October 16

Stars To Be Honored By Black AIDS InstituteHeroes in the Struggle

first_imgThe Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America.The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM.The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.“At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Jussie Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community.”Nearly 100 individuals have been inducted into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame over the last 16 years. It is a photographic tribute to HIV/AIDS allies; elected officials and policy makers; artists from television, film, stage and music; civil rights leaders; health-care providers; advocates and activists; and people living with HIV/AIDS. Since its debut in 2002, the exhibit has traveled the world — raising awareness; challenging Black Americans, key thought leaders and institutions to get involved in their communities; and generating critical conversation about HIV stigma, testing, prevention, treatment and care.“Black women are the single most important engine in the survival of Black people, including with HIV/AIDS,” said Phill Wilson, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. “59% of women living with HIV in the United States are Black. Black women account for 60% of the new HIV infections among women, and are 16 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than white women. This event not only allows us to acknowledge the invaluable role Black women have played in the AIDS fight, but it helps raise awareness about the devastating impact AIDS continues to have on Black women and the opportunities we have to turn that around if Black men and women work together.”Tickets and sponsorship packages are priced at various levels, from VIP packages to a limited number of community seats for as little as $75.00. “Because the event is completely underwritten by major donors, every penny raised goes directly into efforts to end the epidemic, help people get into care and stay in care, protect themselves from HIV infections, and advocate for sound HIV/AIDS policies,” said Wilson.For more information about purchasing tickets, becoming a sponsor, joining the host committee, or placing an advertisement in the program book, go to www.heroesinthestruggle.org or contact Wendell Miller.last_img read more

September 13

In Other News DOD Considers Additional Bases to House Migrants

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With two Texas installations already preparing to accept migrant families and unaccompanied minors apprehended crossing the nation’s southern border, federal officials now are considering additional bases in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California as candidates to house immigrants, a DOD spokesman said Monday. In Texas, Goodfellow AFB will take up to 20,000 children and Fort Bliss will handle up to 12,000 undocumented families. DOD will be prepared to house at least a portion of those immigrants by Aug. 14, reported Stars and Stripes.Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protectionlast_img read more

September 12

2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri Chucho Valdés Dyango More

first_img Email Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others 2018-latin-grammy-special-awards-honors-yuri-chucho-vald%C3%A9s-dyango-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others Facebook 2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri, Chucho Valdés, Dyango & More The celebratory evening honoring these nine people was filled with applause, gratitude and even a few tearful moments as the artists reflected on their achievements and what it took to get there. Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. and singer Raquel Sofia hosted the event, which, as Abaroa highlighted when opening the event, the awards presented are not “extra GRAMMYs,” as they don’t honor an album or a song, but a career and legacy of an artist. A touching video showcased each artists’ achievements and milestones, and each award was given by a different presenter, who highlighted some of the honoree’s most notable career moments, with Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow handing off the first award. The event was livestreamed on Facebook, with fans from around the world sharing in the excitement and celebrating each artist.”We are proud to pay tribute to this remarkable group of talented artists and music professionals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefitting Ibero-American music, providing innovation and a unique vision in favor of all music lovers.” Seven iconic Latin music artists were awarded with the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, plus two industry veterans received the Trustees Award during the celebratory event last nightAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Las Vegas is the place to be this week for the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place this Thursday. The Latin GRAMMY Week festivities officially kicked off Nov. 13 as the Latin Recording Academy honored influential Latin music artists Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with their Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Special Awards ceremony. Visionary label executives Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz received the Trustees Award. Both awards celebrate the honorees outstanding and lasting contributions to Latin music. News Twitter https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1062543130036101120 The first to be honored was the great Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés, born to a musician father, who he released a touching duet album with, followed by Brazilian rocker Erasmo Carlos, whose music transcended genres, often with psychedelic influences. Next to be presented the award was Barcelona-born singer Dyango, aka “La Voz del Amor” (The Voice of Love), whose passionate ballads gained him a loyal following in Latin America, and Puerto Rican salsa legend Andy Montañez from Puerto Rico, a lead artist of the growing salsa romántica sound in the ’80s. The fifth award went to Mexican singer José María Napoleón, aka “El Poeta de la Canción” (The Song’s Poet), who got teary-eyed with gratitude as he said, quite poetically, “gracias por este tesoro gran precioso” (thank you for this beautiful treasure).The excitement and positivity stayed high throughout the evening, with each presenter having plenty to talk about for each monumental honoree. The second to last Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dominican merengue artist Wilfrido Vargas, a trumpet player and bandleader who led the genre forward for years, even mentoring the next generation of artists including Las Chicas de Can, the first all-female merengue group from the Dominican Republic.The final artist honored—which many Facebook viewers seemed to be waiting for the whole time—was Mexican genre-defying popstar and actress Yuri, aka “La Güera” (The Blonde), or as she’s often referred to, the “Global Pop Diva.” She shared how thankful she was to her many fans for making her 40 years of work worth it, although she knows she has plenty more work to do. As the presenter of her award said, “Su talento no tiene limites” (her talent has no limits).Horacio Malvicino, a label executive and jazz musician from Argentina, and Tomás Muñoz, a label executive from Spain who worked with the likes of Julio Iglesias, were both honored with the Trustees Award.As excitement mounts for Thursday’s presentation of this year’s Latin GRAMMYs, which recognize the finest artists and projects of the year, the Latin GRAMMYs Special Awards remind us where we come from, celebrating those artists and industry players who paved the road for so many of today’s stars.Thalía, Fonseca, Miguel Bosé & More To Join 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards PresentersRead morelast_img read more

