By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROEd Hill was an understated spokesman for Howard University. In 30 years as sports information director for the Bison athletic program, Hill was more than a disseminator of information about the games students played. He was a mentor, instructor, confidant and friend for scores of young men and women who have played pro sports and ascended to prominent roles in the sports media industry.His professional life was highlighted when the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) inducted him into their hall of fame during the annual convention at Gaylord Resort at National Harbor.Former Howard University Sports Information Director Ed Hill (2nd from left) with members of the 2018 CoSIDA Hall of Fame class following induction ceremonies at the Gaylord Hotel in Oxon Hill, MD (photo by Mark Gray).“You couldn’t have written a better script,” Hill told the AFRO. “Hall of fame, Washington, D.C., all of my friends, family, and mentors here to share in this moment, it doesn’t get any better than this.”Hill, who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 athletic season, never wanted the spotlight. He mastered the art of putting the shine on the accomplishments of players and teams who made history. However, he did take one last victory lap through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference where he was honored by the schools in the league. Hill was treated as royalty by his MEAC brethren in a manner befitting a retiring pro athlete.On every campus, when Howard visited for their annual basketball games, the already minted MEAC hall of famer was showered with gifts and platitudes during his own special night. Ultimately it was his peers in the conference who lobbied for Hill’s place in CoSIDA history. It was as important to them, as it was for Hill, to make sure when he was honored amongst the all-time greats in his profession.“I’m quite proud to have Ed Hill as a longtime colleague and friend,” said former South Carolina State SID Bill Hamilton. “We pushed hard and lobbied vigorously to make sure that he would be honored in his own backyard, so his family and friends could share in his moment with him.”During the ascension of Black College football into the mainstream of college sports during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hill’s marketing acumen brought credibility to Howard’s program. His two best marketing campaigns were for Howard quarterbacks Jay “Sky” Walker and Ted “Sweet Flight” White. Both signal callers led the Bison to HBCU national championships and played in the NFL. Their visibility was increased by clever designs of media guide covers and the reliability of Hill to consistently provide quality information, making it easier to get coverage from conventional media.Hill’s career began as a sportswriter with the Winston Salem Chronicle which gave him a perspective on how to develop relationships with sports journalists. He was relentless in providing information and accommodating the press despite the lack of space in facilities that remain less than state of the art at Greene Stadium and in Burr Gymnasium. Despite Howard’s lack of resources Hill’s professional resilience continued.Beyond his acumen in media and public relations, Hill’s mentoring and guidance helped mold many of today’s most prominent sports journalists at major networks and media relations professionals from his cramped work office space inside Drew Hall. Today that mentoring carries on into the streets of D.C.“We’re facing a lot of problems and I’m hoping to coalesce with other people to make a difference,” said Hill.
In a major breach of contract, the government has raised serious concern over the functioning of ‘toll plazas’ operated by private players including Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. for suppressing the ‘escrow accounts’.The total volume of the ‘irregularities’ was found to be around Rs. 903 crore, which was raised but was not deposited in the escrow accounts as per agreed terms by the private players. The ‘escrow account’ is a temporary pass through account held by third party during the process of a transaction (of toll collection) between the two parties. It was learnt that on March 10, 2010, the NHAI had an agreement with the M/s PS Toll Road Pvt. Ltd of Reliance Infrastructure for the development, maintenance and management of National Highway No. 4 (approx. 140.35 km). Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIn the agreement it was decided to augment the existing road of nearly 140.35 km on the Pune-Satara section of National Highway No. 4 in Maharashtra to six-Lane under Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis.However, it was found that despite incomplete work ‘as per the Concessionaire Agreement (CA) with the NHAI,’ the company continues to collect toll from October 1, 2010 to March 2014. Sources said, during these periods they managed to collect more than Rs. 500 but ‘surprisingly’ diverted nearly half of the amount (till August 2012) and invested it in Reliance Liquid Fund (RLF), which is against the CA. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIt was found that on September 1, 2014, M/s PS Toll Road Pvt. Ltd in a letter to the NHAI’s Project Director claimed that work has been completed on the on the Pune-Satara section. A senior official of the company Nagendra Rai in his letter to NHAI mentioned, “We would like to inform that the old toll plaza structure has been completely removed and the surface treatment has been completed.”But, on September 9, 2014, the General Manager (Tech), NHAI, Rajesh K. Kaundal in a reply letter, to the company mentioned that, “It is seen that concessionaire has submitted the compliance after a period of about nine months and that to it is incomplete action on the part of concessionaire, as removal of old toll plazas structure is yet to be done. In view of above it is requested to take immediate action on removal of the structure without loss of further time.”
