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Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Forms New Group With Ivan Neville And More

first_imgLegendary funk and soul drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, who has played with everybody from James Brown, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie and many more over the years, has assembled an all-star quartet consisting of keyboardist Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), bassist Pete Shand (The New Mastersounds), and guitarist Brian J (The Pimps of Joytime). The group “Bernard Purdie & Friends” is set to make their debut at the upcoming Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival down in New Orleans on Friday, September 30th.Bear Creek Organizers Announce New Festival In New OrleansBoth Shand and Brian J helped play on and co-produce Purdie’s upcoming original album (set for a Spring 2017 release), which was recorded at Vibromonk Studio’s in Brooklyn, NY. This should make for one hell of a new funk group.[via Offbeat – photo courtesy of Azumi Oe]last_img read more

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Everyone deserves a second chance!

first_imgLocalNews Everyone deserves a second chance! by: – July 5, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 32 Views   no discussions Banner for Second Chances’ Youth SeminarOne group from the Community of Paix Bouche have chosen ‘Break the trend of crime, violence and substance abuse’ as their topic for a youth seminar which will be held at the Paix Bouche Primary School on July 8th.Second Chances, has embarked on a journey to instill fundamental values in the youth of Dominica as it relates to behavioral patterns.President of the group, Mr Alexis George says this seminar is just one of the many activities planned by the group, as part of their youth development thrust.‘What Second Chances is doing, is that we are giving the young people that second chance that they deserve. Those who have done wrong, made a mistake, followed bad company or fell to peer pressure, we are letting them know that there is hope for them. We are creating that forum where they can speak freely of their mistakes and teach others to be more responsible and accept that second chance,’ said George.At Friday’s seminar, over five speakers are invited to educate the gathering on the long term effects of crime, violence and substance abuse.Public Relations Officer of Second Chances, Verlanna Williams says a former Magistrate and ex-prisoners will form part of the panel on that night.‘We have Former Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin who will speak on crime and violence, Inspector Claude Weekes who will address the judicial aspects of the seminar, Nurse Helen Royer who will address health issues, Pastor Lester George who will speak to the issue of morality of Dominican youth, and ex-prisoners who will share their experiences,’ says Williams.A number of sponsors have come on board to support the event. The event is expected to be carried live by local television and radio stations.Free transportation will also be provided for young person living in the areas of Penville, Calibishie, and Clifton to Paix Bouche.It is expected that some 500 to 700 young persons will attend this special seminar, which begins at 6:30pm.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is also one of the Guest Speakers, who will address the seminar on Friday.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Manipur Lead the Medal Tally in 1st North East Olympic Games

first_img1st North East Olympic Games : Assam in second spotOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Manipur lead the medal tally in the 1st North East Olympic Games after the end of day III in Imphal today. The host altogether collected 72 medals which included 32 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze. Assam is in the second spot with 75 medals (25-28-22). Arunachal Pradesh is in the third spot. They collected 35 (10-6-19) medals till date. Also Read – President of FIH Narinder Dhruv Batra to visit Guwahati soon Meanwhile, Assam displayed good show in the shooting event and collected several medals today. 10mt Air Rifle Mens’ Team comprising of Neelut Prasad Baruah, Jyotish Pratim Konwar and Ayush Mishra won a gold medal. Women team-Naini Devi, Nisha Baishya and Santa Sarma-collected silver in the same event. Neelut Prasad Baruah and Ayush Mishra won gold and silver medal respectively with a record in the individual category of Air Rifle. In the women category too Naini Devi and Nisha Baishya bagged gold and silver with an individual record.Assam performed well in both men and women soccer also. In the men’s section Assam defeated Arunachal Pradesh by 3-2. Chayaram Basumatary (2) and John Hmar Songate scored for the winning team.In the women category, Assam thrashed Nagaland by 7-0. Sainjali (3) scored hat-trick while Mina Basumatary (2), Mrinali Borah and Sonia Marak were the other scorers for Assam.last_img read more

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Bermuda Races to get Hurricane Damages Repaired Ahead of Second Tropical…

