first_imgNever one to shy away from controversial issues, musician, actor, comedian, and LA Weekly columnist Henry Rollins (of Black Flag) published an editorial last week regarding the vastly different experiences of whites and blacks in America in the wake of the recent rash of gun violence incidents. As Rollins explains, “In light of the recent police shootings in Texas and the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, both killed by members of law enforcement — just the latest three of the many examples of obscene, needless deaths in America — one could conclude that all hell has broken loose and things are falling apart. I do not agree. Things are bad, but I would posit that they have been this way for as far back into American history as you want to go.” Rollins opines that the real difference in today’s racially-charged violence is simply that the technology has improved, so the unattractive reality that has been true for years is more visible to the masses. “Now that you can watch people die on Facebook, your evaluation of the facts and the sheer amount of information you want to deal with is up to you. But you can no longer say you don’t know what’s going on.”He propose that there are (at least) two versions of reality in America, experienced differently by whites and people of color. “If white America experienced a fraction of what black America deals with regarding law enforcement, incarceration, the court system, employment and countless other facts of life, they would immediately and collectively lose their minds. There are at least two different Americas. They have existed in an environment of almost unbroken mutual exclusivity. That’s over now.”Rollins goes on to detail some of his personal experiences that have contributed to this view, including an anecdote about his relationship with rapper Ice-T through their mutual involvement with the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991. “I was on the first Lollapalooza tour. It was one of the best summers of my life. I spent a lot of time hanging out with Ice-T. We talked almost every day. He is one of the most articulate and intelligent people I have ever met. I wish I had a teaspoon of what he’s got. I also spent time with his bandmates and crew. On days off, or when our buses would pull into the same place, we would eat together. All his guys wore gold. I have no idea what a necklace is worth, but it all looked expensive to me. When we went into places, white patrons and staff tripped on these guys. This is when I understood one of the reasons for the visible display of wealth. My whiteness assured them that I could pay for my meal. Ice-T and his guys had to demonstrate their ability to pay by literally wearing a show of wealth.”He ends by calling out the mainstream media and the government’s approach to this racial issue. “For the last week, I have heard politicians use a phrase that nauseates me whenever I hear anyone say it. The need to ‘come together.’ To that I say, ‘You first, motherfucker.’”Read the full column, as well as more of Rollins’ pointed editorials here.[via LA Weekly]last_img read more

first_imgAs digital tools become a more integral part of our daily lives, the days of doing business strictly in person are becoming a thing of the past. The best way to succeed in today’s increasingly connected world is to know how to best leverage digital tools in order to offer a holistic high-tech, high-touch approach that effectively reaches your customers. Building a dynamic online presence begins with understanding how clients search for you and the services you provide, by learning what kind of customized content to share – and knowing what story to tell – through each digital channel.Today, clients spend a fair amount of time researching their options online before ever contacting prospective agents or advisors. As clients express more interest in controlling their path to purchase through digital channels, it’s crucial to know where you fit in. By establishing a strong digital presence and following a few best practices to optimize your approach, you can stay top of mind with potential clients long before you ever speak to them online or in person.The first step in the new digital path to purchase is ensuring you have a strong online presence to help nurture strong leads and referrals. If a prospect tries to research you online and comes up empty, it means you’ve failed a simple digital validation; the conversation is over before it even starts. Prospective clients want to learn about who you are, what your credentials are, and read reviews about you before they can move forward with considering working with you. Creating and maintaining online profiles across different digital platforms introduces you to prospective leads and also helps you strengthen relationships with current clients. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Published on December 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman turned around to the players on the bench, and began yelling, “Let’s go,” repeatedly. One-by-one he plucked five players off the bench to head to the scorer’s table to check-in, even though it was only a minute and a half into the game and Howard had only scored two points.“It’s probably something where we looked awful or we didn’t have enough energy,” starting guard Brittney Sykes said.Hillsman had a short leash for his players Wednesday night, he said, and as a result, him turning to the bench to send a new player into the game became a more common sight than anything else in the Carrier Dome. He made 65 substitutions — more than Howard had points (48), more than the Orange had baskets (34) and more than there are minutes in a game (40).Reserve freshman guard Abby Grant posted a career-high in minutes, Maggie Morrison scored a career-high 14 points and Sykes spent the least amount of time on the court she has all season by 10 minutes. The Orange (9-3) took advantage of nearly everyone on its bench and cruised to a 97-48 dismantling of Howard (2-12, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).“Everybody who touched the ball and got in the game made a difference in the game,” Sykes said. “… Everybody did something positive in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s starters opened the game with three misses in their minute and a half of play. After a 1-for-17 shooting start against Drexel the day before Hillsman said, “I wasn’t doing that again,” and yanked every player off the floor.When forward Isabella Slim pulled her arms back as a potential rebound bounced in front of her, Hillsman yelled out, “Grab the damn ball,” took Slim out and reiterated his point as she took her seat on the bench.When Sykes threw a pass over the outstretched arms of forward Julia Chandler, Hillsman crumpled up the piece of paper in his hands and put Sykes back on the bench.Prior to the game, Hillsman told his players they had to crash the boards and protect the basketball or they would get pulled.