Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar and Grammy winner, will perform at T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Woman of Purpose concert.Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey will host the event featuring a performance by pop star and actress Brandy. A portion of concert proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy group. Two families with children on the autism spectrum will be recognized at the concert which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. CDT at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.Additional performers at the Woman of Purpose concert include: Joe, Baby Face, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Kim Burrell and Ray Chew. Celebrity mothers who champion awareness of autism Holly Robinson-Peete and Toni Braxton will also be recognized during the event.MegaFest will take place Aug. 29-31 in Dallas and will offer fun-filled activities for those of all ages and interests including Oprah’s Lifeclass, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show, the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship and empowerment sessions for men, women, young adults and children.The partnership between MegaFest and Autism Speaks focuses on reducing the average age of diagnosis and increasing access to high-quality early intervention for all children on the autism spectrum. Many studies have documented that minority populations are diagnosed later than the general population. Early identification and early intervention give children with autism the best chance of improved outcomes. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.Autism Speaks will host a booth in MegaFest’s healthcare pavilion with clinicians providing short consultations with families who have concerns about their child’s early behaviors. During these “Ask a Clinician” sessions, families can sign up for a 10-minute appointment with an expert to discuss specific problems and receive guidance on the next steps. The family-friendly booth will have space for children to play and families to relax. The Autism Speaks science team will be on hand to provide information on the nationwide Early Access to Care Initiative, with tips and recommendations on strategies for promoting a child’s healthy development.Tickets for the Woman of Purpose concert are available at Mega-Fest.com. American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219.Source:PR Newswire
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local entrepreneurs are taking part in the ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finals.The ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an open competition where young entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 39, from Northern B.C. can showcase their business ideas and get the support they need to make them a reality.The Finalists of the Challenge will be pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 for their business. In addition, a prize of $5,000 for the People’s Choice will be up for grabs. Local Finalists include:Charlie Bovee Broome – The Mutty Paw – Fort St. JohnBaljit Singh – Countryside Pizzeria – Dawson CreekKaty Peck – Canadian Acres – Charlie LakeKristen Auger – Wâpikwanew Arts – Fort St. JohnRachel Vowles – Mile 0 Farrier Company – Dawson CreekDevrey Crossly – Whole Wheat & Honey Cafe – Fort St. JohnThe Finals is taking place in Terrace, B.C. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
Shah Alam (Malaysia): An Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed Monday after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her, in a shock decision a year and a half after she went on trial. Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered through a pack of journalists and into a car outside the court, where she had been on trial alongside a Vietnamese woman for the murder of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”I feel happy. I did not know this will happen. I did not expect it,” said Aisyah, who was wearing a red headscarf. It was a surprise move as the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur, had been due only to hear Huong’s testimony on Monday. Her lawyers said they were seeking an adjournment. The women, in their 20s, had always denied murder, saying they believed they were taking part in a prank and were tricked by North Korean agents into carrying out the Cold War-style hit using VX nerve agent. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangTheir lawyers had presented them as scapegoats, saying that authorities were unable to catch the real killers. Four North Koreans – formally accused of the murder alongside the women – fled Malaysia shortly after the murder. The trial, which began in October 2017, was due to resume Monday with the defence stage of proceedings after a break of several months. But at the start of the hearing, prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad requested that the murder charge against Aisyah be withdrawn and that she be given a discharge. He gave no reason for the request. “Siti Aisyah is freed,” judge Azmin Ariffin told the court, as he approved a request. “She can leave now.” Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana told reporters outside court: “We are pleased with the court decision. We will try to fly Siti back to Indonesia today or as soon as possible.”
Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio has hailed the bravery of his side as they produced a shock victory over defending world champions Germany on SundayPSV striker Hirving Lozano finished off a superb counter-attack to score a close-range finish in the 35th minute of the encounter to give Mexico the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.Toni Kroos almost scored an equaliser for Germany from a free-kick, but the Tri held on to secure a famous win.Speaking after the match, Osorio revealed that he had planned a long time ago to expose Germany’s weak points.“We had plans six months ago to have two quick players on the wings,” he said, according to the Irish Times.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We chose Hirving [Lozano, the game’s only goalscorer], our quickest player, and Miguel Layún, an offensive midfield player.“In the first half, we managed today to hit them on the counter many times. We could have scored earlier. With all due respect, we were superior to them.“In the second half, they attacked more and they made the substitutions they tend to make. We had prepared for the use of Mario Gomez in attack. We practised defending with four defenders and three players up front and that was how we almost scored a second goal. I’m very satisfied with what we did.“For the players today the phrase was to play for the love of winning not the fear of losing. And that is exactly what they did. They played with real bravery.”Mexico will next play South Korea on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don in Group F.
