Yvonne Staples, a longtime member of the world-renowned family gospel-soul-pop outfit The Staple Singers, passed away on Tuesday at her Chicago home after a fight with colon cancer. She was 80 years old. Her passing was confirmed by family friend and gospel music scholar Bill Carpenter. She is survived by her brother, Pervis Staples, and her sister, Mavis Staples.Roebuck “Pops” Staples formed the Staple Singers in 1948, which featured Yvonne’s three siblings, Mavis, Cleotha, and Pervis, for many years. Yvonne eventually replaced Pervis in the early 1970s when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. She went on to contribute to some of their most successful tracks like “I’ll Take You There” (which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1972) and “Respect Yourself” (which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1971), and “Let’s Do It Again”, which topped the charts in 1975.Explains Carpenter in The New York Times‘ obituary for Yvonne, “She was very content in that role. She had no desire to be a front singer, even though people in the family told her she had a great voice. … On all the big hit records, Yvonne did the background vocals.”Carpenter also notes that Yvonne Staples also acted as the group’s business manager. When Mavis began her solo career in the ’80s, Yvonne Staples continued her multi-tasking contributions for her baby sister, serving as both a backup singer and her tour manager for the better part of three decades.Yvonne Staples received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 along with the Staple Singers and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group in 1999. Below, you can watch The Staple Singers perform “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” at their Hall of Fame induction ceremony:The Staple Singers – “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There” – 1999[Video: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame]Rest in peace, Yvonne.
Keep your competitive edge with a future-ready workforce. Find out more here. And, to help, equip your employees with Dell’s latest gear, such as a Latitude 13 7000 Series laptop, the world’s lightest business-class ultrabook; the XPS 13 laptop, the world’s smallest; or the Precision 5000 (5510) Series mobile workstation, big performance in a small, lightweight form factor.Connect to Sam via LinkedIn. In 2014, when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company’s “Mobile First, Cloud First” strategy, he had future-ready enterprises in mind. He was also thinking about Windows 10, which was then in its late development stages and launched last July. Now, a year and about 350 million worldwide downloads later, it’s clear that if ever there was a future-ready OS, Windows 10 is it.For both IT professionals and the users they support, Windows 10 is as much a technology leap forward as Windows 7 was to Windows XP. With new support for mobility and touch, plus back-end IT benefits including enhanced cloud-based services, Windows 10 should be a priority upgrade for future-ready enterprises everywhere, if they haven’t already implemented it.Gartner: Windows 10 adoption “fastest yet”Gartner predicts Windows 10 adoption to be the “fastest yet” compared to previous major Windows upgrades. It forecasts that at least 50 percent of enterprises will start production rollouts in 2017 and cites several driving factors:Support for more user-centric computing, plus cross-device compatibility with PCs, 2-in-1s, tablets, smartphones and even game consoles.Interoperability with Windows 7 applications helps to reduce migration costs and pains.End of Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 in 2020 requires most large enterprises to start the migration process soon, so their transition of users and applications is complete by then.Touch-optimized apps keep growing in numbers, with touchscreens expected to ship on a third of all laptops by 2018, as their cost keeps dropping.Another driver will certainly be consumer adoption of Windows 10. This means enterprises can expect rising expectations among their employees that they should have the same user experiences at work as they do at home — amplified by the continuing BYOD trend.Future ready: Stay competitive and ahead of the packIn the workplace, the user-centric enhancements in Windows 10 promise to help boost employee productivity, collaboration and responsiveness to customers and to each other. In turn, Windows 10 will help future-ready enterprises execute faster, while becoming more responsive and agile to market opportunities. As a result, they can become more competitive than enterprises that adopt a wait-and-see posture.This competitive advantage — multiplied across hundreds if not thousands of employees — can help turbocharge organizational performance and produce potentially game-changing results in industry positioning. But this competitive edge won’t last forever, so the sooner enterprises deploy Windows 10, the sooner they can take advantage of it and also start realizing their return on the investment in what’s required to migrate to Windows 10. Windows 10: Important dates to help your planning For Dell enterprise customers, here are some important dates to keep in mind regarding Windows 10 deployments on Dell hardware:On November 1, 2016, all new Dell systems will be shipped with Windows 10. Only Microsoft Volume License customers will be eligible to purchase systems with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 preloaded after October 31, 2016 through Dell Global Configuration Services.For customers with Microsoft Volume License agreements and downgrade rights, a Windows 10 downgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will continue to be available through Dell Global Configuration Services with a valid Microsoft Volume License. However, PCs must be ordered by September 23, 2016 to ensure the best pricing and selection, especially large orders. After that, quantities and selection will be limited.For customers without Microsoft Volume License agreements, October 31, 2016 is the last day Dell can ship systems with Windows 7 and 8.1 factory-installed per Microsoft requirements. Also, note that September 23, 2016 is the last day to order Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Downgrade to Windows 7/Windows 8.1 and still be able to get the best pricing and selection, especially for large orders.  Gartner, Inc., “Gartner Says Migration to Windows 10 Will Be the Fastest Yet,” November 23, 2015. read more
