Greek Basketball Legend Nikos Galis Inducted in Hall of Fame (Video)

first_imgATHENS (ANA) – Congratulations poured in on Saturday for Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis, who was one of 10 inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, as part of the 2017 class.Born to Greek immigrants in New Jersey, he was drafted by the Celtics but never made the team due to an injury.Galis moved to Greece where he dominated for over a decade in the local and European basketball scene, winning seven straight league titles with Aris and then top place with the national basketball team in the 1987 European Championships.The Panhellenic Association of Paid Basketball Players expressed its gratitude to Galis in a press release on Saturday.“This legend was inducted in the Hall of Fame, the museum of top [players], and reminded all Americans of Greece- this small country that some people didn’t know until 2006 in the other side of the Atlantic […] We thank him and will be grateful for the rest of our lives,” it said.The Hellenic Basketball Federation said the event is “a distinction that constitutes an honour for Greek basketball and of course for him.”“The HBF congratulates the Greek athlete for the highest distinction with which his name entered the pantheon of the sport’s history,” it added.Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted his respect for Galis, adding he hoped he’ll join the ranks of top basketball players in the future. “RESPECT…Hopefully one day I can be on the same stage and have my name next to yours.”TweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

Artifacts found at pipeline site not in original location regulator

first_imgA view of the Morice River Bridge outside the Unist’ot’en Camp (APTN file)The Canadian PressIndigenous artifacts found at the construction site of a contentious pipeline project were likely not in their original location, says British Columbia’s energy regulator.The Unist’ot’en clan, a hereditary house group of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, complained last month that supporters recovered two ancient stone tools and observed other artifacts at the site where Coastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline.The company suspended work on the line, which is a key part of a $40-billion LNG Canada project in northern B.C., while the BC Oil and Gas Commission investigated.The commission said in an information bulletin that investigators found stone artifacts on top of frozen clay soils and the archaeology branch of the provincial Forestry Ministry is working to return the items to the appropriate Indigenous communities.“The soils upon which the artifacts were found would not typically contain any such cultural artifacts and this was likely not their original location,” the commission said.“However, a definitive determination on their exact location of origin cannot be made.”The two stone tools that were originally reported discovered were not present at the site, the information bulletin said.The Unist’ot’en have previously said the two tools were removed to protect them. The clan has also said an archeologist from the Smithsonian Institution estimated one of the tools dates back up to 3,500 years.In an emailed response to questions on Monday, the commission said the team examining the site was not aware the two tools had been removed.Archaeologists found four artifacts in total – one complete biface tool and three biface fragments – but could not make a cultural association, it said.The commission acted on an order under the Heritage Conservation Act to secure the four artifacts for protection and further examination, it added.It said the area had been logged twice, prepped and replanted, and all soil layers where cultural artifacts would typically be found had been removed and were at some distance from where the items were found.The Unist’ot’en clan said Monday the artifacts were recovered from a site that “had been heavily disturbed” by Coastal GasLink bulldozers.One of the many signs outside the Unist’ot’en Camp. (APTN file)It said in a statement that the “cryptic bulletin” from the commission “ignores the role that CGL’s industrial activity has played in disturbing this cultural site and displacing these artifacts.”Asked about this allegation, Coastal GasLink referred questions to the oil and gas commission.The commission said “removing artifacts from their original context greatly diminishes the information that can be extracted from them.”The Unist’ot’en said they have not been included in the archeological work done on their territory.“Wet’suwet’en cultural artifacts cannot be properly identified and analysed without the input of Wet’suwet’en people,” it said.Coastal GasLink said in a statement it has been cleared to resume construction and it has filed a mitigation plan that has been accepted by the commission and the archaeology branch. The plan requires an archeologist to determine if there is additional cultural material, sample topsoil stockpiled on the edge of the site, supervise construction operations and further assess the topsoil when it is spread back on the site.The company said the province has added the site to its archeological database based on the presence of artifacts at the spot.The company quoted the Forests Ministry as saying there was “strong evidence” the artifacts had been moved from their original location, as they were found sitting on top of a frozen slab of clay. Remaining sediments are considered to be “culturally sterile,” it added.The Forests Ministry said in a statement it was impossible to determine the age of the artifacts or attribute them to a specific Indigenous community.“There is no way to determine when or how they came to be in the location,” it added.Analysis of the artifacts is complete and the branch is now working toward returning them to the appropriate communities, it said.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.In January, police arrested 14 people at a blockade in the area.The company says it has approval to build the pipeline from First Nations along the pipeline, but some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they haven’t given their consent.Editors Note:In a headline on March 11, The Canadian Press erroneously reported that the BC Oil and Gas Commission found that a LNG pipeline construction site was not the original location of Indigenous artifacts discovered there. In fact, the commission found that the artifacts were likely not in their original location and it could not determine their exact location of origin. It did not say the original location was outside of the construction site.last_img read more

