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Ella Mai On Bood Up Her Dream Collab Lauryn Hill More

first_imgNews Ella Mai On “Boo’d Up,” Lauryn Hill & More ella-mai-bood-her-dream-collab-lauryn-hill-more The soulful songstress shares about the positive impact of her hit single back home, her biggest influences, how she’d love to work with Khalid, and moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 27, 2018 – 2:26 pm British R&B sensation Ella Mai started building an excited buzz around her name earlier this year, as her incredibly catchy “Boo’d Up” was one of the biggest songs of the summer in the U.S. and had us singing along to her angelic vocals. This is just the beginning for the soulful singer/songwriter, whose debut self-titled studio album comes out on Oct. 12. Facebook Mae sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about the positive effects of the success of “Boo’d Up” instilling hometown pride in London, how she’d love to work with Khalid (who had a cameo in the song’s music video), how her style is very inspired by the ’90s and early-2000s, and a bit about her new music.She also explains how impactful growing up listening to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was to her, and how thrilled she is about the excitement around the 20 year anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s iconic album. “That album is everything, it’s my favorite album of all time,” she shares. “I don’t think there’s a project that beats it, and she’s so raw and authentic.”Essence Fest: 7 Female R&B Acts You Need To KnowRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 27, 2018 – 2:19 pm Ella Mai On Feeling Proud Of “Boo’d Up” & More Email Twitter Ella Mai On “Boo’d Up,” Her Dream Collab, Lauryn Hill & More last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Carlee Sutera Named To Deans List At Seton Hall University

first_imgSOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is pleased to announce Carlee Sutera of Wilmington has qualified for Spring 2018 Dean’s list.About Seton HallOne of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership – developing students in mind, heart and spirit – since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Seton Hall via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Carlee Sutera Named To Dean’s List At Seton Hall UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ryan Tonra Named To Dean’s List At Seton HallIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fariha Haque Named To Dean’s List At University Of RochesterIn “Education”last_img read more

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CLOSING ARGUMENT Mike McCoy Asks For Your Vote On September 4

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington):My name is Michael McCoy and I am a candidate for State Representative for the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I am 59 years old and I’ve lived in Wilmington for my whole life.  Upon graduation in 1977 from the Wilmington High School, I went to college where I received three college degrees, one of them being a masters degree in criminal justice.  I am educationally qualified for the post I seek.In 1984, I opened up a restaurant known as Michael’s Place.  I sold it 31 years later in 2015.  As a business owner, I never forgot my community.  I did my best to give back to the various local clubs and organizations.  Over the years, we donated over 3000 pizzas to the Wilmington Food Pantry.  We gave continuously to seniors, youth organizations and all churches.  I have donated literally tens of thousands of dollars and I was happy to do so.I have been happily married for 27 years to a former Tewksbury girl named Danielle.  We raised our three children here in WilmingtonI am a member of the Sons of Italy, a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks and where I volunteer every Tuesday night helping out with Bingo.I have served my town of Wilmington for 31 years and 28 years as a currently-elected selectman.For over 30 years I have used one principle to guide my decisions; As a community leader, I answer to you!  As your state representative, I will continue to work tirelessly and advocate for the needs of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  Your concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill—Not political insiders, not lobbyists, not any other special interest.As a J.F.K. democrat, I am a fiscal conservative.  I always have and always will vote the person and the issue, not the party.As your state representative, I pledge to:Work with the Attorney General’s office to explore legislative options to stop unwanted robo-calls and telemarketing calls and impose harsh penalties for those convicted of scamming senior citizens.Seek legislative counter measures for overdevelopment of our rapidly vanishing suburbs.Oppose making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.Advocate for the death penalty in crimes resulting in the death of our first responders and Massachusetts citizens.Will vote against all additional pay raises for state representatives.For the past 28 years, I have funded my own campaigns as Wilmington Selectman and will do the same as a state representative.  Unlike my opponents, I accept no financial contributions from anyone and accept no endorsements from politicians, developers or especially from the “who’s who” of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  These contributions always come with I.O.U.’s.  The only endorsement I want on election day is yours, the Tewksbury and Wilmington voters because that is the only true endorsement that counts.Tewksbury and Wilmington Families first; Tewksbury and Wilmington neighborhoods forever.Thank you,Michael McCoyCandidate for State RepresentativeTewksbury-WilmingtonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”DEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

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Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

first_img Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Chris Monroe/CNET See at Turo $999 $59 at eBay Comments Geminid glam shots: Meteor magic from around the globe (pictures) $6 at Tidal Look up $999 11 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview 0 Turo See it ‘Super blood wolf moon’ kicks off super year for eclipses Mysterious jagged light in California night sky feeds UFO speculation The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review Post a comment Share your voice $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile Rylo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $299 at Amazon 7 $155 at Google Express Sprint Angela Lang/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sci-Tech Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET The peak of the Quadrantids, which can generate over 100 meteors per hour, lasts for just a few hours, but meteors will still appear before and after. “The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower’s thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle,” NASA explains.Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says observers in the US can expect around 25 Quadrantids per hour at its best. The Quadrantids aren’t known for producing fireballs, but could still generate some extremely bright meteors, he notes.Adventurous skywatchers who don’t mind the cold could be in for a visual treat tonight with the first meteor shower of 2019.   The Cheapskate $999 Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) This Quadrantid meteor made an appearance over New Mexico in 2013. NASA/MSFC/MEO The Quadrantids may not be the most famous meteor shower, but it can be one of the most scenic and intense. The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.This year’s show doesn’t have great timing for North American observations. But skywatchers may still get a good look at meteors spawned by 2003 EH1, an asteroid that’s possibly a “rock comet,” which is a space object that acts like a cross between an asteroid and a comet.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Amazonlast_img read more

