Bryant Young was a stud. Probably still is.He stood 6-foot-3 and weighed an immovable 291 pounds during his years as an awe-inspiring defensive lineman for the 49ers.He was as pleasant as a summer breeze off the field. He quietly commanded total respect on the field.For decades the 49ers’ most prestigious honor has been the Len Eshmont Award, which exemplifies the “inspiration and courageous play” of an original 49er who died before his time. B.Y. won the award. Eight times. In 12 years. …
An Ohio man faces felony charges after refusing to land his video drone.Kele Stanley, a videographer and drone enthusiast in Ohio has been charged with a felony after officials say he refused to land his drone in order for a medical chopper to land at a crash scene.Stanley allegedly came across the accident while driving and began flying his $4,000 drone above a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree. Stanley told reporters that he was planning on turning over the footage to a local news station as he had done in the past.Image Courtesy of CareflightWhen an officer asked him to down the drone, Stanley refused stating that there was no law in Ohio prohibiting him from using the drone. This is true, as of right now there are no laws or regulations in Ohio prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft for amusement purposes. However, commercial use is illegal.Authorities state that they told Stanley of the helicopter’s approaching and he refused to down the drone. Stanley disputes these claims stating, “I’m not an idiot. If I had known that Care Flight was on the way, my helicopter would have come down immediately. There wouldn’t have been any dispute.”Stanley pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.The entire case brings into question the larger debate over the legalities of using unmanned drones for film and video use. Additional debates surrounding the legal use of drones extend from police surveillance to Amazon’s drone delivery plan.What do you think? As professionals utilizing new video technology, we’re curious what restrictions, if any, you feel should be placed on video drone usage? Share in the comments below.
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who were behind a grenade attack on Wednesday were killed in a counter-militancy operation in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday morning.A police spokesman said Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Basharat Ahmad Sheikh, residents of Sopore, were hiding in the house of Khazir Mohammad Mir.“The house was cordoned off by a joint party of the police, the Army and the CRPF at around 2:45 a.m. During a search operation, the militants opened fire. Both the militants were killed in retaliatory fire,” said the spokesman.Two AK-47 rifles and five magazines were recovered from their possession.The slain militants, according to the police, joined the Hizb in 2016. Police said they were the motivators of the militants who lobbed a grenade on a police station on Wednesday evening, injuring four policemen.“Two militants involved in the grenade attack have been detained,” said the spokesman.Two pistols and four grenades have been recovered from them.Arms haulPolice said a vehicle carrying militants and overground workers was stopped in Bandipora district. Arms too were recovered from the vehicle.
Story Highlights “The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island. Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island.They are Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Cornwall Regional, St. James; Victoria Jubilee, Kingston; Princess Margaret, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon..Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers.The tablets were provided through support from the Universal Service Fund (USF).“The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained.Highlighting the benefits of e-registration, she noted that it will improve data collection and turnaround time for the processing of information as well as ensure greater accuracy of birth certificate data.She further indicated that the transition from registration books to tablets to collect and enter information will result in savings to the agency.Mrs. English Gosse told JIS News that the e-registration process, which was officially launched in 2016 following pilot projects, is being well received.She informed that the RGD is looking to reach four additional hospitals by the end of the year based on key factors, including the availability of secure Wi-Fi access in order to facilitate the uploading of information.“Upon completion of a full roll-out of e-registration islandwide, the agency will be able to capture information of all live births into its database in a more efficient and accurate fashion,” Mrs. English Gosse noted.The RGD has made submission to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to amend the legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in order to facilitate e-registration.While the necessary amendments are being awaited, the agency is conducting e-registration simultaneously with manual registration.