Church of Haile Selassie I Gets Legal Status

first_imgThe Government has officially recognised the Church of Haile Selassie I as part of the religious expression of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica.This follows the passage of the Church of Haile Selassie I (Incorporation and Vesting) Act, 2013 in the Senate on Friday, October 25, after it was approved by the House of Representatives on October 8.Piloting the Bill in the Upper House, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislative establishment of the Church of Haile Selassie I will further legitimise the faith and religious practices of Rastafarians and their families.Noting that this signals a historic moment in Jamaica, Senator Golding said he is particularly pleased that after spending several years before the Private Bill Committee of Parliament, the legislation “has finally successfully emerged from that process”.The Bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of the Church of Haile Selassie I and to vest certain assets in the church and to allow it to hold property.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, said he is pleased that a “home grown” religion, has finally received legal status and state recognition in Jamaica.“The Rastafarian movement has contributed significantly and positively to our history. There have been incidences in the past that would need, maybe, some investigation, and lessons can be learned from that…and to encourage the Minister to reach out to the other sector groups so that they too can be legitimate,” he said.Government Senator, Lambert Brown also gave his support for the Bill, contending that it “has been a long road for the Rastafarians” who have been setting positive examples and have been preaching self-reliance as part of the way forward for the country.“I’m happy to associate with all of the progressive and positive contributions that the Rastafarians (have made to the country).  Despite oppression, despite brutality, despite all the negative things said about them by high society, they have led the way. I’m very happy that today, I can participate where we recognise the religious practices of a group of Rastafarians….I’m happy that we are recognising them today and allowing them to be part of the system, because they have been positive,” he said.Among the aims and objectives of the church are to develop the social and administrative mechanisms to organise and centralise the Rastafarian movement according to the operational guidelines, which the federation and the movement see fit; to achieve official recognition for the federation and Rastafarians,  leading towards democratic representation; and to provide cultural and political education for members of the federation, Rastafarians and for others, who conscientiously wish to become informed about the movement.The Church of Haile Selassie I was formed in 1987, by Brother Emmanuel Fox, a Rastafarian activist along with other brethrens.last_img read more

Environmental Awards by DEMA this weekend

first_img 40 Honored at DECR Stewardship Awards Related Items:dema, environmental awards, henry wilson, world environment day, world ocean day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Jun 2015 – Thirty five environmental champions will be awarded this weekend when the Department of Environment and Maritime affairs hosts the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards. Acting Director of DEMA, Henry Wilson says: “DEMA takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organisations that have kindly contributed their time, equipment and/or financial assistance to DEMA throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.” This entire event will unfold in concert with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day on June 5th and 8th respectively… Wilson adds that if you want to be a Community Conservation Partner to contact DEMA. Recommended for you Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surgeslast_img read more

Monchi reiterates confidence in Di Francesco at Roma

first_imgAS Roma sporting director Monchi announced that the club retain “100%” confidence in under-fire coach Eusebio Di FrancescoThe Giallorossi blew a two-goal lead on Saturday at Cagliari to settle for a 2-2 draw, which left them only eighth in the Serie A table after 15 games.It means that Roma’s five-season run of finishing in the top three in the league is in danger of ending with reports in the Italian media suggesting Di Francesco’s future is on the line.The Italian himself declared that his focus remains on the pitch with Monchi now announcing that the club board retain full confidence in him.“Unfortunately I have talked about this too many times: the position of the club has not changed and our confidence [in the coach] is the same,” Monchi told Sky Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“When I have belief in a professional I do not easily change my mind. I am a bit confused when I read things about the directors: that there is a war between us, that I want to walk away, that I’m getting angry. Here we have 100% belief in the coach.“It is the same coach who finished third last season and took us to the Champions League semi-finals – nothing has changed.“Sometimes the responsibility falls on all of us, not just one person: we can’t put everything on the coach.”Roma will face Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic tonight at 18:55 (CET) with the hope of avoiding defeat to book a last-16 spot from Group G.last_img read more

Health Department closes South Bay beaches due to hazardous conditions

first_img Posted: January 16, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, January 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Health Department closes South Bay beaches due to hazardous conditions 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI)- The Health Department just closed the beaches in Coronado and Silverstrand, where the Navy SEALs train.KUSI’s Dan Plante is live in Imperial Beach with the latest on the hazardous conditions. last_img read more

