LeBron James and Longtime Partner Will Give Four Aspiring

Business news network CNBC announced that it will partner with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to create a new reality series  focusing on burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities in Cleveland. James will serve as producer on the series, which is set to debut this summer.“Cleveland Hustles speaks to the network’s entrepreneurial spirit and also creates an opportunity to help strengthen communities that have fallen on hard times,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.The announcement comes during a low point in James’ relationship with his beloved Cleveland, after the news that there would be no indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.   The boy was playing in the park with a toy gun when Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived on scene and shot Rice within seconds. The event sent shock waves through the Twittersphere and sparked a #NoJusticeNoLeBron campaign to ask the superstar to sit out until there was an indictment.James admitted he did not know enough about the case to speak on the subject.Regarding the new show, CNBC says:NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Maverick will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment.Cleveland Hustles continues his charity and commitment to the community he loves, even though he dropped the ball on the Tamir Rice issue. read more

Corporate citizen fixing bad road in Provo

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, provo air center, road works InterCaribbean launches Cuba flights Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jan 2015 – Road works were underway yesterday at the junction of Old Airport Road; but it is not the public works department resurfacing the strip which was filled with huge potholes. InterCaribbean Airways and the Provo Air Center took on the job to give motorists, including their customers’ relief from the craters which are made worse whenever it rains. There had been a re-routing of traffic to the opposite end of the roadway while that work is ongoing. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Rock Church buys property of former Midway District strip club

first_imgRock Church buys property of former Midway District strip club Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Posted: August 2, 2018 Updated: 7:28 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One of San Diego’s biggest churches has acquired a new property. The Rock Church has purchased the building that used to be known as “The Body Shop” in the Midway District.After 50 years in operation, the club closed last December and the property was put on the market. The Rock Church and a group of investors purchased the building a few months ago for $1.2 million.By purchasing the property, Pastor Miles McPherson said he was able to keep it out of the hands of buyers who would have opened another adult entertainment club. “There were other bids to make it a strip club,” McPherson said.The building in its present condition needs a lot attention, but the transformation that will occur here is also metaphoric.When the stage is removed and the poles are gone, there will be a clean slate, offering an array of possibilities.The Rock Church has not determined how it will use the building, but according to McPherson, “We can use it to help correct some of the ills that happened here and use it to do counseling for marriages, we can use it to treat sexual addiction, we can have church here on Sunday, counseling, job training; all kinds of things to help people renovate their lives.”Sheri Brown, who founded a ministry that reaches out to women who work in the adult entertainment industry was also excited.“I’d love to make this a hope center for women, so for me, it’s amazing – an actual place they can come, that’s kind of like the church outside of the church.”While this property has switched hands, signaling one kind of transformation, the entire Midway District is primed for even bigger changes that will revitalize the area.Next month, a proposal for an update to the Midway District’s community plan will be presented to the city, with recommendations for development, and creating more parks, open space and family friendly housing.The community plan for the area has not updated since 1989. August 2, 2018 Sasha Foo, last_img read more

HDFC Bank Q4 net profit rises 18 employee strength falls by 6000

first_imgAn HDFC Bank branch office in Mumbai, October 21, 2015Reuters fileUpdate:HDFC Bank shares were trading with gains of 1.44 percent at Rs 1,483 crore after the private sector lender reported 18.25 percent rise in March 2017 (Q4) net profit to Rs 3,990 crore from Rs 3,374.22 crore for the corresponding period last year. This despite the bank’s provisioning for bad loans spiking by more than 100 percent to Rs 1,262 crore during Q4 from Rs 662 crore in the fourth quarter last fiscal.The number of employees stood at 84,325 as of March 31, 2017, down 6,096 from 90,421 as of December 31, 2016. Net interest income grew 21.1 percent YoY to Rs 12,501 crore from Rs 10,319.2 crore in the year-ago period.Total income stood at Rs 21,560 crore, up 14.3 percent from Rs 18,862 crore, YoY. Other income (non-interest) increased 20.3 percent to Rs 3,446 crore.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.33 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2017, almost unchanged on a sequential basis but up from 0.94 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.The HDFC Bank board recommended a dividend of Rs 11 per equity share, up from Rs 9.50 per share for fiscal 2016.Deposits stood at Rs As of March 31, 2017, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs.Original story:HDFC Bank were trading with modest gains on Friday ahead of quarterly and full-year results. The scrip was up 0.48 percent at Rs 1,469 on the BSE at around 12.30 pm.The private sector lender’s provisioning for bad loans will be interesting in the context of two other private banks — Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank — earmarking a higher amount for non-perforning assets (NPAs), in line with the RBI’s asset quality review norms.As of December 31, 2016, HDFC Bank’s gross and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.3 percent of total advances.Yes Bank, which reported its results recently, had to set aside an additional Rs 228 crore in anticipation of likely losses arising from its exposure to Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.”As of 31 March 2017, the impact of divergences overall is at Rs 1,040 crore on which we have made 25% provisioning. This includes one borrower exposure of Rs 911 crore towards a Delhi-based cement company. However, this is a performing asset which has been servicing interest regularly. We expect to recover the amount in the near term,” Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of the bank said, without naming the company. The exposure to Jaiprakash Associates and the consequent increase in higher provisioning was also the case for IndusInd Bank. “Provisions were elevated at INR4.3b as they included one-off amount of INR1.22b on a bridge loan for a cement M&A transaction (account remains standard), where the receivable is in June (likely to get reversed in 1QFY18),” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.The optimism for both the banks stems from the fact that Jaiprakash Associates had signed a deal with Aditya Birla Group company Ultratech Cement valued at Rs 16,189 crore for sale of its cement assets.Here is the video clip of HDFC Bank’s concall post declaration of Q3 results:last_img read more

