CBCF To Honor Dionne Warwick At 20th Annual Celebration Of Leadership In

first_imgThe Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) announced that legendary actors Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree, and music icon Dionne Warwick will accept awards for their lifetime achievements in the arts during the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts.The awards ceremony, which will take place Sept. 14 at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., is organized in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship program. This event will mark the start of the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), one of the nation’s leading public policy conferences.“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “Their outstanding contributions and continuing commitment to the arts make them ideal to help elevate the visibility of the CBC Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship Program. The awards are conferred on artists whose legacy includes not only extraordinary works but a commitment to cultivating future generations of artists.”Since 1996, the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts has raised funds to support the CBC Spouses Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Twenty scholarships are awarded annually to highly qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts, based on their creative talent, academic excellence, financial need and community service. Two of this year’s scholarship recipients, vocalist Lindsey Reynolds, and Justin Syas, a pianist, will perform during the event.“We have supported arts education for 20 years through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, during a time when arts education has decreased in many schools,” said Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a CBC Spouse and chair of the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. “We will continue to highlight the contributions of great artists while raising money to support aspiring scholarship recipients as it reinforces the importance of art and its impact in our communities.”The sponsors for this year’s Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts include Union Pacific Corporation, as the title sponsor, Heineken USA, ASPiRE and UP TV.Found out more here.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Courtesy Call By Ms Eilleen Shania Twain Country Singer Youre Still

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Country Singer & Songwriter, Eileen “Shania” Twain & Family paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, December 7, 2017.Pictured are Prime Minister Minnis (centre right), Eileen Shania Twain (centre) & Family, with OPM Staff.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:last_img

GM in talks to sell Lordstown to Workhorse for EV pickups while

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThe last Chevy Cruze to roll off the line came from Lordstown on March 6. General Motors When General Motors in November announced a Thanos snap’s worth of vehicle cuts, plant idles and layoffs, there were a lot of unanswered questions. This week, GM seeks to provide at least some closure with news of a potential sale and the addition of jobs in an area that was affected by The Decimation.General Motors announced on Wednesday that it is in talks to sell its Lordstown Complex in Ohio. GM is currently discussing the idea with Workhorse Group, a company that has supplied green vehicles to UPS and hopes to offer even more electrified work vehicles in the future. But the complex wouldn’t be sold directly to Workhorse, per se — instead, Workhorse’s founder is leading an independent entity that would purchase the facility, with Workhorse commanding a minority interest in said business entity.So, what’ll be built there? According to Steve Burns, Workhorse’s founder, it’ll be new, electric and a truck: “The first vehicle we would plan to build if we were to purchase the Lordstown Complex would be a commercial electric pickup, blending Workhorse’s technology with Lordstown’s manufacturing expertise,” Burns said in a statement. GM’s statement says the facility could start being converted to produce Workhorse vehicles as soon as all parties come to an agreement, which has not been finalized as of this writing.In 2018, Workhorse and UPS announced that the manufacturer would supply UPS with 50 plug-in hybrid delivery vans. Workhorse has also unveiled the W-15 electric pickup, which it brought to CES 2018, toting a gasoline range extender that aims to minimize charging downtime on the job. It’s also unveiled the N-Gen, a last-mile electric delivery van that packs an optional delivery drone.At the same time, GM said it was investing approximately $700 million in its other Ohio manufacturing facilities, which the automaker said should create about 450 new manufacturing jobs. The DMAX facility in Moraine will start building more diesel engines for next-gen heavy-duty pickups, the Toledo Transmission plant will boost production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission and its Parma Metal Center will increase stamped-part production. The automaker noted that hourly employees at unallocated plants (like Lordstown) can request a transfer to one of these new jobs, and that more than 1,350 employees have already taken transfers to other plants with union representation. Preview • 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Post a comment 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Check out the aggressive W-15 electric pickup truck at CES 2018 11 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags More about 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Ext Cab 128.3″ Base 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of Share your voice Car Industry Electric Cars Trucks Future Cars General Motorslast_img read more

Vice President Promises Support As New Astronaut Candidates Announced

first_img X NASAVice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration firmly supports NASA’s missionVice President Pence promises that NASA will have the resources he says it needs to continue to make history. “Under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again, and the world will marvel!” Pence says after being disbanded two decades ago, President Trump is relaunching the National Space Council. The council helped marshal energy and skills for America’s initial space exploration. The vice president says he will chair the relaunched council, which will advise the president on space policy. Ed Mayberry, News 88-7. Listen 00:00 /00:57center_img NASAVice President Mike Pence and the Class of 2017 astronauts at the Johnson Space CenterThe dozen new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 applicants. They were introduced by NASA’s Brian Kelly. “Next up, we have Loral O’Hara, 34, from Sugar Land, Texas!” These new astronauts will be doing research on the International Space Station, or traveling to the moon or Mars. “Loral has her bachelor’s degree and aeronautics and astronautics…” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Grant Williams Keeps the Baltimore Convention Center Humming

