New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Tuesday gave its nod to a bill which seeks to weed out corruption, improve road safety and usher in use of technology to regulate traffic, as the government assured the House that rights of the states will not be taken away.The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by a voice vote. Several amendments moved by opposition members were also rejected by voice vote. Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said he is here “not to show any dream” but to fulfil promises made on better, smoother roads and latest transport technology. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While several members cutting across party lines supported safety and traffic violation aspects of the Bill, they at the same time accused the Centre of trying to take away state’s powers with certain provisions of the draft law. Gadkari said that the government has no intention to intervene with the power of states. The bill proposes a National Transportation Policy for ushering guidelines on the transportation of goods and passengers. The minister said it will be framed only after holding consultation with the states. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We will not take away any power of the states…If some states would not like to adopt that, they would be free to do that. It is not a mandatory policy,” he said. The minister also announced that the ministry would end the system of road monitoring being undertaken by independent engineers and it would be carried out by an experts’ company. On initiatives being taken by the government to give a push to the country’s transport sector, he said that soon two-wheeler taxis would be a reality. This facility will help people living in villages and tehsils. “We have suggested this to states. It’s upto them to accept,” Gadkari said. The minister said several states including Delhi, and Himachal Pradesh are buying electric vehicles for public transportation. “We are thinking of the poor and not for rich,” he said. He added that work is in full swing to attract domestic and international cruize in Mumbai. “We are also making waterways. Soon you will be able to travel from Allahabad to Kolkata,” he said adding ropeways, cable-cars and sky-buses too will be a reality in India. He informed that Italain technology has been used for parking of cars in the Transport Bhavan here. With the use of this technology, large number of vehicles can be parked in a small place. He invited all members to visit the restaurant constructed at the top floor of the multi-level parking in Transport Bhavan. Now states like Kerala have asked for this technology for construction of parking lots, he added. Further, he said that as many as 14,000 black spots have been identified in the country, and Rs 14,000 crore, raised from ADB and World Bank, would be invested to rectify them with a view to control road accidents. Gadkari also said that he is not here to sell dreams but to fulfil promises on better and smoother roads and latest technology for transportation. “People do not give votes if you do not fulfil promises,” he added. Once the bill becomes a law, the new vehicles will be registered at the dealers level and it will eventually remove buyers interface with the Registration authorities.
In addition to antique glass, Louise uses different metallic parts: coasters from a chair, irons from a fireplace, old chandelier bases. She buys her pieces from all over – eBay, auctions, antique malls. Sometimes clients give her a piece that they would like refurbished. Raleigh interior decorator Susan Tollefsen had a client with an old family chandelier that was pretty but tired. With Louise’s finesse, it became a new, more interesting chandelier, but lost none of its history.Gaskill has never marketed herself and relies solely on word-of-mouth advertising. She sells only to designers and to a few retail shops in Raleigh, including La Maison in North Hills. Her client roster covers the entire country – from Chicago to Florida, Charleston to Raleigh – and she plans to showcase her 70 new lighting designs to decorators at the High Point Market October 17-22.“Louise designs unique fixtures that can combine lots of different time periods together between the traditional, transitional, and modern,” says Tula Summerford of Raleigh’s Design by Tula. “Her pieces work for any style house.”Where to Find Louise Gaskill’s Work:Louise Gaskill By appointment only:2023 Progress Court, RaleighLouisegaskill.comSusan Tollefsen Interiors2025 Progress Court, RaleighSusantinteriors.comLa Maison4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., Suite 132 RaleighLamaisonraleigh.comDesign by TulaDesignbytula.com by Katherine Connorphotographs by Catherine NguyenAsk Raleigh’s Louise Gaskill the secret to her artistry in lighting design, and you won’t get far. “Oh, I don’t know how I do it, I just sort of taught myself and I learn as I go,” she says humbly, with a smile. It’s hard to believe that such a masterful creator – her handmade, one-of-a-kind fixtures are sought after by interior designers and clients all over the country – could deny her skill, but that’s another of Gaskill’s gifts: making it all seem simple.To call her a lighting designer is to tell half the story. She’s also an alchemist, creating of-the-moment lamps, sconces, and chandeliers out of antique glass, seashells, found fragments, and metal fixtures. When she talks about her designs, her silver-blue eyes radiate.Louise Gaskill in her studio, filled with her collection of vintage glass, metal components, and found fragments.“I cannot say enough good things about Louise,” says prominent Chicago interior designer Julia Buckingham. “We have the same design aesthetic, which I describe as vintage antique with a modern vibe. She’s highly creative with her vision and yet she makes it seem so simple, so effortless.”Originally from New Bern, Gaskill graduated from Meredith with a history degree and launched a career in software sales in Raleigh. She fell into lamp design after creating a few pieces for herself, then kept it up as a hobby.She says her love of history has always fueled her work. “Perhaps that’s something that ties all of this together: the history and the stories of the glass and the different pieces of lamps. I love the story behind old pieces,” she says. There were no artists in her family, no crafts passed down through the generations. Instead she taught herself to design new fixtures by deconstructing lamps she wanted to work with, then reconstructing them and learning as she went.At one point, Gaskill considered creating larger pieces of furniture, but sage advice from her husband,Robert Sheldon, convinced her to stick with lighting: “Don’t ever buy anything that you can’t pick up yourself,” he said. Though her pieces remained manageable, her workshop quickly overtook the garage and storage shed where her husband once tinkered with cars. After 14 years, she still picks up every piece herself. And in the process, Gaskill has become a revered artist within a niche industry – a niche industry with big competitors.“That really is probably the hardest part of this whole enterprise, that I’m all by myself in this field, and I’m competing against large corporate companies with big budgets and mass forms of production. My pieces are works of art and can take up to one to two weeks to complete, but this is an heirloom and something that will stay in your family for generations to come.”A piece of Murano glass is the starting point and inspiration for a new chandelier.The fun partIt all starts with the hunt, and that’s “the fun part.” Gaskill says there’s nothing better than finding a great piece of antique glass – some come from other lamps, fixtures, or vases. Glass dictates the piece: Every lamp, chandelier, or sconce has some piece of glass in it. It’s her inspiration and her signature touch.Her workshop is filled with it: cobalt blue cylinders, bulbous German bases, Italian teardrops. And there’s more: a pile of gold kitchen sifters found at an antique fair will eventually make their way into the base of a lamp. A wall is filled with various pendants and knickknacks that will make a piece uniquely hers.Gaskill starts with the frame, or the base of a piece, adds a lamp pipe down the center, and then starts stacking things together, seeing what works and taking it apart again until it “fits.” This is where her joy comes: in the unexpected merging of components.
