20-hour strike affects normal life in Manipur

first_imgNormal life in Manipur came to a standstill on Thursday from 4 a.m. in response to the 20-hour strike called by the Coordinating Committee on Manipur’s Integrity (COCOMI). The appeal by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to call off the strike went in vain.Meanwhile, more security forces personnel are arriving in Imphal ahead of the signing of the peace accord between the Centre and the armed Naga groups. Official sources said that some schools and colleges had been closed as the buildings were requisitioned for garrisoning the security personnel. Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom, District Magistrate, also District Collector of Imphal East district, said on Thursday that two colleges, the Modern College and the MB College, have been requisitioned for accommodating security personnel who arrived at Imphal on Thursday morning.Other security personnel brought to Manipur from Assam and Tripura had already been garrisoned at strategic places.Mr. Biren, who led a 20-member team of all political parties, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday night. Mr. Shah assured the team that no agreement shall be signed without consulting the stakeholders. Following the assurance, Mr. Biren appealed to the COCOMI to call off the strike but it went unheeded.All markets, including those in Imphal city, were deserted from early morning. Educational institutes and offices remained closed.last_img read more

Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Prison guards escort Bahraini football player Hakeem al-Araibi from a court in Bangkok, Thailand in this December 2018 file photo. (AP)BANGKOK — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Thailand to stop the extradition to Bahrain of a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia, his office said Tuesday.In a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Morrison emphasized that Hakeem al-Araibi’s case was an important matter to him personally, as well as to the Australian government and Australian people, his office said. The letter was reported earlier by The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.ADVERTISEMENT Al-Araibi, 25, a former Bahraini national team player, says he fled his home country due to political repression. Bahrain wants him returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence he received in absentia in 2014 for vandalizing a police station, which he denies.Human rights groups, soccer governing bodies and activists have pushed for Thailand to release al-Araibi, who plays for the semi-professional soccer club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne. They believe he risks being tortured if he is sent back to Bahrain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMorrison noted that al-Araibi has a permanent protection visa issued by Australia, that the government only issues such visas after a careful process, and that Australia considers him a refugee.Al-Araibi was detained upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a holiday, and a court ruled in December he could be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain. “Thai officials have to follow the law in every aspect. However, Thailand has good relations with Bahrain and FIFA,” he said, referring to soccer’s world governing body. “How can we find a solution? I understand everyone’s concerns.”Human Rights Watch’s Asia director, Brad Adams, said Thailand would make a “huge mistake” if it extradites al-Araibi because “global opinion and international law are clearly opposed to this rights-violating move.”The Asian Football Confederation on Tuesday followed FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in asking for al-Araibi’s release.The AFC, led by Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s royal family, had faced criticism for not calling for al-Araibi’s freedom.Al-Araibi has said he suspects he is being sought by Bahrain in part because of critical comments he made about the AFC leader.Al-Araibi said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain in 2012. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, and has a reputation for harsh repression since its failed “Arab Spring” uprising in 2011.Bahrain’s interior minister issued a statement Tuesday asserting that the country has a legitimate claim in asking for al-Araibi’s extradition and accusing critics of its justice system of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.“Those raising unfounded doubts about the integrity and independence of the kingdom’s judicial system are not only interfering, but also attempting to influence the course of justice,” the statement said.It said al-Araibi was convicted of participating in a “terrorism” case involving “an arson attack, possession of inflammable bombs and causing damage to public and private property.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ROS eyes No. 3 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Thai foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said the official extradition request was forwarded to Thai prosecutors on Monday for deliberation after being received from Bahrain.Thailand’s attorney general is expected to decide within a week whether to proceed with the extradition case, said Chatchom Akapin, director general of the international affairs department.Chatchom said Thailand would not extradite al-Araibi “if the sought extradition is political.”“If it is, then the request must be denied,” he said.Prime Minister Prayuth said the situation was complicated.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ifugao bet Carl Jammes Martin dominates Thai foe in bantamweight bout

