Report Arsenal approach Torino star

Report Arsenal approach Torino star

first_imgTorino have reportedly had an approach from Arsenal for star forward M’Baye Niang, claims reports from ItalyThe Gunners have set their sights on a move for the Senegal international in this summer transfer window and have made contact with Torino over the prospect of signing Niang.But Tutto Mercato Web claim that an official bid has not been lodged yet and that Arsenal have just enquired for the time being.But new head coach Unai Emery may be set to step up his interest in Niang in the near future with the Premier League’s summer transfer window to close on August 9.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But the Spaniard will have to make a decision soon with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund also interested in making a move for the 23-year-old.Since replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, Emery has already signed five new players with Ligue 2 side Lorient’s Matteo Guendouzi being his latest arrival.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Serie As biggest stars put together

Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Serie As biggest stars put together

first_imgThe Portuguese superstar will earn 31 million Euro per season while playing in Italy; Gonzalo Higuain is second place with just 9 million Euro per yearAccording to Sport Mediaset, international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will earn more than the Top 4 players of the Italian Serie A put together.As reported by the Sport Bible, Ronaldo will cost Juventus 31 million Euro per year up to 2022; in second place of the salary-table is Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain who will earn 9 million Euros with AC Milan.In third and fourth place, Ronaldo’s teammates, Brazilian midfielder Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, will earn 7 million and 6 million, respectively.The Top 5 is closed by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who will make 6 million per season with the Rossoneri.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to appear with the Juventus shirt, but the club has already sold out on the number 7’s jerseys and toilet paper with his image is being sold in Italy.The Portuguese forward might debut with Juventus on Saturday, August 18th, when his team visits Chievo for the start of the 2018-2019 season of the Serie A.The players with the highest salary in the Italian league. (@Sport_Mediaset) pic.twitter.com/2uWZ1FAEIP— Khaled Al Nouss #LeoIsBack (@khaledalnouss1) August 3, 2018last_img read more

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Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is only interested in seeing his players perform to their very best consistently ahead of what he describes as a “very important” part of their season.The Gunners currently hold the highly-coveted fourth-place in the Premier League table by a point from Manchester United with Chelsea, who have a game in hand, a further two points adrift.Only 11 fixtures are left for Arsenal as they chase a return to Champions League football after a two-season absence.However, for Emery, the priority lies in taking things on a game-by-game ahead of tonight’s encounter with 12th-placed Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.“We can continue in this position, but only if we win. We need to be consistent in 38 matches,” said Emery in Tuesday’s press conference on Arsenal.com.“Tomorrow is one more. It’s very important because three points are not coming back after you play this match. You need to play against Bournemouth thinking that we need and we wish to take these three points.Aside from their Premier League campaign, Arsenal also remain in the mix for Europa League glory this season after progressing to the last-16 stage by beating BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Emery added: “Now is a very important moment in the season with the Premier League and the Europa League and I am looking for the best performance individually and collectively and to be consistent with that.“Our moment is very important our focus is very important to take consistently.”Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Bournemouth in place for the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner. Alex Iwobi is also doubtful for ArsenalMeanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Laurent Koscielny and Matteo Guendouzi will be pushing for starts with kick-off at the Emirates set for 8:45 PM (CET).⚡️ #YoPierre 😁 pic.twitter.com/19I42CRDCx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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PDA LeewardLong Bay Candidate say glory days gone promises to restore

PDA LeewardLong Bay Candidate say glory days gone promises to restore

first_imgShe said the country has regressed under the current government and during this national Youth Week, the PDA standard bearer for Electoral District #5 said, “Our youth deserve better, our youth deserve real opportunities, our youth deserve the opportunity to be managers and executives, our youth deserve the opportunities to be employers and not just employees.  We all as Turks and Caicos Islanders deserve and by now, 40 years later should have been managers and owners of hotels and not simply down the line employees.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Johnson said it was 40 years ago that the country held its first political rallies to see indigenous ministerial government established.  Calsada Johnson promised that a PDA government would get better wages, would get contractors working again, would draw investors and would reverse the trend where local people are being disenfranchised.Some of the instances from a long list of so called injustices include,  “TCI Government was once a shareholder of Provo Water Company, Not anymore!  Elite Gaming once had local shareholders. Not anymore!   Digicel had a local general manager. Not anymore!”   Johnson concluded with an empathetic word to Civil Servants, saying they have been badly treated… and assuring that the PDAs commitment is to restore all that has been taken away from them. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – Strangers and outcasts and it ain’t fun no more; this is a summary of some statements made when the Leeward and Long Bay candidate for the Progressive Democratic Alliance, Calsada Johnson held a rally at the former Fun World last Friday night.  Related Items:calsada johnson, country has regressed under current government says calsada johnsonlast_img read more

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Ryan Adams To Release Three Albums This Year

Ryan Adams To Release Three Albums This Year

first_img Email The last time the singer/songwriter released three albums in one year was in 2005Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 8, 2019 – 1:53 pm GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Adams recently shared in a series of tweets his ambitious plan to release three albums in 2019, with the first titled Big Colors.Keep in mind that this is something Adams has done in the past: He famously dropped three LPs in one year in 2005 (Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights with his backing band, The Cardinals, and 29). #BIGCOLORS pic.twitter.com/6BzPpBgnyF— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 8, 2019Governors Ball 2019: The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator And Florence & The Machine To Headline Facebook Ryan Adams To Release Three Albums This Year Twitter News Ryan Adams Plans To Release Three Albums This Year ryan-adams-release-three-albums-year It’s sounding fucking epic. Here it comes… #BigColors  @bluenoterecords @CapitolRecords pic.twitter.com/rARlX4Lrhg— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 8, 2019Adams’ first tweet teasing new music included a video clip of him working in the studio, where he is singing “the brightest colors always rising to the top.” He hints this snippet is part of new music in the works, writing: “It’s sounding f***ing epic. Here it comes… #BigColors.”Then, less than 30 minutes after sharing the video, he tweeted a picture from the studio with the message: “Remember that year when I released 3 records. Let’s do it again.”After several hours of buzzworthy buildup on Adams’ Twitter feed yesterday, he shared another sweet reveal: the album cover for Big Colors.Although he hasn’t announced a release date, Capitol Records also tweeted out the album cover earlier today, seemingly confirming that Big Colors will indeed drop this year. As for the other two albums, we’ll just have to have patience.last_img read more

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KGF Star Yash gives a massive boost to Chiranjeevis Sye Raa Narasimha

first_imgYash and Chiranjeevi.PR HandoutYash, who has become a heartthrob of youths across India following massive success of KGF: Chapter 1, will be giving a boost to Chiranjeevi’s upcoming mega-budget movie Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The Rocking Star has extended his support to the Ram Charan-produced movie by turning narrator for the film. As per the media reports, Yash has done voice over for the Kannada version of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Indeed, he is said to be the narrator in the Sandalwood version. Rajinikanth and Mohanlal have done voiceover for the Tamil and Malayalam versions, respectively.Yash is one of the big names of Sandalwood and his presence is expected to add huge value to the flick, which is likely to become the first major film to be dubbed into Kannada and to have a simultaneous release.For decades, Sandalwood had opposed dubbing and only after the intervention of the Competition Commission of India, it was lifted a few years ago. In the last two years, a couple of movies from Tamil have been dubbed in Kannada and met with decent response.Coming back to Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, the Surender Reddy-directorial has Sandalwood star Kiccha Sudeep playing an important role. Chiranjeevi appears in the title role and entire story is centered around him.The film is based on the Telugu freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. Vijay Sethupathi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia are in the key roles.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy will simultaneously release in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada on 2 October. The film has Amit Trivedi’s music, Julius Packiam’s backround score, Sreekar Prasad’s editing and R Rathnavelu’s cinematography.last_img read more