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Lyft and Juno sue NYC over driver pay rules

first_img Mobile Tags Post a comment Share your voice Lyft Uber Lyft drivers in New York City say they want to be paid a fair wage. Lyft New York City passed a law in August to ensure all ride-hail drivers are paid at least minimum wage. It was set to go into effect on Friday, but ride-hailing companies Lyft and Juno are trying to get it delayed.The two companies filed separate lawsuits in New York County Supreme Court on Wednesday arguing the minimum-wage pay rate calculated by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, TLC, gives Uber an unfair advantage.”Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council, but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in an email. “It’s no secret that Uber has tried to put us out of business in the past. They’ve failed repeatedly, and the TLC should not assist them in their efforts.”This position isn’t popular among drivers, however. The Independent Drivers Guild, which represents more than 70,000 ride-hail drivers in New York City, said it believes these lawsuits are just a ruse to not pay drivers more.”The idea that this lawsuit is about anything other than avoiding paying drivers a fair wage is laughable,” Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, said in a statement. “Lyft has had every opportunity to pay a livable wage and they refused to do so — and now that we won a legal mandate, they are still refusing to pay a fair wage.”New York was the first city in the country to pass a law with minimum-wage requirements for ride-hail drivers. While taxi companies have long had to follow rules that dictate driver pay, the app-based ride-hailing world is still evolving. The TLC said its new wage rules will give the typical Uber, Lyft or Juno driver a pay raise of nearly $10,000 per year. The TLC’s calculations for minimum-wage pay equals $17.22 per hour, which includes $15-per-hour minimum wage and extra for drivers’ gas and car costs. The number is based on drivers’ miles traveled plus time driving, which is then divided by “utilization rate.” The utilization rate is the amount of time drivers have a passenger in the car.Lyft said Uber could have a higher utilization rate than its competitors because it’s the bigger and better known company. This means the TLC’s calculations give it an advantage, Lyft said, because it can pay lower rates, charge passengers less and then take up even more of the city’s market share.Uber declined to comment on these allegations.Uber and Lyft are gunning for initial public offerings this year. Both companies aim to show investors they have profitable businesses that can grow. Uber appears to be showcasing itself as a global company with diverse features such as food delivery and flying cars. Lyft, which is smaller with services only in the US and Canada, seems to be focusing on being a stable company with ride-hailing as its core business.Juno didn’t immediately provide a comment.Update: A New York State Supreme Court Judge responded to the Juno and Lyft lawsuits late Wednesday, ruling that the companies could opt to put into escrow the money set to go to drivers starting Friday, until a follow-up hearing scheduled for March 18. Drivers have asked the companies to agree to pay no less than the new minimum way starting Friday as planned.First published Jan. 20, 3:56 p.m. PT. Update, 5:24 p.m.: Includes information on the judge’s ruling.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition.Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. 0last_img read more

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Sweden to reopen a rape case against Julian Assange

first_img Comments Share your voice Security Tags 25 Photos Julian Assange WikiLeaks 1:26 Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a reopened Swedish rape investigation. Daniel Leal-Olivas /AFP/Getty Images Swedish authorities will reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The inquiry was revived at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer, the BBC reported Monday. The investigation began after two women in 2010 accused Assange (who was living in London) of sexually assaulting them while in Stockholm for a WikiLeaks conference. Assange has long denied the allegation.He is currently serving a 50-week sentence in British jail for skipping bail in 2012. He was arrested immediately after he was forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last month. Inside Julian Assange’s office In the wake of his arrest, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a lawyer for one of the alleged victims, tweeted about their efforts to get the Swedish investigation reopened.”No rape victim should have to wait nine years to see justice be served,” she wrote.Since the US has already kicked off the extradition process on the conspiracy charge, British officials “will decide on the order of priority,” according to the Swedish Prosecution Authority. Earlier this month, Assange refused to surrender to a US extradition request during a London hearing.Neither WikiLeaks, Assange’s lawyer nor the US Justice Department immediately responded to a request for comment.First published at 2:53 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:55 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. After Julian Assange’s arrest, the US DoJ piles on He’d lived there for nearly seven years to avoid being extradited to Sweden over the nine-year-old allegations and later to the US for his alleged role in a massive leak of classified materials, which the US Justice Department called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”Sweden dropped the investigation in 2017 because it couldn’t proceed while Assange remained in the embassy, but prosecutors noted at the time that they hadn’t cleared him. last_img read more

