Liberals look to infrastructure bank to finance rural remote broadband internet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections.Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever influence they have with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to get it to fund broadband internet projects, particularly in rural and remote locations.The Liberals created the bank late last year to take $35 billion in federal financing, and use it to leverage three-to-four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems to ease the financial burden on public coffers.Provinces argue broadband yields a long-term revenue stream that would be enticing to any private investor willing to pay the connection costs.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says a single broadband line into one rural community is unlikely to grab the attention of large institutional investors, such as pension funds.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Champagne says he is looking at how different revenue models could entice private backers or bundle several smaller projects into one large proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aya Ram Gaya Ram culture gains pace in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: With a few weeks left for Lok Sabha and assembly polls and major parties busy in finalising candidates, ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ culture seems to be gaining momentum in Odisha. Many leaders, including sitting MPs and MLAs, are now changing party loyalty fearing denial of tickets or defeat in the upcoming polls. Those who had soured their relations with the state leadership are also crossing over from one party to another. BJDs sitting MP from Nabarangpur Balabhadra Majhi left the ruling party alleging “neglect” and joined the BJP within 36 hours of resigning from the BJD. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBalabhdra quit the BJD in the backdrop of speculation about the party fielding Odishas SC & ST Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi as its candidate from Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat. Two ex-BJD leaders – former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda and former minister Damodar Rout – have also joined the BJP, vowing to oust Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Panda had resigned from the ruling BJD while Rout was expelled from the ruling party long ago. They were inducted into the BJP ahead of the elections. “I have severed 45 years of relationship with the Janata Parivar as I was expelled from the BJD for no reason. I feel the BJP has the determination to dislodge 19-year-old Naveen Patnaik government,” Rout said. Salipur MLA of Congress Prakash Behera resigned on Saturday alleging “negligence by the state party leadership”. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThough Beheras name was cleared by the Pradesh Election Committee for becoming a candidate in 2019 polls, he quit the party ahead of elections. Behera joined the BJP in Delhi on Sunday. Three other sitting Congress MLAs have also quit the grand old party in the run up to elections in Odisha. They are Nabakishore Das (Jharsuguda), Jogesh Singh (Sundergarh) and Krushna Chandra Sagaria (Koraput). Das and Singh joined the BJD, while Sagaria went to the Bahujan Samaj Party. BJD MLA from Nilagiri in Balasore district Sukant Kumar Nayak also left the party alleging neglect. Sources close to him said he may join the saffron party. Nayaks resignation came after the BJD inducted Nilagiris BJP leader Sushma Biswal into the party fold.last_img read more

Services of Airport Express Line affected due to technical snag

first_imgNew Delhi: Services were briefly delayed on the Dwarka Sector 21-New Delhi section of the Airport Express Line on Sunday due to a technical snag, after which operations resumed. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that there was a delay in service from Delhi Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21.”Airport Line Update — Delay in service from Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21. Normal service on all other lines,” the DMRC wrote on their Twitter handle. However, after a few minutes, the mass transit agency said that normal services were restored on the line. “Airport Line Update — Normal service has resumed,” read another tweet by DMRC. On April 24, services on Airport Express Line was briefly affected due to the slow movement of trains from Dwarka Sector 21 to New Delhi.last_img read more

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more

Minor Flooding Observed On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The remnants of Typhoon Maliksi has brought heavy rain to much of the Kenai Peninsula causing water levels to continue rising throughout the area, especially in the Seward area. DOT is also advising drivers of minor flooding on the Sterling Highway at MP 52.5 (Gwin’s Lodge) and at Sawmill Creek. They are advising drivers to be aware of water on the roadways. The City of Seward has been notified that the State of Alaska Department of Transportation has closed the main runway of the Seward Airport for 24 hours due to flooding. Photo courtesy of DOT: flooding on the Seward Airport runway and on Sterling Highway The National Weather Service has also issued a ‘flood watch’ for the Kenai River area in Cooper Landing. The flood category was changed from no flood to near flood stage as of 6 a.m., this morning. City of Seward Public Works suggests that a combination of high tide and several days of rain flooding the Resurrection River have contributed to the flood event. Reopening will be reevaluated after 2 more tide cycles. At this time, the water is 12 feet from the center line and has started to over top the rock embankment.last_img read more

