Stage and Screen Legend Ruby Dee Dies at 91

first_img View Comments Born on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dee was known best for her searing portrayal of Ruth Younger both in the original Broadway production of the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959 and the subsequent film version in 1961. Her other notable stage credits include the central role in Athol Fugard’s 1970 play Boesman and Lena as well as roles (often opposite her late husband Ossie Davis) on Broadway in Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. Though she had a long and illustrious stage and screen career, Dee was also known as a poet, playwright, screenwriter and activist. As a civil rights activist, Dee was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Both she and Davis were friends of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. In 2005, Dee and her late husband were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. On June 8, Audra McDonald paid tribute to Dee in her Tony Awards acceptance speech by thanking her as one of the courageous women who have helped pave the way for her. Her many accolades include a Grammy (in 2007 for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together), Emmy (in 1991 for Decoration Day), Academy Award nomination (in 2008 for American Gangster), the National Medal of Arts in 1995 (with Davis) and the Kennedy Center Honors (with Davis) in 2004. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee is survived by three children: Nora, Hasna and Guy, and seven grandchildren. Stage and screen icon and civil rights stalwart, Ruby Dee has died. The actress died of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle, New York on June 11, according to CNN. She was 91.last_img read more

Supreme Court pauses to remember Justice Ervin

first_imgSupreme Court pauses to remember Justice Ervin Supreme Court pauses to remember Justice Ervin November 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court came alive with the memory of former Chief Justice Richard W. Ervin, who died in August at 99, after a long, full life of public service that inspired equal access to justice.The rotunda area was a history museum dedicated to Ervin’s life — everything from a videotaped oral history to one of six hole-in-one trophies he won doing his favorite pastime of golf.Inside the courtroom, a ceremonial session celebrated the man known as the “Great Dissenter,” because out of more than 600 opinions he wrote during his time on the bench from 1964-75, there were 220 dissents that spoke to a justice who was ahead of his time.“Dissents can be the mark of moral courage,” said Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. “In one of his final cases as justice, Justice Ervin forcefully argued that Florida’s recently revised death penalty statute was unconstitutional. This was not a popular position either then or now. He stood alone in that dissent, but it was consistent with his visions of a merciful society, as well as his view of the law.”Sandy D’Alemberte, former president of the ABA and Florida State University, said, “The remarkable thing is that Justice Ervin voiced his opinion while he was on the bench.. . and did not have to regret his failure to speak out when he was in office. We will miss this kind man, this man who had such a wonderful spine and a conscience, this great public servant who had this wonderful sense of humor, this judge who believed strongly in access to justice and saw that the mission of the law is to make life better for all citizens.”Justice Harry Lee Anstead called Ervin one of his heroes and was honored to have him swear him in as chief justice in 2002.“He was a great role model to me, and what came out clearly from reading all of his opinions was his view that the law was really only relevant when it served the people,” Anstead said.Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson described her awesome education in the law by “giants” when she was a young lawyer at Ervin, Varn, Jacobs, Odom and Kitchen, and her colleagues included both former Justice Ervin, also Florida’s attorney general 1948-64, and former Gov. LeRoy Collins.“Justice Ervin was known by some as The General or simply Judge, which is what most of us at the firm called him. But he was regarded by all as a humble servant of the people and as a great Floridian,” Johnson said. “He was a well-known advocate for social equality, and he embraced diversity long before any of us understood what diversity would come to mean in our lives or in our profession.”Former Gov. Reubin Askew said: “I have met a lot of people, particularly political figures, who say they are people persons. A lot of them are and a lot of them aren’t. Dick Ervin was. Instinctively, he went for the marginalized in our society and to empathize with them and then to use the power given to him, whatever it be, whether as attorney general or chief justice, in order to express himself as best that God gave him that opportunity to do.”Robert Ervin, former Bar president and Richard Ervin’s brother, said, “Dick strongly believed that the primary function of government at all levels, and the duty of its officials, was to respond to the needs of the governed and to serve them. And that was the thread that ran through his entire career.”Nina Ashenafi, president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, called Justice Ervin “a great man and a living legend. Though he was a humble and unassuming man, never talking down to anyone or putting on airs, Justice Ervin influenced the Tallahassee Bar Association in a great and profound way” by advocating early on a requirement to provide pro bono service as a condition of membership.“Justice Ervin knew, all too well, that the cause of the oppressed must be one that those of us in the legal profession must champion,” Ashenafi said. “For what happens to the least of us, happens eventually to all of us.”To view the special ceremonial memorial session honoring the life of Richard W. Ervin, go to www.flcourts.org and click on Supreme Court, and then go to Oral Arguments Online.last_img read more

