(Update) If you won 30-million dollars, do you think you could wait two weeks to collect your winnings?. Hamilton’s newest multi-millionaire collected his big cheque at Ontario lottery and gaming’s prize office Monday. As Lisa Hepfner reports, so far he hasn’t decided how to spend his new found wealth.From hanging desperately onto the big cheque, to proclaiming his devotions.Nick Takticos, a 35-year-old man of steel from Steeltown took his new wealth and fame with a side of humour.“I just want to finish by saying, Argos suck, Ticats rule. Oskee wee wee, eat em raw.” Are you single? “I’m dating. And I’m open to a lot of options” he laughs.Nick Takticos had just gotten home from the nightshift at the Toyota plant in Cambridge, where he was a Lexus inspector. He checked his ticket several times before realizing. He could now afford to buy a Lexus.“I was pacing a little. I was by myself too. The first person I was thinking of was my mother.”At that point it was about 5am.Mom Vicky was having a restless sleep that morning:   “I was tossing and turning thinking of Tim Hortons. I wanted a coffee, and for some reason the phone rang. And he told me and I didn’t believe it so I said, I’m getting the coffee and coming over.”“I’ll never forget it, she looked up with this big smile, no stress in her face, and she said, they’re all here. I said I know, I know! We just started hugging and hugging. Total, total disbelief.”Vicky: “Our worries are going to be so different. They’ll be different worries now. You never stop worrying about your children.”Jamie Freeland is Nick’s best friend: “I went over later that night and he told me. I about fell on the floor. Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a better guy and a better family. Honestly. I really feel that way.”“Great guy, hard worker, friendly guy treats people respectfully and best friend I’ve ever had. Couldn’t be happier.”Takticos bought his winning ticket here at Royal Variety and Video. Just off of Main West in Hamilton and I’m told he’s been a regular customer here for years.Jeff To sold Nick the ticket: “I feel happy for him and his family too. So this is a lucky place to buy lotto tickets. Um. I think he’s more lucky than I laughs.”We’ll leave the last words to Nick: “Overnight, all these doors open up. It’s overwhelming.”He has “respectfully retired” from Toyota. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett is getting into the automobile sales business.The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway, owner of businesses ranging from the BNSF railroad to Dairy Queen, Geico insurance and power providers, is buying the privately owned auto dealership company Van Tuyl Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.Van Tuyl Group says it is the biggest privately owned auto dealership group in the U.S. It has 78 independently operated dealerships and more than 100 franchises in 10 states. The company will be renamed Berkshire Hathaway Automotive and be based in Dallas.Buffett, in an interview on CNBC on Thursday, said that there are huge opportunities for market consolidation in the fragmented auto dealership business.“This is just the beginning for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive,” Buffett said.This deal is one of a handful of times Buffett has applied his conglomerate’s name to one of the businesses it owns. In 2012, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services was created, and the national real estate franchise network continues adding agents at a brisk pace.A couple of insurance companies carry the name, including Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. And earlier this year, the company’s utility division was renamed Berkshire Hathaway Energy.Originally, Berkshire Hathaway was the name of the struggling New England textile company that Buffett took control of in the 1960s. Buffett later closed the textile mills, but he has built Berkshire Hathaway into a conglomerate known for its financial strength.Van Tuyl Group’s current CEO, Larry Van Tuyl, will become chairman of the auto unit. Cecil Van Tuyl, Larry’s father, started with a Kansas City Chevrolet dealership in 1955. He was joined in the family business by Larry in 1971, according to the company’s website.Jeff Rachor will become CEO once Larry Van Tuyl transitions to the chairman position.Buffett said that Van Tuyl’s job will be to scout out dealerships for potential acquisitions and determine which ones to pursue. Buffett will provide the funding for any possible transactions.“We’ve got the capital, so we’re off to the races,” he said.Berkshire investor and biographer Andy Kilpatrick said this deal looks like it represents another long-term move into a new business for the company. Plus, it puts some of Berkshire’s roughly $55 billion cash to work.“I think it’s a major operating business,” said Kilpatrick, who wrote “Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett.”Stifel analyst James Albertine said the deal puts Berkshire in good position to take advantage of trends in the industry and acquire dealers who either need to plan for succession or need capital to invest.“We continue to believe the opportunity to consolidate the auto dealership sector presents one of the best medium-to-long term growth opportunities across retail,” Albertine said in a research note.The deal is expected to close in 2015’s first quarter. It still needs approval from major auto manufacturers.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is based in Omaha, Nebraska.___AP Business Writers Michelle Chapman in New York and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story. Berkshire Hathaway buys network of car dealerships; Buffett says more car deals likely AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2014 2:54 pm MDT read more

