Leeza Gibbons is no stranger to new beginnings, and in her new book – Take 2: Your Guide To Happy Endings and New Beginnings – she explains just how you can take control and live life to your rules.Leeza Gibbons Take 2“If you could hit the reset button and start over, would you? I did and I’ve found anytime is a good time for a re-do! That’s why I am so excited to tell you about the release of my brand new book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” she says about Take 2. “This is more than a book to me. It’s a chance for me to share my life and the lessons I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired, encouraged and empowered enough to realize that if this is not the life you ordered, you can always call for a TAKE 2!”Known for her work as TV host extraordinaire and founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza has led a fascinating life that has twisted and turned as she constantly reinvented herself. And in Take 2, Leeza leads us through some of the decisions that peppered her journey from a small town in South Carolina to superstardom in Hollywood, from devoted mother and wife to Alzheimer’s caregiver. Along the way she recounts encounters with Olivia Newton-John, Jamie Lee Curtis, Maria Shriver, Jessica Biel and many other stars she was able to draw inspiration from.“The book is really for anyone who wants to head in a new direction,” she says. “If you got divorced, depressed, fired or maybe you’ve gained weight – I’ll help you begin again. If you feel stuck or if you’ve just lost your way, TAKE 2 will help you get back on track and will remind you that this is YOUR life and it should be lived by YOUR rules!”Primarily aimed at women, Take 2 is also an important read for men who want to reboot their lives, or feel the need to better understand their partners. It is a book that can be read from cover-to-cover or dipped into on days when life is just not going the way you planned it. And with sections on change, how to look and feel good, and letting the spirit soar, Take 2 is a book that massages the soul and shows you how to live life by your rules.Leeza Gibbon’s Take 2 can be ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO (March 27, 2019) – Following its premiere last Wednesday (March 20), CTV confirmed today its new original comedy series JANN is the most-watched Canadian comedy this broadcast year. Following five days of PVR playback, the premiere episode of JANN currently has a cumulative average audience of 1.4 million viewers so far for its premiere and weekend encore broadcast (March 23). Building on its Wednesday night success on CTV, the episode has reached 2.8 million Canadians across all airings. It’s the biggest Canadian comedy debut since CTV’s THE INDIAN DETECTIVE starring Russell Peters.Becoming Bell Media’s most successful digital premiere to date, the debut episode of JANN was available during an extensive 16-day preview on multiple platforms including CTV.ca, CTV On Demand, Crave, CTV’s YouTube page, and more.“We’re delighted Canadians are responding to the comedic brilliance of Jann Arden with such enthusiasm,” said Executive Producer and Bell Media President Randy Lennox. “We’re thrilled that JANN gets funnier with each and every episode!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The series continues tonight (March 27) with the new episode “Go with the Flowga” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, the CTV App, and Crave. At the same time, series star Jann Arden takes to the Canadian Screen Award stage tonight to host the CTV Gala Honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling, streaming live for free on CTV.ca and the CTV app beginning at 7 p.m. ET.JANN premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, including 25 million total potential impressions during the March 20 premiere, with #JANNonCTV trending on Twitter in Canada during the premiere episode.*What fans are saying on Twitter:@TorrensJonathan – Great debut @jannarden! Solid jokes + physical comedy + self-deprecation = All the makings of a hit! Congrats to you and your crew. #jannonctv #cdntv@marthaelmusic – #JANNonCTV So funny. Thank you @jannarden and congratulations on a great series!@davidLearoyd – #JannOnCTV @jannarden OMG I can’t stop laughing!@aintlifeswells – We are laughing so hard! Loooooving it!!!! #JANNonCTVIn tonight’s new episode, Jann (Jann Arden) is recording a “We Are the World”- style charity song about empowering young women. But when she learns she has merely a small part in the chorus of the single, with her voice drowned out by other singers, Jann demands a full solo part in the song. And she doesn’t care which of her managers, new or old, helps her get it! This episode guest stars Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiesza.Encore presentations of JANN air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.About JANNSet and filmed in Calgary, JANN was co-developed by Bell Media and Project 10 Productions and is produced in association with Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Films.JANN is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley and Ben Murray for Project 10 Productions, and Tom Cox and Jordy Randall for Seven24 Films. Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper created the series and will also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning. For Bell Media, Chris Kelley is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Director, Comedy Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. Login/Register With: Jann Arden Advertisement Twitter
