Social media might prove critical in the electoral success of women political candidates, but is a “mixed blessing,” according to a new discussion paper, Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network, by Alexis Gelber, a longtime journalist formerly based at Newsweek. Gelber conducted her research during her time as a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.“As outsiders, or relative newcomers to the political process, women candidates may have an advantage in social networking,” she writes, but notes that “Ultimately, social networking is not a panacea for politicians.”Alexis Gelber was a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center in 2011. Formerly with Newsweek, she supervised award-winning coverage of politics, social issues and international news as the magazine’s national affairs editor, assistant managing editor and the managing editor of Newsweek International. As director of special projects from 2001 to 2008, she created special issues and new entrepreneurial projects. In 2004 and 2008 Gelber edited Newsweek’s special presidential election project, behind-the-scenes accounts of the election campaigns. Both projects were published as books by Public Affairs, and the 2004 project won a National Magazine Award. In 2009, Gelber served as the founding books editor of The Daily Beast. She is an editorial consultant based in New York, where she is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Gelber is a former president of the Overseas Press Club of America. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she served as chair of the school’s Alumni Board.Read the full paper on the Shorenstein Center’s website. Read Full Story
The cast of Pageant: The Musical includes John Bolton as the host, with Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory as the gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls. Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. Pageant: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Related Shows Pageant: The Musical opens off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre on July 14. Directed by Matt Lenz, the dragtastic tuner will play a new performance schedule to that previously announced. Initially the show will play Sunday and Monday evenings. Beginning July 21, Pageant will play Monday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through September 1. View Comments
Georgia’s peanut production may not rival last season’s record-setting year, but it’s still been a productive season for the state’s third-ranked agricultural commodity.“We’re going to see higher yields than we originally thought,” believes John Beasley, a University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist.How much higher? Last year’s peanut crop produced an astounding 4,550 pounds per acre, easily eclipsing the state record. Though this year might not reach the 4,000-pound plateau, Beasley indicates the final yield statistics can still easily top the 3,600 pound-figure reported in 2011.“I think the most recent yield estimate, which came out in September, for our peanut crop was 3,900 pounds per acre, statewide average yield estimate,” he said. “When you compare it to what we were averaging in 2011 and 2010, it’s going to be substantially better.”UGA’s peanut expert says this year’s crop will “still pale in comparison” to last year’s crop, which he said was out of the norm. It was feared earlier in the season that high accumulations of rainfall during the summer washed out portions of farmers’ peanut fields. While reports are low of that being the case, rain did provide other farmers with enough water for their crops to exceed normal growth.“I’ve heard some county agents say they’ve got growers saying they’re making the best peanuts they’ve ever made, even better than last year,” he said. Beasley encouraged peanut farmers to plant their peanut acreage in late April through mid-May to avoid the pending cold temperatures that annually occur in late October. For example, during the week of Oct. 25-26, temperatures across the state dipped into the 30s, which had an adverse effect on peanuts still in the ground. Fields planted in late May and June are at risk of these cold October temperatures, shutting down the maturity process.“Typically in late October, we’ll have the kind of cold weather that will shut the maturity down. If you are a week or two from optimal maturity, that shutting down of the maturity process will cost you some yield potential,” Beasley said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police officers acting on a tip found ballistic body armor, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and illegal firearms inside the SUV of a man they pulled over in Syosset Thursday morning, police said.After the traffic stop, police raided the suspect’s home, where officials said they found several illegal weapons and more than 8,000 rounds of assorted ammunition.Mark Vicars, who police said falsely identified himself as a federal air marshal during the traffic stop, was arrested and charged with numerous weapons crimes and for carrying identification impersonating law enforcement. The 49-year-old Syosset man, who lives at The Knoll, a condo and townhouse complex in Syosset, will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.