Keesmaat vows to bring new brand of leadership to Canadas most populous

first_imgTORONTO – An urban planner venturing into politics for the first time in an effort to unseat Toronto’s mayor is painting herself as the antidote to political apathy and vowing to bring a new brand of leadership to Canada’s most populous city.Jennifer Keesmaat, a former bureaucrat turned mayoral candidate, is hoping to tap into what she sees as public frustration with the status quo with a campaign she said centres on restoring hope.A few days before voters cast their ballots in Monday’s municipal election, Keesmaat, 48, appeared as the main challenger to Mayor John Tory but nonetheless lagged behind the veteran politician in the polls. She said she embraced her underdog status.“I knew going into this that this was a David and Goliath situation,” she told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.“That’s really been the heart of this campaign, making that contrast really stark between someone who is a politician for a politician’s sake…versus someone who’s about city building.”Keesmaat, who often clashed with the mayor and councillors in her five years as the city’s chief planner, has made headlines with proposals to replace part of the Gardiner Expressway with a boulevard, build affordable housing on city-owned land and launch a rent-to-own housing program financed by a surcharge on luxury properties.Supporters have praised her vision for the city, while critics have panned her policies as unrealistic. Keesmaat, meanwhile, said solving most of the city’s key problems comes down to political will.“The narrative of the incumbent has been, ‘Oh well there’s really nothing more we can do and things are fine the way they are,’ and Torontonians know that isn’t true,” she said.“They know things aren’t fine the way they are, they know their commutes are too long and housing costs too much and the worst case scenario is that people feel that they can’t make their city better.”Keesmaat has also promised to assign a dedicated team to fast-track work on a “relief line” subway and expand green infrastructure projects. She’s further promised to transform city policing through a “neighbourhood-centred” approach and provide more opportunities for at-risk youth.While some voters have rallied around Keesmaat and her plan for Toronto, the urban planner has failed to draw the broad support that could propel her to the mayor’s seat, said Zachary Taylor, a political science professor at Western University and director of the Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance.He compared her campaign to Olivia Chow’s unsuccessful run for the mayoralty in 2014, noting the former federal MP lost in part because she appealed largely to a downtown audience.“While she’s trying to ignite a populism from the left, she hasn’t yet been able to kind of capture the hearts and minds of people in more suburban areas,” he said.However, her response to the provincial government cutting the size of Toronto’s city council in the middle of the municipal election campaign may end up trumping her ideas when it comes to winning or losing votes, Taylor said.Keesmaat has openly criticized Tory’s actions following Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s move to slash city council to 25 seats from 47, saying the city needs someone who can more aggressively stand up to the province. She cited Tory’s response to Ford’s plan as her reason for joining the mayoral race. Tory, meanwhile, has stressed the need for diplomacy in pushing back against the move.“I think that is sort of what the ballot question may be becoming rather than specific policy issues at this point,” Taylor said.The upheaval caused by the province’s decision, and the legal challenge that followed, may have further hampered Keesmaat, who has otherwise shown herself to be a “credible, articulate voice for a different direction on several significant policy files,” said Myer Siemiatycki, a political science professor at Ryerson University.“It did not serve her that this ended up being such an abbreviated campaign,” he said. “Typically, municipal election campaigns ramp into gear after Labour Day. We basically waited a month for that to happen while we awaited court rulings on exactly what kind of election we’d be having.”“A challenger needs more runway in order to project themselves, in order to become known by residents,” Siemiatycki said. “The incumbent factor in municipal politics is overwhelmingly significant.”Before plunging into politics, Keesmaat has most recently been CEO of a national non-profit group that aims to build affordable rental housing.Her chief rival, Tory, a former corporate executive and former leader of the Progressive Conservatives, took the reins of the city after beating out Ford for the job four years ago.Ford entered that race late when his brother, then-mayor Rob Ford, withdrew because of the cancer that went on to kill him. Tory promised to return civility to the mayoral office after Rob Ford’s tumultuous tenure garnered international headlines amid, among other things, his admission that he had smoked crack cocaine.last_img read more

