Local Companies Win Top Conference Board Awards

first_imgTwo Nova Scotia companies have received national recognition fortheir leadership in upgrading the education and literacy skills oftheir employees. Elmsdale Lumber (ELCO) and Minas Basin Pulp andPower Company Ltd. have won Conference Board of Canada awards ofexcellence for workplace literacy. “These awards are a tremendous compliment to the managers andemployees of these two companies,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “Elmsdale Lumber and Minas Basin Pulp and Power havedemonstrated real commitment to helping employees get the skillsand training they need to be more successful in the workplace.It’s great to see the Conference Board recognize theirachievements as well.” ELCO launched its workplace education program four years ago inresponse to challenges facing the lumber industry. “Internationaltariff and trades challenges made increased productivityessential,” said Gennie Himmleman, office manager with ElmsdaleLumber. “New management techniques, computerization and programs required better trained employees.” Elmsdale Lumber was recognized by the province on InternationalLiteracy Day in September 2003 for their workplace educationprogram. Mel Lively, a 57-year-old lumber mill worker who upgradedhis reading and writing skills through the workplace program, hadjust launched his first book. He wrote Mel’s Story, a chronicle ofhis life in the woods and the lumber mill, with his tutor, KimHutchison. Minas Basin has been recognized for its innovation in training andscheduling workplace education in a production environment thatruns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company worked withpartners to form a project team with the Department of Education,Communications, Energy and Paper Workers (CEP) Local 583 andemployees. A full-time personnel scheduler now helps employees,including those who signed up to be personal tutors, to fitclasses into their work schedules. Mike Smith, a paper mill production worker, is upgrading hisreading and writing skills. Mike dropped out of school in Grade 7,after teachers told him he had gone as far as he could. Now afterworking 26 years at Minas Basin, Mike says he is succeedingbecause of his workplace education instructor Ginny Shultz andtutor Jonathon Lowthers. “Sometimes it’s hard balancing work and studying, but beingtutored by my co-worker Jonathon makes learning easier,” saidMike. “This is a great place to work, and the things I am learningwill help me move up in the company.” The Workplace Education Initiative creates partnerships betweenthe Department of Education, labour groups and companies likeElmsdale Lumber, and Minas Basin Pulp and Power to help workersupgrade reading, writing and math skills. More than 1,200 workers at 50 workplaces have taken advantage ofthe program in the last year. The Workplace Education Initiativeis part of Skills Nova Scotia, which involves training and skillsupgrading, from basic literacy to the use of the mostsophisticated technologies. Awards will be given to recipients on Nov. 30 in Toronto at aConference Board Workplace Education and Learning conferencecalled Investing in People. Workplace Education Program information is available through theDepartment of Education by calling 902-424-0492.last_img read more

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Macy Gray To Perform At Face Forward Gala

first_imgThe Annual Face Forward Gala, titled “A Gatsby Affair,” which is being held at the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica on September 28, is proud to announce their honorees and musical talent.CEO/Founder Mrs Deborah Alessi today confirmed that Grammy winning superstar Macy Gray will be performing at this spectacular event. Miss Gray is a long time supporter of various charities and is a true example of giving back musically to causes she cares deeply about, especially Face Forward.Also performing on this special evening, singer/actress Stacy Francis. Miss Francis has also taken the incredibly generous step of donating 3% of sales from her upcoming album sales to the Face Forward charity.Face Forward provides pro bono surgeries for victims of domestic abuse and Miss Francis herself is a survivor. She said, “It is my honor as a survivor of domestic abuse I know that recovery can be very hard. I am a proud supporter of The Face Forward foundation and so proud of the work they do to help women and children regain their confidence and have hope for a better future.”Television talk show star Dr. Phil McGraw will also he honored along with his charitable, caring wife Dr Robin McGraw. They will share the Face Forward Voice Award, which may be accepted in absentia.The 2013 Community Philanthropic Award will be presented to Jake Kloberdanz CEO/Founder of ONEHOPE wine who donate 50% of profits to various charities. Mr Kloberdanz said, “I am deeply honored to be a part of this special evening, my everyday life is spent dealing with many charities and I am extremely impressed with Face Forward and their critical mission, they are a very important charity.”The Gatsby themed evening consists of full red carpet with many celebrities in attendance, cocktail hour in the hotels lavish gardens with a silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction and the evening ’s entertainment. The event is sponsored by Torrey Pines, Turkish Airlines, Alessi Institute, Luna Gardens Events and Maple Counselling Center (who provide extremely discounted pricing for therapy for Face Forward patients).Honorary Committee members for the 2013 gala include Tom Arnold, Bonnie Somerville, Charlotte Ross, Jennifer Coolidge, Shaun Toub and more.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Haiti UN mission funds public works projects employing more than 2000 people