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BNP demands Khaledas treatment in local hospital

BNP demands Khaledas treatment in local hospital

first_imgKhaleda ZiaTwo BNP senior leaders met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday with their party’s demand for ensuring better treatment of their ailing chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at the capital’s United Hospital.Talking to reporters after the meeting, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told reporters that they found the home minister positive about their demand.”Khaleda Zia is seriously sick in jail as she even can’t walk. So, we’ve requested the home minister to take immediate steps for her better treatment and proper medical tests,” he said.Mentioning that their chairperson has confidence in doctors and medical tests of the United Hospital, Nazrul said they told the home minister to take her to the private hospital.Asked what the home minister said, he said, “The home minister’s statements seem positive in this regard. He also called the IG (prisons) to join our meeting, and we discussed everything in front of him.”The BNP leader said Asaduzzaman Khan also gave his consent about ensuring proper treatment of Khaleda at a better place. “We’ll now wait to see what steps the IG (prisons) takes. We hope they will take steps for our leaders’ health check-up and treatment at the United Hospital.”Nazrul said their chairperson requires physiotherapy for some consecutive days for her knee pain. “But it’s not possible in jail… if any wrong physiotherapy is given by nurses in jail, it may seriously affect her health.”He hoped that the government will finalise its decision on Khaleda’s treatment by today (Sunday).The BNP leader said they urged the home minister to take steps so that Khaleda’s female relatives can meet her at the 1st floor in jail since she cannot come down to the ground floor due to her illness.”When the ailing persons see their relatives beside them, they feel better and become happy. “So, we’ve requested the Home Minister to take the matter into their consideration.”Nazrul also said they sought cooperation of the home minister so that their party can form a human chain in the city on 25 April and Sramik Dal can hold their scheduled rally on 1 May at Suhrawardy Udyan.Asked whether they talked about taking Khaleda abroad, an irritated Nazrul said there is no question of sending her abroad for treatment. “We’re saying to provide her with treatment at a [private] hospital here.”Earlier, Nazrul together with party vice chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed went to the home minister’s secretariat office around 11:30am and had over a half-an-hour meeting.BNP delegation met the home minister following some BNP leaders and Khaleda’s relatives were denied visiting her in jail respectively on Thursday and Friday.On 8 February, Khaleda was sent to Nazimuddin Road Old Central Jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Amid the report of Khaleda’s illness, the government formed a medical team comprising four professors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital early this month.On 7 April, the BNP chief was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for some medical tests as per the prescription of the medical team.BNP, however, has been demanding that the government allow Khaleda to receive treatment by her personal physicians at the United Hospital instead of any public one.last_img read more

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Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

Entertainment Industry Vet Denise Pendleton Films Doc About Pioneering Black Owned Ad

first_imgBy Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIn second grade, Denise Pendleton was hit by a car. She ended up in a full body cast for a year and went to an elementary school for disabled children. By the time she was in high school though, she was a Soul Train dancer, and the winner of innumerable dance contests that were so popular back in the sixties and early seventies. “My mother thought I was doing something nefarious when I would come home with two or three thousand dollars but [me and my dance partners] were winning all the dance contests!”Pendleton though, who attended Chicago’s High School for Metropolitan Studies, the first alternative high school in America, had overcome the trials of her childhood to become much more than just a dancer. At just fifteen years old, she had the ear of the founder and producer of Soul Train, Don Cornelius in its earliest days when it still filmed in Chicago. She recalls, “I used to book talent, was assistant to the producer, dance choreographer. I did a lot!”It was around this time that one of the teachers at her high school introduced her to some of the staff at Burrell Communications. Founded in 1971 by Tom Burrell and Ed McBain, it was the leading Black owned advertising agency and revolutionized the way Blacks were depicted in commercial advertising as well as how the Black demographic was targeted by advertisers. Pendleton recalls one of her first visits to Burrell. “They were doing a Coca-Cola commercial with Bill Cosby and Betty Carter. There were all these amazing Black people!”Natalie Cole, who had just married Pendleton’s minister, exposed her to the music industry via her connections to Capitol Records. “I got to see how a record is made, from the ground up. In my mind, I said I want more people to see that!” Pendleton ended up at Motown where she worked as a film and television producer, artist management, tour coordinator and image consultant. She subsequently oversaw the concert tours for such artists as El Debarge, Jennifer Holiday, Deniece Williams, The Temptations and Luther Vandross.Pendleton leveraged her knowledge and contacts in the entertainment industry and her relationship with Burrell Communications where she says, “I always kept my relationship with Burrell even when I went to Motown. They were like my second family.” She spearheaded Burrell’s signature use of musical talent in its commercials. She explains, “I used to tell them who was hot and who they should look to use in their ads especially for Coca-Cola since Coca Cola was grounded in the music industry.” Her proudest moment was producing the 1995 Super bowl commercial hit ‘Big Mac Scat” featuring Al Jarreau and Vesta. “That ended up being in the Superbowl and the Special Olympics. It was the first black commercial to have that prominence.” Pendleton explains. So iconic and historic were the Burrell Agency’s commercials that many of them are catalogued in the Library of Congress archives.It was a no brainer that Pendleton would choose the Burrell agency as the subject of her first documentary. First, there was her intimate personal and professional history with the company. Burrell Communications also launched the careers of many pioneering Black television and film talent and has won multiple CLEO Awards; the equivalent of an Oscar for the advertising industry. Pendleton also has tremendous respect for Tom Burrell, the agency’s founder. “I think Tom’s story is so inspiring! He’s been legally blind since the age of 27 so he really had to trust his instincts and trust the people around him. It’s one thing when you have one hundred percent vision and another when you only have five.” Indeed Pendleton’s film documents not just the triumph of a Black man, “Inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements,” overcoming all of the odds, it is also the story of a disabled person refusing to limit himself.Called Burrell: Advertising Revolution the film is about an hour long and features a treasure trove of archival footage from the seventies forward. It’s important American history wrapped in a delightful walk down memory lane. Pendleton had full access to the library at Burrell Communications and was able to get much of the footage for the film that way. Now in the midst of trying to raise funds to expand to a full length feature documentary, she was also the recipient of a lot of people’s largesse. She laughs, “There were just people sending me stuff and not telling me where it was coming from!”last_img read more

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AFRO Exclusive Interview New Film Coins For Christmas Gives the Gift of