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC — Bermudians who suffered damage to their properties during Hurricane Humberto’s rampage through the island on Wednesday face a race against time to get repairs finished before the next storm arrives.Jerry, the 10th storm of the Atlantic season, has weakened to a tropical storm, but remains on course to hit Bermuda on Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane, according to forecasters.At 6 a.m. local time, Jerry was located 755 miles south of Bermuda, packing 65 mph winds, and moving northwest at 15 mph.Bermuda last suffered a one-two punch inside a week when Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo struck the island in October 2014.Before Humberto — in which 80 percent of the island lost power and one person severed a finger readying for the storm — Bermuda had escaped hurricanes since Nicole, a Category 3 hurricane, hammered the island in 2016.Humberto ripped off roofs and knocked down utility poles and left farmers counting the cost of the storm.On Friday, National Security Minister Wayne Caines told residents of this British Overseas Territory with a population of around 64,000 not to take down the storm protection they put up for Humberto.“I would like to encourage Bermuda to stay prepared. Let’s keep our level of being prepared up. Do not let your guard down. It is our recommendation that you leave things boarded up and remain in a state of readiness,” Caines said.The Bermuda Electric Light Company (Belco) on Friday night reported 11,000 still without power — roughly one-third of its customers.More than 28,000 lost power during the storm. A spokesman said the company aimed to have power fully restored by the end of Monday.Hamilton docks were open just 24 hours after Humberto, and Caines said there had been “no indication from any grocery stories that we are running low on supplies”.But from autumn seedlings to Christmas carrots and poinsettias, Humberto left farmers and nurseries counting the cost.The battering destroyed greenhouses around the island.Supplies of everything from cucumbers to bananas have been hit, while farmers rush to batten down ahead of Jerry.Tom Wadson, owner of Wadson’s Farm in Southampton parish, declared Humberto’s impact “horrendous, devastating”, with casualties ranging from 2,000 tomato plants to beets and carrots.“Everything in the field is basically toast, and the roof came off our greenhouse. We got a hard hit,” he said.Cassava, another Christmas staple, managed to survive because plants had been topped in advance, but Wadson said his farm had “a couple of tons” of pawpaws on the ground.last_img read more

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Derrius Guice injury update: Redskins RB (knee) has rehab setback, undergoes 3 more procedures

first_imgGuice said his knee became infected shortly after he had surgery to repair the torn ACL. He said he dealt with the issue for two months and required three additional procedures.Guice told the Post there’s no official timetable for his return. But he is hoping he’ll be able to take part in Washington’s OTAs this summer. Related News Redskins QB Alex Smith not expected to be ready to start 2019 season, report says The Redskins selected Guice out of LSU in the second round of the 2018 draft. He rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns in 35 games over three seasons with the Tigers.Washington will enter its Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars with a 6-7 record. Redskins will start QB Josh Johnson in Week 15 after Mark Sanchez gets benched vs. Giantscenter_img “I’m pretty mentally strong, so this isn’t beating me up,” Guice said. “I always try to look at the positives of things. It’s another year, I can get faster, bigger, stronger, learn the system more. Just be around the guys more.” Derrius Guice still believes he’ll be ready for the start of training.The 21-year-old rookie running back is out for all of 2018 after he tore the ACL in his left knee during the Redskins’ first preseason game. Guice revealed in a recent interview with the Washington Post that his rehab process has not gone smoothly.last_img read more

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Daughter’s graduation is just what the doctor ordered for Donegal boss!

first_imgThere was a double cause for celebration in the Bonner household in Madavagh, Lettermacaward this week.Fresh from Donegal’s big win over Tyrone in Saturday’s Ulster semi-final, the Donegal manager Declan Bonner was in Galway on Tuesday as his daughter, Amara, graduated as a doctor from NUI Galway.After six years of study at NUI Galway’s School of Medicine, Amara graduated with degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics (M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O). Next month, she starts her first job in University Hospital Galway.Amara, a former student at St Columba’s Comprehensive in Glenties, is pictured with her proud parents, Catherine and Declan.Daughter’s graduation is just what the doctor ordered for Donegal boss! was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amara BonnerDeclan BonnerdoctorLettermacawardMedicineNUI Galwaylast_img read more

