Financial Literacy Series – Womens Workshop Introduction to Basic Budgeting

first_imgTo register for the free workshop;Visit the Women’s Resource Society: 10051 100 Ave.or email: outreach@fsjwrs.caFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society (FSJWRS) and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union are joining to host the ‘Women’s Workshop; Introduction to Basic Budgeting’.Taking place at the North Peace Savings & Credit Union, on Thursday, August 22nd at 10:00 am to 11:00 am. This is a free financial literacy workshop.Topics to be covered at the workshop include;• What a budget is and why you should create one• Tips to help you reach your financial goals• Ideas to help you adjust your spendinglast_img

Win an Inn essayists say contest was stacked against them Maine state

CENTER LOVELL, Maine – Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest in which her 210-year-old country inn was the prize.The investigation focuses on whether the “Win an Inn” contest violated state law governing games of chance, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday.The Boston Globe reported Monday that some contest losers felt the odds were stacked against them. The newly formed Center Lovell Contest Fair Practices Commission says inn owner Janice Sage marketed the contest as open to all regardless of background but awarded the prize to a couple with hospitality business experience in the Virgin Islands.“In short, Janice Sage was advertising a contest for ‘dreamers’ who would never have the chance to own an inn and restaurant, and then handed the prize to just such a business owner,” Kelley Prass Collins, who founded the group, told the Globe.Sage didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The 68-year-old became owner of the inn the same way — by winning an essay contest 22 years ago.The entry fee for her contest was $125. Sage told the Globe she received fewer than the 7,500 entries she sought, but it was still enough to fund her retirement.Prince and Rose Adams were chosen to take over the inn, which has seven guest rooms, two dining rooms, a barn and a wraparound porch overlooking the White Mountains. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 2:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This June 5, 2015, file photo shows the Center Lovell Inn in Lovell, Maine. Maine State Police said Monday, June 22, 2015, they are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest with her 210-year-old country inn as the prize. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) ‘Win an Inn’ essayists say contest was stacked against them; Maine state police investigating read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Ambrose: Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is at the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa on Monday to outline what the official Opposition wants to see in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first federal budget, to be tabled on Tuesday.Budget: Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables the federal budget in the House of Commons on Tuesday at 4 p.m., after the markets close.Women: Also on Tuesday, the Economic Club of Canada pays tribute to International Women’s Day in Ottawa as six female trailblazers, including Karen Wilson, president of the Women’s Business Network, discuss what they’ve accomplished as leaders to help bridge the gender gap.Manufacturing: The annual FABTECH Canada conference kicks off in Toronto on Tuesday to examine the key issues facing Canadian manufacturers.Earnings: Several companies report earnings this week, including investment firm AGF Management, transit bus manufacturer New Flyer and Eldorado Gold on Wednesday. Toymaker Spin Master and Alamos Gold are among those reporting on Thursday. read more

Essequibo house partially destroyed by fire

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into Tuschen house fireMarch 15, 2017In “latest news”Fiery Monday: Houses, Resource Centre gutted by fireJuly 14, 2015In “Crime”Early morning fire partly destroys Essequibo businessJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news” The Guyana Fire Service came in for high praises on Sunday morning after they prevented a house from engulfing in flames at Spring Garden, Essequibo Coast, Region Two.The blaze reported started at about 2:45h in an apartment occupied the owner’s nephew, Kujeshwar also called Naresh in the lower flat of the building.The owner, 76-year-old Madai Sharma was spending time with her relatives in Georgetown. She is reportedly the sister of Guyanese businessman Brian Tiwari of BK International.However, based on information received, the nephew was at the time reportedly preparing a meal on a kerosene stove but left the house to run an errand.Upon his return he saw the lower flat of the 40-year-old house on fire.One of the man’s uncle, Gowkarran Sharma who lives next door reportedly saw smoke emanating from the building and raised an alarm. Residents quickly formed a bucket brigade and started to put out the flames. The fire service was summoned and responded promptly.Although the blaze was put out, the apartment in the lower flat of the house was completed destroyed along with its furniture and appliances. These include beds, microwave, refrigerator, a gas stove and music system among others.At the scene, Gowkarran told the Guyana Times that he is a staunch Hindu and was preparing to observe Maha Shivaratri today when he saw the smoke followed by flames.He noted that it was indeed a miracle that the entire wooden structure did not go up in flames.Fire officials have launched an investigation into the incident. read more