AFRO Exclusive Interview New Film Coins For Christmas Gives the Gift of

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C., mgreen@afro.comDespite the religious history behind the celebration of Christmas, the holiday season’s message has been transformed to one of spending and gift-giving.  TV One’s “Coins for Christmas,” however, flips the script: The main characters are strapped for cash during the holidays and end up giving and receiving gifts that make them better people and teach them life’s true values.“[‘Coins for Christmas’] is a great film with a great message and the story line is not at all what typical Christmas movies are all about,” said Stephen Bishop, who plays the role of Alec in the film.   Bishop, from “Being Mary Jane” fame, stars alongside “Marlon” actress Essence Atkins who plays the character of Madison.‘Coins For Christmas’ (Courtesy Photo)“Alec is an NFL player that’s coming off of an injury, and because of his [braggadocian] and arrogant nature, very few people are wanting to work with him and he needs to get that together.  And Essence’s character (Madison) is a single mother who is trying to scrape money for Christmas because her bank accounts have been seized due to her ex husband’s behavior.  They come together and they teach other how to be better people and how to get past what some would see as perceived flaws,” Bishop told the AFRO.Bishop said the lessons Alec and Madison learn are relatable for audiences across demographics.“I think across the board it’s a good message to take away.  For Essence’s character it’s a good lesson in self-esteem and confidence.  For Alec’s character it’s a good lesson in humility.  There’s a duality there, where we’re converging on both sides.  One guy is completely arrogant and full of himself and the other character is completely humble and doesn’t give herself enough credit and they teach other how to be the opposite,” Bishop said.  “So there’s messages all over: How to treat people.  You never know what the next person is going through, so how to be kind.  And then there’s a message of friendship there.”Particularly during an era of political, nationwide and world tension, Bishop said that “Coins for Christmas” offers cheerfulness packed with a message.“It’s a good addition to the holiday spirit and the family time,” the actor said. “It gives a bit of levity to people during the holidays. Where they’re coming into the holidays maybe burdened with a lot of angst from what’s going on in the country and around the world and it gives them the opportunity to breathe, and have some lighthearted moments and learn some good lessons.”Besides the message behind the film, Bishop told the AFRO he got involved in the project because he’s always wanted to add to families’ holiday cheer by having a role in a Christmas film.“Every year a new slate of Christmas films comes out, some of them turn into classics.  And it’s just for me, it’s always been a thing where I wanted to have a chance to be in people’s living room’s or on the screen during the Christmas time, because it’s kind of like its own little season of films and television,” he said.Additionally, Bishop wanted to join the film when he found out he’d be acting with Atkins.“I got a chance to work with a good friend of mine Essence Atkins, who is just amazing.  I’ve wanted to work directly opposite her since we worked together in a different film, but we weren’t directly opposite each other,” Bishop told the AFRO.Bishop also highlighted director Jamal Hill, who he said did “an excellent job.”The cast also included TC Carson (“Living Single”), Kelly Price (“Saints and Sinners”) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”)“Coins for Christmas” premieres on TV One on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern with an encore at 9 p.m.For those in the Washington, D.C. area, TV One and Xfinity will be hosting a special premiere of the film on the Dec. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Studio Xfinity Store (715 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001).  A free event for the whole family, the premiere will include special giveaways, in-store promotions and a post-screening discussion. For more information go to Eventbrite.com .last_img read more

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Amazon Launching The Expanse Seasons 13 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching The Expanse Seasons 13 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

first_img“The Expanse,” produced by Alcon Television Group, is based on the novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). The story is set 200 years in the future, when humans have colonized the solar system, with the United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. The series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over air and water resources located in the asteroid belt — and a conspiracy threatens the survival of humanity.The TV series was co-created and written by Mark Fergus (“Iron Man”) and Hawk Otsby (“Children of Men”). Naren Shankar is the showrunner.The series stars Thomas Jane (“Deep Blue Sea”), Shohreh Asgdashloo (“Star Trek: Beyond”), Steve Strait (“The Covenant”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatam (“The Hunger Games”), Cas Anvar (“Punisher: War Zone”), Frankie Adams (“Mortal Engines”), Shawn Doyle (“Frequency”), Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead”), Florence Faivre (“The Sia Renaissance”) and Cara Gee (“Empire of Dirt”).“The Expanse” has a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 90% and an average audience score of 96%. Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in L.A. (Amazon hasn’t announced a premiere date for season 4.) Bezos has a personal passion for space exploration, having founded space-aeronautics and spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

first_imgKolkata: Police detained five persons suspecting their involvement in the Dum Dum shooting case. According to locals and the family members of deceased, shop worker Ganesh Kundu, who was shot dead by unidentified miscreants, was threatened by one Bachchu Das and beaten up by him a few days ago.According to Ganesh’s wife Rekha, around two months ago, Das went to their home in the Dum Dum Cantonment area and threatened her husband. Later, she came to know that Das had heckled a local councillor to which Ganesh had protested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that there is a wine shop located in front of the decorator’s shop where Ganesh used to work. As the owner is paralysed and has not been moving since almost five years, Ganesh used to take care of the shop and monetory details. A few months ago, Das allegedly wanted to install a temporary food stall in front of the decorator’s shop to which Ganesh had opposed. Later, the matter went to the councillor’s office where the councillor stood in favour of Ganesh as putting up a temporary shop on a government property is illegal. As a result, Das got agitated and heckled the councillor. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRekha also alleged that when Das threatened him around two months ago, Ganesh lodged a complaint at Dum Dum police station but police did not bother to inquire about it. Locals claimed on Friday evening that there were two persons on bike who came and shot Ganesh from point blank range. The rider is suspected to be Das who has not been traced by the police yet. It is also suspected that the pillion rider might be a contract killer who was hired to kill Ganesh. “We are probing the case. Some clues have been found. Nothing more can be revealed as the investigation is at an early stage,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Belgharia.last_img read more

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Earn 50 in cash when booking clients to Peru

Earn 50 in cash when booking clients to Peru

first_img Posted by Tags: Peru, Valencia Travel Travelweek Group Earn $50 in cash when booking clients to Peru Thursday, May 23, 2019 center_img TORONTO — Valencia Travel, a DMC based in Cusco, Peru, has launched a new promotion that includes 50% savings for travellers and $50 cash incentive for travel agents. Running until May 31, 2019, the promotion aims to highlight the most recognized parts of Peru and the quality experiences available in each. Clients will enjoy 50% off the following four travel packages:• Lares Trek & Machu Picchu: This seven-day trek begins in Cuzco followed by a voyage into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, home to green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks that stand up to 6,000 metres tall.• Trek Along the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu: On this seven-day adventure, travellers will trek along the majestic Inca Trail over the course of four days.• Classic Peru: Highlights of this 12-day trip include traditional food, bustling cities, mountains, lakes, canyons, rural communities and an expedition into Machu Picchu.• The Best of Peru: This 13-day immersion tour covers all of Peru’s must-see places as well as a full-city tour in Lima. Clients will visit Cusco’s many temples, journey through the historic Sacred Valley and explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu. More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAs part of the promotion, North American travel agents will receive $50 when booking two people on any of the above packages before May 31. For more information, contact valenciatravel@turnerpr.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Derry and Strabane CouncilFoyle EmbankmentMayor Jo

