first_img BILOXI, Miss. – Musician and rapper Afroman has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched during a 2015 Mississippi performance.The Sun Herald reports a judgment filed Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court says Afroman must pay Haley Byrd in monthly installments of $10,000 and if he does not, he will owe her $125,000.Byrd’s attorney Tim Holleman says the Florida resident was 21 when Joseph Edgar Foreman, whose stage name is Afroman, punched her while she danced after getting on the stage during the Mardi Gras concert in Biloxi.Afroman had pleaded guilty to an assault charge. He also agreed he will not disparage, slander or libel Byrd. She claimed he defamed her by writing a song about the assault called “Stay off the Stage.”___Information from: The Sun Herald, FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2001 file photo, Afroman, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, poses for a portrait in New York. Musician and rapper Afroman has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched during a 2015 Mississippi performance. A judgment filed Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Harrison County Circuit Court says Afroman must pay Haley Byrd in monthly installments of $10,000 and if he does not, he will owe her $125,000. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin, File) Afroman to pay $65K in lawsuit filed by woman he punchedcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2018 9:05 pm PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img

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first_imgA premier science museum in North Carolina has sparked some controversy by refusing to show an hourlong film about climate change and rising sea levels. “The suppression of information is not in in the spirit of what a museum ought to do,” says Charles “Pete” Peterson, a marine ecologist at the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City.But museum officials deny any attempt to avoid the topic. “I have a track record of dealing with these issues head on,” says Emlyn Koster, who directs the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.The museum may be in a bit of a delicate position. It is part of a state agency, the North CarolinaDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources. The state government has been perceived as hostile to action on climate change; last year, the legislature passed a bill forbidding the state coastal commission from defining rates of sea-level rise for regulation before 2016. Although Koster is a state employee who is exempt from some civil service protections and serves at the pleasure of Governor Pat McCrory (R), he stresses his independence. “At no time have I been told what to do or what to think.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In October, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, an advocacy organization, asked that the Museum of Natural Sciences show the film Shored Up in January as part of its weekly Science Café events. The hourlong movie looks at the impact of sea-level rise in New Jersey and North Carolina, as well as various political responses to dealing with the threat. After debuting at a film festival in New Jersey in May, the documentary has been screened dozens of times around the country.Director Ben Kalina says he hoped that an event at the museum would spark dialogue, especially because the museum is across the street from the state Capitol. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to invite people from state legislature, people working on issues in the state, and the public to discuss these issues.” Kalina says he made a balanced film that is not a polemic, although it does contain a scene from The Colbert Report, in which the comedian mocks North Carolina politicians for the bill. “I’m sure some people wouldn’t appreciate that,” he admits.Michael Orbach, a social scientist at Duke University’s Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, is familiar with the film. He agrees it isn’t polemical. He also agrees that the excerpts from The Colbert Report are embarrassing and might color perceptions of Kalina. “There are people who would view this guy and this film as the other side” of a political battle, he says.[wysiwyg_field wf_deltas=”2″ wf_field=”field_assets” wf_formatter=”styles_file_original” wf_settings-field_delimiter=”” wf_settings-field_multiple_limit=”-1″ wf_settings-field_multiple_limit_offset=”0″ contenteditable=”false” wf_cache=”1385158409″ wf_entity_id=”111113″ wf_entity_type=”node”] [wysiwyg_field wf_deltas=”4″ wf_field=”field_assets” wf_formatter=”aaas_image_formatter” wf_settings-field_delimiter=”” wf_settings-field_multiple_limit=”-1″ wf_settings-field_multiple_limit_offset=”0″ wf_settings-float=”right” wf_settings-image_style=”thumb_article_s” contenteditable=”false” wf_cache=”1385158409″ wf_entity_id=”111113″ wf_entity_type=”node”] Several museums have already shown the movie, including the Miami Science Museum and the North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher, which is also part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. But on 13 November, Koster’s program committee recommended that the film not be shown by itself, but perhaps at a later date as part of a larger program. They asked for Koster’s opinion and he also gave a thumbs-down. The decision was first reported 15 November by a Raleigh newspaper, INDY Week.The problem, Koster says, is that the Science Café venue was not the right format for a complicated and controversial topic, because events are only an hour long and the Café only has small screens. In a statement sent to museum staff on Monday, Koster wrote: “the most constructive role for this Museum is to be an engaging venue with multiple resources and views. It would be a disservice to the people of North Carolina who generously funded the construction of the Museum, and who are joined by other visitors from all other US states and numerous other countries, if we were to maintain that showing one organization’s film constituted a comprehensive approach to an issue as significant and complex as sea level science.”Kalina says he’s hopeful the museum will reconsider. In an e-mail, he added, “My response to the Director’s assertion about the science of climate change being complex and that the film may not be the way they want to address the issue would also be this: I agree completely that the science is complex and I think that the film reflects that complexity as well as the enormous challenges we face as individuals and society to grapple with these issues. This is precisely why public institutions like the Museum have such a critical role to play and are so uniquely positioned to communicate these issues to the public. Judging by the strongly positive response I’ve had from the many climatologists, geologists and geomorphologists who have seen it the science in the film is sound, and the portrait of miscommunication between scientists and the politicians in North Carolina is all too familiar. “Koster says he could envision Shored Up as part of a larger offering, although there are no immediate plans to do that. In addition, the museum already extensively covers climate change and sea-level rise in its permanent exhibits, he says. The Science Café has addressed climate change in its Café programs as well. “This is by no means a new issue,” Koster says.“I take him at his word when he says they have a robust way of treating these issues,” Orbach says of Koster’s decision, but he wonders how and when the museum will tackle the subject in a comprehensive way.last_img