September 10

Cadillac CT4 confirmed to debut after CT5 in bid to keep sedans

first_img Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Cadillac New York Auto Show 2019 Sedans Luxury cars Future Cars 8 Photos Review • 2019 Cadillac CT6 Review: Handsome and competent, even in base form 1 2020 Cadillac CT5 reveals a new design language for the brand 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Cadillac CT6 Tags Cadillac is one of only a few automakers determined to keep sedans relevant, despite consumer tastes shifting wholesale toward SUVs. To that end, the automaker is planning on debuting not one, but two new sedans this year.Cadillac will introduce a smaller CT4 sedan after the CT5 debuts at the New York Auto Show, Automotive News reports, citing confirmation from Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. Carlisle only confirmed its existence, offering no further details about platforms, segments, debut dates — anything, really.As AN notes, the CT4 is part of a three-piece puzzle that will see the CT4, CT5 and CT6 replacing the outgoing ATS, CTS and XTS, respectively. The CT6 and XTS have been living alongside one another in a weird kind of way since the CT6’s debut, although there is some difference between these two large sedans as the XTS uses a transverse front-wheel-drive setup. Enlarge ImageIt wouldn’t be obscene to assume that the CT4 will carry more than a few of the design staples seen on the CT5. Family first. Cadillac Rumors of the CT6’s demise were a bit premature, as GM stated that the car would live on after the closing of the plant in Hamtramck, Michigan where it’s currently made. GM eventually gave Hamtramck a stay of execution until 2020, as well.AN’s report says the CT4 is “expected” to ride on the same Alpha platform that underpins the CT5, along with the Chevrolet Camaro and the outgoing Cadillac ATS, but again, Carlisle didn’t confirm anything beyond the fact that the CT4 will eventually show up. Nevertheless, those of us who appreciate a bit of variety in vehicle lineups will be happy to see that Cadillac is intent on keeping that choice alive a little longer than others.While we don’t know much about the CT4, we have a much better idea about the CT5 that will precede it. Previewed earlier this week, Cadillac offered up some sharp styling that errs closer to a fastback than before, in keeping with sedan design trends of late. It’ll come with either a 2.0-liter turbo I4 or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, both of which will have 10-speed automatic transmissions. Rear- and all-wheel drive are both on offer. This one debuts in about a month’s time at the 2019 New York Auto Show in mid-April. More From Roadshowlast_img read more

