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ROX And Hublot Team Up For Alan Shearer Foundation

first_imgLuxury retailer ROX has teamed up with Hublot to create a unique King Power timepiece.Limited to only two watches, one will be worn by football legend Alan Shearer, while the other will be auctioned to raise funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation, which provides specialist care to people with complex disabilities.Symbolic of Alan’s career, this limited edition timepiece features Newcastle United’s black and white colours, and the iconic number 9 emblazoned on the dial. As a nod to his title as the top goal scorer in Premier League history, the number 260 and Alan’s signature are also engraved on the back of the watch.The auction will run here until 16th of February 2017, ending with a live auction on the 18th of February 2017 at the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball.last_img read more

All aboard the UN KyotoCopenhagen express for climate change

28 October 2009A one-time train link between Kyoto and Copenhagen opens up next week – a United Nations-sponsored one-month, 9,000-kilometre journey symbolically joining the site of the last global warming pact with what is hoped to be the birthplace of the next major, and stricter, treaty to combat climate change. Launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the global conservation organization WWF, the Train to Copenhagen – in fact a carriage – will roll across the globe through the vast wilds of Russian Siberia and into Europe as part of the UN Seal the Deal! campaign to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in December.Train operators from around the world will participate in the Train to Copenhagen, raising awareness of the impact of the transport sector, which already accounts for over one fifth of global CO2 greenhouse emissions. These emissions are projected to double within only 40 years and railways are crucial in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing sustainable transport systems.“We are on the road to nowhere if existing policies and economic models prevail with their over-emphasis on private cars and on shifting shipments of goods to the roads,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The Train to Copenhagen project is a showcase of sustainable transport solutions that will be part and parcel of a resource-efficient, low-carbon Green Economy of the 21st Century.“By Sealing the Deal on an ambitious climate agreement in Copenhagen, governments will get into gear to propel the world to a low-carbon future so that societies may also finally embark on a journey to more sustainable transport.”During the journey, environmental experts and climate change campaigners will send eye-witness accounts of global warming signs under way. Siberia is a global climate change hotspot, where thawing permafrost and melting peat bogs could slowly release billions of tons of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over coming years.The Train will roll out of Kyoto station on 5 November – leaving behind the Japanese city where the Kyoto Protocol that sets binding greenhouse gas reduction targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European Union (EU) was adopted on 11 December 1997 – and make its way by ferry to Daejeon, Republic of Korea (ROK).There it will board another ferry for Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East for that vast transcontinental journey to drum up support for a new compact with much stronger cuts to replace the Protocol on the expiration of the first commitment period at the end of 2012.Rumbling across Siberia, it will be hauled along the famous Trans-Siberian Railway and go by ferry across Lake Baikal, the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, and stop in Moscow, the Polish city of Poznan and then Berlin before arriving on 5 December in Brussels, where it will join the Climate Express, which will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.This Express will take on board more than 400 climate change negotiators, campaigners and other high-profile personalities going to Copenhagen, for a 12-hour on-track conference focusing on how to solve the challenges posed by the transport sector with regard to global warming. On arrival, the Climate Express will remain at Copenhagen Central Station throughout the two-week conference, serving as a mobile exhibition open to the public about low-carbon transport solutions. “It is clear that business as usual is not an option if we want to reverse current trends and prevent catastrophic climate change,” UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said. “If we can really integrate the costs of pollution into the price of transportation, rail will be a big winner.” read more

Army chief says troops ready for any challenge

“The Army should always be prepared to face any challenge when it matters to the defence of the country,” he said. “I expect everyone to work towards minimizing the number of lapses on the part of our discipline in the New Year. Ours is an organization based on discipline, nothing but the discipline,” he said.Paying tribute to all those working in the army, the Commander reminded them of the importance of fulfilling their duties to the best of their capabilities for the best interest of the public and the country at large. (Colombo Gazette) Army Commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva says the army is prepared to face any challenge.Addressing troops at the Colombo Army Headquarters, Crishanthe De Silva said that everyone in the army should remember that their prime responsibility is to safeguard the territorial integrity and the unitary status of the country while extending their best cooperation towards nation-building. He further reminded the troops that discipline as the most vital and central component in the army, should always be given the first priority since it is what the army is all about and meant for. read more