“The boxes support local food makers, and they’re a chance to practice gratitude. The sentiments that come with gifts are inspiring.”–Cathleen Cueto, co-owner N.C. Madeby Jessie Ammonsphotograph by Madeline GrayNicole makes amazing pies. She’s the friend who always brings something extra delicious to parties.” Cathleen Cueto moved to Durham from Brooklyn, New York City in 2014 and says she still remembers the first time she met her friend and now business partner Nicole Bogas. “Amazing food is memorable.” It turned out to be especially true for the duo, who today work together to curate gourmet food gift boxes at N.C. Made. Bogas first founded the company as a side business in 2014 while also working in digital advertising. “I was so excited about the food in our area, and inspired by how many of them had beautiful product design.” She wanted to share her favorites with friends and clients across the country, so she decided to do it herself. “We hang our hat on things that are typically North Carolina,” Bogas says. N.C. Made’s first boxes remain among its most popular: the N.C. Barbecue themed package includes barbecue sauce, hushpuppy mix, and a N.C. BBQ map; the N.C. Beer one includes a beer-and-bacon barbecue sauce, spiced apple beer jam, and gaelic ale mustard. There are snack boxes, customizable corporate gifts, and wedding welcome boxes. As business grew, Bogas brought Cueto on board. Winter is an especially sweet time of year at N.C. Made. “We can’t send any boxes with chocolate in the warmer months,” Cueto says, because it melts in the mail. The holidays mean the return of boxes with cocoa candy: in particular, city-themed boxes. If you want to send an Oak City box to a loved one, inside will be Slingshot Coffee Company cascara tea, Crude shrub syrup, Benny T’s Vesta dry hot sauce, a note card letterpressed by One and Only Paper, and a bar of Videri chocolate. No matter the theme choice, every box comes with a handwritten note. Sometimes, Bogas and Cueto use the front and back of note cards to transcribe customers’ thoughts. “Even if they’re really long, we write it out,” Bogas says. After all, a personal touch combined with amazing food is bound to be remembered. “Those are the aspects we get excited about.”ncmade.net
Dwane PowellPeter HoffmanZang ToiJillian ClarkWonder WomenRaleigh’s own buzzworthy wonder woman, and style inspired by the filmAlice Hinman’s bee city Peter HoffmanWonderful WomanTim LytvinenkoIn the fieldThis scenic fox hunt is an annual traditionGeoff Wood A close-up of the Sir Walter Raleigh upcycled mosaic by Denise Hughes featured on the May 2017 cover. Photograph by Christer Berg Saint Augustine’s UniversityChristopher T. Martin At home Two Stories of a House shattered our social media records for most-liked postsKelly ShatatCatherine NguyenCharlotte Smith Catherine Nguyen A tip of the hat to 10 standout stories from 2017 … Local milestonesA Raleigh university at 150, and opening the doors of the state’s largest cathedral Holy Name of Jesus Cathedralrenderings by O’Brien & Keane Architecture At the tableMeet the folks behind now-world-renowned Brewery BhavanaKeith IsaacsAt the studioRaleigh’s hometown cartooning hero, and a visit from a celebrated fashion designer
Building Blocks, Challenges & Triumphs My integration of the Rex Hospital staff in 1977 was not to go unchallenged. The mid 1970s welcomed the arrival of a number of young, energetic African American doctors to Raleigh and Wake County. At that time, Rex was located at the corner of Wade Avenue and Saint Mary’s Street. That medical staff had been devoid of African American physicians.The frequency of my acquisition of patients who had come to my practice after being delivered at Rex Hospital prompted the Wilkerson siblings, Drs. Annie Louise, Louis, and Charles, to encourage me to join the Rex medical staff. I had developed a respectable relationship with the Wilkerson physicians once it was revealed to them that their father, Dr. Charles B. Wilkerson, Sr., delivered my wife, Geraldine at home on South Blount Street located in Southeast Raleigh. I applied for staff privileges, and with the Wilkersons as my sponsors, was granted full staff privileges in the Department of Pediatrics.On the occasion of my responding to a call from Dr. Annie Louise to attend an emergency cesarean section, I was stopped by two security officers as I traversed the usual emergency room route taken by physicians entering the hospital. I had been greeted warmly by several Caucasian physicians as I made my way through the emergency room. The two security men asked me where I was going, and when I replied “up to attend a cesarean section,” they demanded that I show them some identification. A nurse overhearing the conversation interceded and assured them that I was indeed a physician. Prior to her intervention, I had told the officers that several of my colleagues had addressed me by my first name, and further, I did not see them stop anyone else demanding identification. When I showed them my pager, they both responded, “That doesn’t mean a thing to us, everybody has one of those.” Leaving them still questioning my identity, I went on about my business up to the operating room.The next day, as I was busy trying to keep to my scheduled appointments seeing patients, my staff told me that the chief executive officer of Rex Hospital was on the phone. When I answered his call, his question was, “Did you have a problem yesterday with security and if so, would you tell me about it?” I repeated the challenge scenario to him. He stated he would investigate further and get back with me. About two hours later, he called back and apologized for how I had been treated and assured me that Rex would not tolerate that type of behavior from its employees. Further, he told me, those two officers had been fired. I was not aware until he told me that several nurses who had witnessed the exchange between the security officers and me had gone to higher authorities at the hospital on my behalf. I had no further such incidents in reference to my physician’s status. I would have audiences of several nurses and ancillary personnel as I attended my patients, particularly non-African American, in the emergency room, at C-sections, or in the nurseries. They were eager to learn my techniques, both procedural and interpersonal. At staff or departmental meetings, I would be the only physician of color in attendance. The newer African American doctors in town would eventually join the Rex staff in their various specialties, but I was the first doctor of color to have a regular presence there. For me, that accomplishment was another peak that had been climbed and conquered.A year or so after a number of younger African American physicians arrived in Raleigh, I convinced five of the newcomers to enter into a discussion about trying to erect a medical building. All of them embraced the idea, and together we began searching for suitable property in the Southeast Raleigh area. James Colson, DDS, who was already in a building, was invited to join us, and he accepted our invitation. Jerry Wiley, MD, who was finishing his residency in pediatrics, was invited to join the group from the very beginning. Ronald Gaither, MD, and Bertron Haywood