OBITUARY Charlotte J Johnson Atamian 82

OBITUARY Charlotte J Johnson Atamian 82

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Charlotte J. (Johnson) Atamian, age 82, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 7, 2018.Charlotte was the beloved wife of Harry N. Atamian, devoted mother of Gary Atamian & his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, Sharon Atamian of Salem, NH and Charles Atamian of Derry, NH, cherished daughter of the late Louis C. and Dorothy “Phyllis” (Casterton) Johnson, dear sister of William E. “Ted” Johnson & his wife Margaret of N. Kingstown, RI, loving aunt of Pamela M. Shea, Walter “Richard” Johnson and Deborah L. Miller.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, September 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, on Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington on Friday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m.Memorial donations in Charlotte’s name may be made to the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864.Charlotte J. (Johnson) Atamian(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, 53In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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KGF Star Yash gives a massive boost to Chiranjeevis Sye Raa Narasimha

first_imgYash and Chiranjeevi.PR HandoutYash, who has become a heartthrob of youths across India following massive success of KGF: Chapter 1, will be giving a boost to Chiranjeevi’s upcoming mega-budget movie Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The Rocking Star has extended his support to the Ram Charan-produced movie by turning narrator for the film. As per the media reports, Yash has done voice over for the Kannada version of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Indeed, he is said to be the narrator in the Sandalwood version. Rajinikanth and Mohanlal have done voiceover for the Tamil and Malayalam versions, respectively.Yash is one of the big names of Sandalwood and his presence is expected to add huge value to the flick, which is likely to become the first major film to be dubbed into Kannada and to have a simultaneous release.For decades, Sandalwood had opposed dubbing and only after the intervention of the Competition Commission of India, it was lifted a few years ago. In the last two years, a couple of movies from Tamil have been dubbed in Kannada and met with decent response.Coming back to Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, the Surender Reddy-directorial has Sandalwood star Kiccha Sudeep playing an important role. Chiranjeevi appears in the title role and entire story is centered around him.The film is based on the Telugu freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. Vijay Sethupathi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia are in the key roles.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy will simultaneously release in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada on 2 October. The film has Amit Trivedi’s music, Julius Packiam’s backround score, Sreekar Prasad’s editing and R Rathnavelu’s cinematography.last_img read more

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2 siblings die from food poisoning in Gazipur

2 siblings die from food poisoning in Gazipur

first_imgTwo siblings died reportedly from food poisoning and their mother fell sick after having lunch at South Salna in Gazipur city Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Shakil and his brother Humayun, sons of Rafikul Islam of Afaina village in Mymensingh.Police and hospital sources said Shakil, Humayun and their mother fell sick one after another immediately after having lunch.They were taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Shakil dead on arrival.Later, Humayun and their mother were being moved to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. Of them, Humayun died on the way.Dr Rashedul Islam, a physician at Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital, said both the boys might have died due to food poisoning.last_img read more

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Vatican law Priests nuns must report sex abuse coverup