CDC advises against closing schools during H1N1 outbreaks

first_img May 5 CIDRAP News storyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/may0509schools-br.html Regularly cleaning surfaces in schools with regular cleansers (bleach is not advised) Aug 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recommended today that schools should not close down during novel H1N1 influenza outbreaks, though they emphasized that the advice is a guideline and that decisions should be made based on local conditions. However, the officials said, some schools will be justified in closing if they have a high rate of infection or large numbers of students with the underlying conditions that make the virus more dangerous. “We hope no schools will have to close, but realistically, some schools will close this fall,” Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. See also: The advice affects the approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff who work in the more than 130,000 public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Separate advisories for colleges and universities, and for pre-kindergarten and early-childhood programs, are expected to be issued in the next few weeks. Conducting active screening for fever and other symptoms as students and staff enter school each morning More than 700 schools closed when H1N1 flu first struck in April and May. About 50 were in New York City, where the local outbreak was at least 800,000 cases. As New York City health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden oversaw those closings. But today, speaking as new director of the CDC, he said that additional information about the behavior of the novel virus has made school closings a choice rather than a necessity. Along with the advice on closings, which were published today on the CDC’s H1N1 flu Web page, the guidelines include new advice on when to allow ill students and staff to return to school: when 24 hours have passed with no fever, whether or not the person is taking antiviral drugs. Previously, federal guidance required flu patients to stay home for 7 days. The guidelines, composed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released at a press briefing by the Department of Health and Human Services, build on revised guidance that the CDC issued in May. Early in the pandemic’s spring wave, schools were told to close for up to 2 weeks, but the CDC changed its advice shortly afterward to say that schools should focus on keeping sick students and staff out of school. CDC Guidance for State and local Public Health Officials and School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Yearhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/schoolguidance.htm Asking students and staff with underlying conditions to stay home when flu is circulating locally Emphasizing hand-washing and covering coughs with tissues or shirt-sleeves Because closings may yet happen, school should prepare by getting temporary home-schooling plans ready, Duncan warned. Making sure that students and staff with high-risk conditions see healthcare professionals as soon as possible after they show symptoms The guidelines also advise: Technical Report for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators on CDC Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Yearhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/technicalreport.htm Asking students and staff with ill family members to stay home for 5 days after the first household member falls ill “We know from the spring that where there was H1N1 there were very large explosive outbreaks in schools,” Frieden said in the briefing. “[But] we know more now about how it behaves; we know more about how to control it. It is now clear that closure of schools is rarely if ever indicated.” The new advice is being issued because “once you close a school, as we saw last spring, that creates a very significant ripple effect” on parents and businesses, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said during the briefing. Sending ill students and staff home, and holding them in rooms separate from the main student body until they can leave Schools can reasonably consider closing if they have large numbers of students who are medically frail or pregnant, or are in an area where the local outbreak is especially intense, or if the virus begins to cause more severe illness, he said. Otherwise, schools will need to rely on parents to keep children at home if they are feverish. But he cautioned that some of the spring closings in New York City were driven by children showing up to school with fever because their parents did not or could not keep them at home. If the fall flu wave involves more severe disease than what was seen in the spring, the guidelines also call for (among other steps):last_img read more

The biggest Christmas party in the Blue Lagoon

first_imgBlue Laguna employees with a salary for November will also be paid a Christmas bonus in the amount of HRK 2.500,00 and an additional reward in the amount of HRK 500,00, which amounts to a total of HRK 3.000,00.Seasonal workers will be paid a proportionate share of both Christmas bonuses and bonuses, depending on the continuous duration of the employment relationship. In addition, the workers will be paid a gift in kind in the amount of HRK 600,00We are convinced that the workers of the Blue Lagoon will be happy with this year’s Christmas treatment from the employer, points out the Trade Unions of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia (SIKD) and add that they are personally satisfied with the agreement reached with the employer whose negotiating team proved to be very correct in the negotiations. “We hope that we will be satisfied with the negotiations, ie the agreement on material rights in 2019, which we expect should be completed next week. ” stand out from SIKD.In 2019, Plava Laguna will embark on a new investment cycle of HRK 298,2 million. One of the investments will be a more intensive investment in the expansion and arrangement of the existing capacities for the accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag in order to raise the quality of the workers’ stay.RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON INVESTS HRK 298 MILLION NEXT YEARlast_img read more