SF Chronicle Launches 49ers Digital Magazine

first_imgThe San Francisco Chronicle launched its 49ers Insider digital magazine last week in advance of the team’s season-opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.The iPad-exclusive app will be published twice each week with a pregame edition released on Fridays and a postgame version coming the day after that week’s game. Content includes exclusive multimedia features, articles from the Chronicle’s sports section, player profiles, opponent scouting reports, fantasy football and betting advice, as well as social media integration.“When you research an audience of highly engaged sports enthusiasts, or highly engaged people who watch any particular NFL team like the 49ers, often the feedback that you get is ‘I want more information than I’m currently getting and I’m willing to pay for it,’” Adkins says. “The audience says they can’t get enough.”More specifically, Adkins says, it’s about providing information that isn’t readily available elsewhere. There will be some overlap between content in the Chronicle and on the app, but with several new staff members brought on specifically for the digital magazine, the focus is putting out exclusive stories. The nature of the NFL schedule—one game per team per week, usually on Sunday afternoons—lends itself to a unique publishing schedule as well. It allows Adkins’ team to capitalize on the market when it’s most hungry for that extra content.“Everybody has limited information right after the game. You basically know score, statistics and a couple of key elements that may have happened,” Adkins says. “But player interviews, coach interviews, those types of things start to trickle in after the game and they’re not immediately available. So we see a spike in web traffic, obviously, after the game, but we also see it on Monday when a lot of the coverage starts to come in.” At $9.99, the price works out to about 30 cents per issue for the full 16-game regular season.As a new product in a new market, Adkins admits his team is not entirely sure of the price elasticity yet, but emphasized that the project’s purpose at this stage was to build volume.“If you have no brand identity, the best thing to do would be to create what we thought [would be] a low enough price point that would drive a significant level of subscribers,” he says. “We decided that we wanted to try to build volume off of it.”For now, the app is only available on the iPad, but other platforms—for a bigger audience reach—may be supported by the end of the season.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Jesse Malins Meet Me At The End Of The World EP Track

