Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Sunday said some security lapses were found on the part of Ryan International School and a case was registered against its management and the owner under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. “Action will be initiated against the school management and its owner,” said Mr. Sharma, after a brief meeting with senior district administration officials. He, however, ruled out revocation of the affiliation for the school saying that over a thousand students would be affected. On the demand for a CBI probe into the murder, the Minister said the government was ready for probe by any agency if the family was not satisfied with the police investigation. Mr. Sharma said the safety and security of the students was the responsibility of the school managements during school hours and strict action would be initiated if any laxity was found by any private school.Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, Vinay Pratap Singh told The Hindu that preliminary investigation by a three-member committee had found several security lapses on the part of the school management. “Though there are closed-circuit television cameras on the school premises, they were missing at a few strategic points. Another major lapse was to allow the support staff to share the washroom with students. Also, there were some discrepancies related to the verification of the support staff. The things would be more clear after the detailed report expected on Monday,” said Mr. Singh.
A push by the distributor of Jim Beam to get more Indians to drink its booze has left the company with a hangover in the U.S.Beam Suntory Inc. has agreed to pick up a roughly $8 million tab for allegedly bribing government officials for years to make inroads in India’s highly regulated liquor business, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a Monday statement. Between 2006 and 2012, the company made illicit payments through third-party sales promoters and distributors to get licenses and secure prominent placements on store shelves, the SEC said.In one alleged violation, senior managers at an international Beam unit agreed to pay an Indian official about $18,000 — the cost of 1,000 standard whiskey bottles in the U.S. — to grease the approval process for a new product back in 2011. The one million Rupee payment was equivalent to about a year’s worth of salary for the Indian bureaucrat, the SEC said.Beam, which is best known for its Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, didn’t admit or deny the allegations. The Illinois company traded on the New York Stock Exchange before being acquired by Japan’s Suntory Holdings Ltd. in 2014.In a statement, Beam said that it’s “committed to doing business the right way everywhere we operate” and that it first discovered the problems and alerted U.S. authorities. The company has taken corrective action and is cooperating with the Justice Department, which is continuing a probe into the matter, according to the statement.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related ItemsUnited States
MOST READ The Philippine-based club team was shown the door by Liman, the third-ranked club in the world, 12-22, Saturday evening at Huaqiao International Service Business Park in Kunshan, China.With a 0-2 record, Pasig Chooks bowed out early in Pool A as Liman (2-0) and Sosnovy Bor (1-1) advanced to the knockout playoffs on Sunday that will determine the last two entries in the World Tour Chengdu Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPasig got off to a fast start after taking a 3-0 lead before the Serbian side imposed its will, going on a 14-3 blitz to put the defending Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions away.Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham tried to get Pasig in the thick of things but Liman simply had too much firepower with the quartet of world No. 4 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 5 Mihailo Vasic, No. 8 Stefan Kojic, and Maksim Kovacevic in the fray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks-to-Go suffered a pair of tough losses just two hours apart in its campaign in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger.After losing to Russia’s Sosnovy Bor on a game winner, Pasig failed to regroup and got manhandled in a must-win duel.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Family of champions: Little sister Dani Ravena wins first UAAP title Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Vasic ended the contest with a long deuce with 2:13 to spare to end Pasig’s campaign.Munzon and Statham were the only players to score for Pasig as they finished with six points each.Kojic, who scored just four points during their encounter in the Doha Masters, led the balanced Liman attack with eight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
