BJP leaders obstructing Delhi govts propeople schemes AAP

first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Delhi BJP leaders, the AAP on Wednesday said in an internal race to be the chief ministerial candidate, the leaders of the saffron party were obstructing the Delhi government’s pro-people schemes. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said three Delhi BJP leaders –Manoj Tiwari, Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta –were desperate to take credit of the policy decisions taken by the Arvind Kejriwal government.”Since the time the Kejriwal government announced registering residents of unauthorised colonies, BJP has been trying to take credit for it by doing various theatrics. Manoj Tiwari, Vijender Gupta and Vijay Goel take turns in organising programmes to take credit. The reality is that the BJP leaders are embroiled in a fight over who will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate,” Singh told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said the BJP leaders should stop making people of the capital suffer because of their internal tiffs. “I want to tell the BJP’s Delhi unit that in your personal fight over chief ministerial position, don’t make people of Delhi suffer. AAP tries to help people of Delhi. When we announced a one-time waiver of water arrears, BJP opposed it. When we announced free ride for women in metro, they opposed that too. They even opposed registration of unauthorised colony residents. In their desperation to take credit over these things, they are fizzling out and don’t know which direction to go in,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn the run up to the Delhi Assembly elections, likely to be held early next year, Singh asked the BJP not to hinder their work as AAP was trying to win the confidence of the people so that they get the mandate once again. “Don’t obstruct the work of registering unauthorised colony residents. Welcome the moves taken by us for the benefit of Delhiites. Six months are left. We want to win the confidence of people,” he said at the party office here. The BJP had said on Tuesday that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to waive water arrears was a “lollipop” for Delhiites ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections and alleged that half of the residents in the city were deprived of piped water supply. Goel, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union minister, had said he will conduct raids to “expose” the chief minister’s claim that his government has checked the activities of water tanker mafia. Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta had asked the AAP government to bring out a white paper on water supply in the city and alleged that the announcement was made after the government collected crores of rupees as arrears with penalties. Delhi BJP vice president and a member of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Jai Prakash, however, had welcomed the decision seeking part of its credit for his party while also questioning the timing of the move.last_img read more

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Stewart Rahr Announces 800k Donation to Charity

first_imgFlamboyant philanthropist Stewart Rahr has announced that more than $800,000 has been donated to charity through an online trivia game via email with his friends.Four hundred of Stewart’s friends – including Edward Norton, LL Cool J and others – participate in the game regularly.September donations were made to AABR Foundation Inc, Hebrew Academy of Five Towns & Rockaway, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Harboring Hearts Housing Foundation, March to the Top – Africa, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a $100,000 donation to the Eric Trump Foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img

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CBC AND WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION ARE ON THE HUNT FOR

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC and Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) today announced the return of the Format Incubator for a third round. Beginning today through April 23, Canadian producers are invited to submit ideas for original primetime unscripted formats with strong Canadian and international appeal. Format Incubator is a collaborative venture between CBC, WBITVP and the independent production community in Canada, aimed at boosting the creation of original, exportable television formats. Full submission details are available at cbc.ca/formatincubator.“In partnership with Warner Bros., CBC is committed to investing in Canadian formats with broad appeal for audiences in Canada and around the world,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director, unscripted content, CBC. “The first two rounds of the Format Incubator have produced two original factual series that have resonated with Canadians, both through broadcast and social engagement: THE STATS OF LIFE and UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. We’re thrilled to announce that they have both been renewed after successful runs on the schedule in 2017, and are now being shopped on the global stage at MIPTV. For the 2018 Format Incubator, we are looking for primetime entertainment concepts that feel big, bold and innovative and appeal to the core CBC audience.”The first program to come out of the Format Incubator initiative was Frantic Films’ factual series THE STATS OF LIFE which debuted as a pilot (1×60) in spring 2016, followed by a four episode half-hour series in fall 2017. The series reached over 2 million viewers* and has now been renewed for a second season. THE STATS OF LIFE  is a fun, factual entertainment series that layers graphics of statistics over intimate stories of real people, exploring how households across the country compare to one another while allowing the viewer to discover where they themselves fit into the bigger picture. The format is represented in the international marketplace by Zodiak Rights, part of the Banijay Group (formerly Banijay International). Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Produced by Proper Television and hosted by DRAGONS’ DEN investor Arlene Dickinson, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT was selected as the winning format for the second year of the Format Incubator. Featuring Dickinson as she took budding entrepreneurs shopping for the right small business to fulfill their dreams, two back-to-back specials premiered in November 2016 and reached one million viewers on CBC.** Under New Management will be distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International TV Production.Format Incubator is open to applicants with all levels of experience, from students to established producers, and will support up to three new unscripted pilots through the development and production process, including primetime broadcast on CBC. Submissions must be original, non-derivative primetime entertainment formats that are fun and family-friendly with the potential for multiple seasons and broad appeal for both Canadian and international audiences. Chosen formats will benefit from development and creative editorial support from CBC and Warner Bros. International Television Production, and an expedited distribution process to bring their concept to the international market.Pilots will be financed by CBC and WBITVP, along with provincial and federal tax credits and CMF funding when applicable. Canadian producers will retain copyright of the program, and the format will be owned equally and jointly by the production company, CBC and WBITVP.*Source: Numeris TV Meter, Nov. 24- Dec. 15, 2017, CBC, Total, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV**Source: Numeris TV Meter, November 16, 2017, CBC, Total, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TVAbout CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Warner Bros. International Television Production:Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) produces local scripted and non-scripted programming through its network of local production operations in 15 countries across the UK, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. WBITVP’s production operations are responsible for both original programming as well as local versions of formats owned and controlled by the Warner Bros. Television Group, such as “The Bachelor,” “First Dates,” “Little Big Shots,” “500 Questions,” “Impractical Jokers” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” Where WBITVP has no local production capability, it licenses Warner Bros. formats to third parties.last_img read more

