U.P. BJP MLA to Mamata Banerjee: ‘Mend your ways or meet Chidambaram’s fate’

first_imgAn Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA has warned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to mend her ways or get ready to meet the same fate as former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram who is currently lodged in jail.The MLA from Bairia Assembly constituency Surendra Singh said the Trinamool Congress supremo should “become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh” as she was opposed to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). “The statements made by Mamata Banerjee against the NRC show that she is backed by foreign forces,” Mr. Singh told reporters in Ballia on September 14 on the sidelines of a krishi mela. “It seems that Mamata is forgetting that bad days are approaching her. She should change her language and behaviour otherwise she will meet the same fate as Congress leader P. Chidambaram,” he said. On September 13, Ms. Banerjee took out a rally in Kolkata against the NRC in Assam after the final list was released on August 31 which left out 19 lakh people.After the rally, the Trinamool chief had said that she would never allow the Centre to conduct a similar exercise in West Bengal.Mr. Singh, however, said: “If Mamata wants to do politics by protecting the infiltrators from Bangladesh then she should become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.” “In Bengal, lord Ram and lord Hanuman respectively in form of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath have appeared, and in the next Assembly elections, there will be a change of power in the State,” he added.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Supermodel Recipient of the 1st ICON Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2014 – Turks and Caicos Supermodel Chrishelle Stubbs was the first recipient of the Icon Award, presented Saturday night at the Miss Teen TCI pageant. Stubbs has worked with supermodels and has been featured in leading magazines like TeenVOGUE, Bloomingdale’s and has been the face of high end brands like Benetton and Ralph Lauren; she was a guest judge at the inaugural pageant. We spoke to Oehleo Higgs of Miss Teen TCI QUOTE. Winning the crown and title was Malique Ferrette, a former reporter with WIV4 News and employee at Blue Haven Resort, she was gracious with her win. QUOTE. And family swarmed the stage after the first walk of the new queen… her mother, Esther Swann was thrilled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chrishelle stubbs, icon awardlast_img

Govt announces Official funeral for the late BJ Nottage

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – July 10, 2017 – The Cabinet Office announces that an Official funeral will be held for the late Bernard J. Nottage, former Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament for Bain and Grants Town on Friday 14 July at 11:00 in the morning at St. Agnes Church.Dr. Nottage passed away on Wednesday 28 June in a Florida hospital where he was airlifted after spending 3 days in the Intensive Care Unit of Doctor’s Hospital.  Throughout this period, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was in close and frequent contact with Mrs. Portia Nottage, wife of Bernard Nottage.Dr. Nottage was a professional gynecological colleague and fellow Parliamentarian of current Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, whose government paid all expenses related to Former Minister Nottage’s care in Florida and the repatriation of his remains to The Bahamas.The Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office extended condolences to the widow of Former Cabinet Minister, Dr. Bernard Nottage, on Wednesday afternoon, 28 June 2017, shortly after his passing.In accordance with the policy for government funerals effective July 2009, a State Funeral is the highest level of Government funeral and is given to Governors Generals and Prime Ministers serving or retired.  Cabinet Ministers who die while serving in Office are also accorded State Funerals.  The church service and burial are carried live on national radio and television; the body of the deceased is laid in State in the House of Assembly; the church service is attended by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other Parliamentarians, the Judiciary, the Senior Corp of the Public Service, Uniformed Services and Heads of Mission of the Diplomatic Corp.  The Police and Defence Forces provide an honour Guard and pall bearers.The second tier of government funerals is the Official Funeral which is given to former Cabinet Ministers and serving members of Parliament. The government covers funeral costs up to a maximum of $10,000.00 and the Police and Defence Force provide an honour Guard. Lying-In-State takes place in the House of Assembly. The church service is carried live on radio and may be recorded for future airing. The church service is attended by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other Parliamentarians and senior public officers.  In recognition of Dr. Nottage’s many years of Public Service in the area of politics and sports, the government decided to increase the funeral costs it would bear to a maximum of $50,000.00.The lowest tier of government funerals is the State Recognized Service given to former Members of Parliament, serving Permanent Secretaries and other high ranking Public officers or civilians who have made invaluable contributions to the State. The government provides live broadcast of the funeral church service via national radio.  Representation of the Cabinet and Parliamentarians and senior public officers are in attendance.Protocol services and funeral service programmes are provided for each of these three categories of funerals.The Cabinet Secretary issued a formal communication to Mrs. Portia Nottage informing of the government’s decision to have an Official funeral and outlining all of the matters for which the government would be responsible.The National Events Unit of the Cabinet Office is working with Dr. Nottage’s widow and other family members on the details of Dr. Nottage’s Official funeral.  In the morning of Thursday, 6 July 2017, that Unit met with Dr. Nottage’s widow, brothers, sister, sister-in-law and the Nottage’s rector to discuss pertinent logistical and protocol matters to be attended to prior, during and after the funeral service.  Mrs. Nottage chose St. Agnes Anglican Church where they worshiped as the location for the funeral.  St. Agnes is also located in the constituency Dr. Nottage represented for many years. A meeting of all of the government agencies involved in the staging of an official funeral was held later that day at the Cabinet Office. These include representatives from: the Protocol Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Bahamas Police Force; the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas; the Ministry of Works; the Bahamas Information Services; the House of Assembly and the National Events Unit of Cabinet Office.  Also in attendance were Fr. I.  Ranfurly Brown, rector of St. Agnes Church and a representative of Bethel Brother’s Morticians.The Cabinet Office will continue to provide support and advice to the Nottage family during their period of bereavement.#officialfuneralforNottage#BernardJNottage#BahamasNews#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Bahamian girl falls to her death on cruise ship Related Items:#BahamasNews, #BernardJNottage, #magneticmedianews, #officialfuneralforNottage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Mass Funeral for Haitians drowned in Abaco waters Nassau: Two guns, two suspects in Police custodylast_img read more