Photos show the special bond between combat dogs and their handlers

first_imgTHESE IMAGES GO some way in depicting the bond between a working war dog and his handler.The pictures are featured in the June issue of National Geographic magazine, along with an in-depth and sometimes heartbreaking look into some of the partnerships between man and beast, from training to sniffing out IEDs in combat zones. Sergeant Bourgeois clips Oopey’s toenails before a mission in Afghanistan.Handlers care for their dogs’ every need, learning canine CPR as well as how to spot canine post-traumatic stress disorder, which afflicts some 5 percent of deployed dogs Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicJournalist Michael Paterniti writes: The dog, initially 20 feet from the blast, knows something has gone wrong. Zenit lies down next to Jose, his ears pinned to his head, which he lays on his paws. He stays there as they work to save Jose before the chopper arrives. According to protocol, both handler and dog are loaded on board and whisked from the spot.Marine Corporal John Dolezal poses with Cchaz, a Belgian Malinois, at Twentynine Palms in California. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicDogs bred at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the military’s primary canine facility, are given names that begin with a double letter.Handlers in training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio must learn basic leash skills and hand signals before they start working with a dog. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicUntil then a used ammunition can stands in for the canine.Army Staff Sgt. Jason Cartwright bonds with his Labrador retriever, Isaac, during a mission to disrupt a Taliban supply route. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicDogs are very sensitive to their handlers’ emotions.Jay Crafter, a trainger for the military says:If you’re having a bad day, your dog is going to have a bad day.Sergeant Cartwright has Isaac sniff for weapons and explosives in a basement in Kandahar. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicA dog is trained to sit or lie down and not bark when it locates a target scent. The handler rewards the dog by letting it chew on its toy.Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kristopher Knight conditions Ronnie to the sound of gunfire at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, so that the dog will learn to remain calm during firefight. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicSome trainers don turbans, play calls to prayer, and bring in farm animals to prepare dogs for the sights, sounds, and smells of AfghanistanEliana and Jose Armenta relax with their Boston terriers, Oreo and Sassy, and their German shepherd, Zenit. Source: © Adam Ferguson/National GeographicA retired Marine dog handler, Jose lost his legs in an IED blast while on patrol with Zenit. In 2012 he adopted Zenit. “Dogs complete our family,” he says, a family soon to include a baby. Source: National Geographic12 things only dog owners will understand> But the closest chopper is already ferrying another wounded marine out of the area and takes two hours to arrive. Jose has lost a lot of blood but somehow stays conscious, asking again for Zenit.last_img read more

Clark County has strong Irish presence

first_imgIrish is the second most commonly reported ancestry in Clark County, behind German. Nearly 12 percent of the population, or 51,755 people, claimed Irish ancestry, according to the 2015 American Community Survey estimates published by the Census.About 10 percent of the nation’s population claims Irish heritage. However, it’s higher in certain areas, such as Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where around 20 percent of residents claim Irish heritage. In some areas of Massachusetts, more than 50 percent of people claim to be Irish.Irish-born people are few and far between in Clark County. Only a few dozen residents have emigrated here from Ireland. When it comes to Europeans moving to Clark County, it’s more likely they’re from the United Kingdom, Germany or the Netherlands, according to Census data.If you want to fly to Dublin today and catch Ireland’s festivities, it’ll run you at least $880 (if you’re lucky).Whether you’re Irish or not, there are many ways to locally celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday and through the weekend. We may not dye the Columbia River green, but Vancouver has its popular Paddy Hough Parade. This will be the 26th year of the parade where Hough Elementary students, staff and neighbors get dressed up and parade along Main Street to celebrate Patrick (Paddy) Hough, who was a teacher and principal. He was born in Tipperary, Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1846. Hough Elementary School was built 16 years after he died.Check out our coverage of the parade in Saturday’s paper.last_img read more

