October 17, 2019

Smoke detectors that might not detect smoke are recalled

first_imgNorth Carolina-based company Kidde, along with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have recalled nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that might not be able to detect smoke.This recall involves two models — PI2010CA and PI9010CA — of Kidde dual-sensor photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms manufactured between Sept. 10, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2017. Model numbers can be found on the back of the units.“A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke,” Health Canada says.Around 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, while around 452,000 units were sold in in the U.S. The alarms were sold from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 25, 2018.Kiddle says that as of March 7, they haven’t received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the defected smoke alarms.Click here for instructions on how to find out if your smoke alarm has the yellow cap.Anyone with the affected smoke alarms can register for replacements online or by by calling 833-551-7739.Kidde also recalled 38 million fire extinguishers last year. They had a design flaw that could have prevented them from working and parts of the extinguisher could detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

National Citizens Alliance member protesters scuffle briefly in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – Protesters had a minor scuffle with a member of a Calgary-based group with controversial views on immigration Friday evening during a gathering the group held in a downtown Halifax park after it was refused three indoor venues.The National Citizens Alliance had arranged to meet in Victoria Park, after being told they were no longer allowed to host a town hall at a Royal Canadian Legion in Halifax.Three or four members of the alliance gathered near the park, while more than two dozen protesters loudly chanted their opposition to the group’s views.Reporters watched as several members of the alliance retreated across the street toward the entrance area of the Lord Nelson Hotel, where protesters followed them.One protester argued with an alliance member while another wrestled a sign out of his hands and tore it to pieces.Flanked by police, the two sides engaged in a shouting match before the alliance members walked away to an unknown location.“We definitely showed them that Halifax won’t stand for xenophobia and Islamophobia,” said activist Jessica Dueling after the men left. “We showed them that we stand together as a community today, that we stand with all our neighbours.”The National Citizens Alliance had been set to host its meeting at a legion branch in Halifax’s north end Friday evening, but the event was cancelled by the legion on Thursday.“The original booking was made by an individual for a private function. When RCL Branch 27 learned that the booking was intended as a town hall meeting for the National Citizens Alliance, the booking was cancelled,” Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte, executive director of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command, told Global News.The alliance promotes the idea of “integration” of new arrivals into what it calls the “basic cultural norms of Canada,” as well as a belief that political correctness threatens Canada’s identity and culture.The group was recently banned from participating in the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, whose organizers apologized on Sunday after the NCA walked in its parade.“We apologize to anyone who may have felt unsafe at the Grand Street Parade because of this political party’s attendance and derogatory messaging,” organizers of the week-long festival in Kentville, N.S., said in a statement.Stephen Garvey, leader of the NCA, said on Thursday that he rejects the characterization of the alliance, adding that no one in his party made hateful comments or uttered any hate speech.Garvey added his group doesn’t tolerate racism, and argued that his organization was taking part in the parade just like other political parties were. The NCA is not an officially registered party but has committed to running candidates in the 2019 federal election.“They’re the ones dividing people,” he said. “If we offended people, that’s their problem, not ours. As far as we’re concerned, we probably added some nice spice to the festival.”Garvey said the group wanted to host a town hall at the Halifax legion to clear up the confusion that has plagued it since it made headlines with its role in the apple blossom festival.Among the group’s core tenets is the goal of implementing a “strong no-nonsense immigration policy that puts the well-being and safety of the Canadian people first and implementing a temporary pause and substantial reduction in immigration.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

