Bill Cosby Issues Statement, Protesters Expected At Cobb Show

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party 0:55 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List An audio version of this story.0:55Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform at Cobb Energy Center on Saturday night.And not everyone is happy.Some protesters plan on showing their opposition to the legendary comedian.“We are using our right to free speech to tell the world the truth of these women and people can decide for themselves,” says Brandy Betts, with the group We Support the Survivors of Bill Cosby.Some of those protesters on Saturday will be alleged victims of Cosby.Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women; although he’s never been charged with any sort of crime.This week he issued a video statement to his fans in metro Atlanta from a PR firm briefly explaining why he’ll be taking the stage.“I’m going to perform because I love it when you laugh,” he says. “I love it when you smile.  I love it.”Other cities have recently canceled Cosby shows because of the allegations. For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Related Storieslast_img read more

Postman Who Started the Online Craze for Sea Shanties has Now Quit his Job to Pursue a Career in Music

first_imgAs in days of yore, he soon had scores of Internet shipmates singing as well as playing along, including none other than legendary music composer and impresario, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.MORE: Gospel Singer’s Hilarious Song About Quarantine Snacking Goes Viral: ‘The Fridge Again!’Evans’ rendition of ‘The Wellerman’ proved so popular, he decided to quit his day job to pursue a career in music. Likely or not, in 2021, sea shanties have become all the rage on TikTok, and the man we have to thank for the trend is a 26-year-old Scottish postman named Nathan Evans.Evans, who has a powerful and pleasing singing voice, has been posting TikTok music videos for some time. His first sea shanty went up last June at a fan’s request. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHot off the presses from the ‘Isn’t It Ironic?’ department comes this story of a seasick postman who’s about to get his 15 minutes of fame (and likely a whole lot more) by singing—what else?—sea shanties.For those not familiar with the jaunty ditties, sea shanties, dating back some 600 years, are folk songs first sung by fishermen, whalers, pirates, merchants, privateers, and pretty much anyone who earned their keep sailing the seven seas.The tunes feature a steady beat to keep time, and in the days when maritime trade was the king, were crooned in unison by ships’ crews as they toiled at their labors. After hauling in a leviathan’s worth of followers, Evans recorded his second shanty, ‘The Wellerman’, last December—to the tune of 7.5 million views.center_img “It all started getting hectic,” Evans said in a January 21 interview with I News UK. “I was getting emails about interviews and radio, and it kept rolling on. [Last] Friday I was like, ‘Right, I need to make a change here’, because I was too busy on my phone looking at emails and trying to post letters. I was like, ‘This is not sustainable’.”While Evans is hopeful the tides of destiny will steer him toward fame and fortune, the mail carrier remains pragmatic about his prospects.“The future will be quite bright, I hope. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it’s never going to come around again,” Evans said. “Hopefully if nothing comes of it then I can go back and continue being a postman, but I thought at the minute I’ll seize it and see what happens.”CHECK OUT: Idaho Potato Worker Becomes Internet Sensation and Sends Fleetwood Mac Sales Soaring With ‘Dreamy’ VideoAs high as Evans’ star may rise, just don’t look for him to do any of his warbling aboard a cruise ship once the pandemic has ended. Even the motion of the ocean from something as tame as a ferryboat ride is enough to make him ill.Aye, ’tis never easy,When the singer is queasy…When he’s a singing o’ the sea!Check out the knockout collaborative version below. Get Yer Pals Aboard the Sea Shanty Craze—Share This Story With Them…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Royal Scam