“It’s going to be a very lengthy investigation,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, NCPD’s chief spokesperson, said Friday at a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola.The investigation also included members of the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force and Transportation Security Administration, police said.The weapons discovery was made after law enforcement received a tip, which police did not elaborate on. Police then initiated surveillance. Vicars was pulled over on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset at 7:40 a.m. for a traffic violation, police said.That’s when Vicars allegedly activated emergency lights on his 2014 Dodge Durango and produced a fraudulent federal air marshal ID, LeBrun said.Mark Vicars of Syosset was arrested Thursday morning and charged with numerous weapons crimes.Inside the car was a .380 pistol, gravity knife, a ballistic body vest and a tactical vest, LeBrun said. Nassau police’s Special Investigation Squad also found three high-capacity magazines each containing 30 rounds of ammunition, he said.Investigators subsequently executed a search warrant on his home and uncovered a .357-caliber, .45-caliber, .40-caliber and two .9mm handguns. The search also turned up 8,300 rounds of ammo, LeBrun said. Vicars did not have a permit for any of the weapons, police said.Investigators are trying to determine where the weapons were purchased and how Vicars obtained a fraudulent law enforcement ID, LeBrun said. Police did not say what he does for a living but there’s no indication he previously worked for law enforcement, LeBrun said.LeBrun asked for the public to notify police if they’ve been approached by Vicars before under the guise of law enforcement. He also noted that the department does not see “any immediate threat to the public, and we don’t see any nexus to any other terrorism at this time.” But the potential of terror is still being investigated, LeBrun noted.Vicars has no prior arrest record, police said.He has been charged with varying degrees of criminal possession, as well as criminal possession of a forged instrument.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the financial services industry, it is widely known that credit life insurance pays off the outstanding loan balance to which it is attached. But have you ever really realized how credit insurance is a key component in serving American households who may have no life insurance at all—that is, up until the point where you, the lender, offer it. According to LIMRA’s 2016 Life Insurance Ownership Study, 37 million households don’t own any life insurance coverage whatsoever. In addition, more than 10% of all U.S. Households said they would have trouble covering everyday living expenses after several months if the primary wage earner died. I think it would be safe to assume that the primary wage earner was definitely the borrower or co-borrower on their existing loans.When life insurance is sold in a more traditional format, the first step is to determine what the individual’s needs are with the first question usually being “what are your outstanding loans?” Most often, the mortgage is first, closely followed by auto loans, home equity loans, credit card balances, and perhaps any personal loans. Hopefully, the following is no surprise to you—these are all loan types, with the exception of first mortgages, to which credit insurance can be added at the time the loan is originated! continue reading »
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Perez has grown tired of Bale (Picture: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)Perez is keen to recoup the majority of the £86million fee his side paid for the Welsh winger, although Bale has refused to leave in the past.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal have the opportunity to reduce the nine-point gap to just six points when they face Barcelona in the latest El Clasico on Saturday night.Solari was forced to defend Bale ahead of the crunch La Liga tie.‘Everyone knows what Bale can do and they know what he has given to the club,’ he said.Who should sign Bale?Chelsea0%Man Utd0%Arsenal0%Spurs0%Other0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Real Madrid chief ‘exhausted’ by Gareth Bale as path clears for Man Utd and Chelsea transfer Bale is set for a summer move (Picture: Soccrates/Getty Images)Gareth Bale has ‘exhausted’ the patience of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and he is ready to sell the Welshman this summer.It was hoped the former Tottenham Hotspur star would step up and become Real’s talisman following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo but it’s been far from the case, with Santiago Solari using him sparingly.And Perez is ready to dispose of him in the summer, according to AS.Bale has only scored seven league goals this season, with Madrid languishing in third place behind bitter rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENTBoth Chelsea and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the attacker, with a return to Spurs also suggested in some quarters, while Robert Pires even suggested that Arsenal should target the 29-year-old.
