New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) BJD member Bhupinder Singh today demanded improvement of medical facilities provided in Parliament House Annexe here and asked the government to take urgent steps in that direction. “The situation has not at all improved in the medical services provided at Parliament Annexe. The medical centre does not have MRI and Ultra Sound facilities. This should be improved,” Singh said while participating in a debate on the working of the Health Ministry in the Rajya Sabha. Airing concern over the quality of medicines being provided at the medical centre, the BJD MP said “we dont know whether those medicines are real or fake. The government should look into it.” Singh also pitched for free medical treatment to be provided to all citizens in the country keeping in view “costly” medical services. PTI LUX ARC read more
WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Bedford Waterfront Gets Barrier-free Play Structure DeWolfe Park on the Bedford waterfront is home to a new activityarea for children. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited and the Halifax PortAuthority, in association with Halifax Regional Municipality,officially opened the HAIDA, a new play structure, at DeWolfePark today, Sept. 16. Participating in the event were Minister of Economic DevelopmentErnest Fage, Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly,Alan Abraham, Jr., chair of the board of directors for theHalifax Port Authority, and Eric Thomson, chair of the board ofdirectors for Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. The play boat is loosely based on the HMCS HAIDA, a Tribal classdestroyer of British design. Originating in the late 1930s, thevessel was captained by Commander Harry George DeWolfe, for whomthe park is named. “I am so pleased for the children and community of Bedford thatall three levels of government co-operated to bring this projectto a reality,” said Mr. Fage, the Minister responsible forWaterfront Development Corporation. The HAIDA play area is 1,700 square feet overall, 63 feet longand 30 feet high to the top of the mast. It features a completelyrubberized safety surface and portions of the structure are ofbarrier free design, allowing ease of access for children withmobility challenges. “An activity centre like this gets children outside and engagedwith their environment. It is a perfect opportunity to combinephysical exercise with a fun activity,” said Mr. Thomson. “As webegin construction on the South Jetty and extension of theboardwalk along the Bedford waterfront, this new play structureis in keeping with our mandate to plan developments that allowsfor public enjoyment of the waterfront.” “DeWolfe Park is enjoyed by the residents and families in thesurrounding area and it is important to remember that access toopen space is vital in the development of a community,” said Mr.Kelly. “The HAIDA is a wonderful addition to the park and we werepleased to be able to offer our support.” “Public spaces keep our local communities vibrant,” said Mr.Abraham. “The Halifax Port Authority applauds the effort toenhance DeWolfe Park and create a structure with a nod to ournaval heritage.” Waterfront Development Corporation initially proposed the $80,000project. The Halifax Port Authority and Halifax RegionalMunicipality were enthusiastically supportive and providedfinancial support in the amount of $35,000 and $10,000respectively. The municipality also donated the land. HendersonRecreation Limited was the contractor for the project. read more
Kolkata: Hitting out at the Centre for issuing income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday said the TMC would sit on a dharna on August 13 to protest the move of the BJP-led government.”The Income Tax Dept has issued notices to many committees who organize Durga pujos, asking them to pay taxes. We are proud of all our national festivals. These festivals are for all and we do not want any pujo festival to be taxed. This will be a burden on the organizers,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCiting that the Pujas perform a social and religious function, the TMC chief censured BJP’s decision and urged people to join the August 13 protest at Subodh Mallik Square in Kolkata. “The Trinamool Congress Banga Janani Wing will sit on a dharna on Tuesday, August 13 at Subodh Mallik Square (Opp Hind Cinema) 10am-6pm. Organisers, participants and all people who love #Bangla may please join,” she added. Durga Puja begins on October 4 this year. This year’s contest in the state is more fierce than earlier with the BJP eyeing the Puja committees to make further inroads into Bengal against the TMC, whose leaders had enjoyed virtual monopoly so far. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The TMC has also attacked the BJP government at the Centre for taxing the committees, with Mamata Banerjee seeking an exemption saying the Pujas perform a social and religious function.Referring to the Ganga Sagar Mela, the chief minister said her government had withdrawn tax on the annual festival. “Bengal government withdrew tax, which was earlier there, on Ganga Sagar Mela. We protest and demand no taxation on Durga puja and Durga puja committees,” Banerjee posted on Twitter. The war of words, which has been ongoing since last week between TMC and BJP over control of community Durga Puja committees, had hit a new mark after Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee alleged that the saffron party was trying to “forcibly grab the Pujas” like the municipalities and gram panchayats. The BJP had then retaliated by saying that the TMC, on the contrary, was trying to “thwart them” from being part of the Puja committees.(With inputs from Indian Express) read more
