22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Homelessness declining in Calgary

first_imgNine and a half years in, the 10 year plan is proving effective.Calgary’s plan to end homelessness began January 1, 2008, and as of May 31, 2017, the School of Public Policy reports the number of people affected by the issue, appears to have dropped.“It’s a good news story, in that, the 10 year plan to end homelessness has shown success,” study author Ron Kneebone told 660NEWS. “The maximum number of beds that shelters have to provide to people in Calgary, has fallen quite dramatically, and I think we’re eventually approaching where we want to be,” he said. And, that is, a low number of people dealing with homelessness, and affordable accommodations for people with limited incomes.“When we try to identify, you know, are we doing a good job of addressing homelessness, you have to pay attention to the fact that the city is growing really quickly,” Kneebone noted. “Over the last 10 years, it’s grown by over 26 per cent.” That’s a population increase, coupled with a 40 per cent decline in the number of stays at Calgary emergency shelters.“What we’re showing here is that despite the fact that we still have very high rents in Calgary, we’ve made real progress,” Kneebone declared, “the progress would be even greater and faster if we could do something about the cost of housing.”Calgary is the most expensive city in Canada for people with limited incomes.last_img read more

New Brunswick Green party offers plan to address heavy student debt loads

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Green party is pledging to help ease the debts of university and college students if the Greens form government.Leader David Coon says New Brunswick graduates carry student debts that are 50 per cent higher than the national average.He says that debt load is preventing graduates from accessing capital to buy homes, start businesses.Coon says his party commits to the long-term goal of universal, free tuition in the province’s post-secondary institutions.He says they would also eliminate interest on provincial student loans, as has been done in neighbouring Nova Scotia.Coon says a Green government would also reinstate the tuition rebate program for recent graduates.last_img read more

More maintenance work to take place on Taylor Bridge starting Wednesday

first_imgYRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace have announced that more deck maintenance to be performed on the Taylor Bridge.YRB says deck maintenance will be taking place on the night of March 27 and again on March 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.last_img

Aston Villa beat West Brom

first_imgLondon: Aston Villa progressed to within one game of a return to the Premier League after edging West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties in the Championship playoff semi-finals. West Brom won 1-0 on the night at the Hawthorns to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate thanks to Craig Dawson’s first-half header. However, the Baggies’ hopes of an immediate return to the top-flight were dented when captain Chris Brunt was sent off 10 minutes from the end of normal time. The hosts held out manfully during extra-time, but Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer saved West Brom’s first two penalties of the shootout from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi. “There’s obviously a lot of luck involved but wow,” Steer told Sky Sports. “We practise penalties, so I think I must’ve faced a 100 a day the last few days.” Conor Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham kept their cool from the spot as Villa set up a May 27 Wembley meeting with Leeds or Derby for a lucrative place in the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Frank Lampard’s Rams ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday. Villa missed out in the playoff final last year, losing 1-0 to Fulham and Grealish, who has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham, is keen to make amends in what could be his final game for the club. “The crowd made it tough with the atmosphere but in the end I felt we ran out worthy winners,” said the midfielder. “It’s no good getting to Wembley and falling at the final hurdle again, so fingers crossed. All of us are very hungry.”last_img read more

Dani Parejo Valencia deserved a bit more

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo feels that they deserved a “bit more” than a mere goalless draw at Manchester UnitedLos Che held United to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s Group H clash in the Champions League with a solid defensive display.Valencia did gradually began to gain the upper hand over their opponents as the game wore on, but were unable to convert anything into a goal.“We played a great game, they tried long balls because they have tall players. We [could] have scored against them, but we could not. We are happy, but we deserved a bit more,” said Parejo, according to AS.After losing their first game 2-0 to Juventus, Valencia are third in Group H with a solitary point.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It is a tough group against major rivals. Here you go game by game. We’ve taken a big step. Now, to try to win the next and get on with four points,” Parejo said.📌⚽️🦇Así está la clasificación del ‘Grupo H’ de la @ChampionsLeague ⤵️#YoCreoEnEsteEquipohttps://t.co/hvvr1O4MSY— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) October 2, 2018last_img read more