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Tesla is bringing back Free Unlimited Supercharging kind of

first_img Tags Share your voice Tesla More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla’s Model X gets artsycenter_img 1 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Comment 30 Photos Tesla Enlarge ImageTesla is reportedly looking for some extra sales of its pre-hardware-update inventory of Models S and X. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Have you been kicking yourself for waiting too long to buy a Tesla and missing out on the whole Free Unlimited Supercharging thing? Well, according to a report Tuesday by Electrek, you’re getting another chance at it.What’s the catch? Well, Tesla is bringing back its free unlimited Supercharging promotion, but only for new Model S and Model X vehicles in inventory that are pre-hardware-update. What does that mean? Mostly it means no Model S with 370 miles of range or Model X with 325 miles of range. It also means you’re missing out on other smaller hardware changes like 200-kW Supercharging and the new adaptive suspension — oh, and the tidy power increase from the new motors.Also, unlike other incarnations of the promotion, this version of Free Unlimited Supercharging isn’t transferrable, meaning that you can’t use it as a selling feature when you go to send your Model S or X down the road.Tesla has also priced these new older-spec models a good chunk lower than the updated ones, with a preupdate 2019 Model S 100D going for $77,900 before incentives and a post-update model in the same trim starting at $85,000. Neither includes the company’s so-called Full Self-Driving hardware.So, is it worth it to buy the older model for free Supercharging?Well, that all depends on how you use your car. If you — like most people — charge your car at home overnight with a Level 2 system, then no, it’s not. If you are regularly using Supercharger stations to keep topped up because you don’t have reliable access to overnight Level 2 charging, then it just might be.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.last_img read more

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Mad Magazine as you now know it will soon cease to exist

first_img If the rumors are true and MAD Magazine is shutting down, it’s a shame and also an important reminder-Support satireSupport artSupport artistsotherwise they fade away.#MADMagazine pic.twitter.com/TEW9gzvh9N— Jim Zub (@JimZub) July 4, 2019 I’m upset Mad Magazine is ending because Mad TV already ended. Now Mad is no longer a part of my life. I pride myself on being a bit of a smartass like Alfred E. Neuman. I guess this is just another reason to hate DC Comics. #MADmagazine— Dr. Stranger (@DrLorenzoLL) July 4, 2019 DC Comics If I had followed my own advice about not being on twitter before going to sleep___I would be none the wiser___for one more sleep. RIP @MADmagazine #madmagazine pic.twitter.com/eYGm20X3ds— Linda Kahle (@lindakahle2) July 4, 2019 “Seeing Mad close down hurts, especially during a morbidly depressing year for cartoonists and the comics industry in general. And my heart goes out to the Usual Gang freelancers,” Dorkin added. “As institutions go, Mad had an amazing run. It helped breed smart-ass cynical stupid-smart humor, pop-culture drenched, dealing, using, shrugging. When it accepted advertising part of it died. When it left NYC, it’s identity warped. These things happen, like death & cancellations,” Dorkin concluded. DC Comics confirmed to CNET that Mad Magazine will stop being available for sale on newsstands after issue #9 in August. Starting with issue #10, Mad Magazine will only be available via subscription and direct markets. In addition, issues after #10 will only feature reprints of classic Mad articles and comics, but with brand-new covers. Mad Magazine will still publish its annual year-end issue, as well as the occasional books and special editions.Fans have already started paying tribute to Mad Magazine on social media. “This hits right in the childhood,” one wrote. Wrote another, “Jeez. Whenever you think it can’t get worse, it does.” RIP #MADMagazine, which is ending after 67 years. Thanks for all the laughs. pic.twitter.com/GtmOtGhb46— Cartoon Brew (@cartoonbrew) July 4, 2019 Tags Today won’t end. Goodbye, MAD Magazine. As a youngster I was a huge fan of the 70’s era, as a young adult I rediscovered the 50’s comics, as an old nerd I somehow became a contributor (often working w/@colorkitten) for the last decade +. Getting the e-mail today was crushing.— Evan Dorkin (@evandorkin) July 4, 2019 #RIP #MADmagazine https://t.co/NQTw3zF4mt— Michael Hughes (@mobilesworking) July 4, 2019 I don’t feel bad for myself, we were discussing new work but nothing set or soon. We had a good run. Seeing MAD close down hurts, especially during a morbidly depressing year for cartoonists and the comics industry in general. And my heart goes out to the Usual Gang freelancers.— Evan Dorkin (@evandorkin) July 4, 2019 Share your voice An entire generation of comedians whose comedy was my first brush with subversive humor, political satire, gallows humor and the very American tradition of treating nothing as kosher when it comes to humor — can trace back their love and inspiration for comedy to #MADMagazine.— Love of Cinema (@loveofcinemasf8) July 4, 2019center_img Kinda sad to learn that#MADMagazine will cease circulation after almost 70 years. It was a part of my childhood. This, Cracked and Dynamite Magazine. pic.twitter.com/5BocdBL9U3— Michelle Medford (@MichTMedford) July 4, 2019 Jeez. Whenever you think it can’t get worse. It does. #MADmagazine— companion to owls (@companiontoowls) July 4, 2019 Comments Originally published June 3, 9:02 p.m. PT. Update, 10:16 p.m. PT: Adds comment from DC Comics.  That hits right in the childhood #MadMagazine https://t.co/USzM6HmJqp— Mona 👸🏽 (@Shopaholic_918) July 4, 2019 4 “Today won’t end. Goodbye, Mad Magazine,” contributor Dorkin tweeted. “As a youngster I was a huge fan of the 70’s era, as a young adult I rediscovered the 50’s comics, as an old nerd I somehow became a contributor for the last decade +. Getting the e-mail today was crushing.” Over the years, Mad Magazine parodied popular series like Game of Thrones. DC Entertainment Mad Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman is famous for saying, “What? Me worry?” But the iconic character now has real cause for concern as it’s the end of a comedy magazine with a legacy spanning almost 70 years. As reported by CNET’s sister site Comicbook.com on Wednesday, the popular satirical magazine now published by DC Comics will cease to exist in its current format by the end of the year. Mad Magazine, which launched in 1952 at EC Comics, is best known for its celebrity and political satire, adult humor and whimsical comics. Contributors David DeGrand and Evan Dorkin took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment.”I need to clarify the MAD rumors: MAD isn’t shutting down but is only leaving the newsstand and will be sold to the direct market,” DeGrand tweeted on Wednesday evening. “The best thing to do is buy MAD and support it as much as possible, it’s not going away!” Comics If #MADMagazine ceasing publication isn’t one of the first signs of the apocalypse, it darn well SHOULD be. 😳https://t.co/1jcPTM7Tuh— Sean McDevitt (@smcdevitt2011) July 4, 2019last_img read more