FPIs press exit button pull out Rs 3207 crore in May so

first_imgNew Delhi: Reversing their three-month buying streak, foreign investors pulled out a net Rs 3,207 crore from the Indian capital markets in the first seven trading sessions of May amid the US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over the election results. Prior to this, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) poured in a net Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDuring the period between May 2-10, FPIs invested a net sum of Rs 1,344.72 crore in equities but pulled out a net Rs 4,552.20 crore from the debt market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 3,207.48 crore, latest depositories data showed. Markets were closed on May 1 on account of Maharashtra Day. “While the long-term growth prospect remains for India, we have seen short-term headwinds in May,” said Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysForeign investors have been net buyers in the Indian markets for the past three months after central banks of various developed countries changed their stance on monetary policy, leading to improved global liquidity conditions. However, “the recent reversal of trend in the Indian capital markets can be attributed to the emerging discussions over US-China trade war and uncertainty over election outcome, among other factors,” said Harsh Jain, COO at Agarwala attributed the outflow from debt market to higher supply of bonds (G-secs) in the current financial year and rising crude oil prices that will affect the current account deficit, rupee and push up inflation to some extent. Further, he said “the key risk for the FPI inflow in the Indian market could be an escalation in US-China trade war and the formation of a coalition government post-election if any single party cannot get a clear majority.”last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Travels to the UAE in a Private Visit

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is reported to have flown Monday morning to the United Arab Emirates for a private visit, Hespress reported. The new visit comes only five months after the private visit the Moroccan monarch paid to the UAE in December. On the occasion, he had attended the parade held by the Gulf state on its 43rd national day.The monarch is expected to meet Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and other high-ranking Emirati officials. Last month, Sheikh Mohammed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, arrived in Morocco for an official visit at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. During the visit, the two leaders chaired the signing ceremony of several bilateral cooperation agreements in various fields.Morocco holds a strong relationship with the UAE. In December 2014, Morocco’s House of Representatives approved a law supporting military cooperation between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The law allows the Moroccan government to provide military, security, and logistical support to the United Arab Emirates to help them fight terrorism.Last October, Morocco had also pledged its “active support” to the UAE’s fight against terrorism and the preservation of regional and international peace and stability. read more

UN Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow witnesses plight of Guineas children

Touring a maternity ward in Guinea where three newborns fight for their lives in one incubator and a school where four pupils crowd onto a bench meant for two, acclaimed actress and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has appealed for greater investment in youngsters.“This moment in the history of Guinea is both precarious and promising,” she said yesterday at the end of a five-day visit to the impoverished West African country, citing promised democratic elections next months after years of turmoil and a military coup. “We hope that those in position of leadership will place the health, education and safety of children at the centre of their mandate.”In Conakry, the capital city, Ms. Farrow witnessed the weakening of health services due to the socio-economic crisis and political transition facing the country since the death of long-time president Lansana Conté in 2006. At Donka hospital, where a single incubator held the three newborns, she also saw first hand the lack of equipment and medicine in the paediatric ward, meeting with mothers of severely malnourished children and children in the throes of measles or other preventable childhood killer diseases. “It is wrenching to watch a child dying of a disease that is completely preventable. This is a result of Guinea’s failing health system,” she said. “Creative solutions and the availability of resources can make the difference between life and death,” she stressed after meeting with the Fermissedou community, which has set up a mutual savings insurance system and a moto-ambulance to provide pregnant women with pre-natal, delivery and emergency obstetric care. On a visit to the Dixin primary school in Conakry, she witnessed over-crowded classrooms and lack of adequate supplies and access to water or latrines. Lack of investment has led to a drop of two percentage points in overall school enrolment in the last two years to 77 per cent after a continuous increase in the last 20 years. Not enough classrooms are being built nor teachers trained to match the growing population.But last Thursday, the multi-donor Catalytic Fund of the Fast Track Initiative “Education for All,” managed by the World Bank, allowed disbursement of $64 million dollars to Guinea and mandated UNICEF to implement a $24-million, two-year programme to build 1,000 schools, invest in teacher training and improve curricula. “This decision is to be celebrated,” Ms. Farrow said. “The reform of the education system will give the children of Guinea the future they deserve.”In Kissidougou, in the forest region, she saw the dire state of access to health care in rural areas that lack essential medicine and tools for basic life-saving procedures with little progress made in cutting child and maternal mortality. She delivered new medicine kits as part of a UNICEF-supported effort to ensure that essential drugs are available at primary health care centres. 11 May 2010Touring a maternity ward in Guinea where three newborns fight for their lives in one incubator and a school where four pupils crowd onto a bench meant for two, acclaimed actress and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has appealed for greater investment in youngsters. read more