HIV screening for migrant workers still in effect

first_img Related Items:hiv testing, migrant workers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – If you are among the resident population which believes the government should not touch the current legal requirement for migrant workers to have a clean bill of health to start work in the TCI, then you may find relief in a statement issued by the Ministry today. Health said it wants to clarify that there is no change in the policy, I quote, “HIV testing along with several other health tests and checks remain a part of the overall examination process where the results contribute to the decision as to classify an applicant as being fit or unfit to engage in employment in the Turks & Caicos Islands.” The Ministry said that if anything, they are working to strengthen the policy, which they say, “will assist in streamlining the process and provide much needed clarity for all persons seeking health certification.”last_img read more

Grand Bahama Labour on the Blocks Event – February 17 – Beginning

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Grand Bahama – On Saturday, 17th February, 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance.The “Labour on the Blocks” initiative was announced during the debate on the Speech from the Throne by the Labour Minister and it is designed to bring together job seekers and employers at locations which are in or close to residential communities.  Additionally, all job seekers are registered in the Department’s data base. The staff of the Public Employment Services Unit (PES) of the Department of Labour are the lead organizers of the events.   So far two successful “Labour on the Blocks” have been held in New Providence.  The Ministry of Labour is very pleased with the turnout at the New Providence events and is confident that there will be great numbers of persons who will attend the Grand Bahama “Labour on the Blocks” event.To date, the Minster of Labour has noted that he is “very pleased with the level of private sector participation” from all sectors and industries.   Businesses are welcome to participate in the “Labour on the Blocks” initiatives, many of whom have hired jobseekers on the spot in New Providence.   Minister Foulkes notes that “this speaks to the effectiveness of this new initiative, which is providing hope and opportunity for jobseekers.   The same is anticipated for Grand Bahama on 17th February’’.The Ministry of Labour intends to host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events throughout The Bahamas, including other Family Island communities.  Economic growth and job creation remain one of the leading priorities of the Government, and the “Labour on the Blocks” is successfully answering the needs of jobseekers as well as employers in effectively connecting eligible candidates with the right jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Department of Labour encourages all jobseekers in The Bahamas or abroad, and employers with vacancies to register with in the Department’s recruitment database: jobseekers.bahamas.gov.bs   Persons attending the “Labour on the Blocks” Job Fairs are asked to bring along their NIB Card, and a valid Government-issued ID such as a passport or voters card. Registering in the database in advance is also recommended.For more details on the “Labour on the Blocks” initiative, please contact the Public Employment Services Unit at The Grand Bahama Department of Labour. 352-7865/6Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items:last_img read more

December Employment Down 03 Percent Oil And Gas Stabilizing

first_imgWiebold attributed some of the job growth from the recent uptick in the oil and gas industry: “Oil and gas employment over the summer and fall has basically stabilized. They lost a lot of jobs pretty dramatically in late 2015, and 2016, so really employment for oil and gas has stabilized in the past few months.”  Alaska’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent, and the comparable national rate increased from 3.7 to 3.9 percent. She says while the state anticipates more jobs within the upcoming year there are some factors that could potentially impact that growth. Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish. We anticipate that there is going to be growth in the next year.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享December 2018 employment was down an estimated 0.3 percent, or 900 jobs, from December 2017, according to the latest numbers released from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Wiebold: “The government shutdown, if it goes long enough it could start to affect employment in Alaska. If the state government decides to have a hiring freeze, or significant cuts that could also impact the job numbers. Lastly, some of the growth that we anticipate is revolving around some potential projects on the North Slope. In the event that several of those decided to pull out we would not see the growth that we are anticipating.”last_img read more

