October 16, 2019

Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to Match 1 Million in Red Nose Day

first_imgComic Relief, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day, has announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations to Red Nose Day’s US campaign through Facebook’s range of charitable giving products.The joint effort enables people across the country to double the impact of their donation to Red Nose Day in the US, which supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated here in the United States and abroad.Red Nose Day is all about coming together to have fun and make a difference for children in need. Red Nose Day supporters can take advantage of the match in a number of ways using new and existing Facebook products:• Set up a Facebook fundraiser for Red Nose Day USA and encourage friends to donate. • Use #RedNoseDay or #NosesOn in posts to prompt the option to add a donate button (text posts only). • Go live on Facebook from a smartphone and add a donate button for Red Nose Day. • Donate directly to the campaign from the Red Nose Day USA page. • Support friends’ Facebook fundraising efforts for Red Nose Day USA by making a donation.People on Facebook can make it more fun by doing a challenge or activity if their fundraising goal is met, or challenging their friends and family to do the same.Facebook users launch their own personal fundraisers here, or make a donation at facebook.com/rednosedayusa.Richard Curtis, founder of Red Nose Day, said, “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a completely key partner of Red Nose Day and it’s so wonderful to have their continued involvement this year. With the Foundation’s match and Facebook’s innovative fundraising tools, it’s now easier than ever for people across the country to get involved and help raise money that will truly save and change children’s lives.”Rob Rosen, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “Donating money should be meaningful and fun. Red Nose Day is both. We’re excited to partner with Comic Relief and Facebook to reach as many people as possible to inspire them to join us in ending child poverty.”Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief, said, “Facebook’s latest donation and fundraising tools are the ultimate way to let our fans be our fundraisers. We see Red Noses all across social, and now Facebook has made it easy to turn that into a new and personal way to give.”The 2017 Red Nose Day campaign runs from now through Red Nose Day (Thursday, May 25) and everyone can get involved. Buy and wear a Red Nose, available exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide, take on a fundraising challenge and share personal stories of involvement on social media to encourage others to make a difference for children in need using #RedNoseDay and #NosesOn.On Thursday May 25, tune into NBC for a special night of Red Nose Day programming in support of the charity featuring: “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” (8 p.m. ET); “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” (9 p.m. ET), featuring Julia Roberts in Kenya; and the third annual “Red Nose Day Special” (10 p.m. ET). The three-hour primetime block will both entertain viewers and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in need here at home and around the world.Follow Red Nose Day on social media @RedNoseDayUSA.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Loblaw closing 22 stores launching home delivery ahead of difficult year

first_imgVANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is closing 22 stores and launching home delivery in two major Canadian cities, ahead of what it believes will be a challenging new year.The grocery and pharmacy giant has finalized a plan that will result in the closure of 22 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email, who declined to provide specific store locations. The store closures are expected to be mostly complete by the end of the first quarter next year.“We are excited about our future. But given all of the headwinds, we expect 2018 will be a very difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO, during a call with analysts following the company’s earnings report.Canadian grocers face increasing pressure from several fronts, including discount and online retailers, and pending minimum wage increases in some provinces.Loblaw has already made several moves in recent months that some analysts attribute, at least in part, to cost pressures. The company recently announced a new handling fee on its largest suppliers and announced last month that it was laying off 500 employees from its office operations. The company did not immediately answer whether that figure encompassed the job losses from the upcoming store closures.The retailer is also doubling down on its e-commerce offerings, including launching home delivery with California-based Instacart in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting January 2018.Shoppers will order from local Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore or T&T locations via the Instacart website or app and the company will deliver the food.“This is a premium service targeted at customers who are looking for the ultimate in convenience,” Weston said.Deliveries will cost $3.99 for orders of $35 or more — that jumps to $5.99 for one-hour drop off — and $7.99 for orders under $35, said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s chief business officer.Customers will also pay a 7.5-per-cent service fee, said Thomas, adding prices will be higher online than in stores and shoppers will see different sales on Instacart than in physical locations. Shoppers won’t be able to order alcohol online, or earn or redeem PC Plus points through Instacart.Loblaw, which said in 2016 it had no plans to launch home delivery due to lack of customer demand, plans to expand the program rapidly next year.In the U.S., Instacart aims to serve 80 per cent of households, said Ganenthiran. It will aim to do the same in Canada, which would require a presence in about 20 to 25 cities, he said. That could include partnerships with other grocers in the future.Canadians currently have few options for grocery deliveries, with companies like Grocery Gateway and select large chains offering the service in limited locations. Walmart, for example, announced in March it would start delivering groceries to customers living in certain parts of Toronto and the surrounding area.Most grocers, including Loblaw and Walmart, have opted to focus heavily on in-store pick-up for online orders instead. Loblaw launched its click-and-collect offering in 2014 and now offers it at nearly 200 locations. Weston said the company remains very committed to the program and is opening a new location nearly daily.However, Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market increased speculation that Canada’s grocers would have to step up on home delivery offerings.Weston said that recent initiatives, including combining PC Plus and Shopper Optimum points into a harmonized loyalty program beginning in February, expanding click and collect and launching home delivery, are key ingredients in the company’s strategy “to compete and win in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.”Loblaw reported that it more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as its results were boosted by the sale of its gas bar business.The retailer said its profit attributable to common shareholders totalled $883 million or $2.24 per diluted share for the 16 weeks ended Oct. 7. That compared with a profit of $419 million or $1.03 per diluted share for the same period last year.Revenue totalled $14.19 billion, up from $14.14 billion in the third quarter of 2016.The results included a $432-million gain on the sale of the company’s gas station business to Brookfield Business Partners.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

