FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Taken from a Sept. 23 audio column on prisonradio.org.Her name, Breonna Taylor, has become a chanted and shouted call in protests, along with those of many other Black people killed by the state with absolute impunity.In a recent decision, a grand jury* in the state of Kentucky did not issue a single indictment of murder against the police officers who broke into her apartment, shooting more than a dozen times.Mumia Abu-JamalAt least six shots hit Breonna as she lay in her bed. The policemen were ostensibly carrying out a raid against drug trafficking, but, note that they did not find any drugs.Only one cop, who had been fired before, now faces charges. He is accused of endangering neighbors by shooting at their apartments.Philosophers sometimes conduct thought experiments to see all sides of a controversy. Imagine, if you can, that a 26-year-old white woman named Breonna Brezinsky, who worked as a technician in medical emergencies, is killed, shot in her bed by half a dozen police officers in a misguided raid.What do you think would happen to those police officers?The case of the Black woman, Breonna, reminds me of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, a 21-year-old Black man, shot in his bed after being drugged in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 1969, in Chicago. Fifty years later, and the lives of Black people still matter.From the imprisoned nation, I am Mumia Abu-Jamal.*A grand jury does not determine a person’s innocence or guilt as a jury in a criminal case, but investigates a possible crime, accuses one or more persons and establishes the charges against them.
Community News Wynesta and Steve Dale with their dog RosieThirteen years ago, Wynesta Dale traveled from Southern California to Texas to help her parents pack up their house and move. She didnâ€™t know it at the time, but years later that experience would encourage her and her husband Steve to open their new business â€“ Caring Transitions of the Angeles Foothills.Caring Transitions of the Angeles Foothills specializes in customized transition and relocation planning. The Dales can help with everything from home organization and staging for resale to online estate auction services and moving coordination.â€œWhen I got to Texas 13 years ago, my dad ended up in the hospital, so that left me, alone, in their three bedroom home, which was crammed with 50+ years of accumulation, trying to decide what would fit into a small one bedroom assisted-living residence unit. We eventually got them moved closer to us in Southern California, but those boxes never got unpacked and a month later we moved them into our home and most of their stuff went into a storage locker,â€ Wynesta said. â€œWe had the storage locker until after both of them had passed. We are not sorry that we did it, but we sure wished there had been a better solution to the problem, which brings us to Caring Transitions.â€Caring Transitions of the Angeles Foothills serves the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles including LaCanada-Flintridge, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga as well as Pasadena, San Marino and Arcadia.Before opening Caring Transitions, Wynesta had a career in environmental consulting and later owned her own small environmental consulting firm. At 59, she decided she wanted to do something more meaningful. When she and Steve started researching franchise options, they came across Caring Transitions â€“ a solution to some of the challenges they faced in 2000.â€œCaring Transitions is a service that â€˜spokeâ€™ to both of us. As a friend pointed out, Iâ€™ve gone from managing the environment at large to helping people with their personal environments â€“ itâ€™s much more rewarding and fulfilling,â€ Wynesta said.Wynesta is getting the business started and the plan is to have Steve join her at the helm once he retires.â€œHelping my parents through their transition was probably the most difficult of my lifeâ€™s experiences. That experience made us want to help others who find themselves in similar situations without the time or resources to handle it,â€ she said. â€œIn finding Caring Transitions, we found an organization that is professional, provides extensive training for its owners and their employees, and has the business acumen to assist its franchisees in creating a success business.â€To learn more about how Caring Transitions of the Angeles Foothills can help you with your transition and relocation needs, call (626)509-2129, email [email protected] or visit http://www.estatemovepasadena.com. HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe People Dales Pull From Personal Experience to Help Others with Customized Transitions, Relocation Planning From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 12:48 pm Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – The largest health care system in Monmouth County is reviving nearly 20-year-old plans for two new facilities on currently vacant land on Route 35.Dubbed “The Villas,” Meridian Quality Care will present the Holmdel Planning Board with blueprints for an assisted living facility and a skilled nursing facility within the next two to three months.The property at 200-300 Commons Way is north of Holmdel Commons shopping center, on about 10 acres of undeveloped land. The closest business is Holmdel Imaging, 100 Commons Way.One lot is envisioned as home to a 35,355-square-foot assisted living facility with 110 beds, for residents in their late 70s to early 80s. It would stand four-stories tall and cost $30 million. A generator to service the building, and parking, lighting and landscape improvements are planned for the property.The facility would offer an approximately 2,500-square-foot full-service spa, a movie theater, bistro, coffee shop, exercise room, great room and computer room. The apartments would boast 9-foot-high ceilings and the common areas would feature marble floors and crown moldings.