won’t let any important players, who are indispensable for achieving our sporting goals, leave this winter,” Zorc told Bild.“I’m strongly assuming that Christian (Pulisic) will still be wearing the BVB jersey in February.”Although former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is being tipped to make a January exit after being left out of Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Monaco.The Japan international recently expressed a desire to try his luck at La Liga football before the end of his playing career.last_img read more

Man helps police recover stolen trailer

first_imgA Castle Rock man helped police earlier this month arrange a sting to arrest the man who stole his trailer.The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office issued a bulletin today detailing the circumstances that led to the arrest of David Stevens on suspicion of second-degree felony theft.Charles White reported on June 5 that someone had stolen his trailer and he knew where it was. He had spotted it at a nearby store.The trailer had been painted and undergone other modifications, but White knew it was his. That’s when Deputy Lorenzo Gladson stepped in, calling Stevens at the number listed on a “for sale” sign attached to the trailer.He offered $800 and Stevens agreed to meet. Stevens was then taken into custody, according to the bulletin, and admitted stealing, painting and modifying the trailer. He led police to several locations to recover parts he had taken off the trailer.Stevens was booked in jail and his bail was set at $10,000.last_img read more

Health care workers walk out at Olympia hospital

first_imgOLYMPIA — Hundreds of workers at an Olympia hospital went on strike Monday over their health care costs.The union that represents workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital told The Olympian that the two sides have failed to come to agreement over a health plan that went into effect on Jan. 1.The Service Employees International Union represents about 530 workers at the hospital, including dietary, housekeeping and health unit coordinators. They are set to go on strike for five days.A hospital spokeswoman says they will continue to provide patient care and have a contingency plan in place.Providence has offered its employees three health plans that members could choose from. Doctors and registered nurses remain on the job.last_img

Police search for Southwest MiamiDade Chase Bank robber

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person behind a robbery at a Chase bank in Southwest Miami-Dade.The FBI released surveillance photos of the suspect who struck the Chase near Southwest 87th Avenue and Sunset Drive, Monday.The suspect was seen wearing a bright yellow shirt and a backwards baseball cap when he approached a teller and demanded cash.No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Smokey Robinson Added To AllStar Lineup For Aretha A GRAMMY Celebration…

first_imgRobinson will join previously announced performers Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans. Additionally, several artists nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards — coming soon on Feb. 10, 2019 — will honor Franklin: Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA.”Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration” continues the tradition of previous Emmy-winning TV specials presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS: “Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” and “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute.”The special will broadcast Sunday, March 10, 2019 (9–11 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for this live concert at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 13 are on sale now via Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of SoulRead more Smokey Robinson Added To All-Star Lineup For “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration…” Smokey Robinson To Pay Tribute To Aretha Franklin smokey-robinson-added-all-star-lineup-%E2%80%9Caretha-grammy-celebration%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D Facebook News The GRAMMY winner is set to honor his childhood friend at “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 6:29 am The special concert honoring late soul legend Aretha Franklin just got a whole lot more special. GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson has been added to the all-star lineup and will pay tribute to his childhood friend at “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Jan 13. Email Twitter last_img read more

