COMPASS Youth Center Offers Safe Place For Teens

first_imgThe center is located at Mile 26.5 off the Kenai Spur Highway, in the Nikiski mall right next to M&M Market. It opened its doors in August of 2018.The coffeehouse located at the mission pictured with operators Sullivan and Destiny Jackson Brigham: “Kaladi Brothers donated an espresso machine, a grinder, and a bunch of other various things to help get us going. They are also giving us a really fair deal on coffee to help support the organization.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The COMPASS youth center in Nikiski, provides a safe place for after school drop-in for teenagers. The center offers a variety of programs to help youth develop character, life skills, and direction. Todd Brigham: “The COMPASS is a faith based non-profit. Our mission is to really get our youth, middle and high school, pointed in a good and healthy direction and to help navigate the teenage years.”center_img THE COMPASS partners with various organizations in the community and is entirely run by donations as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The location sat vacant for 18 years and was remodeled with the help of over 800 volunteer hours by individuals in the community.THE PASS is now officially a 501c3 non-profit organizationIn the morning the COMPASS operates a coffeehouse where anyone is welcome to come have a cup of coffee.  100% of all the proceeds from the coffee shop go to support the COMPASS youth center and its various programs. The drop-in center is open weekdays 2:30-6pm, and the coffeehouse is open weekdays 6:30am-1:30pm.last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Headphones are 160 off for Prime Day

first_img Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Headphones Mobile Accessories Headphones Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Preview • Microsoft Surface Headphones: Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Bose-buster noise-canceling headphones Abt Electronics Post a comment $349 $240 $243 See also Review • Surface Headphones review: Microsoft’s first noise-canceling headphones are almost great Enlarge ImageMicrosoft’s Surface Headphones are available in only one color. David Carnoy/CNET When Microsoft released its Surface Headphones last year, I thought it might have trouble selling its first noise-canceling headphones for the same price — $350 — as highly regarded competing products from Bose and Sony. Most stores are now selling them for $250, but for Prime Day, Amazon has them for $190. You can read my full Surface Headphones review here.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Read more: Huge savings on Bose, Beats, Apple headphones and Sonos speakers for Prime Day 2019See it at Amazon News • Microsoft Surface Headphones are $100 off See It Tags See it 2:38 Microsoft Surface Headphones from all angles Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 35 Photos See It See It Microsoft Surface Headphones Microsoft Surface Headphones: The surprise noise-canceling… Amazon The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more $349 Amazon Prime Day 0 CNET Deals Amazon Prime Amazon Microsoftlast_img read more

Ekta Kapoor increases stake in Balaji Telefilms

first_imgEkta Kapoor, joint managing director of entertainment content provider Balaji Telefilms Ltd and producer of the company’s television serials, increased her stake in the family firm. She bought about 72,000 shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) over two days earlier this month, according to trade details.Kapoor bought 50,000 shares March 2 and 22,125 shares two days later, but the price of the acquisition is not known.The stock closed at Rs 103.25 March 2 and gained to settle at Rs 106.55 March 4.On Wednesday, the stock was trading at Rs 107.25 at around 12.55 p.m., up 0.56 percent from its previous close.Ekta Kapoor held 1,55,62,704 shares, or 23.87 percent of the paid-up equity share capital of Balaji Telefilms as on Dec.31, 2015, according to the company. Other family members who own stakes in the company include her father Jeetendra Kapoor, brother Tusshar Kapoor and mother Shobha Kapoor. Their combined stake was 47.29 percent.Balaji Telefilms had announced last month that it will be raising about Rs 150 crore by issuing 10,720,000 shares to institutional investors Atyant Capital India Fund – I, Vanderbilt University, GHI LTP Ltd, GHI HSP Ltd and GHI ERP Ltd, at a price of Rs 140 per share.The company’s consolidated net profit for the quarter ended Dec.31, 2015 was Rs 6.62 crore as against a net loss of Rs 6.95 crore in the year-ago period.The consolidated net sales from operations stood at Rs 73.15 crore, up 2.19 percent from Rs 71.53 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, the company had said in a regulatory filing to the BSE Feb.5, 2016.Ekta Kapoor is the producer of television shows such as “Naagin,” “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein,” Kumkum Bhagya” and “Kasam…Pyaar Ki.” ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ actress Divyanka Tripathi talks about her new glamorous look on the show [PHOTO]TRP ratings: Naagin remains unbeatable; ‘Saath Nibhaana Saathiya’ beats ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’Other directors of the company include former State Bank of India chairman Arun Kumar Purwar, CA D G Rajan and television industry veteran Sameer Nair.last_img read more