first_imgGrant Williams III (inset right) is the man behind the scenes at the Baltimore Convention Center.Superstar actress and singer Vanessa Williams lit up the stage in the ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 25, as one of the “unexpected delights” promised to patrons of the United Way fundraiser to reduce homelessness in the city.Even as Williams dazzled the estimated 700 well-dressed guests, however, another Syracuse University alum worked backstage—unseen and most likely unacknowledged—to ensure guests were delighted not just by the entertainment, but the entire experience.It is an unglamorous but weighty charge Grant Williams III has shouldered for the past 10 years. Williams is the superintendent of operations, the “go-to guy” responsible for managing preparation for all the meetings, trade shows and other events that happen at the Baltimore Convention Center.“Repeat business is at the heart of what we do,” said the 54-year-old in an interview with the {AFRO}. “Whether we are preparing for 50 people or 38,000, the expectation that I express to my employees is that we be friendly and professional at each event and that we must ‘wow’ the customer, leaving them inspired and eager to return.“When people leave the convention center, they may not remember your name or what you look like, but they will remember how they felt,” he added. “And when I say a guest’s total experience should be premier, I mean down to the restrooms.”It is a massive undertaking. The convention center is a near-1.3 million-square-foot, four-floor facility that includes a 36,372-square-foot ballroom, 50 meeting rooms, 32 covered loading docks, 27,000-square foot outdoor terrace, dedicated show offices, VIP suites, industrial kitchen, cafés with complimentary wi-fi and—of course—several restrooms.Williams is responsible for ensuring that every square inch is clean, stocked, equipped, serviced and ready to accommodate the needs of the center’s guests.“My perspective is wide-screen,” the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member said. “It is my responsibility to see the little things that were overlooked that will make an impact.”Williams’ days are rarely the usual 9-to-5. His job begins before he steps into the building—he checks the landscaping to ensure it is cared for, and the massive glass walls to ensure they are clean. After meeting with his assistant to get updated on the tasks for the day, he handles paperwork, including payroll for three shifts of employees and contracts for vendors such as carpet cleaners. He also ensures employees are deployed to their assigned tasks, does walk-throughs of meeting rooms, bathrooms, etc. with supervisors in preparation for an event and he interacts with customers. Many times, he has to juggle tasks for several events at a time.“That’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of,” he said of his role. But the pressure “keeps you going and it’s exciting.”A large part of what makes the center run efficiently is the staff—many of whom may not be initially prepared for their job, but whom Williams said he takes the time to train and mentor.“Now that I am on the other side—interviewing and hiring people—I would recall my early days when I needed a chance and I take a chance and invest in young people,” he said, adding, “We’ve made a lot of inroads in the industry, and that’s because when you help people and they respect you they will work hard for you.”Forecasting and prior planning are also the keys to his—and the convention center’s—success. Right now, for example, the facility is booked through 2017 and tentative operational plans have already begun to be put in place.That kind of foresight was something he learned at the hands of his parents growing up in upstate New York, Williams said. His father was a major in the Syracuse police department and his mother, a school principal once named among the top 50 in the nation. One kept him out of trouble; the other ensured he was educated, Williams added.“I’m blessed to have had two wonderful parents who taught me the value of making a commitment to anything that you do and about planning for the future,” he said. “When you have that kind of foundation at home it’s easy to realize your dreams.”Williams’ corporate experience began when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at Syracuse and was chosen out of 88 students to be Anheuser-Busch’s on-campus marketing and distribution liaison.“That was quite the feat for me at the time,” he recalled, adding with a chuckle. “I was known as the B.N.O.C.—the Budweiser Man on Campus.”Upon his graduation in 1985, Williams continued to work with the company, earning eight promotions over 10 years. From 1990-1998, Williams worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Johnson & Johnson, and led the entire Mid-Atlantic region in sales his first year. He then moved into banking, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a Bank of America branch in Hunt Valley, Md., until his move to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2005.A natural-born leader, Williams said he always aspired to stand out from the crowd.“I want people to remember my name because it was my father’s name and his father’s name. And I want to bestow a good name to my son so he would be proud of having it when I’m gone,” he said.Anonymity, though, is more the norm with his current position behind the scenes.“Success happens here in an unsung kind of way. [But] when you’re an unsung hero you do what you do without accolades and you don’t expect rewards,” he said.His reward, he said, comes from knowing he is doing what he feels born to do—to lead and to serve.“It’s about knowing what you have to offer the world and then doing it,” he said. “You have to make a contribution or difference wherever you are and whatever you do.”last_img read more

Carnival launches industrys first layaway payment program

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Sharecenter_img Friday, June 9, 2017 MIAMI — Cruising on layaway? Leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to think of it first.The line has launched a convenient new pay-over-time program that allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments, a move that’s being regarded as the cruise industry’s first layaway program.With Carnival EasyPay, cruise payments can be automatically deducted from the credit card on file and applied to their current balance, interest-free, over a three-month period. Guests simply make their initial cruise deposit and then the balance of their cruise is charged in three equal payments, which are taken out automatically on the same designated day for three consecutive months.Guests can either register for the program at carnival.com or via the line’s call centres. Travel agents can also sign up for Carnival EasyPay to process payments on behalf of their clients.“A Carnival cruise is already the most affordable and value-packed vacation there is and with Carnival EasyPay we’re making budgeting and paying for a cruise even easier and more convenient,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Rather than having to remember to pay for their cruise, Carnival EasyPay provides guests with peace of mind knowing that their payment is being processed automatically. Carnival EasyPay certainly lives up to its name!”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterGuests must make a required deposit on their cruise fare to be eligible for Carnival EasyPay. Additionally, the deposit due date must be at least 90 days before the final payment date. The first installment is charged to their credit card 30 days from the date of the deposit, with two additional monthly installments thereafter.Carnival EasyPay is available at no extra cost, however, guests are responsible for any interest charges by their credit card provider.Guests are prompted to select Carnival EasyPay in the ‘How Would You Like to Pay’ section of carnival.com when ready to make payment on their booking. They can also sign up for or cancel Carnival EasyPay after the initial deposit is made by visiting the ‘Manage My Booking’ tab on carnival.com. Carnival launches industry’s first layaway payment programlast_img read more