Born in St. Helens in 1936 and a former pupil of Grange Park Secondary School, his rugby career began as a hooker for the famous amateur outfit Pilkington Recs in the mid-1950s, writes Alex Service.Switched to centre for a spell, he impressed the watching former Warrington winger Albert Johnson, who suggested he have a trial with the Wilderspool club and found himself on the wing. This was not easy, as in one of the trial matches he was pitted against legendary winger Brian Bevan!He came through the test with flying colours and he proved to be a valuable acquisition indeed for the Wires, with his great power, pace, and finishing ability. He could play with equal effectiveness on either flank and Brian only knew the direct route to the line! Perhaps his ‘route one’ almost confrontational style was similar to the Saints’ Welsh winger Roy Mathias of the 1970s. He was not ‘big’ in the modern sense, but one hard rugby league player nonetheless!A fitter by trade, he made his senior debut for the Wires on Saturday September 14 1957 against Oldham at Watersheddings, although his early career was interrupted with National Service with the Army, where, based at Rhyl, he played rugby union for the Western Command.Yet by the 1962-63 season he was a regular choice, roaring in for 24 tries [10th in the try-scorers’ charts]. Although the Warrington team did not hit that many high spots during Brian’s tenure, he still won a Lancashire Cup winner’s medal after the defeat of Rochdale Hornets at Knowsley Road in 1965, when he scored a memorable try.Brian also was also a losing finalist when St. Helens won the 1967 County Cup final after a replay, where he marked his old adversary, Tom van Vollenhoven, the Saints’ captain. He also defied a nasty facial injury sustained in a car accident and continued to play as only he could: full throttle and without fear!Overall he played 332 times for Warrington, racking up 130 tries. His last game in the primrose and blue was at Barrow on April 3 1970. Brian enjoyed a Testimonial Year at Wilderspool and is held in such esteem that he was later enrolled in the club’s prestigious Hall of Fame. He played for the Red Rose county on ten occasions and could count the likes of Alan Buckley, Billy Benyon and Frank Myler as his centres. He was a centre himself in his last county match, against Yorkshire at Hull, with Saints’ ‘young gun’ Les Jones outside him.International recognition escaped him, although his team-mates felt that he would not have been overawed in such company. Yet Brian valued the camaraderie of his team-mates just as much as any major honours!He joined his home town club St. Helens for a spell and made his full debut on October 13 1970 in a 37-6 victory over Warrington! Brian also scored a try when Saints thrashed the Australian tourists 37-10 and made his 19th and final [full] appearance at Wakefield Trinity on September 11 1971.The majority of those games were in the centres. He then spent a further two years at Rochdale Hornets before retirement. Throughout his life he remained an engaging character, who had a wide circle of friends, many, of course, from his time in the Greatest Game of All!A proud member of both the Warrington and St. Helens Players’ Associations, we send our condolences to his wife, Rita and family.
Outfitted with a variety of high-tech spy equipment and designed to intercept communications signals, the Viktor Leonov was observed operating in the Caribbean last week, a US defense official told CNN.For the full story, click here. WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted 100 miles south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, in international waters, according to a US military official, just days after the vessel was seen leaving the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.Two US military officials said the Russian ship is being tracked by the destroyer USS Cole and other naval assets.- Advertisement –
Cape Fear Museum park (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Museum has some exciting news to share. They’re being designated as an affiliate to the Smithsonian Institute.Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning.- Advertisement – It will give the Cape Fear Museum opportunities to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibits.Read more here.
