APTN National NewsWinnipeg-based comedian Ryan McMahon is getting noticed.The Ojibway-Metis comedian is in Montreal for one of the biggest shows of his life.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin caught up with him and brings us this story.
Rabat – The Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, and UN Women signed, Wednesday in Rabat, a partnership agreement to promote the institutionalization of the principles of gender equality in the public policy making process in Morocco.Launched by Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, and representative of UN Women-Maghreb Leila Rhioui, the agreement aims to contribute to the implementation of the government strategy on equality, the strategy of the social division, and the strategy of UN-women/ Morocco in terms of gender equality.The agreement also provides for the institutionalization and the promotion of the principles of equality in the public policy making process in Morocco, through capacity building of the Ministry in terms of inter-sectoral coordination, improved access to information, and the acquisition of tools of detection, assessment and awareness raising. Under this agreement, the Ministry and the UN-Women will work together to support the Social Development Agency and the National Institute of Social Action in Tangier, in order to enhance coordination between the various stakeholders in this field in Morocco.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is expanding its food aid operation in Iraq to reach the country’s most vulnerable groups and to begin providing free school lunches to children. WFP Iraq Country Director Edward Kallon noted that the move marks a “significant transition” in the agency’s efforts to assist vulnerable Iraqis, which until now was focused on those who have moved around the country to escape civil strife and lost access to government food rations. “Now we are moving to address the needs of all the most vulnerable people in the country with problems of access to sufficient food,” he stated. WFP’s current Iraq operation began in January 2008 to supply some 750,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) with emergency food rations, as well as 362,000 displaced Iraqis in Syria.The programme will now be extended to the end of 2009, and will provide food aid to an additional 577,000 people in Iraq, including pregnant and nursing women, malnourished children, orphans, disabled people, female-headed households and small-scale farmers in 41 food-insecure districts in 14 governorates. The operation will now also include a new school feeding programme, under which WFP will pilot the provision of free school meals to some 170,000 primary schoolchildren in eight extremely food-insecure districts in Diala, Ninewa, Sulaymaniya and Wassit Governorates.WFP is appealing to donors for an additional $42.7 million – of which it has so far received $16 million – to fund the expanded operation. A food security analysis conducted last year by WFP and the Iraqi authorities found that an estimated 930,000 people were currently food insecure in Iraq, with a further 6.4 million at risk of becoming food insecure in the event of the failure of the Public Distribution System (PDS). Mr. Kallon said the expansion of the existing operation in Iraq would pave the way for a new two-year relief and recovery operation to start next year. 26 May 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is expanding its food aid operation in Iraq to reach the country’s most vulnerable groups and to begin providing free school lunches to children.
The number of Canadian homes sold in March plunged 23 per cent and the national average price was down 10 per cent from the same month last year amid double-digit plunges in most housing markets across the country, according to the latest monthly sales data released Friday.The Canadian Real Estate Association said the level of sales activity marked a four-year low for the month of March and was seven per cent below the 10-year average. Still, national home sales were up from the previous month by 1.3 per cent, according to CREA’s latest statistics.The drop in home sales comes after several government policy measures were implemented to cool the country’s hot housing market. Last March, national home sales activity had reached an all-time record for that month, according to CREA.B.C. home prices continue to climb as sales plummet on ‘burdensome’ mortgage rulesWhat it was like to get caught in Toronto’s swift and brutal housing plungeCanadians warned to climb out of debt before it’s too late, as threat of cooling housing markets loomsRecent changes to mortgage regulations known as B-20 — which make it harder for homebuyers to qualify for uninsured mortgages — are fuelling demand for lower-priced homes, while shrinking the pool of qualified buyers for higher-priced homes, said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist.“Given their limited supply, the shift of demand into lower price segments is causing those sale prices to climb,” he said in a statement. “As a result, ‘affordably priced’ homes are becoming less affordable while mortgage financing for higher priced homes remains out of reach of many aspiring move-up home buyers.”Apartment units posted the largest year-on-year price gains in March, up 17.8 per cent, followed by townhouse/row units at 9.4 per cent. One-storey single family homes saw price gains in March of just 1.3 per cent, and two-storey single family home prices were down two per cent from a year ago.As of Jan. 1, homebuyers with a down payment larger than 20 per cent seeking a mortgage from a federally regulated lender are now subject to a financial stress test. These borrowers now have to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage point or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.The new policy reduces the maximum amount buyers will be able to borrow to buy a home. An existing stress test already requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rule.In turn, home sales activity was pulled forward to the end of 2017 as home buyers tried to lock in a mortgage before the new rules took effect.Sales in the first quarter slid to their lowest quarterly level since the first three months of 2014.Overall, the national average price for all types of residential property slipped to about $491,000, down 10.4 per cent from March of last year — with the Vancouver and Toronto markets causing most of the drag.Excluding Canada’s two most expensive real estate markets, the national average price would be $383,000 — a decline of two per cent from March 2017.March marked the third consecutive double-digit decline compared with the comparable month last year, when prices in the Greater Toronto Area soared to record highs.CREA said activity was below year-ago levels in more than 80 per cent of all local markets, in all major urban centres except for Montreal and Ottawa, with the vast majority of year-over-year declines well into double digits.Markets are likely to remain under pressure from the recent B-20 regulations, higher mortgage rates, and provincial regulations in some regions, TD’s senior economist Michael Dolega said in a research note.“However, lower-priced markets where affordability is good should generally outperform in the current environment.”
Automotive innovators across the UK have just two weeks to finalise submissions for SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation 2012 that closes for new entries on 3 September 2012.Sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times, the Award is the Society’s stand-alone award that recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that have already benefitted, or have the potential to deliver, automotive excellence.“This Award recognises the exceptional strength of UK automotive innovation, design and engineering. We hope that by celebrating success and showcasing talent we can help fast track new ideas and business opportunities,” said SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt. “There is no doubting the high calibre of automotive talent out there; the Award for Automotive Innovation 2012 calls for cutting-edge entries which demonstrate technical strength and ingenuity from across the UK sector.”A panel of leading industry experts, which includes Dave Salt, GKN Driveline Chief Engineer; Robert Lea, Industrial Editor, The Times; Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive; Ian Downing, Director Business Growth Fund and Robert Llewellyn, broadcaster and automotive enthusiast, will judge this year’s Award, following presentations from the shortlisted entrants.Last year’s Award was presented to Jaguar Land Rover for its Range_e, a premium SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle delivering impressive fuel economy and considerable reductions in tailpipe emissions, while Gordon Murray Design scooped the 2010 Award for the iStream manufacturing process.Shortlisted entries receive industry recognition within one of the UK’s most diverse and exciting industries and the winner will be presented with the Award at SMMT’s 96th Annual Dinner on 27 November 2012 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in front of more than 1,000 senior industry executives.SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation 2012 is free to enter and for more information about the Award, entry criteria and last year’s winner, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy. It’s also a prime occasion to remind people that — despite his legendary small-ball artistry — yes, sabermetrics thinks he was an awe-inspiring ballplayer, too.The topic recalls a great Rob Neyer post from more than a decade ago. Writing during the height of baseball’s culture wars (“Moneyball” had been published a month earlier), Neyer attacked the notion that sabermetrics wouldn’t have appreciated the skills of Robinson and other speedy African-American players (such as Rickey Henderson, whose playing style and tremendous value made him, in many ways, Robinson’s spiritual descendant).“You can accuse Bill James and sabermetrics of many things, but you cannot accuse them of not appreciating Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson,” Neyer wrote. “Those two brilliant players — not to mention Joe Morgan and Willie Mays and Cool Papa Bell and Barry Bonds, and hey let’s not forget Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Murray — could play for any general manager.