Lee hopes SingaporeLanka FTA can wrap up in 2017

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran had said last July when the agreement to start talks was signed that Sri Lanka offers good potential for Singapore companies looking to tap opportunities in new markets. The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) will hopefully be completed this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post today, Channel News Asia reported.Lee expressed his hopes in a post stating he had dinner with Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife on Friday night. The latter had stopped over in Singapore on the way home from an official visit in Australia, he added. “He invited me to visit Sri Lanka – hopefully to sign the FTA!” Lee wrote. He added that several companies here had already expressed their interest in areas such as urban planning, infrastructure planning and development in the tourism sector and also in certain aspects of manufacturing.Bilateral trade between the two countries was S$2.05 billion in 2015, according to MTI, with local exports totalling S$1.9 billion that year, while Singapore’s imports totalled S$146 million. (Colombo Gazette) read more

NEB reports crudebyrail exports rose to a record 269829 bpd in September

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 269,829 barrels per day in September.That’s up more than 17 per cent from 229,544 in August and just over double the 134,132 barrels per day recorded in September 2017.Total crude exports reached 3.47 million bpd in September, up from 3.31 million a year earlier.Pipeline export constraints are being blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that caused the price discount to peak at more than US$50 per barrel in October for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend versus New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate.The province has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments, estimating the discounts are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million per day.Meanwhile, oilsands producers such as Cenovus Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are ramping up crude-by-rail volumes to get barrels to markets where they will receive better prices.Cenovus has called on the province to impose production cuts to reduce the oil oversupply in Alberta but the suggestion has been panned by rivals who are insulated from discounts because they have firm pipeline contracts or use their oil in their own refineries.Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:IMO) read more

Verizon rakes in wireless service fees in first quarter shares hit 12year

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. hit a 12-year high Thursday after it posted another quarterly report that showed its wireless revenue rising at a rate that’s the envy of the industry.The stock, which is part of the Dow Jones industrial average, rose $1.57, or 3.2 per cent, to $51.10 in morning trading. Just after the open, it hit a 12-year high of $51.55.Verizon Wireless is the country’s largest cellphone carrier, and keeps growing faster than its competitors, thanks in large part to its vast, fast and highly-rated network.Analyst Christopher King at Stifel Nicolaus said the stock now appears fully valued, characterizing it as a situation of “perfection baked in … but perfection should continue.”The New York-based phone company reported net income of $1.95 billion, or 68 cents per share, for the January to March period. That was up from $1.69 billion, or 59 cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts polled by FactSet had on average expected earnings of 66 cents per share for the latest quarter.First-quarter revenue rose 4 per cent to $29.4 billion, just short of the average analyst estimate at $29.5 billion.Service revenues at Verizon Wireless rose 8.6 per cent to $16.7 billion, accounting for more than half of Verizon’s overall revenue. At its closest rival AT&T Inc., wireless service revenue has been rising just over 4 per cent per year.The first quarter was a season of profit-taking for Verizon Wireless, after heavy spending in the fourth quarter to put the new iPhone 5 into 3 million hands. Like most other phone companies, Verizon subsidizes new smartphones by hundreds of dollars to bring the price down to $199 or less, then makes the money back in service fees over the run of a two-contract.Verizon activated 7.2 million smartphones in the first quarter, down 2.6 million from the fourth quarter. That helped keep subsidies down and boosted operating income by 34 per cent to $6.4 billion.Verizon said 30 per cent of its contract customers are already on the Share Everything plans it introduced last summer. The plans provide unlimited calling and texting and a “bucket” of data that can be shared across a family’s Verizon devices.Unfortunately for Verizon Communications, only 55 per cent of Verizon Wireless’ profits flow to its bottom line. The rest goes to joint-venture partner Vodafone Group PLC, the British cellphone carrier. Verizon Communications has a long-standing interest in buying out its partner, but so far, hasn’t found a formula that it can afford and Vodafone will accept.Verizon Wireless added a net 677,000 new devices under contract to its rolls in the quarter, meeting analyst expectations. That was up from 501,000 in the same quarter a year ago but down from the record-breaking 2.1 million in the fourth quarter.Verizon said it activated 4 million iPhones in the quarter, half of which were the latest model, iPhone 5. Brian White at Topeka Capital Markets said the relatively strong iPhone sales are good news for Apple Inc., which reports its quarterly results on Tuesday, along with AT&T.Apple’s stock, however, was down 1.4 per cent Thursday morning, hitting its lowest levels since 2011.Verizon ended the quarter with 93.2 million devices under contract. That’s nearly one for every U.S. household, and compares with 70.5 million with AT&T, as of the end of the year. by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 7:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Verizon rakes in wireless service fees in first quarter; shares hit 12-year high read more