26 November 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is providing $250,000 to fund two construction projects in the Central Plateau region of Haiti, one of the poorest regions in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is providing $250,000 to fund two construction projects in the Central Plateau region of Haiti, one of the poorest regions in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.Some 2,500 people will be put to work over a period of six months on the construction of two roads as part of public works projects in Haiti.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is charged with overseeing the project in Marmont, which is estimated to cost some $157,000 and employ around 1,800 people as a dirt road linking the town to a road leading to the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is rehabilitated.The second project, costing a little less than $100,000, involves paving road in the city of Hinche, close to the border with the Dominican Republic and about 30 miles from Marmont. read more

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Bad weather warning issued

Occasional showers or thundershowers will be fairly widespread over most parts of the island. Fairly strong winds are expected at times in the sea areas off the Southern, South-eastern and Eastern coasts. Therefore these sea areas may be rough at times.The naval and fishing communities have been requested to refrain from their activities in the sea area off the coast from Matara to Pottuvil via Hambantota. Under it’s influence, showers and windy weather will continue further during the next few days over the country. The early warning centre of the Department of Meteorology issued a bad weather warning for parts of Sri Lanka today.The warning notes that the atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri-lanka has intensified into a low pressure area and is located to the South East of Sri-Lanka. Heavy rainfalls (more than 100mm) are also likely at some places in the Eastern, Central, Uva and Southern provinces.The Department of Meteorology also said that showers or thundershowers will continue at times in the sea areas off the Southern, South-Eastern and Eastern coasts. read more

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Srilankan Airlines flight diverted to Mattala

Once the heavy mist cleared UL 230 flew to the Bandaranaike International Airport from MRIA.This is the second flight to have been diverted to MRIA in recent weeks.  (Colombo Gazette) A Srilankan Airlines flight was diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) while it was on its way to the Bandaranaike International Airport.Srilankan Airlines UL 230 was diverted to MRIA owing to heavy misty conditions around the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning.

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DPR of Korea UN envoy to report on talks with senior government

According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Strong met with Paek Nam Fun, President of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Foreign Minister Kim Yong Nam and other officials. “Mr. Strong was asked by the Secretary-General to visit the country to assess the humanitarian situation there, and the discussions also touched on the current issues affecting the Korean peninsula,” Fred Eckhard told a press briefing.Mr. Strong is scheduled to report on his trip to the Secretary-General on Wednesday in New York. read more

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Senior UN officials urge Brazzaville to halt expulsion of DR Congo nationals

More than 130,000 DRC nationals have been expelled from Brazzaville, capital of Republic of the Congo, since early April, according to a statement from the UN Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MONUSCO. “I heard numerous testimonies of victims of gross human rights abuses and cruel treatments,” said Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC. He visited a transit camp on the outskirt of Kinshasa, the capital of DRC, where several thousands of expelled are currently gathered. Kinshasa and Brazzaville face each other across the Congo River. “I heard stories of children drowning in the river during their forced crossing. I saw a man injured by bullets and mothers who had given birth alone on the shore of the Congo River,” he added, urging that “all this has to stop”. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, joined Mr. Kobler’s call: “We have received reports alleging that sexual violence is being committed before and during the expulsion exercise, and this is unacceptable.”Ms. Bangura and Mr. Kobler urge the two neighboring countries to ensure that administrative and security officials “act in full compliance with the principles of good neighborliness and preserve peace and international security in conformity with the UN Charter”, according to the joint statement. While the conditions for people to stay in a foreign country are part of the sovereign responsibility of the host country, deportations should be made in strict compliance with the principles and rules of the international law, they reminded the authorities. “Mass expulsions are contrary to principles within the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and international law more broadly,” Mr. Kobler said. read more