PM promises collateralfree loan as he woos traders

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised traders Rs 50-lakh loan without any collateral, credit card facility and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers as he made a strong re-election pitch to the business community.Modi said while his government has stood by traders in thick and thin, the opposition Congress has abused businessmen by calling all of them ‘chor’ (thieves). Addressing a traders’ convention here, he said the BJP-led NDA government in the last five years at the Centre worked to simplify lives and businesses of traders by scraping 1,500 archaic laws, simplifying processes and providing easy credit. Traders are “backbone” of the Indian economy but had in past never got the respect they deserved, Modi said, adding that doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion is not possible without their contribution. “I am impressed by the hard work of traders… their business has helped the economy bloom,” he said. “I have tried to make your life and business easy in last five years.” “The country is also seeing how we have stood by you in thick and thin,” Modi said. With a household audience, the prime minister said the trading community is like weather forecaster who can anticipate future tidings. Hitting out at the opposition Congress, the prime minister said the party has in its 70-year rule only “insulted” businessmen. “They called all businessmen chor (thieves)” without realising the contribution of the business community in the economy. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi too came from businessmen community of banias, he said the country has seen the “insults” meted out by the Congress to traders. After being re-elected, he said, his government will set up a National Traders’ Welfare Board, bring trader credit cards and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers. Also, the provision will be made to provide loans of up to Rs 50 lakh without collateral, the prime minister promised to traders. Congress-led governments blamed traders for ills like price rise when it was the party’s own hoarders who were black marketing commodities, he alleged. Listing his government’s achievements, he said the NDA regime has ended 1,500 archaic laws at the rate of one per day in the last five years to make doing business easier in the country. Processes have been simplified, inspector raj largely checked and personal interference in income tax assessment removed. “I consider you (traders) as biggest stakeholder of the economy. Opposition parties remember you only on special occasion,” he said. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax, which was brought in July 2017 by amalgamating 17 different central and state taxes, has made doing business transparent, ended state check-posts and resulted in doubling of registered traders. “I do not say there may have not been mistakes (in implementing GST) but we have quickly addressed any anomalies based on suggestions from traders,” he said.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Remains of Archeological Ship Appear on Essaouira Coast

Rabat – According to the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the recently discovered ship ruins date back to a time period between the 18th and 19th century. The ministry is still conducting further research and empirical analysis to accurately identify the exact age of the ship ruins.A recent extension project of the Essaouira port accelerated the erosion of the beach due to changes in water currents and sand deposits. The change in morphology of the beach allowed for the resurfacing of the ship ruins. A set of wooden beams and remains of the ship’s foundation appeared during low tide on the Essaouira beach. The base of the ship is estimated to have a length of 26.5 meters. The Ministry of Culture and Communication is conducting “rescue excavations” to identify the causes of the ship wreckage, as well as its historical background. The ministry will also conduct excavations in the adjacent island of Mogador for related archeological ruins. read more

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October 12, 2019

Haiti ECOSOC team sees progress but renews call for ongoing development aid

Just returned from a mission to Haiti, the leader of a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today painted a mixed picture of the Caribbean country, which has experienced greater political stability and security in recent months but still faces numerous development challenges which he said must be met through a determined international response. “Our goal is to promote recovery and stability and to ensure that Haiti receives the sustained, long-term international support that it needs,” said Ambassador John McNee of Canada, who led the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group set up to follow the situation in Haiti and give advice to its Government on its long-term development strategies. The Group’s recent four-day trip to Haiti, which followed a visit it made two years ago, aimed to assess progress “and reinforce the UN’s long-term commitment to the people of Haiti,” Mr. McNee said. Members of the team, which included representatives of Haiti, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago, met with senior Government officials, staff of UN agencies, the UN Assistance Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and others. They visited the capital, including the notoriously dangerous Cité Soleil neighbourhood, and also traveled beyond Port-au-Prince. Mr. McNee said the Group was still formulating its recommendations, but he echoed the findings of their previous report, which stressed that Haiti must remain on the international agenda and receive more support. “We were all struck by the magnitude of the development challenges in Haiti,” he said, while adding there were a number of encouraging factors, including measurable political stability thanks to elections facilitated by MINUSTAH, as well as a “considerable increase” in the level of basic security. In the past it would have been “unthinkable” for the Group to visit Cité Soleil, walk freely down the streets and speak with people there, he said, paying tribute to joint UN-Haitian efforts to take on the gangs “in their home turf.” Mr. McNee tempered his optimism with a note of caution. “In fairness, we should stress the fragility of the situation and the huge challenge. It is one thing to take on the gangs in this area – the real challenge is finding employment and economic growth that will give people incentive to take a peaceful path, not a criminal path.” On the long-term economic strategy, he said recommendations included boosting tourism, a mainstay of many Caribbean economies, and agriculture. “Those are two potential resources that Haiti has and offer possibilities for the future.” 25 April 2007Just returned from a mission to Haiti, the leader of a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today painted a mixed picture of the Caribbean country, which has experienced greater political stability and security in recent months but still faces numerous development challenges which he said must be met through a determined international response. read more