Fuel prices expected to spike after Harvey shuts down refineries

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas and Caribbean were not directly hit by rainy #HurricaneHarvey but fuel shortages due to Texas oil refineries being down will impact local supplies say money experts.    Financial reports are revealing that the cost of #fuel at some gas stations in the United States have already spiked due to the limited supply caused when refineries were forced to close due to flooding caused by the storm which is now dissipated.Oil refineries reopened today but it is unclear at this point whether that is enough to stave off a negative effect, including higher prices at the pumps for the region.Reuters reports that: “At least two East Coast refiners, including #PhiladelphiaEnergySolutions and #IrvingOil, have already run out of gasoline for immediate delivery as they have rushed to send supplies to the U.S. Southeast, Caribbean, Mexico and South America to offset the lack of exports since Harvey.”It was said in that news report that 24% of US capacity was impacted by the storm and that wholesale gasoline and jet fuel prices have soared.    It was said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued fuel waivers in 38 states and Washington, D.C. to ease concerns of supply shortages, still some are reporting a spike of 30 cents per gallon in states like Mississippi.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: Wall Street Journal Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneHarvey, #IrvingOil, #magneticmedianews, #PhiladelphiaEnergySolutions, fuel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NO LEGISLATION TO GOVERN FUEL PRICESlast_img read more

Survey suggests retirement benefits valued over health plans

first_imgPeople are more willing to gamble with their health than their retirement, a new study found.Some 62 percent of workers said they were willing to pay more if it meant they would have guaranteed retirement benefits, according to a recent survey by professional services consulting firm Towers Watson. But only 34 percent said they would pay up for more predictable medical costs.Why is this the case? It could be because people are already fed up with having to pay more for health insurance, said David Speier, a retirement consultant in Towers Watson’s Arlington office. Workers are often asked to shoulder a greater share of their health costs through high deductible plans, higher premiums and bigger copayments.A separate study released earlier this year by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health found that employees’ share of premium costs increased to $2,975 in 2014, up nearly 32 percent from $2,262 in 2009. And health-care costs are rising at a faster clip than inflation and outpacing wage growth, Speier said.Consumers also reported being less content with their health-care plans overall. The survey found that 59 percent of workers said they were happy with their health coverage in 2013, down from the roughly seven in 10 workers who said they were satisfied with their plans in 2007. Towers Watson surveyed more than 5,000 full-time workers in the United States between July and September 2013.Among the least satisfied were those who were most likely to need their benefits — those who were older or in poor health. While 62 percent of employees said their health plans met their needs, only 45 percent of workers in poor health said their plans were sufficient.last_img read more

Indias top court bans triple talaq

first_imgIndia’s top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, saying it was unconstitutional.A panel of Supreme Court judges said that the practice, known as “triple talaq”, “is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality”.last_img

