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  • Make Tamil official language in central govt offices DMK

    first_imgChennai: After stridently opposing the Centre’s move to impose the three-language formula, DMK chief M K Stalin Wednesday demanded that Tamil be made an official language in all central government offices. Talking to reporters here after paying homage to former IUML president Quaid-e-Millat on his 124th birth anniversary, he said, “We should take a vow on this day to make Tamil an official language in central government offices.” The DMK will continue to extend support to this cause, he added. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistStalin, who is also leader of the opposition in the state assembly, claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula and it withdrew its decision following opposition from Tamils. On Tuesday, the DMK proposed that the two-language formula devised by Dravidian icon C N Annadurai should be implemented across the country. The proposal came a day after the Centre dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.last_img read more

  • TSB says pilots should be tested for alcohol and drug use to

    first_imgVANCOUVER – The airline industry and Transport Canada should develop a program requiring pilots to be tested for drugs and alcohol, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday after releasing a report into a crash that killed two people.Board chairwoman Kathy Fox called on both sides to work with employee representatives to implement a program that would protect public safety. She added that self-policing by the industry has not worked, so the issue of impairment will continue to go unrecognized and unreported.“What’s needed is something more, especially for safety-sensitive positions where, to be plain, people’s lives could be at stake,” she told a news conference.“Alcohol impairment almost certainly played a role,” Fox said of the cargo plane crash on April 13, 2015, in the mountains north of Vancouver.A total of four fatal crashes since 2009, three involving commercial operators, have had drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor, said Fox, who added it was time to learn lessons from the latest disaster.The BC Coroners Service had reported that pilot Robert Brandt had a blood-alcohol level of three times the legal limit for driving.Brandt, 34, was captain of the twin-engine Swearingen cargo aircraft operated by Carson Air. First officer Kevin Wang, 32, also died, but did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system.Other countries, including the United States and Australia, have found mandatory drug and alcohol testing are most effective along with education, employee assistance programs, rehabilitation, return-to-duty programs and peer support, Fox said.The safety board said the crew did not declare an emergency before the aircraft dropped to 900 metres from 2,400 metres in less than 20 seconds.The agency was unable to confirm why the aircraft entered a steep dive and broke apart mid-air, Fox said.“This is not satisfying to the TSB, certainly not for the families involved and not to Canadians who have come to rely on one of the safest transportation systems in the world.”Jason Kobi, the investigator in charge, said the aircraft disappeared from radar 80 seconds after the pilots’ final contact with air-traffic control.There was no cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder on board, and the lack of hard data significantly undermined the investigation, Kobi said.Investigators found the aircraft entered a steep dive and accelerated to a high speed that exceeded its structural limits and caused it to break apart before crashing, he said. Debris scattered over a wide area.“But the question remained: Why? Unfortunately, we were never able to determine this with certainty.”Kobi said the pilot’s high blood-alcohol content was one possibility, because it meant his physical and mental performance would have been impaired and he could have lost consciousness.“Even if the captain, had been, for example, slumped forward toward the controls we found no indication that the first officer was incapacitated and he should still have been able to regain control of the aircraft.”It’s also possible heaters that provide air speed information were off or malfunctioned or that the aircraft was intentionally placed into a steep dive, with several factors suggesting that could have been the case, Kobi said.They include the duration of the dive, absence of any emergency communication and the lack of recovery efforts when the plane started to descend rapidly.Other possible coincidental factors have been identified, including physical indications that the pilot had a history of heavy alcohol use and “the fact that there is a significant relationship between alcohol use and suicidal behaviour,” Kobi said.“Those several coincidental factors were present (but) the investigation could not conclude anything about the captain’s predisposition to commit an intentional act.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said there had been four other fatal crashes since 2009 where drugs or alcohol were contributing factors, and that the crash happened in 2005.last_img read more