Glam Partners with Publishers for New Channel

first_imgMore than 20 Web sites and publishers have joined Glam Media’s new vertical, Glam Wellness, which the online women’s network officially launched today.With the launch of Glam Wellness, Glam’s vertical content network includes six channels, including Style, Living, Entertainment, Health and Family.Boulder, Colorado-based Natural Solutions magazine, along with Earth Pledge, a non-profit, have signed on as Glam Wellness content partners. Web sites that have joined include EcoFabulous, EatingWell and Lifescript.The Wellness channel will be headed by Joe Lagani, former publisher of Condé Nast’s House & Garden, with Glam co-founder and Wellness Director Rebecca Arora. In May, Glam became the latest media company to launch a video and distribution platform with GlamTV, which allows sharing of video content from its network of more than 500 women’s fashion and lifestyle Web sites.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Judy OConnell Discusses What Shell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?I have and continue to be supportive of our local police and fire departments. As a taxpayer and prior member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I have supported collective bargaining contracts, capital improvement expenditures and training for both departments throughout the years. As a future State Representative, I will continue to support the public safety officials of the 19th Middlesex District in any manner possible through state funding and programs that will ensure at the end of their shifts our public safety officials have the greatest chance of going home to their families safely. It has been an absolute travesty regarding the increase in police officers being shot and injured and in some cases killed. I would support state legislation that is focused on protecting the men and women who serve and protect us every day in our communities. For both police and fire, I would be open and supportive of state training initiatives that focus on the training, health and welfare of our public safety officials.Regarding the North Wilmington substation, I truly believe one is necessary more now than ever. The growth and development in Wilmington continues and there is a definite need in the north side of town especially with the train tracks near Elia’s and off of Salem Street. I fully recognize this substation will come with some upfront costs relative to the build and an increase in staffing, capital equipment, potential overtime costs, etc. However, I think this substation is vital and frankly long overdue. As a State Representative, I will be open and supportive of a project such as this assuming it is well planned out with fiscal responsibility and present and future needs in mind. As a State Representative, I would also be committed to seeking any available state funding sources to assist with this project.Additionally, I would support a new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year. The people of the community have spoken and this project is coming forward because there is a need. Once again, I am very receptive and supportive of doing what is necessary for our 19th Middlesex District public safety. If this is a need and the current infrastructure will not be sustainable for the foreseeable future, I believe it makes sense to consider construction now as construction costs, financing options, etc. continue to be on the rise. Therefore, the project you don’t do today will definitely cost you more tomorrow. In closing, I will say that the police and fire departments of both communities within the 19th Middlesex District are the life line for all of us to turn to in a time of need. These fine men and women deserve our respect and our attention in ensuring they all have what they need to do their jobs to ensure our continued public safety as well as their own.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?As a patriotic person and as a prior Selectman for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been supportive of our Veterans. As you have stated, these men and women in our armed forces have and continue to be willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. These people are the true heroes among us and they deserve to be respected and cared for in the most appropriate manners possible.As a State Representative, I will continue to support the Veterans’ programs throughout the state from VA services, to state hospital services, to Veterans’ housing initiatives, to social and emotional programs and funding and the list goes on. The needs for our Veterans is ever changing and spans across many subject areas. These brave men and women are often called upon to “unplug” from their current lives inclusive of their family and friends and go to foreign lands to serve and protect the American freedoms so many of us enjoy. It’s important as a society and for the next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District to be cognizant of these facts and help these community heroes integrate back into their daily routine upon their return right here at home. This is not always an easy process as there are often health care needs and costs, mental health needs, etc. that our Veterans need help with as part of this re-integration and it’s imperative that local cities and towns and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to provide assistance across all these matters. The incidence of PTSD and suicide among Veterans is continuing to drastically rise and as a state and within our local communities we need to continue our care and concerns for these most deserving people who truly need our help. I am committed to this personally and as a future State Representative for many reasons and simply stated because it’s the right thing to do!As a prior elected official for some time I have always supported any Veterans’ related matter that came before the Board of Selectmen such as discussions about a Veteran’s related event and the list goes on. I can say that all of my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen have and continue to support our Veterans and the Veterans’ Services provided by Lou Cimaglia and his team in Wilmington. As a private citizen, I have attended fundraisers for Veterans, I have supported the Disabled Veterans and I have provided transportation for a friend and family to the various VA facilities when called upon. I have also been a supporter of the Wilmington Local Heroes and iPods for Wounded Veterans as I proudly wear my red, white and blue bracelet that was made for me and purchased at the Wilmington Senior Center a few months ago. Also, I was happy to volunteer for the Vietnam War Moving Wall that was just here last week. I attended multiple nights of ceremonies and I was truly moved by the whole experience. As Lou Cimaglia said it best, “the attendance during the time the wall was here shows that Wilmington doesn’t forget and will never forget our Veterans and more specifically our Vietnam Veterans.”Regarding family members who have served in the military, I have many who have served and also have been residents of the 19th Middlesex District. I am so proud of their service to our country and they will forever have my respect and admiration for wearing a military uniform. My great grandparents, grandparents, cousins and brother have all served in the armed forces. Also, I have step parents and in-laws who have also served in the military. My father-in-law from Tewksbury was a soldier and part of the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam who I respect tremendously as a human being, a family man, a friend and for his service to our country. He is also my personal historian who shared the facts about this war and history in general which I have so much appreciated throughout the years. In closing, I want to once again express my unwavering support for our Veterans and my commitment to advocating for as much funding, benefits and support as possible for the brave men and women of our armed forces both past and present who serve our country.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What She’ll Do To Support Police, Fire & Veterans If ElectedIn “Government”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College Foundation

