Expedia study finds Canadian courtesy extends to travel

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We in Canada are known for our politeness, and a new survey has found that politeness extends to travel.A study, led by Expedia, has found Canucks are above the global average in claiming we have done something kind, like helping someone else lift their suitcase into an overhead compartment.Julie Blais-Comeau, an etiquette expert working with the travel company, says the study found some Canadians might even give up a window seat.“One in three said that they would volunteer to switch their seat to accommodate another party that was not sitting together,” she says.More than a quarter of those surveyed said they’ve given tips and recommendations to other passengers.We’re pretty good guests too – more than three quarters say going through a host’s personal items is a big no.Blais-Comeau suggests if you’re jetting off somewhere this summer, consider doing something kind for someone else, like surprising a stranger in line with a coffee or leaving a thank you for a host.last_img read more

Research Most Young Canadians Want to Live in Music Cities

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018 – As many small and medium-size live music venues across Canada are struggling due to lack of funding and revenue, new SOCAN researchi reveals that seven-in-ten city-dwelling Canadians younger than 35 feel it’s important to live in a neighbourhood with a vibrant local arts scene that includes live music. Advertisement Advertisement SOCAN also notes that often in Canada, property developers are rightfully required to contribute to community infrastructure and amenities when they build in an area – providing funds that go to libraries, park development, and transit projects, for example. SOCAN argues that live music venues should be considered for these types of funds, and Canadians agree: 91% of Canadians living in urban Canada who want to live in a neighbourhood with a vibrant local arts scene agree that a portion of development fees should support live music.“The results of this study solidify what we at SOCAN have long known: that Canadians have a passion and desire for live music at a local level,” commented Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “Many cities already know that live music supports the municipal economy by bringing tourists and attracting young people to settle and contribute to the local economy. We hope these recent findings will further encourage municipalities and citizens to come together, foster our unique Canadian music culture, and keep building vibrant Canadian neighbourhoods.”SOCAN also encourages citizens to support local artists better by frequenting venues that hold live music licenses, so that music creators and publishers can be compensated fairly for their creative work, while also supporting local businesses and the economy.“The idea of saving music and arts scenes throughout Canada can seem like a daunting task, but it can be accomplished by simple gestures such as enjoying live music in venues that are already license-compliant,” continued Baptiste. “It is a small step, but it means that Canadian music creators and publishers are being compensated fairly, which allows them to support themselves and create more music for our collective enjoyment.”About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com_______________________________i A survey of 1,080 Canadians living in urban centres was completed online between August 1-11, 2017 using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-3.0%, 19 times out of 20. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SOCAN believes that cities should play a critical role in maintaining local arts and music scenes and, in response to study findings, has identified several steps that cities can take to foster music in communities across the country.Providing live artists with realistic housing options, bringing cultural groups together to encourage discussions around the arts, and examining local development fee structures so they take live music venues into consideration all have been suggested. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Egypt to try 23 Islamists for ‘unauthorised’ demo

first_imgCAIRO – An Egyptian court will try 23 Islamists under a newly passed law banning unauthorised demonstrations, a judicial source said Tuesday.Supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, ousted and arrested by the military in July, regularly hold demonstrations around the country calling for his return.Egypt’s military-installed authorities have cracked down on the protests, and more than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands others arrested since mid-August. The judicial source described the 23 accused as members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, and said they had been detained ahead of their case.The group was arrested in the Qaliubiya governorate north of Cairo, according to the source, who did not say when they had been detained.They would go on trial Sunday on charges of “demonstrating without authorisation,” “disrupting traffic” and “disturbing public order,” the source added.The protest law, passed on November 24, requires organisers to seek authorisation three days ahead of any planned demonstration. Requests can be denied if the protest is deemed a threat to national security.Three activists who took part in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak are currently on trial under the law, and another is awaiting trial on the same charges.Activists say the ban is hypocritical as the army justified Morsi’s overthrow as a response to mass demonstrations across the country against his turbulent single year in power.last_img read more