NEW YORK — Decision day has arrived for Michael Sam.The NFL draft will conclude with Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, and when and if Sam is selected is sure to be the most significant development.The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. He told all his teammates and coaches before the season.Sam would become the NFL’s first openly gay player. The question is: What team will give him that shot, and will he be selected in the draft?He was thought to be a middle-to-late round draft pick after the season and his stock dropped after a poor combine workout. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Texan is considered a tweener — too small to play defensive line in the pros and not fast enough to be an every down outside linebacker.“He’ll get you coverage sacks,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “He’ll play in the first quarter just like he does in the fourth quarter. 100 percent.”Sam could end up as an undrafted free agent, which isn’t necessarily a bad way to make it to the NFL.According to STATS, there were 530 undrafted free agents on NFL rosters during week 17 of last season. There was a total of 404 players on rosters who had been drafted in rounds five through seven, though the pool of undrafted players from year to year is much larger than those drafted in those three rounds.Sam has said he wants to be evaluated solely on his athletic ability and NFL executives and coaches, all the way up to Commissioner Roger Goodell, have said publicly that will be the case.Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said if Sam isn’t drafted it will be fair to ask whether his sexual orientation was the reason why.“Projectable guys who have to change positions are generally drafted in rounds three through five,” Kluwe said. “A bad combine shouldn’t send him out of the draft. If that’s the precedent and that precedent is not met, then why not?”Sam is one of a few male athletes who have made headlines by coming out over the last year. NBA veteran Jason Collins was the first. The 35-year-old center came out after the 2012-13 season, but didn’t sign until more than halfway through this season when he latched on with the Brooklyn Nets.Last month, University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon also came out as gay. He has at least one more season left at UMass.Sam has kept a relatively low-profile leading up to the draft, doing almost no media interviews. He planned to watch Saturday’s selections — there are 156 picks set to be made by the 32 teams — with friends, family and his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes, in San Diego.While Sam will dominate the headlines, here are five groups of big-name players still waiting to be drafted.SEC QUARTERBACKS: AJ McCarron, Alabama; Aaron Murray, Georgia; and Zach Mettenberger, LSU.Murray and Mettenberger both blew out knees late last season. McCarron is the Heisman Trophy runner-up and two-time national champion.PAC-12 RUNNING BACKS: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona; De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon; and Tyler Gaffney, Stanford.Carey led the nation in rushing in 2012 and was second last season. Thomas is a 170-pound scatback, who can return kicks. Gaffney is a workhorse who carried 330 times and scored 21 touchdowns last season.PALMETTO STATE RECEIVERS: Bruce Ellington, South Carolina and Martavis Bryant, Clemson.Ellington is small (5-9), but fast and elusive. Bryant, Sammy Watkins’ running mate this season, is a 6-4 and lanky, a good red-zone target.SMALL SCHOOL STARS: Caraun Reid, DL, Princeton; Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood; Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State.Reid is likely to be the first Ivy Leaguer to go. Desir was the top defensive back in Division II. Janis had 3,207 yards receiving the last two seasons in Division II.SULLIVAN AWARD WINNERS: John Urschel, OG, Penn State.The 313-pound lineman is in a class by himself. He already has a Master’s degree in mathematics and was named the William V. Campbell Trophy winner as college football’s top scholar-athlete after last season. As he was preparing for the draft, he won the Sullivan Award, which goes to the top amateur athlete in the United States. He was also all-Big Ten and a third-team All-American.(RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jilted by the Jets, Rex Ryan got even.Thanks to his pride and joy, the defense, Ryan’s return to the Meadowlands was a successful one the night of Nov. 12. That defense shut down Ryan’s former team for much of the game, and the Bills scored on offense and special teams in a 22-17 victory over New York.Ryan was fired by the Jets after six seasons and immediately hired by Buffalo last January. His defense had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and stopped the Jets inside the Bills 10 in the final minutes — prompting some vigorous fist pumps Ryan repeated, along with a flying headset, when Bacarri Rambo clinched it with a last-minute pick.