New oilsands exploration tech leaves forest intact to the relief of the

first_img“We can do it, it works. We don’t have to cut the forest down anymore,” said Allan Chatenay, co-owner of Explor Geophysical Ltd. and inventor of its PinPoint technology.The Calgary-based company worked with oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. over the past winter to see how the technology stacks up in comparison with traditional seismic techniques on one of its unexplored oilsands leases.The next step will be a commercial-scale trial aimed at proving it can compete on cost as well as effectiveness.Put simply, seismic surveying involves creating sound waves in the earth that bounce off rock formations hundreds of metres underground and then are recorded by sensors on the surface for analysis.Traditionally, surveys were conducted using truck-mounted drilling gear, heavy sensors and explosive devices weighing several kilograms each. Straight, six to eight-metre-wide seismic lines were chopped through the forest on rectangular grids to permit access and ensure the equipment was positioned to achieve the best results.The current standard, called low-impact seismic, cuts lines that are about three metres wide, often in a zig-zag pattern on the assumption that it prevents predators from being able to see their prey from a distance. CALGARY, A.B. – One of the most destructive ecological impacts of oil and gas exploration happens long before a litre of oil flows into a pipeline or a single atom of carbon enters the atmosphere.Seismic surveying, the exploration activity that helps identify where to drill, can result in as much as 15 percent of the forest being chopped down and mulched.But a new kind of seismic survey promises to leave only boot prints in the forest. And that’s good news for species such as the threatened woodland caribou that live alongside the oilsands industry in northern Alberta. Only about 25 percent of caribou ranges in the oilsands area are considered undisturbed, said Simon Dyer, deputy executive director of the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.That’s well below the 65 percent undisturbed ratio required to allow threatened caribou populations to be self-sustaining, according to a 2012 federal government Species at Risk Act recovery strategy report.“A big contributor to that fragmentation and loss of habitat is the seismic footprint so any technologies that can prevent additional losses of habitat are obviously welcome,” he said.“Slowing the rate of loss of habitat is not good enough… Any responsible company should be proposing a plan that has a net improvement in caribou habitat, not just a reduced impact.”The PinPoint technology requires more labour than other forms of seismic so it costs more, Chatenay said, without being specific.On the other hand, he said, it saves users the cost of having to later replant and remediate seismic lines and may help companies fall in line with future environmental regulation.Suncor is looking at several technologies to reduce the impact of its seismic surveys and it will likely be years before any can be implemented on a commercial scale, said Gary Bunio, general manager of oilsands strategy technology development.He said the cost is important to consider but it’s not the only issue – Suncor could decide on a more expensive option if it provides a solution that is effective and is endorsed by community stakeholders and regulators.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img PinPoint takes the technology one step further by scaling down the size of the sensors and charges so they can be carried into the forest by people on foot. By greatly increasing the number of lower powered seismic events and their recordings, and processing them using detailed GPS readings and exact timing, Chatenay says the survey results are just as detailed as traditional seismic.Finding new ways to acquire seismic data fits in with goals by the industry, regulators and the Indigenous community to support caribou conservation, said Christine Daly, a senior technology adviser for land reclamation at Suncor.“Any fragmentation of the boreal forest has an impact on the animals in that ecosystem, including boreal woodland caribou, which are a threatened species,” she said.“We realized one of the root causes of the impact from our industry are these seismic lines, so completely removing them is a huge step in opening more responsible development and caribou conservation.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to structure fire

first_imgFulton says crews were able to contain the fire to the roof and attic space and managed to protect most of the contents within the home.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Fulton would like to remind the public to fully extinguish cigarettes in water and dispose of in a proper vessel for discarding. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, the Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire.According to Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton, crews were dispatched to the 500 Block of 99th Avenue for a house fire.According to Fulton, there was a fire on the back porch of the home that made its way into the roof.last_img

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October 12, 2019

China protests US criticism of policies on religion

first_imgHong Kong: China has issued a protest over remarks the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom made criticising Beijing’s polices toward Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the country was “at war with faith.”The foreign ministry’s office in Hong Kong said the speech Sam Brownback gave Friday “slandered” China’s religious policies. It said it had registered its dissatisfaction Saturday with the US Consulate in the semi-autonomous Chinese region, where the speech was given.China’s constitution and laws protect freedom of religion and critics should “cease their slander of China’s policies on religion and the situation with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the office said in a statement.US officials and UN experts say China is believed to be holding 1 million Uighurs, Muslims and members of other majority Muslim ethnic groups in political education camps in Xinjiang. The US and other governments have criticized the crackdown.The Chinese government says those camps are vocational training centers designed to rid the region of extremism.Brownback said President Donald Trump’s administration is “deeply concerned and considered it a deliberate attempt by Beijing to redefine and control these Muslim minority groups, (their) identity, culture and faith.”He urged Beijing to grant free access to the camps to investigate claims of abuse of inmates.More generally, Brownback said, China is “at war with faith.” “It’s a war they will not win,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious freedom.”Brownback was expected to meet local religious leaders and religious studies students and instructors while in Hong Kong. The territory enjoys freedom of speech and religion far beyond that in mainland China, where the officially atheist government keeps tight control over any potential challenges to its authority.Brownback, the former governor of Kansas, was due to travel to Taiwan for a regional meeting on religious freedom Monday.In his speech, the Catholic conservative called on China to release Wang Yi and John Cao Sanqiang, detained pastors in the “underground” church that operates independently of official government agencies.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

