The Breast is Best

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 21, Kingston – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for mothers to consider exclusive breastfeeding of their babies for the first six months of life in order to reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates.   He noted that appropriate breastfeeding practices have the potential to lower infant mortality in children five years old and younger by 14 per cent, while appropriate complementary feeding up to two years of age can prevent an additional six per cent of deaths among the age cohort.The Minister, who was addressing the National Breastfeeding Week conference and launch at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (September 19), said the target is for 50 per cent of infants to be exclusively breastfeeding at six months of age.   He noted that in 2005, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at six months was 15.1 per cent, increasing to 23.8 per cent in 2011.“However, this is still well off course to meet the Global Nutrition Target of at least 50 per cent by 2025,” he said.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica is committed to reducing infant mortality and morbidity, and has agreed to, or has endorsed several international agreements and goals that are aimed at promoting and protecting infant and young child health.   He said that gains are being made, but there is still much work to be done to achieve the targets. He is urging persons to become informed about the benefits of breastfeeding.Research has shown that breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of childhood asthma and obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease.   Long durations of breastfeeding also protect maternal health by helping to lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said National Breastfeeding Week is being observed from September 17 to 23 under the theme ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’ and emphasises that “all sectors, all groups have a role to play in supporting breastfeeding”.He said the objectives of the two-day conference are to highlight the role of infant and young child feeding in the achievement of the sustainable development goals, share current elements of the benefits and impact of breastfeeding and effective strategies for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.It is in keeping with World Breastfeeding Week 2017, observed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in August through partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with civil society groups.Also at the launch were  Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Bermuda and Cayman Islands, Dr. Noreen Jack; UNICEF Representative in Jamaica, Mark Connolly; and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith.Release: JISlast_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_img Related Items: SUNSET: 5:20PM THU             SUNRISE: 6:33 AM FRI  MOONSET: 9:42 PM THU       MOONRISE: 11:17 AM FRILOW TIDE: 5:11 PM THU       HIGH TIDE: 11:03 PM THU                    LOW TIDE: 5:02 AM FRI       HIGH TIDE: 11:22 AM FRI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 23, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR 12:00 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2017.GENERAL SITUATION:  A SURFACE TO LOW LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE BAHAMAS AS IT DRIFTS NORTHWARD. MEANWHILE A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA.FOR THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM BUT CLOUDY PERIODS AND SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE TROUGH TODAY AND TONIGHT. FAIR AND WARM ELSEWHERE TONIGHT.ADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS, BUT SHIFTING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS TONIGHT.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY: A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA WITH UNSETTLED WEATHER FROM TROUGHING CONTINUING OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: THE TROPICS REMAIN QUIET AND TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED THROUGH THE NEXT 5 DAYS. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         85°F 30°COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE        72°F 22°C FORECASTER: G. GREENE/ss Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos to run for County Supervisor

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos to run for County Supervisor Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: January 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos recently announced his run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2020.Castellanos said he is running for the District 1 open seat currently held by soon to be termed-out Supervisor Greg Cox.San Diego Supervisor District 1 encompasses the South Bay region of San Diego County, including the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado and communities in the southern portion of the City of San Diego.Castellanos says his primary focus is growing the region’s economy and to ensure that all families are given a chance for a better future.In the wake of a state audit that criticized the county’s response to the 2016 hepatitis a crisis, Castellanos says the county needs to do more to help people who are mentally ill and living on the street. Updated: 8:08 PMlast_img read more

