The Roots And Fifth Harmony To Perform At Nickelodeon HALO Awards

first_imgGrammy Award-winning powerhouse hip hop group The Roots and pop sensation Fifth Harmony will join a stellar music lineup that includes Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps for the Nickelodeon HALO Awards, premiering Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).Jam-packed with one-of-a-kind performances, the hour-long special celebrates five kids who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) in their communities. The concert will be capped by a must-see, all-star finale led by The Roots.Nickelodeon HALO Awards will also feature special appearances by Zendaya and Carlos PenaVega, along with stars from Nick’s hit series Instant Mom (Sydney Park), The Thundermans (Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin), The Haunted Hathaways (Benjamin Flores Jr., Breanna Yde) and Victorious (Leon Thomas, Matt Bennett).Creator and executive producer Nick Cannon will host the festivities from New York’s Pier 36 and the event will air across Nick networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons), in addition to streaming live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.This year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are: • Lulu Cerone, 15, Los Angeles, Calif. ‐ Through her organization LemonAID Warriors, Lulu Cerone brainstorms, plans events and coordinates “PhilanthroParties,” which mix charity work with regular kids’ festivities using easy-to-follow toolkits. Following her own model, Cerone raised over $58,000 for water projects in Africa, $33,000 for local organizations, and has personally helped plan nearly 200 Philanthro-Parties across the U.S. • Yash Gupta, 18, Irvine, Calif. – After an accident left him without his eyeglasses for a week, Yash Gupta was inspired to start Sight Learning, an organization that collects and donates used eyeglasses, sets up eye exams, and gives the gift of sight to students around the world. Since 2010, Sight Learning has donated over 21,000 pairs of glasses to students in need across 14 states in the U.S. and in four countries. • Cassandra Lin, 16, Westerly, R.I. ‐ Cassandra Lin is the founder of Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable program that collects waste cooking oil, from local residents and restaurants, then converts it into biodiesel fuel. The fuel is used to heat the homes of families in need. With 145 participating restaurants and businesses in 22 towns and 20 public receptacles throughout three states, TGIF has collected over 170,000 gallons of waste cooking oil and helped heat the homes of over 290 families to date. • Nicholas Lowinger, 16, Cranston, R.I. ‐ Gotta Have Sole – After an enlightening visit to a local homeless shelter, Nicholas Lowinger started Gotta Have Sole in 2010 to provide brand-new footwear to underprivileged children across the United States. To date, the organization works with shelters in 35 states and has provided brand-new shoes to over 21,500 underprivileged kids, giving them the confidence and means to go to school, socialize, succeed and live healthier, happier lives. • Alanna Wall, 14, Dayton, Ohio – Striving to brighten the lives of young girls, Alanna Wall created Polished Girlz, an organization that brings trendy nail art parties to those with special needs and frequent hospitalizations. Since its inception in 2011, over 800 volunteers are currently painting girls’ nails in over 25 national chapters in North America.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show. On Nov. 30, kids can watch the concert special unfold through a live photo stream featuring images of their favorite Nick Stars, Nick Cannon, Meghan Trainor and more. Plus, for the first time ever, Nick.com and the Nick App will feature a live video stream of the HALO Awards so kids can watch the show anywhere.Currently in its sixth year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years.last_img read more