BNP vows to end misrule restore democracy

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday took a fresh vow to continue its movement for ‘ousting’ the ‘monstrous’ government to ‘restore’ democracy and people’s rights.“We’re taking a pledge on this day of our founding anniversary to continue our struggle to remove the monstrous government, and free our leader Khaleda Zia for the restoration of democracy,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He hoped that their party’s efforts to end ‘misrule’ will turn out to be a successful one very soon, reports UNB.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to newsmen after placing wreaths at the BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with party’s leaders and activists, marking its 40th founding anniversary.He alleged that the government has snatched people’s basic rights and destroyed all the democratic institutions. “It’s now the main challenge for the BNP to restore democracy and people’s rights.”Several hundred BNP leaders and activists together with Fakhrul, party standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury gathered at Zia’s grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital around 10:00am and paid homage to their party founder by placing wreaths.They also offered a munajat seeking eternal peace for Zia’s departed soul.Meanwhile, the party and its associate bodies are celebrating its 40th founding anniversary with various programmes.On 1 September 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman founded the party with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh.The party holds a public rally in front of its Naya Paltan central office at 2:00pm.Party senior leaders said they have a plan for a ‘massive showdown’ in the rally to invigorate its rank and file ahead of the next general elections.Earlier in the morning, the party flag was hoisted atop the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office and all other offices across the country, marking the day.Besides, the party’s associate bodies and its all units across the country are marking the day holding various programmes, including discussion meetings.The party will also organise a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Sunday.The party is celebrating the founding anniversary this year without its chairperson Khaleda Zia as she has been in jail since 8 February after a lower court convicted her in a graft case.After the assassination of Zia on 30 May 1981 in Chattogram, his widow Khaleda Zia took over the party leadership.In its 39 years’ journey, BNP had been in power for four times and was in the opposition bench twice. But following the 5 January 2014 election boycott, the party is now out of parliament.The BNP has been out of power for over 11 years since the 1/11 political changeover.Senior leaders of the BNP think they are passing through the toughest time since the party’s foundation as it is out of power for a decade, but they hope it will turnaround very soon braving all the odds and obstacles.last_img read more

New Zealand parliament passes tougher gun laws

first_imgNew Zealand parliament. AFP File Photo.New Zealand lawmakers have almost unanimously passed sweeping gun reforms, paving the way for a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons to enter into force as soon as Friday.Lawmakers passed the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people.During the debate Wednesday prime minister Jacinda Ardern told parliamentarians she “vividly” recalled the moment after the massacre when she, without consulting widely, decided the government had to act.Ardern, her voice filled with emotion, said it was during a briefing with the police commissioner when she was told about the “nature of the attack”, the weapons used and how they were notified but had been obtained legally.”I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction, and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country. I could not fathom that,” she told lawmakers.She could not, she said, face the public or “the victims that had been left behind from this terror attack and tell them hand-on-heart that our system and our laws allow these guns to be available and that was okay. Because it was not.”The new rules amend permissive 1983 gun laws that had the subject of multiple reform attempts.The sole holdout against the legislation was the ACT Party, which has a single seat in the 120 seat parliament.The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition and harsh prison sentences.A hand-in amnesty will be in place until 30 September 2019, but perpetrators will face between two and ten years in jail for breaking the laws.The new laws also prohibit “semi-automatic firearms, magazines, and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.”The law will now need royal approval, in practice a rubber stamp, which is expected to take place on Thursday, paving the way for the rules to enter into force the next day.The bill was first introduced on 1 April. Its passage in barely ten days has surprised even the most ardent gun control advocates.last_img read more