first_imgCarl Jammes Martin hasn’t fought outside his hometown of Ifugao Province until Saturday night.Martin, an up-and-comer in the bantamweight division, should get used to the national spotlight after putting on a masterclass in a three-round demolition of Thailand’s Petchchorhae Kokietgym.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU slams NU, UE denies UP The 19-year-old Martin, who showed little respect for Kokietgym, earned a TKO win after the bout was stopped at the end of the third round.Martin scored two knockdowns, first in the opening round while the other in the third after Kokietgym got caught with a short left in front of his corner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMartin, a native of Lagawe, Ifugao, extended his undefeated start to 12-0 with 11 knockouts.Kokietgym, who seemed afraid to let his hands go, dropped to 17-3, 8 knockouts. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Virat Kohli meets Shah Rukh Khan and his son AbRam after destroying KKR

first_imgNot long after after Virat Kohli helped Royal Challengers Bangalore steamroll Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Monday night, the 27-year-old run-machine spent some time with KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan and his son AbRam. (Full Coverage | Points Table) Kohli has been in sensational form this year. Named man-of-the-tournament in the three-match T20 International series against Australia and Player-of-the-Tournament at the ICC World Twenty20, the Delhi dasher has been on song in the Indian Premier League as well. (Virat Kohli Exclusive: Don’t compare me with Tendulkar, it’s embarrassing)The RCB skipper on Monday also became the highest scorer in any single edition of the IPL . He has 752 runs to his name this year in 12 matches. Last week, Kohli became the first batsman to hammer three hundreds in an edition. (Victory is my biggest craving: Virat Kohli )Playing with a split webbing, Kohli mastered KKR’s spinners and added another unbeaten century-stand for the second with AB de Villiers as RCB won a crucial game by nine wickets. (Injured Kohli to lead RCB in must-win game vs KXIP)While RCB need to win their last two remaining games to enter the playoffs, KKR need to win only one.There was immense pressure on both teams in the game but that did not stop SRK and Kohli from spending some nice time together after the formalities were over. Kohli was also seen interacting with King Khan’s youngest, AbRam. The boy has been seen at the Eden Gardens, enjoying the vast open expanse with his celebrity father, this season.advertisementlast_img read more

Bayern Munich sign Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen on three-year deal

first_imgBayern Munich have signed former Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen on a three-year contract, the German champions said on Sunday.The 21-year-old scored 11 league goals for Werder last season and was also the joint top scorer at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Germany were silver medallists.”We’re pleased that in Serge Gnabry another young German international is coming to FC Bayern. Serge has developed a lot at Bremen,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.Gnabry will join the Bundesliga champions on July 1, boosting manager Carlo Ancelotti’s options on the wings alongside Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman, Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery.”It’s a great honour to become part of FC Bayern. It’s going to be an exciting time and one that I’m very much looking forward to,” said Gnabry.Gnabry moved to Werder at the start of the last campaign after failing to secure regular football at Arsenal. He spent the 2015-16 season at West Bromwich Albion on loan from the North London club.last_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchday

first_imgSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchdayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his players wear their club suits before all games.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has ordered United’s players to wear their official club suits to all matches as he continues to impose his ethos on the squad.The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, as they did on the train to Watford for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.But when Solskjaer and his players arrived at Wembley 24 hours later, they were more formally dressed in suit and tie on the instructions of their caretaker manager.A smarter dress code is just one of the ground rules Solskjaer has borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was seen at United’s Carrington training ground again on Saturday before the squad left for London.The 45-year-old, who has done the same at Molde, informed the United players of the new regulation on their warm-weather training break last week. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nerkonda Paarvai: Ajith’s new look from Pink Tamil remake leaked. See pic