Nikes Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics

first_imgA pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer.The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company’s support for President Donald Trump’s trade policies.Nike now finds itself in a similar position on the other side of the political spectrum as some customers cut up its products or burn them because of the company’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.With the Kaepernick campaign , Nike is embracing activism and racial justice at a time when shoe companies can no longer avoid the nation’s political division. After years of building billion-dollar brands around sports celebrities, shoe and apparel makers now find themselves flashpoints in the political, racial and cultural clashes surrounding the Trump administration.Nike took this route as its biggest representatives — most notably LeBron James and Serena Williams — have spoken out about police shootings of African-American men and problems facing the black community.Those same athletes are increasingly using their shoes as a form of expression. James’ “Equality” Nike signature shoe was unveiled earlier this year , with the word emblazoned across the back of the shoes. Steph Curry has worn a Barack Obama-themed shoe.NBA players in recent years have worn shoes with messages of “R.I.P. Trayvon Martin” and “Sideline Racism” and images of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached. Such statements could become more common in the next season after the NBA relaxed the rules over the types of shoes players can wear.“I stand with Nike, every day, all day,” James said Tuesday at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York.Trump has blasted the NFL for allowing players to follow Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police shootings of African-Americans. Now the president has turned against Nike, which is making the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback one of its main spokesmen.“Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted Wednesday .Athletic apparel companies have straddled the entertainment and cultural worlds for years partly with their emulation of black culture — think Run-DMC’s Adidas shoe deal in the wake of the group’s rap hit “My Adidas” and Nike’s “Air Jordan” campaigns featuring Michael Jordan and Spike Lee. This has created a billion-dollar industry and the cultural challenge of how to appeal to minority and youth communities as well as to the country’s white, sometimes conservative, majority.But the companies and major sports leagues have been careful not to stray into real politics, famously symbolized by Jordan, who reportedly said Republicans buy shoes, too. While Jordan and others in his era were thrilled to have lucrative shoe deals, the current generation is going farther by using their sneaker deals as a platform to promote social justice.And with that shift, Nike is taking the side of its superstar athletes — even if it means alienating Trump supporters and intertwining shoes and politics.Many companies “feel the need to align with players, because players help them move the product,” said Michael Lewis, director of the Marketing Analytics Center at Emory University in Atlanta.Clothing and shoe makers have always had a back-and-forth relationship with minority communities. Business boomed as black athletes became spokesmen and spokeswomen, but questions arose over how much the companies invested financially in black communities, compared with how much they made by exploiting African-American trends.The relationship began in the 1980s, when Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Converse became staples of black fashion, and African-American youth sought to emulate the stars of the day, like Jordan, Run-DMC and other figures associated with the burgeoning hip-hop culture. Footwear came to symbolize status and street style. Sneakerheads lined up outside stores to get the newest shoes.Companies “have made millions off of following trends from the black community, and so they have to be cognizant of the feelings of that community,” said Antonio S. Williams, who teaches sports marketing at Indiana University. “It only takes one or two incidents for shoes to be pushed aside and declared uncool and left behind, so they are very aware of the cultural exchanges and trends going on in their base communities.”New Balance tried to steer clear of politics in 2016 after coming out in support of Trump’s desire to remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A company official said “things are going to move in the right direction” under a Trump presidency. Protesters took that as support for Trump and began burning New Balance shoes and posting videos. At least one white supremacist declared that New Balances were the shoes of “The Trump Revolution.”New Balance quickly released a statement saying the official’s remark was taken out of context. The company insisted that it “does not tolerate bigotry or hate in any form” and “believes in humanity, integrity, community and mutual respect for people around the world.”Unlike New Balance, Nike doesn’t seem to be backing down. Its two-minute commercial, highlighting Kaepernick, James, Serena Williams and others, aired Thursday during halftime of the NFL’s season opener.Nike has likely figured out that its core consumers — the people who regularly buy its sneakers and clothes — are probably the millennials and minority youth who already support Kaepernick or at least don’t mind the stance he is taking, Antonio Williams said.“Nike wants to be on the right side of history and the right side of its core consumers,” he said.___Jesse J. Holland covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. Contact him at jholland@ap.org, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jessejholland or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jessejholland . 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No electoral alliance with Cong in any state Mayawati

first_imgNew Delhi: In a setback to the prospects of an opposition grand alliance to take on the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha election, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) made it clear on Tuesday that it would not have any electoral tie-up with the Congress in any state for the polls beginning April 11. In a statement, BSP supremo Mayawati said, “It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Referring to her party’s pre-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, she said it was based on “mutual respect” and “honest intentions”, adding that “the SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh”. Addressing party leaders from various states, excluding Uttar Pradesh, here, Mayawati said while several parties were “eager” for an alliance with the BSP, her party would not do anything for mere electoral gains as it could “harm the BSP movement”. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The election will pit the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) against a combination of opposition parties, including the Congress, the Left and several regional forces, with the latter still trying to stitch up a grand alliance to minimise the division of votes against the ruling combine. The BJP has worked out a seat-sharing formula with its new allies and old partners — by even making concessions to them in states like Bihar — while the opposition parties are yet to arrive at a deal in several states, While the saffron alliance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to make history by coming back to power for a second full term, the Opposition is hopeful of unseating the government by raising questions on its performance on a host of issues, including economic growth, employment, corruption and social harmony. After suffering losses in three state Assembly polls recently, the BJP believes that its Lok Sabha poll campaign is back on the track due to a number of decisions, including the 10-per cent quota for the general category poor, money transfer to farmers and presentation of a populist budget.last_img read more

BCStox in Spotlight

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHTNEW YORK (AP)_Sales, 4:30 p.m. price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally. Ambev31,506,2324.56 +.07 US Oil Fd26,807,03113.33 —.07 iShsBrazil25,109,34342.09 —.56 iShCoreUSTrs31,117,80025.07 +.03 iShEMkts48,748,37344.31 —.09 S&P500 ETF64,773,840 287.33—1.46 EnCana g29,011,2296.94 —.33 ChespkEng46,904,9043.34 —.10 AT&T Inc26,538,07831.75 —.13 ————————— The Associated Press GenlElec82,779,5729.22 —.27 FordMot29,673,7379.21 —.09 WeathfordIntl27,411,256.62 —.05 USSteel27,428,76317.77—1.97 NameVolumeLastChg. SPDR Fncl65,527,17726.41 —.22 Bank of Am39,978,49428.89 —.28

