To replace Alka Lamba AAP may field Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party might field its Lok Sabha candidate Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk in the next assembly elections, sources said. Gupta might replace Alka Lamba, who last Sunday said she has decided to resign from the primary membership of the party and will contest the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls as an independent candidate.The AAP said it is ready to accept her resignation even on Twitter. The party alleged that Lamba has been neglecting her constituency as she is always “busy on foreign tours and vacations”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to sources, the party is looking for a replacement for Lamba and have zeroed on Gupta. However, no official confirmation was given either by the party or Gupta in the matter. The AAP suffered a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and lost on all seven seats in Delhi. Gupta got 1.44 lakh of the cumulative 9.8 lakh votes and lost his security deposit in the Lok Sabha polls. According to sources, Gupta has been asked to start preparing for contesting the polls. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMoreover, the party is also looking for suitable candidates from Karawal Nagar, Bijwasan and Gandhi Nagar whose MLAs –Kapil Mishra, Anil Kumar Bajpai and Devender Sehrawat were disqualified. According to sources, BJP leader from Bijwasan Assembly, Kishan Kumar Sehrawat is being considered for replacing Devender while party member Durgesh Pathak might replace Mishra. The AAP has already started assessment of its MLAs for the upcoming polls. An AAP leader said they have hired a start-up to evaluate the performance of the MLAs and give its report to the top leadership. He, however, did not give details of the start-up hired. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal last month chaired a meeting of party MLAs to review Aapka Vidhayak Aapke Dwar’, a public outreach programme launched after the party lost the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. Under the programme, MLAs interact with the public to know about their problems. A senior party leader said the programme was launched after an analysis of the Lok Sabha election failure showed that the party needed more work at the ground level. The second phase of the programme has also been launched under which the MLAs would increase their outreach with people of their assemblies. Assembly polls in Delhi are expected to be held in February next year.last_img read more

Sugarlands Kristian Bush To Perform At Charity Show

first_imgIn October, multi-platinum Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Goodwill Industries International announced their #GiveItAway partnership to encourage donations of used clothing and goods.To get in the holiday spirit and help kick off the new campaign, Bush and Goodwill are teaming up for a full-band concert and donation event, sponsored by KKBQ-FM “The New 93Q” in Houston, TX, to be held on Thursday, December 11 at the Big Texas Dancehall (South). Fans are encouraged to bring either an item or financial donation for FREE entry into the concert event, with all donations benefiting Goodwill Houston.The #GiveItAway campaign was sparked by Bush’s Top 30-and-climbing single, “Trailer Hitch,” which reminds us that we collect so many things that we don’t need and we can’t take it with us when we go… so why not “give it away”? The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of Goodwill’s mission to transform lives through the power of creating jobs.“This feels perfect,” says Bush of this upcoming concert. “KKBQ was the first radio station I visited to play my new music at the start of this year. So now it just seems right to wrap up this amazing 2014 with a big holiday blowout in Houston. I’m excited that I get to use my partnership with Goodwill to do something good for this community, and I hope country fans will come out for a great night of live music in the name of giving back.”Using the catchy, irresistible hook of “Trailer Hitch,” Bush is helping to spread the word that when fans “give it away” to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of their donated clothing, electronics, and small household goods goes directly to create employment opportunities for people in their communities with disabilities or disadvantages.“The simple act of giving away what you no longer need builds independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Bush’s message in ‘Trailer Hitch’ aligns perfectly with Goodwill’s mission by helping people realize the impact they have by donating the items they no longer need to Goodwill.”“Trailer Hitch” brings Bush’s voice to the foreground and is the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album, SOUTHERN GRAVITY (Streamsound Records), executive produced by Byron Gallimore. “Trailer Hitch” is available on iTunes.WHEN: 
Thursday, December 11
Show starts at 9PM / Doors open at 6PM
Open to 18+WHERE: 
Big Texas Dancehall (South)
803 E. Nasa Rd. 1
Webster, TX 77598For more information about the upcoming event in Houston, click here.Fans are encouraged to donate at the event in Houston and to continue donating to Goodwill year round. For more information on the #GiveItAway campaign, click here.last_img read more