first_imgNerkonda Paarvai: Ajith’s new look from Pink Tamil remake leaked. See picIt looks like Ajith will be seen in two different avatars in Nerkonda Paarvai, which is the Tamil remake of Hindi film Pink. India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:31 IST Different looks of Ajith in Nerkonda PaarvaiIn the first-look poster of Nerkonda Paarvai, Ajith was seen sporting his grey hair and dense beard. But it seems like he has another look in the film as H Vinoth has made several changes to the script of Pink to make it suitable for the Tamil audience and Ajith fans.The new look of Ajith from the film has been leaked online. Few pictures from the sets have gone viral on social media. Ajith looks younger in the stills in comparison to his look from the first-look poster.Here are the tweets from Thala fans:#NerkondaPaarvai shooting spot #ThalaAjith stills too looks ahhh ?? But #thala looking mass and class this simplicity is having a millions of fans pic.twitter.com/vy3DLUYJroCinemaWoods (@cinemaWoodscom) March 27, 2019Exclusive Pic Of THALA AJITH From #NerkondaPaarvai Shooting Spot..Super Cool THALA pic.twitter.com/0vMmRIsWEwAJITHKUMAR FANS CLUB (@ThalaFCTeam) March 27, 2019This new look of Ajith could be part of a flashback portion, which might also feature Vidya Balan. In the original version, Amitabh didn’t have a pair, but H Vinoth seems to have added a new character to the script.Boney Kapoor has confirmed that the film will release on August 10, and he will start another project with Ajith, which will also be directed by H Vinoth.#Thala #Ajith ‘s #NerkondaPaarvai to release on August 10th.. On a Saturday..Aug 12th Monday is Bakrid holiday..Aug 15th Thursday is Independence day holiday..So Aug 10th to Aug 18th is a good 9 day extended week of holiday period to release#NerkondapaarvaifromAug10advertisementRamesh Bala (@rameshlaus) March 25, 2019Boney had earlier said that it was Sridevi’s wish to produce a quality movie in Tamil. Ajith and Sridevi had discussed about collaborating for a Tamil film while shooting for English Vinglish, in which Thala played a cameo.Nerkonda Paarvai also stars Shraddha Srinath, TV news anchor-turned-actor Rangaraj Panday and Adhik Ravichander. The music for the film will be composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.ALSO READ | Viswasam Movie Review: Ajith and Nayanthara are excellent in wasted opportunityALSO WATCH: Veteran actor Kader Khan dies at 81 after prolonged illnessGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Ajithlast_img read more

Delhi court sends Ratul Puri to judicial custody till Sep 17 in

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till September 17 in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud. Special judge Sanjay Garg sent Puri to judicial custody. ED had arrested Puri on August 20 in the money laundering case arising out of the bank loan fraud case. The court had on Friday extended Puri’s custodial remand by four days. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ While seeking his further custody, the agency had told the court that “during probe, voluminous record of documents has been collected and due to paucity of time, the could not be confronted with them”. There is another money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam in which the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR. The latest PMLA case emerged from a CBI FIR of August 17, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India. The CBI had carried out multiple searches in pursuance of this FIR. The Puri family, other individuals like Sanjay Jain and Vineet Sharma were booked by the CBI for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption. Ratul Puri was booked in this case in his capacity as executive director of Moser Baer India Limited (MBIL), a firm promoted by his father Deepak Puri. The company is manufactured optical storage media like compact discs, DVDs, solid state storage devices. Ratul Puri had resigned from the post of executive director in 2012, while his parents continue to be on the board, the bank had said in a statement and compliant to the CBI. Moser Baer was taking loans from various banks since 2009 and went for debt restructuring a number of times, the bank had alleged in the complaint which is now part of the CBI FIR. When it was unable to pay the debt, a forensic audit was done and the the account was declared as “fraud” by the Central Bank of India on April 20, 2019, it had alleged. The bank had claimed that the company and its directors forged and fabricated documents to induce the Central Bank of India to release funds. Ratul Puri is facing criminal investigation by three main central probe agencies, ED, CBI and the Income Tax department. The tax department has attached a number of his alleged ‘benami’ assets in the recent past and has charged him with benefiting from the purported kickbacks generated in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case, cancelled by India in 2014 on charges of corruption.last_img read more

Morocco Former CEO arrested for manipulating incoming and outgoing calls

first_imgRabat- Former CEO of Wana corporate Karim Zaz was put on trial on Wednesday March 5th, along with 11 others in Casablanca.“Casablanca’s public prosecution arrested Karim Zaz due to a complaint filed by Wana corporate against its former CEO for manipulations of international incoming and outgoing calls in Morocco,” Sahifat Annas reported. “The prosecutor in the Casablanca court interrogated Karim Zaz, who was suspected of forming a gang with other staff under investigation,” “he same source added. They were charged with crimes punishable by up to 5 years in prison, including manipulating incoming and outgoing calls and complicity in falsification. Karim Zaz is also a member of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Football (soccer). Edited By Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

