APTN InFocusThis week on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen takes a closer look at what we’re teaching our kids in school.Are children — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — getting enough Indigenous content in the classroom?Myra Laramee is the elder and knowledge keeper for the Winnipeg School Division. She’s also a retired teacher.“People are trying to take what we’ve always had as Indigenous people and show others what that looks like, what that sounds like, what that feels like,” said Laramee, who believes what is being taught has improved greatly since she started teaching in the 1970s.“(Teachers) are taking young people to sweat lodges that have never been before. And not just Indigenous kids, but all kids who want to go and want to learn about that. I know that in our school division Indigenous Learning is for everyone.”Kevin Kakegamic, Indigenous Outreach Co-ordinator at Thunder Bay Catholic School Division, said his division is working hard to bring Indigenous teachings to students and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students“Last year we started with a program called Walking the Path…an 11-module program that specially offers teachings on important topics such as the history of residential school,” he said.“Another module is on reconciliation, the seven Grandfather teachings, the medicine wheel.”The program is being delivered to Grade 6 students at two schools and pairs kids to work on modules together. It will be in several more schools in the new year.“The feedback I get from the teachers and the students and also other staff from the board really think that this is a good program,” Kakegamic said.“It gets the weekly 75-minute engagement learning about the program. And also, too, it’s nice to see the non-Indigenous students getting really interested and engaged too and learning about the culture.”
TCI Police reach out to Bahamas hurricane victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The highest thanks for his vindication from charges of unethical behavior as a police officer goes to God; that was the final wording in a Press Release issued by very likely, soon to be reinstated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Adams said he was always confident that his innocence would have been proven… I quote him now: “Now that this matter has run its course and has been resolved by the court, I will be officially advising HE the Governor’s Office and the Commissioner of Police that I am available to continue my duties as a police officer.” Adams, who has been on the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force since 1984 explained: “I do so out of a sense of commitment and duty to my country and to the many young officers of the Police Service who seek a role model to aspire to.” Naturally, Mr Adams was also thankful to his family. He had been charged by the Integrity Commission with five counts of breaching the ordinance; three charges were dropped, one the jury was instructed to return a not guilty verdict on and the final was deliberated for three hours before a not guilty was delivered late day Monday November 17. Attorney in the matter was Ariel Misick. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Gov’t Looking To Provide Tablet Computers For Police Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ariel misick, deputy commissioner, police force, rodney adams Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 21, 2016 – The People’s Democratic Movement was officially sworn into Office on December 20th 2016. The party was successful in securing victory at the polls on December 15th winning 10 out of 15 electoral seats. Ministerial appointments are as follows:Hon. Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson– Premier and Minister of Finance, Trade and InvestmentHon. Sean R. Astwood– Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration and Border Control and EmploymentHon. Vaden D. Williams– Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and CommunicationHon. McMillin Goldray Ewing– Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and PlanningHon. Josephine Connolly-Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Library ServicesHon. Edwin Astwood– Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human ServicesHon. Ralph Higgs- Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and CultureThe party has agreed that there will be periodic rotation of Ministerial positions.The PDM has selected Hon. Karen Malcolm to serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.Hon. Derek Taylor will work out of the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk.Hon. Douglas Parnell will work of out of the Premier’s Office in Providenciales and will spearhead negotiations on constitutional change, UK relations, business development and inward investment.Hon. Dwayne Taylor has been selected to become Speaker of the House of Assembly upon the opening of the House of Assembly.Mr. Maxovonno Thomas has been selected to become the PDM Government’s appointed member to the House of Assembly. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PDMSwornIn PDM Sworn into Office #MagneticMediaNews#PDMSwornIn Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched. The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO. A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles. The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine. The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscare
Lifeguards rescue man stuck on cliff in Torrey Pines February 22, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Lifeguards and firefighters Thursday morning rescued an uninjured man who became stranded on a cliff while trying to climb down the beachfront bluffs in Torrey Pines, authorities said.The man called for help a little after 6:30 a.m. while attempting to reach the beach from the Torrey Pines Gliderport after he “found himself in a spot where he couldn’t go any further,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Lifeguards responded to the beach area below the Gliderport in the 2800 block of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, but they were initially unable to locate the stranded man from their vantage point on the sand, Munoz said. An SDFD helicopter spotted the man precariously perched on a ledge roughly half way down the cliffs.“He was lowered down using a rope system by lifeguards and firefighters,” Munoz said, adding the non-injury rescue should serve as a warning to others.“This is a good example of why you should heed the signs and not climb down the cliffs,” Munoz said. Posted: February 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House Appropriations Committee approved a $579 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday after rejecting a Democratic attempt to overturn the measure’s use of DOD’s war account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps.An amendment offered by Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) would have moved $38 billion placed in DOD’s overseas contingency operations account (OCO) to its base budget. The GOP added those funds to the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request for the war account, boosting it to $88 billion.“The overseas contingency fund has exploded beyond any reasonable measure of what a contingency fund should be,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).Republicans argued, however, that in the absence of a new budget deal relaxing the caps, resorting to the OCO account is the only way to boost funding for the Pentagon while following the law, reported the Hill.“I wish with all my being that we could lift sequestration to some degree,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said.“Until the powers that be — White House, leadership in the House and Senate — until those three entities come together and reach some accommodation, some understanding, we’re bound by the Budget Control Act. I wish it were otherwise,” Rogers said.Visclosky’s amendment was rejected by the committee in a 21-30 party-line vote.The underlying FY 2016 defense spending bill would provide a 2.3 percent pay raise for service members instead of the1.3 percent increase recommended by the president. The measure also provides funding to keep the A-10 Warthog in service in opposition to an Air Force plan to retire the ground support aircraft.
