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Stars Rock Safety Harbor Kids 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser

first_imgOn Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery hosted the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.The event, sponsored by Ventura Land Rover Jaguar and Maserati of Bakersfield, was emceed by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and featured music by Chicago co-founder and drummer Danny Seraphine, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, Jeff Beck bassist, Phil Chen, singer Tony Grant of AZ Yet and SHK Music Director and band leader, Edward Roth.The evening began with a special performance by Italian actress/singer, Maria Elena Infantino whose infectious personality and song got people out of their seats to dance. Then, as the sun set creating an Ojai “pink moment”, American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse took to the stage to keep the crowd going for the All Star Band to follow.Enter The All Star Band with Danny, Tommy and friends breaking into Chicago hits Make Me Smile and Just You and Me followed by The Doors hits Love Me Two Times and Touch Me without The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger who regretted that he couldn’t do the gig due to personal reasons.The second set was absolutely explosive with KISS guitarist, Tommy Thayer (who had just given guitar lessons to disadvantaged children before the show), shredding on KISS anthem, “Rock and Roll All Night” and Danny Seraphine’s tight drumming on Chicago classic “25 Or 6 To 4” got the entire place out of their seats dancing and singing along.In addition to a legendary rock concert, guests enjoyed door prizes, silent auction and food by The Deer Lodge, Shrimp vs Chef, Ocean Pride, Rainbow Bridge and The Berry Man with drinks by Hint Water, Lori’s Lemonade and organic tea with Charles and Company.Many businesses rallied to support the cause including The Gibson Foundation, Guitar Center, Hollywood Studio Rentals, Drum Paradise, Audio Technologies GPS Security, Southern California Life Magazine, Ojai Business Center, Susan Cummings Jewelry Design, Su Nido Inn, Casa Ojai, Bamboo Creek Spa, AAA Relaxation Station, , SST, Café Fiore, California Car Rentals, Westlake Golf Course, Osea Malibu Skin Care and Mastro’s Restaurants.SHK’s Personal Enrichment Programs teach essay writing, goal achievement, work ethic, music and art in a one on one format. SHK Program Sponsors include Edison International, Santa Monica Kiwanis, Golden State Water and Harrison Industries.Safety Harbor Kids supporters include Jackson Browne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Grammy winner Albert Lee, Apple Records co-founder Peter Asher, Danny Seraphine, Tommy Thayer, Edward Roth, Tony Braunagel, Inara George and many others in the music industry.last_img read more

Cam Newtons Post About His 2008 Arrest Could be

Tuesday (Nov. 21) marked the nine year anniversary of Newton’s arrest, and he posted a message about it and offered encouragement for those who’ve also made huge mistakes.“I contemplated posting this and even reluctant about it, but as I think about my life and many things I’m thankful for, I want to be an open book, so people can hear my testimony and learn from the flaws and mistakes I made on this day 11/21/2008, “he wrote. “On this date I thought my life and career was over, and the fact that I had shamed my family with media coverage surrounding this situation, I vowed to myself on this day that I will be better from this situation.”In addition, Newton said no one gave him a chance to succeed after his arrest, and they doubted he could turn things around. But he refused to listen to any of that, which led him to his current position as the on-the-field leader of the Carolina Panthers and one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.Newton also encouraged others, who face difficult times, to keep dreaming and reaching for their goals.“If I can do it with my circumstances surely you can do it and be whatever you want to be with hard work and persistence,” he wrote. It’s possible that his post could be a direct message to young Black men, considering how unforgiving the criminal justice system is when they make a mistake that leads to an arrest.According to a 2014 study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency, nearly 50 percent of Black men are arrested by the time they turn age 23.On top of that, the Justice Department released data — published by Mother Jones — that shows Black juveniles are five times more prone than white juveniles to be sent to jail or prison.But Newton’s post could’ve also been about the recent high profile case of Meek Mill, who was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for violating probation. Or possibly to LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, the UCLA players who were arrested for shoplifting in China. But either way, he didn’t specify. InstagramIn 2008, when he was a student at The University of Florida, NFL star Cam Newton was arrested for stealing a fellow student’s laptop. He was eventually charged with felony counts of burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice -because he threw the laptop out a window. Related news: Cam NewtonCam Newton Receives Backlash for Laughing at Female Reporter, Some Cry Selective OutragePanther’s PR Adviser Reportedly Responsible For Cam Newton’s Revised Stance on RaceCam Newton and Colin Kaepernick’s Face-to-Face Photo Goes Viral After Hilarious Meme Takes Off Elsewhere in his post, the Heisman Trophy winner said that he’s not ashamed of his 2008 arrest, and he celebrates turning his life around by the way he lives and plays football.“People wonder why I play the game the way I do, act the way I act, dress the way I dress and even live the way I live,” wrote Newton. “Because in some people’s eyes, I’m not supposed to be here but in my eyes, I’m not going to have any regrets with the second chance God has given me.”The 28-year-old then paraphrased one of JAY-Z’s lines from the 2011 song “N—– in Paris” to explain his celebratory way of life on and off the field. “I’m shocked too. I’m supposed to be locked up too. If you escaped what I’ve escaped, you’d be in Paris getting messed up too,” he wrote.After he posted his message, Newton’s followers praised him for his openness and called him brave. “Thank you for sharing, Cam,” one person wrote. “He made a mistake like we all have before,” wrote another.One man named David Phillips pointed to Newton’s level of resilience and his willingness to help others navigate the difficult days of youth.“Man, the ripple effects from a post like this,” he wrote. “At some point, life will throw everyone a curveball. It’s how you respond that makes the difference … Someone’s life will probably never be the same after reading it.” read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of January 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of January 27, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Carl Guarino, 71Joseph Ientile, 80Phyllis M. Jensen, 86Kerin Jean Parker, 37Gerald F. Sullivan, 69Previously Lived In Wilmington:Gertrude E. “Pudge” Cushing, 77William R. Iovanna, 73Arnold F. Lanni, 91Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh, 95Like 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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Kerala Model Crony communism in the time of flood

