Parliamentarians Pay Tribute to P.J. Patterson

first_imgSeveral Members of both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday (November 13) paid tribute to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson for his role in shaping Jamaica’s post-Independence Parliamentary landscape. Mr. Patterson served as the nation’s sixth Prime Minister from March 30, 1992 to March 30, 2006. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, described the former leader as a brilliant, intuitive politician, who was a master of legislative and administrative detail.   She described him as an “all-purpose parliamentarian”, who managed more ministerial portfolios than any post-independence politician and was the embodiment of excellence in public service, serving longer than any of the country’s leaders. “You impress by the consistency of your political conviction and social conscience. Equally, your consensus-building and pragmatic style remains a model of how we should do business in party, in government, and in society.  For these and other reasons, we celebrate you today as an extraordinary parliamentarian with an enduring international vision,” Mrs. Simpson Miller stated. She also cited Mr. Patterson’s love for music and dancing, while stating that few would contest his expert knowledge of jazz. The Prime Minister noted that Mr. Patterson has been the recipient of local and international honours and awards, and the South African Government recently announced that he is to be conferred with the high national award of the Order of the Companion of O.R. Tambo in Gold. Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, described Mr. Patterson as one of the most dedicated public servants in Jamaica. He said that in Mr. Patterson’s 14 years as Prime Minister, Jamaica went through social and economic changes and under his leadership there were several initiatives to transform and modernise the public sector. “I want to single out the education transformation initiative, which had significant partisan support,” Mr. Holness said. He also added that Mr. Patterson was a man of great resilience and was very thoughtful before speaking. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, for his part, highlighted Mr. Patterson’s contribution to Jamaica’s economic progress, including the reform of the tax system and the introduction of General Consumption Tax (GCT). “Not only was it (GCT) complex and far reaching in its impact, relieving the burden of taxation on the productive sector, but it was perhaps among the smoothest implementation process, without any social or political disruption whatever,” Dr. Phillips said. Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Patterson was someone he always admired for his devotion, perseverance and modesty. In his response, Mr. Patterson expressed his appreciation, while noting that he was “humbled by this exhilarating ceremony.” “For me it’s more than personal. It signifies Parliamentary recognition that those who have been prime servants in the political vineyard are worthy of its time and attention in the course of celebrating a significant land mark in our nation’s short history,” he stated.last_img read more

Seattle Seahawks Need A Healthy Sidney Rice To Shoulder

Sidney Rice has a lot on his shoulders this year with the Seattle Seahawks. The problem is, he had surgery on both shoulders and so they are hardly ready for him to take on NFL hits.“This is going to be up to them. I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible,” Rice said of the team. “Preseason is important but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time and progress me along, bring me along as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens during the preseason games.”Rice’s first season with Seattle was marred by injury. He injured one shoulder during the preseason and said he was unaware that the other was also damaged. Rice played as best he could through the two shoulder injuries until a pair of concussions — the second one suffered in Week 12 against Washington — finally landed Rice on injured reserve.His first shoulder surgery on the right one came Jan. 3. His left shoulder was repaired Feb. 16. Still, it could be a while before the Seahawks put him at risk. Initially, they were going to place Rice on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, but he was cleared to participate in drills over the weekend before the first practice.“We’re just going to go through this conservatively, I guess you can say, and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. That’s great that he’s working and getting the timing worked, but we won’t get him banged for a while,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes as we start to make progress. This is the best time for us to have our hands on him and really work him right and finish off his off-season, and I just think he’s had enough that he’s been through that it warrants taking our time here and not rushing him back.”Rice’s health is of the utmost importance for Seattle this year because of the questions that linger with the rest of its receivers. The competition to find who will start opposite Rice, along with determining the depth of the position, is one of the few true battles the Seahawks have to solve during the next month.“I’m the leader of this group now with Mike (Williams) gone and I just want to lead by example,” Rice said. “These guys know how to play football but we have to bring it every day, bring the right attitude.” read more