Flights start between Orlando and Vancouver

Flights start between Orlando and Vancouver by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2016 3:32 am MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2016 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ORLANDO, Fla. – Nonstop flights between Orlando, Florida and Vancouver have started for the first time.Orlando International Airport officials recently announced that Canadian carrier WestJet has started flying between the two cities.The two flights per week service is scheduled to last through the end of April.Vancouver had been the largest market in North America without flights to the Orlando airport until this year.Vancouver marks the 50th international destination flying from Orlando International Airport. read more

Development financing conference to agree concrete action on social protection aid delivery

“The Third International Conference on Financing for Development next week will be the first of three major global events taking place this year, followed by the September summit in New York for the adoption of a new set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and a conference in Paris in December to reach a universal climate change agreement,” said Wu Hongbo, who is the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “These…events will shape international cooperation for years to come,” Mr. Wu told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, and the conference, which will run from 13 to 16 July, will set a framework for financing sustainable development over the next 15 years. Noting that the Addis Ababa conference will be held at the “highest political level,” he said about 30 Heads of State and Government, and Deputy Prime Ministers will be attending, together with more than 110 Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation. In addition, he said, approximately 1,000 representatives from civil society and the business sector are expected to be in Addis for the conference. Mr. Wu said the outcome of the conference will be a comprehensive package in support of the SDGs to be adopted in September. “The framework will be ambitious and universally inclusive,” he said. “No one should be left behind.” While UN Member States are still completing negotiations on the outcome document, it will address all three dimensions of sustainable development, cover all sources of development finance – public, private, domestic, international – and strengthen policy environments at national and international levels, he said. “Taxation and aid feature prominently in the draft outcome document,” according to Mr. Wu, who will be the Secretary-General of the Addis Ababa conference. “In addition, all States see the importance of technology, innovation and capacity building.” “In terms of concrete deliverables,” he said, the draft ‘action agenda’ thus far calls for a new social compact between governments and their people to deliver social protection and essential public services for all, including health, education, energy, water and sanitation. “It also includes a package of proposals for least developed countries, including deliver increased aid, steps to amplify foreign direct investments, and a commitment to establish a new technology bank for the LDCs [least developed countries] by 2017,” he said, adding that the draft outcome includes the establishment of a Technology Facilitation Mechanism to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the SDGs. Mr. Wu also told reporters of the importance of coming up with a “useful” basket of policy recommendations for governments from which to choose and for which to be able to mobilize financing. And the agreement to be adopted in Addis Ababa needs a strong accountability and follow-up mechanism, he added. read more

Yemen UN says shelling in Taiz leaves dozens of civilian casualties

“At least 10 civilians – including six children – were killed, and 17 others were injured – including six more children and three women,” said OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville, at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva today. According to Mr. Colville, the shelling appeared to have been fired from an area in Al Ta’iziyah district, where the artilleries of Popular Committees affiliated with Al Houthis and Army Units loyal to former President Saleh are positioned. “Witnesses who spoke to our staff in Yemen said the street where the market was located was crowded with people at the time of the attack,” he said, adding that prior to the incident there had been no armed confrontations between warring parties in the Bir Basha area. The spokesperson went on to say that OHCHR staff in Yemen verified that the overall casualty figures from March 2015 to 30 September totalled 10,963 civilians, including 4,014 people killed. “During August and September, when casualty numbers climbed steeply after the collapse of the cessation of hostilities, six times as many civilian casualties were reported to have been caused by the Coalition – 279 killed and 339 injured – as by the Houthis and their allies – 46 killed and 62 injured,” Mr. Colville explained. “During the previous two months, the situation was the other way around, with the majority of casualties caused by the Houthis and their allies – at a ratio of just over three to one – but the total numbers were much lower.” read more