first_imgI don’t know how you get to quit the family, but it would have been fun if we had that option.“Son, you better get out of bed or you’ll be late for school,” Mom would say.“I’m not going to school.”“You have to.“No, I don’t. I quit.”“School?”“No, the family.”This is what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did last month, informing the Queen of England they will stop using their “Royal Highness” monikers and stop working for the family.First of all, it takes more than a title to be in the royal family. I had a friend from Queens whom we used to call “His Royal Highness” and he didn’t have even a hint of a cockney accent.And I don’t think it’s so easy to quit the family, either. Just ask Frankie (The Barber) Langelli, or what’s left of him. He was through with the Genovese family, but the Genovese family wasn’t through with him — if you get my meaning.Still, using the HRH title and carrying out the royal “duties” can be pretty lucrative.Here is a look at the family tree:Queen Elizabeth, 93, is at the head of the family. She is married to Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who appears to have died somewhere around 1742.Forget him, though (we already have). The line of succession goes through the Queen’s side of the family only. Philip’s (who?) family gets squat.Next in line, of course, is the Prince of Wales, Charles, who looks like he was passed down through the Northern Dancer line. Then, there is his eldest son, William, Duke of Cambridge, a balding sort like his dad and then his son, Prince George of Cambridge, age seven.The one to watch out for is the kid’s sister.Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, age five, is fourth in line to the throne and is known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. I say within a decade this little brat will have her brother’s head on a stake and will be riding a dragon around.Who do you NOT see on the list so far? You got it, poor Harry. My friend in Queens has a better shot at the throne.Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne. During his 10 years in the Armed Forces, Capt. Wales, as he became known, saw active service in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner. He left the Army in 2015 and now focuses on charitable work, including conservation in Africa and organizing the Invictus Games for injured members of the armed forces. He married U.S. actress Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.No one is saying as much, but “U.S. actress” raises a red flag. I imagine to the Queen it’s kind of akin to “Pole Dancer” — that is, not royal family fodder. Put another way, royalty is not expected to actually work for a living.According to Forbes, the Royal Family is collectively worth about $88 billion. The Queen has about a half-billion a year to spend. I don’t see her out much. Taxpayers issue a “sovereign grant” to pay the annual expenses of family members. Last year, it was $104 million (of that, half went to hair loss prevention products and apparently a large sum went to Charles’s ugly pills).The real dough is the private art, jewelry, and land held by the royal family, and private entities that provide income for royal family members like the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall, and the Duchy of Water and Vinegar.Meghan Markle is probably the brains behind the revolt. I mean, she’ll never get the big chair at the royal family dinner. There will have to be a pox or scourge upon the House of Windsor before Harry leapfrogs the others and becomes king-in-waiting.So anyhow, back to me. The reason why I am quitting the family is I’m unhappy with my Sovereign Grant. When I was five, I received 15 cents a week allowance, which eventually rose (after contentious debate in the state assembly and senate) to 25, 50 cents, and even a dollar a week. They gave Burger King workers more — go figure.There is the matter of my title. If I do quit the family, will I have to forfeit it? I’m not sure what it is now, but I kind of like “The Duchess of Dochy.” I could be a viscount and then I could open “Rick’s Viscount Appliance Stores” and hire pole dancers at the grand opening.By the way, the highest rankings are duke/duchess, earl/countess, viscount/viscountess, and baron/baroness. All other ranks of the peerage have the appellation Lord or Lady meaning everyone gets a title so it’s OK to say “Hey lady, can I get a Whopper and large fries?” or “Oh, my lord, your hair is falling out in clumps.”Though I no longer consider myself a member of the House of Forcucci/Murphy, I will continue to collect my stipend and for the moment and use the title “Marquis” in case anyone wants to get [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Market needs more lawyers, says super-regulator

first_imgThe Legal Services Board has said there is no evidence of an oversupply of lawyers in the market and proposed introducing ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify’.In a consultation published today on ‘proposed statutory guidance’ for implementing the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review the super-regulator says that despite concern at the number of individuals who fail to obtain pupillage or training contracts, ‘it is very difficult to accept the argument that there are too many lawyers’.In evidence, it cites ‘the levels of unmet need identified in research looking at both individual and small-business consumers’.It suggests that ‘it is perhaps more likely that the market cannot sustain the number of lawyers at the current cost’.Saying that restricting numbers through regulation would not promote competition, the LSB proposes ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify and the range of options open to individuals wishing to pursue a career in the legal services market’. David Edmonds, chairman of the LSB, said the draft guidance was built on the view that a liberalised legal services market ‘can only function effectively for consumers if there is a significantly more flexible labour market’. He said the profession needs ‘a blueprint for action to give society the legal workforce it needs for the future’. The consultation document also says the board disagrees with the Legal Education and Training Review’s recommendations to introduce a licensing regime for paralegals. The vast majority of paralegals are employed in regulated entities and are supervised by authorised persons, it says.Edmonds noted there was a risk that regulators would not share the same interpretation of the LETR’s report. ‘There is perhaps an even bigger risk that debate about the meaning of the report will slow down momentum.’John Wotton, chair of the Law Society’s education and training board, described the LSB’s proposal as ‘inappropriate and misguided’. He said the proposed statutory guidance ‘trespasses upon the proper role of the approved regulators and this consultation represents an unwelcome distraction from the work that the approved regulators need to get on with.‘The LSB and its chairman may be disappointed with the contents of the [LETR] report, but we strongly urge the SRA and other ARs not to dance to the LSB’s tune in discharging their responsibilities in this area, which is so vital to the future health of the legal sector.’The LSB’s consultation closes on 11 December.last_img read more

NXP to Acquire Freescale for $11.8 Billion

first_imgNXP Semiconductors N.V. and Freescale Semiconductor have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction which values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Freescale shareholders will receive $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP ordinary share for each Freescale common share held at the close of the transaction. The purchase price implies a total equity value for Freescale of approximately $11.8 billion.The merger will create a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing in the Smarter World.The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2015. NXP intends to fund the transaction with $1.0 billion of cash from its balance sheet, $1.0 billion of new debt and approximately 115 million NXP ordinary shares. Post transaction, Freescale shareholders will own approximately 32 percent of the combined company.The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions and customary closing conditions, as well as the approval of NXP and Freescale shareholders.last_img read more