Other performers include Post Malone, New Kids on the Block and Florida Georgia Line.Click here for more informationRyan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg host.Related Article: He’s here! Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West welcome baby boySo no matter where you are tonight, make sure your TV is tuned to WWAY ABC as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019! Another star-studded night is on tap as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 helps you ring in the new year tonight.Christina Aguilera headlines the annual party in Times Square. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. live on WWAY ABC and heads into the early hours of 2019, including the iconic ball drop at midnight from New York City.- Advertisement –
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH,NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence hit us hard back in September and there are still plenty of remnants of the damage it brought.Progress is being made though. One Wrightsville Beach business has finally made a full recovery.- Advertisement – Constant reminders of Florence are still all around us, even four months after the storm. The storm hit Motts Channel Seafood in Wrightsville Beach particularly hard.“We got about two feet of water in the building and a lot of holes in the roof with 30 inches of rain, so it destroyed all the ceilings and walls and insulation,” said Owner Gene Long. “Everything had to be torn down to the studs.”The long family had to rebuild from the ground or “water” up, and while they were doing that, they had to close for about three and a half months. But finally, the restaurant reopened Sunday.Related Article: Stylists giving away free clothes for Florence victimsMost of the docks have been fixed and the store is ready to welcome customers once again.“I didn’t realize how popular it was until we closed,” said Long. “They’ve been knocking on the door for three months and calling when we had phones. Evidently it’s a well-liked place, and we’re happy for that.”The shop, located at 120 Short Street, is open daily 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Watch out for workers and remember to slow down when approaching the work zone. A road construction sign (Photo: Courtesy of MGN/Tony Magpantay) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Heads up on the roads! One lane of Interstate 40 in Wilmington, near Gordon Road, will have daily closures for bridge work.NCDOT says the closure will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Wednesday while road crews replace bridge joints.- Advertisement –
Priated Software. Image Credit: Mail & Guardian Advertisement According to data complied by BSA; a Software Alliance, a non-profit, global trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners, in South Africa, firms paid more than R3.64 million (roughly USD$270,771) for using unlicensed software in the year 2016. This figure includes settlements (R1.66 million) and the cost of acquiring new software to become compliant (R1.98 million) totaling it up to R3.64 million.BSA received 230 reports most of them coming from the BSA’s No Piracy portal from current or former employees alleging the use of unlicensed software products of BSA member companies.“Software piracy negatively impacts software publishers and creates unfair competition for legitimate companies. But, more than that, it exposes organisations to legal, financial and reputational damage through security breaches and data loss, not to mention the negative economic impacts through job losses and lost tax revenue,” Darren Olivier; Partner at Adams & Adams, legal counsel at BSA said in press statement. – Advertisement – South Africa tops the global stats for economic crimes, with cybercrime now the fourth most reported economic crime in the country. Almost a third of surveyed organisations reported cybercrimes in the past 24 months.[related-posts]The country also records 33% of software installed on computers not properly licensed, representing a value of USD$274 million. While this is a slight decrease from previous surveys, BSA notes a need for increased awareness on the risks of installing and using pirated software, as well as increased cooperation between the public and private sectors to combat software piracy.Notably in Uganda, according to reports by the Daily Monitor, the government and private institutions that import software for their IT operations were advised to stop the practice and have the software locally developed to reduce operation costs.The report continued to mention that importers of software are paying three times the cost they would have incurred if the software was developed locally because there is nothing unique in software engineering since technology is everywhere.[related-posts]
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YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try and include in the next blog… My last two rides have been winners, so fingers crossed I can continue in good form over the weekend with three rides on Saturday.The all-weather season is really in full flow but make no mistake plenty of the flat lads will be keeping one eye on the action at Cheltenham this coming week too. We all get caught up in the atmosphere of the Festival.SATURDAYWOLVERHAMPTONKEYSTROKE (3.15pm sunracing.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes Listed)It looks a strong and open renewal and my fella comes into this on the back of a narrow win at Kempton where he beat the hot favourite Cenotaph on his first start for the Stuart Williams yard. He was doing his best work towards the end of the race so hopefully will enjoy the extra furlong here. He’s twice won over the mile trip here so stamina won’t be an issue – and was only beaten a nose in this race back in 2017.ALSVINDER (4.25pm)I was aboard when he won last time out at Lingfield – it was a blanket finish and he’s been put up another couple of pounds which makes life harder in what looks a tougher race. He’s got a good draw in two though, so hopefully will put in another big run in a race that looks likely to be decided by fine margins.KEMPTONLETHAL LUNCH (7.30pm)On to Kempton tonight for the one ride on Lethal Lunch in this decent looking class 3 handicap. He was impressive when winning at Lingfield last time out on his all-weather debut and has been given a break by Clive (Cox) since that start in September having also been gelded. He’s also up 7lb in the weights but he’s a nice horse who hopefully has some further improvement and hopefully we can play a big part in this open race.Good luckADAM
