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Famous Ronaldo sculptor reveals stars request

first_imgThe sculptor Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos has recreated his iconic Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture that caught the attention of the whole world last yearIn honour of their Real Madrid star, Madeira’s Fuchal Airport was renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport with a bust having been made for the legendary forward, who captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 trophy.Ronaldo, who attended the opening ceremony of this special event, was presented with a bronze bust of his face, that quickly went viral on the internet with British comedian James Corden famously saying: “It looks like his face was bended like Beckham!”But Bleacher Report has now recently tracked down Silva Santos and convinced the now-famous sculptor to give it another try.29.03.2017 vs. 29.03.2018Emmanuel Santos’ shot at redemption. pic.twitter.com/A91RjDJCOF— B/R Football (@brfootball) 29 March 2018Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The new version certainly looks to be an improvement, but Ronaldo did make one last request for the sculptor before unveiling to the world.“[Ronaldo’s] smile is ripped to the left side.” the sculptor told Bleacher Report“As we know, Ronaldo is vain. He likes to be all groomed up!“When they tried it they—instead of thinning them out slightly—added a few strokes so [as] to conceal the wrinkles. It wasn’t a detail of great relevance and it didn’t change much of the wrinkles it had.”Following a difficult start to the season, Ronaldo has had a resurgence of his own at Real this season with the Portuguese star having scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances for the club.last_img read more

Desailly on World Cup France will now surprise everyone

first_imgMarcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of  Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”last_img read more

Werder Bremen now with more European Klaassen

first_imgMidfielder Davy Klaassen has joined the Bundesliga team and believes he can do a good job in the German tournamentAfter spending six years in Netherland’s Ajax, and one with English Premier League side Everton, Davy Klassen has joined Werder Bremen.The midfielder has already debuted in the German Bundesliga and is looking to bring a new way of play to the team.“He told me that he really wanted me and how he saw me in the team,” the midfielder told the Bundesliga official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“After that talk, I was convinced to go here because I can show myself and get the best out of myself here.”“The goal is to reach European football this season. No one wants to play for 12th or 13th.”And when asked about his compatriot Arjen Robben, he was clear to say he is “my favorite player. He’s still so good, the best player I’ve played with. On the pitch a winner, an easy guy off it.”last_img read more

Salah sets target of League and European Cup double

first_imgLiverpool forward Mohamed Salah believes they have the quality to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.Klopp’s men stuttered last season on the League front in their run to the final of the competition in the previous campaign, thereby settling for a fourth spot in the English top flight.However, Salah is confident about Liverpool’s ability to handle both European and domestic commitments over the next few months.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Last season we knocked out Manchester City, then Roma, who had just beaten Barca in the quarter-finals. Each time, they were incredible games,” he told France Football ahead of his side’s Group C opener against Paris Saint-Germain.“We played against teams challenging for the title, and we still managed to reach the final, so of course we can do it again. I’m sure of it. We can even win both, the Champions League and the Premier League. I don’t want us to put pressure on ourselves, but yes, everything is possible.“It’s a good draw with some good teams. PSG have some very good individuals and a great team. I’m looking forward to playing them. I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable and intense encounter.”last_img read more

Cuadrado announces successful surgery

first_imgThe Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”last_img read more

Kasilof River Dipnetting Area Expanded

first_imgDipnetting on the Kasilof River is allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. In addition to expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-37-19 increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to six per day and twelve in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Only Alaska residents can participate. King salmon or non-salmon species may not be kept in the Kasilof River personal use salmon fishery.  Any king salmon, Dolly Varden, or rainbow/steelhead trout caught while dipnetting must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Personal use dipnetting from the shore will be allowed in an expanded area from ADF&G markers on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Dipnetting from a boat is allowed from ADF&G markers located on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to ADF&G markers at approximately river mile 3 of the Kasilof River. The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site.  The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. This regulatory change is effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is expanding the Kasilof River personal use dipnetting area.last_img read more

OEA Report Shows What States Counties Are Attracting Defense Dollars

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense spending on contracts and payroll accounted for 8.5 percent of Virginia’s gross domestic product, making it the top ranked state by that metric in fiscal 2016. Virginia was followed by Hawaii (7.6 percent), Alaska (5.5 percent), Maryland (5.2 percent) and Alabama (5.2 percent) in the ranking of states by defense spending as a portion of their economies. On average, defense spending accounted for 2.2 percent of all states’ GDP in FY 2016. Virginia also ranked highly in absolute terms for attracting defense dollars, coming in second, with $42.7 billion, behind California, at $48.8 billion; Texas came in third for total defense spending with $33.3 billion.Almost 60 percent of total defense spending, $378.5 billion, went to 10 states.Those rankings are included in the latest analysis of defense spending by state prepared by the Office of Economic Adjustment. By highlighting states’ reliance on military installations and contractors, the report can be used “to assess potential exposure to fluctuations in defense spending and to target assistance to create more resilient communities and companies,” according to its executive summary. The listing for each state shows the top defense contractors and ranks the top 10 counties by contract spending, personnel spending, and number of active-duty and civilian personnel.Two states, California and Connecticut, account for half of the top 10 counties for attracting defense contract spending:Fairfax County, Va. — $9.9 billionSan Diego County, Calif. — $8.4 billionLos Angeles County, Calif. — $6.2 billionMadison County, Ala. — $5.4 billionSanta Clara County, Calif. — $5.3 billionLouis County, Mo. — $5.2 billionKing County, Wash. — $5.1 billionNew London County, Conn. — $4.8 billionFairfield County, Conn. — $4.4 billionOrange County, Fla. — $4.0 billion Photo by Steve Earleylast_img read more

