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Rabat – US Department of State has announced that online registration for 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017) will open on October 1 and will close on November 3.A press release by the Department of State said the department will begin accepting requests to register for the DV-2017 on October 1. For the fiscal year 2017, over 50,000 diversity visas will be available.The release went on to add that Applicants who will selected in the lottery must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. People selected are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. According to the same source, there is no cost to register for the DV program. Applicants may register on this website: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ . Results of the lottery will be disclosed in May 2016 on the same website.The Diversity Lottery Program provides a path for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of the United States regardless of whether they have a family member or an employer willing to sponsor them.This program is administrated annually by the US Department of State.Read General Information about Diversity Visa Program© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
TORONTO — A company that has taken the Airbnb model and adapted it to car rentals launched Tuesday in three provinces, its first foray outside the U.S., though it wrestles with the same insurance headaches that other startups in the so-called sharing economy have faced.Turo, which debuted as RelayRides in 2009 and now operates in more than 2,500 cities, facilitates vehicle rentals between car owners and anyone needing a ride.People in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec hoping to make money from their cars register them online to rent them to other Turo members.Why business travellers aren’t sold on Airbnb, but rush to Uber and LyftHow crowdfunding site Klondike Strike is changing the way junior miners raise moneyFive daring disruptors win US$1.25M each to help them change the worldTuro determines the rental cost of available vehicles each day based on data like the car’s market value, location and time of year. The company pockets 25 per cent of the rental fee, which includes a charge for the owner’s insurance coverage during the rental.But provincially regulated insurance rules have made a seamless transition north of the border difficult.The limited launch Tuesday “was the most expedient way for Turo to bring peer-to-peer sharing to Canada,” said Cedric Mathieu, Turo’s director of Canada, in an emailed statement.Turo has partnered with Intact Financial Corp. and Belairdirect to provide insurance for Canadian clients, a move that will make the service more attractive to customers, said CEO Andre Haddad.Anyone living in or visiting Alberta, Ontario and Quebec — and approved by Turo’s verification system, which takes into account driving history — can rent a vehicle. They can choose to opt out of insurance, or add basic or premium coverage when renting — at 15 or 40 per cent of the trip’s price. Any claims that arise from a Turo car rental have no impact on the owner’s personal insurance, said Stephanie Sorensen, director of external communications and corporate social responsibility for Intact.But it’s not so simple for people looking to rent out their cars, as insurance companies grapple with how to provide coverage.Only car owners insured by Intact Insurance and Belairdirect who live in those three provinces can list their vehicles on Turo. The insurers have modified their offerings to allow their customers to rent out their vehicles, said Mathieu.“Moving forward, we are working with other leading Canadian insurers to modify their terms and conditions to enable their customers to also participate in peer-to-peer car sharing,” he said. The company also plans to move to other provinces and is “working with each province’s unique insurance laws and regulatory framework to make this happen,” said Mathieu.The insurance issue is one that has consistently cropped up for companies that have aimed to disrupt more traditional business models.Ride-hailing service Uber recently temporarily suspended operations in Edmonton and Calgary after the Alberta government announced it would not make insurance available to drivers until the summer and require them to hold a commercial licence.Airbnb, which allows people to rent a portion or all of their home to travellers, hit a stumbling block when some homeowners complained their places were trashed. One Calgary family, for example, were left with $75,000 in damage following a raging house party.Airbnb, which offers up to $1 million for property damage in certain situations, said it would pay for the repairs.