  • Large gas explosion damages homes in London Ont

    first_imgLONDON – Emergency crews are on scene in London, Ontario after reports a vehicle crashed into a home and struck a gas line.The incident occurring late Wednesday night, causing an explosion strong enough to shake homes blocks away.Police have arrested one woman in connection to the initial crash.Many on scene reporting a large explosion that looked like fireworks and a number of homes damaged.Area residents have been safely removed from their homes as a precaution.While there are no civilian injuries, 2 officers suffered minor injuries and 2 firefighters are in hospital.“This is going to be a several day investigation.. and we’re just asking all occupants in the area to be cognizant of that, especially on their commute tomorrow (Thursday) and to stay out of the area, or the immediate area.” Constable Shayna Boland said.The exact cause of the explosion has not been confirmed.Police are continuing their efforts in making sure all houses are evacuated and several buses are there for any occupants to go on.#London #Ontario #Canada Felt the impact of the explosion all the way in 700 King Street. View from balcony. Scary stuff. Prayers for the first responders.. pic.twitter.com/gnbX0OUrxd— Tasneem (@tasneem_n) August 15, 2019last_img read more

  • Moroccan Reporter Souad Mekhennet Writes of Her Life Pursuing Extremists

    By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Moroccan-German journalist Souad Mekhennet explores her investigations into Islamic extremism in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in a memoir entitled “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.”The 368-page memoir discusses the reporter’s personal experience as a Muslim reporter with a bicultural identity. Mekhennet was born and raised in Germany by a Moroccan father and a Turkish mother. Her personal background helped her to describe in vivid detail some of the most breathtaking events and incidents which she has covered and witnessed.As a Muslim, Mekhennet has had access to some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaida and ISIS, who have refused to talk to Western reporters. Throwing aside any fears, she has frequently been told to ”come alone, not to carry any identification,” and to “leave her cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at the hotel.”In her memoir, the journalist gives detailed information about her assignments across the Middle Eastern, Europe and North Africa, to terrorism and extremist groups, including in Syria and Iraq. The journalist says she was committed in her memoir ”not to take any side, but to speak about all sides and challenge them equally.”The Moroccan journalist has worked for internationally renowned media outlets, including The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Daily Beast and German television ZDF. She currently works at The Washington Post.“I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad” will be released June 13. read more

  • Children are hit hardest by Zimbabwes economic problems – UNICEF

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is deeply concerned about increased suffering for everyday Zimbabweans, particularly children, as a result of grave economic problems facing the southern African country. “Every day in Zimbabwe the basic elements required for a healthy and happy childhood –affordable education, three meals per day, clothing and shelter – are being pushed out of reach for people,” said UNICEF’s Representative in Zimbabwe, Festo Kavishe. With official inflation at 4,530 per cent, the cost of essential goods and services is increasing every day, in some cases doubling, the agency notes in a press release issued today. The country is facing “critical shortages” of drugs, as well as key health and education staff, and has entered another drought year. Last month Zimbabwe’s Central Statistics Office said the basic “family food basket” for a family of six cost $100. However, a teacher’s salary equates to just $18 per month, and that of a nurse $20. Unemployment is reported at more than 70 per cent. And yet, UNICEF says, amid these colossal hardships, significant accomplishments have been made. Ninety-five per cent of orphans continue to be absorbed by the extended family, while last year Zimbabwe became the first country in southern Africa to record a fall in the HIV rate – from 24.6 per cent to 20 per cent. Working across Zimbabwe in areas of child protection, education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and HIV prevention, UNICEF says Zimbabweans have been “nothing short of miraculous” in attempting to cope with the current economic crisis and in caring for their children.“This country is full of heroes,” said Mr. Kavishe. “The grandmothers who work 18-hour days to keep half a dozen orphaned grandchildren in school, the volunteers who devote their time to caring for those racked with pain from AIDS but without drugs, the millions of Zimbabweans who just refuse to give up hope.” At the same time, he cautioned that the country has entered a new phase of hardship. “These are people who forgo bread for books so as to keep their children in school, who are uncomfortable with putting their hand out, but their options are exhausted.” In the past two years, with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the European Commission, and the Governments of Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia, UNICEF has increased the number of orphans in Zimbabwe it reaches tenfold, from 50,000 to 500,000. But it warned that critical programmes in HIV prevention, health, nutrition and education remain less than 20 per cent funded. 26 June 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is deeply concerned about increased suffering for everyday Zimbabweans, particularly children, as a result of grave economic problems facing the southern African country. read more