But before we get there, let’s first look at what the Wonderlic purportedly tests. “What we’re measuring is not what you know — that’s what’s being measured on the ACT or the SAT,” said Charles Wonderlic, president and CEO of Wonderlic Inc. “This is really saying, ‘How quickly does your brain gather and analyze information?’” The 12-minute Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) features 50 questions arranged by difficulty, lowest to highest. Here’s a sample:Jose’s monthly parking fee for April was $150; for May it was $10 more than April; and for June $40 more than May. His average monthly parking fee was ___ for these 3 months?J) $66K) $160L) $166M) $170N) $2002The answer: M) $170A player’s Wonderlic score is always a number between 1 and 50, and across all professions, the average score is approximately 21. (Systems analysts and Chemists top the scale 32 at 31, respectively.) For pro football players, the oft-cited number is about 20. Tracking down the average scores by position is tricky, mainly because the buttoned-up NFL isn’t interested in sharing any broad Wonderlic data. In an email, Charles Wonderlic said that while his company has published “norms” for other industries, “we maintain the confidentiality of test scores for single organizations. Since the NFL is the only client by which we can produce a quarterback average, we would need their permission to provide this information. Traditionally, the NFL prefers to keep any information about tests scores internal to their own organization.”Like Wonderlic, Inc., the NFL declined to provide any historical data related to NFL players’ test scores for this piece.For his 19843The first edition of the book was published in 1970. classic “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football,” Sports Illustrated writer Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman did get one anonymous staffer to spill some then-current averages. Offensive tackles led the way at 26, then came centers (25), quarterbacks (24), offensive guards (23), tight ends (22), safeties and middle linebackers (21), defensive linemen and outside linebackers (19), cornerbacks (18), wide receivers and fullbacks (17), and halfbacks (16). And what about place kickers and punters? “Who cares?” the source said.On its own, a solid Wonderlic score means little. Like a 40-yard dash time, it provides one tiny, standardized data point to employers who presumably take a holistic approach to hiring. But because teams have decades of data on file, they can compare the Wonderlic scores of current college players entering the draft to those of past prospects. “They simply use it to find the extremes,” Foster said. A very low score or a very high score, he added, could lead teams to conduct more testing or look into the prospect more closely.“Wonderlic gives you an area to investigate,” the late New York Giants general manager George Young told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1997. “If a guy doesn’t have a good score on the test, you don’t say he’s not smart. But you go in and investigate and find out [why he scored low]. You go in and talk to his coach. You find out how he did in school. You find out how he retains. If you think he’s a poor reader and did poorly because it was a verbal test, you give him a non-verbal test.”The most famous extreme occurred in 1975, when Harvard receiver and punter Pat McInally4McInally’s post-NFL life has been much more interesting than his football career. He’s the guy who invented Starting Lineup action figures. reportedly scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him in the fifth round of that year’s draft, but not before his reputed intelligence reportedly scared some teams away. In 2011, McInally told the Los Angeles Times that Young informed him that acing the Wonderlic “may have cost you a few rounds in the draft because we don’t like extremes. We don’t want them too dumb and we sure as hell don’t want them too smart.”That slightly paleolithic line of thinking, however, wasn’t shared by everyone. “I don’t care about that stuff,” the late Raiders owner Al Davis said in “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football.” “If a kid is street smart, that’s enough. Our coaches’ job is to make a kid smarter. I just wonder if they checked some of the coaches’ IQs around the league, how high they’d score.”By now, the value of the Wonderlic has been debated so vigorously, especially among NFL executives, that it’s easy to forget that the test wasn’t designed for football. But the Wonderlic is not without its detractors. Charles Wonderlic estimated that since the test’s inception nearly 80 years ago, it has faced legal scrutiny hundreds of times.In the summer of 1965, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began operations a year after it was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Duke Power Company in Draper, North Carolina, began allowing its black employees to work in its higher-paying divisions. Until that point, black employees had only been permitted to work in the low-paying Labor department. Duke Power also instituted a policy that required all new applicants6Duke Power started permitting current employees without a high school degree to transfer to higher-paying departments in September of 1965, but to do so they still had to pass two aptitude tests. to have a high school diploma and pass two aptitude exams: the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test.These measures crippled the efforts of black workers to advance. At the time, the percentage of white men who both possessed a high school diploma and were able to pass the two