DuPont, the multinational chemicals company, is to relocate its workers’ pensions in the Netherlands to its European pension fund (DEPF) in Belgium next year.The relocation involves €235m in pension assets for 400 workers employed by three of DuPont’s subsidiaries – DuPont de Nemours, DuPont Filaments and Genencor International.Union FNV announced the cross-border move, saying it was satisfied with the decision, “as the new arrangements would be future-proof and cheaper for the sponsor”.It confirmed that company’s existing financial agreements in the Netherlands – including contribution level and its duty to plug funding gaps – would remain unchanged. The FNV also highlighted that the works council (OR) and new pensions committee had been given “a strong say” in the decision.Last year, during a hearing in the Dutch parliament, Gijs van Dijk, the FNV’s spokesman on pensions, said his union would consider all of its options in “blocking the Belgium route” for Dutch pension funds.The pension plans of DuPont’s Dutch subsidiaries have been implemented by the €1.3bn Pensioenfonds Chemours Nederland, but their contracts are set to expire at year-end.The Pensioenfonds Chemours Nederland was, until last year, named Pensioenfonds DuPont Nederland.Chemours, in turn, was a DuPont subsidiary until last year, when it became an independent company.Frans van Dorsten, chairman at Pensioenfonds Chemours Nederland, said the departure of DuPont’s participants would leave his scheme with approximately 525 active participants, as well as almost all deferred members and pensioners, which total 1,135 and 1,860, respectively.He said his pension fund would weigh its options for remaining independent in the coming years, but he emphasised that the need for change was not urgent.In its 2015 annual report, the scheme’s internal visitation committee said that, “following the split-off of Chemours from DuPont, the increasing regulatory pressure and high costs of pensions provision, the viability of the pension fund requires monitoring”.The pension fund reported administration costs of €742 per active participant and spent 0.3% on asset management last year.As of the end of October, its funding stood at 115.3%.The relocation to Belgium is still subject to approval by Dutch regulator DNB.
Caricom logo. Photo credit: glas.netGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Yet another attempt is being made by CARICOM heads of government to help defuse mounting tensions among key actors involved in and relating to West Indies cricket. At the 23rd inter-sessional meeting, which ended in Suriname on Friday, there were frank discussions among CARICOM heads of government on several critical issues surrounding and or involving West Indies cricket. Chairman of the conference, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse, told journalists at the closing press conference that heads of government had agreed to seek an urgent meeting between the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket (PMSCC) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) before the end of March 2012 to attempt to resolve several issues. He added that the conference had also received a report from the government of Guyana regarding the ongoing situation on cricket in that country. Against this backdrop, the CARICOM chairman said the PMSCC had been given a mandate to deal with a number of the issues, including that of governance of cricket in the context of the Patterson Report; and also to mediate in the matter involving former West Indies captain, Chris Gayle and the “ongoing troubles” plaguing Guyana’s cricket. Bouterse said heads of government were also “firm in their condemnation” of recent statements by the WICB, which they deemed as “disrespectful to the prime minister of Jamaica in particular and the West Indian people in general.” Caribbean News Now Share NewsSports CARICOM to mediate issues in West Indies cricket by: – March 13, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 18 Views no discussions Tweet
“Whenever I have faced obstacles, you have shattered them. Whenever I have had great expectations, you have exceeded them.” The forward, who is also a trained lawyer, scored 33 goals for England, with her last international appearance coming in 2016, the same year she made misconduct allegations against then England boss Mark Sampson. That episode concluded in October 2017 when an investigation found Sampson had made racially discriminatory remarks to Aluko and fellow player Drew Spence. The FA apologised to both players. After announcing her Juventus departure in November, Aluko detailed how she had found life difficult in Italy. Writing in her Guardian column at the time, she said: “Sometimes Turin feels a couple of decades behind in terms of its general openness to different kinds of people. Ex-England women’s striker Eni Aluko, who accused a former national football coach of discrimination, announced her retirement from football on Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who won 102 international caps, left Juventus last month after nearly 18 months with the Serie A champions and had been tipped to return to England’s Women’s Super League. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Read Also: No Juventus exit for Can, Rabiot this January “I have grown tired of walking into stores and feeling as if the owner expects me to rob the place. There is only so many times you can arrive at Turin airport and have the sniffer dogs treat you like you are Pablo Escobar.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “My dear friend football, it’s time to hang up my boots and retire as a professional footballer,” Aluko tweeted. “Thank you football for everything you’ve given and taught me. Thanks for the full circle moments & crazy unexpected journey.” Aluko, who previously played for Chelsea and in the United States, was part of the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics. In a letter on the Players’ Tribune, starting ‘Dear Football’, she wrote: “When we first met 25 years ago, I could never have imagined the crazy, unbelievable journey you would take me on. “You have given me the dream of playing in the US, the pride of representing England, the thrill of winning titles with Chelsea, the adventure of playing for Juventus in Italy,” she added. Loading…