Mollie Dickerson Appointed Guidance Curriculum Team Leader For Wilmington High Wilmington Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand, announcing the appointment of Ms. Mollie Dickerson as Guidance Curriculum Team Leader:Over the course of the last number of weeks we have launched a search for a permanent Curriculum Team Leader (CTL) for our Guidance Department as we currently have in an interim in the role. Ms. Christine Murray, Coordinator of Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Support coordinated the search with a screening committee that included the following individuals:Jeanette Quirk, Assistant Principal, MSChristopher Phillips, Assistant Principal, HSMaureen O’Mara, HS GuidanceJessica Rugo, HS GuidanceJulie Norton, MS GuidanceMichael Maloney, HS Social Studies TeacherLisa Costantiello, Parent/SEPAC Co‐ChairI want to extend to these individuals my thanks for their time and commitment to this important process.The screening committee reviewed a total of twenty‐two (22) applications from both inside and outside the district and selected a total of five (5) candidates to interview during the week of May 20th. Following the work of the district a total of three (3) candidates were advanced as finalists who then participated in interviews with Ms. Linda Peters, Principal of the Wilmington High School, Mr. Kevin Welch, Interim Principal of the Wilmington Middle School and Ms. Alice Brown‐Legrand, Director of Student Support Services during the week of May 27th.It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ms. Mollie Dickerson as the Guidance Curriculum Team Leader for the Wilmington Public Schools. This position is a key leadership role in leading the school guidance departments and staff in both the middle and high school.Ms. Dickerson was appointed as the Interim Guidance CTL for the 2018‐2019 school year here in WPS. She is credited with several new initiatives in this role such as arranging for Therapy Dog visits, expanding the guidance curriculum to include more workshops for students, serving on the NEASC Steering Committee, and planning and hosting our first Future Teacher Signing Day.Ms. Dickerson completed three years as a guidance counselor at Wilmington High School prior to her appointment this year. Ms. Dickerson is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she received Bachelors of Science in Psychology and English. She received her Masters of Education in Prevention Science and Practice and in Adolescent School Counseling as well as her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Guidance Counseling from Harvard University.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”last_img read more

Muhurat trading Samvat 2072 begins on a positive note Axis Bank biggest

first_imgSamvat 20704 Nov, 2013Sensex gains 43 points, closes at 21,239 points; Nifty gains 10 points, closes at 6317Gainers – Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Maruti Suzuki Samvat 2072 began on a positive note on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, with the S&P Sensex opening 191 points higher from its previous close of Tuesday, belying concerns that the Bihar Assembly poll results will subdue investor sentiments.The S&P BSE Sensex later trimmed gains to close at 25,866.95, up 123.69 points, or 0.48%. Some of the Sensex gainers included Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata Steel, Bhel and L&T, while the scrips that closed lower included Hero Motocorp, Bharti Airtel and ITC.Axis Bank was the biggest gainer, closing 2.50% higher at Rs 480.20, followed by Sun Pharma that closed 1.93% higher at Rs 746.55.Infosys, recommended by many brokerages, saw a modest gain of 0.25% to close at Rs 1,109.15 on the BSE. The 50-scrip NSE Nifty also opened high at 7,838.80, but after paring the initial gains, closed at 7,825,  a gain of 41.65 points, or 0.54%. The Nifty saw 43 advances and 7 declines, with Axis Bank, Yes Bank, BPCL and Sun Pharma posting decent gains, while Grasim, ITC and Bharti Airtel declined.Among the BSE sectoral indices, almost all of them ended in the green, the maximum gain being registered by BSE Realty Index, at 2.16%. The special trading session was held between 5.45 pm and 6.45 pm, heralding Samvat 2072.In Samvat 2071, during the special trading session on 23 October 2014, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 63 points to close at 26,851; the rally was led by ONGC, Reliance Industries and L&T.The Nifty had gained 18.65 points to close at 8014.55.Muhurat trading over the last five years:YearYearDateDateTrend/ResultTrend/ResultGainers/LosersGainers/LosersYearSamvat 2072Date11 Nov, 2015Trend/ResultSensex gains 123.69 points, closes at 25,866; Nifty up 41 points, closes at 7,825Gainers/LosersGainers – Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata STeelYearSamvat 2071Date23 Oct, 2014Trend/ResultSensex gains 63 points, closes at 26,851; Nifty gains 18 points, closes at 8014Gainers/LosersGainers – ONGC, RIL, :&TYearSamvat 2070Date4 Nov, 2013Trend/ResultSensex gains 43 points, closes at 21,239 points; Nifty gains 10 points, closes at 6317Gainers/LosersGainers – Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Maruti SuzukiYearSamvat 2069Date13 Nov, 2012Trend/ResultSensex loses 51 points, closes at 18,618.87; Nifty sheds 16 points, closes at 5,666Gainers/LosersLosers – Tata Motors, HDFC, Infosys, SBIYearSamvat 2068Date26 Oct, 2011Trend/ResultSensex gains 34 points, closes at 17,288; Nifty up, closes at 5201Gainers/LosersGainers – L&T, SBI, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Auto YearDateTrend/ResultGainers/Losers Samvat 207123 Oct, 2014Sensex gains 63 points, closes at 26,851; Nifty gains 18 points, closes at 8014Gainers – ONGC, RIL, :&T Samvat 206826 Oct, 2011Sensex gains 34 points, closes at 17,288; Nifty up, closes at 5201Gainers – L&T, SBI, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Auto Samvat 206913 Nov, 2012Sensex loses 51 points, closes at 18,618.87; Nifty sheds 16 points, closes at 5,666Losers – Tata Motors, HDFC, Infosys, SBI Samvat 207211 Nov, 2015Sensex gains 123.69 points, closes at 25,866; Nifty up 41 points, closes at 7,825Gainers – Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata STeellast_img read more