Cornwall a second home for floodbeleaguered Kashechewan residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe evacuation of the Kashechewan First Nation continues for the fifth day in a row.The remote First Nation has a long history of flooding.APTN’s Annette Francis caught up with some evacuees in the host community of Cornwall, Ont., to see how they’re settling in.last_img

King Mohammed VI Among First African Leaders to Arrive in Ethiopia…

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is reportedly among the first African leaders, who have arrived at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. Landing at approximately 2:30 AM, King Mohamed VI has travelled to Ethiopia to attend the African Union (AU) summit, scheduled to take place on January 30 and 31.Morocco’s return to the pan-African organization is considered a key item on the summit’s agenda, while the appointment a new president of the Commission of the AU, is also an important agenda item. One of five current candidates for the succession of outgoing South African, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be appointed to the role. Kenya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and one of the five presidential candidates, Amina Mohamed, expressed her support for Morocco’s return to the African organization on Thursday.Earlier this week, Morocco officially notified the countries constituting the Commission of the AU of this development.The King departed Morocco for Ethiopia on Friday afternoon from Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.The King is accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail and an official delegation consisting of his advisor, Fouad Ali El Himma, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita and a number of dignitaries. read more

US consumer sentiment up in May to highest in nearly a year

US consumer sentiment up in May to highest in nearly a year by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2016 8:29 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Americans turned more optimistic about the economy in May than the previous month, buoyed by steady hiring and higher incomes.The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 94.7 in May, the highest in nearly a year. That’s up from 89 in April.The increase could drive greater economic growth, as a more optimistic consumer is typically more likely to spend. Consumer spending accounts for roughly 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity. The economy slowed to a crawl in the first three months of this year, growing just 0.8 per cent at an annual rate. Yet most analysts expect growth to rebound in the April-June quarter.Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, said the sentiment index has been higher than last month’s reading only four times in the last 110 surveys.Americans are also feeling better about their finances. More consumers cited income gains than at any time since late 2000, Curtin said, and fewer people complained about price increases than at any time since 2003. That means inflation is less of a concern.Still, the survey detected some notes of caution, stemming from the presidential election. The economic policies of the next president were cited by consumers as their biggest uncertainty.“This will temper consumer spending by acting to maintain a higher level of precautionary savings,” Curtin said.The survey also included some positive news for the housing market: More Americans are confident that they can sell their homes at healthy prices.That suggests one factor that has held back housing could be fading. Even as home prices have risen for several years, many homeowners still owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth, making it difficult to sell. Others had so little equity that selling would have left them little or no down payment for a new home.Those trends have limited the number of homes available for sale, which in turn has pushed up prices and made many homes unaffordable to would-be purchasers, particularly younger first-time buyers.Yet now, more Americans expect they can sell their homes for prices that will be high enough to avoid losses, Curtin says. That could result in more homes being listed for sale and provide an additional boost to the housing market during the spring and summer buying season. In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, shoppers carry their bags through the Downtown Crossing of Boston. On Friday, May 27, 2016, the University of Michigan issues its monthly index of consumer sentiment for May. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) read more

Yemens children at immediate risk of severe malnutrition as fighting continues –

Briefing the press in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac warned that 120,000 children in Yemen remain at immediate risk of severe malnutrition over the coming three months if health and hygiene services failed to resume normal functioning. Mr. Boulierac explained that restrictions on commercial imports of fuel and food are largely to blame for the rapidly deteriorating situation facing the country’s children. He added that another 2.5 million children under five years of age were at immediate risk of diarrhoea while 1.2 children were likely to suffer from preventable diseases such as pneumonia and measles as vaccination campaigns had ground to a halt. More than 1,400 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in nearly three months of fighting in the war-torn Gulf nation. Emergency relief and medical teams from abroad are struggling to fly in to scale-up the humanitarian operation to address the needs of increasingly vulnerable Yemenis.Insecurity and lack of fuel have also limited access to and delivery of services. Partners report difficulty providing medical services as result of the current security situation and continued airstrikes targeting Haradh, Sa’ada and Sana’a. Food relief partners have reported they have had to suspend assistance in several districts due to lack of fuel.Jens Laerke, for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), confirmed that regular commercial imports of fuel had become the main issue and called for them to increase. The primary obstacle, he explained, was an inspection regime instituted by a recent Security Council resolution and which had resulted in a crippling effect on humanitarian operations.In addition to the limited access to fuel, food imports had also been impacted, cautioned Mr. Laerke as he noted that 90 percent of the country depended on their food from imports. Against that backdrop, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) – which also addressed the briefing – cited reports of 484 suspected cases of dengue fever with two reported deaths. A spokesperson for the WHO said the UN agency was on the ground and trying to send rapid diagnostic kits for both dengue and malaria but could not confirm the dengue cases without lab testing. The spokesperson added that between 19 March and 4 May the number of casualties across the country had shot up to 1,439 deaths and 5,951 injuries, including 71 children deaths. read more