aptitude tests was significantly higher7According to the 1960 North Carolina census, 34 percent of white men had a high school diploma while only 12 percent of black men had the same level of education. The newly formed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that in this case, 58 percent of white people and only 6 percent of black people who took the Wonderlic and the Bennett tests passed. than the percentage of black men who met the same criteria.Griggs v. Duke Power Co., a U.S. Supreme Court case argued in 1970, condemned the company’s requirements. Not only did they disproportionately affect black workers, but they also failed to show “a demonstrable relationship” to job performance, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in the majority opinion. He also noted that nothing in the Civil Rights Act “precludes the use of testing or measuring procedures; obviously they are useful.”While the Wonderlic test has shown itself to be a useful tool for workplace assessment, it has also faced longstanding criticism from those who argue that it is racially and culturally biased. It’s unclear whether the NFL, a league in which more than 67 percent of players are African-American, agrees with those accusations or if the league actually uses the Wonderlic to make personnel decisions.“How determinative it is depends on the club,” former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi told ESPN.com in 2013, “but it’s usually not ‘the’ determinative factor.”When it comes to football, is the test a demonstrably reasonable measure of job performance? Because official NFL Wonderlic scores aren’t publicly available, it’s difficult to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped researchers from attempting to find out. Brian D. Lyons, Brian J. Hoffman, and John W. Michel8At the time, Lyons, Hoffman and Michel were working at University of California, Fresno, the University of Georgia and Towson University, respectively co-authored a 2009 study examining the reported9They found the scores on NFLDraftScout.com and CBS.Sportsline.com. Wonderlic scores of 762 NFL players from three draft classes. They found that there was little correlation between Wonderlic scores and on-field performance, except for two positions: Tight ends and defensive backs with low scores actually played better than those with high scores. The researchers surmised that this “could be explained by the notion that performance for these positions entails more of an emphasis on physical ability and instinct” than general mental ability.Today, the NFL continues to ask potential draftees to take the Wonderlic, although the test now has company. In 2013, the league introduced the Player Assessment Tool, which was developed by attorney Cyrus Mehri, whose report led to the implementation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, and psychology professor Harold Goldstein. Louis Bien of SB Nation recently reported that the PAT is a 50-minute exam that examines a player’s football smarts, psychological attributes, learning style and motivational cues. “Players are not given a numeric score, unlike on the Wonderlic, so technically there is no way to do poorly on it,” Bien wrote.Mehri’s hope is that the new test can measure what the Wonderlic can’t. “This kind of levels the playing field from a socio-economic point of view,” he told USA Today. “A lot of guys may be very intelligent, but are not as book-smart as others. Someone may not be the best reader, but they can still be very smart in picking up things.”As long as the Wonderlic is administered at the NFL Scouting Combine, Foster, the Combine director, will be fielding questions about it — and shaking his head at leaked scores. “It has some value,” he said of the test. “It does not have near the value of what we spend talking about it between February and May.”After all, a high or low score won’t automatically doom or anoint a prospect. Just ask Greg McElroy. After doing exceptionally well on the Wonderlic in 2011, the New York Jets picked the quarterback in the seventh round of the draft. Before announcing his retirement in 2014, he played in a total of two NFL games. What it was designed for was something more basic. In the 1930s, Eldon “E.F.” Wonderlic — friends called him Al — was working as the director of personnel at consumer loan provider Household Finance Corporation.5It’s now called HSBC Finance. His employer was looking for a more efficient way to hire entry-level workers at its branches, so it sent Wonderlic to graduate school at Northwestern in hopes that his research would yield a solution to the problem.E.F. Wonderlic acknowledged that the single best predictor of job performance was previous work experience. But as Charles Wonderlic put it: “How do you predict someone’s performance if they have never done that job before?” The second-best predictor of job performance, E.F. Wonderlic reasoned, was cognitive ability.