UNP tells Parliament it will support slashing Presidents powers

He called on Parliament to support the motion presented by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to abolish the Executive Presidency. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) told Parliament today that it will support moves to slash the powers of the President.UNP and United National Front Parliamentarian Malik Samarawickrema told Parliament today that the recent events showed why the Executive Presidency must be abolished. He said that the unity Government appointed in 2015 had pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency however that never happened.However he said now it is more clear that the Executive Presidency must be abolished. read more

SecretaryGeneral to speak at Georgetown conference on his legacy in Africa

Mr. Annan will give this year’s annual Oliver Tambo lecture. The following morning he will address a two-day conference, organized by the university’s African Studies Program that will bring together academics and Africa specialists to assess Secretary-General’s legacy in Africa, Stephane Dujarric told the noon news briefing.“With unprecedented vigour and resolve, its people are addressing the gravest challenges confronting their continent [and] today, they need the international community to work with them and invest in them, to ensure the better future that can and must be Africa’s,” Mr. Dujarric said, outlining Mr. Annan’s message.A Ghanaian, Mr. Annan has served 10 years as the UN’s seventh Secretary-General and is set to retire 31 December 2006. Oliver Tambo, a life-long leader in the African National Congress’s anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, died in 1993.The Georgetown lecture is expected to attract over 300 leading Africa experts. Past speakers for the Oliver Tambo Lecture Series have included the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. read more

Celestica reports firstquarter profit and revenue up from year ago

OTTAWA – Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) reported an improved first-quarter profit compared with a year ago, helped by higher revenue and better operating margins.The contract electronics manufacturing company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned US$25.6 million or 18 cents per share, up from $19.7 million or 11 cents per share a year ago.Revenue grew to $1.35 billion, up from nearly $1.30 billion in the first quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $37.6 million or 26 cents per share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $33 million or 19 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Celestica’s operating margin improved to 3.3 per cent, compared with 3.1 per cent in the first three months of 2015.In its outlook, the company said it expected revenue in the range of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion for the second quarter. Adjusted earnings per share was expected to be in the range of 25 to 31 cents. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2016 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celestica reports first-quarter profit and revenue up from year ago read more

Children suffering devastating impact of Gaza crisis – UN rights committee

The conflict between Hamas and Israel is having a “devastating and lasting impact” on children, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child said today, stressing that the recent crisis would have long-term psychological effects on youth.“This impact extends from a large number of deaths and injuries in Gaza to deep trauma and other psychological effects on children on both sides of the border,” the Committee said. “These experiences may affect them for many years to come, including into adulthood.” While the Committee welcomed the ceasefire announced yesterday after a week of devastating violence in southern Israel and Gaza, it urged all parties to abide by their international obligation to ensure the protection of children.The violence claimed the lives of at least 26 children, and more than 400 were injured, some gravely, by Israel attacks on Gaza, while Hamas shellfire into southern Israel wounded 14 children, the Committee said.“Over the past week, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian and Israeli children have lived under the terror of explosions caused by rocket attacks or air strikes and shelling,” the Committee said, adding that over the past few days, children were reported to be displaying signs of stress, including excessive crying, bedwetting, and screaming during the frequent explosions. “Many other children in Gaza have lost parents or other loved ones, and are left deeply traumatized,” the Committee added. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also drew attention to the fact that many children had been forced to sleep in the cold in Gaza, because their windows had been shattered by explosions, or because they had kept the windows open, to avoid injury from shards of glass. In southern Israel, children also lived in fear and were forced to go into bomb shelters or to seek shelter in other parts of the country. “Destruction of homes and damage to schools, streets and other public facilities gravely affect children and deprive them of their basic rights,” the Committee said. “The recent air and naval strikes on densely populated areas in Gaza with significant presence of children constitute gross violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, its Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and international humanitarian law.”Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), today announced its 245 schools would be opening on Saturday, resuming classes for 225,000 children. The schools were used during the crisis to shelter some 10,000 displaced people who have now returned to their homes following the ceasefire.UNRWA, which currently has a counselor in most of its schools, will additionally step up its psycho-social support in the wake of the fighting, offering increased services to traumatized children.During the latest round of fighting, UNRWA was able to maintain health care in 19 centres, food distribution to 800,000 refugees, and the provision of essential sanitation services. The agency also donated $400,000 worth of medication and medical supplies from its stock to the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist health centres across the Gaza Strip, where there has been a shortage of medical resources. “The vast majority of UNRWA’s primary health-care centres have remained open throughout the fighting, but even before this recent escalation, there were significant shortages of medicines and supplies for Gaza’s hospitals,” said Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza Robert Turner.UNRWA has also begun assessing damage to refugee shelters and will start providing cash for rent if homes are destroyed, or support to repair damaged buildings.“As we continue with our immediate emergency and recovery work, we must not forget that almost every humanitarian and economic indicator shows a very bleak outlook,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi. read more

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to make 400K

Collegian Photo By: David WalkerLarry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage Saturday afteroon.The salary of a recent offseason addition to the Ohio State football coaching staff has been announced, and it’s considerably more than the man he replaced earned.Larry Johnson, who was officially named the assistant coach and defensive line coach of the Buckeyes Jan. 15, is set to earn a base salary of $400,000, OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig told The Lantern in an email Thursday. Johnson’s predecessor, Mike Vrabel — who announced via Twitter he was leaving Columbus for a job with the NFL’s Houston Texans Jan. 9 — earned $291,004 this past season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.The release of Johnson’s salary comes after repeated requests by The Lantern, beginning the day OSU named Johnson to coach Urban Meyer’s staff.The figure was released to The Lantern the same day OSU named Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Emig said in an email Thursday afternoon Ash is set to earn $520,000 as part of the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.Johnson comes to OSU after 18 years at Penn State, including spending the last 14 seasons overseeing the entire Nittany Lion defensive line. He coached six defensive linemen at Penn State who were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. He also coached seven first-team All-Americans during his time at State College, Pa., including former 2000 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Courtney Brown.A request for Johnson’s salary while at Penn State by The Lantern was denied, as “the information is not public information under the current version of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law,” a Penn State spokesman said in an email Wednesday.OSU is set to kickoff its 2014 season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium  in Baltimore against Navy. read more

One in five Britons harmed by the internet as Ofcom boss calls

Sharon White, the regulator’s chief executive, will reveal research showing that one in five people in the UK have experienced harmful content or conduct ranging from bullying and harassment to fraud and violence. On Tuesday, Ms White will outline a potential blueprint for statutory regulation of social media by warning that people currently face a “standards lottery” due to the disparity… The Telegraph has campaigned for a statutory duty of care that would require internet firms to protect their users from such online harms. Twelve million people in Britain have been harmed by social media and the internet because online firms escape regulation, the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom will warn on Tuesday. read more

Schneider Electric selects Simio for Wonderware MES scheduling capabilities

first_imgThis production scheduling innovation helps users ensure on-time delivery. Now Wonderware MES 2014 software users have improved capabilities to determine the best detailed production schedule scenario to help meet delivery deadline challenges. Schneider Electric offers the industry’s leading Wonderware manufacturing operations management software. Simio 3-D simulation-based planning and scheduling software innovations help users meet production deadlines more often at less cost. With this partnership, Simio and Schneider Electric will help customers improve productivity, increase business agility and deepen quality management while reducing the cost of compliance.Tom Troy, Director, Operations & Asset Portfolio, Schneider Electric, predicts this game-changing partnership will benefit Wonderware and Simio users alike. “The real-time production data our Wonderware MES software provides is essential for accurate, timely simulation-based scheduling. This has been a challenge with traditional MES offerings. But our partnership with Simio allows our customers to easily add a real-time scheduling component, using a rules-based engine and deep simulation. It’s an offering unmatched in the market today. To remain competitive, manufacturers need to move beyond command and control and into operations optimisation, problem resolution and workforce improvements. This partnership allows them to take that first step, and our customers will be able to rely on Wonderware and Simio offerings to lead the way.”According to Dr. Dennis Pegden, CEO of Simio, “Simio differs from traditional scheduling software because it provides planners and master schedulers a quick way to see the odds they will hit delivery and cost targets, especially after an unexpected situation occurs.” For example if a new, important order arrives or a machine breaks down, or workers don’t show up or supplies are late, users can re-run their schedule in minutes, taking into account the recent situation to find the best new production schedule scenario.Simio’s simulation-based planning and scheduling uses a purpose-built simulation model of the production operation to fully capture both the detailed constraints and possible problems in the facility. Then it uses this model in two ways.  The first is to generate a detailed schedule/plan.  “In this first use, the model is executed in a purely problem-free mode, as if machines do not break, process times are always constant, materials arrive on time, etc.,” says David Sturrock, Vice president of operations, Simio LLC. “This is the optimistic view assumed by most advanced planning and scheduling systems today.”Once the schedule has been generated, Simio then re-runs, in minutes, a new schedule factoring in the recent problems that occurred. “Users can then see how changes in production can affect deliveries,” says Sturrock.The payoff users experience, Simio says, with its simulation-based scheduling “is a higher percentage of on-time delivery accompanied by decreased overtime, meeting training goals and a more accurate way to evaluate capital investment proposals.”last_img read more