Appreciate police for dangers they face

first_imgI have experienced the dangers first-hand. I went on a ride-along a few times where we were sent to a call and a few officers had to fight with a someone who was hitting them and being completely uncooperative.There was a point during the call where an officer almost had to pull his gun to make sure all the officers were safe. Another experience I had was when an officer I was with was inside a trailer with someone and the trailer collapsed with him inside. I have never felt more scared in my life than I was for him. I didn’t know what was going on.Police are not safe. These officers put their lives on the line everyday.Not only do police officers have to make sure that they keep themselves safe, but so do the dispatchers. They have to make sure all of their officers are all accounted for. I just hope that people in the world appreciate what police do every day to keep their community safe.Giuliana SpadaroRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? As a Mohonasen High School student, it’s a concern to me that police officers have to worry about their safety on a daily basis a lot more than usual. I’ve read about officers getting shot and killed for no reason at all. It frustrates me that when police are needed, for whatever the situation may be, they respond and get shot at for trying to do their jobs.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Badminton restart ‘difficult to predict’, says BWF chief

first_imgTopics : The pinnacle of the badminton season had been expected to be the Tokyo Olympics, now shifted to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.All BWF tournaments have been suspended since mid-March, when most professional sports worldwide were frozen as travel restrictions bit and a swathe of countries went into lockdown. Badminton will be back in action “as soon as possible” after the coronavirus crisis, the sport’s chief told AFP, adding that international travel restrictions were complicating the picture.Badminton, like tennis, golf and other sports with an international circuit, faces major hurdles after countries introduced an array of travel bans and quarantine periods to combat COVID-19.Thomas Lund, secretary general of the Badminton World Federation, said an announcement on a rejigged 2020 calendar was expected soon. But he cautioned that the situation remained fluid.center_img “We are gearing up to be ready to start competition as soon as possible. This includes formulating a revamped BWF tournament calendar for 2020. An announcement on this will be made shortly,” Lund said in a statement to AFP.”But at this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories in order to guarantee that players, their entourage, officials and staff can participate in tournaments safely.”Badminton has already moved the Thomas and Uber Cups, a highlight of the season, to later in the year, hoping that the virus emergency will have passed.The de facto men’s and women’s world team championships — originally scheduled for May, and then moved to August — are now set to take place in Aarhus, Denmark in October. last_img read more

Paul Merson slams ‘clueless’ Arsenal board for targeting Mikel Arteta

first_imgMikel Arteta is closing on a move to Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Paul Merson has branded Arsenal’s hierarchy as ‘clueless’ over their decision to target Mikel Arteta.The Gunners have already held extensive talks with their former midfielder and Metro.co.uk understands that the club are confident that an agreement can be reached this week.Arteta has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City since July 2016 and a move to Arsenal would be his first move into management.And Merson believes Arsenal are taking a huge risk by appointing a candidate who lacks experience.ADVERTISEMENT‘This is a big, big gamble putting someone that has never managed before in charge of a club the size of Arsenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports. Advertisement Paul Merson slams ‘clueless’ Arsenal board for targeting Mikel Arteta Mikel Arteta has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Man City since 2016 ((EPA)‘It’s all well and good saying he’s worked under Pep Guardiola, but let’s be honest, Guardiola would struggle managing this Arsenal team. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would struggle!AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You’re only as good as your players at the end of the day and the idea of Arteta replicating Guardiola’s style of football at the Emirates just falls apart when you look at the players he’ll be working with.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Other than the fact he won’t get lost on the way to training, I don’t know what else he brings to the table.‘I cannot make the case for Arteta because he’s never managed before, yet someone at Arsenal can. How can you do that?‘I want to know who is upstairs at Arsenal saying this is a good appointment. From the club’s perspective, it’s clueless.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Dec 2019 8:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link476Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Seventh heaven for golf enthusiasts — welcome to the Arundel Villa with a man cave

first_img105-455 Brisbane Rd, Arundel.ARE you on the hunt for a home with a man cave? Look no further than this luxury villa which has space for all your toys. Located in Arundel’s gated Lakeside Manors — Cambridge Estate, the home combines sandstone and timber for a resort-style look.105-455 Brisbane Rd, Arundel.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMitchell Lambert and Ash Bryant from Lambert Willcox describe it as an oversized villa.“Whether you’re an owner occupier, investor or avid golfer, this home has great resort style,” Mr Lambert said.105-455 Brisbane Rd, Arundel.The home has views of the fairways and lake from the balcony and deck.Other highlights of the home includes a spacious ensuite main bedroom with a private balcony.The kitchen comes with glossed stone bench tops while open-plan living areas showcase an incredible natural sandstone feature wall.105-455 Brisbane Rd, Arundel.last_img read more