September 3

A Myanmar soldier cut off her breast

first_imgDocumentary – Myanmar Killing FieldMyanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in a Buddhist-majority country began years earlier, although their mass exodus got international focus only in August 2017, a US network says.FRONTLINE, which produces in-depth investigative reports, on Tuesday reported that a small network of citizen activists had been risking their lives to secretly film impacts of the military campaign.Their harrowing footage, and the first-ever on-camera interview with a member of the network, are featured in the new FRONTLINE documentary, “Myanmars Killing Fields”.It is the US television’s most comprehensive investigation of the Myanmar military’s violent crackdown on the Rohingyas – an effort that the United Nations has described as having the “hallmarks of genocide.”The Myanmar military denies abuses and says it has been fighting a militant Islamist Rohingya group called ARSA which was blamed for a reported attack and killing of security forces at police and army bases.But, with secret footage filmed by the network, and firsthand accounts from victims and their families, the documentary depicts “an orchestrated campaign to target civilians, state-sanctioned violence and mass murder”.A man with pseudonym Sabo was filming in a nearby village as survivors from Chut Pyin village streamed in – men, women, and children, many of whom had been shot in the back as they fled.“They were all in a terrible state,” Sabo was quoted to have said. “They were traumatised after seeing brothers and sisters killed … Only God knows how much they suffered.”FRONTLINE reportedly tracked down survivors seen in Sabo’s footage, who independently recounted how the military attacked civilians and raped women and children.“I was shot and fell in the rice field. I could not get up, I was in so much pain. Then four soldiers raped me,” 16-year-old Jamila Khatun, now living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, tells FRONTLINE.Another survivor, Nur Begum, describes being rounded up and taken into the bushes, where she says a soldier shot dead a woman who tried to fight back.“A soldier cut off her breast,” Begum says, sobbing. “He held it up like this and showed us and it was shaking. He said if we screamed, they would do the same to us.”Then, she says, several soldiers raped her, according to the documentary.Village leader and medic Rashan Ali was quoted to have said he did what he could to treat the victims: “I treated 92 people there … They were lacerated, they cut their breasts, then they shot them. I treated them with whatever I had.”Many of the rape victims, Ali reportedly said, were children. “Some of them could not bear it and they died.”last_img read more

August 31

Manipur decides to form draft panel for new Bill

first_imgAn all-party meet chaired by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has decided to constitute a drafting committee to prepare a Bill for the protection of the indigenous people of Manipur, where a 12-hour bandh was called by Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on Thursday.The decision comes a day after the state Assembly unanimously withdrew the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers (MRVTMW) Bill, 2015.CPI(M) Manipur unit secretary Sarat Salam said the meeting, headed by the Chief Minister, decided to form the drafting committee and aims to come up with the new Bill within a month. Salam said it was decided to appeal to JCILPS to extend cooperation to the initiative by all political parties and state government by suspending the ongoing agitation. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe CPI(M) has demanded that the drafting committee should consult all other stakeholders in drafting the Bill.Another CPI(M) state leader Ksh Santa who attended the all-party meet said his party suggested to form a third group to mediate between the government and agitators to solve the ongoing deadlock and check police excesses during ILP movement.Naga People’s Front (NPF), Manipur People’s Party (MPP) and BJP were absent in the meeting. Recognised state parties – Manipur State Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, besides ruling Congress and the Left attended the meeting.Acting convenor of JCILPS Kh Ratan had earlier said that they had turned down the state government’s invitation to have a talk since JCILPS did not have confidence in the present regime.last_img read more

August 19

When booking Sunwing excursions clients save 20 and agents earn commission

first_imgTags: Commission, Sunwing Posted by Share Thursday, March 2, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Spring is the season of savings for Sunwing passengers, who receive 20% off pre-booked excursions within select destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.When clients book between now and March 31 for travel until May 31, 2017, they’ll enjoy discounts on over 130 of the tour operator’s most popular excursions. In addition, they’ll benefit from the added convenience and cost savings that come with pre-paying in Canadian dollars.Excursions run the gamut with Sunwing, from zip-lining in Mexico and an exploration of Cuba’s colonial cities, to diving in the Dominican Republic and cycling in Jamaica. A full list of excursions can be found here: sunwing.ca/excursions-list.aspAgents will also earn commission on each pre-booked tour added to their customer’s booking. When booking Sunwing excursions, clients save 20% and agents earn commissionlast_img read more