Morocco Dismantles a Terrorist Cell in Fez

Rabat – A terrorist cell responsible for recruiting Moroccans to fight alongside the so-called Islamic State has been found and dismantled in Fes on Thursday.Composed of three members including one woman, the cell was responsible for recruiting volunteers to fight in terrorist organisation ISIS, the Interior Department said in a statement published on MAP.According to a statement from the department, the terrorist was about to carry out terrorist acts in Morocco large scale. The investigation by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) within the S & T Branch revealed terrorist cell “Were preparing to commit terrorist attacks in Morocco,” according to the statement.The network was active in Fez, Casablanca and Oulad Teima. read more

Security Council applauds new constitution for Afghanistan

Video of Council President reading statement In a statement read out by the Council’s President for January, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, the 15 members welcomed what they described as a “very significant step on the path towards a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan that respects the rights of all Afghan citizens, men and women.”Mr. Muñoz said the constitution provides the platform for the holding of national elections later this year, fulfilling the timetable set at the Bonn conference in December 2001 when the UN brokered an agreement on Afghanistan’s transition to democracy.The President hailed the Afghan people for their determination to restore the country “to its rightful place in the community of nations.” Council members also praised the role played by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, in securing agreement among the more than 500 delegates to the constitutional Loya Jirga. Mr. Brahimi’s term as Special Representative to Afghanistan has now ended.Earlier, the Council received a written report on the situation in Afghanistan from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has been providing regular updates on the country’s progress and the UN mission there (UNAMA).In the report, Mr. Annan says Afghanistan faces several critical challenges if it is to successfully complete the peace process outlined at the Bonn conference, and he reiterates his call for a fresh political and donors’ conference to strengthen recent gains.The Secretary-General said many of Afghanistan’s provinces are beset by security problems, especially in rural areas, thanks to factional misrule and the work of elements allied to the Taliban, Al-Qaida or the warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.There have been several attacks recently on UN staff working in Afghanistan and Mr. Annan said these highlight the need to rapidly improve security across the country. “I urge NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] and the coalition forces to take every measure possible to speed the deployment of security assistance in the provinces,” he writes.Mr. Annan added that the number of voter registration centres, currently limited to the major cities and towns, must increase to meet the target rate of registration for this year’s scheduled elections. read more

Ontario Liberals plan 500M cut to education funding will close schools NDP

Ontario Liberals plan $500M cut to education funding; will close schools: NDP by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some schools in Ontario will be shut down as the Liberal government makes education funding cuts to help eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit in three years, Education Minister Liz Sandals admitted Tuesday.The planned cuts are included in the government’s 2015-16 education funding guide, which was obtained by the New Democrats and calls for permanent savings of up to $500 million by 2017-18.“Lets face it,” Sandals told reporters. “We do have a deficit, so we’re going to have to look at every government program and make sure that we’re managing it efficiently.”The real issue is that the number of pupils is declining, added Sandals.“So yes, there may be from year to year sometimes a slight decrease in funding, but the funding per pupil actually continues to rise,” she said.The document, copies of which were released by NDP education critic Peter Tabuns, says the plan is challenging as it represents a potential reduction of one to two per cent in total revenue.“These cuts will hurt an education system that’s already hurting from being underfunded,” said Tabuns. “It could mean ballooning class sizes, teacher layoffs and even more school closures.”Sandals didn’t dispute the funding guide’s authenticity, and said there are over 600 schools in Ontario that are more than half empty, and some will be closed.“We want to make sure that money is being spent on educating the students who are there and not on funding empty seats,” she said.The New Democrats said the planned reduction flies in the face of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s pledge in the legislature just four months ago not to cut education funding.“Her budget promised increased funding to school boards,” Tabuns told the legislature. “She’s on the record promising no cuts to schools, and yet the Ministry of Education is spelling out $500 million in cuts to our classrooms and says annual increases are things of the past.”The Progressive Conservatives said school closings would inevitably be in small-town and rural Ontario, where schools are often the hub of the community, and warned that shutting down some of them would not result in huge savings.“Shutting them down and busing kids 15, 20 or 30 kilometres away, I don’t think is an option,” said PC education critic Garfield Dunlop. “And I don’t think it’s going to save her $500 million either.”Sandals said education funding this year hit $22.5 billion, an increase of 56.5 per cent, or over $4,000 per pupil, since the Liberals were elected in 2003.“We have increased spending in education more than any other government has ever done,” she said.The education minister also dismissed the idea of eliminating Ontario’s Roman Catholic school system and combining it with the public system, which the provincial Green Party has advocated. The Liberals will abide by the Constitutional requirement for Ontario to have a separate system for Catholic education, added Sandals“The economic arguments are not strong arguments for school board amalgamation,” she said.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

