Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Saturday thanked the people of the state for reposing faith in the policies and performance of his government and electing 41 BJP MLAs in the recently held state polls.The BJP won 41 seats in the 60-member Assembly while the Janata Dal (United) bagged seven, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal one and Independents two. Khandu, in a statement here, also thanked the people for electing two BJP MPs from the state with massive margins, “strengthening the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “It is Narendra Modi’s good governance and policies that ignited minds of our people and they openly voted for development and voted for ‘Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’,” he said. He dedicated the people’s massive mandate to party leaders and workers. He said the BJP’s ideology of development and strong leadership under Modi and party chief Amit Shah resulted in the Lok Sabha successes.
New Delhi: A 38-year-old man has been arrested for giving instant triple talaq to his wife, the first such case registered in the national capital since the practice was criminalised, police said on Saturday.The arrest was made on Friday at 11.00 pm after a 30-year-old woman lodged a complaint against her husband in north Delhi’s Bara Hindu Rao police station. However, the man got a bail by a court on Saturday, a police officer. “On June 23, her husband pronounced talaq three times upon her and sent a fatwah on WhatsApp mentioning that triple talaq was pronounced,” said DCP (North) Nupur Prasad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP said he has been booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. According to police, this is the first such case registered in the national capital. Parliament on August 1 approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence. Police said the couple got married in 2011, and the man runs a shop in Kamla Market in north Delhi. In a complaint, the woman alleged that she was being harassed for dowry by her husband and his family. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe alleged that on June 28, “under a well-planned conspiracy”, her husband and his family members had come to her room and forced him to pronounce triple talaq. Thereafter, he pronounced the word talaq three times, and they all asked her to leave the house along with her six-year-old son, she alleged. “I came to my parental house, but parents were not present as they were outside the country. After two days, they sent my brother fatwah on WhatsApp that divorce is complete and she cannot come back again,” the woman said in her complaint. Further investigation is underway, police said. In a similar case, a man was charged for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over the phone in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district in August this year. Abdul Raheem, who is working in Saudi Arabia, divorced his wife Fatima Khatoon by saying “talaq” three times over phone.
FRANKFURT — The operator of Frankfurt’s international airport says it is developing a concept for electric air taxi services.Fraport AG is working with Volocopter GmbH, which makes two-seat, multi-rotor electric aircraft that can fly with a pilot or autonomously.Actually operating such taxis to bring people to and from the airport will have to wait until the legal framework for autonomous flying is established and such aircraft can be certified for passenger use.Volocopter says its aircraft, based on drone technology and flight tested in Dubai, are quiet, safe and local emissions-free. The idea ultimately would be to operate pilotless when the legal framework is in place.The European Aviation Safety Agency says it is developing standards to enable certification of such aircraft.The Associated Press
Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says his trend-setting interest rate is low enough, at its below-inflation level of 1.75 per cent, that it’s delivering stimulative effects to the economy.But even in the stronger economy, governor Stephen Poloz said Thursday that the benchmark rate’s upward journey to its likely destination range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent is “highly uncertain.”The bank’s destination range — or neutral range — is an estimate of the preferred level for the interest rate when the economy is operating at full capacity and inflation is within its target zone of one to three per cent.In prepared remarks of a speech in Montreal, Poloz said the central bank will scrutinize incoming data in order to study how several important uncertainties unfold.They include, he added, the evolution of the impact of higher interest rates on indebted Canadians, how housing markets adjust to higher borrowing costs and stricter mortgage guidelines, whether business investment picks up its pace and the “highly uncertain” global trade environment.“Given these uncertainties, we have kept interest rates unchanged at 1.75 per cent since last October,” Poloz said in his speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.“We will remain decidedly data-dependent as the domestic and international situations evolve.”The improved economy has encouraged the bank to raise its key interest rate five times since mid-2017 to keep inflation from creeping up too high — but it hasn’t introduced an increase since last October.