MD, both specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, and Leroy Burton, MD, internal medicine rounded out the group of six. At long last, my previous attempt under the B.H.M.W. Corporation seemed to become a more realistic entity. Years earlier, I had presented the idea of erecting a building to Charles Holland, an optometrist, Robert McDowell, a family practice specialist, and George Walker, a dentist. My idea was that we could consolidate our practices into one location, preferably in Southeast Raleigh. From those discussions, we formed a corporation that we named B.H.M.W. We were successful in purchasing properties in the vicinity of my office on Person Street. For various and sundry reasons, our efforts to formulate building plans fizzled, and each of the other three moved into freestanding offices. The corporation continued in existence until the deaths of Holland, McDowell, and Walker. Although that peak was not attained, the lessons I learned trying to do so would be invaluable. We were four professionals, and though not able to realize our plan to purchase or build a medical building together, remained dear friends through all the trials and tribulations of trying to realize that goal. We remained close friends throughout various life stages with our families.One afternoon, when five of the six of us—Burroughs, Colson, Wiley, Haywood, and Burton—were busy at our individual offices, we each received an urgent call from the sixth of us, the equally busy Dr. Ronald Gaither. Somehow, Ron had found out about a plot of land in the shadow of Wake Medical Center that was listed as foreclosure. For us to have first access to the land, we needed, as a group, to come up with $10,000 in less than two hours. We extended our confidence to Ron by writing our checks, and he navigated to each of our offices to retrieve them so he could make a deposit to hold the land. Several of us would view the lot later that day, and we were thrilled about its location and potential.We held a formal meeting that evening to form the partnership officially. Thus began the laborious task of jumping through hoops to bring our plans to fruition. One of the first questions that arose was what should we name the facility? I volunteered the name Sunnybrook Multi-Specialty Medical Center. With little discussion, the name was welcomed and accepted by the group.We began having frequent meetings with our chosen law firm to establish articles of incorporation, and later with financial institutions to seek financing of our project. After completing the legal and financial details, we met with several architects before finally selecting one. We would not accept excuses from those of us who claimed we were not able to meet. At times, it became necessary for us to use specific terms to remind the one who claimed he had no time to meet that he needed to get there as soon as possible.We held fast to the notion that, although we were very close friends, we had embarked upon a major project as business partners. Therefore, the business relationship would always be paramount as we moved through the process of erecting the building that would house our medical practices. There were skeptics in the African American community who, when hearing of our plans, said they didn’t think six black guys could stick together to do what we were planning; they would believe it when they saw it. We were bent on making those skeptics believers.We began meeting as a group with the chosen architects once the deed to the land was in our possession. As we forged deeper into the plans, each of us would have individual meetings with them to discuss how we wanted our offices designed to accommodate our individual specialties and the square footage desired. We decided to include a charge per square foot for each office as a percentage of the total mortgage payment. After negotiating with several financial institutions, we finally accepted the offering of one that would handle financing of the building process and subsequent financing once the building was complete. To our chagrin, we were required to make a deposit of ten percent of the total cost of the building and finance the remainder. Our challenge was to produce approximately $60,000, to be paid in equal amounts by each partner, to secure the loan.We met the challenge successfully, and after several months of intricate planning, held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 5, 1977 that was witnessed by many interested community guests. Dr. Prezell Robinson, President of Saint Augustine’s College, was the guest speaker for the occasion.All the parties involved with the building construction were introduced during the ceremony. They were as follows: VIC Realty Company; Thigpen, Blue and Stephens, Attorneys at Law; J. C. Buie, Inc., Architect; Mauney Design Associates; Wachovia Mortgage Company; Davidson and Jones Construction Company; North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; and the Old North State Medical Society.We moved into the completed structure on October 10, 1977. On that day, I reached the summit of another peak: opening an office in a building I owned along with several other physicians. We had granted ourselves a special level of independence, along with all the responsibilities that such independence entailed. More than 2,000 people attended a formal open house for the community on March 19, 1978. Our achievement would be recognized locally, statewide, and the groundbreaking ceremony was reported in the May 19, 1977 issue of Jet Magazine.Interestingly, at the open house, one of our Caucasian colleagues asked me about our financing arrangements. When I told him that we were required to pay ten percent of our building cost to secure the loan, he confided in me that he and his partners were in the process of constructing a building in another part of the city and had been granted one hundred percent financing. I surmised that our dollars weren’t worth as much as theirs or that another formula was used to compute our loan. In our deliberations with the building contractor, I was adamant that any and all subcontracts would stipulate a very visible presence of active minority contractors. Our efforts to erect the Sunnybrook Multi-Specialty Medical Center were recognized on February 24, 1978 when the Beta Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. inducted the partnership into its Hall of Fame as new pioneers in the medical domain. We would now become employers of a significant number of persons. My office staff increased from three to as many as six at various times. As their employer, I required the highest standards of courtesy and professionalism, and they all adhered to my requirements.In 2003, after months of deliberations with the Wake County Commissioners, the partnership would successfully sell the Sunnybrook Multi-Specialty Medical Center building to Wake County. That negotiation would signal the end of twenty-six years of dedicated service to the community in that facility by its original builders.From “Sharing My Journey to a Career in Medicine in a Transition South.” Copyright © 2016 by Frederick D. Burroughs, MD. Used by permission of the author; drfredburroughs.com. Photographs courtesy Burroughs family.