Heading longhaul this summer Get the polio vaccination says the HSE

first_imgPakistan*Cameroon*Syria*NigeriaAfghanistanEquatorial GuineaEthiopiaIraqIsraelSomalia A DRAMATIC RISE in the number of cases of polio in several countries has prompted a call for travellers to these areas to get vaccinated.The World Health Organisation has called the re-emergence of the disease a ‘public health emergency’.The United Nations health agency convened a two-day closed-door emergency talks last month amid concern that the virus, which currently affects 10 countries worldwide, was spreading.Now the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is recommending people travelling to African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries to ensure they have received the vaccination.“Vaccination against polio in Ireland is provided as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule,” Dr Suzanne Cotter said said.“However if somebody has not been vaccinated against polio for whatever reason, then polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to polio-endemic or epidemic areas.”She noted that 10 countries currently have ‘active wild poliovirus outbreaks’ – and it could begin spreading further.In 1988, the disease was endemic in 125 countries, and 350,000 cases were recorded worldwide, according to WHO data.WHO are especially alarmed that the recent cross-border spread of the disease came during the traditional low season, warning that the situation could deteriorate as the high season begins in May.The HSPC have said that if you are travelling to the following countries, you need to ensure you have been vaccinated: *International certificates of polio vaccination may be required for long-term visitors to, or residents from, these countries before departing.Additional reporting by AFPRead: Spread of polio is now an official international health emergency >last_img read more

Social security bill to fill 2014 state budget gap

first_imgLabor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis announced on Sunday that the new bill on social security will provide for the 500 million euros of cuts needed to cover the gap that Athens believes next year’s budget will produce. He also ensured that the retirement age is not going to change.Speaking in an interview on Mega Channel, Vroutsis said the half-billion gap the government expects for 2014 will be covered through combatting social security contribution evasion, partly from employer declarations on staff payment, partly through electronic cross-checking and partly via the Social Security Contribution Collection Center. Cross-checking will also concern the benefits handed out by local authorities.The minister said that companies with debts to social security funds will have their assets confiscated according to the legislation about the collection of public revenues.He revealed that a debt collection company that is a bank subsidiary owes 7.5 million euros to the state.Vroutsis further said there will be no cuts to pensions from healthy social security funds, despite the government’s pledge to reduce their non-salary costs to the level of the Social Security Foundation (IKA).“This is a difficult equation, but I will exhaust all efforts so that the pensioners of that group do not get affected,” pledged the minister.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les allergies progressent de plus en plus en Inde