“But with that rate still lower than inflation, it is clear that monetary policy continues to deliver stimulus to the economy today,” Poloz said.Statistics Canada’s December inflation reading was two per cent.Poloz has said the central bank will likely continue hiking rates once the economy builds new momentum following a soft patch largely caused by unexpectedly weak oil prices in late-2018.The bank’s next interest-rate announcement is March 6 — and many market watchers expect Poloz to leave the benchmark untouched until late this year.The governor’s speech Thursday walked the audience through the effectiveness and the limitations of the bank’s main policy tool: the key interest rate target.He shared an example on what would have likely happened if the bank hadn’t introduced five quarter-point increases to bring the rate up to 1.75 per cent.“If we had kept our interest rate at 0.5 per cent from mid-2015 until now, our models tell us that we would have seen stronger economic growth — no surprise there,” Poloz said.“By now, the level of (the growth domestic product) would be about two per cent higher than it is today.”However, he added that while such an increase may sound good, it would have pushed inflation to the top of the bank’s inflation range, and likely even higher.The bank would have then been compelled to raise rates “forcefully” to guide inflation back to its target over the next year or two, Poloz said.With lower rates over a longer period, he added every Canadian would have likely amassed about $2,000 more in additional debt.
“Where does our poo go? […] This year’s Toilet Day observance encourages people to think about the sanitation chain,” said Ms. Mohammed in her remarks at a panel discussion on toilets and wastewater, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore, UN-Water and the International Chamber of Commerce. World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November, and events are held around that day to raise awareness of the importance of safe sanitation. Ms. Mohammed said that nearly 900 million people worldwide practice open defecation – not because they want to but because they have no choice. “Regardless where we are from, we all have the right to safe and dignified toilets,” she said, noting that she stressed this point during a recent dialogue with community members in Saint-Michele de L’Atalaye in Haiti. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed speaks at World Toilet Day 2017 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ending open defecation and working towards universal access to safely managed sanitation services and safely treated wastewater, she continued. The UN deputy chief also urged all to ask questions such as “Who is responsible for disposal?”, “What are people’s working conditions?” And “Where does menstrual hygiene waste go? She noted that faeces contaminate the environment, spreading dangerous diseases and undermining progress in health and child survival. Disposable menstrual products often end up in solid waste or wastewater systems not designed to handle them. Toilets can take many forms. Some systems provide treatment and safe disposal in situ, while others are connected to a sewer. Pit latrines and septic tanks need to be regularly emptied and the waste taken to a treatment facility. Workers providing these services are “true sanitation heroes,” she said. Wastewater and faecal sludge must also be treated and converted into products that can be safely used or returned to the environment, she stressed, highlighting the massive potential of treated wastewater as a source of energy, nutrients and water.
In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources.
Grindex, the global supplier of electrical submersible pumps, is now launching Grindex Mega Inox, a 90 kW (50 Hz) and 134 Hp (60 Hz) pump manufactured completely in stainless steel. The pump is built on the well proven cast iron Mega pump platform and at the same time an extension of the current completely stainless steel Inox pump range. With this addition Grindex says it “is reaffirming its leading market position within submersible drainage pumps and pumping accessories.”Dewatering applications’ worst challenge is the combination of a corrosive environment and contaminated water with abrasive solids and tough handling due to the temporary nature of the installation. “A protective coating will only protect the pump until the first scratch. The Grindex Inox range available from 2008 solves this problem by having dewatering pumps made completely in stainless steel. The 90 kW Mega Inox will considerably enhance the present range of Inox pumps, available in 2 to 8 kW.”The pump is suitable for applications with pH 2-10 and with abrasive particles in a typically demanding dewatering situation. “The stainless steel hydraulic wet end has proven itself over the years as an option that could be added to the standard cast iron Mega pump. Now the stainless steel Mega is completed by even offering the stator housing in stainless steel.”“When we´re out in the field and visiting customers that for many years make do with less than perfect coated solutions, we anticipate that the new Mega Inox will solve a lot of their headache applications” says Peter Uvemo, Regional Manager Grindex.
A COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED to come up with guidelines for the practical implementation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act met for the first time on Tuesday.The group has been given three months to complete its work but could return its recommendations to the Department of Health earlier than the end-December.If it takes the full 90 days to work out the “operational issues” that the department says need to be addressed, then it could be January 2014 before the Act is commenced.The Act was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins on 30 July this year. The Department said it is liaising with the Health Service Executive (HSE) on the various matters that need to be worked out in order to commence the legislation.“The Act will be commenced as soon as is practicable,” the Department of Health told TheJournal.ie in a statement.Following a report in the Irish Times – that was later retracted – it emerged that the new laws on legal terminations had not commenced.Yesterday, the Mater Hospital confirmed that it will comply with the legislation, despite concerns from a member of its board of governors.Yesterday: Mater Hospital says it will comply with new abortion lawsPope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’Irish Times incorrect abortion story ‘appalling and scandalous’ – Minister Lynch
We are all used to seeing Google celebrate specific dates every year on its search homepage with a Google Doodle. These usually take the form of an image, or in some cases and animation or even a game. But tomorrow is Charlie Chaplin‘s 122nd birthday, and Google decided nothing short of a YouTube video would do as a doodle.You can see why Google chose to do this. Chaplin’s talent and popularity came from his movement during the days of silent film, and you can’t get that across properly in anything other than video form.Chaplin is remembered so fondly not just because of his comic genius, but because of the time in history he managed to entertain people. He was at his height from 1915 to 1940 and therefore experienced two world wars as well as the Great Depression. Making anyone laugh during those hard times was testament to his talent.Charlie Chaplin died peacefully in his sleep on Christmas Day 1977 at the ripe of age of 88. But his body was stolen in an attempt to extort money from his family. That failed and his body was recovered. If you see his grave you will notice it has a large 1.8m slab of concrete as a gravestone. It was put there to stop anyone else trying to steal his remains.As for the Google Video Doodle, for the moment the video is only present on the Google Australia homepage, but as we all catch up and it becomes April 16 in other regions of the world, Google will surely update all of its search homes to reflect his birthday.via Engadget
During their cruise trip in the Greek islands, Louise and Keith Saw decided to transform their holidays into a volunteer mission and help migrants on one of the first entrance points in the European continent, Leros.As documented on their online travel blog www.motoryachtakuna.com, the Northern Rivers couple started volunteering full time at a compound where refugees are processed on 5 September. In collaboration with the authorities and other volunteers, they are trying to provide the basic resources and services that can make the refugees’ stay on the island more tolerable. This includes gathering basic goods and clothing , handing out food and water or even helping people in need of medical assistance to get access to treatment and medication.The situation as described on their online posts is dire. With hundreds arriving on an almost daily basis, the island’s facilities are not sufficient to accommodate the overwhelming flow of asylum seekers.“There is no funding. Greece is bankrupt. The UNHCR are bankrupt and having to close camps in Syria and Turkey. Our compound is running on donations from locals, people on holidays and people like us living on boats,” Mr and Mrs Saw shared on their blog.Mrs Shaw’s brother, Gerard Criss, told ABC news he has communicated with his sister and brother-in-law, who are witnessing an increase on the number of refugees landing on the island since their arrival.Source: ABC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Radars : bientôt la fin des panneaux d’avertissement France – L’État français envisage d’installer quelque 800 nouveaux radars automatiques d’ici à 2012. Rien d’étonnant, si ce n’est qu’un léger changement sera opéré : en effet, c’en est fini des panneaux d’avertissement fixés 400 mètres avant les radars. Les automobilistes étaient habitués aux panneaux avertissant de la présence prochaine d’un radar automatique. Placés 400 mètres avant le flash, ils permettaient aux automobilistes de ralentir pour éviter l’amende et le retrait de points.Dorénavant, les nouveaux radars installés seront signalés par un panneau indiquant au conducteur qu’il va entrer dans une zone de deux kilomètres ponctuée d’un ou plusieurs radars. Le but est bien entendu de ralentir la course sur une plus longue distance.On peut douter de l’efficacité de cette nouvelle méthode du gouvernement, car les automobilistes ne tarderont pas à repérer les emplacements des différents radars, lesquels seront également rapidement référencés pour les mises à jour des détecteurs de radars. Le 29 juin 2010 à 14:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