  • UN agency now has full access to asylumseekers in Egyptian detention centres

    17 June 2008Staff members from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have met with a number of asylum-seekers in Egyptian detention centres following the Government’s decision to allow the agency unhindered access to determine their status. In February, authorities in Egypt had suspended access of UNHCR protection staff to asylum seekers in detention. Since then, the agency had been requesting access for their protection staff to evaluate the situation of those detained.UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva that staff from the agency had arrived in Aswan on Sunday night to prepare for UNHCR teams to carry out interviews and individual assessments of asylum-seekers in detention centres, particularly Eritrean nationals. “Egypt has seen a surge of Eritreans entering the country illegally in recent months by land from Sudan or directly from Eritrea via the Red Sea,” Ms. Pagonis noted.On Monday, the team visited two locations in Aswan in Shalal and Nasr ElNouba areas where they met some of the asylum-seekers. “The teams reported they saw close to 180 asylum-seekers, including a group of 40 Ethiopians,” reported Ms. Pagonis.She added that a similar preparatory team will proceed to Hurghada today to prepare the ground for the deployment of more teams. “We also plan to send UNHCR teams to other locations in Egypt where reportedly asylum-seekers are in detention. “In the coming days we will be discussing and reviewing the operational details with our governmental counterparts and proceed with the determination of the status of the concerned group,” she said. read more

  • NAFTA booster in Trump administration I think we get a deal by

    WASHINGTON — One of the biggest supporters of NAFTA in the Trump administration says he’s feeling increasingly optimistic, twice telling a gathering of American lawmakers Tuesday that he foresees a deal by the end of December.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a hearing of the House of Representatives agriculture committee that he believes it will happen in the months following July’s presidential election in Mexico. He made that prediction again, when pressed.“I’m more hopeful than I have been,” Perdue said. “I think we get the Mexican politics out of the way, I think we’ll have a deal before the end of the year.”There’s been movement at the negotiating table — although less so from the Canadians, he said. But he is predicting an end result that benefits everyone: “I think probably we see more movement on Mexico’s side, than we do Canada. I believe frankly we’ll get a better deal from both of them, and preserve the benefits for all three countries.”The context of Tuesday’s exchange was the persistent concern in the U.S. farming industry.American farmers have been one of the biggest winners in NAFTA, and lately have been struggling with low crop prices, and their sector has been pleading with the Trump administration not to jeopardize the trade agreement.Perdue has been their vocal advocate within the Trump administration.There is deep concern in the countryside that the gains in export markets achieved over the last few decades might be reversed, said the committee’s Republican chairman, Mike Conaway of Texas.It was a concern echoed by a Democrat representing California’s fertile Central Valley, hub for the production of grapes, citrus, nuts and other products. That lawmaker, Jim Costa, saluted the cabinet secretary.“You’ve been a voice of reason,” he told Perdue. “It’s been difficult for many of us to follow what direction the president is pursuing — whether it’s Mexico or Canada… Where are we?”A trade negotiation takes many twists and turns, Perdue said, with all the action really happening at the end. He compared it to what happens with a bill in the U.S. Congress.That prompted Costa to interject, tongue-in-cheek: “Don’t tell me that!” read more

  • Nalaka de Silva further remanded over plot to kill President

    Former Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was today ordered to be further remanded till April 23rd.Nalaka de Silva has been in remand over the alleged plot to kill the President. The Criminal Investigations Department told court earlier this year that there was evidence to prove Nalaka de Silva was linked to the alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

  • Messaging app Lines stock soars in NYSE debut

    Messaging app Line’s stock soars in NYSE debut by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2016 9:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of Line Corp. are soaring in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange amid hungry investor demand to get in on the mobile messaging craze.Line’s American Depositary Shares closed up $8.74, or 27 per cent, to $41.58 Thursday. The stock will begin trading in Tokyo on Friday local time.Though little known in the U.S., Line has enjoyed a quick surge to popularity in Japan, filling an important communications hole after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 damaged phone infrastructure. In its home country, Line has more users than Facebook or Twitter.Line has its headquarters in Tokyo, but is majority owned by Naver Corp., South Korea’s No. 1 search engine. read more

