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Atlanta ‘Dancing in the streets’

first_imgWomen celebrate Trump’s defeat in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 7.Nov. 8 –After spending days watching scenes of hundreds of election workers working long hours processing mail-in ballots in arenas and convention centers across metro Atlanta, this writer decided to attend a “Voters Decide” event at Freedom Park. It was called by many grassroots and nonprofit organizations that had carried out intense voter registration and “Get Out The Vote” campaigns. Stacey Abrams’ “New Georgia Project” was the key organization that connected local efforts to statewide resources, advice and personnel. She had made history as a Black woman candidate for the Georgia governorship, barely losing to then Secretary of State, Brian Kemp who oversaw the elimination of thousands of voter registrations in the lead-up to the election.My goal was to see whether the struggles against racial injustice, immigrant detention and deportation, discrimination against LGBTQ2S+ communities, denial of women’s reproductive rights, the jobs and housing crises, the pandemic and more remained at the top of organizers’ future priority list.What had been organized was a rally supporting the emerging vote count for the Biden/Harris ticket in Georgia, to counter the pro-Trump protesters alleging “fraud” and “illegal ballots.” Often armed right-wingers were outside the ballot-counting facilities — and so intimidating that in some cases workers were escorted to their cars by security guards.Just before the rally was scheduled to start, however, the news came that with the count in Pennsylvania, Biden had passed the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win. It quickly turned into a jubilant celebration of the end of the Trump presidency, with throngs moving in unison to dance music.Understanding the real work is aheadAn AFL-CIO bus filled with members wearing union T-shirts unloaded and joined the festivities. Unable to find parking, dozens of drivers who had accompanied the bus kept up a horn-blowing circuit around the park.When the rally began, speakers from the stage — mostly Black, women and LGBTQ+ — made clear that the vote in Georgia and the country was an encouraging sign: Working and oppressed people had exercised power, but the real work was ahead. The elimination of white supremacy, sexism, transphobia, mass incarceration and poverty would require efforts far beyond what the occupant of the White House could or would do. Everyone I spoke with echoed that same understanding of the groundwork needed to be done to achieve progress on these issues.Nevertheless, the absolute euphoria that Donald Trump would no longer be president exploded, with raucous, cheering crowds lining Moreland Avenue and John Lewis Parkway, and a cacophony of cars blew their horns for hours late into the night. The same was true at a spontaneous celebration of thousands at the cross streets of 10th and Piedmont in Midtown Atlanta — part of the route of the annual Pride parade. Others gathered at the huge mural of voting rights champion and late Congressperson John Lewis, off historic Auburn Avenue.Similar scenes were seen in Decatur near the square where a Confederate monument was recently removed after years of public protest. Immigrant communities celebrated another victory with the defeat of two proponents of 287g, the program that turns local sheriffs into ICE agents. The new Cobb and Gwinnett County sheriffs campaigned on the promise of ending the program and won decisively.Senate runoff aheadGeorgia remains squarely in the national spotlight with two Senate seats in a runoff scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021. Billionaire Kelly Loeffler, appointed to the Senate position by Governor Kemp, touts her 100% record of support for Trump. Her opponent is Rev. Raphael Warnock, well-known pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, long identified with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family.Loeffler, who has described herself as being to “the right of Attila the Hun” in a series of TV ads, has so publicly disparaged the Black Lives Matter movement that the members of the Atlanta Dream — the WNBA basketball team Loeffler partially owns — are wearing Vote for Warnock T-shirts.The other Senate seat is currently held by Sen. David Perdue, a wealthy businessman who was appointed to the influential Georgia State Boards by his cousin, then-Governor Sonny Perdue, before David Perdue jumped into the Senate race six years ago. David Perdue’s opponent Jon Ossoff, who barely lost a U.S. House election in 2018, heads a documentary film company that investigates corruption and other criminal behavior internationally.At stake is potential Democratic control of the U.S. Senate, possibly ending a barrier to COVID stimulus legislation sought by millions without jobs, health care, affordable housing or education.The many I spoke with on Saturday who celebrated Biden’s electoral victory said, “voting is just one element of the struggle for real justice. What people do afterwards is decisive.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Council Passes Budget Amendment for ADU Loans