Bengaluru Bulls start title defence with victory over Patna Pirates in PKL

first_imgIANS In a match where the defence of the defending champions came to the party, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls recorded an impressive 34-32 win over 2017 champions Patna Pirates. What made the match special was the great performance by the defenders of the Bengaluru side who inflicted as many as four Super Tackles in the match on the raiders of Patna despite the presence of superstar Pardeep Narwal in the team. This match was regarded as a battle between the two star raiders in each side – Pardeep for Pirates and Pawan Sehrawat, the star of last year’s season, for the Bulls. While both did play their part and Pardeep scored 10 points while Pawan 9, in the end it was the solid defending team of Amit Sheoran, Ashish Sangwan and Mahender Singh which produced the main ingredient of the win. It was in the second half that these players showed their mettle as they kept foiling Patna’s attempts to increase their lead through Super Tackles after Super Tackles. Even the might Pardeep, otherwise an unstobbale force had a lean time for most part of the second half. Sehrawat, expected to deliver a big performance struggled in the first half and first part of the second half but then came into form and started to score important points. This sealed Bulls’ victory.last_img read more

NATO shows Russia its military might

first_imgMap of Europe showing the areas in Norway where NATO will conduct the `Trident Juncture` military manoeuvres which start on Thursday. Photo: AFPNorway hosts NATO’s biggest exercises since the end of the Cold War from Thursday, to remind Russia the Alliance stands united despite seeds of doubt planted by US President Donald Trump.Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression.”In recent years, Europe’s security environment has significantly deteriorated,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, of Norway, said.”Trident Juncture sends a clear message to our nations and to any potential adversary. NATO does not seek confrontation but we stand ready to defend all Allies against any threat,” he told reporters on Wednesday.While the “potential adversary” has not been officially identified, Russia is on everybody’s minds.The country, which shares a 198-kilometre (123-mile) border with Norway in the Far North, has repeatedly flaunted its military strength in recent years.The Russian army has annexed Crimea, helped destabilise eastern Ukraine, beefed up its military capabilities in the Arctic, and conducted its biggest ever exercises in the Far East in September.- ‘Anti-Russian’ exercise -The Russian embassy in Oslo said it considered Trident Juncture an “anti-Russian” exercise.”Such activity … comes across as provocative, even if you try to justify it as being of a purely defensive nature,” it said.For months, Moscow has been annoyed by the growing Western military presence in the region. The United States and Britain have been increasing their deployments in Norway to accustom their troops to cold weather combat.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking in early October, condemned what she termed as NATO’s “sabre-rattling”, and vowed Moscow would take “retaliatory measures”.”The main NATO countries are increasing their military presence in the region, near Russia’s borders,” she said.”Such irresponsible actions are bound to lead to a destabilisation of the political situation in the North, to heighten tensions,” she added.Tensions already flared on Saturday after Trump announced he was abandoning a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, a move which Russia warned could cripple global security.Accusing Russia of developing a new missile, the SSC-8, Trump threatened to increase the US nuclear weapons arsenal.- Article 5 secured? -Despite concerns about Trump’s commitment to the Alliance — particularly regarding the “Article 5″ mutual defence clause — the US military is contributing the biggest contingent to Trident Juncture, with more than 14,000 troops, including an aircraft carrier.”We exercise in Norway but of course the lessons … from Trident Juncture are also relevant for other countries,” Stoltenberg said.On Tuesday, four US soldiers were lightly injured when trucks delivering material were involved in a pile-up.In addition to NATO’s 29 member countries, Norway’s neighbours Sweden and Finland will join the exercises, which run through 7 November.Two Russian and two Belarus military observers have been invited to watch the manoeuvres.Stoltenberg said he hoped Russia would “avoid dangerous behaviour”.last_img

DCs Sibley Memorial Hospital Launching New Community Health Program

first_imgAccording to the D.C. Department of Health, in 2010, Ward 8 residents had the highest rates of obesity and were least likely to exercise; the second highest rates in the District were in Ward 7. Research from the D.C. Policy Center also found that areas in Ward 8—Anacostia, Barry Farms, Mayfair and Ivy City—comprise the majority of the food deserts throughout the city. Food deserts are defined as geographic areas where people have limited access to healthy food.During a series of conversations with Sibley officials, D.C. community and faith leaders, senior-citizens and students expressed concerns about having access to healthy fruits and vegetables, and the impact that the lack of access has on the community’s well-being.“Sibley is 100 percent committed to improving lives of all residents in the District. And what makes our commitment unique is Sibley’s culture of human-centered design, which is based on listening and understanding,” said Richard O. Davis, president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital.The hospital will create an advisory board comprised of Wards 7 and 8 residents, organizations, health care representatives and elected officials to inform health focus areas and evaluate health and wellness initiatives. Additionally, Sibley invites residents and nonprofit organizations serving Wards 7 and 8 to apply to the first cohort of the program by visiting www.wardinfinity.com. Each resident-led group will receive up to $25,000 to fund health and wellness-related projects in their community, as well as coaching and guidance from industry designers and entrepreneurs. In an effort to improve the health and wellness of D.C.’s communities, Sibley Memorial Hospital is launching a first-of-its-kind Community Health Innovators in Residence Program. The program, which consists of Wards 7 and 8 organizations and residents, will work collaboratively with Sibley to create solutions for improving health and wellness issues in the community.last_img read more