by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:46 am MDT After battle over safety, Southern Calif. utility will close troubled San Onofre nuclear plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a jolt to the nation’s nuclear power industry, Southern California’s San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.The twin reactors — situated along the Pacific Coast in the densely populated corridor of millions of people between San Diego and Los Angeles — are the largest to shut down permanently in the U.S. in the past 50 years, federal officials said.Southern California Edison’s decision brings to a sudden end a dispute that began in January 2012, when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of virtually new tubes that carry radioactive water. The plant hasn’t produced electricity since then.Edison has already spent more than $500 million on repairs and replacement power and had hoped to restart one reactor this year and run it at reduced power to eliminate the vibrations that had damaged the tubing. But the utility ran into resistance from regulators and was also facing various investigations and mounting political opposition.Ted Craver, chairman of the utility’s corporate parent, Edison International, said in a statement that the company concluded that “continuing uncertainty about when or if (the plant) might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors or the need to plan for our region’s long-term electricity needs.”San Onofre, which opened in 1968, was capable of powering 1.4 million homes. California officials have said they can make it through the hot season without the plant as long as the summer is uneventful, but warned that wildfires or another disruption in supply could cause power shortages.Environmentalists celebrated outside the front gates of the beachfront plant, and a pack of bicyclists shouted, “Shut it down!” as they went past.Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green likened the news to births of his children: “The joy and the relief is comparable to something that big in my life, to know that 8 million people will be safe now from this supposed restart.”It wasn’t clear how the electricity from the plant would be replaced permanently. The California Public Utilities Commission said it will work with governments to ensure Southern California has enough electricity, which could require increased energy efficiency and conservation, as well as upgrades to equipment.Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group, said San Onofre’s shutdown “underscores the need for an efficient and effective regulatory process that results in timely decisions on the operation of these critical energy resources.”Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems, which built San Onofre’s steam generators, said it is disappointed with the decision and remains confident the plant can be operated safely.The nuclear power industry has been encouraged in recent years by the development of several new plants in the Southeast. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said that the damage seen at San Onofre appears to be unique.“At this point in time, we have not seen this particular kind of failure at any other reactor,” she said.It will take months, and possibly years, to complete the closing of the reactors. It will involve removing all fuel from the reactor cores.Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, said it is just the latest setback for the nuclear industry, which has been hit by safety-related shutdowns and faces steep competition from other energy sources, especially natural gas. He said San Onofre’s closing represents an opportunity for California to use more clean energy, such as wind and solar power.“This industry is on its final trajectory downward. And we should rename the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the Nuclear Retirement Commission,” Pica said.Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, welcomed the news.“This nuclear plant had a defective redesign and could no longer operate as intended. Modifications to the San Onofre nuclear plant were unsafe and posed a danger to the 8 million people living within 50 miles of the plant,” she said.The problems centre on four new, much-heavier steam generators that were installed during a $670 million overhaul in 2009 and 2010. Just a few years later, tests found some generator tubes so badly eroded that they could fail and possibly release radiation, a startling finding for nearly new equipment.Each generator has 9,727 alloy tubes, which function somewhat like a radiator. The tubes circulate hot, radioactive water, which then heats a bath of non-radioactive water surrounding them. That makes steam, which drives the turbines to generate electricity.In other nuclear-industry shutdowns over the years, the Shoreham plant on New York’s Long Island was completed in 1984 for $6 billion but never opened because of community opposition. Decaying generator tubes helped push San Onofre’s original reactor into retirement in 1992, even though it was designed to run until 2004. And in 1993, the Trojan plant near Portland, Ore., was shuttered years earlier than planned because of microscopic cracks in steam tubes.___Associated Press writer Matthew Daly in Washington, Ray Henry in Atlanta and Gillian Flaccus and Amy Taxin in San Clemente, Calif., contributed to this report.
MasterCard planning to roll out ‘selfie pay’ in Canada this summer AMSTERDAM – Starting this summer, Canadian MasterCard holders will be able to pay for their online purchases using a selfie or a fingerprint instead of a password.After a pilot project in the Netherlands, the payment card company says it plans to roll out the technology in Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe.MasterCard says biometric payments — which use characteristics such as their fingerprints, voice or facial features to identify users — are more convenient and secure than passwords.During the pilot project, participants in the Netherlands were required to download an app in order to use the technology.MasterCard Netherlands says it’s now looking at ways of integrating the technology into the apps of banking and tech giants to make the process even simpler for consumers.Details surrounding the Canadian iteration of the service are not yet available.———Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2016 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote.