Chipmaker Qualcomm and the provincial government of Guizhou in China on Sunday unveiled a $280 million joint venture for the design, development and sale of advanced server technology.The US-based global semiconductor company signed a strategic agreement with the Guizhou province government and announced a joint venture with Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology Co Ltd with initial capital of 1.85 billion renminbi (approximately $281 million) Reuters reported.”Qualcomm will establish an investment company in Guizhou that will serve as a vehicle for future investments in China”, the provincial government and the company said in a joint statement.Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm Inc, said the company wants to “deepen its cooperation and investment in China”. Thus, cooperation agreement, joint venture and formation of an investment company will be important for the company.Qualcomm was reportedly licensing its server technology with the help of research and development and would also supply expertise to implement the venture, Reuters added in its report.”This underscores our commitment as a strategic partner in China,” Aberle said. Under the joint venture, Guizhou would own 55% of the new company and 45% will be owned by Qualcomm subsidiary, according to a report by Venture Beat.The company plans to make ARM-based processors for servers in data centres.Last October, the company had announced that it conducted a live demo of its server development platform. It would also collaborate with chip-making companies Xilinx and Mellanox. This would give China a chance to build its own chip industry.”This server technology joint venture is a win-win scenario for Qualcomm and our Guizhou partner and will yield mutual benefits for both sides as we together pursue a very large data center opportunity in China,” said Anand Chandrasekhar, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Qualcomm Data Center Group, in a statement, Venture Beat report added.
People queue outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to exchange their old high denomination bank notes in New Delhi, December 30, 2016.[Representational image]Reuters fileBusinessman Vineet Pandey has 500 housekeepers, security guards, electricians and plumbers on his books, servicing offices in India’s booming financial metropolis Mumbai. He would love to hire more to keep up with demand, but cannot get a bank loan.Pandey, 36, recently had to turn away an order that would have created 100 new jobs and helped his firm, Kaarya Facilities, expand its $1.6 million in annual sales, after his credit application to a state-run bank in January went unanswered.”We are a labour-intensive company, but if we don’t get finance from banks then we won’t be able to hire,” Pandey said.A mountain of bad debt in India’s banking system has led to a prolonged credit crunch that is inflicting most pain on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as Pandey’s that depend upon banks for their day-to-day working capital and longer-term borrowing needs.India has more than 45 million such enterprises, accounting for nearly 40 percent of gross domestic product. Smaller businesses also account for the bulk of job creation, so a lack of bank credit reaching them threatens Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to create 250 million jobs over the next decade.The problem is not that Indian banks lack deposits to lend. After last November’s decision by Modi to scrap high-value banknotes, a dramatic move to purge illicit or untaxed “black cash” from the shadow economy that forced holders to deposit high value currency with their banks, they are awash with $50 billion in excess liquidity.But banks’ worsening asset quality has made them reluctant to grant new loans, especially to smaller businesses that are perceived as riskier.RISK-AVERSEThe bulk of India’s $150 billion in soured loans are owed to state-run lenders that dominate the banking system. Criminal investigations into some defaults, in which former bank bosses have been arrested, have made today’s managers fearful that bad lending decisions might come back to haunt them.”It is a safety-first approach,” said a senior official at one state-run bank. “No loan officer wants a knock on his or her door later by the investigative agencies.”Banks can park their excess deposits safely with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or hand out smaller, less risky loans to consumers. Even as lending to industry has shrunk in seven of the past eight months, retail loans are growing at a double-digit pace, RBI data shows.Private sector banks, less exposed to the bad loan problem, are more willing to service demand from corporates.But since private banks account for just a third of banking assets, they cannot fully offset the credit slowdown.RECAPITALISATIONIn a bid to fix the loan stress, New Delhi this month empowered the central bank to push reluctant lenders towards writedowns and errant borrowers into insolvency.Government and RBI officials say the measure should speed resolution and improve the flow of credit to industry.Analysts are more sceptical, and expect loan growth to remain weak until banks are adequately recapitalised.”They do not address the lack of capital at the state-owned banks that has prevented them from writing down non-performing loans to realistic levels,” said ratings agency Moody’s.Big companies, meanwhile, have shifted to borrowing via bonds and