Marek Hamsik’s agent has praised Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti for making his client into an ‘almost perfect’ deep-lying playmaker.Hamsik has taken Jorginho’s role at Napoli after the Italy midfielder signed for Chelsea, and Martin Petras believes Ancelotti has transformed his client. Football Italia reports.“Marek still needs to improve in his new role, but it’s inevitable that he will,” he said after Napoli’s 2-1 win at Lazio on Saturday.“Marek has great qualities and I think Ancelotti giving him this new role was excellent, almost perfect. It’ll be a new stimulus for him.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“After all, you can always improve. Look at Federer, who continues to do so despite his age…“At the end of the game Marek was happy, his team won, it mattered for them and in my opinion he didn’t expect such a result at the Olimpico. No-one else did.“I think their players will be at peak fitness in a couple of weeks, in time for their Champions League debut.“Taking him off on 70 minutes? It was hot and a fair decision. It happened to him on Sunday, but it could happen to someone else next time.”
Croatian legend Davor Suker is feeling quite hurt about the last match between Spain and Croatia, a 6-0 defeat for which he wants revenge.During the last UEFA Nations League match between Spain and Croatia, the Balkans side suffered a very painful defeat that Croatian Football Federation President witnessed from the stands.This loss came during a year in which his national team proved that they are at a top level of performance by reaching the final in Russia, but they weren’t at the top of their level that day and they suffered the wrath of Luis Enrique’s side with goals scored by players like Saul, Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo, Marco Asensio, and Isco.Now that the situation will be reversed and Croatia will play as local, Suker believes there is a great chance for his side to get some sweet revenge even if manager Dalic already confirmed that his squad is not after such retaliation.This match looks like it will be very different compared to the last time they met, Suker is convinced that the World Cup runners-up have learned their lesson and they will take full advantage of their own stadium in Zagreb this Thursday.Suker: “Of course we want our revenge on Spain for that 6-0 drubbing in Elche” https://t.co/sg4k1RC5yr #NationsLeague #Croatia #Spain pic.twitter.com/OwDpf1hjm2— AS English (@English_AS) November 14, 2018Davor Suker is one of Croatia’s biggest football idols, he reached the World Cup semifinals back in the 1998 World Cup and was the tournament’s top scorer.The chairman offered an interview to Diario AS about the upcoming match, where he spoke about several topics but the main one was related mostly about the upcoming match that will start only a few hours from now.“Of course we feel disappointed after the result from the Elche match, where a lot of things didn’t go as planned and the final result was a defeat,” said Suker during the interview.“I’m convinced that the national team manager and the players are motivated to prove that such result was nothing but a bad day and that’s it, especially with what awaits us after the World Cup, this will be the first match we play with all the followers inside the stadium.”“I believe that we are going to have all the support from the fans who will be cheering from the stands inside the stadium.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Spain is one of the best national teams in the world and Luis Enrique is a great manager, this is why Spain playing great football again doesn’t surprise me at all,” he added.It was my pleasure to talk about football with: Zlatko Dalic Croatia National team coach-2018 FIFA World Cup-second place!Davor Šuker President of Croatia football1998 FIFA World Cup-third place and Golden Shoe!Robert Prosinečki Bosnia National team coach pic.twitter.com/cMe4IBeUhO— Matic Slavko (@slavko_matic) November 14, 2018“We are all expecting a wonderful match between two wonderful teams, and a game that has the potential of being a lot more exciting than the one we played in Elche,” continued the Croatia Football Federation president.“I believe the Croatian team has enough quality to confront this game, the same quality that manager Zlatko Dalic has demonstrated in Russia last summer.”“I consider that Croatian managers know our countrymen’s mentality much better, they also have a deeper knowledge of the characteristics that each of our players has and they can guide the squad in a better way,” he concluded.The match will take place at Maksimir Stadium in the city of Zagreb, it will be filled with a lively Croatian crowd that will commune with the players for the first time since they reached that historic final in the World Cup last summer.The Croatian Football Federation went through a banning process after UEFA punished them, they played the last match against England with a completely empty stadium. This match will start at 20:45 CET.AS: WIN OR WAIT• Spain will be in the final four if they win in Zagreb. If not, it depends on England vs. Croatia on Sunday• Suker: “We want to get revenge for the 6-0 in Elche.”• Benzema already accounts for 27% of Real Madrid’s goals – his 2nd best % pic.twitter.com/29JZlu6fEl— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) November 14, 2018Do you think Croatia will be able to get their revenge against Spain this Thursday? Please leave your opinion in the comment section down below.