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Medicinal plant project for Limpopo

first_imgSocial responsibility programmes “This makes South Africa an attractive venture for companies seeking novel compounds for different applications, for example medical, agricultural, horticultural, or environmental.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The rights of local communities to control access to these medicinal plants. Conserving medicinal plants She said it was important to acknowledge that traditional medicinal practitioners were among the most knowledgeable people about medicinal plants in local communities. The Maila community had proposed the conservation of medicinal plants project. The rights of local communities to protect their indigenous knowledge and be appropriately compensated for any commercial use of their indigenous knowledge. “They have much to offer in identifying local conservation issues and the development of improved systems for managing medicinal plants,” the deputy minister said. 5 August 2010 Mabudafhasi said that traditional medicine was the preferred primary healthcare choice for about 70% of South Africa’s population, and that it has been an essential resource for human health from ancient times. Launching the project in Maila village outside Louis Trichardt on Tuesday, Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the project entails the establishment of a nursery, laboratory, guard house, medicinal plant garden and research centre, as well as the fencing of the whole facility. In 2006, the department embarked on a rigorous process of consulting with municipalities, communities and provincial departments, calling for project proposals within the mandate to be funded through the social responsibility programme of the department. “Conditions for conservation are greatly enhanced when the owners and stewards of medicinal plants receive equitable benefits arising from the use of these resources, and feel that they are properly compensated for the level of effort involved in their contributions.” In the context of medicinal plants, Mabudafhasi said equity entailed several major components, including: Where access has been granted, the rights of the local community to fairly negotiate and enter into material transfer and benefit sharing agreements regarding the sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of their medicinal plants resources. The programme is implemented employing the Extended Public Works Programme principles of alleviating poverty and transferring of skills. “These medicinal plants are used to treat ailments such as coughs, headaches, urinary disorder, throat problems, ulcers, wounds, fever, constipation, cancer and high blood pressure,” Mabudafhasi said. “Many widely used products such as plant-based medicines and cosmetics produced by modern industries are derived from medicinal plants, and majority of them are indigenous and endemic to South Africa,” Mabudafhasi said. A R20-million medicinal plant conservation project in Limpopo is expected to advance the development, promotion and protection of natural resources in the province. Growing appreciation At the same time, she said there was a growing appreciation of the value of medicinal plants and their associated traditional knowledge by the modern industries, especially the pharmaceutical industry.last_img read more

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MeerKAT reaches another milestone

