The Eagles settle lawsuit against Canadianowned Hotel California

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: There can evidently be only one Hotel California.The Eagles have settled a lawsuit to stop a Mexico hotel from using the name Hotel California, arguably referencing the country-rock band’s most famous song, after the hotel’s owners withdrew their application to trademark the name in the United States.The band had accused Hotel California Baja of wrongly encouraging guests to believe the Eagles authorized using the song’s name, such as by playing the band’s songs throughout its property. (Hotel California Todos Santos/Facebook)A joint dismissal of the band’s lawsuit against Hotel California Baja LLC, which runs the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, was filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.Located about 1,600 km south of San Diego and 77 km north of Cabo San Lucas, the hotel had been called Hotel California when it opened in 1950. It underwent some name changes, but the original name was revived after John and Debbie Stewart, a Canadian couple, bought the property in 2001. Advertisement Members of the Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh are seen in 2013. The surviving members of the band have settled a lawsuit to stop a Mexico hotel from using the name Hotel California. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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DSP booked for accumulating disproportionate assets

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have booked a senior police officer of Deputy Superintendent of Police rank who has been posted as DSP of PAC in Ghaziabad on accumulating undeclared wealth and unaccountable assets. Police officials said that the senior cop has been booked after a report was sent to DGP-UP police and he ordered to lodge an FIR into the case.According to police, the accused has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a resident New Vijay Nagar area in Ghaziabad. Cops added that Kumar is currently posted as Assistant commander of 47th battalion of PAC of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon receiving the directions from Director General of Police (DGP), an FIR under charges of corruption was lodged against Kumar. The DGP acted upon the investigation report sent to the office in Lucknow and upon finding the discrepancies, a case was lodged,” said a senior police officer of Ghaziabad police. The officer further said that an enquiry was set up for Kumar’s income between January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2012 which revealed an expenditure of Rs 47.49 lakhs. However, the examination of wealth under him and his wife’s name revealed value of Rs 1. 43 crore, which is almost 201% more than his wealth. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe report also said that Kumar owned illegal property in various cities of NCR region while he had accumulated disproportionate assets during his service. “Acting on the directions from Police headquarters, an FIR under the section of 13.1A (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) and 13.2 (Any public servant who commits criminal misconduct shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than one year but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered against Kumar,” added officer. Meanwhile Kumar denied all the charged imposed on him citing time to be fake and it has been a conspiracy against him.last_img read more

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Abhishek spends pool time with Aishwarya Aaradhya

first_imgMumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary in the Maldives, has posted a photograph his “girls” — wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya — enjoying quality time in the pool. The “Refugee” actor has been actively sharing images from his vacation on Instagram. In the latest image, Aishwarya is seen sporting a pair of sunglasses and is striking a pose with her daughter in her arms. Abhishek captioned the image: “Happiness, My girls..” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Aishwarya and Abhishek tied the knot in April 2007 and welcomed their bundle of joy, Aaradhya, in 2011. The star couple have shared screen space in several films such as “Kuch Naa Kaho”, “Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke”, “Dhoom 2”, “Umrao Jaan” and “Guru”. Their last film together was filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s “Raavan”. On the work front, Aishwarya was last seen in “Fanney Khan” while Abhishek was last seen in “Manmarziyaan” along with Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal.last_img read more

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Morocco Second Largest Exporter of Goods to Southern Brazil

Rabat – Morocco ranked second place among countries exporting goods to the Rio Grande Port in Southern Brazil, in the period from January through July 2015, according to the Huffpost Maghreb, citing Brazilian sources.The administration of Rio Grande Port conducted an investigation on the origin of imports and found that Russia and Morocco topped the international exporters respectively.During seven months, the two countries together exported around one million tons of goods. Russia was top on the list of largest exporters with 438,196 tons of goods unloaded in Brazil, followed by Morocco (340,390), US (331,133) Argentina(311,795), Qatar (229,984), China (196,862) and Lithuania (155,495) tons.The study also revealed that the main Moroccan products exported were phosphate accounting more than 975,000 tons, followed by petrochemical products such as fuels and chemicals totaling over 200,000 tons.According to the same source, the imports unloaded at the Rio Grande port during this period totaled 3,345,177 tons.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Annan discusses Afghanistan other regional issues with world leaders

