Cosby Canadian accuser calm and focused as trial nears friends say

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients and others as a massage therapist.The Canadian will be the star witness when the comedian dubbed America’s Dad goes on trial Monday in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 79, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.When they last met, in 2004, Constand was wrapping up a life in basketball that had taken her from the Toronto suburbs to a national title with the University of Arizona to a pro league in Europe and finally a job on the coaching staff at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater.Constand, now 44, has never spoken publicly about the TV star under the terms of a confidential settlement they negotiated in 2006. And her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed. Yet friends say she is ready to face Cosby and the crush of media in the courtroom.“Andrea is not focused on the outcome. She is not emotional. She’s the opposite. She is so centred and focused. She does yoga, she meditates,” said Donna Motsinger, 75, a fellow Cosby accuser who has become close to Constand since the Canadian woman reached out to her two years ago. “She lives a beautiful life.”Constand, an athletic six-footer with colourful arm tattoos and a wild mane of brown curly hair, is the only Cosby accuser whose complaint has led to criminal charges. About 60 women have accused him of similar conduct, most of them coming forward in Constand’s wake.“She’s the only one who found the fortitude to press charges against him within the statute of limitations. I think that’s not a coincidence. She’s so strong and courageous,” said Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, the eighth and final season of the top-ranked sitcom.Constand has visited Motsinger during trips to the Southwest, an area she loves from her college days in Arizona. They hike, talk about their spiritual journeys and share the occasional margarita. One thing they don’t talk about is Cosby, the older woman said. Constand also visited Bernard in Los Angeles last year, where they happened upon his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while taking in the sights. They kept walking, Bernard said.Cosby, Temple’s most famous booster and trustee, first spied Constand from across the school gym in 2002. He had a friend introduce them. When she mentioned having back pain, he led her into the locker room to engage in a back-to-back, two-person stretch.They became friendly over the next two years, discussing sports, health tips and Constand’s career. Cosby, according to his deposition in her lawsuit, once invited her to a dinner with local college presidents and also took her to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to talk career options with an executive.Cosby called some of their time together “romantic,” describing a few occasions when he said he made advances toward her or lay next to her on his bed during the 2003 casino trip. He insists the encounter at the heart of the criminal case was consensual.Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, considers that ludicrous, since the 30-year-old Constand was dating a woman at the time.The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but Constand’s lawyer has said her name can be used.On the night in question, in early 2004, Cosby summoned her to his gated estate near Philadelphia to discuss her job search. In his deposition, he said he gave her three unidentified pills to ease her stress. She said she thought it was an herbal remedy. Cosby, 36 years her senior, then put his hand down her pants, according to his deposition.She later told police she was drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to fend him off.Constand left Temple when the basketball season ended, returning home to become a massage therapist like her father. During her training, she learned about the professional boundaries involving touch and started having nightmares, according to court documents. She told her mother in 2005 that something had happened. They went to the police.Prosecutors in Pennsylvania at the time deemed the case too weak to prosecute.Constand then filed the first sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star, a case he settled for an undisclosed sum after giving four days of lurid testimony about his sexual conduct with Constand and other young women. He acknowledged giving some of them pills and alcohol and at least one woman quaaludes.After that testimony became public in 2015, more women came forward and a new set of prosecutors took another look at the case and arrested Cosby.The trial is expected to last about two weeks.“Andrea was a basketball player. She would prepare for a championship game like no other,” Motsinger said. “That’s what she’s done here.”last_img read more

