Robin Roberts Opens Up In AARP The Magazine

first_imgRobin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way.Cover of AARP The Magazine’s April/May IssueThe first to admit that she never dreamed she’d go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. In a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from the time she openly wept on-air while covering Hurricane Katrina to the day she returned to co-anchor ABC’s Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant, the television broadcaster expresses fear and gratitude, happiness, and pride, as she talks about the path that led her to being the gutsy, go-for-it — but empathetic — woman she is today.The following are excerpts from the April/May issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Robin Roberts, available in homes today and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine.On looking forward after facing her life-threatening illnesses: 
”I think of September 20, the date of my transplant, as my birthday more than my real birthday, on November 23. I don’t try to be like people who have had life-threatening illnesses and say, ‘Every day is a gift.’ But everything that happens from now on is lagniappe, as we say in the Gulf.”On returning to Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant: 
”Just the emotion of seeing people who I know didn’t think they were going to see me again. Some people were, like, why were you in such a hurry to get back? It wasn’t about being back on TV. It was about being back in life. I could’ve stayed longer in an isolated room, but I didn’t want life to continue to pass me by. I wanted to participate in life. Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to play.”On remembering the historic interview between her and President Barack Obama: 
”Yes, for the president of the United States of America to change his stance on marriage equality, that was huge. And to be the person across from him asking that question! But see the little look on my face? I’m reacting to my producer on the side, who’s just held up one of those blue cards. I was guessing the sign was going to say, ‘You rock!’ Instead, it says, ‘Lipstick on teeth!’ As my mama used to say, ‘When you strut, you stumble.’”On openly weeping on air while covering the devastation of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina: 
”Covering Hurricane Katrina was a real moment for me, personally and professionally. On the air, I broke down and cried when Charlie Gibson asked about my family. I had just found my mother and sister within the hour. They hadn’t been able to evacuate because my mom was ill. The family house was damaged, but they were fine. After the broadcast, I remember taking my earpiece out and thinking, ‘I don’t have a job anymore.’ Because it was a time when you didn’t show emotion like that.”On the day she honored both her father and the Tuskegee Airmen: 
”Good Morning America had said to me, ‘If you could do anything, what would that be?’ My father was from the famed Tuskegee Airmen. I said, ‘I want to fly a plane like my dad did.’ Now, I didn’t mean I actually wanted to fly a plane that he flew! But we went back to Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, and this old thing comes chugging down the runway. I’m, like, ’I’m getting in that?’”On her friendship with Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols: 
”Pat [Summitt] was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. I keep in touch, and she has more good days than not. I had always wanted to be a Lady Vol under her at the University of Tennessee, but, thinking about it, we probably wouldn’t have the friendship we have now if I’d been her player. I’ve got her back. And I love that she’s got a hashtag: #WeBackPat.”For the complete interview, along with behind the scenes video and images, click here.last_img read more

GANJA BILL TABLED IN SENATE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 23 (JIS): A Bill which seeks to decriminalise ganja for medicinal, religious, and private/personal use was tabled in the Senate today (January 23).The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, was laid on the table by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.The amendments will make the possession of small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less, a non-arrestable but ticketable infraction, attracting a fine payable outside of the court, but not resulting in the possessor attaining a criminal record.However, failure to pay the monetary penalty will be deemed a minor offence punishable in the Petty Sessions Court by an order for community service.The legislation prohibits the smoking of ganja in public spaces, subject to specified exemptions.Proposed changes to the Act will also facilitate ganja being used for therapeutic purposes, as prescribed by a registered practitioner, or for scientific research conducted by an accredited tertiary institution or otherwise approved by the Scientific Research Council (SRC).The changes will enable the use of ganja in religious engagements by stakeholders, such as Rastafarians.The Bill also makes provisions for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate the proposed hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultation on Gaming Policy 2015 Recommended for you Police execute search warrants and get Ganja; questioning man in cutlass crooks case Related Items:bill, dangerous rugs act, ganja, petty session court, scientific research council PM Tables Sexual Harassment Billlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 28 Bus Catches On Fire Loose Pit Bull