CoucheTard buying US convenience store Holiday deal includes over 500 locations

LAVAL, Que. – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) says it has signed an agreement to buy Upper Midwest U.S. convenience store player Holiday.The transaction will see Quebec-headquartered Couche-Tard acquire 374 stores operated by Holiday and 148 franchisees.Minnesota-based Holiday has stores in 10 states, including six new to Couche-Tard.Couche-Tard CEO Brian Hannasch says the deal will give the convenience-store operator a particularly strong position in the Greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, with a population of 3.5 million.The company says details of the purchase price for the transaction could not be disclosed at this time.Couche-Tard’s Canadian banners include Mac’s, but it’s switching to Circle K as its global brand everywhere but Quebec, where Couche-Tard will remain the company’s main banner. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 4:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Couche-Tard buying U.S. convenience store Holiday; deal includes over 500 locations read more

Tivoli Unveils iPod Dock

first_imgSomething for audiophiles and style mavens: Tivoli, maker of the some of the world’s best consumer audio equipment, has unveiled The Connector, an Apple-certified iPod dock. The Connector charges and plays iPods and iPhones, and offers Tivoli’s usual combination of high-tech and high-style. It features a back support for your player and come with nine choices of adapters to ensure a snug fit.Using the Connector, you can play music from your iPod or iPhone through your stereo, and even play movies from your iPod to your TV using the S-video output. One unique feature lets iPhone owners answer calls and play music at the same time. An included remote lets you control volume, change the track, and select a playlist.AdChoices广告The Connector is available in a variety of wood finishes and lists for $124.99.last_img read more

Manger sous le coup de lémotion favorise la prise de poids

first_imgManger sous le coup de l’émotion favorise la prise de poidsAujourd’hui, les chercheurs nutritionnistes s’intéressent à “l’émotionalité alimentaire”, c’est à dire le fait de manger sous le coup de l’émotion, et son association avec le surpoids. Il semblerait en effet que manger en éprouvant des émotions négatives favorise les kilos en trop.Si l’on savait déjà que la dépression a tendance à favoriser la prise de poids, manger en ressentant des émotions négatives peut également y contribuer. C’est ce qu’explique une étude mise en ligne par la revue American Journal of Clinical Nutrition et basée sur un échantillon de 35.641 adultes français participant à l’étude NutriNet-Santé. Celle-ci confirme en effet que les facteurs psychologiques influent sur le surpoids et l’obésité. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Selon les données recueillies grâce un questionnaire soumis aux participants, 52% des femmes ont tendance à manger sous le coup de l’émotion, lorsqu’elles se sentent seules, nerveuses, déprimées, contre 20% des hommes. Les résultats montrent également que, globalement, les personnes qui suivent un régime ont davantage tendance à manger sous le coup de l’émotion (71%) que ceux qui ont fait un régime par le passé (58%) ou que les personnes qui disent n’avoir jamais fait de régime amaigrissant (35%). Ainsi, la scientifique Sandrine Péneau qui fait partie de l’équipe de coordination de l’étude NutriNet-Santé, souligne que même si celles qui n’ont jamais fait de régime sont moins nombreuses à manger sous le coup de l’émotion, celles qui le font sont bien plus souvent en surpoids. “Parmi les femmes qui n’ont jamais fait de régime, celles qui ont une forte émotionalité alimentaire ont cinq fois plus de risque d’être en surpoids en comparaison de celles qui ne mangent jamais sous le coup de l’émotion”, explique t-elle citée par l’AFP. Les hommes moins sensibles à l’émotionalité alimentaire Le risque est également trois fois plus élevé chez les femmes ayant déjà fait un régime, et 2,6 fois plus élevé chez celles qui en suivent un actuellement. En revanche, chez les hommes, l’association entre surpoids et “émotionalité alimentaire” ne varie pas selon qu’ils font ou non régime. Leur risque d’être en surpoids est de ce fait, environ 2 fois plus élevé pour ceux qui déclarent manger fréquemment sous le coup de l’émotion par rapport aux autres.Le 12 avril 2013 à 15:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Courtois still not certain about his future

first_imgChelsea managed to win the FA Cup in yesterday’s final game against Manchester United but a lot of things in this club are unclear – and one of them is Thibaut Courtois’ future.The Belgian keeper admitted that he will see after the World Cup where he will continue with his career but he is not certain whether it will be with the Blues or not – and he also wants the club to spend more money in case he will stay.The former Atletico shot-stopper spoke about his future as he said, according to Talk Sport:“Like I said in the last weeks or months, I think we’ll see after the World Cup whether I am a Chelsea player for next year.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’ll see what is going to happen after the World Cup.”“I think if we want to aim for the top, we should do the same – obviously within the limits of what’s possible as well.”“I think that the transfer market has gone pretty crazy. Nowadays you pay £80million for a defender I think – that’s crazy figures.”last_img read more