  • PICS US Midwest braces itself for record freeze

    first_imgAll the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak. If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.Before the polar plunge, today marked the day Earth is the closest it gets to the sun each year. The planet orbits the sun in an oval and on average is about 93 million miles away. But every January, Earth is at perihelion, and on Saturday, it was only 91.4 million miles from the sun.But that proximity doesn’t affect the planet’s temperatures, and the predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, ND, minus 31 in International Falls, Minnesota, and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago.At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in as wind chills may reach 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.Wind chillEven wind chills of 25 below zero can do serious damage, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett in St Louis.“Those are dangerous levels of wind chill,” he said of the expected wind chill in Missouri at daybreak Monday. “A person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”The cold will sweep through parts of New England, too, where residents are digging out from a snowstorm.And fresh powder is expected in parts of the central Midwest and South starting tonight — up to a foot in eastern Missouri, 6 to 8 inches in central Illinois, 8 or more inches in western Kentucky and a half-foot to a foot in southwestern Michigan.Snow will reduce the sun’s heating effect, so nighttime lows will plummet because of strong northwest winds that will deliver the Arctic blast, Maue said. There’s no warming effect from the Gulf to counteract the cold air, he said.Even places accustomed to mild and warmer winters will be affected early next week, including Atlanta where Tuesday’s high is expected to hover in the mid-20s.States are trying to get ahead of the storm, with Minnesota calling off school Monday for the entire state – the first such closing in 17 years – as well as the Wisconsin cities of Milwaukee and Madison.Though this cold spell will last just a few days, it likely will freeze over the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, meaning frigid temperatures probably won’t go away for the rest of the winter, Maue said.He also noted that it’s relatively uncommon to have such frigid air blanket so much of the US, maybe once a decade or every couple of decades.But so far, this winter is proving to be a cold one. IT HAS BEEN decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive tomorrow, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.This “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the US, funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.Deep freezeRyan Maue, of Tallahassee, Florida, a meteorologist for Weather Bell, said records will likely be broken during the short yet forceful deep freeze – a perfect combination of the jet stream, cold surface temperatures and the polar vortex – that will begin on Sunday and extend into early next week.last_img read more

  • In one of his last outings Eamon Gilmore to discuss what to

    first_imgIreland has already committed €200,000 in emergency aid to buy tents and hygiene kits for these people. Gilmore said it was critical that Iraq’s political leaders “come together in a more constructive way to overcome this crisis”.The view from the USUS President Barack Obama has warned that the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) could destabilise other countries in the volatile region.Isis, which has already taken over several cities, is aiming to create an Islamic state that will incorporate both Iraq and Syria.Speaking last night, Obama ruled out putting US combat troops on the ground in Iraq again, but said that their ideology poses a medium and long-term threat to the United States.“We’re going to have to be vigilant generally,” he said in an interview. “Right now the problem with Isis is the fact that they’re destabilising the country”.“This could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan,” he said. “They are engaged in wars in Syria where, in the vacuum that’s been created, they could amass more arms, more resources”.Read: Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabilise other countries > Read: Iraqi troops show strength, but ISIS captures key crossing > IN WHAT WILL be one of his final outings as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will be in Luxembourg today to discuss the worsening crisis in Iraq with other EU Foreign Ministers.Speaking ahead of the event, Gilmore said he was “extremely concerned” by the deteriorating situation.“The surge in violence represents a serious threat to the security, not only of the Iraqi people, but of the whole region,” he said.The Foreign Affairs Council – which is made up of all EU foreign ministers – will meet with the UN Special Representative on Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov, to talk about the number of people forced to flee the country.An estimated half a million Iraqis have had to leave their homes due to the fighting so far.Watch: What Eamon Gilmore had to say as he arrived for the meeting in Luxembourg last_img read more