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AK With sustainable logging in mind Galena looks to forests for fuel

first_imgLarge-scale logging on the Yukon River started about a hundred years ago, when steamships burned a cord of wood per hour to power their engines. Village residents clear-cut wide swathes of forest along the river, but the logging tapered off when ships switched to diesel. These days, villages like Galena are once again looking to the forest for an energy supply.But this time around, a new generation of loggers is thinking more about sustainability in how – and why – they harvest trees from around their communities.Listen now:Bubba Aloysius of Galena works from the cab of the dangle head processor. Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.The first sizeable timber harvest in decades is now underway just west of Galena, in low-lying cottonwood-dominated forest. It’s a patchwork of spindly, tangled undergrowth and scattered pockets of mature cottonwood trees.Bubba Aloysius is at the controls of a danglehead processor, plucking one tree at a time from one of these pockets. It is only his second day on the job, but he already talks like an old pro.“It’s your basic excavator controls as far as the boom attachment and all that, then you have you button controls which control the implement itself, grapple arms, the wheel, the measurement, the saw, the way it turns.”Bubba Aloysius operates the danglehead processor in the timber harvest area west of Galena. Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.It’s a far cry from the two-person whipsaws that were the tool of choice in the last logging boom a hundred years ago. The business end of this rig is a sort of Swiss Army knife of logging tools: a chain saw, grappling arms, and ferocious looking wheels with sharp teeth that can strip bark and snap off branches.Aloysius maneuvers the controls to grab a tree, and then cuts it down in just a few seconds.Aloysius has operated all kinds of heavy equipment on construction projects and oil field work, but feels like this job is different.“It’s something that has got to be done around here. It’s good for the future of Galena, and I wanted to be the man to do it.”The harvested wood is part of a plan to bring long-term economic stability to Galena, by switching the former Air Force Base from diesel heat to wood. The base is home to the Galena Interior Learning Academy – a boarding school and the major employer in town.Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.A new group called Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska is in charge of supplying the wood. But without any experience with industrial logging, the group had to bring in some experts like Shawn Champagne, who is involved with the biomass energy project in Tok.Champagne says a big part of his job is to teach experienced equipment operators to become responsible foresters.“Your job changes every day, and you feel like you’re doing a good job. You feel like you are helping Mother Nature. In the old times, fires redid everything. And now that we are stopping the fires, the forests are dying from being too old. So a good forester will tell you that logging is beneficial to the woods – if you do it right.”Tim Kalke is trying to make sure the timber harvest is done right. He manages the logging operation, and wants to make sure that his crew is picking the trees that will fit nicely in the wood chipper later on, but also choosing to leave some trees behind as habitat for birds and other animals.Kalke is also a high school teacher. He recently brought his natural resource management students out to the harvest site for a lesson on how logging can be sustainable.“I told them the other day that they were the last students to stand in that patch of trees. And they all looked at me with kind of a horrified look, because it was beautiful and it was nice. And then I said, ‘for about 45 years.’ And they made that connection, ‘…Wait a minute, you know, we are using this local resource, as a fuel, and it’s renewable, it’s gonna come back, if we do it right.’”Students in the school’s vocational program may also get some hands-on experience with turning local timber into finished products. Cottonwood is relatively soft and doesn’t splinter, making it a good choice for things like picnic tables and railings.Back at the rig, Aloysius spins the wheels of the processor and 30 feet of tree shoots out the other side.Then the chain saw quickly slices through the tree, and another stick of cottonwood joins the growing pile.Aloysius and his crewmates are trying to finish the timber harvest before Christmas… not that cold weather would bother him in the cab of the danglehead processor, which features a very nice heater, a comfortable seat, cup holders and a radio – even more stuff that loggers didn’t have a hundred years ago.last_img read more