Worlds Tiniest Fly With Massive Legs Named For Arnold Schwarzenegger

first_imgStay on target Well, I seen a horse fly, I seen a dragonfly, I seen a house fly. But I be done seen about everything, when I see Arnold Schwarzenegger fly.The former pro bodybuilder, two-term California governor, and Terminator can add “fly species namesake” to his resume.When entomologist Brian Brown discovered a new winged species in the Brazilian Amazon, there was only one person he thought of.“As soon as I saw those bulging legs, I knew I had to name this one after Arnold,” Brown, a researcher at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “Not only is he a major cultural icon and an important person in the political realm, his autobiography gave me some hope that I could improve my body as a skinny teenager.”Just take one look at the fly (pictured), named Megapropodiphora arnoldi, and it makes perfect sense.“The specific epithet refers to Arnold Schwarzenegger … whose own greatly enlarged forelimbs distinguished him in his pre-political careers,” Brown wrote in a paper published this week in the Biodiversity Data Journal.The engorged forelegs, however, are the very antithesis of its mid- and hind legs, as well as its wings, which appear to be reduced to stubs.“It is known only from one female specimen that we almost overlooked because it is so incredibly small,” Brown said.In fact, arnoldi is the smallest known fly, clocking in at 0.395 mm in body length. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?Little is known yet about the new species, which Brown believes is a parasitoid. That is, it spends most of its life attached to a host (probably ants or termites), which it will ultimately kill. Wee arnoldi likely grabs onto its host and “holds on for dear life,” until reaching a nest or colony where it can better exploit its victims.Just like Arnie.The Governator even acknowledged Brown’s designation in a tweet, joking that “I’m committed to making sure we get your thighs as muscular as the fly’s!” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Sarri Ive reached the top by joining Chelsea

first_imgChelsea coach Maurizio Sarri revealed how it dawned on him that he has reached the top of football following an exchange with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen KloppFollowing his summer arrival from Napoli, Sarri has enjoyed a record-breaking start at Chelsea this season.The Blues are currently just four points adrift from Premier League leaders Manchester City and unbeaten after 12 games.Now Sarri has described a moment he shared with Klopp on the touchline back in September, where Chelsea had a double-header against Liverpool.“At one point I turned to him [Klopp] and saw that he was smiling,” Sarri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I approached and asked him why.“He told me ‘I’m having a good time, you?’ ‘Me too,’ I replied.“Here, when you live these situations, you realise that you have reached the top.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Klopp is the coach that Sarri respects most in the Premier League due to their shared philosophical point of views.“I feel closer to Klopp from a philosophical point of view,” said Sarri. “The exchange of words between us seems to me to be exemplary.”Although the Italian also holds Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Arsenal’s Unai Emery in a high regard.“Mourinho is a man of extraordinary human qualities,” added Sarri.“He made an excellent impression on the day of the Stamford Bridge match when the incident involving one of my assistants occurred.“On a professional level, there is little to say: he has won everything and everywhere.“Emery is a scholar and an excellent professional. The offensive organisation of his football is of the highest level.”Chelsea will travel to Tottenham this Saturday in a Premier League fixture.last_img read more

Woman works to reunite American flag found on Miami road with family

first_imgMariotti is hoping that by getting the word out, she can reunite the flag with the right family. “We’ve been making a lot of effort getting the word out there,” she said. “Being that it’s in Miami, we’re going to need someone who has connections over there to hopefully get it circulated.”Steps for the proper care, handling and even disposal of American flags are outlined in the United States flag code.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A Florida woman is on a mission to find the family of a fallen hero after she found a folded American flag on a Miami street.Laura Mariotti found the flag, which was folded in a triangle, on a busy road, in late January. The Cape Coral resident believes that the flag belongs with a fallen soldier.“We noticed the flag in the middle of the road being repeatedly run over, so we were compelled to turn around and stop and take it,” Mariotti said.She said that this comes close to home. “My father is a Vietnam vet, and my grandfathers both served in World War II,” Mariotti said, “so for that reason, it’s particularly important to me.”Traditionally, flags folded in this manner are presented to the next of kin when members of the military pass away.“There’s a sequence when they fold the flag into a triangle with the blue and the white stars and they place it on the casket,” said Tom Clifford, who’s with The American Legion.The flag is usually accompanied by a name plate, but this one did not have one. last_img read more

