Farewell to a ‘Humble Servant’

first_imgThe final funeral rites over the remains of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Charles Gyude Bryant, was held Wednesday, May 14 at the of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.Liberians, including former heads of state, former officials of government, many of whom were co-workers, and members of the diplomatic corps turned out in huge numbers to pay homage to Chairman Bryant, who is being eulogized as the architect of Liberia‘s peace process.Although the Liberian government was originally denied any participation in the funeral rites for the late Chairman in terms of a state burial as is allegedly enshrined in his Will, an array of government officials led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Speaker J. Alex Tyler and Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzongar M. Findley, were present at the service.The Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Liberia, Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said the late Chairman was a humble servant of humanity, notably the state and the church, where he offered his life and services to the advancement of those institutions until his death.The Episcopalian Prelate said the late Bryant was a “peace maker, a reconciler and a visionary leader”—who was asked at a difficult time when the country was in disarray to serve his people; an honor he accepted and executed with “diligence.”He said that Bryant did not exhibit a greed for power as exemplified through the timely and peaceful transfer to a democratically-elected government headed by Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2006.He reminded Liberian politicians and those in the strata of leadership that they are called to serve humanity; and as such, they should serve with commitment, transparency and enthusiasm as did the late NTGL chairman to the glory of the Almighty Creator.Bishop Hart called on Liberians to respect and love one and another and desist from those things that will tear the country apart, undermining the peace that Liberians currently enjoy. The Episcopal clergyman also called on Liberians to desist from deceit and hypocrisy “as it has the propensity to drift us further apart.”Bishop Hart: “Gyude Bryant was a very dedicated and faithful scholar and statesman who contributed immensely to his church and country. He was the Chairman of the NTGL while at the same time serving as an usher in our church directing people to their seats. He was indeed a servant.”According to Bishop Hart, “It was mandated for the late Bryant to serve for only two years. He did not hold onto power as many of us would do had we been in those shoes. Therefore, we must try to emulate the exemplary life that he lived by doing away with pretense and undermining each other as Liberians.”Former Chairman Bryant, who “faithfully and honorably” served the Liberian state from October 2003 to January 16, 2006, died at 65 on April 16, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.For President Sirleaf, the former NTGL Chair was a man who gave much of his life and service to the betterment of Liberia and Liberians.She said the Liberian people are downhearted by the death of such an humble leader. “The country has lost one of the most committed and dedicated servants,” she lamented.The Liberian leader described the late Bryant as a man who had deep unpretending humility, and the opportunity to serve his people. She said the late Bryant will forever be remembered by his compatriots for his role in bringing peace to the country.Bryant’s former Vice Chair, Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson, described the deceased as a soft-spoken and understanding, but firm man, who always ensured that the right things were done.Paying tribute on behalf of members and former officials of the NTGL, Ambassador Johnson said the late Bryant will be highly credited for the peace that Liberians presently enjoy as he was one of those who wholeheartedly sat at a table for dialogue for a peace resolution to the Liberian conflict.He said the NTGL, under the leadership of Chairman Bryant, fully implemented the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Meanwhile the emotions at the service began to soar as congregation began to reflect on their interaction with the late Liberian statesman. Some people, especially the fallen statesman fiancée, Sia-Ella Sammy, and three children, Charles G. Bryant III, Cheryl R. Bryant, and Charles Mleh Bryant, could no longer hold back tears as the congregation sang some soulful and heart rending funeral hymns.The late NTGL Chair was not given a state burial because his families’ members (The Carr and Bryant) insisted that government stay out of the process. The family members claimed the late Bryant willed that government be excluded from his burial rites.This decision might have been the result of “bad blood” between the current leadership and the late statesman, created when he was accused of corruption and sent to prison.Nonetheless Bryant’s children thanked the Liberian government and people for honoring their father at his home going.“We shall have elections on time, I will not remain in office beyond our mandate…not one year, not one month, not one week, not one day and not one hour,” Charles G. Bryant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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iHeartRadio Announced as Official Radio Partner of the Boots and Hearts Music

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO  – Saddle up country fans! iHeartRadio Canada announced today that it has teamed up with Boots and Hearts to become the official radio partner of Canada’s largest country music festival. As part of this exclusive partnership, iHeartRadio has launched Boots and Hearts Radio, which features music from the hottest country artists playing at the 2018 Boots and Hearts Music Festival, including country heavyweights Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, Billy Currington, Brett Young and more.Anchored by hosts of the iHeartRadio New Country Countdown, Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper, the brand new, commercial-free, Boots and Hearts country music station features artists from the 2018 line-up, and those that have previously headlined this must-attend summer festival, as well as exclusive interviews from them. Boots and Hearts Radio is available now on the iHeartRadio app.Spanning four days from August 9-12 in Oro Medonte, Ont., just north of Toronto, Boots and Hearts provides country music fans with performances from more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions, creating a truly unique festival experience. iHeartRadio will also have its own activation space on the grounds during the festival, with live coverage across multiple Bell Media country radio stations, including live interview content and updates from Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Letter To Parents Get Your Kids Into Baseball It