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 5, 2017 – 5:18 pm Jesse Malin On Influences, Songwriting, New EP Track 1: “Meet Me At The End Of The World””‘Meet Me At The End Of The World'” came from listening to the news and hearing all these people talk about things I really acknowledge and believe in: global warming, what’s going on politically, what’s going on around the whole world. As always, with every generation, you feel like this is the end man: it’s the nuclear arms race, it’s Ronald Reagan, doomsday’s coming, “1984” — that play is more relevant now than ever. All these things are evil and there is a lot of evil, but you have to find a way to stay positive. I believe in the P.M.A., the Positive Mental Attitude, so ‘Meet Me At The End Of The World’ came from being inundated with all my friends that are pissed off about stuff. But you know what, you’ve got to live every day like it could be your last.Musically, the song was written with two chords at a soundcheck in Long Beach with Alejandro Escovedo and Derek Cruz, my guitarist, just jamming these two chords like the Stones or Bowie’s “Heroes” and I started to put a melody over it. … Then I finished it out in a van and me and Derek arranged it in a hotel room in Oakland.”Track 02: “Fox News Funk””It came from a jam that Derek had. It was kind of like a Clash, kind of Sandinista! thing. Again, [it was inspired by] the media blitz … and reading USA Today because it comes under the door, and realizing you don’t want to mix politics and music all the time — but life is political. You walk out your door and you’re hit with things. You have to pay for gasoline. You have to eat. You’ve got to pay rent. And [I thought about] how much the media is owned by the government, by the big corporations, so you’re not getting the full story. I think [this song is] a call to people to go beyond that, go with their guts and their hearts. You have got to treat the people around you with love, but you also have to question the powers that be, because as much as I love this country and this planet, there are some people that are out to line their own pockets and have an agenda.Track 3: “Revelations/Thirteen””‘Revelations’ is a song about a breakup that happened. I was dating a girl who had the same name as me, Jesse, and if we would have gotten married, she would have became Jesse Malin (laughs). … But we met one day to go have ‘the talk,’ like when you’ve got to break up with somebody and have the conversation, and we met at a health food restaurant — I’m a vegetarian — on East 12th Street in Manhattan called Angelica’s. I bumped into like Moby and Cyndi Lauper and John [Joseph] from the Cro-Mags there, and you know it’s just a a great spot, I wish it was still there. But [this song is] the anticipation of playing back that conversation in your head knowing you’ve got to have this talk, but after it’s done you know you’re going to be OK. And then we just went into “Thirteen” by Big Star, it’s just something that happened in the studio and we kept it. It’s one of my favorite Big Star songs.”Track 4: “London Rain””‘London Rain’ was written about our old merch girl and tour manager from the U.K. who was diagnosed with cancer and is paralyzed. She needed a wheelchair and she kept such a great outlook that we named her “The Positive Panther,” and we did a charity with Butch Walker, Joan Jett, the Eagles Of Death Metal guys, L7, Chris Stills, Tommy Stinson — just a whole bunch of people stepped up. And we raised money to get her a wheelchair. I wanted to have a song to sing at that show for her, and “London Rain” was written to do at the benefit, but it became a song that would end up on the Meet Me At The End Of The World EP as well.” Read more News From current events to breakups, New York-based singer/songwriter reveals the inspiration behind the four tracks on his new EPNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 5, 2017 – 5:17 pm GRAMMY.comRunning all the way across Grant Park to catch an artist you want to see is a common practice at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Friday, Aug. 4 at noon, that was me rushing to catch New York troubadour Jesse Malin on the BMI Stage for the first set of the day. Rewarded for my efforts, I entered earshot just in time to hear the shimmering reverb-drenched guitar stabs in the opening notes of “She Don’t Love Me Know,” an undeniable number from Malin’s 2015 album, New York Before The War. What followed was a blistering set of tunes plucked from Malin’s prolific career, complete with rock and roll interstitials about love, breakups and opening up for his childhood idols Kiss at Madison Square Garden. As a member of D Generation and as a solo artist, Malin has accomplished a lot throughout his career thus far. So when I caught my breath and caught up with the highly acclaimed songwriter’s songwriter backstage, he took me through each of tracks on his new four-song EP, which features a title track that was possibly the highlight of his Lollapalloza set, and easily the feel-good song of the apocalypse: “Meet Me At The End Of The World.”  Facebook Twitter center_img Dive deeper into Jesse Malin’s mind with some of his favorite summer songs on his official Lollapalooza Spotify playlist.More Lollapalooza: Bishop Briggs Talks Psychics, Music Influences Inside Jesse Malin’s New EP, Track By Track jesse-malins-meet-me-end-world-ep-track-track Jesse Malin’s ‘Meet Me At The End Of The World’ EP: Track By Track Meet Me at the End of the World Email last_img read more

Watch a pack of SpotMini robot dogs tow a huge truck like

first_imgThe SpotMini has just upped the stakes.  Boston Dynamics Ten SpotMini robots have demonstrated their strength by hauling a truck across a parking lot. Boston Dynamics, the company behind robots like the SpotMini, Spot and Atlas, posted the video on YouTube on Tuesday. Boston Dynamics wasn’t immediately available for comment but said in the video’s description that the robots are being developed for a range of applications. Last May, the company’s president, Marc Raibert, said SpotMini robots should be ready for sale this year. The SpotMini is a four-legged robot that handles objects, climbs stairs and is capable of working in office, home and outdoor settings. The robot can carry about 31 pounds, weighs about 66 pounds and stands at just 2.6 feet. SpotMini has a battery life of about 90 minutes, depending on the task. Boston Dynamics says the SpotMini is the quietest robot it’s built.  Robots,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Sprint 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 1 $60 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Angela Lang/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Best Buy See It $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Watch this robot identify and sort recycled goods Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon Turo Rylo The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags $59 at eBay Share your voice 2:30 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Tags $155 at Google Express $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Boost Mobile Sci-Tech Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidallast_img read more