Gustafssons goal gives Blackhawks 54 OT win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — Erik Gustafsson scored 2:32 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.Gustafsson wristed in his third goal of the season to beat Florida goalie James Reimer, snapping Chicago’s two-game overall losing streak and eight-game road skid.Alex DeBrincat tied it with 2 seconds left in regulation and David Kampf, Patrick Kane and Alexandre Fortin also tallied for the Blackhawks. Gustav Forsling had two assists and Kampf added an assist for a three-point night.Goalie Cam Ward made his first start since Nov. 12 and stopped 34 shots.Mike Hoffman, Jared McCann, Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano scored goals for the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded a pair of assists.Reimer made 36 saves for the Panthers, who lost their third straight.Hoffman, who turned 29 on Saturday, put Florida up 1-0 at 5:28 of the first period when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle while on the power play. It was his 11th goal and continued the Panthers’ hot stretch with the man advantage.McCann added on when he took Colton Sceviour’s pass from the half-boards and skated in alone against Ward. McCann deked left and roofed a backhander for his third goal at 13:40.After a slow first period when they were outshot 16-9, the Blackhawks opened the second fast and tied it inside six minutes.Kampf cut it to 2-1 just 49 seconds into the period when he skated past Ekblad on the right side and swept in his third goal past Reimer.Kane tied it with a deflection at 5:34 on a pass from Brandon Saad for his 13th goal, but Ekblad one-timed a pass from Hoffman for his fourth goal at 8:08.Shortly after a Chicago power play ended when neither team changed a player and Ekblad broke his stick early on the penalty kill, Huberdeau flipped a pass in front of Ward that Vatrano chipped in for his seventh goal at 11:30 for a 4-2 lead.Chicago recorded the first 11 shots of the third period, and Fortin scored his third goal at 9:52 short-handed after a steal.DeBrincat’s 10th goal tied it after Chicago pulled the goalie for an extra attacker.NOTES: Kane’s goal was his first since Nov. 8 against Carolina, a stretch of seven scoreless games. . Gustafsson played in his 100th career NHL game. . Hoffman has scored a point in all four NHL games he has played on his birthday. . Florida recalled G Michael Hutchinson from AHL affiliate Springfield on an emergency basis. No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo was injured late in the first period of Friday’s 4-1 loss at Carolina and is day-to-day.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Vegas on TuesdayPanthers: Host New Jersey on MondayBill Whitehead, The Associated Press read more

JT Barrett off to recordsetting start for Ohio State

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with an injury during fall camp, the Ohio State football team turned to a redshirt-freshman who hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since high school.While there have been bumps in the road, that young quarterback — J.T. Barrett — has already accomplished things Miller never did for the Scarlet and Gray. Miller’s name could nearly fill its own record book, but Barrett ranks ahead of the veteran on multiple fronts just four games into his career.OSU coach Urban Meyer left some credit for the coaching staff when it comes to Barrett’s quick improvement, but also praised the signal caller’s ability to learn.“I think (I’m) not surprised by his development,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. “I think (co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman) is an excellent coach and he’s a very good student.”Barrett tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game when he threw six against Kent State — and had more than 300 yards in the air — before adding to his accomplishments with another record-setting night against Cincinnati. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns and added 79 yards on the ground.That makes two consecutive games Barrett has thrown for more than 300 yards — something Miller hasn’t done in three seasons. Barrett’s 409 yards of total offense rank as the second-best in school history behind Art Schlichter’s 412 yards gained against Florida State in 1981. He also led the OSU offense to a school-record 45 first downs and the third best total output in OSU history of 710 yards.After his record-setting night, Barrett saved more of the praise for his offensive line, which gave him time in the pocket to complete 26 passes out of 36 attempts.“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” he said after the game. “They got it started for us and that’s what coach Meyer always talks about in relying on them to keep the offensive going.”Barrett said he still has a room for improvement, but recognized the strides he has made since first taking the field against Navy on Aug. 30.“I think coming into Navy I was trying to make sure everything was right,” he said after the Cincinnati game. “Knowing I make mistakes and then just learning from them throughout the game.”He went on to say he’s more worried about trusting his instincts instead of worrying about making mistakes, something Herman said he wanted the quarterback to focus on in practice before taking on the Bearcats.“Trusting what you see and pulling the trigger, it’s better to be early than to be late,” Herman said after the game. “I thought he did — just from my vantage point — better, (but) still could probably get better at that.”Barrett set personal career-highs for passing attempts, pass completions and passing yards in the game, and did it all without throwing an interception for the first time in his career.Regardless of those numbers, Herman said Barrett can improve on making quicker decisions, but added he saw a “vast improvement” in another part of the quarterback’s game.Herman said given Barrett’s 6-foot-1 frame, the signal-caller needs to hang back in the pocket more in order to be able to see over the line and make the correct decisions.“So we really worked on keeping him a little bit deeper in the pocket on some of our drop-back throws and I thought he did that tonight,” Herman said.Despite his big day, Barrett said he recognized the spots where he needs to improve, and added he is ready to get back to work to keep getting better.“There’s certain things that you know you need to execute on during the game and so you think about those more than the big plays,” he said. “Definitely going in (to practice Sunday) trying to correct the mistakes we made.”Through four games, Barrett has completed 70 passes out of 110 attempts for 1,087 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s thrown five interceptions — three of which came against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 — and gained another 205 yards on the ground with one additional touchdown.After a bye week before the Cincinnati game, the Buckeyes are set for a typical game week before taking the field again. OSU is scheduled to play Maryland next Saturday in College Park, Md., and kickoff is set for noon. read more