Analysis An Immigration Fiasco On The USMexico Border In One Government Chart

first_imgSome get back to their families. Some end up alone, in the care of the United States of America.Most but not all of these immigrants were entering the country illegally, according to court testimony. And though it wasn’t the reason they were stopped in the first place, federal authorities say some of the adults bringing kids into the United States are not their parents. Some of the adults, it turns out, were baddies of various kinds.That’s why some of the kids who were separated aren’t being reunited with the adults they came in with. And since they were allowed to come into the country in the first place, many of those children are now wards of the federal government.To date, the minors appear to be victims, put in this situation first by the parents or other adults who brought them to the United States, then by a federal immigration apparatus ill-prepared to send them along their way, whether that’s outside of this country or into a well-defined system for immigrants seeking asylum here.We’ve adopted them, at least temporarily. It’s hard to believe that was the government’s desired outcome for immigration and border security policy.If the idea was that the kids and the adults who brought them shouldn’t be here at all, why not turn them all away at the border and be done with it?If the idea was that these kids should be brought into this country, placed with families, relatives or foster parents and put on a path to citizenship or deported, why would we deport parents while their kids are still in federal custody or care?U.S. immigration policy is so scrambled and politicized, the country can’t get this right from almost any point of view. And instead of examining intentions — sorting out what the congressional and executive branches were trying to do when they put their policies in place — it’s time to examine the results — intentional or not.The result is a big, big mess. And as it turns out, the government’s pictures are worth 1,000 words.Last week’s government art project showed what happened to the 103 infants and toddlers who were supposed to be reunited under a federal court order. The results were discouraging: 57 were reunited by the court-ordered deadline, while 46 were found to be “ineligible for reunification.” In 22 cases, the adults in question were themselves questionable, either because they had criminal histories, were not parents, were accused of child abuse or were themselves ill. The other two dozen had either been deported, jailed for other offenses or were in unknown locations. If they get the same results with the 2,551 kids the government now says are subject to court-ordered relocation, about 1,100 don’t have family reunions in their immediate futures.It’s probably safe to say Congress and the administration didn’t plan for things to come out this way.If we take these kids in, for whatever reason, we have to take care of them. It’s a new version of what was known as the Pottery Barn Rule when George W. Bush was president: You break it, you buy it. In those days, it applied to countries. Now it applies to immigrant families. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribunePablo Ortiz and his 3-year-old Andres, both from Guatemala, walk into the common area of the Annunciation House in El Paso on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Ortiz and his son were separated by ICE in April and were reunited and released late Tuesday night.When did the feds get so fascinated with charts?The government’s latest visual aid is a flow chart showing the decision-making process for reunifying the children separated from adults as they entered the United States from Mexico. It’s really something. It shows three outcomes for separated children, and only one of them gets the kids home.Door #1 sends the kids to reunite with their families.Door #2, labeled “due diligence actions in the interest of the child,” is what happens — temporarily — to kids whose DNA doesn’t match the adults with whom they entered the country, those whose parents are not available or who don’t want to be reunited with their children, and those who fall ill while in the government’s care.Door #3 is marked “child remains in ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] care for placement.” Sharelast_img read more