first_imgLOWELL, MA — The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 21 Middlesex students as part of its 2019 spring fundraiser, “Piano Men,” held recently in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.Pranay Rai, of Lowell, was awarded the James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. This award was established at the inauguration of MCC President James Mabry in 2015. The scholarship is awarded to assist a worthy student with the completion of an associate degree at Middlesex.Michelle Davis, of Lowell, was awarded the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Scholarship. Established in honor of Cowan, former MCC President, this award provides financial assistance to a deserving Middlesex student who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.Kaitlin Fung, of Acton, was awarded the Debra Chemelli-Evans Scholarship. This award was established in memory of the daughter of William Chemelli, former chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, and member of the MCC Foundation Board.Eight students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:Juan Breton (Lowell)Brittany Brown (Westford)Adam Goulet (Waltham)Joseph Ivers (Bedford)Genesis Martinez (Lawrence)Isabel Pagano (Peterborough, N.H.)Connor Powell (Andover)Abigail Zegowitz (Westford)Ten students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:Thearith Chhom (Lowell)Trevor Dumais (Lowell)Ari Primak (Andover)Kiss Quick (Lowell)Leang Sam, LowellNatalia Silva (Nashua, N.H.)Eliza Slocum (Haverhill)Theara Sok (Lowell)Vilyratna Sok (Lowell)Erin Trodden (Wilmington)Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, proceeds from the college’s spring fundraiser, the Middlesex Fund, and other programs and campaigns.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”Middlesex Community College Offers To Help Wilmington’s ITT Tech StudentsIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katie McManus Receives Scholarship From New England Parenteral Drug AssociationIn “Education”last_img read more

Samsung reveals new Galaxy A phones at MWC

first_img Mobile World Congress 2019 • Snap serious selfies with Samsung’s Galaxy A30 and A50 See All Samsung’s Galaxy A30 was revealed Monday. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Samsung announced a pair of fresh phones in its midrange Galaxy A series during Mobile World Congress on Monday.The Galaxy A50 and A30 are the initial models for 2019, and both feature 6.4-inch 1,080×2,340-pixel Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays, with dimensions of 158.5 by 74.7 by 7.7mm.The differences start with the cameras — the A50 has a 25-megapixel camera on the front, with 25-, 5- and 8-megapixel options on the back (continuing the triple-rear camera trend). The A30 has a 16-megapixel one on the front, and 16- and 5-megapixel cameras at the rear. Memory-wise, you can get the A50 with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. The A30 comes with either 3 or 4GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal storage.samsung-a30The A30 has 16- and 5-megapixel cameras on the back. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The A50 is available in four colors: black, white, blue and coral (which is apparently “inspired by scattered light”). It also comes equipped with on-screen fingerprint unlocking.The A series may not be Samsung’s flagship Galaxy line (the S series still holds that crown), but still offers full access to its ecosystem — so you can use Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Bixby and other features. Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone “People are changing the way they connect, and their smartphones need to keep up,” said DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile business, in a release. “Our new Galaxy A Series offers improvements to the essential features that will support these live interactions, with diverse options to meet their ever-changing needs.”We’ve reached out to Samsung for details on pricing and a release date.Last week, Samsung unveiled its much-hyped flexible Galaxy Fold and a quartet of Galaxy S10 models.First published at 2:35 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:55 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Now playing: Watch this: reading • Samsung reveals new Galaxy A phones at MWC Samsung’s Galaxy A30 and A50 tiptoe into MWC 2019 Share your voice May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 16 Photos 1 Comment Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 1:37 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Phones Mobile Samsunglast_img read more