Gold smuggling affecting refiners and banks official imports hit twodecade low

first_imgIndian gold refiners, just months ago, were ramping up capacity and struggling to secure enough ore from miners. Now, they are suspending operations as a surge in smuggled bullion wipes out wafer thin margins.Gold importing banks and big jewellers have also been hit by the growing entry of illicit gold, which avoids import duties and makes its way on to the so-called “grey market” where it is sold to end-users at a discount.Smuggled gold could account for more than a third of demand this year in India – the world’s second-biggest buyer of the metal after China – potentially costing the Narendra Modi government over $1 billion in lost revenue.The upsurge will lead to pressure for a reduction in the 10 per cent import duty and a rethink on recently introduced levies on gold jewellery, which critics say are boosting the unofficial trade the government has been trying to curb.”Gold refiners have less than a 1 per cent margin. If smugglers offer 4 or 5 per cent discounts, then we have no choice, but to close our operations,” James Jose, secretary of the Association of Gold Refineries and Mints told Reuters.All 32 refineries in the country have stopped buying dore – a semi-pure alloy made by miners – in the past few months and are relying on treating scrap gold until market conditions normalise, he said.”Last fiscal year we refined 120 tonnes of gold. With local scrap supplies we can produce 20 tonnes of refined gold in the current year,” said Rajesh Khosla, managing director of MMTC-PAMP India, the country’s biggest refinery.SMUGGLING GROWSIndia raised the duty on gold imports to 10 per cent three years ago, aiming to dampen buying and narrow the current account deficit in a country where gold is seen as a store of wealth for rich and poor alike.Smugglers evade the duty and offer cheap gold to buyers such as bullion dealers and small jewellers, who can pay up to $100 an ounce below official domestic prices, currently around $1,340 an ounce.Falling gold prices deterred the illicit trade last year, but smuggling has surged in recent months amid rising prices and the reintroduction in March of a 1 per cent local sales tax on gold jewellery.Smuggled gold into India could double to as much as 300 tonnes in 2016, said Bachhraj Bamalwa, director at All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation, although the World Gold Council (WGC) has put the figure at 160 tonnes. At 300 tonnes, the government would forego about $1.3 billion at current gold prices.The new sales tax has encouraged smaller jewellers in particular to buy on the grey market, said Somasundaram PR, managing director of the WGCs’ Indian operations. The jewellery must be sold without receipts, but goes to customers looking to hide funds from the authorities.The finance ministry did not respond to requests for comment on gold smuggling.BANKS HITThe legal trade is also facing headwinds from a 26 per cent rise in the gold price this year which has discouraged overall buying and made smuggled gold available at deep discounts.India’s official gold imports fell 57 per cent in the first seven months of 2016 to 215 tonnes, and could fall more than 60 per cent for the year to 350 tonnes, the lowest level in two decades, said Sunil Kashyap, managing director, Global Banking and Markets at Scotiabank.Banks, which until last year were the main source of gold supply, are losing their market share quickly.”Since there were hefty discounts in the grey market, consumers shifted from banks to grey markets,” Arindam Sarkar, senior vice president at Axis Bank, the biggest bullion importing bank in the country, told Reuters. “So far in 2016 our bullion business is down nearly 75 per cent,” he said.Bigger, more reputable jewellers are also suffering. “Small jewellers buy gold at 4 or 5 percent discount and then sell jewellery at 1 or 2 percent discount. The business of big jewellers like us is getting affected,” said Aditya Pethe, a director at Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers in Mumbai.But jewellers buying from the grey market say they have little choice. “I wasn’t buying gold from grey market for months, but others were buying and doing business. In the last two months, I’ve also started buying as I have to survive. I have to pay employees,” said a Mumbai-based jeweller, who declined to be identified.last_img read more