According to a statement released at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General underlined to President Bush the importance he attached to the situation in the Middle East – specifically the dispute between Israelis and the Palestinians – as well as his personal involvement in peace efforts. In response, President Bush explained US efforts to move forward and emphasized the need for political will on both sides as a pre-requisite for progress. Mr. Annan concurred with the US President’s mention in his address to the UN General Assembly for the need to attack global poverty and HIV/AIDS. The two men also talked about relations between the US and the Russian Federation and the attempts by the two countries to reach agreement on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. There was also discussion of African issues, “notably the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on which the Secretary-General briefed the President on the UN’s role,” the statement said. In addition to his meeting with President Bush, Mr. Annan held separate talks with the Presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Slovenia and South Africa. read more

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Protesters target oilsands mine in Utah under construction by Calgary firm

Protesters target oilsands mine in Utah under construction by Calgary firm by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2015 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Dozens of protesters have disrupted work on an oilsands mine a Calgary-based company is building in Utah.Melanie Martin, with a group called Peaceful Uprising, said four people were arrested Monday as they aimed to stop equipment from moving around the site.Around 40 protesters were targeting a road that junior oilsands firm US Oil Sands (TSXV:US) is building, about a four and a half-hour drive southeast of Salt Lake City.Demonstrators sought to block access by erecting two tripod-like structures. Police used cherry-pickers to remove the activists from the top of the blockades, said Martin.Martin said she’s been watching the environmental impacts of Alberta’s much larger oilsands resource.“Many people in Utah are very afraid of that happening here and of the impacts it would have on the Colorado river,” she said.“Looking at what’s happening downstream to the indigenous people in the Athabasca region of Canada has had a major impact on propelling this campaign forward.”Martin lives in Salt Lake City, but in recent years has spent her summers in the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah, around where US Oil Sands is building its mine.“It’s beautiful high desert with forest canyons. It’s a really amazing area.”Martin said she feels she’s given the company a fair hearing, taking in presentations at industry conferences.“Nothing has reassured us whatsoever that their project would be anything but a toxic mess for the Colorado Plateau region, or the southwest U.S.,” she said.The US Oil Sands project is tiny compared with those operating in northern Alberta.With a capital cost of $60 million, US Oil Sands is aiming to produce 2,000 barrels in its first phase. The first oil is expected some time in the last three months of this year.CEO Cameron Todd called Monday’s protest a “minor disturbance” and not the first the company has seen.“There’s been a very small but very vocal group of anti-development activists that’s had various protests over the past few years and they occasionally trot out their banners and look for a media spectacle and try to make something happen and make a nuisance of themselves,” he said.Todd said safety is his biggest concern.“I don’t think they realize how hard it is for a big piece of equipment to stop or the fact that just because you can see the truck doesn’t mean he can see you. An active construction and mine site is actually a very dangerous place for people to be.”US Oil Sands is planning to extract oil from its mine with a biodegradable solvent made from citrus fruit. The technology means there’s no need for tailings ponds, the large wastewater pools that have been a major focal point of environmental campaigns against Alberta’s oilsands.Todd said he doubts opponents of the Utah mine have the environment at heart.“We’re the environmentalists. We’re the people that are here looking for a sustainable future.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

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UN seeks more costeffective flight logistics in peacekeeping political missions