  • A number of city centre overdoses linked to gangs toxic drug mixing

    first_img Share Tweet Email Monday 1 May 2017, 12:10 AM Image: Shutterstock/RCH Photography A number of city centre overdoses linked to gang’s toxic drug mixing in flats complex Heroin and cocaine were being cut in the same location. By Garreth MacNamee 15 Comments May 1st 2017, 12:10 AM 24,479 Views Image: Shutterstock/RCH Photography Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3356909 A POTENTIALLY LETHAL batch of heroin which was being prepared in a city centre flat complex is responsible for a number of recent overdoses in Dublin.There has been at least two deaths in the last two weeks in relation to what is suspected to be the same heroin.In one incident, gardaí raided a flats complex in the south inner city where they discovered a makeshift drug cutting enterprise. A handgun, cash and supplies of other illegal drugs were discovered. Cocaine with a very high purity was discovered. This drug was expected to be cut using the same facilities, a possibly lethal practice for those who consume drugs.There have been some high-profile overdoses in recent weeks. Friends of some senior criminal figures, unconnected with the Hutch-Kinahan feud, have been brought to hospital after taking contaminated drugs.Gardaí believe they know the identities of the men involved in the preparation of the illegal drugs. These are men who would be supplied with the initial batch of purer drugs by the Kinahan cartel.Well-placed sources have told TheJournal.ie that high-ranking members of the Kinahan cartel are unhappy with the way in which their drugs are being mixed and sold in certain parts of the city.The Irish Sun has also reported on how low-level drug suppliers have been using council-owned sheds to mix drugs.City councillor Daithí de Róiste told TheJournal.ie that he finds the whole practice shocking.“It’s madness that you have such large quantities of drugs and weapons near where children are playing. There are innocent, hard-working families who are trying to get on with their lives. They don’t need this criminality where they live. I want to congratulate the gardaí on their work.”Read: ‘We can’t keep our head in the sand’: Only 3 armed gardaí covering Dublin Airport >Read: At least two arrested over ’tissue packet begging scam’ on Irish trains > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • TCI Health gives 100 Cold Flu shot Free

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – Beaches Staff boosted for the Cold and Flu season as the resort gets ready for the country’s busiest tourism time. The Public Health Nurses of the Ministry of Health on Tuesday delivered 100 free vaccines to Beaches staff. Dr. Jamillah Berry, Health Planner for the country explained that it is still in the height of the cold and flu season, and that her team is committed to keeping the Turks and Caicos healthy and this was another step in spreading the word that the seasonal flu vaccine for adults and children are available at all Government operated Primary Health Care Clinics free of charge.” Magnetic Media has posted the health advice from Dr. Berry at our Facebook page, you can check out that list of one dozen tips. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cold, dr. jamillah berry, Flu shots, public health nurses HEALTH HAS MOSQUITO GEAR & GIVING FREE FLU SHOTS Recommended for youlast_img read more

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Hurricane Irma – Bahamas Overseas Offices

    first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise that The Bahamas Consulate General in Atlanta will be closed Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 September, respectively.The Bahamas Embassy in Haiti, and the Consulate General in Miami are also closed until further notice.   The Bahamas Embassy in Cuba will resume normal office hours, Monday, 11 September.The Ministry further wishes to report that all staff of these offices have reported that they are okay, as well as other Bahamians who have registered with the respective offices, and with whom the staff have been able to make contact.The Ministry will provide further updates when available.Press Release: BISlast_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE Four in 10 employers struggle to offer competitive workplace benefits

    first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Around four in 10 (42%) UK employers struggle to offer competitive employee benefits to their staff, according to research by insurance organisation Aviva.Its survey of 502 UK managers and 2,011 UK-based employees also found that, of those employers that found it difficult to offer competitive workplace benefits, 64% cited the cost of implementation as the biggest barrier. Others identified a lack of staff or resources (34%), limited information on how to remain competitive (28%) and not having the time required to introduce these benefits successfully (27%).Three in 10 (30%) organisations with fewer than 10 employees said that it was hard to provide competitive employee benefits, versus 48% of employers with 10 to 500 staff and 39% of those with workforces of 500 people or more.Around two-thirds (67%) of employer respondents plan to improve their current workplace benefits package; 29% continually monitor and improve what they offer staff, 20% are looking to make improvements in this area within the next year and 18% want to make changes to their benefits, but not in the upcoming 12 months.Less than a third (30%) of businesses are opting to keep their employee benefits package the same, and only 3% plan to decrease what they offer.Dominic Fryer (pictured), head of workplace strategy at Aviva, said: “It’s understandable that many businesses find it difficult to offer a competitive workplace benefits package. Finances are often stretched and sometimes there are other priorities.“But there are some cost-effective ways of improving employees’ wellbeing. Businesses could consider introducing running or other sports clubs, create a team of wellbeing champions or find ways to help staff improve their work-life balance.“The power of the pension shouldn’t be overlooked either. Our research showed that it’s in the top three benefits that employees are interested in. Every business with employees now has to offer a workplace pension, but finding a way to increase the employer contribution could improve employee satisfaction and help when recruiting new talent.”last_img read more