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Stage North Theatre Societys latest production opens tonight

first_imgThe cost of admission for “Mary’s Wedding” is $25 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets will be sold at the box office one hour prior to the event“Mary’s Wedding” runs from April 26th – April 28th and curtains open at 7:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society is set to bring Fort St. John their latest production. “Mary’s Wedding” opens tonight at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The play takes place the night before Mary’s Wedding in 1920. The play journeys through Mary’s dream, her past, and the moment she meets her first love Charlie before he volunteers for World War One. Charlie’s side of the story takes place in the trenches along side his mentor and sergeant. The play is as much about history as it is about romance.Emry Mika, who would be best remembered for her roles in the Stage North Theatre Society’s productions of Chicago and Legally Blonde, plays the roles of Mary, as well as Charlie’s mentor the Sergeant. Charlie will be played by Cody MacGillivray who is best remembered for his role as the fed ex guy in the Stage North Theatre society’s production of Legally Blonde.last_img read more

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Cong says 391 jawans killed in 1086 Naxal attacks in 5 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Condemning the Naxal attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, the Congress has attacked the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that in the five-year tenure of PM Modi the incidents of Naxal attacks on security personnel have increased manifold.According to Congress leader Pawan Khera, 1,086 Naxal attacks have taken place in the past 5 years in which 391 jawans have been killed and 582 civilians have lost their lives. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The year 2016 witnessed maximum number of Naxal attacks as the year reported 262 attacks in which 60 soldiers were killed and 122 civilians lost their lives. In the year 2018, total of 217 incidents of Naxal attacks had taken place in the country in which 73 jawans and 108 civilians were killed,” Khera said while addressing reporters at a Press conference. In the year 2014, when Narendra Modi took the charge of Prime Minister of the country, the nation reported 185 Naxal attacks in which 97 jawans and 127 civilians were killed, while in the year 2015, 56 jawans and 89 civilians had lost their lives in the 170 Maoists attacks and in the year 2017, 76 soldiers and 109 civilians had lost their lives in 199 Naxal attacks. In 2019 (till date) 53 Naxal attacks have taken place in which 29 jawans and 27 civilians have been killed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAttacking PM Modi for politicising the sacrifices of jawans, the Congress leaders said, “In the past 5 years, ‘fake chest thumping’, ‘hyperbole, ’empty slogans’ and ‘acronym building’ has characterised Modi govt’s narrative towards our national and internal security. They have sought to deeply politicise the blood and sacrifice of our jawans, but have become mute when such cowardly attack takes place.” Attacking PM Modi for blaming Congress for Dantewada Maoist attack in April, the Congress leader said, “When a Naxal attack had taken place in Maoist hotbed, PM Modi desperately sought to pin the blame on the newly formed government of Chhattisgarh, but they never talk about the killing of about 1,000 CRPF personnel in the last 10 years of BJP rule in the state.” Holding BJP responsible for the spread of Naxal activities in Chhattisgarh, the Congress leader asked as who is responsible for the spread of Naxalism to three more districts under BJP’s CM Raman Singh? “After 2017 Sukma attack, Modi govt announced Rs 1, 000 crore package for security in Naxal affected areas. There has been hardly any implementation of that package. Will the Home Minister or PM Modi share the blame for it?” Khera alleged. “The Congress-UPA had launched an Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 88 Naxal affected districts. A total fund of Rs 13,000 crore was earmarked specifically for Maoist-hit districts in 2013-14, but the Modi government abolished this scheme,” Khera said. Accusing PM Modi of abolishing another key scheme specially meant for the development of backward districts deed, the Congress leader said, “In 2007, Congress government had created a special fund called ‘Backward Region Grant Fund’ (BRGF) for 250 backward districts of India, which was abolished by the Modi government.”last_img read more