Walgreens cuts ties to bloodtesting company Theranos

Walgreens cuts ties to blood-testing company Theranos Troubled blood-testing startup Theranos says it will continue serving customers through independent retail locations a day after the nation’s largest drugstore chain severed ties with the company.Walgreens had said Sunday that it will immediately close all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers at the drugstore chain’s Arizona locations. In January, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. told Theranos to stop sending samples collected at its stores to a testing facility that drew regulatory scrutiny over possible patient risks.Theranos said Monday in a brief statement posted on its website that it was disappointed with the Walgreens decision. The blood-testing company said it was working with government officials “to ensure that we not only comply with all federal regulations but exceed them,” and it still would serve customers in California and Arizona through the independent retail locations.Palo Alto, California-based Theranos has raised millions of dollars by pitching its technology as a cheaper, faster way to run blood tests.The privately held company said in April that it was under investigation from several regulators and agencies. That followed a series of Wall Street Journal reports that raised questions about the company’s tests. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN envoy condemns cowardly bomb attacks in Sadr City and Baquba

“These are cowardly terrorist attacks on civilians who have done nothing but going about their normal daily lives,” said Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, in a press release issued today by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). This latest attack comes after a car bomb was detonated on 9 May near a restaurant in Baquba, which also left large numbers of casualties. “Such acts of terrorist violence are certainly against all the principles of decency and humanity, and as such must be strongly condemned,” Mr. Kubiš stressed. “I call on the authorities to do their utmost to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice, and express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he added. read more

Government issues sustainable growth strategy

At the same time, a new Manufacturing Framework will be published which will look  specifically at trade barriers for manufacturing companies, including access to finance, technology, engineering skills and the perception of modern manufacturing within industry. Business secretary, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, MP, made special reference to the UK’s science and technology strengths, identifying the move to low carbon as a key opportunity for the economy. In response to the challenges facing the UK’s economy, government today published its ‘Strategy for Sustainable Growth’, which reaffirms a commitment towards balanced and sustainable growth within the private sector. Through innovative collaboration with business and industry sectors, in particular the Automotive Council, the report proposes the establishment of positive policy frameworks, in order to promote a skilled workforce with the ability to deliver economic innovation and growth through business investment and exports. For more information and to download the government’s ‘Strategy for Sustainable Growth’, click hereClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Over the course of the summer, government will look to engage further across industry as it develops its strategy before the submission of a White Paper this autumn. The report also supports the recommendation to remove legislative barriers, which inhibit international growth, restrict international access to trade markets and demote global economic growth. The strategy also highlights government vision to secure with its trading partners in the EU, free trade agreements with South Korea and India.    read more

Really Waitrose Supermarket makes apostrophe error on gifts for teachers

first_img Deadline News “If those are what your ‘partners’ used to gift their teachers, punctuation marks are the least of your worries.”Ed Szram II spotted one of the tags in his local Waitrose store and wrote: “Please fix the apostrophe usage found in your Canary Wharf and other stores.”Katya Lightbody also shared an image of one of the erroneous signs and wrote: “I’m not sure I would be buying my child’s teacher any presents if he used apostrophes like this, three for two or not.”Waitrose has responded online to let customers know that the error will be fixed. Credit: Deadline News A teacher who received a present which had not one but two apostrophe errors from a student would probably not be very pleased.Supermarket Waitrose has angered parents by using shoddy grammar on labels advertising presents for teachers.Shoppers were encouraged to buy end-of-school term presents for teachers with a label which read: “3 for 2. Gift’s For Teacher’s.”Jane Bremner spotted one of the offending labels and wrote: “They’ll definitely need a gift after seeing this notice. #apostrophecrime.”Emmy Williams spotted one of the signs placed bizarrely in front of women’s shavers and wrote: “Really Waitrose? For Teacher’s what? And only for one particular teacher; capital T?center_img Responding to the posts, they replied tersely – and with a correctly-used apostrophe: “We’re aware of this. Thanks.”The supermarket told The Telegraph: “We’re in the process of changing this in our stores. Our report card says ‘must try harder’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Salford Crowned English League Champions