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – As the Emancipation Day holiday weekend approaches, two systems with low chance for development in the Atlantic Basin are being monitored. Tropical disturbance one is a couple of hundred miles, south southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It is a large area of showers and thunderstorms but there is a low probability the system will gain strength; it is with 10% chance to develop. Tropical disturbance two is a couple of hundred miles, east of northern Florida. It will continue to move north and the National Hurricane center does not anticipate further development and has this categorized as low in chance for strengthening. Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:emancipation day, National Hurricane Center, two systems Recommended for you Two systems under watch in Tropics System becomes Tropical Storm Danny
As a whole, media M&A saw a significant uptick during the third quarter, which might be an indication that deal transactions are on the rebound, according to the quarterly report released today by investment banker the Jordan, Edmiston Group. Deal values spiked during the quarter, with 168 transactions announced and valued at $11.1 billion. Comparatively, there were 300 deal announcements during the entire first half of the year, valued at $5.3 billion. Average deal size grew from $18 million during the first half to $66 million in the third quarter, JEGI said.Through the first nine months, media deal announcements totaled 466, down 30 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Deal value dropped 42 percent to a combined $16.4 billion. JEGI said strategic buyers accounted for roughly 80 percent of total deal value through the third quarter. Private equity firms, meanwhile, have played on a minor role as many have “been focused on improving profitability and restructuring debt in overleveraged portfolios.” “Eighty percent of private equity firms are spending 80 percent of their time focused on portfolio companies,” JEGI managing director Tolman Geffs told FOLIO:. “That means there’s a good opportunity for the remaining 20 percent to focus on growth areas, but we think that portion will stay subdued in to 2010.”Of the 12 market sectors tracked by JEGI (see chart below), only two grew through the third quarter. Mobile Media & Technology saw the number of deals increase 56.3 percent to 25 and deal value jump 75.7 percent to $396 million, compared to the same period last year. Education Information, Technology & Training—which JEGI said has benefited from innovation, government spending and “some shelter” from the distressed economy—saw the number of deals (62) grow 14.8 percent and value ($3.16 billion) increase 41.4 percent. “So far this year, education and mobile have increased against a backdrop for which M&A hasn’t grown,” said Geffs. “We expect to see a lot of activity also in digital technology; in video and data. Sectors like Database Information Services and Marketing & Interactive will continue to contribute to commercial growth.”The B-to-B Media sector saw only 11 deals announced through the first nine months, a decrease of 45 percent compared to the same period last year, as deal activity was made up primarily of distressed assets. Deal value plummeted 87.1 percent to $51 million. The Consumer Magazines sector was active with 31 announced deals, a decline of 6.1 percent, and deal value mostly flat at $163 million, a decrease of 1.1 percent.“Groups that have the capacity will look for new growth channels but we’re still going to see continued retrading of assets to resolve distress situations,” Geffs said.Although down significantly from the same period last year, the Online Media & Technology sector reported the largest number of transactions (141, down 31.2 percent) and the greatest deal value ($7.57 billion, down 25.6 percent).Some of the more notable media deals during the third quarter included Silver Lake Investment Group’s acquisition of Skype for $1.9 billion and Adobe’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture—both announced September 9. Source: JEGI Transaction Database
Email JoJo Has Nothing To Hide Facebook The pop performer tells the Recording Academy about rerecording her 2004 self-titled debut album, what she wishes she’d known about the music industry at 12 years old, and what she’d like to do next Lior PhillipsGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2019 – 11:39 am “There are things that just cannot be taken away from me,” says JoJo. “And that’s my history, my voice, my spirit.” Over the years, that’s exactly what the pop star has reinforced, though her approach—always using her voice, her spirit—took a lot of strength and resilience. In an age in which seemingly everything is available at the tap of a finger, JoJo’s first two albums remained absent from the world, as if lost in a patch of quicksand in the music streaming universe. And while dedicated fans of the 28-year-old pop star’s 2004 debut, JoJo, and 2006 followup The High Road, certainly felt their absence, the voice behind them, unable to share her music with the world, felt that loss more deeply. JoJo signed with record label