Kevin Hart Launches New 600000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP

first_imgFollowing on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree.Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).UNCF is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”“Education and knowledge are powerful,” said Hart. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”The 18 students receiving college scholarships are high school graduates who attended KIPP public charter schools in eight different communities: the Arkansas Delta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. A recent survey of KIPP alumni across the country showed that the KIPP graduates who attend HBCUs reported a stronger sense of belonging, better mental health, and were more likely to have a mentor than those attending non-HBCUs.“Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the hard work of these 18 KIPP students recognized by Kevin Hart and UNCF through this generous scholarship program,” said John Fisher, chair of the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. “Michael Lomax has been a longtime KIPP supporter and friend and a tireless champion for young people. We are incredibly grateful to both UNCF and Kevin Hart for their partnership and support to help our students thrive in college and achieve their dreams.”Hart’s gift to fund this new scholarship program puts him in line with many other renowned celebrities — like Lou Rawls, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifton Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis who, realizing the value of a quality education, have supported UNCF over the years. “Giving back to build better futures is the name of the game, and we hope that others like Kevin will understand why educational investments are so important, especially now, and step up to help more deserving students,” said Lomax.Lomax also added, “Over the last decade, UNCF has been building a relationship with the KIPP public school network, and we are so excited that KIPP’s board of directors and Chairman John Fisher are behind this outstanding new venture. There are more than 1,300 KIPPsters currently enrolled at HBCUs, and together, we are bringing resources and shining a spotlight on these students who are doing all they can to get a college education. This unique partnership will help UNCF continue to bridge the gap from high school success to college achievement and enables UNCF to help more students get to and through college.”last_img read more

PDM sworn into Office

first_imgFacebook 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 Officecenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#PDMSwornIn Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

WestJet case threatens 26 years no measles in TCI

first_imgFacebook 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#WestJetcrewmeaslesscarelast_img read more

Golfweeks Bland Rage

first_imgLots of buzz online about the termination of editor Dave Seanor over this cover, which refers to a thoughtlessly stupid remark by golf anchor Kelly Tighman.It’s worth noting that the controversy over this cover is inextricably wrapped up in its conceptual quality. The insipid stock image brings nothing to the package that isn’t explicit in the headline. The noose may be a loaded cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as tiresome on a magazine cover as any other over-used icon.Now, clichés have their place, and all visual communicators must rely on them (at least once in a while) because they provide a shared visual language. But the trouble with using them unthinkingly and without a context that makes them story-specific is that either they’re boring and obvious–or they convey unintended meanings—or both. If the noose (or better yet a net—”Caught in a Net” works just as well, once you aren’t relying on the noose to provide a link to Tighman’s quote) was clearly catching a television set showing Tighman on the golf channel—it might not have been wonderful (especially if the new cover maintained the phony small caps and clunky outlining on the headline), but it’s hard to imagine it getting the same strongly negative reaction as the generic “ominous noose” pictured here. And, if nothing else, a reader would have known—just by looking—that this is a media story.[Editor’s note: For more intelligent design talk, buy Jandos’ new book.]last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Joan Pastorella of Reliv International

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Tewksbury’s Joan Pastorella of Reliv International.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… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Sensex Plunges Nearly 600 Points on China Slowdown Fears Weak GDP Rising

first_imgIndian stock markets plunged yet again with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling nearly 600 points on Tuesday, amid concerns over China’s slowing growth and weak domestic cues.Sensex fell 586 points or 2.24% to close at 25,696, reverting to levels seen on 24 August, when it posted its biggest intra-day fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets.Among the sectoral indices, bankex, realty and metal were the biggest losers, falling by over 3% each. Stock prices of real estate developer DLF fell over 4% to close at Rs 106.25 , while Punjab National Bank (PNB) shares dropped 7.25% to end at Rs 134.35.Meanwhile, the Shanghai composite index also tumbled over 3% in the morning trade, as data showed that manufacturing activity in the country fell to three-year low in August. However, the index pared some losses to close at 3,166 points, down 1.23%.On the domestic front, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7% in the first quarter was well below market expectations. The weaker-than-expected growth figure weighed on the investors sentiment, dragging the Indian stock markets down.”When you analyse the GDP data, we see that things could have been better, but unfortunately things are going relatively slow. The only silver lining out of all this particularly gloomy numbers is that we are seeing the spending from the government side, which is on the rise,” says Deven Choksey, MD, KR Choksey Securities, in an interview to ET Now.The sell-off was also triggered by renewed expectations of an interest rate hike by the US central bank in September. The US stock markets ended lower on Monday after comments from a senior official of the US Federal Reserve signaled at a possible rate hike this month.Besides, rising global crude oil prices led to a heavy sell-off. Brent crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive session on Monday, posting biggest three-day gains since August 1990.”Brent has achieved a price gain of a good 25%, while WTI is up by more than 27%. In both cases, these are their most pronounced three-day increases since August 1990, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded the neighbouring country of Kuwait, causing oil prices to soar,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.However, a rise in crude oil prices is not good for the domestic economy, as it may push inflation rate up undermining the prospects of interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”Rise in crude oil prices is not going to be good news for markets and it is also probably not going to be good news for the Indian economy,” said Atsi Seth of Moody’s Investor Services.last_img read more