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Toronto market drags as US stocks mostly push higher loonie down

first_imgTORONTO – Rallying oil prices and a rising energy sector weren’t enough to keep Canada’s main stock index out of the red Thursday, as U.S. stocks mostly closed higher amid a pullback in bond yields.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 15.84 points to 15,508.17, in a largely broad-based decline that included the influential gold and financials sectors.Investors were relieved to see the yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes fall to 2.92 per cent from Wednesday, when it climbed to 2.95 per cent — the highest level since January 2014. Higher yields generally hurt stock prices by making bonds more appealing to investors.The spike in bond yields Wednesday came after the Federal Reserve’s minutes from its January policy meeting showed bullish sentiment among policy-makers, confirming their intention to raise interest rates this year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 164.70 points to 24,962.48. The S&P 500 index added 2.63 points to 2,703.96 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 8.14 points to 7,210.09.“For the most part we’re seeing a lot of renewed appetite for risk,” said Candice Bangsund, a vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiera Capital in Montreal.“A lot of that was that bond yields did come off today, particularly after the strong back up we saw earlier this week. So I think there was a little bit of relief for the equity markets.”In currency markets, the loonie continued its flight south as the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.68 cents US, down 0.24 of a U.S. cent. The currency is down more than a penny so far this week.“We saw weakness on the back of the weaker-than-expected retail sales report, so the Canadian dollar fell on that news,” said Bangsund.Statistics Canada reported Thursday that retail sales fell 0.8 per cent in December to $49.6 billion, as gains in new car sales were more than offset by lower sales at electronics and appliance stores and general merchandise retailers.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Loblaw Companies Ltd. were down $1.15, or 1.76 per cent, to $64.16 after the grocer reported a drop in its fourth-quarter profit due to a $189-million charge related to the announcement of its PC Optimum loyalty rewards program and the fallout from its admission of participation in an alleged industry-wide price-fixing conspiracy.Meanwhile, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce kicked off banks’ earnings season after it reported first-quarter net income of $1.33 million — down 5.6 per cent from the same period a year ago but up more than 22 per cent on an adjusted basis, beating expectations.In commodities news, the April crude contract climbed US$1.09 to US$62.77 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down one cent at US$2.68 per mmBTU.The April gold contract added 60 cents to US$1,332.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents at US$3.24 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:CM)last_img read more

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Climate changerelated water scarcity to affect global food production – UN

9 June 2011The world will increasingly experience water scarcity for agriculture as a result of climate change, a phenomenon that will affect the livelihoods of rural communities and the food security of urban dwellers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a survey released today. The impact of climate change on the availability of water include reduction in river run-off and aquifer recharges in the Mediterranean and the semi-arid areas of the Americas, Australia and Southern Africa, regions that are already showing signs of water stress, according to the FAO survey entitled “Climate Change, Water, and Food Security.”In Asia, large areas of irrigated land that rely on snowmelt and mountain glaciers for water will also be affected, while heavily populated river deltas are at risk from a combination of reduced water flows, increased salinity, and rising sea levels.The findings of the survey also show that an acceleration of the world’s hydrological cycle is anticipated as rising temperatures increase the rate of evaporation from land and sea. Rainfall will increase in the tropics and higher latitudes, but decrease in already dry semi-arid to mid-arid latitudes and in the interior of large continents.A greater frequency in droughts and floods will need to be planned for, but already water scarce areas of the world are expected to become drier and hotter.The report points out that even though estimates of groundwater recharge under climate change cannot be made with any certainty, the increasing frequency of droughts is expected to encourage further exploitation of available groundwater to boost production for farmers.Loss of glaciers, which support around 40 per cent of the world’s irrigation, will eventually have an impact on the amount of surface water available for agriculture in key producing basins.Rising temperatures will lengthen the growing season in northern temperate zones, but reduce the length almost everywhere else. Increased rates of crop moisture loss will also result in reduced yields.“Both the livelihoods of rural communities as well as the food security of city populations are at risk,” said Alexander Mueller, the FAO Assistant Director General for Natural Resources. “But the rural poor, who are the most vulnerable, are likely to be disproportionately affected.”The FAO report recommends that countries implement effective systems for “water accounting” thorough measurement of water supplies, transfers, and transactions to inform decisions about how water resources can be managed and used under increasing variability.“Water accounting in most developing countries is very limited, and allocation procedures are non-existent, ad hoc, or poorly developed,” according to the survey. “Helping developing countries acquire good water accounting practices and developing robust and flexible water allocations systems will be a first priority.” At the farm level, growers can change their cropping patterns to allow earlier or later planting, reducing their water use and optimizing irrigation. Yields and productivity can be improved by shifting to soil moisture conservation practices, including zero- and minimum tillage. Planting deep-rooted crops would allow farmers to better exploit available soil moisture, FAO recommends.Mixed agro-forestry systems also hold promise. The systems both sequester carbon and also offer additional benefits such as shade that reduces ground temperatures and evaporation, added wind protection, and improved soil conservation and water retention. read more