Turning Content Curation into Dollars

first_imgContent curation and aggregation are part of just about every publisher’s digital strategy today but a new service from “content logistics platform” Vertical Acuity offers publishers the chance to not only automate the process but turn it into a revenue opportunity as well. Vertical Acuity has two goals: help publishers become more of a “point of discovery” for content–a role that has largely been given up to search and social media–and offer more business options for content sharing deals. Publishers are able to extend invites to potential partners within the Vertical Acuity network similar to the connections being made on the largest social networks (the company claims 450 million content pages on its cloud network). “We provide a platform underneath the process of doing business development on the web, which usually includes getting your content out in exchange for some kind of value,” says Joe Fiveash, president and chief revenue officer. “That process goes on every day all over the web but it’s being done the same way it was 15 years ago-with manual, one-off deals. With Vertical Acuity you do those same deals but it’s as easy as friending someone on Facebook.” Publishers can use Vertical Acuity in two ways–pushing their content out to other sites within the Vertical Acuity network (with or without packaging advertising with that content), or accepting other third party content onto their own site. Vertical Acuity works outside the publisher’s existing CMS and publishers create a dedicated page to accommodate partner content, which appears as a series of thumbnails on the bottom of related articles. Users who click on those thumbnails see content branded from other sources, but remain within the host site. “That page has the publisher’s header on it and depending on how they’re using the system, an ad could be on the right,” says Fiveash. “The page has a tag that pulls content into the designated space just like tags pull ad creative in other areas.” Database Decisions, Not ‘Gut Decisions’Participants also receive metrics to gauge how their content is performing on other sites, as well as assess potential content partners within the network. “The metrics dashboard offers actual results for different types of distributions so they can make more intelligent decisions, database decisions rather than gut-based decisions,” says Fiveash, who says that in tests of the system, publishers displaying recommendations for other content received an average of 15 percent more page views than publishers not displaying recommendations. Rodale is currently using Vertical Acuity for its Prevention brand, which in July launched the Healthy Living Group, a digital advertising network of niche health sites. The publisher is pushing its content (and often advertising) out to other sites such as Organic Authority, as well as accepting original content from partners.”We view this as a two-way street: outbound and inbound,” says Michael Kuntz, associate vice president of digital sales with Rodale. “Inbound will really be owned by the edit team. If they make the choice to bring in third-party content, that’s something they’re going to vet. This allows us to create niche, high value content on the fly without having to tap into our editorial resources.”From the business side, Rodale is able to offer extended audience reach to advertisers by integrating advertiser messages with Prevention content appearing on other sites. Partner sites can decide to accept content without ads, and pay the originator of that content on a CPM basis. Sites that decide to accept another publisher’s advertising along with their content get paid on a CPM basis. Additional page views created from recirculation are free. “We all know there’s hundreds of vertical ad networks out there, and typically they go to a publisher and say, ‘Hey Mr. Publisher, give us x amount of ad inventory and we’ll give you whatever effective CPM, and in return you’ll make more money,” says Kuntz. “I think that pitch has become stale. With our brand and the advertisers we work with, if you work with us, not only will you generate money on the advertising side but you’ll get usage of our premium content. In many cases we’re dealing with publishers that don’t have a 20-person edit team and being able to get daily updates on their site is huge.”last_img read more

Political row begins after Greek fire kills scores

first_imgPeople attend a candlelight vigil in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on 30 July 2018, to commemorate victims of the country`s worst ever wildfires, which has claimed scores of lives. Photo: AFPGreek prime minister Alexis Tsipras accused the opposition on Tuesday of exploiting one of the country’s worst ever natural disasters in a deepening political row over the deaths of at least 91 people in a fire.Greece has been stunned by the blaze which swiftly gutted the town of Mati east of Athens on 23 July. Scores more people were injured and the death toll could still rise. There have since been recriminations over whether an evacuation order was issued and whether rescue services responded in a timely manner.“I really wonder how some people … can sleep today, and continue content in exercising their duties,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis, head of the Conservative New Democracy party, told a news conference.“When someone undertakes political responsibility it should be accompanied by an act, and resignation is an act of personal responsibility,” said Mitsotakis, whose party is leading in opinion polls.Though Mitsotakis did not name the prime minister, the comments appeared to be aimed at Tsipras, who has said he accepted full political responsibility for the disaster. The prime minister’s office accused Mitsotakis of trying to “take advantage of dozens of citizens’ pain and loss”.“Human lives cannot become an object of political exploitation,” it said in a statement.Later, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said criticism was welcomed but should not be skewed by media and political opponents.He said the environment ministry had found over 3,000 illegal constructions in forests and along the coastline in the wider Athens region, which have been marked for demolition.- Tsipras Vows Action -“The prime minister’s decision is very clear, the government is determined to clash (with any interests) and do everything possible to prevent a repeat of any such disaster in the future,” Tzanakopoulos said during a press briefing.Mitsotakis said those responsible for coordinating the fire response, including the civil protection and interior ministers and the fire brigade chief, should resign.He also appeared to criticise Tsipras for failing to visit the scene of the disaster sooner. Tsipras travelled to the site on Monday a week after the blaze. Another government minister who visited earlier had a heated exchange with survivors on whether aid was sent in a timely manner.“Anger, and sympathising with another’s pain is something deeply personal,” Mitsotakis said. “But public figures have no right to hide during a crisis. (A leader) has an obligation to take a position, and be next to people in trying times.”Tsipras has vowed to hold a thorough inquiry into how hundreds of people were left trapped by flames. He has pledged a series of changes, including a crackdown on unlicensed construction which is thought to have worsened the fire and blocked off escape routes for residents fleeing towards the sea.last_img