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October 11, 2019

Libya UN human rights office calls for probe into Qadhafis death

21 October 2011The United Nations human rights office today called for a probe into Muammar Qadhafi’s death to determine whether he was killed during fighting or after his capture. The circumstances surrounding the ex-Libyan leader’s death yesterday in his hometown of Sirte are unclear, with four or five different versions of how he died, noted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“There are at least two cell-phone videos, one showing him alive and one showing him dead. Taken together, these videos are very disturbing,” Rupert Colville, OHCHR’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters. “We believe there is a need for an investigation and more details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in the fighting or after his capture,” he added.Mr. Qadhafi’s death and the fall of Sirte and Bani Walid bring an end to eight months of violence and suffering for the Libyan people as Government forces and rebels battled since the start of the pro-democracy movement earlier this year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called on all sides in Libya to lay down their arms and work together peacefully to rebuild the North African nation amid the news of Qadhafi’s death. “Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya,” Mr. Ban stated, while adding that it is only the start of the process to achieve democracy and national reconciliation. “The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges,” he pointed out.Mr. Colville said “a new era” is now beginning in Libya, which should respond to the aspirations of the people for democracy and human rights. “For this to become a reality, human rights must be the cornerstone of all policies and actions, and people must have the chance to have a real say in determining the future of their country,” he stated. Mr. Colville added that the thousands of victims who suffered loss of life, disappearance, torture and other serious human rights violations over the past eight months, as well as throughout his long rule, have the right “to know the truth, to see the culture of impunity brought to an end, and to receive reparations.” “It will be essential for alleged perpetrators to be brought before trials, which adhere to international standards for fair trial, and for victims to see that accountability has been achieved,” he stated. The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for his part, urged Libyans to unite and reconstruct their country through a process based on reconciliation, justice, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Al Nasser expressed his sincere condolences to all Libyans who have lost their loved ones in the conflict, and encouraged Member States to continue supporting the country as it embarks on reconstruction, stabilization and democratization.He reaffirmed that democratic reforms will need to be coupled with economic transformation to raise people’s living standards through job creation.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that, effective Sunday, newly arriving third-country nationals from Libya at Egypt’s Saloum border will not be processed for resettlement. Saloum has been one of the main sites over recent months for people fleeing the crisis in Libya.“The decision to halt further resettlement out of Saloum is based on a marked improvement in the situation in eastern Libya, and because UNHCR is refocusing its protection and assistance efforts inside Libya,” said the agency’s spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic.He told reporters in Geneva that people already at Saloum will not be affected and work will continue on finding solutions for them, including resettlement for those found to be refugees. Since the start of the conflict in Libya in February, 37,866 third-country nationals have been evacuated from Saloum by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).As of 20 October, there were 1,816 people still at Saloum, approximately half of whom have been submitted for resettlement and most others awaiting the completion of refugee status determination. read more

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October 8, 2019

Summons issued on Bathiudeen

Bathiudeen has been accused of threatening the Mannar judge last month during a protest by Muslim fishermen in the area. The fishermen were agitating against a court order issued by the judge permitting Tamil fishermen to remain at a fishing market in the area. The Mannar Court has issued summons on Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to appear in court over allegations he had threatened a judge recently.The Minister has been ordered to appear in court on August 27th to respond to the allegations raised against him. Bathiudeen was reported to have threatened the judge and asked him to reverse his decision.During the protest last month the Mannar high Court premises was also stoned and it was reported that the Minister had instigated the attack.