first_img Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Council Passes Budget Amendment for ADU Loans By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, April 26, 2021 | 8:02 pm 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 Make a comment More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News The City Council on Monday approved a budget amendment appropriating $674,500 from the lnclusionary Housing Trust Fund’s unappropriated fund balance to the Housing Department’s Operating Budget to be used for loan funding and third-party project management contract services related to the city’s Second Unit Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Pilot Program.The loans will go to five homeowners, three that are building new ADUs and two rehabbing unpermitted units.The applicants applied for the loans through the city’s Second Unit ADU Loan Pilot Program which was launched last year.The program offers two options with financial assistance: build an ADU through new construction or garage conversion, or rehabilitate and bring up to code an existing unpermitted ADU.An ADU consultant under contract with the city is providing advice to homeowners in choosing the designers, builders, planners, and contractors needed for the ADU design and construction and assists the homeowner at every stage, from pre-design and permitting to bid preparation and project oversight.The applicants will have two loan options:New ADU construction loans of up to $150,000 for a three-year with 1% simple interest. No payments would be required for the term of the loan and must be paid in full through refinance prior to the end of the term, and the homeowner must agree to rent the ADU exclusively to Pasadena housing voucher tenants for seven years.Under the option for existing unpermitted ADU, homeowners can receive a loan for up to $75.000 for a 20-yeaNEWSr term with 1% simple interest and deferred payments for the first five years.The loan must be paid in full prior to the end of the term.Homeowner’s household income cannot exceed 80% area median income.“Through this affordable housing initiative homeowners are incentivized to create an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to be operated as an affordable rental unit on their property. The Program provides homeowners with comprehensive assistance for financing and project management assistance for the constructing of a new ADU or rehabilitation of an existing one,” according to a city staff report contained in Monday’s agenda.The city performed two weeks of community outreach through local newspaper advertising, press releases and social media posts, then held two virtual information sessions.Over 30 applications were received during the 30-day window. Applications for new ADU construction projects were scored and prioritized based on location in certain census tracts and property valuation thresholds.Applications to rehabilitate unpermitted ADUs were scored and prioritized based on existing open citations and property location in the census tracts.“This proposed action supports the City Council Strategic Planning Three-Year Goals in the areas of improving affordable housing, mobility and accessibility throughout the City of Pasadena; and supporting and promoting the quality of life and the local economy,” according to the staff report. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Regé-Jean Page Receives an IMDb STARmeter Award