BlackGround at the age of 12, after having already turned down contracts elsewhere at a younger age. The label was co-owned by Barry Hankerson, ex-husband of Gladys Knight and uncle of Aaliyah, whom he also managed at a point. Hankerson also managed R Kelly and Toni Braxton. The label’s output included records from Aaliyah and Braxton, super-producer Timbaland, and R&B singer Tank, among others. But all of those beloved records have been held away from any and every online streaming or purchase outlet. The reasons behind that decision remain unclear, despite many reports attempting to dig into the issue. Many of the artists behind those hostaged records have settled out of court, with confidentiality agreements involved. After years with her records suppressed, JoJo and her team came to a settlement with BlackGround in 2014. A deal with Atlantic followed shortly thereafter, but the master licensing for the original recordings for her first two albums remained under BlackGround control. Instead of allowing her songs to remain locked away, JoJo decided to record new vocal takes to slightly altered production. Diehard fans finally able to hear those songs rejoiced, but no one’s spirit was as unfettered as JoJo’s. On the eve of Women’s History Month, JoJo spoke with the Recording Academy about her fight to control her own voice, the process of re-recording songs she first released as a young teenager, and the music that comes next.Did you always have a sense that you would be an artist or a musician of some kind?Always. I was such a creative child! I’m so thankful that my mom nurtured that in me and allowed me to be free and to express myself through various different kinds of art—visual, music, dance, and acting. She didn’t stifle that in any way. I always knew that I wanted to live a creative life, to not go a traditional route. And I always loved music more than anything. It made me feel so whole, so understood. And when I sang, I felt like I had found something that made me special, and I felt that from a really young age.What made you start writing? What was the cause of that urgency? Even at six years old, I would just be inspired to try and put my own lyrics into melodies that already existed. I started writing at school. I was really lucky to have teachers who fostered my creativity and encouraged me to do extra assignments for creative writing and poetry. That writing turned into songs because I’d like to model what I was doing after songs that I really liked, whether they were Mariah Carey’s, Whitney Houston’s, or Aretha Franklin’s. I was a strangely precocious little girl; I would look at the advertisements in the back of the newspaper for auditions. Somehow I knew that’s how you got famous—you had to audition for things. So I was looking for auditions and saying, “Mom, can you take me to New York for this audition? They’re looking for kids who can sing and dance and I really want to do that!” I’m just lucky that I had a mom who listened and was willing to take me to those things.It’s especially influential to have that maternal support in making that dream feel very realistic as well.There’s honestly no other way I could’ve been so successful so young. I had been offered record deals from the age of nine years old. It was just that precociousness, that old soul. Nothing about the industry, the music itself, or the expectations scared me, nothing. I was very excited by it all.How rapidly do you feel your perceptions of the industry changed as you got older?The more experiences that you have with human beings, the more that you learn, whatever industry you’re in. Life is all about relationships. So the more you engage in various kinds of relationships, the more perspective you can take into the next situation. As I got older, I got a little bit more conscious of people. My consciousness evolved and I was less naive.At this point in your career, do you have a typical way that you like to work? Do you have your own studio, or a place in your home where you like to write, or are you needing to constantly adjust?I do my best to create an environment wherever I am where I can be free, comfortable, and confident. I really like to live a life that’s open and to be inspired by conversations and experiences. Something interesting might happen at any moment, and I’ll jot it down. I have tons of notebooks, tons of notes in my phone, tons of voice notes with melody ideas. But over the years, I’ve really learned to love collaboration. I love getting with a co-writer or a producer, coming to the table with certain ideas or influences and seeing what they have as well. That’s really special and valuable to me, especially if we’re talking about an experience that we can both relate to. It’s cool to see different sides of the same coin and to be able to explore it a little bit. I love the humanness that connects us all. I just try to stay open and keep myself in the flow as much as I can, not being closed off, or afraid, or ashamed, or self-conscious. “I feel like I’ve got my power back and I’m stepping into the fullness of myself.”You’ve been through hell with your former label, which makes what you said about the importance