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Hundreds gather for the service of San Diegos own Brandon Stapper

first_imgHundreds gather for the service of San Diego’s own Brandon Stapper March 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people showed up tonight to celebrate the life of a local entrepreneur who was killed in a tragic accident in Africa.Friends and family of Brandon Stapper gathered at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park to remember the man they say was “extremely good at what he did.”33 year old Stapper and 2 other men from San Diego were among a total of 5 people killed when their sightseeing helicopter crashed in a national park in Kenya.Strapper was known as a successful businessman in San Diego last_img read more

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Air Force Local Leaders Seek Compromise over Proposed Textile Plant outside March

first_imgOfficials from March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and local authorities are hoping to avoid a potential conflict over a proposed textile plant that would be located in the airfield’s Accident Potential Zone 1.The project still is in the preliminary stages, but the commander of the air reserve base has said the $31 million, 185,000-square foot manufacturing plant could jeopardize the installation’s mission, reports the Press-Enterprise.At a meeting of the March Joint Powers Authority last week, Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy said locating a plant in the base’s accident potential zones would raise concerns about the safety of its flight operations.“The desire is to minimize density along these corridors,” Muncy said. “Ideally, if an airplane were to come out of the sky, you want it to hit nothing.”Ultimately, the plant could make the base vulnerable to realignment or closure, the commander said. “Encroachment is the quickest way to render any military installation ineffective,” he said.Danielle Wheeler, executive director of the joint powers authority, indicated the conflict could be resolved.“There’s been lots of discussions about [this] project today,” Wheeler said, referring to her office and officials from March and the neighboring city of Perris. “We’re making great headway.”Muncy similarly was optimistic a mutually beneficial solution to the issue could be found.“We’re looking at ways, ‘How can we get to a win-win for the community and still protect the base’s operational capability?’” he said. “I think we’ll get there on this. When you’ve got good communication you can work through anything.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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GMA Interview Kesha Finds Hope With Rainbow

first_img “GMA” Interview: Kesha Finds Hope With ‘Rainbow’ Email Singer/songwriter reveals the deep personal connection she has to her upcoming album, as well as what it was like to collaborate with Dolly PartonRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 1:39 pm GRAMMY.comKesha’s highly anticipated Rainbow is slated for release on Aug. 11. Ahead of the album, Kesha is spreading some light on the interview circuit, including a sit-down with “Good Morning America.”Kesha dished about how the album’s title, Rainbow, symbolizes hope and represents a nod to the LGBTQ community. It doesn’t hurt Kesha hearts rainbows — she has many rainbow tattoos.To add to the dazzle of the record, Kesha collaborated with GRAMMY-winning country superstar Dolly Parton on a cover of her 1980 hit “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” and gushed about the experience.”I’m still not over it,” she said. “So I’m just going to tell everybody about it forever.”While on set, Kesha also gave a live performance of her current hit single, “Praying” She explained to host Robin Roberts that this track, in particular, represents going through hard times and coming out the other side in one piece.”I think it’s just really important because it talks about me personally going through something really hard, lots of very hard things, making it through, not giving up and finding empathy on the other side, which is incredibly hard sometimes.”For Kesha, the meat of this album comes from the deeply personal meaning behind every track, which she hopes, in turn, helps other people.”I’ve written every song on this album, and they’re all so personal,” Kesha said. “I think this record is quite literally saving my life. And I hope you guys like it, and I hope you can hear it, and I hope it helps people.”Kesha, Arcade Fire, RAC: New Music You Need To Hear NowRead more Twitter Facebook News Hear Kesha Talk About ‘Rainbow’ gma-interview-kesha-finds-hope-rainbowlast_img read more

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Virgin Galactic shows off the worlds first space tourist lounge

first_img “We are graduating the facility into commercial service,” said VG CEO George Whitesides. “We want to have this be a remarkable historic facility that when people arrive at they feel, ‘Yes, this is the place that I’m going to be going to space from.'”Virgin owner and billionaire mogul Richard Branson announced that his company was ready to “come home” to New Mexico at a press conference with Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham and Sen. Tom Udall in Santa Fe in May. With the unveiling of its new interior, Virgin Galactic says Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space “is now functionally operational.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1:26 Sci-Tech Comment A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy First look inside Virgin Galactic’s space passenger terminal As part of its move to New Mexico, the Virgin Galactic launch vehicle VMS Eve recently landed at the Spaceport, which it will call home from now on.The company says the remainder of its test flight program, which has largely been conducted in California’s Mojave Desert until now, will take place at Spaceport America in preparation for its first commercial flights to space in the coming months.  17 Photos Virgin Galactic announces long-awaited move to Spaceport… 2:28 Virgin Galactic’s Gaia lounge will host space tourists.   Virgin Galactic The world got its first glance at what commercial space travel will look like on Thursday, and it’s a significant upgrade from the arduous trip through today’s airports. Interactive Walkway at The Gateway To SpaceThe Gateway to Space includes an interactive walkway. Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic welcomed members of the press into its newly completed mission control, briefing room and ground-floor Gaia lounge. Gaia is centered on a posh marble and oak “Barista Island” where space tourists, their friends and family will mingle with VG employees and pilots over breakfast and coffee as they contemplate cutting the tether of Earth’s gravity for the first time.Upstairs and overlooking Gaia and the runway is the Cirrus level, home to mission control, the mission briefing room and the pilot corps. VG’s operation is housed inside the Gateway to Space building, a futuristic facade that looks something like an alien spaceship itself. The building is the centerpiece of New Mexico’s Spaceport America, a state-owned facility that has been quietly waiting for several years in the empty desert next to the White Sands Missile Range for Virgin Galactic to finally move in. 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Space Richard Branson Virgin Galacticlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber escalating fight challenge to Tom Cruise popstar posts video of