President Abdul Hamid offers Eid prayers

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid joined hundreds of people from all walks of life to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers at the National Eidgah on Monday morning. Photo: UNBPresident Abdul Hamid joined hundreds of people from all walks of life to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers at the National Eidgah on Monday morning.The congregation was held at 8:15am on the High Court premises.Noted personalities, including the chief justice, cabinet members, Supreme Court judges, members of Parliament, senior secretaries concerned to the Bangabhaban, and senior civil and military officials, among others, joined the main Eid congregation.Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon received the President at the Eidgah.Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Hafez Maulana Mizanur Rahman conducted the Eid prayers.A special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and welfare of the country and its people, and wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah.Special prayers were also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the county and its people during different democratic movements, particularly during the Liberation War in 1971.President Hamid also exchanged Eid greetings with the devotees and mass people after the congregation which was held under the auspices of the DSCC.Special arrangements were made for women to offer Eid prayers.last_img read more

Bus Boys Poets Café Breaks Ground in Ward 8

first_imgThe owner of a District of Columbia restaurant chain and a Ward 8-based social service non-profit broke ground recently on a venture that could produce more than 100 jobs and provide numerous opportunities for residents east of the Anacostia River.On Oct. 6, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal, and Perry J. Moon, executive director of the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (FSFSC), participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the organization’s new headquarters that is expected to house the first Busboys and Poets restaurant in eastern Washington and a culinary arts training center.“This project is another sign of my administration’s commitment to invest in supportive services and jobs in neighborhoods across all eight wards,” the mayor said. “It is also a happy day whenever we can accomplish those goals and deliver a long-awaited, long requested amenity, like this future Busboys and Poets restaurant.”Bowser is also spearheading the St. Elizabeths East project that will be an athletic and training facility for the Washington Wizards and Mystics as well as a space for housing and office space. There are no name-brand sit-down restaurants in Ward 8 with the exception of the IHOP, located off of Alabama Avenue in Congress Heights. There are popular privately-owned restaurants such as Georgena’s on Martin Luther King Avenue., S.E. and Uniontown Bar & Grill in Anacostia in the ward.Shallal owns Busboys and Poets restaurants on 14th Street. N.W., 5th Street., N.W., Brookland, Mulebone, and Takoma in the District. He also owns establishments in Arlington, Va. and Hyattsville, Md. It has long been the goal of Shallal to bring one of his restaurants to either Ward 7 or Ward 8.“I am thrilled to be opening a new Busboys and Poets and hospitality training center in the heart of Ward 8,” he said. “My hope is that this new facility will be the catalyst for more economic development east of the river and will become a central meeting place to discuss the incredible opportunities that exist in this community.”The $14.6 million building that culminates 20,000 square-feet received public funds from the mayor’s office, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOE), and Urban Ingenuity, a DOE firm that finances building renovations. The restaurant and FSFSC headquarters are expected to open in the summer of 2017.“We are excited about and humbled by the partnerships that we have forged with the District, Urban Ingenuity, and United Bank to bring this important project to the residents of Anacostia and Ward 8,” Moon said. “Our mission and service offerings will be greatly enhanced by this new space.”Charles Wilson, advisory neighborhood commissioner for district 8A05, has been a booster for Anacostia for years. Wilson said he couldn’t wait until Busboys and Poets opens up next year and praised FSFSC’s role in the project. “I am excited about the restaurant opening up but I am more excited about the partnership with FSFSC,” Wilson told the AFRO. “There are a lot of plans for developing Anacostia in the works and this project will definitely jump start economic development activity in this area.”last_img read more