Salah wins PFA award

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award for 2017-18 seasonThe Egypt international beat fellow candidates Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea for the award in being voted the Player of the Year by his fellow players in the Premier League.“It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” said Salah, according to the BBC.“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player. I am happy and proud.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Jurgen Klopp was happy for the star and jokingly warned him: “It’s been a fantastic ride but we still have games to go,”“But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”Salah scored for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Saturday to increase his goal tally to 41 goals this season.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Lombard Odier Cie Pays Courtesy Call on Financial Services Minister

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 24, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette (left), welcomed Lombard Odier & Cie executives, Christophe Hentsch, Partner/Head Office (centre), and Renaud Vielfaure, Local Managing Director, in a courtesy call at the Ministry on Monday, February 19, 2018.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Driver hospitalized after road rage shooting in Cutler Bay

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after he was shot in what police described as a case of road rage in Cutler Bay.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting at Southwest 107th Avenue and Caribbean Boulevard, near the Florida Turnpike, at around 3:30 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said people in two cars got into some type of dispute. The altercation escalated and led to the shooting.Paramedics transported the victim to Jackson South Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

JLo at AAA Star performer to finish tour in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – South Floridians, get ready to party with Jennifer Lopez this summer.The multi-talented performer is closing out her “It’s My Party” tour at the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.Lopez is hitting 25 cities to celebrate her 50th birthday and is set to make a South Florida stop July 25.Tickets for her AAA concert go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alaska News Nightly Friday May 20 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioPerson of interest in Gambell woman’s disappearance dies by suicideAssociated PressA body found outside the Bering Sea island community of Gambell has been identified as a missing village woman.Legislation in motion to grant tribal entities health care facilitiesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA U.S. House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would transfer federal lands in Tanana and Dillingham to tribal entities for health care facilities. HR 4289 would convey 11 acres in Tanana to the Tanana Tribal Council. Council Secretary Dorothy Jordan testified before the House Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs subcommittee in support of transfer of the former Indian Health Service hospital site.State, Southeast Conference agree to rework ferry systemEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to come up with a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.Flights grounded for Obama stop in AlaskaZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAviators in Southcentral Alaska are being asked to observe a temporary flight restriction Saturday evening during a brief presidential visit.Mat-Su school board selects new superintendentEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Matanuska Susitna Borough school board has announced a replacement for outgoing school superintendent Deena Paramo.New tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivismElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauTwo new tribal court programs are getting off the ground at Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. They’re focused on reducing recidivism.Geologists look at possibility of tsunami-inducing megaquakesZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaIn the next 50 years there’s a 9% chance of an Aleutian Islands earthquake so strong it could send a devastating tsunami to Hawaii. That’s according to researchers from University of Hawaii at Manoa.BBAHC on the frontlines against bed bugs in rural AlaskaHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamTwo Native Corporations are using a $100,000 EPA grant to get rural communities the tools they need to combat bed bug infestations.AK: Palmer, where the bison roamEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new honor for the American bison.. it’s now an official national mammal.49 Voices: Greg Martinez of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Greg Martinez in Anchorage. Martinez is a UPS worker who moved to Anchorage from New York 12 years ago.last_img read more

