Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inks Sale Leaseback Deals with CMB

first_imgzoom Chemicals shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers has entered into sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing for two of the company’s 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tankers.The ships in question are 2017-built Navig8 Saiph and Navig8 Sceptrum, and the expected net proceeds from the transaction are set at USD 66.84 million.“A portion of the proceeds will be utilized to repay existing loans used to finance the vessels’ newbuilding contracts under the bank loan facility announced by the company on November 3, 2016,” the company said.Navig8 Chemical Tankers has entered into 7-year bareboat charters with CMB for the vessels that will be sold and delivered to CMB.The company has purchase options to re-acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first such option exercisable on the third anniversary of the date of delivery of each vessel to CMB, and obligations to repurchase the vessels at the end of the bareboat period.Navig8 has 31 chemical carriers delivered to its fleet and anticipates delivery of one more ship by mid-2017.last_img read more

She let nothing stand in her way Desmond honoured with Walk of

first_imgHALIFAX – Wanda Robson says her sister Viola Desmond “preached by doing,” and wanted young people to pursue their dreams regardless of what stood in their way.Robson beamed as a Canada’s Walk of Fame star was unveiled in Halifax Friday afternoon in honour of the civil rights pioneer — the latest in a series of accolades Desmond has posthumously received in recent years.The 91-year-old Robson told a crowd gathered at the Halifax Ferry Terminal that her sister fought to overcome the many obstacles in her path to pursue her career: training as a beautician in Montreal, Atlantic City and New York when she was unable to study in Halifax because of the colour of her skin.“She let nothing stand in her way,” said Robson. “It must’ve been very frustrating. I myself would’ve probably given up … but we are of a different nature, Viola and I.”Desmond is most famous for her refusal to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre on Nov. 8, 1946 — nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama.She was dragged out of the theatre by police, arrested, thrown in jail for 12 hours, and fined. It would take 63 years for Nova Scotia to issue Desmond, who died in 1965, a posthumous apology and pardon.While much has changed in the decades since her sister was dragged out of the theatre, Robson told The Canadian Press that education continues to be key in the pursuit of equality.“I’m learning myself, every day,” she said.“Racism can be so deep-seated, that sometimes the person themself doesn’t know they’re racist, doesn’t realize that they have to be educated.”Robson, who attended her grandson’s graduation ceremony this week, said she has high hopes that future generations will continue the work of her sister and other civil rights activists.“We need the younger generation to get up and confront, not in a manner of aggression, but in a manner of imparting knowledge, educating the people, that we are all one,” she said.Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Jeffrey Latimer told the crowd that each inductee represents the characteristics embodied in Canada’s identity: confidence, humility, perseverance, hopefulness, and courageousness.“All of these qualities make Canada such an incredible nation, and all of these qualities lived and thrived inside the soul of Viola Desmond,” he said.Canada’s Walk of Fame has inducted 173 Canadians since it began 20 years ago, including Desmond, who was inducted in Toronto last year.The commemorative star will soon be mounted aboard the harbour ferry named for Desmond in 2016.“Years from now when families arrive on this ferry, parents will be able to tell their children about the powerful and brave contributions of Viola Desmond: to civil rights, and human rights, around the world,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.Her story went largely untold for a half-century, but in recent years Desmond has also been featured on a stamp, and there are plans for a park in Toronto and streets in Montreal and Halifax to bear her name.In March, a new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.She is the first black person — and the first non-royal woman — on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.As well, Desmond is featured in a recent children’s book by Chelsea Clinton called “She Persisted Around the World,” which tells the stories of 13 women who shaped history across the globe.Meanwhile, Robson, who has a signed copy of the book, said she’s thrilled about her sister’s growing recognition.“I want to say to somebody: ‘pinch me,’” she said.last_img read more

Nova Scotia summer games revitalizes Mikmaq spirit

first_imgAPTN National NewsReserves across Nova Scotia are looking pretty empty this week. Well all but one that is.That’s because thousands of Mi’kmaq from across their territory are on the Waycobah First Nation for the fourth annual Nova Scotial Mi’kmaq summer games.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reports.last_img