Air India gets Rs 1500cr loan from Bank of India for working

first_imgAir India flightsReutersThe debt-ridden state-owned airline finally received a loan worth Rs 1,500 crore from Bank of India to meet urgent working capital needs. This is the second time in the recent months the carrier has received loans from a public sector lender, PTI reported.Earlier in October, Air India put out a requirement for government guarantee-backed Rs 1,500 crore short-term loans to meet urgent working capital requirements. The company then said that tenure of the loan will be one year and the amount proposed will be drawn in two or three tranches.The loan was required as part of efforts to revive the ailing carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore.The disinvestment-bound national airline is facing some serious headwinds with only IndiGo showing interest in buying the international business of the carrier that has huge debt in its book and also roadblocks in selling non-core assets.Experts estimate that around Rs 30,000 crore of working capital debt needs to be written off for potential buyers to consider acquiring the airline. However, writing off the Rs 30,000 crore debts will lead to serious financial implications.The central government is currently at the final stage to decide the contours of the company’s strategic disinvestment. Air India is surviving on taxpayers’ money under the bailout package extended by the previous UPA government in 2012, reported the news agency.Prior to this loan, back in September, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders—IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank.In nearly three months, at least two public sector lenders—Bank of India and Punjab National Bank—have provided loans to the airline to keep it afloat.As part of the turnaround plan, and to continue with the operation the national carrier is to receive as much as Rs 30,231 crore from the government over a 10-year period subject to meeting certain performance thresholds, according to the report.last_img read more

Elks Hold National Convention in Baltimore

first_imgParts of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor were draped in purple and white over the Aug. 5 weekend.The Elks were in town for their Grand Lodge and Grand Temple National Convention.  With 500,000 members worldwide, chances are that if you aren’t a member of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW), someone in your circle of family and friends is.Dr. Richard D. Dickens, Bro. George F. Wright, Exalted Ruler of Monumental Elks Lodge #3, and Bro. Samuel J. Raines present Bro. Grover Williams (center, left) with the, “Elk of the Year,” award. (Photo by J.D. Howard)Founded in 1898 upon the principles of “charity, justice, brotherly and sisterly love, and fidelity,” the Elks of today say they are proud to uphold a legacy that speaks for itself.“We’re not outdated,” said Leonard Polk, executive vice-president of the IBPOEW. “There are a lot of issues that we believe are relevant to the Elks of yesteryear and now.”Polk told the AFRO that the IBPOEW has focused on health and education in recent years, donating $13,000 in support of Alzheimer’s research last year and $15,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in 2015.This year the organization is focusing on kidney disease and working with the American Cancer Society. Polk said that now is the time for Elks around the world to stand up for their communities.“We have a current administration that is interested in cutting benefits and services that we, over time, have taken for granted,” Polk said. “We see many governments and cities cutting out after school programs and similar initiatives.”“We, as the Elks in those communities, can open up our lodges for those tutoring sessions to make a difference in the lives of those children,” he added. “We can have community symposiums for voter registration. We can fill in the gap and provide some of those services.”Over the years the Elks have proved that they are much more than just a social club with distinct hats, customs, and nomenclature. The Elk’s Annual Oratorical Contest has helped some of Black America’s best and brightest become international symbols of success and power.Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall used his oratorical scholarship to become a part of the first graduating class from Howard University’s School of Law in 1933. Long before Oprah Winfrey had a talk show she, too, was speaking in front of the Elks for a scholarship, like Dorothy I. Height and Martin Luther King, Jr. did before her. Winfrey used her winnings to attend and graduate from Tennessee State University in 1973.IPBOEW is not to be confused with the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America (BPOE), which according to information from the Notable Kentucky African American Database, was less than “benevolent” and “protective” when it came to Black people in their organization.As a result of the country’s racial divide, Arthur James Riggs, a former slave, and Benjamin Franklin Howard formed their own version of the Elks—but not before Riggs and his family were ostracized and run out of town.Though Riggs and Howard, both Kentucky natives, originally began the organization in Cincinnati for men, Emma Virginia Kelly formed the Daughters of the Elks in 1902. That group would later be recognized as the official women’s auxiliary for the Elks with the creation of Temple No. 1 in Norfolk, Va.Traveling from Florida to attend this year’s Baltimore convention, Pamela Williams said that becoming an Elk was naturally the next step for her after a childhood of involvement in youth activities and programs. Clad in her “Daughters of the Elks” garb, Williams said the conventions are still very necessary for unified action.“It’s necessary for us to continue to do this so we can carry out the tradition of what Elkdom stands for: helping our community,” she said.Williams said she was happy to see “people from the Bahamas, New Mexico, Seattle, Wash., and Maine, all four corners” because “It’s necessary to come together. We need to share what we provide in our communities with everyone else.”The Elks convention took place at Baltimore’s Hilton Hotel in the Inner Harbor. Aside from the oratorical contest, there were beauty and talent contests—also attached to a scholarship—and screenings for kidney disease.last_img read more