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Malaysias twin towers company urged to invest in Sri Lanka

President Sirisena said that the current political stability and peaceful atmosphere is conducive for foreign investments and said the Government would welcome established companies like Petronas to invest in Sri Lanka.Datuk Wan Ariffin said that he was highly impressed with what Sri Lanka could offer for business and thanked the President for giving him an opportunity to meet him and discuss these issues. The delegation will also meet Ministers of Petroleum and Power and Energy. He said that he would explore the possibility of long-term business with Sri Lanka. He said, although there were several instances of the supply of petroleum products to Sri Lanka by Petronas, the company is yet to enter into a long term arrangement. President Maithripala Sirisena invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look at the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka.He stated this when the CEO of Malaysia’s petrochemical giant, Petronas, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin called on him with a delegation at the Presidential Secretariat today (April 26). The CEO of Petronas, the company behind the twin towers in Malaysia and the only Malaysian company to be listed in the Fortune 500, said that his company has business interests and joint projects in more than 30 countries. Malaysian High Commissioner Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah also participated in the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Nearly 80000 affected by floods in North and Central province

Around 38,534 have been affected in the Kilinochchi District and around 20737 in Mulaitivu. The President has also instructed the Governor of the Northern Province, District Secretaries, the Army Commander and the Disaster Management Centers to carry out relief programs expeditiously. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, in the Kandy District in the Central province, around 890 people have been affected by flash floods.President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and floods.All necessary facilities will be provided to the people in the threatened areas until the floods subside, the President’s office said. Nearly 80,000 people have been affected by floods in the North and parts of the Central province as of today.The Disaster Management Centre said that around 73,000 people have been affected in the Northern Province. President Sirisena has instructed the relevant authorities to release funds to the district secretaries promptly. The Disaster Management Centre said that 12,642 have been affected in the Jaffna District as of this afternoon. Over 10,000 people affected by flash floods in the North have been sheltered in temporary camps.More than 230 troops have been engaged in relief operations since heavy rains lashed the North on Saturday. read more

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending July 19:Fiction:1. The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by Larry Correia, narrated by Adam Baldwin (Audible Studios)2. Screwball by Simon Rich, narrated by Scott Aiello, Beck Bennett (Audible Studios)3. Proof of Love by Chisa Hutchinson, narrated by Brenda Pressley (Audible Studios)4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)5. The New Girl: A Novel by Daniel Silva, narrated by George Guidall (HarperAudio)6. The Target by David Baldacci, narrated by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy (Hachette Audio)7. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, Dara Rosenberg (Brilliance Audio)8. We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1 by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter (Audible Studios)9. We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels, narrated by Stina Nielsen (Recorded Books)10. Murder Flies the Coop by Jessica Ellicott, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books)Nonfiction:1. Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick, narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan, Josh Hurley (Audible Studios)2. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwillich, narrated by Todd Zwillich, Angelo Di Loreto (Audible Studios)3. A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs: An Audible Original by Ben Garrod, narrated by Ben Garrod (Audible Originals)4. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)5. Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell, narrated by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente (Audible Studios)6. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)7. Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope, Tom Wright, narrated by Will Collyer (Hachette Audio)8. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)9. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)10. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)—–The Associated Press read more

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ExFox News star Bill OReilly launches daily online show