In Texas Elections As In Schools Participation Is Part Of The Grade

first_imgThe education group’s most visible efforts revolved around a long shot: running little-known Rockwall Republican Scott Milder to oust incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Milder spent most of his time campaigning for educators’ votes — and was crushed, gaining only 24 percent of the vote.Milder first posted his concession statement on Reynolds’ Facebook group on primary night. In the spirit of the block vote, he encouraged teachers to give their vote to Democratic candidate Mike Collier in the general election. “I will be casting my vote for Mike Collier, the rational Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, and will strongly encourage all Texans who voted for me in this race to cast their votes for Collier as well,” he wrote.Some also posit educators were scared away from voting after Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion saying educators could not promote specific candidates or measures with public money, school district equipment or on school time. He also said school districts can’t pay to drive students to polling places “absent an educational purpose.” Soon before the primary, Paxton sent cease-and-desist letters to educators at three Texas school districts he said were conducting “unlawful electioneering” by using public money to advocate for political candidates.“I do think it’s disappointing that anyone, let alone the leaders of our state and elected officials, would go out of their way to discourage anyone from voting when there was no evidence of any wrongdoing,” said Laura Yeager, founder of Texas Educators Vote, a civic engagement group encouraging educators to be politically active.State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, who first asked Paxton to weigh in on what he saw as illegal electioneering, said Paxton’s letters did not stop educators from voting. “There’s simply no way that’s intimidating. Unless you’re doing it. And then you’re being told to stop, and nobody’s filing charges on you. They just want you to stop — stop doing it.” Bettencourt said.Retired Spring ISD teacher Margaret Womack started researching candidates for the primary after lawmakers put a Band-Aid on the broken teacher health care system, leaving many retired teachers with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The block voting group sounded like a good vehicle for first-time political involvement, she said. “In 30-plus years of seeing what has happened in education, educators could never quite get themselves together to say, ‘This isn’t right.’ We’d wring our hands and we’d say, ‘Geez, I wish it was different,’” she said.Womack was disappointed but not surprised that Milder didn’t make it through the primary. She said she often votes for Democrats but eagerly voted in the Republican primary to support him. She knows other teachers had a harder time crossing over.Womack said she is still motivated to vote for Collier and will continue to recruit educators to block vote in the general election — but that she is dismayed at the evidence she’s seen on how little research voters do before voting. She said the movement needs to prioritize widespread voter education to be successful. “If we don’t have that, I don’t know. I’m at a loss.” Share Tiffany SzerpickiAn empty classroomWhen Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin announced in September that she was running for state Senate against incumbent Houston Republican Joan Huffman, public education advocates lined up to support her.Outspoken about the state’s failure to overhaul its school funding system, Tassin won an early nod from outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus and picked up endorsements from former and current superintendents, a parent-led political action committee, and Texas’ chapter of the national teachers’ union. Gov. Greg Abbott, while endorsing her opponent, appointed her to a state committee on special education.Tassin also received the endorsement of a Facebook group, “Texans for Public Education,” which planned to organize its thousands of members to vote in the Republican primary for a set of candidates the group deemed “friendly” to public education.She lost badly. Huffman was the favorite to win, as an incumbent endorsed by the governor — but the race was expected to be competitive. Instead, Tassin received just 27 percent of the vote. “[Block voting] wasn’t effective in my race. The teachers didn’t show up. They didn’t show up to vote,” she said. “If they voted, they voted in the wrong primary.”She said she ran into teachers who said they were block voting — but who registered for the Democratic primary.Tassin argued educator voting groups, despite their efforts, did not motivate a significant-enough faction of teachers to vote. But block vote cheerleaders say the primary elections were a shaky test run for a much larger mission: shedding teachers’ reputation for being politically apathetic or uninvolved and building their political clout in Texas over the next several election cycles.Like Tassin, Granbury ISD Superintendent Jim Largent partly attributed his loss against incumbent Rep. Mike Lang in House District 59 to the failure of teachers to show up at the polls. “The block voting group certainly was effective in a way and was able to get a large group talking about the same things,” Largent said. “There was still low voter turnout.”Troy Reynolds, founder of Texans for Public Education and an administrator at Splendora ISD north of Houston, publicly presented his mission at a rally on the Capitol green in July: to oppose Abbott’s proposed agenda for the summer special session, which educators argued was chock full of unfunded mandates for public schools. He rallied fellow educators to vote based on issues, not party, meaning party loyalists would need to hold their noses and support candidates on the other side of the aisle.“What we’re doing has never been tried before,” Reynolds said after the primary. He argues educators helped tip the vote for more than two dozen moderate Republicans vying for competitive state House seats. But he acknowledges the group’s limited success: “It truly strategically is not realistic to think a new organization can walk in and undo 10 to 15 years of infiltration by these profiteers in one election,” he said, referring in part to Empower Texans, a key conservative activist organization that poured more than $1 million into state-level campaigns this year.last_img read more

Suffered acne You may show fewer signs of ageing

first_imgSuffering from those itchy red pimples? Take heart, as your skin may age more slowly than those with no history of acne, a study has found. Signs of ageing such as wrinkles and skin thinning often appear much later in people who have experienced acne in their lifetime. It has been suggested that this is due to increased oil production but there are likely to be other factors involved, the study said. The findings revealed that people who have previously suffered from acne are likely to have longer telomeres in their white blood cells, meaning that their cells could be better protected against ageing. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTelomeres are repetitive nucleotide sequences found at the end of chromosomes, which protect them from deteriorating during the process of replication.  The telomeres gradually break down and shrink as cells age, eventually leading to cell death, which is a normal part of human growth and ageing. “Our findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres which appears to be different in acne sufferers and means their cells may be protected against ageing,” said lead author Simone Ribero, a dermatologist at King’s College London.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“For many years dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age more slowly than in those who have not experienced any acne in their lifetime. Whilst this has been observed in clinical settings, the cause of this was previously unclear,” Ribero said.In the study the team measured the length of white blood cell telomeres in 1,205 twins. A quarter of the twins reported having experienced acne in their lifetime.Statistical analyses which adjusted for age, relatedness, weight and height showed that telomere length in acne sufferers was significantly longer, meaning that white blood cells were more protected from the usual deterioration with age. The researchers also examined gene expression in pre-existing skin biopsies from the same twins to identify possible gene pathways linked to acne.last_img read more