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Football Buckeye defense is nuts preparing for Indiana

OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore knocks the ball out of the hands of a Rutgers player during the Buckeyes game on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorUrban Meyer is a fan of  big, mobile quarterbacks, running the ball and defenses that do not give an inch. This season, the Ohio State coach has all three elements, with the defensive unit quite possibly being the most impressive part of the team.Against Rutgers, the Silver Bullets simply dominated. Surrendering just 116 total yards, OSU held Rutgers to its worst completion percentage this season, at just 18.75 percent. The only real offense given up by the Buckeyes on Saturday came courtesy of Rutgers junior running back Robert Martin, who produced 40 yards on 13 carries. Overall, OSU surrendered an average of 2.2 yards per carry, its best number this season.Meyer loves to play defensive football, and his team has given him record-setting defensive football this season. After a few slow offensive starts at the beginning of each game, he said the key has been the play of his defense, which has kept the Buckeyes in every game.“You know, any time you have great defense that’s — just the way the game of football is, you have great defense, thing are going to get usually rolling for you at some point,” Meyer said. “Even if you struggle a little bit.”Although a statement performance on the defensive side of the ball has the Buckeyes feeling well about their remaining Big Ten opponents, Indiana is not a team to sleep on. Redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow is second in the Big Ten with 1,278 passing yards, and leads the conference in terms of yards per attempt among other starting quarterbacks.In the backfield, junior Devine Redding is off to a fast start, picking up 413 yards rushing, averaging 5 yards per carry, but has failed to find the endzone. OSU has yet to surrender a rushing touchdown this season.Off to a 3-1 start, Indiana is coming off a barn-burner matchup against then-No. 17 Michigan State. The Hoosiers stunned the Spartans in overtime, picking up their third win of the season.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said he is not shocked the Hoosiers won. In the mind of Worley, it was all about the skill level of each team.“If both teams play hard, the best team should win on Saturdays,” Worley said. “I think both teams played hard, and the best team won.”Indiana presents a dynamic attack, which promotes an interesting challenge to the Buckeyes. Allowing just 9.0 points per game, OSU has one of the best defenses in the nation, which is exactly why OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell feels his unit is ready for the test of the Hoosiers.“We talk about objectives all the time, and objectives are things we measure every single day, every week,” Fickell said. “We try to leave the goals and the big long-term things until the end of the year. We know we’re are on the right path, we know we gotta continue to improve, but we like where we are right now.”OSU sacked Rutgers redshirt junior Chris Laviano three times, with three different players dragging down the quarterback. Redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt freshman Robert Landers and freshman Nick Bosa all broke through the offensive line and took down Laviano.So far, Lewis and Bosa have two sacks each this season, while Landers picked up the first sack of his OSU career.For the first time this season, OSU’s defense failed to record a turnover. Incredibly, Rutgers is the first offense this season to prevent the Buckeyes from scoring a defensive touchdown.Indiana ranks as one of the worst in the nation in interceptions thrown per game, giving up nearly two picks per game. Although the Hoosiers give up plenty of picks and OSU missed out on forcing a turnover Saturday, redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore said grabbing another interception is not the goal.“I feel like if you’re too thirsty to get an interception, that’s when things go bad, so I’m just going to continue to play my technique and if it comes, it comes,” Lattimore said.Looking to continue their dominance on defense, the Buckeyes will face Lagow, Redding and the rest of the Hoosiers on Saturday in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in their second Big Ten game of the season. read more

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BHP Billiton pledges A6 million to Bush Blitz II project