Print Magazines Have Never Stopped Selling

first_imgAccording to the UK research body Mintel, this type of “customer publishing” is booming. It estimates that the industry in the UK alone is likely to be worth £1bn by 2013. Between 2008 and 2009 it grew 16 per cent, and by 2013 it is projected to increase by a further 22 per cent – no mean feat when the rest of the glossy magazine world is in the doldrums.What attracts companies is the direct impact on consumers. “Our research has shown that these magazines create an eight per cent uptick in sales,” says Julia Hutchison, chief operating officer of the Association of Publishing Agencies, the representative for the customer publishing industry in the UK. “On average, every customer spends 25 minutes reading these titles. That’s 25 minutes spent with the brand. Lots of companies are redirecting their ad and marketing spends to this avenue.”In the past, some sponsored publications were little more than product promos. But now, savvy marketers are investing in quality writers, photographers, and more objective journalism to attract larger audiences. The FT article continues:”Whereas in-house magazines used to be glorified advertorials, today the branding is much more subtle and there’s a genuine effort to tap top editorial talents and introduce original material; Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, photographic stalwarts of the fashion publications Vogue and Visionaire, shot the latest YSL manifesto.The investment makes sense: it gives depth to a brand in an environment they can control. It pushes product without the obvious “sell”, and in many instances may be cheaper than advertising. Asos’ title, for instance, which is known for its mix of celebrity, shopping and entertainment, is now the second largest women’s fashion title in the UK with an annual circulation of 471,522. Terri Westlake, head of media at Asos.com, says, “Customers are savvy; they understand that it’s a brand title (and not independent), but they still appreciate a very good free magazine.”Print magazines can provide marketers with a “media marquee” that gives them consistent visibility hard to duplicate in the crowed online world. What Kerry Smith, and a growing number of publishers are taking advantage of is the same benefit marketers using sponsored publications have used for years…print magazines sell! At the just concluded FOLIO: Show, Kerry Smith, Red 7 Media CEO, offered a surprising view of what the future of print publishing might be. Challenged, like all publishing companies, with the decline of print ad revenue, Smith has diversified his organization’s offerings to include marketing services such as research, and consulting. But even as less of his company’s revenue is tied to print he is more committed to it. Why? Because he has found that his magazines are most often the first point of contact leading to the sale of all the other services he is now selling. Today, publishers of all kinds are using the presence they have in their markets to start related businesses. For example:• Premier Guitar, sells sheet music to subscribers• Oil and Gas Journal sells industry data and research• Dwell, a shelter book for the modern home, sells modern prefabricated homesBut this “new” trend where publishers use a magazine presence to sell products and services to readers is not so new. Marketers have used sponsored or branded magazines to do this for years. Despite the migration of ad dollars away from print magazines, the dollars flowing into sponsored magazines are going strong as documented early this year by The Financial Times: last_img read more

Where Is the Digital Edition Market Heading

first_imgThere was a time when page flipping digital editions were all the rage. I remember getting my first look at one of these content carriers while I was in my graduate studies at the University of Colorado.  It felt cool and comfortable. I loved that animations and video were built in to make the content come to life. Furthermore, the UI was intuitive because it spoke to something I already understood, turning a page.Today, page flipping technology still has relevance and many of our clients here at Nxtbook Media continue to use it to drive their brands and content forward. Additionally, we’ve been able to enhance our page turning platform to a customization level that makes it suitable for many types of content. Through enhancements from our design team and custom development solutions, we now work on catalogs, journals, education materials, publications, and marketing collateral, among other pieces. Here you will find an example of our page turning solution for a nationally recognized construction company. The platform, as you see, helps to tell a directed brand story that is difficult to replicate through a website.In regards to the readership for curated platforms, Pew Research Center recently completed a study which demonstrates trends for one form of page-based digital content, e-books. As you can see in the graph below, expansion of the market has been robust over the past five years.Furthermore, German media research giant Gfk just recently published a study showing a 27% increase in digital edition magazine readership from 2015 to 2016, with similar gains expected from 2016 to 2017 once the numbers are in. On top of this, Nikolay Malyarov, Chief Content Officer for Press Reader, stated in a recent article through FIPP that digital editions are still a very relevant part of a diverse, robust strategy for many publishers.  In fact, he goes on to state the following as the top monetization strategy in his article:“Know your audience to grow your audience through smart data. Digital editions are not dead.  Many readers still enjoy them, expect them as part of every publishers’ content offering, and are willing to pay for them.”Many of our clients who simply post links to their digital edition on social media channels see sizeable bumps in their readership. We have seen it truly doesn’t take much from an advertising perspective, as an audience simply needs to be met where they are and at the right time with a digital edition.  Interestingly, Malyarov goes on to mention in the FIPP article,  “The lack of marketing of digital editions is also not helping publishers grow digital revenues.” On our side, we have seen content creators simply put their digital edition on a website and hope for the best, similar to putting a magazine on a print newsstand.  In our crowded digital content market, this won’t work unless the developer of content has a strong brand that is constantly drawing large audiences to their website.   All this said, the stats still point to solid growth in the electronic curated content market and a strong opportunity for monetization and engagement through simple advertising.I know overall I am painting a rosy picture for the industry.  Honestly,  I would be remiss to not mention that the buzz has dulled a bit in regards to page-turning digital editions. Buzz, we have found, tends primarily to follow monetization of a content platform. We can put the blame on what seems to be a “laissez-faire” approach to marketing, but that may not be the full picture. We know page-flipping technology has become “old hat” to some content creators, as well as some audiences. Websites have continued to evolve and carried with them the latest of design and custom development innovations, such as parallax scrolling, full-screen video, ad serving and impressive interactivity. Page flip technology will always be limited design and functionality wise by what many consider its greatest strength, page turning.Furthermore, as the Pew Research study demonstrates, curated electronic content consumption growth over the past five years has primarily been through mobile devices. Most page flip technologies present a somewhat stodgy pinch-to-zoom smartphone experience. Responsive websites have helped content creators to publish an easy to read experience across all devices.Still, at the heart of it, we see the stats and hear the desire for a deep storytelling, curated experience from current and potential clients.  With this in mind, as well as the aforementioned concerns, we’ve stepped into the realm of responsive digital editions. This type of curated content has the flexibility, in regards to design and all-device functionality, of a website while still holding the curation of a page flipping digital edition. You can see an example of it here. Of course, these enhancements in design and functionality have not only been attractive to content creators but also readers. On average we’ve seen growth of 25% in unique readership when a client has transitioned from our page-flipping digital edition solution to this new platform. Through our talks with past clients, trade show attendees, potential clients, and current clients we have seen a good bit of the buzz return with this new platform.Of course, no content platform is without its holes, but the data seems to speak to great opportunity in digital editions because readers continue to value the platform. Additionally, the statistics coming from a transition to responsive digital editions show there is a possibility of more expansive growth than we are currently seeing in the market.Sponsored by Nxtbook Media: Nxtbook Media focuses on giving publishers and content marketers the tools they need to deeply engage with their audiences through innovative digital publishing solutions. Feel free to read more about their one of a kind responsive solution at www.nxtbookmedia.com/pageraft.last_img read more