Derry and Strabane CouncilFoyle EmbankmentMayor Jo

first_img Derry and Strabane CouncilFoyle EmbankmentMayor John BoyleQUEEN’S QUAYSTRAND ROADTraffic & Travel information ahead of tonight’s Carnival Parade and fireworks displaytraffic and travel AS final preparations get underway for what is the biggest celebration of Halloween in the country, anyone planning a trip to Scary Derry today is being asked to check out traffic and travel information ahead of their journey.A number of restrictions and diversions will be in place to facilitate the fantastic revelers taking to the streets this evening.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, urged people to plan ahead in order to ensure the very best hassle free Halloween experience. “This year we are once again expecting tens of thousands to attend events, in particular tonight’s Carnival Parade and fireworks display.“There will be a lot of people moving between venues and we want to ensure that this happens as smoothly as possible and that the visitor experience is an exceptional one throughout our flagship event.“It’s been fantastic to see the amount of local businesses and community groups who have jumped on the bandwagon this year and embraced the Halloween theme. “So much work has gone into this year’s programme and the planning of all the events. ShareTweet “I want to encourage people to follow the signage and directions of stewards when out and about, but most importantly plan your travel in advance.“I want to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween while visiting Scary Derry!”The Festival showcase is without doubt is tonight’s traditional Carnival Parade which departs Queen’s Quay at 7 pm, concluding with the finale fireworks at 8.20 pm. The route this year leaves Queen’s Quay Car Park, travelling up Boating Club Lane turning onto Strand Road. The parade turns at Harbour House Roundabout, travelling to Water Street, along the Foyle Embankment and returning to Queen’s Quay Car Park. There will be vantage points for viewing all along the parade route.To facilitate the parade a number of traffic restrictions will be in place, and motorists are advised to expect some delays and diversions in the interests of safety.Lane closures will be introduced along the Strand Road and Foyle Embankment in advance of the parade. The Strand Road lane closure, on the city bound approach to Water Street, will be operational from 6.30pm until approximately 8.45pmStrand Road, Harbour Square, Queen’s Quay, Whittaker Street and the Foyle Embankment, between Water Street and the City Hotel, will be closed to traffic for varying lengths of time during the evening events, between 6.30pm and 8.45pm. Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times.Please note that all times are approximate and that road closures and diversions will be kept to the minimum length necessary to ensure safety.Please also note that the Peace Bridge will be closed from 7.15pm until 8.45pm.Parking will be available at a number of sites throughout the city namely, Cityside car parks: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East, Foyleside West and Quayside Shopping Centre, Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill), Strand Road, Victoria Market, Society Street, Bishop Street, Carlisle road and William Street. Waterside car parks: Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road Car Park and Waterside Health Centre and Oakgrove School. Motorists are advised that there are likely to be delays when exiting some car parks during the parade and after the fireworks display.Drivers are reminded that normal on street parking restrictions will be in place and that they should avoid parking anywhere they may be blocking entrances to residences or businesses or where they may be obstructing emergency access. In addition to this the car parks at Queen’s Quay will be closed on Wednesday 31st October and Foyle Street Car Park closed from 27th-31st October. Strand Road car park will be an accessible car park only on the 31st October.No parking will be permitted along Baronet Street, Fletcher Avenue, Water Street and on the left hand side of St Columb’s Road. Vehicles stopping to drop off passengers are advised to park in a safe location and to avoid the immediate vicinity of Queen’s Quay, Foyle Embankment and the Limavady Road / St Columb’s Road Junction in order to minimise traffic congestion. For more information on all the Halloween events go to derryhalloween.comTraffic & Travel information ahead of tonight’s Carnival Parade and fireworks display was last modified: November 1st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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By Jeff Thomas International Man In LatinAmeri

first_imgBy Jeff Thomas, International Man In Latin-American culture, the beating of a piñata began as a religious activity, but, today, it is more secular and generally takes place at celebrations. The general idea is that someone (usually a child) is blindfolded and given a stick, then spun around several times to disorient him. He then begins swinging the stick in the air, trying to locate the piñata, which is suspended overhead. Once he finds it, he beats it until it breaks open, spilling out goodies – sometimes candy, sometimes toys, coins, or food. In concept, this is much like taxation, with the rich being the piñata. Taxation Seems Reasonable Throughout the world today, governments pay for their existence mostly by way of taxation. On the surface of it, this isn’t an especially unreasonable concept. Candidates are elected to take charge of the government, and they then need to be paid to do their jobs. Taxes are also intended to pay for the programmes that government representatives come up with. Unfortunately, a common trend in politics is that once someone has been elected to office, he wants to remain there, often for the remainder of his working life. Once someone has become a career politician, it is a logical step for him to realise that the more he can tax the population, the more goodies he can get for himself. After all, he is in a position to be able to increase his own salary and benefits. Additionally, he may be tempted to siphon off a portion of funds intended for government programmes as they pass through his control. The difficulty for politicians who increase taxes is that, if they increase taxes on the majority of the people, the people may not vote them back in. Consequently, politicians find that they are more likely to be re-elected if they create or increase taxes that only apply to a minority of the electorate. Whenever the middle- to lower- income taxpayers outnumber the more wealthy (which is, of course, most often the case), politicians tend to propose higher taxes on “the rich.” The reason this is a safe bet is that the rich are in the minority and therefore do not have the power (on their own) to vote such politicians out of office. Hence, most developed countries not only tax the rich more heavily than others, but also create and maintain a “tax the rich” mentality amongst the electorate. Today, most every country that regards itself as a democracy has a “tax the rich” consciousness, and those who are not “rich” generally support the concept. As George Bernard Shaw said, “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” But Excessive Taxation of the Rich is Not Necessarily Reasonable And why not tax the rich? After all, the rich have more, so why shouldn’t they give more? Well, there are two reasons why not. The first is that the concept is inherently unjust. As Thomas Jefferson is said to have argued, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” The second reason why the rich should not automatically pay more is that they may possibly be taxed to the point that they choose to opt out of the system. As Maggie Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other people’s money.” Of course, who “the rich” are has never been accurately defined. Is it the top 5% of earners? The top 10%? Politicians avoid such questions; they prefer to keep it vague. After all, if they got specific, many of them would qualify as being amongst “the rich.” And of course, one of the best aspects of taxing the rich, from the politician’s point of view, is that they can’t really do anything about it. The rich are, by their very nature, generally speaking, very responsible citizens. They are easily tracked down and will generally prefer to pay a higher tax than to be imprisoned. Consequently, there is much to gain and little to lose for a politician if he proposes further taxes on the rich. The Rich Are Much Like a Piñata The rich are much like a piñata: Those who are gathered around the piñata know that it contains goodies and they would like to get some share of those goodies. They are unconcerned as to whether the piñata is destroyed, as long as the goodies are forthcoming soon. Someone is elected, who beats the piñata repeatedly, knocking the goodies out. This person wears a blindfold, so, although he knows what his objective is, he cannot actually see the results of his actions. The more he beats the piñata, the more goodies fall out. But, beyond this point, public opinion would diverge as to the comparison of the piñata and the rich. Those who wish to be receivers of the government largesse would argue that the process is endless, as the rich will always have plenty of money. But those who are more productive and choose to sustain themselves through their own efforts will take a different view. How to Stop Being a Piñata Through Internationalisation The fact is, the rich do, in most cases, have an ability to opt out. Historically, this does not take place through violent means, such as revolution. Rather, it is by quiet means – by exiting the jurisdiction if it becomes too oppressive. There is now a growing trend toward internationalisation. It has never been easier to physically move one’s self or one’s possessions from place to place. Through technology, it has also never been easier to move wealth from place to place. In fact, the only exception to this trend is governments themselves. Some governments are placing ever-increasing restrictions on the ability to move one’s self and one’s wealth from one jurisdiction to another. Considering this to be the case, many older people are quietly moving themselves and their wealth away from those countries that are becoming increasingly draconian in their laws. Additionally, many younger people are beginning to see the handwriting on the wall. Whilst they may not yet have amassed much in the way of wealth, many are assessing their futures in jurisdictions that are becoming oppressive, and choosing to vote with their feet now, rather than wait until it is no longer possible. Many people are fond of their present jurisdiction but are watching the door slowly closing. Those who take the next step – that of seeking out other possible destinations – are finding that in some other jurisdictions the doors to personal economic prosperity are opening wider. However, should an exodus occur into these countries by frustrated First-Worlders, there is the possibility that, in time, their immigration laws may tighten up. Therefore, the time of greatest opportunity may well be right now. Those who are older and have attained some measure of wealth would do well to consider whether they are tiring of being hit with a stick and worrying that, in the future, they may well be hit a great deal harder. Those who are younger may feel that, if they succeed in creating wealth for themselves, their reward may well be to become a piñata. [If you enjoyed this article, you might like our complimentary report, The Best of Jeff Thomas. Pulling no punches, Jeff shares his thoughts on the greatest threat to gold ownership, finding a bolthole on a budget, as well as the coming hyperinflation. You may download this free report immediately in our member’s area. Or, if you are not a member, register for free here.] About the Author: Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years, he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey and later others of an Austrian persuasion. In 1999 he began his predictions for a second Great Depression and has since focused his attention on its ramifications and how it would affect the world.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Dollar bias is changed to buy