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We’re really getting our confidence and we’re hoping we can bring this confidence to future games,” said Valdez at Alonte Sports Arena.“And of course this is also in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games,” she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez was a picture of confidence in the Philippines’ first game with her game-high 14 points on 13 of 21 spikes.The opening win over Hong Kong, she said, was just a part of the process they’re looking to complete in the tournament. LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took an emphatic opening game win in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, and the talismanic Alyssa Valdez hopes the Filipinos could build on that confidence-booster in the coming days.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes was pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.” Ceres delivers magical win LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ The Philippines’ 1-0 card puts the team at an early position atop Pool A and another win will see it strut to the quarterfinals.“We have a bigger goal, and the whole team’s mind-set is to achieve that bigger goal of advancing,” said Valdez. “This game was really for our country. We really wanted to show everyone that we’ve prepared hard for this tournament while we were in Japan and now that we’re here, we’re also preparing for the SEA Games.”Meanwhile, skipper Mika Reyes admitted the Philippines could have gotten off to a better start against Hong Kong.“There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long; it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino after scoring six points in the win. “But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img

first_imgChennai, Nov 16 (PTI) Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory today said the team had a good pre-season ahead of the fourth season of Indian Super League adding the first target will be to make the play-offs.”The pre-season has been very good. But it is all about what happens on Sunday. We always set targets that are reachable. The first target is a position in the play-offs,” he said at a press meet here, referring to the teams first game against FC Goa on November 19 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”I have got a fantastic group of players. It takes a few weeks to get a good understanding on the field. We have been working hard and played a lot of matches. Results dont mean a great deal. I learnt a lot from the matches that we played in. All starts on Sunday. That is when it matters,” he added.He said the weather in Chennai, which has received rains in the past few weeks made it difficult to train and the team spent a week in Pune, where facilities were excellent.”When we got together some six weeks ago, November 19 seemed a long way ahead of us. We had suffered a little bit because of the weather here in Chennai. We spent over a week in Pune, because of the slightly better weather and training facilities. It has been a great pre-season for us,” he said.The Chennaiyin FC coach said the pre-season training had offered an opportunity for him to get to know the players and also tell them what the goal was.advertisement”It was an opportunity for me and the players to get accustomed to one another. Generally it has been an enjoyable period. I wanted them to know exactly what we are trying to achieve this season. Obviously the real work starts from Sunday,” he said.He also said the team had played a pre-season game against another ISL outfit FC Pune City a few days ago, which finished 2-2.”We played against Pune City a few days ago. It was a pre-season game offered to us. I was a little nervous about playing against them ahead of the tournament. At the end of the day it was important to play. Obviously, we got the chance to use very good facilities. We finished 2-2. We certainly got a lot out of it,” Gregory said.The former England player said he was happy with the group of players Chennaiyin had and there was a balance to it.”Domestic players always look up to the foreign players for guidance. We have a lot of young players in Chennaiyin as you know. There is a really good balance and training has been great. The camaraderie has been good,” he added.Dwelling on the poor show in last years ISL, Gregory said it was a bad one but hoped for better times.”Im following a legend (Marco Materazzi) here. He is a tough act to follow and we hope to have a good season. It was a bad year last for our club. But we set such high standards in the first and second years. It was disappointing to finish 7th,” he said.He also said it was up to local Dhanapal Ganesh to prove his abilities and win a spot in the squad.”Ganesh is local boy, he has to fight for a place in the team. It is up to him to earn a spot in the starting XI.”Gregory thanked the fans for their support through thick and thin and said he hoped they would continue in the same vein. Ganesh, on his part, said he was learning from the foreign players, both on and off the pitch.”Last year I didnt get chance to play. This year my aim is to play in the XI. I have worked a lot, lets see,” he said.Meanwhile, the team today announced Apollo Tyres as its main sponsor for ISL-4.Chennaiyin FC has partnered with EduSports, a school sports organisation, to develop football at grassroots level in Tamil Nadu. PTI SS BNlast_img

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