commercial paper.The most spectacular rise has been in the domestic bond market, where corporates raised 60 percent more in the fiscal year to March 2017 than in the year before, according to Thomson Reuters data.But smaller businesses seldom have the credit profile to tap the debt markets, while the amounts they generally borrow do not justify paying bankers to arrange bonds and get them rated.Turned away by the banks, they are forced to borrow from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), or even relatives and friends, at often-punitive rates of interest.Manish Sharma, whose Delhi-based company manufactures electric cables, recently had to approach one NBFC for a Rs 10 million ($156,000) credit after his bank refused to provide a loan to complete a large order without matching collateral.”They kept insisting on collateral,” said Sharma. “If I had that kind of money, I would have never gone to them for the loan.”Credit demand from borrowers such as Sharma is driving double-digit loan growth at NBFCs. They charge higher rates than banks, but their loans are processed faster and require little paperwork.Sharma is paying 16 percent interest on his loan, higher than the average 12 percent charged by state-run banks. Still, he reckons the return on his investment will outweigh the costs.”The order was very big and very profitable, we had to find a way to deliver it,” Sharma said. “The struggle to get funds has already put brakes on our growth.”($1 = Rs 64.0800)
Bangladesh Bhaban. Photo: Bhaskar MukherjeePrime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Kolkata on Friday morning on a two-day visit to West Bengal at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at 9:40am (local time), reports UNB.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and prime minister’s advisers on political, economic, foreign and energy affairs are accompanying her in the visit.During her visit, the premier will inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban jointly with Narendra Modi at Visva Bharati and hold a meeting with him there today. Sheikh Hasina will also attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the Guest of Honour there.She will receive an honorary of Doctor of Literature, to be awarded by the Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol on Saturday.From the NSCBI Airport, Sheikh Hasina will depart for Visva Bharati, Santiniketan by a helicopter.Vice chancellor of Visva Bharati professor Sabuj Koli Sen will receive the prime minister at Santiniketan.Narendra Modi will receive Sheikh Hasina at Rabindra Bhaban. She will then place flowers at Rabindra chair.She will depart for convocation venue at Amrakanon and attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony.Hasina will take part in the convocation procession and oath ceremony.After the convocation ceremony, the Bangladesh prime minister and her Indian counterpart will jointly unveil the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban.Tagore’s song ‘Anandaloke Mongolaloke will be played at the ceremony. The vice chancellor of Visva Bharati will deliver the welcome speech.After the inaugural function, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi will sit in the meeting. After the meeting, she will leave Santiniketan for Kolkata by a helicopter.On her return to Kolkata, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Later, local chamber leaders will meet her.On 26 May, the prime minister will go to Kazi Nazrul University (KNU), Asansol to receive the degree of Doctor of Literature.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will depart from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata for the Kazi Nazrul Islam (KNI) Airport, Andal, Durgapur at 9:50am (local time).The KNU vice chancellor will deliver the welcome address before conferring of the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree on Sheikh Hasina.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will then deliver a speech.Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will deliver her speech as the Guest-in-Chief at the convocation.After the programme, the prime minister will return to Kolkata. She will visit Netaji Museum (Netaji Bhawan) and place wreaths on the bed of Netaji and sign the visitor’s book on Saturday afternoon.Hasina is expected to return home at 10:30pm on Saturday by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
Finance minister AMA MuhithFinance minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday told parliament that the enlistment of schools under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) is not a good programme for the development of education, reports UNB.He, however, said fund has been allocated in the national budget for bringing schools under the MPO in the current fiscal year (2018-’19).The (enlistment of schools) MPO is a very bad programme which we had taken once upon a time. And we have been continuing it,” said Muhith replying to a supplementary question from Tarikat Federation chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, MP.The finance minister said there are many good programmes for the development of education such as stipend for students and school-feeding and providing education materials.Muhith asked the MPs to change their attention from the MPO programme to school-feeding one.He said, “There were anomalies in the MPO process and our minister (Nurul Islam Nahid) is reducing these…but it’s not a very good programme.”