Julian Fellowes reveals he has started working on a film version of

first_imgJulian Fellowes has revealed that he has started working on a film version of Downton Abbey.The creator of the ITV series, which finished in 2015 after six series, said he had done some work on the project in case producers suddenly turn round and give the idea the go ahead.It comes after speculation that there would be a big-screen version of the popular show following the admission by Jim Carter, who plays butler Carson, that cast members had been told to keep themselves free for filming.   Lord Fellowes was speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the Willows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lady Mary at dinner during series six of the period drama  The final episode of Downton Abbey was watched by nearly 7 million people.After it aired, it was praised on social media for giving many of the characters happy endings, including Lady Edith, who finally tied the knot, and Lady Mary, who announced she was expecting her second child.But for the past 12 months, there has been fervent speculation about the possibility of a Downton film.Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, added fuel to the rumours when she admitted she thought a script existed during an appearance in October last year.center_img Lord Fellowes was speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the WillowsCredit: Rii Schroer for the Telegraph Lord Fellowes, speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the Willows, told the Evening Standard: “I’ve done some work on it because I don’t want want to be caught out if [the producers] suddenly say yes and then it’s all go.”But the 67-year-old admitted there were still a lot of uncertainties. “Can we round up all the cast? Can we get them?” he questioned. “Also we just need the green light at the beginning. So I don’t know anymore than that at the moment to be honest.”No other details – including information about a possible plot or when the film would be set – were revealed in the interview. Lady Mary at dinner during series six of the period drama Credit:Nick Briggslast_img read more

Coal and steel coming together in Central Europe

first_imgCentral Europe’s leading coking coal producer, New World Resources (NWR) has accepted the offer made by its majority shareholder, RPG Industries (RPGI), to acquire all of RPGI’s 147,156,037 Ferrexpo ordinary shares, representing a holding of 25% plus one share in Ferrexpo, a leading iron ore producer in the region, subject to shareholder approval and certain customary conditions. NWR says there is “potential to explore the development of a powerful regional growth platform in carbon steel materials.”Ferrexpo has a robust balance sheet, controls 6,500 Mt of JORC resources plus approximately 14,000 Mt of further Soviet-classified resources in Ukraine and has an ambition to become Europe’s largest iron ore producer.NWR and Ferrexpo are strongly complementary in terms of regional focus, customer base, strategy and management approach, which NWR believes will enhance the regional footprint and growth opportunities of both companies. The Transaction is expected to be earnings accretive in the first full year post completion.The NWR Board has also agreed to review the potential benefits of a formal strategic alliance with Ferrexpo. NWR says the transaction is consistent with its regional consolidation strategy and provides it with a significant shareholding in one of Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) largest iron ore pellet producers.Ferrexpo controls one of Europe’s largest, low cost iron ore resources and has announced expansion plans to increase production capacity to 35 Mt/y of iron ore pellets over the next 10 years. In 2007, Ferrexpo produced 28.9 Mt of iron ore and 9.1 Mt of iron ore pellets.The Transaction will diversify NWR’s earnings within the attractive carbon steel materials value chain and enhance its position in the CEE region, where strong GDP growth is expected to continue to drive demand for coking coal, thermal coal and iron ore. It will also facilitate the development of potential coal opportunities in Ukraine and provide NWR exposure to Ferrexpo’s significant organic iron ore development growth options in the Poltava area. There is also the chance to unlock the potential to leverage the broad range of overlapping existing customer relationships.Commenting on the Transaction, Miklos Salamon, NWR’s Executive Chairman, said: “We are taking advantage of a unique market opportunity to secure a significant holding in Ferrexpo at an attractive valuation. Ferrexpo will be Europe’s largest iron ore producer and has one of the world’s largest iron deposits. Whilst opportunistic, this transaction is entirely consistent with our regional consolidation strategy set out at the time of our IPO in May. We believe that Ukraine offers exciting opportunities for NWR. Both companies share a common management approach, strategy and regional customer base. Given the complementary nature of the NWR and Ferrexpo businesses, we believe that the relationship between the two companies is important as it presents the potential for us to create a powerful carbon steel materials business that diversifies our earnings and enhances our regional footprint and growth opportunities. We believe the outlook for both coking coal and iron ore remains attractive in the region and that this transaction better positions NWR for the future.”last_img read more

Robin van Persie out for a month says Moyes

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED RECEIVED another setback today when manager David Moyes revealed that striker Robin van Persie will be out for a month with a thigh injury.The Dutchman recently returned from a four-game lay-off due to a groin problem, playing in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and the midweek victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.However, he injured himself as he took the corner that led to Phil Jones’s 67th-minute winner against Shakhtar and Moyes expects him to be out of action until next year.“Robin Van Persie is out for a month,” Moyes said. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal.”Moyes added: “It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team, it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently.“Marouane Fellaini has a bit of a back injury. Michael Carrick is missing and Robin is going to miss four weeks with a thigh strain. That is a big blow to us.”United’s top scorer last season, Van Persie has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances this term.News of his injury comes as United bid to bounce back from successive home defeats in the league, which have left them 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. Moyes’s side visit Aston Villa on Sunday.- © AFP, 2013‘I’ve had a few average games’ admits Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley8 things Man United need to do to rescue their Premier League seasonlast_img read more