Yellow Media posts lower Q2 profits as print revenues weaken further

Yellow Media posts lower Q2 profits as print revenues weaken further AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 5:27 am MDT MONTREAL – Yellow Media Ltd. (TSX:Y), the publisher of the Yellow Pages directories, reported lower second-quarter results due to declining print revenues.Profits for the Montreal-based company dropped 45 per cent in the second quarter as it struggled to create a profitable niche for itself within Canada’s local digital advertising market.Net earnings fell to $27.6 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to $50.3 million or $1.81 per share a year ago.Revenues slid 9.3 per cent to $220.6 million from $243.2 million a year earlier, mainly from continued weakness in its print operations.But while print revenues were down 22.5 per cent to $112.2 million, digital revenues grew to $108.4 million. Digital made up 49.1 per cent of total revenues for the quarter, up from 40.5 per cent during the same period in 2013.Chief executive Julien Billot said the company’s growth plans will also “provide Yellow Media with the resources required to enter new digital businesses and, ultimately, meet its long-term objective of becoming Canada’s leading local digital company.”Yellow Media competes with big search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as small digital companies to attract consumers who use the Internet to search for businesses and services.As part of its strategy, Yellow Media acquired the remaining 70 per cent interest of 411.ca, an online search engine dedicated to finding people and local businesses in Canada, and says recent advertising campaigns to promote the Yellow Pages mobile app resulted in 65 per cent increase in average weekly downloads.Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda Galappatthige said the revenue figures were above expectations, noting the results were positive “considering that Yellow Media’s international peers are seeing online revenue declines.”“As we track the progress and returns from the company’s growth strategy, we are seeing good initial results,” Galappatthige said in a note to clients.Total visits the company’s Yellow Pages, RedFlagDeals and ShopeWise brands were slightly up, from 102.4 million in the second quarter compared to 100.1 million visits during the same period last year.Yellow Media underwent major financial restructuring in recent years, cancelling its dividend and selling some of its assets. The company also cut about 10 per cent of its workforce, mainly in jobs related to print directories.It’s currently consolidating and replacing its print publishing systems, as well as reviewing its national print distribution model.On the Toronto Stock Exchange Wednesday, Yellow media shares were trading at $17.85, up seven cents. read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits dip to 298K remain near prerecession lows

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s just 6,000 higher than four weeks ago, when the average fell to the lowest level in more than eight years.“The downward trend … is now clear and strong,” said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. Shepherdson forecasts that employers added 250,000 jobs this month.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers hold onto their workers, it suggests they are more confident in the economy and could step up hiring.The applications data is the latest sign that the job market is steadily healing. Employers have added an average of 230,000 jobs a month this year, up from an average of 195,000 in 2013. Average job gains since February have been the best in eight years.The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 per cent in July from 6.1 per cent in June. But that was because more Americans began looking for work. Most didn’t immediately find jobs, but the rising number of job seekers suggests that people are growing more confident about their prospects.And employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years, the government said earlier this month.A total of 2.5 million people received benefits in the week ending Aug. 16, the latest data available, up 25,000 from the previous week. But that figure has fallen from nearly 3 million a year ago.Rising optimism about jobs and hiring helped boost consumer confidence to nearly a seven-year high in August, the Conference Board, a research group, said earlier this week.The percentage of respondents who said jobs were “plentiful” rose to 18.2 per cent from 15.6 per cent in July. That’s the highest level since 2008. Consumer perceptions generally track the unemployment rate over time.But hiring has yet to boost wages by much. Wage growth has barely outpaced inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago. Still, more people with jobs means more paychecks, which could drive consumer spending and growth. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Applications for US unemployment benefits dip to 298K, remain near pre-recession lows by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2014 6:34 am MDT read more

Panel decides 3 former TEPCO executives should face negligence charges over nuclear

by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Panel decides 3 former TEPCO executives should face negligence charges over nuclear crisis FILE – In this March 30, 2011 file photo, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, right, speaks during a news conference at the company’s head office in Tokyo. A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A document released Friday, July 31, 2015 showed the committee voted in favor of indicting Katsumata, who was chairman of TEPCO. at the time of the crisis, along with two other former executives. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File) TOKYO – A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.A document released Friday showed the committee of independent citizens voted in favour of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with then-vice-presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takeguro, 69.The 11-member committee’s second decision supporting the indictment overrides Tokyo prosecutors’ two earlier decisions to drop the case, forcing the three men to be charged with professional negligence. It will be the first criminal case involving the utility’s officials from the nuclear disaster to be tried in court. The prosecutors had cited lack of evidence to prove they could foresee the danger of a tsunami and decided not to file charges in September 2013 and again in January this year.The committee, in its July 17 decision, alleged that the three men neglected to take sufficient measures even though they were fully aware of the risk of a major tsunami at the Fukushima plant at least two years before the accident. It said they should be charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury during the accident and its aftermath, including the deaths of dozens of senior citizens in a hospital during and after the lengthy evacuation.The Tokyo District Court will now choose a team of lawyers to act as prosecutors to formally press charges in court.Three reactors had meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, triggering massive radiation leaks that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.Government and parliamentary investigative reports have said TEPCO’s lack of safety culture and weak risk management, including an underestimate of tsunami threats, led to the disaster.The committee’s decision sustains an appeal representing more than 5,700 people from Fukushima and other parts of Japan, urging prosecutors to investigate and send the utility executives to court to determine who was responsible for the disaster. They said the TEPCO executives failed to fulfil their obligation to prevent a serious accident.The committee said Friday that TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-ichi had a reputation as one of nuclear plants with “least safety margin for tsunami.”TEPCO President Naomi Hirose declined to comment because the case was still pending.“We’ve finally come this far,” said Ruiko Muto, who heads the group that filed the complaint, said Fukushima residents hit by the disaster have long sought their criminal liability to be clarified in court. “We believe the truth of the accident will be revealed in criminal trial proceedings to bring justice.”___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://twitter.com/mariyamaguchi/ read more