Game of Thrones finale Emilia Clarke addresses Daenerys ending

first_img 2 Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked TV and Movies Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers ahead. Game of Thrones has ended its watch, but we’re still reeling from the aftermath of the series finale. One of the coolest shots from the episode. HBO The episode, called The Iron Throne, aired Sunday on HBO. It evoked Lord of The Rings ending vibes (George R.R. Martin is a huge fan after all), with Arya and Jon going off on further adventures, though it retained its trademark emotional bullets, specifically the killing of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen at the hand of Jon Snow. Clarke spoke to Entertainment Weekly in detail about the lead-up to her character’s end, and why it makes total sense. The internet’s sentiment toward Dany’s progression has been split, with many acknowledging the foreshadowing of her descent into madness, but deploring how quickly it happened in the final season. Jon Snow is partly to blame In the lead-up to Dany’s annihilation of King’s Landing, she suffers her best friend’s death, the death of one of her dragons, betrayal by Varys and a general isolation from the people of the North. Most significantly, her love with Jon Snow is tarnished by both the reveal that he’s her nephew and as such has a greater claim to the Iron Throne. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-jon-dany-hsJon rejects Dany’s affections. Helen Sloan/HBO Clarke detailed the changes Dany’s mindset underwent during this emotionally and mentally scarring period. “She genuinely starts with the best intentions,” she said.The Starks’ coldness toward Dany hits her hard after everything she’s been through. “There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt,” Clarke said. “Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, ‘We don’t accept you.'” And Dany couldn’t recover from it. “She’s killed so many people already,” Clarke said. “I can’t turn this ship around.”In episode 5, Jon rejects a kiss from Dany. Without his love or the love of the people of Westeros, this leads to her new mindset to rule by fear. “There’s this boy. And she thinks, ‘He loves me, and I think that’s enough.’ But is it enough? Is it? And it’s just that hope and wishing that finally there is someone who accepts her for everything she is and … he f—king doesn’t,” Clarke said. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-missandei-face-the-mountainSeconds before Dany’s best friend Missandei meets her demise. HBO Losing Missandei The death of Dany’s best friend Missandei was one of the major factors in Dany’s arc. “There’s a number of turning points you see for Daenerys in the season, but that’s the biggest break,” Clarke said.  Dany being killed by Jon Snow In the Great Hall of the Red Keep, Dany finally has her moment to touch the Iron Throne. Soon after, Jon Snow joins her, and after a tearful encounter, he makes his decision to slide a dagger through her chest. “Um, he just doesn’t like women does he?” Clarke said. “He keeps f—king killing them.” Clarke addressed Jon’s decision to follow Tyrion’s wishes and kill Dany before she could attempt to “break the wheel” and free every single person in Westeros and beyond from oppressors. Drogon destroys the throne after seeing his mother is dead. HBO “No. If I were to put myself in his shoes I’m not sure what else he could have done aside from… oh, I dunno, maybe having a discussion with me about it?” Clarke said. Still, Dany’s death gave a glimpse of the more innocent Dany from earlier seasons.”Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability — there’s the little girl you met in season 1.” Dany’s actions were ‘logical’ On whether Dany’s actions make sense, Clarke is in the positive camp.”I stand by Daenerys … I stand by her. I can’t not.” Head to EW to read the entire interview. Tags Comments 38 Photos Game of Throneslast_img read more