first_imgLes allergies progressent de plus en plus en IndeSelon une étude de la World Allergy Organisation (WAO), l’association internationale des sociétés d’allergologie, les allergies augmentent de façon préoccupante en Inde. Ces allergies touchent pour l’instant entre 20% et 30% de la population en Inde mais pourraient encore progresser. Les allergies les plus connues dont l’asthme, l’eczéma, l’urticaire, l’angioedème et les allergies alimentaires, aux médicaments et aux insectes touchent actuellement près d’un tiers des Indiens. Depuis les années 1960, les allergies n’ont fait qu’augmenter, touchant de plus en plus de personnes en Inde. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, les personnes atteintes d’asthme représentaient 1% de la population et les personnes atteintes de rhinites allergiques en constituaient 10% en 1964 contre 14 et 20% respectivement aujourd’hui. Une très forte augmentation qui touchent particulièrement les enfants. D’après des prévisions de la World Allergy Organisation (WAO), l’association internationale des sociétés d’allergologie, environ 50% des enfants indiens pourraient être touchés par des allergies d’ici 2050.Pour expliquer cette croissance préoccupante, les spécialistes évoquent notamment la pollution atmosphérique qui plane sur le pays. En effet, l’Inde présente la plus mauvaise qualité de l’air au monde, suivie par le Bangladesh, le Népal, le Pakistan et la Chine, selon une étude réalisée par les universités de Yale et de Colombia. Le niveau de particules fines y serait même près de cinq fois supérieur à la limite sanitaire. Le 29 février 2012 à 16:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Attack on Titan LiveAction Adaptation Canceled Due To Crew Member Death

first_img Attack on Titan fans in Japan looking forward to a stage play based on the ridiculously popular anime series are dealing with a rather hard blow dealt to the fandom. Unfortunately, the live theater show has been canceled after the death of a crew member has transpired. The live-action adaptation of the anime series is canceled indefinitely, since moving on after the passing of a beloved crew member is understandably hard to take for the rest of the cast.NHK Japan reports that Kazutaka Yoshino the deceased was part of the play in a role that utilized wire suspension devices. He was a 38-year-old acrobat who was suspended up in the air before falling to his death. He was taken straight to the hospital after his fall from Tokyo Disneyland, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead after arriving shortly after.Police investigated the death, and it appeared that Yoshino had fallen about 10 meters off of the stage, and there is research underway at present to see if there were issues with safety that could have prevented Yoshino’s fall and the crew members’ loss. It doesn’t appear at this time that there’s any correlation between the stage play and the incident other than the fact that the crew member was employed there.Unfortunately, and understandably, the show will not be performed as it had previously been planned in Tokyo Disneyland. The staff has explained that there simply isn’t a way to move forward in the process without Yoshino and released a press release apologizing to eager fans for the inconvenience. Our condolences go out to the Attack on Titan live action crew family, and hopefully, we’ll see another stage play in the future going forward, as it would certainly be an interesting twist on the series thus far. Stay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far last_img read more

Hutchison raises concern on West Ham Anderson bid

first_imgWest Ham are allegedly discussing with Italian club Lazio for their attacker Felipe Anderson, but midfielder Don Hutchison has raised his personal concerns about the potential transfer.Hammers have offered a bid worth over £35million for the Brazilian and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now in talks with Lazio about trying to negotiate a summer deal for the 25-year-old, according to Daily Mail.Nevertheless, former Irons midfielder Hutchison has described him as “very lazy” at times and feels he could be a slightly risky signing. The 25-year-old right-winger has netted four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season.“This lad so much ability, I’ve commentated on him a dozen times, not many good games,” Hutchison wrote on his personal Twitter account.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“He needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly, then he could come good.” This lad so much ability,I’ve commed on him a dozen times,not many good games. He Needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly,then he could come good?— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 31, 2018last_img read more

Firefighters contain pair of nearby brush fires in Spring Valley

first_imgFirefighters contain pair of nearby brush fires in Spring Valley KUSI Newsroom, June 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Firefighters were able to quickly contain two small brush fires east of state Route 125 in the Spring Valley area Saturday afternoon.Both fires were reported after 3 p.m. — one was reported as covering a half-acre in open space near Leigh Avenue, the other covering about four acres in a similar open area near Elkelton Place just a half-mile north,according to San Miguel Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Justin Fuller.The two fires were contained by 3:45 p.m., Fuller said.No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.It wasn’t clear what caused the fires. Posted: June 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Schools Fake Injury Day draws complaint from parent