first_imgAlongside partners the Australian Government and Earthwatch, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities has announced a A$6 million contribution to the second stage of the unique species discovery program, Bush Blitz. BHP Billiton’s contribution will be matched by the Australian Government, allowing the program to run until 2017 with A$12 million in funding.Known as Bush Blitz II, the program involves expedition teams conducting flora and fauna surveys across Australia which deepen the scientific knowledge of the country’s unique plants and animals.Bush Blitz II will build on the success of the first stage of the program, which between 2010 and 2013 discovered more than 700 new species of plants and recorded more than 17,000 known species across 65 remote reserves across Australia. BHP Billiton committed A$3.9 million to the first stage of the program, which brings its total investment in the program to almost A$10 million.BHP Billiton President, HSE, Marketing and Technology, Mike Henry, thanked Earthwatch and the Australian Government for the opportunity to be involved in the program. “BHP Billiton supports a range of initiatives around the world that make a positive contribution to the environment and benefit the broader community,” he said.“This unique partnership combines BHP Billiton’s commitments to biodiversity, environment and the communities in which operate. That’s why we’ve extended our partnership with Bush Blitz by providing funding for the second phase of the program.“The partnership reflects BHP Billiton’s community strategy – engagement, inclusiveness and participation. This is reflected in the passion and enthusiasm of our employees who volunteer on the expeditions, and then share their knowledge and insight with colleagues in the workplace.”Henry said that to date, 43 BHP Billiton employees have participated in seven expeditions. “BHP Billiton employees act as research assistants in the field and support scientists with trapping species, collecting plant samples and processing specimens,” he said. “It is a highly regarded professional development opportunity for our people where they learn survey techniques on a wide variety of species and by the end of the expedition they have a broader understanding of Australia’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems.”Henry said support of the Bush Blitz program was consistent with BHP Billiton’s target to conserve areas of high biodiversity and ecosystem value of national or international conservation significance such as the Five Rivers Conservation Project, where a recent Bush Blitz took place.“By participating in Bush Blitz II, our employees demonstrate our value of Sustainability and making a difference in helping to protect Australia’s environment and biodiversity,” he said. “We have also said that we will help to build the resilience of communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change. By contributing to our understanding of biodiversity, the Bush Blitz program will help inform opportunities to incorporate climate change resilience considerations into conservation management and planning moving forward.”BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program. Most projects supported by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities are multi-year projects and they predominately focus on building capacity of individuals and institutions, so that after the project is completed, it will leave a lasting positive legacy.Further information on Bush Blitz can be found at: read more

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Supermarket chain in hot water over tax scam

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The financial crimes squad SDOE, following an investigation, is preparing to charge the Carrefour-Marinopoulos group of dodging VAT payments in Greece via a fake invoice scam with businesses based in another EU country. In an announcement the same day, Carrefour-Marinopoulos has denied the charges, stressing that all its dealings with its suppliers were in full compliance with the laws.According to the findings of the SDOE investigation, the company Orbicom issued fake invoices to Carrefour-Marinopoulos SA supermarket chain in 2007 and 2008, for the supply of goods that never actually took place. Tax authorities have confirmed the findings of the SDOE report and are now working in cooperation with Carrefour-Marinopoulos SA on the case. SDOE said Orbicom is no longer in operation and has already slapped fines and penalties amounting to 300 million euro on the company for tax evasion.In an announcement, Carrefour-Marinopoulos SA denied wrongdoing and said that it daily processed thousands of invoices from its suppliers and invariably followed all legal procedures.It termed its transactions with Orbicom “an unremarkable and quantitatively insignificant commercial collaboration” that was in full compliance with the laws. Source: AMNAlast_img read more

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Working holiday visas for Greeks to Australia on the cards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia is set to negotiate with Greece over a recipricol agreement for working holiday visas fto allow both citizens of their countries to be able to travel and work freely in the country. The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, Harry Danalis, visited the minister last week to discuss the agreement for working holiday visas. “The Minister was positive to this possibility and promised to get in touch with the Greek government in regards to this issue, as well,” said Mr Danalis. According to the Australian Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen, the visas would best suit young people between 18 and 30 who want to combine their travels to the reciprocal countries with work. “Australia has reached similar agreements with 15 more countries,” said Mr Danalis, adding that the working holiday visa was discussed between both countries around ten years ago but Greece disagreed on it as they only wanted Greek citizens only to be able to travel to Australia and not vice versa. “Greeks did not accept the reciprocity of the agreement,” commented Minister Bowen, “but let’s hope that things will be different now.”last_img read more

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Journées de la vision testez gratuitement votre vue

first_imgJournées de la vision : testez gratuitement votre vueFrance – Du 7 au 12 juin, 6.000 opticiens partenaires de l’Association nationale pour l’amélioration de la vue (Asnav) vous ouvrent leurs portes durant les Journées de la vision.Un Français sur quatre souffrant de problèmes de vue ne porte pas d’équipement adapté pour conduire. A l’approche des grands départs en vacances, ce constat a de quoi inquiéter. C’est pourquoi, pendant une semaine, vous pouvez vous rendre chez l’un des 6.000 opticiens partenaires de l’Asnav pour faire tester votre vue, gratuitement et sans rendez-vous. Votre acuité visuelle et votre vision périphérique seront évaluées et, en cas de déficience, des solutions pourront vous être proposées. Cette campagne de sensibilisation aborde aussi la question des lunettes de soleil. En effet, l’été et le soleil arrivent, et protéger ses yeux avec des verres filtrant les UV et limitant l’éblouissement devient une nécessité. Une protection essentielle pour conduire en toute sécurité, mais aussi pour éviter de porter atteinte à sa rétine. Profitez-en pour vous faire conseiller une bonne paire de verres solaires, et ainsi oublier les vendeurs à la sauvette des bords de plage.Le 9 juin 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Were Staying Here Harvey Evacuees In Austin Say But Can They Afford