I’ll be at Man Utd next season, says Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated his belief that he will still be at the club next season, in comments published by several British newspapers on Sunday.Van Gaal’s position has been under scrutiny for several months and recent media reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, has already agreed to take over at the end of the season.But Van Gaal, who has led United to the FA Cup final, is determined to see out the final year of his three-year contract, saying: “I knew it would be like this. That’s why they hired me and we spoke about it.“We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years. The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me. I signed for three years, so next year you will see me again.“Every week for six months I have been ‘sacked’, and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at.”United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford later on Sunday, when victory for the visitors will give them the first top-flight title in their history.last_img read more

Nishikori’s win over Raonic not enough to send Japan past Canada

first_imgJapan failed to book its second consecutive quarterfinal berth after beating the Canadians last year.Nishikori, in his second match against world No. 6 Raonic this season, was overwhelmed with the latter’s power early but pounced like a tiger at just the right moments. He was a picture of composure despite an avalanche of 29 aces by Raonic.“It was tough making returns, but I was able to keep my focus till the end and keep on the attack,” said Nishikori, who was downgraded from world No. 4 to world No. 5 with the release of Monday’s ATP World rankings. “Japan was in a tight spot (a 2-1 deficit) so I was happy I could fulfill my role,” he said.On Raonic’s second serve in the eighth game of the second set, Nishikori nailed a sizzling, down-the-line backhand winner, then served out the set at love in the next game to even the match at one set all. He broke the gangly Canadian with a cross-court forehand winner in the fifth game of the third set.Raonic refused to go quietly as he broke back in the fourth set, but his momentum petered in the fifth. In the tit-for-tat thriller, Nishikori patiently waited for Raonic to surrender again. Raonic obliged when serving at 4-4 and behind 30-40, he double faulted to give the Japanese ace all he needed to serve for the match.But Japan’s celebration was short-lived as the 86th-ranked Soeda, a replacement for Tatsuma Ito, was easily brushed aside by world No. 62 Pospisil.“It was difficult to make returns against my opponent’s serves. It would have been better if I could’ve devised more tactics on my returns in the first set,” Soeda said.“Compared with last year the Canadian team was airtight. I felt that we need to work on strengthening our doubles and our second player for singles ties,” said Japan coach Minoru Ueda.Switzerland crashes outLiege Belgium APPlaying without stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, defending champion Switzerland slumped to a first-round loss to Belgium in the Davis Cup on Sunday, while Andy Murray scored the decisive point to lift Britain past the United States and Novak Djokovic led Serbia to victory over Croatia.After Federer and Wawrinka led Switzerland to its first Davis Cup title last year, the two top-10 players decided not to play Davis Cup this year, leaving Switzerland with a diminished team — and chances — against Belgium.Trailing 2-1 heading into the reverse singles on Sunday, Henri Laaksonen, ranked No. 344, managed to keep the Swiss alive by beating Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first match to level the tie at 2-all.The 21st-ranked David Goffin then shook off a back injury to beat No. 321 Adrien Bossel 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 and send Belgium into the quarterfinals. Goffin made light work of the contest, hitting 15 aces and breaking Bossel’s serve five times.“It was tough to play the deciding match,” Goffin said. “But at the end I was really happy to win that last point.”It was just the ninth time since 1972 that the defending champions had fallen in the first round the following year.Elsewhere, Andy Murray beat John Isner 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to clinch Britain’s first-round victory over the U.S., jumping up and down with his jubilant teammates in a celebration huddle after the match in Glasgow, Scotland. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Japan failed to reach the quarterfinals in the World Group first-round tie against Canada, despite a five-set triumph by ace Kei Nishikori against world class rival Milos Raonic on Sunday.Nishikori prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over the hard-hitting Raonic to even the tie at 2-2 before Vasek Pospisil downed Go Soeda 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, to orchestrate a 3-2 win over the visitors in Vancouver. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Carrying the load: Kei Nishikori hits a return against Canada’s Milos Raonic during their Davis Cup match on Sunday. | REUTERS RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori, Davis Cup, Milos Raonic last_img read more