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:49 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario reconsidering a foreign buyers’ tax to cool housing market TORONTO – A foreign buyers’ tax is back on the table in Ontario, with the finance minister saying Thursday it’s one possible option he’s looking at to cool the housing market.The average price of homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area last month rose 27.7 per cent over last year, and the average price of a detached home in Toronto is now more than $1.5 million. The latest numbers are fuelling worries of a housing bubble.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said last year that Ontario would not follow the lead of British Columbia, which imposed a 15-per-cent tax on foreign nationals buying real estate in the Vancouver area.Instead, the provincial Liberal government doubled the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 and raised the same tax on homes that sell for more than $2 million.Sousa said Thursday that he is “keenly aware” of how quickly house prices have risen over the past year.“A year ago I was thinking, ‘Let market forces prevail,’” Sousa said. “But now I’m concerned about…the ability of people to enter the marketplace. (There are) bidding wars everywhere you go, it appears, and I’m sensitive to that. I’m sensitive to the degree of fast appreciation in the short term and what will that do over the long term.”Sousa said he is considering a number of options for next steps, and “a foreign tax is just one.”In Ontario, the housing market has been heating up not just in Toronto, but across the whole Golden Horseshoe — which encompasses the western end of Lake Ontario, and regions south to Lake Erie and north to Georgian Bay — Sousa said.It’s not clear yet if foreign buyers are driving up demand or not, he said, noting Ontario has also been receiving a greater share of interprovincial migrants lately. In the third quarter of 2016, about 11,600 people moved to Ontario from other provinces, reversing a trend in recent years of more people leaving Ontario for other provinces, according to Ministry of Finance data.If measures are taken in Toronto, Sousa said he would worry about the impact elsewhere.“If there’s an appreciation happening and you start to poke a bubble, to what extent am I then implicating something with unintended consequences for other parts of the region?” he said.“If we do something in Toronto, what does that mean for Hamilton or Guelph?”The Ontario Real Estate Association has come out against a foreign buyers’ tax, saying the overwhelming majority of foreign home buyers are immigrants or permanent residents looking for a home, not speculators.“The main culprit behind rapidly rising house prices is the GTA’s unbalanced market — housing supply cannot meet demand — not foreign buyers,” CEO Tim Hudak said Thursday in a statement. “Home affordability needs to be addressed before millennials are completely priced out of the market.”“Before we pin a tax on foreigners, we need to address the elephant in the room and that’s the lack of housing supply,” Hudak said.A federal-provincial working group is still gathering data, trying to determine what factors are driving real estate prices.The average selling price for residential properties in the GTA hit $875,983 in February, while in the City of Toronto it was $859,186, an increase of 19.2 per cent. read more

first_imgThe Tongo diamond project in Sierra Leone, currently being developed by Newfield Resources, is set to benefit from DebTech’s X-ray diamond recovery technology, the diamond processing technology specialist reports.Working in collaboration with project house Paradigm Project Management, DebTech is to supply a dry unit – the CDX118CD dual wavelength X-ray sorter – to the project.“DebTech’s mature sorting technology is a dependable solution for high efficiency recovery of diamonds from a wide variety of kimberlite, marine and alluvial sources, capable of treating a material size range from 1 mm to 32 mm,” DebTech says.The unit to go to Tongo features an eight-channel photo multiplier detection system capable of identifying all types of diamonds including low luminescence, yellow and boart, the company said.Gavin Alexander, Products Manager at DebTech, said: “The appeal of the technology is its efficient diamond recovery with minimum gangue material, even at high feed rates. These rates can range from 825 kg/h with material sized between 1 mm and 2 mm, to 4.5 t/h with material of 16 mm to 32 mm in size.”Among the benefits of the system is the unique “dual wavelength” detection system and small installed footprint, the company says, adding it is capable of self-testing, while calibration can be conducted online.“Designed to be operator-friendly and straightforward to maintain, the unit offers complete operator safety due to its improved features,” Alexander says. “It is specifically designed to enhance diamond security, and the compact sorting modules can be configured for higher throughput or for a double-pass process, as required.”There are manual and automated inlet chute gate options available, with an air ejector system that ensures no loss of valuable stones.DebTech says: “Design is modular, compact and ergonomic, with left and right-hand variants available to suit. The split cabinet design features a heat exchanger-cooled X-ray generator and power supply compartment with separate control and service panel configurations. There is a single network interface for control and information, and DebTech ensures there is full maintenance support for customers, wherever they are on the globe.”last_img read more

first_imgIN WHAT HAS been described as a long-overdue overhaul of Ireland’s local governance system, Minister Phil Hogan has included measures which will see the power held by councillors in relation to planning matters curtailed significantly.“We have seen enough problems in relation to planning as articulated in the Mahon Tribunal,” the Minister told RTÉ News at One today. “Also, that power tends to be abused in a small way,” he added, referring to a councillor’s power to overturn management’s decisions or direct the executive.Hogan said his department’s intention to “accept in full” the recommendation made by the Mahon Tribunal in relation to section 140 of the Local Government Act 2001 which granted certain powers to councillors.Hogan said these powers will no longer apply. The reforms will see section 140 resolutions limited even further as they will not apply or extend to any other approval or decision which would see an individual or specific organisation benefit financially or otherwise. Legislation will be brought forward on this matter “at the earliest available opportunity”.The Mahon Tribunal – an inquiry into planning and payments to various parties – had recommended that the “power of the elected members to direct the Manager to grant planning permission in a specific case should be subject to increased restrictions” in order to combat political corruption.Fianna Fáil has criticised the coalition’s plans for not going far enough. Spokesperson Barry Cowen said he is concerned that some of the “key recommendations” from recent tribunals “appear to have been ignored”.