Airports Authority Staff Attend Security Training Course in Providenciales

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:john pears, lindamae malcolm, Tciaa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 – Security officers and division managers from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) on Monday begin an Aviation Security Managers training course in Providenciales. The five day course is a UK Department for Transportation recognized training course being run by Atlantic Group Associates (AGA), a Florida-based security training and consultancy firm.The training course is required by any person who has a managerial responsibility for aviation security, either with an airport, airline or aviation service provider. It mirrors those required in the UK, and brings together aviation security personnel from across the Caribbean.John Pears, the lead instructor for the course said, “AGA has a long history with the UK Overseas Territories, having been contracted to provide aviation and maritime security advice to Governor’s, Directors of Civil Aviation and air and sea port personnel from 1998 – 2012.”He further stated that “during this time both this course and the training for trainers course which will be conducted next week, were delivered annually although this is the first time that they are being delivered in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”In a statement, Lindamae Malcolm, TCIAA Security Manager said “the Airports Authority prides itself as an organization that offers its employees the opportunity for progressive training in their respective fields to ensure they are equipped with the key skills necessary to operate in a challenging environment.”She added, “we recognize the importance of continuous staff training, especially for those individuals engaged in exercising security controls.” The Airports Authority has an obligation to meet international standards, and training plays an important role in the process. Not only is the organization promoting security, but the traveling public can take comfort that their safety is not being taken for granted.On the part of the Security Officers being trained, it presents them with a unique opportunity to both acquire new skill and enhance the current one in the rapidly expanding aviation industry. Lindamae concluded that “the aviation security field is now a highly sought after career option.”John Pears, a veteran security expert, will be assisted by Omar Bolivar, both of whom bring several years of experience to the classroom. The training is being conducted at the FORTIS conference facility on Leeward Highway. Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Four given Parole one deported

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – Four men had their time in prison shortened by the Parole Board and were this week released.  Tesney Louis of Haiti is a free man today, having served most of a four year sentence for accidentally shooting himself.   Louis was reportedly in a row of some kind and went home to get his gun; upon returning he shot himself by accident.  Louis would have been completed his time in October/November this year.Rubin Campbell was also given parole and will see his time cut short by 2 to 3 years.  Campbell was found guilty of robbing TCI lotto of $20,000; he got 12 years in that guilty verdict and was originally due to come out of prison by 2020.Wesley Durmoney was convicted of aggravated burglary when he caught his girlfriend with another man, he had pulled a knife on the woman and for that he was sentenced to seven years.  Durmoney was originally to be released in November; he got parole and will be deported to his home, Haiti.Dentery Penn also had his case reviewed by the parole board and would have been finished his sentence in July.  Penn had been sentenced to five years for a firearms arrest.Out of twelve who applied to have their sentences commuted to time spent, four were granted early release by the Parole Board.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Athletic Bilbao director confirms interest in Ander Herrera

first_imgSporting director Rafael Alkorta confirmed Athletic Bilbao’s interest in re-signing former stars Ander Herrera and Fernando LlorenteBoth players will be out of contract at the end of the season at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.Herrera, who’s been at United since 2014, is understood to be in talks over a new deal, while Llorente could leave Spurs in this month’s transfer window.The 33-year-old striker has previously expressed an interest in rejoining Athletic, where he spent eight years at and scored 111 goals in 327 games, after growing tired of playing second fiddle to Harry Kane at Spurs.Now Alkorta has confirmed Athletic’s interest in Herrera and Llorente along with two other stars.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai [Gomez], Ander Herrera, Llorente…” Alkorta told Cadena Ser.“It’s obvious that any player that can play for Athletic is of interest to us.“Nothing is easy but we are interested in having all of the ones that can come. We have not made any moves yet. We will start on Tuesday and we will see what can be done.”Athletic secured their third win of La Liga this season by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 on Monday night after goals from Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams.The Basque club are now 16th in the standings and two points above the drop zone.last_img read more