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NORAD celebrates 60 years of tracking Santa

first_imgThree-hundred and sixty-four days a year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command — or NORAD — is the U.S.-Canadian military unit that monitors North American airspace for enemy threats. But one day a year, NORAD turns its watch onto one very popular air traveler. Download AudioPart of the NORAD mission is to keep the skies safe — safe for pilots… safe for passengers… and safe for sleighs pulled by flying reindeer. Watching Santa Claus each Christmas Eve is an annual mission NORAD takes very seriously. They’ve been at it for sixty years. “We will monitor and track Santa to make sure that he is safe and secure,” NORAD’s Lt. Joe Nawrocki says from Colorado Springs. The tone of his voice is so sober you feel like you’re hearing about safety on Air Force One.Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD’s First Santa Tracker and the ad that got him in the business. Photo: NORAD.So how does NORAD do it…. tracking Santa Claus?“Well obviously we in the military have a multitude of radars and satellites at our disposal.” Duh.Using standard airspace monitoring tools, Santa’s tracked.“Basically he starts at the international dateline and travels west,” Nawrocki says. That means Alaska is Santa’s second-to-last stop, with only Hawaii being farther west.Tracking Santa is a mission NORAD came into by accident.“There was an ad that was placed in a Sears catalog at Christmas-time and it said, ‘Hey, kids! If you want to talk to Santa, call this number.’ Well the number on the ad was misprinted. And it actually rang to the ops center at — it was called CONAD at the time.”First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)A colonel named Harry Shoup answered the line in 1955. When he realized kids were trying to get bearings on Santa, he knew he was pretty well-equipped to answer this question, being in the air defense business and all. So he played along, and it’s been a NORAD tradition ever since.Kids desperate to know where the jolly old fellow is can call NORAD Santa Tracker hotline at 1-877-HI-SANTA. A small army of volunteers in Colorado Springs is on standby to fill kids in on Santa’s progress. Even the First Lady takes calls from her family’s vacation home in Hawaii.NORAD’s not the only one in on the Santa-tracking business… The tech company Google has its own Santa tracker, eleven years young.last_img read more

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Were still not safe Nome reckons with sex assaults