first_imgJustin BieberReutersJustin Bieber is either getting impatient or losing it as he escalated his demand to fight Tom Cruise by posting a video of him fighting the “Mission Impossible” star.It looks like Tom Cruise stepped up to Justin Bieber’s call to action after all. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration. But we did get to see what could happen if the actor took on Justin Bieber in a fight.Reportedly, a day after Justin bizarrely challenged Tom Cruise to an MMA fight via Twitter, a fan showed that Tom “answered” the Biebs’ call. Borrowing the iconic boxing scene from Tom’s 1992 flick, Far and Away, Justin’s face was edited onto Tom’s opponent.And those familiar with the plot of “Far and Away”, Tom Cruise knocks out his challenger. The implication is clear, Tom Cruise would beat Justin Bieber in a fight. And it looks like Justin Bieber is finally realizing that fact as the pop star captioned the video, “Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned.”  Tom Cruise makes a special theater visit at the ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Seoul Screening at Lotte Cinema on July 17, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.Getty ImagesJustin Bieber showed some humility with the caption but we’re still wondering why Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the first place. Was it a weird PR move of some sort, or has the popstar really lost his marbles? There were others who wanted the fight to take place as well, namely MMA fighter Conor McGregor who apparently even offered to host the fight. Tom Cruise did not comment or respond to Bieber’s absurd challenge, but if the “Top Gun” star had responded or better yet accepted the challenge, fans would have gone crazy. Talk about pay-per-view. You can check out the video here: Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned https://t.co/C2cXfVHZyM— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019last_img read more

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Pahela Baishakh celebrated

first_imgForeigners too join the celebration of Pahela Baishakh on Dhaka University campus. Photo: Galib Ashraf.As the dawn breaks, all the city roads lead to Ramna and Dhaka University’s faculty of fine arts area, people in thousands gathering to celebrate the Bengali New Year Pahela Baishakh.Women and girls wearing colourful saris and men in punjabis throng the DU area while the parade, Mangal Shobhajatra, carries along to the Rupashi Bangla intersection from fine arts institution.Alongside the large number of youths, there are many of the older generation too in DU’s faculty of fine arts, Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan area. Children were waiting in long queues to enjoy the traditional rides.Lakshan Babu who works of a private company and is in his 50s, was taking a break with his five-year-old son near Batmul of Ramna. He recounted the celebrations of Baishakh from the past.“I have been joining the Baishakh celebrations in Ramna batmul since the early 90s. The celebration has evolved so much since then. Though the participation has increased, the inherent spirit has decreased,” he said.According to him, the cultural engagement was much more in the past.“Different musical organisations used to sing Baishakhi songs in every nook and corner of the Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan. A lot of individual folk singers were also seen here and there.”Abdur Rahim, 65, a retired banker came to Dhaka University campus from Narayanganj with his grandson.“Though I still enjoy Baishakhi celebrations but I miss the way it used to be celebrated decades ago,” he said adding, “It was not a single day celebration back then; we used to celebrate it for more than week. As my father was a trader, haalkhata (closing the annual accounts ledge) celebrations were very significant. And how can you forget the taste of those sweets prepared at the Baishakhi fair in the market?”A number of foreigners were also seen enjoying the celebrations.Randy Mikko, founder of Mikko Foundation, was taking photographs of the jubilant people.“I am amazed to see such a huge gathering. Mangal Shobhajatra is an unique celebration,” he said.Another group of young students from there Netherlands were also enjoying the celebration and taking selfies with the local people.  They say they were excited about Mangal Shobhajatra as they know the parade has UNESCO recognition.UNESCO recognised Mangal Shobhajatra as intangible cultural heritage in 2016.last_img read more