first_img Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTRamiro and Wendy Rivera, who lost their trailer home in Aransas Pass during Harvey, are staying at a shelter in Southeast Austin. They say they plan to stay.Wendy Rivera sat on a metal folding chair outside the shelter for Harvey evacuees in Southeast Austin. She shared a 44-ounce convenience store soda with her husband, Ramiro, a soft-spoken and tattooed man, who used his body and a white towel to shade the two from the sun.“We’re pretty wiped out,” Wendy said. The Riveras’ trailer home in Aransas Pass was gone thanks to Harvey, and they were now staying at their second shelter. “There’s not much to salvage.”KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy reports“We’re gonna stay. We’re originally from Austin, and we’ve only been gone for not even a year now,” Wendy said. She and Ramiro met at high school in Del Valle – she was 14, he 17. “[Harvey] just kinda washed us back home.”But will they move to Austin? “Absolutely not,” she said. “But outskirts …”Who goes back?A month after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, 600,000 households affected by the storm remained in temporary housing. One study suggested that those who returned quickly to New Orleans tended to be white college graduates. Many people did not go back at all. According to the Houston Chronicle, 40,000 people ended up relocating to Houston.The same could happen with those displaced by Harvey in and around Austin. “Conceivably if somebody is displaced and goes to another city and they’re relatively speaking low-income, there’s less of a pull to get them back to the place where they were displaced from,” said Lloyd Potter, the Texas state demographer.Cossy Hough worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services during Katrina. She now teaches at the University of Texas School of Social Work.“We saw the same kind of thing after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” she said. “People … who relocated to Houston from the New Orleans area, if they were low-income, had a tendency to stay. If you’ve lost everything that you owned, if you were renting a house, if you didn’t necessarily have a car, if your job is currently underwater or you didn’t have a job, there’s not really a whole lot to return to.”What’s the next step?Kristie Perez’s family left their apartment in Victoria before Harvey hit. She came home to broken windows and a flooded home.“We lost everything,” said Perez, who is staying at the Austin shelter with her wife and two children. “We don’t want to go back, period.” Instead, they say they’ll restart their lives in Austin.“We like it here in Austin. My kids love it,” she said. “We’re staying here.”Perez’s two children, ages 10 and 11, have already started school in the Del Valle Independent School District. The bus picks up and drops off the kids at the shelter. Perez’s wife, Belinda Salinas, has job interviews at a local McDonald’s and Jack in the Box.Perez said, however, she doesn’t think they can afford to live in Austin, which has the most expensive housing market in Texas.“Austin is more expensive than we can actually afford,” she said. “We’re gonna start looking outside and see what we can find that we can afford.”City of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson said Katrina evacuees looking to relocate faced a similar problem a decade ago.“The folks from New Orleans, they were able to get jobs, but even then the housing was too expensive and we lost, we think, many of those potential households,” Robinson said. Many ended up in other Texas cities. “We think we lost them out to Houston, because the housing in Houston was so much more affordable.”This time around, evacuees face even steeper housing costs. “That, I think, is going to be a breaking agent, if you will, on the volume of refugees that we’re going to end up accommodating,” Robinson said.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

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Spring Texas man Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison After Trying To

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @news_liveworldAsher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, Texas.A 23-year-old from Spring who tried to join ISIS in Syria, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison, according to the Houston Chronicle. The sentence is followed by 5 years of supervision.The Chron reports the federal judge’s sentencing of Asher Abid Khan  surprised federal authorities… who had recommended more than 20 years in prison and lifetime supervision. Khan, a UH mechanical engineering student, reportedly changed his mind while en route to join ISIS fighters in Syria. last_img read more

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first_imgHello everyone, how are you doing? I am doing great thank you for asking. As you know this week is Mother’s Day weekend and for the first time, I want to salute the moms, who have been in the entertainment field most of their lives as I have, raising a family and doing so successfully. I myself have four children, 27 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and I have been in the music/ entertainment industry 60 years and counting. So, as you see from the gallery of my photos on this page, I am not the only one. It was not an easy job, but we did what we love and have a passion for. Not that we didn’t have a 9-5 job too, but we did what we had to do and still took care of our children. I take my hat off to these few ladies I have listed and say job well done, Happy Mother’s Day to you from “yours truly.”(Top row l-r) Larzine Talley, singer; Marsha Reeves-Jews, radio personality; Ronnie Jackson, night club owner; Eartha Lamkin, musician and jazz singer; Pamela “Maybelle” Hill, entertainer and producer; (Bottom row l-r) Sandi Mallory, radio personality and entertainer; Eleanor Janey, musician,promoter and producer; Tiger Lil, night club Starmaid; The AFRO’s Valerie Fraling, social events and restaurants journalist; Bernadine Dorsey, musician mom. (Courtesy Photos)Alright guys, I am talking about the sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grands, husband, etc.; it is time to show your appreciation and take this lady out for an evening she will never forget. Now, I am going to give you a couple of suggestions just in case you want to do something different to show this lady how much you love her and appreciate her.If she loves jazz, then a nice place to take her is the Caton Castle, on Caton Ave. and Hilton St., for their Mother’s Day celebration featuring the Houston Person jazz show on May 12, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, call 410-566-7086.Maybe she likes gospel music, well, there is a Mother’s Day gospel concert on May 12, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, in Catonsville. Honey child, this show will feature some of the “baddest” gospel singers around including: Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Charles Jenkins, Take 6 and James Fortune, just to name a few.Now if you want to take one day this weekend and just be laid back and casual, check out an event touted as, “Baltimore’s Biggest Urban Alcoholic Beverage Expo,” on May 12, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory on Howard and Preston Sts. This event includes: games of chance, food vendors, jewelry and apparel vendors, prizes and a lot more.Much love to all the mothers; enjoy life, be happy, let no one take your joy. I got to go now, but remember if you need me, call me at 410- 833-9474 or email me at: the next time, I’m musically yourslast_img read more

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Silicon Valley Heads to Oakland for NBA Finals Which Tech Giants Will

first_img Related Drake Turns Raptors’ Celebration Into a Million-Person Hugfest Raptors’ Win Enraptures Top Canadian Music Exec Chris Taylor We hope Drake still has room on his credit card after peeping his $100 million plane three weeks ago, because a pair of VIP tickets to tonight’s Game 3 at Oracle Arena could set him back more than $100,000. Then again, what better way to break in your plane than flying to the Bay to catch the Toronto Raptors taking on the Golden State Warriors?Someone reportedly paid an NBA Finals (per-seat) record of $101,015 for two tickets to Game 4. Tickets for this game might fetch a larger premium than Game 3 because it’s potentially the last game ever in Oracle Arena. The series is tied at one game apiece. Should the Warriors win their home games Wednesday and Friday, they’d have an opportunity to close the series out on Monday in Toronto.Next year the Warriors will play at the new, $1.4 billion, privately financed Chase Center in San Francisco. While the new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood has been cited as a sign of gentrification, it’s hard to fault the team for wanting to move on from the oldest arena in the NBA. Built in 1966, Oracle has been home to Golden State for 47 years, and last received a major renovation in 1997. The arena’s imminent demise adds a bit of historic intrigue to the Warriors’ bid for a third straight NBA championship (and fourth in five years). As of Tuesday morning there were pairs of VIP courtside seats available from around $20,000 to $92,654 a piece. One ambitious soul was even offering a pair of tickets behind the home team bench for $136,611 a ticket. Suffice to say, the two-day-old record could very well fall before tip-off.That sticker price giving you vertigo? You might follow the lead of a Deadspin writer who last year took advantage of Gametime’s app to buy great finals tickets after the game started. He scored a couple tickets in the first row of the lower bowl (Section 15, A1) for $450 apiece just before halftime, taking advantage of fact that the app sells tickets to the game up to an hour after it starts.Who can afford tickets like that? The type of people who can afford to live in a place where the median housing price is $830,000, i.e., tech millionaires. They don’t light up the camera like Drake does, but they can battle his checkbook to a draw.These include people like Larry Ellison, who founded the arena’s namesake, Oracle, and allegedly failed to outbid current owners VC investor Joe Lacob and movie mogul Peter Guber for the team in 2010 when it was sold for $450 million. (The franchise now worth an estimated $3.5 billion.) Ellison made the series last year,It seems Tony Robbins might have  other things on his mind right now, but he’s been a fan for years and is known to get  almost as animated as Drake. If not Robbins, then presumably his buddy, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff, as well as his friends Chris Rock, E-40 and Snoop Dogg. Rob Lowe is usually there, though that doesn’t mean he’s watching the game.WhatsApp founder Jan Koum allegedly paid $53,000 for four courtside seats to a Cavalier/Warriors game during the regular season wo years ago. While he hasn’t posted any selfies, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey posted this video from Game 1 in Toronto, so he seems like a fair bet.center_img Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is a huge fan who swears he would never tell LeBron supporter Rihanna to sit down, which he claimed was aimed at former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, a few seats away. and Atrium entrepreneur Justin Kan can also often be seen courtside,When Ben Horowtiz’s investment firm Andreessen-Horovitz isn’t consulting with Warriors forward Andre Iguodala on venture capital matters, the pair apparently strike up conversations from his courtside seat next to the bench. Greylock Partners’ Josh Elman snapped this shot at the Finals four years ago, and Katie Jacobs Stanton (Twitter, Google) was also in attendance around that time. ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Scientists use shapefixing nanoreactor to make a better fuel cell catalyst