British handballBritish handball leagueSalford handball SALFORD were crowned champions of the EHA Men’s National League after beating southern rivals Ruislip Eagles in their penultimate clash of the play-offs.Salford have dominated most of their matches this season, but looked really nervy prior to the clash with the Eagles. A win or a draw would see them take the league title for the first time in almost 20 years. A great deal of responsibility resting on some very young shoulders.The gravity of the game clearly had an impact on Salford’s early performance. Their usual fluency in attack and almost impenetrable defence were nowhere to be seen as the game got underway.Ruislip on the other hand set off with clinical efficiency as they converted almost all their early chances to open up a five-goal lead by the mid-point of the half. Whatever they tried, Salford were always struggling to recoup that lead. For every goal Salford scored, Ruislip came back with one of their own.A superb team performance by Ruislip really putting pressure on the league leaders. By half time, Salford had only managed to recoup one goal of the deficit to go in four down at 10 goals to Ruislip’s 14.As the second half got underway Salford came out the quicker, closing the gap to two before Ruislip once again regained the upper hand to take the lead back to three. And so that was to be the story of the half, every time Salford closed the lead Ruislip managed to find a way to open it up again.Down to two goals, back to three goals then back to two goals by the time Ruislip took a time out at 20 minutes into the half. Things were now on a knife edge, but Salford were gradually gaining the upper hand. Holding the gap to two goals and the momentum was turning. Only slightly, but it was definitely turning.As the game got back under way it was now Salford putting pressure on Ruislip. Would they buckle or could Ruislip hold out and force the championship to come down to the last game of the season? A herculean effort was called for from both teams and neither disappointed.As the final 10 minutes of the game got underway, still neither team could be separated. However, Salford managed to grab back a goal and then another to level the game with just a couple of minutes to go. Crucial defending turned over the ball to allow Salford to call a time out with just over a minute of the game left to play.Clearly, a long attack with retained possession was the order of the day. Play it through and create a good scoring chance would be the instruction from the Salford coaches. Alas, the best laid plans would come awry after just three passes of the restart. A missed pass saw the ball go out of play and possession return to Ruislip.A long hard period of defence was to follow. Numerous chances to break through were quashed as the Salford defence finally decided to turn up and do what its renowned for – stopping teams scoring. As the final horn sounded, a very relieved Salford celebrated their first championship in almost two decades. The score, a 28 – 28 draw. A result both teams very much deserved.After the game, Salford Head Coach Bill Baillie said, “I am really happy for everybody involved at the club, we took a big gamble financially to move to three training sessions per week, but now the players have their reward for all the commitment and time they have put in.“It was a nervy game for the players and it was important that they stayed composed and never panicked. This now allows us to focus on getting to the Cup final in what will be another difficult semi final against Cambridge”“Thanks must also go to our band of supporters who have followed us in every game, Salford Community Leisure, Salford University and Liverpool John Moores University for all their support.”* Olympia beat Thames 28-25 in a thrilling Women’s Cup clash on Saturday, while in Men’s Plate action, Warwick University won 40-38 against Liverpool Speke Garston.This weekend, The Men’s EHA Cup resumes with the semi finals. London GD take on University of Manchester at the Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester, while over at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool Salford will play Cambridge.Article source: More about British Handball ← Previous Story Tatran Presov extends contract with coach Rasic Next Story → Jan Sobol is going back to Tatran Presov! read more