Chandelis Dusters Battle with Endometriosis

first_imgChandelis Duster and her sister outside the Capitol (Photos by Jonathan Hunter)Chandelis Duster, a graduate student at American University, stood before a packed crowd on March 28 at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill to share her endometriosis, commonly known as endo, story. “I remember being scared to death and feeling lost because I was told I had a disease that was not curable. But as I reflect on my experience, I think about how much stronger of a young woman I’ve become because of it,” Duster said while fighting back tears.Duster words inspired the crowd at the second annual worldwide Endo March In D.C. Duster was just one of many women with Endo who came from all over the country to march on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about the disease.In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Duster spoke about raising awareness of the disease with African Americans. “I really just feel like Black women don’t have access to the right health care sometimes,” said Duster. “A lot of my Black friends I talk to [say], ‘Endo what, what’s that?’,’Is that what they call bad cramps.’ Nobody knows what it is. I had somebody tell me a long time ago that endometriosis was a White women’s disease. And I was like, ‘Excuse me ,what are you trying to say because I’m not White.’”According to Pubmed.gov, the common view is that endo rarely affects women of color and results in many cases not being reported. Duster, now 26, was diagnosed with endo at age 18 and has had three surgeries to date. Duster says having endo has taken its toll on her physically.“All throughout high school and middle school I would faint and pass out because my period pain was so bad, said Duster. “ I went to [the] gynecologist to regulate my period and I remember specifically an emergency room doctor at one point told me that maybe there was an underlying trauma from your childhood that needs to be addressed to figure out what’s causing your pain.”Once Duster was diagnosed with endo, she knew there needed to be something done to address the lack of knowledge about endo.Duster is currently a precinct manger in Richmond, Va. for the World Wide Endo March organization. Along with being a precinct manger for a year, she has been an advocate for pushing legislation about educating the public.Duster met with Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam at a disability caucus about endo and submitted a proclamation to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe that he signed.Duster says she enjoys being a precinct manager with team Virginia of the Endo March not only because she likes spreading awareness, but also because she has a family of sisters. Duster says she came to the Endo March last year in 2014, and met a support group of women that she was lacking.“At first I thought these women were crazy, out here in all that yellow and wearing ribbons, but then I was like wow these are some of the nicest women I’ve met in my life. They gave me that extra push,” said Duster. “In a way Endo was a gift to me. Looking at it from a positive perspective because I’ve become so stronger and gained so many friendships and a sisterhood from having Endometriosis that I wouldn’t gotten from anywhere else.Prior to joining the Endo March, Duster went through a tough time of being a laid off from a radio station and being in a bad relationship. The physical and emotional pain drove Duster to becoming suicidal. “I thought about (suicide) driving down the road on the interstate and putting my car in cruise at 95 miles and wanting to end my life. I thought about that several times. But then one day, I was just like I had enough and I went downstairs, got the kitchen knife, sat on my bedroom floor and I was crying and crying and I was going to do it,” said Duster.Duster said she believes it is by the grace of God that she did not end her life. Duster has shared her story and now wants to help girls just like her. Duster is pursuing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism and one day aspires to be a TV reporter and anchor.To find out more about endometriosis visit endomarch.org.last_img read more