“You won’t find an assisted living facility in New Jersey that has all the things we’re offering,” said Stephen Baker, president of Meridian Quality Care. “This will be state-of-the-art, and we want it to be.”With a timely approval from the planning board, Baker anticipated construction could begin near the end of 2017, and the building could open in early 2019. Once the assisted living facility is complete, Meridian Quality Care would begin construction on the skilled nursing facility, the cost of which has not been determined.The three-story, 31,000-square-foot building would have 130 beds and a 1,680-square-foot maintenance garage, as well as site improvements. This facility would serve residents in their late 80s and early 90s, and include a post-surgery rehabilitation center as well.Meridian first received planning board approval for the project in 1999, Baker said. In 2010, the company returned to the board for approval for relocation of the buildings on the land, along with other general modifications and local code upgrades. They received extensions in 2012 and 2013. Moving into the northern Monmouth County corridor was important for the company, Baker said, because he believes that current market, stretching from Matawan down to the Navesink River, is lacking in assisted living options. “That area is significantly worn and aged in the sense of facilities,” he said.He said his proposed facility would be like comparing “a Motel 6 versus a Ritz Carlton.”The company’s closest Meridian facility is located in Shrewsbury. Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Shrewsbury, a skilled nursing facility, was built in 2008.Baker said having such an active community is important for the future residents. Amenities like a great room or a movie theatre allow for social interaction.“It gives them socialization, just like we all get through social media and school,” Baker said about the residents. “They’ll see other people their age and be able to interact with them.”The land for the proposed complex was once home to the Lily Tulip plant, a million-square-foot facility that manufactured paper cups, predominantly Dixie-brand items. The plant was active for about 40 years, then closed in 1990, according to the New Jersey Office of State Planning.In addition to the large shopping center nearby, two 55-and-older adult communities are found within a one-mile radius – Cedar Village and Village Grande.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
South Africa’s Top 50 most valuable brands in 2017 were announced on 26 July 2017, and telecommunications giant MTN topped the list second year running. But there were also surprising contenders which made the cut. (Image: Brand Finance)CD AndersonThe South African Top 50 most valuable brands announcement, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017, is a research project coordinated by Brand Finance and Brand Africa, in partnership with Brand South Africa.While the top 10 list is dominated by financial and telecommunications brands, there are surprising new entries such as Sasol and Woolworths, representing the industrial and retail sectors respectively.The top most valuable brands are measured by their financial value and consumer perception.In attendance were representatives from the top brands, as well as senior representatives from Brand South Africa, including CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, Brand Finance Chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng; and Jeremy Sampson, Brand Finance director, who unpacked the mitigating factors behind the list.Overall, Sampson said, some of the top brands enjoyed growth over the last year, despite the country’s economic uncertainty during the same period. New entrants to the list, including brands such as Capitec, Multichoice, and the Foschini group, showed a promising financial boost, while other established entities such as South African Airways (SAA), Bidvest, and Mediclinic’s brand value dropped significantly.Jeremy Sampson, Brand Finance director, announces the winners of the Top 50 most valuable South African brands, at an event in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Capitec surprise Capitec, for example, saw a 25% boost to its brand value in 2016/17, challenging established entities such as Nedbank and Absa for brand loyalty among consumers.In addition to a growing consumer base – 8.4-million current customers – Capitec has boosted its earnings to R3.8-billion over 2016/17.However, it did not make the top 10 because of the dominance from the banking sector – in addition to Absa and Nedbank, the top 10 also included Standard Bank, FNB, and Investec.The nine banking brands on the top 50 list outperform all other sectors with its combined brand value of R100-billion (25% of the total brand value of the list).Rising and falling Multichoice made the list at number nine with a brand value of R13.5-million, a 16% jump from 2016.Most noticeably, SAA saw a significant drop of 24% in brand value. A company like Mediclinic, that had a 22% drop in brand value, would most likely stabilise in a booming health care industry over the next five years, said Sampson.