PM promises collateralfree loan as he woos traders

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised traders Rs 50-lakh loan without any collateral, credit card facility and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers as he made a strong re-election pitch to the business community.Modi said while his government has stood by traders in thick and thin, the opposition Congress has abused businessmen by calling all of them ‘chor’ (thieves). Addressing a traders’ convention here, he said the BJP-led NDA government in the last five years at the Centre worked to simplify lives and businesses of traders by scraping 1,500 archaic laws, simplifying processes and providing easy credit. Traders are “backbone” of the Indian economy but had in past never got the respect they deserved, Modi said, adding that doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion is not possible without their contribution. “I am impressed by the hard work of traders… their business has helped the economy bloom,” he said. “I have tried to make your life and business easy in last five years.” “The country is also seeing how we have stood by you in thick and thin,” Modi said. With a household audience, the prime minister said the trading community is like weather forecaster who can anticipate future tidings. Hitting out at the opposition Congress, the prime minister said the party has in its 70-year rule only “insulted” businessmen. “They called all businessmen chor (thieves)” without realising the contribution of the business community in the economy. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi too came from businessmen community of banias, he said the country has seen the “insults” meted out by the Congress to traders. After being re-elected, he said, his government will set up a National Traders’ Welfare Board, bring trader credit cards and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers. Also, the provision will be made to provide loans of up to Rs 50 lakh without collateral, the prime minister promised to traders. Congress-led governments blamed traders for ills like price rise when it was the party’s own hoarders who were black marketing commodities, he alleged. Listing his government’s achievements, he said the NDA regime has ended 1,500 archaic laws at the rate of one per day in the last five years to make doing business easier in the country. Processes have been simplified, inspector raj largely checked and personal interference in income tax assessment removed. “I consider you (traders) as biggest stakeholder of the economy. Opposition parties remember you only on special occasion,” he said. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax, which was brought in July 2017 by amalgamating 17 different central and state taxes, has made doing business transparent, ended state check-posts and resulted in doubling of registered traders. “I do not say there may have not been mistakes (in implementing GST) but we have quickly addressed any anomalies based on suggestions from traders,” he said.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Gzb girl tops CBSE 12th exams

first_imgNew Delhi: Hansika Shukla from Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad topped the 12th Standard CBSE board exams, results for which were announced on Thursday afternoon.The teenager, who came in first along with Karishma Arora of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, said she only dreamed of such results. Shukla scored 499 out of 500, securing full marks in all subjects other than English, for which she scored 99. She said that she has no regrets whatsoever for missing out on a full 500 because of one mark. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSpeaking to media persons outside her school, Shukla credited her parents and teachers for the huge educational, moral, and emotional support they gave her, unable to control her happiness and sheer surprise. However, her teachers showed no surprise at her picture-perfect scorecard. One of her teachers reportedly said that Shukla has been a consistent performer and that it is reflected in her internal examination results as well. Talking to the press, Shukla said that although she has an active interest in Psychology, she has not planned too far into the future. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor the time being, she said she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology and expressed an interest to join the Indian Foreign Services. From the humanities stream, Shukla had taken History, Political Science, and Psychology as her core subjects and scored 100 in all of them. For her elective, she chose Hindustani vocals and scored full marks for it as well. Speaking of how she managed to achieve such scores, Shukla said she never had a particular number of hours that she studied. All she followed was a strict but continuous regime of studying for one hour and then taking a break. The preparations also saw her taking a break from social media with Shukla saying she was almost inactive on social media in the months leading up to the exams. Her mother is a professor at Ghaziabad college and her father is a secretary in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament. The overall results in CBSE saw girls outperforming boys generally. A total of more than 12.87 lakh students appeared for the examination and out of all the students who cleared the exams, 88.7 percent were girls, while 79.4 per cent were boys. The three students who are tied for second place are all girls. Gaurangi Chawla (Nirmal Ashram School, Rishikesh), Aishwarya (KV, Rai Bareilly), and Bhavya BR (SK International School, Haryana) all scored 498. And continuing with the trend, out of the 18 people tied for third position in the examination, 11 are girls. The Delhi zone performed third best after Trivandrum and Chennai, with 91.87 per cent students passing the examination.last_img read more