AK Mod Carousel brings boylesque world premiere to Juneau

first_imgMoscato Extatique performs “Small Death” in Seattle boylesque collective Mod Carousel’s new show “Gilded,” premiering Friday, July 14, 2017, in Juneau. (Photo courtesy Meneldor Photography)Under a purple ethereal light, a figure cloaked in black sheer fabric floats across stage and slinks around a folding chair.Personifying the angel of death, Moscato Extatique begins peeling away layers of clothing, blurring the lines of gender expression.It’s part of Mod Carousel’s newest show, Gilded, which is making its world premiere in Juneau, Alaska.Listen nowGilded begins at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, and at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Rockwell Ballroom.But this isn’t your grandmother’s cabaret. This is boylesque, where men perform sultry roles in a genre pioneered by women and inspired by burlesque.One of founding members of the troupe Mod Carousel is from Alaska’s capital city, and has made a point to bring his art back to his home city.For eight years, Seneca Harper has brought boylesque back to his hometown of Juneau.Growing up in Southeast was both interesting and wonderful, he said, but Harper felt like culture was missing.“I knew existed somewhere but didn’t know where it was, and felt like I need to leave Juneau to be part of that,” Harper said.Harper was introduced to boylesque in Seattle, where he found his conspirators and future husband.“Coming back, I feel like I went out in the world, discovered a little gem, and then I’m kind of bringing it home and saying, ‘Here, look at this, look at this for a little while,’ and people seem to really enjoy that,” Harper said.The group travels with more than 300 pounds of luggage, costumes and props.Seattle-based boylesque collective Mod Carousel features (clockwise from bottom left) The Luminous Pariah, fraternal twins Trojan and Paris Original, and Moscato Extatique. (Photo courtesy of the artist)Most are custom sewn by Harper’s husband, Paris Original.Since forming their collective in 2010, they’ve held residencies in London and Australia, garnered 5 million YouTube hits and performed in more than 50 countries.Harper alone has headlined burlesque festivals in more than 18 countries.Burlesque has a long history as a medium for political satire, parody and social commentary. Inspired by Lydia Thompson and the British Blondes, who first brought Victorian burlesque to America in the 1860s.In their newest show Gilded, the group explores themes of gender expression, race and ethnicity, all in the classic burlesque format.A performer enters the stage, establishes a story line and character through dance and physical movement. Eventually shedding layers of clothing to reveal a moral of the story that’s almost always comedic.Even though the guys are taking their clothes off, they distinguish their work from strippers like Chippendales and “Magic Mike.”Trojan Original said their audiences are diverse.“I think a healthy amount of our audience thinks it’s going to be a strip show and is pleasantly surprised and then the other half thinks it’s definitely not going to be a strip show and they’re also pleasantly surprised,” he said. “At the end of the day everyone’s pleasantly surprised.”Harper said the difference between burlesque and stripping is the intent and artistry behind these routines.Stripping seeks to arouse the audience and is mostly about what the performer looks like underneath their clothes.In burlesque, there are no limitations on body type. Performers serve to engage audience psychologically through humor, costumes, and clever reveals.For members of Mod Carousel who grew up in the ballet tradition, burlesque offers an alternative to the rigid gender roles assigned to males.“Men have a specific role in dance, especially in the classical world where you’re presenting the woman and being the strong masculine prince,” Moscato Extatique said. “Paris and I are not that man in burlesque, and burlesque is that place for us to be as effeminate or as masculine as we want.Harper said he’s always felt somewhere in-between gender-wise, and as his persona, The Luminous Pariah, he gets to present that onstage.“When it comes down to it at the end of the road, do I have to be a lumberjack or do I have to be a princess?” Harper said.With boylesque, he can be both at the same time and that’s both liberating and gratifying.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Will Navjot Singh Sidhu return post his resignation as