President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.They paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at one minute past midnight tonight.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar six minutes before the clock struck 12 midnight, while president Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar two minutes before the zero hour.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar together in slow pace as the immortal song on Amar Ekushey–“Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February”– was playing.The president was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after the president, the prime minister placed the wreath at the Shaheed Minar.They stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the Language Heroes.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of three services, senior Awami League leaders, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats, civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and deputy speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.Flanked by cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.On arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the president was received by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman, while Prime Minister was received by DU vice chancellor.Later, the chiefs of three services, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokan, the panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, the inspector general of police, the ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries and the heads of international organisations placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD)In conjunction with National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will provide free Kidney Health Risk Assessments, on Mar. 8, at the Brancati Center Health Awareness Hub, 900 N. Washington St., Baltimore, Md. 21205.Open to the public, this free assessment helps identify adults at risk for chronic kidney disease and increases awareness of kidney disease risk factors in the community. Participants will receive brief consultations with physicians and dietitians to learn about kidney disease, as well as general nutrition and wellness guidelines.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comAs White supremacists rally for their “civil rights”- although it’s not clear which of their rights are at stake- the District’s local Black Lives Matter group, along with Shut it Down DC will be hosting a counter-protest.In June the National Park Service approved the application for the White Civil Rights Rally to have a demonstration in Lafayette Park near the White House for August 11 and 12. Since then, Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC have been working together to counter the narrative of the White supremacists and ultimately “confront fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, White supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12,” according to a statement feature on the Shut it Down DC website.Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC are organizing a counter-protest to take place during the time of the White Civil Rights rally August 10-12. (Courtesy photo)For Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC this counter-protest is a way of speaking up for those affected by the bloody day last August in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Unite the Right rally which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old White woman fighting against the supremacists, and injured and traumatized many more, such as Corey Long and Deandre Harris.“This is for Heather Heyer, Corey Long, Deandre Harris, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system,” wrote Shut It Down DC.According to The Root Long was shot at and Harris was brutally beaten at the rally, yet they both faced charges. Harris’ charges were eventually dropped, but Long was sentenced to 360 days in jail for disorderly conduct when using a flame thrower as self defense (even though he only had to serve 20 of those days).Jason Kessler, leader of Unite the Right, told WUSA 9 last month that the “White Civil Rights” marchers are rallying “to talk about the Civil Rights abuse that happened in Charlottesville, Va. last year.” Now the counter-protesters are gearing to hold them accountable for the violence and outrage last August 12.“Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer,” Shut it Down DC wrote.Black Lives Matter DC representative, Makia Green told Fox 5 why she felt the counter-protest was important. “We are stronger than they are, that they are resistant to change and to progress that Black Lives Matter has been doing over the last four years with Black liberation and fighting racism and fascism,” Green said. “So it’s important that we let D.C. and rest of the world know that we are not going to stand for the hate.”