DHfK Leipzig without Philipp Weber next 6 to 8 weeks

DHfK LeipzigPhilipp Weber ← Previous Story 1,2,3,4, LEFT HAND, SLOVENIAN: FC Barcelona Lassa without Jure Dolenec Next Story → 16 PLAYERS AND 14 STAFF MEMBERS: Norge girls are ready for WCh 2017! DHfK Leipzig will be without Philipp Weber in the next six to eight weeks, announced German club. However, good thing in the whole story is that German left back will be able to play at the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.The 25-year-old does not have to undergo surgery: “In addition to the fracture, the ligaments on the tarsus have been torn. The fracture is not shifted, the joint position in the foot is downright. Thus, no surgery is necessary and we expect a downtime of six to eight weeks, “said professor Hepp.Back-line player, who is not allowed to strain his foot, was also provided with a special shoe to keep his foot at rest. “All therapeutic measures of modern physiotherapy are taken by us, so that Philipp can return to the field as quickly as possible,” said Hepp.PHOTO: DHfK Leipzig Facebook read more

Broward Sheriffs office holds ice cream social for local kids

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office held a free ice cream social for children, Saturday, in order to connect children in the community with local firefighters and deputies.It was the first of a series of ice cream socials BSO has planned for the summer, where children can get a free McDonald’s ice cream while they meet local firefighters and deputies. The kids were also able to paint an out-of-commission BSO fire truck and take photos in a Chevrolet Camaro. Ronald McDonald also entertained with a juggling show.Sheriff Scott Israel and BSO deputies hosted the event at the McDonald’s on Deerfield Beach.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

60 new MiamiDade Schools PD recruits train in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly hired officers for the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department started their training on Miami Beach.The 60 new recruits trained near Ninth Street and Ocean Drive to become the latest line of defense for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Thursday.“We’re participating in a team-building, physical fitness exercise to ensure that our officers are not only mentally ready but physically ready for the job at hand,” said Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Edwin Lopez.Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho trained alongside the new officers and emphasized their importance.“Safety and security has always been the number one priority of our school board, and now with these resources, these funds, we can absolutely deploy a professional law enforcement entity to every single school,” he said.The county plans on hiring at least 200 more officers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Publishers Beef Up on Political Talent as Election Looms

first_imgAs is often the case during election years, the media again became the story last month when CNN brought on fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi as a political commentator. PageSix went as far as reporting that CNN president Jeff Zucker was “facing an internal revolt” over the hire — and that was before yesterday’s MediaMatters revelation that Lewandowski remains on the Trump campaign’s payroll raised ethical questions about the move. “We decided to focus more on hot political issues at the state level because more than ever, federal and state politics have become intertwined,” wrote Cusack in a staff memo provided to Folio:. “The North Carolina bathroom law controversy is a notable example, but there are many others.” Today, The Atlantic revealed its poaching of Buzzfeed national editor and U.S. politics reporter Adam Serwer, who will report to Yoni Appelbaum as deputy editor on The Atlantic’s politics and policy team. Serwer wasn’t Buzzfeed’s only political journalist to jump ship this week. Its White House reporter, Evan McMorris Santoro, has left to join Vice News as a political correspondent, Vice News executive VP Josh Tyrangiel announced yesterday.  Wilson arrives at The Hill as political columnist and veteran D.C. journalist A.B. Stoddard departs. She’ll join RealClearPolitics as associate editor, a move announced Monday. Perhaps the most notable turn of the political media revolving door occurred at Politico, where it was announced on Monday that Carrie Budoff Brown will succeed Susan Glasser as editor.  ⇒ See also: Reuters Printing Special Edition Magazine for National Conventions Meanwhile, S.V. Dáte, National Journal’s White House correspondent and Wilson’s former colleague, jumped to The Huffington Post last month, where he’ll cover the presidential campaign. If the job board is any indication, the hiring spree is far from over. Atlantic Media’s National Journal needs a staff correspondent for its Capitol Hill team. The New Republic seeks a politics staff writer, and needs a New York-based editorial leader for its politics coverage. Vox is hiring Washington-based reporters and an associate editor for politics and policy. Politico needs two more politics reporters. Amid the noise, CNN wasn’t alone in beefing up its political talent heading into the conventions. Reid Wilson, a Washington Post writer and chief political correspondent for The Morning Consult who once served as editor-in-chief of National Journal’s “Hotline” tipsheet, is now returning to The Hill to cover state politics — an area in which The Hill editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, plans to expand coverage. For its own part, Buzzfeed News is seeking a D.C.-based reporter as well as “a capable, experienced, and decisive news leader to manage aggressive coverage of the transition and presidential administration and Congress.”last_img read more