Varanasi: From European artists to Indian photographers, painters and sculptors, the city of Varanasi has been a muse to countless artists. The holy city’s tryst with art and artists is being showcased in an ongoing exhibition here. The multi-artist exhibition titled ‘Eternal Banaras’ has been organised by the Ministry of Textiles and art gallery DAG. “Thomas Daniell and William Daniell, James Princep and John Dalrymple were among the earliest European artists to arrive here, along with painters such as Julian Barrow and Alexander Scott.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Indian artists of the realistic and modern tradition followed soon after, finding the bustling Ganga ‘ghats’ (steps) a source of endless renewal in their practice,” DAG said. Among the artists who kept returning to the city to paint are Ram Kumar and Manu Parekh, whose works are on display at the exhibition, along with those of L M Sen, L N Taskar, Radhacharan Bagchi, Ramendranath Chakravorty and M F Husain. Sculptors Latika Katt and Madan Lal, both based in Varanasi, also have their works on display. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn the realm of photography, rare images and landscapes from studios such as Samuel Bourne and lensmen Raghu Rai, and Nemai Ghosh – who photographed the late Satyajit Ray while the latter was filming on the steps of the Ganga here – are on display. From colonial to contemporary, ‘Eternal Banaras’ charts how this ancient city has been visualised in art. Opened by Varanasi MP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year, the exhibition is open for public viewing at the Craft Museum here till March 31, 2020. read more
Rabat – French club Olympique de Marseille has announced that it has begun disciplinary proceedings against French-Moroccan player Adil Rami, following a no show on Monday, July 1 for the first training session after the summer break.In a statement to Associated Press, the French club explained that “Rami, a member of the France squad that won the World Cup last year, will meet with club officials to discuss the matter.”The disciplinary proceedings come just as Rami is embroiled in a battle of words with his ex-girlfriend Pamela Anderson, who he began dating in 2017. The couple reportedly split in September 2018 before getting back together in March of this year and splitting up again recently. The American actress, known for her starring role in the 90s show Baywatch, publically accused Rami of abuse and infidelity on her Instagram page and official website. “The last 2 years of my life have been a big lie. I was scammed, led to believe we were in big love. I’m devastated to find out in the last few days that he was living a double life,” her Instagram post read.“He used to joke about other players who had girlfriends down the street in apartments close to their wives. He called those men monsters, but this is worse. He lied to all. How is it possible to control 2 women’s hearts and minds like this – and I’m sure there were others. He is a monster,” Anderson claimed.Rami, in turn, responded to deny the claims. In a lengthy message on his own Instagram account, the football player responded to the allegations. “I wish to tell you that these accusations of violence are completely false and I can’t let them run,” he wrote.According to Rami, the only reason he “kept silent” until now is that he “was shocked” by the allegations and worried he wouldn’t be able to “speak without every word being interpreted.’”“It’s one thing to lie to keep a good relationship with her ex and her children but lying about violence in order to hurt me that’s going too far and it’s unjust,” he claimed.He concluded by denying Anderson’s claims of violence. “Once again, I won’t allow these false accusations on me and my family to remain unanswered. All of this is too bad.”For their part, Olympique de Marseille insists the disciplinary actions have nothing to with the player’s “private problems.”Read also: Idris Elba and Model Sabrina Dhowre’s Wedding in Marrakech read more