  • YouTuber who gave man toothpastefilled Oreos sentenced to prison report says

    first_img Share your voice PewDiePie’s battle for YouTube supremacy continues 5 Kanghua Ren, aka ReSet. YouTube/Screenshot by CNET It’s hard to not get down on the state of humanity when you learn about the YouTuber who reportedly filmed himself tricking a homeless man into eating Oreos filled with toothpaste and then joking that the cookies would make him clean. (They made him vomit.)But some might take comfort in the story’s end. Barcelona prankster Kanghua Ren, 21, known to his followers as ReSet, was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison for his crime against the “moral integrity” of the homeless man, according to El Pais newspaper. The court also reportedly ordered Ren’s YouTube and other social media channels to be shut down for five years and said he must give the victim 20,000 euros ($22,305) in compensation.It’s unlikely Ren will actually serve time behind bars, The New York Times reports, because Spanish law usually suspends sentences under two years for first-time offenders.Ren was 19 when he filmed the prank in early 2017 after being challenged by one of his 1.2 million followers, according to the Times. He also gave the homeless man a 20 euro bill. Ren called the video just a bad joke, but the judge noted that he earned more than 2,000 euros in ad revenue generated from the video, the Times said. Digital Media Now playing: Watch this:center_img Tags 1:25 Comments YouTubelast_img read more

  • New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm today Goa

    first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm. Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the BJP increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House. The chief minister said the three members from coalition partner Goa Forward Party and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday. Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar. Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the Chief Minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership. “I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said. Advertise With Us Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent. Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis. “The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.” “We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said. Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday. While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned here from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.last_img read more

  • LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

    first_imgBy Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you, but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may house their bodies, but not souls. You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran Every day is Mother’s Day, so as you celebrate and remember your mother on Mother’s Day May 12, 2019, remember the little things that make your mom special.“I just called to say I love you” Stevie Wonder Shower her with hugs, kisses and endless phone calls. Fill her heart with laughter and merriment you are creating memories that will comfort you when she is no longer here.“I’ll always love my mother” Intruders It’s hard to believe that we will experience our first Mother’s Day without our mother. As we approach Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of one of the last conversations Mommy and I had.“Mommy what am I going to do without; I thought you would always be here with me. My Mother in her very practical manner said. “You’ll be okay; I can’t stay here with you forever”“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia Yes, like many others without their mothers we will remember the moments that made us cry, laugh or scream and the hugs and kisses that would make everything okay. We will remember comments they made when we were young and didn’t know what it meant, only to grow old and learn Mother wit. We will carry a special smile on our face that only a mother could understand. But most importantly we know that a mother’s love is irreplaceable.“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving Remembering Geraldine” Cutty” Thompson on her death at the age of 96. You remember her from the old Baltimore Country Club or Maceo’s Lounge. Full of fun, a good story and some saucy words. She loved to tell people that they were sitting in her living room when Maceo’s expanded next door to the house she had lived in for years. When Geraldine turned 94, I took her to DUDA in Fells Point for lunch. We walked into DUDA and Geraldine announced I’m 94 today and my friend brought me to lunch. The diners applauded, asked Geraldine what she was drinking, she said Cutty Sark “straight no chaser”; that’s why they call me Cutty! A piece of Baltimore’s history died with you; maybe now you and Biddy Wood can finish that book.Sending prayers to Catherine and Rodney Orange Sr. on the death of their son Rodney; to Reva Lewie and family on the death of Tuskegee Airman Lemuel Arthur Lewie, at the age of 99. Thanks for your service.Celebration time! People are still raving about the 80th birthday party for Shirley Richmond hosted by her daughter Sharon Richmond at Owings Mills Groveton Grove. The party was a reunion of family, friends and members of the Pinochle Pals.Happy birthday Senator Delores Kelley, Honorable Sharon Green Middleton, Donald “Duck” Welling, Lee Stokes, Daisy Brown, Billy Cool, Binx Watts and happy 95th birthday Elizabeth Goins.“Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.” Kahlil Gibran Wishing a happy 61st anniversary to Adolph and Helen McDonald and a happy anniversary to Dr. Vallen and Michele Emery.“Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilized life.” Adam Gopnik If you are in the Towson area check out Towson Tavern located near the traffic circle, they offer delicious food served in an upscale restaurant. If you don’t want to sit at the bar there is a massive dining room or and a cozy lounge area with a fireplace.Looking for Mexican food stop pass Blue Agave in Federal Hill for happy hour from 3 to 7pm featuring assorted tacos including shrimp, pulled pork and house margaritas.Come out and support Urban Oyster located in McHenry Row serving broiled or fresh oysters and assorted seafood. We went on a Thursday after their soft opening. The chef came out to personally welcome us. Thursday night features a seafood boil with lobster etc. Drinks are limited to a few refreshing specialty drinks.“Members only, it’s a private party. Don’t need no money to qualify. Don’t bring your checkbook…” Bobby Blue Bland My best friend forever (BFF) Dr. Marie Washington and I were enjoying dinner at the Center Club when I spotted members of the No Name Club hosting dinner for their wives and the widows of deceased club members. The gentlemen were attired in formal white dinner jackets and the wives were dressed in after five made for a beautiful sight. Some of the members in attendance were Ralph and BrendaWright, Gwen and Nat Trader, Cordell and Dell Boone, Charlene and John McCargo, Gladys and Rob Rice and Alex and Joan Brown.Meet me at Little Havana on Key Highway on Cinco de Maya at 2 pm for a fun Sunday.last_img read more