first_imgFront Street in Nome. January, 2018 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Nome)For months, the town of Nome has been in turmoil. In a place that holds tight to discretion, long-simmering frustrations over how the police department handles sexual assault allegations and investigations have been airing publicly, commanding attention and prompting a local reckoning.Now, major reforms are taking place. The city government is even joining a call for federal officials to investigate the conduct of its own police department.Advocates spent years laying the groundwork for changes that are now starting to materialize. And they say they’re not done.On a November afternoon inside her tidy second-story apartment, Clarice “Bun” Hardy sipped a cup of coffee.In 2015, Hardy started working as a dispatcher with the Nome Police Department.“I loved it,” she explained. Sociable and well-connected, Hardy, who is Alaska Native, took a certain professional delight in handling missing person calls. “I’d have that person tracked down in like ten, fifteen minutes. It’s just something I loved to do.”“But I don’t think I could ever go back there,” she added.In March of 2017, Hardy says she was drugged and sexually assaulted. She was at a bar, halfway through a second drink before she blacked out. The next day she woke up in just a T-shirt, no idea how she got home or why she was in pain. Eventually, she found her phone under the couch, the battery dead.Breakers Bar on Nome’s Front Street, where Hardy says she was mid-way through a second drink when she blacked out March of 2017. She thinks she was drugged, and says she has almost no memory of the rest of the night (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Nome).“I got it charged, and that’s when my Snapchat just started blowing up,” Hardy said. In messages and voicemails, people kept asking if she was OK, and whether she had seen the video.Hardy was confused. “I’m like, ‘what video?’”Hardy believes that her assailant’s girlfriend broke into her apartment and took a video of the assault, putting it on social media soon after. She said it circulated for a few hours before being taken down. Hardy was horrified. She reported what happened to a colleague at work, Lieutenant Nick Harvey, who told her he’d investigate.Over the next few months, Hardy would ask Harvey about the status of the case, always getting the “same answer: ‘I’m working it,’” she recalled.But Hardy grew increasingly frustrated by what seemed like a total lack of progress.Eventually, she says, she started asking people she knew had seen the original video clip whether police investigators had followed up with them. Nobody had.“There was no report. He never talked to anyone,” Hardy said.Even though Hardy was a member of Nome’s small police department at the time, her case languished for more than a year.Harvey did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Earlier this year he was demoted from a lieutenant to a sergeant at NPD.Hardy’s story isn’t unique.For years, a group of mostly Alaska Native women in Nome was meeting. It started informally over dinners, sharing stories about sexual assaults they had lived through or heard about from friends and family.“Nobody would get calls back from the police department, nobody would get any follow up,” Lisa Navraq Ellanna said. “Nothing. Not one darn thing.”Ellanna hosted those first meals around her kitchen table, and eventually, the group solicited more stories from women around town, and from cab-drivers and bartenders. To them, it seemed like NPD didn’t treat assault allegations seriously if a woman said she was drinking or in a bar beforehand.“We started to hear this pattern of how the police department was not responding, was not investigating, was not following through, was not seeking justice on behalf of the victims,” Ellanna said.“This is years in the making,” said Darlene Paqpaluk Trigg, Ellanna’s friend and co-organizer, sitting beside her at the edge of a gathering room in a cultural center. Though ongoing national conversations around sexual harassment and assault have affected discussions in Nome, Trigg cautioned against placing too much emphasis on them as catalysts for what’s played out around town.“This is something that existed here prior to any of it being called out on the national scale,” Trigg added.An important chapter in Nome’s reckoning started in May, when Trigg and Ellanna were part of a group of about 20 women that showed up at a city meeting with a document. It outlined more than a dozen changes they wanted the city and police department to make in their handling sexual assaults. One was more training for officers who do interviews in assault cases. Another was better trauma response, and a third was cultural orientation for police new to the Bering Strait region.As the summer wore on, the typically sleepy council meetings were packed and the conversation grew heated.In the women’s estimation, nothing changed. So this fall, advocates started running for local offices.Trigg, a first time candidate, ran for a seat on the local school board, on a platform of improving racial equity. A 28-year-old lawyer, Meghan Sigvanna Topkok, landed a seat on the city council.“I wanted to see more Native voices,” Topkok said. “I was particularly concerned about domestic violence and sexual assault, and how it’s handled in our city. So I wanted to be part of how we’re going to move forward with that.”Topkok knows firsthand what it means to mistrust the police department. She says that’s part of what kept her from reporting her own sexual assault after it happened in 2013, the same year she moved back to town after college.“It was easier to just keep that to myself and not talk about it,” she said. “I still don’t talk about it very often.”Though Nome is about half Alaska Native, for years, the six members of the town’s city council have been almost exclusively white and male. This fall, Topkok is one of the council’s two women.From her vantage point as an attorney and a council member, Topkok said the police department’s problems stem from its budget.“Some of it just comes back to the fact that we’re very understaffed,” Topkok said. “I also think that our police officers are underpaid for the amount of work that they have to do.”This is a point almost everyone agrees on. Nome is a regional hub with the only bars and liquor stores for hundreds of miles in almost every direction. The volume of calls to emergency responders for help is staggering, with a huge share of them related to alcohol. The police force is small, often only able to field a single officer on each patrol shift, leaving little or no time for follow ups, investigations or community policing. One officer recently made nine arrests in a single shift, according to the department’s current head.There is disagreement, however, about the performance of the previous police chief, John Papasodora.Community advocates critical of Papasodora say he repeatedly turned away resources and offers for more training and personnel, like grant money from third-party groups. Papasodora declined a request for an interview, but he wrote in an email, “the performance of the department has been scrutinized and changes were implemented to address the issues.”Ellanna and Hardy, among others, say that racism as a problem within the department’s upper ranks. Those claims have revived memories of the 2003 case of Matthew Owens, a white Nome police officer convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Sonya Ivanoff.The tragedy remains a “stain on the community,” according to Melanie Bahnke, president of the regional non-profit Kawerak.“That memory doesn’t go away,” Bahnke said in her office. “A young Alaska Native woman was murdered at the hands of the Nome Police Department. It’s like pulling off a scab.”In November, Kawerak asked the Justice Department to independently investigate whether there was a pattern of NPD ignoring sexual assault claims by NPD. In a new step, the City of Nome signed onto the same letter, agreeing to let federal officials look into local policing practices.Anchorage FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said the bureau has received the request from Nome, but would not comment on whether an investigation is open.Now, Nome has a few new leaders in key positions. One of main targets of activists’ frustration this summer was the city manager, Tom Moran, who they felt was not doing enough to hold the police department accountable. Moran was pushed out of his job a few days before the end of his contract in October.Moran said that what might have seemed like inaction was in fact a difficult balancing act between transparency and respecting confidentiality in sensitive investigations and personnel matters. But he also acknowledged lapses.“There were a lot of open cases that probably should have been tied up and packaged and sent off to the district attorney, and they hadn’t been,” Moran said during a November interview. “The main question was why this was being allowed to transpire.”He pointed to gaps in training and staffing at NPD as a prime reason, as well as an insufficient budget for expanding public safety services.Leaders in Nome say the city is responding to those and other problems. The new police chief, Bob Estes, says he is committed to rebuilding the department, in part by incorporating more community input and hiring more officers. The new interim city manager, John Handeland, grew up in Nome, has deep ties there and supports the request for a federal investigation.“I’ve heard personal stories from folks of cases and incidents where they feel that their claims were not taken seriously,” Handeland said. “I tend to agree with some of them.”For their part, activists worry that a few early reforms will allow deeper problems to go unresolved. City meetings have cooled off, with much sparser attendance. An early demand to set up a community advisory board to oversee the police department sounded at first like it was a sure thing. Now, according to Ellanna, the city council seems less committed. She worries that with less pressure on elected leaders, momentum will slow.For Trigg, the fundamental problem remains firmly in place: Women in Nome are still not safe.“When you have an investigation that comes back with conclusions and recommendations, that’s when you’re able to say ‘progress.’ Implementation of those recommendations: that’s progress,” Trigg listed off.“Taking the bad characters out of the equation: that’s just doing what’s right,” she added.One important change that has already taken root: the last few months of organizing have brought more personal stories of sexual assault out into public. Trigg and others say that is diminishing some of the long-standing stigma and isolation that used to come with keeping silent.last_img read more