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-Fox News star Bill O’Reilly launches daily online show FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel program “The O’Reilly Factor,” poses for photos in New York. The ousted Fox News Channel star launched an experimental video comeback with a daily online show. The initial half-hour was posted Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, for O’Reilly’s premium subscribers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ousted Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly has launched an experimental video comeback with a daily online show.The initial half-hour was posted on his website Wednesday for premium subscribers, originating from what he called a “new prototype studio.” He requested input from viewers for what he characterized as a “sneak preview.”He said it would be made available to a non-paying audience on Thursday.Among other topics, O’Reilly discussed President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about North Korea and a movement that calls for California to secede from the union. He spoke by Skype with political commentator Michael Smerconish.O’Reilly has produced a daily podcast, which this video startup apparently builds upon, since he was fired from Fox News in April in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment. read more

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Herrera Beutler seeks aid for fishery disasters

first_imgMembers of Congress from the state of Washington are asking the Office of Management and Budget to provide additional funding for declared fishery disasters statewide.Led by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Artondale, 10 members of the state’s congressional delegation sent a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday asking him to approve their request for supplemental appropriations, specifically for Washington’s commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries.The fisheries have been devastated for the last three years not only by natural disaster but persistent algal blooms and a pocket of warm water that is killing fish and birds.“The rural and tribal fishing dependent communities affected by these disasters are still struggling to recover from the sever economic impacts,” the letter reads.“However, it is not just the livelihoods of those directly engaged in the fishery that have been threatened. Seafood processors, bait and tackle shops, motels, restaurants, gas stations and a host of small businesses have all felt the impacts of these fisheries closures.”last_img read more

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Deputies respond to stabbingturnedcarjacking in Hazel Dell

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend, assaulted her father, then carjacked a vehicle, injuring the driver.According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Bridge Creek Apartments, 9211 N.E. 15th Ave., for a call about a disturbance with a weapon at 3:20 p.m.A 24-year-old man had stabbed his girlfriend and assaulted her father inside one of the units at the Hazel Dell apartment complex, the sheriff’s office said.The man tried to flee by carjacking an occupied vehicle, injuring the driver as she tried to get out of the vehicle and get away.The suspect then crashed into a field across the street from the apartments, the sheriff’s office said. He headed back to the complex and entered another vehicle, at which point deputies caught up with him.last_img read more

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Tyndall AFB Update Chief Engineer Sees Long Road Ahead Personnel Will Be

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force is considering transferring some airmen and their families elsewhere while Tyndall AFB is rebuilt, a spokesman said. “We’re going to have to make some serious decisions on which families come back to that base or not,” said Brig. Gen. Edward Thomas, director of public affairs. Meanwhile, the service’s director of civil engineers compared the storm’s devastation to Hurricane Katrina’s impact in 2005 on Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. Keesler, located about 230 miles west of Tyndall, took nearly five years to make a full recovery, reported the Washington Post. “You can imagine what kind of effort lays ahead of us,” said Brig. Gen. John Allen Jr. … Tyndall AFB military and civilian personnel, who remain under a mandated evacuation order, are being allowed to inspect their homes and dorms and retrieve their belongings on a limited basis starting today and ending Sunday. Access will be restricted to housing areas and dorms, according to the message to Team Tyndall. Officials warned that the base and the local area remain dangerous. “We are still cleaning roads, power lines and debris. This has been a major undertaking but we are getting better each day. We continue working a long-term plan of action but we simply aren’t there yet, as we are concentrating on the short-term, day-to-day recovery actions,” they said. … Civilian and military employees of Naval Support Activity Panama City who evacuated due to Hurricane Michael have been directed to report to Naval Air Station Pensacola next Monday. The support activity sustained significant damage during the storm, and the lack of utilities and essential community services, such as schools and hospitals, is expected to prevent most employees from returning for an extended period of time, according to a Navy press release.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Bowserlast_img read more

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SFI stages dharna at MRO office

first_imgTuni: Members of the Student Federation of India (SFI) staged dharna at MRO office here on Tuesday, demanding that the government address the pending issues. Speaking on the occasion, Tuni division SFI committee secretary G Ramu said that though two months passed after reopening of educational institutions, pending scholarships, fee reimbursement, hostel, mess and cosmetic charges pertaining to the previous academic year were not paid. The SFI leader demanded for immediate release of the pending bills. Later, the SFI delegation submitted memorandum to Tuni Mandal Tahsildar Pallavi with a request to forward the same to the higher authorities.last_img