In the online education space, if you don’t already have a well of content to draw from, the quickest path to implementation can be an acquisition. That’s the strategy Praetorian Digital, a B2B digital media company serving the public safety and local government markets, used last week when it bought the Fire & EMS training unit from Kaplan Professional Education. Praetorian’s audience to its first responder brands has been growing. Traffic to FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, PoliceOne.com and CorrectionsOne.com has ballooned to 1.3 million members and 6 million monthly visitors, according to the company. Online training has become a significant business for Praetorian. Two years ago it accounted for less than 5 percent of overall revenue. The Kaplan deal will help it grow to a projected 25 percent this year. Kaplan Fire & EMS will be renamed to the Fire EMS Academy and will be housed in the company’s Fire EMS Academy Division. In all, the group will offer more than 200 training courses, 600 videos and 80 hours of continuing education credits. Training and certificate programs are a key function of first responder markets, and Ford sees them as a complimentary platform to the company’s information products and services. Terms weren’t disclosed but Praetorian CEO Alex Ford says the deal was financed through a mix of existing cash and term loan financing. “We recognized that there is a strong fit between online training and our core media business,” he says. “Rather than build a content library and work through the accreditation process from scratch, an acquisition to fast-track the opportunity made a lot of sense. Kaplan was not actively marketing the business, but it became immediately clear that it was a strong strategic fit with our business and that a combination was a great next step to scale the assets.” The Kaplan product comes with 300 fire and EMS department subscribers and “tens of thousands” of individual students using the products on an on-demand basis, says Ford. The annual department subscriptions are the primary revenue model. “The revenue model matched that of our PoliceOne Academy almost exactly,” he adds .
WILMINGTON, MA — Cesino B. “Chet” Perella, 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Jeffersonville, IN and North Reading, died at his home on April 17, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Jeana “Charlene” (Doan) Perella, who died this past September.Born in Boston, MA on May 21, 1931. He was the son of the late Ludovico and Alsa (Gerosina) Perella. He was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. Chet was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, he was an Airman First Class and served from 1950 to 1954.Chet was a chef and caterer for many years, he owned and operated Perella’s Cold Cut Center and Perella’s Catering, he also worked for Lombardo’s, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Houghton Mufflin and Wang. He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge and a Life member of the Lawrence United Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Shriner’s and the North Reading Moose Lodge.Chet was a fun loving person, who loved to travel with family and friends. He volunteered extensively for the Shriner’s and Mason organizations. He loved college football, cooking and volunteering many hours umpiring for the North Reading Men’s Softball League and the North Reading Little League.Family members include his loving children, Pamela Lewis and her husband Jerry, Louie Perella and his wife Doreen, James Perella and his wife Kathy and Sherri White and her husband Steven; brother, Ludovico Perella and his wife Mary and sister, Gina Vozzella; brother-in-law, James Doan and his wife Elaine ; six grandchildren, Kurt Jones and his wife Breanne, Eric Jones, Jenelle Braga and her husband Brian, Lou E. Perella and his wife Laura, Kyle White and Ethan White; 6 great grandchildren, Nate, Preston, Norah, Riley, Kailey and Lucy.His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, April 23 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.Cesino B. “Chet” Perella(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”
Banking giant HSBC is set to shut down 62 more branches in the UK in 2017, as the bank says more people are now moving to use internet and mobile banking. This is in addition to the closure of 55 branches the bank had previously announced to close in 2017.HSBC to use selfie verification to open bank accounts quicklyThe move will hit at least 180 jobs in the country. Last year, HSBC had shuttered 223 branches in the UK and figured as the top bank to close most branches in the UK for two years in a row.”More customers are using mobile and internet banking than ever before, innovation such as Touch and Voice ID has proved extremely popular, and fewer people are using branches,” Francesca McDonagh, HSBC Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for UK and Europe, said.”We will have fewer but better branches, with more empowered front line colleagues using a greater range of technology to support all our customers’ needs,” he added.HSBC said more than 90 percent of its interactions with customers are now through digital channels, up from 80 percent last year.Antonio Simoes, chief executive of HSBC Bank plc, said: “This marks the end of our branch restructuring programme. We now feel we have the right branch network that complements the other ways in which customers now choose to interact with us. We will continue to invest for the benefit of our customers as we build HSBC UK, a better bank for our people and customers.”
A housewife died from electrocution at Kadakati village in Ashashuni upazila on Friday. Quoting local people, Shahidul Islam Shahin, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni Police Station, said Moina Khatun, 28, wife of Afaz Uddin, came in contact with live electric wire while cleaning a refrigerator with a wet cloth in the morning, leaving her dead on the spot. Police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.