Nation to sing national anthem simultaneously on 26 Mar

first_imgStudents sing national anthem at a programme simultaneously. Photo: UNBThe national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ will be sung simultaneously across the country on the Independence Day on 26 March, reports UNB.Educational institutions run by Bangladesh missions abroad will join t with those in Bangladesh if possible and others will sing it at a convenient time on the day, said a PID handout on Tuesday.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation in singing the national anthem at the main programme at ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’, scheduled to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on the day.Besides, awards will be distributed among the winning teams of the ‘Singing of National Anthem in Right Tune’ competition held between 10 and 18 March.last_img read more

Ralph Matthews Jr Former AFRO Managing Editor 86

first_img“Ralph Matthews, Jr. column, AFRO American Newspaper March 13, 1965” Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a top-flight journalist who followed in the footsteps of his father as a managing editor of the AFRO American Newspapers, was a friend to Malcolm X and Miles Davis, among others. He died on April 3 at the Adelphi House, an assisted-living facility in Adelphi, Md. He was 86 years old.The cause of death was Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), according to his wife, Sharon Williams Matthews. They were married for 25 years.Matthews, who was born in Baltimore, attended Syracuse University. During summer breaks from college, he worked with his father, Ralph Matthews Sr., at the Baltimore AFRO American Newspaper . The elder Matthews, a pioneering journalist was a veteran reporter and columnist who some saw as the AFRO’s counterpart to the Baltimore Sun’s H.L. Mencken, became the newspaper’s managing editor.Matthews started as a cub reporter for the AFRO, covering religion issues, the arts and entertainment. He became the newspaper’s managing editor in 1977 and was working in that capacity in 1981when the paper’s current publisher John “Jake” Oliver, Jr. arrived as vice-chairman.“He was a cool customer…he was a veteran journalist,” Oliver recalled. “He knew just about everybody, he was well-connected with what was going on in Baltimore City, he knew who the players were, could call up anybody he wanted to,” he added.“He was a great managing editor, I enjoyed working with him,” Oliver concluded.Matthews worked at the AFRO until 1986. But, he also made major contributions as a journalist in other arenas and cities.He worked for COLOR magazine in New York, a Black publication modeled after LIFE magazine.Later, he was an important chronicler of the Black Power movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s as the creator and editor of the New York Citizen Call newspaper in Harlem. He reported on many of the important events of that movement, meeting with Malcolm X on a weekly basis. In fact, Matthews was allegedly the only reporter allowed into the meeting at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem between Malcolm X and Cuban president and revolution leader Fidel Castro in 1960.“I know he thought highly of Malcolm and the feeling was mutual,” said Matthews’ widow.“Ralph always gave credit to the brilliant editors of the Black Press who worked with (him) to hone his craft. He was a consummate professional who loved his work,” she added.During the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, Matthews traveled the country as a writer, editor and photographer chronicling the efforts of the Johnson administration’s “War on Poverty.”According to his wife, when he was managing editor of the AFRO Matthews was able to hire Leslie King Hammond, who would go on to become a dean of the Maryland Institute College of Art.Matthews was also an early managing editor of broadcast news at Howard University’s WHUT-TV, a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate. In that capacity he managed the grant that allowed him to hire and train many young Black broadcast professionals who worked in front of and behind the camera.In his later years, he worked as an educator in the D.C. Department of Health and was also a speechwriter for Mayor Marion Barry.In addition to his groundbreaking work as a journalist Matthews was a life-long lover and advocate of jazz and a jazz concert promoter. He was often called upon to lecture on the music he loved and the musicians that made it great, many of whom he knew personally. It was through this work that he met and befriended one of the greatest jazz musicians of them all, trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis.Matthews also served as jazz historian for the Jazz Listening Group of D.C.Ralph Matthews Jr. is survived by his wife Sharon; his daughter, Marcy Crump, an entrepreneur and publisher in Baltimore; his oldest son, David Matthews, a screenwriter in New York and Los Angeles; his youngest son, Khari Charles Matthews, a computer security analyst in Maryland; a grandson, Shawn, and three granddaughters: Talia, Zora and Isabella.A memorial service for Ralph Matthews, Jr. will be held in May.last_img read more