first_imgKapil Sharma and Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterNavjot Singh Sidhu, on Sunday, tweeted a hand-written letter which said, “I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet.” He also tweeted that he will be sending his resignation to the Chief Minister of Punjab. And within no time, his fans started congratulating him for his ‘comeback’ on The Kapil Sharma Show.Sidhu was asked to leave the comedy show after facing massive outrage on social media over his comment on the Pulwama attack. Earlier, Kapil Sharma had opened up about Sidhu’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show saying after the elections, Sidhu’s return is inevitable.Sidhu was one of the most essential part of The Kapil Sharma Show and his chemistry with Kapil Sharma and spontaneous banter with celebrity guests were not just entertaining for the viewers but highly engaging as well.After Sidhu’s sudden ouster, Archana Puran Singh had replaced him on the show but many people felt that she was miserably failing as the co-host. Many were of the opinion that Archana had nothing new to offer to the viewers apart from her uncontrollable laughter on the show.From Sidhu’s shero-shayari to his genuine laughter to his bonding with Kapil Sharma to his anecdotes, Archana has not been able to match up to the precedent set by Sidhu as the co-host on The Kapil Sharma Show. In fact, there hasn’t been a single episode where Kapil had missed pulling Archana’s leg over Sidhu’s return on the show.And while Archana has always maintained that she will never leave her seat even for Sidhu, it remains to be seen if the makers of the show would consider bringing Sidhu back on the show as the co-host.Hope you will come to #KapilSharmashow or cricket commentary again..In Modi period its too hard to live as a opposition.#Sidhu #NavjotSinghSidhu pic.twitter.com/rVlq9m8UtL— Soumya Swarup Das (@imbobby07) July 14, 2019Congratulations sir. Welcome back to @KapilSharmaK9 show.#Sidhu is back ! https://t.co/xKIil9owcn — Shankh Shukla (@ShankhShukla) July 14, 2019last_img read more

Road accident kills 5 in Indias Telangana

first_imgFive people including a groom were killed and three others seriously injured on Friday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree in Telangana’s Khanam district, police said.The accident took place when the wedding party was en route to the groom’s home in Warangal district from the bride’s residence in Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh.As the car reached Pallipadu, the driver reportedly dozed off and lost control over the steering. The car rammed then into the tree, the police said.The injured included the bride.last_img

IsraelGaza border shooting kills Palestinian teen

first_imgPalestinians, wounded in previous weeks during mass protests against Israeli forces along the border of the Palestinian enclave, dubbed `The Great March of Return`, await medical check-up at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in Gaza City on 25 April 2018. AFPA Palestinian teenager has died of his wounds a day after being shot by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said Saturday.Azzam Oweida, 15, was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday, the ministry said.His death brought to four the number of people killed or fatally wounded during a fifth consecutive Friday of protests in which thousands of Gazans have gathered near the heavily-guarded border.Most protesters were peaceful but some threw stones and burned tyres.Forty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of what organisers have dubbed the Great March of Return on 30 March, with more than 1,500 wounded.No Israelis have been reported hurt.The Israeli army said around 10,000 people had taken part in “riots” along the border Friday, saying troops responded with “riot dispersal means”.The army has accused Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza and has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out attacks.The protesters are calling for Palestinians to be allowed back to their historic homelands seized by Israel in 1948.last_img