“I can tell the truth, this thing is kind of like being dumped by some girl you have the hots for,” Ryan said to reporters at an overflowing news conference. “Every guy in this room has been dumped by a girl. You move on, and every now and then, they call you back.“And they can’t have you back.”Ryan got his call-back as Duke Williams returned a fumbled kickoff 19 yards for the go-ahead points, rookie Karlos Williams had a 26-yard touchdown catch and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals. Buffalo (5-4) moved into the wild-card playoff picture, while the Jets (5-4) have lost three of their last four games.“Our guys stood on their heads and held them out of the end zone,” said Ryan, who did not come out to the field during pregame warmups. “It felt weird. Two things dawned on me that I am no longer the coach of the Jets: I was looking at the wrong side of the sheet when we were getting stats, and I spent six years coaching in green and white, and I look out there and my team is in red.”Buffalo’s offense made just enough key plays and held off a late surge by the Jets after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two touchdowns.“Yes, it really is (frustrating),” said Darrelle Revis, who Ryan referred to after the game as one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history. “There’s a bad taste in my mouth right now, just how it all went.”The “Rexception” before the game was tame, with some boos, a few cheers, nothing over the top. The loudest catcalls came when former Jets defensive end IK Enemkpali, chosen by Ryan as a team captain for the game, came out for the coin toss.Enemkpali infamously broke Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw with a punch during the preseason, was cut and claimed the next day by Buffalo.Hardly a wallflower, Ryan, wearing a red vest, almost was lost on the sideline among his players in their garish scarlet uniforms. And the fans seemed to forget about him once the action began.“I saw everyone waving ‘Happy Day,’” Ryan joked.That early action was dominated by some fierce defense. New York’s blitzes kept Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor off-balance, and Buffalo got its first three points thanks to Corey Graham’s interception off a bobble by Jets receiver Brandon Marshall. Carpenter kicked a 47-yard field goal to make it 3-3.Duke Williams added to that immediately, scooping up a fumble by rookie Devin Smith on the first kickoff return of his career. Williams scooted 19 yards for a 9-3 lead, but Carpenter missed the extra point wide left.Carpenter added a 41-yard field goal to make 12-3 at halftime, then kicked a 29-yarder midway in the third period after Chris Ivory’s fumble. New York’s turnover issued completely turned the game in Buffalo’s favor.That field goal followed rookie Karlos Williams’s 26-yard TD reception on the first series of the second half. Williams became the second player in NFL history with a touchdown in each of his first six games, joining New England’s Robert Edwards (1998).The Jets finally held onto the ball long enough to get something going, an 80-yard drive capped by Marshall’s 14-yard scoring catch to make it 22-10. That woke up the crowd, and New York forced a three-and-out.When New York reached the Buffalo 20, though, it eschewed a field goal and tried a strange pass to Marshall well behind the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-2. He was well covered and thrown for a 2-yard loss, then limped off, but returned on the Jets’ next series.Fitzpatrick hit Eric Decker for a 31-yard touchdown with 7:23 remaining, then got another golden chance a couple minutes later when Buffalo punter Colton Schmidt bobbled a snap and was tackled at his 13. But Ryan’s defense held.“We know coach Rex has all of our backs,” said Baccari Rambo, who also forced two fumbles, “and we go out and do the same for him.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered closure of a banquet hall, which is situated below Raja Garden flyover in west Delhi, with effect from March 30 saying it is a “traffic hazard”. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed that the apex court-mandated monitoring committee on sealing of unauthorised constructions in the national capital has also said that the banquet hall was being operated in violation of provisions of Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and building bye-laws. Master Plan of Delhi-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolis to ensure overall development. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the Delhi sealing, told the bench that the banquet hall below Raja Garden flyover should be closed down as it was creating traffic problem there.