Nicolas Hulot a quitté le Grenelle Environnement pour “réveiller la société” et “lancer un appel aux jeunes”France – Nicolas Hulot déclare aujourd’hui au Parisien avoir quitté le Grenelle de l’environnement pour “réveiller la société”. C’est suite à l’annonce du report de la taxe carbone que le reporter s’est retiré. Il s’exprime aujourd’hui dans le quotidien français.”Le fait est que les écolo-climato-sceptiques ont de plus en plus de succès médiatique” dénonce-t-il. En effet, à l’heure où Claude Allègre remet en cause les théories du réchauffement climatique dans son livre L’imposture climatique ou la fausse écologie, le report de la taxe carbone tombe vraiment mal. À lire aussiNicolas Hulot annonce son retour à la télévisionAinsi, Nicolas Hulot a décidé de quitter “les groupes de travail menés par le gouvernement dans le cadre des Grenelles de l’environnement et de la mer”. Il explique qu’il a pris cette décision afin de “réveiller la société” et plus particulièrement les jeunes, lesquels voient leur futur menacé par les changements climatiques en cours et à venir.Pourtant, Nicolas Hulot ne s’avoue pas vaincu. Pour lui il faut juste “redynamiser” le Grenelle Environnement. Il fait tout de même remarquer que le gouvernement a fait des avancées en matière d’écologie avec notamment la création de logements bâtis grâce à l’éco-prêt à taux zéro.L’écologiste dénonce la droite comme la gauche, cette dernière ayant fait passer la taxe carbone pour un “impôt nouveau” aux yeux des Français. Il conclut l’interview d’une manière assez radicale, dénonçant le système capitaliste qui voit “la croissance absolue comme la solution à tous nos maux”, provoque “pollution et raréfaction des énergies” et ne risque donc pas de changer les choses. Un grand changement est-il à venir ? C’est à espérer. Le 2 avril 2010 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Eaux de baignade : sont-elles de bonne qualité en France ?France – Comme chaque année, le contrôle sanitaire de la qualité des eaux de baignade est réalisé tout au long de la saison balnéaire. L’an dernier, la France figurait ainsi parmi les trois premiers pays européens pour la qualité de ses eaux de baignade.Ce sont les agences régionales de santé qui organisent ce contrôle, en lien avec les personnes responsables des eaux de baignade et les collectivités concernées. Des prélèvements d’eau sont réalisés au moins une fois par mois et qualifiés de “bons”, “moyens” ou “mauvais”, en fonction de résultats d’analyse et de contrôles visuels. Les personnes responsables des eaux de baignade peuvent ainsi être amenées à interdire temporairement la baignade, avec l’appui des agences régionales de santé, en cas de risque sanitaire pour les baigneurs. A l’issue de la saison balnéaire, l’ensemble des résultats d’analyses permet de classer chaque site d’eau de baignade dans l’une des quatre catégories suivantes : A (eau de bonne qualité), B (qualité moyenne), C (eau pouvant être momentanément polluée) et D (eau de mauvaise qualité). Les eaux de qualité A et B sont conformes à la réglementation européenne 76/160/CEE, contrairement à celles de qualité C et D. Durant la saison balnéaire 2009, ce sont au total 3.348 points de contrôle (2.005 en eau de mer et 1.343 en eau douce) répartis sur 1.771 communes de 95 départements de la métropole et d’outre-mer qui ont fait l’objet de prélèvements. 34.550 échantillons ont été collectés en tout, représentant plus de 103.000 analyses microbiologiques.Parmi les 3.348 sites contrôlés : 65,7% ont été classés en catégorie A, 29,9% en catégorie B, 6% en catégorie C et 0,3% en catégorie D (0,5% n’ont pas été classés). Le pourcentage de plages conformes à la réglementation européenne en 2009 était donc de 95,7% (96,4% pour les eaux de mer et 94,6% pour les eaux douces). Ces chiffres témoignent d’une légère dégradation de la qualité de l’eau par rapport à 2008, année où le pourcentage de plages conformes à la réglementation européenne était de 96,4%.Les résultats des contrôles sont mis en ligne, en temps réel durant toute la saison, sur le site Internet du ministère chargé de la santé : http://baignades.sante.gouv.fr.