Alphaliner: Box Volumes to Continue Rising despite Ongoing Trade War

first_imgGlobal container throughput is still expected to grow, despite rising trade tensions and weaker global GDP growth, Alphaliner said.Aggregate container port throughput is set to increase by 2.5 percent in 2019, down from the 3.5 percent growth estimate the consultancy released at the beginning of this year.However, the escalating trade tensions will have a negative impact on container volumes, with the ‘TEU-to-GDP growth multiplier’ expected to fall to less than 1 in 2019. The multiplier has seen a steady decline over the last 30 years from over 3 times in the decade from 1990 to 2000, to less than 1.5 times since 2010.In the second quarter of this year, total container volumes grew by an estimated 2.8 percent globally, rising marginally from 2.7 percent in the first quarter. The preliminary growth rate was slightly above the first quarter’s rate as the ongoing Sino-US trade war failed to bring down overall container volumes.Volume growth at Chinese ports — including Hong Kong — slowed to 3.5 percent in the second quarter, compared to 4.2 percent in the first.On the other hand, ports in Europe registered the strongest gains in the second quarter, led by Rotterdam and Antwerp that reported gains of 5.5 percent and 9.1 percent respectively.North American volumes dropped to 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2019 from 4.7 percent a quarter before. Combined volumes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach fell by 0.5 percent in the quarter, but all other main North American ports registered volume gains, Alphaliner informed.Earlier this week, expressing their concerns about the impacts of the trade war between the US and China, the six largest US West Coast ports sent a letter to President Trump. In the letter, they highlighted that exporters are losing market opportunities through increased tariffs on sales to China.The Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Oakland, Port of Portland, Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma said the long-term implications of the escalating trade conflict “will create irredeemable economic harm to employers, workers, residents and international partnerships along the West Coast and throughout the entire country.”last_img read more

Caribbean Environmental Educators introduced to a toolkit to empower communities to monitor and protect their natural resources.

first_imgFresh Water Lake, DominicaMinchinton Burton, Director of the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry welcomed participants from twelve Caribbean countries to a Community Based Resource Assessment (CBRA) Toolkit Train-the-Trainers Workshop which takes place over three days. He described Dominica’s relatively pristine environment – beautiful forests and rivers, and acknowledged that they are increasingly being subjected to different threats. He stressed the value of a tool which can help communities better understand, monitor and protect land and water resources.Representatives of both government and non-governmental organizations throughout the Caribbean are engaged in the Workshop taking place at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, 12 – 14 April 2011.  The CBRA Toolkit has been developed to help communities and other groups understand the need for integrated watershed and coastal areas management, and empower them to solve problems affecting precious land and water resources.The tool was developed by the Global Environment Facility-funded Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF-IWCAM) Project¹, in collaboration with the SandWatch and RiverCare Programmes.  Dominica is one of thirteen countries participating in this project.Vincent Sweeney, Regional Project Coordinator of GEF-IWCAM, in introducing the CBRA Toolkit said: “We must not believe that water management is the responsibility of others.  The management of water is everybody’s responsibility.  In the Caribbean context, farmers are good examples of resource managers.Their farming practices (such as slash and burn or overuse of pesticides), in the upper reaches of watersheds, unless properly managed (by these same farmers), can compromise the quality and quantity of water.  They are however only one of the many qroups which would be considered resource users, and by extension, resource managers.”On Thursday 14th April, Workshop participants will visit Palm Grove in the Roseau Watershed to put some of these approaches into practice.  With the assistance of representatives of DOWASCO and the Forestry Division, they will identify examples of land degradation and sustainable land practices and measure water quality.In July 2009, the Roseau Watershed was identified as a critical area or “hot spot” in need of integrated watershed management approaches. The GEF-IWCAM Project has also been collaborating with the Government of Dominica in developing an integrated management plan and identifying and implementing key interventions.Dominica Vibes News Share 12 Views   no discussions LocalNews Caribbean Environmental Educators introduced to a toolkit to empower communities to monitor and protect their natural resources. by: – April 13, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more