first_img Regé-Jean Page Receives an IMDb STARmeter Award Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Pinterest Pinterest TAGS  Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– IMDb ( ), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, presented an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award to Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page. IMDb STARmeter Awards recognize the stars who are fan favorites on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide. Previous IMDb Breakout STARmeter Award recipients include Brie Larson, John David Washington, Bill Skarsgård, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Nicholas Braun and Anya Chalotra. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Regé-Jean Page receives an IMDb STARmeter Award in the “Breakout” category. (Photo courtesy of IMDb) Regé-Jean Page recently surged to the top of the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, fueled by his role as Simon Basset in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton and his performance in the Amazon Studios film Sylvie’s Love. Page ranked #1 on the STARmeter chart for most of January 2021, while Bridgerton continues to trend as a top series on the IMDbPro rankings of TV and streaming shows since its release on Christmas Day. “Thank you, IMDb and IMDbPro – what a wonderful way to be recognised,” said Page. “It’s thrilling to think that so many people across the world have been excited by Bridgerton, and curious about our incredible team who put it all together. IMDb is such a great way to peek behind the curtain and get an insight into all the amazing links between artists, and trace the body of work that’s brought them to where they are today.” “IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be a keenly accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment, and we are thrilled to present our first award of the year to Regé-Jean Page, who joins an elite group of previous STARmeter Award recipients including some of my favorite actors working today,” said IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham. “I loved his performance in Bridgerton, and Sylvie’s Love ranked as one of my Top Movies of 2020. On behalf of fans and professionals across the globe who turn to IMDb and IMDbPro to learn more about talent, films and TV shows, we are honored to celebrate Page and continue to watch his career grow.” Page also shared some of the films and TV shows he has recently binged: “ Small Axe, I May Destroy you, The Americans, The Queen’s Gambit, Avatar: The Last Airbender and His House have all helped carry me through the long haul of lockdown so far.” IMDb users can add the TV series and films from Page’s IMDb filmography, as well as other titles, to their IMDb Watchlist at To learn more about previous IMDb STARmeter recipients, visit the IMDb STARmeter Special Section at Additional insight into trending movies, TV shows and celebrities, with rankings updated weekly, is available to IMDbPro members throughout the year on both the site ( ) and apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. IMDbPro includes comprehensive information and tools designed to help entertainment industry professionals achieve success throughout all stages of their career. IMDbPro offers members the following: detailed contact and representation information; more than 25,000 in-development film and TV titles not available on IMDb; tools to manage and showcase their IMDb profile, including selecting their primary images and the credits they are best “known for”; IMDbPro Track, with which members can receive personalized entertainment industry news and updates on the people and film and TV projects they want to follow; and a convenient tool that generates custom digital assets to promote their work on social media and other platforms. The recently launched IMDbPro Discover tool, now available in beta mode, empowers members to find people based on a variety of key IMDb data, experience and expertise and is available to all members for free on a limited-time basis. IMDbPro Discover is ideal for decision-makers such as producers, directors, showrunners, department heads, execs and others needing to build the perfect teams for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes. It includes advanced features to customize, export and share lists. To become a member today, visit About IMDb IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities. Products and services to help fans decide what to watch and where to watch it include: the IMDb website for desktop and mobile devices; apps for iOS and Android; and X-Ray on Prime Video. IMDb also offers a free streaming channel, IMDb TV, and produces IMDb original video series and podcasts. For entertainment industry professionals, IMDb provides IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. IMDb licenses information from its vast and authoritative database to third-party businesses worldwide; learn more at IMDb is an Amazon company. For more information, visit and follow @IMDb. View source version on CONTACT: IMDb [email protected] KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE CANADA WASHINGTON INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT OTHER ENTERTAINMENT FILM & MOTION PICTURES TV AND RADIO GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRITY MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT SOURCE: IMDb Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/16/2021 09:01 AM Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Two Step’ gameNext articleBringCom Completes Pan-African Fiber Ring Network Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Farmers are accepting penalties rather than risk appeals – IFA

first_img Pinterest The IFA is calling on the Department of Agriculture to bring in fairer procedures to deal with farmers’ appeals in relation to alleged non-compliance.Donegal IFA Chair Michael Chance says the current system means that if a farmer appeals an adverse finding, his payment is delayed, sometimes for a number of months.There are also claims that in parts of the country, there are claims of some inspectors exceeding their powers, but Michael Chance is stressing that is not an issue in Donegal.In relation to penalties, Mr Chance says the reality is in some cases, farmers are accepting them rather than appeal……………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleWater supply to Gola Island disrupted once againNext articleDonegal business owner says road improvement delays ‘beyond embarrassing’ News Highland Pinterest Facebook Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – June 29, 2018 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twittercenter_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Farmers are accepting penalties rather than risk appeals – IFA Google+last_img read more