“If you think that sabermetrics doesn’t have a place for them,” he continued, “then you don’t understand sabermetrics. Because there’s not yet been a sabermetrician born who wouldn’t drool at the thought of Rickey Henderson and Jackie Robinson at the top of his imaginary lineup.”Yes, Robinson ranks just 108th all-time among position players in lifetime wins above replacement. But that’s a function of the late start he got to his career (he was a rookie at age 28) and his relatively short playing stint. Robinson was the National League’s seventh-best position player by WAR in 1948, his second season, then led the senior circuit in the statistic in 1949, 1951 and 1952, while also finishing second in 1950 and fifth in 1953.By 1954, Robinson was 36 and his quickness was on the wane (that year he posted a career-low speed score of 4.6, the only time he was ever below the league average of 5.0). He would retire after two more seasons. But that 1948-53 peak was as good as anybody’s ever been. Literally. Only four position players in MLB history — Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig — had more WAR between the ages of 29 and 34. Numbers like that are why, despite Robinson’s short career, James ranked Robinson as the fourth-best second baseman ever in “New Historical Baseball Abstract.”So much for sabermetrics underappreciating Robinson’s skills.WAR can measure Robinson’s terrifying impact on the basepaths (he generated 31 more runs than an average player). WAR also takes into account his defensive value — total zone data estimates that Robinson saved 81 more runs than an average defender (primarily at second base, but with a little third base, first base and outfield mixed in). According to defensive WAR, Robinson saved the Brooklyn Dodgers 10 wins with his defense, combining his contributions relative to position and the importance of those positions in the overall structure of the defense.Most importantly, though, WAR accounts for the fact that Robinson was 261 runs better than average with his bat. Because of the highlight-reel baserunning plays, people often forget that Robinson was also an incredible hitter. He topped a .295 batting average eight times, winning the NL batting crown in 1949 with a .342 average. He also had the majors’ seventh-highest on-base percentage during the course of his career (1947-56), drawing a walk on 12.8 percent of his plate appearances in addition to his outstanding ability to hit for average. And his isolated power was 19 points better than the league average, so Robinson had some pop (even if his slugging percentage was driven in part by 54 career triples).In sum, Robinson was an all-around sabermetric star. There isn’t an area of the game where the advanced stats don’t consider him very good, if not one of the best ever. The notion that somehow Robinson has lost his luster as we learn more about what makes for winning baseball couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, sabermetric stats help us appreciate Robinson’s greatness even more.
The heat has prompted Public Health England to urge people to take extra care during the hot days and warm nights.Dr Thom Waite, public health medicine consultant, said: “Now the heatwave has arrived, people will likely be out and about more enjoying the summer sun.”That’s why it’s really important to remember that there are some people whose health suffers in hot weather.”Older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children may all feel the ill-effects of heat over the coming days.”We’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at-risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any help.”Dr Waite said the hot weather can “put extra strain on bodies” and urged people to “stay hydrated” during the hot spell. Good Morning. Mostly dry with sunny spells. Hot in the southeast. https://t.co/a70feA0Qeq ^Rebecca pic.twitter.com/nFX2mrhN1Y— Met Office (@metoffice) 24 August 2016 A boy jumps into the River Thames at Henley as temperatures soarCredit:Carl Court/Getty Top PHE tips to keep cool include closing curtains, keeping out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, wearing loose fitting cotton clothes and applying suncream.As well as looking out for others during the heatwave, the body advised to not leave anyone or animals in a closed, parked vehicle. The heat prompted health experts to urge people to take extra care, with temperatures tipped to rise even further after highs of 31C on Tuesday caused by “warm air pushing up from the continent”.While the heatwave conditions are not set to last beyond Thursday morning, the Bank Holiday weekend is unlikely to be a washout.Forecasters at the Meteogroup said Friday will be largely dry for most areas, with plenty of sunshine and it will stay “fairly warm” in the south east. Britons have been urged to take extra care in the rising temperatures as a two-day heatwave causes large parts of the country to sizzle.With the mercury expected to hit up to 32C (89.6F) on Wednesday, Public Health England has warned the most vulnerable – including older people, young children and babies – could be at risk.The Met Office has issued a level three heatwave action alert for eastern England, London and the south east – triggered when threshold temperatures have been reached for one day and the night. Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples said the temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be the highest in East Anglia and down to London.On Tuesday, temperatures hit 29.7C (85.5F) in St James Park and 30C in Gravesend, Kent. The Met Office said the highest temperature of 31C (87.8F) was recorded in Cambridge.Ms Sharples said humid nights can also be expected – with London and the South East unlikely to drop below 20C (68F) on Wednesday.”Parts of northern and central England, Wales – will be a lot cloudier, and as a result a bit cooler with temperatures in the low 20s on Wednesday,” she added.”Whereas East Anglia and the south east again look like having a largely sunny day and quite warm again so we will be looking at similar temperatures.” A man paddles on a surfboard at Henley-on-ThamesCredit:Carl Court/Getty The alert means there is a 90 per cent chance the maximum threshold temperature for the region – 30C (86F) in the east, 32C (89.6F) for London and 31C (87.8F) for the south east – will also be met on Wednesday.A level two alert has been issued for the East Midlands – meaning there is a 60 per cent chance the maximum threshold temperature of 30C (86F) could be met. However, scattered showers are likely in north west Scotland. On Saturday, showery, heavy rain is expected in north Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England that will spread into Scotland. The Meteogroup said it will be mostly dry elsewhere, before turning “very warm” in the south once more. Sunseekers take it easy on the coast at Llandudno in WalesCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire. Species poses no greater human health risk than native bees https://t.co/amWBM1qSmM pic.twitter.com/OMxhff5vPJ— Defra UK (@DefraGovUK) September 20, 2016 She said: “The hornets hover outside the entrance to the bee hives and as the bees fly out, they kill them by biting off their heads. When enough bees are dead they invade through the entrance of the hive and take the honey. They also eat the baby larvae of the bees too.”Paul Hetherington, the director of communications for Buglife, told The Telegraph the arrival of the Asian hornet was “a huge concern because our native bees are already under a huge amount of stress and threat – so for some rarer species, this could push them over the tipping point”.He added: “With our bees already in crisis, we could really do without further threats to them.”Experts working in the Tetbury area have refused to disclose exactly where the Asian hornet was found, for fear of members of the public getting in the way of bee unit inspectors.A spokesman for the National Bee Unit said: “We don’t want to say where it was found to ensure that staff can carry out investigation work without disruption. Asian hornets arrived in France in 2004 and are now common across large areas of EuropeCredit: AFP/Getty Images Specialist hornet squads equipped with infra-red cameras and special pesticides have also been sent to the area.Bee keepers at the Highgrove estate said yesterday (TUE) they would be on high alert for the hornets after confirming the Prince of Wales’ hives fell within the zone.A spokeswoman for Clarence House said staff at the Highgrove estate – which makes its own runny honey – would take part in the bee unit’s inspection.She added: “The Highgrove estate is within the surveillance zone for Asian hornets, and so will be subject to the same inspection as anywhere else in the zone.”She said none had yet been found on the estate.Produced on the Prince of Wales’ Duchy Home Farm, the £5.50 Highgrove honey is described as having “an exquisite floral flavour” and is made by bees that forage pollen from hedgerows and orchards on the estate and the surrounding countryside.The hornet found in Tetbury is currently undergoing DNA testing at the National Bee Unit in North Yorkshire to help establish how it arrived in the UK. Asian hornets pose no greater risk to human health than beesCredit: Jean Haxaire/Defra/PA Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) are now common across Europe after being accidentally introduced to France in 2004 in a shipment of pottery from China.In the summer, the non-native species was discovered in the Channel Islands of Jersey and Alderney for the first time.Though it is believed the species will not be able to survive in the north of the UK due to colder winters.While Asian hornets pose a risk to people with severe allergic reactions and have already resulted in six deaths in France, a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the insect’s sting pose no more risk than a British bee.Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said: “We have been anticipating the arrival of the Asian hornet for some years and have a well-established protocol in place to eradicate them and control any potential spread.“It is important to remember they pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, though we recognise the damage they cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to identify and destroy any nests.