Remembering MLK in the Age of Trump

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor syoes@afro.comAs we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., almost 50 years after his murder on April 4, 1968, it is impossible to consider King without examining his two most famous speeches; “I Have a Dream,” delivered during the March on Washington in 1963 and, “I’ve Been To the Mountaintop,” the speech he gave the day before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.But, these are not just King’s most famous speeches, they are two of the most important speeches in American history. The mythic climaxes of each speech envision the elusive promise of freedom, justice and equality for all Americans.“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land!” King said at the end of the Mountaintop speech in 1968.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“And when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and White men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ’Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last,’ proclaimed King at the end of the Dream speech.So many had such great expectations for America, Black Americans specifically following the civil rights victories of the 1950s and 1960s. And for those who came of age during those turbulent, transcendent decades and then lived to see the ascension of Barack Obama, the first Black President of the United States, many believed he was the partial manifestation, or at least evidence of the lucidity of King’s dream and his view from the mountaintop.The substance and significance of Obama’s presidency may be debated for centuries. However, there is little debate the 44th President altered the trajectory of America like no other president had before him.Yet, after eight years of Obama, almost 3,000 days of the beautiful, Black Obama family occupying the White House built by slaves, the remnant of King’s ethereal dream seems to be morphing into a Black American nightmare, right before our eyes in the form of Donald J. Trump.Because, 50 years after King’s death, the vast majority of Black America finds itself in a peculiar and precarious space; enduring the volatile reign of the most unqualified, lazy, larcenous, lying, willfully ignorant, and therefore dangerous, man ever to occupy the White House.From his descension of the escalator of Trump Tower June 16, 2016, where he branded Mexicans as “rapists and murderers,” to his ascension to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the former reality television star has pushed a White nationalist agenda, overtly and covertly. He is arguably the most openly anti-Black U.S. President since Woodrow Wilson, who proclaimed the Ku Klux Klan propaganda film, “Birth of a Nation,” was “like writing history with lightning.”Where millions may view the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as inspirational and aspirational, Trump only sees a sh*thole fantasy.What would King have thought if he had witnessed Barack Obama orchestrate the orderly transfer of the power of the presidency to Trump, the man who orchestrated the racist lie of “birtherism?” Would he still believe in the vibrancy of his dream, or would he adhere to Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred?”King made famous a quote by the abolitionist and Unitarian minister Theodore Parker. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”For many Black Americans, the arc has become longer in the age of Trump and the bend toward justice less discernible.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Eating walnuts may help fight breast cancer

first_imgConsumption of walnuts may help suppress growth and survival of breast cancer, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Research, found that consumption of two ounces of walnuts a day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers. In this first clinical trial, women with breast lumps large enough for research and pathology biopsies were recruited and randomised to walnut consuming or control groups. Immediately following biopsy collection, women in the walnut group began to consume two ounces of walnuts per day until follow-up surgery. Pathological studies confirmed that lumps were breast cancer in all women who remained in the trial. The study showed activation of pathways that promote apoptosis or programmed cell death and cell adhesion and inhibition of pathways that promote cell proliferation and migration.last_img read more