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The main goal is to produce research findings that will lead to more effective and meaningful programs so that all students, regardless of their background and socio-economic status, have equal opportunities in the classroom. ”An important part of Rice’s commitment to the city of Houston is helping to improve K-through-12 education,” Rice President David Leebron said. ”This new consortium promises to bring rigorous research to the task of helping our educators achieve the best learning outcomes for our students, who are the future of this city. ”We’re grateful to our Rice trustee, Laura, and her husband, John, for providing such generous support for the consortium.”The consortium will be housed at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and will include an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from sociology, political science, history, psychology and computer science at Rice and the University of Houston. Dateline Rice for July 24, 2019 24 July 2019 2:56 PM | No Comments Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues 25 July 2019 6:00 AM | No Comments About admin RUTH L AddThis Tags: Kinder Institute, Social Sciences, Sociology Dateline Rice – Rice in the News Copyright Rice University News & Media. All Rights Reserved. | About this site Long Description ShareNew Rice-HISD consortium aims to close socio-economic gaps in Houston educationLaura and John Arnold Foundation contributes $1.3 million BY B.J. ALMONDRice News staff Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are developing a consortium to collaborate on research aimed at closing socio-economic achievement gaps in Houston elementary and secondary education, officials announced Aug. 23. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is supporting the effort with a $1.3 million grant. 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AddThis ShareDavid Ruth713email@example.comJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgBaker Institute paper: Houston-Galveston region could be better protected from impact of hurricanes and severe stormsHOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2015) – New structural and nonstructural solutions could better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of hurricanes and severe storms, according to a research paper by energy, engineering and environmental law experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Hurricane Ike damage in Galveston, Texas. Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityThe paper, “Legal Issues in Hurricane Damage Risk Abatement,” examines various alternatives for mitigating floods and storm damage and analyzes the federal regulations that could apply in seeking funding for the proposals. It was co-authored by Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice and Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar; Regina Buono, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the institute’s Center for Energy Studies; and Larry Dunbar, project manager for Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED).Past discussions of hurricane-protection options for the Houston-Galveston region have focused on constructing a floodgate at the mouth of either Galveston Bay or the Houston Ship Channel. In the latest analysis of options that federal, state and local officials might consider, SSPEED experts this summer issued a report offering a third alternative: a mid-bay gate halfway between the previously discussed sites.“It is impossible to discuss mitigating these hurricane-surge damage issues without taking federal environmental law and policy into account, particularly if federal money is being relied upon, a point that seems to be missed by many local advocates,” said Blackburn, who is co-director of SSPEED. “At least two alternatives exist that offer substantial protection of industry and residences in the bay’s high-risk zone, but the law and policies relate to each in different ways. The mid-bay alternative might be able to be funded with local and/or state monies, whereas the lower-bay alternative almost certainly will require federal money, thereby more directly invoking federal environmental laws and funding policies.”The authors said the vulnerability of the U.S. coastline to severe storms is clear in wake of hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Ike and Wilma, which collectively amounted to more than $200 billion in economic loss, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Houston-Galveston region alone experienced more than $25 billion in economic loss from Hurricane Ike in 2008, despite the fact that the greatest impact missed the region and instead hit east of Galveston Bay, according to SSPEED.In the aftermath of Ike, SSPEED has been studying hurricane-surge damage reduction strategies under a grant from the Houston Endowment. The goal of this work is to develop and evaluate structural and nonstructural alternatives to create a plan capable of significantly reducing hurricane-surge damages in the region.Blackburn said that more generally, the goal of this paper is to discuss evolving federal flood-damage reduction policy and the increased importance and integration of ecological service features into project design. “The paper presents the Texas Coastal Exchange, a nonstructural, ecological services-based flood-damage mitigation concept that has great potential not only for Galveston Bay but across the U.S.,” he said. “This ecological services orientation of the federal government has only recently emerged under the Obama administration and is a major refocusing of flood-damage reduction policy at the federal level. The creation of a market-based ecological services transaction system is an excellent way to integrate emerging federal policy creatively with market forces to achieve long-term surge protection as well as a response to sea-level rise, which is not emphasized in the paper.”To interview the authors, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Research paper: http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/874d3358/CES-pub-HurricaneProtection-111015.pdf.