Parents:Scratch that football off the Christmas list for your son.Instead, go out and buy him a new glove and bat.Make no mistake about it. That’s the prudent move if you’re trying to steer your future baller to a sport.If you aren’t sure, check out the contract Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton agreed to on Monday: a record-setting 13-year, $325 million deal.All guaranteed. Yep, Stanton, who is 25 and half-black, will get every thin dime.The business of baseball is ridiculously profitable. The sport is healthy and has plenty of money to spend.Last year, Robinson Cano left NYC to join the Seattle Mariners. No one thought Cano would leave the Yankees for the Northwest. But the Mariners spent cash the way the Yankees have, giving Cano an eye-popping 10-year, $240 million deal.At the time, it tied the third-largest deal in sports history. Not baseball history, but professional sports history. Yes, including the NFL, NBA and NHL. Heck, even those money-rich soccer leagues in Europe.In fact, baseball owns 21 of the top 22 biggest contracts in the history of sports. Only Floyd Mayweather’s two-year, $180-million deal with Showtime ranks on that list at 12.That should be enough incentive to get your son signed up for Little League this spring. There are plenty of other jobs in baseball at the minor league level, too.Somehow, we’ve lost our way in baseball. African Americans make up just 7.8 percent of players in MLB in 2014.The biggest missed opportunity is in college. There are plenty of scholarships to play baseball. In the African-American community, fewer kids are playing baseball at a higher level. Hence, even historically Black colleges have given the scholarships to white and Hispanic kids to play baseball for their teams. Crazy.We get it. Basketball is easier. All a kid needs is a ball, a hoop and all day at the park. But there are only 400 jobs in the NBA and only 30 players get a guaranteed deal each year.The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s 2004 deal for $136.4 million is the first basketball contract on this list, ranking only 34th.Yes, there are more gigs in the NFL—more than 1,600 jobs compared to about 800 in MLB.There are two big differences, though. The average career is just 3.5 years in the NFL. And the rise in brain trauma injuries emphasizes the long-lasting dangers of football. Additionally, most NFL contracts are not guaranteed.The Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson is the first NFL player on the list. His $132-million pact signed in 2012 ranks 37th—but only $53 million of it was guaranteed.But the health concern in the football is serious business. Many former players have talked about all their health problems after they left the sport, including Hall Of Fame-bound quarterback Brett Favre.Favre holds the NFL record for consecutive games played at 297. In the process, he also was sacked a record 525 times in his 20-year career.A year ago, Favre said he didn’t know if he would allow his son to play football, if he had one.According to ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” there’s been a 9.5 percent drop in Pop Warner football participation from 2000-2012.It’s not too late to get that glove for your boy and start playing catch as soon as the weather breaks. In the meantime, you guys can hit the batting cage.Baseball isn’t just fun. It’s pays, too. Boy, does it.—Rob ParkerRob Parker is a Detroit-based sports columnist who was the first black sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press and Newsday in NYC. Parker also co-hosted a radio show “Parker and The Man” for a decade and worked for ESPN for eight years. read more

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Premier Robinson Congratulates Prime Minister Hurbert Minnis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Premier Sharlene Robinson today phoned Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) and incoming Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, to congratulate him on his Party’s success at the Polls.Premier Robinson remarked that the call was welcomed and well received.She has also issued a congratulatory letter on behalf of the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands which included the following sentiments:“It is without a doubt that the people of the Bahamas have spoken and their level of faith in both you as their leader and your government translated in the landslide delivery of thirty five candidates from the Bahamas FNM Party…”She continued in her letter. “…As politicians we have the great responsibility to effectively lay out the promises of our manifestos, hoping that others will share in our vision for our countries, but as Leaders we have an even greater responsibility, to deliver on those promises and fulfill the dreams that we have awaken in our people.”Premier Robinson has wished the new Prime Minister all the very best in his endeavors and committed to pray for him, his Government and his country.#magneticmedianews#premiercongratulateshurbertminnis Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #premiercongratulateshurbertminnis Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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The Hollywood Reporter Names Daniel Strauss Digital GM

first_imgThe Hollywood Reporter has hired Daniel Strauss as general manager of digital. Strauss, who was most recently chief product officer at digital and mobile content management platform provider Endplay, will oversee all of the digital product development for THR.com.Strauss will have a full plate, leading THR‘s digital channel build-out and new initiatives in video, blogs, social media, email marketing and tablet and mobile apps. He will also be responsible for digital product development, design and partnership creation-as well as standardizing audience metrics and reporting. Strauss will report to editorial director Janice Min.The Hollywood Reporter‘s efforts lately provide some context to Strauss’s responsibilities. In May, THR.com partnered with Fandango to let visitors search movie times and buy tickets. The site, which topped 11 million uniques per comScore numbers in May, has expanded its Movies video channel, launched a new Indie channel and a tech-oriented blog called Behind the Screen. Prior to Endplay, Strauss was co-founder and chief product officer of Shopflick. He also spent five years at Fox Interactive Media as general manager and vice president of FIM Labs and director of production and operations at Fox Sports Interactive.last_img read more