Beirut Hellenic opens its doors

first_imgIn the presence of the Hon. Steve Bracks AC and Mr Tim Holding MP, Beirut Hellenic Bank (BHB) and deputy CEO Mr Steven Pambris celebrated the Spring Street Branch Open Day in Melbourne last week. Offering a warm welcome to existing and potential customers from the Greek, Lebanese and wider Victorian community, Mr Steve Bracks told guests at the event:“Beirut Hellenic Bank is here for the long-term to serve the community across Australia delivering premium services and products. The Bank invites you to be part of its banking system and appreciates your support.”Mr Tim Holding, Member for Lyndhurst and Victorian Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry congratulated BHB for achieving a high level of banking, and said that BHB had made a major contribution to the Victorian financial activities and services.Mr Holding added that BHB’s trade finance services assists Australian companies connect with the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Europe regions and offers “new horizons of cooperation between these countries.”Mr Steven Pambris, the Bank’s Deputy CEO and Head of Credit, along with the Bank’s Staff spoke to guests about their individual financial needs and professional ambitions and how BHB’s awards-winning products and specialised services could meet their needs.The Spring Street branch Open Day is a part of the Bank’s long-term strategy to place itself in close contact with the communities it serves. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NXT TakeOver San Antonio announced for January 28 during Royal Rumble weekend

first_imgFacebook Triple H Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 2 COMMENTS November 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Pinterest Videos Articles Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Is WWE Losing Its Audience? November 28, 2016 at 5:55 pmcenter_img Google+ Twitter WWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Monday officially announcing that the next NXT TakeOver live special on WWE Network will take place on January 28, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas during Royal Rumble weekend.Get ready…The next #NXTTakeOver will be January 28th in San Antonio, TX…the day before #RoyalRumble. Tickets on sale 12/2 at 10amCT. pic.twitter.com/KYKBrcdig5— Triple H (@TripleH) November 28, 2016Tickets for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio will go on-sale this Friday. The Royal Rumble will take place the following night at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list NXT TakeOver Highlights: NXT Championship, Dream vs. Strong vs. Dunne, Riddle/Dain brawl So will NXT take place at the Alamo Dome, too? Now Playing Up Next JFJ NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) WhatsApp Jeffery Adam Phillips Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Not likely. It will probably be at the Aztec Theater on the Riverwalk. This is where they hold NXT live events whenever they are in San Antonio. However, with this being a special event, it could be held at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome. TNA once held its Lockdown pay per view there. Comments are closed.last_img read more

EPL Club Wants Hamza Barry

first_imgBy Sulayman BahHAMZA BARRYHamza Barry could be the third Gambian to have signed for an English Premier League club if claims of West Ham’s interest in the midfielder is anything to go by.Barry, 22, has emerged as a potential signing for embattled Hammers’ gaffer David Moyes.The former Manchester United coach is tasked to save West Ham’s season and has set about on a recruitment drive with Hamza Barry a possible option.Portugal’s William Carvalho remains his top priority but the midfielder’s hefty price tag may force the Scot to give the transfer a rethink with signing of Hamza, worth 5.5m euros, a better investment, finance wise.The erstwhile Gambia Ports Authority man could then become the third Gambian-born to have ever inked the dotted lines with an EPL first-team side after Omar Koroma and Modou Barrow.Investing in youthful players will be cash well spent for the future but giving the coach has little time on him to save a club languishing at the bottom and on grounds the Scorpion will need adapting, that policy could be overlooked making Carvalho top on their wish-list.Moyes has just £30m at his disposal and will be left with nothing less than £10m if he sanctions a deal for Carvalho who’s more experienced than the Gambia international.Barry joined Croatian premier league side Hajduk Split in a 250,000 euro permanent transfer on a three-year duration.last_img read more

Sol Bamba asks fans to kick racism out of football

first_imgThe Cardiff City defender hopes the supporters can report racist incidents in order to kick racism out of football.Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba hopes racism can be forced out of football soon.But to do so, the footballer believes fans should do their part and report any racist incidents.“What upset me is that only one in three reports it. I think we need to do more because unfortunately, people think, if we report it, nothing’s going to come out of it. That’s the problem,” Bamba told Sky Sports.“There’s no place for it in this game now, or society in 2019. I think as a whole, we have to do more.”“I feel like we made progress, but we’ve gone back now. Recently a few incidents happened in games, in Italy and here. We made two steps forward and now three steps back,” he added.“It has to be completely gone now because there’s no place for it in the game.”“People have to make sure they report it, and when they do, there has to be a punishment,” he explained.“Football’s a beautiful game. We want to talk about goals and celebrations, but if they don’t do it right, the club has to be punished and the fans have to be punished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The punishment has to be drastic. Proper punishments, no two-match bans, because that doesn’t make any difference,” Bamba concluded.Sol Bamba started his professional career in Paris Saint-Germain in 2004.He has also played in Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo, and Leeds United.He joined Cardiff City in 2016.Bamba has suffered racism all through his life and he hopes he can live to see it kicked out of the football world.Crazy happy with this win, fighting with all the love we have for this club. A deep thought for Emiliano 🙏🏿💐💙 lets keep it that way lads !!! @CardiffCityFC #latewins #bestwins pic.twitter.com/xa2pcw9gXt— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Penton Refinances Debt Gets 700m In Credit