“What he found was that different jobs had different cognitive demands ranging from very low to very high,” said Charles Wonderlic, E.F.’s grandson. “And there were really distinct IQs around each job. And the further away you got from that distribution, that’s when you started to experience problems.”The original Wonderlic Personnel Test was born out of that theory. The first copyrighted version of the test appeared in 1937. Its brevity and simple scoring system, Charles Wonderlic said, allowed virtually any manager to both administer the test and interpret scores. (This is also the likely reason for modern pundits’ love of Wonderlic scores: They’re easy talking points.)After a stretch at Douglas Aircraft Corporation during World War II, E.F. Wonderlic worked in finance and sold copies of his test. He didn’t advertise, but eventually big companies like Spiegel and AT&T started calling. In 1961, E.F. Wonderlic left his job as president of General Finance Corporation and founded E.F. Wonderlic & Associates. By then, Charles Wonderlic said, an estimated 4 million people a year were taking the WPT.In the early 1960s, Gil Brandt was a young scout with the expansion Dallas Cowboys. “We were not a very good team,” he told me. His bosses, general manager Tex Schramm and coach Tom Landry, were looking for ways to change that. After doing some research, Brandt said that the trio determined that successful businesses used the Wonderlic and the team should, too. It’s unclear exactly when the Cowboys began testing players. Brandt did say that at some point during the ’60s, he remembers watching spring practice at Northwestern and then stopping by the Wonderlic headquarters to learn more about the company.By the late ’60s, George Young was an ambitious personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts. He’d been a public school teacher before transitioning to football full time, and he asked the head of the guidance department in Baltimore for a handful of different tests to peruse. Of the 10 he reportedly looked at, the Wonderlic stuck out, and soon the Colts began using it.Other teams followed suit by the 1970s, and the NFL eventually began to use it to assess college players en masse. Since 2007, Wonderlic, Inc. staff members have traveled annually to Indianapolis to administer the test at the Scouting Combine. Eldon Wonderlic. Wonderlic Inc. As Charles Wonderlic drove from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to his company’s headquarters near Chicago on February 27, 2011, he made the mistake of turning on a sports radio show. The host, as Wonderlic remembers, was talking about Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s near-perfect Wonderlic score. Each winter, hundreds of football prospects take the multiple-choice test that claims to measure their intelligence. Results are supposed to be kept confidential, yet they always seem to become media fodder.In reality, there’s no way anyone could’ve known McElroy’s score. On that day four years ago, as reports of McElroy’s supposed feat trickled out, sealed boxes containing every single Wonderlic answer sheet were sitting in Charles Wonderlic’s car, still unscanned. Wonderlic, Inc. didn’t send an encrypted file of the players’ results to the NFL until March 1. Unsurprisingly, a variety of news outlets ran with the story anyway.1For example: purveyor of NFL rumors and gossip ProFootballTalk — which, has since mostly ended its coverage of Wonderlic scores — published three conflicting blog posts about McElroy’s alleged score. The first named McElroy’s alleged score, the second quoted an anonymous scout saying there was “no chance” McElroy’s score could’ve leaked that quickly, and the third claimed that McElroy didn’t score as high as initially reported. The third report was closest to the mark, as it turned out. The months leading up to the NFL Draft feel like election season: Everybody’s trying to dig up dirt on candidates.“Are we just so starved for information this time of year that we search for anything?” wondered NFL Scouting Combine director Jeff Foster, who only agreed to be interviewed for this article after I assured him that I wouldn’t be reporting individual Wonderlic scores.In an era when the NFL schedule release is treated like the premiere of the new “Star Wars,” the answer to Foster’s question is a resounding “yes.” We crave even the smallest bits of information about players entering the NFL Draft, even if it’s not meant for our consumption. Forget Foster’s estimate that half the Wonderlic scores he sees in news stories are incorrect. As long as the test is administered at the Combine, media and fans will fixate on it.“The only person it impacts is the player,” Foster said of a leaked Wonderlic score. “How would you like to be branded unintelligent because you scored a 5 on an intelligence test?”The story of the Wonderlic, however, is more than just a range of easily regurgitated numbers. It’s the story of how one guy’s American Dream helped shape a new American pastime.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that their biggest challenge in 2019 will be trying to avoid complacency.Brighton are sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League table after amassing 25 points from 20 matches so far.But Chris Hughton has stressed the need to maintain their level of play as the second half of the season starts.“The biggest challenge is always complacency – in every game, we played in this division we are faced with tough opposition and that’s a reminder each week that if we don’t reach a level we can get punished,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“That’s always there for us, we’re still in our second season in this division and our aim is to maintain our status in the league and develop and grow as a club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We’ve worked very hard to be where we are now, and we have to be respectful that every single game we play is a difficult one – there’ll be bigger and more experienced teams than us that will find it difficult – there are reminders every week in this league about that.”“My feeling is that we have to continue in the same mentality, the gap between ourselves and the bottom three will always be the most important thing for quite some time to develop as a team.”