Vatican law Priests nuns must report sex abuse coverup

first_img By: Nicole Winfield Share This! Rozella Haydée White on how ‘revolutionary’ relationships can heal the wo … TagsCatholic sex abuse scandal clergy sex abuse clergy sex abuse scandal homepage featured Pope Francis sex abuse Top Story,You may also like Nicole Winfield As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Nicole Winfield,Load Comments,Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, s … By: Nicole Winfield Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday (May 9) requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.The new church law provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.RELATED: Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debateIt’s the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy. And it provides a new legal framework for U.S. bishops to use as they prepare to adopt accountability measures next month to respond to the scandal there.“People must know that bishops are at the service of the people,” said Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s longtime sex crimes prosecutor. “They are not above the law, and if they do wrong, they must be reported.”The law makes the world’s 415,000 Catholic priests and 660,000 religious sisters mandated reporters. That means they are required to inform church authorities when they learn or have “well-founded motives to believe” that a cleric or sister has engaged in sexual abuse of a minor, sexual misconduct with an adult, possession of child pornography — or that a superior has covered up any of those crimes.The law doesn’t require them to report to police, as victims have demanded. The Vatican has long argued that different legal systems in different countries make a universal reporting law impossible, and that imposing one could endanger the church in places where Catholics are a persecuted minority. But the procedures do for the first time put into universal church law that clergy must obey civil reporting requirements where they live, and that their obligation to report to the church in no way interferes with that.If it is implemented fully, the Vatican could well see an avalanche of abuse and cover-up reports in the coming years. Since the law is procedural and not criminal in nature, it can be applied retroactively, meaning priests and nuns are now required to report even old cases of sexual wrongdoing and cover-ups — and enjoy whistleblower protections for doing so.Previously such reporting was left up to the conscience of individual priests and nuns. Now it is church law. There are no punitive measures foreseen if they fail to report, and similarly there are no sanctions foreseen if dioceses, for example, fail to comply. But bishops and religious superiors could be accused of cover-up or negligence if they fail to implement the provisions, or retaliate against priests and nuns who make reports against them.The law defines the crimes that must be reported as: performing sexual acts with a minor or vulnerable person; forcing an adult “by violence or threat or through abuse of authority, to perform or submit to sexual acts”; and the production, possession or distribution of child pornography. Cover-up is defined as “actions or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid” civil or canonical investigations.From left, Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti and Monsignor Juan Ignacio Arrieta talk to journalists during a news conference to present the new sex abuse law, at the Vatican’s press room in Rome on May 9, 2019. Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican’s bishops office, said the inclusion of sex crimes involving adults was a clear reference to cases of sexual abuse of nuns and seminarians by their superiors — a scandal that has exploded in recent months after reports, including by The Associated Press and the Vatican’s own women’s magazine, of sisters being sexually assaulted by priests.But Scicluna said it obviously covered lay people as well.In another legal first for the Vatican, the pope mandated that victims reporting abuse must be welcomed, listened to and supported by the hierarchy, as well as offered spiritual, medical and psychological assistance.The law says victims can’t be forced to keep quiet, even though the investigation itself is still conducted under pontifical secret. And in a novelty, the law requires that if victims request it, they must be informed of the outcome of the investigation — again a response to long-standing complaints that victims were kept in the dark about how their claims were handled.But the key point of the law is to decree that the church’s own priests and nuns are mandated reporters and to require every diocese around the world to create an accessible, confidential reporting system to receive claims of sexual abuse and cover-up. The other key element outlines the preliminary investigation procedures to be used when the accused predator is a member of the church hierarchy.RELATED: Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Holding bishops accountable (COMMENTARY)Victims and their advocates have long complained that bishops and religious superiors have escaped justice for having engaged in sexual misconduct themselves, or failed to protect their flocks from predator priests. Bishops and religious superiors are accountable only to the pope, and only a handful have ever been sanctioned or removed for sex abuse or cover-up, and usually only after particularly egregious misbehavior became public.Last summer, the scandal over ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick epitomized the trend: McCarrick rose to the heights of the Catholic hierarchy even though he had credible allegations of sexual misconduct against him that the Vatican had received. Francis ultimately defrocked McCarrick earlier this year after a U.S. church investigation determined he sexually abused minors as well as adult seminarians.The new procedures call for any claim of sexual misconduct or cover-up against a bishop, religious superior or Eastern rite patriarch to be reported to the Holy See and the metropolitan bishop, who is a regular diocesan bishop also responsible for a broader geographic area than his dioceses alone.Unless the metropolitan bishop finds the claim “manifestly unfounded,” he must immediately ask permission from the Vatican to open a preliminary investigation and must hear back from Rome within 30 days — a remarkably fast turnaround for the lethargic Holy See. The metropolitan then has an initial 90 days to conduct the investigation, though extensions are possible.The law makes clear he can use lay experts to help, a key provision that is already used in many dioceses to give bishops expert advice on handling cases from people with law enforcement or medical backgrounds. And it recommends that a special fund be set up to pay for the investigations, particularly in poorer parts of the world.RELATED: Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Protecting children (COMMENTARY)Once the investigation is completed, the metropolitan sends the results to the Vatican for a decision on how to proceed. The new law effectively stops there; existing procedures are in place for further investigation and possible sanction of bishops, though legal experts have said those 2016 procedures too require an overhaul since they are far from clear or efficient.The new law does, however, require Vatican offices to share information throughout the process, since an untold number of cases have fallen through the cracks thanks to the silo-like nature of the Holy See bureaucracy, where each congregation zealously guards its own turf and files.The use of the metropolitan bishop to conduct the preliminary investigation was first publicly proposed by Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November. Cupich elaborated on it when he addressed Francis’ February sex abuse summit, which the pope convened to demand a global response to the problem.The procedures published Thursday are likely thus to form a key legal framework for U.S. bishops when they meet in Baltimore June 11-13 to adopt new accountability procedures.The U.S. hierarchy has been under immense public pressure to hold itself accountable for sexual misconduct and cover-up stemming from both the McCarrick scandal and the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. It was apparently an open secret that McCarrick slept with seminarians, and yet his brother bishops allowed him to become their spokesman when they first adopted measures to combat child sex abuse in 2002.The law goes into effect June 1 for an initial three years. Dioceses must establish the reporting system and confirm it is in place to the local Vatican embassy by June 1, 2020. 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Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