Applications Remain Open for Drexel Analytics 50 Competition regions: Philadelphia Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business and CIO.com have partnered to build the Analytics 50 Awards program, which will honor 50 companies for their innovative uses of analytics. The competition is in its second year, and the deadline to enter has been extended to May 31, 2017.According to Murugan Anandarajan, Ph.D., Department Head, Decision Sciences and MIS at LeBow, “Last year’s inaugural recognition provided an exciting look into the powerful ways analytics are being used across industries … We anticipate another lineup of impressive nominations the year, and we’re eager to continue to bring analytics to the forefront of industry achievements.” The competition features a diverse lineup of organizations, with specialties ranging from pharmaceuticals to sports and media. Last year’s honorees included AstraZeneca, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and GE.These honorees demonstrated the importance of using data analytics in modern business. For example, CHOP has lead the health industry in inventive uses of analytics to advance patient care. CHOP used text analytics to improve detection and tracking of patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), a serious condition in which a blood clot that forms within a deep vein breaks loose and travels to the lung.CIO.com boasted, calling the program, “ … a great example of what can happen when media and academia collaborate.”The contest will be judged by a panel of technology leaders in academia and IT, and the awards ceremony and dinner are scheduled for November 2, 2017. About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz RelatedLeBow and CIO.com Honor Advancements in AnalyticsDrexel University’s LeBow College of Business, in conjunction with CIO.com, recently announced the honorees of the first annual Analytics 50 awards. The program’s goal is to recognize executives who use big data to solve problems and exercise innovation within their organizations. Murugan Anandarajan, PhD, department head of decision sciences and…September 30, 2016In “News”Drexel LeBow MBA Admissions Answers 5 QuestionsIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Kate Sonstein, Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment & Admissions at the Drexel University Lebow College of Business. Sonstein discusses the importance of experiential learning and the quality of the students, staff, and faculty at LeBow. 1. What advice would…December 20, 2018In “5 Questions”Real Humans of the Drexel LeBow Class of 2019Over 100 years since the founding of what would become the Drexel University Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, the business school, located in the heart of Philadelphia, has steadily transformed into one of the nation’s most dynamic landing spots for MBA candidates. Alongside the LeBow MBA, Masters and Executive…June 21, 2018In “Drexel LeBow” Last Updated May 19, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
Schulich Alum Shares His Experience, and More – Toronto News Last Updated Aug 6, 2018 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz regions: Toronto Toronto’s business schools have seen some exciting developments from students, alumni, and faculty this week. Let’s take a look at some of the high points.Alumni Stories: Michael Zanella – MMgt – Schulich School of BusinessA Schulich School of Business alum was recently profiled on his time in the school’s new 12-month Master’s of Management program.Michael Zanella, a 2017 graduate, who turned his education into a role with Ceridian Dayforce as an Implementation Consultant Associate. You can watch his full interview below. Wine, Beer, Spirits Brand-Builder WX Names Michael Lukan CFO – North Bay Business JournalMichael Lukan was recently named the official new CFO of WX Brands, a company that creates wine, beer, and spirits. Lukan, an alum of Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School, co-founded Wine Hooligans in 2013. He has also worked at Purple Wine Company and Sonoma Wine Company. With news of the Lukan’s arrival at the company, WX Brands President and CEO Peter Byck says, “His well-rounded experience and entrepreneurial mindset will make him a great asset for WX Brands to continue to build on our tremendous growth.”Regarding his new role, Lukan says, “Peter and the WX team have positioned the company for tremendous growth by delivering an exceptional customer experience and I’m looking forward to helping realize this opportunity.”You can read more about Lukan and WX Brands here.What Is Less Scary in the Dark? – Scientific AmericanPing Dong, a Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Chen-Bo Zhong, Professor at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, recently conducted a study that examined the, “impact of visual darkness on people’s perceived risk of contagious-disease transmission.” The researchers predicted that the darkness would make people feel more separate or insulated from one another, so they would be less squeamish about the germs of those around them. In fact, the study concluded that being in a darker environment would make subjects reduce their caution when it came to unethical behavior, of which might include cheating on one’s significant other and other acts of selfishness.Their research showed that perceived risk of contracting airborne illnesses decreased when participants were in more dimly-lit rooms, as well as when they were wearing sunglasses. “In addition,” writes Scientific American writer Cindi May, “visual darkness increased participants’ perceived distance from the confederate, and this increase in distance mediated the reduction in perceived risk of contagion in the dark. Their fear of non-contagious diseases did not depend on the lighting.”You can read more about the duo’s research here. RelatedThe Top Toronto Marketing MBA ProgramsAccording to the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of North America’s fastest-growing economic regions. The metropolitan area covers more than 7,000 square kilometers and consists of 25 municipalities and four regions with a total population of over 6 million. Toronto features a workforce of…February 9, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best MBA Clubs in TorontoWhile getting your MBA at a top program is a great goal, if that’s all you do, you’re missing out on a myriad of opportunities to expand your skills and your network. Course work is important, but there’s so much more you need to do to get the most out…March 14, 2016In “Featured Region”Toronto News: DeGroote Launches New Fellowship, Rotman Makes New Hire, and MoreLet’s visit some of the biggest news coming out of Toronto business schools this week. EMBA Physicians Invited to Enroll in HLA Fellowship Program – DeGroote Communications Department According to a press release from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, the Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy (HLA) is launching…February 14, 2018In “Featured Home”
Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Rutgers Lends Expertise to Newark – Rutgers Business School NewsWhen Newark’s Community Economic Development Corporation lost its chief executive, Mayor Ras Baraka enlisted Lyneir Richardson of the Rutgers Business School to take the reigns. The Rutgers professor the opportunity as an “act of service” and said that he would be thrilled to share his knowledge and ensure that the Newark CEDC continued its vital role in attracting businesses, guiding real estate development and helping to sustain small businesses across the city.“I’m honored to be of service to the city at this moment of economic energy,” Richardson says. “My temporary role in the city “will bring new relevant examples to my teaching.”Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor remarks: “Rutgers is a committed stakeholder in the present and future of our great city—not just in Newark, but of Newark—and we are pleased to be able to assist during this critical transition.”You can read more about Richardson’s role here.Lessons from Mario Gabelli, Merger Master – Gabelli ConnectMario Gabelli, Chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc, is a legendary “arb” (better known as a risk arbitrageur). He has utilized the discipline of risk arbitrage to successfully invest in companies undergoing mergers, reorganizations and other corporate events. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business stresses that there is no better discipline that will teach you everything you need to know about deal-making than arbitrage, noting that it teachers investors financial techniques applicable across the financial industry.“Those things work on everything you do,” Gabelli says.“It keeps you up-to-date on every financial technique that’s available.” For students, “this is a great business to be in because you learn a lot, it’s not complicated, and you can do it tonight.”Kate Willing, writer of the recently-published “Merger Masters: Tales of Arbitrage,” asserts: “risk arbs must also have nerves of steel—the discipline to adhere to a strategy, a willingness to tolerate calculated risk, and an ability to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty.”You can read more from the Gabelli Connect article here.2018: Year in Review – Lehigh UniversityAlongside a myriad of learning experiences, research, and huge celebrations on campus, the Lehigh University College of Business and Economics wrapped up an exciting year. Five noteworthy moments in 2018 featured a one billion dollar fundraising campaign, a distinguished Lehigh alumni commencement speech, an outstanding successful wrestling season, discovery of a new geometric shape by a Lehigh professor, and a five-story residential facility.Deloitte CEO and Lehigh alum Cathy Engelbert says to graduates: “Do what hasn’t been done,” and shared three life lessons at Lehigh’s 150th commencement.Kicking off its $1 billion campaign, Lehigh announced a generous $20 million gift from Lehigh Board of Trustees Chair Kevin L. Clayton ’84 ’13P and Lisa A. Clayton ’13P.A new geometric shape: “Team of researchers discover a new shape present in epithelial cells that minimizes energy and maximizes packing stability during tissue bending. The new research can lead to advancement in tissue engineering.”You can read more about the year that was at Lehigh here. Last Updated Jan 29, 2019 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Rutgers Faculty Member Moving On Up – New York News About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: New York City RelatedRutgers Names New Leader of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic DevelopmentRutgers Business School Newark/New Brunswick has chosen Brick City Development Corp. (BCDC) CEO Lyneir Richardson to lead the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He will assume his new role at Rutgers on March 3. The BCDC is the economic development organization for the city of Newark, New Jersey. BCDC…January 20, 2014In “Featured Region”Rutgers Names Business School Professor as ProvostRutgers University- Newark has selected Rutgers Business School Professor Jerome Williams as the next provost of University in Newark. Williams will begin his new position on Sept. 1, 2015. Williams has been with the Rutgers Business School since 2010. He has served as the Prudential Chair in Business, director of…July 7, 2015In “Featured Home”Rutgers Business School Supports Young Entrepreneurs in North JerseyThis June, the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School, the business school associated with the university’s campuses in New Brunswick and Newark, is sponsoring three lemonade stands as part of Lemonade Day. A misnomer, Lemonade Day is a longer program that exposes children between the…June 10, 2013In “News”
President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ‘Yes We Did’–Obama Bids Farewell in Nostalgic Last Speech By The Associated Press January 11, 2017 Updated: January 11, 2017 US CHICAGO—President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the U.S. faces as Obama takes his exit. For the challenges that are new, Obama offered his vision for how to surmount them, and for the persistent problems he was unable to overcome, he offered optimism that others, eventually, will.