Louisville Wins Battle of the Bluegrass State

first_imgIn a battle of top players, junior Lauren Hartlage downed Kentucky’s Leonie Bettel, an ANNIKA Award candidate, 2 & 1. Delaney Shah was victorious by the same score over Claire Carlin. Louisville is back on the course for the Moon Golf Invitational Feb. 18-19 at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla.ResultsLauren Hartlage (UL) defeats Leonie Bettel (UK) 2 & 1Delaney Shah (UL) defeats Claire Carlin (UK) 2 & 1Olivia Cason (UL) defeats Josephine Chang (UK) 1 up (19)Lauren Thibodeau (UL) defeats Rikke Svejgård Nielsen (UK) 5 & 3Sarah Shipley (UK) defeats Mairead Martin (UL) 1 up Casey Ott (UK) defeats Linda Trockel (UL) 6 & 5Sarah Fite (UK) defeats Margot Bechadergue (UL) 4 & 3Ryan Bender (UK) defeats Meghan Nay (UL) 1 up (19) Print Friendly Version “Today was a great way to start off the spring season with a win against Kentucky,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “We always want to bring the Battle of the Bluegrass trophy back to Louisville. The match today provided great competition and gives us a good building block to begin the rest of our spring season.” Louisville downed Kentucky 4-1 in the five-player match play format to win the Battle of the Bluegrass State for the fourth time in five seasons. Three other individual matches were played, with Linda Trockel falling 6 & 5, Margot Bechadergue dropping her match 4 & 3 and Meghan Nay taking a 1 down loss in 19 holes.center_img Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The spring season started with a bang for the University of Louisville women’s golf team with a victory over Kentucky on Sunday in the Battle of the Bluegrass State. The event was played at Hoover Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Mairead Martin was 1 down in her match against Sarah Shipley for Kentucky’s lone point on the day. Olivia Cason needed a 19th hole, but the senior came out with a 1 up victory. Lauren Thibodeau grabbed the largest victory of the day, winning 5 & 3 over Rikke Svejgard Nielsen.last_img read more

Netflix Hulu and Other Streaming Services Trounce Pay TV on Customer Satisfaction