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Naidu accuses Jagan of behaving without dignity

first_imgVijayawada: Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday said that he had never seen a Chief Minister like YS Jagan Mohan Reddy throughout the country so far. Speaking to media persons here, he said that the Chief Minister post has some dignity which should be protected. “I worked with YS Rajasekhar Reddy and M Chenna Reddy. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us They never behaved like Jagan. But the AP Chief Minister was behaving cheaply,” he regretted. The Chief Minister was terrorising the State with his undemocratic attitude. All the political parties were opposing the government in just two months, he said. Chandrababu Naidu also said that there is nexus between Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao which was exposed with the current plans of Godavari-Srisailam Irrigation Project. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The Chief Minister who had criticised KCR in the past over irrigation projects, went back on his stand and dancing to the tunes of KCR. He wondered as to how the AP would construct the project in Telangana spending Rs 1.5 lakh crore. “The Telangana Chief Minister had sent funds to YSRCP in the recent election. Now Jagan wants to mortgage the interests of AP in favour of Telangana through the irrigation project. The future generations would not forgive him. Advertise With Us It is not YS Jagan’s personal issue. The water diversion proposal should be debated widely. Already there was a proposal to construct a lift irrigation project at Bollepalli. As per another plan, water could be shifted from Polavaram right canal through Pulichintala to Nagarjuna Sagar. But the State government was interested to work with K Chandrashekar Rao and construct a project on Telangana soil.last_img read more

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TDP MLA distributes free food at Anna Canteen in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: TDP MLA Gadde Rammohan distributed free food at Anna Canteen in Krishnalanka on Saturday. As part of the protest, he distributed the food items to poor men. The party cadre staged a protest demonstration denouncing the government action in closing the Anna Canteens. On the occasion, he said that former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu provided food to poorer sections at nominal prices through Anna Canteens. He said that the present government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy closed the canteens in a short span of two months. He wondered as to how Jagan Mohan Reddy claims the government was elected for poorer sections. He lamented that the government closed the Anna Canteens once after making a contrary statement in the Assembly. TDP leader Ganne Vekata Narayana and M Prasad were also present.last_img read more

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Winners of Statelevel Junior Athletics Championship felicitated

first_imgKhammam: District Youth Services and Sport Officer M Parandhama Reddy appreciated the athletes who bagged six bronze medals and championship in State-level Junior Athletics Championship at Hyderabad. On Monday, a programme was conducted by the department where he felicitated the winners. Speaking on the occasion, he gave the details of the championship and added that the district athletes secured gold, silver and bronze medals at various levels in the competitions. He also appreciated coach MD Gouse and Secretary of District Athletic Association MD Shafik Ahmed during the programme.last_img read more

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AAI forum to protest airports privatisation

first_imgMumbai: The joint forum of AAI unions and association has urged the AAI chairman to convene a meeting to discuss the concerns in detail over the handing over of six airports to Gujarat-based conglomerate Adani Group. In a letter to chairman last week, the Forum has also threatened to resort to agitation from next month by holding lunch hour demonstrations and wearing black badges to protest the move. Last year, the government had decided to privatise airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati for operation, management and development through public-private partnership (PPP) model.last_img read more

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Underpaid women 7th standard student answers Math question with a social angle

first_imgFacebookPhotos of a Mathematics exam paper answer sheet apparently completed by a seventh standard student is now the hottest debating point among Indian users in social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.The question was very simple: “A woman earns Rs 18,000 in 15 months. How much money she will earn in a month? How much she can earn in seven months? How long will it take for her to earn Rs 30,000?”The student answered each of these questions correctly without any mistakes. And at the end of the answer, he wrote a very thought-provoking sentence, “This woman worker is underpaid.”As this kind of an answer was never expected from a child studying in the seventh standard, photos of the answer sheet are now going viral on the internet. But the words from this student pose a million questions to the Indian society, which is primarily male-oriented.Why women are being treated as second-class citizens, especially in the labor sector? PixabayCiting the example of Kerala, we can clearly say that there is a heavy disparity in pay between men and women workers. A man who is doing construction work earns somewhere around Rs.700-1000 a day in Kerala, but a woman gets only between Rs.300-450.In the textile industry too, women employees are facing severe atrocities from the side of the management. A year ago, it was reported that some of the leading textile showrooms in Kerala were not paying as per norms to saleswomen, and they are not supposed to sit inside the shop even when customers were not there.These are broad daylight facts we notice at a time when the whole nation is talking and fighting for gender justice. If the condition of women in a highly educated state like Kerala is so pathetic, then what will be the case of women workers in other states?It’s time for authorities to answer the way the Seventh Standard student mentioned in his/her answer sheet.last_img read more

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This is how Pawan Kalyans exwife Renu Desai responded to trollers cuss