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Oil prices rebound after Algeria says all options open at OPEC meeting

first_imgCrude prices rebounded on Monday after Algeria’s energy minister said the day before that all options were possible for an oil output cut or freeze at this week’s informal meeting of OPEC producers.That came after prices tumbled 4 percent on Friday amid signs Saudi Arabia and Iran were making little progress in achieving preliminary agreement to freeze production.Members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algeria from Sept. 26-28, where they will discuss a possible output-limiting deal.”We will not come out of the meeting empty-handed,” Algerian energy minister Noureddine Bouterfa said in Algiers on Sunday.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures had climbed 42 cents to $44.90 a barrel as of 0914 GMT after falling $1.84, or 4 percent, in the previous session. U.S. crude gained 3 percent last week.Brent crude futures advanced 42 cents to $46.31 after settling down $1.76, or 3.7 percent, at the previous close. The benchmark rose 0.3 percent last week.”The fact countries like Algeria are still talking about a deal means it’s still on the table regardless of others’ views about what might be happening,” said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney’s Ayers Alliance.”I expect Algeria and Venezuela to keep pushing for a deal – it’s imperative for them to keep the price up,” Barratt said.So far there are mixed signals on whether a deal on cutting or freezing production is possible.Sources told Reuters on Friday that Saudi Arabia did not expect a decision to be made in Algeria, while Saudi Arabia had also offered to reduce production if Iran caps its own output this year, an offer to which Tehran had yet to respond.”With discussions around a production freeze at OPEC heating up, oil prices are likely to remain volatile early this week,” ANZ said in a note on Monday.last_img read more

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Houstons Recovery Czar Concerned Federal Funding For Harvey Victims Is Over

first_img Share Brien Straw / Houston Public MediaMarvin Odum, the mayor’s recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked.The city of Houston’s Chief Recovery Officer, Marvin Odum, says he’s concerned that after two round of disaster relief funding, Washington has moved on.Speaking on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” Odum says that’s why he was in D.C. last week.“I’m only interested in real action, right? So from a real action standpoint, I’m extremely concerned,” Odum says.“The reason I was there earlier this week is, we’re getting a message that says, know this may be the last appropriation. And if that’s the case, then that’s not nearly enough money to effect a decent recovery here.”The White House is asking Congress for $44-billion to assist Texas with Harvey recovery, Puerto Rico and Florida with Maria assistance and California deal with it’s wildfires. While acknowledging that Congress ultimately decides how much financial relief is provided, Odum says that funding would not be on par with relief efforts following hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.Odum says to repeat what’s been done in the past, just repairing structures and waiting for the next flood, is untenable. last_img read more

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Farrakhan Denounces Sexism Homophobia

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comNation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has been known as a fiery orator who supports Black liberation and denounces White supremacy and yet preaches traditional values regarding family and lifestyle.However, it appears that Farrakhan has changed some of his views toward women and the LGBTQ community. Farrakhan expressed those views at the Union Temple Baptist Church’s Men’s Day program that took place on Sept. 16 before hundreds of people that filled the church.Minister Louis Farrakhan, who leads the Nation of Islam, spoke at Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Men have messed ruler-ship for thousands of years,” he said in an address that lasted 70 minutes. “The base of mankind is the woman and her place is wherever her gifts will take her.”Later, Farrakhan said “for too long men have taken advantage of women.”“We have used them and corrupted them and that is wrong,” the minister said. When discussing political action, he said “women are the strongest force for change.”While Farrakhan, 85, has never advocated for the subjugation and mistreatment for women, he has, like many Muslim men of his generation, said that the woman’s place is behind her husband and as the primary manager of the household while the man is the leader of the family.However, in recent years Farrakhan has relied on women in the Nation of Islam and Black female leaders to support his agenda. The Million Man March that took place in the District of Columbia on Oct. 16, 1995 where over a million men participated in the event had the support of female leaders such as the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou and present Cora Masters Barry, then the first lady of the District as the wife of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad is known as a force in the Nation of Islam as Farrakhan’s chief of protocol and national community outreach director.  In addition, Farrakhan has publicly praised his wife, Khadijah, for her guidance.During the speech, Farrakhan indicated that he had a soft-spot for nationally-known Black evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes.“I was talking to Bishop Jakes and complimented him on his work,” the minister said. “He told me it meant a lot to him for me to say that to him. I tapped him on his chest, hugged and kissed him on the cheek and told him I loved him.”In the past, Farrakhan has denounced homosexuality as un-Godly and unmanly, but during the speech he acknowledged that he has family members that are gay. He admitted that at a recent event, backstage, he hugged a gay male entertainer and was unfazed about it.“It didn’t take anything from me to do that,” the minister said. During the speech, he listed oppressed people in America and made a point to say that mistreating gays and transgender people is wrong.The rest of Farrakhan’s speech dealt with Blacks worshiping a White Jesus and in a White-oriented Christian religion that has nothing for African Americans. He said America will pay for its crimes against people of color, singling out the genocide of Native Americans, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery and lynching of Blacks and hinted that the recent rash of hurricanes, blizzards, hail and earthquakes are a sign that God is unhappy with the country.“Nobody in America will escape the judgement of God,” he said.last_img read more