April 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Five more flu-related deaths were documented last week in San Diego County, though the number of influenza cases decreased countywide for the third consecutive week, health officials announced today.The five residents who died due to flu-related causes ranged in age from 47 to 77 years old. All five had additional medical issues, as well, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.The deaths bring the county’s flu season death toll to 64; flu deaths at this time last season totaled 339.Confirmed flu cases dipped to 249 last week from a revised total of 312 cases during the week prior. The county has confirmed 9,012 flu cases throughout this flu season, with 87.2 percent of those cases being influenza A H3N2. At this time last flu season, the county had confirmed 20,539 cases.“While the numbers continue to decline, the flu season is not over yet,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It is never too late to get a flu shot since influenza cases are reported year round.”County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents also can call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.com, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 17, 2019 Five more county flu deaths reported, flu cases declining Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
2. Keep up with the trends.Another useful tool when creating headlines is Google Trends. Experiment with different keywords and phrasing to find out which searches are popular, and which are less saturated in search engines.3. Google reads like we do.Like humans, Google’s algorithms read left-to-right and top-to-bottom. Using stronger keywords earlier can help boost your ranking.4. URL’s matter.Abandoned that first-draft title before clicking “publish?” Remember to update your URL/slug to match your SEO-superior headline.5. Optimize for mobile.Google takes into account user experience in its search ranking, including for mobile pages. When creating mobile pages, avoid device-unfriendly features like Flash, small text, or intrusive pop-up ads. The role played by tech giants like Google and Facebook in how web content is delivered to consumers has never been more front-and-center than in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election. As concerns over fake news are likely to further upend an already delicate ecosystem, publishers in all sectors of the industry should be thinking about how compatible their web content is with the ever-changing algorithms from our friends in Silicon Valley.Luckily for all of us, as part of the marketing track at the Folio: Show, held earlier this month in New York, two experts from the b2b and consumer magazine sectors of the publishing industry shared their best practices on the always-prescient issue of search engine optimization (SEO).Below, enjoy five quick tips from Eugenia Timasheva, user insights analyst at UBM, and Erica Murphy, SEO editor at New York magazine, that will help improve your placement on Google and drive further traffic to your site.1. Monitor external linking.Did you know that your search engine ranking can be both positively and negatively affected by pages beyond your control that link back to your site? Using tools like Google Disavow, monitor which pages link to your domain and inform Google that you don’t wish for certain “bad” sites to hurt your ranking.
A sample Community Action, as seen on a phone. Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Comments
Reebok India on Tuesday filed an FIR against its former managing director Subhinder Singh Prem and COO Vishnu Bhagat for allegedly mishandling the company’s money by indulging in fictitious sales, and setting up forged accounts over the past couple of years. The financial irregularities were to the tune of Rs 8.7 billion (INR 870 crore).(Due to a typing error in the FIR, there were some reports which suggested it was a Rs 8700-crore scam.) Shahim Padath, Reebok India’s financial director, lodged the complaint at the Gurgaon police against the ex-employees.The services of Prem and Bhagat were terminated following the discovery of their illicit activities in March last. It was alleged that the two had set up four secret warehouses for storing company merchandise and eventually selling them off to ghost companies and dealers within the country.The duo, who had worked in the company for 16 years, claimed that the stored goods were defective and that they were sold to legitimate distributors, IBN Live cited a PTI report.The duo was also accused of forging bills worth Rs 860 million (INR 86 crore) on goods which were already delivered to customers in 2011 and the year before, the Economic Times said.In December 2011, it was alleged that the former executives had invoiced Rs 1.47 billion (INR 147 crore) worth of goods that were not delivered to Reebok stores.”The said products were thus stolen by accused 1 and 2 (Prem and Bhagat) and the secret warehouses mentioned above were used for storing some of such stolen products,” the FIR said.The FIR estimated the value of the “stolen” goods to be worth Rs 630 million (INR 63 crore).Reebok has also accused Singh and Bhagat of expanding the store against company instructions, through which the duo had amassed money and also operated franchise referral programs.”Almost no franchise stores were opened under the scheme despite collection of about Rs 114 crore from various investors,” the FIR said according to the report.Adidas India, which is Reebok’s integrated partner, said in a statement to IBN Live, “We are given to understand that our criminal complaint has been registered for investigation by the Indian law enforcement authorities. Please understand that we cannot provide any further details since the matter now rests with the Indian law enforcement authorities. We shall continue to cooperate with the authorities in their investigation of the matter.”