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September 28, 2019

Mens basketball Andre Wessons role expanding in Big Ten play without Keita

Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter the injury to junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, freshman forward Andre Wesson has been receiving some valuable minutes off the bench for Ohio State in his first year at the college level.Wesson was a starter throughout his career at Westerville South High School. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists as the senior leader on route to a 2016 Ohio Division I state title. Now at OSU, he has been asked to be a role player in his first season, but is showing his coaches and teammates alike what his abilities are on the basketball court.After the injury to Bates-Diop, OSU coach Thad Matta has relied on Wesson, not to mimic the highly touted forward, but to play his own style of basketball when his number is called.“I love the way Andre (Wesson) is playing right now,” Matta said. “Kind of coming into his own, and he’s different than Keita (Bates-Diop) but can do some of the same things.”In limited minutes off the bench in Big Ten play, Wesson has averaged 2.6 points per game, with only three rebounds and one assist. However, averaging only 9.7 minutes of playing time, the freshman is third on the team with five steals and has two blocks in conference play.In the Buckeyes’ last game against Minnesota on Wednesday, Wesson played a career-high 19 minutes and was a factor in the 78-72 victory. He connected on 6-of-7 foul shots and nailed a 3 in the second half to extend the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.Wesson’s minutes and production has spiked as he becomes more acquainted with the college game.“Just being more comfortable, getting used to the speed of the game,” Wesson said. “That’s probably the thing that has helped. Also, just changing gears a bit more and not playing at one speed. Just slowing down and letting the game slow down.”From what Wesson has done in practice, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate thinks that his production in the actual games will come with time.“He just has to keep getting more comfortable in the game because in practice, I mean when we go scarlet and gray, he dominates. I don’t think he ever misses two shots in a row,” Tate said. “He’s been playing good minutes and has been a big part of our offense and defense when he checks in. We are going to need him to do that and continue to get better.”Going forward, Wesson has some areas of the game where he knows he can improve. When it is all said and done, though, the team comes first.“Probably just being more assertive, being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Wesson said. “Just continuing to just do my job, whatever the team needs me to do to win.” read more

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September 28, 2019

OSU mens basketball holds off Northwestern 6959

The 29th time wasn’t the charm for the Northwestern men’s basketball team. For long stretches of the Wildcats game against Ohio State Thursday night, though, it looked like it might be. Winless in its last 28 trips to Columbus, Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) yet again fell victim to OSU (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten), 69-59. With the win, the Buckeyes, coming off losses to Indiana and Michigan, avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2009. Northwestern didn’t fall without a fight, however, leading for most of the game before OSU pulled away late on a 17-5 run. “In today’s day and age, this is a heck of a win for us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. Playing a zone defense because of a worry that they would get into foul trouble otherwise-Northwestern had just seven healthy scholarship players-the Wildcats stagnated the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, and his team’s offense. “My center, he averages about three fouls every 10 minutes. I’m serious. I knew he couldn’t play one-on-one. Staying out of foul trouble was a major concern,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. Thomas, who leads the conference in scoring with more than 20 points per game, had just five points at halftime. Thomas showed up in a big way in the game’s decisive moments, though. He scored 15 points in the game’s final nine minutes. “Shots weren’t falling that I normally make,” the junior forward said. “I showed a lot of maturity tonight. When my teammates needed me, I got it done.” One teammate was there for Thomas when he wasn’t feeling it. Junior guard Aaron Craft spoke to Thomas multiple times during the game’s first 30 minutes-in which Thomas had just seven points-and told him to keep his head in the game. Matta told Thomas to listen to his fellow veteran teammate. “He’ll get you through,” Matta said to Thomas. The reason Thomas said he was frustrated, however, was because of how Northwestern was playing on offense. Nearly everything was falling for the Wildcats in the game’s opening twenty minutes. The No. 13-ranked Buckeyes went into halftime tied with the Wildcats, who had only nine players in uniform because of various injuries and suspension, 30-30. “That’s who Northwestern is. When they’re making shots, they’ve a very good basketball team,” Craft said, who finished with seven points, including two critical late buckets. For twenty minutes, Northwestern’s stingy zone defense frustrated the Buckeyes. On the other end of the floor, the Wildcats were patient, many times waiting until the shot clock was set to expire before firing a shot. They usually converted, too, shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half, capped by a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer from freshman guard Tre Demps. “Every time you play these guys it’s a grind. It weighs on you more mentally than physically,” Craft said, speaking of Northwestern’s tendency to try to slow the pace down. OSU made an emphasis to attack the paint in the second half. They were successful, getting the ball to sophomore center Amir Williams down low on back-to-back possessions to start the game’s final half, who converted both times. The Buckeyes got hot from deep as well, with sophomore forward Sam Thompson and Craft each hitting 3-pointers early. But Northwestern wasn’t going away. Every time OSU looked like it might go on a pull-away run-after Craft’s three or following a block in transition by sophomore guard Shannon Scott or when Thomas had a two-handed slam on a breakaway-the Wildcats had an answer. The Schottenstein Center’s crowd was on its feet for a majority of the second half, clapping and cheering in hopes to push the Buckeyes over the figurative hump. Northwestern’s bench was on its feet in jubiliation a lot though, too. OSU took the lead on three separate occasions in the second half’s first 15 minutes. Each time it happened, Northwestern got back in front. The Wildcats used 3-pointers (NU made 11) to counter the Buckeyes’ athleticism on defense. The fourth time OSU took the lead, they did it for good. Northwestern had its chances, possibly best highlighted by a missed layup by senior guard Reggie Hearn that sat on the rim for nearly three seconds, but the Buckeyes’ defense rose to the occasion. Matta used a small lineup featuring Thomas as the tallest player on the court down the stretch, and it worked, allowing OSU to press and trap the Wildcats. That lineup helped Thomas on the offensive end, too, allowing him to post-up on the slower, less athletic Wildcat big men. “It was all going to be on the defense, in terms of what we had to get done defensively and defend the 3s,” Matta said. OSU is set to play at Wisconsin on Sunday at 1 p.m. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 15, 2013 An earlier version of this story said that the Buckeyes have won against the Wildcats in their last 28 meetings at the Schottenstein Center. In fact, OSU has a 10-0 record against the Wildcats in the Schottenstein Center and have won the last 29 played on the Buckeyes’ home court. read more