Alleged Murderers Cast Baltimore As the Villian

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIf Kevin Smith and his daughter Valeria Smith are guilty as charged in the murder of his wife Jacquelyn Smith, it would be one of the most diabolical deeds I’ve ever reported on in 30 years of journalism.Father and daughter are currently in Texas jailed without bond, awaiting extradition back to Baltimore after attempting to allegedly make a run for the border of Mexico.According to the Baltimore Police Department, the two reported in December Jacquelyn Smith, who with her husband was a resident of Harford County, was stabbed to death by a panhandler after a night of dancing in Baltimore.Specifically, Jacquelyn Smith had rolled down the window of her car to hand a woman money who said she needed to feed her baby. A man who was with the woman then allegedly stabbed her, then the purported vagrants fled into a blighted East Baltimore neighborhood.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)In the aftermath of Jacquelyn Smith’s killing, father and daughter began to tell their pathos provoking tale to any media entity that would listen, until it reached millions and even the mighty Oprah Winfrey herself, who tweeted she would “think twice” before giving money to a panhandler.But according to the BPD, the narrative curated by Smith and his daughter was all a lie.The police and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney believe Kevin and Valeria Smith actually staged the murder of Jacquelyn Smith, although they have not released a motive yet. And it is unclear exactly who killed her and the role her husband and stepdaughter played in her death.But, what is clear to me is they cast the city of Baltimore as the villain in their ghoulish scheme.For generations, Baltimore has dwelled in the shadow of New York to the north and Washington, D.C. to the south. Right or wrong, I believe we have struggled collectively with a considerable inferiority complex because of this. Yet, Baltimore’s magnificent story, specifically Black Baltimore’s role as a vanguard progressive, civil rights community has been greatly obscured from an historical perspective. Perhaps, our seemingly perpetual malaise of inadequacy as a city would be neutralized if a more accurate narrative emerged. But, that’s an existential conversation for another time.The reality is, our great, imperiled city has been hit with a series of catastrophic events over the last 50-plus years since the riots of 1968. We emerged as the “heroine capital of America” (or “heron” in my neighborhood) in the 1970’s, although we had probably earned that dubious distinction decades earlier. The crack epidemic imploded our mostly poor, mostly Black communities in the 1980’s. The zero tolerance policing policy of the late 1990’s terrorized those same neighborhoods; the spectre of the policy is still dominant. Over the last four years we’ve endured the Uprising of 2015, the Department of Justice consent decree and the ongoing scourge of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force.Again I say, we are seemingly a city under siege from every angle.Remember in the 1980’s and 1990’s when we witnessed a succession of White people who blamed imaginary Black people for their heinous crimes (Charles Stuart in Boston 1989, Susan Smith in South Carolina 1994, etc.)?It seems ironic Kevin and Valaria Smith, two Black alleged murderers have adopted the tactic of White scoundrels and blamed Black people for their evil acts. But, the Smiths descended even deeper by blaming a homeless couple, perhaps the most disenfranchised community of them all.It feels like a stubborn, unclean spirit has loomed over our city for many years, one we struggle to get from under despite the fact there are still thousands of beautifully resilient souls who fight the good fight everyday against all odds.I still want to believe virtue in our city will ultimately prevail, although weeks like this pushes that belief to the brink.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Rashtrapati Bhawan tastes its first homegrown honey

first_imgThe apiary of the largest Presidential edifice in the world – Rashtrapati Bhawan – has now started giving the yields. On Tuesday, a new era begun in the nectar-producing gardens of Presidential edifice, having abundant flora and fauna, including lush trees of mangoes, Indian blackberries (Jamun), Neem and drumsticks, when more than 186 kilograms of honey was extracted in presence of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena and Secretary to the President, Sanjay Kothari. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEarlier, the frames of bee-boxes were removed in presence of the dignitaries and honey was extracted before them in stainless steel containers. Later, it was packed in bottles, displaying the name of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The dignitaries also tasted the extracted honey as well as lemonade made out of it.Appreciating the efforts of KVIC in this connection, Sanjay Kothari said that it was a commendable job done by KVIC, as it not only launched an apiculture training course for the 50 gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhawan – in which the gardeners were also apprised of the comprehensive scope and significance of apiculture, important considerations, tips to care and maintain the apiaries, and value of beekeeping in maintaining the flora and fauna; it also installed many bee-boxes in different phases in the Rashtrapati Bhawan premises. “This initiative from KVIC will certainly increase the yield of horticulture and floriculture in and around the President estate,” Kothari said, adding, “We have plans to use this honey and related products to use as gift items for the foreign dignitaries, visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVK Saxena said that the beekeeping program would be a bonanza for the 16,000 flowers and plants in the Rashtrapati Bhawan premises, which remained untapped for ages. “Due to abundant trees and greenery, this area is suitable for pollination and it will massively increase the yield of the crops in the neighbouring areas. As honey has rich minerals and proteins along with the best quality of antioxidants, there is a need that people should adopt cultivation of honey as their hobby in their farmhouses and bungalows,” he said, adding, “It is a proud moment that the first yield of Prime Minister’s ‘sweet revolution’ in Delhi and NCR is being extracted from the house of the first citizen of the nation.”On August 19, last year, Ram Nath Kovind had himself visited the apiary in the Rashtrapati Bhawan garden.last_img read more