first_img The move appears to be a positive step after Penton entered bankruptcy in early 2010. The company reduced its debt by $270 million and received an undisclosed amount of capital under that agreement. Then-CEO Sharon Rowlands resigned a year-and-a-half later, replaced by Kielselstein in January 2012. “It is also good news that lenders are again embracing and financing integrated b-to-b media companies that have achieved growth and success,” he adds. “It is great news for the entire industry.” David Kieselstein, Penton’s CEO, says the company will pursue growth via strategic acquisitions—they’ve had two in the past year, buying Farm Progress and Aviation Week—and organically. He says Penton is planning eight new product launches focused on end-user utility before 2014. Penton is refinancing its existing debt and has secured a credit facility of nearly twice its annual revenue. “We expect to expand our topline growth in data, digital and events business lines with these new product introductions,” Kieselstein says in a statement. “With attractive long-term financing in place, we are in a real position of strength.” As part of the announcement, Penton also released revenue estimates for 2013, putting its total at $370 million. Digital and events divisions are each expected to generate $100 million for the company—75 percent of total EBITDA—as it shifts from a b-to-b publisher to a “professional information services company.” EBITDA margins are projected to reach 34 percent.center_img Tom Kemp, one-time Penton CEO and current CEO of Northstar Travel Media, says the move is positive sign for both the company and the b-to-b media industry as a whole. Penton is the latest publisher in a string of others to restructure its debt under more favorable terms. American Media Inc. and Source Interlink each completed similar deals in the past 90 days. Exact terms of the refi weren’t shared, but the company says it’s been extended a $715 million line of credit. “The ability to complete this refinancing at 5-plus-times leverage is the result of the significant improvement of financial performance and margins by Penton as well as the successful execution of the company’s strategic plan and leadership,” he says. “Timing has also had an impact with improving credit markets and leverage in the financing markets.”last_img read more

Cosmo Launches Rebuilt Site

first_imgHearst Magazines Digital Media launched a rebuilt Cosmopolitan.com today and the site’s design and back-end technology reveal how the company will be treating the other brand sites going forward. Major developments include a ramped up content frequency—”months to moments,” as Troy Young, president of of HMDM describes it—a content personalization engine and a focus on in-stream content marketing opportunities for advertisers.Cosmopolitan.com rolled out first since it’s the biggest brand in the portfolio at 30 million unique visitors, but the framework will be used to update the company’s other brands. “The changes and upgrades we’re implementing on Cosmopolitan.com, our biggest brand in the U.S. at nearly 30 million UVs, are the first step toward a common publishing platform that can respond to data in real time, and one that we can apply across all of our properties, globally,” says Young in a statement. The site, built to be optimized for mobile, aims to keep readers engaged by constantly presenting content targeting their interests. As visitors are reading a story, related content is offered up and audience analytics feed a recommendation engine that adjusts content according to a reader’s interests. The homepage is a focus now that advertisements are built into the content stream and the site is employing a logo backdrop that’s refreshed daily. (Today it’s, what else, kitty cats and a heaving man chest). There’s also a daily hashtag that highlights that day’s top trend, encouraging readers to share the brand across Twitter and Instagram. The technology is based off of what Hearst Magazines UK created for Digital Spy, an entertainment news site, and a partnership with digital agency Code and Theory.last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Summers On The Swain Begin August 3 Bob Ryan To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsGoogle: More Than Just Search *RRWednesday, August 1, 7 pmGoogle may have started out as just a search engine, but it’s now so much more; email, calendars, and docs are just three of the offerings from the tech giant. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, for an introduction to the World of Google. Author Talk: Louise Miller*RRThursday, August 2, 7 pmLouise Miller is a writer and pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Livingand the recently released title The Late Bloomers’ Club, a delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town’s efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true love.Summer Movies on the SwainFridays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 7:45 pmLocation: Swain Green near 4th of July BuildingAugust 3: CocoAugust 10: Pitch PerfectAugust 17: SingAugust 24: GreaseCome and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45 pm. Check our Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.Bob Ryan: Boston Sports *RRMonday, August 6, 2:30 pmBob Ryan, retired columnist for the Boston Globe and author ofScribe: My Life in Sports,will share his favorite memories of covering the Boston sports scene. Ryan began writing for the Globe in 1968 and his column still appears occasionally. Ryan is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters.” Please note that author Dick Trust who was originally scheduled to speak on this date has been cancelled due to illness.Kids & TeensDrop-in KaraokeFriday, July 27, 3 pmSing your heart out (or jam out with your friends) to your favorite tunes using our karaoke machine. Grades 4-8Storytime in the Sun: Wilmington Farmers MarketSunday, July 29, 10 amJoin us for a fun outdoor storytime at the Wilmington Farmers Market!Little Movers *RRMonday, July 30, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Preschool Storytime: Rock Around the WorldTuesday, July 31, 10 amThis storytime on includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Pokémon Club *RRTuesday, July 31, 3 pmJoin other Pokémon lovers to play the game, trade cards and have fun! Grades 1+Summer Talent Show *RRWednesday, August 1, 6:30 pmDo you like to sing, dance, play an instrument, or have a unique talent? Well, here is your time to shine! If you would like to participate, stop by the library to fill out an application. All ages. Deadline for applications Friday July 27.Baby TimesThursday, August 2, 9:30 amThis program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Infants through 24 months.Time for TwosThursday, August 2, 10:30 amThis fun program is for two year-olds and features books, songs, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child into the story room and participate in the activities.All You Can Read Buffet *RRThursday, August 2, 1-5 pmIt’s time for one of the library’s most favorite traditions–a reading and eating marathon! Bring something comfortable to lounge upon and read your materials or ours in air-conditioned comfort. We will provide the snacks and beverages throughout the day, and a pizza party at the conclusion. Grades 4-8Just DanceFriday, August 3, 10 amPlay a variety of Just Dance for Wii games with our friends and family at the library! Grades 1-5Middle Ground Book Club *RRFriday, August 3, 3 pmRead Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes, and get a chance to chat with the author. Grades 6-9Library NewsLibrary Hours Friday August 10The library will be closed Friday August 10 from 9 am to 12 noon for staff training. The library will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm that day.Food for Fines in AugustIn lieu of fines, the library will accept items for the Wilmington Food Pantry as payment during the month of August. In support of this effort, we ask that the items brought be comparable in cost to the fines owed.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