“There appears to be nothing about enhanced transparency around planning decisions,” he added. “Critically, [Hogan] specifically refuses to create a Planning Regulator as recommended by Judge Mahon to oversee the system and act as a check on the Minister or new more powerful officials.”Hogan said the major reforms will allow for more democratic accountability and staff accountability to the democratically-elected member. It will give local councillors more influence and power on policy decisions and take control away from the management system in most other areas.“The whole tenet of my policy is to make sure there is a rebalancing of power to the democratically elected local councillor,” he told RTÉ News at One.“The city or county manager will now be a chief executive officer and he or she will have to report to councillors – as any business does to a board of directors.”More: Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31>More: How to prevent corruption in the future: Mahon’s recommendations>Read: Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow>last_img read more

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Theresa May’s failed gamble, DUP as kingmakers and Trump defiant. By Rónán Duffy No Comments Jun 9th 2017, 9:06 PM Get our daily news round up: Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The 38th Carlow Arts Festival is running until Tuesday. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 7,603 Views center_img Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party won the most Westminster seats in Northern Ireland.There have been appeals for witnesses after a stabbing in Carlow.Dublin City Council has issued a warning regarding the safety of rickshaws. Friday 9 Jun 2017, 9:06 PM Human remains have been discovered as part of the investigation into the death of convicted rapist James Nolan. A bizarre hoax email to councillors has claimed high-earners were exempt from €6 gallery entry fee at the Hugh Lane Gallery.Mars Ireland is recalling a number of its Galaxy products due to the potential presence of salmonella in ingredients.WORLD Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire#UK ELECTION: British Prime Minister Theresa May will lose her party’s overall majority in the House of Commons after a disastrous snap election.#UK ELECTION: May has said she will attempt to lead a Conservative minority government with the support of the DUP.#TESTIFY: US President Donald Trump has said he’s willing to testify under oath about the nature of his meetings with then-director of the FBI James Comey.#SEPARATISTS: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain in referendum that is opposed by the Madrid government.PARTING SHOT Source: The Independent/YouTubeLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn had a really good election with his party gaining seats and his own personal position strengthened. He did, however, execute what’s being called the ‘worst high-five ever’. http://jrnl.ie/3436493 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFirefighters responded to a smoky, tenacious fire at an unoccupied house in Camas on Friday afternoon.The Camas-Washougal Fire Department was called to a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Northwest Elm Street shortly before 3:30.They arrived to find a fire in a small house, and ample smoke, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The house was not occupied, and radio traffic indicated firefighters were able to take an offensive approach and work from inside the building.It took upwards of 40 minutes until the fire was mostly under control, according to radio traffic.last_img read more

first_imgBowing to a national flood of protests, Bank of America Corp. is calling off its plan to charge customers $5 a month for using its debit cards to make purchases — a strategy that proved a public relations disaster for what once was America’s biggest bank.Analysts had believed the rest of the banking industry would follow Bank of America in imposing similar fees to make up for new rules restricting the fees banks charge merchants for accepting debit cards.But instead, the Charlotte, N.C., banking giant finds itself following the lead of a host of rivals who decided last week not to incur the wrath of the American public with debit-card fees.Bank of America lost its No. 1 ranking in asset size to JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the end of September, though it still has the most total deposits. It announced its decision on the debit fee Tuesday morning in a two-paragraph statement citing “customer concerns and the changing competitive marketplace.”“We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks and recognize their concern with our proposed debit usage fee,” David Darnell, Bank of America’s co-chief operating officer, said in the statement.“Our customers’ voices are most important to us. As a result, we are not currently charging the fee and will not be moving forward with any additional plans to do so.”last_img read more

first_imgParamedics transported the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.Troopers said they could not confirm whether a vehicle struck the victim after she exited the car or if the injuries she suffered were from her getting out of the vehicle while it was in motion.FHP said Miami-Dade Police’s crime scene investigators are processing the vehicle for evidence.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A woman is fighting for her life at the hospital hours after, witnesses said, she exited a moving vehicle traveling north on Interstate 95 in Miami.Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to the scene in the northbound lanes near Interstate 195, at around 6 a.m., Saturday.According to FHP, the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Stephanie Gutierrez, said she and her friend had visited Blue Martini in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood before the incident occurred.Troopers said the victim was in the car’s backseat when she opened the door and exited the vehicle while it was in motion.According to City of Miami Police, Gutierrez was arrested after she was accused of giving false information to law enforcement. She remains behind bars at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Investigators said they believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the incident but said they cannot confirm this at this time.A construction worker kept the victim company before rescue crews arrived. last_img read more