Exclusive AJR On Busking Sober Up With Rivers Cuomo More

first_img Email The brothers Met discuss developing their unique indie-pop sound, superstar collaborations and ambitions to become the Wes Anderson of musicNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 1:58 pm Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met of AJR found their unique sound the hard way, by cutting their teeth busking on the streets of New York City. A decade later, the band has just wrapped a 32-date sold-out North American tour, sharing their special brand of indie-pop infused with radio-hit hooks set against the kind of performance dynamic you can only learn through persistence and experimentation.AJR have since become pop music juggernauts, flipping the proverbial pop script to explore production and songwriting from a new angle. On their second full-length album, 2017’s The Click, the band came clean by tackling topics in an earnest way rarely seen in the genre. This is exemplified, for example, by the fresh approach on the effects of fame — or lack thereof — in “I’m Not Famous.””That was probably the first song we wrote and released for The Click,” says Jack Met. “With that song, we sat down and said, ‘OK, we’ve done production, now let’s see if we can really say something that no one has said before,’ and that’s where ‘I’m Not Famous’ came from. It’s a song about why it’s great to not be famous. We put that out and everyone just started really reacting well to it.””We wanted to say something that hasn’t really been said before in music. And that was really the main theme of The Click. It was just strange lyrical concepts.” — Jack MetDespite the benefits of not being famous, AJR still find inspiration — and aspiration — from another member in the entertainment industry who has made a huge name for himself with his innovative and emotional storytelling.”We want to be the Wes Anderson of music,” adds Ryan Met. “When you watch a Wes Anderson movie and you laugh, not because it’s funny — it’s not a comedy — but you laugh because it’s so blatant, and … so, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that in a movie before. …’ It’s so wry and so honest, but it’s also emotional. So I think we think about that a lot, and that’s really come to be AJR’s voice.”Collectively, AJR’s cinematic aesthetic and musical street smarts have yielded some magical moments. “Sober Up,” their latest single from The Click, features a guest appearance from Weezer’s GRAMMY-winning frontman Rivers Cuomo, the perfect fit for the infectious left-of-center pop tune.”I think we wrote the song in probably 30 minutes, just starting with that idea of sober up, and wanting to use it as a metaphor for wanting to be young again,” says Jack Met. “Rivers Cuomo is a completely different story.”He goes on to explain that Cuomo followed the guys on Twitter and sent a DM to the band praising their previous single, “Weak.” Understandably excited by the endorsement, AJR went for it and asked if Cuomo would want to collaborate on a future track together. To their surprise, Cuomo said yes and wrote the bridge for “Sober Up.”Earlier this month, AJR branched out even further, collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Lil Yachty on the song “Pretender,” which started as a song that just missed the cut for The Click.”It didn’t fit into the flow of the album, and we ended up sending it to Steve Aoki’s manager,” says Ryan, who thought it would be the perfect fit for an EDM vibe. “The song is about being insecure and it’s about trying to figure out how to fit into a friend group and just emulate other people. … Steve Aoki did a crazy amazing job with it. He literally turned it from a sad song into this really just monstrous banger, and then Lil Yachty came on and his verse is awesome.””I think it’s a very cool juxtaposition of us from the alternative pop world, Steve Aoki from the EDM world and Lil Yachty from the hip-hop world.” — Ryan MetWith nothing but momentum behind AJR, the group is experiencing a fan response like nothing they’ve seen in their musical lives. From the Kanye West-inspired production-heavy approach to their 2015 debut album, Living Room, to their quirky pop breakthrough on The Click, their sights are now set on enhancing their live show.”For a long time our band was basically only about making records,” says Ryan Met. “The last two years or so, our live following has exponentially been increasing. … Our goal was, ‘Let’s just really surprise people. Let’s try and create a spectacle and try and bring the theatrical element of Blue Man Group or a Broadway show to the live concert setting.'”The result featured bucket drum breakdowns, remixes and a lot of crazy lights, vaulting AJR from playing to crowds of 300 in clubs to larger venues of 1,500 to 3,000 people. Ryan also reveals the band’s plans to play 4,000- to 5,000-person venues, doubling their audience size yet again on tour this fall while also working on new music for their next album. There’s no shortage of creative energy buzzing around inside the Met brothers.”We are also releasing a deluxe version of The Click at some point this summer, and it’ll have some new songs and some re-imagined versions of songs,” says Adam Met. “We really just want to keep feeding the frenzy of fans that has kind of grown over the last year. We want to keep sharing new music with them.”And while the brothers Met still may not be considered by all to be “famous,” AJR have come a long way from busking in Washington Square Park.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Exclusive: AJR On Busking, “Sober Up” With Rivers Cuomo & More Twitter News Facebook Exclusive: AJR On Being The Wes Anderson Of Music exclusive-ajr-busking-sober-rivers-cuomo-morelast_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 13 Police Offers Mutual Aid To Andover During