first_imgTo celebrate Spirit Week at Pacific Middle School Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Tuesday was Crazy Hair Day, Wednesday was Duct Tape Day, Thursday was Fake Injury Day and today is Green and Gold Day. Wait! Come again? Fake Injury Day?The father of a student takes issue with Fake Injury Day and called the school to state his opinion. Teacher Griffin Peyton, who is the Associated Student Body adviser, returned the parent’s phone call Thursday morning.Then the parent, who didn’t want to be identified, called The Columbian. He said he served more than 20 years in the Marine Corps, including combat tours, and he isn’t squeamish about violence, but he doesn’t think Fake Injury Day is appropriate in light of recent school shootings.Fake Injury Day has been part of the school’s Spirit Week for more than 10 years, according to Lonnie Hockhalter, associate principal who is serving as acting principal while Principal KathyStellfox is on medical leave. Hockhalter sat in and listened to Peyton’s phone conversation with the parent.“We’ve never had a complaint about this day,” Hockhalter said. “It’s been a tradition for quite some time. It came through the ASB officers as something the kids wanted to do.”last_img read more

As responsibilities expand are chief marketing officers making way for chief growth

first_imgA worker arranges food packets inside a retail store in Kolkata.ReutersAs industries around the world witness a shift in the way they hire employees, operate and strategise, it looks like posts and designations are also evolving. A designation that could mean one thing in the past comes with much more roles and responsibilities today.And one such designation that seems to have evolved over the years is that of the chief marketing officer, which now not only comes with a new name of chief growth officer, but also the responsibility of advertisement, promotion, strategy, growth, and customer satisfaction.Well-known multinational brands, which are regulars in the Fortune 100 ranks, have now embraced the role. For instance, chocolate manufacturer Hershey’s named Mary Beth West as its chief growth officer that month, while Clive Sirkin too took the same post at Kellogg. And it looks like the post is here to stay.”In 2018, we expect CMOs to fall under even more pressure to drive growth — or step aside while someone else takes the reins,” CNBC quoted Forrester as saying in its “Predictions 2018” report.Additionally, CGOs will also need to come up with ways to reduce the cost of advertisement and instead focus on the overall consumer experience. “At some firms, the CFO will gleefully call their CMO peer to give the budget back, but with the CEO demanding a solution to drive growth, these dollars will find a new purpose: more budget for customer experience (CX) improvements,” Forrester added, which also predicts that CMOs, next year, will be expected to “grow or go.”Meanwhile, re-skilling and embracing new roles have become the need of the hour in every industry worldwide. The IT and telecom industry, especially in India, have already stressed the importance of re-skilling, in case people want to hold on to their jobs.Industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has time and again stressed on employees’ need to get acquainted to new and advanced technology as the world moves towards automation and digital services. “Re-skill or perish,” seems to be the idea.”The need for re-skilling talent is a reality that we have to address. To keep up in a fast-evolving technology environment, the IT industry must reinvent itself by re-skilling its employees in new and upcoming technologies,” Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar had earlier said.As the world moves towards digitization and automation at various levels in almost all industries, it looks like it is time for employees to embrace new designations, which comes with added roles and responsibilities. As Winston Churchill said: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”last_img read more

Indonesia floods landslide kill at least 11

first_imgAt least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Tuesday.A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Java province and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area.Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.The extreme weather will continue to hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, the spokesman added, warning people to be prepared for floods, landslides and tornados.The agency said it urgently needs blankets, clothes and inflatable boats for affected areas.Indonesia is often hit by landslides and floods.Twelve people including three children died in a landslide on the holiday island of Bali in February.In September last year almost 30 people died in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java.last_img read more