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Vénus : une sonde japonaise entre dans son orbiteLa sonde Akatsuki, lancée en mai dernier en direction de Vénus par l’Agence d’exploration spatiale japonaise est en train d’entrer dans l’orbite de la planète. Elle va pouvoir commencer ses observations.L’objectif de l’Agence spatiale japonaise ? Mieux comprendre la formation de l’environnement sur notre planète en observant Vénus, décrite comme la “soeur jumelle” de la Terre. Pour les scientifiques, comprendre cette planète au climat extrême (vents de 400 kilomètres par heure et températures moyennes de 460°C), c’est donc comprendre comment l’environnement de la Terre s’est formé.Les données que Akatsuki doit envoyer bientôt sont donc très attendues par la communauté scientifique. La sonde est dotée de cinq caméras qui fonctionnent sur des longueurs d’onde différentes. La mission Akatsuki, préparée depuis 2001, va compléter les observations de Venus Express, le satellite envoyé fin 2005 par l’Agence spatiale européenne et arrivé à destination au printemps 2006. L’aventure de cette nouvelle sonde sur Vénus ne fait que commencer.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 17:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Recyclage : Orange lance une collecte de téléphones mobiles usagésEn partenariat avec Emmaüs international, les ateliers du Bocage et WWF France, Orange organisera du 31 mars au 2 avril, la seconde édition des Journées du Recyclage. Trois jours durant lesquels les boutiques de l’opérateur, mais aussi des lieux publics, collecteront les téléphones mobiles usagés.L’opération aura lieu dans les 1.200 boutiques Orange de France. Quelque soit la marque de leurs téléphones, tous les consommateurs sont invités à déposer leurs anciens mobiles dans les points de collecte. Dans le Grand Lyon, sera alors lancée une expérimentation visant à étendre le dispositif de collecte à des lieux publics.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Tous les téléphones rejoindront ensuite l’atelier du Bocage où ils seront remis en état avant d’être revendus, en Afrique essentiellement. Quant aux mobiles trop usagés pour être réparés, ils seront recyclés afin qu’en soient extraits les principaux métaux.Comme en 2010, les bénéfices de ces Journées du Recyclage seront reversés à Emmaüs International, pour financer son “Projet Afrique”. Une opération qui a permis l’année dernière la création de deux centres de collecte de mobiles au Burkina Faso et au Bénin, où dix emplois ont été crées. En 2011, deux nouveaux ateliers devraient à leur tour ouvrir leurs portes, à Madagascar et au Mali.Le 19 mars 2011 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambert
Kim DotCom livre trois captures d’écran de son prochain site MegaA plus d’un mois de l’ouverture du successeur de MegaUpload, Kim DotCom nous livre sur Twitter les trois premières images du site. Cloud, données de toutes sortes d’extension, boite mail et chiffrement seront au cœur de ce qui risque fort de devenir rapidement la nouvelle bête noire des ayants droit. Le site est prévu pour le 20 janvier. Du nouveau pour le très attendu nouveau site de Kim Dotcom, Mega. Passé maitre dans la communication sur internet, l’Allemand a livré vendredi sur Twitter les premières images du site qu’attendent tous les nostalgiques de MegaUpload. Ces trois captures d’écran ne livrent pas d’information sur le contenu qui sera disponible en ligne, mais nous présentent l’interface du site.Si la capture de la page de connexion n’apporte pas grand-chose, ce sont bien les deux autres images qui retiennent le plus l’attention. On peut y voir le répertoire racine d’un cloud perso où des fichiers de différents formats sont stockés. Jpg, pdf, avi, zip, rar, doc et m4v, les nombreuses extensions peuvent être classées dans divers sous dossiers personnalisables.Un site qui garantira la confidentialité des donnéesOn distingue également des éléments de boite mail comme des contacts et une boite de réception, mais il est difficile de dire s’il s’agit d’un dispositif purement interne au site ou d’une vraie adresse. La présence de dossiers aux noms évocateurs de “medical records” (dossier médical) ou “private documents” semble suggérer que, si le partage est mis en avant sur le site, il est tout à fait possible d’y stocker en toute discrétion des documents privés. La dernière image est d’ailleurs celle de la création de la clé de chiffrement spécifique à chaque utilisateur. Le site prend même en compte la façon dont la personne bouge sa souris et sa manière de taper au clavier pour assurer une sécurité encore accrue. Comme le rapporte ZDnet.fr, Kim Dotcom a annoncé à TorrentFreak que “notre fonction de confidentialité en un clic facile à utiliser va transformer le chiffrement en produit de masse. Nous pensons que d’ici 5 ans, la moitié du trafic Internet sera chiffré avec des solutions issues de notre nouvelle API.”L’attente est de toute façon bientôt révolue, Mega ouvrira ses portes le 20 janvier, un an jour pour jour après la fermeture de MegaUpload et le début des poursuites en cours contre Kim DotCom. Le 8 décembre 2012 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambert
Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play in the Women’s Super League this Saturday, and for skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.This Saturday a great derby will be played in the Women’s Super League in England.Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play, and for Citizens’ skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.“You’re always excited for the first fixture of the season and to have it as United and at the Etihad, it’s going to be an unbelievable occasion and all the girls will be up for,” said Houghton to the club’s official website.“Ever since I’ve been at the club it’s all been about making history.”“It’s massive – we want to be involved in big games all the time and it doesn’t get bigger than this one,” she added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Ever since the fixtures came out in the summer, everyone has been so excited about the game.”She concluded: “Our preparations have gone really well in pre-season and we’ll do everything we can to ensure we go out and get three points.”we never give up @ManCity 💙 https://t.co/2m6xyhzxD5— Tessa Wullaert (@TessaWullaert) August 19, 2019
Joining a gym — either for the first time ever or just at a new facility — can be intimidating.You have to navigate an unfamiliar place, learn how to use equipment and risk possible embarrassment, all in order to break a sweat.But local gym managers say newcomers don’t need to fear starting a membership and offered some advice for gym newbies.The Columbian asked its Facebook fans and Twitter followers to share their gym pet peeves. Here are some of the responses:o When people don’t wipe their sweat off of the machine they just used.o People who don’t put the weights back when they’re done with them.o Peeing in the shower.o People who stare.o People who hog equipment.o People who must have a certain space in a classroom.o The extra-friendly naked people in the locker room.o DNA puddles.o The newbies who take three sets of dumbbells and then sit there on their iPhones.o Excessive grunting.o People who work out in Toms shoes.o Banging the weights together or dropping them on the floor.o Singing along loudly to music.“One of the most important things is the ability to be vulnerable and ask for help,” said James Wallace, manager at 24 Hour Fitness’ Vancouver 131st Avenue club. “There’s no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to fitness and exercise, because you’re talking about your health and the potential for injuries.”Most gyms have staff members and personal trainers available to demonstrate how equipment works and answer questions, Wallace said.Angela Brosius, director at Firstenburg Community Center, recommends people just beginning a workout routine consider utilizing a personal trainer. Trainers can create a program, set realistic goals, educate about safe lifting and advise on techniques and weight amounts, she said.Many gyms also offer exercise classes and other perks for members. Wallace recommends taking advantage of everything the gym has to offer.Classes can also be a good way to stay motivated, Brosius said. The classes provide accountability and can make workouts entertaining, she said.“For people that just can’t get motivated, classes are a great thing,” Brosius said.Having a workout partner — a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor — you meet regularly at the gym can also help with accountability, she said.Brosius recommends taking steps to eliminate other potential pitfalls, such as packing your gym clothes for the week and leaving them in your car.“Even that little bit of chore you may have to do may stop you from doing it,” Brosius said of getting to the gym.