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has been urged to address a medical emergency situation in Kinniya.President of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka M.N. Ameen, has written a letter to the Health Minister saying there is a major outbreak of dengue in the Kinniya area resulting in 13 deaths. “It would be prudent to declare this as a medical emergency and mobilize all the support necessary at the earliest. We thank you for your immediate attention and kind cooperation,” the letter added. (Colombo Gazette) “As you are aware, there has been a major outbreak of Dengue in the Kinniya area of the Trincomalee district. Thirteen deaths have been reported during the past few days with today’s death toll being two. This is a serious medical emergency situation,” the letter said. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka urged the Minister to take immediate action and provide the necessary health support by mobilizing doctors and support staff from the region as well as specialist doctors from Colombo to address this situation. read more
Ms. Fréchette’s first stop will be in Poland for 3 days. She expected to meet Government officials, and also deliver an address at the Diplomatic Academy of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.On Wednesday, Ms. Fréchette will travel to Strasburg, France, where she will meet with a number of European parliamentarians. The Deputy Secretary-General will Thursday hold her annual meeting with European Union (EU) officials, at which she will discuss crisis management and specific country and regional issues of concern to both the UN and the EU.She will concluded her trip Friday with an address to the ministerial meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the EU.
“For the people who have lost their friends and family this is a tragedy and they require immediate international support,” Stephanie Bunker of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the UN News Service.The Government estimates that more than 18,000 people have been affected, 25 have died, and over 2,000 acres of crops have been damaged. As Nicaraguans scramble to relocate – many to schools – and cope with the widespread damage caused by the natural disaster, UN agencies are mobilizing a response.The World Health Organization (WHO) has allocated $3,000 for medical brigades, the establishment of a radio system, and other equipment. The agency has also provided technical assistance to install an Emergency Operation Centre and to support local health centres in Río Blanco and Matiguas.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has set aside $6,000 for psychosocial rehabilitation in accessible shelters. Some 200 people have already benefited from the service.The World Food Programme (WFP), which will provide $20,000 for an evaluation mission to assess nutritional needs, is mobilizing tons of food supplies, including corn, beans, milk and oil, along with kettles and other cookware.A recent WFP assessment found that 2,300 people located in 16 temporary shelters need tents, water tanks, mattresses and blankets, according to agency spokesman Simon Pluess. He told the press in Geneva on Tuesday that Nicaragua also urgently requires a coordinated food distribution system. The appeal announced today aims to raise funds for health care, agricultural rehabilitation, food and education for a three-month period. read more
A steep rise in the number of cases of a deadly strain of meningitis has prompted health officials to encourage school leavers to ensure they are vaccinated.In 2009 there were just 22 cases of MenW, but last year the figure had risen to 209, officials said.Figures from Public Health England (PHE) also show that between 2009 and 2012, MenW caused around four deaths each year, but provisional figures for 2014/15 show 22 deaths linked to MenW.Health officials are urging school leavers, particularly those preparing to go to university or college, to get themselves vaccinated to protect themselves against MenW. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “Since 2009, there has been a rapid increase in cases of MenW across England, with students particularly at risk.”Protecting young people from this potentially deadly disease as they embark upon one of the most important periods of their lives is vitally important. The vaccination will save lives and prevent lifelong devastating disability.”We are encouraging all eligible 17 and 18-year-olds who have just left school to get vaccinated – particularly those heading to college or university.”Young people and those around them should be alert to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia. Get vaccinated as soon as possible, remain vigilant and seek urgent medical help if you have concerns for yourself or friends.”The Men ACWY vaccine protects against meningococcal A, C, W and Y diseases – the illnesses can be fatal and survivors are often left with life-changing disabilities.The vaccination programme is being delivered to teenagers and first-time students.PHE said young people going to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria.GPs are writing to school leavers to encourage them to get vaccinated, whether they are going to university or not.Vinny Smith, chief executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “By getting this free meningitis vaccine from your GP you’re not only protecting yourself from a potentially deadly disease, but also protecting others by stopping the spread.”It’s also vital to watch out for your friends if they’re unwell. If people do have meningitis it can be like a very bad hangover that quickly gets worse. It can be deadly so act fast and get medical help.”Liz Brown, chief executive of the charity Meningitis Now, said: “Up to a quarter of students carry the bacteria that can cause meningitis compared to one in 10 of the general population. In the UK every university could experience at least one case of meningitis amongst its students within the first term.”It’s vital that those going to uni this autumn are not complacent about the threat of meningitis – we urge them to take up this lifesaving vaccine before they go.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