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Phone zombies see moped thefts on Oxford Street rocket 2100 per cent

first_img“Nowadays people are phone zombies. They are on their phone walking along the street, bumping into people, not knowing where they are going.” VIDEO: This CCTV shows the moment a prolific moped gang try to steal @George_Osborne ‘s mobile phone near the BBC in central London pic.twitter.com/UTcQnFRK9X— Nick Beake (@Beaking_News) October 11, 2017 He has said moped thieving is the “crime of the moment”, because it is so easy and lucrative to do. The value of the stolen device goes up even more if stolen while being used, as it does not then have to be unlocked and can be wiped and sold as a new phone.The Metropolitan Police force has also warned about pedestrians being caught unawares by phone-snatchers while they look at or talk on their tablets or mobiles.Superintendent Mark Payne told The Telegraph: “These offenders rely on the unwariness of the public to snatch their phones while they make calls so it is so important that the public is aware of their surroundings at all times and protect their personal property, particularly when emerging from a train or underground station or anywhere where they might suddenly decide to take out and use their phone. “Smartphones and IPads are very valuable to these criminals and they can snatch them in an instant.”Other hotspots include Regent Street, which saw the number of thefts jump from 3 to 91 between 2015 and 2017, and Bond Street, which went from 1 to 14. A rise in moped theft on London’s streets has been partially blamed on “phone zombies” – people who look at their phones while walking. Oxford Street is full of rich pickings for moped thieves, who sit two to a bike as one drives and the other snatches phones from the hands of those talking on or gazing at them. The crowds mean it is easy for a moped driver to escape the scene of the crime, and many distracted shoppers have their mobile telephones out in the street.Police say each device snatched can be sold for around £200, and some thieves manage to take dozens a day out of the hands of pedestrians.Thefts there have rocketed by 2100pc in two years; there were 291 offences in 2016 – up from 13 in 2014-15.Dr Simon Harding, associate professor of criminology at the University of West London, told the BBC that “phone zombies” help fuel the crime: “If you look at mobile phones five years ago, they were pretty much in our pockets unless we got a phone call. This problem has become so prolific that the force has had to put special measures in place to clamp down on the crime, including remote-controlled spikes which punch holes in the tyres of mopeds used by suspects.The force has also developed forensic tagging sprays and purpose built, lightweight motorbikes that help support policing these offences.Superintendent Payne said: “Due to the rise in offending in and around Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Westminster borough police have been carrying out intensive operations, and patrols around hotspot areas to target those responsible for snatch, theft of motor vehicle, and smash and grab offences.”Many Londoners have been hit by the crime, including former Chancellor George Osborne, who according to a statement he gave felt “shocked and stunned” after a moped thief mounted the pavement in a futile attempt to snatch his mobile phone. Upper Street, Kings Road and Marylebone High Street are also popular target areas for moped thieves. 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.last_img read more

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Mars pas de visage humain sculpté à sa surface découvrez les nouvelles

first_imgMars : pas de visage humain sculpté à sa surface, découvrez les nouvelles images Espace – Des images en haute résolution prises le 29 juillet dernier par une sonde de la Nasa montrent que le fameux “visage humain” apparaissant à la surface de Mars n’est qu’une formation rocheuse naturelle. La fin d’un mythe.La caméra haute résolution HiRISE (High resolution imaging science experiment), qui équipe la sonde Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, semble lever les derniers doutes : la prétendue figure humaine apparaissant sur les premières photos de la planète rouge, prises par la Nasa il y a plus de trente ans, n’est qu’un affleurement rocheux aux formes évocatrices.La photo de 1976, prise à une distance de 1.873 km par Viking 1, montrait une formation insolite en forme de visage à la surface désertique de la planète, et avait été interprétée par certains comme l’image d’un artefact, prouvant une présence intelligente récente sur Mars. Les plus passionnés évoquaient même une politique de secret et de désinformation menée par l’agence spatiale américaine, laquelle expliquait cette apparence insolite par des effets d’angle des rayons solaires et des imperfections liées à l’agrandissement photographique. Au fil des années, avec les progrès techniques de l’imagerie, des photos de plus en plus précises montraient sur le site un visage de moins en moins discernable, sans convaincre pour autant les défenseurs les plus récalcitrants de la théorie du visage sculpté.À lire aussiCombien d’amis peut-on avoir au maximum ?L’image d’aujourd’hui est la plus proche prise jusqu’à présent. Elle a été réalisée à l’aide d’une technologie opérationnelle à 300 km de la planète rouge et capable d’une grande acuité. Résultat : elle ne montre qu’une mesa rocheuse de quelques kilomètres de long et de quelques centaines de pieds de haut, située dans la région de Cydonia.   Voir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/visage-de-mars/le-visage-de-mars-n-039-existe-pas_art8580.htmlLe 2 août 2010 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Marvel Spotlight Plays Turn High Schoolers Into Superheroes