Homelessness among KPBSD students on the rise

first_imgHomelessness among Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students is up 10 percent since this time last year. Due to lack of services and legal hurdles, many of those students are stuck in a cycle of couch surfing, camping or sleeping in their cars.Anna stepped into a rundown singlewide mobile home on the side of her boyfriend’s house in Homer. She preferred her last name wasn’t used in this story.“Most of the stuff’s molded,” she said of the inside of the trailer. “There’s just little black dots of mold…”Anna is 18 years old and has been homeless on and off and most of her life. Since January, she’s lived with her boyfriend in the basement of his parent’s house. But they’re desperate to be on their own and she hoped they could move into the trailer.Anna came to Alaska to live with her dad when she was 11 years old. Along with her sister, they lived in a tent. Her two brothers later joined them, and Anna said just making it day to day was a struggle.“We had one meal a day,” she said. “If we wanted other food, we could cook oatmeal because the food pantry had oatmeal stuff. Sometimes they’d have cereal; they had this potato cereal stuff. Gross.”Anna and her family went on to live in a car and a slew of motels and numerous other living arrangements. Anna lost contact with her dad and eventually ended up on her own.At times, her situation was nightmarish, and she said she’s survived abuse and sexual assault from family members and others. Now, she struggles with PTSD and other mental health issues. Her experience has affected her entire life, even the small things as a kid growing up.“You can’t invite people over because you don’t want them to see where you live, where are they supposed to sleep anyway?” she asked. “Where are you supposed to put them, and you don’t want to sleep over at other people’s house. Because what do you have to offer them?”Jane Dunn is a students in transition liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and she’s seeing more students like Anna.Students in Transition Liaison Jane Dunn poses next to clothing and other supplies that she gives out to homeless students. (Photo credit Renee Gross / KBBI)Dunn said the district has seen a 10 percent spike in homeless students since this time last year. While it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific reason for the increase, Dunn thinks lack of affordable housing is a factor.“In terms of families, a lot of parents are having a hard time finding a house that they can afford, definitely on minimum wage,” she said. “Especially if you’re looking at only paying 30 percent of your income, which is ideal for your rent. There’s not a lot of jobs that support the rent that we charge.”Housing homeless teens who are estranged from their family can be difficult. Homer’s domestic violence shelter, Haven House, only takes in youth who are accompanied by an adult or who are legally emancipated from their parents. And Haven House can’t offer teens short term solutions such as hotel vouchers.Dunn says that forces the majority of homeless kids and their families to stay with friends. Others have to resort to camping or sleeping in cars, both of which present their own challenges.“If you parked down at the beach for too long, you’re going to get the police called on you because it looks suspicious,” she said. “Where do you sleep if you’re going to sleep in your car?”Safe Families for Children, a national nonprofit that has a chapter in Homer, is trying to help homeless teens by finding temporary host families in the area.Lindsey Collins works for the volunteer-run organization, and she says the greatest need is for kids 2 and under and teenagers. Still, the organization needs permission from a parent or someone with power of attorney in order to place children in homes.“They don’t sign over their rights, but they give permission for that other family to also have things like rights with school and for medical,” she said.Collins said even if her organization had the legal authority to place every teen in need with a family, there aren’t enough host families who want to take in teens in the Homer area. She adds that there is a movement in town to build a youth shelter but nothing is off the ground quite yet. Even so, such an organization would face similar legal issues.As for Anna, she said a youth shelter is something she wished she had, but now she’s ready to move on and become more independent. She’s about to graduate high school and will likely apply to college down the road.“I’m finally done with this part in my life that’s been really, really hard and really stressful and I feel like once it’s over I finally have control over the rest of my life,” she said.She said she’s no longer planning on moving into the trailer. She and her boyfriend plan to stay in his family’s basement and save up money this summer. Then they hope to rent a cabin in Soldotna from his family this fall.last_img read more

Bidders emerge for Tata Steels UK assets

first_imgTwo groups signalled their interest in buying the British assets of Tata Steel on Tuesday, offering hope that thousands of jobs could be saved after weeks of uncertainty.Sanjeev Gupta’s metals group Liberty House and a management buyout team called Excalibur said they had submitted an initial expression of interest in buying the assets ahead of a 1600 GMT deadline.The two groups had been racing to submit their interest after India’s Tata Group announced plans in March to sell its entire UK steel operation, which had been hit by cheap Chinese imports, soaring costs and weak demand.Keen to avoid the loss of 10,000 jobs, the government has offered hundreds of millions of pounds in support to potential buyers and said it could take a 25 percent stake in the firm.Britain’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid also postponed a major trade visit to Iran to focus on the future of the steel industry at home.Liberty’s Executive Chairman Gupta was the first businessman to express an interest in Tata’s loss-making assets which include the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, and on Tuesday the firm said it had submitted a bid.”Liberty believes the UK steel industry can achieve long-term viability if based on an agile, sustainable, non-cyclical model,” the company said a statement.Liberty confirmed that Macquarie Capital and the State Bank of India had been appointed as financial advisers for the deal.Indian-born Gupta, who established Liberty House while a student at Cambridge in the early 1990s, has said Port Talbot and its jobs could be saved if the giant blast furnaces were replaced with facilities to process imported slab steel instead.Excalibur Steel UK, led by Tata’s UK strip products director Stuart Wilkie, also confirmed its interest, saying it had made huge progress in pulling together a plan that would enable the management and staff to take a stake in a strategic British industry.”We believe we have a large number of the pieces in place required to make this a success, including a management team with vast experience of steel making and processing,” he said in a statement. “We are confident we can turn the business around.”Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Port Talbot and said any sale of Tata’s British assets would have to cover the whole of the business.Britain’s government has also offered help in lowering the cost of energy for steel works and with workers’ pensions to try to save the industry but says its efforts are not linked to the EU referendum on June 23.Those campaigning to leave the bloc have seized on the crisis, accusing the EU of not doing enough to stop Chinese imports and have blamed the bloc’s rules on state aid for preventing government intervention.last_img read more