“Yes, our progress has been uneven,” he told a crowd of some 18,000. “The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back.”Yet Obama argued his faith in America had only been strengthened by what he’s witnessed the past eight years, and he declared: “The future should be ours.”Brushing away tears with a handkerchief, Obama paid tribute to the sacrifices made by his wife—and by his daughters, who were young girls when they entered the big white home on Pennsylvania Avenue and leave as young women. He praised first lady Michelle Obama for taking on her role “with grace and grit and style and good humor” and for making the White House “a place that belongs to everybody.”Soon Obama and his family will exit the national stage, to be replaced by Trump, who Obama had fiercely battled while stumping for Hillary Clinton. His near-apocalyptic warnings throughout the campaign have cast a continuing shadow over his post-election efforts to reassure Americans anxious about the future. Much of what Obama accomplished during his two terms—from Obamacare and environmental regulations to his nuclear deal with Iran—could potentially be upended by Trump. So even as Obama seeks to define what his presidency meant for America, his legacy remains in question. President Barack Obama wipes away tears while speaking during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Obama made only passing reference to the next president. When he noted he would soon be replaced by the Republican, his crowd began to boo.“No, no, no, no, no,” Obama said. One of the nation’s great strengths, he said, “is the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next.”Earlier, as the crowd of thousands chanted, “Four more years,” he simply smiled and said, “I can’t do that.”Related CoverageAP Analysis: As Obama Accomplished Policy Goals, His Party FlounderedStill, Obama offered what seemed like a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s vision for America.He pushed back on the isolationist sentiments inherent in Trump’s trade policies. He decried discrimination against Muslims and lamented politicians who question climate change. And he warned about the pernicious threat to U.S. democracy posed by “fake news” and a growing tendency of Americans to listen only to information that confirms what they already believe.Get out of your “bubbles,” said the politician who rose to a prominence with a message of unity, challenging divisions of red states and blue states. Obama also revived a call to activism that marked his first presidential campaign, telling Americans to stay engaged in politics.“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet,” Obama said pointedly, “try to talk with one in real life.” First lady Michelle Obama hugs President Barack Obama after his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)With Democrats still straining to make sense of their devastating election losses, Obama tried to offer a path forward. He called for empathy for the struggles of all Americans—from minorities, refugees and transgender people to middle-aged white men whose sense of economic security has been upended in recent years.Paying tribute to his place as America’s first black president, Obama acknowledged there were hopes after his 2008 election for a post-racial America.“Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic,” Obama said, though he insisted race relations are better now than a few decades ago.The former community organizer closed out his speech by reviving his campaign chant, “Yes we can.” To that, he added for the first time, “Yes we did.”He staunchly defended the power of activists to make a difference.“You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands,” he said.Steeped in nostalgia, Obama’s return to Chicago was less a triumphant homecoming than a bittersweet reunion bringing together loyalists and staffers, many of whom have long since left Obama’s service, moved on to new careers and started families. They came from across the country—some on Air Force One, others on their own—to be present for the last major moment of Obama’s presidency. First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia lean into one another as they listen to President Barack Obama speak during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Unexpectedly absent was Obama’s younger daughter, Sasha, who had been expected to join sister Malia at the speech. The White House said Sasha stayed in Washington due to a school exam Wednesday morning.After returning to Washington, Obama will have less than two weeks before he accompanies Trump in the presidential limousine to the Capitol for the new president’s swearing-in. After nearly a decade in the spotlight, Obama will become a private citizen, an elder statesman at 55. He plans to take some time off, write a book—and immerse himself in a Democratic redistricting campaign. 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LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON (Screen shot/blacklistedfestival.com) US A music festival that seeks to raise human rights issues in China was blocked from its original venue, a state park in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, following a dispute between the festival’s organizers and a local community leader.George Yu, president of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, said he won’t endorse the “Blacklisted Music + Arts Festival” being held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park unless the organizers stop calling attention to Tibetan independence, environmental pollution, and forced organ harvesting in China—issues that the Chinese regime considers out of bounds for discussionThe organizers and host of the festival said that Yu is practicing discrimination by denying them use of the park unless they practice self-censorship. They also feel that the “blacklisting” of Blacklisted bears similarities to other episodes when the Chinese communist regime has interfered in overseas affairs.‘Locked In,’ Then Locked OutBlacklisted is “dedicated to breaking the silence on injustice and censorship, with a focus on China,” according to its official website. The festival features music acts like moe., Citizen Cope, and Talib Kweli, and also includes an outdoor market, martial arts performances, and meditation workshops.Blacklisted will be emceed by Anastasia Lin, the reigning Miss World Canada and human rights activist, as well as Chris Chappell, the host of China Uncensored, an internet satire show that seeks to expose the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda.Blacklisted’s producer Nick Janicki applied for a permit with California State Parks in December, and was informed on Jan. 17 that his festival was “locked in” for July 29 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. But in mid-May, the department withheld issuing a permit to Janicki after he met with Chinatown community leader Yu.During the meeting on May 12, which Janicki scheduled at the State Parks’s request, Yu first asked Janicki to take down videos on the festival’s website discussing Tibetan freedom, slave labor, environmental destruction, and other human rights issues in China. Janicki agreed and followed through with Yu’s request.Then Yu kept insisting that “there can be no Falun Gong presence” at the festival, Janicki said in an interview. “No Falun Gong banner, no Falun Gong booth. … If there’s Falun Gong at the event, then you need to take your event elsewhere, and this meeting is over.”Falun Gong is a practice of meditation and moral discipline that has been persecuted in its homeland of China since 1999. It is based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.Janicki told Yu that he couldn’t exclude Falun Gong because its practitioners were one of the main groups being targeted for forced organ harvesting by the Chinese regime. On May 18, Yu informed Janicki by email that his community couldn’t support an event that promoted “anti-China sentiments.” The parks department followed up in stating that they won’t be “moving forward” with Blacklisted.