GOPS Chittams Seeks Council Seat in Democrat Stronghold

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comThe Rev. Ralph Chittams Sr., a Republican, is fed up with the way the District of Columbia is being run by its politicians so he has decided to run for the D.C. Council to make the nation’s capital a better place to live.“The Council needs a dissenting voice,” Chittams told the AFRO. “The Home Rule Charter states that at least two of the council’s 13 seats should go to the minority party. In D.C., that is the Republican Party.The Rev. Ralph Chittams is running for office as a Republican in the Democrat stronghold of Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7. (Courtesy Photo)“We have a council that has nothing but Democrats. You have two independents but they are Decepticons. David Grosso and Elissa Silverman are Democrats but they became independents two weeks before they filed to run for the city council.”On November 6, District residents will go to the polls to decide who will serve as mayor, council chairman, attorney general and ward council members. Most of those races are foregone conclusions except the D.C. Council independent at-large race where several candidates, including incumbent D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), are fighting for one of the two at-large seats available.D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) is running on the November general election ballot also, but she is expected to win one of the seats because of the Democrats’ immense numerical advantage in voter registration over non-Democrats.Chittams said he supports President Trump, who is deeply unpopular in the District. “I support the president of the United States,” he said. “I don’t agree with 100 percent of what he says just like I don’t agree with my wife 100 percent. What happens in the city has nothing to do with the federal government.“The federal government has nothing to do with crumbling bridges, rats all over the place and potholes in the streets that damage your car. Ninety percent of those issues are the responsibility of the District government.”Chittams, pastor at Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church in Forestville, Maryland, is a graduate of Howard University and holds master’s degrees from Maple Springs Baptist College & Seminary and Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity. He moved to the District to go to Howard in 1978 and moved to Ward 7 in 1992.Patricia Howard Chittams, his wife, has served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner and his three adult sons have been educated in District public schools.Chittams said that on the council, he will “bring GOP principles to the city government.”“I will try to stop tax[ing] people to oblivion,” he said. “People will leave the District if they get taxed too much. I think the six percent rideshare tax to fund Metro is ridiculous.“Metro is grossly mismanaged and a lot of the money given to it is misappropriated. Metro needs to get its spending in order but the D.C. Council, instead of saying that, goes to the taxpayers for more money.”Chittams said that the District’s school system “has been broken for over a generation.”“Mayoral control of the system needs to be removed,” he said. “The school system is too politicized. What is needed is an elected school board that will focus on education and not politics. I think the council has done a poor job on public school oversight.”last_img read more

Pokemon Go streamer assaulted and robbed live on Twitch

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target Video game streaming continued to grow in popularity every year, with Twitch being one of the major streaming competitors. But until recently, that streaming has mainly happened from the comfort and safety of homes. However, with the release and huge popularity of Pokemon Go, the streaming craze has gone mobile.Playing Pokemon Go while walking around has proved dangerous, but mainly because players are not looking where they are going and walking into or off things. Now it has resulted in someone being assaulted and robbed while they were live streaming.Streamer Rickeybot was walking around New York’s Central Park on Sunday, September 18, when another individual approached him from behind. He proceeds to punch him in the face and then steal everything of value he had on his person, including the smartphone that was still recording as the assailant makes his escape.You can see how it happened in the recording of the livestream below:Rickeybot reported the mugging to the police and then went to hospital as his jaw was a mess. He also has better quality footage of the assault so it should be easier to ID the thief, although as of yet the police don’t know who it is.Unfortunately, we all have to be on our guard when walking around with gadgets in our pockets, let alone using them out in the open while distracted. We hope Rickeybot makes a full recover, which from his Twitter account, seems to be happening swiftly. We also hope the police track down the thief and he is prosecuted.last_img read more