first_imgAltice USA Suddenlink58-8% 2018 Score DirecTV 64-6% Microsoft Store77 This won’t come as a huge shock: Customers of streaming-video companies like Netflix and Hulu are far happier with their service overall than subscribers of traditional cable, satellite and telco TV operators.That’s according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a research org that maintains widely recognized benchmarks in multiple industries. This year, for the first time, the ACSI measured video-streaming services — which debuted with an average score of 75 out of 100.That crushed the U.S. pay-TV average of 62, which fell 3% year-over-year to an 11-year low on the 2018 report. Indeed, pay TV continues its dubious distinction as one of the most-hated industries among American consumers: The sector’s average score of 62 is tied with U.S. internet service providers for the lowest customer satisfaction of all 46 industries tracked by the ACSI. Twitch (Amazon)78 HBO Now72 Apple iTunes77 Netflix78 Sling TV71 All Others71 By nearly every measure, customers of streaming providers say they’re more satisfied than those of traditional pay-TV services.“Video streaming services significantly outperformed subscription TV,” David VanAmburg, ACSI’s managing director, said in announcing the findings.For one thing, cable TV has been around for decades — and has a longer history of angering customers with continual rate hikes and subpar customer service. In addition, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other services are cheaper and simpler to use than cable or satellite TV offerings, and they don’t have the hidden fees typically associated with cable and telecom services, VanAmburg said.Among video-streaming services, Netflix, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Amazon-owned Twitch were the leaders of the pack on ASCI’s survey, tying with a score of 78. Apple iTunes and Microsoft Store tied with 77, and Google’s YouTube Red (which is being supplanted by YouTube Premium) notched a score of 76, followed by Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, and Google Play with 75.Other streaming services ACSI measured were CBS All Access (74), HBO Now and Starz (both with 72), Dish Network’s Sling TV (71), AT&T DirecTV Now and Showtime Anytime (both with 70), and the free, ad-supported Sony Crackle (68). Even in last place in the category, Sony Crackle rated higher than nearly all subscription-TV services.Pay-TV providers turned in considerably lower scores. Near the bottom of the pack: Comcast’s Xfinity TV, with a dismal score of 57 (down 2% from last year). The only pay-TV operators tracked by ACSI with lower scores were Frontier Communications with 56 and Mediacom with 55.This year, AT&T’s U-verse TV topped the subscription-TV list with a score of 70 (unchanged), followed by Verizon Fios at 68 (down 4%) and Dish held steady at 67. DirecTV and Alice USA’s Optimum both dropped 6% to 64 and 62, respectively. Cox Communications came in at 60 (down 2%), while Charter Communications’ Spectrum and Alice USA’s Suddenlink both turned in scores of 58 (a drop of 8%).One caveat in comparing Netflix and others with Comcast is that ACSI uses different weighted metrics for the various industry segments. But one area that jumps out is call-center satisfaction: Among pay-TV providers, that score dropped 3% this year to an average of 63 — considerably below the 75 average for video-streaming providers. AT&T U-verse TV62– Google Play75 Frontier Communications56-7% CBS All Access74 Mediacom 55-2% Dish 67– DirecTV Now70 2018 ScoreYoY Changecenter_img Cox60-2% Subscription-TV Services Sony Crackle68 Showtime Anytime70 Vudu75 All others62-2% Video-streaming services also received high marks for ease of understanding the bill (80) and website satisfaction (80), and overall performance and reliability (78), while customers rated them lower on availability of the current-season TV shows (71) and new movie titles (69).Among subscription-TV providers, the top-rated metric is HD picture quality, which held steady at a score of 80. But along with the dissatisfaction with call centers, pay-TV subs again gave operators low marks for ease of understanding the bill (73) and ability to minimize service disruptions and outages (72).Meanwhile, customer satisfaction for ISPs dropped 3% in 2018, to an average of 62. One of the chief reasons, according to the ACSI: More than half of Americans have only one choice for high-speed broadband. Scores for every major ISP deteriorated this year except Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, which remained unchanged at 60.The ACSI’s 2018 Telecommunications Report is based on 45,292 customer surveys collected between April 19, 2017 and March 17, 2018.The full report can be accessed at this link. Here are the ACSI rankings for video-streaming and subscription-TV providers:Video-Streaming Services Comcast Xfinity57-2% YouTube Red76 Altice USA Optimum62-6% Starz72 Amazon Prime Video75 Sony PlayStation Vue78 Charter Spectrum58-8% Hulu75 Verizon Fios68-4% Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

SC to consider communitys view against jokes on Sardars

first_imgDo Sardars feel bad about Santa Banta jokes on them? If so, the Supreme Court on Monday said it will seriously consider examining a plea to ban websites displaying jokes on them.“If we think that your community do feel bad about it, we will definitely seriously consider it,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi said.“Does your community stand by you,” the bench asked a Sikh woman lawyer Harvinder Chowdhary, who has filed a PIL in this regard.She said Delhi Sikh Gurduwara Management Committee(DSGMC) has also filed a petition on the same issue and they are engaging a battery of senior advocates including Ram Jethmalani to argue the matter.While the woman advocate was making submissions, the bench intervened and asked Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia to express his views on the issue being a Sardar himself.last_img read more