The most recent of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC), its third since its awakening from an 11-year slumber in 2018, seems to have delivered further talks, further lacklustre agreement and a further lack of any concrete solutions or proposals being agreed upon, Odrán Waldron writes.Immediately preceded by the announcement of the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding between the British and Irish governments on the Common Travel Area (CTA), observers could be forgiven for thinking that it was the BIIGC meeting, held on 8 May, that had been responsible for the deal struck.The reality, however, is that the non-binding agreement had been finalised before the meeting of the BIIGC and after its announcement, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington MP were joined by Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan TD, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP and John Penrose MP, Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office. In place of the tangible achievement of a Memorandum of Understanding on the CTA, legally non-binding though it may be, a communiqué issued after the meeting listed the six areas the group had discussed. They were:East-west matters, where the governments “further reaffirmed their commitment made at the BIIGC held in November 2018 to ensure that the current high level of bilateral cooperation between Ireland and the UK is maintained and strengthened following the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union”;Economic co-operation, where both governments were “clear on the critical importance of economic co-operation” and “the shared objectives of rebalancing and strengthening the Northern Ireland economy”;In the case of security co-operation, the BIIGC “reviewed the current security situation and condemned in the strongest terms the recent appalling killing of Lyra McKee” while reaffirming their “commitments in the 2015 Fresh Start Agreement to ending paramilitarism and confirmed their support of the Northern Ireland Executive Action Plan for Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime”;An update on legacy consultation analysis was provided by the UK Government, while the Irish Government provided progress reports on the legislative measures being brought forward to support the Stormont House Agreement within the Republic of Ireland;In terms of rights and citizenship matters, the UK Government provided an update on its review of family migration rules for people from Northern Ireland, while both governments “reaffirmed their commitment to working together, along with EU partners, to put in place arrangements that will allow Irish citizens in Northern Ireland to continue to have access to rights, opportunities and benefits that come with EU citizenship”; andBoth governments agreed to “continue working closely together in full accordance with the three-stranded approach set out in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement” in the name of political stability.In what was just the third meeting of the BIIGC since 2007 and at a time when some of the above issues appear to be more urgent than ever in the context of Brexit, it is fair to have expected and hoped for more than just agreements and commitments to further work being done in these areas.The absence of the BIIGC for 11 years could be regarded as a failure by both the British and Irish Governments to properly fulfil their duties to Northern Ireland as agreed in the Good Friday Agreement. Having been convened 18 times between 1999 and 2007, it would appear that both governments deemed their work in Northern Ireland to have been done following the 2006 St Andrew’s Agreement and the 2007 restoration of Stormont after successful talks between Sinn Féin and the DUP that the BIIGC had facilitated. Amidst Brexit and Irish Language Act arguments in Northern Ireland, accusations of breaching the Good Friday Agreement are plentiful, but the failure of the BIIGC to meet for over a decade despite the Agreement requiring it to have “regular and frequent meetings” appears to be the most clear and unambiguous violation of the agreement.Amidst Brexit and Irish Language Act arguments in Northern Ireland, accusations of breaching the Good Friday Agreement are plentiful, but the failure of the BIIGC to meet for over a decade despite the Agreement requiring it to have “regular and frequent meetings” appears to be the most clear and unambiguous violation of the agreement.Founded within the Good Friday Agreement as the formal successor to the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement that gave the Republic of Ireland a consultative role in the affairs of Northern Ireland for the first time since partition, the BIIGC’s aim is “to promote bilateral co-operation at all levels on all matters of mutual interest within the competence of both Governments”. Functionally, it is concerned with non-devolved issues, such as (as the time of its founding) policing and justice, as well subjects of common interest and north/south and east/west institutions.The conference once had a permanent secretariat made up of both Irish and British staff, 12 from the Republic’s justice and foreign affairs departments and 12 from the UK’s Northern Ireland Office, whose offices were housed in Windsor House. As Northern Ireland enjoyed a period of relative political stability under DUP-Sinn Féin power-sharing from 2007 to 2017, the office withered and by 2014, the Irish officials had returned to Dublin, while the British officials, reduced to eight, had decamped to the offices of the Northern Ireland Office.Doubts have consistently been cast on the effectiveness of the conference, with DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissing it as a mere “talking shop” shortly before its reconvention in July 2018. It was later described as Irish “meddling” by former First Minister David Trimble. Indeed, the image of the BIIGC was not helped when, after its conclusion in July, Tánaiste Coveney was not given space within the Cabinet Offices to conduct a press conference and was forced to do so on College Green in London instead.Nationalist politicians, including Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, have however welcomed the reconvention of the BIIGC. Amidst DUP calls for the immediate restoration of Stormont, Sinn Féin have instead preferred to call for further and more extensive BIIGC meetings, which they see as a potential catalyst for negotiations as it had been for the St Andrew’s Agreement and the restoration of Stormont in 2007.Amidst Brexit, complicated legacy issues such as the pursual of amnesties for British soldiers by some Conservative politicians and potentially fraught talks aimed at another Stormont restoration, the fact that the BIIGC has now met more times in the last 10 months than in the 11 years previous could be a source for hope. For that hope to evolve, the next meeting, specified only as happening “in the coming months” in the communiqué, will need to deliver concrete proposals for change.