“This is a clear case of discrimination by the head of the Chinatown Business Improvement District,” said Kate Vereshaka, Blacklisted’s artistic director. “It’s very concerning that Chinatown can be given authority over what United States citizens can or can’t do in a public place.”Censorship AbroadThe Blacklisted organizers also found troubling what they suspect to be a hint of the Chinese regime’s efforts to influence overseas Chinese communities.Janicki recalled Yu saying during their May 12 meeting that he had received “calls from China.”But Yu denied receiving such calls in a telephone interview with China Uncensored producer Matt Gnaizda. “We are a business improvement district. We have zero relationship with the Chinese government. Our responsibility is to our community,” Yu told Gnaizda.Attempts by The Epoch Times to reach Yu on his cell phone, and via email to the Chinatown Business Improvement District, were unsuccessful.Chappell of China Uncensored said that the manner in which the music festival was blocked “fits the Chinese Communist Party’s pattern of exporting censorship overseas.”Chappell added: “Sometimes censorship comes in the form of Chinese embassies or consulates directly making phone calls to stop something. Other times, it comes in the form of general Chinese community pressure to conform to the Party’s stance on Falun Gong, Tibetans, or other groups.”The Chinese regime has long engaged in operations to infiltrate Chinese communities abroad, and sway the loyalties of the Chinese diaspora toward the regime.For instance, the Chinese regime has long sought to influence and control messaging in Chinese media in the United States, according to a study by the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief. The regime’s four main tactics used are directly owning the media, using economic ties as leverage, purchasing broadcast time and advertising space, and deploying agents to work in overseas media.These overseas Chinese media would often conflate China and the Communist Party, and encourage the view that opposition to Party policies, including persecution, is tantamount to being “anti-China.” Some Chinese people living overseas, who are constantly exposed to such reporting, eventually buy into the Party line, according to Chinascope, a Washington-based think tank that specializes in translating and analyzing Communist Party documents.It is unclear whether the Chinese regime directly or indirectly influenced the blocking of Blacklisted at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Festival organizers are in discussions with The Reef, a convention center in downtown Los Angeles, as an alternative venue.“We’re using our festival to shine light into the darkness, to inspire compassion, and to unite brave artists who speak the truth,” said host Anastasia Lin in a press release. “The fact that we, ourselves, are now being censored on U.S. soil shows how important this festival is.”Chappell thinks that the efforts to bar the festival from its original venue ironically highlight the need for such an event.“By trying to stop the Blacklisted festival, they’ve now given it great publicity,” he said. Show Discussion Share Share this article Human Rights Music Festival Blacklisted in Los Angeles Chinatown The refusal of a venue to host a music and arts festival on human rights in China has raised concerns about Chinese censorship in the United StatesBy Larry Ong May 29, 2017 Updated: June 1, 2017
Entertainment News Share this article Show Discussion Actors Tessa Thompson (L) and Chris Hemsworth at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” at the El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 10, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) The “Men In Black” spinoff with Chris Hemsworth as Agent H and Tessa Thompson playing Agent M has recently revealed part of their onset shooting by the duo on both of their social media accounts.Thompson and Hemsworth suited up in the photos where shooting of the movie was said to be in London since July, according to Huffing Post and Entertainment Weekly. Again on Sept. 21, the “Thor” actor posted a short clip of himself goofing around on set and captioned “I do all my own stunts.” Yeah, so I’m gonna need Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to be the leads of every movie going forward. Thanks in advance. pic.twitter.com/ruL0gbi348— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 20, 2018 Photos of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson Show ‘Men In Black’ Spinoff Set By Annie Wang September 22, 2018 Updated: September 22, 2018 I do all my own stunts pic.twitter.com/zWDUk3nrt4— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) September 21, 2018 Share LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Carrying over their on-screen relationship from, for instance, playing Thor and Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok,” this time the duo is going to portray themselves as alien enforcers, just like their predecessors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent J and Agent K, respectively. Chris Hemsworth also did an Instagram story on his account, which was then taken to Twitter by user @Jarretsays. The tweet wrote, “Yeah, so I’m gonna need Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to be the leads of every movie going forward. Thanks in advance.” According to Huffing Post, the “Men In Black” franchise has earned more than $1.6 billion since its original premiered in 1997.The spinoff is scheduled to release on June 14, 2019.