first_img To address this challenge, scientists in a new study have developed a way to synthesize materials with a large number of active sites that also ensures that the active sites are accessible to all of the species (electrons, protons, oxygen, and water molecules, etc.) involved in the reactions. They’ve done this by synthesizing highly porous carbon nanomaterials, in which the pores act as open channels to transport various species to their particular active sites within the carbon framework. The resulting catalyst, when incorporated into a PEMFC, has a peak power (600 mW/cm2) that is among the best of the non-platinum, non-precious-metal catalysts developed to date. In addition, the researchers explain that the method stands out because it produces the catalysts at a higher yield than any other previous method, in which most products are lost at high temperatures.The researchers, led by Zidong Wei, Professor of Chemistry at Chongqing University in China, have published their work on the new PEMFC catalyst in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The researchers describe the new high-yield method as “shape fixing” because it allows for the construction of carbon nanomaterials with a similar structure and morphology as their polymer precursors. The process of shape-fixing involves pouring a supersaturated sodium chloride (NaCl) solution onto a 3D polyaniline (PANI) carbon-based polymer in a beaker, which results in the water evaporating and NaCl recrystallizing around the PANI until the PANI is fully covered by crystals, almost appearing as if it is buried in a block of ice. Because the NaCl fully seals the PANI, the researchers explain that the NaCl can be thought of as a nanoreactor. Inside this nanoreactor, the PANI is heated in the processes of pyrolysis and gasification, while various raw materials are added. In the end, the gasification of the various materials in the enclosed space causes the formation of many pores, and the carbonized PANI retains its original 3D shape due to previously being shape-fixed by the NaCl crystal. Further, as the researchers explain, the active sites created in this method are especially highly active. “The most important results of this work are that the morphology of the polymer is well transferred to the final carbonized materials, more active sites are generated, and it achieves a high production yield,” Wei told end result is a material with a high density of active sites in easily accessible locations (pores), making it very well-suited as a carbon-based catalyst for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. The researchers hope to further improve upon the new method in the future, such as by finding new polymer precursors that may perform better than polyaniline. Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further More information: Wei Ding, et al. “Shape Fixing via Salt Recrystallization: A Morphology-Controlled Approach To Convert Nanostructured Polymer to Carbon Nanomaterial as a Highly Active Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b00292 Citation: Scientists use shape-fixing nanoreactor to make a better fuel cell catalyst (2015, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The shape fixing via salt recrystallization method produces porous, carbon-based fuel cell catalysts with a large number of active sites. Credit: Ding, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society (—Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are lightweight fuel cells being developed for applications in vehicles and portable electronics. One of the biggest challenges facing their development is the need for expensive platinum-based catalysts. In an effort to lower the cost, scientists are looking for ways to either reduce the amount of platinum required or completely replace the platinum with a less expensive material. But so far, alternative materials have not performed nearly as well as platinum, mainly because they have fewer and less accessible “active sites”—locations where the catalyzed reactions can occur. © 2015 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Jetstar wins disability case