“While these assets provide essential logistics and military enabling capabilities, given their significant cost implications, the Secretary-General has asked the heads of field missions to systematically analyze and adjust the composition and utilization of their air fleet and to seek alternative solutions that may be more cost-effective,” UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told journalists in New York. Immediate changes include reducing fleets, limiting passenger movement to essential needs and cutting the number of non-mission passengers traveling on UN flights, and reducing the number of special flights. The UN currently deploys 58 fixed-wing and 157 rotary-wing aircraft in 12 peacekeeping missions and 6 special political missions, the Spokesperson said. The effort to reduce costs is being led by the Department of Field Support, which provides logistical support to the Department of Peacekeeping and the Department of Political Affairs. The policy change is part of the Secretariat’s “ongoing review of costs and the use of resources provided by Member States,” the Spokesperson added. read more

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Miha Zvizej stays in FENIX Toulouse

Fenix ToulouseMiha Zvizej The fourth team of the French LNH, FENIX Toulouse extended contract with Slovenian line-player, Miha Zvizej. A 27 years old guy from Celje came to France in 2012 after some period of time in Danish BSV Silkeborg. Zvizej had debut at VELUX EHF Champions League with RK Gorenje Velenje in 2009. He was a part of the Slovenian NT at EHF EURO 2012 and WCh 2013…Miha’s older brother, Luka Zvizej will stay in Celje PL until end of the career..PHOTO: VID PONIKVAR /SIOL ← Previous Story SEHA (Round 13): Meshkov Brest win, brings them closer to F4 Next Story → Skjern wins thriller against Holstebro!

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Papastergiadis clarifies Communitys position

first_imgThe Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) has promptly moved to clarify its political position following an article published in Greece purportedly mistranslating the Community’s president Bill Papastergiadis. Referring to a piece featured in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 3, Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos the Greek media had misquoted him, resulting in what he said being an apparent favouring of one political party in reference to the Greek general elections on January 25.“The way it was translated in Greek was that the Greek Community of Melbourne was expressing an opinion about the economic and political consequences of an election of SYRIZA and the effect of property values. “[The] clarification was that neither the Greek Community nor me as president of the Greek Community are in the business of involving ourselves in the political election process, nor advising on political and economic consequences in Greece – these are matters for the Greek people, and we wanted that clarified.”Papastergiadis affirmed the key roles and focuses of the GOCMV relate to language, culture and social matters, not politics, which have been the cornerstone of its solid bipartisan relationship in both Australia and Greece, but emphasised it will be politically critical where appropriate.“That doesn’t mean that where appropriate we aren’t critical of policies and platforms of respective parties, whether they’re in Australia or Greece. That is government, we’re inactive in particular areas, but that’s not playing a political role.”Despite the apparent misinterpretation, Papastergiadis didn’t receive any backlash, he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Cheers Biodiesel Estate Tax Victories in Fiscal Cliff Package

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… With yesterday’s passage of legislation by the House and Senate to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff”, the American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes provisions in the law that extend the biodiesel tax incentive and provide a permanent solution to the estate tax, two of ASA’s major priorities in 2012 and 2013. ASA President and Canton, Miss.-based farmer Danny Murphy noted the association’s enthusiasm for these tax provisions in the following statement:”The extension of the biodiesel tax incentive and the solution provided for the estate tax that Congress included in the fiscal cliff package are two resounding victories for soybean farmers, and ASA applauds the House and the Senate for including these two policies that provide some certainty for farmers going forward. These have been two of ASA’s foremost priorities in recent years, and soybean farmers stand to benefit significantly from the stability and certainty created by these provisions.”The estate tax, which would have reverted to levels unrealistic for family farm operations in the absence of congressional action, was permanently set through the legislation at a rate of 40 percent on estates valued at $5 million, or $10 million per couple, which is a much more viable framework for the land-based and capital-intensive nature of family farms like ours. This solution allows farmers to pass their operations from generation to generation without the undue burden of an unrealistic estate tax structure.”With regard to the biodiesel tax incentive, the extension of the dollar-per-gallon credit retroactive to 2012 and through 2013 is also a significant win for the burgeoning biodiesel industry, an important market for soybean growers. More than half of all biodiesel produced in the U.S. uses the oil from American-grown soybeans as a feedstock, which helps to grow our domestic fuel supply and creates soy meal as a byproduct, providing protein-rich animal feed for livestock, poultry and aquaculture.”ASA recognizes and appreciates the work put in by the House, the Senate and the Obama Administration in crafting this legislation to address many tax issues, including these two significant policy provisions for soybean farmers.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