Key to understanding the reality of life is being ‘conscious’ about truths of yourself and your environment. The same idea is well portrayed by Shanthi Vatsala Prasad in her upcoming solo exhibition Consciousness. In her paintings she brings about three different stages of consciousness. The awareness of body that is possessed by animals, self-consciousness – awareness about oneself and cosmic/universal consciousness, the awareness of Supreme – possessed by enlightened humans and gods. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Through her paintings she tried depicting triangle stages of awakening, dreaming and sleeping popularly known as, the Jagrut, the Swapna, and the Sushupta. She feels one grows to higher states of consciousness by constantly following a mantra, ritual, yoga etc. and ultimately reaches Turiya state, the Cosmic consciousness. Being a nature lover, Shanthi’s paintings are mostly about the Mother Nature from where we all have come, will live and then go back. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe has blended her thoughts well with spiritualism in her paintings of Radha-krishna representing pure love, Tripura Sundari representing pure bliss, Dakshina Murty representing pure knowledge, Nature representing the selfless sharing and nurturing etc. Shanthi’s vision is to transfer some part of her devotion to others and bring peace to their homes. Prasad belongs to a traditional Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh. Her immense love for nature has given her an edge over her talent in painting. She has been painting since the last 15 years and wants to redefine art as a source of spiritual awakening in human beings.
‘Humblebragging’ – or boasting about how hectic your life may be the new status symbol, according to Harvard researchers, including one of Indian origin.Researchers found that being seen as constantly busy and overworked is the new way to prove that one is ‘in demand’.Taking the afternoon off for a round of golf or enjoying a beach holiday in a five-star resort were once signs of having social capital.However, phrases such as ‘I have no life’ and ‘I desperately need a holiday’ are now used to imply social standing, researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile ordering food shopping online is the perfect way to prove to neighbours that you are simply too busy and important to go to the supermarket.”Movies, magazines, and popular TV shows often highlight the abundance of money and leisure time among the wealthy,” said Neeru Paharia, an assistant professor at Harvard University in the US.”In recent years, featuring wealthy people relaxing by the pool or on a yacht, playing tennis and polo, or skiing and hunting are being replaced with ads featuring busy individuals who work long hours and have very limited leisure time,” Paharia told The Telegraph. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Displaying one’s busyness at work and lack of leisure time operates as a visible signal of status in the eyes of others,” she said.The study, carried out in the US, found that brands that marketed themselves as timesaving were becoming increasingly high-status, because of the people who used them.However, in Italy the effect was completely reversed. Italians still view a leisurely life as representative of high status, researchers said.