SXSW 2019 The weirdest sights from the worlds largest culture fest

first_img Culture Tags 2 SXSW 2019 See All reading • SXSW 2019: The weirdest sights from the world’s largest culture fest It’s not just the marketing ploys that bring the weird to SXSW, though. It’s that sense that the festival could be a home for just about anything.Lush Cosmetics brought an interactive bath bomb pop up built out of a cargo container to show off a new app. My colleagues and SXSW pals Chris Monroe and John Kim came across an apparatus dads can use to breast feed their babies when Mom’s not around. Meditation app Calm just happened to have a sloth at its booth. Meanwhile over at Sony’s WOW Studio, a small tribe of robots, part of the art installation Das Fremde, developed their own language and, no doubt, spent the entire time talking crap about everyone who stopped to gawk.Elsewhere: There were 3,000 pounds of cheese ready for attendee consumption, and mysterious signs on telephone poles about a lost unicorn. And you know what’s supremely weird? Sitting through a Q&A session with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and suddenly realizing Bill Nye the Science Guy is at the mic asking a question about climate change.Somewhere between sliding into an avocado-shaped ball pit and banging on some bongo drums in the dark, I chalked it all up to a slogan that says it all.As the bumper sticker goes, keep Austin weird. SXSW 2019 served up 3,000 pounds of cheese and now I don’t feel so good At SXSW, Sony’s WOW Studio sees a robot future that’s groovy, not apocalyptic Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project: Humans aren’t the center of the food universe Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out • And a Merry Apocalypse to you, too.  Amy E. Price/Getty There I was, trying to scarf down a grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck outside the Austin Convention Center, when a pack of Satanic nuns rolled by to wish everyone a “Merry Apocalypse.”In almost any other time or place, this would be an unusual occurrence. Weird, you might say. But at SXSW, an event that mostly defies thematic categorization, weird is always in bountiful supply.Film, music, social issues, politics, business — SXSW packs a lot into 10 days. Sure, you get red carpet world premieres and blockbusting marquee names, but you also find the unexpected roaming around the streets that surround the convention center. On Saturday, I looked up from my phone to catch a procession of kids with masks, beating a drum, promoting the adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, premiering March 16 at SXSW.center_img Or, there were the two young women walking around in silver alien costumes, with green-painted faces. For what reason? I couldn’t tell you.And if angels and demons cruised by on the sidewalk, they were not just heralding the End Times (like the Chattering Order of St. Beryl), but herding people toward Amazon Prime Video’s Garden of Earthly Delights, an interactive experience for the upcoming show Good Omens. Granted, there’s a measure of this weirdness that’s manufactured. Guerilla marketing campaigns and SXSW go together like mac and cheese. I am, however, willing to opt-in for this over a billboard, any day. Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed Comments Share your voice Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Related stories I guess you could say Pet Sematary is trying to ~drum up~ interest for its premiere. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/gnNVmkHwDE— Erin Carson (@ErinCarson) March 11, 2019 SXSW 2019 Just in case you spot this lost unicorn. #SXSW #SXSW2019 #unicornsarereal pic.twitter.com/j5X3FzfI7h— Teena Maddox (@teena_maddox) March 10, 2019last_img read more

Mindtree declares 11 bonus revenues up 23 in Q3 Bagchi steps down

first_imgUpdateThe board of directors of Mindtree have recommended bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1, subject to requisite approvals from regulatory authorities and shareholders.This will be the second bonus issue in two years.However, the stock ended with a loss of 4.51% on Monday at Rs 1,469.60 on the BSE. The directors at their meeting on 18 January to review the third quarter results, also recommended an interim dividend of 40% for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015.Mindtree reported a 2.3% growth in its dollar revenues on a sequential basis at $184.4 million for the third quarter ended December 2015. However, net profit declined 3% q-o-q to $22.8 million, the company said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The company said it has acquired Magnet 360, a salesforce platinum consulting partner, to increase its presence in the cloud-based services market.The company also announced changes at the top. The current CEO & MD Krishnakumar Natarajan has been elevated to the post of Executive Chairman to replace Subroto Bagchi, who has stepped down from his position.Rostow Ravanan will be the new MD& CEO.”This is the culmination of a year-long succession planning exercise that the Board had undertaken after carefully considering several candidates. All the changes announced today will be effective April 1, 2016,” said Apurva Purohit, independent director and chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee of the company’s board of directors.Original storyThe shares of mid-category IT services company Mindtree were trading with a loss of 2% on Monday afternoon, ahead of the company’s board deciding on a bonus issue of shares along with its third quarter results.On 13 January, the company had informed the BSE that it will be considering a bonus issue on 18 January. The company’s previous bonus issue was in June 2014 in the ratio of 1:1.The stock was trading at Rs 1504.90 at about 1 pm, down 2.22%.For the quarter ended 30 September, 2015, Mindtree had reported revenues of $180 million, 22.6% growth on year-on-year (YoY) basis and net profit of $24.3 million, up 6.8% YoY.For the second quarter, Mindtree had declared an interim dividend of 40% or Rs 4 per share.Earlier in the day, Wipro declared its third quarter results, missing its IT revenue guidance marginally. The revenues were $1,838.1 million, as against the guidance of $1,841 million to $1,878 million. For the fourth quarter, the Bangalore-based company issued a guidance range of $1,875 million to $1,912 million, an increase of 2 to 4% over its third quarter IT revenues.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading with a loss of 100 points at 24,355. BHEL, Tata Steel, Axis Bank and GAIL (India) were gaining, while Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, ONGC and Reliance Industries were dragging the Sensex down.last_img read more