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October 6, 2019

UN food agency launches multimillion dollar appeal for aid to Eritrea

The agency is asking for $33 million to fund over 90,000 tonnes of aid – enough to feed 738,000 drought victims from May 2001 to February 2002. “This is triple the number of drought-affected people WFP fed in the year 2000,” said Patrick Buckley, the agency’s top official in the country. “Eritrea and its people are facing a desperate scenario in the year ahead. Year after year of failed rains, exacerbated by the country’s recent war, have left a quarter of the population with little or no food reserves.” Eritrea’s arid and semi-arid regions have suffered extreme drought conditions for the past three years with serious consequences for the local population. Total grain production last year was only 85,000 tonnes compared to 320,000 tonnes in 1999. Early predictions indicate the winter rains will not be enough to break the drought cycle and the first harvest of 2001 will remain extremely low. Furthermore, according to WFP, last year’s border conflict with Ethiopia took its toll on food production, forcing tens of thousands of farmers to abandon their farms in the rich grain producing areas of Gash Barka and Debub, which yield over 70 per cent of the national food requirements. The agency’s effort is part of the UN Horn of Africa Appeal for 2001, for which $353 million was requested to assist 13 million people affected by drought. read more

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October 2, 2019

UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Afghanistan

In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres underscored that deliberate targeting of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law.“In the run up to the parliamentary elections on 20 October, the Secretary-General urges all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly electoral process by creating a safe environment for political candidates to campaign and for citizens to exercise their right to assemble and vote,” added the statement.According to media reports, at least 22 people died and more than 35 wounded when a bomb went off at an election campaign rally in Takhar province in north-eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, and at least two individuals, including a child, were killed in a separate attack on a candidate’s office in Herat, western Afghanistan.In the statement, the UN chief also extended his deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. read more

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September 22, 2019

Laszlo Nagy to receive trophy for the Worlds Best Player 2011 in

Laszlo Nagy is the best Before the official start of the VELUX EHF Champions League match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel, Hungarian star and right back of home team, Laszlo Nagy will receive the trophy for the “World’s Best Player 2011” in the official contest of Handball-Planet.com, one of the biggest specialized handball website worldwide. Over 6500 handball fans worldwide voted that the one of the biggest handball stars in the last decade, ex-F.C Barcelona player was the best in 2011 ahead of Danish super-star, Mikkel Hansen and five other nominated players. This will be a nice opportunity that full “Veszprem Arena” with over 5000 fans greet the national handball hero with standing ovation.Handball-Planet.com is launched in May 2010. With every day handball content, HP attract over 200.000 visitors per year.NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2011 ABOUT THE WINNER… ← Previous Story Slavko Goluza leaves Nincevic and Balic out of the squad, calls Vori for the EC-Qualifications Next Story → EHF Velux Champions League: Veszprem with an important victory against THW Kiel! read more

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September 22, 2019

UK politician accidentally gets Hitler moustache on TV

first_imgNIGEL FARAGE, THE leader of the UK Independence Party, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning.However, Farage – whose party is on the right of the UK’s political spectrum – fell victim to an unfortunate pixel error on the big TV screen at the BBC’s Salford headquarters: Source: Channel 49 Father Ted quotes you can use every day>Why is July 19th such a big day for Father Ted?> Source: FacebookDoes it remind you of anything, by any chance?last_img