“We remain vigilant across the country, working closely with the National Bee Unit and their nationwide network of bee inspectors.”Diane Roberts, the press officer for the British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA) said the hornets were carnivores but, like wasps, are attracted to sweet things too. Prince Charles’ beloved bee collection is under threat after a foreign species of hornet was spotted a few miles away from his private estate.The predatory Asian hornet – which attacks bees by decapitating them – was found by a member of public in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire on Saturday.A National Bee Unit inspector was dispatched to collect the dead hornet and take it away for further testing where it was confirmed as the first ever UK sighting.The “voracious predator”, which hunts and kills bees, could drive many native British bees to extinctions, experts have said.In efforts to combat the spread of the invasive hornet, a three-mile surveillance zone has now been set up and work is underway to identify and destroy any nests. “They will obviously walk around but they will also be using traps.“It is too early to say the threat that they could have to biodiversity. Their key threat is to the honey bee.”The sighting of the Asian hornet comes as reports suggest Britain’s bee population has fallen by a third since 2007.There are now just 25 native species of honey bee in the UK and numbers may be as low as 50,000 at the height of summer.The sudden drop in honeybee numbers had been blamed on a combination of intensive farming methods that use more pesticides and disease.Identifying an Asian hornetVespa velutina queens are up to 3cm (1.2in) in length; workers up to 2.5cm (1in)Entirely dark brown or black velvety body, bordered with a fine yellow bandOnly one band on the abdomen: fourth abdominal segment almost entirely yellow/orangeLegs brown with yellow endsHead is black with an orange-yellow faceThey are active mostly between April and NovemberThey only fly during daytime hours, unlike the European species. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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ENGAGE THOSE BRAINS, folks: we have a teasing question for you.Each morning this week, we are setting you a (not too) tough riddle to get the cogs whirring and test your mathematical mettle.If this prospect fills you with either a. joy, or b. dread, the mathsweek.ie site is worth a look – with events for maths fans and for those who might feel the need to brush up on their numeracy skills. The events are running from now until Sunday.Thursday’s puzzle:In a competition with cash prizes the second place is to get half the amount that first place gets. Third place will get a third and fourth place is to get a quarter. To ensure that fourth place gets €1,500 how much prize money is needed overall?All answers will be revealed on Friday afternoon on TheJournal.ie.Monday’s puzzle>Tuesday’s puzzle>Wednesday’s puzzle>‘Fear of maths’ affecting careers and the economy>
DO YOU WANT the good news or the bad news, Leinster fans?Brian O’Driscoll has been named in the province’s starting XV for tomorrow evening RaboDirect Pro12 final against Ulster.Sean O’Brian has lost his race to be fit for the RDS showdown however. The Tullow native sustained a knee injury in the Amlin Challenge final win over Stade Francais last week. Shane Jennings starts at 7 in his stead.As well as bidding a fond farewell to new Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, the RDS crowd will also get the chance to say goodbye to Paris-bound Jonny Sexton and the retiring Ica Nacewa.Ulster too have also named their side for the much-anticipated end to the rugby season. Fit-again John Afoa starting at tighthead is the only change to the XV that defeated the Scarlets a fortnight ago.“It’s great to be able to welcome John back into the starting line-up,” says Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe. “John and players like Ruan (Pienaar) and Johann (Muller) have been part of World Cup winning squads. When the big moments come, they are cool heads under pressure and you can’t put a price on that. When you put them together with our Ireland internationals and our excellent young players like Stuart Olding then you have a great mix.”Leinster XV: R Kearney, F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, I Madigan, I Nacewa, J Sexton, I Boss, C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross, L Cullen (capt), D Toner, K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, J Hagan, Q Roux, R Ruddock, J Cooney, A Goodman, A Conway.Ulster XV: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, S Olding, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.Replacements: R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, I Henderson, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, P Nelson.Dortmund land in London, claim deckchair outside Buckingham Palace
Anyone who has be on the New York City subway in the past several years knows that the underground transit system is perpetually littered with discarded Metrocards. Sometimes the things can be refilled, but many of the longterm cards are rendered useless the moment their time is up, and those disposal boxes that only exist as a place to get rid of the cards are seemingly perpetually overflowing.New York artist Steve Shaheen opted to turn waste into art, soliciting people on Craigslist to help him collect disposed cards. In the end, they collected 5,000 Metrocards in less than a week. “There is something very personal about handling so many small belongings that were once riding around in peoples’ pockets,” Shaheen said of the cards. “There are untold personal stories in that inconspicuous, flimsy plastic.” The cards were placed over a steel frame to construct a flowing bench, which has since gone on to be displayed at NYC’s Sloan Fine Art museum.