Land Rovers Defender will come in three distinct sizes report says

first_img Post a comment Tags Enlarge ImageYou’ll be able to get your Defender in three or five door shapes with seating up to eight people. Land Rover We’re still months away from the official debut of Land Rover’s long-awaited second-generation Defender, but the news leaks just keep on coming. This time though, it’s not more photos — instead it’s about the three different sizes of Defender that the folks at Jaguar Land Rover will offer.Automotive News published word on Tuesday that the Defender will be offered in three body styles aimed at three different kinds of customers. The first is the Defender 90. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the classic Defender that we got in the US in the 1990s with a 90-inch wheelbase.The new D90 will be a three-door model available with either five or six seats. It’s growing a foot in length over the previous short-wheelbase Defender, which is pretty dang significant. The next size up will be the Defender 110 (another historic designation), and this model will be sold as either a five-, six- or seven-seat model. It will be 17 inches longer than the new Defender 90.The biggest version of the Defender will be the Defender 130, which was previously only offered as a double-cab truck. Now though, it’ll be an even bigger five-door SUV than the 110 (by an additional 14 inches) and will seat eight people. Land Rover’s approach to marketing these new Defender models is somewhat unique. The smallest version will be the range’s halo model, though whether that means it gets sexier engine options or more off-road goodies isn’t yet clear. The 110 and 130 will be the volume models. Land Rover is referring to the 110 as the “Definitive Defender,” while the 130 is being called the “Premium Explorer,” according to Automotive News. We have no idea how much room there will be between trims in terms of pricing, or even where pricing will start for the Defender.Even though what we don’t know about the new Land Rover Defender could fill a book, it’s probably the most exciting model to come from the brand in years, and that’s not only because it’ll be the first new Defender to hit the US since 1997.Land Rover representatives declined to discuss market details for the Defender until the model debuts at Frankfurt. More From Roadshow 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender SUVs Future Carscenter_img 13 Photos Land Rover Share your voice 0 Land Rover 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substancelast_img read more