On Chiranjeevis birthday Pawan Kalyan releases Amitabh Bachchans onset pictures from Sye

first_imgPawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterPower star Pawan Kalyan has released pictures of his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and wished his brother, megastar Chiranjeevi, on his 64th birthday.The soured relationship between Pawan Kalyan and Chiranjeevi has been a hot topic of debate for almost a decade. The mega brothers have often tried to put the rumours to rest but various situations kept fueling the speculations.The gossip mongers recently got busy with reports about their differences, when Chiru declined to campaign for his brother’s Jana Sena Party in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.Pawan Kalyan has once again made an attempt to show the world that everything is fine between him and his brother Chiranjeevi. On the eve of his brother’s birthday, the power star released a press note in which he explained Chiru has an inspiring personality like Abdul Kalam. In the letter shared on Twitter, the actor wished a happy birthday to his brother. Pawan Kalyan wishes to ChiranjeeviTwitterInterestingly, Pawan Kalyan is working as the narrator in Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and the makers recently released his dubbing video, which grabbed many eyeballs and thrilled the fans of the mega family. This morning, the Jana Sena leader tweeted a photo featuring the history of Narasimha Reddy and captioned it with “Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy – an Unsung Hero.”Pawan Kalyan tweeted a couple of photos featuring him with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The power star also wrote, “Most cherished moment of my Life;meeting my Idol, Respected ‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji’, on the sets of ‘Saira.’ His life teaches us ,how one should rise against all odds that life keeps throwing and be victorious.” Pawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterAll the fans of mega family and film fraternity are pouring wishes for megastar Chiranjeevi on his birthday. Pawan Kalyan’s tweets about Chiru have come as a big surprise for them. A fan named Yaswanth replied to his post, “India’s biggest superstar Amitabh sir, power star, megastar.. Damn, show me the better trio than this , I’ll wait “last_img read more

Who wrote the judgment from where Hasina

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament on Wednesday. Photo: PIDParliament on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution to take proper legal steps against the declaration of the 16th constitutional amendment as ‘ultra vires’ and cancelling unconstitutional, objectionable and irrelevant observations of the chief justice in the Appellate Division verdict.Jasod lawmaker Moin Uddin Khan Badal placed the resolution in the House under the provision 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure around 6:00pm when speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was in the chair.The resolution was adopted by a voice vote following a marathon general discussion over it, which lasted for more than five hours.The resolution reads, “Appropriate legal steps should be taken for cancelling the declaration of the 16th constitution amendment as ‘ultra vires’ and scrapping unconstitutional, objectionable and irrelevant observations of the chief justice over Parliament and other important issues in the verdict of the 16th amendment case.”Joining the discussion, MPs across the board harshly criticised chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for his various remarks in the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the High Court judgment declaring ‘ultra vires’ the 16th amendment to the constitution – that is, in violation of it.Participating in the discussion, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the judgment was full of contradictions which is not acceptable.”There are so many contradictions even self-contradictions in this judgment. This is not acceptable to us. Who wrote this judgment from where?” she said.The prime minister also said that the constitution did not provide the apex court with the authority to amend the constitution.She said the CJ’s remarks regarding Bangabadhu are similar with that of anti-liberation people. “He (CJ) dishonoured the role of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”Sheikh Hasina said three organs of the country are complementary to each other. None shall undermine another. Everyone should run following the laws. Everybody should have accountability, she added.About the Supreme Judicial Council formulated during the martial law she said this whole judiciary has been put under his sole authority with the introduction of the council. “If the CJ becomes angry with anyone, he can remove him from his post,” she added.The prime minister said the CJ also undermined the president in this verdict.Noting that the CJ claimed the Supreme Judicial Council became aligned with the basic structures of the constitution, Sheikh Hasina questioned the motive of such claim.”This verdict did not get any acceptability from anyone of the country,” she said adding that only BNP became cheerful without going through the whole text of the verdict properly as the supreme judicial council was restored.Law minister Anisul Huq categorically said this judgment will not go without final legal challenge. “We’ve already start working in this regard.”He said the judgment was not delivered based on logics rather it was emotional and came out of hatred. “The verdict tarnished image of not only the judiciary, but also the whole country.”Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said the chief justice termed MPs ‘immature’ in the verdict. “The justices appointed by the president, who is elected by us (MPs), are mature, but we are immature!” he said.He said the CJ tried to make BNP cheerful through this judgment in a time when the country was marching forward under the leadership of the Prime Minister.Noting that the CJ asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) not to conduct investigation against a judge, Tofail said, “The ACC can investigate graft charges of you (PM), me and all, but not justices. What a surprise!”Talking about the Supreme Judiciary Council introduced in 1977, the AL leader said The Council did not investigate charge even against a single justice in the last 40 years.Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozzamel Huq said there are many corruption allegations against the incumbent chief justice and now the people fear whether they will get justice in graft allegations against the chief justice if he will remain in the post.It is not possible to get justice over the corrupt charges keeping SK Sinha in the post. So, it is essential to investigate the graft charges relieving him from the post, he said.Noting that the chief justice made many unnecessary and irrelevant remarks over Bangabandhu in the verdict the minister said, “It is natural that he does not know about Bangabandhu as he is self-declared peace committee member.”AL MP Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said the sedition charge can be brought against the chief justice for violating several articles including 27, 94 and 116 of the constitution.”You broke your oath. The chief justice, you worked against parliament, people, MPs and the constitution. You [CJ] are hatching conspiracy against the country. So, you can be brought to the book on sedition charge.””It is you [CJ] who will have to cancel the judgment that delivered by yourself against the state and the constitution. If you don’t cancel it, please wait for what steps to be taken,” he warned.Selim urged the chief justice to seek apology to the nation confessing mistakes. “Admit that I [CJ] did mistake and say that I myself am correcting it. I’ll not do such mistake anymore… If you do exaggeration, please be prepared. You are not mightier than this parliament,” the AL MP said.Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam said the president, the prime minister, ministers and justices take oath to protect the constitution, but there is no word ‘to protect the constitution’ in oath content for MPs as the lawmakers are creators of the constitution.In the resolution, Badal said chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha termed Members of Parliament ‘immature’ alongside making unnecessary and unwanted remarks regarding many irrelevant issues in his observation in the verdict of the 16th amendment case. So, huge discussions and remours continue over it, which is not expected for the whole nation, he added.”This parliament wants end of the situation following massive discussion so that efforts of any evil and anti-people force to catch fish in trouble water would be thwarted,” he said.On 17 September 2014, the Jatiya Sangsad passed the 16th amendment to the constitution empowering parliament to remove justices of the Supreme Court on ground of incapacity and misbehaviour.On 3 July 2017, the Appellate Division passed down the verdict upholding the judgment of the High Court. And the full-text of the verdict was released on 1 August last.last_img read more