Oikya Front urges EC not to announce polls schedule

first_imgThe Jatiaya Oikya Front leaders hold a meeting with the election commission at its Agargaon office on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe Jatiya Oikya Front has requested the election commission to refrain from announcing the election schedule until dialogues between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition parties end.A delegation of the Oikya Front went to the secretariat of the election commission at Agargaon in the city on Monday and made the request.The delegation includes Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.The Oikya Front leaders held a meeting with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, four other commissioners and the EC secretary.UNB adds: Talking to reporters after the meeting, Abdur Rab said they had discussions with the EC in a cordial manner based on their seven-point demand they placed before the prime minister during their talks with her on 1 November.He said the commission agreed to some issues they raised at the meeting while it could not give its final decision on some others, including deployment of army and the use of EVMs in the election.”We requested them not to announce the election schedule before the outcome of our dialogue (with the prime minister) on 7 November… it seems they may consider our request,” Rab said.He said the EC has assured them that it will ensure the security of polling agents during the election so that they can perform their duties boldly and safely inside every voting centre.The JSD president said the Commission also told them that it will ensure so that the agents get the authorised result sheets at every centre after the vote counting. “They also assured us that no signature will be taken from the polling agents before the counting of votes.”He said they called upon the EC not to use EVMs in the election as most political parties and voters do not want it. “But, they (EC) couldn’t give us any final decision on it.”Rab said they demanded deployment of army with the magistracy power so that they can arrest troublemakers and terrorists to ensure a fair election. “The CEC said he didn’t say the army won’t be deployed.”He said the CEC talked about the deployment of army as a striking force and they opposed it. “They (EC) heard it, but didn’t give any final decision on it.”Later, briefing reporters, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the issue of army deployment will be discussed after the announcement of the election schedule.He said the Commission has preparations for announcing the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on Thursday. “The decision will be finalised at the EC meeting at 10am on that day.”Earlier on Saturday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to the CEC requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.However, the election commission on Sunday said it would announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on 8 November.The decision came at a meeting of the Commission with the CEC in the chair.last_img read more

As Baby Boomers Age The Me Generation Reshapes Senior Living In Houston

first_img Listen 10 Most Frequent Assisted Living Complaints: 2017 10. Staff unresponsive, unavailable 7. Environment, air temperature, water temperature, noise Share The oldest Baby Boomers are now 72 years old. And just as Boomers changed things in decades past, they’re doing it again as they grow old. In Houston, they’re redefining what we used to call “senior living.” And some seniors are already trading in daytime TV and bingo for “chair yoga” classes and iPads.Marilyn Oliver, 89, took 83 exercise classes last month. She was crowned “Fitness Resident of the Month” at Avanti Senior Living, in Cypress, and she said she often takes several exercise classes… a day.“What I hate about that exercise, the worst part is, we stand in front of the mirror, and I see all my bags, and I see my thin hair, and I think ‘Oh, gosh,’” Oliver joked. And she shares that sense of humor during the residential happy hour, which is held, every day at 4:00 p.m.– / 6Avanti is a senior assisted living community, resembling more of a boutique hotel than a place to watch soap operas and play Bridge.Lori Alford, Avanti Senior Living’s co-founder and chief operating officer, said their tagline is “We Are Making Senior Housing Sexy.” She said she’s seen a cultural shift reshaping senior assisted living, and there’s a need to invest in marketing toward the aging Baby Boomers.“The ‘Silver Hair Tsunami’, that’s really what we reference them as,” said Alford. “Because they’re coming. And a huge number. They have different standards, they have different wants. And we have to modify to what that looks like.” That includes doing things like providing residents with iPads and offering services like massages and an in-house salon.Allison LeeThe residential iPads are geared toward seniors, and have larger buttons. Avanti Senior LivingAvanti Senior Living also has an in-house salon for its residents.According to the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, the number of adults 65 and older is projected to grow to 16% of the Harris County population in less than 30 years. And Alford said if senior assisted living centers want to keep up with consumer demand, they should start viewing themselves as a service industry, rather than only a form of health care.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/15122310/lori-audiogram.mp400:0000:0001:01Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The folks that we’re serving today: they’re a little bit more cultured, they’re a little bit more ‘foodie’ kind of folks. And they expect service, in a hospitality way. And so, I think it’s causing our industry to kind of evolve. And 20 years from now, the customer will be even that much more demanding.” For example, Alford says cafeteria-style food doesn’t cut it anymore, and that’s why their food service is modeled more like a restaurant. Consider what the Texas State Long-term Care Ombudsman and the Assisted Living Ombudsman hear from residents of care-facilities statewide: the most complaints last year were about the quality, quantity, and variety of… food. 8. Odors To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 2. Building cleanliness, pests, housekeeping 3. Information regarding rights, benefits, services, the resident’s right to complaincenter_img Dr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health in Houston, said facilities that have been in existence for a while are having to upgrade the things they are offering.“In the past probably five, maybe even ten years, we’ve seen a real growth in the number of communities that are designated as senior living,” Fay said. And along with that growth comes new ways to help residents in their daily lives.“Memory care is a growing need,” Fay said. “As we live longer, there are more folks that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or other dementias. And so they need the care and support. Many live at home with a loved one, but at some point that may become not possible, for them to stay at home.”Allison LeeDr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health, explains how senior assisted living centers in Houston are using new technology to help residents.Fay said up-and-coming technology is also proving useful in these communities; like subtle monitoring devices to provide a level of safety, without being intrusive or confining. Especially since this aging “Me Generation” wants the same lifestyle they’ve pretty much always had.“There’s a real move toward ‘smart’ homes. And it’s one of those things where it’s not real obtrusive monitoring, and it doesn’t tend to interfere with your independence,” said Fay. “It’s that safety level of notifying somebody your patterns are different. Like, my normal pattern is when I get up is: I turn on the coffee, I go to the bathroom. And, if those things don’t happen, or they’re outside the parameter of what’s usual for me, then somebody at the facility can be notified, so they can go check.”According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, Baby Boomers control 70% of all disposable income in the United States; making them a dominant force in the marketplace. Almost 60% of that cohort said one of their top financial concerns was how to fund their retirements. And those who have already retired say you’ll need to save to afford the kind of lifestyle found in some active communities.And Marilyn Oliver, the resident at Avanti Senior Living in Cypress, said it’s not cheap. After all, it costs a minimum of $3,900 dollars to live there.“It takes everything we have for me to live here,” said Oliver. “A lot of my friends can’t afford to live in a place like this. One of my friends in church, she’s living with her son now. And she wanted to live over here, and he lives down near Galveston. But she couldn’t afford to live in any place over here. And there are some places that aren’t so expensive, but they are a year wait to move in…. I think it’s much harder because they don’t have a choice, they’re stuck at home.”Her advice? “Save your money kids,” she said, with a laugh. “It’s going to be expensive when you get to be this age.” 1. Food service: quantity, quality, variation, choice 6. Failure to respond to requests for help, including call light 4. Medications: administration or organization 5. Dignity, respect, poor staff attitudes 9. Activities: availability, choice, appropriateness Allison LeeResidents at Avanti Senior Living attend a barre exercise class, in Cypress. X 00:00 /04:02last_img read more