ACVs digital Sun brochure highlights top resorts for western gateways

first_img Posted by ACV’s digital Sun brochure highlights top resorts for western gateways MONTREAL — Sun and sand are just a click away with Air Canada Vacations’ recently released digital Sun brochure.Accessible from Western gateways, featured properties include Dos Playas Beach House by Faranda in Cancun, Mexico with routes operating directly from Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary and Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica with routes operating directly from Winnipeg. Both resorts are exclusive to ACV.Other popular properties in Jamaica include: Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa; Hideaway at Royalton Negril; Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay; Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Don Pablo Collection; and Royalton Blue Waters. All can be accessed directly from Winnipeg.Popular properties in Mexico include: All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark; Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun; Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an Don Pablo Collection; NYX Hotel Cancun; and Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. All can be accessed from Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.ACV also offers seasonal, direct service to Ixtapa and Los Cabo, and year round direct flights to Puerto Vallarta from Vancouver. Two new exclusive properties have been added – Isla Natura Beach and La Isla Huatulco & Beach Club – to its Huatulco line. Both have a connection in Toronto.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are focused on providing our travel agent partners and clients in Western Canada with unique and accessible vacation options, and are thankful for the support we have received in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “We will continue to develop our Sun program out of these gateways by adding more exclusive properties, new routes, and increased frequency and capacity.”From Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, ACV is offering clients 60% off Easter package bookings to Mexico and the Caribbean, plus up to 8,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles.Agents can now book and quote their own group and receive 2% bonus commission and 3X ACV&ME points. Visit vacations.aircanada.com. Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Brochures, Sun Destinations Travelweek Group Monday, January 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

CoreVest Announces Inaugural Deal with Freddie Mac

first_img corevest Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage Single-Family Rental 2017-12-10 Nicole Casperson December 10, 2017 600 Views in Headlines, News, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology CoreVest Announces Inaugural Deal with Freddie Mac CoreVest, the lender to residential real estate investors, announced that it has recently been approved under a pilot program with Freddie Mac to provide enhanced liquidity in the single-family rental (SFR) market.  The pilot is expected to expand financing options for investors in SFR rentals for the workforce and affordable housing. Beth O’Brien, CEO at CoreVest said, “We are excited to partner with Freddie Mac in multiple ways to provide liquidity to a very important part of the US housing market.  Providing investors with low-cost options to finance affordable housing increases the opportunity for families to find places to live in the communities they want to be in.”In the first transaction, Freddie Mac has guaranteed approximately 80 percent of the certificates issued by CoreVest in a recently announced $202 million structured transaction, CAFL 2017-2.  These certificates will be issued through the FRESR 2017-SR01 offering as part of Freddie Mac’s previously announced program focusing on affordable housing in the SFR market. This is the inaugural structured transaction for Freddie Mac in the SFR space and the fifth SFR structured transaction for CoreVest.”The benefit of Freddie Mac’s involvement in the SFR structured finance market will ultimately inure to our borrowers, who will realize a lower cost of capital,” said Christopher Hoeffel, CFO of CoreVest. “We look forward to helping our clients to provide affordable long-term housing to a wide range of American households.”In addition, CoreVest received the Freddie Mac National Single Family Rental Seller/Servicer designation and will commence lending under the Freddie Mac SFR pilot in the first quarter. CoreVest is the first non-Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer approved as an SFR Seller under this program.Ryan McBride, CoreVest’s COO said, “We are committed to financing SFR investors across the market. We offer flexible loan products to address almost every SFR financing scenario.  These products have helped us become the leading lender to residential real estate investors and close over $3 billion in loans.” Sharelast_img read more