Andy Murray Raises £305000 At Charity Event

first_imgAndy Murray Live presented by SSE, the tennis exhibition event set up by the British number one, has raised over £305,000 for two children’s charities – Unicef UK and Young People’s Futures.The money raised will be used by Young People’s Futures to buy much needed facilities for young people in Possilpark, one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. These will include a minibus to transport children to sports facilities, and a caravan to provide respite and holidays for families.Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, will use the money raised to help protect children in emergencies, such as those affected by the Syria crisis. For example the funds could help Unicef provide 29,000 children with thermal blankets to keep them safe and warm when bitter weather hits this winter.In its first year, the event sold out within 48 hours, giving 10,000 people the chance to see Andy Murray play live at The SSE Hydro. Over half the tickets for the event were priced at less than £25 making it very affordable for all.Those not able to watch the event live could watch on SKY and over a million people globally tuned in to watch on Facebook – the largest audience of its kind so far on the social network.Murray commented: “It was always really important to me that this event should be for charity and so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to raise a significant amount in our first year. Children’s charities have become more relevant to me now I’m a father, and both these organisations are doing great work with young people in Scotland and around the world.”Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director said: “We are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support as a Unicef Ambassador to help children in danger. Right now, children’s lives are at risk from sudden disasters, long running and overlooked conflicts around the world. Millions are being forced to leave their homes, risking their lives on dangerous journeys in search of safety. The money raised by Andy and his fans will help Unicef provide life-saving food, clean water and vaccines, as well education and psychological support for children affected by conflict and disaster around the world.”Young People’s Futures spokesperson, Ann Lawrance said: “This was truly an amazing opportunity for our charity. Not only will the money raised make a huge difference to us, but also the awareness our charity received through being a partner of the event, was enormously important. It has made a real difference for the children on our programme and for that we are so grateful. Some of our children were able to attend the event, and to see Andy live, which was a once in a lifetime opportunity and will hopefully go on to inspire them to better things.”Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said: “Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as a top five global sports city with a world-class events portfolio and a state-of-the-art arena in The SSE Hydro, which provided a fantastic backdrop for a thoroughly entertaining evening. We’re also a city of hugely supportive tennis fans, as our hosting of the Davis Cup has shown, so it was no surprise that the event proved to be a sell-out in its first year – in front of a packed home crowd it felt like the roof was going to come off when Andy and Jamie stepped onto the court. To have raised such a terrific sum of money, which will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Glasgow and beyond, was the icing on the cake.”Murray plans to run a similar event in 2017, with more details being announced early next year.last_img read more

Several dozen miners believed trapped after Zimbabwe floods

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Media in Zimbabwe say several dozen artisanal miners are missing after rains flooded mines while they were underground.State broadcaster ZBC said late Wednesday that 38 miners were trapped underground, while the state-run Herald newspaper put the number at 23.Reports say the gold miners went underground near the town of Kadoma before heavy rains destroyed a dam wall, resulting in massive flooding. Police say rescue teams and pumps to drain the water were mobilized.Large groups of men, women and children using picks, shovels and hoes are a common sight in Zimbabwe’s mineral-rich fields. The artisanal miners operate without regulation and safety standards are hardly practiced.Illegal mining has become rampant in a country where many people are unemployed.The Associated Press read more

Annan urges Morocco to accept peace plan for Western Sahara

In a report to the Security Council circulated today, Mr. Annan says, “I urge Morocco to seize the opportunity and positively engage in the process and implementing the plan.”The plan submitted by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, James Baker, earlier this year, calls for a referendum on the area’s future. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) accepted the plan on 6 July. The Moroccans have sent objections to the Secretary-General.In his report, Mr. Annan notes that in September Morocco sent a high-level negotiating team to Houston to meet with Mr. Baker, and had asked for additional time to study the proposals.Mr. Annan agreed to the time extension and says he hopes to receive Morocco’s response before the end of the calendar year.Mr. Annan also recommends that the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) should have its mandate extended for three months, to 31 January 2004. The mandate is due to expire 31 October. The Security Council is scheduled to turn its attention to Western Sahara next Monday. read more