Rethinking the Magazine

first_imgYou can indeed teach an old magazine new tricks. Here’s a list of examples to prove it. “If there were anything new in this business, we would have done it six months ago,” a cynical old editor once told me. Still, I see new things in old magazines that you may want to consider in the New Year ahead.1. Rethinking the TOC.Traditionally, the lead story on the table of contents is the cover story. Not so at Texas Monthly or Fortune Small Business. Both magazines have been employing a redirect to an interior “cover” story on the TOC. Here’s how it works: The cover story for the November 2007 issue of TM is “Being Jenna Bush,” with a photo of the president’s daughter front and center. When you go to the TOC, however, the Jenna story is summarized in a quick blurb with no visual. Instead, we see a photo of Samir Patel and an oversized text box for “The Glorie of Defeet,” a story about this young man’s maturation as he lost the national spelling bee five years in a row. Samir’s photo covers two-thirds of the page.Fortune Small Business does likewise. The cover story for the July/August 2007 issue is “The FSB 100: Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies,” with a photo of John Norris, CEO of Fuel Tech, the company ranked number 12 in the 100. On the TOC, however, the cover story is blurbed without a visual. The bottom half of the page is dominated by a visual, an oversized page number and a story called “Face-Off: Two companies that make inflatable figures used in movie crowd scenes head to court.” The visual, which covers about 40 percent of the page, is an eerie-looking humanoid figure, all dressed up and ready for court.This packaging approach enables a magazine to go big off the cover, and then redirect the reader to a smaller story that is not even blurbed on the cover. For the magazine, it means less repetition of what has already been said on the cover; and for the reader it’s like finding a little prize inside the package.2. Rethinking the letters department.With the shift from mail to e-mail, and the proliferation of blogs and other forms of commentary, the old-style letters department is suddenly up for review. Last summer, New York dropped letters and launched a department called Comments. It reads like a catch-all in-basket, with tightly and brightly edited comments from reader mail, internal notes from columnists, excerpts from bloggers, and observations gleaned from other publications. “Not all our commentators are impartial, if opinionated, observers,” reported the magazine recently. “Sometimes they’re the subjects of the stories” who write to clarify a point. The give and take with reader mail is often quite lively. A reader from Brooklyn wrote that he found a movie review confusing: “For instance, what is a ‘woo-woo conceit?’ And what is a ‘schnorrer?’” The Comments reply: “Get thee to Google, man! You’ll discover that woo-woo means ‘concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism’ and schnorrer comes from a Yiddish term for ‘beggar’ or ‘free-loader.’ Yeesh! (An expression of exasperation.)”3. Rethinking the folio line.Are page numbers necessary? Condé Nast recently distributed a stand-alone supplement called Movies Rock with several publications, including The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair. The editorial was identical in all versions, but the ads and ad pages varied from book to book, and so did the page count for each version. What to do? No page numbers appeared on the cover. No page numbers were used on the TOC. No pages were numbered. 4. Rethinking the interviewer.Time was redesigned last spring, a changeover that included much editorial repackaging. For its popular “10 Questions” department, the magazine turned the interviewing over to readers. Readers go online and submit questions to be asked in interviews with notable names in arts, sports, media and politics. “Each week, you ask and they answer,” says the magazine. “Also new: a free iTunes podcast of each interview.”John Brady is visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy, and conducts editorial workshops for professionals. For information on his Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerrilla Guide for Reporters and Writers, his Web site is johnbrady.info, or you can e-mail him at Bradybrady@aol.com.last_img read more

PuebloPlex Board Approves Reuse Plan for Colorado Depot

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot last week approved a redevelopment plan for 15,850 surplus acres at the central Colorado site, paving the way for the Army to begin transferring property at the depot.PuebloPlex, the state agency established in 1994 to redevelop the facility, is aiming to receive about 5,400 acres in the next year. That tract sits in the center of the depot and contains 620 storage igloos and most of the rail lines, reported the Pueblo Chieftain.The LRA now splits the revenue it generates from leasing 255 of the igloos with the Army since it is leasing them under a master lease, said Russell DeSalvo III, the authority’s CEO and president. Following a transfer, those igloos would be owned by PuebloPlex and removed from the master lease.The next parcel that would be conveyed likely is the 1,200-acre south entrance, where groundwater contamination from an explosives washout area is being remediated. PuebloPlex is preparing a grant request to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for at least $2.5 million to implement it reuse plan, according to the story.Under the redevelopment plan, almost half of the acreage the LRA is responsible for would be devoted to industrial uses, including manufacturing, distribution and warehousing. Other primary uses would include R&D, education, agricultural research, renewable energy production and open space. Industrial uses would take advantage of the depot’s central location, existing road and rail networks, and the storage igloos.“It’s a guide, a living document,” DeSalvo said of the reuse plan. “It’s impossible to anticipate everything that’s going to happen over the next 100 years.”Matrix Design Group prepared the 1,200-page plan under a $700,000 grant during a year-long process.last_img read more

New Army Command Will Narrow Down HQ Locations over Coming Months

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Army officials this week will present to senior leaders a list of 30 candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new Futures Command, reports Defense News. Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy said he and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville would make a final recommendation to the Army secretary and chief of staff in late spring. The headquarters for the new modernization command likely will be in a major urban area and not at an Army installation. “This isn’t like a standard basing decision, where we’re moving a brigade combat team somewhere,” McCarthy said. “We needed access to academia and business, and those two kind of key characteristics. Where the systems engineers, software engineers are.” McCarthy said he envisions the command leasing two or three floors of an office building for the next decade.Army photo by Spec. Esmeralda Cervanteslast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 21 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, April 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind around 8 mph.In The Community: The Wilmington Little League’s Parade of Players and Opening Day ceremonies takes place at Rotary Park. The parade will leave the 4th of July Building at 9:30am. On-field ceremonies will begin at roughly 9:45am.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 19: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10.  The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets.  Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: Poetry Circle at 9:15am. [Learn more and register HERE.]Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 9am to 4pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 15-21)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 14, 2019 to July 21, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierAnalog Devices updates town on expansion by Lizzie McDermottWilmington accountant Mike Morris retires by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunNew top cop in Wilmington by Emma MurphyA tasty summer tradition used to help a good cause by Emma MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Aston Martin Valkyrie outputs confirmed 1160 hp and 664 lbft