Clash over land leaves 2 dead in Moulvibazar

first_imgMoulvibazarTwo people were killed and 40 others injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over a disputed land at Pammadpur in Moulvibazar district town on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Shafiqur, 22, son of Mobabark Ali and Abdul Malik, 55, son of Warish Mia of the same village.Quoting locals, police said, Lebas Mia and Elaich Mia were in loggerhead for long over a land.As a sequel to previous enmity, supporters of the duo attacked each other around 9:30 am that left two people, belonging to Lebus group, dead on the spot and 40 others from both groups injured.Later, some of the injured were taken to Moulvibazar 250- bed hospital and others to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital.On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control, said Rashedul Islam, additional police super of the district.Additional forces have been deployed to avoid further trouble, added Rashedul.last_img read more

Afghan leaders Taliban attend peace talks in Moscow

first_imgRepresentatives of the Taliban arrive to attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on 9 November. Photo: AFPMoscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations.Russia hopes “through joint efforts to open a new page in the history of Afghanistan,” Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said as the talks opened at a Moscow hotel on Friday morning.He said that the participation of both Afghan leaders and the Taliban was an “important contribution” aimed at creating “favourable conditions for the start of direct talks.””I am counting on you holding a serious and constructive conversation that will justify the hopes of the Afghan people,” he said before the talks continued behind closed doors.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP that the militant group was sending five representatives.They will not hold “any sort of negotiations” with the delegation of Kabul administration, he said.”This conference is not about holding negotiations with any party whatsoever — rather it is about finding a peaceful solution to the issue of Afghanistan,” he added.This is the first time that a Taliban delegation is taking part in such high-level international meeting, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.The Taliban is banned from operating Russia as it is classified as a “terrorist organisation”.The Afghan delegation is made up of four representatives of the High Peace Council, a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the militants, spokesman Sayed Ihsan Taheri said.The Afghan foreign ministry has emphasised that the council does not represent the Afghan government at the meeting, however.Moscow said it had invited representatives from the United States as well as India, Iran, China, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia.Pakistan, which has long been accused of providing support to the Afghan Taliban, would “definitely” attend, foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Faisal told AFP.The US embassy in Moscow was sending a representative to observe the discussions.The Moscow meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September but was postponed after Kabul insisted that the process should be Afghan-led.The meeting comes at a sensitive time.Newly appointed US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been trying to convince the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end to the war and there are fears the Russian meeting could derail those efforts.A US government watchdog last week said Kabul’s control of Afghanistan had slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban.last_img read more

WATCH Friendswood Dentist That Drove Over Husband Released From Prison

first_imgClara Harris, a Friendswood dentist who served 15 years in prison for killing her husband, is has been released from prison on Friday.Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 for running over her husband three times with her car; after having discovered her husband, David Harris, at a hotel with his mistress. The act was caught on camera by private investigators Clara Harris hired to follow her husband.Photo via My life of cime blogDavid Lynn HarrisHarris will reportedly wear an ankle bracelet and be under parole supervision until 2023.She was granted parole last year, after being denied in 2013 and 2016. Sharelast_img