Five rescued from fishing vessel in 17hour operation

first_imgFIVE MEMBERS OF a fishing crew were rescued this morning after their vessel got into trouble off the coast of Achill Island.The call for help was raised just before 11am yesterday morning when the crew was hauling nets in and they became entangled in the boats propellers. Sea conditions were poor with force seven to eight and four to six metre sea swells.The Achill Island RNLI lifeboat crew arrived on the scene in three hours and set about establishing a tow with the casualty vessel but the damaged propellers caused a problem with the steering and with the strong conditions the tow broke twice and had to be re-established.The lifeboat arrived back with the casualty vessel under tow at 4am but due to tides was unable to bring it safely into shore until 7am.Commenting on the callout, Achill Island RNLI lifeboat operations manager Tom Honeyman described it as “challenging”.“Due to the terrible weather the seven crewmembers onboard the lifeboat had to keep a constant watch on the vessel,” he said. “When the tow broke twice they had to be on deck in rough conditions to ensure it was re-established quickly.”“They are an incredible bunch of people and some of them only got a few hours sleep before having to go out to their jobs after being at sea for the previous 17 hours,” he added.Read: Major new safety plan for fishermen is about “learning from past tragedies”>Read: Coveney: I’ve been to too many funerals and scenes of bodies brought ashore>last_img read more

Woman gives birth outside Primark store in Birmingham

first_imgA YOUNG WOMAN gave birth to a baby daughter in front of stunned shoppers outside a UK branch of Primark yesterday afternoon.The woman was walking down a busy Birmingham street at around 2pm when she went into labour outside the store.According to ITV News, Primark staff held up sheets to give the woman privacy from passers-by – but that didn’t deter crowds building up as she delivered the baby on the footpath. Source: Raj/Twitter Source: Twitter/@Rajjohal7A doctor in the area helped her give birth, to cheers from the onlookers.One told the Birmingham Mail that people were recording the birth on their phones:People were saying ‘get back and let her breathe’. Loads of people were recording on their phones. When the baby popped out, everybody cheered.West Midlands Ambulance Service, who arrived on the scene to take mother and baby to hospital, tweeted that the baby is a girl and she’s doing just fine: Source: WMAS/TwitterWe hope she calls her Penney. Just because.The best news bloopers of June 2014>Woman sets her house on fire while trying to kill a spider>last_img read more

Severe frost and subzero temperatures hitting 3 degrees are in store for

first_imgSevere frost and sub-zero temperatures hitting -3 degrees are in store for this weekend It’s going to be a cold one. Feb 10th 2017, 10:27 AM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 10:27 AM 19 Comments 32,042 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock Share151 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE COLD MORNINGS are set to continue into the weekend with temperatures dropping to below zero tonight leading to severe frost and icy patches.Met Éireann says today will be cold and dry apart from some isolated wintry showers continuing into tonight when it stays mostly dry but gets colder.It’s predicted that temperatures are to dip to between zero and -3 degrees in the early hours of Saturday.Tomorrow is to be mainly dry with sunny spells breaking out but it will remain cold with temperatures of between three to seven degrees expected.Looking further into the weekend, Sunday is predicted to be a cold and breezy day with fresh easterly winds throughout.Scattered showers will continue to affect some areas with the west having the best chance of avoiding rain.Highest temperatures are expected between 4 to 6 degrees with frost developing in places on Sunday night.Read: Bitterly cold week ahead with freezing fog, severe frost and temperatures dipping to -3 degrees >Read: Bring the brolly: We’re going to have a very wet start to the week > https://jrnl.ie/3232523 Image: Shutterstock By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

These are the 23 towns where rent caps will be extended to

first_imgThese are the 23 towns where rent caps will be extended to from midnight Galway City will join Dublin and Cork city as a ‘rent pressure zone’. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, the new system of rent caps will be extended to all of Galway city and 23 towns across the country.It means rent can only be raised by a maximum of 4% a year in those areas, at the time of its next review.Housing Minister Simon Coveney signed the orders this afternoon after receiving recommendations from the rental sector watchdog.Galway City will join Dublin and Cork city as a ‘rent pressure zone’.The other areas include nine towns in Meath, seven in Kildare, three in Wicklow and four in Cork.Meath Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com 32,604 Views 52 Comments Short URL Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 8:34 PMcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Jan 26th 2017, 8:34 PM By Cliodhna Russell https://jrnl.ie/3207611 Share Tweet Email1 SlaneJulianstownDuleekLaytownBettystownAshbourneDunboyneDunshaughlinRatoath KildareNaasSallinsCelbridgeLeixlipRathanganKildareNewbridgeWicklowBrayEnniskerryWicklowCorkDouglasBallincolligCarrigalinePassage WestSpeaking today Minister Coveney said additional supply is the right way to address rental pressures over the medium term.“We need now to ensure that the supply side response is strong and swift by implementing the full range of complimentary supply measures contained in the rental strategy.”Read: RTÉ to sell off part of its Donnybrook HQ in the coming months>last_img read more