Pompano Beach man missing for four years

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police need your help finding Steven James Mackrell, who went missing four years ago.Mackrell was last seen in 2015 at a Valero gas station in Pompano Beach.Police said he was in a brief argument and then disappeared.If you have any information regarding Brackell’s disappearance, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Far ahead of holidays boxes packed for deployed Alaska troops

first_imgSoldiers with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division at a deployment ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 8th, 2017 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)Though the holidays are still a long way off, a few civilian elves in Anchorage are already busy assembling presents for soldiers deployed overseas. With thousands of Alaska-based troops stationed in Afghanistan, organizations are rushing to get everything from board games to beef jerky boxed and sent abroad ASAP.Listen nowThe Armed Services YMCA of Alaska has been in the state since the 1940s, and part of its mission is filling in gaps left between the military and service members. For example, holiday cheer.“Anything from home that just sparks a little bit of joy in your heart gives them relief,” Sarah Riffer explained. She’s the executive director of ASYMCA Alaska, which runs programs to support service-members and their families. That includes Operation Frosty Warrior, an annual effort to fill boxes ahead of the holidays with supplies that can be hard to come by while troops are deployed.“Playing cards, travel board games, anything like that,” Riffer added. “Books.”For soldiers based in Alaska, many of whom have family members living here, tokens of home can be a boost, according to Riffer. That might include hometown newspapers, smoked salmon, and jerky.Riffer’s organization partners with BP to collect money and supplies. Boxes have to be packed and palatalized before November 22nd in order to make it to their final destinations around the globe. In a given year, around 1,000 Alaska soldiers are deployed overseas. But this year, with the 4th Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on a combat deployment in Afghanistan, that number is significantly higher — 3,100 this year.“This is the largest deployment in the seven years that this program has been going on, which is why we’re reaching out to the community because we really need everyone’s help,” Riffer said.ASYMCA in Alaska is collecting money, or will pick up boxes and supplies from individuals and participating organizations. You can find details and a wishlist on the Alaska Armed Services YMCA’s website.last_img read more

Democratic candidates rally Latinos vs Trump in Miami forum

first_imgMIAMI: At a forum on Latino issues, eight Democratic candidates for president on Friday attacked Trump administration policies that led to the separation of families and detention of children. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials hosted the Miami forum for candidates including U.S. senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to attack the government’s crackdown on illegal immigration, a day after President Donald Trump claimed his support among Latino voters has “gone way up,” without offering supporting evidence. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Sanders promised to “use all of the powers of the presidency” to “undo the fear and the damage” he says Trump has caused, referring also to Trump’s pledge earlier this week that he would begin deporting millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. “Let us not forget that this administration is ripping children from the arms of their mothers,” Sanders said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Some of those children have died.” Government facilities at the border are overcrowded with migrants, mostly from Central America, who are crossing from Mexico to request asylum. Five children have died since late last year after being detained by Customs and Border Protection. Beto O’Rourke, who represented El Paso, Texas in the U.S. House from 2013 to 2019, said Friday that he would reunite every single family that had been separated and end the detention of children at the border by issuing executive orders. Advertise With Us Lawyers who interviewed 60 children at a Border Patrol facility near El Paso told The Associated Press that three minors were told by an agent to take care of a two-year-old boy who was alone and had wet his pants lacking a diaper. “We will no longer put children in cages,” O’Rourke said. The “zero tolerance” policy implemented last year caused mass outrage after it led to the separation of children from their parents because they were being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. The meeting of presidential hopefuls takes place five days before the first Democratic debate, also in Miami next week. Florida is a decisive state. Trump launched his reelection campaign in Orlando earlier this week revisiting the hardline immigration themes of 2015 and 2016 by warning about deporting millions. At an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo that aired Thursday, Trump said Hispanics also want toughness at the border, saying his support in the group has risen. The White House did not provide supporting polls for Trump’s claim, and the most recent AP-NORC poll conducted in mid-June shows him with 26 per cent support among Hispanics. Immigration may be one of the most pressing problems for Hispanics in other states, but Florida’s large number of Cuban-Americans, a strong voting bloc, have applauded Trump’s decision to impose new restrictions on travel and levy sanctions against Venezuela’s socialist government. Trump will be launching a new effort to appeal to Latino voters next week in Miami. Warren was questioned Friday for lacking a plan to help immigrants, but the senator said her promise to ban private companies from running prisons and detention centers tackles “systematic problems” that affect that population. The Massachusetts senator said more than two-thirds of the people who are currently detained for their immigration status are held in for-profit detention facilities. “You’ve just created a group that makes its money by seeing more people locked up,” she said. “I say get the profits out of locking people up.”last_img read more