first_imgThe low-cost carrier has won a disability case against a 78-year-old woman who pursued the airline after refusing to let her board a flight between Adelaide and Brisbane because she was travelling with a wheelchair.Sheila King’s story made headline in 2008 when she booked flights over the internet but was later contacted by the airline to explain she would not be able to travel on the flight because they already had two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Although explaining that the carrier had a two person maximum policy for people requiring wheelchair assistance per flight, Ms King took the airline to court under claims of discrimination. However last week, Federal Court Judge Alan Robertson said Ms King did not book her ticket under the special ‘wheelchairs’ section on the airline’s website and explained the carrier attempted to accommodate by offering an alternate flight on the same route. “In my view Jetstar did not discriminate against Mrs King, being a person with a disability because of the fact that she … possessed a wheelchair,” Justice Robertson said in his ruling. As well as losing the case, Ms King has been ordered to pay up to pay the carrier’s legal costs.Ms King’s legal advisor Joanna Shulman told media the ruling proved discrimination laws in Australia were not enough to protect those with disabilities. “Access to transport is vital for people with a disability,” Ms Shulman said.  “Limitations on access to transport can affect a person’s ability to work, access health services, spend time with family or enjoy travel. “Urgent reform is therefore needed to ensure equal access is achieved.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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African open skies the key to reaching Travel and Tourism potential

first_imgAfrican open skies the key to reaching Travel and Tourism potential“African states must work together to open the continent’s skies in order to maximise the potential of the Travel & Tourism sector”.That is the message from David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at a major speech in South Africa, today.Speaking at the World Routes Strategy Summit in Durban, Scowsill hailed the success of air liberalising initiatives across the world and called on Africa’s governments to put aside decades of differences, to heed the success of open skies reforms across the world by fully implementing open skies across the continent.“Africa is a vast continent. The distances between the major cities is so great, with poor trans-continental road and rail networks, that flying is the only realistic way to travel.The economic potential of tourism in Africa is remarkable. According to our figures it will rival Asia Pacific for growth in the next decade. But for this to materialise or even be exceeded, it needs individual nations to work together on progressively implementing the Yamoussoukro Agreement signed over 25 years ago.”“The biggest single opportunity for Africa is to fully liberalise its air travel. The role of aviation in creating jobs and driving economic growth is too important to be ignored, particularly when restrained by one ministry’s mandate to protect a national airline. The industry requires a coherent aviation policy. It cannot make financial sense for a country to protect one or two companies, at the expense of the economic growth of an entire industry.Travel & Tourism generates economic growth, jobs and investment. Aviation liberalisation creates more routes, greater competition and lower fares. We urge the continent’s leaders to fully liberalise aviation for the potential of our industry to be fully realised.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Councillast_img read more

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New CEO Chairman of the Board for SISCO

first_img November 3, 2011 492 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Stewart Information Services Corp.”” (SISCO) is shaking up its corporate leadership, with the recent announcement that Matthew W. Morris will take over as the company’s CEO. Replacing his father, Malcolm S. Morris, and his cousin, Stewart Morris, Jr., as co-CEOs for the entity, Matt is being promoted from an executive role within SISCO.[IMAGE]In his new position, Matthew will be responsible for all operations, and he is well prepared for the role thanks to his experience performing as an executive for SISCO since 2004. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Matthew functioned as the senior executive vice president for SISCO, “”Stewart Title Company””, and “”Stewart Guaranty Company”” Malcolm and Stewart will move on to become vice chairmen of the board for SISCO following Matthew’s ascension to CEO, and additionally, the company is gaining a new chairman of the board in Dr. Edward Douglas Hodo. A member of the SISCO board of directors since 1988, Dr. Hodo has functioned as its lead director since 2004. Commenting on the executive changes at SISCO, Malcolm noted, “”This change in SISCO’s management simplifies and strengthens the company’s organizational structure and will facilitate continuing improvement in our company’s profitability by streamlining daily operations and enhancing the focus on our core businesses.””Echoing his positive sentiments, Stewart added, “”Matt Morris is the natural choice to move the company forward. Not only does he have the management expertise and leadership skills, his industry knowledge and accomplishments within the company give him a unique ability to lead Stewart and enhance shareholder value.””Matthew, a graduate of the University of Texas’ MBA program, said of his updated role, “”I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the traditions and values of the company, which have served us so well throughout our history. As we move forward, we’ll collectively focus on enhancing growth and financial performance while preserving our culture of integrity and service to our customers.”” New CEO, Chairman of the Board for SISCOcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2011-11-03 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more

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Minister of FinanceCredit: Michael Neri/FacebookHe wrote: "I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to hear this." AAA said. according to GasBuddy. who made a run into the box and poked it past an onrushing Gurpreet in the Bengaluru goal. End-to-end action followed and it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute. Infomercial King Motivational speaker and infomercial king Kevin Trudeau made big money over the past two decades as the face of his own brand,The Defence Headquarters has alerted the nation of plot by some interest groups to embark on a renewed campaign aimed at attracting international condemnation and indictment of the Nigerian military and its operations in the Northern part of the country People in the state can legally hunt wild hogs on private land. read more

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