Cornerback Sojourn Shelton prepares for a play dur

first_imgCornerback Sojourn Shelton prepares for a play during rookie minicamp Friday, May 12. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories With a good summer, it’s not unreasonable to think Shelton — with his experience and ability to produce — could find his way into the conversation.“Just the rules in general, from college to the NFL, is the biggest thing,” he said of his learning curve. “So I think just trying to get those things down pat.“This last year in the Big Ten we faced teams that threw the ball a lot; when you look at Nebraska, Ohio State — teams like that that run the ball but throw it a lot — I think overall, just coverage-wise, I’m prepared.”That’s not to say Shelton sees himself as a finished product, as he understands there is plenty of room to improve. He is confident, however, because he said he knows he can play at this level.“Just got to continue to keep getting better, learn from vets when I do get a chance to be around vets like Pat P. and all the stuff like that,” he said. “But it’s a major chip on my shoulder, just the fact that the production’s there, but just going undrafted because of my size.“I’m going to keep working at it, and wherever it gets me, it gets me.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter The cornerback stood out in his first practice Friday, according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who noted Shelton had a great career at Wisconsin and “knows how to play the position.”Even for his size, which Arians said is probably what kept him from being drafted.“We had him up there pretty high, and that’s why we went after him, really, right after the draft,” he said. “We really liked him. It really came down — we had Rudy (Ford) way up there and we traded up — or we’d probably have drafted him in the seventh round.”Some would contend it is better to go undrafted than be chosen in the seventh round, because at least that way you have some say in where you end up. Outside of being able to say you were picked, for a player’s career, free agency has its benefits.However, Arizona is a pretty good landing spot for Shelton, drafted or otherwise.After Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals have nothing but question marks at the cornerback position. Returning are veteran Justin Bethel and second-year pro Brandon Williams, and there is Ford, the team’s sixth-round pick who is transitioning from safety to cornerback, but the position is far from settled. Yet, he was not among the 253 players selected.Free to sign with whoever had interest, Shelton heard from the Arizona Cardinals, who offered him the most lucrative signing bonus of any of their 17 undrafted free agent pickups.“It kind of sucked,” Shelton said of going undrafted after his first rookie minicamp. “I mean, not getting picked up right away, but everybody has a dream and a goal of one day getting drafted, so that kind of was a bummer.“But at the same time, I was just happy a team thought highly of me and was able to bring me in so I can get an opportunity at my dream.”Shelton described himself as a feisty player, one who will take calculated risks on the field.“But just an aggressive corner, a scrappy corner,” he said. “I am smaller, so that’s my whole thing, just being like an annoying gnat outside, just can’t get away from them. That’s the kind of dude I pride myself on being.”Shelton is indeed on the smaller side for a cornerback, and he understands his 5-foot-9, 177-pound frame scared some teams away from him.“It’s sad — not sad, but you know, when I think of it, it kind of sucks,” he said. “I know I had the production; make any play — made a lot of plays in my college career, played in a lot of games — but the size thing is kind of what held me back.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Following his first rookie minicamp practice, Sojourn Shelton was unsure if he was allowed to chat with the media without permission from the team.Being a rookie — and an undrafted one, at that — he did not want to ruffle any feathers or do anything he was not supposed to.He was given the go-ahead, of course, and in some ways, Shelton is not your normal undrafted rookie.A four-year starter for the Wisconsin Badgers who collected 129 total tackles, nine interceptions and 30 passes defensed while earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior, he did all he could at the collegiate level to warrant being chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

State House approves Rep Idens Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 20Jun State House approves Rep. Iden’s Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to benefit residential and commercial taxpayers by improving the Michigan Tax Tribunal.Iden’s legislation would make the state’s administrative court handling property tax appeals more efficient and reliable. The reforms would speed up the resolution of cases and require comprehensive training for new tribunal appointees.“These reforms will make our tax appeals process more equitable, responsive and consistent,” Iden, of Oshtemo, said after the House vote. “I believe that these revisions were needed to strengthen our system and ensure taxpayers have a fair and level playing field moving forward.”The Michigan Tax Tribunal’s seven members are appointed by the governor. Most of the appeals heard by the administrative court deal with property tax assessments, although it also has jurisdiction in other tax disputes.Iden’s bill would:Establish required training for new Tribunal members including state and local tax issues, proper courtroom procedures and accepted appraisal practices.Require the governor to consider candidates solicited from appropriate professional associations when appointing Tribunal members.Allow the governor to remove a Tribunal member for failure to perform duties or wrongdoing, and establish procedures to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.Provide deadlines for decisions and other procedures to speed up cases.Allow regional Tribunal offices to make access easier for taxpayers.Define the types of rules the Tribunal may establish.The legislation advances to the Senate.###The legislation is House Bill 4412.last_img read more

Swiss service provider Sunrise has said it had sig

first_imgSwiss service provider Sunrise has said it had signed up “several thousand” subscribers to its IPTV service as of the end of June, without giving precise numbers.“Although we believe that our TV offerings will play an important role in our business going forward, they do not yet play a significant role in the condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2012,” the company said in its results statement.Sunrise launched its IPTV service in the first quarter. As of the end of June, the company had 372,000 fixed internet subscribers. Fixed internet revenues increased by 1.3% to CHF88.6 million (€73.8 million) for the first six months of the year.last_img