Imprisoned former militia leader Schaeffer Cox has appeal hearing

first_imgImprisoned former Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox had an appeal hearing Wednesday morning in federal court in Anchorage. Convicted in 2013 of conspiracy and solicitation to murder government officials, Cox is serving 26 years in a federal prison. His appeal centers on whether anyone was specifically targeted.Listen nowBefore he came under investigation Schaeffer Cox was a young, up and coming conservative. He ran for State House and spoke charismatically in Alaska and the Lower 48 in support of 2nd amendment rights and need to ratchet government back to constitutionally defined powers.”The oldest and most sacred tenant of American constitutionalism is to not trust government, but to bind them down by the chains of the Constitution,” Cox said in a 2010 interview with KUAC radio. “You gotta trust people, and you gotta have high respect for people and let them run their own lives.”Cox’s trouble with the law began with weapons misconduct and domestic violence charges, but it was his command of a small Fairbanks militia, their accumulation of weapons, and alleged plans to kill government officials, that drew a federal investigation and ultimately murder conspiracy and solicitation convictions.Evidence against Cox included a “hit list” of targeted officials. His federal appeal said there were no agreements or specific plans to kill any individuals. Federal prosecutor Steve Skrocki counters that by purposefully skipping a state court appearance, Cox laid a path that would ultimately trigger a murder plan called “2-4-1”.”’We’re going to kill two law enforcement officers or judges or federal officials for every one of us that’s taken or kidnapped,’” Skrocki paraphrased. “And that came right on him; he owned that.”Cox public defender Michael Filipovic told the three-judge Ninth Circuit Court appeals panel that any action was premised on a government collapse and “Stalinesque” martial law, or a confrontation with a federal hit team Cox was convinced was out to get him.“That, I would respectfully suggest to the court, is not an agreement with pre-medidation and malice of forethought to kill any one of these individuals,” Filipovic said.Filipovic challenged that the lack of specific federal targets undermines federal jurisdiction to even prosecute Cox. A large portion of the half hour hearing revolved around Cox’s conviction of soliciting other militia members to commit murder. Judge Richard Clifton questioned prosecutor Skrocki about whether lack of specific plans to kill individuals undermines the solicitation conviction.“I could understand a conspiracy claim, because once you’ve launched a conspiracy, there is risk emanating from that. But solicitation suggests you’ve got a specific target. And if there is no real target there is that problem,” Clifton said.“Your honor, I don’t think it takes it that far,” Skrocki rebutted. “I don’t think it takes it that far that you need a real specific target.”Judge Susan Graber questioned whether Cox would need to be re-sentenced if the solicitation conviction is thrown out, noting that sentences for the conspiracy and solicitation convictions were ordered to be served concurrently. Skrocki said he had not looked into the issue. The judges accepted the appeal for consideration, before moving on other cases.last_img read more

Mystery Surrounds Death of Morgan Grad Student

first_imgJust a few days after the start of the fall semester, a body was found on the campus of one of Baltimore’s HBCUs. The body of a 45-year-old graduate student was found after he was last seen earlier this month going into the engineering building that holds classrooms, labs, and offices for the design department according to Baltimore Police spokesman Donny Moses.Morgan State University Campus (Photo by Stephreef/Wikimedia Creative Commons)The student, who was last seen or heard from, on Aug. 4, was found around 10:50 a.m when students noticed a foul odor and contacted maintenance personnel. Officers responded to the second floor of the CBEIS building (Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies) at 1700 East Cold Spring Lane. Authorities located the student in his second floor office.“This individual had been dead for probably several days, maybe even a couple of weeks,” said Morgan State University Spokesman Clinton Coleman in a media briefing on Aug. 30.The student, who is not being identified as of yet, was studying engineering.Morgan State released the following statement:“The University is saddened to report the death of a member of its family. The body of a graduate student was discovered earlier today in his second-floor office of the CBEIS building. The 45 year old engineering student was found unresponsive by staff who then called paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Morgan State University Campus Police and Baltimore City Police are investigating this matter and have not released his identity pending notification of family. While the cause of death has not been determined, police do NOT suspect foul play. No other information is available at this time.”People who knew the man said he had been ill for quite some time.“It’s crazy and a little scary to know that he was in here for so long. It’s sad,” one student told the Afro.Homicide detectives are investigating the incident and the cause of death will be determined by a pending autopsy.Classes were cancelled in the CBEIS building for the rest of the day.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call BCPD Detectives at 410-396-2100.last_img read more

Hacker turns down Sony interview due to treatment of Geohot

first_imgWith all the news surrounding Sony focusing on trying to prosecute Geohot for his PS3 jailbreak, it’s easy to forget the Japanese company is also busy creating in-house games and researching new ideas and new hardware solutions. Part of that effort is identifying talented individuals and offering them positions at Sony to help with those projects.One such individual approached by Sony is prolific hacker Koushik Dutta. He’s well-known for his work creating popular apps such as ROM Manager and Clockwork Recovery Image.Sony’s internal recruiter Sarah McRae sent Dutta an e-mail stating that the Talent Acquisition department at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) had been looking at his website My Brain Hurts. She then proceeds to ask Dutta if he’d be interested in a phone interview for a new software engineering position that was just opening up with the PlayStation division. You can view the e-mail exchange below (click to enlarge):A position at Sony working in the PlayStation department may sound very tempting to many a developer, especially if Sony decided to head hunt you themselves. But Dutta took the moral high ground and politely declined the invitation. It wasn’t because he already had a job, it was specifically because of, as Dutta puts it, “Sony’s recent treatment of a fellow hacker.” The hacker Dutta is referring to is George Hotz or Geohot as he is now better known.We have to assume Sarah McRae is aware of the situation with GeoHot and we wonder if she decided to respond to Dutta’s message or just walk away. Whatever the case, I doubt Sony ever thought that targeting a hacker would have an impact on its ability to employ talented software engineers. It’s also a reminder of the feelings surrounding this action by Sony, which are anything but positive.Read more at Geekosystem (e-mail image via yfrog)last_img read more