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, September 13, 2018:Assistant Manager of Dunkin Donuts on Lowell Street called to report a vehicle has been parked in front of the business for a couple of days. Police got in touch with the owner, who stated the vehicle was broken down and was supposed to be towed yesterday. Owner will follow up with the garage. (4:32am)Allstate Roadside called to report a subscriber was out of gas in the vicinity of Rocco’s Restaurant. Police were unable to locate. (5:10am)A black 2016 Honda Pilot and a white 2015 Hyundai Tucson were involved in a crash at Church Street and Clark Street. Airbags deployed. No injuries noted. Both vehicles towed. (7:24am)A SUV vs. motorcycle crash took place near Colonial Mall on Lowell Street. Off-duty Burlington Police gave description of SUV, which did not stop. Fire Department transported motorcycle operator. (7:31am)A school official at the North reported a white Mercedes was in the rear parking lot with its doors open with operator taking photos. Police responded. Vehicle was involved in crash on 93. Owner was taking photos of damage and waiting for tow truck. (10:18am)Fire Lt. reported railroad gates at North Wilmington station remained down for approximately 1 minute after train left. (11:10am)A caller dialed 911 stating her TV was not working. Caller thought she was speaking with Verizon. (11:59am)Police received report that youths were causing damage to the vacant Sonic building. Police responded. No new damage to building, but there was an audible alarm going off inside. Police sent youths on their way. (5:30pm)Police provided mutual aid to Andover. (5:47pm)Approximately 200 people from a train were left at North Wilmington station after parts of the Haverhill line were shut down due to the Merrimack Valley gas fires. (6:42pm)(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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 15: Police Called Over Pizza Delivery Dispute; Bad Crash At Woburn St. & Lowell St.; Injured FawnIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Friday, July 19, 2019, noon to 6pm: Wilmington Dance Academy (335 Main Street)Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street)Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

A Trump golf club is fined millions of dollars

first_imgA federal court in Florida on Wednesday ordered a golf club owned by President Donald Trump to pay nearly $6 million to former members who sought reimbursement of their dues.The group of about 65 former members of Trump National Jupiter Golf Club had said they wanted to leave the club after Trump bought it from the Ritz-Carlton in 2012.Rules normally would allow them to keep playing until new members were found. They were paying $18,000 a year in dues.But the new management run by Trump changed the rules, refusing to return the deposits to the departing members and barring them from the club.US District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach ordered Trump’s club to pay them $4.8 million plus some $925,000 in interest, for a total of $5.7 million.”By categorically denying class members all rights to club access because they remained on the resignation waiting list as of December 31, 2012, defendant revoked or cancelled their memberships, thus recalling their memberships,” Marra wrote.”Because Defendant did not refund class members’ deposits by January 30, 2013, it committed a material breach of the membership agreement going to the essence of the contract, causing plaintiffs and the class members damages measured by the amounts of their refundable deposits plus accruing interest.”last_img read more

UPDATE Harris County Deputy Who Was Shot In Atascocita Is In Stable

first_img Share Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman reported on Tuesday afternoon that a deputy who was shot in the early hours of April 17 while taking care of a domestic disturbance call in the Atascocita area was “in stable condition.”Herman provided the information during a press conference held at 3:30 p.m. at his Humble office and detailed that the doctors who are treating deputy Christopher Gaines told him around 2:00 p.m. they had removed all the pellets they found on his legs.The Orthopedic Surgeons just finished a 3 hour successful surgery on Deputy Christopher Gaines at Hermann Hospital Downtown. The next surgery has started. God is Great ! Please continue your prayers for Deputy Gaines.— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) April 17, 2018As for the suspect, major Jesse Razo, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) –which has taken over the investigation of the incident– detailed his name is Wesley Smith and is 31 years-old.Herman said during the press conference that, at that time, Smith was still alive.Both deputy Gaines and Smith were being treated at the Memorial Hermann hospital located in downtown Houston.Herman detailed his deputies received a call that had been made to 911 about a man who was threatening with killing himself.According to the constable, the deputies were waiting for about 20 minutes before the suspect came out with a weapon.“They never had any interaction with him. They kept knocking at the door and, actually, the deputies kind of felt that they were at the wrong location,” noted Herman, who added that when Smith came out “it kind of caught them off guard.”The constable specified that a total of six deputies were on the scene and four of them discharged their weapons.“We were told the suspect sustained 22 entry and exit wounds from the return gun fire of four deputies during the gun fight,” Herman commented on a news release posted on Facebook around 8:35 a.m.Another deputy, whose last name is Faniyi, was struck in the head. Deputy Faniyi was transported to a hospital in Humble and received nine stitches on his head.A third deputy who took evasive action received minor injuries. He was also evaluated and released from a Humble hospital.Major Razo said four counts of aggravated assault have been filed against Smith.last_img read more