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Enlarge ImageThe Valkyrie’s absurdly powerful V12 engine undergoing testing. Aston Martin Aston Martin has been trickling out little bits of information about its superlative Valkyrie for quite some time, but on Friday the company shared perhaps the most important numbers yet. Aston confirmed that the Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain will be rated for 1,160 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. Remember, the Valkyrie is planned to be a road-legal car.The astonishing figures are based on combined output from the car’s gasoline engine and electric motor. The former, a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth, is rated for 1,000 hp at 10,500 rpm, with a maximum engine speed of 11,100 rpm. Peak torque is rated at 546 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm. Aston said previously the engine weighs only a little over the company’s goal of 200 kilos, or about 441 pounds.Aston Martin Valkyrie MantisEnlarge ImageThe car’s design is just as extreme as its horsepower and torque figures. Aston Martin The remainder of the Valkyrie’s output comes from its hybrid components, with an electric motor from Integral Powertrain Ltd and batteries from Rimac. The motor delivers 160 horsepower and 206 lb-ft alone, with supplements the V12 and delivering those headlining combined output figures.As a refresher, the Valkyrie is being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Though intended to be emissions-compliant and legal for road use, Aston is also going to offer a Valkyrie AMR Pro version for track use, which will weigh just 2,220 pounds and have a claimed 2,200 pounds of aerodynamic downforce. Just 25 will be built, whereas the standard road-ready Valkyrie will be limited to 150 units.With the powertrain details confirmed, Aston Martin says it is now beginning to build the first physical test prototypes of the Valkyrie. We can’t wait to see and hear the wild hypercar being put through its paces on the track — especially given how wild that V12 engine sounds on its own. Post a comment 0 Share your voice Aston Martin Tagscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aston Martin adds even more ways to tweak your Valkyrie 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aston Martin Exotic Cars Performance Cars 23 Photoslast_img read more

Seat Minimó concept brings a twee electric car to Geneva

first_img See All 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK 50 Photos • reading • Seat Minimó concept brings a twee electric car to Geneva Seat Minimó concept is all about urban mobility Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Post a comment 0 Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Concept Cars Electric Cars As cars become rolling platforms of technology, we’re starting to see them pop up in odd places. CES is now practically its own auto show, and recently, VW Group’s Spanish division Seat unveiled a concept car at MWC, the world’s biggest phone show, in its hometown Barcelona. But now, it’s made its way to the Geneva Motor Show.To be fair, the Seat Minimó concept is only barely a car. Seat actually refers to it as a quadricycle, taking some aspects of cars and blending them with some aspects of motorcycles. It’s a tiny little guy, with enough space for two people and little else. If you want to bring a passenger and a suitcase, you’ll have to stow the suitcase out back, exposed to the elements.As for the interior, it’s on the minimalist side. The doors are hinged to make it possible for you to get in and out in tight spaces, and the front seat slides forward to offer passenger access. The dashboard is straightforward, with your standard steering wheel and brakes, in addition to a gauge cluster screen that appears to double as an infotainment system.Enlarge ImageIt’s like a Renault Twizy, but way less dorky. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow That small footprint may not help with hauling, but since this concept is built for urbanites, its tiny dimensions should leave it well suited to handle tight corners and busy streets. It also happens to be electric, which means it’ll be no problem in European city centers that have implemented diesel bans or congestion charges for gas guzzlers. The Minimó concept is designed not to be owned, but to be shared — it’s not something Seat envisions living in your driveway. Instead, it will be out and about all day, lending itself to urbanites in need of a ride. To that end, it’ll keep downtime to a minimum thanks to a hot-swappable battery that slides out from underneath the body. Seat estimates this could reduce car-sharing operation costs by some 50 percent, since there’ll be little if any downtime. Its battery is small, but since everything is small, range clocks in at a decent 62 miles.Other bits of the concept’s tech are also aimed at the mobility market. There’s no physical key — access is found digitally, using a smart device. That same device can bring navigation into the car by way of wireless Android Auto. The concept relies on human drivers, but it could theoretically be outfitted to run autonomously, becoming even more efficient by minimizing the time it spends idle. Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Tags Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mobile World Congress 2019 More From Roadshow 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the USlast_img read more