Another probe body formed over Old Dhaka fire

first_imgA devastating fire breaks out at a building at Chawkbazar in the capital on Wednesday night. Fire fighters try to douse as fire spreads to nearby buildings. Photo: Focus BanglaThe home affairs ministry has formed a 5-member committee to investigate into the Chawkbazar fire incident that left nearly 80 people dead.Headed by additional secretary of security service division of the home ministry the committee was asked to submit its report with recommendations within seven working days after proper investigation, said an official release, reports UNB.Around 41 people injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.last_img

British MPs reject all Brexit alternatives

first_imgTheresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.last_img read more

Whats the Black Agenda for Baltimore City

first_imgAround 1979-1980, as the Reagan era was being ushered in, I remember the Baltimore Sun beginning a series on the paper’s front page on the rise of hate groups in America, complete with a photo of a burning cross and a hooded Klansman. I remember as a young Black boy, despite the protection and love my family provided, feeling really unsafe.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)To be clear, Black people, people of African ancestry in America, have never been safe in this country. From “Black Wall Street,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Bronzeville in Chicago, to the golden age of Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore, no community, no matter how magnificently self-reliant has been impervious to structural racism. To be Black in America is to be generally imperiled in some measure, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.The specter of a Donald Trump presidency gives few of us in Black communities comfort that our plight shall be improved, and for good reason. In Trump’s America, new dangers seem to be revealed everyday (and I argue all Americans are imperiled for various reasons, whether they realize it or not).So, what now?I’ve been suggesting publicly (on First Edition) and privately for a while now, our battles may be waged more effectively in our cities and local principalities, as opposed to a national campaign of some sort. Especially given the seemingly intractable legislative gridlock and dysfunction in Washington (although that could magically loosen given a Republican House and Senate and the nation’s first Black president moving out of the White House). As well as the fact our challenges our legion and vary by region among other circumstances; housing, public safety, health, public school education, environmental justice, just to name a few.But, on even a basic level, is there a discernible Black agenda for Baltimore City? And when I say a Black agenda, I mean an agenda inclusive of people of color, the marginalized and the poor.Recently, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake suggested in media interviews she is leaving Baltimore in better condition than she found it. I suspect many in the communities named previously would disagree.However, on Dec. 6, Catherine Pugh will be sworn in as the next mayor. Has she been presented with an agenda representative of and specifically crafted for the majority population in the city? If such a document exists and has been presented to the new mayor, I don’t know about it and nobody I know, knows about it. What I do know is, in Baltimore, if you don’t ask, you don’t eat and if you ask for too much you’ll probably get ignored.Here’s a suggestion; perhaps we should be focused on the pursuit of equal protection under the law and law enforcement reform (especially in wake of the devastating DOJ report outlining routine civil rights violations of Blacks in Baltimore).The process of completing and implementing the “consent decree,” between the city, the Baltimore Police Department and the DOJ has been delayed. Given we almost assuredly are going to be confronted with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, that process should be expedited, not sat upon.We should initiate a “truth and reparation commission,” focused on justice for the myriad victims of the zero tolerance policing policy implemented (officially) from 1999 to 2007.We should also begin exploration of a path towards the rehabilitation and repair of the city’s egregiously broken bail bond system.Perhaps, this can serve as the beginning of a series of conversations between communities and the city’s public servants that will lead to action and policies to help protect and relieve some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents in fundamental and sustainable ways. It’s a start.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