“Some of us may not have believed him, but he actually did it,” guard Cornelia Fondren said.The head coach said it’s easy to get sloppy in a game where the score gets out of hand and the extreme frequency of subs kept his players disciplined. The Orange finished with 14 turnovers — one less than its average.When one player was taken out a new one came in and picked up the slack. The constant carousel didn’t disrupt the team’s flow, Fondren said.Grant made her first basket in almost a month, guard Danielle Minot played in just her second game all year and 10 different Orange players registered double-digit minutes.“I thought that we played everyone a lot of minutes,” Hillsman said. “I was just trying to keep the floor balanced.”With five minutes left in the game, Sykes walked over to associate athletic trainer Karen McKinney and said, “This is great, I just needed this one game to rest.” She only had to play seven minutes as a plethora of other players took her place on the floor.Hillsman doesn’t know the last time he made 65 substitutions in a game or the last time he even counted, joking that he probably made 67 on the night.But in its second game in two days, Syracuse was able to save its players’ legs, keep them disciplined and get freshmen minutes they likely won’t see when conference play starts on Sunday.“I wanted us to finish the game strong, finish the game smart and I thought our players did a very good job,” Hillsman said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement vrm07NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs43tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu5y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) m1an1Would you ever consider trying this?😱67aCan your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework Once again the nation is gripped in fear after the brutal attack on Priyanka  Reddy and wrestling champion Sushil Kumar has something to say about the heinous crime,“ Whatever happened to the Hyderabad victim is brutal, and the accused should be punished. I’m saddened by the incident and want authorities to take strict action.”Advertisement The victim was returning home when her bike’s tires were punctured, and she was raped. The criminals burnt her alive to destroy the evidence. Later her charred body was found at Shadnagar on Thursday.He also added how everyone in the society should join hands to keep the perpetrators from committing such brutalities.Advertisement “There is a need for change in the mindset of society. The laws are getting strict day by day. Society has to be helpful and aware to curb these incidents.”The Olympic medalist also gave his two cents about the implementation of Sports Code in India.  He opined how implementing sports code in China helped them expand their potential and give tough competition to the sports giants, Russia and the USA. He believes the same can be done for promoting sports in India. Advertisement An expert committee was appointed by the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports to review the National Sports Code.   Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgASBURY PARKThe fury of Super Storm Sandy wrecked communities, destroyed countless homes and displaced thousands of people leaving them without essentials: food, water, baby supplies, warm clothes, and more.Christine Zilinski and her team at Salon Concrete are inviting all salons and stylists, wherever you are, to participate in the massive “Scissors for Sandy” cut-a-thon to provide relief to the thousands of individuals and devastated families!The Scissors for Sandy event will held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the ballroom at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Hairdressers will unite to offer haircuts for a minimum $40 donation.All proceeds will benefit New Jersey Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports communities during times of crisis, and their Restore the Shore initiative, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York City.The organizers are asking salons across the country to make it a nationwide effort.Those who are interested in participating are asked to contact organizer at: [email protected] scissorsforsandy; www.scissorsforsandy.com; [email protected] or [email protected] salonconcrete.com. LITTLE SILVERThe Little Silver Senior’s December meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the clubhouse on Church Street.The holiday season will be celebrated with an Italian buffet luncheon followed by a performance of the Monmouth Regional Dancers.The cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests.Additional information is available by Annemarie Schweitzer at 732-542-7257 or publicity chair Rene O’Neil at 732-842-0805. RED BANKPilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is hosting its annual “Community Go Red Service“ at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.The “Go Red” service highlights health and wellness issue’s that affect the community, including presentations on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on our society.Hypertension screening and health-related discussions will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.The community is invited to wear the color red (ties, hats, coats, pins, etc.) in support of health awareness. All are welcome.Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2348center_img RUMSONCladdagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. More than 20 musicians are looking to participate. It will be an open session and children and student musicians are welcome.New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County with distribution to approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invited to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at www.projpaul.org.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Plans to reconstruct what the county calls two “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” bridges and culverts along one of Middletown’s oldest roadways are in the works, Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said earlier this week.The two bridges both cross McClees Creek in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown. MT-18, a 19-foot-long bridge along Whipporwill Valley Road, and MT-19, a 9-foot-long bridge over Chapel Hill Road, are both small stone arch culverts in need of repair, Arnone said.After taking inventory of county-owned bridges, Arnone said it made sense on the county’s end to go ahead and look to begin the design phase. On Aug. 10, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders granted a $269,121.38 contract to French & Parello Associates of Wall Township for design and engineering on the two reconstructions. French & Parello will provide interim reports quarterly to the freeholders. Once completed, the county will go out to bid for the construction phase of the project. The total cost of the project is not yet known.Arnone said the project is about a year to a year and a half away, but did provide a timeline on how construction will be laid out. In total, he said, the entire construction portion would span about 12 to 18 months, depending on assistance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection which will consider the impact to McClees Creek and its surrounding wetlands.The Whipporwill Valley Road bridge, MT-18, would be rebuilt first. That section could take between four to six months to complete, and the road would be closed from Chapel Hill Road to Bowne Road, except for local traffic.MT-19 is also anticipated to take about four to six months to complete. During construction, Chapel Hill Road would be closed from Sleepy Hollow Road to Kings Highway East, although local residents will have access at all times. A detour would send motorists down Sleepy Hollow Road to get around the construction area.Arnone said the two replacements would happen one after the other to lessen the impact on Middletown residents.