New IIHS crash tests give stars for saving pedestrians

first_img More From Roadshow Roadshow 3:20 The new safety tests that start in 2020 will simulate three common pedestrian accident situations: An adult crossing the road as cars approach at both 12 and 25 mphA child popping out from between parked cars, again with cars coming at 12 and 25 mphAn adult walking along the right hand side of the road as cars come up at 25 and 37 mphNew IIHS pedestrian collision ratings arrive at a time of increased pedestrian fatalities, believed to be partly caused by the profusion of high-fronted SUVs that impact chests and heads more than just legs. IIHS Points are awarded based on how well the car detected the pedestrian and slowed, and for how well it alerted the driver — we aren’t in the fully autonomous world yet. This new battery of tests is being added now for three reasons: 1. The number of pedestrians killed by cars in the US spiked over 45% from 2009 to 2017, a much higher rate than the 10% increase in overall auto fatalities during the same period. Reasons often cited include phones distracting drivers and pedestrians, a profusion of SUVs with taller front ends that impact pedestrian heads and chests, not just legs, and pedestrians being drunk in a third of the cases.ped-fatalsPedestrian fatalities are up around 45% since 2009 and have grown from 12% of all car accident fatalities to 16%. That sounds alarm bells. NHTSA 2. Affordable, mainstream cars like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offer the tech to do something about pedestrian impacts, including forward sensors and automatic emergency braking systems. Forty countries have agreed to require automatic emergency braking on new cars as of 2020, though the US has not signed on to that pledge.3. Avoidance technology has been around long enough for insurance industry data to confirm that cars with it are involved in about a third fewer pedestrian collision claims. And never lose sight of the fact that IIHS star ratings, and the showroom appeal they create, are as much a way to force carmakers to build vehicles that result in fewer claims, as they are a service to help you buy a safe car. The new tests will be added to Top Safety Pick criteria in 2020, but a few vehicles have already been subjected to them, with the highest scores going to the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC40. eyesightTechnologies like Subaru’s highly regarded Eyesight camera system are driving collision avoidance deep into the affordable car category. Subaru The technologies that are achieving those scores today will seem quaint compared to what’s coming: Lidar that not only sees pedestrians but predicts their next move is under development, and 5G-powered V2X connectivity may turn every pedestrian’s phone into a beacon that warns nearby cars of their proximity and giving automatic braking another input to help it do its job. Share your voice 0 Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact Now playing: Watch this: The new ratings for IIHS Top Safety Pick cars will soon include how well the car avoids hitting pedestrians, a reflection of advances in technology and a retreat in pedestrian safety. center_img 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Honda Kia Subaru Toyota Volvo Cooley On Cars Never mind the occupants, the safest cars will soon protect… Post a comment 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Tagslast_img read more

Rebound in Crude Oil Prices No Threat to Global Economy Say Analysts

first_imgA 50 percent recovery in crude oil prices raises concerns about its impact on global economy, but analysts see more chances of a fall in prices than for a rise.”We do not think that a rebound in oil prices to $60-70 per barrel represents a major threat to the global recovery,” said Capital Economics in a note on Thursday.It says current level of prices is far below the average of $110 (for Brent) seen between 2011 and mid-2014, benefitting the consumers. Besides, the current rebound in oil prices is expected to ease pressure on the producers to a little extent.Brent crude oil prices have recovered to nearly $70 per barrel, up $24 from its January low of $46 per barrel.The recent rebound in oil prices has largely been supported by falling US oil production over the past three months, as drillers idle their oil rigs due to weak prices.However, many analysts say that higher prices will attract the US oil drillers to resume production.”Some US oil producers have announced their intention to scale up their drilling activities again at higher oil prices,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Capital Economics expects the US drillers to increase the active rig count again in the short-term leading to sudden rebound in the US production.Further, the oil market is already oversupplied even before Iran starts exporting oil once the sanctions are eased.Oil prices are likely to come under pressure going into the meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 5 June in Vienna.In its previous meeting in November last year, the OPEC had rejected the proposals to cut oil production by 30 million barrels per day, which accelerated the decline in oil prices.”OPEC delegates have already hinted that no change to production policy is likely at the cartel’s meeting in early June, meaning that OPEC will continue to produce more than is needed,” Commerzbank added.The dollar is expected to strengthen again on impending US central bank interest rate hike, putting pressure on the oil prices.”We think that oil prices are now more likely to fall than to rise further over the rest of the year. Our end-2015 forecast for Brent remains $60,” Capital Economics added.last_img read more

Congress suspends Karnataka leader Roshan Baig for antiparty activities

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).IANSThe Karnataka Congress suspended its senior legislator from Bengaluru R Roshan Baig for anti-party activities, a party official said late Tuesday (June 18).”Baig has been suspended with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” said state Congress General Secretary VY Ghorpade in a statement here.The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against him on the basis of an enquiry into his activities.Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre.Baig has been in the news of late for wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Ponzi scheme, operated by IMA Jewels owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled the country on June 8.In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket.Upset by Baig’s open criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC on May 21 served notice to him, seeking an explanation for his attack on AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the rout the party faced in the parliamentary elections.Venugopal is also in charge of the party’s state unit affairs.Commenting on the May 19 exit polls on May 20, that projected Congress performing poorly in the general elections, Baig lashed out at Venugopal, Siddaramaiah and party’s state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao.”Venugopal is a buffoon. What he knows about the party in our state as he is from Kerala? Due to Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, the party lost in the May 2018 Assembly elections and Rao’s immaturity is responsible for the dismal state of affairs currently,” Baig told reporters at his residence here.Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.last_img read more