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Pieces of Parker House history up for sale to public

first_imgWashougal’s Parker House restaurant is going away, but the public is invited to purchase mementos of the landmark restaurant today and Saturday.Memorabilia from the Columbia River waterfront building will be on sale both days, said Russell Brent, a part owner of the property who is overseeing plans to demolish the structure and build a new restaurant on the site. “The public is welcome,” Brent said Thursday, adding that the nostalgia some people feel toward the landmark Parker House prompted him to conduct a public sale “as opposed to a restaurant auction or a liquidation company coming in and buying everything.”Brent added that he doesn’t want any items going to a landfill: “I want to do a responsible demolition of the building.”The sale of memorabilia, including everything from brass lanterns and solid oak tables to an Earthstone gas-fired pizza oven, will occur at 56 S. First St. today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and ending when most of the items are sold. In December 2009, the Parker House property was sold to a group of investors, including Brent, for $1.65 million. Demolition of the structure is expected to occur in the next 30 to 60 days, Brent said. The group of investors then plan to build the Black Pearl on the Columbia restaurant on the site.Backers of the project have yet to formally apply for a demolition permit, said Joanne Boys, community development director for the city of Washougal, although they have asked for information about how to obtain one.2011 opening plansMeanwhile, plans for the new restaurant are still in the design phase, said Brent, who will be the general manager of what he described as a seafood restaurant that will offer comfort and waterfront views. Brent said he hopes to open the new restaurant in early 2011. He said he did not yet have an estimate of the cost of building the restaurant but would have the numbers soon.last_img read more

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Soldotna Chamber Holding Luncheon On Soldotna Field House Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Field House Project Co-Chair Tim Dillon will be presenting a project overview at a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. The luncheon is free and open to the public to attend. There is a $15 charge for those wanting to partake in the catered lunch. The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. The luncheon will start at noon, on February 13, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Davis: “We’ve got a very important vote coming up. You can come learn about the history of the project. I really hope that even if people aren’t able to vote, since this is just within the City of Soldotna, but it’s going to impact everyone in the outlying communities.”  Shannon Davis, Executive Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Come and learn about the project, and if it seems like something you’d like to support you can have conversations with your friends that live in the city you can encourage a ‘yes’ vote.: last_img read more

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Rajya Sabha adjourned on of Sushma Swaraj

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned sine die after witnessing record business during the session with the Upper House passing 32 bills as against 35 in the Lok Sabha. In his valedictory address, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu hailed the cooperation between the treasury and the opposition benches and said negative coverage of the proceedings has almost vanished for the time being. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released : list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “The disruption has substantially reduced. Let us not return to disruption. The people have to see what functional Parliament means. Members can now go back with a smile on their face,” he said. Naidu stated the House passed 32 Bills including Triple Talaq Bill and resolution and bills related to Jammu and Kashmir as against 35 in the Lok Sabha terming it the best session in the last 13 years. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us He congratulated Deputy Chairman Harivansh and for the panel of Vice-Chairmen, the Secretary-General, and staff for the successful conduct of the proceedings. The House earlier paid tributes to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who passed away on Tuesday at AIIMS following a deterioration in her health.last_img read more