BEIJING — China on Friday announced a $60 billion list of U.S. goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.The Finance Ministry accused the Trump administration of damaging the global economy after it proposed increasing duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods in the second round of a dispute over technology.“China is forced to take countermeasures,” said a ministry statement. It said the retaliatory duties of 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent or 5 percent on 5,207 products will be imposed “if the U.S. side persists in putting its tariff measures into effect.”Washington imposed 25 percent duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing retaliated by imposing similar charges on the same amount of U.S. products.Earlier Friday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman called on Washington to “come to its senses” and settle the dispute.Chinese leaders have offered to narrow their politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more American goods. But they have rejected changing technology development plans they see as a path to prosperity and global influence.
Markapuram: The establishment of a district having Markapuram as the headquarters is a long pending demand and it has its own advantages and qualifications, announced the team of negotiators from the region.The team, under the leadership of retired additional joint collector Shaik Shamsher Ahmed met TTD Chairman YV Subbareddy in Tadepalli, where he inaugurated the research book, ‘Authoritative and holistic information report on the proposed Markapuram district’ and assured that he will take up the concerns of the public to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The members’ team including Shamsher Ahmed, authors of the report retired deputy director Dr Annapureddy Veerareddy, senior journalist Venna Venkateswara Reddy, retired BC welfare officer Shaik Nazeer Ahmed, and other local representatives of the political and public organisations announced that Subbareddy justified the demand for Markapuram district by carving out the poor and backward western area from the Prakasam district, for its development. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that the state government is giving priority to complete irrigation projects in the state and Veligonda project is in the list of priority just after Polavaram in making the state as Harithandhra Pradesh. He appreciated the efforts of the bookmakers in compiling the history and background of Kanigiri, Darsi, Yerragondapalem, Giddalur and Markapuram assembly constituencies. The team said that it had also met ministers Pilli Subhash Chandrabose and Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Markapuram and Giddalur MLAs K Nagarjuna Reddy and Anna Rambabu also demanding the Markapuram district and presented the book as a support for their demand.
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. FroshIn an attempt to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh released a new set of guidelines aimed at ending discriminatory profiling in the state on Aug. 25.The document details ways police investigations can avoid being discriminatory. Statewide adoption of the guidance makes Maryland the first state to set enforcement standards following the Department of Justice’s moves to end discriminatory profiling. In December, the Department of Justice set rules to prohibit FBI agents from considering race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to pursue cases.Maryland followed Department of Justice’s lead, when drafting the guidelines, prohibiting officers, in any law enforcement agency in Maryland, from considering race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity when conducting routine police operations.“Today we are joined by many people who work for justice,” Frosh said during the press conference in Annapolis, Maryland. “Law enforcement, prosecutors, advocacy groups – that we simply demonstrate we are on the same page . . . not as adversaries; we all know there is room for improvement,” he continued.The guidance is based on the state and federal constitutions. It also contains standards in two categories: routine police work and investigations. Police policy and procedure has been called into question recently as all eyes turn to the deaths of unarmed Black men and women in police custody, such as Freddie Gray, 25, and others throughout the United States.“This is an important step forward, and the standards of this guidance are ones that all law enforcement should follow, including the Baltimore Police Department,” interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. “I’m committed to making sure that the standards being released today are part of our practices – for the benefit of our officers and our community.”Officials who accompanied Frosh during the news conference included Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Prince George’s County’s State Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.“This is not a fantasy . . . we know this the truth . . . in our community every day,” said Alsobrooks. “We are here because we have an opportunity to not only change today but to change tomorrow.”