Asian shares routed as goldilocks trade suddenly unwinds

first_imgA street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 28, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters fileAsian shares and US stock futures sank on Tuesday, after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 as investors’ faith in factors underpinning a bull run in markets began to crumble.S&P mini futures fell as much as 2.5 percent to nearly four-month lows in Asia, extending their losses from the record peak hit just over a week ago to almost 12 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 3.5 percent to a one-month low, which would be its biggest fall in more than a year and a half, a day after it had fallen 1.6 percent.Japan’s Nikkei tumbled as much as 5.6 percent while Taiwan shares lost 5.3 percent at one point.Australian shares dropped 3 percent to their lowest since October while South Korean shares fell 3 percent.The rout came after US stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with the Dow industrials falling nearly 1,600 points during the session, its biggest intraday decline in history, as investors grappled with rising bond yields and potentially higher inflation.”The amount of the sell-off that we are seeing is normal. The speed at which we are doing it is not normal,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.”Where does the market rout end? I think we are pretty close to a selling climax here. I think we are pretty close. The fundamentals are pretty good. The only thing that is really different is that bond yields got up to 2.8 percent.”The benchmark S&P 500 slumped 4.1 percent and the Dow 4.6 percent, suffering their biggest percentage drops since August 2011 as a long-awaited pullback from record highs deepened.Before Monday’s fall, the index had not seen a pullback of more than 5 percent for more than 400 sessions, which analysts said was the longest such streak in history.”Since last autumn, investors had been betting on the goldilocks economy — solid economic expansion, improving corporate earnings and stable inflation. But the tide seems to have changed,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.The trigger for the sell-off was a sharp rise in U.S. bond yields following Friday’s data that showed U.S. wages increasing at the fastest pace since 2009, raising the alarm about higher inflation and with it potentially higher interest rates.The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to as high as 2.885 percent on Monday, its highest in four years and 47 basis points above the 2.411 percent seen at the end of 2017.But a massive fall in share prices prompted an about-turn, and in Asian trade on Tuesday, it fell back to as low as 2.685 percent.Fed fund futures are now pricing in only two rate hikes this year.The CBOE Volatility index, the closely followed “fear-index” measure of expected near-term stock market volatility jumped 20 points to 30.71, its highest since August 2015.”For the last several months, whether it’s stocks or commodities, risk-takers had been the winners. And that’s what hedge funds, which now manage $3.2 trillion, have been doing,” Mitsubishi UFJ’s Fujito said.”Their leveraged position is now being unwound. And it seems as though there are still some people who haven’t run away (from the sell-off) yet. I would expect more instability,” he added.European shares also tumbled on Monday, with Germany’s Dax hitting a 4-month low.Yoshinori Shigemi, market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said the specter of inflation will gradually undermine the attraction of equities even though the markets could rebound in the short term. A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters file”In the end, the Fed will have to hike rates. And if it doesn’t, long-dated bonds will be sold off on worries about inflation. Either way, that is going to slow down the economy. Rising wages also mean corporate profit margins will be squeezed gradually down the road,” he said.Keen to avoid further risk, investors are closing their positions in other assets, including the currency market where a popular strategy has been to sell the dollar against the euro and other currencies seen as benefiting from higher interest rates in the future.The euro eased to $1.2358, not far from last week’s low of $1.2335, a break of which could usher in a further correction after its rally to a 3-year high of $1.2538 by late last month.Against the yen, which is often used as a safe-haven currency because of Japan’s solid current account surplus, the dollar slipped 0.3 percent to 108.69 yen, after having lost one percent on Monday.Bitcoin was not spared from selling, hitting a 12-week low of $6,400. That represented a 67.5 percent fall from its record high of $19,666, touched on Dec. 17.Investors also dumped junk bonds, with the yield of Merrill Lynch U.S. high yield index rising to 6.017 percent from 5.964 percent at the end of last week.Still, it was far below its 2016 peak just above 10 percent, when low oil prices hurt energy firms.Oil prices also dropped, with international benchmark Brent futures hitting a one-month low of $66.90 per barrel on Monday. It last stood at $67.02.US crude futures traded at $63.56 per barrel, down 0.8 percent in Asia.last_img read more

31 held in two districts

first_imgLogo of arrestThe police in special drives arrested 31 people in Dinajpur and Habiganj districts on Saturday morning.The arrestees include three activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from Dinajpur and six wanted accused from Habiganj, reports BSS.In Dinajpur, the law enforcement arrested 16 people from different areas and recovered 192 bottles of phensedyl during the raids, said police.During the drives, Dinajpur sadar police arrested four persons, Birampur, Biral and Bochaganj police arrested two persons each, Birganj, Phulbari and Ghoraghat police arrested one person each, and Chirirbandar police arrested three activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from Ranir Bandar area of the upazila around 7:00am.Several cases, including charges of subversive activities, are pending with different police stations against the arrested persons, the BSS report said.Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), in a drive, detained three ‘drug traders’ with 192 bottles of Phensedyl around 11:00pm on Thursday from Hili railway station in Hakimpur upazila.Later, the detainees were handed over to the Hakimpur police, BGB said.The arrested persons were sent to jail.The Habiganj police, in regular drives, arrested 12 people including six wanted accused from different areas of the district in 12-hour-long drives that ended at 9:00am on Saturday.Additional superintendent of police ASM Shamsur Rahman Bhuiyan said they were picked up from different areas of the district on different charges.Several cases, including charges of subversive activities, are pending with different police stations against the arrested persons, he said.The arrestees were sent to jail.last_img read more