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Is Amazon Planning to Acquire Jabong New War in Fashion Etail

first_imgE-commerce giant Amazon, which has been pushing aggressively in the Indian market, is now reportedly in talks to acquire fashion e-tail Jabong.According to The Economic Times, sources revealed that Amazon was interested in acquiring the fashion portal to capture a larger market in selling fashion products.While the sources have stated that a deal may not be imminent, discussions are underway, and Jabong is reportedly holding out for a valuation of about $700 million, much higher than the $500 value estimated by its investor group Rocket Internet in a regulatory filing.The news comes close on the heels of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ visit to India, wherein he had talked about the scope of the fashion market in India. Fashion retail online makes the second biggest e-commerce category in India, making up about 25% of sales.The deal, if finalized, could pose serious competition to the current market leader Myntra, which was acquired by Flipkart, and combined holds a market share of more than 50%. Jabong is still at 25%.”After Myntra got acquired by Flipkart, Jabong is the ideal candidate,” an insider told ET. “A big chunk of the $2 billion that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has promised to invest in India is meant for acquisitions,” he said.last_img read more

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Apples my teacher Huawei CEO says he would oppose Chinese retaliation against

first_imgClose Huawei caught between US-China conflict Huawei Technologies’ founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei told Bloomberg that retaliation by Beijing against Apple was unlikely and that he would oppose any such move from China against the iPhone maker.When asked about calls from some in China to retaliate against Apple, Ren said that he would “protest” against any such step if it were to be taken by Beijing.”Apple is my teacher, it advanced in front of us. As a student, why should I oppose my teacher? I would never do it,” Ren said, also adding that he doubts that Beijing would drag the US company into the ongoing trade row.”That (Chinese retaliation against Apple) will not happen first of all and second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest,” Ren said in the interview with Bloomberg. Huawei Technologies’ founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei.ReutersHe conceded that export curbs from the administration of US President Donald Trump will cut into a two-year lead built by Huawei over its competitors, but added that the company will either ramp up its chip supply or find alternatives to stay ahead in smartphones and 5G.last_img read more

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Former Norwegian PM held in US over Iran visa

first_imgKjell Magne BondevikA former Norwegian prime minister said he was held at a Washington airport for one hour because of an Iranian visa in his passport, an incident he described as “provocative”.“There is no reason to be afraid of a former head of government who has been on official visits several times to this country, including in the White House,” Kjell Magne Bondevik, 69, told Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Thursday.Bondevik, who served as prime minister twice between 1997 and 2005, said immigration authorities held him on Tuesday for an hour and questioned him over an Iranian visa in his diplomatic passport.Iran is one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose nationals are temporarily banned from entering US territory in accordance with a controversial decree signed by Trump.The head of human rights organisation Oslo Centre, Bondevik flew to the US on Tuesday to attend a yearly event in Washington DC called the “National Prayer Breakfast”. US President Donald Trump also attended the event.“It seems that if the name of this country or other countries appears, you stick out,” Bondevik said, referring to Iran.“It’s a totally unjustified suspicion. I think it was pretty provocative,” Bondevik added.The former Christian Democrat leader returned to Norway on Friday.last_img read more