first_imgPersonnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local people help with rescue operations in hill areas hit by landslides in Kerala.@NDRFHQ/TwitterHas Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has lost the precious connect with the people that every democratically elected ruler should have? He has, and it hardly surprises anyone that Vijayan hasn’t realised the bitter truth yet. From one laughable lapse to another, his rickety apple cart is chugging on. The Left leader, a prisoner of the time-warped Stalinist thought process, seems to be holding on to the belief that making Kerala a police state is the best route to suppress criticism.The latest example is the widely carried out witch-hunt against mediamen, activists and social media users who criticised the government’s handling of the disaster relief funds. The sloppy management of the flood disaster in 2018 had earned Vijayan and his government deeply rooted disaffection among Kerala’s general public. The state survived the disaster because a highly socially aware and committed general public raised their game even as a the government machinery squarely failed. However, what heightened the sense of betrayal of the Kerala public was the blatant misuse of the food relief funds that followed. General public, not just political opponents, vented their anger when a second flood havoc struck the state this month. However, Kerala’s new police state had an easy way to smother criticism. File cases against social media users and media outlets that criticised the government. “The cases have been registered for spreading false campaigns on the relief works and all such people would be arrested and proceeded against as per the law,” State police chief Loknath Behera said after booking 19 people. The swift police move came a day after Vijayan called whistleblowers and social media voices “anti-social elements.”  Was the criticism false and motivated? Pinarayi VijayanPTIThe Vijayan government loves to believe that the money and muscle power of the Marxist Communist Party give them the mandate to steamroller critics. The government floundered on many fronts when the flood disaster struck Kerala in 2018. The clueless government was in denial when hundreds died. When fair criticism mounted, the critics were easily termed villains and hunted down by the cyber wing of the Marxist party. So, did the government misuse the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)? Yes, it did, multiple times, and brazenly. But if you say that aloud in Kerala your chief minister calls you an anti-social and his police would slap charges that attract imprisonment up to three years. That’s so much for the party that preaches the virtues of freedom of expression and tolerance.”CMDRF is an official system and the money received would be used for distress relief only… The fund is used for helping the poorest among the poor. All the allegations that the fund was being used for any other purpose is wrong,” Vijayan said. He added that those who said otherwise were commiting the most “heinous crime” and should be locked up.A lot of people in Kerala believe he was lying through the teeth. A look at incidents widely reported in the media will help. When CPI-M MLA KK Ramachandran Nair died, Vijayan’s cabinet gave the family Rs 25 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) in flagrant violation of norms. The disaster relief fund is not meant for paying off bank loans of party leaders. In another blatant violation of norms the CM misused the disaster relief fund again by giving Rs 25 lakh to the family of Uzhavoor Vijayan, the state chief of NCP, an ally in the ruling coalition. An equal amount was doled out to the family of a CPM worker who was killed in an accident. Again, from the chief minister’s disaster relief fund.However, the most disastrous of the indiscretions was Vijayan’s travel in a chartered helicopter to attend a party meeting using funds meant for disaster relief. The CM spent Rs 8 lakh from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) on a chopper ride to attend a CPM meeting in February 2018. When the media reported it widely the government cancelled the original order.  