The CEOs of ASA, USB and USSEC, along with USSEC Chair Laura Foell are in China this week meeting with Chinese government officials and industry leaders about China’s biotech approval process. China’s biotech approvals process has gone from slow but predictable — taking approximately 28 months — to now taking 40 months or more.With a number of new soybean traits in the pipeline and ready for commercialization, the U.S. soy family is interested to securing timely approval of new traits, while safeguarding U.S. soy exports to China. The purpose of this trip is to assess current and potential strategies to accomplish this goal. Key points emphasized are that farmers worldwide need access to new seed technologies if they are to meet growing Chinese and world demand for soy in the face of increasing weed and disease pressures. Chinese demand for soy is growing 3 to 5 million metric tons per year as Chinese farmers use soy in feed rations to increase production of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products for Chinese consumers. Thus, there is shared interest in a timely, transparent and science-based biotech approval process for new seed technologies so we can meet China’s food security needs today and into the future.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of South Floridians took to the streets on Sunday as they walked — and partied — for a good cause.Participants laced up and headed to Fort Lauderdale Beach for the 2017 Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival. A fundraising walk was followed by a massive beach party featuring live music and food trucks. DNCE at the Florida AIDS Walk! pic.twitter.com/F4mtussGry— Everything DNCE (@everything_dnce) March 19, 2017Proceeds from the event will go toward research and charitites that provide HIV and AIDS services to people who cannot afford them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Huawei Mobile Phones Share your voice Tags Huawei’s new Nova 5 Huawei Huawei is adding three new smartphones to its midrange lineup — the Nova 5, Nova 5i and Nova 5 Pro — even as tensions with the US continue to limit where these new phones can be sold. The Nova 5 and 5 Pro feature tear-drop notches at the center of their 6.39-inch OLED displays, with each offering four rear cameras (48-megapixel main lens, 16-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth sensor) and a 32-megapixel front camera. Each also offers in-display optical fingerprint sensors, fast charging over USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The biggest differences between the two are in the processor and storage. The Nova 5 runs Huawei’s new Kirin 810 processor while the Nova 5 Pro uses the same Kirin 980 chipset found in last year’s Mate 20 flagship. GizmoChina reports that the Nova 5 will be offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the Pro will come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Both have micoSD card slots, though only the Pro supports NFC. Huawei’s Nova 5i Huawei On the lower end of the line is the Nova 5i. Featuring a hole-punch design, the 5i has a 6.4-inch LCD display, runs on Huawei’s Kirin 710 processor and will be offered in either 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD). Like its more powerful siblings, the 5i has four rear cameras (24-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth) and a 24-megapixel sensor front lens. A fingerprint sensor is available on the back of the phone, though like the Nova 5 there is no NFC support. All three are running Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 atop Android 9 Pie.The Nova 5 is available for preorder now starting at 2799 yuan (roughly $407) and ships July 20. The Nova 5 Pro and 5i are available to preorder now. The 5 Pro starts at 2999 yuan (roughly $436) and the 5i at 2199 yuan (approximately $320), with both shipping June 28. Post a comment 0
The sign outside the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)An Alaska judge today ruled the lease for the legislature’s controversial downtown Anchorage office space is illegal.The court’s decision voids the contract for renting the Legislative Information Office building, but doesn’t spell out what’s next.Download AudioThe Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)The ruling from Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay said there were flaws in the way lawmakers entered the current lease. The decision rests on the word “extension,” — and whether a five-fold increase in the price of rent after $7.5 million in renovations could be considered an “extension” of a decade-old lease.According to the judge, by treating the lease as an extension, lawmakers didn’t have to open it up to a competitive bidding process, which it deserved. Pointing to a dramatic remodeling alongside a substantial increase in costs, McKay wrote: “A court finding that this leasing scheme could be sole-sourced would eviscerate the competitive principles of the state procurement code.”Read Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay’s ruling hereSpeaking to members of the press in Juneau, Legislative Council Chair Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), said the decision means the state can no longer make good on the current lease agreement.