Rochelle Riley Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 As hundreds of black-clad women gathered in a semicircle around the coffin of the Queen of Soul, serene, heartbroken and respectful, I am among them, standing near the front, when suddenly, I feel myself grow woozy. It is a combination of emotion, heat, dehydration and sadness. Lord, I cannot pass out during one of Delta Sigma Theta’s Sorority, Inc.’s most sacred rituals, the Omega Omega ceremony for Soror Aretha Franklin herself! So I slowly make my way through the sea of black and pearls to rest against a wall outside the rotunda at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Instantly, a Soror, Juanita Anderson, sitting herself and holding a cane, places a hand on my shoulder. She didn’t ask: Are you all right? She didn’t ask: What’s wrong with you? No, she quietly asks: “What can I do?” This moment epitomizes sisterhood. It epitomizes the kind of … [Read more...] about The Queen of Soul’s greatest lesson: Live with purpose and help others
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Wood exports continue expanding in first months of 2018 An upturn has been seen in exports of wood and wooden products, with export value in the first five months of 2018 reaching 3.3 billion USD, up 8.2 percent from the same period last year. The top four markets were the US, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK), together accounting for 78.1 percent of total export revenue. Strong growth was seen in the RoK and the US markets, with 45.3 percent and 9.7 percent respectively. In the first four months of 2018, Vietnam earned 1.1 billion USD from exporting wood and wooden products to the US, 367.3 million USD from China, 350.7 million USD from Japan and 288.8 million USD from the RoK. However, Nguyen Quoc Khanh, President of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City, warned that the US, the largest market for Vietnamese wood and wooden products, has prioritised the domestic wood sector by reducing corporate income tax from 35 percent to 25 percent. He … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 24/6
Photo: The Piano Guys / YouTube YouTube celebrated its seventh birthday, Monday. Currently, 72 hours of video are uploaded to the media site every minute. That’s over three billion hours a month. With an overwhelming amount of video, how do you sift through all of the content to find what’s worth watching? Simple. Ask the site hosts themselves. That’s what we did. With help from YouTube, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 rising stars who increase our physics knowledge, sling shoot us over water, and deliver transcendent classical and original sounds from the grasslands of Africa and the Deathstar. You may recognise Hannah Hart as the girl who videotaped herself cooking in her kitchen drunk, giving birth to 'My Drunk Kitchen.' Hart uploads weekly comedy sketches of herself both drunk and sober. In addition to her kitchen debauchery, she also sings and gives advice. Channel: youtube.com/myhartoSubscribers: 260,000+Video views: 22.8 million … [Read more...] about Check Out 10 Rising YouTube Stars You Should Know
Da Nang sets economic goals towards 2030 The central city of Da Nang aims to have the GRDP growth of 9 – 11 percent and GRDP per capita ranging between 7,000 USD and 9,000 USD for 2018 – 2030. The goals were mentioned at a workshop held by the municipal People’s Committee on June 11 to discuss the city’s development by 2030 with a vision towards 2045. The workshop gathered urban planners, economists and policy makers both at home and abroad. These experts shared hands-on experience from a number of local and foreign cities to give leaders of Da Nang a broader view of the city’s advantages, competitiveness, capacity to expand urban spaces in tandem with development of public transport, and how to build policies and raise capital for infrastructure development and develop the city sustainably. To meet the achievements, Da Nang plans to achieve strong economic growth with breakthroughs by promoting Industry 4.0 and international integration; develop a … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 13/6
There were almost 250,000 burglaries in France in 2017, 2 percent up on the previous year although not quite as high as in 2013. There was also roughly the same number of failed break-ins, taking the total of attempted and completed burglaries to 470,000. That’s according to France Interior Ministry’s yearly crime index study, which The Local has had access to. The report also highlights that an unfortunate 30,000 properties were burgled more than once over the course of 2017. But not all departments across l’Héxagone are affected equally. First we look at those areas that have the highest burglary rates, which we calculated by comparing the total number of burglaries to the number of homes in the department. Where did most burglaries happen in France? And there was a rather surprising name at the top of the table. Haute-Garonne, in southwest France, was the department that experienced the highest number of burglaries per number of households in 2017: … [Read more...] about Where in France are you most (and least) likely to be burgled?