Patients around the island were stranded as doctors attached to Government hospitals launched a 24 hour strike today.The strike by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) was launched over concerns on some aspects of the 2017 budget. The Ministry of Health said it was informed of the strike at the last minute and this affected operations at hospitals in the country. (Colombo Gazette)Pictures by G.Krishanthan
The University is seeking candidates to fill a key strategic leadership role in the Library.Expected to start in August, the Associate University Librarian will work closely with colleagues, the Brock community and the University Librarian to develop and implement new strategic priorities, objectives and programs.“It’s an important role that will deliver programs related to student success, innovative physical and online spaces, curricular initiatives and creative engagement with the Brock community,” says University Librarian Mark Robertson.Among other qualifications, applicants must have a Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent from an American Library Association accredited program and a minimum of seven years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist. They should also demonstrate formal leadership and/or management experience and be comfortable working in an evolutionary environment and championing positive organizational change.In June, the Brock University Library will launch a new Digital Scholarship Lab and expanded Makerspace in the under-construction Rankin Family Pavilion — a modern, purpose-built 41,000-square-foot research, innovation and commercialization centre that places collaboration and entrepreneurship at the entranceway to the University.“It’s an exciting time to join the team as we embark on new strategic directions and programs,” says Robertson. “The chosen candidate will complement our talented community of librarians and staff who are committed to student success, collegiality and collaboration.”Interested applicants are invited to apply online by submitting a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and the names and contact information of three professional references no later than Monday, April 15.The appointment will be for a five-year renewable term, with an underlying librarian appointment. The successful applicant will receive a salary level appropriate with experience and qualifications. Brock University is a comprehensive institution with rich academic programs and prominent research activity. It’s home to eight Canada Research Chairs and is Top 5 among Ontario universities for number of faculty who have won prestigious 3M Awards for Teaching Excellence.Just 100 kilometres from Toronto, Brock is located in Ontario’s scenic Niagara region — close to vineyards, waterfalls and a bustling downtown core with modern entertainment facilities and restaurants.The Brock University Library includes the James A. Gibson Library, Archives and Special Collections and the Map, Data and GIS Library. With six departments, a staff of 57 — including 20 professional librarians — and a $10-million annual budget, the Brock Library provides services and resources to support 600 faculty members and more than 19,000 students. The values of innovation, integrity, inspiration and inclusivity guide librarians and staff in all that they do.For more information, visit brocku.ca/careers
76 Comments By Rónán Duffy Mary Lou McDonald says Sinn Féin are ‘in transition’ and she wants it to be ‘seamless’ McDonald said that party stalwart Martin McGuinness is “not enjoying great health”. Short URL 20,494 Views http://jrnl.ie/3188029 Speaking in greater detail about the seemingly inevitable election that is coming in Stormont, the Dublin Central TD said that an election was not what her or her party wanted but that things had “come to a head”.“The institutions of government in the north have been undermined, the public credibility and confidence in those institutions came into question,” she said.“This isn’t an orange or green issue, people across the board looked up on the hill and wondered what the hell is going on up there.Others might take a view, and we’ve seen it in this part of Ireland, that when corruption knocks on the door you look the other way. That is not the Sinn Féin position. Not because we want an election, I didn’t write to Santa looking for an election, what we want are the institutions functioning.Under the power-sharing rules of Northern Ireland’s institutions, unless a new government executive is formed by 5pm tomorrow an election will be triggered by the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire.Read: ‘Huge damage has been done’: Kenny and Adams discuss political turmoil in North >Read: Martin McGuinness criticises the Irish Times, saying he wants his privacy respected during illness > Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 1:58 PM Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Share Tweet Email Jan 15th 2017, 1:58 PM Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie SINN FÉIN’S MARY LOU McDonald TD has said that her party is a “party in transition” and that she hopes the transition will be “seamless and productive”.Appearing on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader was asked whether “leadership change” was coming sooner than expected in the party because of Martin McGuinness’ health and his decision to step aside as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister.“First of all Martin has all our good wishes as I’m sure do Bernie and all the family. He’s not enjoying great health. He’ll make his own decision on his electoral future,” McDonald said.We’re a party in transition and all of that will unfold in a way that is democratically sanctioned by Sinn Féin and in a way that is I hope seamless and productive. But for the now, the focus on this election is a united stance, standing up for power-sharing, for the executive against corruption and against the shenanigans that we have seen in the last years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most Greek Australians would like the ability to vote in Greek elections from Australia, even if they haven’t lived in the country for years.An online poll conduced by Neos Kosmos saw 62 per cent of respondents vote yes to diaspora Greeks being given voting rights in Greece, while 38 per cent disagreed. Those voting yes felt being granted the ability to vote from abroad is an important way to stay engaged in Greece, while protecting their interests if they hold investment properties in the country.Currently, Greeks living abroad can only vote if they hold Greek citizenship and travel to Greece to cast their vote. There is no law granting Greeks of the diaspora the ability to vote in their country of residence. Reader Antony Margetis says Australian citizens are granted the right to vote wherever they are in the world, as should be the case for Greeks. “Australian citizens who reside in Greece can vote for the federal elections in Australia,” Mr Margetis wrote on Neos Kosmos’ Facebook page.“What’s wrong with Greek citizens doing exactly the same and voting from their place of residence?” For others, the right to be a part of political decisions as a citizen living abroad affords them more security over their interests.Peter Tesi says dual citizen Greeks around the world should have the ability to vote, “considering many diaspora Greeks have investments in Greece”. Kat Smith said those without Greek citizenship should not ask for the right to vote. “If you are a Greek citizen or hold dual citizenship yes, but no if you live and work in another country and vote there,” She said. The lack of knowledge on Greek affairs had many readers conclude that the right to vote should stay to Greek citizens living in Greece. Michael Pikos says those who have to live with the consequences of an election should have the right to vote.“We don’t live there, how can we vote for any changes if we aren’t going to live with the consequences?” he said. Maria Taki went as far as to say voting while detached from Greece might hinder the country. “Unless you live in a country and know what its citizens face, on a hands-on, daily basis, you could be doing more harm than good,” she says. Changing the fate of the vote if more diaspora Greeks entered the voting pool got our readers thinking.Marjory McGinn took into account the recent Scottish referendum. “Should diaspora Scots have been allowed to vote in the recent referendum on Scottish independence the outcome could have been very different,” she said on Facebook.For many voting yes, most believed that the right should be available to all Greek citizens abroad, even if they might not want to exercise the right.“Humans are entitled to rights, regardless of they want to exercise them or not,” Christian Raspa said. Neos Kosmos’ Facebook and Twitter page give our readers a great way to intereact with the Greeks of the diaspora and those in Greece. Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/neoskosmos or tweet us at @Neoskosmos
The Army continues to gain experience using microgrids in a variety of settings as its installations strive to reach energy independence, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a panel discussion at the Newseum last week.To date the Army has about 100 microgrids, but only some are smart ones that rely on renewable energy sources to manage an installation’s energy load, reported the Army News Service.Last month, Fort Drum, N.Y., successfully tested its microgrid to confirm that it could provide power to the post if the commercial power grid went down. The installation houses a biomass energy plant that supplies all of the post’s energy needs and some of the surrounding communities’ from wood chips and shrub willow located nearby.At Fort Carson, Colo., the Army has partnered with Sandia National Laboratories to install a solar-powered microgrid and vehicle-to-grid storage, which uses the post’s vehicle fleet to store and generate power for the microgrid. When the vehicles are parked, they either receive electricity from the microgrid or, if they have excess energy, they return it to the microgrid.Fort Hunter-Liggett, Calif., plans to expand a microgrid that uses solar energy and currently serves five buildings.