Marcus Garvey Frances Murphy Enshrined into Black Press Gallery of Distinguished Publishers

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaNationalist, Pan-Africanism movement leader and Negro World newspaper founder Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Washington AFRO-AMERICAN publisher emeritus Francis L. Murphy II, were enshrined into the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Gallery of Distinguished Publishers during Black Press Week in Washington, D.C.Garvey was also a noted figure in the publishing world where for five-cents, readers of his newspaper received a front-page editorial written by him along with poetry and articles of international interest to people of African ancestry.“My mother wrote a column called ‘If you asked me,’ so I believe if my mother was here today she would say, ‘if you asked me, it’s certainly a privilege to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,’” said the Rev. Dr. Toni Draper, Murphy’s daughter, who accepted the enshrinement on her late mother’s behalf. “I think she’d say that ‘I’m grateful that I’m chosen for this honor and even more grateful that I’m chosen on this platform with the honorable Marcus Garvey,” Draper said.Murphy, a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, who received her bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and degrees from Coppin State College and Johns Hopkins University, believed the AFRO belonged to the community. As its publisher, every year she would invite readers to write their family histories and send them in along with historical pictures.“My mother wrote a column called ‘If you asked me,’ so I believe if my mother was here today she would say, ‘if you asked me, it’s certainly a privilege to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,’” said the Rev. Dr. Toni Draper, Murphy’s daughter, who accepted the enshrinement on her late mother’s behalf.“I think she’d say that ‘I’m grateful that I’m chosen for this honor and even more grateful that I’m chosen on this platform with the honorable Marcus Garvey,” Draper said.Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, accepted the honor on behalf of the late civil rights leader.“My dad developed his oratorical skills in large part through his work in newspapers, other publications and speeches,” Garvey said. “He used the dictionary and would read through it learning new words every day and, at one point, his words reached between 6 and 11 million people around the world,” he said.The Black Press Archives was founded in 1973, as a joint project of Howard University and the NNPA, and established at the University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.According to the Houston Forward Times, the idea of establishing a Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers was that of William O. Walker, editor-publisher of the Cleveland Call and Post, who first articulated the need for an academic institution that would provide a setting in which historical records related to the Black Press, as well as the newspapers themselves, could be collected, preserved and made available to scholars, students and the public.Walker also envisioned a gallery in which the photographs and accomplishments of Black Press notables would be on permanent display.The idea was developed by the NNPA under the direction of Carlton B. Goodlett, NNPA president and editor-publisher of the San Francisco Sun-Reporter, and welcomed by James E. Cheek, then president of Howard University.In March 1977, during the sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of Freedom’s Journal, the first African American newspaper, the Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers were dedicated in ceremonies at Howard University.Garvey and Murphy join dozens of others to receive enshrinement.Born in 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Garvey counted as one of 11 children – only Marcus and one of his siblings survived into adulthood.Garvey received an education in London that would likely have not been available to him in the Americas because of the color of his skin.He later returned to Jamaica and started the United Negro Improvement Association and he went on to create thousands of jobs for Black people in America and abroad through his many enterprises under the umbrella of the Negro Factories Corporation.At the ceremony held inside DC’s historical Metropolitan AME Church, a contingent of Garvey family and friends included the chief of the mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai.Family and friends and AFRO employees were on hand to witness Murphy’s enshrinement.Born in 1922, Murphy enjoyed two professions for most of her life – working at the AFRO, which was founded by her grandfather, John H. Murphy Sr., in 1892 and teaching.From 1958 to 1964, she taught third grade in the Baltimore City Public Schools and also taught at Morgan State College where she headed the news bureau from 1964 to 1971.She also taught at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and at the State University College at Baltimore, where Murphy headed the journalism sequence from 1975 to 1985.Both inductees were further honored with video tributes and salutes from NNPA Foundation Chair Amelia Ashley-Ward; NNPA Association Chair Dorothy R. Leavell and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.“If my mom were here today, I think she’d say, ‘if you ask me, I could have told you years ago that the Black Press would still be alive and well,” Draper said.For a complete list of all of the NNPA publishers enshrined and a special edition on the 192 years of the Black Press, click here.last_img read more

Dance that connects inner spirit with soil

first_imgGet ready to witness a spectacular dance and theatre show inspired by Kalaripayattu – the oldest martial art in the world. The extravaganza titled ‘Bhu’ is being organised by Alliance française de Delhi on May 13 at ML Bhartia Auditorium. The performance showcases journey of a man who discovers his deep union with Mother Earth (Bhu). Beyond a story, this show invites the audience to an itinerary, accessible to everyone. India has a deep and ancient tradition of connecting with the Bhuthas (Five Elements): earth, water, fire, air and ether. Through connecting with them, humans can reconnect with the origin and cradle of consciousness that is the source of all matter. In this show, the idea is to invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, one is able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth. A dialogue is created between the earth and the body of the performers, music and the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLed by Philippe Pelen Baldini and Thierry Moucazambo, and guided by the master of Kalaripayattu Guru Lakshman Gurukkal, Bhu is an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical, choreographic tools and the traditional form of kalaripayattu to create an organic dance. The performers are Kalaripayattu warriors/dancers/ healers/masters in energy. With them, one can experience the origin of movement and theatrical act. The experience of the body “becoming all eyes” as they used to say in Kalaripayattu wisdom is incredible. This happens when all the body is fully connected with his environment and nature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtists who will be performing includes, Nikhil Varagiri (Indian) Kalari artist and dancer, Thierry Moucazambo (French, Auroville) dancer, singer and actor; Prakash (Indian) musician, kalari artist and dancer; Swaroop Kannan (Indian), kalari artist and dancer; Madhu Jayamurthy (Indian, Auroville), musician, kalari artist,and dancer; Aurelio C. Hammer (Austria, Auroville), sound and music advisor; Suresh Kaliyath, musician, kalari artist and Jean Legrand, light designer.last_img read more