United Methodists vote pensions Traditional Plan as top priorities

first_img Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Share This! TagsLGBT LGBTQ Top Story UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist Church General Conference,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Meantime, the One Church Plan, recommended by the church’s Council of Bishops, received support from about half of the delegates.These results determined the order in which plans and petitions will be considered by the General Conference.While Sunday’s vote results don’t necessarily mean the Traditional Plan has the most support of the plans that will be considered this week in St. Louis, it still felt that way to many of its supporters and opponents.People now are walking around the Dome singing and chanting “Hate divides, love provides.” #UMCGC pic.twitter.com/eXBGe7haqJ— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) February 24, 2019“We have a long way to go, but we’re encouraged,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, an organized conservative group that supports the ban on LGBT clergy. Boyette has said if the One Church Plan or another called the Simple Plan passes, he would recommend the group form a new denomination.Sunday’s vote is just the first step toward adopting any plan, he said. Delegates will have a chance to amend the plan before deciding whether to approve it.But, he said, he believes the Traditional Plan now has the advantage because it will be taken up and amended first, and the time spent on it won’t be available to spend on other plans. And he feels that ranking will translate into votes, as its supporters were urged going into the session to rank the Traditional Plan a high priority and all others low.Boyette also said he wasn’t surprised pensions ranked first. Delegates need to address what would happen to the pensions of clergy who leave the denomination if they disagree with the decisions made this week by the General Conference, he said.RELATED: The ’Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about?The special session opened Sunday morning with a sermon from Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, who said delegates should focus on what unites them, not what divides them.Bishop Christian Alsted, who presided over the morning session of the General Conference, reminded delegates that “we are not gathered here in St. Louis to discuss and to decide on an issue or on a question. We are speaking about people in the church.”Allison Vellas, of Ink Factory, creates a live illustration of the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe special session of the General Conference hopes to resolve a decades-long debate over sexuality in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination.Currently, the denomination’s rulebook, the Book of Discipline, states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers, appointed to serve or married in the church.Locked in a stalemate over attempts to change those rules, delegates at the 2016 General Conference voted to defer all decisions on related legislation to a specially appointed Commission on a Way Forward. That led to this week’s special session to receive and act on a report including three plans proposed by the commission.Jessica LaGrone, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Traditional Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleOn Sunday morning, commission members explained their work and described the three plans for moving forward.Jessica LaGrone, an elder from Kentucky, said the Traditional Plan, which strengthens the enforcement of current rules, “values consistency in practice.” She compared it to the denomination’s stances on the ordination of women or infant baptism.Jasmine Rose Smothers, an elder from Georgia, described the One Church Plan supported by the Council of Bishops. That plan would allow individual churches and regional annual conferences to decide whether to ordain and marry LGBTQ members.With 49 percent of delegates ranking the plan a high priority, it will be considered fifth.“The One Church Plan does not see unity as uniformity,” Smothers said.Mazvita Machinga, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Connectional Conference Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleMazvita Machinga, a laywoman from Zimbabwe, presented the Connectional Conference Plan, which would reorganize United Methodist churches by conferences based on theological beliefs, rather than by geographical location.“Yes, it is the most complex of all the plans,” Machinga said. She added that complexity is needed for United Methodists to remain one church.Just 12 percent of delegates considered the Connectional Conference Plan a high priority.Other plans approved for consideration that were not part of the report by the Commission on a Way Forward include: the Simple Plan, which would remove all language about “the practice of homosexuality” from the Book of Discipline, and the modified Traditional Plan, which was referred to a committee. After the presentation of the three plans in the report, commission member Brian Adkins, an elder from California who identified himself as an openly gay pastor, told LGBTQ United Methodists from the stage, “No matter what happens in this room or anywhere else, there is a place for you at God’s table, and no one can take it from you.”Good morning from St. Louis, where delegates and observers arriving to the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference early this morning were met with song. #umc #umcgc #gc2019 pic.twitter.com/JuaRILQxMc— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) February 24, 2019Delegates and observers arriving at the special session early Sunday morning were met with that same message.About two dozen members of the Queer Clergy Caucus sang “Jesus Loves Me” and other familiar songs as people lined up to enter the Dome at America’s Center, where the meeting will run through Tuesday. Some wore rainbow-colored stoles around their necks. Others held signs with messages introducing themselves: “I am a trans pastor” and “I am a lesbian sibling in Christ.”RELATED: What will happen at the special session? Here’s what United Methodists predict“Good morning, church! Welcome to worship,” said the Rev. Austin Adkinson, a Seattle pastor and member of the Queer Clergy Caucus leadership team who led the singing.The clergy and their supporters wanted to greet delegates at the start of the conference in a “celebratory way” and make sure LGBTQ United Methodists were part of the conversation inside, Adkinson said, because “this conference is all about us.”“The real main point of all of this is to remind people it’s more than an issue. It’s not just theology. Real lives are on the line,” he said.Supporters for the Simple Plan hold banners and sing before the afternoon session at the special session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry/UMNSAfter the vote Sunday afternoon, the mood turned somber for advocates of the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church.A number of people left their seats, marching through the building with a rainbow flag, singing and chanting “Love provides, hate divides.” Their action was a “spontaneous cry from the soul,” said Carol Scott, a member of Methodists in New Direction, which supports LGBTQ inclusion.To Scott, the prioritization vote felt like “55 percent of the body voted to clamp down even harder on children of God.”Scott and the Rev. Traci C. West, professor of Christian ethics and African-American studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J., reminded advocates gathered outside the session that this wasn’t the last day of the conference. It wasn’t even the vote to approve any of the plans before conference delegates.There was singing again as delegates left at the end of the evening, and a word of encouragement from Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church.“God’s not done with us yet,” Oliveto said. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Sunday (Feb. 24) to start deliberations over the denomination’s future by talking about money.Then they will talk about sex.Those delegates ranked a discussion of the church’s pension plan as their top priority, followed by a plan that would strengthen a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage.Two-thirds (nearly 64 percent) voted for a discussion of the implications of a church split on pensions as their top priority.Nearly 56 percent of the 864 delegates to the General Conference’s special session on sexuality agreed that the Traditional Plan — one of three presented by a specially appointed commission – was a high priority for the global denomination’s decision-making body. By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuse Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Eyeing Amazon synod, Brazil accuses church of ‘leftist agenda’ News Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Powerful Look At Black Colleges And Universities Coming Next Month