Watch Angela Lansbury Talk Driving Miss Daisy Check out below five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury talking about the Australian stage production of Driving Miss Daisy, which will hit movie theaters on June 4. We can’t wait to catch a screening of the play, which also stars two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones. Tony Winner Eddie Redmayne’s Engaged Looks like Les Miz movie star Eddie Redmayne will be planning his own “Wedding Chorale” in the near future! The Tony winner proposed to his girlfriend of more than two years, Hannah Bagshawe, over Memorial Day weekend. The Los Angeles Times reports that she accepted. Of course she did! Congrats to the happy couple. View Comments Frozen Causes a Divorce We’re filing this story under the “it’s so strange it must be true” category. Apparently a Japanese woman is divorcing her husband over Frozen. No, not because he wouldn’t stop trying to reach Idina Menzel’s high notes in “Let It Go” but, according to Yahoo! Movies, because he wasn’t obsessed enough with the mega Disney hit. “It’s an OK movie, I guess, but I didn’t really care for it personally,” he apparently told his wife. Her response? “If you can’t understand what makes this movie great, there’s something wrong with you as a human being…I want a divorce!” That perfect girl is gone. Or something. Anastasia Stage Adaptation in the Works A stage musical adaptation of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Aherns’ 1997 animated movie Anastasia is moving along. A casting notice has revealed that the show will have a New York workshop, helmed by Tony nominee Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), this summer. James Earl Jones Wicked’s a London Legend The London production of Wicked is now the West End’s 10th longest running show after We Will Rock You shuttered on May 31. Currently in its eighth year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the musical has now been seen by over 5.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006 and played over 3000 performances. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files Angela Lansbury read more
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ With Norm Lewis Speaking of celebrations, you can ring in the New Year with Norm Lewis. Broadway’s current Phantom will be starring in the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Gershwin Celebration. Lewis will appear alongside jazz great Dianne Reeves, conductor Bramwell Tovey and host Willie Geist. The concert will be broadcast on December 31, 2014 at 8PM ET on PBS. What comes after the line “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot” again? James Franco & Zachary Quinto’s Threesome Broadway alums James Franco and Zachary Quinto, along with former Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver, have apparently shot a sex scene—together—for upcoming movie Michael. According to E! online, the threesome is “very hot.” We can imagine. Anna Kendrick Was ‘Pissed’ at Jake Gyllenhaal Over Woods Into the Woods’ Anna Kendrick had a few issues with Constellations’ Jake Gyllenhaal after he dropped out of playing one of the princes in the movie musical to do Nightcrawler. “I was so pissed at Jake, let me tell you,” Kendrick joked to the Daily Beast. “I texted him and said, ‘You’re abandoning me, and I’m never going to forgive you!’” All’s well that ends well, though. The actress went on to say that she found his Nightcrawler performance inspirational and that his replacement, Billy Magnussen, “is really fantastic” in the film. Ricky Martin Eyes Return to Broadway Great White Way alum Ricky Martin (Evita, Les Miz) is looking to return to the Main Stem. “I would definitely go back to Broadway. I would love to do a one-man show,” he told EXTRA. “I’m going to start working on it very soon.” Allison Janney Surprised at On the Town Stage and screen star (and birthday girl) Allison Janney recently stopped by On the Town and ended up being serenaded by the cast during the show. Every night a military vet or an audience member is singled out for the honor and according to the New York Post, the company sang her “Happy Birthday.” Sounds like a helluva celebration to us! read more
By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Most Americans now know better than to eat raw eggs. If you eat raw cookie dough or lick beaters slathered with cake batter, it’s the same as slurping down a raw egg. Don’t do it, University of Georgia food safety experts warn.“Several years ago, my son begged me to buy a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough he could eat as a snack,” said Martha Partridge, a UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Lincoln County. “My instincts told me not to take a chance. If the package says to ‘cook before eating,’ you shouldn’t stray from the directions.”Recall, reminderA recent recall of a national gourmet ice cream store’s cake batter ice cream should serve as a reminder. During an investigation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that the sweet cream base of the ice cream was pasteurized but the dry cake mix that was added to the base was labeled a baking mix by the manufacturer.“The dry cake mix was labeled to indicate that it should be baked before using,” said Elizabeth Andress, an extension food safety expert for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan and California all had confirmed cases of Salmonella typhimurium illnesses from the ice cream. A case in Illinois was confirmed but is counted in Virginia, since that’s where the person ate the ice cream.No other flavors of ice cream have been associated with illness to date.Read the labelThe cake batter ice cream was prepared in the ice cream shop. The preparation involved adding a dry cake mix to a pasteurized sweet cream base, and the combination did not undergo further processing before freezing.“FDA wants to increase awareness that Salmonella is known to occasionally be present in flour and other ingredients that may be listed on the dry cake mix label,” Andress said. “The bacteria may also be in other nonanimal foods such as barley, cereal powders and yeast.”