Report James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil in their midfieldThe Gunners’ patience with Ozil is beginning to run out with the German failing to consistently produce the kind of performances that merit a £350,000 a week salary.Manager Unai Emery, who previously revealed that he can only make loan signings for this month’s transfer window, has allegedly been told the club’s wage bill must be lowered in order to sign player’s permanently.Now the Daily Mail reports that the Spaniard is looking to offload Arsenal’s biggest earner in Ozil and could attempt a move for James later this year.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Colombia international has previously expressed a desire to turn his two-year loan deal at Bayern from Real Madrid into a permanent one this summer.But it’s unclear whether the Bundesliga champions actually intend to go ahead with pursuing a deal for James beyond this season, which could make him available for as little as £3m.Meanwhile, it’s understood that Arsenal have received an £18m offer from Atletico Madrid for Ozil.last_img read more

Jacques Dazilme received 3 years suspended sentence

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In the Supreme Court on Wednesday 8th February 2017, 28 year old Jacques Dazilme of Providenciales was sentenced to a 3 years suspended sentenced after he pleaded guilty to Uttering Forged Document and ordered to pay a fine for Obtaining Pecuniary Advantage by Deception.Mr. Dazilme is the employee of a hotel on the island of Providenciales where he was working for quite some time.   Between November 2015 and October 2016 he presented a total of three sick leave notification to the resort which bears signatures resembling that of two well-known Medical Practitioners and logo of their Medical company on island.   Each sick notes he was given a three (3) day sick leave.On November 15th 2015, a leave request form was submitted to the company by Dazilme and as a result, he was paid $137.50 (one hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents).   On October 20th, 2016 as a result of another leave request, management of the resort noticed a difference with the Medical Practitioners’ signature whom they are familiar with.   Upon making further queries, the Practitioners confirmed that the signatures where not theirs and that the logo on the sick notes are not consistent with their company.   A report was made and the police commenced investigations into the matter.Dazilme was arrested and later charged with the offences mentioned.  During an interview with officers, he admitted to committing the offence and told them that he is wrong.   A report was submitted to the Department of Public Prosecutions Office.  He was also ordered to pay the sum of $137.50 to the company in seven days.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Yentile Farm Wins Award From Mass Recreation Park Association

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that Wilmington’s Yentile Farm Recreational Facility has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s “Design of Facility Agency Award.”The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s Executive Board established this award as  way to recognize departments that create and renovate facilities that greatly enhance their community.The award will be presented to Wilmington’s Recreation Director Karen Campbell at the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s State Conference on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth.The Yentile Farm Recreational Facility also recently won a Silver Award in the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition held by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA).The Town of Wilmington and Green International, the designer of the facility, will receive the award at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”Green International Earns Engineering Excellence Award For Design Of Yentile Farm Recreational FacilityIn “Government”last_img read more

Blast kills 22 in China

first_imgMap locating an explosion near a chemical plant that has killed at least 22 in Zhangjiakou, China on Wednesday. Photo: AFPA blast near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou city in China’s northern Hebei province early on Wednesday killed 22 people and injured at least 22 others, the local government said.A video of the blast scene shared by state media showed billowing black smoke and flames, while photographs showed rows of burnt-out cars and trucks lining the streets on Wednesday morning.The fire engulfed 50 vehicles, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing sources from government.Production at the nearby Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co was shut down, said a woman who answered the plant’s telephone. A spokesman at ChemChina, owner of Hebei Shenghua, confirmed that the blast did not occur at Shenghua.State media said all fires at the blast site had been extinguished.Zhangjiakou, a city about 156 km (96 miles) northwest of Beijing, is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics alongside the capital.Public anger over safety standards has grown in China after three decades of swift economic growth has been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.In August 2015, 165 people were killed after a chemical warehouse explosion in the port city of Tianjin. A government report found that the disaster was cause by improperly or illegally stored hazardous materials.China has vowed to improve industrial standards, but environmentalists say they fear oversight weaknesses persist, including an opaque production process for hazardous chemicals.last_img read more