Deutsche Telekomowned Croatian telco THrvatski T

first_imgDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has launched Stream On. a new mobile TV offering that allows users to access 10 hours of HBO Go and Pickbox on-demand programming without eating into their mobile data allowance.Stream On will be available to subscribers of T-Hrvatski Telekom’s Magenta 1 offering at  cost of HRK9 (€0.66) for the first month. As part of its launch, the telco is offering a Huawei P9 Lite device at the special price of HRK598.Magenta 1 offers residential customers high-speed internet, T-Hrvatski Telekom’s MAXtv service and free calls to fixed network in Croatia and 500 minutes of calls within the EU.Natasa Rapaic, chief operating officer, residential business, said that Stream On, by enabling users to enjoy series and movies without using up their data allowance, was an example of the company’s ongoing commitment to launch innovative services.last_img read more

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first_img I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there are at least a couple in here that interest you. When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. — Lin Yutang Well, I’m sad to say that the Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected it would, although I was hoping beyond hope that it might be different this time—but it wasn’t. But what should not be lost in this is the continuing engineered price declines in both gold and silver—and after ‘da boyz’ and their algorithms got through with both metals yesterday, there’s only 20 or so dollars to go to get back to the October 6 low in gold. But, as Ted Butler always points out, it’s not the price, rather it’s the number of long gold contracts that JPMorgan et al can get the Managed Money traders to puke up—and how deeply they can guide these same technical funds onto the short side of the gold market.  So how ‘low’ the price goes, will be a direction function of that process. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver. As usual, silver got hit the moment that trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Tuesday evening—and it didn’t do a thing until the 8:20 a.m. Comex open.  The subsequent rally attempt—and there were a number of them leading up until 2 p.m. EDT—all got dealt with in the usual manner.  Then at that point, the HFT traders and their algorithms showed up—and “Bob’s your uncle!“ The high and lows were reported as $17.315 and $17.015 in the December contract. Silver closed yesterday at $17.09 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday.  Net volume was the same as Tuesday’s at 28,000 contracts. Ted says that with silver, the Managed Money is all ‘locked and loaded’ with a record short position.  It’s possible they may have added to their short position yesterday, but there’s no way of knowing, because Wednesday’s price action occurred a day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.  So we’ll have to wait until the COT Report on November 7, which is a lifetime away at the moment. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 50 minutes away.  I note that the two tiny rally attempts that occurred in gold—one shortly after trading began in New York yesterday evening—and the one that came shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, were both sold down.  But the real sell-off began around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time as the HFT boyz leaned on the price—and gold is now at a new low for this move down, and it probably won’t be the low of the day.  Gold volume is already north of 32,000 contracts, which is very heavy for this time of morning—and 99 percent of it is in the current front month, which is December, so it’s not normal trading volume. Silver’s tiny rally attempt in morning trading in the Far East on their Thursday met with the same fate as gold—and ‘da boyz’ really put the boots to the price shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  The silver price is now knocking on the door of its old low set back on Friday, October 3.  Gold volume is just north of 12,000 contracts at the moment, which is also pretty big for this time of day. After trading flat for most of the Far East session, platinum also met the same fate starting shortly before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Palladium got hit shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. in New York last night—and has been allowed to trade flat since then. The dollar index has been in rally mode almost since the open yesterday evening—and at the moment it’s up 25 basis points.  But if you believe that these engineered price declines are a result of the ‘strength’ in the dollar index, do I have a bridge for you!  However, that’s what the so-called experts will use as a reason for the decline in all precious metals. I’d like to think that this is the last swing for the fences by JPMorgan et al, but it’s just not possible to tell at the moment.  I think some comfort should be drawn from Greenspan’s use of the world “measurable” because it confirms that there is an end game which, as I’ve said many times over the years, will certainly result in a re-pricing of not just the precious metals, but all commodities in general.  The only thing we don’t know is the timing.  But looking at the current set-up in the Comex futures market, never have the stars been so favourably aligned—and that was Ted’s opinion in his mid-week commentary yesterday, which was headlined “Resolution is Dead Ahead“. So we wait some more. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, London has been open just over an hour—and as the charts below show, JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies—are still at it.  