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September 12, 2019

Sister Sledge Film Life Song In Development With Family Support

first_imgNews It’s true. At Muhammad Ali’s 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire, the sisters were there performing with James Brown. While America underwent turmoil and change, their family performed as well with the Jackson 5, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. But it all began in Philly learning to sing and read music from their grandmother, opera singer Viola Hairston Williams. Kim is confident she can capture it all on the big screen — after all, she has her family behind her.Sister Sledge was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “We Are Family” at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards, performing their hit at that year’s telecast. Following the group’s previous single “He’s The Greatest Dancer” ascending to No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 a month earlier, the song reached No. 2 in June 1979, setting the tone for the last summer of the 70s.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Sister Sledge Feature Film In Development sister-sledge-film-life-song-development-family-support Sister Sledge Film ‘Life Song’ In Development With Family Support Facebook Email Kim Sledge shares her work in progress on a movie in development about the “We Are Family” sisters’ amazing career.Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2018 – 5:30 pm Produced by Nile Rodgers, the 1979 hit “We Are Family” and its album of the same title introduced the sisters of Sister Sledge — Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim — to the world in a big way. On July 31 in an exclusive Variety interview, Kim spoke of the upcoming publication of her memoirs and her efforts to bring the story of the four Philadelphia sisters to the big screen with Life Song, a movie feature in development.Sister Joni died of natural causes at the age of 60 in 2017. Carrying on, the musical sisters still perform together and are able to look back from the unique vantage point of their industry success. “Music will be a great part of it, because that’s what our lives have been about,” Kim said. “During some of the most politically transitional moments in history, we were there.” https://twitter.com/SisterSledge_/status/1017526371940208640 Twitter last_img read more

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September 11, 2019

St Thomas St Dorothys To Hold Food Drive On June 2324

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s will be holding a Food Drive for the parish’s Food Pantry to help Parish members in need this weekend. Donations may be left at the entrances of both churches before all masses.Food items most needed include:Peanut Butter & JellyInstant Macaroni & CheeseCanned CornMicrowavable DinnersBeef Stew/Canned DinnersJuice Boxes/PouchesMayonnaise & CatsupPancake Mix & SyrupBody Soap & WashShampoo & ConditionerDeodorantFeminine Hygiene ProductsToothpaste & Dental FlossBody Lotion(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy’s church bulletin.)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… RelatedSt. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s To Hold Food Drive On July 13-14In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Food Drive & Cleaning Product Drive On October 14-15In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Qualcomm gives us a glimpse of our future in 5G See It Comments See also Boost Mobile See it Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm co-founder, took the stand in his company’s defense Tuesday.  Vicki Behringer The smartphones we have today wouldn’t be possible without Qualcomm. Or at least that’s what the chip giant sought to show Tuesday during a trial instigated by the US Federal Trade Commission.The two have been battling in a San Jose, California, courtroom since Jan. 4. On Tuesday afternoon, the FTC wrapped up its case against the company. The agency has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology.Tuesday marked Qualcomm’s first chance to present its own case. The company says the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It also has said that customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it has never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses.  Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice The company called to the stand a co-founder, Irwin Jacobs, and the senior vice president in charge of its 4G and 5G operations, Durga Malladi, to talk up Qualcomm’s innovations in wireless technology. Jacobs, considered one of the pioneers in mobile communications technology, testified about the early years of Qualcomm. The idea to use code division multiple access (CDMA) technology for phones came to him while driving in San Diego, he said, and the company outfitted a fan with the technology to demonstrate how it could work. Qualcomm decided to start licensing its technology to get enough funding to do more research and development on CDMA, Jacobs said. The first licensee was AT&T, followed by Motorola, Nokia and others. Qualcomm charged an upfront fee and then royalties based on sales of CDMA devices.  Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS • “Everything was negotiated,” Jacobs said. “We [wanted] something low enough that it did not impede progress should this become a commercial product. We wanted to see this used as broadly as possible worldwide.”The voice networks of US wireless carriers still use either CDMA or GSM, two fundamentally different technologies. Sprint and Verizon use CDMA, while AT&T and T-Mobile, along with most of the rest of the world, use GSM. Qualcomm holds most of the important patents related to CDMA, and the technology eventually enabled 3G networks that could also deliver data. “The industry began to realize it was important to provide mobile internet access, data communications,” Jacobs testified. “Essentially all third-generation [network technology] is based on CDMA.”Licensing battleThe FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago. The US says Qualcomm has a monopoly on modem chips and harmed competition by trying to maintain its power. Qualcomm’s “excessive” royalty rates prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. The FTC in the trial has called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and called experts to testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit.Carl Shapiro, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley and an expert witness for the FTC, testified Tuesday that while Qualcomm is an innovator, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a monopoly.”Qualcomm should be commended for its technological achievements,” Shapiro said. “But … what’s really important is that companies who aren’t quite as good or who don’t have the scale are not impeded from trying to catch and threaten and challenge the leader.”qualcomm-svp-durga-malladi-ftc-trial-vicki-behringerDurga Malladi, Qualcomm senior vice president of 4G and 5G, testified Tuesday about the research his company does in wireless technology. Vicki Behringer He testified that Qualcomm is using its market power and its monopoly power over chips to extract an “unusually high amount” for royalties for patents. That raises the cost for rivals, weakens them as competitors and fortifies Qualcomm’s monopoly power, Shapiro said. Qualcomm has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who took the stand Friday, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved.Malladi, testifying on Qualcomm’s behalf Tuesday, stressed the patents and innovation Qualcomm has related to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile technology. For instance, as of March 2018 — the cutoff for evidence related to the trial — Qualcomm was the only company capable of making a processor for millimeter wave 5G networks. The technology allows the superfast speeds of 5G but can travel only short distances and has trouble with impediments like trees or walls. Qualcomm has worked on technology to solve those problems for phones this year to run on millimeter wave networks from Verizon and AT&T. “We are interested in moving the needle quite significantly when it comes to a lot of the communications problems we want to solve,” Malladi said. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.center_img reading • Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess 12 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best Buy $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags $999 Mobile Components Tech Industry Phones Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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September 10, 2019