Help Ms Santa Spread Holiday Cheer

first_imgOne of the longest continuously running initiatives of the AFRO-American Newspapers is the Ms. Santa program.For over 80 years the Ms. Santa program has served as an integral part of The AFRO’s legacy of serving the community’s less fortunate, in this case, with food, clothes, books and toys for the children.This December will mark 15 years for Diane Hocker, the AFRO’s director of Community and Public relations, who is the current Ms. Santa. This year Ms. Santa, with the help of her sponsor, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), will expand the program by hosting a holiday party which will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis African American History Museum on Dec. 8 in Baltimore.Ms. Santa and the sponsors will meet the families they are aiding as well as host a fun-filled evening for the children with entertainment and activities for all ages. Each year families across the state of Maryland write in to Ms. Santa looking for help in making their family’s Christmas the best it can be.Ms. Santa, center (sitting), and her elves are part of The AFRO’s legacy of serving the community’s less fortunate.Ms. Santa tries to make sure each family has food and gifts for the holiday season. Every year she raises money and items to donate to, on average, 150 families in need; and in addition, she also collects toys and books from various organizations that hold their own toy drives to aid in the giving.At the holiday party on Dec. 8, BGE and the other sponsors and contributors will be recognized for making the Ms. Santa program a success. “One reason the AFRO’s Ms. Santa program has been a success these past 80 years is because generous citizens have been willing to share with their neighbors. Christmas is a time for sharing and giving to others. The AFRO’s Ms. Santa program provides an excellent opportunity for people to do just that. All contributions are tax deductible,” said Hocker.We urge everyone to contribute toys and monetary gifts to the Ms Santa program.For more information or to make a contribution please call Diane Hocker at 410-554-8243 or contact her at dhocker@ afro.com.last_img read more

Tim Shey Former YouTube Programming Exec Joins Duolingo EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Prior to Shey’s arrival, Duolingo had launched several original content initiatives. Those include Duolingo Stories — short stories designed to reinforce language comprehension — and its Spanish Podcast with simple stories en Español, with season 2 det to debut June 28. In addition, the company also produced a 30-minute documentary film, “Something Like Home,” about Syrian refugees and how language informs their experience that it plans to release June 20 (World Refugee Day) on YouTube and other films. The film was directed by Pittsburgh-based photographer Justin Merriman.Shey will focus on developing and product “different kinds of engaging content that can get people to get to fluency.” Those will span new content formats and range across all levels of language proficiency. He’s also interested in content that helps people learn a language by telling stories about culture, including history, music, food, travel, and fiction.“This year is going to be about trying a number of things and then seeing what works,” Shey said.Shey is one of the founding executives on YouTube’s original programming team, formed in 2014. Scripted programming developed and launched by his team include YouTube’s first hour-long dramas, “Step Up: High Water” from Lionsgate and “Impulse” from Doug Liman and Universal Cable Prods. He’s also overseen YouTube original comedies “Foursome” from Awesomeness TV, “Single by 30” from Wong Fu and New Form, and action series “Lifeline,” from Corridor Digital, Studio 71 and Dwayne Johnson. Shey also led deals for YouTube’s first feature-length films, including “Lazer Team” from Rooster Teeth and “The Thinning” from Legendary.Shey joined YouTube in 2011 when Google acquired early multichannel network startup Next New Networks, where he was co-founder and president. Before joining YouTube’s original programming team, he was director of the YouTube Next Lab and YouTube Spaces. He also was part of YouTube’s Original Channels, under which it funded and launched 200 channels from celebs and influencers. For now, Shey will continue to remain based in L.A., though he plans to regularly visit Duolingo’s HQ in Pittsburgh. Long term, he said, “we’ll work with the creative community all over the world.”By the way, Shey — who has a bilingual family — said he’s been using Duolingo to help brush up his Spanish, and now he’s been learning French as well.Duolingo, founded in 2011, has raised about $108 million in funding to date from investors including Google Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Union Square Ventures, Drive Capital, CapitalG, and individual investors including actor Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferriss. Tim Shey, most recently head of YouTube’s scripted original programming, has moved back into the startup world after leaving Google earlier this year.Shey has been hired at language-learning app startup Duolingo, where he’s head of studios and content. Duolingo offers courses in 31 different languages, available in an ad-supported free version as well as a premium subscription version that starts at $9.99 per month. The company says it has more than 200 million users worldwide.“I had a really amazing seven years at Google and YouTube,” Shey told Variety. “I wanted to see what other challenges were out there and get back into a startup environment… I always wanted to take another shot at building out a new studio from scratch.”Shey said he was already a fan of the app and the company, and jumped at the opportunity to “use content and storytelling to make a meaningful impact on the way people learn.”last_img read more