first_imgBy Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIn second grade, Denise Pendleton was hit by a car. She ended up in a full body cast for a year and went to an elementary school for disabled children. By the time she was in high school though, she was a Soul Train dancer, and the winner of innumerable dance contests that were so popular back in the sixties and early seventies. “My mother thought I was doing something nefarious when I would come home with two or three thousand dollars but [me and my dance partners] were winning all the dance contests!”Pendleton though, who attended Chicago’s High School for Metropolitan Studies, the first alternative high school in America, had overcome the trials of her childhood to become much more than just a dancer. At just fifteen years old, she had the ear of the founder and producer of Soul Train, Don Cornelius in its earliest days when it still filmed in Chicago. She recalls, “I used to book talent, was assistant to the producer, dance choreographer. I did a lot!”It was around this time that one of the teachers at her high school introduced her to some of the staff at Burrell Communications. Founded in 1971 by Tom Burrell and Ed McBain, it was the leading Black owned advertising agency and revolutionized the way Blacks were depicted in commercial advertising as well as how the Black demographic was targeted by advertisers. Pendleton recalls one of her first visits to Burrell. “They were doing a Coca-Cola commercial with Bill Cosby and Betty Carter. There were all these amazing Black people!”Natalie Cole, who had just married Pendleton’s minister, exposed her to the music industry via her connections to Capitol Records. “I got to see how a record is made, from the ground up. In my mind, I said I want more people to see that!” Pendleton ended up at Motown where she worked as a film and television producer, artist management, tour coordinator and image consultant. She subsequently oversaw the concert tours for such artists as El Debarge, Jennifer Holiday, Deniece Williams, The Temptations and Luther Vandross.Pendleton leveraged her knowledge and contacts in the entertainment industry and her relationship with Burrell Communications where she says, “I always kept my relationship with Burrell even when I went to Motown. They were like my second family.” She spearheaded Burrell’s signature use of musical talent in its commercials. She explains, “I used to tell them who was hot and who they should look to use in their ads especially for Coca-Cola since Coca Cola was grounded in the music industry.” Her proudest moment was producing the 1995 Super bowl commercial hit ‘Big Mac Scat” featuring Al Jarreau and Vesta. “That ended up being in the Superbowl and the Special Olympics. It was the first black commercial to have that prominence.” Pendleton explains. So iconic and historic were the Burrell Agency’s commercials that many of them are catalogued in the Library of Congress archives.It was a no brainer that Pendleton would choose the Burrell agency as the subject of her first documentary. First, there was her intimate personal and professional history with the company. Burrell Communications also launched the careers of many pioneering Black television and film talent and has won multiple CLEO Awards; the equivalent of an Oscar for the advertising industry. Pendleton also has tremendous respect for Tom Burrell, the agency’s founder. “I think Tom’s story is so inspiring! He’s been legally blind since the age of 27 so he really had to trust his instincts and trust the people around him. It’s one thing when you have one hundred percent vision and another when you only have five.” Indeed Pendleton’s film documents not just the triumph of a Black man, “Inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements,” overcoming all of the odds, it is also the story of a disabled person refusing to limit himself.Called Burrell: Advertising Revolution the film is about an hour long and features a treasure trove of archival footage from the seventies forward. It’s important American history wrapped in a delightful walk down memory lane. Pendleton had full access to the library at Burrell Communications and was able to get much of the footage for the film that way. Now in the midst of trying to raise funds to expand to a full length feature documentary, she was also the recipient of a lot of people’s largesse. She laughs, “There were just people sending me stuff and not telling me where it was coming from!”last_img read more