Balic Jicha Ilic Vujin and Co testing EURO 2012 venues at Nation

← Previous Story Petar Kapisoda joins West HBC Next Story → Euro Quals WC 2013: No surprises, favorites win “Four Nation Cup” in three Serbian cities, where will Men’s EHF EURO 2012 take place begins in Thursday with Round 1 in reconstructed “Cair”, the hall with the best handball atmosphere in the Host country of the biggest handball event next year. Serbia, Hungary, Croatia and Czech Republic will test three from five EURO 2012 halls. First matches are in Nis, then interesting will be to see match between former “brothers”, Serbia and Croatia in Belgrade’s “Pionir”. Last matches, Serbian fans will be able to see in “Milenium” in Vrsac.Serbs have big problems with injuries. Rajko Prodanovic (right wing) and Ivan Stankovic (right back) weren’t able to fight for the place in the EHF EURO domestic NT due injuries. The latest news is that David Rasic, left back of Spanish Pamplona broke his left hand, so this EHF’s week is finished for him. From the Sunday’s match in Berlin, THW Kiel’s shooter, Momir Ilic has problem and will miss first match against Hungary.Croatia is coming in the best possible squad in this moment with Balic, Lackovic, Vori, Duvnjak, Alilovic, etc…Hungary will be lead by brothers Ivancsik, Laluska and other players from MKB Veszprem, Pick Szeged and Bundesliga.Finally, Czech Republic is coming with their biggest star, Filip Jicha… read more

Labor pledges to allocate 25 million towards a new seniors and youth

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The funding towards Australia’s largest Greek population continues with Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announcing on Wednesday that a re-elected Labor administration will provide $2.5 million for the creation of a Greek seniors and youth centre.“This investment acknowledges that in every way, our Greek communities have made Victoria stronger and more successful,” Minister Mikakos said explaining that the centre could house community, educational and cultural facilities, offering services dedicated to both Greek seniors and young people.The funds will be provided to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) that will determine the exact location and specifications of the centre as Labor believes that “it is essential the funding is administered by the Greek community and for the Greek community”.“It’s important to make investments in facilities that connect young people with our Greek heritage and traditions,” added Bentleigh MP Nick Staikos.This funding comes in addition to the Government’s $600,000 previous commitment over four years to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival and to the $337,000 it has allocated towards the Parthenon Frieze replica expansion for the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street.“The older Greek generations have given so much to Victoria – it’s only fitting we invest in facilities to support them,” said Oakleigh MP Steve Dimopoulos.last_img read more