of relationships so meaningful. I can only imagine that was such a life-changing experience.It was definitely frustrating to feel like my history was just being swept under the rug. I’ve been building this career since before I was 12 years old. I feel like I’ve got my power back and I’m stepping into the fullness of myself. I spent a lot of years feeling like there was nothing I could do, feeling unempowered. It was fulfilling to find a solution—taking action, going back into the studio, re-singing the songs, collaborating with producers to have them remix these tracks, and re-releasing my first two albums. It’s amazing to have my fans understand what that meant and what the time commitment was, and amazing to have them be received the way they were. It made me feel like it wasn’t in vain. It was crazy that it got to this point, but I like solutions, and instead of being overwhelmed by what I can’t do, I wanted to focus more on what I can do and move forward, because I’m tired of looking backwards.I wanted to take control of my narrative in a tangible way, and this enabled me to do that. I wanted to put this out before I put out any new music so I could really get in touch with that carefree spirit that I had when I first started recording my first album, before things got really difficult for me in my professional life and personal life. I found my voice again through this process. I’ve been having conversations with other friends who are also in their 20s, and it seems like there’s a similar theme going on: we’re all wanting to get in touch with that inner child and to remember how we felt before life got in the way of who we truly are: that fearlessness and that true inner essence. Recreating any sort of magical artistic moment is so tricky. Did you just jump right into it?I just put my head down and did it, and with each song I went back and I had vivid memories of being in the studio the first time. I didn’t try to recreate it exactly because I don’t sing today like the little girl that I was back then. The voice changed and has more body now than it did back then. I wanted to take where I am now and relate to the songs in a natural way. I really just tried not to psych myself out about it. I tried to be as true as possible. Sometimes it felt like I was covering another person’s songs. It was kind of trippy to remind myself that we’re one and the same, and to bridge that gap. This is really for my fans, because I saw that people were asking where they could hear my first two albums, and I didn’t want it to come across like I was holding them back, or any weirdness like that. I just wanted to feel in control again.And as a woman in the music industry—or sadly any industry—you must have felt countless pains. But it’s inspiring and energizing that you were able to reclaim that music. How much of your strength was attached to that identity of being a woman in the music industry?So much! I really needed to go through this in order to get some strength back and to feel like I’m firmly standing on solid ground. There are things that just cannot be taken away from me … and that’s my history, my voice, my spirit. In any industry where there’s money involved, and ego, I think that it can get very convoluted and challenging. I wanted to remember why I love this, and it’s because of how music makes me feel, how I can connect with as many people as possible. It would have been really hard for me to move forward because my spirit was broken through the process of feeling like I was losing my identity.”I wanted to remember why I love this, and it’s because of how music makes me feel, how I can connect with as many people as possible.”Where did you mine the courage from to achieve that? Well, I certainly don’t think about it as being courageous. I just refused to give up. I wanted to choose to see obstacles as opportunities—and that’s what my team and I have done for the past 10 years. Now that I’m free, making a new album, and working on a joint venture with Warner Bros., I’m more empowered and excited than ever. It’s constantly checking your mindset, and saying, “Do I want to be depressed about this, or do I want to find a better way to perceive my circumstances?” We have to check ourselves and ask those questions every day, because we’re more in control than we think we are. That’s what I needed to come to terms with. There were certainly moments where I was in a dark headspace, but that’s why you can’t do it alone. My fans’ support, the way that we are engaged with each other, is invaluable to me. And I wouldn’t have continued on in the way that I have if it weren’t for them.Were there certain things about the process that you were surprised to learn, things that you wish someone would have told you when you were younger?When I signed my first record deal, I was 12 years old, and my mom read a book called All You Need to Know About the Music Business. I think she learned a lot of valuable stuff in there, but there were also things that were not included in that book. I know that we trusted the people that I was signing business contracts with, and we trusted that they had my best interests at heart and that we