Gold hit another new low—and is trading just above the $1,200 mark at the moment.  Silver was down almost 40 cents at its low tick that came about 8:30 a.m. GMT.  Platinum is barely off its low—and palladium is still trading flat after its sell-off in early Far East trading. Gold volume is north of 48,000 contracts at the moment—and silver’s volume is way up there as well at 17,000 contracts.  The dollar index is now up 38 basis points. The powers-that-be certainly aren’t wasting any time in this leg down of the current engineered price decline—and based on what I see at the moment, it could be a wild and woolly day once Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. EDT this morning—if not sooner. So hang onto your hats—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected The gold price developed a slight positive bias early in Far East trading, topping out shortly after London opened on their Wednesday morning.  From that point it drifted quietly lower, before getting sold down five bucks beginning at the Comex open in New York.  Minutes before 2 p.m. EDT, the price was up about three bucks off its interim 8:50 a.m. EDT low—and at 2 p.m. on the dot, the “Buy the dollar index/hit the precious metals” button was pushed—and that was it for the day in all four precious metals, with gold [not surprisingly] getting hit the hardest.  The gold price finished about three bucks and change off its 3:35 p.m. EDT low tick. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,230.40 and $1,208.20 in the December contract. Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,211.60 spot, down $16.20 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 122,000 contracts, but considering the price action, that wasn’t a lot—at least in my opinion. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. The gold stocks opened down—and were in the hole to the tune of a bit more than 2 percent by around 11 a.m. in New York.  From there they rallied back to unchanged by around 1:20 p.m.  Then they got clubbed on the Fed news—and barely recovered off their lows going into the close.  The HUI got creamed for 4.05%. Platinum didn’t do a lot during the Wednesday session, but met the same fate at 2 p.m. EDT as both gold and silver—and was closed down 8 bucks.center_img That’s the third or fourth time this month that the shares have been hammered to the downside out of all proportion to the declines in the underlying metals themselves—and it’s becoming obvious that these dramatic sell-offs don’t involve free-market forces. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that there were no deliveries to report, which is not surprising since I mentioned in this space yesterday that the October deliveries for both gold and silver were done. And barring any surprise deliveries in the next 48 hours, the October deliveries in gold were reported as 1,268 contracts—and in silver it was 774 contracts, which is very decent for what is not a ‘normal’ delivery month for silver. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that there were zero contracts in either gold or silver still open in the October delivery month—and just eye-balling the remaining open interest for November in these two metals, it’s apparent that the November will be pretty quiet on the delivery front as well.  November, like October, is not normally a big delivery month for either gold or silver, but there’s always room for a surprise. First Notice Day for the November deliveries is Friday—and whatever they show, I’ll have them in Saturday’s column. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 38,450 troy ounces.  And as of 10:06 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. There was very big in/out movement in both gold and silver at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  In gold, there was 22,505 troy ounces reported received—and 89,183 troy ounces shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 934,767 troy ounces received—and 343,435 ounces shipped out the door for parts unknown.  The link to that action is here. Here’s a nifty chart that Nick Laird sent our way last night—along with his comment that stated—“Support has now become resistance.”  That’s precisely right of course dear reader, but only if the Plunge Protection Team allows this chart pattern to stand.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature works wonders here. Palladium made numerous attempts to break above the $800 spot mark, but a willing seller was always at the ready to make sure it didn’t happen.  The metal also got hit at 2 p.m.—and was only allowed to close up 2 dollars.  It would have obviously finished the trading session materially higher if allowed to do so. Here are two of the latest photos from yesterday of the lava flow encroaching on Pāhoa Village on Hawai’i’s ‘Big Island’.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here. Sponsor Advertisement Ditto for the silver equities.  The managed to rally into positive territory off their 11 a.m. New York low, but really got hammered starting at 2 p.m., although they did recover off their absolute lows.  Not that it mattered much, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got bombed for a 4.21% loss. The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 85.41.  It traded virtually ruler flat until 9:15 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning, before getting sold down to its 85.20 low at 10:30 a.m. EDT.  Then shortly before 2 p.m. the index blasted higher as ‘The Button’ got pushed, with its 86.03 high tick coming about 2:45 p.m. in New York.  It traded sideways after that, closing at 85.99, which was up 58 basis points on the day.last_img read more