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Ladysmith motorists beware New heavy fines come into effect

first_imgPublic Safety have confirmed that the Chief Magistrate for the Klipriver District has approved new ‘Admission of Guilt’ fines for various traffic offences, which came into effect on November 1.Several fines were changed; one of the most notable was the fact that if a motorist breaks the speed limit in a 60km/h zone by 91km/h or more, then no admission of guilt fine is payable, as the offender will be immediately arrested. Any person allowing an unlicensed person to drive a Code B vehicle (car) is liable for a fine of R3000.Anyone allowing an unlicensed driver to drive a Code C1 vehicle (taxi or small commercial vehicle) is liable for a fine of R4000.Anyone caught talking or texting on a cell-phone while driving is liable for a fine of R1500.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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CMA pays a visit to the PPK church

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On Saturday 20 February, the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) arrived in Ladysmith to meet with members of the Pinkster Prottestante Kerk (PPK). This was in response to an invitation extended by Pastor Palmer to join in on the church service. Pastor Christian Brandenburg of the CMA had an opportunity to address the gathering..The CMA was started by Renea Changuin 35 Years ago in Johannesburg. He had survived a serious motorbike accident and realized he had to change his life by giving back to the community and bring people to God, one soul at a time.The members of this Motorbike ministry are from all walks of life and from many parts Kwazulu Natal. Their motto is to Bring Christ to the motorcycle rallies by proclaiming the word of the Lord.They reach out to various communities during their visits to hospitals or when they extend a helping hand to those in need.On Sunday 21st February Pastor Christian Brandenburg of the CMA led the church service spreading words of encouragement for the residents of Ladysmith, urging them to put God first. He shared experiences of his life and convinced them that nothing is impossible with God on your side.The Pastor had fought a long battle with drug addiction before he turned to God and said that only through God’s mercy and strength was he able to change his old ways to start living in God’slight.Today he is actively involved in helping others struggling with the addiction and assisting them to part their ways away from drugs and getting to appreciate the mercy of the Lord. Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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Uber Costa Rica drops fares 20 percent and some drivers arent happy