Minimum Wage is Going Up

first_imgEfforts to raise both the federal and state minimum wage continued this month. At the federal level, information from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported a change could have wide-reaching positive and negative effects. “The $10.10 option would have substantially larger effects on employment and income than the $9.00 option would – because more workers would see their wages rise; the change in their wages would be greater,” concluded the CBO in their 39-page report. “Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent.” Even though 500,000 could become unemployed as employers decrease their work force to increase the minimum wage, a total of 900,000 people would move to the positive side of the poverty threshold, where 45 million people are currently making less than $23,550 a year for a family of four. With the $9 option, the CBO found that anywhere from 100,000 to 1 million people could end up unemployed. However, roughly 7.6 million low-wage earners would see an increase totaling about $1 billion extra dollars for families living in poverty. With the $9 option, 300,000 people would be lifted out of their current economic situation below the poverty threshold. Though the minimum wage debate may seem new, the fight for a livable wage has been repeated since 1938, when the Fair Labor Standards Act set a minimum wage for workers at 25 cent. It has been revised, amended, and broadened numerous times, and now includes service workers, retail, transit, construction, health employees, and many others. “During the 1960s a full-time minimum wage income was enough to keep a family of three above the federal poverty line,” said David Cooper, an analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, who testified Feb. 17 in front of the Maryland Senate. “Today’s minimum wage of $7.25 is worth about 23 percent less than what it was worth in the late 1960s. The value of the minimum wage at its high point in 1968 equaled about $9.40 in today’s dollars. Cooper said an increase could positively affect the entire economy. “More broadly, when you raise the minimum wage, what you’re essentially doing is shifting income from business owners or corporations to low-wage workers,” Cooper told the AFRO. “We know that low-wage workers are more likely spend every additional dollar that they receive just because they have to in order to pay their bills. You’re transferring money from entities less likely to spend it and more likely to save it, to entities more likely to spend it all right away. That actually can boost consumer spending and provide a modest boost to overall economic growth.” In Maryland’s General Assembly, both the House and Senate are working on measures to increase the federal minimum wage for workers. In Montgomery and Prince George’s counties lawmakers have already decided to raise the minimum wage to $11.50. Del. Aisha Braveboy, who sponsored HB 187, said lawmakers are working out problems with the bill, but believes it will get a committee vote by early to mid-March and then proceed to the House floor. Issues being addressed are how to deal with counties that have already adjusted their minimum wage, how Maryland will handle inflation, and a better system to compensate workers who earn tips. Currently, employees who earn tips are paid 50 percent of the minimum wage.”In theory, the employee would make up the rest of that in tips,” Braveboy said before acknowledging that tips don’t always add up. “The proposal is to raise that credit to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Instead of the employer paying 50 percent they would pay 70 percent.” While lawmakers haggle over details, a group of 19 business owners in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area isn’t waiting for laws to force a pay increase. In a move focused on helping their employees earn livable wages, members of the President’s Roundtable, a group of minority business owners, announced plans to raise the minimum wage for their employees – even if a bill isn’t passed. “We want to be very clear that this is not a political for us – it’s a human rights issue,” said Sheila Brooks, leader of the President’s Roundtable. “Of the 19 members, we have more than 1,200 employees collectively. Each and every one of us did agree to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015 in support of House Bill 187.” Brooks is the founder and operator of SRB Communications, a communications agency, but one-third of the Roundtable members are contractors, employing hundreds of blue-collar construction workers. “We want to lead the way so that we can hopefully inspire other businesses to pay the living wage. We would like to challenge other business owners – particularly minority business owners – to do what’s right for their community, for the economy, and our country, that is to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.”last_img read more

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