“[Overall in 2016/17], the top 10 South African brands have grown in value by 3%. What did the economy grow by? [Approximately] 1%, maybe less. Brands are out-performing the economy. That is why brands are so important,” Sampson said, adding that brands act as ambassadors to the rest of the world which in turn add value to credit agency ratings, investment opportunities, and international perceptions.“South Africa is in many ways typical of an emerging market with an economy founded on natural resources and mining, underpinned by banking and telecommunications. However, when a country is struggling to grow at 1% whilst its brands grow by 3% it says much about the future potential if not interfered with,” said Sampson.Telecoms and the Africa factorBrand Finance chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng speaks at the Top 50 South African brands announcement held in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Influence on the rest of the continent was also a vital factor for a strong brand, said Ikalafeng.Only 17 of the top brands have a footprint in Africa. MTN continues to dominate on the continent, despite growing competition from Vodacom.On the top 50 list, telecommunications brands combined are valued at R73-billion, second to banking.Despite being the number one brand, MTN still dropped its brand value by 30% in 2016/17, losing over R13-billion of its brand value. The company, Sampson said, has had a “torrid time” in the market over the last two years, facing up to a number of regulatory, consumer perception, and political challenges.The Top 10 list and individual brand values:MTN – R40.8-billionVodacom – R24.3-billionStandard Bank – R20.8-billionSasol – R19-billionWoolworths – R18.4-billionAbsa – R18.3-billionFNB – R15.9-billionInvestec – R13.8-billionMultichoice – R13.5-billionNedbank – R12.8-billionBrand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela speaks at the Top 50 South African brands announcement held in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)The overall message of the top brands research is that, despite an uncertain economic environment, brands can sustain and even increase growth by finding new ways to meet and conquer challenges.Closing the event, Brand South Africa’s Dr Makhubela pointed out the fragility of nation brands affected by political changes and citizens’ uncertainty, citing examples such as the Donald Trump presidency and Brexit after-effects.But it is possible to overcome political and social challenges without sacrificing the constructive role of brand-building by both corporations and individual citizens, he said.For a more in-depth overview of the top South African brands for 2016/17, visit the Brand Finance website. Source: Brand Finance, Brand Africa, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Sixers also play games at Sacramento, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. All teams on the trip except for the Kings have at least a .500 record. Embiid is expected to play against the Kings.The Sixers have won four straight games for the first time since January.“That means we’re growing and we’re learning,” Embiid said.J.J. Redick scored 31 points and hit eight 3s in Philly’s win over Indiana on Friday and suddenly seemed worth every bit of the $23 million the Sixers will pay him this season. The Sixers tied a team record against the Pacers with 18 3s.They will need more of that on the road from Redick — and there’s little reason to expect Simmons won’t continue to play like a top candidate for rookie of the year.Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers for his second triple-double of the season. He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies with multiple triple-doubles in the first nine career games. Simmons also has five double-doubles.Embiid and Simmons are each averaging at least 18 points and nine rebounds per game and are two of nine NBA players with such averages. The only other pair of teammates on the list is the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.“When everyone’s scoring, doing their thing, I think it’s hard to stop us,” Simmons said.They’re much harder to stop with Embiid in the lineup.Brown and the Sixers would like to try that out on a more regular basis. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Something called “load management.”Oh, Sixers fans think the excuse to sit Embiid is a load of something, for sure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEmbiid hasn’t been hurt in months and has dominated so far, averaging team highs with 20.5 points and 10.1rebounds. His big numbers on the stat sheet finally draw more headlines than his social media posts.Embiid can just about do it all — except shed the “handle with care” sticker the Sixers seemed to have stamped on his uniform. Yes, Embiid has a medical chart as thick as a playbook, but the Sixers have decided to rest him Tuesday against the Utah Jazz as they monitor his number of games and minutes. Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games. He’ll miss the one four days after the Sixers beat Indiana. F1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on luxury jet – leaked docs Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team that can stop Joel Embiid.Perhaps the best center in the East starts a West Coast road trip on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I follow the instruction of our medical people, and there is completely a thought-out plan why this plan has been recommended,” coach Brett Brown said Monday at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. “If it requires more information, they will be the ones to explain why they decided to make this recommendation.”Translation: Brown says the decision to rest Embiid is out of his hands.Embiid’s matchup against 7-foot-1 Jazz center Rudy Gobert would have been one reason for Sixers fans to stay up late on Tuesday. Without Embiid, Philadelphia will be challenged to keep its four-game winning streak alive. The Sixers (5-4) open a nine-day, five-game road with their first winning record in November since 2012 and first time overall since Nov. 13, 2003.Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and maybe even Jahlil Okafor will get minutes against the Jazz.Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons have made the Sixers an early season surprise, and their record is a boost for a franchise that underwent one of the more painful NBA rebuilding efforts in decades.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ
Watching Pogba? Man Utd striker Lukaku: France didn’t deserve to reach World Cup finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku admits Belgium’s World Cup semifinal defeat to France still burns.Lukaku has no doubt they blew a great chance of being world champions last summer.”We did not have room in the system that we played at that time. The final whistle was terrible. We lost the game of our lives against a team that did not really deserve to move on to the final,” said the 25-year-old to RTBF.”Yes, they became world champions, congratulations, but actually it was the moment to play the final for this generation.” TagsWorld CupAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]
MINNEAPOLIS — The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The analysis found that 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.“Current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak,” said Ron Wirtz, an analyst at the Minneapolis Fed.The increase in Chapter 12 filings reflect low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, The Star Tribune reported. The situation has gotten worse for farmers since June because of the retaliatory tariffs that have closed the Chinese market for soybeans and held back exports of milk and beef. Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows for repayment of debt over three years.“Dairy farmers are having the most problems right now,” said Mark Miedtke, the president of Citizens State Bank in Hayfield. “Grain farmers have had low prices for the past three years but high yields have helped them through. We’re just waiting for a turnaround. We’re waiting for the tariff problem to go away.”Miedtke said the underlying problem began before the trade issues, with farmers being too efficient for their financial good and demand not keeping pace with the production.“The picture could start changing this spring,” Miedtke said. “We do what we can to try to work with farmers.”___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It may not come as a surprise some that live in the Energetic City, but the last seven months saw the most amount of precipitation that has ever recorded in Fort St. John during that timeframe.According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the North Peace Airport weather station recorded a total of 403.8 millimetres of equivalent precipitation, making it the wettest fall/winter on record. The next-wettest September – March period in Fort St. John occurred 60 years ago. From September 1957 to March 1958, the airport weather station recorded 382.6 millimetres of precipitation. The fall and winter of 2014/15 ranks 6th in overall precipitation with 309 mm.Yu said that while the past seven months did see a record amount of precipitation, temperatures were fairly close to average, with several alternating stretches of warm and cold snaps. She explained that the higher than average number of snowy and rainy days means that the increased cloud cover reduces the potential for wild temperature swings. Fort St. John experienced its wettest and second-snowiest fall in 2017, though precipitation amounts during the three months of winter were close to normal. Environment Canada considers ‘fall’ as the entire months of September – November inclusive, with ‘winter’ comprising the months of December – February. March 2018 was also the wettest on record, with the North Peace Airport seeing nearly four times the average amount of precipitation.When it comes to the rest of the spring months, Yu said that the arctic airmass currently over the Peace Region is forecast to linger for the rest of this week before the airmass starts to move further east. She added that once that occurs, temperatures should return to near-seasonal with daytime highs back above the freezing mark.
New Delhi: A 45-year-old man was apprehended at a Delhi Metro station for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol in his bag along with four live rounds, officials said on Tuesday.CISF personnel apprehended Munim Alisa Azad, a resident of Nangla, Distt- Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, at the Saket Metro station at 8:50 pm , “who observed a suspicious person lying along-with a bag in front of lift near gate no 2 (unpaid area) of Saket metro station,” official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belonging. On checking, a country-made pistol and four live rounds were recovered from his bag. The man was handed over to the local police by the CISF personnel for further investigation, official added. “He was trying to hide his bag. Over suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belongings. On checking, a country made pistol (Desi Katta) and four (04) live rounds were recovered from his bag. The matter was informed to the Senior Officers of CISF and Station Controller. Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed. Carrying arms and ammunition in the Delhi Metro is banned by law.