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar bias is changed to buy. *  Lawmakers to extend negotiations? *  China signs swap agreement with Eurozone! *  Aussie labor prints weaker than expected And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! China Takes Another Step. Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! We were doing some Tub Thumpin’ here in St. Louis last night, as our Cardinals won Game 5 and move on to the next round of the playoffs! Our Blues beat the rival Blackhawks too, so that was worth an extra round of Tub Thumpin’! My kids made me feel guilty about going to bed before the end of the game, so I stayed up way past my bedtime. Thus I’m getting started a little later than usual this morning, but I think you’ll forgive me for that! The dollar bias to sell dollars that has held a tight grip on the currencies since the Gov’t announced their partial shutdown (PS), finally loosened up yesterday, and has moved to a “buy” bias overnight. It’s not a strong buy bias, for most of the currencies that we follow are flat to down just a smidgen. But the Dollar Index has climbed back above 80, so the dollar has that going for it! The dollar sure doesn’t have the news from the Eurozone going for it! OK, let me set this up for you. Recall, that I’ve kept you abreast of the moves that China takes to replace the dollar standard, which includes signing currency swap agreements with countries around the world that removes the dollar from the middle of the terms of trade between the two countries.  What China achieves by signing these currency swap agreements is two-fold. 1. They get to gain a wider distribution for their currency, and 2. The remove one more block in the dollar’s foundation as a reserve currency. So. Guess who is the newest member on the roster that makes up countries that have signed a currency swap agreement with China? Well, I kind of gave it away above, but it’s the Eurozone!  The European Central Bank (ECB) announced this morning that they have signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with China to bolster trade financing.  Now, Eurozone companies don’t have to change their euros to dollars first to settle the terms of trade with China, they just deliver euros, or receive renminbi.  This is HUGE folks!  China now has nearly all of Asia on their roster, along with Australia, and New Zealand, Russia, Argentina, Brazil and now the Eurozone! Talk about gaining a wider distribution of their currency! This will strengthen the international use of the renminbi/ yuan. And that’s what China wants! They want to keep removing the dollar’s relevancy in the terms of trade throughout the world, one country at a time. But the Eurozone is HUGE, folks. Remember, the recent (June 28th) talk by People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Gov. Zhou, where he pledged to expand cross-border use of the renminbi / yuan, and he encouraged multinational companies to include the Chinese currency in their asset portfolios.  When China decides to all direct trading between their currency and other foreign currencies, convertibility will occur, and when all that happens, it’s game over for the dollar as the reserve currency folks. I don’t know how else I can say this to make it any clearer. I told you earlier this week that we would see the color of the latest jobs report from Australia later in the week, and last night it printed. The Headline Employment report was weaker than expected, as only 9,000 jobs were created in September, while 15,000 were expected.  And much like the goings on with the U.S. Unemployment Rate, The Aussie Unemployment Rate fell from 5.8% to 5.6%, but the move was tied to a drop in the participation rate, which fell to  a 2006 low.  None of this signaled to the markets that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has put the last nail in the rate cut coffin, and so the pressure returned to the Aussie dollar (A$). In New Zealand, their latest manufacturing index dropped from 57.1 to 54.3, still above 50, but a significant drop nonetheless. Given the weakness in the A$ that carried over to kiwi, this data made things even worse for kiwi.  Give it a day, and all will be forgotten. Well, I guess all the focus and the reason the bias has switched to dollar buying is tied to the news that there could be an agreement on a short-term extension so that negotiations can continue here in the U.S. I find this to be just plain ridiculous. These guys have had plenty of time leading up to this to “negotiate” and now they will move the goal posts to give them some extra time? Simply ridiculous! But. It is what it is, right?  And if it means that the negotiations bring about major deficit spending cuts it might turn out to be OK. But you and me and the guy down the street that gets mad when someone parks their car in front of his house, know that’s not going to happen. That in the end, they make up some story about how what they did was significant, but no one will be able to figure it out, and they’ll raise the Debt Ceiling, and the National Debt will continue to move toward $20 Trillion.. We only have one more week to the 17th, when the extraordinary measures to keep paying the bills (read take money from some other place in hopes of paying it back)  run dry.  I think these lawmakers love all the attention they get on this PS and Debt Ceiling. Why else would this be such a big deal?  I’m telling you this so you can hear me now, so you can listen to me later. (in my best Arnold voice) We will not default (now that is) and the Debt Ceiling will be raised, and we will go merrily down the road to ruin. So. I’m sitting here this morning, listening to a CD that was burned by a Pfennig reader a year or so ago, with songs that he liked, and thought would be good tunes to write the Pfennig each day. I have to say that the music taste is bang on with me, but needing more variety on a daily basis, I only play it every once in a while, and. some of the songs on the CD are on my IPod anyway! But one of the songs got me thinking. The song is Freedom Rider by Traffic.  For the longest time when I was a young man, and the internet was galaxies away, for me to look up the lyrics. I used to think that Steve Winwood was saying Freedom Writer.  And so when I hear the song, I think about a Freedom Writer! Which is what I believe I am! I talk about our freedom to invest in currencies outside the dollar! OK, I know that’s stretching it a bit, but that’s how my mind works, always stretching things a bit.  