The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black Urban Communities

first_imgClaire Harbage/NPRA man walks on Benning Road in Northeast Washington, D.C., in front of the Greater Northeast Medical Center, where Dr. Edwin Chapman works.The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it’s quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country.“It’s a frightening time,” says Dr. Edwin Chapman, who specializes in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., “because the urban African-American community is dying now at a faster rate than the epidemic in the suburbs and rural areas.”Chapman is on the front line of the opioid epidemic crippling his community in the Northeast section of Washington. He heads the Medical Home Development Group, a clinic specializing in addiction medicine.About a dozen patients sit in the lobby of his clinic on a recent Monday morning. The clinic is on a busy street, and even on the second floor you can hear blaring ambulances whiz by — Chapman says often they stop right outside his building.“Sometimes we’ll have a cluster of folks outside selling drugs,” he says. “We’ve had overdoses right outside, right under the building, right next door to the building.”– / 3According to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C., overall opioid overdose deaths among black men between the ages of 40 and 69 increased 245 percent from 2014 to 2017.Nationally, the drug death rate is also rising most steeply among African-Americans. Among blacks in urban counties, deaths rose by 41 percent in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.African-American communities are in the midst of a drug epidemic and the culprit is fentanyl, says Dr. Melissa Clarke, who works with Chapman at Medical Home. “People who’ve even been lifelong heroin users are dying because they don’t understand how to titrate those doses,” she says. That’s a huge part of the challenge. It’s always been impossible for addicts to know the potency of street drugs, but with fentanyl in the mix, they’re even more dangerous now. “We feel like we have a fire underneath us — people are dying every day,” she says. This epidemic started in white suburban and rural areas where people are overdosing mostly with prescription medicine like Percocet and OxyContin. Chapman says that African-American patients have historically been less likely to be prescribed pain narcotics.“The theory is that African-Americans tolerate pain better. That’s a myth,” Chapman says. But it probably saved blacks from falling victim to the initial opioid crisis, he says.Claire Harbage/NPRChapman’s office overlooks a busy street in Northeast Washington, D.C. He says there have been numerous overdoses just outside the door.On a recent Saturday morning, a crowd of mostly health professionals and a handful of patients gather at Chapman’s clinic. He has organized an event to discuss this current drug crisis and to encourage people to come up with solutions to the epidemic. The doctor is warm and laughs easily, but he’s serious about tackling this epidemic head-on. His urgency comes from experience. Like many here, he’s a graduate of the historically black Howard University’s College of Medicine. He has been practicing medicine for close to 40 years, and for 12 years he ran the methadone clinic at the D.C. General Hospital.“Those patients were very segregated from the community and only their substance abuse was treated,” he says. That experience taught him many lessons, including the need to address patients’ overall health, not just their addiction. He also learned about the effects of incarceration on drug addiction — many addicts cycle in and out of prison, he says. His patient population is largely made up of African-American, long-term heroin users — many with a history of poverty and mental health problems.Claire Harbage/NPRNorman Hughes talks with Dr. Chapman during an appointment.“I’m always asked, ‘Why do you treat these folks?’ ” he says. ” ‘Aren’t you afraid to have people like that come into your office?’ “He says he sees drug addiction like any other chronic disease and treats a full load of patients with Suboxone, a medication that keeps his patients’ relentless cravings in check. He’s certified by the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe the drug, but by law he can only treat up to 275 patients annually because of federal provider treatment caps.His treatment model works, he says. His clinic has a 78 percent retention rate a year — that’s the percentage of patients who stay with him annually, keeping their drug addiction in check. Abstinence therapy has a 10 percent retention rate nationwide.Claire Harbage/NPRPauletta Jackson drops off her prescription for Suboxone at the pharmacy just downstairs from Chapman’s clinic.One of the challenges is debunking myths — “this is a chronic disease and not a moral failing,” he says, noting that science shows drug addiction is a brain disorder and some are more predisposed to it than others.Chapman is soft-spoken, but his determination to fight this current drug crisis in his community is unwavering. He has partnered with several groups, including Howard University and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, to share information and raise awareness. Fighting stigma is a big part of the battle against this epidemic, he says.“Seventy-eight percent of the overdoses in the district are African-Americans,” says Chapman. “It’s just that the population has been totally ignored. They are invisible.”He mentors young physicians to work with addicts. Doctors like Dr. Melissa Clarke, who is also certified to prescribe Suboxone. She says finding him wasn’t easy.Not enough doctors“Oh, like a needle in a haystack,” she says, “there are not a lot of practices out there that have fully embraced as much as Dr. Chapman has that medical home approach to care.”Claire Harbage/NPRDr. Scott Whetsell (left) is training with Chapman to better understand how to help the patients that come to the clinic. Gerald A. Goines Sr. (right) waits to see Chapman.She admires his dedication, saying, “He’s always had the vision, he’s always had the understanding of opioid addiction is a chronic disease.”Chapman’s father worked with the Urban League in Gary, Ind., where he fought hard to get black physicians hospital privileges in the 1940s. Chapman credits his father for his career choice and work ethic. He says he’s on a mission to debunk drug-related myths and to fight stigma.Larry Bing has been a patient of Chapman’s for two years now.“I’m 64,” he says. “I’m an addict and spite of being on Suboxone and in therapy, every day ain’t a good day for me.”Claire Harbage/NPRChapman wears pins that signify his commitment to treating patients fighting addiction.Bing is tall, handsome and he has been to prison about seven times. He started using when he was 15. He has tried to get off drugs several times before with methadone, a more conventional treatment offered by the D.C. government, but he relapsed four times. “Had I known about the Suboxone before the methadone, I would have tried it first,” he says.But it still isn’t easy. “When you talk about addiction it ain’t necessarily just the drug,” he says. “It’s that lifestyle, too, that you crave.”Bing heard about Chapman on the streets from an addict friend who later died from an overdose. Bing’s treatment is covered by Medicaid and Medicare and he knows he’s lucky to have the support of his wife, Evelyn. The Bings have been married for 22 years.Marisa Peñaloza/NPRLarry and Evelyn Bing have been married for 22 years. Larry heard about Dr. Chapman on the streets from an addict friend who later died from an overdose. His treatment is covered by Medicaid and Medicare and he knows he’s lucky to have the support of his wife, Evelyn.Evelyn Bing a, 67-year-old native Washingtonian who is fond of stylish hats, says her husband was already struggling with addiction when they met in 1992. Evelyn didn’t know. When she found out, she chose to stick by him, but she doesn’t wish that experience on anybody. “It was a horrific experience sometimes, it wasn’t easy. It was hard, it was sad, it was ugly.”Often he’d go get cigarettes, “and going to get cigarettes lasted for five days,” she says. “I was terrified that something really happened to him.”Unable to sit at home and wait, she prowled dark streets looking for him, she says, and her biggest fear was that he’d end up back in prison or dead. Though she’s grateful her husband found Chapman, she knows many in her community aren’t as lucky. “I don’t think we as African-Americans are getting the best resources,” she says.And as the opioid crisis spikes in D.C., she says many African-Americans are desperate for help. “I’d like to see more Dr. Chapmans, drugs off the street, crime stopped, more schools, more programs to educate on what using drugs do to people.”Evelyn Bing says her husband’s life is improving, and for that, she credits Chapman. “He listens and cares for his patients’ overall health,” she says.Claire Harbage/NPRPauletta Jackson walks out of the medical building after seeing Dr. Chapman.Dr. Edwin Chapman wants to galvanize his community to fight this drug epidemic. “It’s going to be what we do at the grass-roots level, on the ground, more so than what the federal government is doing,” he says. “This is very urgent.”Chapman is unassuming, but forthright and passionate about his work. At 71, he says he can’t think about retirement — “not when my city is right in the middle of a raging epidemic.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. “African-Americans are falling victim to fentanyl and carfentanyl because they are so much more potent than heroin,” she says. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is often laced in heroin and other street drugs, Clarke says. Sharelast_img read more