DC GOP Voters Favor Rubio Kasich Over Trump

first_imgU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won 10 delegates in the D.C. Republican primary. (Courtesy Photo)While billionaire Donald Trump may be winning primaries in many states, he came up significantly short compared to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the District Republican primary. Rubio edged past Kasich in the March 12 primary at the Loews Madison Hotel in downtown D.C. With a total of 2,839 voters, Rubio had 37.3 percent of the vote to Kasich’s 35.54 percent with Trump falling way behind with 13.77 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bringing up the rear at 12.36 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Dr. Ben Carson each got less than one percent of the vote, even though they were long gone from the race. The results mean that 10 delegates to the Republican National Convention, to take place from July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio, will be pledged to Rubio. Kasich will have nine and the three District members of the Republican National Committee, who are automatic delegates – Jill Homan, Jose Cunningham and Bob Kabel – are likely to support Rubio because he was the top vote getter. Black delegates elected to represent the District in Cleveland are Rich Counts, Laurent Crenshaw, and Jennifer Higgins. Six percent of District voters are Republicans. The city has never supported a Republican candidate for president since 1964, when the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted the District the right to vote in national elections. Political experts and District historians say the city’s Black population and the progressive bent of its Whites are why it’s a Democratic stronghold. Herbert Harris, a resident of Ward 7, waited almost 50 minutes in line to vote for Kasich and was one of the few Blacks casting a ballot. He said the former Ohio U.S. representative has the qualifications and experience to be president. “Gov. Kasich has legislative experience and he understands how Washington works” Harris said. “He has years of experience on Capitol Hill. He is mature and understands what is expected of a president.”While Trump got no delegates from the D.C. Republican Party, he has a supporter in African American Amone Banks, a resident of Ward 5 and a former Democrat. “I like his ideas about bringing jobs back to the U.S.,” Banks said. “I also like what he says because he takes a strong stance on issues, is funding his own campaign, and [is] not beholden to special interests. My wife disagrees with me and we argue, but I’m with Trump.” Georgetown University student Ra’Mond Hines wants Cruz to live in the White House next. “I agree with him on a number of issues such as the Constitution should be interpreted strictly and his ideas on controlling immigration,” Hines, a member of the university’s College Republican Club, said. “Blacks should consider voting for Cruz because he will support small businesses and he will dialogue with the Black Lives Matter movement.”last_img read more