Loonie at sevenmonth low amid US sequester worries weakening housing sector

Loonie at seven-month low amid U.S. sequester worries, weakening housing sector TORONTO – The Canadian dollar traded at a fresh, seven-month low Tuesday amid worries centred on fears of massive U.S. government spending cuts, the housing market and oil prices.The loonie slipped 0.65 a cent to 98.74 cents US.The dollar has not had a good start to 2013, falling more than 1.5 cents US.Analyst say there is more than one issue putting pressure on the Canadian currency.For starters, there’s the looming sequester in the U.S., Canada’s biggest trading partner. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for an economy struggling to put in growth of even two per cent and bad news for an export-driven economy like Canada’s.The housing sector has also been a focus for worry with the International Monetary Fund saying that it is overvalued by a good 10 per cent.Oil prices have also been a concern because of the gap between Brent crude and Western Canadian Select, which is the crude produced by Western Canada’s oilsands. Recently, that price gap widened to as much as $65 a barrel as pipeline bottlenecks have prevented growing oilsands production from getting to the most lucrative markets. That gap is now down to about $45 amid expectations it will fall even more.There is also suspense over the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline last year, but invited TransCanada (TSX:TRP) to file a new application with an altered route that would skirt an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska.TransCanada did that and is now awaiting word on approval from the U.S. State Department.Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital, says the near-term outlook for the Canadian dollar is soft but strong in the medium term.“China’s improved growth outlook, combined with a recovery in the U.S., should also flow into Canada, particularly with regards to lumber and other commodity exports,” she said.“We would suggest the worst is behind Canada in terms of the Brent-WCS oil spread, housing is undergoing a needed moderate cooling and market risk aversion appears to be abating.”Traders also took in a couple of pieces of weak economic data.Statistics Canada said that wholesale sales fell 0.9 per cent in December to $49 billion, after rising 0.7 per cent in November.The agency said that the decrease was largely a result of lower sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.Statistics Canada also said that non-residents reduced their holdings of Canadian securities by $1.9 billion in December, led by large retirements of bonds and equities. This was the second consecutive month of a net outflow of funds in the form of securities.Commodity prices were lower as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down five cents to US$95.81 a barrel.Copper prices fell sharply after several local governments in China announced new measures to restrict financing to potential homebuyers. That triggered concerns about a fresh wave of tightening for the property sector.March copper ticked eight cents lower to US$3.65 a pound. China is the biggest consumer of copper, considered an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, including electrical and plumbing in houses.April gold fell $4.90 to US$1,604.60 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 11:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bernanke says he believes market volatility lessening as investors better understand Fed

Bernanke says he believes market volatility lessening as investors better understand Fed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke says markets are more stable now that investors better understand the Federal Reserve’s guidance on when it might start reducing its bond purchases.“I think the markets are beginning to understand our message,” he said at a House Financial Services hearing.Last month stocks plunged after Bernanke said the Fed could reduce its $85 billion in bond purchases later this year if the economy improves. But stocks have since recovered after Bernanke and other Fed members have made clear that any change depends on the economy’s performance, not a target date.On Wednesday Bernanke told lawmakers the Fed’s timetable is not on a “preset course.”Bernanke says it’s important to provide guidance on the Fed’s possible moves so that investors don’t expect the purchases to continue indefinitely. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 11:23 am MDT read more

Mediator le rapport au vitriol de Bernard Debré et Philippe Even

first_imgMediator : le rapport au vitriol de Bernard Debré et Philippe EvenSuite au scandale du Mediator, les professeurs Philippe Even et Bernard Debré ont remis un rapport au ministre de la Santé dans lequel ils préconisent une réforme profonde de l’Afssaps (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé).Face à la polémique autour du Mediator, Nicolas Sarkozy avait demandé un rapport sur le sujet aux professeurs Bernard Debré (député de Paris) et Philippe Even (Président de l’Institut Necker). Ces derniers viennent de remettre leurs conclusions au président de la République et à Xavier Bertrand, ministre de la Santé.À lire aussiN. Sarkozy remet sur la table la “taxe Google”L’affaire du Mediator “est beaucoup plus qu’un accident isolé”, notent les professeurs dans l’introduction de ce rapport de 85 pages. Pour eux, la refonte du système français du médicament et de son contrôle est vitale. Les professeurs mettent en cause la structure même de l’Afssaps et de ses cinq directions scientifiques et trois commissions. A propos de ces dernières, ils expliquent ainsi : “L’une dit toujours oui, en acceptant une foule de médicaments inutiles, et l’autre non, refusant presque toujours de suspendre ou de retirer les médicaments même les plus dangereux qu’utiles”. La décision d’autorisation de mise sur le marché d’un médicament est également mise en cause, alors qu’elle est prise par la commission des autorisations de mise sur le marché de l’Afssaps soit : “28 membres choisis sur des critères très contestables, où domine la cooptation relationnelle de hasard […] De nombreux membres ignorent presque tout du dossier sur lequel ils votent, et même de la pathologie en cause”, précise le rapport. Le rapport, aussi corrosif soit-il, préconise la mise en place d’une Agence du Médicament, sur le modèle de la FDA américaine (Food and Drug administration) qui repose sur 40 individus choisis pour leurs réelles compétences, et deux départements, l’un chargé de l’évaluation du médicament, et l’autre de la pharmacovigilance, sous l’égide d’un directeur général.Le 16 mars 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Save the Date Heat up your weekend with some cool wine and