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September 21, 2019

Wills

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Why have a Will? Your will is an important document in your estate plan. It gives legally binding directions on who will control your assets, how you want the assets and income managed and gifted guardianship of minor children Even if you have a will, it may not be valid. Unless there is an earlier will that is valid, you may be treated as having no will. An application to Court may ‘fix’ a will sometimes, but is expensive. A will may be invalid if: – it is not signed and witnessed correctly. This often happens with ‘do-it-yourself’ will kits and other wills signed without a lawyer present – you married after signing a will (unless it considers your spouse) – it is proven you signed under duress or in poor mental health If without a will, your assets do not go to the government (a myth). However, a government set formula determines which relatives get what. The result may not be what you want! For example, if the family home is in the name of one parent, who dies without a valid will, the home does not pass fully to the other parent. The surviving parent gets value equal to the first $100,000 and one-third of the balance. The child(ren) get two-thirds of the balance. If the children want the cash, they can force a sale of the family home – a terrible outcome. A will is also needed if: – you want to leave assets to a de facto who might have to fight relatives in court to prove your relationship. – any of your children have financial problems or marital problems. Otherwise your assets may go to their creditors and ex-spouses – your spouse has high financial risk (e.g. personal guarantees, business directorships). Assets held by the low risk spouse should not pass to the high risk spouse. Similarly, if you have high financial risk, persons that may leave you an inheritance (e.g. parents) should instead leave your inheritance to a trust. If you die whilst separated, but not divorced, your spouse could receive more than from a family law division. You should take quick action with a new will and take steps to prevent your half share in property passing to your spouse automatically on your death. What kinds of Wills are there? There are two types of wills: 1. a simple will – assets are gifted to specific people in your will 2. a ‘testamentary trust’ will – all or most assets are not specifically gifted, but go into one or more trusts. Decisions to distribute income and capital are left with your executors. The main advantages of a testamentary trust will are: – assets protected from creditors of your spouse or children – potential protection from your children’s ex-spouses – potential tax savings on flexible income/capital distributions The right will depends on your financial and familial circumstances. Who should you have as Executors? Without a will, you do not choose your executors. The closest family members usually apply for this, but there can be a costly fight in court over who is appointed. This happens often between a second spouse and children of an earlier marriage. Who is right depends on your circumstances. We usually recommend independent persons over children, especially for larger estates. This should prevent children fighting each other and gives them greater protection from ex-spouses. The independent persons should be at least two people you know and trust (e.g. long-time accountant and lawyer). There are many choices to be made with your will. A good estate planning lawyer will explain the benefits and risks to determine which suits you. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Harry Giannakidis on hgiannakidis@millsoakley.com.aulast_img read more

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September 19, 2019

Democratic state lawmakers to hold town hall meeting

first_imgVancouver – Legislators from Washington’s 49th Legislative District, which encompasses much of west Vancouver, will hold a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Columbia Room in the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.Sen. Annette Cleveland and state Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Stonier (all Vancouver Democrats) will be present at the meeting to get input from constituents in anticipation of the 2018 legislative session, which begins Jan. 8.According to a news release, the lawmakers encourage residents of the district to attend and share their thoughts on issues facing the state, including the public education system, access to quality health care and affordable housing, improving transportation, protecting the environment and boosting the economy.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Exagent Icardi had to leave Barca or hed never have played