Microsoft cuts Xbox One price to 349 to make your holidays a

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how you care to frame it, the Xbox One is struggling to compete with the PS4. A number of missteps both pre- and post-launch put Microsoft on its back foot, and the company has been desperately trying to get units moving ever since. The latest tactic? A price cut for the next two months.The Xbox One without Kinect currently costs $399, but from November 2nd that will be reduced by $50 to just $349 in the US. The $50 cut applies to any and all official bundles, meaning you can technically save up to $150 depending on which one you choose to pick up.Examples of the lower priced bundles include the console with Sunset Overdrive for $349. The Assassin’s Creed bundle for $349 without Kinect and $449 with, and the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Bundle is $449, which sounds expensive until you realize it includes a 1TB hard drive, custom console case and controller, as well as the Zero Day edition of the game.All of the major US retailers are taking part in this promotion, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Target, Toys ‘R Us and Walmart. It’s Microsoft’s attempt to get you to pick up the console now rather than waiting until Black Friday for a bargain. Also, by extending the pricing into the new year it means there’s a good chance Christmas money could be spent on the Xbox One.The new pricing comes into effect on November 2nd for all but the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Bundle, which will be available November 3rd. It will then run until January 3rd, 2015, at which point the console should go back up to $399. I say should because if this promotion does its job and boosts sales significantly I can see Microsoft deciding to make $349 the permanent price of entry.last_img read more

The Best Landmarks of Super Mario Odysseys New Donk City

first_imgStay on target The wait is over. Super Mario Odyssey is here! You can now get your hands on the best Nintendo Switch game since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And if you want to learn more, you can read our glowing review.By far the most delightful and confusing thing about Super Mario Odyssey is New Donk City, an area in the game modeled after New York City in which the cartoon-like Mario interacts with real people. This revelation raises so many questions. Who are these people? What is Mario if not a human being. How does Donkey Kong lore tie into this? How overpriced are New Donk apartments? Since’s office is in New York City, we thought it be fun to imagine what the rest of New Donk City might look like if it really is taking most of its inspiration from the Big Apple. Hopefully, we’ll be visiting these places soon on our Nintendo Switch.These are the best landmarks of Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City, courtesy of artist Jose Ruiz.I Heart New DonkTourists love these.Donkin’ DonutsAmerica (and Mario) runs on Donkin’.The Donklyn BridgeYour pathway to all of New Donk City’s hipsters.Donks ZooApes who don’t wear clothes are sent here.The New Donk TimesThe grey, Donk lady.NDU: New Donk UniversityLots of famous movie directors got their start here.The Donklyn NetsWill Jay Z sell his share of this team, too?Donkington Arch SquareThis landmark celebrates Mario’s victory over Bowser.The Statue of MarioImmigrants are welcome in New Donk City because its leaders have morals.The New Donk Subway StationThe trains just run through big green pipes.New Donk TaxiDisrupt this, Uber!Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/111. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

HC asks DU not to treat law centre in stepmotherly way

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi University not to treat its the three law colleges, which have been in controversy recently for alleged non-compliance of the Bar Council Of India (BCI) norms, in a “step-motherly” way.A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said that the Delhi University’s (DU) law schools are very much part of the varsity and closing down will affect the future of the students. “The three law centres are very much part of the DU,” the court said, adding that they should not be treated in a a step-motherly way. The court said this when it was informed that the BCI inspection committee that had visited and reported on the state of affairs was of the firm view that the DU’s three law schools should be closed down. The inspection committee has recommended that the DU’s law centres failed to comply with 17 conditions listed and it should not be allowed to admit new batches of students. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Tarun Narang seeking setting aside of a notification barring fresh law graduates of the DU from being enrolled as lawyers.last_img read more