Shoot Rudy, just ask the people that cringe at everything I write or say! The Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes printed yesterday. I didn’t see any sign of the infighting over whether or not to taper occurred, which was reported at first to have happened. What I mostly saw was a group of Fed Heads that are straining their eyes to find “economic growth”  they all did admit that the “economic activity expanded at a moderate pace, albeit somewhat more slowly than earlier anticipated.”   Now tell me, does this validate my call a few months ago, that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy? Why yes, Chuck it does! So, tell me Chuck, how did you know that they were being overly optimistic about the economy 6 months ago?  Ahhh grasshopper, it was easy. The Fed Heads have been wrong about the economy 4 years in a row. Why would I think that they would be right this time?  And now with this PS going on here in the U.S. what will the Fed Heads think about their call for 2nd Half of the year economic growth pick-up?  I know what I think, and you know all too well, that when I think something, I’m going to share it with you, whether you want to hear it or not! This PS is going to play hell with the economy’s attempt to grow. But in the end, and I’ll say this now for probably the 100th time. Whatever growth the economy has, is all stimulus driven. Take the stimulus away, and let’s see what we have then. Frankly, I would prefer this to be our choice of swords to fall on, for at least 6 months to a year later, it would all be in our rear-view mirror and we would be on our way to real economic growth! And then before I head to the Big Finish today. Brazil’s Central Bank raised interest rates again yesterday, pushing their internal rate up 50 Basis points to 9.5%… The Central Bank Gov. Tombini, also signaled that he will continue to keep raising interest rates higher to combat inflation.  You see, the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) is a prime example of what I always complain about with Central Banks. They arbitrarily move interest rates in one direction to achieve an internal goal, but don’t consider the unintended consequences. Remember when the BCB and the Brazilian Gov’t was going hog wild with their attempts to weaken the real? They made huge cuts in their interest rates to make the real less attractive, but once the real was very weak, the weak currency invited inflation into the Brazilian economy. And before the BCB could say “rate hike” inflation was everywhere in Brazil.  So the BCB had to break from the Brazilian Gov’t who still wanted to play the Currency Wars game and keep the real weak, and the BCB decided that inflation was a more bitter pill to swallow than currency appreciation. So, now the BCB has been frantically raising interest rates to combat the inflation that they, themselves invited into the Brazilian economy!   Stupid Central Bank pet tricks. They ought to go on Letterman! And here’s a line, sent to me from my good friend Rick, that’s from one of my fave comedians, Ron White. “I tried on the tux from my high school prom and found a $20 bill in the pocket. I was excited until I realized it’s now only worth $4.25..   For What It’s Worth. Well. You know how I carry on and yell at the walls and all that, when it comes to price manipulation. We’ve seen it in LIBOR. We’ve seen it in Treasuries (with QE). We’ve seen it elsewhere, and most obvious is the price manipulation in commodities, namely Gold and Silver.  I saw this story on Bloomberg yesterday and thought it played well with these thoughts that I’ve shared with you these past years. “In a Bloomberg News survey conducted during the past eight weeks, 85 traders and analysts said they have little confidence in the assessed prices of crude, metals and iron ore. Regulators, including European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, may examine commodities markets, having already increased investigations of manipulation of benchmarks for interest rates, derivatives, foreign exchange and oil. Five years after the global credit crisis prompted more regulation of banks, benchmark prices for hundreds of commodities are determined through surveys of anonymous traders who may have a stake in the outcome of the assessments. Unlike stock prices, available in real time at regulated exchanges for all investors to see, many raw materials that go into food, clothing and power are bought and sold in private. “There will be growing pressure for more regulation,” David Wilson, director of metals research and strategy at Citigroup Inc. in London, said by phone Sept. 3. “Commodities markets have traditionally been a backwater that only specialists would have been involved with. Clearly these markets haven’t changed with the times.” Chuck again. I’ve got a novel idea. how about we don’t make more regulations, but instead enforce the regulation that exist? To recap. The bias to sell dollars shifted to a buy dollars bias albeit a muted one, all because there are rumors that the lawmakers will announce an extension so that we don’t default and they can continue to negotiate. Now? Really? They’re going to negotiate now? Oh well, we carry on despite our lawmakers. Aussie labor was weaker than expected, and China took another step toward removing the dollar standard by signing a currency swap agreement with the Eurozone. Currencies today 10/10/13. American Style: A$ .9435, kiwi .8255, C$ .9625, euro 1.3535, sterling 1.5955, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 9.9625, krone 6.0515, SEK 6.5185, forint 218.25, zloty 3.1005, koruna 18.8570, RUB 32.28, yen 97.80, sing 1.2500, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.36, China 6.1452, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.1975, Dollar Index 80.39, Oil $102.06, 10-year 2.71%, Silver $21.96, Platinum $1,385.38, Palladium $707.38 That’s it for today. So, hooray for my beloved Cardinals! I had a friend in Toronto and on in Carlsbad Ca, texting me last night during the game. It was a nail biter for awhile, but then the Cardinals finally blew it open, late. The Cardinals now face the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Dodgers have all that pitching. UGH! Alex got his results from the ACT the other day, he scored big time on it! I sure hope that helps with the college costs! He only has 1 more month to fill out his applications. Chris just told me that he’s going to be on the Street.com this morning, so look for that.  Watching the parade pass me by. Oh well, he’s got a tie on, and I don’t! HA! Now let’s go have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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Shark week Aunt Flo Carrie at the prom — t