were truly like a family. It’s important to separate business from family and friends and knowing that you can’t trust what somebody says—you need to get it in writing. We didn’t understand that I didn’t own my voice. I had to get permission to do anything with my voice that could possibly make money for the record labels that I was signed to. They chose many times not to let me do certain things because they wanted more money. I wish we had known to go over contracts with a fine-tooth comb. But to be honest, I don’t live my life that way, where I’m looking backwards and thinking what if, thinking in retrospect, because it’s just not constructive. So I think about how I can move forward and have more ownership and more empowerment, and encourage young people to think about how much they want to give away of themselves and to be protected.You’re working on new music, pushing forward, focusing on who you are, who you can be. What does that music look like? It’s really eye-opening to dive deeply into myself and connect with myself in a way that I really never have. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, sonically, even in the way that I’m singing. I just want to continue to grow. I feel like if I’m not growing I’m dying. That’s what’s exciting me right now. I have nothing to hide. I want to tell all my stories so that I don’t feel ashamed of anything. I’ve had a lot of experiences as a woman—some good, some not so good. I want to control that narrative because I think a lot of times as women we feel ashamed for things that we’ve done, and instead of feeling that, I want to connect with others because I think there’s strength in being vulnerable. And I want to find that.Is there something creative that you haven’t done yet that you’d still like to do? I’m really interested in directing. I would really like to start shadowing directors and getting more involved in that. I’m really inspired by how a lot of artists are being hands-on in that way and have been for a while. I just bought a place in L.A., and I’m really interested in the curation of making that a home and how developing a personal style and an aesthetic is something that can carry you through different areas of your life. Interview: Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On GirlRead more Twitter News Interview: JoJo Has Nothing To Hide jojo-has-nothing-hide
Tags 0 Culture Post a comment Share your voice Stan Lee died last year. Getty Images Stan Lee’s former business partner Keya Morgan was charged Friday with felony elder abuse against the late comic book writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, according to a Tuesday report by CBS2 Los Angeles.Among the charges facing Morgan are false imprisonment of an elder adult and forgery or fraud against an elder adult, the report says. The charges reportedly stem from an incident that occurred during the summer of 2018.A warrant has been issued for Morgan’s arrest, the report says. Last August, a judge issued a restraining order against Morgan, stipulating that he stay away from Lee, according to a report in Variety. At the time, Morgan told the publication that the allegations against him were “fake, fraudulent news.”The Los Angeles Superior Court, where Morgan was reportedly charged, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lee died last November at 95 and made his final Marvel cameo in Avengers: Endgame. Stan Lee Marvel
7:49 Mobile Politics Now playing: Watch this: Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Share your voice Twitter Tags Originally published July 27 9:42 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:06 a.m.: Adds more background. And June 28: Adds more details on Twitter’s notice. 12 Comments Twitter says it’s trying to protect the health of the public conversation. James Martin/CNET Twitter is changing how it handles tweets from politicians and government leaders — including President Donald Trump — that violate its rules but are still in the public’s interest. The social network on Thursday said it’ll start placing a notice over tweets that break its rules, and users will have to clip or tap on the warning to see the tweet.An example of what the notice will look like in Twitter feeds. Twitter “Sometimes, we decide that it may be in the public’s interest for certain Tweets to remain on Twitter, even if they would otherwise break our rules,” the company’s safety team said in a tweet. “We’re going to start using a new notice to make it clear when we make these decisions.”The change will apply to verified government officials and political candidates, as well as people being considered for a government position, who have more than 100,000 followers. Before seeing the tweet, people will have to click on a notice that says, “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”The change is part of Twitter’s recent efforts to combat harassment and abuse on its site. The company has previously argued against removing problematic tweets from world leaders, including Trump, because they’re considered in the public interest. President Trump, a prolific Twitter user, has on multiple occasions accused social media companies