Amendment Could Block DC Pot Decriminalization

first_imgAdvocates for local autonomy in the District of Columbia are vowing to fight any effort by Congress to undo the District’s recent liberalization of marijuana laws.Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill in March that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot. The bill would become law in July if Congress doesn’t intervene.District advocates say Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, plans to introduce an amendment to a spending bill on Wednesday that would block the nation’s capital from implementing the new marijuana law.Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress, says Harris “is acting contrary to the laws of his own state,” which recently decriminalized marijuana. It’s one of 18 states that have some form of decriminalization.last_img read more

Laurence Fishburne to CoHost Memorial Day Concert in DC

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joe Mantegna will co-host this year’s Memorial Day concert in Washington.Laurence Fishburne attends the “Black-ish” FYC event at the Television Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The 28th annual concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will be broadcast nationwide on PBS. The company that produces the concert announced the lineup on Thursday.Performers include classical singer Renee Fleming, singer and actress Vanessa Williams, country singer Scotty McCreery and singer John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is also scheduled to perform.The concert will also include a 75th anniversary tribute to the Doolittle Raid, a bombing mission over Tokyo during World War II. Actor Gary Sinise will present that portion of the program, which will include a tribute to 101-year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the sole surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.last_img read more

20 Stars You May Have Missed on Doctor Who

first_imgThe Law & Order of Great Britain, Doctor Who is peppered with famous faces. But often hidden behind impressive makeup or a gaudy costume, some celebs are easy to miss (don’t blink!).Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor) now-infamously appeared in one episode of the show (“The Fires of Pompeii”) before snagging headlining roles.Check out our list of 20 A-list guest stars. Who knows, maybe one will become the next Doctor.Simon PeggVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: The Editor in “The Long Game” (season 1, episode 7)Where you’ve seen him: 14 brilliant episodes of Spaced, Edgar Wright’s Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, the latter three Mission: Impossible films, Scotty in the Star Trek reboot.Best quote: “For almost a hundred years, mankind has been shaped and guided, his knowledge and ambitions strictly controlled by its broadcast news, edited by my superior, your master, and humanity’s guiding light, the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.” [pause] “I call him Max.”Anthony Stewart HeadVia Photographer: Raven UnderwoodWho he plays: Mr. Finch in “School Reunion” (season 2, episode 3)Where you’ve seen him: Buffy Summers’ enchanting mentor/surrogate father Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin.Best quote: “Forget the shooty dog thing.”Andrew GarfieldVia Photographer: Gerald GeronimoWho he plays: Frank in “Daleks in Manhattan” (season 3, episode 4) & “Evolution of the Daleks” (season 3, episode 5)Where you’ve seen him: The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, formerly on Emma Stone’s arm.Best quote: “We gotta stick together. It’s easy to get lost. It’s like a huge rabbit warren. You could hide an army down here.”Mark GatissBBCWho he plays: Professor Richard Lazarus in “The Lazarus Experiment” (season 3, episode 6) & Gantok (as Rondo Haxton) in “The Wedding of River Song” (season 6, episode 13)Where you’ve seen him: The League of Gentlemen, Starter for 10, Wolf Hall, Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock (which he co-created (with Who showrunner Steven Moffat), writes, and stars in).Fun fact: Gatiss not only wrote eight episodes of Doctor Who, but also provided the voice of Danny Boy in “Victory of the Daleks” (season 5, episode 3) and “A Good Man Goes to War” (season 6, episode 7). Plus, he wrote An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who.Best quote: “One lifetime’s been too short for me to do everything I’d like. How much more I’ll get done in two, or three, or four.”Harry LloydVia Photographer: Rich HardcastleWho he plays: Baines/Son of Mine in “Human Nature” (season 3, episode 8) & “The Family of Blood” (season 3, episode 9)Where you’ve seen him: Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady, The Theory of Everything, Wolf Hall.Best quote: “Have you enjoyed it, Doctor? Being human? Has it taught you wonderful things? Has it made you better? Richer? Wiser?”Carey MulliganBBC AmericaWho she plays: Sally Sparrow in “Blink” (season 3, episode 10)Where you’ve seen her: An Education, Never Let Me Go (with Andrew Garfield), The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis, Far from the Madding Crowd.Best quote: “Don’t take your eyes off that.”Kylie MinogueVia Photographer: Renan KatayamaWho she plays: Astrid Peth in “Voyage of the Damned” (2007 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen her: Minogue was a pop star in the US, but Down Under she gained fame in Australian soap Neighbours, and has acted in Moulin Rouge, and other forgettable films and TV shows.Best quote: “You’re looking good for 903.”Colin MorganBBCWho he plays: Jethro in “Midnight” (season 4, episode 10)Where you’ve seen him: Merlin (with Anthony Head), The Fall, Humans.Best quote: “Maybe we’ve broken down. … In the middle of nowhere.”David MorrisseyVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Jackson Lake in “The Next