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Myanmar team to visit Dhaka next week to talk Rohingya issue

first_imgA Myanmar team will arrive in Bangladesh next week to discuss the mass exodus of Rohingya, an official said Tuesday, amid huge diplomatic efforts to find a durable solution to the crisis.The team are “coming early next week,” Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told AFP, saying they would be working on the Rohingya issue but not giving further details.A senior foreign ministry official said the team was expected to be led by Myanmar’s Minister of the Office of State Counselor, Kyaw Tint Swe.Dhaka had earlier invited the minister for talks before the latest eruption of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state triggered one of the world’s worst refugee crisis in recent decades.The announcement comes as the UN said 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh’s southeastern border region since August 25.Between the new arrivals and some 300,000 Rohingya who were already living in the area due to previous violence in Myanmar, there are now nearly 800,000 refugees in camps around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar that are bursting at the seams.The situation has forced new arrivals into makeshift shelters in grim conditions, and sparked warnings that epidemics, including cholera, could easily spread.The bilateral talks come as Dhaka mounts a huge diplomatic effort to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya problem and make Myanmar take back all the refugees to their homeland in Rakhine.The latest military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on August 25.Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown.Hasina accused Myanmar authorities of laying landmines on the border to prevent the Rohingyas from returning and said the United Nations must take immediate measures to find a solution to the crisis.She laid out a five-point plan that called for the protection of the Rohingyas in “safe zones that could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision.”The United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as a “genocide.”Myanmar must stop the violence and “the practice of ethnic cleansing”, agree to allow a UN fact-finding mission, ensure the return of refugees and abide by a report that recommends citizenship for the Rohingya, said Hasina. Rohingya are currently denied Myanmar citizenship.There has been mounting international outrage over the plight of the Rohingya, prompting the UN Security Council this month to call for an end to the violence.last_img read more

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US Invests Millions To Train Journalists In Pakistan

first_imgLaura IsenseeMarina Marri is an editor at the Express-Tribune. She’s part of the growing workforce of reporters in Pakistan. The number of working journalists here has jumped from 2,000 in 2002 to 18,000 in 2013.There’s a lot of growth in Pakistan’s journalism, particularly on the TV side, along with a lot of energy from journalists.An example is Marina Marri, editor of the Express-Tribune. The journalists there have been resilient and tenacious in the face of violence.And Marri not only manages a newsroom, but also plays soccer.In order to keep fostering new generations of journalists in the country, there’s an effort to start up a Master’s Degree and the U.S. has a strong role in it.We invite you to listen to Laura’s latest dispatch above.She is participating in a fellowship for reporters sponsored by ICFJ— the International Center For Journalists. Think of it as a student exchange for journalists.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.And check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:24 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Entertainers Political Figures Lead Pomp and Circumstance for Class of 2014

first_imgCommencement season for colleges and universities in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will feature controversial figures as major entertainers and personalities address the graduates of the class of 2014 and receive honorary degrees.Baltimore native Wes Moore, best- selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and broadcast executive, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 16. Moore, a Rhodes Scholar and Johns Hopkins graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement exercises.At the UMD graduation, the list of honorary degrees includes an honorary doctor of public service to be issued to Michael Cryor, chairman of the Board of Visitorsof the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. Cryor, president of The Cryor Group, is a past chairman of the Maryland State Democratic Party and a member of the board of directors of Baltimore Gas & Electric.Patricia L. Schmoke, wife of former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke and a practicing ophthalmologist in Baltimore, will be the commencement speaker at Coppin State University’s graduation ceremony May 17. She earned her undergraduate degree at Coppin State.Dr. Schmoke, a Baltimore native, is a member of Links Incorporated Harbor City Chapter; The Monumental Medical Society; University of Maryland Cancer Center, and a diplomat of the Maryland Board of Ophthalmology.Calvin Butler, chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric, will be the commencement speaker at Morgan State University’s ceremony on May 17. Butler, who received the YMCA’s African American and Hispanic Leadership Award, received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.Shirley Sherrod, a civil rights activist who was forced to resign as Georgia StateDirector of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture after a maliciously edited video suggested she was a racist, will be the commencement speaker at Sojourner Douglass College graduation exercises June 29 in Baltimore.In D.C., Mother’s Day weekend will mark graduation ceremonies for Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).Entertainment mogul and Howard dropout Sean Combs is to deliver the mainaddress at Howard’s graduation exercises when honorary degrees are to be awarded to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer; Clive Callender, a surgery professor at Howard’s medical school (and the first doctor to perform a transplantat Howard University Hospital); jazz artist Benny Golson, and PepsiCo chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi.Also on May 11, Mary Frances Berry, former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will deliver the commencement address at UDC. She also was the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and has held the posts of provost of the University of Maryland and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.She will join Marie Johns, former Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration, and William R. Spaulding, who served on the first elected D.C. City Council, as UDC honorary degree recipients.On May 19, Norman R. Augustine, regent of the University System of Maryland, will be Bowie State University’s commencement speaker. The event will be held at the Comcast Center in College Park.last_img read more

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Florida still bringing in record numbers despite Zika hurricanes

first_imgFlorida still bringing in record numbers despite Zika, hurricanes Posted by Share Tags: Florida Monday, November 21, 2016 center_img JACKSONVILLE — Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers during a year that saw two hurricanes hit the state and federal officials warn away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus.Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday that 85 million tourists visited the state during the first nine months of 2016.State officials say that’s the highest nine-month total ever and a 5.5 per cent increase over last year.Scott in a statement said the record numbers show how well Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, is doing its job. Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran has questioned continued funding of the organization.The governor noted that record numbers of tourists visited the state despite the Zika outbreak, hurricanes and the tragic attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead. The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more