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The Invisible Man

first_imgHe is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance. Otherwise, he is underinsured. Despite chronic poverty that cries out for relief, he often slips through the cracks of a frayed social safety net. Medicaid, focused on pregnant women and children, rarely includes him. He bears a disparate burden of disease. He dies early and struggles frequently against structures that render him invisible.That reflection, delivered by Keith Elder, flows from the shared mission he and his colleague Keon Gilbert have embraced: bringing Black men into public conversations about health, health care, and health reform.Elder, PhD, MPH, chairs the Department of Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health. His work moves beyond disparities and dysfunction, expanding the research to expose the breadth and depth of Black men’s health issues from cradle to grave. Gilbert, DrPH, MPH, MPA, an assistant professor in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, focuses on outreach, education, and interventions that increase Black men’s access to social capital in order to improve overall health outcomes.They are co-authors of recent studies: “Men’s Health Disparities in Confidence to Manage Health,” published in 2013 issue of the International Journal of Men’s Health, and “Trust Medication, Adherence and Hypertension Control in Southern African American Men,” which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health in December 2012. They both credit New Connections—a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative that works to expand the diversity of perspectives informing RWJF program strategy—with helping to enhance their research agendas, and deepening their network of support. Elder (a 2009 New Connections alumnus), whose research marked some of the seminal data on Black men’s health status, encouraged Gilbert to seek RWJF support. A current fellow, Gilbert is using his New Connections grant to engage Black men around access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal is to understand how to help those without insurance obtain it, and to persuade those who have it to use it more often by seeking routine and preventive health care services. Black Men Missing From Health Care ConversationOne of the first hurdles confronting Black men is health coverage. Second, and more fundamentally, many Black men do not readily access health care even when they are insured. Elder notes that Black men with health insurance are two times less likely to use it than other groups.“Black men are one of the hardest groups to reach. No one is looking to engage them, and they are just not plugged into the systems,” says Gilbert.“Our published research is important, but the people we need to reach aren’t in the academic world,” says Elder. “They are in the barbershop, on the basketball court, and in communities that are medically underserved.”Health Disparities’ Effect on Black MenThe health disparities suffered by Black men are stunning: The death rate from heart disease is 30 percent higher than that of white male counterparts; from stroke, it is 60 percent higher. The diabetes death rate is 200 percent higher for Black men, and the death rate from prostate cancer is more than 200 percent higher. Gilbert points out that another impediment comes from Black men’s sense of self, perceived masculinity, and gender identity. He adds that they are not socialized to go to the doctor on a regular basis: Research shows that men younger than 18 tend to go to the doctor when prompted by a parent, or because they are active in sports, but after the age of 18 health care utilization drops off dramatically.There is a history in America of rendering Black men invisible, which puts them at greater risk, offers Gilbert. “When men have the opportunity to participate in decision-making, it makes a difference. It increases their engagement and the chances of improved outcomes.”This spills over into policy as well. Gilbert notes that the states choosing to expand Medicaid provisions under ACA now include people with felony convictions, who previously were ineligible for Medicaid coverage. This provides an important opportunity to introduce and expand access to a large segment of excluded and marginalized populations. Familiar Settings, Fresh DialogueGilbert says men have to be part of the discussion in varied situations. “The conversation has to happen at the dining room table…in churches, barbershops, fraternities, and other settings. There’s a need to really focus and dig deep, to expand the definition of manhood—your need to be healthy, eat a good diet, and get exercise and health screenings.”Elder underscores the importance of access, coupled with trust in the medical system. “From a medical encounter and management perspective, we need to make sure the experience is good and fruitful. That’s what the Affordable Care Act can do. Men need a good medical home.” Ending Disparities, Building a Culture of HealthElder believes the answer is to take steps in the right direction. “Health disparities are not going away in our lifetime,” he says. “Even men who know better don’t do better. Black men still don’t have a 100 percent adherence rate to medical advice.”The challenges can be combated by a national and sustained commitment to researching Black men’s health throughout the lifespan. No one has really taken a systemic look at Black men. Gilbert adds, “The majority of research is focused on cancer, violence, or HIV.”Elder advocates for more funding and support at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This will build a pipeline of students who will increase their educational achievement and expand the cadre of scholars devoted to Black men’s health.“If we don’t have the science, we can’t change the policy and how we deliver care. Who are you going to compare Black men to?” Elder asks.last_img read more