“We’ve got enough background knowledge, lessons learned and pilot studies,” Hammack said. “It’s time to move on this.”The Army’s effort has been slowed, though, by the varied policies in each state — and among utilities — governing turning on and off microgrids, how a utility communicates to its customers, how new technologies are incorporated and net metering, according to the story. As a result, the Army has been forced to take multiple approaches, hampering its rollout, she said.To learn more about innovative projects designed to sustain and improve energy and water resources, be sure to attend the DoD/Federal Energy & Water Forum, co-hosted by ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships on Dec. 16 in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register, visit the event website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Metro Screenshot Metro board members discussed the proposed policy during a meeting of the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee.Metro is considering ways it can provide bus service to areas that don’t subsidize public transit. That includes cities that don’t currently collect a sales tax for Metro operations. Fifteen local communities collect a one-cent sales tax that goes to Metro. The service area also includes much of unincorporated Harris County.But Metro has the option of providing contract services in places that don’t collect the sales tax. And the agency is looking at a new policy on how to provide those buses.At a meeting of the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee, board member Cindy Siegel said if they’re going to run service outside the area, they need to encourage those communities to eventually join Metro.“That there’s an incentive for them to actually start putting in their cut of sales tax dollars,” added Siegel.But board member Christof Spieler explained it may take a legislative remedy to get more cities on board. He said many communities have reached their limit on how much sales tax they can collect.“For them to join the service area one of these cities would have to actually give up sales tax revenue to the city,” said Spieler. “And give it to Metro instead.”The Metro board is expected to discuss the issue further at next week’s meeting and then take a vote in May. Listen 00:00 /01:04 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
One of the saddest stories to come out of Hollywood lore is that of Barbara Payton. Heartbreaking, really. The gorgeous blue-eyed, blonde actress broke into the movie business around the same time as Marilyn Monroe and was thought, in the eyes of many, to be the next great blonde bombshell. But while Monroe would go on to become a huge star, Payton—who appeared opposite such heavyweights as Gary Cooper, James Cagney, and Gregory Peck—would burn out in the worst possible (and public) way.Born Barbara Lee Redfield, in Cloquet, Minnesota, to a working-class family of Norwegian immigrants, Payton was rebellious from the get-go, eloping with a high school sweetheart at just sixteen years of age (her parents, unamused, had it annulled).screenshot of Barbara Payton from the trailer for the film The Flanagan Boy (1953) (also known as Bad Blonde)A few years later, came husband number two: John Payton, a captain in the Air Force. After his discharge, the couple headed west to Los Angeles. While John attended college, Barbara did some modeling.A little boy, John Lee, was born to them shortly afterwards. But the restless young woman wasn’t exactly cut out to be a mom—or wife, for that matter. So a few years later, in 1948, she decided to give acting a shot. The studios took notice and pretty soon, Payton was placed under contract by Universal for scenery-decorating starlet roles.Barbara Payton & James Craig in Drums in the Deep South – publicity still (cropped)Finally free of her apron strings, Payton was eager to embrace all that Hollywood had to offer and dove into the town’s nightlife. She began a string of romances, club-hopping with producers and movie stars, many of them married.Among her paramours: millionaire Howard Hughes, along with various mobsters. Gossip columnists couldn’t get enough of her antics, filling pages with salacious items on the woman they dubbed “Queen of Nightclubs.” But Payton took her torrid lifestyle one step too far, embarking on an affair with married Bob Hope, which led to Universal releasing the young actress from her contract.Photo of Howard Hughes in 1938.Rival studio Warner Brothers decided to roll the dice, and it was at this studio where Payton did some of her best work in movies such as Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) opposite James Cagney, Dallas (1950) with Gary Cooper, and Only the Valiant (1951) co-starring with Gregory Peck. It wasn’t long, though, before Payton was back to her old tricks.She was seen around town with actor Franchot Tone, newly separated his wife, actress Jean Wallace. But Tone had a rival for Payton’s