first_imgThe former agent of Mauro Icardi revealed that he decided to get him away from Barcelona due to fears that his client was never a part of their plansThe Argentine striker left Catalonia at the young age of 17 in favour of a move to Italian side Sampdoria in 2011.Icardi would break into the Sampdoria first-team during the 2012/13 season and finished his debut Serie A campaign with 10 goals in 31 appearances.Inter Milan then promptly signed Icardi, who has since become the club’s captain and regarded among Europe’s most prolific forwards.However, ahead of tonight’s return to Barcelona in the Champions League with Inter, Icardi’s old agent had a surprise revelation over the star’s time at Camp Nou.“The truth is that the club didn’t want to sell him,” Abian Morano told FCInterNews.“But the central point was that the team played a formation which didn’t include an out-and-out striker. The system they chose was one with a false-nine.“That’s why I decided it was time for Icardi to get a change of scenery. In his two years at Barcelona, he scored something like 17 goals in his first year and 19 in his second.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You have to remember that €300,000 seemed like a considerable fee [for Sampdoria to pay] for a 17-year-old who had no minutes at Barcelona.“They focused more on other profiles, ones more suited to playing as a false-nine. So we can say that his price wasn’t low, but it wasn’t excessively high either.“Mauro had always been top-scorer in the youth teams he played for, until his third season with Barcelona.“With Barça though he’d have never come to the first team. Do you remember what [Paulo] Dybala said, that it’s not easy to play with [Lionel] Messi?“Despite the criticism he got I think he was right, that’s 100 per cent the point. [Zlatan] Ibra[himovic], [Samuel] Eto’o and [David] Villa turned from central strikers to wide strikers to play with El Pulce.“When [Pep] Guardiola was there it was unthinkable to see Barcelona play with a central striker. That’s why I made the decision to seek a transfer elsewhere.“If Mauro wanted to be a protagonist, he had to leave. If he’d stayed I’d say he 100 per cent would not have become a professional footballer.”last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Minister reinstates regular vehicle licensing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Motorists can now license their vehicles any weekday due to a recently announced stride at the Road Traffic Department.   In late July, Minister responsible, Delroy Williams announced that licensing would be expanded from just the Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to every weekday.   The measure, he said, will greatly ease the frustrations of thousands of motorists.During his ministerial statement on July 27, Minister Williams explained that a cost saving measure is also taken regarding the decals for vehicles.    It will mean no excess stock and it will hopefully bring to an end the problem of the #RoadTrafficDepartment running out of the stickers which validate all motor vehicles as licensed by Government.It was also explained that “equipment is being installed in North Caicos and South Caicos to facilitate the drivers license process and soon, very soon,” he said, “motorists will not have to travel to Provo or Grand Turk to obtain or renew a driver’s license.”Another soon to come from the Ministry of Home Affairs, a ground breaking for the new post office construction in Providenciales in a matter of weeks as Minister Delroy Williams, in the House of Assembly last month explained the contract for work to begin has already been signed.   A stand alone home for the Provo Post Office has not existed since February 2014, when the former site was shut down due to infestation and dilapidation.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RoadTrafficDepartmentlast_img read more

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September 12, 2019

HER Talks Representation In Music Theres A Place For Everybodys Voice To

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 18, 2019 – 10:11 am H.E.R. TV & Radio Room Interview | 2019 GRAMMYs H.E.R. Talks Representation In Music: “There’s A Place For Everybody’s Voice To Be Heard” The GRAMMY-winning R&B artist talks women supporting each other, dreaming bigger and more in an interview at the 2019 GRAMMYsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 10:16 am California singer/songwriter H.E.R. may not have released her full-length debut album yet, but with H.E.R., the album that combines her first two EPs, she has made her powerful voice loud and clear.Now, with two wins under her belt as a first-time nominee at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, the 21-year-old is ready to dream even bigger. H.E.R. Talks Representation In Music her-talks-representation-music-theres-place-everybodys-voice-be-heard Email News Twitter Facebook Following her wins for Best R&B Performance for “Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar and Best R&B Album for H.E.R., she spoke to reporters to reflect on the big day. She talked about the synchronicity between herself and the GRAMMYs putting music first, and how the nominations for the project—”an introduction to who I am”—confirmed that she’s in the right place and needs to keep dreaming bigger.More: H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album For ‘H.E.R.’| 2019 GRAMMYsShe also shared her thoughts on a positive shift towards women in the music industry working together and actively supporting one another.”So many women were nominated alongside each other, and I love that camaraderie, that’s what we need. We need more women to support other women,” H.E.R. told a reporter. “At the end of the day, it’s not a competition; there’s a place for everybody’s voice to be heard. And we all represent different types of women, all shapes and sizes, all different voices and different messages to spread.”Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. On Being Born Into Music & Why R&B Is “At The Core Of Everything”last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Indianorigin family of 4 found dead in US locals suspect murdersuicide