After Being Unjustly Incarcerated Johnson Walks Free For the First Time in

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROWhen Judge William Peters declared Jerome Johnson a free man July 2, the circuit court jurist said little to the man who had just spent 30 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.It was perhaps a fitting show of symbolic silence for a justice system which had forced Johnson to unjustly spend all of his adult life in a jail cell, and until recently seemed indifferent to his plight.Jerome Johnson (left), wrongly incarcerated for murder in 1988, was freed this week after spending 30 years in prison. Here he is taking his first steps as a free man, alongside his defense attorney Nancy Forster. (Photo credit: Taya Graham)When Johnson emerged onto Lexington St., just outside the Mitchell Courthouse downtown, he seemed inclined toward circumspection as the media swarmed and his family celebrated, preferring not to speak to the press.His first step outside the courthouse as a free man marked the end of what would seem like an unfathomable ordeal, which began after he was accused and charged with murder based upon the identification of a lone juvenile.In 1988 Johnson was convicted of participating in the murder of Aaron Taylor, who was shot to death inside the Night Owl Bar in North Baltimore.The eyewitness placed Johnson at the scene of the crime, and based upon the then juvenile’s testimony, he was convicted of murder.But, that testimony was called into question after the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project took his case.During their investigation the man who shot Taylor and was ultimately convicted for the crime signed an affidavit, which swore Johnson was not there when the shooting occurred. The group also managed to track down an alibi for Johnson which was not included as evidence during his trialBaltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby worked with the MidAtlantic Innocence Project to facilitate Johnson’s (in striped polo shirt) release after being wrongly incarcerated for 30 years (Photo credit: Taya Graham)Armed with the new evidence, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit opened an investigation into the case, which ultimately cleared Johnson.Shortly after Johnson was freed, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Johnson’s case was another example of a deeply flawed justice system that her office is working to fix.“Our prosecutors have been sworn to not only aggressively advocate on behalf of the victims of crime, but must also pursue justice on behalf of those who are wrongly convicted when the appropriate evidence presents itself,” Mosby said.For his part, Johnson seemed appreciative of the efforts made to clear his name.“I would like to thank everyone involved in this investigation,” he said.During the press conference Mosby revealed the Conviction Integrity Unit was currently reviewing roughly 70 cases, a small part of the roughly 900 charges tied to either the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force or body cam footage of police officers staging the discovery of evidence that her office has determined would not hold up in court.In fact, in September of 2017 Mosby dropped murder charges against another Baltimore man, Lamar Johnson (no relation to Jerome Johnson).   He too had been wrongly convicted of murder and exonerated after another collaboration between Mosby’s office and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.Amid all the celebration however, Jerome Johnson had a simple request.  When asked what he wanted to do on his first day of freedom, he didn’t hesitate.“I’d like to have a home cooked meal.”last_img read more