first_imgHead to the heart of downtown Vancouver for hot summer jams at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. Tonight’s music will include rising jazz star Grace Kelly with her quartet, Grammy-nominated Alfredo Rodriguez and The Family Stone. Sunday will finish with the Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, blues entertainers Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and the legendary Bettye LaVette. It all takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver. Tickets are $35. 360-906-0441 or www.vancouverwinejazz.comColumbia Tech Center and Ameriprise Financial will host a movie night in the park featuring games and activities at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by “Zootopia,” rated PG, at dusk. Megan’s Snack Shack will offer food in the park, 17701 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Admission is free. known comedians Alex Elkin, Tony Baker and Simon Kaufman will perform Comedy in the Vineyard starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery, 2411 N.E. 244th St., Ridgefield. Tickets are $10. French tradition of artists painting the landscape in “open air” will take over the streets of downtown Camas for its First Friday: “Plein Air Art Event.” Participating artists will be working on their paintings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, with the finished artworks displayed in front of Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be free art activities and crafts at participating businesses, local music and a photo booth along Northeast Fourth Avenue, Camas. downtowncamas.comOver Labor Day Weekend, the members of the Southwest Washington Winery Association will host a Food and Wine Pairing Tour, with winemakers offering up a variety of its wines with local culinary bites. Visitors can sample the emerging wine region, meet the winemakers and more on this self-guided tour from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 3-5. See the website for a complete list of participating wineries and tasting fees. www.swwawine.comlast_img read more

New Principals for TCI Government Schools

first_img Related Items:clement howell school, eliza simons school, enid capron school, turks caicos schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe three new principals and one new vice prinicipal for the government school system … and a woman will take over at the helm at CHHS. Mrs Kadean Cunningham named by the DP and Minister of Education for the job of running the country’s largest school … Juliet Arthur Thelwell is the new principal for Grand Turk’s Eliza Simons Primary…. And two on top at Enid Capron Primary in Five Cays… Sophia Garland is named acting principal, while Abigail Delancy is the acting VP. Former ECPS principal Rachel Taylor, according to the Minister’s remarks will return to this post in two years, once done with her study leave. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Private Schools Opened in Turks & Caicoslast_img read more

PDM has two for All Island Slate

first_imgThe official word comes tonight at the PDM Convention kick-off party at Kalooki’s in Blue Hills; but the choices include a civic leader and retail professional, while the other is a fresh face and entrepreneur.    Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: We know already that party leader, Sharlene Robinson, Derek Taylor and Josephine Connolly will re-offer as national candidates in the 2016 General Elections; but two more will be added to round out the PDM’s five all island. center_img The PDM convention runs today into Saturday under the theme, Victory is a Must. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTwo names are circulating already as the presumptive candidates, if you will, for the People’s Democratic Movement All Island slate. last_img read more