first_img(representative image)Creative Commons Zero – CC0An Indian-origin family of four was found dead at their house in Iowa on Saturday, June 15. The deceased were identified as Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya, 41 and two young boys, aged 15, and 10 years.Sunkara was said to have been an employee of Iowa department of public safety’s technology services bureau and locals told the police that he was depressed and could have possibly killed his family members and committed suicide, Hindustan Times reports.Sunkara was originally from Tsunduru in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district and had moved to the United States for higher studies and had settled down there. The four victims were discovered by a guest living at their house. “When the victims were discovered, one of the survivors ran outside looking for help. He found a person who had then called the police to inform about the suspicious deaths,” police was quoted as saying in the report.There were two other adults and two children in the house when the incident took place.The police registered a case and have launched an investigation. The police said that the four of them have died due to gunshot wounds and only the post-mortem will reveal if there is anything amiss in the deaths and will also reveal the exact cause of death.”We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there is no continuing threat to the community,” the police said.The Telugu community in the US are in touch with the Indian Embassy to help the bereaved family in India making arrangements.last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Improving on the Perilous Plight of Black Boys

first_imgI’ve known David Miller, the founder and CEO of the Dare to Be King project for a long time.His brother Peter and I graduated from Walbrook High School in 1983 and David graduated from The Brook, one year later. And he’s been working with and mentoring Black boys and young men pretty much ever since.“This is all I’ve ever done…I was a school teacher in Baltimore, I taught over at Baltimore City Jail for a number of years teaching life skills and then myself and LaMarr Shields, we both decided to leave the classroom and really join forces to create a movement and a set of initiatives mainly in Baltimore and then across the country, to really position young Black males for success [Miller and Shields founded the Urban Leadership Institute, an educational think tank],” Miller said.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)For decades, Miller has positively impacted the lives of countless young people and over those years one of the overarching narratives that has evolved from his work is, `Nobody is coming to save us.’“I think folks are really waking up and beginning to realize….there are some things that are working that we don’t necessarily always highlight…and while there are some successful models and movements and things that are working, there is just some incredible heavy lifting that we have to do as parents and as caregivers,” Miller said. “And I think folks are starting to realize…that people are just not relying on government and elected officials, because I think that we’ve seen that strategy just is not working,” he added.Beyond the scope of his own work, Miller highlighted two scenarios, one in Oakland and another in Chicago, which have garnered encouraging results.In Oakland, through the African-American Male Achievement initiative, the Oakland Unified School District has been able to decrease suspension rates, increase attendance rates and increase graduation rates and literacy rates of Black male students across the board.“I think we’ve brought into this gloom and doom scenario that nothing is working as it relates to moving the needle as it relates to young Black males, both academically and socially,” Miller said.“And what the Oakland Unified School District has done, it started under a White superintendent, they decided that in order for us to adequately address the issues that young Black males are having in the district, that we have to create a set of deliberate and intentional interventions to address young Black males, if we want them to graduate, and if we want them to graduate ready for college and a career,” he added.In Chicago, at the Urban Prep Academies located throughout the city, for the eighth year in a row, 100 percent of the school’s seniors have been admitted to college, have received about $14 million in scholarships and one student was admitted to 39 colleges.Why can’t Baltimore replicate the success of a city like Chicago, which is facing so many profound challenges with violence and poverty?“In the city of Baltimore, how do we identify models that are working, whether they are local or national? How do we replicate those models and how do we fund those models,” Miller asked.Miller and another veteran education advocate, Richard Rowe are working on a report that will be released soon. “We’re looking at who is working with young Black males in Baltimore, what are some of the successes that these organizations have been able to document and what are some of the challenges,” Miller said.“There are some amazing organizations in Baltimore doing amazing work, like Changa Bell with the Black Male Yoga Initiative [Full disclosure: Bell is host of “The Relation Shift Experience on WEAA]. He also has the capacity to scale up…and reach more young Black males, but he isn’t getting any funding,” Miller added.“We have to ask ourselves…where is the money going? But, the other part of the equation is, I think, we’ve got to come to the table with 51 percent. We’ve got to start funding our own freedom.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img
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August 31, 2019