first_imgSamuel French and @Marvel are proud to launch Marvel Spotlight, a collection of one-act plays telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Learn more: https://t.co/fD2F4VHgsm #MarvelSpotlightPlays— Samuel French, Inc. (@SamuelFrenchNYC) June 24, 2019“When I began working on the play, I had only a little knowledge about Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel,” Asare told The New York Times of the fictional Muslim girl living in Jersey City.“I loved the idea of a superhero who is a brown girl from an immigrant background (like me), someone who wants to do good in the world, but isn’t always sure how to do it,” she continued. “So she’s kind of awkward and not-smooth and has her share of mishaps, but she still persists.”Each adventure is about 45 to 50 minutes long and suitable for all audiences; the inaugural set will be offered for licensed performances, while scripts are available for retail purchase.It’s not easy adapting crime-fighting mutants for the stage, though. Most high schools don’t have the resources to hire stunt people and special effects crews, let alone scenic projections created by Marvel comic book artists.That didn’t stop Asare from pushing the theatrical envelope.“In the pilot productions, the staging was really inventive in how different groups chose to show Kamala’s stretchy super powers,” she explained, recounting the use of everything from shadow puppetry and inflatable boxing gloves to clown shoes and extra fabric.“That stuff is fun and hopefully provides opportunities for theatrical magic,” Asare wrote in an email to the Times. “But what people are responding to the most is Kamala’s journey as a character in the play.”New plays featuring Marvel superheroes are available for student performances (via Marvel Spotlight)Schools must license the rights to all Marvel Spotlight shows: $75 per performance for one play, $125 per performance for two or more. Additional resources include logo packs ($50-$75), scenic projections ($300-$500), and a video license ($75-$150) for filming productions.Copies of the scripts—with covers by Erica Henderson—are also available to purchase online, starting at $4.95.“Marvel tells the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” the official website said. “And the best part of Marvel Spotlight is that you get to interpret them in your own way as you expand the Marvel Universe into a whole new medium—on your own stage, in your community.”* Notably, Tom Hanks, who acted in South Pacific at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif.More on Geek.com:Marvel Stories to Get Audiobook Treatment‘Avengers: Endgame’ Returns to Theaters With Extra Post-Credits SceneJ.J. Abrams and Son Dash Hopes of Sam Raimi ‘Spider-Man 4’ Comic Some of the world’s most celebrated actors got their start in high school productions*.Now, Marvel hopes to continue the great tradition of amateur theater with a series of one-act plays about superheroes—written specifically for teenagers.The Disney-owned publisher teamed with licensing house Samuel French to release three new pieces based on step-siblings Thor and Loki, as well as lesser-known Avengers Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel.Under the Marvel Spotlight label, each play explores the humans behind the heroes “as they balance mastering their newfound powers while facing the real-world challenges of young adults,” according to the product page.“Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play,” by Tony Award winner Christian Borle, follows the pubescent gods as they compete to impress their parents, all the while discovering their own brotherly bond.“Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play,” from prolific playwright Karen Zacarías, follows the titular heroine as she navigates a new school—and all the life-saving that comes with it.And “Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play,” penned by composer, lyricist, and playwright Masi Asare, is all about self-acceptance. Stay on targetcenter_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