Sevilla gets smashed by Barcelona in Leo Messis house

first_imgWith a dominant 6-1 goal-fest, FC Barcelona was able to turn the result around against Sevilla on Lionel Messi’s return to action at Camp Nou.After FC Barcelona lost their first Copa del Rey leg against Sevilla without Lionel Messi on the roster, all the Catalan club’s supporters were eager to watch the Argentine play the return match at Camp Nou and confirm that they really do have him at the top of his game.It’s not only what the little man can do in regards of providing goals or assists, the whole squad functions at a different speed when he is playing on the pitch and today was the clear proof that this Barcelona side is one of the best in the world when Messi is in top form.Sevilla did what they could to prevent a debacle, but Leo was simply too much for them throughout the whole 90 minutes at Camp Nou.When you play against Barcelona in two matches and you get to play the first leg at your own stadium, you better score at least four goals against the Catalan club because Messi will almost always destroy you at his own house.The man started the festival by getting knocked down inside the box and conceding a penalty for his side, but he decided to let Philippe Coutinho take the shot from the spot so he could gain more confidence.FULL TIME: Barça complete the comeback, and then some, at Camp Nou! 👏👏👏Barça 6-1 Sevilla (6-3 agg.) 👉 Post-game stats and analysis: 🏆 #CopaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019With a 1-0 advantage and still 75 minutes left to play, Barcelona was already on its way to a magical night in front of their crowd.Just a minute past the first half hour, Arthur Melo saw an opening where Ivan Rakitic made the move forward for an assist between the lines and scored the second goal of the evening.With the aggregate already equalized, the Catalan club went to the dressing rooms thinking that they would actually get the next-round ticket with very few problems at their own stadium.Just a few minutes after the second half started, Luis Suarez got involved in the game by assisting Philippe Coutinho with a low cross straight to his head and got Barcelona’s third goal of the evening.Things were turning up quite easy for the Catalan club, but Messi was yet to get involved in the party.The Argentine became part of the celebration with another pass between the lines for Sergi Roberto, the Catalan player was able to finish the play with a well-placed shot for his side’s fourth goal.But this momentary result was a double-edged sword against Barcelona because a goal from Sevilla would get the Andalusian squad back in the game, they got it through Ghilherme Arana after an Ever Banega assist.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barça overturn first leg deficit to storm into a NINTH consecutive #CopaDelRey semi-final! 💙🏆❤️@FCBarcelona 6-1 Sevilla FC (agg 6-3)— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019After Sevilla’s goal the ghosts from past seasons started emerging, the people at Camp Nou were starting to get nervous and a reaction was needed from the club’s biggest stars.Manager Ernesto Valverde was able to give the squad the reaction it needed with the substitutions he made in the last 15 minutes of the match.The boss gave Arturo Vidal a chance to play and took Ivan Rakitic out, he also took Coutinho out in order to give Semedo some minutes, and he finally granted Carles Aleña his chance by taking Arthur out of the game in the final minutes of the match.The wagers paid off, Luis Suarez scored the fifth goal of the evening in a counter-attack after Jordi Alba assisted him.But the cherry on top was destined for Messi, the Argentine finished a gorgeous collective effort in which several Barcelona players participated and the star of the evening was the one who closed the night with his side’s sixth goal.The Catalan club qualifies to the Copa del Rey semifinals in spectacular fashion, any club that meets them there should be very afraid of their impressive level of performance they have reached by this stage of the season.But there is one thing that cannot be denied, Barcelona is one squad with Messi and a completely different one without him.Vidal 👉Suarez 👉Pique 👉 Suarez 👉 Alba 👉 Messi ⚽️ GOLAZOTiki-taka at it’s best from @FCBarcelona! 🔥#CopaDelRey— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019What do you think about FC Barcelona’s goal-fest against Sevilla this evening in Copa del Rey? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Korean War veterans form own organization

first_imgSome 60 years after fighting the Korean War, local veterans have formed an organization that specifically recognizes the conflict and their service in it.“It’s been a long time coming,” said Harold Olson, the first vice commander of the newly formed chapter.“We’re not looking for recognition,” Olson said, but the chapter can provide camaraderie for veterans. The chapter also is a way for vets to connect with people who know about accessing veterans’ benefits.“We’ve always thought that it was the forgotten war,” Olson said of the conflict, which started on started June 25, 1950; hostilities ended July 27, 1953.Even when troops were in the middle of the war, they often felt overlooked with a supply system did not match the challenge, Olson said.“Clothing was inadequate,” said Olson, a Navy veteran who was attached to a Marine unit. “I don’t think I had a warm moment.”The national Korean War Veterans Association includes a history link showing how the U.S. Army scrambled to gear up for war. One “battalion was so short of tanks that those on concrete pedestals as monuments around Fort Knox had to be taken down and made operational by installing engines, transmissions, and other equipment.”The local organization’s first meeting drew more than 100 veterans, Olson said. The group organized as the Richard L. Quatier Chapter Korean War Veterans Association of Southwest Washington.last_img read more