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, April 28, 2019:Police came across a refrigerator wth its doors still on on the curb on Faulkner Avenue. This is a bylaw violation. Police spoke with resident, who agreed to remove the refrigerator’s doors. (9:26am)A caller reported two mountain bikes were found on the side of the road at Elizabeth Drive and Sachem Circle. Bikes belonged to two girls who left them there to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts. (11:50am)A Chestnut Street caller reported a truck drove on his property on Friday and left tire marks. Police responded to view damage. (12:07pm)A bus caught on fire and was evacuated on the 93 North Exit 41 ramp. State Police and Fire Department responded. (1:34pm)Police issued a parking citation for a vehicle parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant on Lords Court. (2:08pm)An Arlene Avenue caller reported a loose pit bull in her yard. Owner showed up while caller was still on the line. (4:30pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fight Intensifies Over Future Of Struggling Houston Schools District

first_imgLeaders with Journey for Justice Alliance, Black Lives Matter Houston, HISD Parent Advocates and other groups organized a town hall this weekend.As lawmakers head into the Texas legislative session this week, tensions have intensified over the future of Houston schools and the threat of a state takeover of the Houston Independent School District due to chronically low-performing schools.It’s included a bizarre press conference with the outgoing Harris County Treasurer, who called for a state takeover and got doused with water by a protestor; a scathing tweet from Gov. Greg Abbott calling HISD leadership a “joke” and a “disaster;” and a crowded town hall where advocates and parents renewed their call for a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency.“Right now we are focused on holding off the takeover,” said Kandice Webber with Black Lives Matters and one of the town hall organizers.“We need to sue the TEA. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it and we need to get the school board involved in that fight. It’s what the community wants and it’s what our kids deserve, so that is our big push,” she said. The threat of a state takeover stems from a state law, known as HB 1842 and passed in 2015. It requires the state’s Education Commissioner to close schools or replace the entire elected school board if even one public school has failed state standards for five or more years. A separate law, known as SB 1882 and passed in 2017, gives a school board a two-year pause on those sanctions if they temporarily give financial and administrative control of the struggling schools to an outside group, such as a charter school network or nonprofit.Last year, HISD had 10 schools that could trigger the state takeover. This year, four are on the watch list: Highland Heights Elementary School, Henry Middle School and Kashmere and Wheatley high schools.In December, the Houston school board considered requesting proposals from outside groups to temporarily manage those schools. A nonprofit organized by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office wanted to partner with the district and manage them, similar to a partnership model used in Los Angeles. The board decided 5-4 not to request any proposals — though it has until Feb. 4 to send any partnership proposal to the state.That timeline was already creating pressure.But Abbott’s tweet has intensified the debate. The governor said that the board’s “self-centered ineptitude has failed the children they are supposed to educate. If ever there was a school board that needs to be taken over and reformed it’s HISD. Their students & parents deserve change.”HISD board members have pushed back against that criticism.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img In response to Abbott, HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones said on social media that it’s “sad governing by tweet has become acceptable. Disappointing that opinion has replaced facts.”She pointed to the fact that 91 percent of HISD schools meet standard and the number of schools requiring improvement has dropped from dozens to just four.“I’m a getting a little tired of HISD being the piñata district in our state when in reality we have a lot of great things in our district,” said Sergio Lira after a similar call by former Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez.However, some Houston parents have said that it’s hard to disagree with Abbott’s assessment of the board’s performance. One of them, Heather Golden, posted on Twitter that trustees aren’t serving kids and something must change.At the town hall held Saturday in Kashmere Gardens, there also was a strong push for change: to promote more equity in public schools instead of school choice.Jitu Brown, a community organizer from the Chicago’s south side and with the Journey for Justice Alliance, compared what’s happening in Houston to efforts to close schools or privatize public education in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit and New Jersey.“School choice is a scam,” Brown said, urging the crowd to chant along.Over 100 people, including parents, educators and community members joined the town hall. Among them was Telicia Fogle-Simon. She grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from Kashmere High School. Fogle-Simon, a former teacher and now a nonprofit director, said that she came with questions about Kashmere’s future and left the three-hour meeting hopeful.“Working with the community organizers I believe that the fight to keep our schools open and not close them and have privatization come in is actually going to be able to be successful,” she said.What happens to the future of the schools and HISD as a whole depends on a mix of factors, including how the four struggling schools perform this academic year; what the board decides to do with them or with the TEA; and if lawmakers revise the trigger law, or make other changes in the new legislative session. 00:00 /01:03 X Listen 00:00 /00:54 Sharelast_img read more

Google Pulls the Plug on Helpouts

first_imgFebruary 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Say sayonara to Helpouts, Google’s live video-discussion tool. The tech giant is pulling the plug on Helpouts on April 20.Google launched Helpouts in 2013 as a way for entrepreneurs and topic experts to share information and connect with customers online. A sort of cross between YouTube and Google Hangouts, the tool allowed people to host or attend live video demonstrations and conversations, where experts could provide one-on-one advice in real time.Related: Google Is Giving Away 2GB of Permanent Storage to Users Who Perform Security ChecksUnlike Hangouts, business owners and experts who used Helpouts were able to charge a fee for each video session, with Google taking a percentage of that, of course. “The Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn’t grown at the pace we had expected,” Google said in a post announcing the shutdown. No word on exactly how many experts were utilizing Helpouts or on how many people in general were on the platform. A Google spokesperson did not immediately return an email seeking comment.Google says people will be able to use Google Takeout to download their Helpouts history between April 20 and November 1.Related: 26 Little-Known Facts About Google (Infographic)last_img read more