photography by Liz Condo Photography Sally Harris, Betsy Brewer, Michele MurphyLaura Isley, Root EdmonsonSanford ThompsonJohn Bryant, Hope Bryant, Scott Murphy Kate RiversDorothea Bittler, Kim Rogers, Cathy Monaghan, Janet Kelleher Saint Saviour’s Center held its annual fundraiser on October 12, 2018 to raise money for their signature program, The Diaper Train.
Bob Karp is an award-winning photojournalist who recently relocated to Raleigh. Find more of his work at bobkarpphotography.com. I love being outside and teaching people the difference between store-bought produce and fresh-from-the farm produce. It’s all local, from North Carolina. I love the changing of the seasons and the different produce—you don’t know that in the grocery store. Here, we can tell you what’s in season and how to cook it. I’ve been here for five years now, but the family’s been here over 50 years.—Tonda Claborn of Garner, NC employee of Debra Lee’s Produce In this photo series, we travel around the Triangle to meet new people. This month, we visited the N.C. State Farmers Market.Photography by Bob Karp
OH SAY CAN YOU SEEWatch fireworks across the TriangleDon’t miss Raleigh’s fireworks display! The city’s official fireworks will be held in West Raleigh near Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena. Fireworks launch at 9:32 p.m. visitraleigh.comHeritage High School in Wake Forest hosts the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular July 3. There will be food trucks and concessions available and the band Sleeping Booty will headline the celebration. wakeforestnc.gov PINT-SIZED PATRIOTSEvents the entire family will enjoyThe Finley YMCA hosts its Freedom Festival June 30—a family-friendly celebration with music, activities, food vendors and a fireworks show. You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate. ymcatriangle.orgBring the whole family to the Children’s Independence Parade at Durham Central Park. Decorate bikes, wagons and strollers with items from the Scrap Exchange, then enjoy popsicles and fire truck tours. durhamcentralpark.org FLAGS ON THE FIELDSporty celebrations in the TriangleThe North Carolina Football Club will play Charlotte Independence at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. northcarolinafc.comThe 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series is July 4 and 5 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. usabaseball.comRun the Keep RLGH Independent 4-miler at Dorothea Dix Park presented by Runologie and Trophy Brewing.dorotheadixpark.org JOHN ROTTETFrom fireworks in West Raleigh to bar crawls downtown, there’s something for everyone in the family to do this Fourth of July. Here’s a rundown of the best events happening around the Triangle for Fourth of July to kick off this year’s celebrations. LISTEN AND LEARNTwo cultural July 4th events in the TriangleThe N.C. Symphony Independence Day Celebration concert is at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. ncsymphony.orgVisit the historic Joel Lane Museum House—there will be a free open house in honor of Independence Day. joellane.org INDEPENDENT SPIRITSBoozy festivities on the fourthWear red, white and blue on Glenwood South for Crawl Raleigh—you’ll find themed music and drink specials beginning July 3 at 9 p.m. and ending in the early morning of July 4. eventbrite.comOak City Brewing in Knightdale hosts its July 4th Bash with music, food trucks, beer and fireworks. oakcitybrewingcompany.com
Actress Olivia Munn can attest that nothing quite compares to the unconditional love of an adopted shelter pet.Munn, along with actress Rachel Bloom and NFL star Logan Ryan are sharing their stories in the new #AdoptPureLove campaign from the Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between the Ad Council, the Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund. The campaign, which encourages shelter pet adoption by highlighting the unique bond between adopted shelter pets and their owners, was created with the help of award-winning marketing communications brand J. Walter Thompson New York.#AdoptPureLove includes TV and radio spots featuring Munn, Bloom and Ryan and their shelter pets. Munn appears with her loving shelter dogs Frankie and Chance. Bloom is seen with her closest confidante, shelter dog Wiley, and Ryan spends quality time playing catch with his shelter dogs Leo and Julius.“Shelter pet adoption is a cause near and dear to my heart. Before adopting Chance and Frankie, I had no idea the amazing impact that rescue dogs could have on my life,” said actress and Shelter Pet Project ambassador Olivia Munn. “They opened my eyes to pet adoption. There are millions of shelter pets waiting for a loving home and millions of potential pet owners who may not realize the unconditional love, joy and companionship a shelter pet can bring to their lives. I’m excited to share our story and encourage people to choose adoption.”The new campaign also features the stories of three everyday people and their adopted shelter pets. One showcases the relationship between Ahnya, a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome, and her shelter cat Lucky. Another stars Navy veteran Brian and his shelter dog Tommy, who has helped him transition back into civilian life. A third story highlights the unbreakable bond between Renee, a student, and her shelter dog Turtle. All emphasize that shelter pets are a little bit of a lot of things — some are cuddlers, some are balls of energy, some are natural comedians — but all of them are pure love. The suite of TV and radio spots are part of the fully integrated campaign complete with print, out of home and digital assets.