There was no red carpet but there were drums dan

first_imgThere was no red carpet, but there were drums, dancing, and general mayhem.The premiere of Black Panther on Thursday night was definitely the wildest event in the history of the movie theater at the central mall in Accra, Ghana, says Joshua Nyamekye, who works as a ticket collector there. Before the night was over, fans trying to crowd into the theater left Nyamekye, 23, looking like he’d been roughed up by the titular clawed hero himself.But Nyamekye doesn’t resent his wounds; he was just as enthusiastic to see the movie himself.”Marvel [Studios] movies are always crazy like this,” he says. But this time, “we almost needed to call the police.”The movie, which builds off the popular “Avengers” superhero franchise, stars Chadwick Boseman as the butt-kicking King T’Challa of Wakanda, a mythical African nation that faces internal strife over whether to share its super-advanced technology with the outside world. Needless to say, the nearly all-black cast and African setting are a significant departure from typical Hollywood action-flick fare, and it has had a rapturous reception across the continent, starting with its global premiere in Kisumu, Kenya, co-star Lupita Nyong’o’s hometown.On the film’s second night in Accra, the drums had died down, but the house was still packed, including a large contingent of self-avowed comic book nerds who say the movie held a special resonance for African audiences.”There hasn’t been a mainstream black hero, so we’re really holding up this character,” says Kofi Ofori-Amanfo, a 24-year-old software developer and lifelong Marvel fan who grew up following a Spiderman strip that occasionally appeared in the local newspaper. He was there with his friend David Kumi, who confessed to be more a fan of rival DC comics (Superman, Batman, etc.) but was willing to make an exception for Black Panther. The two had eagerly awaited this premiere since catching a short appearance of Black Panther in last year’s Captain America: Civil War.”I’m really glad about the way everyone is embracing it,” Ofori-Amanfo said. “I believe in one way or another it could help people see Africa in a different light.”The audience in Accra was boisterous and found plenty of moments to cheer. Particular audience favorites included a mention of Ghanaian traditional masks in a scene set in a museum gallery, and a joke about vegetarianism that comes at the expense of one of the movie’s few white characters (a CIA agent played by Martin Freeman), which audience members took as a lighthearted jab at the ridiculous ways of obroni, the local Twi language word for “foreigner.”Less popular was the “African” accent affected by many of the characters, which several audience members here found forced, vague and unconvincing, with heavily articulated consonants and a grab-bag of speech patterns from Nigeria, South Africa, and the Swahili-speaking countries of East Africa.Apart from the accent issue, the movie’s representation of pan-African culture was well-received. The movie’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, told NPR that her team pulled color, geometry and other design elements from a variety of African cultures into the distinctive vision of “Afrofuturism” on display in Wakanda. It’s a difficult balance to strike: How to show off the continent’s cultural diversity without mashing things together so much that the movie plays into the Africa-is-a-country stereotypes that frequently afflict mainstream Western representations of the continent. Here, flying vehicles whiz past a vendor hawking woven baskets, and King T’Challa’s space-age black robes are trimmed in kente, a brightly colored traditional Ghanaian textile.”African culture is represented very well,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They integrated the whole African touch in a way that was intriguing and exciting.”Beyond the design, audience members pointed to other elements that seemed familiar here (don’t worry, no spoilers ahead). Wakanda struggles with the simultaneous blessing and curse of highly valuable natural resources, which has been the root of many African nations’ troubles from colonialism to modern-day corruption and conflict. Despite a strong nationalist tradition, Wakandans are prone to be torn apart from within by tribalism, a familiar crisis across the continent, including in Ghana, which has recently experienced an uptick in violent clashes between cattle herders of the Fulani ethnic minority and farmers of other groups.Characters in Wakanda have a significant debate about how to relate with the global African diaspora, which as the Washington Post’s Karen Attiah notes, mirrors a similarly complex real-life relationship between Africans and black Americans about why they haven’t been more mutually supportive on issues from colonial occupation to police brutality.And although Wakanda is ultimately a paternalistic society, it relies on powerful women, like Nyong’o’s warrior princess Nakia and Letitia Wright’s saucy engineer Shuri, who are valued for their brains and brawn as much as for their beauty.Ultimately, the movie’s representation of Africa is one of resilience, progressivism, compromise, fierce dignity and cooperation.”They are portraying the African sense of being there for each other,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They’re showing that Africans as a whole can stand up.”But as Amartey Amarteifio, 25, puts it, Ghanaians don’t need Hollywood to tell them that.”I already know how amazing Africa is,” he said. “I’m just happy that America will get to see this side.”Tim McDonnell is a journalist covering the environment, conflict and related issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Obamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly

first_imgObamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known — won’t be on the ballot next month. But the fate of the eight-year old health care law could be decided by which party wins control of Congress in November. “Medicare for All” — the progressive alternative to Obamacare — also stands to gain or lose ground. And the Trump administration will be looking for a green light to keep making health care changes of its own.Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote about what’s at stake in a recent Wall Street Journal column. The headline described health care as the “sleeper issue” of the 2018 midterm elections.Republican Lou Hendricks agrees. The Kansas City retiree told pollsters health care is at the top of his list as he ponders his midterm vote.”One of the big concerns that we have as as a family is making sure that there continues to be coverage for previous conditions,” Hendricks said. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who’s in a tough battle for re-election, is trying to tap into that concern. McCaskill describes her own struggle with breast cancer in a new campaign ad. “I don’t talk about it much,” she says, over video that shows the senator meeting with other women. “Those who faced cancer and many other illnesses have a pre-existing condition when it comes to health coverage.”McCaskill blasts her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, for joining a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Obamacare and its requirement that insurance companies offer coverage regardless of a person’s medical history. Republicans insist they will also protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions, though they’ve been vague in saying how.Democrats around the country have seized on this issue. Health care dominates congressional campaign ads, outpacing jobs, taxes, and immigration.”Democrats have been laser-focused on health care this year,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, who tracks campaign ads for the Wesleyan Media Project. It’s the mirror image of past election cycles, when Republicans ran a blitzkrieg of ads attacking Obamacare while Democrats stayed largely quiet. “Regardless of how Americans feel about the Affordable Care Act, there are provisions of it that are very popular,” Franklin said. “Once it became clear that those provisions are in trouble, I think that has sort of changed the landscape of how politicians will talk about it this cycle.”Democrats are determined to protect those popular provisions if they win one or both houses of Congress in November. On the other hand, if Republicans keep control, they could take another run at repealing Obamacare.”Many Republicans want the ability to finish the job,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of the conservative group Heritage Action. “They’ve campaigned on this for over eight years.”Anderson said even if Republicans lose in November, they could mount a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare during the lame-duck session. The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who helped torpedo the last repeal effort, has now been replaced by Jon Kyl, a more reliable GOP vote.No matter which party controls Congress next year, the Trump administration will likely keep trying to chip away at Obamacare. For example, the administration has already relaxed regulations to allow stripped-down insurance policies with reduced coverage. “The president will still be in office, and his administration will still be active,” Anderson said.But if Democrats win control of either chamber, they might be able to put the brakes on those efforts.”What you’re likely to see is much greater and even fierce oversight of the administration’s efforts to change — and many would say undermine” the Affordable Care Act, said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care research organization.In Kansas City, Hendricks described himself as a fan of the Affordable Care Act. But more and more he’s leaning towards a single-payer insurance system, which progressive advocates like to describe as “Medicare for All.” “It makes it easier and simpler for everybody,” Hendricks said, “with he exception of Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, enter the medical insurance company here.”President Trump has gone on the offensive, claiming without evidence that any expansion of Medicare will come at the expense of today’s seniors.Even if they win a sweeping victory in the midterms, Democrats won’t have the power to pass “Medicare for All” over a presidential veto. But they might jump start the conversation ahead of the next election in two years. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Appalled disabled activists have warned the Britis

first_imgAppalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”last_img read more