first_imgFour out of 64 sub-reflectors have been completed for the MeerKAT section of the Square Kilometre Array. And a new sub-reflector manufacturing plant has been opened by Stratosat Datacom outside Johannesburg to build the parts. Alan Geldenhuys, the director of Stratosat Datacom; Prof Justin Jonas, the associate director: science and engineering at SKA (SA); Dr Phil Mjwara, the director-general in the Department of Science and Technology; Florian Schauenburg, the chief executive of Schauenburg International Group; and Dieter Kovar, the managing director of Stratosat Datacom, cut the ribbon to officially open the Stratosat sub-reflector manufacturing facility. (Image: Photowise) • SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields • Design for SKA telescope ‘has been agreed’ • African entrepreneur sold his belongings to start Kisua • We Are the World Africa sings out against xenophobia • Digital storytelling shaping aspiring teachers Melissa JavanThe new facility for making sub-reflectors for the MeerKAT radio telescope, in Elandsfontein, was officially opened by South African company Stratosat Datacom on 23 April, where Department of Science and Technology director-general Dr Phil Mjwara hailed it as “yet another milestone in the building of the MeerKAT radio telescope”.It was also announced that four out of 64 sub-reflectors for the MeerKAT project had been completed. The MeerKAT is a division of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the world’s biggest telescope that is being partly built near the remote Northern Cape town of Carnarvon. It will be able to view objects in the universe that cannot be seen yet.Stratosat Datacom celebrated the inauguration of its facility in Elandsfontein together with the SKA, the Department of Science and Technology, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, Airborne International and various South African suppliers.Stratosat Datacom, as part of the Schauenburg International Group, won the tender issued by SKA (South Africa) in 2012 to design, build and install 64 Offset Gregorian deep-space telescopes, of 13.5m, for the MeerKAT project. The contract is worth R630-million. It teamed up with General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, a global leader in the design and building of advanced radio telescope antennas, to install the MeerKAT radio telescope antennas.For this purpose, Stratosat Datacom opened a Panel Manufacturing Facility in Kempton Park, also east of Joburg, in November 2014. The first four antennas were completed at the SKA site at the end of March which was a major milestone.To make the sub-reflectors based on composites, Stratosat also partnered with Airborne International, a Dutch company that is the market leader in highly specialised composite structures. Another milestone in the building of the MeerKAT radio telescope was reached with the completion of the first four sub-reflectors for the project. There are still 60 to go. (Image: Square Kilometre Array)The search for alien lifeOnce finished, the SKA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, about 50 times more sensitive, and up to 10 000 faster (in terms of its survey speed) than the best radio telescopes of today. It will be powerful enough to sense radio waves from objects millions or even billions of light years away from Earth.It will focus on addressing questions that can only be answered using a radio telescope. Scientist will use it to help them understand how the universe evolved, how stars and galaxies form and change, and what “dark matter” really is. They may even find life elsewhere in the universe.South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope is an SKA precursor or “pathfinder” telescope. It will consist of 64 dish-shaped antennas and will be the most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. MeerKAT (and the Australian SKA Pathfinder, called ASKAP) will become part of SKA Phase 1. Dr Bernie Fanaroff, the director of SKA Africa, has explained the SKA project previously: “We want to build a big telescope to view faint objects that are very far away in the universe. We can’t build that big a dish, so we’re planning to build smaller ones. That way we can connect them and feed their signals together.”This was called an array telescope. Plans for the project included site decision, which took place in 2012; the design phase of the telescope, between 2013 and 2017; and from 2018 to 2023 construction of phase one would take place. Construction of phase two would be done by 2030.Remote, quiet regionSKA phase one sites would be in remote areas of Northern Cape of South Africa and in Australia – they need to be as far away from noise interference as possible. “In South Africa, we will have 133 dishes for SKA phase one, plus the 64 dishes of the MeerKAT project,” Fanaroff said. “The first phase of the SKA is worth a capital investment of €650-million (R8.5-billion).” Guests at the opening of the sub-reflector manufacturing facility learn about the materials that are used to make the world-class MeerKAT telescope. (Image: Photowise)Guests at the inauguration of the Sub-reflector Manufacturing Facility last week included representatives from General Dynamics Satcom Technologies, Airborne International and various South African suppliers. Florian Schauenburg, the chief executive of Schauenburg congratulated the team on a job well done. “We met the deadline and it was a very tight one!”The group planned “to upscale Stratosat Datacom” and grow the business in Africa. “I’d like to see activities grow here, and that we should turn this place into a hub of skill labour.”Mjwara said the celebration marked another milestone in building the MeerKAT facility. “We want to demonstrate to the world that we are capable of building a world-class telescope. We are proud and humbled that we can host the largest share of the SKA.”MeerKAT was an example of what South Africa could and had already achieved with the government and the private sector working together.During a tour of the facility, guests were shown the different materials used to make the sub-reflectors. These include glass fibre and aluminium veil.Stratosat’s contribution to MeerKAT is scheduled to be finished within 12 months. The sub-reflector is one of five facilities in the MeerKAT project; the others include the circuit board and the panels.Watch why the MeerKAT will become the world’s most powerful telescope:last_img read more