“The contract that we have been operating under is void, so that causes us now to reassess things, to figure out where we’re going and what we’re going to do,” Stevens said. “It doesn’t change a lot of things, but it does change some things.”Stevens said the legislature has to decide whether they’ll move to the state-owned Atwood Building nearby, or seek to buy the LIO building outright from its owners. A recent report from the Navigant consulting group obtained by the Alaska Dispatch News identifies different financial scenarios for the state to consider, including a competitive sale price of $35.6 million.“What we’re looking at right now — and I should say, we’re not trying to harm the owner at all, that’s not the goal here,” Stevens said. “The goal is to find the right price. And it depends on what he’s willing to sell the building for.”As of Thursday afternoon, Amy Slinker, a spokesperson for the building’s owners, 716 West Fourth Avenue, LLC, had a short emailed statement that read only, “We’re reading through the decision and analyzing next steps.” Recently, the owners have said they are willing to sell the building, but say the price would need to be closer to $37 million to not suffer a loss.Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage) chaired the Legislative Council when the lease was negotiated. Hawker is currently in Anchorage undergoing treatment for cancer, but in a written statement released Thursday, he said the Legislative Council “acted in good faith.”“Clearly, a lower court judge has found otherwise,” he wrote, adding that he had no further comment.The McKay ruling is written anticipating an possible appeal in the case, but Stevens said the state is unlikely to go that route.“We’re still in the same place we’ve always been, but it’s moved us forward to a position where now we need to make a decision,” Stevens said. “We’re going to try to call a meeting, if we can arrange it, on Tuesday, of (the Legislative) Council, and hear from all of our attorneys, hear from all our counsel, hear from the owner if he chooses to be there, and figure out where we go from here.”The case is a victory for Anchorage attorney Jim Gottstein, who brought the suit against the building’s owners and the state. Gottstein has long insisted there were numerous problems with the way the lease was handled. He said he’s glad the superior court agrees.“The main objective was just to get the lease declared illegal, which it has,” he said. “So I’d be happy for the case to be over.”The legislature will continue paying for it’s lease through July.Andrew Kitchenman and Rachel Waldholz contributed to this report.
Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno MarsudiIndonesia has submitted a proposal to Myanmar named ‘Formula 4 + 1’ for Rakhine State to restore peace and allowing immediate access to humanitarian assistance there, reports news agency UNB.These four elements consist of (i) restoring stability and security; (ii) maximum restraint and non-violence; (iii) protection to all persons in the Rakhine State, regardless of race and religion; and (iv) the importance of immediate access to humanitarian assistance.Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi had a meeting with Myanmar state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s capital on Monday and placed the proposal.”The first four elements are the main elements that must be done immediately so that the crisis of humanity and security does not worsen,” explained the Indonesian foreign minister.Another element is of importance for the recommendation of the advisory panel report for the Rakhine State headed by Kofi Annan which she suggested implementing immediately.The Indonesian foreign minister at the meeting also expressed the concern and high commitment of Indonesian Humanitarian NGO to Myanmar.In this regard, she said it has just launched the Humanitarian Alliance of Indonesia for Myanmar (AKIM) on August 31.The alliance consists of 11 humanitarian organizations, which prioritise its assistance on four issues, namely (i) education; (ii) health; (iii) livelihood (economy); and (iv) relief. The assistance commitments given by the Alliance amounted to US 2 million.”I hope that the government of Myanmar can continue granting access to AKIM as it has been with the government of Indonesia in implementing several programmes,” the Indonesian foreign minister was quoted as saying in a text UNB obtained on Tuesday.Retno Marsudi arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday in a brief visit to discuss with Bangladesh leadership the current persecution on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.She had a meeting with her Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali at 4:00pm at state guesthouse Padma.The Indonesian moreign minister will meet the press at a city hotel at 7:45pm after her meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at 7:00pm.As of now, around 1,23,000 people — mostly women and children — entered Bangladesh after the attacks on police and army bases in Rakhine on 25 August and the Myanmar military began crackdown.