first_img Share (Independent Lens) — The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), America’s foremost film chronicler of the African-American experience, the powerful story of the rise, influence and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Tell Them We Are Rising, co-directed and co-produced by Marco Williams, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, February 19 at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media TV 8.A haven for black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American Dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field while remaining unapologetically black for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.See more in the trailer above.Facebook Live Interview With The FilmmakerTune into Houston Public Media’s Facebook page on Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m. for a live stream panel discussion featuring Tell Them We Are Rising filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the president of Texas Southern University and acclaimed musician and HBCU graduate Yolanda Adams. last_img read more

In West Texas Fracking Companies Face A Tough Challenger – The Dunes

first_img Share Natalie KrebsMachines harvest frac sand at the Black Mountain Sand company’s mine in Kermit, Texas.Out in the sand dunes of west Texas, a tiny lizard has been wrapped up in a big controversy for years. The four-inch long dunes sagebrush lizard calls the middle of the Permian Basin home, but conservationists have long feared the oil boom there would be detrimental to the lizard’s rare habitat. But in the past year, a new threat has emerged.The process of hydraulic fracking relies on the use of a very specific type of sand called frac sand. And the recent increase in mining for it is the new threat facing the dunes sagebrush lizard. This has left conservationists scrambling to find new ways to protect them.On a windy afternoon, the Black Mountain Sand Company, located about 10 miles west of Kermit – about 45 miles west of Odessa – is busy harvesting, cleaning and drying frac sand. It ships this sand across the Permian Basin.“Every day, trucks will pick up 13,000 tons. Each truck can carry about 23 tons,” says Hayden Gillespie, the company’s chief commercial officer.Just east of the company’s four-month-old mine is 640 acres of untouched sand dunes that are full of green vegetation. Gillespie says this is the home of the dunes sagebrush lizard.“All those dune complexes you can see, that’s what we’re avoiding,” says Gillespie.The little guys love the plant life and sandy hills, but the Permian Basin energy industry also loves that sand.Companies estimate using local frac sand can be up to 50 percent cheaper than importing it from the Midwest, and businesses are being built on this growing market. Since last year, more than a dozen mining companies have announced plans to open sand mines across the Permian Basin. That boom has conservationists sounding the alarms.“It’s a really new threat and it just sort of came in all at once and really has the potential to wipe out a lot of lizard habitat, if not controlled,” says Ya-Wei Li of the Defenders of Wildlife, a Washington D.C.-based conservation group.His group, along with The Center for Biological Diversity, filed a petition this week requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service add the dunes sagebrush lizard to the endangered species list. This could allow the feds to place regulations on landowners to protect the lizard’s habitat.Li and the Defenders of Wildlife estimate frac sand mining has disturbed more than 1,000 acres of the lizard’s habitat in Texas in just the past year.“If habitat development continues at that pace,” Li says, “the threat from sandmining is going to overshadow the threats from oil and gas development.”The dunes sagebrush lizard was almost listed as endangered in 2010. But, instead, the Texas Comptroller’s Office, which is in charge of overseeing the state’s endangered species, worked with the oil and gas industry to come up with a voluntary conservation plan. Li says that didn’t satisfy conservation groups.“You have to trust someone’s word of mouth on that issue and that can be a real problem,” he says.Since Texas law doesn’t require companies to release much conservation data, the state and feds have had to rely on self-reported data. A state study last year found that more than 2,300 acres of the lizard’s habitat had been destroyed since the voluntary conservation plan went into effect. This is above the state’s initial estimates.Robert Gulley oversees endangered species conservation for the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Earlier this year, the office announced it’s completely rewriting the dunes sagebrush lizard conservation agreement.“We realized that the better thing to do rather than try to make sure all the puzzle pieces would fit at the end, is just kind of to step back and start from scratch,” he says.Gulley says the goal of the new agreement is to get so many landowners to cooperate that the feds don’t put the lizard on the endangered species list. He says landowners may be willing to cooperate because they worry an endangered species listing could devalue their land.“We’re going to try to work to bring many people into the program because the more people we bring into the program, the more protection that the lizard is afforded,” says Gulley.Gulley says so far eight of the 17 frac sand mining companies have agreed to avoid the lizard’s habitat. Black Mountain Sand is one of them. Gillespie says his company has chosen to avoid mining the lizard’s habitat entirely.“We own it. We could mine it. There are good reserves there, but that’s deemed habitat so we stay out of it,” Gillespie says.For Black Mountain Sand, that means foregoing mining on 15 percent of their land. Gillespie says not everyone is taking his company’s approach. He’s seen some conducting their own impact studies on the lizard’s habitat.“They want to prove that it’s not, and while that may be a worthwhile study for them, the easier option was to stay completely clear of it for us,” he says.For the state’s part, the comptroller’s office hired a Texas State biologist to use satellite images to update the six-year-old dunes sagebrush lizard habitat maps. The entire plan is set to be finished by the end of the summer.In the meantime, the feds will be reviewing the petition to put the lizard on the endangered species list and deciding on any future protections.last_img read more