Love happens without intimation

first_imgI’m 32, married for 5 years. I love my husband but I think I’ve fallen in love with someone else. What should I do?Love happens without intimation and ‘love’ as a feeling can never be defined or dictated. I understand that the feeling of love for someone outside your marriage can lead to a suppressed feeling of guilt. But, honestly speaking – cool down, relax! As long as you are happy with this new season of love and its colors, don’t bother your nerves. Always remember, anything that ensures peaceful sleep and constant happiness is welcome. Just one word of caution, keep your personal life to yourself. Don’t speak about it to others. Have a happy life dear. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m from South Delhi. I recently got engaged, I have physical intimacy with my fiancé. But somehow, I fantasise about her sister a lot.There’s a problem for sure! Specially if the ‘fantasy’ doesn’t maintain its secrecy! Its  all in your mind. There are millions who fantasise models, actors while getting intimate with their partners. And no rule book for penalizing such acts. All I can say, Be careful!Your ‘would-be’ would be really shattered if she knows it. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo either concentrate and take her more seriously and get the sister out of your mind or marry the sister. Or change your mind and marry a completely new person who probably has no ‘sister’.But whatever you do, be quiet about it. I am 59. Met a young girl on internet. She’s taking a lot of interest in me. I’m getting nervous. What should I do?Congrats! That’s amazing!  Age should never be a reason to hold you back from exploring. If you’re happy with this ‘new episode’ of internet buddies, just get happier! You’ve nothing to win or lose and mental happiness over all is the biggest trophy. So, dear friend, just browse on, just flow on. We have two kids and I love my wife. But couple of months back, my old girlfriend got in touch and I got to know that she’s divorced. We are in touch and I went out for coffee with her twice. I’m very guilty suppressing it from my wife as I fear if she hears, her heart will break. What should I do? Depends on your personal equation with her. Tell her only if you guys are real good friends. Its sometimes very difficult for Indian woman to accept any face beside her man easily. So, let the ice melt on its own. Don’t rush to reveal. Let the coffee breaks continue peacefully  so that life remains happy for all.I love my wife but don’t enjoy our physical chemistry as she’s damn frigid. I don’t know how to make it better.You should start from the basics. Begin from the beginning. Start from adding small touches of love, surprise kisses, hugs. Just holding on and longer can turn it magically. Try to seduce her at any unexpected moment – the kitchen, the garden, the, those corners of home that remain unexplored. Get wild there. You can watch porn together and talk about it. Intimate conversations during sex and talking about sex may work for her. Keep exploring, read books and keep loving her. At the end of the day we all know what stays.I am in high school. I have developed the habit of watching porn everyday. I am unable to stop. What can I do? Is it normal. Listen dear, you have to come out of it gradually. Pornography is unreal and if you continue then you might lose interest in having sex with your partner/partners in the future. The virtual is a fantasy and it has to get over someday. Watch them but less.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Dead murder accused case HC asks Delhi Police to probe

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has directed city police to probe whether some of its officers suppressed facts in a case pertaining to identification of a body as that of a murder accused who had jumped bail.The accused had allegedly connived with his family members to show the unidentified body as his own to get him declared dead by Uttar Pradesh Police.A special bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta directed the DCP concerned, under whose jurisdiction the Seelampur police station falls, to “carefully go through report of UP police” and file a status report by next date of hearing.It issued the direction after noting that UP Police in its report has said that some officers of Anti Auto Theft Squad of Seelampur police station were “guilty of suppressing the facts in the matter”.“Conduct of all these officers is not above suspicion. It was a very serious issue where a decomposed body of some person came to be identified as that of the appellant.“As per the UP police report the officials here are trying to come in the way of justice. It will not be allowed in this case,” the court said, while issuing the directions to Delhi Police. The bench also made it clear that “the necessary facts shall be fully inquired into and no casual approach will be entertained” and directed that the status report be filed in four weeks.The court was hearing the appeal of Rajbir against his conviction by a trial court here in a murder case. During pendency of his appeal in court, he had obtained bail and then went missing.Despite repeated summons, when the court had failed to get his presence in the appeal case, it had decided to direct the police in Ghaziabad to trace him since he belonged to that district.Later information, through UP Police, was received by the court that the accused is dead. UP Police had said family of the accused had identified the clothes found on the body as those worn by Rajbir. The body was handed over to them and they cremated it and got a death certificate in his name.last_img read more

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