Five Ways to Tame Your Inbox

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s no getting around it — most of us suffer from email overload. Business messages come in too quickly to deal with, resulting in cluttered inboxes that inspire fear and anxiety.But there are potential solutions. The following tools can help tame even the most out-of-control inboxes and make you more productive:Email templates No matter what industry you’re in, chances are you wind up sending the same types of emails week after week. Whether it’s a message introducing your company to a prospective customer or follow-up communication to help move a sale forward, such emails can eat up an entrepreneur’s precious time.Instead of searching your “sent mail” archive and then copying and modifying each message, consider a template program such as Yesware. Free for individual users and $19 a month for teams, Yesware and other email template programs let you set up standard snippets of text that can be integrated into emails quickly using simple commands. Yesware also can be incorporated into your customer relationship management program.Related: Three Tips for Saving Time on Email Task creation and email trackingIf you manage your “to do” list from within your email system, there’s always a chance that relevant items will get buried in your folders, untagged and forgotten forever. You don’t necessarily need to add an external “to do” management program to your arsenal of business productivity tools. Instead, consider supplementing your email’s task management system with a free program such as meinKopp or Zendio, which costs $9.95 per month.Both programs can be integrated into an existing inbox to provide additional functionality beyond the simple “red flag” system that’s standard in Microsoft Outlook and other email programs. Zendio, for instance, allows you to quickly transfer action items from email to your “to do” list and prevent them from getting lost in your inbox clutter.Email archivingWhile managing task items within your email inbox is important, how you handle the message you’ve decided to file away can be just as critical. If you aren’t sure why, just ask the frazzled colleague in your office who has just spent hours trying to track down a missing, but mission critical, message.The standard email archiving tools that are integrated into programs such as Microsoft Outlook can be useful but they usually don’t provide all the features most entrepreneurs need to manage messages related to ongoing projects. For that, consider an external email archiving tool such as Mail Steward.Related: Is Technology Killing Your Productivity?With packages starting at $24.95, Mail Steward allows you to do two important things:Securely store large amounts of data to prevent file security concerns, andEasily search your email archive for past messages, based on a variety of criteria.Spam control Although most email providers come with spam control installed, these standard tools often fail to filter out all unwanted messages. If junk is slipping past your inbox’s default spam scripts, consider a program such as the Mac-based Spam Sieve. Its advanced technology learns and adapts to your email usage, so that it’s able to block nearly all junk messages while creating a whitelist that prevents messages from colleagues and clients from being marked as spam. It costs $30 as a one-time investment.Email processing methodologyAll the tools in the world can’t help you manage email effectively if you don’t first have a methodology in place for processing incoming messages. For example, if you mark every email you receive as a “to do” list item, it doesn’t matter how sophisticated your task creation tools are. You’ve simply added another level of complexity to an already inefficient process.Related: Everything You Need to Know About Office Email EtiquetteBefore adding any of these tools to your inbox, put a system in place to process incoming messages responsibly. Most professionals adopt a system in which they assign an action to every email they receive immediately. Instead of reading a message and deciding how to follow up on it later, organized people decide immediately whether an action should be completed right away, delegated to someone else or filed away for future reference.One helpful resource for implementing such a system is David Allen’s Getting Things Done blog. This site offers plenty of helpful tips and tricks on how to process incoming email messages responsibly in order to help you take control of your business email. 4 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens January 23, 2012last_img read more

Facebook Buys Social Startup Branch to Spearhead New Conversations Group

first_img Facebook has acquired social startup Branch Media and hired its 9-person team to head up its new Facebook Conversations group in New York.In an announcement on Facebook this morning, Branch CEO and co-founder Josh Miller explained the new arm of the company was created “with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests. Their pitch to us was: ‘Build Branch at Facebook scale!'” According to a report from The Verge, Branch was purchased for about $15 million.Related: Pinterest Buys Startup Specializing in Visual Search TechnologyBranch is behind several messaging and discussion tools, including the eponymous Branch (initially called Roundtable), a platform for invitation-only, in-depth conversations. The company also created Potluck, a “bite-sized” link-sharing service for the iPhone, and most recently, PhoneTag Messenger, described as a “free photo walkie-talkie” that has users send a photo with an accompanying voice recording.Miller wrote in his announcement that while the future Facebook products will be “reminiscent of Branch and Potluck,” the existing Branch tools will continue to be their own entities. He also thanked the company’s investors, including Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and mentor Jason Goldman, who supported Branch through their incubator, the Obvious Corporation.Related: Is Snapchat’s Co-Founder Completely Crazy for Turning Down $3 Billion From Facebook?Along with co-founders Hursh Agrawal and Cemre Güngör, Miller clearly aims to influence how people engage with each other online, and has been critical and vocal about Facebook’s scope and impact in the past.In a Medium post from May titled “The Next Facebook,” Miller wrote, “My hunch is that for a company to become The Next Facebook, it will need to enable a novel network of people. That’s not to say it won’t start with your friends — Twitter didn’t have Oprah on Day One — but ultimately its network will need to look different than your Address Book. Otherwise, it’ll just be another watering hole.” With that attitude in mind, it will be interesting to see how the Conversations group evolves.Related: Google Snaps Up Company Whose Robots Remind People of ‘Terminator’ Movies This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free January 13, 2014center_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more