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Housing Starts Drop To New Low

first_imgLowest Figure In Recorded HistoryWASHINGTON, DC — In January 2009, housing starts dropped to the lowest level since records began, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. New home construction has plummeted to an annual rate of 466,000, down 80% from January 2006, when housing starts hit 2,273,000.The National Association of Homebuilders declared that housing starts are in “an uninterrupted free-fall.” Never since the U.S. government began keeping records in 1959 has the number of housing starts been this low.According to The New York Times, builders have “virtually closed up shop amid falling demand.” Nariman Behravesh, the chief economist for HIS Global Insight, said, “Housing and the U.S. economy are still in a freefall. It’s clear that we haven’t done anything to stabilize housing.”James Glassman, senior United States economist at JPMorgan Chase, said, “The problem with the builders is that they’re competing with property that’s coming to the market from foreclosures. There’s this tug of war going on between the resale market and the builders.”The Financial Times quoted Ian Sheperdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics. “With the inventory of new homes still rising relative to sales, we can’t be confident this is the bottom,” Sheperdson.last_img read more

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Why You Can Never Have A Slow Week

first_imgDespite the somewhat hyperbolic title, it is possible to have a slow week. But for that to be true, it would indicate that you are reactive and that you’ve found a way to avoid doing your work. Because there is never an end of things that you need to do, you can’t have a slow week without it being a personal decision.Living In Reactive ModeThe only way you can set up a slow week at work is to live in reactive mode, waiting for work to show up in your email inbox, waiting for a client to call and ask for something, or waiting for your leadership to provide you with a task or a project. To have a slow week, you have to fill the time between the prompts that cause you to work by passively waiting for some force to move you to work. The longer you wait, the slower your week.The reasons one might live in reactive mode are many and varied, but there tend to be a couple of primary reasons. If you haven’t spent the time to review the work you need to do and planned it, it’s easy to slip into reactive mode. Starting the week without thoughtfully planning the week to ensure you have allotted time for what’s most important, the lack of a plan can cause you to wait for something—or someone—to move you.You cannot have a slow week if you have reviewed your work, prioritized it based on the impact on your results, and planned your week by blocking time for the work that matters.Avoiding Your Real WorkA slow week also requires that you avoid doing your real work. As a knowledge worker, you have a tremendous amount of autonomy to decide what you do, when you do it, and how you accomplish important outcomes. It’s unlikely your role requires you to wait for orders and directions to provide you with work.Proactive work is different from reactive work. The project you need to start is going to require you to have to think, and it’s going to mean you will have to make decisions, decisions you may want to avoid. Some of the work is going to require you to engage with people who have different ideas, providing a bit of conflict that will have to be sorted out. The large, transformational project that is so important is also so much work, you avoid it, even though it is critical. Or perhaps you need to call prospective clients and ask them for meetings, a type of work that is inexhaustible.Avoiding your real work doesn’t make it go away. Instead, it piles up. The longer you avoid the work, the more difficult it is to get started. Worse, you are pushing the result further into the future.The Amount of Work You DoThe amount of work you do is a personal decision. You decide what and how much you get done in a single week. The effort you put into your work is also an individual choice you make. Some people produce more exceptional results faster than others because they have willed themselves to do their most important work and to invest in it their full focus and attention, generating a greater quantity and quality of the outcomes.Whenever you choose, you can trade sitting in reactive mode for being an active role in determining what work you do, when you do it, and how you go about it. Your goals and your initiatives can be the internal force that prevents you from ever having to subject yourself to having someone have to ask you to do something that you should already be doing—or already have done. You can identify your priorities and plan and schedule your week in advance, preventive steps that ensure your week will not be slow, but will also move you closer to your goals.Filling Your WeekIf you fill your week with your most important work, the kind of work many resist, you will make real progress on what’s important, pulling those results towards you instead of pushing them further into the future. Even though you may have to make tough decisions and occasionally work through some conflict about ways or means, once you remove the obstacles, you can begin the work and make progress.The decision as to whether you have a slow week or a productive week (which is not the same as a busy week, those two ideas being in direct conflict), is your decision to make. If you want to be productive with your time, you will prioritize your work and plan your week. Not only will your week not be slow, but it will also be incredibly productive.last_img read more

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