Doctor” (2008 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Walking Dead, The Missing.Best quote: “There she is. My transport through time and space. The TARDIS! … T-A-R-D-I-S. It stands for Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style!”Brian CoxBBCWho he plays: voice of Elder Ood in “The End of Time: Part 1” (2009 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: Everywhere: Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Rushmore, For Love of the Game, The Rookie, The Bourne Identity, The Ring, Adaptation, 25th Hour, The Reckoning, X-Men 2, Troy, Match Point, Red Eye, Deadwood, Running With Scissors, Zodiac, RED, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, RED 2, Pixels, The Carer (actually, you’ve probably not seen him in that last one, but you definitely should).Fun fact: Cox also starred as a BBC exec in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who.Best quote: “Events that have happened are happening now.”Timothy DaltonNBCWho he plays: The Narrator in “The End of Time: Part 1” (2009 Christmas special) & Lord President in “The End of Time: Part 2” (2010 New Year’s special)Where you’ve seen (and heard) him: James Bond in The Living Daylights and License to Kill, Hot Fuzz (with Simon Pegg), Toy Story 3, Chuck, Penny Dreadful.Best quote: “And so it came to pass, on Christmas Day, that the human race did cease to exist. … For this was far more than humanity’s end. This day was the day upon which the whole of creation would change forever. This was the day the Time Lords returned. For Gallifrey.”Bill NighyVia Photographer: flickr.com/alotofmillionWho he plays: Dr. Black in “Vincent and the Doctor” (season 5, episode 10)Where you’ve seen him: Still rocking in Love Actually, Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (with Simon Pegg), the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (with Michael Gambon), About Time, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.Best quote: “To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”James CordenCBSWho he plays: Craig in “The Lodger” (season 5, episode 11) & “Closing Time” (season 6, episode 12)Where you’ve seen him: Before he was singing carpool karaoke on late night, Corden starred in The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Gulliver’s Travels, Into the Woods, The Wrong Mans, and won a Tony for the Broadway play One Man, Two Guvnors.Best quote: “You’ve noticed something. You’ve got your noticing face on. I have nightmares about that face.”Michael GambonBBCWho he plays: Kazran Sardick/Elliot Sardick in “A Christmas Carol” (2010 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen (and heard) him: Toys, The Insider, Sleepy Hollow, Gosford Park, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The King’s Speech, Hail, Caesar!, Albus Dumbledore (replacing the late Richard Harris) in the latter six Harry Potter films.Fun fact: Gambon also voiced the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2001 animated film “Christmas Carol: The Movie.”Best quote: “On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact midpoint, everybody stops, and turns, and hugs, as if to say ‘Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.’ Back on Earth, we called this Christmas, or the Winter Solstice. On this world, the first settlers called it the Crystal Feast. You know what I call it? I call it expecting something for nothing.”Mark SheppardThe CWWho he plays: Canton Delaware in “The Impossible Astronaut” (season 6, episode 1) & “Day of the Moon” (season 6, episode 2)Where you’ve seen him: Firefly, 24, Romo Lampkin in Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Chuck, White Collar, Crowley in Supernatural.Best quote: “That’s OK. You were my second choice for president, Mr. Nixon.”Hugh BonnevilleBBCWho he plays: Henry Avery in “The Curse of the Black Spot” (season 6, episode 3)Where you’ve seen him: Notting Hill, Mansfield Park, Paddington, W1A, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey.Best quote: “To the rigging, you dogs! Let go the sails! Avast ye! Put the bunt into the slack of the clews!”Michael SheenVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Voice of House in “The Doctor’s Wife” (season 6, episode 4)Where you’ve seen him: The Queen, Frost/Nixon, three films in that series which shall not be named (The Twilight Saga), 30 Rock, Midnight in Paris, Far From the Madding Crowd (with Carey Mulligan), Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex, Passengers.Best quote: “Fear me. I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords.”David BradleyVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Solomon in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” (season 7, episode 2)Where you’ve seen him: Argus Filch in every Harry Potter film, Broadchurch (with the 10th Doctor, David Tennant), Game of Thrones.Fun fact: Bradley also portrayed first Doctor William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who (with Brian Cox, written by Mark Gatiss).Best quote: “Do you hear that? Did you hear what he called him? Doctor. After all this time. Bring them to me.”Ian McKellenVia Photographer: Steve PunterWho he plays: Voice of Great Intelligence in “The Snowmen” (2012 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: David Copperfield (TV series), Richard III, Eric Lensherr/Magneto in X-Men 1-3 & spin-off movies, Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings 1-3 & The Hobbit 1-3.Best quote: “Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die.”Nick FrostVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Santa Claus in “Last Christmas” (2014 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: See Simon PeggBest quote: “Oh, sorry about this, girl. We… We are just three passing, perfectly ordinary roof people, doing some emergency roof things.” Stream Doctor Who here for free with your Amazon Prime account.last_img read more