VIDEO Bears receiver Cameron Meredith carted off field after serious knee injury

first_imgBears receiver Cameron Meredith was carted off the field in today’s preseason after suffering what appears to be a serious knee injury. Last year, he broke out with 66 receptions for 888 yards in his second year in the NFL, and was expected to be a key contributor in the Chicago passing game this season.Meredith was injured after catching a pass from Mike Glennon in the first quarter. He took a shot to the left knee on the run after the catch when two Titans defenders converged to make the tackle. He was then carted off the field.A replay close up of the hit is tough to watch. The Bears haven’t officially commented on the severity of the injury, but this does not look good.That looked bad. Cam Meredith is down. pic.twitter.com/08aDkTwU1i— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) August 27, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Critics say Kenyas proposed terror law flawed

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Kenya’s Muslim community and lawyers have also raised objections over the Prevention of Terrorism bill, saying it infringes on constitutional rights of individuals. The government says the current legislation is insufficient to effectively punish perpetrators of terrorism activities. The bill looks set to pass Thursday or Friday.“Terrorism knows no tribe, terrorism knows no religion and it respects no boundaries. We cannot fight it bare handed. We need tools and legal instruments with which to fight it,” Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa said this week.The U.S. State Department’s annual report on terrorism in Kenya, released in July, said the lack of counterterrorism legislation has hindered Kenya’s ability to detain terrorist suspects and prosecute them effectively. Terrorist suspects are often prosecuted under other offenses, such as murder and weapons possession.Kenya needs a law to tackle security challenges caused by terrorism, but without changes the Prevention of Terrorism bill can be abused or be ineffective if it became law, said Lawrence Mute, a commissioner in charge of Policy and Compliance at the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. Some of its provisions contradict Kenya’s constitution, he said. 0 Comments   Share   Al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked militant group has repeatedly promised to attack Kenya in retaliation for Kenyan forces moving into southern Somalia in October to fight the militants. The group’s spokesman has threatened to bring Nairobi’s skyscrapers down, and though an attack of that magnitude appears unlikely, intelligence officials fear some large attack is imminent.Earlier this month police recovered six explosive devices, including four suicide vests, 12 grenades and a cache of guns and ammunition in a house in a residential area where they arrested two suspects of Somali origin. One of the suspects was sentenced to 59 years in jail last week after pleading guilty.Kenya has suffered a string of grenade and improvised explosive devise attacks which have killed at least 50 civilians since sending its troops into Somalia. The attacks have been blamed on al-Shabab sympathizers.Mute said another concern is that if the bill becomes law without police reforms it can become subject to abuse. The police have been accused of extra-judicial killings of suspects they have been unable to prosecute successfully. Activists accuse the police of killing or “disappearing” five terrorism suspects this year. Last month radical Islamic preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed was shot to death by unknown gunmen as he drove his family in van in the coastal city of Mombasa. His killing sparked off riots that left five people dead. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Faced with an increased threat of terrorism from al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, the Kenya government looks set to pass the country’s first anti-terror law to help police prosecute terrorism cases. But the legislation is opposed by a government human rights group that says the law would give the state sweeping powers that can be abused to intimidate political opponents. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How do cataracts affect your vision? 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The law would give discretionary power to the police commissioner and minister in charge of security to publicly declare a group a terrorist entity without proving it in a court of law, he said. The law can also be used to hold suspects for long periods of interrogation without being charged in court, and some of the provisions can be used to compel doctors and journalists to give evidence against their clients and confidential sources, he said.The state can also abuse the law to fight political opponents, he said.“It depends just how imaginative who is controlling the security apparatus is … too much discretion is dangerous,” he said.Hassan Omar Hassan, a human rights activist vying to become a senator, said the Muslim community fears provisions of the bill that seem to legitimize arbitrary seizure of property, entry into a suspect’s property and listening to private phone conversations without warrants. Hassan said the government had given assurances that it will make amendments to the bill before the final vote.Al-Qaida has twice struck Kenya. In 1998 a truck bomb was set off outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi killing more than 200 Kenyans and 12 Americans. A 2002 attack on an Israeli owned hotel killed about a dozen Kenyans. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more