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Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Water scarcity is a major problem for people living in desert areas, including much of the Middle East and Africa. According to the United Nations, more than 1.6 million people die every year due to lack of access to clean water. ‘Super sand’ for better purification of drinking water (Update) Citation: Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-hydrophobic-sand-combat-shortages.html Explore further Researchers at DIME Hydrophobic Materials, a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with German scientist Helmut F. Schulze, have developed hydrophobic sand using nanotechnology that could combat desertification and encourage plant growth in arid climates. As DIME engineer Fahd Mohammad Saeed Hareb explains, their idea is to lay a 10-cm layer of waterproof sand beneath desert topsoil. The hydrophobic sand could serve as a water table to stop water from bleeding downward below the plants’ roots. Normally, water quickly trickles down through the sand, requiring that farmers water their plants five or six times per day.With the new layer of hydrophobic sand, farmers would only need to water their plants once per day, decreasing water use by up to 75 percent. Another benefit of the hydrophobic sand is that it prevents underground salt from passing through the plant roots, which can kill the plants.The DIME researchers aren’t revealing the precise nano coating used for their hydrophobic sand for proprietary reasons, calling the top-secret additive SP-HFS 1609. Other forms of hydrophobic sand are already on the market, which are usually coated with water-repellant silicas and used for cleaning up oil spills and other applications.DIME’s hydrophobic coating has been approved by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (FEA), which has issued the product a no-objection certificate declaring it to be ecologically safe. It takes about 30-45 seconds to coat a sand particle, and DIME’s manufacturing facility can produce 3,000 tonnes of sand per day.Other institutions are investigating the hydrophobic sand, including UAE University. For instance, researchers at the university are conducting tests to see if rice – which is usually grown in water-soaked fields – can be successfully grown in desert conditions. In general, their tests have shown that various plants benefit from the hydrophobic sand, such as by growing healthier roots, but the researchers said the tests are only half complete.As the population increases and rivers run dry, water scarcity is expected to increase over the next decades in desert regions. In the Middle East and North Africa, 85 percent of the water is used for irrigation, so decreasing this requirement could help meet the urban demand and possibly prevent future humanitarian disasters.via: Xpress© 2009 PhysOrg.com Researchers in the United Arab Emirates have developed a new kind of hydrophobic sand that could significantly decrease the amount of water required for plant irrigation in desert regions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Playing Summertime Jazz

Playing Summertime Jazz

first_imgThat is exactly what  the 4th  Delhi International Jazz Festival had in store for the city’s music lovers as they flocked to Nehru Park braving rain and wind to witness the jazz extravaganza.The first day of the three-day long festival saw jazz lovers gathering together at the venue defying the rain-gods who failed to dampen their spirits. The highlight of the day was the performance by  Ari Roland Jazz Quarte, an accomplished jazz quartet from the USA. Inspired by jazz music from 1930’s to 1950’s, this group played their interpretation of pieces by jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ensemble had the crown singing to the famous song Summertime and also played a rendition of a jazz version of Lata mangeshkar’s Ae mere dil-e-nadaan. Hungary’s Smarton Trio and Delhi’s Black Slade also played their own interesting pieces.The second and the third day only saw the crowd pleasantly germination on the grounds with some spectacular pieces played by the Columbian band Tres Butacas, Poland’s Obara Quartet , France’s Mina Agossi Trio, Joe Alvarez / Trident Jazz Trio from Mumbai, Canada’s PJ Perry, Korea’s Modern Han and Spain’s Ximo Tebar and IVAM Jazz Ensemble.Executed in an excellent manner by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with pleasant lightings and availability of barbecue and a dozen food carts, this year’s annual Jazz Festival has only heightened our exceptions for the coming year’s jazz festivities.last_img read more

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From Colombia to the Capital

From Colombia to the Capital

first_imgThis Colombian musical revelation brings together two of the most traditional instruments of Colombia, the marimba from South’s Pacific coast and percussions from the North. The sound created by both the instruments are an exquisite blend of music which has come to represent the Colombian rhythm.Carlos Balanta, artistically known as Batermiba, has created his own unique musical ensemble combining traditional marimba with drums, bells, cymbals and a pair of congas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And as if this wasn’t enough, he spices up his performances with his vocals. A trained percussionist from Santander de Quihchao (Cauca), Carlos Balanta, started his musical journey early at the age of 12. Since the very beginning Balanta has experimented with mixing traditional rhythms with newer musical beats keeping intact the soul of his music that is essentially Colombian.The show promises to be a revelation for music lovers in Delhi opening the doors to some great sounds and rythmns as Baterimba takes over the Capital next month. Mark the date and head over. You don’t want to miss this! When: 4 AugustWhere: India International Center, Lodhi RoadTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

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