Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Caribbean British Overseas Territory leaders for a Special Meeting on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Miami, Florida.The objective of this Special Meeting was to prepare for the upcoming Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London, 28-29 November 2017. The meeting, chaired by Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, discussed the common issues related to disaster response, recovery, resilience building, disaster mitigation and identifying a shared vision for the upcoming meeting of the Joint Ministerial Conference; which will be led by Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Overseas Territories. The Territories explored and agreed on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to: developing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Overseas Territories that will outline a Plan for regional disaster management cooperation and assistance. The Memorandum will build upon the territories collective experiences as a result of hurricane Irma and Maria, which significantly impacted the Caribbean Islands. Leaders committed to sharing information, expertise and best practices as it relates to mitigation strategies.Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson provided an extensive presentation on relief to recovery stating that; “ the Turks and Caicos Islands Government immediate priorities were to ensure that residents were safe, that electricity and communication services were restored and our airports were open to facilitate relief flights. We again must state our appreciation to the Cayman Islands Government and the Bermudian Regiment who assisted by providing relief items through the landing of its Police Helicopters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. The Turks and Caicos Islands remain resolved in our effort to ensure that this Government mobilizes all its resources to ensure that residents return to a state of normalcy, noting that the Government and residents together are determined to build a bigger, better and more resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.”The conference was attended by Hon. David Burt, Premier of Bermuda and Chairman of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA); Hon. Victor Banks, Chief Minister of Anguilla; Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands; Hon. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI); Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.The Premier was accompanied by Mr. Ronlee James, Executive Director and Ms. Joy Lightbourne Executive Administrator of the Office of the Premier. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#UKCaribbeanTerritoriesMeeting
California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains KUSI Newsroom MOUNT LAGUNA (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol is warning those headed to the mountains for a romp in the freshly fallen snow today that the roads are icy and chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles, are recommended.“Chains are needed from Interstate 8 if you’re exiting from the freeway onto Sunrise Highway,” said Tammy McGuire, CHP dispatch supervisor.“We do have snow plows responding, but they are not here yet.”The CHP said several accidents have been reported, while cautioning travelers to expect delays as crowds work their way up the mountains to play in the snow. December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: December 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 PM
In the face of a difficult magazine market last year, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing has revamped the editorial brand strategies at Ebony and Jet magazines in an effort to attract new, younger audiences as well as to position the company as the go-to source for news and entertainment with a “unique black point-of view.”Late last year, Johnson said it was making “fundamental changes” to Ebony as part of a brand relaunch campaign. Those changes, including a new focus on multiplatform content creation, were effective with Ebony’s December/January issue.Now, this week, Johnson announced a new editorial brand strategy at Jet, the 900,000-circ. weekly. Among the changes are a new logo, design and layout, new sections and features, and enhanced coverage of money, sports and style. “The changes you are now seeing have long been in the making,” editor-in-chief Mira Lowe told FOLIO:. “While weathering a choppy economy, we decided to institute strategies that would maintain and strengthen our position in the industry. We want to keep our iconic brands viable and relevant in an evolving media market.”In 2009, Jet magazine saw ad pages fall 35.5 percent compared to 2008. Ebony’s year was even worse, with pages plummeting 38.9 percent from the prior year.Lowe said Johnson’s goals in making the changes at Ebony and Jet are to “continue to engage core readers” and advertisers while attracting a new, potentially younger audience and stable of advertisers.Johnson said it isn’t changing Ebony or Jet’s frequencies of circulations as part of the rebranding efforts. “Like many other publications, Ebony and Jet were not alone last year in seeing a drop in ad revenues due to the tight economy,” Lowe said. “We are implementing these strategies to help grow the business across multiple platforms.”
Bradley moved the National Journal Group away from a subscription-based model to a membership-driven one back in 2011. Since then, the membership business has grown 38 percent with 1,000 members accounting for more than half of the brand’s total revenue, says the company. Nevertheless, the weekly magazine’s performance has been on an opposite trajectory—a “gentle decline,” described Bradley in the memo. The spokesperson says the magazine has had revenue declines over the last couple years. The 46-year-old magazine will close by the end of the year. Atlantic Media announced this afternoon that it will be shutting down National Journal magazine. “Given the needs of our audience—the Washington market and the advertisers—the decision was made to get in front and invest where there’s greater future growth: day-to-day and hour-by-hour editorial coverage and in membership services,” the spokesperson says. According to Bradley, an effort will be made to keep as many of the 10-15 magazine staff as possible—”I’m not drawn, here, to proposing layoffs,” he said—but there is an expectation that staff will be reduced. “I’ve decided that the National Journal should move the whole of its journalism to the higher-velocity work of our daily publications, National Journal Daily and Hotline, and to our hour-by-hour coverage on NationalJournal.com,” said Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley in a memo to employees. Editor Richard Just will continue to lead the magazine and staff through the end of the year. “As with [the staff], he’s also just recently gotten this news and I expect thinking through what this means for him,” says a spokesperson. “Of course it goes without saying that we’d love to have him stay with Atlantic Media in some capacity, and as David wrote in his memo, he’s an ‘exquisite talent.'” Instead, the brand will expand on its digitally-oriented and faster-moving daily membership content, which the weekly print product couldn’t keep up with in both frequency and revenues. And the savings from no longer producing a print product will be reallocated primarily to expanding coverage for the print and digital National Journal Daily. Plans also call for overhauling NationalJournal.com with a more mobile-friendly design and spinning off the Next America vertical onto its own platform.
Vladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.
BALURGHAT: South Dinajpur Trinamool Congress president Arpita Ghosh expelled three party leaders on Tuesday. Prasanta Mitra, Chiranjit Mitra and Ratan Ghosh were removed after receiving several charges like extortion of money from public, corruption and anti-party activities.Ghosh announced the message of their removal at a press conference in Balurghat Municipality’s seminar hall Subarnatat. “Trinamool Congress-led Gangarampur Municipality chairman Prasanta Mitra, assistant public prosecutor of Gangarampur court Chiranjit Mitra and Trinamool trade union leader Ratan Ghosh are being expelled from the party as there were serious objections like extortion of money from public, corruption and anti-party activities being brought against them. Soon, the party will announce the name of the new chairman of Gangarampur Municipality instead of him, as we have majority there. We have also decided to call a no-confidence motion against Prasanta,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Prasanta and Chiranjit are brothers of Biplab Mitra, former district Trinamool president, who joined BJP on Monday. Announcing the stern message of their removal and stating that the party has majority in Trinamool-led South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad and Buniadpur Municipality, Ghosh said: “We still have majority in South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad, even when a group of elected members have announced to join BJP, along with one of our veteran leaders (without naming Biplab Mitra). The members said they were misguided by him and expressed their wish to come with us. Therefore, BJP’s dream of capturing the Zilla Parishad and two municipalities of Gangarampur and Buniadpur will not be fulfilled.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”If anyone is thinking of leaving our party, he/she may leave but the elected members, either from Zilla Parishad or Municipality, have some limitations as they were elected on our party ticket. We will also recommend cancelling their memberships through official procedure shortly,” she said. Ghosh also announced popular Trinamool leader Majiruddin Mondal’s name as new district INTTUC (Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress) president, as the post had been lying vacant since long.