At least 4 dead in Utah tour bus crash: Officials

first_imgMichael Warren/iStock(BRYCE CANYON, UT) — At least four people are dead and multiple people are critically injured after a tour bus crashed in Utah, according to the state’s highway patrol.Air ambulances and rescue crews are racing to the scene near Bryce Canyon on SR-12.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Cadbury’s puts appraisals low on priority list

first_img Confectionery and soft drinks company Cadbury Schweppes has boosted staff performance by shifting from individual appraisals to pay based on business results.Over the last four years the company has doubled shareholder value through an international performance management programme across the entire company, said Chris Bones, group organisation effectiveness and development director.Pay was linked to the programme, which assesses performance by measuring the amount of profit each business unit made after costs of generating the revenue were subtracted from the total. Bones said the company believed that individual performance appraisals did not create any value and in future all the paperwork will be reduced to a one-page summary.”I don’t think the performance appraisal system has made a great deal of difference to the way we’ve achieved what we’ve achieved,” said Bones.Over the last four years the company’s performance management programme ensured that all staff feedback and training are linked to the company’s goals of doubling shareholder value and achieving earnings per share growth of at least 10 per cent.The company’s top 150 executives were audited against a set of leadership imperatives and given development or in some cases replaced. “That’s a very tough process to go through. It started with the board and went down,” said Bones.The company has also stopped using top management schools such as Harvard and Insead and runs its own executive training instead.”That seems to differentiate us from a lot of other practitioners who are pushing training out,” said Bones. Cadbury’s puts appraisals low on priority listOn 31 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HF Wire-Mesh Dipole Antennas for Broadband Ice-Penetrating Radar.

first_imgIn this letter, a novel high-frequency to very-high-frequency wire-mesh dipole antenna design for use in polar regions is discussed and evaluated. The antenna was designed to be lightweight, readily demountable, and acceptably robust. This is an initial step in the development of a ground-based, phase-sensitive, synthetic aperture imaging system for use on an autonomous rover platform. The results of initial trials on the Rhône Glacier, Switzerland, in August 2019, are discussed, with particular attention being paid to the effect on the antenna performance of high surface water content. Including the effects of the surface water resulted in good agreement between field results, and modeled performance.last_img read more

VIDEO: USCG Medevacs Sailor Missing for More Than 60 Days

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man who was located on a disabled sailing vessel Thursday approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 1,085-foot, German-flagged motor vessel Houston Express at approximately 1:30 p.m., indicating they spotted a man and the vessel approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and took him aboard.A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at approximately 3:40 p.m. The helicopter crew met the Houston Express, hoisted the man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at approximately 7:30 p.m.The man, 37-year-old Louis Jordan and the sailing vessel Angel, were initially reported missing by his family to the Coast Guard Jan. 29. April 3, 2015 View post tag: US Coast Guard Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: USCG Medevacs Sailor Missing for More Than 60 Days center_img Share this article VIDEO: USCG Medevacs Sailor Missing for More Than 60 Dayslast_img read more

Harvard students improve recycling

first_imgStudents from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Resource Efficiency Program (REP) and staff from Harvard Recycling conducted the 13th annual waste audit on Nov. 11. The audit assesses how well undergraduate residents separate recyclable papers, cardboard, bottles, and cans by measuring the weight of these items discarded as trash and not recycled.The team audited a random sample of 34 trash bags generated by undergraduate residences between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10. Dressed in protective gowns, dust masks, goggles, and gloves, auditors separated the refuse into five categories: single-stream recyclables (paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, cups, and containers made of plastics 1-7); reusables; compostables; liquids; and other residuals (trash).Results showed that recyclables comprised 25 percent of the sampled trash. Last year, 32 percent of Harvard’s trash was recyclable. This is the lowest fraction of recyclables in the trash since the audits began in 1999.“Boxes, water bottles, and coffee cups were the most abundant recyclables I saw,” said Rob Gogan, recycling and waste services manager for Facilities Maintenance Operations.Reusables were only 6 percent of this year’s trash as compared with 12 percent last year.  Overall, recyclables and reusables were 31 percent of the trash as opposed to 44 percent last year. Reusables discarded as trash included various used but serviceable articles of clothing, terry cloth washcloths and towels, and a 2009 SourceBook. Expansion of “reuse shelves” from four pilot Houses last year to all 12 Houses this year may be one reason. “Pforzheimer House’s reuse shelves are extremely active, with lots of clothing coming and going every week,” according to Brandon Geller, REP coordinator for the Office for Sustainability.“Overall, I’m encouraged by the results,” said Gogan. “We need to do a better job getting people to recycle beverage containers, including paper coffee cups. Also, we have a lot of opportunities to compost, as organics represented 31 percent of the sample.”last_img read more