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Sojourner Douglass Gala to Raise Funds for Scholars

first_imgDr. Charles Simmons serves as president of Sojourner Douglass College.BALTIMORE – When students, faculty and friends of Sojourner Douglass College come together Oct. 2 for the school’s annual President’s Gala and Scholarship Banquet, the focus will be on “Fulfilling the mission…Continuing the Dream.”In addition to celebrating the life’s work of the founder and president, Dr. Charles Simmons, the event will also recognize students and community members who, through hard work and determination, make an indelible mark for the better.This year’s honorees include Diane Bell McCoy, CEO, Associated Black Charities; Howard Henderson, CEO, Greater Baltimore Urban League and Paul Taylor, executive director, the Small Business Resource Center.“These are people who we believe that make a difference in the lives of people in the community,” Dr. Simmons said. “The work of each one of these people, while they don’t discriminate, impacts the African American community.”As another part of the event, three Sojourner-Douglass College students will receive scholarship money. Simmons said that to determine who gets the money, students submit applications and a committee evaluates their financial need. He said he often hears stories from students who have used the money to go on to do great things for their families, and their communities.They will also honor “unsung heroes” from the college’s staff – people who have exerted enormous effort to realize the school’s mission.The college depends on events like these – ticket sales fund the scholarship and the school –  to keep meeting the needs of their students.“This event serves as one of our major fund raising initiatives for scholarships for students in need of tuition assistance,” Dr. Simmons said. “Support from past sponsorships, as well as institutional funding resources, enables us on an annual basis to provide financial assistance to more than 500 students.”“We are not like the state schools, the state doesn’t support us,” he said. “We have to use opportunities like this not just for scholarships, but for the opportunity to connect with some of the corporations and business people in the community so they’ll know who we are and what we are doing. We got support this year from the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Health Systems and the Maryland Transit Administration. It’s an opportunity to keep our name before the major donors and let them know who we are and what we are doing and the difference we make in the community.”Simmons said that as a whole, the local community has embraced and supported the school – and he’s grateful for that.“We certainly have (been embraced) sometimes you don’t think about it until you have events like this, it’s very heartwarming to know that people appreciate the difference we make in the community.”That kind of support is important because the school serves students that might not be as successful getting a secondary education otherwise. Dr. Simmons said Sojourner’s students often face unique challenges – most of Sojourner’s students are adults in their mid-thirties who are working and supporting their families.  Dr. Simmons noticed when he went back to school as an adult, that it would have taken him as much as nine or 10 years to get the same degree younger students could achieve in a shorter time.Sojourner Douglass College was created to serve the adult student, so they could move smoothly through school as quickly as possible. At Sojourner, students can earn a four-year degree in three years. That’s important for people who are often heads of their households, who don’t have a lot of extra time to spare.But Dr. Simmons said it won’t all be serious business. “It gives us a chance to relax and enjoy ourselves,” he said about the event. “We always have a nice jazz band. We always make sure the food is exceptional. We have dancing. We will have a fashion show.  We will have fun.”last_img read more

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Choose These Adventure Games After Black Mirror Bandersnatch