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Digne Evertons wow factor made me leave Barcelona

first_imgLucas Digne revealed he just couldn’t turn down Everton and coach Marco Silva in the summer, despite being settled at a club like BarcelonaThe 25-year-old left-back completed a summer move to Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee in a five-year deal.With a background of playing for the likes of AS Roma and Barcelona, Digne’s switch to the lowly Everton came as something of a surprise to observers.But Digne has excelled at Merseyside this season with 10 Premier League appearances and 800 minutes of football to his name.The defender, who credited the move to Everton as the reason for his recall to the France team, has now revealed why he chose the Toffees over Barcelona.“I wasn’t really planning to leave Barca and they were not looking to sell me,” Digne told Goal.“But when I spoke to Everton manager Marco Silva on the phone I got this special feeling,”“He really light a fire inside of me and I thought: ‘Wow! I really want to play for this club and manager.’Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Then I went to Barca and asked them to please let me go. After a few talks, they accepted, that this was my wish. I am thankful for that, because now I feel happy in Everton.“Barca was my childhood dream, so yes, it was difficult to leave, because I could have stayed to continue a great life in the club and the city. The club wanted me to stay.“But I am 25 years old now and in a phase of my career, where I want to play every week, have a bigger role in the team and feel the full confidence of the coach. So I could not turn down the Everton project.“I was only 22 when I signed for Barca, and it was the perfect place to develop myself.“In my two years at Camp Nou I played 46 games for what I consider the greatest club in the world, training every day with the very top players in the world, like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and so many more.”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions in his two years at the club.The former Paris Saint-Germain player won La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles at Camp Nou.last_img read more

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Canadian company hired to upgrade immigration system

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Brent Symonette, immigration Recommended for you TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Mainly Haitians flock to TCI Immigration after D-Day Nassau, Bahamas June 23, 2017 — A Canadian company – Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd (CBN) has been hired by the government to procure an Immigration Integrated Management System. The system will upgrade border management and introduce biometric identification technology. The announcement of the partnership was made by Minister of Financial Services, Trade, Industry & Immigration Brent Symonette during the Budget Debate.The system will also be integrated with the new passport and visa system also developed by CBN. The project will be rolled out in three parts. Watch lists and detainee management systems will also be included in the new processes.Symonette also said that although the Advanced Passenger Information System legislation was passed in August last year, there are no regulations to govern the program. This was a shortfall of the past administration, according to Symonette, which the government will address. The legislation allows for security screening of incoming flight crews and passengers.#MagneticMediaNews#ImmigrationMangementSystem Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officialslast_img read more

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Party Politics National Edition Ep 2 The Nuclear Option

first_img 00:00 /13:28  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:Foreign policy crises and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s role thereinTrump’s latest tweet stormChanges to privacy laws with regard to Internet Service ProvidersThen, they drill down on the politics behind the judiciary. What exactly is the “nuclear option”? What’s a filibuster? And how does Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch figure into all of this? Finally, they’ll tell why this is such an important topic to be in the know about. Don’t forget to check out our Texas centric episode of Party Politics too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. last_img read more

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Min John Battle a Sandtown Fixture Dies at 75