first_img Phil Collins Plots More U.S. Tour Dates phil-collins-says-hes-still-not-dead-yet-adds-more-us-tour-dates Phil Collins Says He’s “Still Not Dead Yet,” Adds More U.S. Tour Dates The U.S. leg of his Not Dead Yet tour in 2018 marked the GRAMMY winner’s first major shows in the country in over a decadeAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2019 – 4:01 pm Today, GRAMMY-winning drummer/singer/legend Phil Collins announced the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! 2019 U.S. tour. The British star will begin the 15-date tour leg on Sept. 23 in Dallas and finish out on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, following the success of his 2018 North American return. News Twitter center_img He will perform at large venues in U.S. cities, including several he hasn’t been to in a decade or more. The dates include stops in Atlanta on Sept. 28, Madison Square Garden in New York City on Oct. 6 and the new Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Oct. 17, before closing things out in Vegas.Before returning to the States, Collins will bring the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! to Europe in June. He announced that tour last November, tweeting; “I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing! It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited… it just feels right.”The shows follow his successful Not Dead Yet tour, named after his 2016 autobiography, which took him around the world in 2017–2018. The North American leg in Fall 2018 marked his first jaunt in the region in 12 years.He will be backed by the same band as the last tour, which includes his son Nicholas Collins on drums. The concert’s promoter has shared that fans can expect to hear some of his biggest hits over his 40-plus year career, including favorites “Against All Odds,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “In the Air Tonight” and “Easy Lover.”In October 2016, Collins celebrated the release of the autobiography and his triumphant return with a performance backed by The Roots on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Prior to Not Dead Yet, his last major tour was another coyly named one, The First Final Farewell Tour in 2004–2005.He has won eight career GRAMMYs, including as a founding member of iconic ’80s rock Genesis. 30 years ago, Collin’s released his fourth solo studio album, 1989’s …But Seriously. The album had four hit songs, including “Another Day In Paradise,” which earned him Record Of The Year at the 33rd GRAMMY Awards.Tickets for his 2019 U.S. tour go on sale Fri., March 30, with presales beginning the day prior; more info here.Woodstock 50 Performers: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus & More AnnouncedRead more Email Facebook last_img read more

first_imgA dialogue between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front begins at Ganabhaban on Friday evening. Photo: PIDThe dialogue between the Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jukta Front ended at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban Friday evening.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 14-member delegation at the dialogue while Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president and Jukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury a 21-member team.UNB adds: At her opening speech, Sheikh Hasina said they want to hold a free, fair and neutral election so that people can choose their leadership. “To ensure how they will find that leadership is our aim,” she said.Mentioning that it is not possible to unleash development without the continuation of the democratic trend, the prime minister underscored the need for keeping up the trend as well as development pace on.”We continued the democratic trend after a long struggle. We’re working for people’s welfare and taking the country forward. We want the continuation of this trend.”She also said the country’s people will be able to cast their votes freely if the democratic trend continues. “We want to create this scope.”Welcoming the Jukta Front leaders to Ganabhaban, Sheikh Hasina said this is people’s bhaban (building).The other Jukta Front delegation members are BDB secretary general retired major Abdul Mannan, its presidium members Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milon, Abdur Rouf Mannan, Mohammad Yousuf, vice president Mahmuda Chowdhury, former MP HM Golam Reza, BLDP president Nazimuddin Al Azad, its general secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani, its secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party president Sheikh Asaduzzaman.After the talks, the Jukta Front leaders will hold a press conference at B Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence around 11pm, BDB president’s press secretary Jahangir Alam told UNB.On Thursday night, the Awami League-led 14-praty alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront had marathon discussions at Ganabhaban over the next general election.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain a 20-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the discussion.On Tuesday, prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina invited B Chowdhury to join the talks at Ganabhaban as he sent a letter to her seeking talks over the next polls.last_img read more