National Poetry Month Toldos Azules By Patricia Coral

first_imgViolette BulePatricia Coral X 00:00 /07:03 Blue TarpsThe blue tarpsNever arrive  Or they arriveLateIf they arriveThe blue tarpsThat cannot dryThe tearsNor ease the waitingDo not arriveAnd sometimesArriveToo lateThe blue tarps of femaNever get hereIn timeTo dressThe voidAnd shelter usFrom heavenTo hide usFrom GodSo we speak to him lessThe tarps of femaArrive and do not arriveAfter brokenRoofsAnd emptyHousesAnd the flightOf familiesAfter the rain and the floodAnd the lack of breadAnd landAnd freedomThe blue tarps of fema arriveTo invadeThe greenery of our mountainsTo announceHow many houses are leftWithout roofTo show us thoseThat still have theirsSo we can learnTo tallyPoverty Listen This poem is reprinted with permission of the author and co-translated in English by Patricia Coral and Layla Al-Bedawi.Music used: Le Noveau Départ (excerpt) and Automne (excerpt) by Alexandra Stréliski from Inscape and Pianoscope and Mad Rush (excerpt) by Philip Glass from GlassmastersTo learn more about this series, go here.center_img In this sound portrait, we meet poet Patricia Coral. She talks about poetry’s beauty and emotions, how her writing often inhabits in-between spaces and why poetry is like an X-ray. She reads her poem, “Toldos Azules (Blue Tarps).”Patricia Coral was born in Puerto Rico, were she obtained an MA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. She is a writer of creative nonfiction and poetry, but frequently her words find their home in-between. In 2017, she co-founded Fuente Collective, an organization devoted to experimentation, collaboration and hybridity in writing and other arts. Her work is published or forthcoming in Crab Fat Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Una realidad más amplia / A Larger Reality, Women Poets of the Americas and elsewhere.Patricia CoralBlue tarps covering damaged rooftops in Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaToldos AzulesLos toldos azulesno llegano llegantardesi lleganLos toldos azulesque no secan las lágrimasni calman la esperano llegany a vecesllegandemasiado tardeLos toldos azules de femanunca llegana tiempopara taparel vacíoy escondernosdel cielopara alejarnosde Diosy hablarlemenosLos toldos de femallegan y no llegandespués de los techosrotosy las casasvacíasy la huidade las familiasdespués de la lluvia y las inundacionesy la falta de pany de tierray de libertadLlegan los toldos azules de femaa invadirel verde de las montañaspara anunciarcuántas casas quedaronsin techopara que podamos verlas que aún lo tieneny aprendamosa contarla pobreza Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Industrial Bank Named December 2018 Location of the Month

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.“We’re very excited,” said Melanee Woodard, Assistant Vice President of Industrial Bank. “We just finished our first major renovation on the building. That’s our flagship bank.”The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.In 2016 the bank went through its first major renovation at the U Street branch. Adding to the aesthetics of the building was a cafe style look, with a seating area for customers.“Now you can come in, sit down, have a complimentary coffee, talk with our team and experience all that comes with our service.”The historic look and feel of the U Street location with a 1930s era vault and bank clock made the building an idealistic choice for filming, according the OCTFME’s press release.Industrial Bank opened in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell, a Howard University Law School graduate. The bank was started to provide a need for people in the community.“Our bank was started in the Great Depression,” Woodard said. “At that time they would take our deposits but they wouldn’t provide loans so you didn’t have access to the American Dream of home ownership so they started the bank for that reason.”Since that time Industrial Bank has been a beacon of light for communities seeking financial literacy and information. Some of the recent services include a financial training with the D.C. Department of Corrections, and many new homeownership seminars.Giving back to the community has alway been important to Industrial Bank.“We are CDFI certified and with that certification we invest 60% of our assets back into the community,” Woodard said.Community Development Financial Institution Certification (CDFI) is a designation for institutions that service vulnerable communities and people who don’t have access to financing, according to the CDFI Fund.Next year Industrial Bank will be celebrating 85 years, according to Woodard, but the mission of service stays the same.“We are down to like 19 Black banks in the country,” Woodard said, adding that along with the customer service Industrial Bank still offers the same products and services that all banks provide. “Through it all we’ve been here. Through the depression, through the riots, the building of the subway system. A lot of businesses had to close down during those periods.“So here we are 85 years later still servicing that mission.”The “Location of The Month” Initiative is part of OCTFME’s mission to promote D.C. locales as media production location and bring wider attention to the potential cinematic location for film and television productions.For more intomation about Industrical Bank please go to www.industrial-bank.com and to find out more about OCTFME’s Location program go to the DC-REEL Scout Directory.last_img read more