Study Black Patients Treated With Less Compassion Than Whites

first_imgA new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management suggests doctors treat dying Black and White patients differently, showing less compassion towards terminally-ill Black patients. The study titled, “Differences in Physicians’ Verbal and Nonverbal Communication with Black and White Patients at the End of Life,” was conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Purdue University. The researchers observed 33 hospital-based physicians in the Western Pennsylvania area in simulations where they had to interact with patients (played by actors) who were dying. While the doctors knew they were being tested, however, they did not know what specific behaviors the researchers were examining. The researchers had the doctors participate in two different recorded interactions with actors posing as patients—one Black, the other White. The patients were accompanied by family members and they all read from identical scripts. The researchers found there was no difference in the doctors’ verbal communication with Black and White patients, but there was a significant difference in the nonverbal communication with the two races. “Although we found that physicians said the same things to their Black and White patients, communication is not just the spoken word. It also involves nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, body positioning and touch,” said senior author of the study, Dr. Amber Baranto, an associate professor of clinical and translational medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, in a statement. “Poor nonverbal communication – something the physician may not even be aware he or she is doing – could explain why many Black patients perceive discrimination in the health care setting.”The doctors were scored on a point system for both their verbal and nonverbal communication skills when interacting with patients and family members. The physicians, who were mainly White males, averaged 7 percent lower scores for their nonverbal interactions with Black patients, compared to White patients.  The researchers found that when doctors were interacting with White patients, for example, they would stand at the patient’s bedside and were more likely to touch the invalid in a sympathetic way. When the doctors interacted with the Black patients, however, they would stand by the door holding their binder. Such body language can give patients and their relatives the idea that the doctor is disengaged and defensive and could affect their medical decision-making, Baranto said.“Body language is a significant tool in building trust – or mistrust – and physicians need to ensure that their body language isn’t contributing to that decision,” Baranto said. “To help Black patients and their families feel welcome and encouraged to be partners in medical decision-making, it is critical that doctors be aware of their verbal and nonverbal communication and any unintentional biases.”jhunter@afro.comlast_img read more

Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Video Views Closes in on 1 Million Uploads

first_imgVideo has been a big hit for Reddit: A little over a year after first launching native video hosting, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet already surpassed one billion video views per month. Reddit is also quickly approaching one million monthly video uploads every month, reaching 996,000 uploads in August.Reddit officially launched native video uploads in August of 2017, and the company’s VP of product Alex Le told Variety this week that it had been part of a bigger overhaul for the company. “We’ve been modernizing our platform,” he said. Reddit’s recent redesign, as well as the introduction of chat rooms for Reddit communities, have been part of this effort as well, he explained.Native video in particular has been a big hit for Reddit. The company revealed Tuesday that it now streams 400,000 hours of native video every single day, which equals over 13 million hours per month. Those numbers are up 38% since the beginning of the year. Popular on Variety Much of this video viewing is happening on mobile, where viewing activity has doubled since the beginning of the year. In August, 70% of all video viewing happened on mobile devices. And users who consume video on Reddit spend almost twice as much time on the service than those who don’tLe said that the growth in native video hasn’t been detrimental to videos hosted on other platforms like YouTube. “We are still seeing a lot of links being published,” he said, arguing that much of the native video viewing has been additive.That’s in part because of the strength of the long tail, and the appeal video has to new Reddit users. Within the first three months of Reddit launching native video last year, close to half of the people who published videos on Reddit had never published anything on the service before.Going forward, Reddit wants to make it even easier for Reddit users to discover videos in a dedicated environment, and also to continue to watch videos around a subject. However, the company still wants to keep users engaged, and have them take part in the discussions on the service — so don’t expect Reddit to launch a lean-back couch potato viewing mode any time soon. Said Le: “So much of what happens on Reddit is very lean-forward.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Freddie Mercurys Zoroastrian Faith Inspired him to Follow his Dreams