Small businesses suffer as Indias bruised banks sit on deposits

first_imgPeople 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)last_img read more

US to pursue targeted sanctions on Myanmar

first_imgRex W Tillerson US secretary of state Rex W Tillerson has said the United States will pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions on Myanmar, if the situation does not improve in Rakhine State, reports UNB.”Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable. The United States continues to support a credible, independent investigation to further determine all facts on the ground to aid in these processes of accountability,” he said in a press statement shared by the US Department of State on Wednesday.He said they support the Burmese government’s commitment to create the conditions necessary for all refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes safely and voluntarily, and welcome recent exchanges between the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on repatriation.”Support by Burma’s military for these government efforts is crucial. This is a difficult and complex situation. Many stakeholders must work together to ensure progress,” he said.The US Secretary of State said they have supported constructive action on the Rakhine crisis at the UN Security Council and in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.He visited Naypyidaw on 15 November where he met separately State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition as the elected government strives to implement reforms, bring peace and reconciliation to the nation, and resolve a devastating crisis in Rakhine State,” he said.The US Secretary of State said their first priority is to relieve the intolerable suffering faced by so many.In response to the dire situation, he announced last week an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the Rakhine State crisis, bringing the total amount spent in response to this crisis to more than $87 million since August of this year.He said Myanmar’s response to this crisis is vital to determining the success of its transition to a more democratic society.”As I said in Naypyidaw, the key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalised populations, such as the ethnic Rohingya and other minority populations,” said the US Secretary of State said.He mentioned that Myanmar’s government and security forces must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders, and hold accountable those who fail to do so.”I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of 25 August attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued,” reads the statement.These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to flee their homes in Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh, it reads.”After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” said the US Secretary of State.last_img read more

Riva Ganguly likely to replace Shringla

first_imgRiva Ganguly (R) is likely to replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh.Riva Ganguly Das, currently in charge of India’s external affairs ministry’s cultural arm, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is likely to be the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.Current Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla is likely to become India’s next ambassador to the US, replacing Navtej Sarna, who is set to retire at the end of this year, reports UNB.The Indian government is planning a rash of changes in its envoys to a number of key world capitals, reports Times of India mentioning Shringla and Riva’s new likely postings.When approached, a diplomatic source in Dhaka said nothing is finalised. “It’ll take time.”Shringla was appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka in November 2015.last_img read more

Two lanes shut due to accident on M6

first_imgAn accident is causing delays on the M6 motorway in South Cheshire tonight (Tuesday September 18). Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to accident on the southbound carriageway between J17 A534 Old Mill Road ( Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Lanes one and two (of three) are closed according to traffic data company Inrix. The accident is reported to have taken place shortly before 11pm. We have no information on what kind of vehicles are involved at this stage, or how many. Traffic England are also reporting two lanes are closed, and say traffic is expected to return to normal by 1.45am. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent properties raided in national fuel fraud investigation There is also onne lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Lane one (of three) is closed. Elsewhere motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads in the region due to heavy rain, while Highways England have issued a severe weather alert for strong winds across Northern England tomorrow. We will bring you updates on this accident as we get them on the live feed below.00:06ClearedThis accident has now cleared23:29Closure down to one laneInrix and Traffic England are now both reporting the closure is down to one lane.last_img read more

Plane full of plumbers turns back around due to broken toilet

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LOL, WTF Tuesday, January 30, 2018 OSLO — How many plumbers does it take to fix an airplane toilet? The answer, so it seems, is more than 85.On Jan. 27, Norwegian flight DY1156 experienced the definition of ‘irony’ when it was forced to return to Oslo due to a broken toilet, even though it was carrying close to 100 plumbers onboard.A total of 85 tradesmen from Norway’s plumbing industry, including 65 from one company, Rørkjøp, were on the two-and-a-half hour flight to Munich. But despite their combined skill and experience, they were unable to fix the faulty loo.“We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we did not take the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 metres,” joked Rørkjøp CEO Frank Olsen, who spoke with Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.Upon its return to Oslo, the Boeing 737 aircraft “was repaired and continued with the flight later that day,” the airline spokesperson confirmed. “We would like to thank passengers for their patience and would like to apologize for the inconvenience.” Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by Plane full of plumbers turns back around due to broken toiletlast_img read more