Verizon to Take 46 Billion Charge for Oath Wiping Out Nearly All

first_imgVerizon’s rollup strategy combining Yahoo and AOL hasn’t panned out the way it expected.The telco spent around $10 billion to acquire Yahoo and AOL, merging them under the Oath operating division. But the internet-media business isn’t performing as well as Verizon originally expected — and on Tuesday, Verizon said it expects to record a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of approximately $4.6 billion (pre-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2018.That write-down represents the elimination of nearly the entire goodwill balance of $4.8 billion that Verizon was carrying on its balance sheet for the Oath acquisitions. In accounting, goodwill reflects the value of intangible assets of an acquired entity.“Verizon’s Media business, branded Oath, has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018 that have resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings,” the company said in an SEC filing. “These pressures are expected to continue and have resulted in a loss of market positioning to our competitors in the digital advertising business.” Oath also has “achieved lower-than-expected benefits from the integration of the Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. businesses,” Verizon said.The Oath strategy was engineered under a previous leadership regime, including Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media. McAdam is retiring, Armstrong exited Oath this fall and Walden stepped down at the end of 2017.K. Guru Gowrappan (pictured above), formerly an executive at China’s Alibaba Group, took over the reins as Oath CEO effective Oct. 1, reporting to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who stepped into the job in August. In the SEC filing, Verizon said the new leadership team — including Gowrappan and Vestberg — completed a five-year strategic planning review of Oath’s business prospects, which resulted in the downward revision for Oath’s financial projections.Oath has been losing share in the digital-ad space since 2017, as other players including Amazon have made gains. Last year, Oath represented 4.1% of U.S. digital ad revenue (around $3.6 billion); its market share is projected to decline to 3.3% in 2018 (roughly $3.7 billion), according to research firm eMarketer.Also in Tuesday’s filing, Verizon said it will take a charge of $1.8 billion-$2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 for severance costs, after around 10,400 employees accepted the company’s voluntary buyout offer initiated in September. Nearly half of those employees will exit in December, with rest to leave by June 2019.In addition, Verizon disclosed that it expects to complete a reorganization of “legal entities associated with its wireless business” in December 2018. That will result in a one-time deferred tax benefit of around $2.1 billion in Q4 of 2018, the telco said. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while

first_img Some birds lay eggs in the nests of other birds so that they will not have to raise them, this practice is known as parasitic egg laying, and works well enough for parasitic species to survive. But not all hosts welcome the parasitic eggs, some ignore them, or push them out of the nest. Also, some of the hatchlings are better guests than others, cuckoos for example, are known to push the other hatchlings out of the nest. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn why it is some hosts are more tolerant than others.To find out, they looked at prior studies of parasitic bird practices—in all they found data on 198 different species, and took note of factors such as the environment in which the birds lived, the location, etc. and then drew up a phylogenetic tree. In studying their tree they were able to spot commonalities, such as that birds in northern latitudes were more likely to reject parasitic eggs. They also found that hosts tended to tolerate chicks that required a different diet than their own—such chicks would likely die anyway. Also, they found that eggs of parasitic chicks, such as cuckoos, that would hatch into birds larger than their own were often rejected—they same fate often befell eggs from birds that were a close relative. The researchers also noted that when some species such as cuckoos experienced high rejection rates from one species, they tended to move to another.In answer to the original question of why some birds tolerate parasitic eggs, the researchers suggest it is because sometimes it is almost impossible for host birds to tell the difference between eggs, and sometimes it is because the danger of harming their own young accidently is too great. They note that many species have constantly evolving egg coloring or design patterns to help prevent deception. Egg colours make cuckoos masters of disguise Explore further © 2015 Phys.org More information: The costs of avian brood parasitism explain variation in egg rejection behaviour in hosts , Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0296 AbstractMany bird species can reject foreign eggs from their nests. This behaviour is thought to have evolved in response to brood parasites, birds that lay their eggs in the nest of other species. However, not all hosts of brood parasites evict parasitic eggs. In this study, we collate data from egg rejection experiments on 198 species, and perform comparative analyses to understand the conditions under which egg rejection evolves. We found evidence, we believe for the first time in a large-scale comparative analysis, that (i) non-current host species have rejection rates as high as current hosts, (ii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite is relatively large compared with its host and (iii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite chick evicts all the host eggs from the nest, such as in cuckoos. Our results suggest that the interactions between brood parasites and their hosts have driven the evolution of egg rejection and that variation in the costs inflicted by parasites is fundamental to explaining why only some host species evolve egg rejection. Common cuckoo. Image: Wikipedia.center_img Journal information: Biology Letters (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Australia National University has conducted a study of parasitic egg laying with birds and as a result has found some hints on why it is that some hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not. In their paper published in The Royal Society – Biology Letters, Iliana Medina and Naomi Langmore describe the study they conducted and what they learned as a result. Citation: Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not (2015, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-hints-bird-hosts-parasitic-eggs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more