“Leo and Julius bring the exact amount of goofiness and joy that I need after a hard-fought football game,” said Logan Ryan. “I adopted them thinking I was going to help them but they truly helped me more. They fill my home with unconditional love.”“My shelter dog Wiley is a cuddly ball of energy. She brightens my day and adds meaning to my life,” said Rachel Bloom. “Shelter pets each have their own personalities and endearing quirks. There really is a shelter pet for everyone.”The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund joined the Ad Council to create the Shelter Pet Project in 2009. Since then, the campaign has positioned shelters and rescue groups as the obvious first choice for those looking to obtain a pet. The campaign ultimately seeks to increase the rate of animals adopted from shelters and rescue groups. In its lifetime, the campaign has secured $379 million in donated media, driven over 7.5 million visits to TheShelterPetProject.org and upwards of 500,000 pet searches on the site. Our research has shown that there has been a 24 percent lift in total shelter adoptions due to the campaign’s media support (vs. without any campaign media efforts).Prospective pet owners are encouraged to visit TheShelterPetProject.org, where they can search available pets by zip code, read adoption success stories and learn valuable information about pet adoption. For daily updates, follow the Shelter Pet Project via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Individuals can also use the hashtag #AdoptPureLove to share a story about how their adopted pets changed their lives for the better.
“United Nations Voices,” which was designed pro bono for the UN Information Centre in Canberra by Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia, was awarded a Bronze Lion in the 2008 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, held in France last month.The campaign makes it possible for the public, for the first time, to listen to an outdoor poster and press advertisement via mobile phone technology.Seven different posters were set up around various sites in Sydney featuring Loula, a domestic violence survivor; Foday, a refugee from Western Africa; Shannon, aboriginal youth worker and activist; Nathan, a 13-year-old born with HIV; Tony, a homeless man; Nada, a Muslim Australian; and Uncle Max, an aboriginal elder.To hear one of the stories, people simply take a mobile phone photo of the mouth of the featured person and send it to a number on the poster as a text message. Then the sender receives a phone call with a pre-recorded message from the person they had photographed, including information on how they live and some of the issues they face.The message also directs people to a UN website where visitors can leave their own comments and thoughts, turning the original seven voices into thousands.When the campaign was unveiled in March of this year, UNIC Australia’s Director Abdullah Saleh Mbamba noted that “the introduction of such innovative technology by Saatchi and Saatchi enters into a new dimension of awareness-raising that will result in the increased support for the United Nations.” 15 July 2008A groundbreaking United Nations campaign that uses the latest technology to give a voice to those who normally go unheard has been recognized by one of the world’s leading international advertising festivals.
GATINEAU, Que. — The country’s telecom regulator says there are no guarantees it will enforce minimum Internet speeds and service levels across Canada, even if it comes up with new target levels.The chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it will be up to participants in hearings being held in Gatineau to demonstrate why the regulator should act.Jean-Pierre Blais says it’s important for proponents of regulation to show why market forces are not enough to ensure the public’s need for Internet services is being met.U.S. continues with appeal in New York iPhone case two weeks after dropping San Bernardino requestPeople aren’t sharing as much personal content on Facebook and the company is starting to worry: reportBlais made the comments as the regulator began a three-week examination of basic telecommunication services and whether high-speed Internet service should be declared a right.Currently, basic telecommunications services in Canada include individual line, touch-tone phone service, the ability to connect to the Internet at low speeds, access to long distance, directory assistance services, enhanced calling features and privacy protection features, emergency services and voice mail.Blais says if the definition of basic telecom services is to change, it has to be based on facts.“The CRTC must make informed decisions, based on solid evidence, while taking into account the real and reasonable needs of the population,” Blais said in an opening statement to the hearings.“As it is crucial not to confuse ‘wants’ with ‘needs’, the CRTC is asking parties to take a fact-based and objective approach to these discussions,” he said.“It is also important to note that any target speed or service level that, in the course of the hearing, the CRTC finds to be ideal or a good measure of success would not necessarily guarantee regulatory action in this regard.”