RobotAssisted Carpentry Could Save Countless Hands Fingers

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on targetcenter_img Carpentry, like most professions, can be improved with the addition of robots, according to MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.In an effort to minimize injury (i.e. unintentional amputations), CSAIL created the AutoSaw, a system that lets non-experts customize items for construction by androids.Simply choose from a range of artisan-designed furniture templates (chairs, desks, etc.). Then sit back, relax, and continue to enjoy the use of all 10 fingers while AutoSaw measures and cuts.“If you’re building a deck, you have to cut large sections of lumber to length, and that’s often done on site,” CSAIL postdoc Jeffrey Lipton said in a statement. “Every time you put a hand near a blade, you’re at risk. To avoid that, we’ve largely automated the process using a chop-saw and jigsaw.”Many carpenters, despite having access to software and automated machines, continue to do their work by hand—a cheaper, easier, and often risky alternative.CSAIL hopes its program can convince those holdouts to put down the dangerous tools and embrace the robot revolution.Running computer-aided design system Onshape, AutoSaw lets users customize size, sturdiness, and aesthetics, before sending the final blueprints to a set of motion-tracking, mobile robots.“We added soft grippers to the robots to give them more flexibility, like that of a human carpenter,” Lipton said of the repurposed Roomba and Kuka youBots the team employed. “This meant we could rely on the accuracy of the power tools instead of the rigid-bodied robots.”Once finished, the machines hand off the individual parts to the user, who assembles them like an Ikea flatpack using step-by-step directions.The tool offers flexibility for designing furniture to fit specific spaces—modify a desk to match your L-shaped room, customize a table to squeeze into the kitchen.“Robots have already enabled mass production, but with artificial intelligence they have the potential to enable mass customization and personalization in almost everything we produce,” CSAIL director Daniela Rus said. “AutoSaw shows this potential for easy access and customization in carpentry.”MIT CSAIL aims to “democratize furniture-customization,” according to PhD student Adriana Schulz (Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL)In early tests, the CSAIL team showed they could build a chair, a shed, and a deck; the robots also made a table with accuracy “comparable to that of a human.”“Systems that can work in unstructured physical environments, such as this carpentry system, are notoriously difficult to make,” Hod Lipson, a professor of mechanical engineering and data science at Columbia University, said in a statement. “This is truly a fascinating step forward.”Still in its early stages, AutoSaw could eventually be scaled up for more extensive projects; the team also plans to integrate complex tasks like drilling and gluing.“Our aim is to democratize furniture-customization,” PhD student and co-author Adriana Schulz said. “We’re trying to open up a realm of opportunities so users aren’t bound to what they’ve bought at Ikea. Instead, they can make what best fits their needs.”Research will be presented by Lipton, Rus, Schulz in May at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Other contributors include MIT professor Wojciech Matusik, PhD student Andrew Spielberg, and undergrad Luis Trueba.last_img read more

Flaunt your sleeves this summer

first_imgUsing some silhouette tricks, you can easily play around with different types of sleeves and hide the fuller arms, say experts. This summer is all about large bell sleeves, puffy ones or full lengths.Cold shoulder sleeves feature a flash of skin just on the tops of the arms. Apart from being practical, the style is gorgeous and is a hot favourite among women looking for trendy ways to appear slim and stylish.Puffy sleeves are named for the way the sleeves extend out in round puffs around the upper arms or at the shoulders. They draw attention to the shoulders and away from the bottom region and are perfect for pear-shaped women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBishop sleeve is a large sleeve which is fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the cuff. It gives a bohemian look to an outfit and is used for dramatic effect. It looks best on a flowy relaxed outfit like a shift dress.Large bell sleeves: This 1990’s trend is quite a hit these days, and are roomy too. While styling such kind of sleeves go full volume. Pair them with culottes or a ruffled skirt, or balance the proportions out by pairing it with skinny jeans or slim trousers. Go for solids while picking such kind of sleeves. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFull-length sleeves: Contrary to our thoughts, these are the most useful sleeves when it comes to summers. They are the saviour of your hands from harmful rays of the sun, especially for women who ride a 2-wheeler every day, or for women with field jobs. Long sleeves dresses or tops are best paired with minimal accessories, so it’s a great idea to go for prints when opting for them. You can accessorise them with the bold cocktail ring, finishing your sleeve with a flourish.Kaftan sleeves are a summer staple. Own loads of solid as well as printed kaftan tops and work them up with your classic denim shorts.Roll-up sleeves have always been in trend. They are in fact a summertime classic. Go for urban checked, striped or solid shirts with rolled up sleeves and combine them with your straight fit trousers and a pair of chic flat sandals.last_img read more