  • This Stuffed Sperm Whale Penis Just Sold For 6000 in Auction

    first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… One lucky taxidermy fan is going home with quite the home decor. A taxidermied sperm whale penis from the late 19th century sold yesterday for £4,600 ($5,875) by UK auction house Sworders Fine Art.The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) penis was 65 inches long (167 cm) and 11 inches (29 cm) at the thickest part. It was stuffed with hair and end-tied with rope, according to the Sworders listing.Mark Wilkinson told Atlas Obscura the item was consigned to the auction house by a private collector, who had it for about 20 years.AdChoices广告Mark Wilkinson, specialist at Sworders Fine Art auction house, with the sperm whale penis that sold for almost $6,000. (Photo Credit: Sworders Fine Art)Because it was such an oddity with no previously auctioned analogs, Wilkinson told the website pricing the sperm whale penis was a challenge. The only similar items he was able to find, at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, were not for sale.Sworders ultimately set the auction estimate around the donor’s suggestion, at between $4,500 and $5,800.The sperm whale penis was part of the auction house’s “Out of the Ordinary” sale, and featured other strange items such as a complete cave bear skeleton, which sold for around $16,600, and a full-mount Canadian polar bear, which sold for more than $25,500, according to the East Anglian Daily Times. Stay on targetcenter_img A spokesperson from Sworders told the Daily Times taxidermy has undergone a “collecting renaissance” in the past decade. “It appeals to both collectors and to interior designers looking to make bold interior statements. Taxidermy eccentricities are a particularly buoyant niche.”An outfit worn by Michael Jackson, which included a jumpsuit, helmet, gloves, and sneakers worn during the 1992-93  ‘Dangerous’ tour was also sold to a buyer from Japan for more than $20,000.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in Auction4.5-Billion-Year Old Heart-Shaped Meteorite Up for AuctionThis Boot That Almost Went to the Moon Is Up for Auctionlast_img read more

  • Recap A500 reopens following accident

    first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes One lane of the A500 is currently blocked due to an accident . The lane is closed on the northbound carriageway near to the Wolstanton Retail Park. It is understood police officers are on the scene. A spokesman for traffic monitoring company INRIX said: “One lane closed due to accident on A500 D Road Northbound at A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park). “Lane one (of two) is closed. Also queuing southbound as people slows down for watching.” We will bring updates in the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 09:21Road clearedTraffic easing, earlier accident on A500 D Road Northbound at A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park). Cleared at 08:20. lane one (of two) was closed.09:04Further accident at SidewayA500 D Road in both directions partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A50 (Sideway Roundabout). 08:08Accident location (Image: Google/INRIX)08:07Further delays on the A500Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is 11 minutes. 08:07Want the latest traffic and travel news? Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more