DERBY, England – Derby’s North American owners have sold the English second-tier club to a local businessman who made a fortune through the “Candy Crush Saga” mobile game.Former Detroit Pistons executive Andy Appleby fronted the takeover seven years ago by a group of Americans and Canadians, including investors in baseball, basketball and hockey franchises.Within months of their takeover, Derby was relegated from the Premier League and the team has stayed in the Championship since 2008.Now life-long Derby fan Mel Morris, who bought a 22 per cent stake in the team earlier this year, has become the sole owner. Morris stepped down last year as chairman of King Digital, the New York Stock Exchange-listed company which created “Candy Crush.”Morris bought the rest of the team from North American Derby Partners LP, which includes Canadians W. Brett Wilson and Jeff Mallett.Wilson owns a piece of the Nashville Predators and was formerly on “Dragons’ Den.” Mallet, former Yahoo! president, is co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps and principal partner of the San Francisco Giants.“Delighted to have been 1 of 2 Canucks who played key roles in the rebirth of @dcfcofficial — the club is in good hands now — at all levels,” Wilson tweeted.The annual “Rich List” published by the London-based Sunday Times estimates that Morris is worth 400 million pounds ($610 million).Five Premier League teams are owned by Americans: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester United and Sunderland.__With files from The Canadian Press American owners of English football club Derby sell to businessman behind ‘Candy Crush’ game by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2015 7:21 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UP TO 20 per cent of insurance claims could be fraudulent, according to the Irish Broker’s Association.Although official numbers say that insurance claim fraud occurs in approximately seven per cent of cases, brokers suggest that in reality this figure could potentially be closer to 20 per cent it said.“In the UK there are databases that insurers can access when a proposal is submitted that allows them to see whether claims have been submitted in the past”, Brian McNelis, Director of General Services at the Irish Brokers Association told TheJournal.ie.“In Ireland, this only occurs when claims occur which leaves brokers to carry the can when the claim arises” he said. The Brokers Association is calling for a question to be added to insurance forms that will allows insurers to cross-check information with other companies and see whether there are any outstanding claims.“Dishonesty when it comes to claims is affecting all aspects of the industry be it motor, or home the cost of which is ultimately paid for by compliant honest policyholders” said Brian McNelis, Director of General Services at the Irish Brokers Association.As a result, fraudsters were pushing up the cost of insurance premiums for everyone else, he said.Health insurance set to rise – but no-one knows by how much>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is about to introduce a measure to regulate short-term leasing of properties, effectively imposing a tax on Airbnb contracts.According to an announcement by the country’s Independent Public Revenue Authority (a body appointed by the Hellenic Parliament, not the government), a stamp duty is going to apply on short-term leasing via electronic platforms.The Authority introduced this reform as a way to tackle the “Airbnb effect” on the Greek economy. Last year, the Greek Tax Office presented a strict framework regarding income from short-term property leasings, one of the few booming industries in the crisis-stricken country.Leasing apartments and houses through online platforms such as Airbnb has offered an opportunity to many Greeks to have an income, given that the country attracts large numbers of tourists annually.The practice has led to the accumulation of an income that has been difficult to tax so far, and has also caused other problems, most notably resulting to a shortage of property for long-term leasing, but also threatening the hotel industry.Introducing a three per cent stamp duty is believed to resolve one of these issues, tackling tax evasion and bringing more revenue to the state coffers.
Le classement Greenpeace des sociétés hi-techLe nouveau classement de Greenpeace vient de paraître. Son objectif ? Répertorier les grandes entreprises high tech sur un plan écologique. Greenpeace a voulu déterminer quels datacenters étaient les plus respectueux de l’environnement. Les critères de classement ont porté sur la transparence des informations communiquées, le lieu d’implantation des infrastructures, l’effort effectué pour réduire l’impact environnemental, le pourcentage d’énergie issue respectivement d’énergies renouvelables et du charbon. À lire aussiQuand Greenpeace fait appel à Game of Thrones pour sensibiliser sur le climatCette année, c’est Yahoo! qui se place en tête du classement avec 55,9% d’énergie issue de sources renouvelables. C’est également lui qui a le mieux choisi l’emplacement de ses installations. Il devance de loin le deuxième du classement, Google, avec une utilisation de charbon de seulement 18,3%, contre 34,7% pour le datacenter de son concurrent. Bien qu’il s’agisse d’une source d’énergie de plus en plus obsolète, les grands fabricants sont encore très dépendants du charbon avec une utilisation allant de 20 à 50% pour Facebook ou Apple en passant par IBM ou HP. Ces trois derniers constructeurs sont les moins bien classés. Apple n’utilise que 6,7% d’énergies renouvelables, HP 9,9% et IBM 10,9%. Les autres entreprises avoisinent toutes plus ou moins les 20-25% d’énergies renouvelables contre 30 à 40% de charbon. Toutefois, Greenpeace relève que IBM, comme Google, font des efforts pour réduire leurs impacts environnementaux en améliorant l’efficacité de leurs infrastructures ou en développant des énergies renouvelables. C’est l’inverse qui se produit pour Twitter qui aggrave son cas en s’installant dans l’Utah où l’électricité utilisée provient en majeure partie de l’exploitation minière. Les résultats publiés par Greenpeace sont toutefois à nuancer car certaines données ne sont pas prises en compte par l’organisation écologique. Par exemple, la gestion de l’eau de source n’est pas un critère qui a été retenu alors que les datacenters en sont de très gros consommateurs, comme le rappelle Clubic.Le 25 avril 2011 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ministry of Education introduces pilot program GSAT results are out NATIONAL GRADE SIX ACHIEVEMENT TEST (GSAT) Related Items:akierra missick, grade six achievement test, gsat, six graders Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – Around 300 sixth graders are hoping they meet all expectations when it comes to the critical GSAT examinations. The tests sometimes have an infamous reputation for the amount of intensity linked to the days of exams which ultimately qualify students for entrance into seventh grade or earns them scholarships through various donors if they turn out top performing results. Bearing that in mind, several schools at the start of the week held prayer meetings for their children and even the Education Minister says she is praying for the candidates sitting the tests. Deputy Premier, Hon Akierra Missick said too that: “This is a big day for our Primary School students as months and even years of hard work, late nights, extra classes and much hard work from parents is now here. I am so proud of the efforts of all the children, parents, teachers and principals. This is a very important time for our students and I encourage them to be calm and remain composed.” The tests are Mathematics, English and Science and the Education Minister explained that teachers and parents moved to have the GSATs shortened to alleviate some of that pressure. Today is the final day of the Grade Six Achievement Tests.