3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking

first_img The appeal of behemoth social networks like Facebook is slowly declining. Many social media users are growing tired of scrolling through feeds only to see what friends and family are eating or to read political debates. Younger social media users, especially, are turning to niche social networks to express their creativity and connect with friends or other people with similar interests. As a result, a number of new social apps are cropping up to fulfill this need for more interest-based social networking. Many of these platforms also allow users to hide their identities, giving users a sense of security and permitting them to share their thoughts or express themselves without judgment.Related: The Future of Social Media Platforms and Ways in Which Businesses Can Utilize ThemMarketers who are aware of how social networking is evolving and how these new social channels are gaining popularity can discover ways to connect with their target audiences more effectively. Here are some of the emerging social apps to watch in 2019.1. Virtual avatars turned influencers.Businesses of all sizes are putting money behind influencer marketing campaigns in an effort to expand their reach and boost brand awareness. According to research from the World Federation of Advertisers, 65 percent of multinational brands are planning to increase their spending on influencer marketing in 2019.The demand for quality, credible influencers continues to rise and nano influencers (someone with around 5,000 followers), micro influencers (someone with approximately 50,000 followers) and now virtual influencers, are saturating the market. With so many choices, brands can now be more selective in choosing which influencers they want to work with and in which way they want to work with them. As the influencer marketing world continues to develop, some fascinating social networks are emerging around it.A popular new 3D avatar, or “virtual influencer,” app called Zepeto recently shot to the number one spot in the iOS app store. Zepeto allows users to customize their own avatars with virtual outfits, hairstyles and accessories. It became an overnight sensation in China. The app is now picking up steam in the U.S.Virtual avatars are nothing new, however, upgraded technology such as facial recognition is helping take the concept to the next level. Many brands quickly realized the marketing potential for user-generated content on Zepeto. A quick search for Zepeto-related hashtags on Instagram reveals thousands of Zepeto avatars, many sporting their favorite brands. Social features– such as private chats, games and virtual selfies with other users — also make Zepeto an app to watch as social media users increasingly turn to secondary accounts to express other versions of themselves.Other virtual avatar social apps to watch include:Coey. An avatar-based networking app that allows users to ask questions, share knowledge, meet people and more.Genies. A social app to create highly-customized, lifelike avatars to chat with friends. Soon users will be able to use their avatars in games.Related: 10 Influencer Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On2. Private messaging.In 2018, the total number of monthly active users of the top four messaging apps reached 4.1 billion. What’s more, users are spending more time on messaging apps, up to 12 minutes per day, and it’s estimated that more than 70 percent of all social sharing now takes place on messaging apps.For marketers who rely heavily on social networking to get in front of their target audiences, messaging apps provide numerous opportunities. A Twilio study revealed that 66 percent of consumers now prefer to reach brands, or be reached by brands, through messaging apps.Many brands have already introduced chat bots as a way to provide customer support. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the undisputed leaders in this space; however, new messaging apps like Kik are presenting brands with more promising features to engage with their audiences more intimately.With well over 300 million users and 6,000 bots, Kik is now a top 10 app among teenagers and young adults based in the U.S. On Kik, users can access public chats on any topic or interest, or they can search for bots. Kik bots can be educational, funny, games or brand-based. Big brands such as Sephora and H&M are leveraging the private social app to share products, offer personalized styling services and help customers build style profiles.Other private messaging social apps to watch include:Imo. A private messaging and video app that reached the no. 1 spot in September 2018.Slack. A popular app for workplace communication, Slack is also becoming a place for brands — primarily B2B — to help existing customers share feedback, solve issues or participate in research.3. Hey there, neighbor.Neighborhood social networking apps are appealing to the $130 billion local advertising industry. These apps offer private feeds for neighbors to share local stories, recommendations and advice.Arguably the most popular social app in this space is Nextdoor, which currently has a presence in more than 175,000 neighborhoods, or approximately 85 percent of the U.S. Nextdoor users send more than four million private messages a day on the app, and businesses can join the conversation by setting up a Nextdoor business page.With a Nextdoor business page, businesses can add basic information about their services, contact information, a link to their website and view the number of recommendations received from neighbors. Statistics on how many neighborhoods can view the business page and the ability to thank neighbors for their recommendations are simple but powerful ways to understand and get in front of local audiences. As Nextdoor rises in popularity, more competing neighborhood social apps are likely to emerge. Marketers should watch these networks closely as they can be great places to deliver hyper-local content.Other hyper-local, neighborhood social apps to watch include:Hoodi. A private neighborhood app that allows users to connect with their neighbors.Neighbourly. Google’s latest hyper-local app that allows users to crowdsource answers to their questions from people in their community.Related: 5 Simple, Science-Backed Ways Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Gen ZWhat’s next.The social apps mentioned above should be on every marketer’s radar in 2019. Video apps like Tik Tok (short, mobile videos) and Houseparty (group video chats) are also grabbing the attention of younger audiences — and worth watching. Though these platforms are primarily built for existing friendships or relationships, making it difficult for marketers to squeeze their way in, partnering with influencers on these apps could be a good start. There’s no way of knowing what will be the next Facebook or Instagram, but marketers should always be on the lookout for the next big thing. 6 min read Guest Writer 3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking Social networking is evolving and providing ways for brands to connect with their target audiences. Albizu Garcia Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Social Media Image credit: d3sign | Getty Images February 22, 2019 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Co-Founder and CEO of Gain Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more