Shark week Aunt Flo Carrie at the prom — t

first_img“Shark week,” “Aunt Flo,” “Carrie at the prom” — these are a few common nicknames for periods, according to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. But the list is far from exhaustive: “There are something like 5,000 euphemisms for periods,” she says.Why all the code words? Society has become more open to talking about menstruation in recent years (in fact, NPR declared 2015 the “year of the period”), but periods are still a topic more often talked around than talked about. That can have consequences — like shame, undiagnosed medical conditions and lack of product innovation, to name a few.Hear five people who are fighting the taboo share their thoughts and experiences about periods — from leaks to the “tampon tax” to what it means to bleed when you don’t identify as a woman — all out in the open. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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After Hurricane Maria hit many people were left w

After Hurricane Maria hit many people were left w

first_imgAfter Hurricane Maria hit, many people were left without access to water, food and power. But when food came, it raised a host of health concerns.As food aid began to arrive last fall, Twitter was full of complaints from recipients and their families expressing shock that the contents of relief boxes appear to be stuffed with items like candy bars, potted meat and cheese crackers.”Who in their right mind would think this qualifies as a meal?” tweeted CBS correspondent David Begnaud, quoting a Puerto Rican resident named Pedro who found candy and chips in his box.After seeing a flood of such social media posts, Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, a professor of public health at George Washington University, and a group of researchers went down to Puerto Rico to check it out. Colón-Ramos and her group analyzed 10 days’ worth of food shipments found at a FEMA distribution center in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.They found that 11 of the 107 different food items in the warehouse were candy and chips, including M&Ms and Twizzlers. And every item in the fruit category, which included sweetened fruit cups and applesauce, exceeded the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommendations for added sugars. Eighty-three percent of veggies, which were all canned, exceeded the recommended content of sodium.Some of the items analyzed were low-sugar and low-sodium, like canned sardines and fruit pouches packed in water, but these were in the minority, Colón-Ramos says.Even when she excluded candy and chips, Colón-Ramos found that meals made with the foods provided would exceed the upper limit recommended for daily sodium, added sugars or saturated fats.”As a public health nutritionist, I just don’t know why we are providing these foods,” she says. “How did these foods end up there, and who was monitoring them?”Colón-Ramos presented this data on June 11 at the Nutrition 2018 meeting in Boston. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says to keep sodium below 2,300 milligrams per day and that less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fats or added sugar.A typical meal plan using the foods found in the FEMA warehouse could include a ready-to-eat cereal and milk for breakfast, a morning and afternoon snack like dried peanuts or a cereal bar, tuna salad and crackers for lunch and a pre-packaged pasta dinner, Colón-Ramos says.Following the meal plan with these foods would meet the DGA food group recommendations but exceed the dietary limits for salt, saturated fat, or added sugars.In a situation where disaster has wiped out food options, people are happy for help. And who would deny a child who has been through a hurricane a piece of candy? But it doesn’t make for a healthy eating plan in the long-term, which is what some food assistance operations in disaster zones sometimes become. As NPR has reported, the island is still struggling to access power and rebuild.”In the past and traditionally, not just in the U.S. but globally, food aid has been focused on providing enough calories and enough water,” Colón-Ramos says. “It makes perfect sense: You don’t want people to be hungry, and you don’t want people to die out of dehydration.”But now, this type of aid may be outdated and unhealthy. Thirty to 35 percent of Puerto Rican adults already are obese.Ursula Marcos Tovar, a Manati, Puerto Rico, resident, received a FEMA box in October. She says the contents of the box were applesauce cups, animal-shaped cookies, beef jerky, canned pasta, bottled water and plastic cutlery. At that time, she and her family did not have power or water.The box, which were handed out to each of the homes in her community, was too small to sustain her family of four for long, but luckily food stores in the area were starting to open. Marcos Tovar says at the time, there was only dry food available and the ATMs weren’t working due to power outages.For the first two to three months after Maria, this was all the food her family could access. She only received one box of FEMA food aid during this time.”I’m thankful for [the food], it was a terrible time after Maria,” she says. “It was a little, but it was something.”In the municipality where Colón-Ramos did her analysis, she found that there was extremely low access to healthy food even before the hurricane. There was only one major grocery store in the entire municipality, with the rest being small corner shops.Colón-Ramos says food aid should increase accessibility to nutritious food for survivors. People in the area already had access to candy and chips through local stores, but none of them had options like nonfat milk. Fruits and vegetables were limited, as well as low-sodium protein options. Those are the kinds of things that FEMA should have been providing, she says.”Any foods that are distributed by the federal programs need to abide by the U.S. dietary guidelines,” she says, including limits on salt, sugar and fat.Colón-Ramos says the federal government also offers emergency SNAP programs that allow survivors to purchase their own food. But in a situation like this, where grocery stores are limited, people could only get more of the same high-sodium and sugar snacks.FEMA said in an email to NPR that food aid meals meet guidelines developed in consultation with various groups, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a short shelf-life meal, there would be a fat content of 47 grams or less and a sodium limit of 800 milligrams, FEMA says. FEMA did not mention any requirements on sugar content.While individual meals or snacks may fall under the fat or sodium content, Colón-Ramos found that many could not simultaneously fit the food groups in the Dietary Guidelines’ daily recommendations.For example, one serving of canned Chef Boyardee ravioli that could be found in these boxes has a full meal’s worth of sodium and seven grams of fat.FEMA manages multiple contractors, and according to The Washington Post, is moving away from MREs and snacks and towards grocery boxes and hot meals.The food aid nutrition challenge isn’t new. Greg Gottlieb, a professor in nutrition and human security at Tufts who was not involved in the research, says that in the late 1990s, he ran into a problem like this one when delivering aid to the Soviet Union.”When we opened up some of those packages, they were candy,” he says. “There were Twizzlers.”Dried fruits like raisins and apricots could be a healthier option, but it’s also important to analyze what people actually eat where the aid is being delivered, he says. On top of that, it’s hard to escape sodium in things like canned tuna and vegetables.Colón-Ramos says there is a need for better monitoring of food aid and its health value, as well as more specific guidelines for those providing help.”We’re seeing a larger prevalence of chronic diseases that are diet-related, and we’re taking that in to consideration in food aid,” she says. “And we should, because those are now the most vulnerable populations to these kinds of disasters. The repercussions of what we may provide … it could have repercussions on people’s health.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

first_imgA new study shows that North Carolina continues to perform below average when it comes to overall child health conditions.The 2019 report by the nonprofit groups N.C. Child and the N.C Institute of Medicine was released in February.The state received an “F” grade for housing and economic security for the third consecutive report. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, this reflects a high percentage of children living in low-income homes and neighborhoods.The study also points to an increase in youth suicides over the past 10 years. Black high school students in 2017 were twice as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year, and much less likely to receive treatment for depression.The study did show progress in breastfeeding, oral health, HPV vaccinations for teens, and decreasing the number of teen births.While the state earned top marks for insurance coverage, the report says many more children could be covered with an expansion of the Medicaid program.last_img read more

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FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