Pope to Meet with US Church Leaders over Clergy Sex Abuse

first_img Share Vatican NewsPope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.A Vatican spokesman says the meeting at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday will include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops’ conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.Separately, Pope Francis is also expected to meet with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled Washington, D.C., archbishop accused of helping to cover up for abusive priests.In a letter to his priests released on Tuesday, Wuerl said he recognized that “a new beginning” may be needed in his church, and he said he will travel to Rome “in the very near future” to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.The church’s handling of clergy sex abuse is also due to be discussed at the meeting Thursday between the pope and U.S. bishops. Cardinal DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington, D.C., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teenage boy.One question is how early Pope Francis was advised of McCarrick’s alleged misconduct and what, if anything, he did in response. The Vatican’s former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.In that letter, Vigano implicated Pope Francis in the McCarrick cover-up and called on him to resign the papacy. Francis has yet to respond to Vigano’s accusations, but the pope’s Council of Cardinals reported this week that the Vatican will soon provide some “clarifications” regarding recent events.The pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation in July and ordered him to remain in “prayer and penance” until the accusations against him could be examined in a canonical trial. The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed.A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican’s attention as early as 2000.Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense pressure to step down since last month, when a Pennsylvania grand jury reported several instances when he, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was told of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision but still gave the men new parish assignments.In the letter sent Tuesday to priests in his archdiocese, Wuerl said it became clear “that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”As is customary for bishops who turn 75, Wuerl had already submitted a formal letter of resignation, but it is up to Pope Francis whether to accept it.The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the uproar over McCarrick’s past conduct amount to the most serious crisis facing the Vatican in years. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church’s “own 9/11” catastrophe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

French culture minister Aurelie Filippetti French

first_imgFrench culture minister, Aurelie FilippettiFrench culture minister Aurélie Filippetti has said she wants to reduce the delay before films can be distributed on subscription video-on-demand services to 24 months after their cinema release, in place of the current 36 months – but only for services that sign up to the country’s system of financing French and European content. Filippetti provided details of the proposal, widely seen as a move to blunt the impact of Netflix’s impending launch in the country, in an interview with Le Figaro.She said that her objective is to make content available more quickly and legally to the public.Filippetti’s prosposal would go some way to meeting the recommendation of former Canal+ chief Pierre Lescure’s report on how to maintain France’s ‘cultural exception’ in the internet age, which proposed a reduction in the opening of the window for SVoD content from 36 to 18 months. By linking the reduction to support for France’s content creation regime, it would also help assuage the concerns of domestic players such as Canal+ that global internet players including Netflix, whose European operation will be based in Amsterdam, are not subject to the financial burdens imposed on local providers.Filippetti said that she would also like to see a revision of the windows during which content can be distributed exclusively on TV channels in favour of a longer VoD window.last_img read more

The BBC has launched its first multiplayer online

first_imgThe BBC has launched its first multiplayer online game in beta to get feedback from users ahead of a full launch.The game, Nightfall, is targeted at 8-13 year-olds.The game begins when the players fall asleep, challenging young people and their friends to take on the role of Nightfallers – guardians of light fighting against darkness, and battling to banish every last nightmare from the dream world.Once in the Nightfall dream world, players can take part in solo play while they find their feet and build their skills, but to make progress in the game, they need to work together to stand against the tougher ‘Nightmare’ challenges, according to the BBC.The broadcasters already offers a range of games on CBeebies and CBBC online and in its children’s apps, intended to enable younger audiences to interact and play with their favourite BBC programmes and characters“To date, those games have served great purpose in bringing our show brands to the ‘gamers’ in our audience. Building on that success, Nightfall is an exploration of how gaming is evolving as an entertainment format for younger audiences. Young players are becoming savvier than ever before and in response to this shift, one of our key focus points has been around the format of gaming itself. We want to talk to the audience in the most genuine language possible, a language, which now is for many, a native one,” said Will Storer, senior product manager, design and engineering, in a blog post.Storer said that Nightfall was intended to combine elements of gaming that felt genuine to the gaming audience with the BBC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.The game includes social elements like Emojis, but in an environment that is designed to be safe. Unlike other BBC games, Nightfall is not linked to a single programme or character but is able to integrate a range of other BBC brands.The beta trial will see a limited audience group playing the game, and players will be able to sign up to play via the existing BBC iD system.last_img read more