The proposed merger of Wesdome Gold Mines and Western Québec Mines (WQM) has been approved by each of their shareholders at annual and special meetings. Also Mr. Justice Robert Dufresne of the Quebec Superior Court of Justice in Val d’Or, Quebec, issued the final order of the Court approving the Plan of Arrangement under which the Merger will be effected.Each common share in the capital of WQM will be exchanged for 1.45 common shares in the capital of Wesdome. The shareholders of WQM will become shareholders of Wesdome and WQM will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wesdome. Closing of the Merger is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Completion of the Merger is expected to occur on or about July 10, 2007.Wesdome’s principal assets consist of the Kiena mine property, the Shawkey property and the Wesdome property. WQM is a gold mining and exploration company based in Val d’Or that maintains significant exploration properties in the Val d’Or region, including approximately 1,000 ha of land contiguous to Wesdome’s Val d’Or assets. WQM’s principal assets are the Joubi and Mine-École properties in Dubuisson Township, Québec. WQM was incorporated in February 1945 to explore and develop the Wesdome property in Val-d’Or. In 1994, WQM acquired a 60% interest in the Eagle River property near Wawa, Ontario, and a controlling interest in Central Crude, which owned the remaining 40% of the Eagle River property. The 60% interest in the Eagle River property was thereafter transferred from WQM to Central Crude, which then changed its name to River Gold Mines and commenced exploration and development of the Eagle River property. In 1999, WQM created Wesdome to explore and develop this property and in 2003 Wesdome acquired the Kiena, Shawkey and McKenzie Break properties. Wesdome completed an initial public offering of the Wesdome Shares on October 1, 2001, and as at May 28, 2007, WQM owned 30,129,500 Wesdome Shares or approximately 33% of the issued and outstanding Wesdome Shares. read more
Lufthansa retente le pari de l’Internet en volLa compagnie aérienne allemande Lufthansa a décidé d’intégrer un réseau Internet sur ses vols inter-continentaux. Une annonce qui intervient après un premier échec il y a cinq ans. Les passagers des vols Lufthansa partant d’Europe vers l’Amérique du Nord pourront bénéficier d’Internet. La compagnie allemande a intégré le réseau Wi-Fi “FlyNet” à ses appareils et l’ensemble de son réseau inter-continental devrait être équipé à la fin de l’année 2011. Dans un premier temps gratuit, le service sera payant à partir de février 2011 : 10,95 euros pour une heure d’Internet et 19,95 euros pour 24 heures. “Nous sommes les premiers à offrir l’accès Internet à nos clients sur les vols inter-continentaux”, explique la compagnie à l’AFP. Lufthansa avait déjà essayé d’intégrer Internet à ses vols commerciaux mais, par manque de rentabilité, avait dû abandonner l’opération en 2006. Le 1 décembre 2010 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Chadux officials set a skimmer down current from the Teller tank farm, near fish-racks and other subsistence equipment. (Photo by: Zachariah Hughes – KNOM)Even as marine traffic increases past the Bering Strait, no one knows how well an oil spill could be cleaned up in the case of an accident. Stakeholders traveled to the region last week to conduct the region’s first spill response exercise, and learn more about the challenges posed.Download AudioJohn Katula oversees marine vessels with the Alaska Department of Conservation, one of the agencies that organized a cleanup drill last Wednesday in the community of Teller, near Nome.“We’ve got seven of the plan holders that actually move oil in through this area involved in the exercise, so that we can make sure that if there was a spill from any of the operators that we were prepared and that our contingency plans were designed correctly to respond to any spill,” Katula said, standing on the rocky spit connecting Teller with Brevig Mission as the tide came in.It’s DEC’s job to decide whether fuel shippers are prepared to handle an accident. In the Bering Strait, companies that barge fuel to small communities up and down the coast don’t expect to be the ones actually cleaning up oil. Instead, they contract with Alaska Chadux, an Oil Spill Response Organization.Colin Daugherty manages cleanup response for Chadux and helped deploy 30-foot-long strips of orange boom (the floating tubes that help collect oil) along the shore of Teller’s inner-harbor, near the tank farm.Part of the drill included deploying 