Zitar inventor Niladri Kumar forays into EDM

first_imgHe’s widely heralded as the inventor of the ‘zitar’ — a combination of sitar and guitar — and stands among one of the leading exponents of Indian classical music. But now Niladri Kumar, who is ‘very intrigued’ with electronic dance music (EDM), is cutting out an EP based on the popular genre.Niladri, whose new single Head to the heart, which also features Bollywood singer and guitarist Rashid Ali, was unveiled earlier this month, says he is working on two different albums. And one of these would mark his foray into the uncharted musical territory of EDM.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“There are a couple of albums under the pipeline. There are two different albums. One album is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, but it will be on the zitar. It is basically all about the hardcore compositions which we have in Indian classical music, but it will be rendered in a way never done before,” Niladri said over phone from Mumbai. “The second album I am trying to do will be based on EDM. I am very intrigued with EDM and how young people connect to the EDM grooves and music. So I always wanted to do something on those lines. Maybe I’ll release an EP containing around five tracks this year,” he added.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven as Indian classical musicians have often worked with fusion overtones, a sitar player working on an EDM-based album is something quite unheard of. About this unconventional musical experiment, Niladri said: “The fusion space is a little blurred. A lot of things come into the fusion space and it is not clearly demarcated. The EDM space is somehow slightly more demarcated than fusion now. I want to work with that space and add to the melodic element in the EDM genre.”  Besides, he feels “you have to try and give the fans a new story, a new thought”.However, Niladri’s ‘ulterior motive’ behind doing this album is to “get to people who connect to the EDM space and are totally unaware of the huge melodic content that our Indian classical instruments hold and how well it can enhance the EDM space”.Niladri, who was first exposed to EDM in Britain, says although he is not very well-versed with Indian EDM producers, he thinks “there is good potential with what’s happening in here”.“When I heard the young kids going for it here, I thought it’s maybe a great idea to use that genre and try and portray your melody in there and give them a feel of the sitar, zitar and the whole Indian space, but not too much,” he added.As far as traditional Indian classical music is concerned, Niladri believes that “Indian classical music is something which has stood the test of centuries, amid the invasion of genres and sounds”.“There are more sitar, tabla and sarod players than any other time in history. That proportion had not increased in terms of the audience listening to it. It’s about the depth in it. There’s a big science involved it,” he said. “People should stop asking about the future of Indian classical music. The question should be asked, what is the future of EDM and fusion music,” added the musician, who will launch his new brand ‘STAY UP Rooted’, and will perform for a cause at a concert in Mumbai on October 30.last_img read more

Nahoums Kolkatas last Jewish bakery still rules foodies hearts

first_imgKolkata’s Jewish community may have dwindled from a thriving 3,000 to less than 30 since their arrival in the late 18th century, but the last Jewish bakery tucked away inside the labyrinthine Raj-era New Market, remains as popular among locals and tourists since its inception in 1902.Century-old teakwood furniture, glass-fronted window displays and even the cash till – stand for tradition in the airy and spacious store.Its heart and soul lies in the rich macaroons, fruit cake, brownies and tarts. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“We have had tourists who revisited our shop after decades, tried the cakes and say that the taste is same. That is our pride and heritage,” J. Halder, the manager, told IANS.Pointing to his cash till, Halder said: “The furniture has remained the same. The bakery goods have not changed much. Nor do we plan to change the range because people keep coming back for them.”Halder has been associated with Nahoum’s for the last 37 years and has witnessed the emergence of cafes, bistros and dessert parlours in the city. But the demand has never waned, he claims. To shoppers in New Market, the wafting aroma of fresh-baked sweets and savouries – fruit cakes, heart-shaped sponges, lemon tarts, chicken puffs, rum balls, mutton and chicken samosas – is irresistible. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeSince the entrances (on two opposite sides of the bakery overlooking the rest of the market) is simply a large opening sans the hassle of pushing open doors, one can just “tuck in” some cake while doing their shopping before the Durga Puja begins.“I am in Kolkata to witness the Durga Puja and other festivities and I was told to drop in at Nahoum’s since I was hungry after doing some shopping. It was charming just to stroll in, get my cake and stroll out. It was as if time had stopped,” said Emilie, a tourist from Berlin. For six-year-old Rupa, a resident of Kolkata, who was accompanying her parents on a pre-Durga Puja shopping spree, the marzipans and the flavoured pastries with coloured icing, are a must-have every time she is at the bakery. Loyalists also swear by the breads, the biscuits and the soup sticks.And before Christmas, there is always a lengthy queue and an equally lengthy wait for the sumptuous plum cake.And if you happen to be around in the bakery when there’s a Jewish holiday like Rosh Hashnanah (mid-September) and Yom Kippur (late September), you are in for some additional goodies – like the baklava and cashew nut rings.The baklava (honey and nut pastry cut into diamond shaped pieces with a hint of cinnamon), which is essentially prepared by the Jews who came to Israel from Arab countries, reflects the bakery’s heritage.Set up by Nahoum Israel Mordecai, a Baghdadi Jew, Nahoum and Sons Pvt. Ltd. began by selling baked goods door-to-door from its small outlet in front of the Market, until it opened up on a large-scale at its present location inside the market in 1916.last_img read more