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In Our Communities

first_imgCommunity leaders were on the inaugural Contour Airlines flight Feb. 12 from Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to St. Louis. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership said the daily jet service will support military mission and boost tourism….The new director of veterans services in Ohio is prioritizing transition readiness, so veterans are ready for new jobs “the moment they step out of uniform,” according to the Dayton Daily News. Deborah Ashenhurst said helping with employment will also reduce homelessness, drug abuse, mental health problems and suicide among the state’s 800,000 military veterans….Buckley Air Force Base pumped almost $1 billion into the Aurora, Colo., community last year, an increase over the year before. The base supports about 4,300 jobs, according to The Sentinel….Bids are due March 11 for a “transit-oriented development” study at a train station site near the south gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Office of Economic Adjustment is funding the project, according to the RFP from Harford County, Md.Photo by Sustainable Ozarks Partnership ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 3 Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest Turkeys

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 3, 2019:Police noted the lights are activated and the arms are stuck in the upright position at the railroad crossing at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. Keolis responded and repaired the signals. (1:27am)A caller reported deceased turkeys in the roadway on Main Street. (11:14am)Two vehicles parked in the back parking lot of Target took off when an officer approached. The plate on the Honda Accord came back as belonging to an SUV. Police checked area but were unable to locate vehicles. (5:19pm)A walk-in party reported a hit & run in the Tremezzo parking lot while she was inside the restaurant. Unknown party left a note on her vehicle with suspect vehicle’s information. Police made contact with other driver. She admitted she tapped the vehicle but did not observe any damage. Police observed minor damage to the front bumper and assisted with paperwork exchange. (7:46pm)Patrick Bussey (21, Methuen) was issued a summons for resisting arrest. Police noticed Bussey pushing two bicycles on Main Street. He had a warrant out on him. He took off on foot. Billerica and Tewksbury Police notified. State Police sent a trooper in the area to assist. (11:24pm)Police received a report of a right in the RMA Fitness parking lot. Police responded. No fight. Two males and two females were in the lot running around and joking. (11:53pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Kaspersky Lab will warn you if your phone is infected with stalkerware

first_img Tags Share your voice Comment James Martin/CNET Antivirus apps are supposed to protect you from attacks on your devices, but for years, stalkerware has evaded their scrutiny. On Wednesday, Kaspersky Lab said it would start flagging stalkerware as malicious, and warn people through its Android app when stalkerware is installed on their phones. In 2018 Kaspersky Lab detected stalkerware on 58,487 mobile devices. kasperskyThe warning allows people to delete the stalkerware app if it detects it. Kaspersky Lab There’s likely much more out there; the cybersecurity company can detect it only in devices running Kaspersky’s antivirus software.Stalkerware, which Vice’s Motherboard has reported on extensively, is frequently used by stalkers and abusers to spy on people through their phones. It essentially turns victims’ phones into surveillance devices, letting an attacker track a person’s every step and listen in on every word.Stalkerware is quietly installed on people’s devices, and then accesses personal data including GPS location, text messages, photos and microphone feeds. You don’t have to be an expert to get your hands on it — stalkerware is sold online, for as little as a few hundred dollars. Some purveyors offer subscription plans for $68 a month, according to Kaspersky Lab.Researchers from Cornell University, Hunter College and New York University found in 2018 that many antivirus programs don’t flag known stalkerware apps, many of which are marketed as tools for parents tracking children or people tracking stolen devices.Kaspersky Lab said it was motivated to start flagging stalkerware apps after speaking with Eva Galperin, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s head of cybersecurity. “As a result, we now flag commercial spyware with a specific alert which warns users of the dangers stalkerware poses,” Alexey Firsh, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said in a statement. “We believe users have a right to know if such a program is installed on their device.”Galperin told WIRED that she expects Kaspersky Lab’s new initiative to set an industry standard among antivirus companies.Kaspersky Lab’s scan will now detect stalkerware apps and give users the option to delete them. The protection is available on Android devices, because stalkerware isn’t as prevalent on iOS, Kaspersky Lab said. Symantec, an antivirus company that owns Norton, said it also blocks spyware and stalkerware, which its software considers malicious. One type of protection it offers is flagging when location information is being sent from apps, a Symantec spokesperson said. A Malwarebytes spokesperson said the company has been enforcing against stalkerware since 2014.Lookout, a mobile security app, said it’s also been tackling this as a serious security threat.”We’ve been flagging and fighting this kind of spouseware/stalkerware at Lookout for years, as it is a constant problem in the mobile security space,” a spokesperson said in a statement.Originally published April 3 at 10:01 a.m. PT.Update, 1:50 p.m. PT: Adds responses from other antivirus companies.center_img 1 Mobile Securitylast_img read more