Ann Mincieli On She Is The Music Jungle City Drake Alicia Keys

first_img“Of almost 3,000 pop songwriters credited last year only 12 percent were female, only three percent of the engineers were female, and one of them is Ann,” Keys said in her acceptance speech for the Icon Songwriter honor at the National Music Publishers Association’s annual meeting. “Only two percent of producers are female and one of them is me. Our world is 50-50, and it’s time for our industry to reflect that.”Though fighting for leveled representation will not be won overnight, Mincieli believes that it’s easier for her to navigate the music industry as an engineer and entrepreneur now than ever before.“I have a positive outlook. I’ve never really been prohibited from being an engineer. I’ve always focused on just being great at what [I] do, says Mincieli. “If you put in the work, you’ll earn the respect.”The quickest way to earn her respect is showcasing pure talent. Such was the case during a session in 2009 with a then-up-and-coming rapping/singing hybrid under the moniker Drake. At the time, the Toronto native’s buzz was incessantly growing, aided by his affiliation with Lil Wayne and the street savvy Cash Money/Young Money Records crew.But Mincieli was exposed to a new layer of Drake when he collaborated with Keys to create the melodic audio romance, “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready).” That night, Drake’s lyrical prowess, Keys’ sultry vocals, Noah “40” Shebib’s bed of production and Carlos Alomar’s guitar riffs created a song “you feel more than you hear,” according to Mincieli.“Un-thinkable” topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was labeled as the “standout track” from Keys’ The Element of Freedom album. “The singer/pianist goes from entertaining puppy love to confessing deeper emotions,” Billboard wrote. “For an artist who has built her career on songs about love, lust and heartache, Keys has never sounded quite as vulnerable and exposed as she does here.” From fostering female advancement to owning and operating one of New York’s top studios to working side-by-side with the stars, see how one woman does it allOgden PayneGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2018 – 10:30 am When Ann Mincieli began building Jungle City Studios, everything, and everyone, around her tried to convince her that she was making a mistake. The music industry was still combating music piracy and struggling to turn a profit. The combination of budget cuts and technology advancement meant that state-of-the-art recording facilities were now viewed by some as unnecessary luxuries compared to the cheaper option of home studios.But Mincieli knew the needs of her clientele. Since its doors opened in 2011, Jungle City has become a premiere recording destination, welcoming superstars such as Drake, Jay Z and Alicia Keys inside its intimate quarters. Located in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, the $5 million structure is complete with four recording studios, vintage microphones, a Steinway grand piano, rare mixing consoles and a rooftop lounge overlooking the Manhattan skyline.“I had the Warren Buffett approach – when everyone is going home, you go big,” Mincieli says, proudly.Making the most out of limited resources and support is something Mincieli has mastered throughout her career. In 1998, she began working with a then fledgling singer and pianist named Alicia Keys. The duo diligently worked together until Keys’ debut Songs in A Minor was released in 2001. The album received five GRAMMYs at the 44th GRAMMY Awards, including Best R&B Album.“I waited until I found the right artist that complimented the type of engineer I wanted to be,” Michieli says.Keys and Mincieli have cultivated an indelible creative synergy that has permeated beyond the studio, too. In June, Keys announced the formation of her latest effort for female advancement in the music industry, She Is The Music. Once it’s launched, the initiative will serve as a mentorship program, complete with a database and exclusive songwriting sessions. “The one thing people don’t realize is Drake is such an incredible musician,” Mincieli adds. “There’s nobody sicker than him with a pen. No one can touch him as an artist.”The latest talent Mincieli and Keys are grooming for superstardom is The Voice runner-up Britton Buchanan. Though it’s unclear what will come of their alliance, the 18-year-old has already taken in a great deal of wisdom from the illustrious pianist.“A big thing I learned from [Keys]…is that your authenticity should never be rivaled by compromise,” Buchanana told Rolling Stone. “[S]he did what she wanted to do, and she blew up because of it.”Keys currently holds 15 GRAMMYs, tours in amphitheaters and arenas domestically and internationally, and supports dozens of charitable organizations. Her success is something that Mincieli, a two-time GRAMMY winner herself, foresaw when both were still relatively new talents yearning for the opportunity to make their dreams come true.“We’ve been able to grow together from basements to baseball fields,” she boasts.In 2009, Alicia Keys joined Jay Z on stage during Game 2 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. As the two passionately performed their chart-topping hit “Empire State of Mind” in the brisk October air, Mincieli was there running sound, taking it all in.Now, Yankee Stadium serves as more than a place of business. When she isn’t balancing her responsibilities as an engineer, entrepreneur, album coordinator and studio owner, she finds solace in watching The Pinstripes bat around with her family and staff members.Despite her relaxing outings, there was once a time when Mincieli was so dedicated to her work that she put herself, and her health, second. 14 months ago, she changed that. Even while running Sanctuary Studios in the Bahamas, she incorporates a physical fitness routine into her work schedule, peacefully strolling the New Providence Island beach for miles at a time.For nearly 30 years, Ann Mincieli has been a talented technical force to be reckoned with behind, and beyond, the board. When asked what she believes has been the key to her longevity, she humbly claims it’s her ability to “always try to be a student of the game.”Perhaps it’s time we learn something from her.Ann Mincieli is a member of the Recording Academy, and she can be seen in the Academy’s We Are Music campaign.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Ann Mincieli On ‘She Is The Music,’ Jungle City, Drake, Alicia Keys & More Email News HAPPY BIRTHDAY @AnntasticLV 💜🎈🎊Thank you for always being so amazing to the AKFam and in all that you do! Hope you have a great day 🥂— AKEYS🖤 (@aliciakeysrox) August 3, 2018 Twitter Facebook Exclusive: Ann Mincieli’s Engineering Empire ann-mincieli-she-music-jungle-city-drake-alicia-keys-more-1last_img read more

Warren Buffetts annual letter to investors 15 biggest stock investments

first_imgWarren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway. (File picture)ReutersBillionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed his much-anticipated letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday.Buffett’s letter to his company’s shareholders, an annual exercise undertaken for more than 50 years, is a closely watched event on Wall Street as investors parse the statement for insights and wisdom on the economy and financial markets.The entire letter can be found here.Here are some of the key highlights from the 16-page letter:In 2017, Berkshire saw its net worth grow $65.3 billion, boosting its per share book value by 23 percent. Of the total, only $36 billion came from Berkshire’s business operations while the remaining $29 billion was delivered when Congress rewrote the U.S. Tax Code. Buffett flagged risks associated with bonds. He said it is a terrible mistake for investors with long-term horizons – among them, pension funds, college endowments and savings-minded individuals – to measure their investment “risk” by their portfolio’s ratio of bonds to stocks. Often, high-grade bonds in an investment portfolio increase its risk. Buffett listed out fifteen common stock investments that at year-end had the largest market value. The stocks included, American Express, Apple Inc, Bank of America, The Bank of New York Mellon, BYD Co, Charter Communications, The Coca-Cola Co, Delta Airlines, General Motors, The Goldman Sachs Group, Moody’s Corp, Phillips, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo. Buffett said that the company’s search for new stand-alone businesses continues. The key qualities we seek are durable competitive strengths, able and high-grade management, good returns on the net tangible assets required to operate the business, opportunities for internal growth at attractive returns; and, finally, it should be available at a sensible purchase price. Buffett, 87, did not divulge much details on his successor. In January, he had narrowed down the list of people who could replace him to two veteran Berkshire executives, Greg Abel and Ajit Jain. “You and I are lucky to have Ajit and Greg working for us,” Buffett told shareholders at the end of the letter.last_img read more