Share Show Discussion NEW YORK—The New York Times said on Oct. 2, that it should not have assigned a writer who criticized Brett Kavanaugh on social media to its news story about the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged involvement in a bar fight in 1985.The newspaper said that it stood by its story, published Monday, which said Kavanaugh was questioned by police in New Haven, Connecticut, after he was accused of throwing ice at another bar patron. Kavanaugh, who was not arrested, was attending Yale University.The White House had questioned the Times’ motivation in writing the story because one of its authors, Emily Bazelon, criticized Kavanaugh in July after he was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump.Bazelon is an instructor at the Yale Law School and a writer for the Times’ magazine. She also writes occasional opinion pieces for the newspaper. She shared a byline on the Kavanaugh story with Ben Protess.“She is not a news reporter,” said Times’ spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. “Her role in this story was to help colleagues in the newsroom gather public documents in New Haven, where Emily is based. In retrospect, editors should have used a newsroom reporter for that assignment.”In a July tweet, Bazelon wrote that as a Yale Law graduate and lecturer, “I strongly disassociate myself from tonight’s praise of Brett Kavanaugh. With respect, he’s a 5th vote for a hard-right turn on voting rights and so much more that will harm the democratic process & prevent a more equal society.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made note of Bazelon’s comment in a tweet of her own, tying it to what she called a desperate Democratic attack on Kavanaugh.“What motivated New York Times reporter to write this ridiculous story?” Sanders wrote. “Throwing ice 33 years ago, or her opinion of Judge Kavanaugh in July?”Sanders’ deputy, Raj Shah, tweeted that Bazelon went on record “trashing Judge Kavanaugh on purely ideological grounds, previewing her bias. This is supposed to be a straight news reporter.”Murphy said that “the story is straightforward and fact-based and we fully stand behind it.”These situations are precisely why many news organizations have strict rules for their employees against delivering political opinions on social media.By David Bauder QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Times Says It Was Wrong to Have Writer on Kavanaugh Story By The Associated Press October 2, 2018 Updated: October 2, 2018 US News Share this article
Share Crime and Incidents Indiana Boy, 16, Charged With Murder of Pregnant Classmate By Reuters December 10, 2018 Updated: December 10, 2018 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A 16-year-old Indiana boy, who police say confessed to killing a classmate who was carrying his baby, was charged on Dec. 10 with murder and feticide, prosecutors said.The charges came a day after Aaron Trejo was arrested for the death of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, whose body was found in a South Bend, Indiana dumpster on Sunday, partially covered by a trash bag.Rouhselang had been stabbed and strangled to death.Trejo, who initially denied involvement in Rouhselang’s disappearance, later confessed to killing the girl because she had not told him about the pregnancy until it was too late to abort the baby, a South Bend police detective said in court documents.“I took action .. I took her life,” Trejo said, according to South Bend Police Detective Gery Mullins.Rouhselang, who was six months pregnant, was reported missing by her family on Sunday after failing to return from a late-night meeting with Trejo behind her house, Mullins said in the affidavit. Trejo and Rouhselang met at Mishawaka High School in the South Bend suburb of the same name, where Trejo played on the football team and Rouhselang was team manager.The high school called Rouhselang’s death “a terrible tragedy” in a statement posted on its website.According to the affidavit, Trejo told police that he had been planning to kill Rouhselang and the baby for about a week and stabbed her with a knife he had brought from home. He then threw the knife and her phone into a river.An autopsy found that the victim died from multiple stab wounds and strangulation by her scarf, the affidavit said.Trejo’s family members could not be reached for comment on Monday and it was not clear if he had retained a criminal defense attorney.Reporting by Gabriella Borter. Aaron Trejo, 16, charged with murder and feticide in the death of 17-year old Breana Rouhselang, appears in a booking photo provided by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office in South Bend, Indiana, U.S. December 10, 2018. (St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office/Reuters) Show Discussion Share this article