attention: tough guy, B-movie actor Tom Neal, who met her at a party and was bowled over. Before long, the two men were engaged in an all-out —and apparently one-sided—brawl for Payton’s affections.Franchot ToneThe sophisticated Tone, no match for macho Neal, ended up in the hospital with broken bones, a concussion, and a re-arranged face that required surgery. Payton didn’t escape unscathed either, ending up with a doozy of a shiner. But the real damage had been done to her career. Upset about the tawdry headlines, Warner Brothers placed Payton on temporary suspension, costing her the title role in Lady in the Iron Mask.Related Video: Dolly Parton’s Most Legendary Photo ShootPayton would marry Tone, perhaps out of sympathy, but they separated after just seven weeks, and she returned to the abusive Neal, leaving Tone to file for divorce. During that time, Peyton’s career crumbled and she was relegated to such stinkers as 1951’s Gorilla.Tom Conway, Barbara Payton, Gisela Werbisek, Paul Cavanagh, and Raymond Burr in Bride of the Gorilla – cropped screenshotNot being able to find work in Hollywood, she high-tailed it to England with Neal to get her career back on track. The change of locale didn’t matter—a fresh start was not to be. Producers across the pond, eager to capitalize on Payton’s bad girl image, cast her in clunkers, such as the appropriately titled Bad Blonde.Payton and Neal would split in 1953, and she returned to the States. Her options dried out in Hollywood so she moved to Mexico with her son, then eight. Payton met a 23-year-old sport fishing operator, named Tony Provas, whom she married. The union lasted three years, and Payton would lose custody of her son to her first husband, John Payton.Barbara Payton & Lloyd Bridges in Trapped – publicity still (original image damaged, cropped and modified)She returned to Hollywood once again to try and salvage her career, but too many bridges had been burned. From 1955 to 1963 her decline escalated, as Payton battled a serious drinking problem. There were brushes with the law—among them, passing bad checks, public drunkenness, and prostitution.The lowest point: Payton was discovered, covered with bruises, sleeping on a Sunset Boulevard bus stop bench, dressed in nothing but a bathing suit and a coat.Her legendary beauty had vanished: her skin was wrinkled and blotchy and she had gained a considerable amount of weight. It was during this period that Payton managed to pound out a brutally candid autobiography. Rebellious even in defeat, she named the memoir I Am Not Ashamed.Gregory Peck & Barbara Payton in Only the Valiant – publicity still (cropped)In 1967, after failed efforts to stop drinking, Payton moved in with her parents in San Diego. Suffering from depression and mental illness, she wouldn’t live to see her fortieth birthday.Read another story from us: Redheads have been Feared and Vilified Throughout History – Here’s WhyOn May 8, 1967, her mother discovered her lifeless body on the bathroom floor. Payton had died from heart and liver failure. Reportedly, her appearance had so deteriorated, it took a while for the authorities to realize who she was.
Chimu Travellers donate a truck load of hay to drought stricken areasChimu Travellers donate a truck load of hay to drought stricken areasLatin America and Polar specialists, Chimu Adventures, have donated a truck load of hay to rural communities in New South Wales, Australia, through Rural Aid after pledging to donate ‘a bale a booking’ for all Chimu bookings made in August. This coincides with the United Nation’s International Day of Charity on Wednesday 5th September which celebrates and encourages charitable endeavours to relieve poverty worldwide.As we are all aware, farmers across Australia are facing one of the worst droughts in history. The price of grain has risen while the price of stock has fallen and rural communities have been majorly affected. The severity of the drought led Chimu at the beginning of August to investigate ways in which they could help and they chose to support the charity Rural Aid. Chimu encouraged the travel industry to join forces with them and this resulted in companies such as Globus, Wendy Wu Tours, Entire Travel Group and Helloworld following suit with their own efforts for Rural Aid.Rural Aid/Buy a Bale is a registered charity established in 2013. After reading about Queensland farmers who were being forced to destroy their cattle and abandon their land due to the conditions, Charles and Tracy Alder felt compelled to do something. Conversations with agriculture industry groups and a background in marketing led them to establish the fundraising campaign ‘Buy a Bale;’ a tangible way for Australian’s to help. Since September 2013, the campaign has delivered over 160 000 bales of hay across four states in Australia. The current drought is so acute that it has been necessary for the charity to draft hay supplies from Western Australia. Donations at a time like this are thus vital.Chimu can report that the bookings their travellers made in August have resulted in a truck load of hay