Pokemon Go adds more AR photo options

first_img Share your voice My Lugia checks out the bandstand at London’s Arnold Square. Sean Keane/CNET Niantic added a more robust photo mode to Pokemon Go that’ll let you feel like you’re playing a sequel to Pokemon Snap. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York should be pleased.)The Go Snapshot feature, which was added to the Android version last week and the iOS one over the weekend, lets you take photos of Pokemon you’ve already caught, using the mobile game’s AR+ mode. img-4095Raichu wanders in CNET’s London office. Sean Keane/CNET “Select a Pokemon and tap on the screen to throw its Poke Ball to that spot. Once your Pokemon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo,” Niantic said in a statement Feb. 12.”Is your Pokemon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.”So you can basically get the Pokemon you’ve caught to do your bidding beyond battling, by having them pose for photos. The shots you take will be automatically saved to your device.”We’ve been inspired by the incredible photos Trainers have taken in AR+ mode and exploring new ways to further bridge the digital and physical worlds through Niantic’s enhanced AR technologies” Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic’s product manager, said in the statement. The augmented reality game was released in July 2016 and has been adding features ever since. It grossed more than $68 million in January, according to Sensor Tower. In September, it hit $2 billion in in-app purchases. Niantic on Tuesday is also adding the ability to switch teams. You’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion from the in-game store for 1,000 Pokecoins to change between Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red, clearly the best).First published Feb. 12 at 10:04 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 25 at 7:22 a.m. PT: Reflects that the feature’s been added and highlights the team-switching features.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Tags Video Games Phones Post a comment 0 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Polestar wont limit top speeds like Volvo

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival Volvo Share your voice “Naturally, our questions are anyway in a different realm, because with electric cars, you do not discuss high speed anymore that much. That is much more an element of the combustion-engine world. Even with Tesla, [you] have to look up the top speed. For us, it would be silly to announce it [limiting top speed], because really, it’s not a question that’s relevant to us as a brand.”Because of the way electric motors deliver power, with maximum torque output coming from zero rpm, the most sensational aspect of electric vehicle performance tends to be standing-start acceleration, like 0-to-60-mph tests. Top speeds aren’t discussed as often, in part because most EVs have single-speed transmissions that result in comparatively unspectacular velocities. Volvo has built its reputation on safety, and the company is doubling-down on that with the top-speed announcement, as well as revealing that it plans to research automatically limiting top speed in areas around schools and hospitals. While Polestar models will share much of Volvo’s safety knowhow, it will evidently not seek to wear that reputation on its sleeve. According to Ingenlath, Polestar is “a bit more expressive, a bit more daring, it’s a bit more, indeed, exclusive. Some people will like it, some people will not, and it is more driver-oriented.” 1:31 Now playing: Watch this: 50 Photos Electric Carscenter_img Volvo made waves on Monday when it announced that beginning next year, it will start phasing in a 112-mile-per-hour top speed on all of its vehicles. At the time, the Swedish automaker’s new electrified premium brand, Polestar, remained quiet on whether it plans to adopt the same policy. It will not.On Tuesday here at the Geneva Motor Show, I sat down with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath after the debut of his company’s new Polestar 2 EV. He revealed, “We obviously will not do that, and that is a nice brand differentiator [from Volvo].” He continued, “we have not the wish within Polestar to actually dictate to somewhat speed he or she should drive.” According to Ingenlath, not only would limiting the v-max of its vehicles to such a low speed be contrary to the brand’s high-performance image, he thinks the discussion itself is almost beside the point with electric cars. The Polestar 2 EV is gorgeous in Geneva 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Comment Polestar Volvolast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Apex Legends season 1 battle pass new character Octane available now