Consider your legacy, youngsters – Samuels

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has warned young cricketers that while there is glitz and glamour in playing Twenty20 cricket, they should also consider the importance of the Test format as it allows for a longer-lasting legacy. Samuels, the STAR’s Personality of the Month for February, who was speaking to journalists at The Gleaner’s North Street headquarters in Kingston on Friday, said that youngsters should not look at the success he has had and think it was easy to come by. He said that while T20 may be the most lucrative format of the sport, money should not be the sole focus of cricketers. “T20 is a fast payoff, but in anything you do, longevity is always the best route,” he said. “You play T20, you make some fast money. Okay, you’re going to be a millionaire, US$10million, US$15 million in your account. But is it that what you want to be known for? Or would you want play Test cricket and try to leave a legacy to get into the (ICC Hall of Fame) museum with the Viv Richards and the other greats, and have a $5 million in your account?” Samuels said that T20 is still too relatively new for it to leave players with much of a legacy. “I would always balance with a $5 million in my account and having a legacy in Test cricket than being a T20 player,” he said. “You’re not going be recognised in the history books for T20, to be honest. “(Test cricket isn’t as appealing as T20) but, it’s still the real deal. It’s just the fast and furious, and we like that.”last_img read more

Ali questions delayed appointments

first_imgPublic Procurement Commission– “this is something that the Government saidthey were keen on” Having vowed to move swiftly to establish the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in the first hundred days once elected to office, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, led by President David Granger is now being questioned over its seeming slothfulness to appoint the members of the PPC, despite the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament unanimously agreeing on the nominee and the National Assembly subsequently approving those nominees.Chairman of the PAC, Irfaan Ali, an opposition legislator in the National Assembly on Monday questioned President David Granger’s delay in swearing-in the members so they can commence working.Ali told Guyana Times that the committee would have fulfilled its responsibility as it relates to selection and agreement on the nominees and it is now President Granger who needs to officially appoint the commissioners. Ali questioned the President’s motive behind the delayed swearing-in.“This issue is now solely at the feet of the President and it is very strange that the members of the Public Procurement Commission to date have not been sworn in. This is something that the government said they were keen on, so I can’t understand what is causing the delay in the swearing-in of the members, these members have all been agreed on unanimously by the Parliament and it is solely at the feet of the president,” Ali stated as he issued a strong call for the President to fulfil his obligation with the appointment of the Public Procurement Commissioners.“We are calling on the President to move in an assiduous manner to ensure that the members of the Public Procurement Commission are sworn in and the commission commences its works,” the opposition legislator urged.Administrative mechanismPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was quoted by the Government-run Guyana Chronicle as saying that PPC will soon be established as “the process is now awaiting some administrative procedures, including finalising the remuneration packages.”But Ali said this is not preventing the swearing-in of the commissioners. He went on to explain that the PAC will soon move to put in place the administrative support mechanism for the Commission.“The PAC after the Parliament comes out of recess, would be moving to have this issue as a priority on its agenda in setting out the administrative mechanism to support the work of the Public Procurement Commission, so there is nothing that is stopping the President from swearing-in the members of the Public Procurement Commission,” Ali reasoned.Nominees approvedAt the end of July 2016, The Ali-led PAC agreed on the names of the nominees for the PPC and that list was subsequently approved by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly on August 8.The nominees are Attorney Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, University of Guyana lecturer, Sukrishnalall Pasha, Educator Ivor English and former Labour Minister, Nanda Gopaul.The list of the nominees was sent to President Granger, who under provisions of the Constitution could only appoint members of the PPC after their nomination has been approved in the House, and by a two-thirds majority.The PPC has been a contributing factor that predated the holding of the General and Regional Elections in May 2015, as the then opposition had insisted that Cabinet should cease the practice of giving ‘no objection’ to contracts for state projects and services, in favour of appeals by aggrieved contractors to the PPC.last_img read more

Fee cuts pull call centre investors

first_img7 September 2007The offer of discounted telecommunications prices has lured three foreign call centre companies to commit to investments worth around R400-million that will create up to 10 000 new jobs in South Africa, Business Day reported this week.Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October told Business Day that one of the three unnamed firms – two European and one US-based – would be setting up an operation running to a few thousand seats, while the other two would set up 500- to 600-seat centres.According to Business Day, the government had finally, after months of negotiations, reached agreement with state telecoms company Telkom on a “developmental pricing model” for the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – although Telkom had not released details of the agreement.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said in March that South Africa was looking to its BPO sector to help drive economic growth, and would be offering investors incentives in the form of start-up and expansion grants and reduced telecommunication fees.BPO involves relocating certain business processes that are usually performed in-house by a company to a third party service provider, such as customer care or call centres, to carry out the services on behalf of the concerned company.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.South Africa is mainly targeting clients from the UK, Europe and the US due to closer cultural ties, use of the English language and, in the case of Europe, being in a similar time zone.BPO is considered a key sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which seeks to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 6% between 2010 and 2014, in order to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Mpahlwa said in March that the sector had the potential to create up to 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs, and contribute about R7.95-billion to the country’s economy, by 2009.“In the first six months of 2006, South Africa created 3 000 jobs in this sector. Based on this evidence, we are of the view that we should achieve our targets of 100 000 new jobs by 2010,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more