first_imgFROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 10.22amHi John,I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Copying in ***** who has joined the disability desk.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/16, 11.35amThanks, ***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 11.33amHi ***** (and *****)Just half an hour left…BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS 1/6/16, 2.01pmHi John,Apologies but our statement will be a little bit late, we will get it to you this afternoon. Sorry for letting you know late. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.22amFurther to my email below, I’ve just reread your email and believe the information ***** has provided to date already covers your points. Therefore, our original statement stands.Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.04pmBy the way, I would still like to receive *****’s response for a follow-up, particularly as he has been working on it all morning.BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS: 1/6/16, 5.03pmHi JohnApologies again for the late response. A DWP spokesperson said:“Since December, 569 employers have registered with the Disability Confident scheme, and we’re continuing to receive around 100 registrations every month. The programme is supported by a range of major employers and small businesses across the UK – but we want to go even further to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential in the workplace.”Background:In December 2015 we introduced a registration facility on Gov.UK for employers to register their interest to become more Disability Confident.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 6.05pmI’m sorry, *****, but I can’t use that. It doesn’t bear any relation to the points I raised, which were all about the partners you had signed up.I stress that I’m more than happy to include this information in the story as long as you actually engage with the points made, and also explain the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does).I’m afraid I’m not going to allow DWP to avoid answering the actual questions I asked.Can I assume the minister is on holiday, as I did ask something from him?I also asked for a contact in the minister’s private office to arrange an interview. If you could help with that I would be grateful.Best wishes,John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 5.30pmHi JohnJust to point out that you asked us to respond how we saw fit, which is what we did. To clarify: Being a disability confident partner means that the employer supports the scheme and we provide them with support and advice to become more disability confident, such as: Join our LinkedIn community and take part in the discussion. Share information, good practice and articles on disability employment mattersActively encourage other businesses to support the campaign -particularly amongst their networks or supply chainOffer a disabled person a work placementHost Disability Confident eventsAllow us to publicise their support of the campaign on Gov.uk.Registering interest means that once we have made improvements to the scheme we will provide the employer with details and they will be able to engage should they choose to. Have a good weekend.***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.03pmThanks… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 12.50pmHi JohnApologies for any distress caused we do try our best to get answers to your questions within your deadline. ***** did provide a response yesterday – which you were not satisfied with. He has been working all morning on your follow up email.Please use the response provided yesterday. In your earlier email, you had asked us to comment on your draft how we saw fit – which we have done – rather than provide answers to specific questions.You also asked for a contact for private office re an interview at party conference. Please email ***** she is actually on leave at the moment but am sure she will pick up with you when she’s back.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 12.13pmThanks *****, but my deadline was actually yesterday. My final deadline ie when the stories are sent out, does not change. I always send my stories out between noon and 1pm on Thursday. ***** knows that (or should do).Can I point out – yet again, to DWP press office – that I have a mental health condition, and this constant running over deadlines and causing extreme stress with last minute responses puts my continuing fragile health at risk. I shouldn’t have to keep telling this to DWP – the home of Disability Confident.Best wishes,John FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 5.03pm*****You haven’t explained the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does) which I asked yesterday evening.And you still haven’t engaged at all with the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please whether DWP is disappointed with the figures that I emailed across to you?Clearly just asking you to respond to some clear information is not enough, and I have to treat you all like children and make it very, very clear exactly what the question is, otherwise you will find a way to avoid responding to it in a sensible way.Just so disappointing. And causing all of us extra work, when I thought civil servants were supposed to be understaffed and overworked.Is this really why you became a civil servant, *****?I’ll wait to hear from you, again, *****.Best wishes,Johncenter_img FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 10.08amWhat is unacceptable, *****, is your office using every ploy you possibly can to avoid responding to a perfectly valid request for a comment on the very low numbers of partners signed up to Disability Confident. I sent you details of my analysis of the organisation signed up as partners, and ***** responded, way over deadline, with a two-line statement that did not mention any of the information I sent to him. How is that professional?If ***** is too ‘junior’ to deal with reasoned and reasonable criticism, then I suggest he is in the wrong job. How you can attempt to justify the response you your office has given me is beyond me. Are you seriously suggesting to me that when I am treated the way I have been this week by your press office, I should just suck it up and not respond? This is really, really disappointing, but I’m not going to allow the DWP press office to yet again get under my skin and cause this to escalate.I will ask you both, yet again, to respond to the points I made yesterday by 2pm today.I suspect I will have to say in my follow-up that DWP, despite repeated attempts, has refused/avoided commenting and explaining why the numbers are so ridiculously low, but I will at least give you a chance to do your job properly and respond to the figures I emailed you about Disability Confident partners.I’ll wait to hear from you.John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 4.23pmHi JohnHere’s a statement for your follow up: “We are currently looking at whether any further improvements can be made to Disability Confident. All of our partners, as well as the 569 employers who have already registered interest through Gov.UK, will receive details of any potential changes in due course.”We’ll be happy to keep you updated as and when we can. Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 6.14pm*****I’m still waiting for you to respond to the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please what DWP’s reaction is to the information I emailed across to you, and whether you are disappointed with them and why. Please respond to each of the criticisms included in the information ie please produce a comment in response to every paragraph I emailed you. Because of your previous failure to respond sensibly, I have pasted the paragraphs below, helpfully numbering each paragraph. Please respond to each paragraph ie paragraphs numbered 1 through 6.1 The government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.2 An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.3 Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.4 Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.5 Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.6 The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously.Yes, I asked you to respond to the information, assuming that you would do so in a way befitting of a very well-paid civil servant ie that you would take a reasoned and sensible view of what I was looking for. Obviously I won’t do that again. Hence the above.I’ll wait to hear from you (again).John This is a blog which I shouldn’t have to write, but which I think demonstrates just how desperate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has become to avoid admitting uncomfortable truths about its policies and performance.I believe this is an issue that raises important questions about the impartiality of the Civil Service under the current government, and the right of journalists to receive straight, clear, non-evasive answers to questions that are put to government press officers, particularly those within the DWP.It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for a while, and while DWP is by no means the only government department that is guilty of this, it is by far the worst offender.Yesterday, Disability News Service published a news story which showed that successive ministers for disabled people had signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to their flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in the three years since it was launched.The story was based on an analysis by Disability News Service (DNS) of a list that appears on the Office for Disability Issues website.That analysis shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which often have a financial interest in disability issues – the government seems to have persuaded just 26 non-disability-related private sector organisations to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a small café in Cornwall.Because I like to give DWP a chance to respond to potential stories whenever I can – it’s the responsible and professional thing to do as a journalist – I approached the press office by email in the early hours of Tuesday for a comment on my analysis.What happened over the following three or so days does – in my opinion – raise serious questions about how the DWP press office has been allowed to operate over the last six years. They were evasive, refused to respond to the points I asked them to comment on, and over-ran the agreed deadline, all of which has become standard practice (on deadlines, if they don’t over-run, the comments will arrive minutes before they expire).Personally, I don’t blame the individual press officers. My gut feeling is that they are following orders, and have been told that if they don’t follow those orders, they will be disciplined. Of course, that doesn’t completely excuse them.Here is how my communications with DWP’s press office progressed over those three days. The email exchange is included in full, minus the names of the individual press officers (it is a matter of convention that journalists do not name government press officers).I suspect not many people will want to wade through the entire email exchange but I thought it was important to publish it in full – if only for my own satisfaction – as I believe it highlights the problems myself and other journalists are facing in dealing with DWP. I would be grateful for any feedback. Perhaps I’m over-reacting, but I don’t think so… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 11.39amHi John***** is chasing up for you now. We weren’t aware you needed something by 12:03pm. As always, we will try to come back to you as soon as possible.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/2016, 00.13amHi *****/*****Hope you both had a good bank holiday.I’ve been amusing myself by analysing the organisations that have signed up as partners to Disability Confident. I’m afraid the numbers do not look good. I thought the best thing would be for me to email you the relevant bits of a rough draft of where the story is at the moment (see below), and then you can comment as you see fit, rather than me asking you particular questions.Would be grateful for a comment from the minister if possible, please, or from DWP if he’s on a beach somewhere. My deadline is 2pm Wednesday. Please let me know if that will not be possible.Also, could you please let me have the email address for the person I need to liaise with in the minister’s office re a possible interview at party conference? I know he won’t do one, but I have to ask anyway.Best wishes,JohnThe government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously. FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.07amJohn,It is completely unacceptable and inappropriate for you to converse with ***** in this way. Frankly I’m surprised that a journalist of your standing would resort to making personal insults to a junior member of staff who is simply doing a job on behalf of the Department. If you had wanted answers to specific questions, you should have emailed them across when you first contacted us. As I recall, you asked the Department to respond in a way that we saw fit, which we did. Please provide a new deadline for the questions you have asked below.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 2.39pmThanks, *****, appreciate the update… FROM DWP TO DNS: 31/5/16, 10.29amHi JohnThanks for the enquiry, we’ll get back to you tomorrow. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 10.32amJohn,I’m afraid we’re going to have to draw a line under this one. We won’t be providing you a further statement on this issue.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 11.06amI think I’m probably going to have to blog on this later, because I don’t think this has been dealt with acceptably by your office. I will not be using the names of any press officers, though.bwJohnlast_img read more

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