By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, acting after his former personal lawyer and fixer told Congress that he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. Trump tweeted an apparent response Tuesday night, decrying his home state and its governor as “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS.”Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, according to a person familiar with the inquiry.In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, smiles during an inauguration ceremony in New York. James has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, taking action after his former lawyer told Congress he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. A person familiar with the inquiry said James issued subpoenas Monday, March 11, to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The New York Times first reported the subpoenas.Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress in late February that Trump exaggerated his wealth on financial statements provided to Deutsche Bank when he was trying to obtain financing to buy the Bills.Cohen told a House committee it was common for Trump to overstate his wealth when dealing with the news media or banks and for him to understate it when it came time to pay his taxes.“New York State and its Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are now proud members of the group of PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS,” Trump tweeted . “No wonder people are fleeing the State in record numbers. The Witch Hunt continues!”Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond.Deutsche Bank said in a statement that it remains “committed to cooperating with authorized investigations.” Messages left with New Jersey-based Investors Bank and the Trump Organization were not immediately returned.The subpoenas issued by the attorney general seek loan applications, as well as mortgages, credit lines and other documents related to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., buildings in Chicago and New York and a golf course in the Miami area.Several Congressional committees have also requested documents from Deutsche Bank. California Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat and head of the House Financial Services Committee, said last week that the bank is cooperating.Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, whose past financial troubles scared off large New York banks. Trump’s company borrowed billions of dollars from the German bank over the years.In May, five Democratic members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan asking the bank to turn in any records relating to Trump’s accounts and any ties to Russia. The bank refused, saying it had to respect legal requirements to keep client data private.James, a Democrat newly elected to office, pledged to look into Trump’s business practices, saying after her victory last November that she’d be “shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings and every dealing.”Trump has complained that James is waging a politically motivated vendetta against him. Her office is also overseeing a lawsuit against a Trump charitable foundation. James’ predecessors sued Trump over the operations of Trump University, his real estate school.Previously, a different New York state agency, which regulates insurance companies, launched an inquiry into Cohen’s allegations that Trump also misled insurance companies about his financial worth.Trump has said Cohen is lying to try to get out of a prison sentence for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, making false statements to banks and lying to Congress.__Follow Michael Sisak at twitter.com/mikesisak
At the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.
10Feb Bill co-sponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder State Rep. Jon Bumstead joined Rep. Ray Franz in honoring State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Bumstead to honor the fallen trooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013. After serving in the Army, Butterfield joined the state police in 1999 and transferred in 2011 to Hart Post #66, located in Oceana County.“Paul was a kind-hearted man who bravely served our community by protecting us and upholding our state’s laws,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in honoring this officer for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving our state.“By memorializing him with this highway, we celebrate his life and his profound influence on the lives of all who knew him.”Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with members of the Mason County sheriff’s department and state police troopers.The Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway is located on M-116 in Mason County, beginning at Lincoln River and stretching north to Big Sable River.### Categories: News
Rovi has signed two Chinese DivX deals that will see the video technology integrated into Changhong digital TVs and Philips-branded TVs set for distribution in the country.The deal with consumer electronics manufacturer Changhong means that Rovi has now signed DivX agreements with each of the top five digital TV manufacturers in China. Changhong TVs will have DivX HD video certification as well as offer support for DivX streaming.The Philips distribution will result from a new deal Rovi has reached with TVP Technology Limited, a display solutions provider that plans to add add DivX Plus HD certification into Philips-branded TVs in China.Rovi, which announced both deals today, hailed the Changhong deal as a “significant milestone” for the company as it continues to gain momentum in the country with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) – companies that design products that are then branded by another firm.The TVP Technology comes after Rovi in January announced a deal with Mei Ah Digital and China Mobile Hong Kong to use DivX Plus Streaming to deliver premium entertainment services to mobile users.“As a premier ODM, TVP’s support for DivX technology further reinforces Rovi’s momentum in this rapidly growing market and highlights the universal value and appeal of the DivX Certified Program,” Rovi senior VP, sales and marketing, Simon Adams.“Philips TVs will add to the already expansive DivX ecosystem and increase the number of options for consumers who want to access and enjoy a growing catalog of Hollywood entertainment available in the DivX format.”The DivX Certified Programme lets consumer electronics manufacturers differentiate their products and guarantee reliable DivX video playback across all devices that bear the DivX logo. The format can be read on devices including phones, tablets, televisions and other digital media players.DivX Plus Streaming is an end-to-end solution for secure adaptive streaming for over-the-top content service providers on multiple platforms.
Viacom has signed a multi-year deal with comScore that covers cross-platform audience measurement.Viacom says it will have access to comScore’s cross-platform measurement tools and advanced demographic capabilities – which span the linear TV, video-on-demand, digital, and over-the-top environments.Viacom said it will use the data for its proprietary advertising products, unlocking “maximum value to marketing partners” by delivering a complete view of the consumer.“This partnership with comScore marks a fundamental watershed moment in the business of television,” claimed Viacom’s senior vice-president of data strategy, Bryson Gordon.“This revolution in targeting, currency and measurement is the equivalent of shifting from black and white to colour. Viacom’s longstanding investment in data and innovation and our unique ability to merge creativity and science has positioned us far ahead in the marketplace by delivering what partners crave – the most comprehensive view of the consumer and the most effective way to reach them.”