Wes Moore spoke with students from Baltimore’s KIPP Ujima Village Academy. (Photo credit: James Bentley)On Nov. 16 more than 200 students from six schools across the state of Maryland gathered at The Southwest Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the 3rd Annual “Actions to Impact” service event hosted by best-selling author and combat veteran Wes Moore.This year’s “Call to Service” event featured a discussion of Moore’s new fictional novel “This Way Home”, a Q & A session with the students and a giving component. Prior to the event, each class participated in a food drive to donate non-perishable items to the Maryland Food Bank to assist with their Thanksgiving efforts. The students collected over 50 pounds of food items.The participating schools in this third annual event were Forest Park High School, William Pinderhughes Middle School, National Friends Academy, KIPP, Anacostia Senior High, Baltimore Montessori and Dwight D Eisenhower Middle. Each participating class also received signed copies of Moore’s new book.When asked why it is important for him to come speak to Baltimore students Moore said “This is my home. Baltimore holds an incredibly special place in my heart and always will. When I think about the future of our city, the future of our city is going to school every day in our city schools. So anyone that cares deeply about the future of Baltimore has to care deeply about our students and the kind of futures they can create. I will always, when I have a moment, just say ‘thank you’ to them, to their teachers, to their administrators and let them know that their work does matter. It matters to all of us.”
Wondering what to wear during the winter season? Use you summer clothes like a crop top paired with a cardigan or pair your beautiful maxi skirt with interesting pullovers and closed-neck cardigans for that whole androgynous look, says an expert.Wear a Scarf: Slinky summer tops can be revamped with some woollen mufflers or bright printed scarves. This will add the much needed fall vibe to your look and also keep you warm in turn. Invest in a stole: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe bigger version of scarves should also be kept handy during winter. We prescribe the trending belted up look where you can let the stole fall casually from your shoulders symbolising a cape but add a edgy twist with a belt that goes around your waist, over the stole. Summer Jackets Revisited: Summer cover-ups can be recycled for the winter months. We are often upset to put away those cute floral, summery dresses – but no more of that. Team your cute summer dresses with knitted cover-ups for that girl-next-door look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShirts are important: Denim or Flannel, we must keep our shirts at close proximity. They are perfect for casual layering and also keeps you relatively warm during the fall months. Crop top ready: No more biding adieu to your favourite crop tops as now it’s time to throw on a cardigan which can completely turn your look around. Opt for a print-on-print look for max effects. Maxi skirts: Flowy maxi skirts might be perfect for those lunch dates during the summer months, but who says you have to put them away during winter! Pair your maxi skirt with interesting pullovers and closed-neck cardigans for that whole androgynous look. Turtlenecks to your rescue: A great option for layering is the classic turtleneck. A major trend this season, you can wear it under those slinky slip dresses and noodle-strap tops for the winter.Storm of stockings: Stockings are your saviour for fall and winter! From basic black to pop hues, you can go all out! Pair them with your mini skirts and ripped denim shorts to instantly transform your summer ensemble!Whites and pastels: The variation in the colour palette for the two seasons can leave you confused. But this fall we pick whites and pastels to rule! Throw in an occasional pop summer-colour for that fresh day-out look!
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