4 Bluetooth Headsets You Wont Be Embarrassed to Wear

first_img 2 min read Smooth OperatorThe Jawbone Icon HD ($100) looks good and sounds even better, thanks to HD audio, auto-adjusting volume and military-grade noise-elimination technology, all at an entry-level price point. It may be the best thing you hear all day. Smart SoundThe old-school mic on the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC ($200) lets your voice come through loud and clear, whether you’re connected to your phone, tablet or PC (through the USB dongle). Using smart sensors, the headset answers calls automatically when hooked on the ear and will stay put comfortably for its entire seven-hour battery life. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 5, 2013 Critics of Bluetooth headsets liken them to Crocs and fanny packs: purpose-driven apparel that somehow became acceptable for the grocery store. But the four devices here do more than just sling your voice through the air, freeing up your hands to drive your car or tap away on your computer. They’re also crammed with noise-canceling technology and supported by apps. Some are even easy on the eyes, which makes them anywhere-appropriate. Register Now » Grab and GoSmaller than a set of keys, the Motorola Elite Silver ($130) fits easily into a pocket when not in use. Bonus: Its carrying case doubles as a charger, mobile battery and near field communication (NFC) transmitter chip–just tap it against your smartphone to pair the devices. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Move OnThe Jabra Motion UC ($130) employs motion-sensor technology to answer calls automatically when the user puts it on. It also holds enough juice for seven hours of talk time and has a staggering range–up to 300 feet, compared to Bluetooth’s usual 30.last_img read more

Isla Mujeres fishermen considering shark tours rather than hunts

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — Fishermen on Isla Mujeres say they are considering offering shark tours rather than their traditional shark hunting, an activity islanders have practiced for decades.Although the activity of shark tours is not new in the state of Quintana Roo, it would be something new for them. Offering shark sightseeing and swimming tours would be a sustainable activity that could also bring income for the local seamen.Raciel Rivero, president of the cooperative Patria y Progreso, the main shark trader and exporter in Isla Mujeres, explained that after a meeting with other presidents of the fishing cooperatives, the possibility was considered as a viable and sustainable alternative.For decades, local island fishermen have hunted and sold sharks, however with the declining numbers, a new sustainable approach could provide them with a way to continue making a living from the elasmobranch fish.Isla Mujeres Cooperatives fishermenRivero explained that for now, it is an approach and that they would be seeking advice on beginning the new activity for Isla Mujeres including compliance with local laws. He said that the support of professionals will be sought so that the activity can be productive and stop the depredation of the species.He recalled that in other destinations such as Tulum, shark tours are already offered to tourists who come looking for a new way to interact with the local marine life.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bilingual employment fair seeks to fill 6700 jobs

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) will organize the ninth edition of its annual job fair next month at the Antigua Aduana facilities, in downtown San José.The fair is scheduled for Feb. 8-10 and will bring together some 50 local and international companies in the services, medical, education and recruitment industries.Companies will be seeking employees fluent in English, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, Dutch, French and Japanese.“The companies involved in the CINDE Job Fair are leaders in high-tech sectors. There also will be recruiting companies seeking candidates for different companies,” CINDE Executive Director Gabriela Llobet said.The fair will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 8-9 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 10. Admission to the event is free and companies will only take digitally formatted résumés. Some job interviews might be conducted at the fair, organizers said.Participating companies include: Ace Global, Amazon, Amba APL, Auxis, avVenta, Bank of America,  BASS, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Citi, Concentrix, Convergys, Covidien, Curtiss Wright, Dell, Deloitte, DO Gestión de Talento, Sykes, Dole, Emerson, Ernst & Young, Experian, First Data, Fiserv, Grupo STT, Hospira, HP, IBM, Language Line, National Instruments, Pacific Interpreters, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Procter & Gamble, St. Jude Medical, Startek, Teleperformance, Thomson Reuters, Trade Station, Unilever, VMWare, Western Union, Wizard, WNS, Volcano, Akamai, BASF, ULatina, UAM and ULACIT.For more info, see the fair’s website at: Facebook Commentslast_img read more