Quake and Tsunami Devastate Northeast Japan
Japanese officials estimate the death toll to be over 300 after a magnitude 8.9 earthquakeâ€”the strongest ever recorded in the country and the worldâ€™s fifth largest quake since 1900â€”struck off the coast of the island nation, resulting in a 23-foot tsunami that washed through northern Japan, according to the Associated Press.
The tsunami caused a ripple effect sending warnings on different continents, from South America to the West Coast. A precise count of those injured or dead until they can move into the affected areas.
- Debra Lee Named to Presidential Advisory Board
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the nomination of Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, to act as a member of the Presidentâ€™s Management Advisory Board. The board was established in April 2010 as a platform where the nationâ€™s top CEOs can discuss their experience and exchange ideas on how the federal government can operate more proficiently.
â€śI am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,â€ť said Obama, in a press release. â€śI look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to deliver a government thatâ€™s more affordable, effective and efficient.â€ť
Board members, chaired by the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, will counsel the president and the Presidentâ€™s Management Council, which includes the deputy secretaries from the major executive departments and agencies.
Lee was recognized as one of BEâ€™s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business in the February 2010 issue.
- Ne-Yo Gets Into Funny Business
The platinum-selling singer-songwriter Ne-Yo closed a deal to produce his own show on Cartoon Network, according to the Associated Press. Production for the cartoon he created for his sister, â€śI Heart Tuesdays,” is said to start production shortly.