Nielsen Business Media has finally found a buyer for its shuttered Training magazine. Lakewood Media Group—a company led by the owners of Minneapolis-based Mach1 Business Media—has acquired the magazine as well as its associated conference and Training Top 125 list.Former Training editor Philip Jones is joining Lakewood managing partners Mike Murrell and Bryan Powell. Murrell and Powell’s Mach1 publishes SalesForceXP magazine, which serves mid-market sales managers.Also included in the deal is Nielsen’s Sales & Marketing Managementmagazine. Financial terms were not disclosed. While Lakewood determines what the next steps are for Sales & Marketing Management in print, Murrell tells FOLIO: the company will continue publishing the brand online and will maintain its database. Nielsen shuttered Training and its companion Web site in February and was said to be searching for a buyer.Murrell and Powell say they will publish Training in print six times annually, will continue to produce and expand its affiliated Web sites and plan on producing the Training Conference & Expo next year.
When Goldman asked why they think it’s important to talk about the pressures that teens face in their music, Suga shared how music was such an important part of his development as young person, and that they knew that sharing their stories would help others around the world going through similar experiences, and that was what they wanted to give to their fans. This is clearly a big part in what makes the group and the music so relatable, such a personal experience for their fans.”When I think back to when I was younger, when I was a student, I listened to a lot of music and I think it was a way for me to escape and a way for me to sort of reassure myself, and I think nowadays, teens, people in their early 20s, listen to music, but I felt, and we felt, that there really aren’t a lot of good sounding, healthy music that they can listen to that really helps them, that there is a lack that we could fill… I think young people all over the world face these pains, sorrows, problems, so I think that’s why we sing these songs and I think that’s why our fans and our listeners can really relate to our music,” Suga explained, through the translator.Goldman asked the group about how they choose the overarching storylines of their albums and develop them through their songs, which he compared conceptually to what The Who had done with their rock-operas. RM explained that the themes they choose are based on what is relevant to all seven of them and their experiences at the time, and what they feel will also be to their peers/fans, and therefore has developed with them as they’ve grown – from school, to youth, to love.”When we want to find topics and we want to find stories, it’s what is in our real mind. So five years ago, in our debut, we talked about schools. And we talked about schools with three albums, and then we talked about youth with 3 albums, and then folks grow up,” RM shared. “Our attitude towards life kinda changed a little bit, and we thought … the story the world most needs is love.”Stay tuned to our latest news for more exclusive content from the BTS event, and visit the GRAMMY Museum event page to get tickets to other exciting conversations and shows.BTS Become First K-Pop Band To Debut At No. 1 On Billboard 200Read more News Email BTS: “Fans Gave Us The Wings That Allowed Us To Be Where We Are” Twitter Exclusive: BTS Says “Fans Gave Us The Wings” bts-fans-gave-us-wings-allowed-us-be-where-we-are The seven K-Pop dreamboats struck fans’ heartstrings during an exclusive conversation at the GRAMMY Museum, sharing love for their fans, why their music is relatable, and their evolution as a group Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2018 – 2:35 pm The seven members of K-pop phenomenon BTS graced the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles with smiles on Sept. 11. A group of 200 or so fans who were lucky enough to snag tickets relished in getting to not only see the boys up close, but to hear why the fans are so important to them and their success, why their music feels so relatable and how their story lines have developed.The conversation began with a warm introduction from GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, who served as the interviewer for the evening, followed by a viewing of the original “Idol” music video (sans Nicki Minaj). Every audience member began to sway and sing along, many even knowing the lyrics in Korean. The energy was anxious yet upbeat as the fans prepared to see their idols in real life, with the crowd breaking into thrilled screams as J-Hope, Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Suga and RM of BTS walked across the stage.As the evening began, given the palpable excitement level, Goldman made sure to check in with the audience and ask if they could allow for the conversation to happen in front of them, to which they agreed and limited their screams and cheers to a minimum throughout the night, out of respect for the special moment they were collectively sharing. The fans broke their composure, quite adorably, only when they belted out happy birthday to RM, whose birthday is Sept. 12, when the group entered the stage, and again as they were leaving. The crowd flashing finger-hearts in the air on both occasions.Yet the fans were not the only ones feeling the love. When Goldman asked BTS why their relationship with their fans was so important, V, speaking in Korean, shared a touching message that many of the crowd aww-ed at even before the on-stage translator shared his words in English.”The fans gave us the wings that allowed us to be where we are and sort of fly to where we are now, so we are always thankful and we know that we are here thanks to our fans. So I think that’s why we have this relationship with our fans,” V said, as shared in English by the translator. Facebook
A schoolboy was killed as his motorbike hit a roadside tree on Jessore-Benapole highway in Jessore on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased was Raihan Parvez, 16, son of Abdul Mannan, a resident of Chachra Karichiya village and class X student of of Rudropur High School.Victim’s father Abdul Mannan said that the accident occurred around 9:00am as the motorcycle hit the tree after Parvez lost control over the bike, leaving him dead on the spot.
Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCOP) on Friday expressed deep concern over the increased violence and oppression of minorities in the last four months after the national election, reports UNB.The BHBCOP, a non-profit aiming to protect rights of the religious and ethnic minorities, voiced its worries during its extended meeting at Moni Singh-Farhad Trust Bhaban in Dhaka’s Purana Paltan.It also noted that a section of ruling party leaders and activists are involved in criminal activities to tarnish the government’s image, according to a press release.It urged the government and law enforcement agencies to take immediate action against them. “The existence of minorities will be threatened more if the persecution is not stopped,” the statement said.The BHBCOP decided to hold protest rally and procession across the country on 25 May at 10:00am to attract the government’s attention.It also decided to organise its 11th National Convention on 11-12 December next year.Chaired by BHBCOP president Nim Chandra Bhowmik, leaders of 64 districts took part in discussion over the report placed by general secretary Rana Das Gupta.The report stated that attacks on religious minorities, torture, occupation of land, and vandalism in temples began to increase again throughout the country during the post-election period.The organisation condemned death threats given to three eminent intellectuals and human rights activists – Sultana Kamal, Shahriar Kabir and Muntasir Mamun – and demanded to bring the perpetrators to book.Among others, the meeting was also addressed by, Kajal Debnath, Nirmal Rosario, JL Bhaumik, Manju Dhar, Milon Kanti Datta, Basudeb Dhar, Manindra Kumar Nath, Tapash Kumar Pal, Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, Kishore Mandal, Padmavati Devi, Dipankar Ghosh, Arun Goswami, Rahul Barua and Tapash Kumar Bole.
Beginning during the summer of 2014, the City of Baltimore will re-launch TV25 Baltimore as CharTV. The new network will deliver content that spotlights the essence of Baltimore. CharmTV will highlight the positive attributes of Baltimore City, its people, neighborhoods and local businesses. The network will also feature a new prime-time block of programming that can be viewed online and on-air.For more information: www.tv25baltimore.com
The Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School #122, located in West Baltimore on Preston St., is celebrating its 90th year and an alumni committee of the school is looking for additional alumni and supporters to join in the celebration.(From left to right): The Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School Alumni Committee is made up of: Dr. Iantha Lake Tucker, Janet Powell Hopkins, Josephine Locklear Alston, Rose Grant Howell, Dr. Jannette Lake Dates, Dr. Mabel Lake Murray and P.S. #122 Principal Bettye Adams. (Courtesy photo)Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School was opened in 1927 as one of the first elementary schools built to educate colored children in the state of Maryland. Many of the school’s graduates have earned doctorates, master’s and bachelor’s degrees and have carved out stellar careers for themselves and their children.On June 2 and June 3 the school will celebrate its historic contributions to the city and state with events for alumni, current students, former and current teachers and parents at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys. For more information call 443-963-6815.