of being biased against conservatives. Social media companies, for their part, have apologized for how they’ve handled some conservative content, but deny any bias and say they don’t censor political views. So far, Trump hasn’t tweeted about Twitter’s latest move. In addition to putting the notice over tweets that break its rules, Twitter said those tweets will appear less prominently on the site and won’t show up in places like safe search or the Explore tab. The notice won’t be applied to any tweets sent before Thursday.A team including regional members will decide when to use the notice and consider things like the potential harm from the rule violation, whether preserving the tweet will let people hold politicians accountable and other factors.The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Britain’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd arriving at 10 Downing Street in central London on 25 April 2018. AFP file photoBritain’s interior minister Amber Rudd resigned Sunday, admitting she “inadvertently misled” lawmakers about deportation targets, in a body blow to the government as it faces public outrage over the targeting of the so-called Windrush generation of migrants.Rudd, who had faced intensifying pressure over the treatment of elderly Commonwealth citizens primarily from the Caribbean, told lawmakers last week that there were no targets for the removal of people deemed to be in the country illegally.But she tendered her resignation after documents addressed to her office emerged showing those goals were in place.“I should have been aware of this, and I take full responsibility for the fact that I was not,” she said in her resignation letter to British prime minister Theresa May, conceding that she “inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee”.Rudd’s dramatic exit will come as a severe setback for Prime Minister Theresa May, who publicly declared her “full confidence” in Rudd as recently as Friday and faces potentially bruising local council elections across England on Thursday.The government has faced mounting controversy after it emerged that many from the Windrush generation, who came to Britain legitimately after World War II, had been wrongly threatened with deportation.Their treatment stemmed from a “hostile environment” immigration policy pioneered by May when she was interior minister between 2010 and 2016, and then continued by Rudd.The opposition Labour Party accused Rudd of incompetence and of being a “human shield” for May.“This was inevitable, the only surprise is that it took so long,” said shadow interior minister Diane Abbott following Rudd’s resignation.“The architect of this crisis, Theresa May, must now step forward to give a full and honest account of how this inexcusable situation happened on her watch.”Balancing forceIn a written response to Rudd’s resignation, May said she believed the minister had given her testimony “in good faith” and said the country was trying to enforce a “firm but fair” immigration policy.The loss of a key minister comes at a delicate time for May, who could see the Tories wiped out in London at the local elections, with several once-safe Conservative councils potentially flipping to Labour.Rudd, the MP for Hastings on England’s south coast who had led the Home Office since 2016, was also seen as a moderate on the European Union and a balancing force in a cabinet made up of several big-name pro-Brexit figures.Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who were at the forefront of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, were quick to praise their colleague on social media following news of the resignation.“Really sad to lose @AmberRuddHR from Cabinet. A fine colleague who did a great job during last year’s terrorist attacks and cares deeply about the people she serves,” Johnson tweeted.One of the more heartfelt reactions came from George Osborne, long-time finance minister under former Prime Minister David Cameron.He wrote: “The Government just got a bit less human.”Rudd had been due to make another appearance before parliament on Monday, but instead opted to resign late Sunday.In her resignation letter, she admitted that sometimes people with a legal right to be in Britain had not been treated “fairly and humanely”, adding that she had hoped to push through new legislation in the coming months to protect the Windrush generation.In 1948, the ship Windrush brought the first group of migrants from the West Indies to help rebuild post-war Britain, and many others followed from around the Commonwealth.They were given a legal right to remain by a 1971 law, but many never formalised their status, often because they were children who came over on their parents’ or siblings’ passports and then never applied for their own.In recent years a government clampdown on illegal immigration has begun to identify those without papers—scooping up many elderly people from the Windrush generation.Outrage over the plight of Windrush migrants—some of whom have lost jobs and fallen into debt as they struggled to prove their status—led to a personal apology from prime minister Theresa May to Caribbean leaders in April.