first_imgRenu DesaiInstagram/renuudesaiActress-turned-TV host Renu Desai, the ex-wife of power star Pawan Kalyan, has heavily come down heavily on a netizen after he used the F-word in his comment on her show Annadatha Sukhibhava.Recently, Renu Desai announced that she is set to return to small screen with Annadatha Sukhibhava, which will about the problems and welfare of the farmer community. Talking about it, she wrote on her Instagram page, “In our life, majority of the time we do work for money or mostly as a responsibility. With this TV show I am getting to do work which makes my soul happy.”Renu Desai added, “Getting to talk to farmers, getting to interact with them, know their problems first hand and then try my best to come up with a solution, is truly something I feel that I am honoured to do. Our farmers deserve our respect and all possible help from the government and us citizens too.”Responding to her, a netizen blasted Redu Desai, saying that she is fit for acting only. He wrote, “Lol. I am a son of Farmer and I personally did farming for about 2 Decades. What F**k are you guys doing for Farmers? Nothing!! Just doing make-up and doing drama in front of the camera for little money.”Renu Desai was left red-faced over the use of the F-word. In Telugu, she wrote that everyone trolls celebrity, using this word, nobody cares about this abuse. She asked, “Whether a Celebrity has to bear the harassment silently? Only a Common person has feelings and sentiments. A Celebrity not?The Neethoney Dance hoped that the trollers will realize their mistake one day. Renu Desai added, “It doesn’t matter whether I am doing the show for money or not. My intention is to create awareness about farmer’s issues. Hope, Netizens who are trolling celebrations will realize their mistakes someday.”Renu Desai is now busy shooting for Annadatha Sukhibhava in villages of Andhra Pradesh. She says that she has learnt a lot about farmer issues after interacting with them. She donated money to few farmers. She requested trolls to invest their energy for the welfare of the society.last_img read more

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Union Budget A ProPoor and Rural DevelopmentCentric Plan

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget on Thursday neither seems to be in favour of the poor nor it looked like a move towards rural development, with ₹92,398 crore less allocation than the 2013-14 budget.Jaitley announced his first Union Budget on Thursday, which was lacking proposals for the below poverty line population of India, which according to the United Nations recent report is 394.8 million. Even Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan’s report suggested an increase of 93.2 million poor to 363 million.The Modi-government’s agenda to place India among the developed nations by 2022 seem to linger around in the absence of plenty of allocations against increased statistics of the poor in India.The budget proposed on Thursday allocates ₹8,000 crore under the rural housing scheme or Indira Awaas Yojana for the below poverty line (BPL) people against ₹15,184 crore allocated when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister under the UPA government regime in 2013.From the UN report, it is evident that the previous allocation was either insufficient or lacked proper implementation, which is enough to create uncertainity about NDA government’s aim to eliminate poverty with almost half the allocated amount from the last budget. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna meant to provide free insurance to BPL people, both in private and government hospitals, have no mention either in this budget or in the last years’ budget. However, Chidambaram proposed to extend this facility to rickshaw, auto rickshaw, taxi drivers, sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.However, previous year’s budget allocated a sum of ₹21,239 crore for the National Rural Health Mission combined with urban mission, while Jaitley’s budget proposes to set up 15 Model Rural Health Research Centres.Jaitley has already proposed to introduce Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, which will help develop infrastructure in the rural areas including economic activities and skill development.Allocation Differences in Rural ProgrammesJaitley’s budget allocation for the poor and the rural together is almost one-fourth of what Chidambaram’s ministry allocated in 2013.Jaitley proposed ₹3600 crore for drinking water, whereas Chidambaram had allocated ₹16,660 crore for both drinking water and sanitation—which looms nowhere in the former’s budget. Except for 15 Health Research Centers, there is no mention of allocation in the rural health sector, for which Chidambaram had proposed ₹21,239 crore.The budget allocation proposal for MGNREGA last year was ₹33,000 crore while this year Jaitley just proposed to implement the scheme more productively. The Housing scheme got ₹15,184 crore in 2013 which has been reduced by almost half to ₹8,000 crore.For the development of farmers, Jaitley announced ₹1,000 crore for various irrigation plan under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana, while Chidambaram had proposed ₹12,204 crore for the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana too has witnessed a fall in the allocation to ₹14,389 crore from ₹21,700 during Chidambaram’s time.Whereas, allocation for Rural Development Ministry in 2013-14 budget was increased by ₹80,194 crore, the same has been reduced by almost similar amount in 2014-15 budget, when the NDA government has set a target to attain development within eight years.Extremely short budgetary allocation for upliftment of 394.8 million poor seems to be too difficult to achieve within such a short period, even if it’s a startup budget.last_img read more

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Kate Middleton going crazy in the Royal Palace the surprising thing keeping

first_imgPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall.Getty imagesBeing a Royal may not be as easy as it seems. Even if Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton make it look effortless, a lot of effort seems to go into Royal duties.And apparently, Kate Middleton would risk going insane in the “goldfish bowl of the Royal Family” if she did not have one particular thing keeping her of sound mind, a throwback documentary claims. Being the Duchess of Cambridge come with its own scrutiny and after a while, it can take its toll on a person’s mental health.According to 2018 documentary “Meghan and Harry: The First 100 days”, things must get overwhelming for Kate at times, but there is one particular thing that is keeping her of sound mind. Royal author Duncan Larcombe claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge’s “motherhood role” is what is helping her remain “sane in the goldfish bowl of the Royal Family.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesChildren are usually the reason mothers go crazy after a while, but it seems that Kate Middleton’s supposed tenuous grasp on sanity is thanks to her children. Maybe Meghan Markle too will come to rely on her baby. Meghan Markle is due to give birth in April. Preparations are being made for the arrival of the baby Royal. Maybe Kate Middleton as a new aunt can give pointers to Meghan Markle, because at the end of the day, feud or not, they are family. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle may very well call a truce and tend to the children along with their other Royal duties. We have to say that if Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle do decide to play nice, it will indeed make the Royal Palace a much more sane environment.last_img read more