Musicologist puts race center-stage

first_img Mixed messages Related Poring over archives in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and online, Oja has repeatedly found herself shocked by “the mind-numbing details of racial segregation and the ends to which people went to keep segregation in place.”According to Oja, the Philharmonic has a better record than the Met, having integrated their series of summer concerts at Lewisohn Stadium long before Anderson made her Met debut in 1955. Still, performances with the orchestra at vaunted venues such as Carnegie Hall were the exception for African-Americans until the mid-1950s.Also central to Oja’s story is the role of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in helping desegregate the classical music world, and the efforts of the Associated Negro Press to push for more African-American performers onstage. Today the availability of black newspapers in newly digitized platforms, said Oja, “has transformed this kind of study.”“The perspective of the African-American world wasn’t accessible before because there was no indexing of these newspapers. Now we can see that racial issues in classical music were being argued and discussed vigorously in black newspapers. That was far different from the white press.”Oja hopes that helping people better understand the past may help them move forward. “Amid new waves of racial difficulties in the country, it’s so important to understand the history of racial exclusions … it’s a major part of our past and it just isn’t discussed fully enough.”Sadly, notes Oja, diversity in classical music is still an uphill battle. Groups such as the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based program that aims to promote diversity in the arts, are a sign of progress, and orchestras have moved much closer to balance along gender lines. But minorities, in particular African-Americans, are still poorly represented, she said.“Some changes have happened,” said Oja, “but not enough.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSave New Radcliffe exhibition pushes artistic boundaries Crowds usually didn’t fluster Marian Anderson.On Easter Sunday in 1939, one of the most famous singers of the 20th century, with help from first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, staged a concert at the Lincoln Memorial. It was a musical stand against the Daughters of the American Revolution, who had refused to let Anderson perform in Washington’s Constitution Hall because of a “white artists only” contractual clause. Seventy-five thousand people turned out to hear the contralto voice her protest.But then, 16 years later, during her debut performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera before an audience a fraction of the size, Anderson had butterflies.“I was there onstage, mixing the witch’s brew,” Anderson, who sang the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (“The Masked Ball”), later said. “I trembled, and when the audience applauded and applauded before I could sing a note, I felt myself tightening into a knot.”Anderson didn’t let her nerves stop her from becoming the first African-American soloist on the Met stage. Her historic performance signaled a breakthrough in classical music and was a Civil Rights milestone, yet it was also a “compromised moment,” said musicologist Carol Oja.Forbidden from performing at Constitution Hall, Marian Anderson sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial, drawing a crowd of over 75,000. Courtesy of Library of Congress“It was an era when black-faced minstrelsy was still alive on stage and screen and the role she played was labeled as a ‘negress who lives in a foul dwelling,’” said Oja, Harvard’s William Powell Mason Professor of Music. “There was a good deal of racialized language surrounding this role. Her performance was a triumph but it was also … sad.”A fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Oja is working on a book (“Black Virtuosos and Civil Rights”) chronicling the breakthrough generation of African-American classical musicians between World War II and 1961, the year soprano Leontyne Price became the first African-American singer to have a sustained relationship with the Met. She discussed her research in a HUBweek lecture at Knafel Center Wednesday.Anderson and Price feature prominently in Oja’s narrative, along with baritone William Warfield, conductor Dean Dixon, and conductor and violinist Everett Lee. The Met and the New York Philharmonic, bastions of classical music in the United States that have each “struggled with segregation and the racial climate and habits of their eras” are the other key actors in Oja’s work.last_img read more