Reports Rick Perry Lands Spot In Trumps Cabinet As Energy Secretary

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraGov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016CBS News and other outlets reported the news late Monday night, hours after Perry met with the president-elect in New York. It was the second time Perry had made the trip to Trump Tower. Yet Perry has previously supported abolishing the Department of Energy entirely. Famously, during a presidential debate in November 2011, Energy was the third federal agency that Perry couldn’t name while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said, before finally giving up with his now-infamous “oops.”The appointment marks a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump. Perry called Trump “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination. But Perry was one of the first members of the Republican establishment to back Trump, once it became clear in May that the real estate mogul had secured the party’s nomination.Perry’s background as governor of Texas, a state rife with natural resources, is a key qualifying credential for the post. But this Cabinet role can go well beyond oil and natural gas. The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, had a physics background and played a central role in President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.If confirmed, Perry will be the third Texan to serve as secretary of energy. Previously, Houstonian Charles Duncan served in this role under President Jimmy Carter, as did Laredo native Frederico Peña in the Clinton administration.Perry will face Senate confirmation once Trump takes office. Republicans control the Senate, making that process all the easier for the president-elect’s nominees. Read related Tribune coverage:Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.Trump passed over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. attorney general, opting instead for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/12/rick-perry-lands-spot-trumps-cabinet/. Sharelast_img read more

Calling all Volunteers

first_imgDreams Girls Mentoring Program is recruiting for their fundraising, events, outreach, and program development committees. Volunteers may come 9:30 a.m. to noon, March 28 at the Towson Library, 320 York Road, to join the team.  For more information, email dreamgirls@gmail.com.last_img

NAACP Demands Answers in Hanging Death of Son of BLM Activist

first_imgBy AFRO StaffNational and local chapters of the NAACP continue to call out the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office over the issue of whether the office will be destroying evidence in the investigation of the death of Danye Jones.Jones, the son Black Lives Matter activist Melissa McKinnes, was found dead, hanging from a tree, nine weeks ago at the McKinnes home.McKinnes believes that her son was murdered, but has not yet received the promised Medical Examiner’s report, a document expected eight weeks ago.Police report the death as a suicide, whereas McKinnes says her son died in a “lynching.”Jones’s death falls within a series of murders and suspicious deaths of prominent Ferguson activists that took to the streets in protest of the killing of Michael Brown.McKinnes claims that she and other activists across the country are being targeted by multiple law enforcement agencies and White supremacist groups who find her work dangerous. Many Federal agencies have already been found to be surveilling other such activists.“We are calling for justice and transparency,” said John Gaskin III, St. Louis County NAACP President.”A lawsuit, filed last year by Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights, remains ongoing. It asks for answers regarding the full extent of law enforcements targeting of agitating within the movement for Black lives.last_img read more

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi AnneNoel

first_imgPandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community. She will be based in Pandora’s New York City offices.Anne-Noel joins Pandora from the independent publicity firm Press Here, where she worked with such artists as I’m With Her, Good Charlotte, Switchfoot and White Panda, among others. She also spent several years Capitol Records, where she rose to VP and was instrumental in Katy Perry’s rise. “Heidi Anne-Noel has been Katy Perry’s stellar publicist at Capitol Records ever since Katy signed there in 2007,” Perry manager Martin Kirkup said in 2014. “She is one of the finest PR people we have ever had the pleasure of working with.” While at Capitol she also worked with Capital Cities, Sky Ferreira, Anita Baker and others. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 She got her start in the business at the esteemed music publicity firm Girlie Action, working with such artists as Fischerspooner, Peaches, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Bjork, Marianne Faithfull, Good Charlotte and Kelly Osbourne.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Satellite operator SES has raised €9088 million t

first_imgSatellite operator SES has raised €908.8 million to fund its acquisition of the part of broadband satellite operator O3b Networks that it do3s not already own.SES will issue 39,857,600 million new Fiduciary Depositary Receipts (FDRs) at a price of €19. The number of new FDRs represents 11.6% of the existing number of the company’s total Class A shares.SES will use the proceeds raised to fund the total consideration of USD 730 million to increase its ownership of O3b to 100%. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals which are expected to be completed during H2 2016. SES will also use around US$300 million to repay O3b’s most expensive debt facilities, leading to a reduction in annual financing costs after initially covering any repayment charges.O3b operates a fleet of medium Earth orbit satellites, with 12 currently in orbit and further satellites in the pipeline. The O3b constellation is designed to deliver broadband connectivity in the Ka-band.last_img read more