first_img 0 The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Gaming Video Games The Wild Frontier is here, and so is our first Battle Pass. Learn more about the badges, skins, and voice lines coming your way: https://t.co/2ppF4L1WfM pic.twitter.com/CH4UevrY3G— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) March 19, 2019 And Horne’s post confirms the release of the game’s first new Legend, Octane, will come alongside the new season. Octane has long been rumored within the Apex Legends community, as his appearance had been data-mined weeks ago, with subsequent leaks piling up as time went on.Apex Legends is a free-to-play game that applies similar rules as Fortnite, such as the last one standing wins. Though in Apex Legends, only squads are allowed and you can pick a character that suits your way of playing. The game has gained 50 million active players in the first month since its launch in February. You can only buy the Battle Pass in the in-game store using Apex Coins. After you launch Apex Legends, go to the Battle Pass tab and purchase the Battle Pass from there. You can purchase Apex Coins in the store too. You will also keep your stuff after the season ends. First published on March 18, 11:40 a.m. PT.Update, March 19: Adds that Battle Pass is available now.  Tagscenter_img Share your voice Apex Legends Battle Pass will be available tomorrow.  EA Season 1 of Apex Legends is out in the wild. Electronic Arts, maker of the battle royale game Apex Legends, said its Battle Pass for Season 1: Wild Frontier is available now. The Battle Pass by itself costs 950 Apex Coins, the in-game currency, and the Battle Pass Bundle costs 2,800 Apex Coins. It costs about $1 for 100 coins. Both come with three special Battle Pass skins, while the bundle will unlock 25 levels in addition to the levels you’ve already reached, according to EA’s page.Lee Horn, lead product manager for EA-owned Apex developer Respawn Entertainment, published a blog post Monday explaining the philosophy behind Apex’s first season, and what makes it different from the wildly-successful Battle Pass Fortnite has established.”TL;DR Season 1 is about keeping it focused and allowing players to earn a lot of rewards at a great value (you even get the cost of the base Battle Pass back if you reach level 97),” Horn wrote. “We’ll begin adding more and more innovations each season, as we evolve the Battle Pass.” 17 Photos Post a commentlast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Spotify launches the Google Docs of podcasting

first_img 19 Photos Pod people: CNET’s favourite podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Comment Soundtrap, a music-making program that Spotify bought in 2017, is releasing a new version of its software designed for podcasters.  Getty Next up in Spotify’s podcasting binge: A program that makes mixing and mastering a podcast easier than putting together a Powerpoint presentation. Soundtrap for Storytellers, launching today globaly, is an online program meant to make podcasting accessible for anyone who believes they everything it takes to be a top podcaster except any sort of audio-engineering skills. One of its slickest tricks is interactive transcripts that synch with your audio recording, allowing you to edit the spoken-word audio file as you would in a text document. The program has a two-week free trial and offers access to many of its tools, with limitations, free. To unlock the full suite, a monthly subscription is $15 a month. Paying upfront for an annual plan breaks down to $12 a month. You can also sign up for a $18-a-month bundle that includes Storytellers and all of Soundtrap’s music-making tools.  Digital Media Music Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts CNET Apps Today And as music culture has shifted to streaming, Spotify and Apple Music have emerged as the leaders in the race to dominate subscription tunes. Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both subscribers and those who listen for free by far. But Apple Music has been growing quickly, and its iTunes service remains the world’s de facto place to find and download podcastsPeople who create their podcasts on Soundtrap for Storytellers aren’t locked into Spotify for any kind of publishing exclusive. The tool has a tool to publish quickly and easily on Spotify, but podcasters are free to download their final mixes and publish them anywhere they like. The program also has a a pseudo-Skype inside the program itself to record interviews with remote guests, and because it’s cloud-based, multiple people can work on the same podcast even if they’re scattered around the world. It also has a big library of free sound effects and built-in instruments and looping tools to make your own jingles. The program lets you publish your podcast transcript to make it easier for people to find it on search engines. Some caveats about the transcripts: A paid Storytellers subscription gives you 8 hours of interactive transcripts a month. During the free trial, you get 30 minutes of interactive transcripts, and the free version of the software doesn’t include it at all. The Storytellers program is available to use globally, but the interactive transcripts are only available for English. The company said other languages are coming but didn’t specify a timeline. The free version of the programs also lacks features like remote-interview recording, the ability to download a high-quality file of what you’ve created, publishing directly to Spotify or saving a library of your own loops.But the podcasters present for Emanuelsson’s demo last week were intrigued by the tool. “Most podcasters are not music makers,” Alex Ikhehedu of the Need to Know podcast said in an interview. But aspiring podcasters are often faced with professional programs made by Adobe or music-geared software like Garage Band with “crazy confusing presents that no one knows how to use,” he said.  “It’s really interesting to get something all in one place, all in one shot,” he said. “It makes it simple … for a user, especially for people who are new to the industry.” Share your voice Tags 1 Spotify acquired Soundtrap at the end of 2017. Sometimes called the Google Docs of music, Soundtrap focused on a music-making program designed to let normal humans record and mix tunes without being an audio engineer. Or, as Soundtrap cofounder and managing director Per Emanuelsson put it last week, you shouldn’t need to know how to use software that “looks like the cockpit of an airplane.””So many people are trying to be creative but they didn’t think they could do it themselves,” Emanuelsson said last week in an interview after presenting the Storytellers product to a group of professional podcasters. Soundtrap’s music-creation tool was designed in the hope of democratizing recorded music production. “That’s what we hope we’ll see here in the podcasting space as well,” he said.   Spotify itself is on a serious podcast binge, as it looks for ways to lure in new and different listeners. Earlier this year, the company bought podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor, part of a $400 million to $500 million podcast investment effort this year. Podcast users spend almost twice the time on Spotify, CEO Daniel Ek has said. “By having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try.” 2:28 Spotifylast_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgBangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint media conference at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo on 29 May 2019. Photo: AFPPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday discussed ways to find a durable and early solution to the humanitarian and political crisis that has emanated from the displacement of over a million Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Hasina said Japan understands that the solution to this crisis lies in the early, safe and dignified return of this displaced people to their homeland in Myanmar.She said it is necessary for Myanmar to create conducive atmosphere in Rakhine State for the return of the displaced people.”I thank the Japanese government for its generous support to handle the crisis, and for its efforts to support early repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar,” Hasina said.Hasina and Abe reiterated their commitment to take Bangladesh-Japan relations to new a height of cooperation and partnership.”I’m confident we’ll achieve that much given the excellent understanding and friendship that exist between our two peoples and our governments,” said Hasina while delivering her statement at a joint press meet.Sheikh Hasina and Abe witnessed the signing of 40th ODA Loan Package of US dollar 2.5 billion to develop infrastructure and promote investment in Bangladesh.Hasina thanked Abe for this loan package.Hasina said they have also decided to strengthen mutual cooperation in international platforms to fight against terrorism and violent extremism, mitigating risk emanating from climate change, ensuring denuclearisation to keep children safe and extending support to each other’s efforts to expand the horizon of peace and knowledge.She said Japan occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. “The level of commitment that Japan has been showing since our independence in 1971 is truly remarkable.”Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of making Bangladesh a prosperous nation and his vision of development was greatly influenced by the development history of Japan.”After more than 48 years since our independence in 1971, we can now confidently say we’re moving in the right direction to fulfil that dream. And it’s reassuring to have Japan by our side always,” she said.Hasina said she and Abe discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed on several new ideas to enhance and strengthen the level of cooperation between the two countries.She said Bangladesh has achieved all the criteria to graduate from the least developed country to a developing one and they have set their goal to become a developed country by 2041.”Prime minister Abe has assured me that Japan will stand by Bangladesh and extend necessary support to reach that goal,” she said.The two leaders have agreed to explore all possible areas where two countries can find mutually beneficial outcomes.”Our discussion was greatly focused on enhancing regional connectivity to harness the full potentials of the countries and improving physical infrastructure would be a critical factor to establish effective connectivity,” Hasina said.She said prime minister Abe has assured her that Japan will continue to provide assistance to realise that target.”Considering the importance of developing the Southeast of Bangladesh, we’ve discussed ideas to build quality infrastructures in that region,” Hasina said.”We believe that international trade and flow of investment are key channels to strengthen economic cooperation. We have put special emphasis on regional stability and peace,” she added.Hasina said it is always a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country. “I’m particularly delighted to be here at the advent of the new era, Reiwa, ushering in beautiful harmony.”She extended her warmest felicitations to Emperor Naruhito, Members of the Imperial Family and the Japanese people on the joyous occasion of his enthronement.”I’m deeply moved by the hospitality that the government of Japan has extended to me and my delegation. My sincere thanks to all the officials of Japan who worked very hard to make my visit smooth and comfortable,” she added.last_img
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September 2, 2019