More than two thirds (67%) of financial institution and investment bank employee respondents would consider quitting their jobs in the next year if stress levels do not improve, according to research by MetLife.Its survey of 104 decision makers at financial institutions and investment banks also found that 70% of respondents believe that admitting to suffering from anxiety or mental health issues will damage their career prospects.The research also found:18% of respondents feel their organisation has a positive attitude to mental health issues.67% of respondents are provided with resilience training to help them cope with the stress of work.40% of respondents think their job is extremely stressful.81% of respondents have access to health advice, and 88% have access to an employee assistance programme (EAP) that includes counselling.44% of respondents are offered flexible working arrangements.97% of respondents are offered subsidised gym membership as a benefit.Tom Gaynor (pictured), employee benefits director at MetLife UK said: “Investment banks are, on paper, making a significant commitment to tackling stress and mental health issues among their workforces and it is pleasing to see the investments reported in resilience training and wellness at work initiatives.“Despite this, a significant taboo still exists, as reflected by the high percentage of employees who said they think that talking about their mental health will damage their career prospects. This latest research infers that, in addition to putting the monetary investment into programmes for employees, investment banks must address employee perceptions that line managers will not be supportive of an employee asking for help.”
The committee wants to remind racers of the long-term rule that shoes with metal cleats are prohibited. Shoes with metal cleats can cause injury to the hands, faces, and bodies of other racers. The women’s and men’s race start times alternate annually. In even-numbered years the women’s race is the last event of the day and in odd-numbered years the men take the last race of the day. Registration for the Mt. Marathon Race closes at midnight on March 31st. Register at www.mmr.seward.com Committee member Danny Crow said of the change, “Given the popularity of the race, we are always looking for ways to expand participation. We agreed the Junior race can safely handle 50 more young runners.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Registration for the coveted Mt. Marathon Race, in Seward, will close at midnight tonight, March 31. The 9:00 am Junior race will include twenty-five additional spots for Boys and another twenty-five in the Girls division increasing the total number of junior racers from 250 to 300.
Underwood took action last year, building her 2018 tour with an entirely female bill, saying it was her way of supporting women “who deserve to be there.” Perhaps her insight provides a glimpse”It’s good when women support women,” said Underwood. “One of the good things that has come out of these conversations has been the rallying that we’ve had for each other, behind each other. We all need more of that in our lives.”The Annenberg report on women in country concluded, “The most effective solution is for the industry to undertake a collective effort to address disparities,” and it continued to lay out recommendations for ways labels, terrestrial radio, advocacy groups, streaming services and live entertainment professionals can take action. You can read the full report here.Closing The Gap: How Latina Artists Are Combating Gender Inequality In Urban MusicRead more News Facebook Report: Women Are Missing In Country Music report-women-artists-songwriters-are-missing-country-music Email The study examines 500 songs on the Year-End Billboard Hot Country charts over the past four years. Perhaps most concerning is that, while 2018’s number, 19 percent, was higher than 2014 and 2017, it was equal to 2016, indicating the situation is not necessarily improving.Percentages of women songwriters on the country charts were equally bleak. When analyzing 200 country songs from the same four-year span, the study found only 12 percent of top-charting country songs were written by women, this compared to 14 percent on the pop charts.Another alarming statistic the study revealed states the average age of top male artists is 42, while the average age of top female artists is 29. “Women are not only disadvantaged in the country market,” the study reads, “But their age illuminates a sell by date that their male counterparts do not experience.”The problem has received increased attention recently. Just last year, GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood spoke out specifically against the gender gap in country radio. In an interview with Elaina Smith on Nash Country Daily’s “Women Want To Hear Women” podcast, Underwood pointed out the lack of women on country radio has only gotten worse, saying, “Even when I was growing up, I wished there was more women on the radio, you know. And I had a lot more that there are today.”First-time GRAMMY nominee this year Ashley McBryde echoed Underwood’s reflection, saying, “You look at the ’90s, they’re were as many if not more strong female artists as there were strong male artist, and they all got along. Nobody was bitching about one another. I think that’s the wrong way to go. Country music is a big-ass place. There’s room for all of us.”Underwood and McBryde are correct. A 2016 report by Stanford University researcher Devarati Ghosh confirmed that major labels have brought fewer female artists to radio in the 2000s compared to the mid-’90s. In 2017 a report by the Tennessean found the percentage of female-only country songs on the radio has indeed dropped since 2016.The USC Annenberg study follows their 2018 report on gender imbalance in recording studios, which stated just 2 percent of producers and 3 percent of engineers/mixers are women. The Recording Academy Task Force on Inclusion and Diversity have since launched the Producer and Engineer Inclusion Initiative aimed at course correcting the gender imbalance.Modern country trailblazer Kacey Musgraves, whose 2018 album Golden Hour took home the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year plus three more awards in country categories earlier this year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, addressed gender gap in country in an interview with Billboard last year. Musgraves, who has expressed her vision for moving past the age-old gender barriers in country music.”I’m hoping we can get back to a musical world where talent and uniqueness got you further than politics,” Musgraves said, “Where the quality of a song was what would make you a household name. Can you imagine what that landscape could sound like? What future generations it could inspire?” A new study on the genre’s recent hits quantifies the drastic underrepresentation of female performers and songwriters on the charts and also shows gender imbalance in career longevity Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 8, 2019 – 1:30 pm The picture of female underrepresentation in country music continues to become clearer, as a new study conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds only 16 percent of the top charting country songs from 2015-2018 were performed by female artists. Report: Women Artists & Songwriters Are Missing In Country Music Twitter