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Game of Thrones finale streaming May 19 on HBO Now

first_imgDaenerys Sunburn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, Shivakamini Somakandarkram, the Unburnt, Queen of the Burgers and the First Cheese, Chaser of the Wheat Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. HBO Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: WWE Money in the Bank is airing live on the WWE Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Watch as Becky “2 Belts” Lynch defends her two championships in two matches. Yes, the show is on at the same time as Game of Thrones, but the event will be available on demand on WWE’s streaming service. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Game of Barry Share your voice Your browser does not support the audio element. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Home Entertainment What’s new to stream in May 2019 Comment Tagscenter_img For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) 1 2:21 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

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Salary hike for Infosys TCS Wipro Tech Mahindra employees this year will

first_imgEmployees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work inside the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013. Of the three major Indian IT services companies (TCS), Infosys and Wipro) in 2016 the Tata Group had the highest, 8-12 percent, for offshore employees and 2-6 percent for onsite.Reuters FileIn a few weeks from now, Indian IT services companies will be declaring their March quarter (Q4) and FY2017 results. While investors and analysts would be doing number crunching, employees of TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Tech Mahindra would be keen on the quantum of salary hike. Two surveys have indicated that the hike for salaried Indians (across sectors) would be in the range of 9 to 11 percent this year. While Mercer estimated it at 10.8 percent, Aon Hewitt made a projection of 9.5 percent. “Over the years, salary increase differentiation across industries has narrowed down. Over the last three years, salary increases have stabilized around 10 percent,” Ruchika Pal, Principal & India TRS Product Leader, Mercer, had said in a statement last December.Salary hike in 2016Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) gave the maximum increase last year, with offshore employees getting 8-12 percent while onsite employees got 2-6 percent, the highest among the top three firms.Infosys employees got 6-12 percent pay hike, translating into an average of 9 percent. For onsite, the hike was a tad lower at 1 percent on an average, as against 2 percent in 2015. The scene at India’s third-largest software services exporter Wipro was a tad better. Offshore employees were rewarded with an average pay increase of 9.5 percent while onsite employees got 2 percent. The salary hike was effective from June 1, 2016.Brexit, H-1B visa, rising rupee woesFinancial year 2016-17 has been tough for India’s $155-billion IT industry. The first major global headwind was in the form of Brexit, while 2017 began on an even tougher note, thanks to the US proposing stringent curbs on H1-B visas, which is bound to raise costs. A fast appreciating rupee hits these companies as most of their earnings are in US dollars.Nasscom delays FY2018 estimatesThe uncertainty prevailing worldwide prompted industry lobbying group Nasscom to postpone its FY2018 revenue projection to May this year. However, brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said in a note that the projection could be as low as 6-8 percent. “We will be surprised if the growth projection that Nasscom comes up with three months down the line is higher than 6-8 percent. This growth includes expansion not only of India-origin IT services and BPO players, but also of global in-house captives (GICs) of some large customers,” analyst Girish Pai, head of research at brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said in a note on February 16.Hiring trends in December quarterThe quarterly results (December quarter, or Q3) by Infosys, TCS, Wipro and HCL Technologies show that 13,100 employees were hired on a net basis during the quarter.Infosys, TCS, HCL Technologies and Wipro had 8,68,481 employees as of December 31, 2016 as against 8,55,381 employees at the end of September 2016 quarter. Tech Mahindra had 1,12,866 employees as of September 30, 2016.The net addition for TCS and Wipro was 6,978 and 4,891 employees, respectively, for the December 2016 quarter while Infosys reported a fall of 66, heralding a new trend in IT hiring characterised by increasing job automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and possible restrictions on H-1B visas by the Donald Trump-led US administration. HCL Technologies saw its employee headcount go up by 1,297 in December quarter.Results scheduleInfosys will be declaring its Q4 and FY2017 results on April 13, while the others are yet to announce their schedule.On Monday (March 20), Infosys shares were trading 1.83 percent lower at Rs 1,021 apiece, TCS was down 1.89 percent at Rs 2,479 and Wipro was almost flat at Rs 499.80. Employees work at their desks inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida in the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013 (representational image).Reuters filelast_img read more

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