first_img A proper fifth season of Black Mirror may still be months away but Charlie Brooker’s only barely futuristic tech-horror anthology series still captured everyone’s attention this holiday season with Bandersnatch. Billed as an “interactive movie,” Bandersnatch lets Netflix viewers influence how the story unfolds by deciding what the main character should do at different story branches, from what cereal to eat to who to murder. It’s a choose your own adventure, and the plot itself is about a designer adapting a choose your own adventure book into a video game while slowly losing his mind as he realizes someone else is manipulating his will.Bandersnatch is… fine. It’s not the most thoughtful episode of Black Mirror when it comes to examining its topic. I do like how it allows you to return to parts where the story splits to see different timelines without starting all the way back at the beginning, encouraging you to see as much of the story as you can. But the problem with choose your own adventure stories in general is that the plot can rarely add up to so much since so many scenes are essentially optional. Despite the Netflix production value this is really just a big FMV video game from a writer who cut his teeth in the 80s-90s British video game magazine scene. A dude who is savvy enough to sneak in a great Jeff Minter cameo.But there’s nothing with being a choose your own adventure game! They’re totally great and an important part of gaming as a medium. If anything, Bandersnatch as “interactive film” frustrates because it’s kind of lackluster compared to games it draws from, and it’ll be the first introduction to the form for so many. If you played/watched Black Mirror: Bandersnatch though and are looking for more digital souls to torment with your choices, check out these other (mostly) choose your own adventure video games.AdChoices广告Any Telltale GameStarting off this list with a cheat, but when talking about modern choose your own adventure games you have to bring up Telltale and its time-tested formula of letting players influence characters and narratives through branching episodic story choices. Unfortunately, given the studio’s recent mismanagement, we’re unlikely to get any more great Telltale games any time soon if ever again. But working your way through past seasons of Batman and The Walking Dead should satisfy any Bandersnatch cravings with frankly superior writing. Stay on target Twine GamesTwine isn’t a game but a tool for developing your own choose your own adventure games. It’s really intuitive, asking you to just understand basic logical progression instead of complicated programming languages. Twine scripts look like something out of Bandersnatch and the Black Mirror team even used the program to help develop the movie. Even if you don’t want to make your own game though Twine games are a treasure trove of free, progressive, experimental, and exciting text adventure games. Until DawnIt’s scary enough in horror movies when characters make dangerous decisions you yourself wouldn’t make. It’s even worse when you’re forced to make those decisions for them, knowing that someone is going to get slaughtered eventually. That’s what it’s like playing Until Dawn, a PlayStation 4 game with the photoreal visuals of a movie but the story choice of a video game. It’s a choose your own death game and should definitely appeal to fans of Bandersnatch’s more sadistic side.Also, don’t play The Stanley Parable. Her StoryHer Story is the best FMV game of all time. And since that doesn’t mean much I should also say it’s extremely good in its own right. Search through countless different live-action clips of a suspect as you try to piece together a crime, using new keywords to refine your investigation. The tale organically gets twistier as your own nonlinear paranoia increases, and the game is only over once you feel personally satisfied. Kudos to the Viva Seifert performance, too. ‘Black Mirror’ Star Miley Cyrus Says Her Episode Is ‘Dark’ and ‘Out There’Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week FirewatchAnother product of former Telltale devs, Firewatch actually opens with a Twine game letting you create the history of your marriage, a marriage you take a break from to manage fires in 1989 Wyoming. Modern choose your own adventures place more of an emphasis on players choosing dialogue than wildly different story decisions. And Firewatch is one of the best examples, creating stunning intimacy and humanity between two characters who only talk over a walkie-talkie. Where The Water Tastes Like WineFull disclosure: I helped write this game and was paid for it.Where The Water Tastes Like Wine doesn’t give your one massive story to chew through. Instead, it lets you discover hundreds of tiny stories that as a whole make up the narrative of America. And you’re an active participant in that storytelling. Finding new stories that represent different emotions lets you dive deeper into conversations with travelers, peering ever further behind their masks. OxenfreeDeveloped by some former Telltale folks, Oxenfree takes the same branching story path adventure gameplay and adds in a healthy dose of teen horror movie angst. Characters talk quickly and constantly. You can either interrupt their dialogue or wait too long that the moment passes. It makes socializing fun but also potentially as scary as the spooky mystery these kids find themselves wrapped up in, a mystery that definitely crosses over into Black Mirror territory. Return of the Obra DinnOne of the best games of 2018 was Return of the Obra Dinn. This monochromatic insurance simulator comes from Lucas Pope, who brought us the similarly bleak Papers, Please. Players try to piece together details about a series of deaths, like the name of the victim and how exactly they were killed. Solving one mystery provides later clues and context for another as the whole picture fills itself in from all directions. We’ve heard it described as “murder Sudoku” which is pretty apt. I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamI Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is just a fantastic name for a work of sci-fi horror art, whether it’s a Harlan Ellison short story or a classic PC adventure game based on the short story. Players help humans improve themselves in order to prove their worth as a species to the computers that have enslaved them. Given Harlan Ellison’s history with the Twilight Zone, a game based on his work is a no-brainer for Black Mirror fans.last_img read more

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