30-foot long strips of orange boom. (Photo by: Zarariah Hughes – KNOM)“We brought everything to enact a Geographical Response Plan to protect Grantley Harbor,” Daugherty explained, equipment humming nearby. “The plan calls for 3600 feet of boom. So we brought two containers of boom and anchors and line. And this is equipment that’s staged in Nome. So this is permanently here for this type of event.”Part of the drill was testing how long it took for a convoy with equipment to drive the 72 miles from Nome to Teller. Organizers were interested in small but vital questions like that because no oil spill response plan for the Bering Strait has been tested in the field. And with rough water and wind speeds around 20 miles per hour, the crew was forced to adjust the day’s original goals.“I don’t think we’d know how to do this in good weather,” Daugherty said. “It’s usually bad weather that causes an incident. So we came here this morning and adapted—we didn’t want to get anybody hurt over this, over a training exercise. So we just went to something a little bit less weather affected by working the inner harbor.”But rough weather is part of what Chadux and others agencies want to learn more about as they plan for expanded commercial activity in the Bering Strait.DEC will sort through the data they collected with Chadux and revise plans that are on the books. Chadux, like most other Oil Spill Response Organizations working in Alaska has most of its equipment and personnel in Anchorage. They rely on storing caches of equipment in hub communities like Nome that can be deployed relatively quickly in case of an accident. Chadux general manager Matthew Melton said getting to actually see and experience conditions is essential, because even basic things like roads present challenges.“That was something that didn’t occur to me until I was driving the road yesterday,” Melton summed up at a debrief Thursday morning over breakfast between all the drill’s participants. “If it was rainy and washed out and we put 20, 30 tractor-trailers going back and forth on their trips, that road’s gonna get beat up.”Another point repeatedly raised is the need to work more closely with Bering Strait residents, Jacob Okbiok works for the Teller Native Fill business, and described the reason more residents did not turn out to observe the drill.“It’s usually around this time of year when everybody’s at camp, and maybe around first of August is usually everybody comes back,” Okbiak said in between examining equipment staged on the beach and helping pack it away. “It’s kind of, you could say [an] oddish time to chose to do an oil spill response.”Those are the kinds of things you might not know if you’ve never been to the region.Strings of plastic boom fabric were set early Wednesday morning by the Inner Harbor, and on the rocky spit connecting Teller with fish camps at nearby Brevig Mission, which was partially washed out during storms last fall. (Photo by: Zachariah Hughes – KNOM)The exercise in Teller did not answer many questions about how an oil spill in one of the most remote parts of the state will be handled. For example, while Teller has a road for rigs to haul equipment to, the rest of the 14 communities in the region do not. And though weather was rough enough to scramble plans for organizers, the water was ice-free with decent visibility–conditions that cannot be counted on most of the year.However everyone involved in the drill, from fuel company reps to subsistence advocates, agreed this was an important first step in what needs to be a longer process. read more
Diljit Dosanjh, Kareena KapoorInstagramDiljit Dosanjh has often expressed his love and admiration for Kareena Kapoor Khan whom he had shared screen with in Udta Punjab. But Diljit made Kareena upset when he appeared on her show Dance India Dance 7 to promote his upcoming film Arjun Patiala along with Kriti Sanon.When Diljit and Kareena met on the show, Bebo complained that Diljit doesn’t talk to her much despite being her biggest fan boy. To which, Diljit replied to her saying that fans don’t talk much to their idols when they meet them.Bringing out the Punjabi munda in him, Diljit was seen performing bhangra moves on Dance India Dance stage and Kareena was seen cheering for him.Interestingly, Diljit had recently released a single which was dedicated to Kareena along with his Hollywood crush Kylie Jenner. Kareena had thanked Diljit for the honour and even admitted that she was his fan. Diljit was delighted to see Kareena showering praise on him.After Udta Punjab, Diljit and Kareena will now be seen together in Good News which also stars Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in lead roles.On the work front, Kareena had been busy shooting for Angrezi Medium in London which also stars Irrfan Khan. read more
Kolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation is planning to achieve vertical growth by allowing mixed development in New Town to achieve the platinum green city tag by the Indian Green Building Council.In the concept of mixed development residential units are allowed to be built within commercial establishments. “We have organised a design competition for a multi-storied building that will house residential, commercial, fintech, start-up and office units. Many noted designers and building architects have shown interest in the concept of mixed development by offering more Floor Area Ratio (FAR),” a senior official of Hidco said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official said mixed development with high FAR allows reduced transportation as the office and the residence are on the same premises. Facilities for shopping and dining can also be at the same place and this would significantly reduce greenhouse emissions. “New Town has already been rated as a Gold Green City in September last year by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and now we are moving towards a platinum green city,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHIDCO has already allowed mixed development in New Town in the Central Business district on 4 acre where residential units up to 49 percent has been allowed in commercial plots. “This move is to encourage vertical growth and to urge designers to think of taller buildings within the limits imposed by the flight path restrictions mandated by civil aviation authorities,” the official said. New Town is India’s first green-rated satellite city and is a unique blend of ancient architectural practices and modern technological innovations. The satellite township has already become a much sought-after city for many national and international companies keen to enhance the quality of life of its employees and explore new growth opportunities. Several initiatives by the state government in New Town such as GPS-based vehicles for effective solid waste management, automatic control for streetlights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. The introduction of electric air-conditioned buses has been appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The cycle-sharing scheme has also received national recognition. read more
A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher’s daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late 1960s, from the morning-after bliss of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” to the wised-up “Chain of Fools” to her unstoppable call for “Respect.”Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn’t honour her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Clive Davis, the music mogul who brought her to Arista Records and helped revive her career in the 1980s, said he was “devastated” by her death.“She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world,” he said in a statement. “Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”RELATED: A timeline of major events in the life of Aretha FranklinFellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King’s memorial, in 2011. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 2005. Aretha Franklin, known for classics like ‘I Say a Little Prayer and ‘Respect’ was a cultural icon’Queen of Soul’ died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer Franklin’s best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang “My Country ’tis of Thee” at Barack Obama’s inauguration. She wore a grey felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of “Natural Woman” at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song’s co-writer, Carole King.Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone,” ”Think“ and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, ”Ain’t No Way.“ The mother of two sons by age 16 (she later had two more), she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. Her best known producer, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her ”Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows.“Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year.Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Smokey Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records. But it was at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. by Mesfin Fekadu And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 7:04 am PDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha FranklinReports: Aretha Franklin is seriously illA timeline of major events in the life of Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin’s family says ‘We have felt your love”No one did it better’ – Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s death ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at age 76 In a 2004 interview with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Franklin was asked whether she sensed in the ’60s that she was helping change popular music.“Somewhat, certainly with ‘Respect,’ that was a battle cry for freedom and many people of many ethnicities took pride in that word,” she answered. “It was meaningful to all of us.”In 1968, Franklin was pictured on the cover of Time magazine and had more than 10 Top 20 hits in 1967 and 1968. At a time of rebellion and division, Franklin’s records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. They were produced and engineered by New Yorkers Wexler and Tom Dowd, arranged by Turkish-born Arif Mardin and backed by an interracial assembly of top session musicians based mostly in Alabama.Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky “Rock Steady” and such acclaimed albums as the intimate “Spirit in the Dark.” But her career was revived in 1980 with a cameo appearance in the smash movie “The Blues Brothers” and her switch to Arista Records. Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me).” Her 1985 album “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” received some of her best reviews and included such hits as the title track and “Freeway of Love.”Critics consistently praised Franklin’s singing but sometimes questioned her material; she covered songs by Stephen Sondheim, Bread, the Doobie Brothers. For Aretha, anything she performed was “soul.”From her earliest recording sessions at Columbia, when she asked to sing “Over the Rainbow,” she defied category. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range. Franklin performed “Respect,” then, with only a few minutes’ notice, filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and drew rave reviews for her rendition of “Nessun Dorma,” a stirring aria for tenors from Puccini’s “Turandot.”“I’m sure many people were surprised, but I’m not there to prove anything,” Franklin told The Associated Press. “Not necessary.”Fame never eclipsed Franklin’s charitable works, or her loyalty to Detroit.Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl in her hometown in 2006, after grousing that Detroit’s rich musical legacy was being snubbed when the Rolling Stones were chosen as halftime performers.“I didn’t think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means,” she said. “And it was my feeling, ‘How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends, plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate?’ That’s not the way it should be.”Franklin did most of her extensive touring by bus after Redding’s death in a 1967 plane crash, and a rough flight to Detroit in 1982 left her with a fear of flying that anti-anxiety tapes and classes couldn’t help. She told Time in 1998 that the custom bus was a comfortable alternative: “You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can’t pull over at 35,000 feet.”She only released a few albums over the past two decades, including “A Rose is Still a Rose,” which featured songs by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lauryn Hill and other contemporary artists, and “So Damn Happy,” for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin’s autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots,” came out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. But she always made it clear that her story would continue.“Music is my thing, it’s who I am. I’m in it for the long run,” she told The Associated Press in 2008. “I’ll be around, singing, ‘What you want, baby I got it.’ Having fun all the way.” RELATED: Aretha Franklin’s family says ‘We have felt your love’Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Rev. C.L. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha’s parents collapsed and her mother (and reputed sound-alike) Barbara returned to Buffalo.C.L. Franklin was among the most prominent Baptist ministers of his time. He recorded dozens of albums of sermons and music and knew such gospel stars as Marion Williams and Clara Ward, who mentored Aretha and her sisters Carolyn and Erma. (Both sisters sang on Aretha’s records, and Carolyn also wrote “Ain’t No Way” and other songs for Aretha). Music was the family business and performers from Sam Cooke to Lou Rawls were guests at the Franklin house. In the living room, the shy young Aretha awed friends with her playing on the grand piano. Franklin occasionally performed at New Bethel Baptist throughout her career; her 1987 gospel album “One Lord One Faith One Baptism” was recorded live at the church.Her most acclaimed gospel recording came in 1972 with the Grammy-winning album “Amazing Grace,” which was recorded live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles and featured gospel legend James Cleveland, along with her own father (Mick Jagger was one of the celebrities in the audience). It became one of of the bestselling gospel albums ever.The piano she began learning at age 8 became a jazzy component of much of her work, including arranging as well as songwriting. “If I’m writing and I’m producing and singing, too, you get more of me that way, rather than having four or five different people working on one song,” Franklin told The Detroit News in 2003.Franklin was in her early teens when she began touring with her father, and she released a gospel album in 1956 through J-V-B Records. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records producer John Hammond, who called Franklin the most exciting singer he had heard since a vocalist he promoted decades earlier, Billie Holiday. Franklin knew Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and considered joining his label, but decided it was just a local company at the time.RELATED: ‘No one did it better’ – Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s deathFranklin recorded several albums for Columbia Records over the next six years. She had a handful of minor hits, including “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” and “Runnin’ Out of Fools,” but never quite caught on as the label tried to fit into her a variety of styles, from jazz and show songs to such pop numbers as “Mockingbird.” Franklin jumped to Atlantic Records when her contract ran out, in 1966.