first_imgProtesters participate in an anti-Brexit demonstration at City Hall in central Belfast, Northern Ireland on 20 October. Photo: ReutersHundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit.The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU and held up “Bollocks to Brexit” banners under sunny skies to call for another referendum on the eventual deal on how Britain will leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.The march comes after another tumultuous week for prime minister Theresa May in which she failed to agree a divorce deal with EU leaders in Brussels and infuriated members of her own party by making further concessions in the talks.With just over five months until Britain is due to leave there is no clarity about what a future trade deal with the EU will look like and some rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.James McGrory, one of the organisers of the march, said voters should have the chance to change their minds because the decision will impact their lives for generations.“People think the Brexit negotiations are a total mess, they have no faith in the government to deliver the promises that were made, partly because they cannot be delivered,” he said.At the march, demonstrators carried placards saying “Brexit is pants”, “Time for an EU turn” and “European and proud.”Organisers said about 700,000 people took part in the march, which would make it the largest in Britain since a demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003.The “People’s Vote” campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, said they had stewards stationed at regular intervals to estimate the size of the crowd. The police did not provide an independent estimate of numbers participating.Protesters originally gathered near Hyde Park and then walked past Downing Street and finished outside parliament where they listened to politicians from all main political parties.Brexit Reversed?Britain’s 2016 referendum saw 52 per cent vote in favour of leaving the European Union. But the past two years have been politically fraught as the government has struggled to agree on a plan and there are fears that Britain could leave the bloc without a deal.Some opinion polls have shown a slight shift in favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be a decisive change in attitudes and many in Britain say they have become increasingly bored by Brexit.The prime minister has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum. The opposition Labour party’s Brexit spokesman said last month his party open to a second referendum with the option of staying in the bloc in certain circumstances.In Belfast in Northern Ireland, around 2,000 people gathered on Saturday to oppose Brexit.Brendan Heading, a 39-year-old IT worker, said he was worried the decision to leave the EU would damage the economy and could lead to the break up of the United Kingdom.“I feel that Brexit threatens prosperity and stability,” he said. “People should have the opportunity to vote for an alternative based on what we now know.”Brexit supporters held their own rally in the town of Harrogate in the north of England.Richard Tice, Vice-Chairman of Leave Means Leave and one of the speakers at the event, described the people on the march in London as “losers” and said a second referendum would trigger a constitutional crisis.“We had a vote, we voted to leave, the idea to have a second referendum would be incredibly damaging,” he said.“People need to be under no illusions as to how people feel about what is a significant potential for a total betrayal of democracy in this country.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROThe Maryland State Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity recently began its work.   The statewide effort,  authorized by Maryland Senate Bill 350, is charged with “promoting reconciliation and inclusionary justice work toward achieving racial equity” no small task in an era when race is still an often difficult and divisive American conversation.State Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, primary author of the legislation, led the charge to the group of businesswomen and men, civil, human rights and health advocates, police and clergy appointed to the Commission.Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (seated center), members of the Maryland Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity and staff from the Institute of Urban Research that will be staffing the Task Force (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“W.E.B. Dubois said the problem of the 20th century is the color line. Well, here we are—the problem of the 21st century is still the color line,” Nathan-Pulliam said.Nathan-Pulliam reviewed 10 years of work that she and other colleagues invested into establishing a  state level focus on addressing racial/ethnic inequities prior to the passage of SB 350 by the Maryland General Assembly in spring 2018.The authorizing legislation requires task force members to “hold hearings at various locations throughout the State and  receive testimony from individuals, units of State and local government, community–based organizations, and other public and private organizations,” to examine “the impact of institutional and structural racism” on a wide array of issues including health, employment, K-12 and higher education, housing and income.Task Force members described a myriad of challenges and methods of addressing issues involving Maryland’s racial inequities as the group grappled with how to advance their work throughout the state.“I don’t really think people here [in Maryland] really have in front of their noses concrete reality about what exists in this state,” said Task Force member the Rev. Florence Redyard, rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Edmondson Village, regarding the level and impact of institutionalized racism across Maryland.“We will know we are successful when every town council, every school board, every county council, the Baltimore City Council, and the Maryland General Assembly not only has a fiscal policy note for every piece of legislation, but they also have a legally required racial equity policy note,” said Kobi Little, political action chair of the Maryland State NAACP.“Much of what we look at as disparity is intentional,” said John L. Hudgins, director of the Graduate  Program in Human Services Administration at Coppin State University.“I worry that Maryland is almost an example that ‘different faces in high places’ doesn’t matter. I’m not so sure if awareness of the problem itself is going to solve the problem,” Hudgins added.“Diversity is in a lot of places but inclusion is not,” said Dr. Carlos D. Williams, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.“I see all the time people present in the room with no power to make decisions,” Williams added.Nathan-Pulliam reminded the group that they had a lot of ground to cover on a tight timeline.   A preliminary report outlining the Task Force’s proposed activities must be issued by the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University to the governor on behalf of the Task Force no later than the end of January 2019, and a full report of findings and recommendations is due by January 2020.last_img read more