“We all know that nobody likes this inconvenience, but the board has taken a real aggressive approach to upgrading our infrastructure,” he added.Locally, elected officials are welcoming the idea of infrastructure upgrades, especially in a dated section of town like Whipporwill Valley Road.“It’s very significant and is part of the charm of the area,” Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said about the mile-and-a-half long unpaved road. “There’s a lot of people that like the novelty of having a road like that. It’s so historic.”These bridge and culvert replacements are just one of a few projects happening in Middletown now that are shoring up the township’s foundation.Last week, Monmouth County officials provided an update on the extensive Hubbard Avenue project, alongside Shadow Lake and River Plaza Elementary School.New Jersey Natural Gas Company is replacing an existing 6-inch steel gas distribution main with a new 8-inch plastic gas main, the release said. This replacement comes after American Water Company finished another project along the roadway.Scharfenberger said both Middletown and Monmouth County officials expect the Hubbard Avenue project to be completed by the time school begins next month. In addition to the utility work, a new crosswalk and roadway striping will be added near the elementary school. Hubbard Avenue will be completely repaved.“All of these things, I think, are necessary,” Scharfenberger said. “They’re a bit disruptive, but it’s really good to see this happening.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgLondon (UK), Wednesday 23 March 2016 – South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK, HE Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba will visit the Rugby School and Museum  today, ahead of the 450th Anniversary of the Popular Sport (Rugby)  in 2017.The objective of this meeting is to formalise the relationship between South Africa and the Rugby School. The Rugby school has formalised links known as Friends of Hong Kong and Friends of America.Sport has shown it is very powerful as a vehicle for national reconciliation and nation building.Brand South Africa’s Country manager to the UK, Ms Pumela Salela said: “Knowing how important Rugby is to South Africa, we want to establish a Friends of South Africa chapter. Rugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy.”“This visit aims to increase  public awareness  of rugby in South Africa  more so because South Africa will for the first time, in the history of RUGBY 7 form part of the Olympic Games in 2016. This timed very well with the forthcoming 2016 Olympic games in which Rugby is included for the first time,” added Ms Salela.The SA High Commissioner will investigate opportunities for previously disadvantaged South Africans to  participate on an exchange programme with the  Rugby school. The school itself is located in an area called Rugby in the United KingdomFollow the conversation on @Brand_SA #SANationBrand.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal insist Tierney withdrawal due to ‘phased return’by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are carefully managing Kieran Tierney’s return from injury after he withdrew from the latest Scotland squad.Signed from Celtic in the summer, Tierney only made his debut for Arsenal last week after recovering from a double hernia operation.Reports suggested the 22-year-old pulled out of his country’s qualifiers against Russia and San Marino due to a fresh injury setback.However, the London Evening Standardhas quoted a club source that says the decision was due to a “phased return to match fitness” implemented by the Gunners.The news will come as a relief to Arsenal fans after Tierney’s excellent debut in the win over Nottingham Forest last week. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGrab a friend and meet Ashton Kutcher at City Summit during the weekend of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. One lucky bidder will get a Meet and Greet with actor/entrepreneur at the Summit, taking place March 2-3.The winner and a friend will get VIP tickets and backstage passes to the Summit, plus get access to the pre-event VIP dinner on March 1, reserved up-front seating at the Summit and a fun VIP gift bag. Funds raised by the online auction will support City Gala. To learn more about the auction, please visit www.charitystars.com/ashtonkutcher.The City Summit is a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience. The Summit was founded by Ryan Long in order to give entrepreneurs the ability to connect with each other and advance their knowledge and partnerships in elite social circles.The City Summit and City Gala raise funds to support startup, nonprofit organizations. The vision is to advance a sense of community through humanitarian activities and events. This year’s City Gala will feature a live and online auction put on by CharityStars, the world’s most comprehensive fundraising platform and creator of AidCoin. Learn more or purchase tickets: www.citygala.org.Guest speaker Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of Grade-A Investments and the Thorn Foundation – a nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Shopé, a Nigerian-Canadian hip-hop artist from Toronto, has won Searchlight 2019.When we announced our annual hunt for Canada’s best undiscovered, Juno-ready musical talent back in January, we received thousands of original Canadian songs, entered from every province and territory. With your voting help, we took that huge list of songs down to a top 100, then a top 10. Then our celebrity judges took over. Shopé Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Shopé was announced as the Searchlight 2019 winner on Thursday, March 7, on q with Tom Power. With his internationally crafted sound, Shopé’s musical narratives weave tales of poverty, determination and love, while skillfully blending Afropop, hip hop, and soulful R&B. Shopé means to “make joy” in his native Nigerian. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more