Governor Greg Abbott declared a state disaster declaration for the following 31 Texas counties on Wednesday. “As our state continues to face waves of severe weather and potential flooding, it is crucial that Texans remain vigilant and heed warnings and any evacuation notices from local officials in their areas,” said Governor Greg Abbott in a media release. “I would like to thank the first responders who have rescued residents from rising waters and ask all Texans to keep those affected in their thoughts and prayers.”The counties include the following: Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton. A declaration at the state level is a step towards enabling President Obama to sign a national disaster declaration. Share
Andrew McPhatter was fatally shot in Southeast D.C. on March 1. (Courtesy Photo)A recent wave of violence in Southeast, D.C. left one man dead after six shootings took place in a span of seven days. Six people were shot along Wheeler Road and one was murdered between Feb. 23 and March 1 as D.C. police roll out initiatives to keep illegal guns off the streets.On Feb. 23 four people were shot in three separate incidents within two hours on Wheeler Road. On Feb. 27, a woman was struck by gunfire in another Wheeler Road shooting. “We should not be losing our young men to gun violence in our city,” Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said March 6 at a community meeting at Eagle Academy Public Charter School. “Every single time that we have a young man that’s killed in Washington, D.C. I see their picture and every single time I see that picture a piece of my heart chips away.”The gunfire ended with the fatal shooting of Andrew McPhatter, 28, on March 1. According to police, McPhatter was shot and wounded in the 3500 block of Wheeler Road, SE around 10:50 a.m. Police said they were in the Congress Heights neighborhood when they heard the sound of several gunshots.Authorities searched the area and found a Buick GS 350 stopped in the middle of the road. Inside of the vehicle was McPhatter siting in the front passenger seat bleeding and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. McPhatter was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He died on March 5.Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Karimah Bilal told the AFRO on March 6 that no arrests have been made and there is no further information in the case. However, law enforcement officials said 27 illegal firearms were removed from District streets the week between Feb. 27 and March 6.ANC Commissioner for Ward 8B02 Paul Trantham told the AFRO March 7 that gun recovery isn’t enough to end violence in Southeast D.C. “We are witnessing gun violence day and night,” Trantham said. “They are saying they are recovering guns, but they aren’t saying where they coming from and how these kids are getting them.”Trantham also said police understaffing is another issue the city is dealing with. According to Trantham, the police force, currently staffed with about 3,700 officers, needs to increase to 4,200.He asked Mayor Muriel Bowser to hire more patrollers and place additional plain clothed officers in high crime areas, and that she didn’t fulfill his request. “I feel as though the city council and mayor are letting citizens down,” said Trantham. He said the mayor is “numb” to the violence in ward 7 and ward 8, and not facing the reality of the brutality in the area.A response to Trantham’s accusation was not received from the mayor’s office before press time.In January, Council member Vincent Gray introduced a bill to increase the number of police officers and increase retention bonuses until the force’s population reached Gray’s goal of 4,200. The “Force of 4,200” bill has not passed.