John Locher/APPolice officers take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday.The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying the perpetrator was “a soldier” who had converted to Islam months ago, without providing any evidence to support the claim. The group’s Aamaq news agency released two brief statements hours after the shooting at a country music concert that killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 400. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. IS did not name the suspected shooter, but said he had “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition” batting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria. Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, and have said he killed himself after the shooting. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack, and the U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the U.S. The IS group often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group. However, it is not known to have claimed any attacks that were not at least loosely linked to it. Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. The gunman, Omar Mateen, had pledged allegiance to IS and it claimed the attack. The extremist organization has suffered a string of major setbacks in Iraq and Syria, where it has lost much of the territory it once claimed as part of a self-styled Islamic caliphate. However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called for attacks in Western nations. By SAMY MAGDY Share
Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSDominique Alexandor, a pastor and leader of Next Generation Action Network, says Abbott’s inclusion as an honorary grand marshal in a Martin Luther King Day parade is “an insult to the black community.”What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from local civil rights groups and community activists. They’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, which is scheduled for next Monday in Arlington.Dominique Alexander from the Next Generation Action Network said he was shocked when he heard Abbott was given top billing at the festivities.“We will not tolerate this, and we call for an effective boycott of the North Texas Martin Luther King Parade,” Alexander said, calling the decision an “insult to the black community.”Alexander says he and others are planning to protest the event.The Arlington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Abbott’s inclusion, “stings with hypocrisy.” In a statement, the group said Abbott has “done more to damage and undermine African-American and Latino civil and voter rights, educational opportunities and economic empowerment than any other modern-day Texas governor.”The NAACP will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the parade.Rev. Jeff Hood said Martin Luther King stood up for the rights of poor and marginalized people and that they should be front and center in the parade.“Right now, with Greg Abbott being the grand marshal, we don’t have a keeper of the dream, we have a killer of the dream,” he said.“The governor is the governor,” said parade spokeswoman Winsor Barbee. “He is our top elected official for the state of Texas,” which is why the organizers invited him to participate.Barbee said part of King’s legacy is engaging with people even when you don’t agree with them, and that participation shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of any particular policies.Retired Tarrant County District Judge Clifford Davis, a civil rights lawyer, will serve as grand marshal for the parade, which is intended to unite six counties into one regional celebration. There are a range of activities leading up to the parade, which will include floats, bands, elected officials and car clubs.A spokeswoman for the governor said Abbott looks forward to honoring Dr. King’s legacy and reflecting on “the triumphs, tragedies, and lessons of the past.”“It’s a shame that some are politicizing what should be a unifying event,” said Ciara Matthews, deputy communications director for the governor’s office.“I am at odds with the governor’s policies. This is not politics,” said Ruby Fay Woolridge, an Arlington community activist who’s running for Congress in the 6th district. The Democrat says Abbott’s support for voter ID laws and defense of gerrymandered districts undermines the voting power of people of color.“Those policies, as well as [his opposition to] expanding Medicaid, those things hurt the African-American community. Let’s be clear about that,” she said.Woolridge says she hopes that if Abbott does take part in the parade, he’ll also sit down with local civil rights leaders and community groups to talk about the impact of his policies.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A sheriff in Maryland has agreed to resign after an investigation found he created a hostile work environment by belittling staffers and making racist and sexist comments, a county official and attorneys announced Tuesday.Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald’s last day in office will be Saturday, said Calvin Ball, the chairman of the county council. The sheriff then must retire after 30 days. The agreement also calls for him to reinstate former Lt. Charles Gable, who filed a retaliation complaint a year ago against the sheriff and resigned in February.Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald. (Courtesy photo)“He was universally described as vindictive, arrogant, narcissistic, rude, belligerent, nasty and intimidating,” the 48-page report by the county’s Office of Human Rights said of the sheriff.The sheriff denied engaging in discriminatory misconduct, describing himself to investigators as just “a loud New Yorker,” the report said.The report found reasonable cause that Fitzgerald discriminated against Gable, who is white, by retaliating against him through scheduling because Gable didn’t support his political campaign for sheriff. The agreement also calls for Gable to receive $58,350 in back pay.Joseph Mallon, an attorney for Gable, said the sheriff has signed an agreement to resign under the stipulations.While the investigation centered on Gable’s complaint, it found the sheriff engaged in a pattern of belittling people by using racist language with black employees and anti-Semitic language as well, once referring to former County Executive Ken Ulman as “little Kenny Jew-boy.”The investigation noted a variety of offensive comments: “There’s no watermelon there for you!” the sheriff reportedly told an African-American at a buffet. On another occasion, while eating with a group, he turned to a black deputy and said: “Are you getting the ‘chicken’ special?” The report found he also said black deputies “are not too smart but they get the job done,” and to the president of the Retired Police Officer’s Association, he said: “I voted for your ‘boy’ Obama,” referring to President Barack Obama.Ball said he approached Fitzgerald seeking his voluntary departure.“Soon after I read the report and was so concerned about what I had read, I reached out to the sheriff to start talking with him about the importance of starting to heal our community and that he needed to leave that office in order for that to happen,” Ball, who is black, said in an interview after announcing the agreement.Elected officials from both parties condemned the sheriff’s comments after the report was made public last month. Republican Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman had asked members of the county’s delegation to the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to explore impeaching the sheriff, and lawmakers planned to bring impeachment proceedings against Fitzgerald, who is a Democrat, if he did not resign.Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he too was “very disturbed.”“I do believe he should resign, and I share the opinions of many other people that think he should resign,” Hogan said earlier Tuesday, before the agreement was announced.Howard County, located between the nation’s capital and the city of Baltimore, is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, with more than 310,000 residents and one of the nation’s most educated workforces.
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROIn April, two Black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for no apparent reason. Cell phone video of the incident helped the news go viral and the well-known, pricey, coffee chain was forced to act.Starbucks issued an apology saying it would close its stores on May 29th and hold a training to “address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.”The training was held last week. Employees reportedly worked in small groups to discuss their experiences of racism and discrimination, and Starbucks aired a now publicly released video – Story of Access – by Black filmmaker Stanley Nelson, featuring Common, to further encourage opportunities for dialogue and problem-solving.While many agree Starbucks’ training was a positive step for the company, uncertainty around racial bias and behavior in business remains. And, a renewed conversation about finding alternatives to getting one’s morning, afternoon, or evening, java fix continues.Black Washingtonians, like many across America, are also having this discussion. Thankfully, Black-owned coffee shops can be found throughout the District.The AFRO highlights a few below.Sankofa Cafe2714 Georgia Ave NWLocated on Georgia Ave, home of many of the city’s oldest Black-owned businesses, sits Sankofa Books and Cafe. According to the store’s website, Sankofa was “named after the internationally acclaimed film called SANKOFA (produced by the founders). It’s symbol, the Sankofa Bird, looks backward with the egg of the future in her beak, constantly checking as she moves into the future.”While the property has been Black-owned since 1997, according to the website, the Sankofa cafe was added in 2007. Sankofa Cafe hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place.Calabash Tea & Cafe1847 7th St NWHandwritten notes, a calming vibe, and unique tea and coffee blends have made this place a D.C. favorite. In fact, according to their website, Calabash has won “Best in D.C.” five years in a row.The teahouse boasts more than 100 teas and coffees and food inspired by family recipes. Washingtonians tend to go to Calabash for the tea and stay for the experience.Culture Coffee Too300 Riggs Rd NECulture Coffee Too is a new Black-owned shop that opened in November 2017. Located near the Fort Totten Metro Station, the coffeehouse had a star-studded ribbon-cutting with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council members Brandon Todd and Robert White in attendance.According to their website, Culture Coffee Too is a “diverse coffee shop, art gallery, live performance venue, and event space, with a mission to bring delicious coffee, and diverse culture to the Washington, DC community.” Their menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, and made-to-order coffee drinks.