Study Its easier to be a none in Canada than in the

first_img By: John Longhurst News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: John Longhurst Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Catholicism Share This! John Longhurst,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: John Longhurst We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsAmerican evangelicals American religion Canada homepage featured nones United States,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts John Longhurst ‘Who will be our Rachel now?’ Progressives reflect on movement without Held Evans Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada.“It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.”“In Canada, there is a more accepting social environment for leaving religion. There’s less of a social stigma,” added Thiessen.The two researchers decided to study nones in Canada when they found most of the information about the rapidly expanding group of religiously unaffiliated came from the U.S.“We wanted to see what was similar, what was different,” said Wilkins-Laflamme.The big difference, they found, is that the decline in religious affiliation started earlier in Canada.Just 4% of Canadians said they had no religion in 1971. The number spiked to 12% in 1991 and 17% in 2001. The nones’ rise began later in the U.S., from 5% in 1972 to 8% in 1990 before jumping to 14% in 2000.Photo by Ali Tawfiq/Unsplash/Creative CommonsAs the notion of being nonaffiliated caught hold more quickly in Canada, it seemed more normal sooner, the researchers said.At the same time, evangelicalism continues to have a much stronger influence in the U.S. than it does in Canada. This, along with a stronger sense of Christian nationhood in the U.S., makes it harder for some Americans to “come out” as having no religion, the researchers say, noting that in parts of the U.S. “a fervent stigma exists toward those in the religious none community.”With religion playing a less important role in Canadian public life, Canadians don’t view their country as a “Christian nation.” That also makes it increasingly easier for Canadians to say they don’t belong to any religious group.If anything, the researchers say, “rather than stigmatizing religious none identification, there is a sense among some that the stigma is reserved in part for those who are overly religious.”The researchers also said that Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism makes it easier for Canadians to be nonreligious.“Canadians are exposed to lots of worldviews,” says Wilkins-Laflamme. “They grow up realizing their view is one among many.”Wilkins-Laflamme and Thiessen said that the lack of religion in so many Canadian homes makes a return to religion by Canadian nones unlikely.“As the religious none population has grown in recent decades, it is more common for children to be born into families with parents who say they have no religion,” they say.In contrast to previous generations, where nominally religious parents may have exposed their children to some religious beliefs and rituals, religious nones today “are raising their children without any formal exposure to religious beliefs or behaviors in the home, at school and in the community.”There is “nothing, socially speaking, that would compel younger generations to turn to religion,” Thiessen noted.“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.” will be published by early 2020.last_img read more

PowerEgg Drone looks like a Portal turret gone mad

first_imgPowerEgg, a consumer drone that looks like a turret from Portal gone mad, has just been made available for global pre-order. True to its name it really does look like an egg, and while it’s only been demoed to the press a handful of times it really can fly.If you want one, be prepared to pay $1,288, with creator PowerVision Technology expecting to have them ready to ship in October.The sleek egg shape actually offers some benefits over other drones. First of all, since the rotors and landing legs all fold up into the body it just looks plain neat sitting on its charger. But there’s a benefit in the air, too.Since the landing legs fold up into the body while in-flight, the underside camera can get a complete 360-degree view of anything below. If you combine that with 4K video that can supposedly stream video back to you over a distance of 3.1 miles, you’ll be able to grab some fantastic footage. Even if the 6,400mAh battery will only let the drone fly for around 23 minutes.The drone’s iOS or Android flight app will offer all sorts of features, allowing you to tweak the camera or landing gear as you like. It also allows you to set waypoints to track a specific flight path for it, allow the drone to track you and show off your extreme sports skills (or just make your walk that much more epic) or even set a home location to have it automatically return.While it comes with a two-handed joystick it also comes with a “Maestro” controller which provides gesture-based control, a first for drones.You can order the PowerEgg on PowerVision’s site today, and if you order it during the pre-order period (August 24 through September 30) you can get a PowerEgg backpack (which has a MSRP of $218) for free.last_img read more