first_imgBorn in 1797, what connection could an author have with the second world war? His premonition of the horrors to befall 20th century Europe are eerie to say the least. Heinrich Heine, the author in question, was born to a Jewish family in a time when antisemitic sentiments were rife among the yet-to-be unified German kingdoms.Next door, the French government chose to ignore the Damascus Affair in 1840 because it didn’t want to aggravate the Catholics nor the push forward for colonization of the Middle East, permitting antisemitism to continue to grow in Europe.Though interested in the faith on a historical level, Heine was never a particularly devout Jew. He converted to Protestantism in 1825 in order to circumvent a Prussian law that prevented Jews from occupying academic posts.Essayist, poet, and critic, Heine was popular during his lifetime in spite of (or perhaps because of) his penchant for revolutionary ideals. Though fiercely nationalistic, Heine supported liberty and equality unknown in the conservative, monarchical Germany of the time.Damascus AffairCensorship of the time had a funny rule that books under 320 pages were to be reviewed before publication. Anything larger was considered to be uninteresting to the general public and not worth the censors’ time.Heine’s publisher flouted this law by printing his clients’ work in large font, increasing the page count and bypassing the censors, but still spreading revolutionary texts. 1834 saw an end to this loophole, and as Heine refused to be censored, his work went unpublished in Germany. He had settled in France where he would remain for the rest of his life.Heine, 1829.A relative of Karl Marx, Heine would influence the writings and development of the political theories made famous by his cousin. As both were exiled in Paris, they published writings together until Marx was deported, after which their close relationship began to fade as time went on and Heine developed a distaste for Marx’s communist ideals.Karl MarxPlagued by criticism and censorship, Heine didn’t make life any easier for himself. He regularly involved himself in liberal factions at the universities he attended, held questionable and unrequited romances, and challenged 10 different people to duels throughout the years.Though regarded as a literary celebrity, his exile in Paris was also fraught with dissidence within the Young Germany group, exacerbated once again by Heine’s tendency towards provocation, culminating in his last duel in 1840, which he survived.Despite his uneven popularity, Heine is credited with writing the most widely known book of German verse, Buch der Lieder, in 1827.First page of first edition of Heine’s Buch der Lieder, 1827.He is credited with an impressively long list of publications, all of which were written in German, and many of which were set to music by admirers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Wagner — just to name a few.Banned by the German authorities during his own lifetime, Heine’s works faced backlash again when they were posthumously banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. Censorship went beyond bans and up in flames, when in 1933 Nazi students and youth began a nationwide book burning in Berlin.Book burning, 1933.The first works attacked were those of Marx. His cousin’s would soon follow suit. Never mind an author’s actual political leanings or literary message, under the Nazi regime, Jewish authors were all censored, “regardless of subject matter.”Ominously, a character in Heine’s play Almansor (1821) declares “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well.”Read another story from us: Separated at Birth – How Identical Twin Nazi and Jewish Brothers Found Each OtherOne can’t help but wonder whether or not the Nazi censors were aware of the terribly ironic scene they enacted in Opernplatz that repressive evening, or if anyone could have guessed at the tragedy to come.last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica and Qatar on Wednesday signed the Central American country’s first open-skies agreement with a Middle Eastern country, aimed at boosting tourism from that region.The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) said in a press release that the agreement allows flights and airline operations between the two countries.Tourism Minister Allan Flores said the agreement also will allow airlines to connect from other countries and transfer passengers between flights.Air Transport Vice Minister Luis Araya said that in the last two years, Costa Rica has signed more open-skies agreements than in the past 100 years.“These air transport links are vital in an economy in which tourism is our main economic development engine,” Araya said.Qatar, an emirate in the Middle East, has the highest gross domestic product per capita in the world ($102,700), and Costa Rica hopes to become a favorite holiday destination for its nationals. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies were working Monday night to verify the strong possibility that al-Qaida’s No. 2 figure, the leader of its virulent Yemen offshoot, has been killed, intelligence officials said.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be quoted discussing a classified action. The Washington Post reported that Nasir al-Wuhayshi was targeted in a CIA drone strike last week. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Arab media, and extremists on Twitter, reported that al-Wuhayshi, a top lieutenant to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, was killed in the strike. U.S. officials told The Associated Press they are investigating evidence to that effect, while declining to confirm the CIA’s role.The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks social media postings by Islamist groups, translated a series of messages by AQAP sympathizers that al-Wuhayshi had died.Al-Wuhayshi leads al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which is considered the terror group most capable of striking American interests.Arab media reports said three suspected al-Qaida members were killed June 9 in an apparent U.S. drone strike in Mukalla, a southeastern port city in Yemen.“If confirmed, the death of AQAP’s leader is a major blow to Islamist terrorists who are plotting daily to attack America,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican who chairs the homeland security committee.Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, said al-Wuhayshi’s death “would be a significant blow to the core of the terrorist organization and its most dangerous franchise.”As al-Qaida leaders have been captured or killed, Schiff said, “Zawahri has been increasingly reliant on a small cadre of loyal lieutenants. As one of those top lieutenants, al-Wuhayshi has played an important role in keeping al-Qaida factions aligned with Zawahri in the face of rival pressures” from the Islamic State group. Al-Wuhayshi’s death would be a setback for AQAP, but the group’s master bombmaker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, is believed to still be alive. He is thought to have designed bombs that were slipped past security and placed on three separate American-bound airplanes, although none of them exploded.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

first_img February 21, 2012 431 Views Share in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-02-21 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Ex-Linebacker, Realtor, Many Others Nabbed for Fraud A Realtor and mortgage broker, his wife, and several others found themselves in the crosshairs of prosecutors Tuesday, along with a former Dallas Cowboys linebacker and nine co-conspirators.[IMAGE]MReport sourced the two stories from the “”Courthouse News Service””:http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/02/21/44025.htm and the “”San Diego News””:http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/21/realtor-8-others-charged-mortgage-fraud/.From 2002 to 2007, according to the San Diego News, Realtor Eric Elegado allegedly committed conspiracy, fraud, and money-laundering activities that led to $50 [COLUMN_BREAK]million in mortgage fraud.The news outlet said that Elegado, his wife, and seven others went after low-income immigrant homebuyers to secure $50 million from numerous lenders, ultimately leaving these with $15 million in losses from fraudulently filed loan applications.The alleged co-conspirators are held on bond for an amount between $35,000 and $75,000, according to the San Diego News.The Courthouse News Service meanwhile offered up the tale of an ex-linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys who received his conviction along with nine others for approximately $20.5 million in mortgage fraud.According to the news outlet, William Tisdale worked with Eugene Lockhart, plus others, in order to lock up 54 single-family homes for sale in Dallas, which they then sold for substantially more than fair market value.Each defendant convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud may see 20 years in prison, plus $250,000 in fines; or 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines for bank fraud; or anywhere up to 20 years and $250,000 in fines for wire fraud, the News Service reports.last_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a football game. So, we will give you Bird Bits providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Cardinals 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Final Score: Vikings 21, Cardinals 14The Good:LaRod Stephens-Howling had a career day, rushing for a 104 yards to go along with 45 receiving yards and the Cardinals’ lone rushing touchdown. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • Sunday’s loss marks the eighth straight time the Cardinals’ franchise has dropped a road game in Minnesota. Their last win was in 1977.• Larry Fitzgerald’s homecoming wasn’t much fun for the ninth-year pro. He had just four catches for 29 yards.• The Cardinals entered Sunday allowing the most sacks of any team in the NFL. The offensive line gave up seven more sacks against the Vikings in Week 7 and now have allowed 29 over their last four games.Coming Up Next:The Cardinals limp into next week’s Monday Night Football showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium with the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers. Monday’s contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. The defense did allow 21 points for just the second time this season (although seven of which came from the Vikings’ defense), but they bothered Christian Ponder all day, intercepting him twice and allowing him to complete just eight passes for 58 yards.The Bad:John Skelton was much more accurate in Week 7 than his previous stint against the Bills, but a costly interception by Hunter Smith gave the Vikings enough breathing room to coast to a comfortable victory in the second half.The Cardinals’ defense limited Ponder, but could not contain running back Adrian Peterson. The perennial all-pro back ran for 153 yards and a touchdown.Jay Feely’s 47-yard miss to end the first half marked the third time in as many games that he’s missed on an attempt.One of the Cardinals’ best scoring chances in the second half was stalled at the Minnesota 18-yard line, when Ken Whisenhunt elected to go for it on fourth down rather than have Feely attempt at 35-yard attempt. Skelton was promptly sacked by Antoine Winfield when he attempted to run for the first down.Noted:• The Cardinals’ three-game losing streak is the team’s longest since they dropped six straight in 2011.last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The Cardinals interviewed Haley, but Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator apparently set a ‘very high’ price for his services. Rank CoachReason#3 Jay Gruden Gruden interviewed with the Cardinals last week and they appear to be looking for an offensive-minded coach. Rank CoachReason#4 Rank CoachReason#5Todd Haley The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Rank CoachReason#2 Ray Horton Arizona’s defensive coordinator does not appear to be going anywhere, but it’s worth wondering if the Cardinals view him as head coach material. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt on December 31. Since then there have been various reports about who the Cardinals are targeting and who is interested in the job. Some of the candidates are former coaches with varying degrees of success, while others are coordinators searching for that first head coaching job. Below is a list of the most likely candidates along with notes pertaining to their likelihood of coming to Arizona. The rankings will change along with the winds of the search. Bruce Arians The Colts offensive coordinator will meet with the Cards, but he may not keep DC Ray Horton around For more information on every candidate click here. – / 8 Rank CoachReason#1Darrell Bevell The Cardinals are reportedly bringing the Seahawks OC in for an interview.last_img read more

first_img NEW ORLEANS – Ella Brennan, who couldn’t cook but played a major role in putting New Orleans on the world’s culinary map, died Thursday. She was 92.“Tonight, the iconic Commander’s Palace sign will not be lit,” said a statement emailed from the Commander’s Family of Restaurants. It said Brennan died with family and friends by her side, and services will be private.Ella Brennan was credited with creating nouvelle Creole cuisine, was the matriarch of a family that owns nearly two-dozen restaurants — more if you count every outlet of a local pizza and po’-boy chain — and, at Commander’s Palace, cultivated many of the city’s top chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. She won the James Beard Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2009.“Ella Brennan was an icon in the culinary industry, and she graciously shared her passion for New Orleans and our cuisine with the world,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards in a statement. “She was a trailblazer with a tenacious spirit who made it her mission to learn everything possible about the restaurant business from the ground up.”Or, as Brennan summed up her life’s experience in October 2015, “I had a barrel of fun and if anybody calls that work they’re crazy.”Her speech when Commander’s Palace won the second James Beard award for outstanding service was equally succinct and self-deprecating: “I accept this award for every damn captain and waiter in the country.”“The entire auditorium rose to its feet for a standing ovation as my mother endeared herself to anyone who has ever set a table or taken an order,” her daughter, Ti Adelaide Martin, wrote in the introduction to their book “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace.”Brennan didn’t inherit her mother’s talent for cooking. “She can’t really boil water,” Lagasse said days before Brennan’s 90th birthday in November 2015. But, he said, “She’s one of the greatest restaurateurs I’ve ever met. She has an incredible palate and an even more incredible mind. And she just has this way with people, of leading and showing the way of exceptional hospitality.”Brennan started in the restaurant business as a high school kid working in her oldest brother Owen’s bar and restaurant. After graduating, she took a few secretarial classes but happily dropped out in the 1940s to work full-time for her brother. Mostly, she taught herself, reading books and magazines and asking questions of vendors, butchers, and just about anyone else who crossed her path.Her mentoring took many forms: weekly “foodie meetings” to discuss any and all aspects of food and the restaurant business; trips to New York and abroad to learn from restaurants and stores; comments and notes.Lagasse recalled one note handed to him during his early years at Commander’s Palace: “When you come to work tomorrow, do me a favour and leave your ego at home.”They’d often sit at her desk together on Saturdays to thumb through menus and cookbooks, discussing their experiences and how to “creolize” dishes for Commander’s customers.Lagasse said Brennan also taught him his philosophy: “getting up every day and trying a little harder than the day before.”One of Brennan’s mottos was “If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway.”Brennan grew up with two sisters and three brothers, children of a shipyard supervisor and a woman who loved to cook and entertain.Her first full-time job was at the Vieux Carre, the predecessor to Brennan’s Restaurant. Owen Brennan was in the middle of planning for Brennan’s when he died in 1955 at age 45. Plans for a bank loan fell through. The family took out new mortgages, borrowed from in-laws and friends, and the restaurant opened.In 1969, Ella and younger brother Dick Brennan bought Commander’s Palace, then 96 years old. They began managing it in 1974, about the time Owen Brennan’s widow ousted the rest of the family from Brennan’s. Dick and Ella Brennan brought in Prudhomme — the first American chef at a major New Orleans restaurant — a year after buying Commander’s Palace.The American Culinary Federation’s New Orleans chapter named an annual award for her. Its website states, “Her talent for teaching and coaching young people with a passion for the restaurant business has led to a legion of chefs who named her as their mentor.”“Her vision, her treatment of people, her development of so many of our great chefs as well as cuisine made her a leader far ahead of her time,” said Stan Harris, CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “Her family sustained a significant loss.” Ella Brennan dies at 92, mentored chefs Prudhomme, Lagasse In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Ella Brennan poses for a photo during an interview in her home, adjacent to Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans. Brennan, who couldn’t cook but played a major role in putting New Orleans on the world’s culinary map, died Thursday, May 31. 2018. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) center_img by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2018 11:51 am PDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more