first_imgUber Costa Rica announced a 20 percent drop in its fares Tuesday evening effective immediately, and some of its drivers are not happy about it.Several chauffeurs complained to The Tico Times that the price gouge comes as many have been struggling to cover their expenses. But the ride-hailing company said that the fare drop would benefit drivers by spurring greater demand.“In five and a half years, we’ve learned that the most effective way to stimulate demand is to reduce fares for passengers,” Uber wrote in a news release.As of Tuesday evening, the base fare for a ride in the San José area fell from ₡1,000 to ₡800, and the cost per kilometer fell from ₡300 to ₡240. The company said that it would guarantee “minimums” during certain hours to “help drivers through the transition.” The company did not specify what those minimums would be.The San Francisco-based company said similar reductions in other cities in the United States, Mexico and Colombia have improved demand, thus triggering an increase in the frequency of surge pricing, which multiplies the fare as demand rises, benefitting drivers and the company.But part-time Uber driver Mario Delgado was wary of comparing those markets to Costa Rica. “That might have been the case in those other places, but Costa Rica is small,” he said, “In my opinion, I don’t think it’s going to work.”Delgado said he isn’t too worried about the fare cut yet since he has other sources of income and health insurance provided by another job. But he said that he has seen his income from Uber drop in recent months. During one recent shift between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., he said he made ₡10,000 — less than $20 — compared to the ₡30,000 — roughly $60 — that used to be typical for him during the same amount of time.Delgado said he was worried about some drivers he knew who had leased a new vehicle specifically to work for Uber.“They’re going to have to live in their car to make a living with Uber,” he said.Another Uber driver, Carlos Brenes, agreed.“I think it’s terrible,” said Brenes, who used to work in a bingo parlor until he was laid off three months ago. “There’s too many cars and not enough demand.”Many drivers, like Brenes, have looked to the company as a stopgap after losing a job, while others drive full-time. Unemployment hovers around 10 percent in Costa Rica.Several Uber drivers have told The Tico Times that competition for fares among the increasingly large pool of Uber drivers has made the service less lucrative. Uber has said it has “several thousand” registered drivers in Costa Rica.“Everyone rushed in and now there’s not enough work to go around,” Brenes said.The large pool of drivers is not a negative from Uber’s perspective. The company has said numerous times that its goal is to offer near immediate service to the app’s users.But demand from riders has not kept pace with the jump in drivers since the service went online here in August 2015, prompting this week’s effort to get more people to use the service.Taxis have so far been the main force protesting Uber in Costa Rica but it wouldn’t be unheard of for Uber drivers to demonstrate against the fare change. Uber drivers in Paris protested the same 20 percent fare cut in October 2015, according to the French newspaper L’Express.No driver The Tico Times spoke with said they planned to leave the platform over the fare changes — yet.“The way I see it,” Brenes said, “if the drivers don’t like it, they can leave.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Uber rival Cabify coming to Costa Rica Uber Costa Rica pulls out of job fair over security concerns  Taxis protest as lawmakers present bill that could legalize Uber Intel’s Vince Guglielmetti wants more Costa Rican engineerslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The newly rebranded Ra

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe newly rebranded Radisson Hotel Group has announced Radisson Collection, a premium collection of exceptional hotels in landmark locations. Driven by consumer demand for individuality and more personalised experiences, Radisson Collection brings together the finest hotels in the Radisson Hotel Group portfolio. Fourteen hotels are confirmed to join the collection following the launch.Radisson Collection hotels are united by exceptional design and experiences across dining, fitness, wellness and sustainability. All hotel properties are situated in prestigious locations, close to prime leisure attractions and boast an individual and locally authentic atmosphere.“Seventy-two per cent of travellers prefer to spend their money on experiences rather than material things and the Radisson Collection caters to this demand,” comments Federico J. González, president and CEO, the Rezidor Hotel Group and chairman of the Global Steering Committee, Radisson Hotel Group. “The hotels that have already joined the Radisson Collection are the perfect showcase for what the brand represents: authenticity, design and exceptional service. Ultimately, the brand and the hotels will be defined by the people who visit them and those who serve in them. We are incredibly proud of our global debut and look forward to the continued growth of our exceptional collection globally.”Radisson Collection will benefit from the power of the Radisson Hotel Group with a strategic market positioning and scale of a global brand. The collection will give hotel owners an opportunity to join an international network while maintaining the identity and authenticity of their hotels and resorts through a flexible framework for affiliation and endorsement. The member hotels wanting to build market recognition can choose to lead with the brand or lead with their hotel identity. The collection affiliation provides member hotels with international brand services, operational expertise, infrastructure and loyalty program, designed to optimise the owner’s return on investment.Radisson Collection brand-led properties:Radisson Collection Strand Stockholm, SwedenRadisson Collection San Marco Venice, ItalyRadisson Collection Ukraina Moscow, RussiaRadisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa Sochi, RussiaRadisson Collection Royal Copenhagen, DenmarkRadisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh, ScotlandRadisson Collection Warsaw, PolandRadisson Collection Ikoyi Lagos, NigeriaRadisson Collection Agra, IndiaHotel identity-led collection properties:The May Fair London, United Kingdom, A Radisson Collection HotelOld Mill Belgrade, Serbia, A Radisson Collection HotelSymphony Style Kuwait, A Radisson Collection HotelHormuz Grand Muscat, Oman, A Radisson Collection HotelThe Emerald Grand & Spa Lagos, Nigeria, A Radisson Collection HotelGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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