October 7, 2010 Earlier this fall, imaging giant HP announced a cloud-based desktop printer, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus ($300, after $100 rebate from HP). Cloud-based printers connect directly to the Web via any broadband connection and can send and receive Web content like files, software and live news. Cloud-based printers can also print without a PC, which offers smaller firms the fascinating option of creating a Web-enabled walk-up imaging work station without the expense of having a full-blown computer to support it.As promised, the 8500A all-in-one bakes in all usual small-business imaging tools like printing, scanning, faxing and copying. But the 8500A also has its own Web address, can print without a PC and connects directly to the Web wirelessly or via a landed Ethernet connection. The unit is controlled with a 4.3-inch, iPhone-like, touch-activated screen that supports — get ready for this — iPhone-like apps.Approach this printer and you’ll get the option to copy, fax, scan or access coupons, read news from MSNBC or access business forms.Intrigued about what PC-less, Web-based, app-enabled printing might do the calculus of small-business imaging, I asked HP to send over a demo 8500A and used it in my six-person digital content company for about three weeks.Things to Love The 8500A is a first quality all-in-oneThe better all-in-one basics are here: 35 max pages per minute for average-density black-and-white pages and 34 for color. But plan on much slower speeds for photos, though image quality is excellent. Expect to wait about 20 seconds for the unit to boot up to print. There is direct-to-e-mail printing and receiving, and other nice features like two-sided ID printing, copy-fix features that adjust for bad scans and water-resistant inks that don’t run. Overall, it’s a nice unit.The Web-based features really set this thing apartThe news here is in the apps, which are activated buy an Apps logo on the touch screen, right next to scan functions. It leads to a series of software apps that range from kids’ stuff like Disney and Nickelodeon content to hard-core, small-biz tools like paper forms, pre-made document layouts, and believe it or not, news. HP has content relationships with, among others, MSNBC, USA Today and about a dozen or so big-traffic blogs. The printer then pulls them all together into a live news feed that is updated several times a day and can be printed directly from the machine with no PC; which opens an intriguing argument about how to view business information. I found passing a hard copy of news to my team was not that bad an idea. Shocker: Folks read it.Web control of your printingThe 8500’s app system and its many printer controls are managed by a la the iPhone and iTunes software from the HP ePrint web site, which is linked to your unique printer. Updating of apps is fast and robust. There are nice controls on content and some security features, plus some good support pages. Set up was fast and easy. If only iTunes worked this well.Things to HateThe death knell of the notion of the paperless digital officeYou will print. And print. And print some more with this unit: news, cards, reports, information, it all felt like a diabolical plot to amp up printing. Who know what actual print output will be long term, but as of now there is a 3-inch stack of paper sitting near this device, and it’s only been here for a week.Not enough appsApps are not just limited; they are basically non-existent. The HP website featured about two dozen apps, most with little small-business utility: some simple tools for forms, the new tie-in and online design tools. Unless the catalogue of software improves, there will not be much utility here.High cost of entryThese days, $300 is just not cheap for a desktop printer. Even powerful business, all-in-ones can be had for about half that price, with entry level printers running less than $50. Plus the actual cost per page is an unknown. The full set of black and white, blue, red and yellow replacement cartridges grosses up to $114 before taxes. And cost per page can vary widely depending on what and how often you print; but considering replacement cartridges for lower cost printers can be about as half the price, translating the gee-whiz factor of the 8500A into bottom-line results could be tricky.HP responded that more apps are due out in November, including new tools from Google and Reuters. And it is comfortable with it is charging for inks and hardware.Know what this printer can do, but be sure you need one before you buyIf this 8500 were priced around $200, and cartridges were price around $50 for a set, I would be all over it. But at these prices, you have to be careful. My gut is that for collateral-oriented shops, this unit will pay for itself with fewer trips to outside vendors like FedEx Office. Other businesses will need to take a harder look at the unit to understand what PC-less, cloud-based printing is and see whether it can work for them.I intend to be keep this unit in the testing fleet for a good, long time to see where costs and utility really are. So while some bumps in this product may keep many firms away, I fully expect that by this time next year, no firm will not want buy a printer that is not Web-enabled.Let’s be clear here: Cloud-based printing is the biggest thing to happen to desktop imaging since the laser jet. 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Share Thursday, April 12, 2018 MONTREAL — Following last week’s tragic bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey organization, Air Canada Vacations is showing its support by inviting all employees to contribute to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the victims’ families.“This tragedy has shaken us all. It is in these difficult times that it is our duty to come to the aid of the families affected by these tragic circumstances,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations.ACV is going one step further by matching all employee donations made today, April 12. Royal Caribbean International will also provide support by matching ACV’s donations. All proceeds will be donated directly to the GoFundMe page.In addition, ACV employees are being encouraged to participate in today’s ‘Jersey Day’, an initiative that was first proposed on Facebook by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia as a way to honour the Saskatchewan junior hockey team. #JerseysforHumboldt has spread throughout the country, with thousands of Canadians pledging to either don their sports jerseys or wear a green ribbon, the team’s official colour. Posted by ACV to match all employee donations made in support of Humboldt families Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >>