Alonzo Mourning CoHosts NBA AllStar Weekend Benefit

first_imgThomas A. Rizk, Linda Rizk, and Geoffrey Rizk of Rizk Ventures, LLC and Alonzo Mourning and Tracy Wilson-Mourning of the Mourning Family Foundation co-hosted “Zo’s All-Star Weekend Groove with a Purpose,” a “FUNraiser” on Thursday February 12th, 2015.Thomas A. Rizk, Linda Rizk, Tracy Wilson-Mourning, and Alonzo Mourning at the Rizk Ventures and Mourning Family Foundation EventCredit/Copyright: Owen Kolasinski/BFAnyc.comThe event kicked off the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Weekend. Proceeds from the event benefited the Mourning Family Foundation’s programs and services that support underprivileged youth.“We were excited to co-host this amazing event and team up with Alonzo Mourning and Tracy Wilson-Mourning again,” said Linda Rizk, Co-Founder of Rizk Ventures. “The night was a great success and the money we raised will make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged children.”The evening included a roundtable discussion titled: The “Power of Influence Through Sisterhood” moderated by Tracy Wilson-Mourning, Gayle King (co-anchor of CBS This Morning and Editor at Large for O, The Oprah Magazine) and musician MC Lyte. The conversation highlighted the empowerment of women that Honey Shine, Inc., a mentoring organization under the Mourning Family Foundation umbrella, provides to girls by encouraging education, advocacy, and leadership.“Our event brought together individuals of influence to celebrate All-Star Weekend and, more importantly, to give back to our community and discuss the powerful impact we can have nationwide,” said Tracy Wilson-Mourning. “We are so fortunate to have young brilliant business minds like Geoffrey Rizk and his family, Tom and Linda and Alexandra, who have committed to supporting us in our endeavors. Their work with our organization has been invaluable.”“We have been long time supporters of Alonzo and Tracy because they have worked tirelessly to champion the needs of children, a core component of our philanthropic efforts at Rizk Ventures,” said Geoffrey Rizk, Managing Partner of Rizk Ventures.“Alonzo and Tracy have had a profound effect on the communities they serve,” stated Klaus Lederer, Managing Partner at Rizk Ventures. “We applaud their efforts and will continue to support these organizations as our business grows domestically and internationally.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

GROUNDBREAKING YOUTHDRIVEN DOCUMENTARY SERIES RED BUTTON RETURNS FOR SEASON 2 ON CBC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In Season 2 of Red Button, viewers meet:Jadine, a bright and motivated writer who uses a wheelchair, who attends an independence camp away from her parents for the first time.Taryn, an overachiever who wants to prove to others that having a facial difference will never stop her.Tosconni, a transgender male suffering from depression and anxiety, who leaves home in hopes of finding himself.Abbigail, a young caregiver to her twin brother Andrew who lives with Tourette Syndrome and a mood disorder.Holly, an aspiring artist suffering from symptoms of psychosis, continually chasing an evasive medical diagnosis.Damion, a young man left with physical and emotional scars from childhood cancer treatment, who finds solace and friendship in a support dog.The storytellers of Red Button are given a smartphone, lightweight audio and camera gear, and a one-on-one media production workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. With guidance from professional filmmakers, they record all aspects of their lives from their point of view. Once the episodes are shot, the footage is handed over to producers and editors. The most poignant and captivating moments are woven together into powerful narratives. The result is a beautiful combination of raw, unfiltered reality and sophisticated storytelling that spark conversations about a variety of topics including mental health, physical disabilities, and inclusion.CBC Gem offers more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand programming including more than 750 documentary titles. The streaming service also offers the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca.-30-About Media HeadquartersMedia Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company has been recognized by Realscreen’s ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers for seven years in a row. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of documentary, reality, competition, lifestyle and scripted programming. For more information visit www.mediahqs.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – The second season of the powerful youth-driven documentary series, Red Button, will be available to stream exclusively on CBC Gem beginning Friday, June 7. The six-part, half-hour series takes an innovative approach to storytelling where young documentary subjects turn the camera on themselves to break down misconceptions, prejudices, or stereotypes they face. Following a successful debut season in 2018, the second season invites viewers inside the lives of teens living with differences, who do not normally see themselves represented on screen.“As Canada’s leader in documentary programming, we are committed to reflecting more of the country we serve through innovative storytelling.” said Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director, Unscripted, CBC. We’re incredibly grateful to these young filmmakers who are opening up their lives to the country and sharing their deeply personal stories with us.”“I’m very proud of this season’s six remarkable storytellers,” said Robert Cohen, CEO and Executive Producer, Media Headquarters. “They take us into their worlds and into their hearts with unflinching honesty, bravery and flair — and that’s what makes Red Button so special. Through their unfiltered lens, viewers get access to very personal and important stories about living with differences.” Twitterlast_img read more

Iqaluit land shortage triggers social housing crunch

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow can there be a land shortage in the Arctic?Iqaluit is facing one and that shortage means no social housing units built this year in Nunavut’s capital.APTN’s Kent Driscoll explains.last_img

PM pays tribute to Bangabandhu on his 100th birthday

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina pays tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking his 100th birthday on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman heralding the nationwide programmes on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the great leader, reports BSS.The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at the historic 32 Dhanmondi Road in the capital city this morning.After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of father of the nation.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members and senior leaders of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were also present here.Later, flanked by the central party leaders of the AL, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party as the president of the party.The prime minister’s adviser HT Imam, AL advisory council Members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Abdul Matin Khashru and Abdur Razzaque, acting general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, joint secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim, B M Mozemmel Haque, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud, information and research secretary advocate Afzal Husain, relief and welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi and other leaders of the party were present on the occasion.Later, the leaders of associate bodies of the Awami League and other socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.The birthday of Bangabandhu is being observed across the country today as the National Children’s Day.The theme of this year’s birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children’s Day is “Bangabandhu’s birthday, rinse life of the children with colour”.last_img read more

Not in the Mood to Battle Corporate Customer Service Get a Jerk

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read If you’re not up to the task of fighting the beast known as corporate customer service, there are plenty of jerks willing to get ‘er done for you.That’s right, we’re talking Class A assholes. The professional kind, now at your service over at AssholesOnDemand.com, a hilarious new online service just launched by former Reddit general manager Erik Martin and journalist and former Popular Mechanics editor Erin Scottberg. Both claim they aren’t really meanies, even if they don’t always use their “nice” voices.Related: 5 Strategies to Triumph Over Customer Support Over the Holiday SeasonWe’re like the X-Men, but for assholes. Join our caring & resourceful assholes who will fight faceless corporations. http://t.co/uNckYYFRrf— erik martin (@hueypriest) December 8, 2014They want you to think of the talented members of Assholes On Demand (AOD) as the X-men of methodically and effectively tearing customer service reps a new one. Seriously, that’s pretty much their tagline: “We’re like the X-men, but for assholes!”Related: Difficult People Suck: 5 Quick Tips on How to DealAOD’s manifesto of sorts says it all:Some people shy away from confrontation and just let large faceless bureaucracies walk all over them. Some people can’t muster the passion to fight for what they deserve. Some people just don’t have the time or resources or knowhow to relentlessly do battle with insurance companies, airlines, cable companies and the like. That’s going to change. We are starting a project that’s going to give a loud, persistent, and annoying voice to the meek.ah @erins is so good at yelling at bad companies on the phone & getting shit done-can’t wait to make her do it for me http://t.co/JqSyKdEbw7— LW (@lindseyweber) December 8, 2014Yep, AOD’s only mission is to “help people get what they rightly deserve,” loudly, persistently and annoyingly, care of scrappy spitfires unafraid to tango with horrible, rotten, no-good customer service reps.Related: The Esquire Guy on Dealing With Difficult People“We’re caring and resourceful assholes who will fight the faceless corporations causing your customer service nightmares,” the website proclaims. “You are not alone and you aren’t going crazy.” Oh, good, because we were sure we were the last time we rotted on hold with Verizon for two full hours before finally getting through to someone who, but of course, couldn’t help us anyway.   AOD only accepts pro bono cases at the moment and it’s not just for anyone. For now, its growing team of toughies will only go to bat for active duty military, non-English speakers and senior citizens who “have nowhere else to turn.”Related: How to Deal With JerksIf you’re a real-deal squeaky wheel — and you know who you are — AOD wants you and your “talents.”Your assholeness may have ostracized you from friends, may have held you back at jobs, and may give people the wrong impression, but we see your assholeness as a gift, not a curse. Your talents are real and they are needed in the world. Unfortunately the job doesn’t pay. It’s strictly a volunteer gig, but somebody has to do it.Why not you? Think you’re cut out for the job? C’mon. Go for it, jerk.  Related: 3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 8, 2014last_img read more

Introducing Pivotal Function Service alpha an open Kubernetes based multicloud serverless framework

first_imgLast week, Pivotal announced the ‘Pivotal Function Service’ (PFS)  in alpha. Until now, Pivotal has focussed on making open-source tools for enterprise developers but has lacked a serverless component to its suite of offerings. This aspect changes with the launch of PFS. PFS is designed to work both on-premise and in the cloud in a cloud-native fashion while being open source. It is a Kubernetes-based, multi-cloud function service offering customers a single platform for all their workloads on any cloud. Developers can deploy and operate databases, batch jobs, web APIs, legacy apps, event-driven functions, and many other workloads the same way everywhere, all because of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. This is comprised of Pivotal Application Service (PAS), Pivotal Container Service (PKS), and now, Pivotal Function Service (PFS). Providing the same developer and operator experience on every public or cloud, PFS is event-oriented with built-in components that make it easy to architect loosely coupled, streaming systems. Its buildpacks simplify packaging and are operator-friendly providing a secure, low-touch experience running atop Kubernetes. The fact that Pivotal can work on any cloud as an open product, makes it stand apart from cloud providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, which provide similar services that run exclusively on their clouds. Features of PFS PFS is built on Knative, which is an open-source project led by Google that simplifies how developers deploy functions atop Kubernetes and Istio. PFS runs on Kubernetes and Istio and helps customers take advantage of the benefits of Kubernetes and Istio, abstracting away the complexity of both technologies. PFS allows customers to use familiar, container-based workflows for serverless scenarios. PFS Event Sources helps customers create feeds from external event sources such as GitHub webhooks, blob stores, and database services. PFS can be connected easily with popular message brokers such as Kafka, Google Pub/Sub, and RabbitMQ; that provide a reliable backing services for messaging channels. Pivotal has continued to develop the riff invoker model in PFS, to help developers deliver both streaming and non-streaming function code using simple, language-idiomatic interfaces. The new package includes several key components for developers, including a native eventing ability that provides a way to build rich event triggers to call whatever functionality a developer requires within a Kubernetes-based environment. This is particularly important for companies that deploy a hybrid use case to manage the events across on-premise and cloud in a seamless way. Head over to Pivotal’s official Blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next Google Kubernetes Engine was down last Friday, users left clueless of outage status and RCAIntroducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12/‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectllast_img read more

Sandals gives STAR agents a sneak peek at whats ahead

first_imgTags: Jamaica Posted by Tuesday, December 6, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Sandals gives STAR agents a sneak peek at what’s ahead Devin Kinasz PROVINDENCIALES — An elite group of top-selling agents hosted at this year’s Sandals STAR Awards heard details about six new properties in the works, including the possibility of a new resort site in Trinidad and Tobago. The annual STAR Awards took place last week at Beaches Turks & Caicos. “Exploration is the discovery of what’s to come and the fear of doing something new. It’s where entrepreneurs come from and it’s where innovation happens,” said Adam Stewart, CEO and Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “We don’t want to be anything but the best, and we always want to outperform.”Sandals Resorts has announced it is in discussions with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to bring to life one of the region’s most comprehensive resort developments. An agreement is expected by second quarter 2017.In other Sandals news, Sandals Barbados, currently under construction, will open its second phase with the two hotels set to function as one, more than tripling the size of Sandals’ footprint on the island.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“There is a fleet of new Sandals innovations that are going to be unveiled with these 222 new rooms – and when I say they are unbelievable, they are unbelievable!” proclaimed Stewart. Sandals is in discussions to develop a fourth resort in Saint Lucia. This will be in addition to the three Sandals properties already in Saint Lucia that currently enjoy the ‘stay at one, play at all’ exchange program. “This will be the absolute best of everything we have ever done,” says Stewart. “This will be our biggest hotel in St. Lucia to date, on the best piece of land left on the island, with white sand beach.”With great access to the international airport, Sandals believes the Beaches concept would be the right complement to the three adult-only Sandals in Montego Bay and is considering options and opportunities.And finally, Sandals has announced it is working with the Jamaican government to help develop the Port Antonio area of Jamaica, outside Kingston. Sandals is excited about the government’s plans to develop the region where Sandals has held assets including Dragon Bay for years. Airlift into this area is an issue here and Sandals is hopeful that as the government’s plans unfold, the company will be able share more information.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn addition to the six new resorts planned, several of the existing resorts – Beaches Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Grande St. Lucian – will also undergo renovations and upgrades. The new style will be light, airy and more modern, and will feature some amazing suites including swim-up rooms, Millionaire Suites and two-storey villas.last_img read more

Air Canadas new Mothers Day video will make you want to hug

first_img MONTREAL — If you love your mom, you’ll want to watch Air Canada’s latest video.As part of its #FlyTheFlag platform, which celebrates the values Canadians hold dear, Air Canada has released a new video to commemorate Mother’s Day and celebrate immigrants who came to Canada and raised their families here.The airline made an open call to the public to share their stories of immigration and their bonds with their home countries. The story of Mary Petrou, who immigrated from Greece in the 1960s in search of a better life, was selected to be the main focus of the campaign.Knowing it has been about 50 years since Mary’s been back to Greece, Air Canada flew her and her daughter, Tamara, back to her hometown of Vevi for Mother’s Day.In the video, they’re shown reconnecting with family members who they haven’t seen in five decades, visiting Mary’s childhood home, and sharing home-cooked meals with loved ones.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?“The older my mom gets, the more important it is for me to stay close to my culture,” says Tamara. “I want to thank my mom for always being so patient with me, and I’m so grateful for that because it allowed me to always feel safe and always feel loved and cared for.”Tamara ends the video with this important piece of advice: “Take care your mother, just like our mothers have taken care of us.”Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there! Friday, May 10, 2019 Air Canada’s new Mother’s Day video will make you want to hug your mom right now Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada, Family, Mother’s Day Posted bylast_img read more