Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 13, 2016 – Oswald Skippings says he and Sam Harvey did not defect from the People’s Democratic Movement; he yesterday told media in the PDA party’s manifesto launch that he was fired by the party because he would not take big money from big investors. “The matter is you were at a New Year’s party when one of the officials of the PDM openly stated that they turned against me because I refused money from Mr. Cashcroft and I had the nerve to campaign against him.”Skippings says he was due to publish a letter to prove it, “It’s dated 14th of April, 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Dear Mr. Skippings, Re: Suspension of Membership, pursuant to a recommendation for the Disciplinary Committee regarding your actions that have been deemed to be contrary to the aims and objectives of the party and in direct violation to the constitution of the People’s Democratic Movement. The National General Council considered the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee and voted in the affirmative to approve the recommendation to suspend your membership with the party.”The former leader of the PDM Party and former Chief Minister read that letter during the press conference where the PDA’s plan for the TCI were laid out in a document called ‘United for Change, Empowering Our People.’There are 113 pages which focus on developing new industries in light manufacturing and agricultural investment. The PDA is contesting 12 seats in the upcoming General Elections on December 15. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
FOLIO: Shouldn’t it be “customer first,” and not “digital first?”PG: It’s always customer first. The wave of engagement in content consumption is happening in the most robust way in the form of digital platforms. It really comes down to this notion: You have to be constantly disrupting yourselves in order to serve your customers most effectively in every medium that they require. FOLIO: What is your current revenue structure and what do you want it to be?PG: We probably have 30 percent of overall revenue through digital platforms, which is pretty healthy. The goal is to get north of 50 percent over time in terms of digital revenue as a percent of the whole.FOLIO: Last year, Frank Anton said HW had shut down 14 magazines, and might have to shut down a lot more, leaving three core titles. Speak to that comment.PG: Every year we have to rationalize our portfolio, and place our bets on the brands that produce the most promise. Portfolio decisions are a day-by-day ongoing endeavor. FOLIO: What criteria do you use when you rationalize your portfolio?PG: It is incumbent on executives to be as close to the customer as possible, and listen and understand what the pain points are, and help them solve problems. And then you have to come back to the mothership and create the right products and services to solve their marketing needs. FOLIO: What do you see as your company’s big opportunities?PG: The opportunity is in creating a culture supporting and nurturing innovation and constant product development. You always have an opportunity to iterate and get things right as you go. You have to be willing to disrupt.FOLIO: One of the speakers here said b-to-b media companies today need to be two companies, one for today and one for tomorrow. Do you agree?PG: You don’t necessarily have be two companies, but you need to be one company always be prepared to reinvent itself. Frank always said, ‘If it’s good, make it better, if it’s better, make it the best, and if it’s the best, it’s time to reinvent it.’ At The Atlantic, they were always prepared to disrupt themselves. It’s really about running one company that has the commitment and is comfortable with innovation as a core cultural ethos.FOLIO: What are your immediate priorities?PG: To understand that the company’s been through a lot of challenges, but to get everyone to believe in a sense of optimism. These are premium brands that matter to the audience. That’s leveragable. Second is to push forward on this notion of digital-product development and digital innovation. It’s a golden age of media marketing. There are so many ways we can serve our markets and our marketing partners. We just have to make our bets in the right areas. And finally it comes down to talent. Do you have the right people in the right places to really push forward?And you’ve got to have fun. Everyone misses their numbers. You’re going to miss numbers. You’re not to going to succeed every time, but you have to get up and say, ‘Today is going to be fun, because we’re going to try X, Y, and Z. You do what’s right for the business and doing what’s right for the business can be really fun. FOLIO: The company’s performance has been, euphemistically, challenged. What’s the outlook?PG: There’s been solid growth in the last year. Trade shows are starting to recover. Some of the market sectors are starting to perform better than others. Commercial design is one. Two years ago, Frank and I were able to secure a deal to become the official magazine for the American Institute of Architects. We took over their show and re-launched the official magazine, Architect. That platform has been performing very well. The commercial sector wasn’t as battered as the residential sector, but our performance is attributable to the Architect launch and the relationship with the AIA. It was one of the biggest magazine launches of the last 10 years. FOLIO: What other sectors show promise?PG: The remodeling sector in residential is doing better than the new-construction sector. New construction is sort of bouncing along the bottom, although there are signs of recovery.Most importantly, we have a more advantageous capital structure. Restructuring of the company manifests itself in a more flexible debt structure, and the owners are supportive of making strategic investments in the company. These investments will be in the form of acquisitions and in technology and talent that we need to drive the digital-first strategy. It’s been a busy few months for Hanley Wood, the b-to-b media company that specializes in the residential housing market and has endured—because of the state of the housing market—one of the worst five-year runs of any media company ever. In January, the company recapitalized, reducing debt by $330 million to about $80 million, and receiving an influx of $35 million in new investment from three new private-equity owners, Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners.While gaining some relief from crushing debt was good for the company (if not for the prior owners), the company still faces struggles, having lost about $100 million in revenue between 2007 and 2011, with projected revenue for 2012 of about $140 million. FOLIO: caught up with Goldstone at this week’s American Business Media Annual Conference in San Francisco. Following are excerpts from the conversation.FOLIO: First, congratulations on your new job. Tell us how you came to be back at Hanley Wood as CEO.Peter Goldstone [PG]: The company changed hands, and Frank Anton and the new owners had been discussing the transition of Frank to the chairman’s role. And the new owners decided to conduct a narrow search. They contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in coming back. My answer was unequivocally yes. Then in April, the CEO, Frank Anton, long considered one of the industry’s best executives, transitioned to the role of chairman, and Peter Goldstone (pictured), who had been with the company for 11 years before moving to Atlantic Media in 2010, came back as CEO.
WILMINGTON, MA — Selectmen candidates Rob Fasulo and Jonathan Eaton recently took part in a debate as part of WCTV and Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Night. Below are some highlights:Opening StatementsFasulo is hearing complaints from residents on the issues of traffic, consistent building, and nepotism. He promises, if elected, to “put the people first.”“Many Wilmington residents moved from a city environment because they wanted to live in a small town; they never expected the town to become so urbanized,” said Fasulo. “As I travel the town today, I see woodlands being decimated, houses popping up on lots the make me scratch my head, and wildlife fighting for its own existence.”Eaton highlighted some of his previous service to the community, including his work as a Finance Committee member, Rotarian, and member of the library’s Strategic Planning Committee.“I’m running for the Board of Selectmen because I believe my experience, my temperament, and my involvement in the community can help bridge the gap between our residents and our town government,” said Eaton. How Can Wilmington Foster Economic/Housing Development, While Maintaining Its Small Town Feel?“I’ve been very adamant about an inclusionary bylaw, which is one of the most important tools that we should have,” said Fasulo. “Our services in town need to keep up with the rate of growth in town. The rate of growth has been too fast, too much, too quickly. Our services should determine how fast we should be growing.”“An inclusionary zoning bylaw could be a good tool, but it’s certainly not a magic wand to solve the affordable housing issues here,” said Eaton, who wants the town to act proactively to avoid facing a 40B development. “I would like to see affordable housing and senior housing become a priority for the Board of Selectmen and the town.”Should Sciarappa Farm Be Taken By Eminent Domain? “The elephant in the room is not knowing how much the property would cost. Is it $15 million? That’s seems like a heck of lot more than we should be spending. Is it $6 or $7 million? That seems a lot more palatable to me,” said Eaton, who would prefer the town try to acquire the land first through negotiations.“The price is going to determine everything,” agreed Fasulo. “Thousands have propped up that land for many years, giving them tax breaks. I certainly want to see the town end up with that land, but done through negotiations. I don’t want it see it come to eminent domain, but the voters will be the ones to decide that on Town Meeting day. Let the voters say.”What Should The Town Use Sciarappa Farm For?“Preserving open space needs to be the short-term priority,” said Eaton, who noted voters would ultimately decide what to do with the land, pointing to the possible need for a fire substation and other “conversation points” generated by the Facility Master Plan.“I would like to see that agricultural land stay agricultural. It was a farm. Let’s keep it that way. I like the model of Brooksby Farm in Peabody,” responded Fasulo.Affordable Housing“In 2001, the Master Plan recommended an inclusionary zoning bylaw. It was rejected by the Board of Selectmen. And another study in 2004 recommended it,” said Fasulo. “It’s been talked about for a year and nothing has been done. It’s a very important tool for the town to get to [above the 10% affordable housing threshold]. It should have been done years ago.”“I believe the town owns plots of land that can be used for affordable housing and senior housing, and those are avenues we should be pursuing,” said Eaton, who expressed disappoint that a majority of the current Board of Selectmen would not allow residents a vote as to whether or not the land next to St. Dorothy’s should be used for such housing.”Economic Development Committee“I’m a very strong proponent of an economic development committee,” said Eaton. “It’s worked very well in different communities. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a bunch of proposals that have upset a lot of neighborhoods. One of the main benefits of an economic development committee is it actually empowers the residents to get a seat at the table, identify the types of businesses we want in our community, and then go out and get them. I don’t like that our residents feeling they’re always on defense.”“I’m also in favor of a committee, but with the proper makeup,” said Fasulo. “I want the committee to be made up of more residents. I don’t want to see any officials on that other than what we need. It’s the people who need to decide what types of businesses they want to see in their communities… The town can then offer incentives to that type of businesses.”What Will You Do To Keep Taxes Low?Eaton would like to consolidate the town and school’s IT departments, allowing the town to benefit from economies of scale and a greater purchasing power. Eaton would also like to see the town implement “See, Click, Fix,” a program used by another municipalities to alert DPW to issues such as pot holes and downed trees.“I would like us to attack this by bringing in more businesses to accommodate some of that burden,” said Fasulo. “The business tax rate is much higher than the residential. The more businesses that come here, the better off we’ll be as residents.”Agree With Facility Master Plan Committee Recommendations?“Placing a new Town Hall/School Administration Building at the current Senior Center site does appeal to me, but it’s up to the residents,” said Eaton. “The current Senior Center is not equipped to its current programming. Having a Senior Center at the current Town Hall site is a great idea. There’s a lot of walking trails back there, and we’re building pickle ball courts… I think an expanded library should eventually happen, but it will come down to the cost. We can want all these things. We have to make sure the impact on residents’ tax bills aren’t overbearing.”“The cost — is it really feasible for us to do all of this building?” responded Fasulo. “This is something that needs to be done, piece by piece. Otherwise, we’ll be seeking overrides and debt exclusions, and I don’t think there’s any flavor in the town for that. They’re good ideas, sure, but is it feasible for us to do at this time as we dip into free cash by $5 million?”Fire Substation In North Wilmington?“Yes, I believe a fire substation in North Wilmington should happen,” said Fasulo. “I come from a public safety background. The most important thing is EMS, who will be responding to our families. Minutes, seconds count. If [public safety] needs it, they should absolutely get it. That should be priority #1. We need to give the police and fire and EMS the tools they need.”“Yes, I do believe that’s necessary,” concurred Eaton. “In the last 5 years alone, Fire Department calls have increased 10% and ambulance calls have increased over 33%… Our Fire Department has been overworked over the past few years. With the amount of development, both commercial and residential, going on in North Wilmington, we should make sure a substation is a priority.”Free Cash — Is The Town Saving Too Much?“Standard and Poors has rated us as an AA+, which is the second highest rating they give out,” said Eaton. “They recommend that the free cash balance be 10%-15% of our operating balance. The current free cash balance will soon be just under that 15% mark. The amount we’re at right now has benefits as it serves as a “rainy day fund” and helps with [unanticipated expenses]… The bond rating allows us to pay less in finance charges when we have to go to a borrowing.”“I agree with Jonathan regarding the bond rating,” agreed Fasulo. “There are unforeseen circumstances… Is the current balance too much? No, we need to keep the bond rating up, but we shouldn’t need to worry about using it for one time projects.”Should Town Voluntarily Pay More To Trash Collector Or Cut Ties?“We shouldn’t be paying them extra money. They need to abide by their contract with the town,” said Fasulo. “They’ve put up bonds just for this situation. I don’t agree with paying them the extra money.”“I’m in favor the resolution that the board came to [in voluntarily paying more for FY18],” said Eaton. “The economics of the situation is that if Russell Disposal decides not to honor their contract, we’d then have to scramble to find a replacement, and the market rate – given the tipping fees – would be a significant increase over our current contract. We had to make the best of a bad situation.”Thoughts On Proposed Detox Facility Location & What Should The Town Be Doing To Address The Opioid Epidemic? “Great idea. Wrong location. It’s backing up to an established neighborhood. I have safety concerns for the neighborhood,” said Fasulo, who wants to know would will actually be running the facility in question. “One incident is too many. There are places in town that can safely house this type of facility. Middlesex Avenue at that spot is not one of them.”“That’s not the ideal location. I did support Article 2 [restricting future detox facilities, hospitals and nursing homes to industrial zones with special permits] at the Special Town Meeting,” said Eaton. “I’m not insensitive to the epidemic and how it has affected my families in town. I was in favor of hiring Samantha Reif as the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator. This town used to have an agreement with Wilmington Family Counseling. That’s something we should revisit as well.”Is There Anything Selectmen Can Do About Traffic In Town? “A lot of it has to do working with our state delegation,” said Eaton. “There’s almost nothing the Selectmen can do, unfortunately, relative to traffic. That would have to come from the state level,” said Fasulo. “A lot of the traffic is coming from Tewksbury. We know what’s gone up in Tewksbury. There’s nothing we can do to stop [over-development in other communities].”Do You See Marijuana Dispensaries Opening In Wilmington?Both Fasulo and Eaton do not envision marijuana dispensaries opening in town. Both gave one-word “no” responses to the question.One Place In The Budget You’d Cut Money And One Place In The Budget You’d Add It?“I’d like to see a reduction in the amount of studies done,” said Eaton. I think sometimes too much analysis leads to paralysis. Sometimes we’re farming out what we could be doing in-house… A perfect example of that is the North Wilmington Fire Substation study.”“I’d like to see a reduction in the amount of studies too. I don’t think we need them. We have professionals in every department of the town,” said Fasulo. “I’d like to see money added to the police department… I’d like to see a police officer in every school, during school hours, protecting our kids.”Most Important Quality In A Selectman?“They need to be able to listen to the people and do the people’s work,” said Fasulo. “I don’t want a Selectman that I wonder why a decision is being made — is it being done honestly or for a special interest?”“The ability to communicate and listen,” responded Eaton. “There’s 23,000 people who live in this town. A lot of the issues that go in front of the Selectmen are very black and white. But, some are in between… [Selectmen] need the ability to pick up the phone and take the medicine when someone disagrees with you. You need to responsive to those you represent… You need to be able to explain yourself.”Is Eaton The Establishment Candidate? Is Fasulo The Change Candidate? Is Wilmington Heading In The Right Direction?“I don’t like to define myself based on who endorses me,” said Eaton. “I’m humbled that many volunteers who have contributed so much to this community have found something in me that inspires confidence. That said, I’ve disagreed with every one of them that endorsed me and they know the issues I’ve disagreed with them on because, sometimes, I can’t keep my mouth shut. But I have the ability to be very professional in the way I disagree with people.”“Is Wilmington moving in the right direction? In certain ways, yes. In certain ways, no,” continued Eaton. “I’d like to see your neighborhoods preserved. I think too much growth too quickly is sometimes [bad]. Overall, from a financial standpoint, we’re in a pretty good position. Residential tax rate is lower than [most neighbors]. Wilmington is a great community, but there’s always room for improvement.”“I’ve had the ability to talk to Jonathan several times — he’s a very nice guy. There’s no ill will between either one of us. We bring two different methods that people can choose from,” said Fasulo. “When I look at a candidate, I do look for who is backing them. There’s something in the back of my mind — is there something driving their decisions?… I like Jonathan. I don’t like seeing a divisive discussion.”“Wilmington is a great place,” continued Fasulo. “I just think we need to take a step back from the amount of development, let’s stop the over-development, and let’s get back to our community roots.”Speed Round QuestionsTown Manager gets a “B” grade from Eaton and “C-” from Fasulo.Both are against the Town Meeting article that bans plastic bags at commercial establishments in town.The next Boston sports team to win a championship? Fasulo picked the Red Sox. Eaton chose the Patriots.Closing Statements“I bring to town a fresh perspective with no biases. My goal is that every resident has a seat at the table of our government and that perceptions of favoritism are ended,” said Fasulo. “I’m self-funded. I have no relations with law firms, real estate firms, or any special interests that go in front of the town boards. My decisions will be based on the citizens’ desires and my compassion for the town. I’m not in this race for financial gain. I will never make a penny of a decision from this board…. [I ask you to support] a new course that will be a better direction for this community.”