Instagram Founders Agree to Facebook Buyout

first_imgWhile Facebook will use some of Instagram’s features in its existing products, founder Mark Zuckerberg says in a post that the Instagram team will be joining the social network and Facebook will grow Instagram independently.A request for comment from Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger was not immediately returned.Meanwhile, Facebook is poised to go public sometime this year with a valuation of roughly $100 billion. min read Instagram founders Mike Krieger (left) and Kevin Systrom.The co-founders of Instagram have agreed to sell the popular photo sharing app to social network giant Facebook. The sale price could be around $1 billion, according to reports.Not bad for a coupla years’ work. Released in 2010, Instagram has seen its user base skyrocket from 1 million users in January 2011 to around 30 million today. Instagram had raised about $47.5 million in venture funding from groups including Andreessen Horowitz as well as individual investors such as Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.On Instagram’s blog, co-founder Kevin Systrom says the Instagram app is not going away and that the company’s 12-person San Francisco-based team will work with Facebook to continue to “evolve Instagram and build the network.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 9, 2012last_img read more

Marketing an App Cut Your Facebook Ad Costs Dramatically With These Tips

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Recent studies show that 56 percent of Facebook users only log in using mobile devices. In fact, in the third quarter of 2016, the number of monthly mobile active Facebook was a staggering 1.74 billion.Clearly, that’s a large demographic of mobile users, and in the fourth quarter of 2016, mobile ads generated roughly 80 percent of Facebook’s $5.6 billion ad revenue.Facebook ad campaigns that promote mobile apps can be incredibly lucrative, with some estimates suggesting that mobile app install ads, specifically, account for over half of Facebook’s mobile revenue.But, since so many marketers have recognized the opportunity to promote mobile apps using Facebook, the competition has become fierce. As a consequence, ad costs are increasing and it’s becoming harder to get people to install new apps.Fortunately, there are ways to stay ahead of the competition and drive down the costs of your ad campaigns. Follow these tips, and you could reduce your ad cost when promoting mobile app installs.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessRefine your audienceMany Facebook marketers pick a country, an age range and a couple of interests for their audience and consider this to be highly targeted. I recommend digging a little deeper.Check your Google Analytics data and consider which cities are bringing in the majority of traffic to your site. Then, prioritize them in your campaigns. If it makes sense for your app, you can even make your ads feel more personal by mentioning cultural facets or landmarks of the city your audience lives in.Of course, if you’re marketing an app, you should already have a buyer profile of your ideal customer in mind, containing psychographic and demographic information.To take this a step further, once you start receiving conversions, check out your new customers on Facebook and see if you can find commonalities to help your targeting efforts.I also recommend creating a lookalike audience, since these tend to have much higher conversion rates. To be effective with mobile app install ads, you need to find the audience that resonates with your product and brand identity — and that insight will likely come from targeting those who are similar to your existing customers.Finally, don’t forget that you can set your Facebook ad campaigns to only display on mobile devices, on certain mobile devices (for instance, Android versus iOS if your app is only available on one) or when viewers are connected to Wi-Fi (and are, therefore, more likely to install apps).Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile AppSplit test meticulouslyOne of the best ways to save money on your mobile app install ads is by split testing. The vast majority of Facebook ads crash and burn, so it’s wise to run them at a low cost before determining which ones are worth pouring more money into.Run your first campaign with a control ad, then create a handful of similar ads with one modification each (for instance, you may want to change the image, body text, call to action, headline and audience). If you change too many things, your data won’t be useful because you won’t know which element of the ad ultimately improved (or decreased) your results.Once you have an ad that demonstrates a good cost per install (CPI) — and to a lesser extent, a good click-through rate (CTR) and cost per click (CPC) — increase your ad spend and see if it scales effectively.Don’t try to second-guess which ad will perform the best. Often, our assumptions are way off. Instead, let the data inform your decision-making process.Related: The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech StartupsSpy on your competitionTo get a head start with split testing, see what the other app developers in your niche (and beyond) are doing with their Facebook ads.If you find an ad that’s been running for several months — with lots of engagement and visible signs of downloads on the app store page — you can bet it’s profitable.By examining the different elements on a number of successful mobile install ads, you’ll quickly start to see trends you can leverage: perhaps a particular type of CTA is the most commonly used, or maybe certain styles of images tend to capture people’s attention.Use Evernote (or your favorite note taking tool) to create a gigantic mobile install app swipe file, and use this as your inspiration when you start crafting your own ads. There’s no shame in using similar elements to the ones which worked successfully for your competitors so long as you don’t copy their ads directly.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For FreeOptimize your app store pageThe work doesn’t stop once you’ve created an excellent, high-converting Facebook ad. You have to ensure that people convert once they get to your landing page — in this case, your app store page.If your app logo looks like you sourced it from Fiverr for $5, you’ll make a bad impression and kill your conversions. Low-resolution screenshots are just as bad, as are poorly written or vague app descriptions. Instead, try the Wrap-App Technique for writing awesome app descriptions.Finally, remember that positive app reviews act as a form of social proof. If your app is brand new, solicit positive reviews from your friends and colleagues before you start driving traffic to your app store.Got any other tips for lowering your mobile app install ad costs on Facebook? Share your suggestions with me below.Related video October 13, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more