“But the years at Columbia also taught her several important things,” critic Russell Gersten later wrote. “She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a discipline that most other soul singers lacked. She also developed a versatility with mainstream music that gave her later albums a breadth that was lacking on Motown LPs from the same period.“Most important, she learned what she didn’t like: to do what she was told to do.”At Atlantic, Wexler teamed her with veteran R&B musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the result was a tougher, soulful sound, with call-and-response vocals and Franklin’s gospel-style piano, which anchored “I Say a Little Prayer,” ”Natural Woman“ and others.Of Franklin’s dozens of hits, none was linked more firmly to her than the funky, horn-led march “Respect” and its spelled out demand for “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”Writing in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Wexler said: “It was an appeal for dignity combined with a blatant lubricity. There are songs that are a call to action. There are love songs. There are sex songs. But it’s hard to think of another song where all those elements are combined.”Franklin had decided she wanted to “embellish” the R&B song written by Otis Redding, whose version had been a modest hit in 1965, Wexler said.“Whem she walked into the studio, it was already worked out in her head,” the producer wrote. “Otis came up to my office right before ‘Respect’ was released, and I played him the tape. He said, ‘She done took my song.’ He said it benignly and ruefully. He knew the identity of the song was slipping away from him to her.” FILE – In this March 13, 1972 file photo, Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” in New York. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File) Summary Aretha Franklin|obit DETROIT – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer“ and her signature song, ”Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit.The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.The family added: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”The statement continued:“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, had in 2017 announced her retirement from touring. read more
A ferry link between mainland Greece and Cyprus is expected to be operational by next summer while the government is mulling over similar agreements with other neighbouring countries, MPs heard on Tuesday.According to deputy minister for shipping, Natasa Pilides, who was at the House energy, trade, industry and tourism committee, the feasibility study for the Cyprus-Greece ferry link has been completed while approval for the state subsidy is pending.It was not established which port in Greece mainland would be the connection point.After the green light for the subsidy is given, a tender competition will be announced to find the most suitable business to assume the project. Pilides said the state would subsidise the connection but not the commercial aspects of running the business.The goal is to have the connection established before the next summer season in 2020.Pilides said the ferry fare will be cheaper than the airfare. Limassol port will most probably be the port from where the 30-hour ferry trip to Greece will begin, while there are thoughts for an intermediate stop, such as Rhodes.The route will be carried out once per week between May and September and once every fortnight during the winter.According to House president Demetris Syllouris Egypt has expressed interest in a ferry connection between Cyprus and Alexandria.Deputy minister for tourism, Savvas Perdios said that the ferry connection with Greece was very important and that there was room for links with other countries such as Israel, Lebanon and Egypt.“If these efforts bear fruit, the ministry plans to contribute with its own efforts as regards joint packages with neighbouring countries,” Perdios said.As regards tourist arrivals so far, according to Perdios there has been a one per cent reduction in arrivals but also in revenue due to Brexit uncertainty, and the loss of air seats from Germany. Although the Russian market is at the same level as last year, there could be problems there too due to the rapid increase of competition from Turkey. Tourism revenues could drop by five per cent this year, he said.Perdios said that things were also expected to be difficult next year and for that reason his ministry was taking measures by trying to attract more markets and is also working on common programmes with other countries.MPs welcomed progress on the ferry link with Greece arguing that Cypriots cannot just rely on air travel.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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