What Advice Entrepreneurs Really Want and Dont Ignore

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Entrepreneurs have abundant energy, drive, ambition, ideas and sweat. What they lack is time. That’s why they only have time for the advice they want.At the recent Accelerate Your Business event Entrepreneur held in partnership with Microsoft in Denver, it became clear that their interests rest under just a handful of key pillars.InspirationIt’s not easy being an entrepreneur. Normal people take a job, work and collect a paycheck. Entrepreneurs work under different priorities. They have an idea, a solution to a problem, and they work tirelessly to build products and services — all without the safety net of a sure paycheck and benefits. It can be heroic work, and it has a nine-in-10 chance of abject failure.What keeps them going? The inspiration of others. Hearing that someone as successful as Alexis Ohanian could have started his professional life with so much rejection helps entrepreneurs recognize that they’re not alone in the world and that their own setbacks don’t mean that their business is doomed.Sales and customer service.Your idea doesn’t turn into a business until you get your first customer. Plenty of people have good ideas. Fewer people act on them, and even fewer actually find a market for them. Getting advice on how to land that first sale, and, more importantly, how to convert that into repeat business, is some of the most sought-after guidance for entrepreneurs.Take building customer loyalty, an area of expertise of Carol Roth, the business expert and host of the TBS business show America’s Greatest Makers. Roth told the Accelerate event crowd that entrepreneurs need to develop long-term, loyal customers. In an approach she calls “Customer Loyalty 3.0,” she said the goal is to get raving fans to tell other customers about your brand or company. When you factor in the expense of trying to reach new customers and the high lifetime value of each individual customer, loyalty needs to be a top priority for every business.Data management and security.Every company nowadays, no matter what they do, says they are a “data” company. Yes, that’s a marketing hook, but it has a grain of truth in it. Every transaction, every interaction is recorded and stored. So every company collects and can use data. Here’s the good news: It’s easier than ever to use data to improve both your business and your customer experiences. Gene Marks, president of The Marks Group, which sells sales and marketing software, says the bad news is that bad actors get more sophisticated every day at trying to steal that data — and your business is liable. That’s made security a big concern for companies of all sizes. Watch Now: Run a Better Business Using Data Webinar with Gene MarksOn the bright side, it’s never been easier to store and secure that data. Jordan Chrysafidis, vice president of U.S. OEM at Microsoft, told the crowd that new cloud services really allow for a better mobile experience for business owners. As mobile becomes less about devices and more about the overall tech experience, having secure and easy-to-use cloud services becomes more important, Chrysafidis said.Gadgets.The devices we use to do business each day are increasing in capability as they decrease in size and weight. Kirk Godkin, a device evangelist for HP, often holds up a small phone and announces that this is the PC of today. Much of device development is designed for mobility, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since the workforce today are becoming increasingly mobile and virtual.Most entrepreneurs can’t get enough of new devices. The smaller, the better, provided they can also increase productivity.Behavior.Entrepreneurs, more than other groups of business leaders, are fascinated by what makes people tick. That desire is two-fold: First, understanding what drives customer decisions helps plot a sales strategy. In this regard, there are some ways in which our minds work in predictable ways, says Jon Levy, an expert in behavior and adventure, who also spoke at the Accelerate Your Business event. In fact, you can actually change people’s decisions simply through suggestion. “But with that great power comes great responsibility,” he said. It’s a dangerous line to cross to influence someone as opposed to manipulating them, he said.As for personal behavior, entrepreneurs devour any advice on how to personally find an edge. Whether it’s how often to sleep or how much exercise to get or even what habits to follow, entrepreneurs want any advice and guidance they can get to make them work more efficiently, think better and live smarter.Networking.Entrepreneurs want to connect, with customers, with vendors and with each other. For the first time, at the end of the recent Accelerate Your Business event, we held a Networking in Minutes event, where attendees were able to spend a few minutes with each other and presenters from the conference. Think of it as speed-dating meets networking.The feedback? There was a value in being able to interact with one another.To learn more about Entrepreneur’s upcoming events, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/events. center_img Register Now »last_img read more