first_imgBy AFRO StaffMin. John Battle, a longtime master barber and the father of former AFRO reporter and Baltimore playwright Ursula Battle, died May 27. He was 75The viewing for Minister Battle will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Howell Funeral Home, located at 4600 Liberty Heights Avenue in Gwynn Oak, MD. Homegoing Services will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018, 11 a.m. at New Rehoboth Baptist Church, 6318 Windsor Mill Road in Gwynn Oak, MD.Min. John Battle, a master barber for 60 years and a fixture in the Sandtown Community of West Baltimore died May 27. (Courtesy Photo)Battle, who was affectionately called “Mr. John”, and “Uncle John,” was born on December 29, 1942 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Deacon Johney B. Battle and the late Jimmie Lee Collins. He was one of six children: Rose B. Lindsay, Johney B. Battle and Roy Walker who preceded him in death, Josie Celistan, (New Orleans, La.) Essie Mae Brown (Baltimore, MD), and Dartha Mae Battle (Baltimore, MD).In 1958, Battle graduated from Washington High School in Blakey, Ga., at the age of 16. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Baltimore, where he enrolled at Apex Beauty School and completed his studies in barbering. In 1965, he married Vashtied M. Stokes, daughter of the late New Hope Baptist Church Pastor and Founder Dr. William Nelson Stokes and First Lady Vashtied Stokes. Battle’s parents came to Baltimore for the wedding, and remained with their son. They made Baltimore their home, and other family members followed.Battle soon began cutting hair with the late Pastor William Rivers (New Bethlehem Baptist Church) at Rivers Barber Shop on Riggs Avenue. In 1969, he branched out on his own, and opened Battle’s Barber Shop at 1001 N. Mount Street in Sandtown/Winchester (across from Phil’s Bar). Battle’s Barber Shop would become one of the city’s most successful, well-known, Black-owned businesses. It was also among the city’s most entertaining. Anyone who had a haircut and shave there knew an enjoyable time always waited at Battle’s Barber Shop. The trash-talking among barber and customers, and the photo collage of family and friends that hung on the wall, are fond memories that will never be forgotten.The self-made entrepreneur who came to Baltimore with little more than the clothes on his back, owned a successful barbershop, a carry out, snowball stand, and houses.The Master Barber’s career spanned 60 years.He retired two years ago following eye surgery at the age of 73. He cut several generations of hair and was known all over Baltimore.While he loved cutting hair, his greatest love was his personal relationship with God. While Minister Battle recently joined New Life Fellowship in Pikesville, on May 1, 2018, church has always been a part of his life. He loved reading and preaching the Word of God. In 1980, he preached his trial sermon at New Hope Baptist Church entitled, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, All Other Ground is Sinking Sand.” He received his Certificate of Ordination from Pilgrim Christian Baptist Church on October 8, 1999.Over the years, he served as a faithful shepherd in God’s Kingdom. He was an Associate Pastor at Christ Temple Church under the late Pastor Levester Waddy.Minister Battle leaves to mourn his children: Ursula V. Battle, LaTonya (Toni) M. Battle-White, Tyiese (Moonie) M. Battle, Jonita G. Battle, Shantel Washington and John (Lil’ John) Battle, Jr.; 14 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.The viewing for Min. Battle will be held on June 7, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., at the Howell Funeral Home, located at 4600 Liberty Heights Avenue in Gwynn Oak, MD. Homegoing Services will take place on June 8, 11 a.m. at New Rehoboth Baptist Church, 6318 Windsor Mill Road in Gwynn Oak, MD.last_img read more

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John Wick Chapter 2 killed me and everyone else at NYCC