first_imgHello my dear friends, I believe winter is at our door. We set our clock back an hour, meaning you get an extra hour sleep, but I suggest that you use that hour to get out your winter gear, such as your heavy coats, boots, sweaters, hats, gloves, sweat suits, etc. because it about that time.Baltimore’s Own, “JumpStreet” featuring Terry Battle on bass, Jeff Wilson on piano, Brad Collins on vocals and sax and Jimmy Taylor on drums hosting the Jazz festival to benefit Multiple Sclerosis on Saturday, November 10 at the Church of St. Mary The Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Avenue in Baltimore from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 410-484-1952.I want to give all my musicians, the young ones as well as the veteran because you find a way to share your gift and talent to us all. So many of our musicians performs right here in Baltimore and don’t get the support they deserve. I just want you to know I appreciate you and as long as I have the power of the pen, I will inform others of your contributions you are giving us in jazz, gospel, and R&B. Speaking of the young musicians, there is a young man name Jared Byrd, now a teenager who received a Scholarship from my former organization; “Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. in 2012. Then there is Ebban & Ephraim Dorsey, sister and brother team who also are recipients from 2015 are going to set this world on fire with their love, gift, passion of music. Jared was just inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society which is an international program for exceptional students in grades 6-12 and who meet the society’s music, leadership and character criteria. He was also nominated by the bad director of St. John’s College High School and other faculty in the performance arts area of his school. My special little ones Ebban & Ephraim are sister and brother who is quite well-known in the Baltimore, Washington, DC, Metropolitan area for their performance with their saxophones and playing professionally with musicians from all over the country; local, national and international musicians who they have shared the stage with in their short lives. God bless these children in music.This young man, Jared Byrd is one of the 2012 Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. recipients was just inducted into the Music Honor Society and nominated for a special Honor Band. Congratulations Jared, we are very proud of you.Than we have the veteran musicians who have been around performing for 30, 40, 50 and 60 years are still out there giving back and playing the music we love even thou the money they get paid do not equal to their performance or the years they have given us thus far. Now it is too many of them for me to even name. So my friends, when you read about my local musicians in my columns letting you know where they are performing go out and support them, introduce yourselves to them on their break and tell them how much you appreciate them. They will like that. So how about starting this week? And next week check out the “Royal Theatre Reunion Black & White Ball” on Saturday, November 17 from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Road. The show will include: The Softones, The Ebony’s, First Class Revue, Style, The Five Shadows, David Smooth #1 Temptation Revue and Epiphany. Ms. Maybelle and T-Shirt Brian will be the host for this event and sponsored by Rasheed and Co. For more information, call 410-929-1360 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you.Happy Anniversary to Program Organizer & Promoter Lonnie Parker on Sunday, November 11 at 3:30 at the Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church, 3215 W. Belvedere Avenue in Baltimore featuring; world famous “Swanee Quintet, Nate & New Generations, The Wings of Praise, Karen & The Fellas, Heaven Bind Gospel Singers, Pastor White and Tru Gozpel and much more. For more information, call 410-358-9661.Another one of my musician group who is always given back who needs your support is the “Phil Butts Sunset Band.” The Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality St. Pius V & St. Peter Claver Church presents their 5th Annual Evening of Jazz featuring Dr. Phil Butts Band on Sunday, November 11, f-7 p.m. at the Fr. Henry Harper Hall, 1546 N. Fremont Avenue in Baltimore. This event is Cabaret Style, free set-ups, BYOB & BYOF. For more information, call 410-294-4821.Beloved friend too many of the Baltimore Community folks, William “Tank” Hill is now in Westgate Hills Rehab, 10 N. Rock Glen Road, Room 101 in Baltimore, Maryland 21229 and doing much better. Send Cards, prayers and go visited.Well, what can I say, I am out of space and out of time, I got to go, but remember if you need me call me at 410-833-9474 or you can email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

Help find missing dogs

first_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Two dogs, a female and a male, went missing on Thursday last week (February 2).The two dogs, named Floppy and Rex, were last seen wandering around the Model Kloof area.They have not been seen since by their concerned owner.If anyone knows of their whereabouts or has seen these dogs, please contact DM Nxumalo on 0818539668last_img read more