“Dry cake mix is a product designed to be rehydrated and then cooked,” Partridge added. “It should not be considered a ready-to-eat food because it hasn’t been processed to ensure that pathogens have been destroyed or reduced in numbers to an acceptable level.”Follow directionsReady-to-eat foods are typically processed to ensure that they’re safe to eat without further cooking. Similar products, such as cookie dough ice creams and cake mix milk shakes, could also pose a serious food safety risk if they’re prepared with ingredients that are intended to be cooked, the FDA ruling said. “The FDA is informing the retail and food service industries that incorporating an ingredient that’s intended to be cooked into a ready-to-eat food that will not be cooked or otherwise treated to eliminate microorganisms of public health concern can pose a serious food safety risk,” Partridge said.A report on the recall says that the FDA is also asking food service operations to review their menus for these types of products. They should either work with their suppliers to ensure that all ingredients are intended to be ready-to-eat or to process their final products. “While you’re considering whether your recipes call for dry mixes to be added to an uncooked product, remember to think about other hazardous ingredients, also,” Andress said. “Remember that temptation to lick the cookie or cake batter beaters?” she asked. “Raw, unpasteurized eggs are another source of Salmonella bacteria. Unless you use pasteurized eggs, resist that temptation. Wait until the cookies or cakes have been baked to indulge, or you risk getting sick.” Cook completelyThis also means your scrambled, fried or boiled eggs should also be cooked completely.“If you choose to eat over-easy or runny eggs, you’re taking a risk on getting salmonellosis,” Andress said. “Restaurants in Georgia are required to warn customers that eating certain undercooked or raw foods, including eggs, poses a health risk.”When you’re cooking in your kitchen, take routine precautionary measures, too, to prevent cross-contamination from raw products and surfaces that haven’t been adequately cleaned and sanitized.“So, if you are wondering if it’s safe to let your kids lick the bowl,” Partridge asked, “the answer is: Who wants to take a chance?”If you have further questions, contact the Retail Food Protection Program, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at 301-436-2440 or 301-436-2438. read more
June 1, 2004 Regular News Calling it the first of its kind in the nation, a coalition of child advocates led by Florida’s Children First! worked with the Florida Legislature to pass two bills to strengthen educational services for foster children throughout Florida.The legislation mandates the Department of Children and Families and school boards work together to develop stable and quality education services for foster children, as well as better preparing foster children for independent living.“We are pleased that the legislators made foster children’s education an important issue during the flurry of activities in the last days of the session,” said Gerard F. Glynn, executive director of FCF!“Once these laws are implemented, foster children will have the same opportunities to succeed educationally as any other children. Foster children should not be left behind on the road to educational excellence.”Until now, the education of foster children in Florida “has been ignored for decades,” said Andrea Lobert Moore, secretary of FCF!, a leading statewide voice on the education issue.Howard Talenfeld, president of FCF! explained the problem:“When foster children are removed from their families, they are usually yanked from their home school, and their education is routinely disrupted due to their movement from foster home to foster home as they are forced to transfer from school to school. They lose friends in school, their teachers, and their education, as many of them fall behind their classmates, become exposed to truancy, and graduate to the streets instead of receiving high school diplomas.”In the last days of the session, House Bill 723 was amended by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, chair of the Children and Families Committee, to include legislation sponsored by Rep. David Mealor, R-Lake Mary, and Sen. Jeff Atwater, R-Palm Beach Gardens, that mandates the DCF and local school boards develop stable and quality educational services for foster children.SB 512, also sponsored by Lynn, directs DCF to improve the educational services to foster children in high school and to prepare them for living on their own.A September 2002 report on Miami-Dade’s foster care system by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group found that 49 percent of the children studied were faring poorly in school.“Unsatisfactory school progress is common among children in the child welfare systems of the country,” the report says.The new bills require that school boards, Florida Department of Education,and DCF enter into inter-agency agreements that will attempt to stabilize foster kids’ education by providing transportation to their home schools, improve planning for their educational goals, identify the need for special education services, and provide independent living training for foster youth.A model for the legislation is an agreement carried out in Broward County, spearheaded by Talenfeld and Moore, that is reaping success.This year, 98 percent of Broward’s foster children—666 out of 679—were enrolled on the first day of school. Of those 679 school-age foster children in Broward, 206 are provided transportation to stabilize their education, 251 with disabilities are getting advocates to assist in their education, and the agency serving these children communicates regularly with the Broward County School Board to better serve these foster children.Last year, a similar agreement was reached between DCF and Orange County schools, and other agreements are pending in other counties. The new law mandates agreements in all of Florida’s counties. New laws strengthen educational services for foster kids New laws strengthen educational services for foster kids read more
In a statement sent to 12 News, organizers say the fair has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say they would like to thank the community for its support. It was scheduled to be held Aug. 6 to 8. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The Kirkwood Town Fair has been canceled for 2020. A fair for 2021 is planned.