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’‘Fortnite’s’ John Wick Mode Is The Deadliest Crossover… Stay on target We became John Wick, then we watched John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, talk up the new movie sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 at New York Comic Con.Reeves was joined by director Chad Stahelski, producer Basil Iwanyk, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, and actors Ian McShane and Common onstage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Grae Drake, senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes, moderated the panel.After tons of cheering for “Baba Yaga”, and some reminiscing over the first movie (“You do NOT kill a man’s dog his dead wife gave him!” Drake recounted a fellow theatergoer yelling), the panel didn’t waste any time getting under way.On getting back into the suit…Keanu Reeves: We made the first film, and we thought it was cool. We were trying to do something new and fresh. And coming back, we had the opportunity because of you, so to be able to tell the next chapter, for me it’s really exciting to be here with you, to get he chance to work with Common, Ian McShane… I really liked putting this suit back on and getting to do what John Wick gets to do.On stunts…Chad Stahelski: Just like the character, we tried to choreograph the action sequences to show that John is just an unrelenting force of nature… Judo, sambo, jiu-jitsu, gun-fu, tactical gun work and stuff, and of course, Mr. Reeves is driving the hell out of his Mustang.The sizzle reel…Con-goers were treated to brief video that showed off some behind-the-scenes action that even made director Chad Stahelski’s jaw drop. Keanu Reeves hit every single target with a shotgun during tactical training, nailed takes while shooting, and generally rocked. “It’s been fun to get back in the suit for John Wick,” Reeves said in the clip. “He either keeps trying until it’s resolved or he shoots you in the face.” We also saw a few more snippets of Ian McShane as Winston and Common and Ruby Rose as mystery assassins.On Winston…Ian McShane: Winston, he’s got a shady past. But John Wick is his favorite assassin! There’s a little bias there. And Winston sort of runs this hotel. You mustn’t do anything naughty there, or else you’re banished from this hotel. Winston has as a special affinity for John… Assassins come and go! I think I’m still the last one left alive from the last one. Except Lance [Reddick], who runs the hotel.On Common joining the cast…Common: Well, first of all, I was super-excited to be part of this John Wick movement. When I saw the first one, I was like, ‘Wow, this is some real cool shit right here.’ It took me to a world. It made me enjoy everything about movies, was in John Wick. When Chad was like, ‘We might want you for John Wick,’ I was like, ‘Please let me in this!’ This is the highest level movie I have been in. Gun-fu, as we say, all these new techniques and styles of fighting. And working with Keanu, his intensity, his drive! I love being in a scene with him. We’re both competing, but he is the champ, he is the champ! You’re reaching for the champ when you’re competing. This is the highest level!On who Common might be…Common: My character is not necessarily a villain, but…Keanu Reeves: We have a disagreement. We have different points of view.Common: Yeah that’s it, you got it. It’s an assassin’s love story.Keanu Reeves: There’s a thin line between love and hate.On why, John Wick is back after the events of the first movie…Derek Kolstad: Chapter 2 takes place arguably a week after the first one. One of the things we love about that is the fact that there’s this item called The Marker, which is regulated by The Continental [Hotel from the first movie]. It’s kind of a blood oath, which means John Wick gave someone the ultimate request, and because Wick has resurfaced, they have resurfaced to cash it in. But John Wick has changed…On John’s new best friend…Basil Iwanyk: Every time, every person who’s asked me, the first question is, ‘You’re gonna kill the dog again?’ I can’t give a spoiler alert. Needless to say that we killed about 80 Italians in the movie, and you guys will see what happens to the dog. I’m not sure if Lionsgate said we can say what happens to the dog or not.[crowd reacts with a universal “OH NO!!!!”]Basil Iwanyk: We can’t tell what happens in the movie!Ian McShane: No Italians were injured during the making of this movie!Then Reeves introduced the new trailer. “They showed a little bit of sizzle before, but Chad and the folks put together something called a teaser trailer,” Reeves got up out of his seat to strike a pose, “and it rocks!” After the trailer, which showed images of John Wick in midtown Manhattan and the city of Rome, and, surprisingly, Laurence Fishburne, the panel resumed.On the Matrix reunion…Chad Stahelski: I’m a big fan of character actors and great performers. We tried to round out the cast with more iconic assassins…which leads to John Wick’s, one of his pseudo allies, Laurence Fishburne. Keanu, myself and Laurence all worked together on the Matrix trilogy. When Derek had written the character that Laurence plays in the script, it was written for Laurence in mind.Keanu Reeves: We met at a social function, and [Laurence] was like, ‘Hey man, I really liked John Wick.’ And I was like, ‘Oh yeah?’Chad Stahelski: It was an email here, an email there, and he met Keanu in New York, and that was our Matrix reunion.Why John Wick resonates so much with audiences…Derek Kolstad: When I wrote the first draft… It’s a throwback to movies I love, like Point Blank, Ronin, Three Days of the Condors, when you know the stakes in the first ten minutes. Innocence lost, the devil has an excuse to get back into the game. You won’t believe the number of 90-year-old women who emailed me and said they haven’t seen an R-rated movie in years.On the possibility of more backstory…Keanu Reeves: [in a weird voice] Yes… tentatively. That was my Christopher Walken. Yes. Maybe. Yes! We learn a little bit more about the world of The Continental. Common plays a character part of that world. Ian’s role, Winston’s’ role, gets a little more international. We got o Rome, and we’re introduced to another layer, about a kind of group called the High Table. It gets to a little more out-there… a little more, a little more. Yeah! You find lot a little more about John Wick.Look forward to John Wick: Chapter 2 when it kill us all on February 10, 2017. It’s gonna be great!last_img read more