What Future Transit Options Does Houston Need

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA light rail train in front of Metro’s headquarters on Main Street. Xcenter_img We often hear Houstonians bemoan the fact that we don’t have more vibrant, comprehensive mass transit. But what can we do about it – besides complain?Well, for one, there’s a task force working on the problem long term – about 25 years ahead, in fact.The High Capacity Transit Task Force is examining a variety of transit service concepts that might be workable for Greater Houston by 2045, when the region’s population is projected to be more than ten million.The task force will present its recommendations at the Transit Policy Council meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B.In the audio above, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards talks about the task force, the solutions it’s focusing on, and what she’s hearing from the public concerning its desires for future transportation services. 00:00 /21:22 Sharelast_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Murphy Fine Arts Center Gilliam Hall Morgan State University The AFRO Mayoral

first_imgThe AFRO and WEAA present “Ask. Listen. Vote.” a debate between the mayoral candidates. Sean Yoes, senior AFRO contributor and host of “First Edition,” will moderate. The event will take place on March 10 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center Gilliam Hall on the campus of Morgan State University from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free but registration at baltimoremayoraldebate.eventbrite.com is needed.last_img

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September 1, 2019

Murphy Family Mourns death of George Benjamin Murphy III at 72

first_imgOn Saturday, July 1, 2017, George B. Murphy III  of Washington, D.C., died surrounded by family and close friends. He was 72.Murphy was born in Washington to Lillie Jones Murphy of Columbia, S.C., and George B. Murphy Jr., of Baltimore, Md. He is the great-grand son of AFRO American Newspapers founder John H. Murphy, Sr.  George B. Murphy IIIMurphy was a graduate of Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. where he ran track and played basketball.  He later attended Coppin State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science. After graduating from Coppin, he followed in his mother’s footsteps and worked some time as a substitute teacher. Later, he worked in the airline industry where he developed a 30-year career—20 years as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines and then 10 years on the ground with United Airlines.Murphy had an adventurous personality enjoyed being a part of the D.C. community. He developed a strong circle of diverse friends in several of the places he also called “home,” like Atlanta, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Murphy leaves behind his daughter, Lori “Missy” Murphy Lee; his son, Benjamin Murphy Cabrera; a grandchild, Montana Alexis Lee; a son-in-law, Garrett L. Lee; his former spouse, Norma Cabrera Murphy; and his very special friend, Michelle Terrell Long, as well as many other relatives and friends.Services for Murphy will be held on July 21 at Saint Luke’s Episcopal church at 1514 15th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

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