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Leroy Ball talks corporate commitment to diversity at Chamber Luncheon


KEYNOTE SPEAKER—African American Chamber Board Chair Samuel Stephenson and President and CEO Doris Carson Williams present luncheon speaker Leroy Ball, center, with a commemorative glass key. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doris Carson Williams wanted an event that celebrated the chamber’s 20th year of serving Pittsburgh’s Black business community—and she certainly got it with her 20th annual business luncheon, Dec. 6, at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

More than 300 of the chamber’s friends, supporters and members crowded the ballroom to hear about the new partnerships like those with Bridgeway Capital and the Junior Chamber of Commerce initiative with the Community College of Allegheny County.

But they also heard something…

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South African retailer Edcon in talks with landlords about reducing rentals


JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) – South African retailer Edcon is in talks with shopping mall owners about a two-year 41 percent rent reduction in exchange for a small stake in the company, the Sunday Times reported.

Edcon has been grappling with an over-leveraged capital structure for several years, after troubles in its credit business in 2014 coincided with an economic slowdown and weak consumer spending at home.

Bain Capital, which bought the 80 year old company more than a decade ago in a highly leveraged deal, gave up equity control last year to creditors that included fund manger Franklin Templeton, local lenders Standard Bank and Absa .

Citing a letter addressed to Edcon’s landlords, the Sunday Times reported that Edcon was seeking a two-year 41 percent “rent holiday” in exchange…

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CTU and Microsoft initiate talks on cloud adoption


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and Microsoft have held discussions to explore strategies and harmonised approaches to accelerating digital transformation in the Caribbean.

The talks centred on opportunities for CTU and Microsoft cooperating to educate Caribbean stakeholders on and encouraging adoption of cloud-based solutions for transforming government operations.

According to an online tech dictionary, Webopedia, “A cloud service is any service made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s servers as opposed to being provided from a company’s own on-premises servers.”

Cloud services include internet connectivity, web application, software, infrastructure, online storing and backup and…

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President Kiir flies to South Africa for bilateral talks



December 11, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir headed to South Africa for talks on bilateral relations with his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa, said the …
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Little Rock Nine icon talks empathy, standing up for others – News – The Register-Mail


GALESBURG — Middle-school students from Lombard, Churchill, Costa and Knoxville convened in Lombard Middle School’s auditorium Monday morning for a speech from Elizabeth Eckford. Eckford was the first of nine African-American students to arrive at Little Rock Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, when the school desegregated on Sept. 4, 1957.

Eckford is now an icon of the civil rights movement. When at 15 she entered Little Rock Central High tailed by soldiers and angry segregationists, a photo of her stoically walking forward became internationally famous.

Speaking with moderation from Dr. Eurydice Stanley, who co-wrote her book “The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High,” Eckford walked the assembled students through her traumatizing and trailblazing…

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Copa expands Guyana service United holds talks



(MENAFN – Caribbean News Now) By Ray Chickrie … Caribbean Airlines (CAL), which has been serving Guyana for the past 50 years, offers …
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