The European Travel Commission (ETC), in collaboration with Euronews, has launched a media campaign following a coronavirus pandemic that reflects the beauty, diversity and soul of Europe. The “We are Europe” campaign aims to inspire people to get ready to travel again, as travel restrictions across Europe are gradually being reduced. This new campaign comes after Euronews, as Europe’s leading international news channel, hosted the first in a series of virtual debates on the travel and tourism sectors earlier this month. Europe is the second smallest continent, but with almost 50 countries and over 740 million people it is home to an unsurpassed diversity of landscapes, cultures, communities and histories that stretch far beyond individual nations. The one-minute video talks about the emotional journeys many have been on during the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign is co-financed by the European Union, and in addition to English, the video has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, ensuring the widest possible reach and engagement. The campaign, which will air on Euronews television and digital platforms over the next four weeks, as well as on ETC and members ’digital platforms, seeks to pique curiosity and spark imagination for future travel involving experiences of nature, culture and history and heritage. read more
Advertisement Can Rafael Benitez pull off the upset at the Emirates? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsenal have a fantastic chance to go third in the Premier League when they host Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night.The Gunners will move up to third if they can avoid defeat against the Magpies in north London, while a win will take them two points ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United, who are currently third and fourth respectively.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe race for Champions League spots looks set to go down to the wire, with Chelsea also level on points with the Gunners after their win over Cardiff on Sunday.Arsenal beat Newcastle in the reverse fixture in September, which was their 11th win over the men from the north-east in their last 12 meetings.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 8:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Mesut Ozil scored in Arsenal’s win at St James’ Park in September (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)When is Arsenal vs Newcastle?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Monday 1 April with kick-off at 8pm at the Emirates.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Newcastle on and is there a live stream?Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage on both starting at 7pm.Subscribers can stream the action on Sky Go or watch on the Sky Sports app. Salomon Rondon has been in good form for Newcastle of late (Picture: Getty Images)Team newsLucas Torreira is suspended for Arsenal, while Granit Xhaka could miss out through injury, but Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal should be fit.Fabian Schar is banned for Newcastle, but Jamaal Lascelles is back from a knee injury for the Magpies.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)2/5 Arsenal15/4 Draw15/2 Newcastle 15 Sep 2018 – Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal – Premier League15 Apr 2018 – Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League16 Dec 2017 – Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle – Premier League02 Jan 2016 – Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle – Premier League29 Aug 2015 – Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal – Premier League Advertisement MORE: Arsenal manager Unai Emery gushes over Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez ahead of Premier League clashMORE: Carragher and Neville give verdict on Premier League title race after dramatic Liverpool win Head-to-head in last five meetings Arsenal vs Newcastle TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head read more
December 20, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding for 125 New Community Projects Through Neighborhood Assistance Program Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release PA – Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $17.9 million in funding to support 125 community investments through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, NAP provides tax credits to enable businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts.“Our communities form the stable bedrock of Pennsylvania’s economic success,” said Governor Wolf. “By encouraging businesses to make impactful investments in worthy projects across the commonwealth, the Neighborhood Assistance Program plays an invaluable role in improving the lives of Pennsylvania residents. These rewards we are able to provide through tax credits in this high-demand program reach deeply into our neighborhoods and the benefits multiply.”The funding supports:40 community investments in the Southwest Region of the commonwealth in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.31 community investments in the Southeast Region of the commonwealth in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.23 community investments in the Northwest Region of the commonwealth in Clarion, Cameron, Crawford, Erie, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties.12 community investments the Central Region of the commonwealth in Adams, Bedford, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Perry, and York counties.10 community investments in the Lehigh Valley Region of the commonwealth in Berks, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.Nine community investments in the Northeast Region of the commonwealth in Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montour, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.The new funding raises the three-year total under the Wolf administration to $53.9 million in NAP tax credits supporting 339 projects statewide. The investment will result in more than $227.1 million in additional funds leveraged through corporate contributions.NAP has five main components: the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), the Charitable Food Program (CFP), and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP). A description of each of these components is available within the NAP Guidelines.For a comprehensive list of statewide awards, or additional information on NAP, visit dced.pa.gov/nap. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more