“I’ve consistently fought to preserve our suburban environment by voting against spot zoning articles [as a Finance Committee member],” said Eaton. “I haven’t taken a dime from developers or contributions from any attorneys who practice in town. 100% of my income comes from my employment at a medical school in Boston. I have no professional or financial gain to be elected to the Board of Selectmen. I’m doing this not just because I believe in how great Wilmington once was, but because how great Wilmington still is… I hope to continue to fight for residents, to increase the financial efficiency of your tax dollars on the Board of Selectmen.”Watch the 45-minute debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/9/5/d/d/3/1/95dd3188-3468-47a7-822d-71a2ee3542ff1523467348.475%2B28250047.519%40castus4-wilmington%2B15234704441523468581019477.vod.720p.Candidates%20Night_%20Board%20of%20Selectmen%20-%20April%2010th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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WILMINGTON, MA — Join us for an afternoon of songs – Broadway Style!Wilmington High School (WHS) students will once again delight their audience with selections from hit Broadway shows in this year’s Broadway Revue!Join us on Sunday, October 14 at 3pm in the Wilmington United Methodist Church’s hall (87 Church Street, Wilmington).Admission is $10 for students in advance and $12 at the door. Your admission includes refreshments.Advance ticket price is $10 for all. For advance purchase, mail a check payable to WHS CATS (postmarked no later than 10/5) at PO Box 115, Wilmington, MA 01887. You will receive confirmation and your name will be added to a will call list.100% of the show’s proceeds will benefit the WHS Choral and Theatre Support (CATS) parent group. The WHS CATS mission is to provide scholarships to eligible graduating WHS seniors as well as providing supplementary funds to the groups they support as needed and as they are able.Please come out and support these talented students!(NOTE: The above information is from WHS CATS.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBROADWAY COMES TO WILMINGTON: WHS CATS Broadway Revue Set For September 23In “Education”BROADWAY COMES TO WILMINGTON: WHS CATS Broadway Revue Set For December 3In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For October 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Google DoodleGoogle on Tuesday celebrated the 246th birth anniversary of renowned social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy recognised as the “Father of the Indian Renaissance”, who paved the way for a modern India.Roy was a non-conformist to many a tradition he was born into on this day in 1772, in Radhanagar village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.Although born into a Hindu Brahmin family, where his father Ramkanto Roy, was a Vaishnavite, Roy at a young age left home, shunned orthodox rituals and idol worship and became a staunch supporter of monotheism.Following his differences with his father, Roy went on a journey that took him far from his roots. He travelled extensively including in Tibet and the Himalayas.He studied Persian and Arabic along with Sanskrit, which influenced his thinking about God. He read Upanishads, Vedas and the Quran and translated a lot of the scriptures into English.When he returned home, his parents married him off in a bid to change his outlook. But Roy continued to explore the depths of Hinduism only to highlight its hypocrisy.After his father’s death in 1803 he moved to Murshidabad, where he published his first book Tuhfat-ul-Muwahhidin (A Gift to Monotheism).Roy took a keen interest in European politics and followed the course of the French Revolution.In 1814, he settled in Calcutta, and the following year he founded the Atmiya Sabha. In 1828, he established the Brahmo Samaj, which is considered to be one of India’s first socio-religious reform movements.However, his most significant contribution as a social engineer was towards women’s rights. Nearly 200 years ago, when evils like-Sati-plagued the society, Roy played a critical role to bring about a change.He opposed the regressive practice that forced a widow to immolate herself on husband’s pyre.The doodle on Roy, created by Beena Mistry, a designer based out of Toronto, shows Roy speaking at a public meeting with his detractors in the background. There is also the presence of a woman among the audience, this is at a time when the purdah system was rigidly followed.He campaigned for equal rights for women, including the right to remarry and the right to hold property.In 1830, he travelled to the UK as the Mughal Empire’s envoy to ensure that Lord William Bentinck’s law banning the practice of Sati was not overturned.Roy was also one of the pioneers of Indian journalism. He published several journals in Bengali, Persian, Hindi and English to propagate social reforms.Bengali weekly Samvad Kaumudi was the most important journal that he published. The Atmiya Sabha published an English weekly called the Bengal Gazette and a Persian newspaper called Miratul-Akbar.Roy died in a village near Bristol in England on 26 September 1833 of meningitis, and was buried there.
Democrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama. Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.The state’s former chief justice refused to concede and even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, but a judge rejected his claims. Alabama election officials also found no evidence of voting irregularities.Photo via Twitter @EduSamaniA spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore’s lawsuit a “desperate attempt … to subvert the will of the people.”“The election is over. It’s time to move on,” Sam Coleman wrote in an email.Jones will be sworn in on Jan. 3, narrowing the GOP’s advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. He takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January 2021.Jones is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing.Moore’s campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations. Moore denied the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.Moore’s attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. He attached a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote.The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore’s numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday.Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he had not found any evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint Moore submits.Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore’s complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election. He said Moore’s complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw “red meat to his loyal supporters.”Moore has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud. Share
By Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROA coalition of African-American pastors announced its support for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. This proclamation comes at a time when some of the state’s top Democratic veterans privately say Ben Jealous is losing ground in his bid to unseat the Republican governor, even during the era of President Donald Trump.Baltimore and Prince George’s County are critical for any chances of Jealous winning and this is why the endorsement of a number of prominent pastors is a political body blow to the former President and CEO of the NAACP. Further two of the pastors are leaders in the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which was formed by pastors aligned with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Black Pastors such as the Rev. Anthony Maclin of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Prince George’s County are supporting Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan (R) who is running against Democrat and former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous.“The gubernatorial leadership of Governor Hogan for our great state has been, and continues to be, insightful, thoughtful and respectful,” said the Rev. Dr. Harold Carter Jr. of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, according to a statement released by the Hogan campaign. “His administration has been one of inclusivity and stability. We are the better for what he, along with Lt. Gov. Rutherford, bring to the table.”The Rev. Anthony Maclin, pastor of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, in Capital Heights, Md., is also supporting Hogan and said in a statement, “This governor has brought people together, reaching across political lines for the betterment of the people of the great state of Maryland.”The endorsement of these pastors came during a time where Jealous is being seen at major African American events such as the Morgan State Homecoming last weekend and the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce Gala at National Harbor. Privately, at both venues, leaders say Jealous is losing to Hogan in terms of a good ground game and African Americans like what Hogan has done.In terms of the faith community the pastors supporting Hogan are major players.“The Hogan/Rutherford team has proven to be thoughtful leaders,” said the Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway Sr., pastor of Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church. “I’ve found them willing to listen, debate and collaborate. These are the skills needed in this highly partisan climate. Together we are planning major changes in the west Baltimore community I serve.”The Rev. Dr. Calvin Baltimore of the Peoples Community Church in Silver Spring, Md., said, “These men are giving Maryland stellar leadership. I and other ministers and friends will be supporting these great men for re-election.”In addition to touting $25 billion for K-12 education, including $3.8 billion for Baltimore City, Hogan said in a statement that his administration, “has also taken strong action and spoken out against hatred and divisiveness in Maryland,” and has allocated money to improve security passed laws to strengthen hate crime laws.In terms of the endorsement, Hogan said in a statement, “These pastors are pillars of their communities and it is a privilege and an honor to receive their support.“I have been grateful to receive their wisdom and moral guidance during my first term. I look forward to working with them as we continue changing Maryland for the better.”Rutherford, another key to Hogan’s support, said, “Our administration has made building strong communities throughout Maryland a top priority, and these pastors have been vital allies in that effort.”
W. LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michaela Sliney finished eighth in the 1M at the NCAA Diving Zone C qualifier, held on the campus of Purdue. With the finish, she punches her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas in both the 1M and 3M springboard. Sliney qualified 10th earlier today with a score of 267.65. She moved up into the No. 8 slot with a total score of 542.25. Teammates Molly Fears finished 24th with a score of 252.50 and Brianna Price finished 48th with a 218.70. On the men’s side, Daniel Pinto finished 24th on the 3M board with a score of 294.85. Securing at least one automatic-qualifying finish is crucial. The top 12 overall in each event remains the other notable portion of the leaderboard. Once a diver has auto-qualified in one event, he or she only has to be among the top 12 in an additional event to also be eligible to compete in it at NCAAs. At Zones, the top-18 finishers in the springboard prelims and the top 12 in the platform prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scores carry over from prelims to finals.There are five Zone Championships meets around the country. Zone C is the last of the five to begin. The other four were all held Monday through Wednesday of this week. Hosts this week included Navy (Zone A), Auburn (Zone B), Texas (Zone D) and Northern Arizona (Zone E). Texas is also hosting both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships later this month. Zone C includes universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Unlike their swimmer counterparts, the divers have to perform well this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships. No other scores or results from regular-season competition are considered.AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING SPOTS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM ZONE CTop 12 in an event also qualify for NCAAs if he or she has already auto-qualified1-Meter – Women: 9 // Men: 113-Meter – Women: 8 // Men: 8Platform – Women: 12 // Men: 8ZONE C SCHEDULETop 18 in springboard prelims, Top 12 in platform prelims advance to finalsThursday at 1 p.m. – Men’s 1-Meter, Women’s 3-MeterFriday at 1 p.m. – Women’s 1-Meter, Men’s 3-MeterSaturday at 11 a.m. – Women’s Platform, Men’s Platform to follow (2 p.m.)Print Friendly Version Story Links
State Rep. Dan Lauwers participated in a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday to recognize a new law he sponsored to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, often referred to as Public Act 116. Gov. Rick Snyder held the ceremony in Lansing.State Rep. Dan Lauwers, left, joined Gov. Rick Snyder for a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday for legislation to eliminate tax delays for farmers. Also shown are Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski, center, and Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township, right.Rep. Lauwers’ bills, now Public Acts 265 and 267 of 2016, streamline the process for registering a PA 116 agreement with the state and hold the Department of Treasury accountable for delays by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“Some farmers who have PA 116 agreements reported waiting more than a year for their tax refunds, and I knew those delays had to be eliminated for the PA 116 program to succeed in the future,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I’m hopeful these changes to the law will expedite the process and encourage even more people to participate in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.” Categories: Lauwers News 11Aug Bill-signing ceremony held for Rep. Lauwers’ legislation to eliminate tax delays for farmers
YouTube has launched YouTube for Artists, a service designed to help musicians connect with fans, run promotional programs and get discovered. Through the YouTube for Artists site, video service will offer tips to musicians, including lessons on engaging with fans and a guide to making money on YouTube.“You can also learn about how you can sell merch and promote your shows directly within your video through cards, and have fans directly contribute money to your channel through Fan Funding. These features give you even more ways to grow both your audience and your revenue on YouTube,” said the site in a blog post announcing the launch.YouTube said that it is also working on new ways to celebrate and promote the wide range of artists on YouTube, such as the YouTube Music Awards.
Swedish free and pay TV group Bonnier Broadcasting has named Rickard Segeborn as chief operating officer for sport across both free-to-air broadcaster TV4 Group and pay TV outfit C More.In his new role Segeborn will be responsible for the production of 7,000 hours of sports broadcasting across C More and TV4 annually.Erik Westberg, head of sports at TV4 Group and C More said that the group was looking to build an organisation to manage and exploit its sports rights. The group has secured a portfolio of key rights including national hockey and baseball leagues. It also has exclusive rights, via a deal with UEFA, to Swedish national team matches from 2018 to the 2022 World Cup.Segeborn, who will take up his new post in December, is currently director at Kanal 75 and a former production manager for Viasat Sport.