first_imgFreddie Mercury and his Zoroastrianism were something largely kept out of the public eye. The legendary musician known as Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) in 1946. The Bulsara family are part of the Zoroastrian faith and Mercury was raised within this tradition. His father was a civil servant for the British Empire, so the family lived in India during the young Freddie’s formative years. Mercury attended boarding school in India and it was during this time that he learned piano, fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll, got the nickname Freddie and formed his first band.Freddie Mercury singing, 1977. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0At the age of 17, Mercury and family moved to England during a time of political upheaval in Zanzibar. It was while living in England that he decided to pursue music over everything else, a decision that would lead to the creation of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.The house in Zanzibar where Mercury lived in his early years.Zoroastrianism is the oldest monotheistic religion in the world and its prophet Zarathustra was the first to introduce to theology the concepts of heaven and hell, and the struggle between good and evil.Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Persian Empire and as the Empire spread, so did the teachings of Zarathustra. In fact, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all influenced by the ideas of this old religion.Although these days Zoroastrianism is seen as a minor religion, its teachings have inspired many scholars and artists throughout the centuries, including Freddie Mercury.Painted clay and alabaster head of a Zoroastrian priest wearing a distinctive Bactrian-style headdress, Takhti-Sangin, Tajikistan, Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, 3rd–2nd century BC.Mercury may not have actively practiced Zoroastrianism, but it certainly played a role in his determination and outlook on life.His sister, Kashmira Cooke, discussed this in an interview in 2014: “I think what [Freddie’s] Zoroastrian faith gave him was to work hard, to persevere, and to follow your dreams.”Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT at a WPLR show. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0The religion is also known for its motto ‘Good thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.’ It teaches sharing, generosity and kindness as part of its doctrine and Mercury was known to be all of those things.He was an extravagant spender, not just on material goods and parties, but he also privately gave large sums of money to charities and was known to lavish gifts on friends and to help those close to him.The outer walls of Garden Lodge (pictured here in 2014) became a shrine to Mercury following his death in 1991. Photo by Adnergje CC BY SA 3.0Some critics during Mercury’s lifetime accused him of ignoring his heritage. Looking back on the debate, it seems that there may have been a misunderstanding of what it means to be Persian.In response to those critics, Mercury is famously quoted as saying “I’ll always walk around like a Persian popinjay and no one’s going to stop me, honey!”.Indeed, Mercury was intensely proud of his ancestry, but he wasn’t a devoutly religious person. His mother, Jer Bulsara, is quoted in the Telegraph as saying, “Freddie was a Parsee and he was proud of that, but he wasn’t particularly religious.”Mercury died of complications due to AIDS on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45. The funeral was a private affair attended by family and close friends. The ceremony was presided over by two Zoroastrian priests and Freddie Mercury was cremated in accordance with modern Zoroastrianism traditions.Read another story from us: “Bohemian Rhapsody” – The Long Road to Freddie Mercury Hitting the Big ScreenIn the 20 years since his death, Freddie Mercury has become a legend with continued devotion from fans all over the world. Of his continued fame, his mother said in an interview with the Telegraph “I am proud for everything that comes up for my boy. The whole world seems to know him. They know who Freddie Mercury is. My boy was a genius.”last_img read more

March 13 2013Arcosanti offers fresh local greens

first_imgMarch 13, 2013Arcosanti offers fresh local greens to the public!Arcosanti residents Dan Reiff, David Tollas and Nadia Begin (along with Nadia and David’s son Sasha) brought a delicious selection of kale, collard greens, chard, and basil to the Big Bug Creek Farm Store in Mayer, AZ.  The greens made a splash and joined other local products for sale at this new local shop.[Dan, Sasha and David at the Mayer farmstore, photo by Nadia Begin and text by Samantha Rose]Eating fresh, healthy, and local food is an important part of Soleri’s sustainable urban design philosophy and Arcosanti currently has 3 greenhouses that produce a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the year. [Dan Reiff in one of the two camp greenhouses, photo by Chihiro Saito and text by Samantha Rose]Every weekday we have a small farmers market on site that  sells our greenhouse produce to residents and the Arcosanti Cafe.[Dan Reiff, Isaac Mueske, Mandy Chen and Nadia Begin at farmers market in the Vaults, photo by Chihiro Saito and text by Samantha Rose]In addition, our Construction Department and workshop participants are currently constructing a new 44′ x 75′ terraced greenhouse.  This structure is the first prototype of a larger Energy Apron that will one day wrap the entire south face of the Arcosanti Mesa.For more information on Arcosanti’s new Greenhouse/Energy Apron Prototype and to make a donation visit here.The Big Bug Creek Farm Store is located at 13282 Central Ave in Mayer, AZ.  They are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm.[photo by Nadia Begin and text by Samantha Rose]last_img read more