Teachers rule with Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Appreciation Rates

first_imgTeachers rule with Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ Appreciation Rates Share Posted by LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — In recognition of teachers and school support staff, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are offering ‘Teach Appreciation Rates’ for stays from now through Sept. 30, 2017.Available to preschool, daycare, kindergarten-college teachers and support staff in Canada and the U.S., the rates provide the chance to take in all the Disney parks nearby at a discounted cost. The hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the 2017 Disney Springs Passport booklet featuring exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Participating merchants include House of Blues Restaurant, Rainforest Café, Wolfgang Puck Express and Sephora.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ Teacher Appreciation Rates are:B Resort & Spa – Disney Springs® Resort Area: rates from $79 per room, per nightBest Western Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $72 per room, per nightDoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $135 per suite, per nightHilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $125 per room, per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $98 per room, per nightHoliday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $95 per room, per nightWyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Resort Area: rates from $72 per room, per night.Visiting also provides the opportunity to take in such special events as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, from Aug. 31-Nov. 13; Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom Park, from Aug. 25-Nov. 1: and Disney Night of Joy on Sept. 8 and 9, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedPlus, the all-new Pandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Avatar,” the immersive, awe-inspiring land features stunning floating mountains, cascading waterfalls, and a lush rainforest complete with glowing fauna and flora. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Disney, Promotions Wednesday, May 24, 2017 last_img read more

Swiss police 5 Germans killed in Alpine accident

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths GENEVA (AP) – Swiss police say five people who died mountaineering near the Italian border were German, and they included two teenagers.The climbers successfully reached the 13,155-foot (4,010-meter ) Lagginhorn summit in southern Switzerland Tuesday, but plunged several hundred yards (meters) to their deaths on their descent. A sixth member of the group, who had stopped before reaching the summit because he didn’t feel well, alerted authorities.center_img Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Police in Valais canton (state) said Wednesday all five victims were German citizens. They included the survivor’s 14-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son. A 44-year-old man, his 17-year-old son and a 21-year-old acquaintance also were killed.Police say initial investigations show that the climbers were not roped up at the time of the accident. Authorities are working to determine the cause.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

July CaseShiller Indices Improve at Slower Pace

first_img Share July Case-Shiller Indices Improve at Slower Pace in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market September 24, 2013 423 Views center_img Home prices rose in July by less than 2 percent for the first time since March but still reached their highest level since August 2008, according to the “”Case-Shiller Home Price Indices””: released Tuesday. [IMAGE]The 20-city index was up 1.8 percent in July–12.4 percent in the last year–while the companion 10-city index was up 1.9 percent–12.3 percent since July 2012.Economists surveyed by _Bloomberg_ had expected the 20-city index to increase 2.0 percent from June, a 12.4 percent annual improvement.All 20 cities included in the survey improved both month-to-month and year-to-year. The two surveys have improved both monthly and yearly for 14 consecutive months.The Case-Shiller report came as the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said its House Price Index rose in July at the fastest pace since March. The FHFA index tracks values for only those homes with loans eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac–generally those with lower values.The Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 1.4 percent in March and then by more than 2.0 in April, May, and June. The 10-city index rose 1.3 percent in March followed by three straight months of gains greater than 2.0 percent.The 10-city index rose to 176.52, up 3.23 from June├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 173.29, while June├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós index was revised down from the originally reported 173.37. The 20-city index was up 2.90 from June├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós unrevised 159.59. In August 2008, the 10-city index was 176.71, and the 20-city index was 164.65.In July, according to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of an existing single-family home dropped 0.1 percent but was up 14.7 percent from a year earlier.Even with the slower growth in July, the two indices have improved by double digits year-over-year for five straight months, and July├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós annual growth was the strongest since [COLUMN_BREAK]March 2006 for the 10-city index and since February 2006 for the 20-city index. While good news for home sellers, the continued sharp increases are likely to revive concerns of a growing housing bubble as personal income growth continues to stagnate.Still, the increase in home values, according to economic theory, should mean improved consumer spending. The ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£wealth effect├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø theory holds that consumers spend based on increase in net worth, not income. Home values accounted for about 25 percent of the increase in net worth in the first quarter, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve.The Case-Shiller indices have gone up for eight straight months and 14 times in the last 16; each index dipped last October and November.Monthly increases were led by Chicago, where prices rose 3.2 percent from May to July. Prices have increased more than 3.0 percent per month in Chicago for three straight months, and the index there is at its highest level since August 2010. Prices rose more than 2.0 percent in July in Las Vegas (2.8 percent), Detroit (2.7 percent), Tampa (2.3 percent), San Francisco (2.2 percent), Atlanta (2.2 percent), Los Angeles (2.1 percent), and San Diego (2.0 percent). Half of the cities showing month-over-month price gains of 2.0 percent or greater were in the West; none were in the Northeast.Prices have increased for 22 consecutive months in Phoenix, 18 straight months in Minneapolis, and 17 straight months in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The price index for Denver, according to the July report, is at its highest level since the Case-Shiller tracking began in January 1987.The four cities with year-over-year price growth of greater than 20 percent were also in the West. On a yearly basis, the price gains were led by Las Vegas, where prices were up 27.5 percent since July 2012, and San Francisco, where prices rose 24.8 percent in the last 12 months. Those cities were followed by Los Angeles, up 20.8 percent in the last year, and San Diego which saw a 20.4 percent year-over-year gain.Despite the July improvement, the 10-city index is down 22.0 percent from its June 2006 high of 226.29, and the 20-city index is off 21.3 percent from its July 2006 peak of 206.52._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern and follow him on Twitter at @foxeconomics._ Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer spending Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Processing S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Service Providers Underwriting Standards Valuation 2013-09-24 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