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Florida to offer PrEP to gay and bisexual men for free

first_imgWhy you can’t put rising rates of gonorrhea and syphilis just down to PrEPHIV in the Philippines, now a ‘national emergency’PrEP to be publicly subsidized in Australia, but not everyone will be able to afford itRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/prep-florida-free/ PrEP for allDaniel Downer is the Early Interventions Services Program Coordinator for Florida-based HIV organization, Hope and Health Center. He is also a HRC HIV 360° Fellow.Downer said: ‘Florida providing free PrEP in all 67 of its local county health departments is significant because it provides those who are most at-risk for HIV, but are uninsured, another tool in their HIV prevention toolbox that they did not have before.‘It also shows that health officials understand the important role PrEP has in the response to HIV and AIDS in the State of Florida.’There are reportedly only 145,000 active prescriptions for HIV prevention use.Downer continued: ‘We have the ability to move this discussion about PrEP to the forefront. Medical providers should feel confident asking their patients about sex, and letting them know what their HIV prevention options are.‘We must ensure that no one is denied access to PrEP regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, inability to pay, and sexual orientation.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Into the blue | Photo: highonjnny Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- Florida state has announced they will offer PrEP for free throughout the entire state by the end of the yearcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Department of Health began offering PrEP through an initiative in October 2017.16 county health departments have already been providing PrEP services through the pilot program.Mara Gambineri, spokesperson for the department, said this program will be extended statewide by the end of 2018.They said: ‘Ensuring PrEP to those at highest risk for HIV infection, regardless of their ability to pay, is one of the four key components of the agency’s plan to eliminate HIV transmission and reduce HIV-related deaths.’Florida’s rate of new infections is almost double the national rate.The state of Florida is a southern state in the US.The CDC reported in 2016 southern states accounted for more than 50 percent of new HIV diagnoses. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 30, 2008 Softek Illuminate Unlocks Data Stored in Philips iSite PACS Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Related Content Version 2.0 of Softek Illuminate (Illuminate), with its proprietary free-text search technology, gives Philips iSite PACS users split-second access to all radiology reports and images in their system.Illuminate can be accessed either through the iSite menu on the radiologist’s workstation or from QuickLink icons right within the iSite exam shelf. The QuickLink icons allow doctors to search for past reports without interrupting their current workflow.From the Illuminate search screen, users simply type in the word or words in the studies they want to find. Advanced functions allow searches to be as broad or narrow as users desire. Illuminate’s patent-pending crawler algorithm, which gathers and indexes all the text stored on iSite, assures that a listing of all corresponding reports will typically appear in less than a second. In addition, a Relevance Algorithm ranks the results so that the most relevant positive notations appear first.Illuminate’s instantaneous data-mining ability is designed to benefit everyone involved with the radiology suite, saving time and money and, ultimately, improving patient care. Users have numerous capabilities for searching, saving and sharing information, including hyperLinks, auto-complete, users can tag, categorize and easily retrieve cases for a variety of reasons, set up an Alert to notify when a follow-up study is entered for a particular patient. And a built-in Peer Review eliminates the need for a costly separate system to generate reports necessary for ACR accreditation. The additional benefit of Illuminate’s integrated review capability is that radiologists can perform and document peer reviews as they are reading studies in the course of their daily work.Some of its functions include:∑ Illuminate’s tagging and alerting capabilities encourage greater collaboration among physicians and allow radiologists to more easily follow up with clinicians on patient outcomes, thereby strengthening the relationship between clinicians and radiologists.∑ Radiologists can be alerted automatically when a patient receives the follow-up procedure that they have recommended. Doctors are then able to track the results and understand the outcomes of their recommendations.∑ Radiologists desiring to compare a current reading with a previous one can type in the appropriate clinical key word and instantly locate and review that earlier study, decreasing the time it takes in certain cases to make an accurate diagnosis.∑ Educators – or any radiologist putting together a presentation – will save hours, or even weeks, locating the cases they need to reference.∑ Researchers can compare findings of previously unlinked studies to support a hypothesis, confirm a trend or possibly identify new curative measures.∑ Hospital administrators can use Illuminate to create reports and track cases for government filings and maximum insurance reimbursements and to analyze radiology trends at their facilities. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read morelast_img read more

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