being sent to some of the places feeling the worse effects of the drought in New South Wales in time for World Charity Day. Chimu co-founder Greg Carter reflects on this: “We work with many regional Australia travel agents and clients living through this drought so finding a way to support them was something we felt compelled to do. World Charity Day reminds us that we should be helping because we can, not just because it is convenient to. The result of our ‘A Bale a Booking’ campaign is heartening.”As Polar and Latin America specialists, Chimu have supported hundreds of local communities in Latin America through their MAD Project which aims to empower local communities and help them develop their own infrastructure for the future. They have also run fundraising voyages to the polar regions to raise much needed cash for Australian not-for-profit organisations such as the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, Love Your Sister and The McGrath Foundation so being able to help their travellers to donate to another local charity such as Rural Aid/Buy a Bale is something they are proud to announce.Source = Chimu Adventures
Share Class Valuation Erik Richard Landmark Network Michael Detwiler 2018-12-21 Donna Joseph in Featured, Headlines, News, Servicing Michigan-based Class Valuation, a nationwide provider of real estate asset valuation and appraisal management solutions to the residential mortgage industry, announced that the company has acquired Van Nuys, California-based Landmark Network—a real estate valuation firm with a specialization in the reverse mortgage lending industry. “As we continue to execute our innovation strategy, we will take great interest in those firms that excel in service and reputation in markets we believe in,” said Michael Detwiler, CEO of Class Valuation. “With an impressive list of clients, including a meaningful percentage of the industry’s top reverse mortgage lenders, Landmark has done a fantastic job delivering quality, service, and reverse valuation products backed by innovative technology. That’s the kind of specialization and expertise we’re seeking as we continue to expand our footprint,” Detwiler said. Landmark Network was launched with the vision of providing financial services companies with a superior solution for their appraisal management and technology needs. Since inception, the company has been dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to their clients. This vision fits in-line with Class Valuation’s commitment to service and technology that is shaping the future of the valuation space, so more borrowers can realize their American dream. “We were very impressed with the strategic plan that Class Valuation presented and look forward to growing together – both organically and through acquisition,” said Erik Richard, former CEO of Landmark – now COO of Class Valuation’s Western Region. “I’m pleased that the team at Class understands the intrinsic value of customer relationships and service as well as the reverse mortgage market and values we bring to the company. There is no doubt that this market will continue to grow and that lenders will require our services,” he said. Class Valuation was assisted by Berkery Noyes in the successful completion of this transaction. December 21, 2018 746 Views Class Valuation Acquires Landmark Network
Beginning their Southern Africa odyssey in the Chobe area, nine agents, hosted by Bench Africa, recently experienced everything from wildlife and waterfalls to champagne and canoeing on a 10-day educational trip to the region.Host Maria Tropiano from Bench Africa said “It was wonderful to show this part of the world to such great agents and they got the chance to experience why we choose to focus exclusively on Africa!”The agents spent 5 days exploring the wildlife from both the Botswana and Namibian sides of the park, witnessing the sunset from a guide boat with a celebratory champagne in hand, and making the short trip to nearby Zimbabwe, home of the mighty Victoria Falls. One of the wonders of the natural world, this time of the year sees the waterfall in full high water flood and each agent got a drenching from the billowing spray, as well as spectacular photos! The trip was rounded out with a few days exploring the wonders of Hwange National Park, where the brave were offered the opportunity for a game walk amongst the wild animals. To calm the nerves and toast the trip, more champagne was also on hand. On the final morning the group canoed down the mighty Zambezi River, before boarding their international flights home.IMAGE: At Victoria FallsLeft: Ann McKinnon (MTA Travel), David Hull (Travel Managers), Helen Mercer (My Adventure Travel Little Bourke) Back: Joshua Irvine (Flight Centre Kalamunda), Lacey Stark (O’Sullivan & Turner Travel Associates), Maria Tropiano (Bench Africa)Right: Jill Cable (Travel & Cruise Belrose), Brittany Gellard (Cathie Rice Travel), Eleanor Gibson (Peninsula Travel), Roslyn Nielsen (Helloworld Mackay) agentsBench AfricaChobefamilSouthern Africa
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