Survey Purchase Applications for New Homes Down in May

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Builder Application Survey Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association 2015-06-12 Staff Writer Yesterday, as mortgage rates crept up to 4 percent this week for the first time since November 2014, consumers responded with a decrease of mortgage applications by 9 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for May 2015.The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.02 percent for the week ending June 11, 2015, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS). While, mortgage applications dropped by 9 percent, compared to last month.  This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.According to the MBA data, conventional loans composed 67.4 percent of loan applications, FHA loans composed 19.1 percent, RHS/USDA loans composed 1.2 percent, and VA loans composed 12.3 percent. The average loan size of new homes increased from $315,670 in April to $320,744 in May.Based on data from the BAS, the MBA estimated that new single-family home sales were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 459,000 units in May 2015. The estimate is formulated from BAS mortgage application information and assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors.The seasonally adjusted estimate for May is a decrease of 5.7 percent from the April pace of 487,000 units, the report found. The MBA estimates that there were 45,000 new home sales in May 2015, a decrease of 6.3 percent from 48,000 new home sales in April, on an unadjusted basis.“Mortgage applications to homebuilders declined in May following an improved start to the year,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s VP of research and economics. “Consistent with the intent to complete new homes in time for the school year, applications fell at a similar rate between April and May last year. That said, application volume is 15 percent ahead of the same month last year.”Click here to view the complete MBA Builder Application Survey. June 12, 2015 440 Views center_img Survey: Purchase Applications for New Homes Down in May Sharelast_img read more

New SingleFamily Homes are Getting Smaller

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News The HUD/Census Bureau residential construction report for July 2016 brought good news as far as housing starts, which exceeded expectations.July may have seen an uptick in the number of new single-family homes being built—but these houses appear to be getting smaller, according to the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design report for Q2.The Census report, combined with analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), found that the median average square floor area declined from 2,465 square feet to 2,392 square feet from Q1 to Q2 and the average size of a newly constructed single-family home fell from 2,658 to 2,616 square feet for the same period.“This change marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the recovery,” said Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist. “As the entry-level market expands, including growth for townhouses, typical new home size is expected to trend lower.”Since cycle lows and on a less-volatile one-year moving average basis, the average new single-family home size has risen to 2,659 square feet (more than an 11 percent increase) and the median size has spiked to 2,435 square feet (an increase of 16 percent), according to Dietz.Why those increases from cycle lows if the median size and average size declined from Q1 to Q2 in 2016? According to Dietz, the post-recession increase is consistent with historical patterns following a recession. The pattern has been for the size of new homes to decline before and in the middle of a recession while homebuyers’ budgets get smaller; then the size of single-family homes rises as more high-end buyers (who do not face the same budget constraints) return to the housing market in large numbers.“This pattern was exacerbated during the current business cycle due to market weakness among first-time homebuyers,” Dietz said. “But the recent small declines in size indicate that this part of the cycle has ended and size should trend lower as builders add more entry-level homes into inventory.” New Single-Family Homes are Getting Smaller August 17, 2016 622 Views center_img Single-Family Home Size 2016-08-17 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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