Love to Hate Bollywood

first_imgAs much as we love Bollywood, we love to hate it too. And what better way to celebrate the most irritating, the most frustrating and the most painful moments from Hindi films from last year than to sit around and have a hearty laugh at them while they get kelas. Literally and otherwise!The 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards were held in the Capital on a nice, unsuspecting Saturday afternoon when a group of movie buffs got together at India Habitat Center. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Golden Kelas celebrated half a decade in the industry by of course doing the usual – celebrating the worst of Indian cinema. The Golden Kelas have come to be an awards ceremony not every actor can rejoice but only the ones who have the wits to accept both good and bad that is thrown at them. The best and the funniest thing about this year’s awards was that most of the winners were the top grossers of Bollywood 2012.With over 6 lakh votes this year, the Kela Awards are making their presence felt strongly all over. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJatin Varma, founder, Golden Kela Awards, said, ‘Through the last five years we have lost all our minds and a lot of our money in this attempt to bring to light the Worst that Indian Cinema has to offer. But since we have lost our minds, the money doesn’t even matter anymore…so here’s looking at many more Kela-licious years to come. We will strive to bring the ‘worst’ to the forefront and remind them to make good cinema.”The top honor for the Worst Actor went to Ajay Devgan for Son Of Sardar & Bol Bachchan. Sonakshi Sinha won the Worst Actress award not for any one movie in particular, because according to GK team and the voters, she was worst at ‘Everything she did.’ Shirish Kunder’s Joker won two biggies of the night – Worst Film & Worst Director.Other big winners of the night were Dabangg 2 for the Worst Sequel, which proved that Salman can sell the crappiest of things to his fans, and that’s why even audiences voted for the Bawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award to Indian Moviegoers. Award for Most Irritating Song went to Chinta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore) and Anvita Dutt won the award for Most Atrocious Lyrics for Ishq Wala Love (Student of the Year), for not writing the ‘Sense Wala Song.’Voters chose Jackky Bhagnani for an award as the name rightly says, a question that everyone wants to ask him after watching his films, Why Are You Still Trying? Award.last_img read more

Thanks for all the fish

first_imgA big news day and pending work can only mean one thing, a very heavy and spicy lunch. That is exactly what we set out to do heading for West Bengal Bhavan. The bhavan has been quite well known for the authentic food from the canteen on the first floor. Delhi’s probashi Bengalis (non-residential bengali’s if you may) have always retreated to the comfort of Banga Bhavan (as it is better known) or the Ma Tara Hotel in CR Park to get a taste of home. Then there is always Oh! Calcutta and City of Joy in Alaknanda to offer a slightly better dining experience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Oh! Calcutta turns you off with the completely ludicrous prices, City of Joy offers a substantially better deal. But beating it all comes Banga Bhavan, you can sit in the air-conditioned interiors and enjoy your fill of Bengali food along with very good service. While the canteen was handled by the bhavan only recently the well-known catering unit Bijoligrill has taken over, updating the service immensely. The regular section where the residents of the bhavan can have meals at subsidised rates still exists but a section has been completely redone to give the feel of a nice cozy restaurant. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe menu is a fish lover’s delight – right from the crabs and the prawns and the monsoon special Hilsa – you will instinctively reach out for a well made fish fry. We decided to take the path oft not taken and ordered Mutton Cutlets. We wanted to savour the fish later. The cutlets were quite good and while we debated whether we should order round two, the Prawn Kabiraji came in. Basically a prawn cutlet fried in a thick layer of eggs is quite heavy, but sadly we were left disappointed. The prawns were not marinated enough and the coating, which is supposed to be light and fluffy was very oily and heavy on the tongue. The Chicken Kosha did not do justice to the expectations we had off it and compared rather poorly to the fish. Both the Fish Kalia and the Ilish Bhapa were perfect to say the least. The fish was fresh and the gravy perfect, not to spicy but full of taste. The Ilish was a part of the special monsoon Hilsa festival that is on in the bhavan and might not be easily available throughout the year – but all other items on the menu are. Including the much loved Luchi and Alurdom. We tucked in the last bits of rice ruing that we just did not have place for that! Next time we promise!The ever famous rosogolla and mishti doi (sweet curd) ended our meal and we were totally ready for the afternoon siesta. But as luck would have it – office calls! While all the items in the menu will not blow you away, they have their spectacular hits and more than anything – eating at Banga Bhavan is definite value for money. We are going back again for sure!last_img read more