Save your skin and body from the harmful chemical based daily care products. Opt for organic soaps and shampoos which do not take away the natural elements from your skin but enhance it in a safe way, say experts. Amit Sarda, Managing Director, Soulflower and Anupama Malhotra, Founder of Vert (both brands produce natural handmade skincare products) have pointed out the pros of using organic soaps and shampoos: * Organic shampoos and soaps are manufactured in a smoke free environment and are 100 percent vegetarian that contain no animal fat. Organic products are made from the derivatives of plants, its fruits or even flowers and they’re completely free from SLS or other chemical preservatives. So there is zero chance that someone would suffer because of using a natural product. Conventional soaps and shampoos may feel effective but an understanding of the ingredients list on the packaging may inform you that they are in fact more harmful than good. The most common of these chemicals that do a lot of harm to the body is sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). You may also find on the list other chemicals like Triclosan which is essentially a harmful pesticide and Dioxane which is a carcinogen and which really are causing a slow and permanent damage to your skin. * They are not tested on animals. * Ingredient quality is the primary difference between organic and conventional products. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Natural ingredients such as organic tea tree can help address skin conditions such as dandruff and scalp irritation. * When you use organic shampoos and conditioners, you’re also helping the environment by letting biodegradable substances go down the drain instead of harsh chemicals. * Chemical based products have a strong tendency to scrape out the natural oil from the scalp and cause damage by making hair strands dry, dull and fall-prone. A natural shampoo bar will never rid the scalp of its oils that are inherently necessary for providing nutrition to the hair. It will only enhance the texture of the hair and where deficient, it will provide the required nourishment for a strong hair and a healthy scalp.
Puerto Rico to host 2020 WTTC Global SummitDiscover Puerto Rico, the Island’s first-ever and new Destination Marketing Organization, today announced that the Island will serve as the host for the World Travel & Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit, following the formal announcement made by WTTC at today’s closing ceremony of the 2019 Summit in Seville, Spain. Representing the global private sector of travel & tourism, the Global Summit is regarded as the most important worldwide event in the sector, and gathers significant global business leaders, yearly.“We’re honored to have been chosen as host destination for the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit. Puerto Rico is a place where rich culture and natural wonders lay the foundation for an immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences. We’re thriving as a destination of global importance and hosting this Summit will elevate even further our tourism offering, positively impacting the local economy. We look forward to welcoming the global tourism industry next year to discover all that Puerto Rico offers,” said Brad Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Discover Puerto Rico.In Puerto Rico, the travel industry employs roughly 77,000 people, contributes 6.5% to the Island’s GDP and impacts a noteworthy 17 additional sectors of the economy. This, on the rise given the Island’s increasing popularity as a must-visit destination on a global scale, and validated given the selection by the WTTC, as the first U.S. Island territory to host the respected event.“We are delighted to bring next year’s Global Summit to the beautiful tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a welcoming and diverse destination that is attracting travelers from all over the world,” said Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of WTTC. “We’re particularly excited because the destination provides ease in traveling and doing business since Puerto Rico is a US territory yet has the allure of the Caribbean.”The WTTC Global Summit will be held from April 21-23, 2020 at the District San Juan, a five-acre hospitality and entertainment district opening later this year. The complex is currently being designed and poised to be the most vibrant and popular setting for events, conventions and performances in the Caribbean.Puerto Rico’s unique history and offerings set it apart as a global destination, including a fusion of Taino Indian, Spanish and African cultures, seen vividly in the food, music and architecture. Found on the Island is El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. forest system; three of the world’s five bioluminescence bays; and El Monstruo, the longest zip line in the Americas. Visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com for more information on the destination and its variety of offerings and lodging options.About Discover Puerto RicoDiscover Puerto Rico is a newly established private, not for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO will bring prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively positioning the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure, business and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and community at large, to empower economic growth. To discover all the beauty the Island has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.Source = Discover Puerto Rico