In January 2019, the Kerala Lokayukta admitted a case against CM Vijayan and the state government over the misuse of the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The case before the Lokayukta was that the CM and ministers showed “favouritism” in giving hefty financial help to NCP leader late Uzhavoor Vijayan and former CPI(M) MLA K K Ramachandran Nair. The complaint also highlighted that Rs 25 lakh was allotted from the CMDRF to the family of a civil police officer who died in an accident while escorting CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.What is CMDRF?As per rules, money from CMDRF can only be used for providing relief to people affected by natural calamities. If money is allotted for medical treatment then the beneficiary should be from below the poverty line. CMDRF is not a party fund that the CM can distribute as he pleases to his henchmen. But the CM’s army of advisers failed to tell him that. And when the people said that on public channels they became anti social elements! Fattening the cronies Another disgraceful farce is the skewed priorities at the Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI), which was set up to coordinate flood relief efforts. Though basic relief hasn’t reached tens of thousands of victims a year after the disaster struck, the RKI has gobbled up Rs 10 crore for its own establishment costs. The most shocking breach of public trust was the Vijayan government’s decision to rent out a building owned by a party fellow traveller as office for the RKI and furnish it to the hilt. Passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi on August 17, 2018AFP/Getty ImagesThe government is spending Rs 88.5 lakh from the RKI funds to furnish the rented property, the Times of India reported, citing an order issued by the planning and economic affairs department. The building is right next to the state secretariat. It’s not as if government buildings can’t be found in the capital city to run the RKI office from. But it’s clear that the government is hell bent on fattening its cronies in the name of flood relief. The money in the CMDRF is the sum total of the contributions, large and small, from people everywhere in the world who wanted to help the flood-hit state. This government breached the trust element underlying a disaster relief contribution. But those who questioned it, and aired concerns over the intentions of the government, were booked under Section 118 B and 120 O of the Kerala Police Act. Section 118 B of Police Act against criticsSection 118 B provides for “imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine not exceeding ten thousand rupees or with both” for the offence of ” knowingly spreads rumours or gives false alarm to mislead the police, fire brigade or any other essential service”.Section 120 O stipulates punishment of up to one year for “causing, through any means of communication, a nuisance of himself to any person by repeated or undesirable or anonymous call, letter, writing, message, e-mail or through a messenger.”These case just show the audacity and brazenness of the government. Raise your voice against incompetence, corruption and nepotism, the cyber coolies will bury you under a sleaze load first and then the police will hunt you down. It’s a pity that a communist government in Kerala is stooping so low to protect its image. Perception management, Stalinist style?(The author is Managing Editor, International Business Times, India. Views are personal. Reach the author at j.jacob@ibtimes.co.in) Close Kerala Floods | Rain, landslide play havoc in state, 17 killed; CM chairs review meetinglast_img read more

RU student abducted by estranged husband

first_img-A female student of Rajshahi University (RU) was abducted allegedly by her estranged husband from the university campus on Friday morning, reports UNB.The victim is a 4th year student of the RU Bangla department. She used to reside in Taposhi Rabeya Hall of the university.Quoting witnesses, RU proctor Lutfar Rahman said the female student filed a divorce petition two months ago to get separated from her husband Sohel Rana after nine months into their marriage. The divorce will come into effect within the next one month.However, Sohel did not want to get separated from the victim.Sohel appeared in front of the female dormitory on Friday morning and tried to convince the female student to withdraw the petition while she was going to appear in an examination with some of her classmates, the proctor said.At one stage, they locked into an altercation and Sohel forcibly dragged her into his car, RU proctor quoted the victim’s friends.Lutfar Rahman also said they informed the matter to police.last_img read more