New York: Posting on social media, texting or calling while high on drugs is prevalent among young people, and many say that they regret this behaviour later, researchers said. “Risky social media posts, including those showing people high on drugs, have the potential to cause embarrassment, stress and conflict for users and those in their social networks,” said study lead author Joseph Palamar, Associate Professor at New York University. “It can also have adverse implications for one’s career, since the majority of employers now use social media platforms to screen job candidates and may search for evidence of substance use,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Published in the journal Substance Abuse, the study points to the potential social harm associated with substance use which are likely overlooked and go beyond well-established health risks. For the study, the researchers examined data from 872 adults surveyed while entering electronic dance music (EDM) parties in New York City who reported current or previous drug use. The researchers estimate that more than a third of EDM attendees (34.3 per cent) posted on social media while high, with 21.4 per cent regretting it. In addition, more than half (55.9 per cent) had texted or called someone while high, with 30.5 per cent regretting making a call or sending a text. Nearly half (47.6 per cent) had been in a photo while high, with 32.7 per cent regretting it. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “At least one in five experienced regret after engaging in these behaviours while high, suggesting that some situations may have resulted in socially harmful or embarrassing scenarios,” Palamar said. Females and young adults (aged 18-24) were particularly at an elevated risk for posting on social media while high and were also more likely to text, make calls, and take photos while high. Although young adults are a known high-risk demographic for substance use, females are typically at lower risk than males. However, research shows that females are more likely to use social media. EDM attendees who identified as neither heterosexual, nor gay, nor bisexual were also at a higher risk for social media posting and related behaviours while high. Separately, black participants were at a much lower risk for these activities. Compared to users of other drugs, current marijuana users were at the highest risk for engaging in these risky behaviours while high, followed by current cocaine users.
TORONTO — Members of Pride Toronto have voted against allowing the city’s uniformed police officers from participating in this year’s parade.The vote comes about three months after the organization lifted a ban on uniformed officers taking part in the annual event, saying the force was welcome to apply to be a part of this summer’s festivities.But the decision to keep them out was made by a margin of 163-161 on Tuesday night.The relationship between Pride Toronto and city police has been tense for the past two years.Uniformed officers were first banned from the parade in 2017 over concerns of racial profiling, and again in 2018 over criticism the force had not taken the disappearances of several men missing from the city’s gay village seriously.In a statement Tuesday, Toronto police say they “remain committed to maintaining a dialogue with Pride Toronto as well as the larger LGBTQS community to deliver policing services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of the community regardless of the outcome of one particular vote or event.”Black Lives Matter abruptly halted the Pride Parade march in 2016 to present several demands, among them that uniformed police, their floats and cruisers be excluded. The group cited tensions between the force and black citizens arising from racial profiling as among the reasons for their demands.Pride organizers agreed for the next two years to exclude uniformed officers on-duty from marching in the parade.For this summer’s parade, organizers have also cited ongoing anger about perceived police inaction on a slew of disappearances from Toronto’s gay village as a reason police could not participate.Bruce McArthur currently stands charged of eight counts of first-degree murder in those disappearances.The community had long ago sounded the alarm on a suspected serial killer preying on men in the gay village.The Canadian Press
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon yesterday, at the New York Hilton Midtown.Hoda Kotb, Leonard Lauder, Joan LundenThe much-anticipated event honored BCRF-funded investigators who are devoted to ending breast cancer through groundbreaking research. The Luncheon also served as the formal announcement of $59.5 million in research grants that was awarded to more than 275 scientists, many of whom were in attendance.Hosted by TODAY Show co-host and breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb, this year’s luncheon honored Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and Herbert J. Siegel with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award, presented by Jessica Bibliowicz. The Jill Rose Award was given to Nancy E. Davidson, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, for her trailblazing research on epigenetics and resistance to hormone therapies in breast cancer, presented by Myra Bibliowit, President & CEO of BCRF, and BCRF Researcher, Gabriel Hortobagyi, MD.The day began with a symposium discussion, “Conquering Cancer: Breast Cancer and Beyond,” moderated by Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chair of the BCRF Scientific Advisory Board, and the panelists included Nancy E. Davidson, MD; Jedd Wolchok, MD, PHD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and, Antonio Wolff, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.Symposium Honorary Co-Chairs include Kinga Lampert, Leonard A. Lauder, William P. Lauder and Rita Wilson. Event Co-Chairs include Roberta M. Amon, Anne H. Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Amy Goldman Fowler, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsy S. Green, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Aerin Lauder, Marigay McKee, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub and Simone Winston. Notable guests included Rachel Bay Jones, Francesca Curran, Nina Garcia, Bruce and Leslie Gifford,Kimiko Glenn, Sandra Lee, Nastia Liukin, Joan Lunden, Gary Muto, Emma Myles, Orfeh, Lela Rose and Nina Runsdorf.Underwriters of the event include ANN INC., Jody and John Arhnold, Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Kinga Lampert, Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Lifetime, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and Herbert J. Siegel, Tough Enough to Wear Pink and Winston Flowers.
TORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H) says its third-quarter profit was down six per cent from last year as a result of costs associated with the proposed $6.7-billion acquisition of Avista Corp., a U.S. utility company based in Spokane, Wash.Ontario’s largest electricity distributor says its profit attributable to common shareholders was $219 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, down from $233 million last year.Excluding the costs associated with Avista, Hydro One’s adjusted profit was up two per cent at $237 million.Hydro One’s earnings per share were down two cents at 37 cents, while adjusted earnings were up one cent at 40 cents per share.Gross revenue was $1.52 billion, down 10.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding power purchases, net revenue was up 1.3 per cent at $847 million.Hydro One says its revenue was positively affected by higher transmission rates but negatively affected by lower peak demand and lower energy consumption during mild weather during the summer.The company has been publicly traded since November 2015, after the provincial government sold some of its shares for $1.83 billion. The province remains Hydro One’s largest shareholder but its stake has fallen below 50 per cent.
Rabat – Argentina international Angel Di Maria has arrived in Doha, Qatar on Monday to finalize a £44.4million transfer from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain.The former Real Madrid player flew from his home country of Argentina via Sao Paulo to Doha where the PSG owners are based.According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, Di Maria has agreed a four-year contract with the French giants worth about £170,000 a week after tax. He is expected to undergo the medical at the Aspire Center before taking a connection to the French capital to finalize the move.Di Maria did not join Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States after appearing at the Copa American in Chile.After helping the Spanish giants win their tenth European Cup in 2014,the 27-year-old moved to Old Trafford last August in a deal worth £59.7 million, a club record transfer for British footballAfter a promising start his form fell away, starting only one match after the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup Quarter-final on March 9th.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova, named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) earlier this year, has recruited United States basketball star LeBron James to “Team Up Against Poverty” on a new UNDP advertisement to garner support for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals, which seek to slash poverty, hunger, infant and maternal mortality and a host of other ills by 2015. The awareness and fund-raising advertisements features celebrities from the world of sports, arts, fashion or business portrayed in teams of two by the world’s greatest professional photographers. Fifty celebrities, including UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and soccer greats Ronaldo and Zidane, have already agreed to participate and are undertaking specific anti-poverty activities. The advertisements have been produced thanks to photographers, celebrities and advertising agencies who are donating their time and talent for the fight against poverty. Hundreds of newspapers and magazines have already published them worldwide. World-renowned photographers who have joined the campaign include Dominique Issermann, Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon, Satoshi Saikusa, Christian Moser, Ferdinando Scianna, Javier Vallhonrat, the late Jeanloup Sieff and Sebastiao Salgado. Meanwhile the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Futbol Club Barcelona have renewed the second year of their five year partnership with the handing over of this season’s team jersey bearing the UNICEF name and a pledge to give a further 1.5 million Euros for children. In 2006 FC Barcelona donated 1.5 million Euros to UNICEF. These funds were used to help children affected by AIDS in Swaziland, the country with the highest estimated HIV rate in the world. “The assistance from Barcelona is a timely investment in the national response to the HIV epidemic,” UNICEF Representative in Swaziland Jama Gulaid said. “It is already touching the lives of Swazi children in multiple ways – improving access to prevention, rapid diagnosis of HIV, live-skills education through sports, birth registration, water, and sanitation.” UNICEF in Swaziland used the funds to acquire laboratory equipment for testing blood samples and drugs for prophylaxis and anti-retroviral treatment. A community mobilization campaign was launched to improve use of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission services and 23 new Neighbourhood Care Points were established to help protect more than 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children. The Care Points are like a home away from home where children receive psycho–social support, nutrition, non-formal education and basic health care. Additionally, they make orphaned and vulnerable children visible by creating awareness about their needs among community members, service providers, national leaders, civil society and international donors. The funds have also been used to train 885 community members as care givers to work in the Care Points. Some 5,000 school children have also had training in Life-skills Education and Sports and taken part in sports activities in 68 schools. The aid from these athletes is but the latest in a whole series of collaboration between UN agencies and world sport, which has seen the Cricket World Cup batting against HIV/AIDS, the European Swimming League in “a race against time” to prevent deaths from unclean water, and similar initiatives with the International Rugby Board, American football stars, marathon runners and Formula One auto racers. 27 September 2007More renowned sports figures are teaming up with United Nations agencies to help fight poverty, hunger and disease.
A dozen Namibian refugees left northeastern Botswana today on a seven-hour trip by land to the Caprivi region, the first such repatriation since 2002, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.Dukwi camp, from which they left, houses 1,200 Namibian refugees, about half of those who fled Caprivi during secessionist strife in the late 1990s.The Namibian Government last month cleared 29 refugees to be repatriated, but four refugees changed their minds about returning and many cited personal reasons for not taking the first convoy, such as wedding plans, or waiting for wages to be paid.
Jamie Fleming, Brock University director of residences, stands in front of the future Gateway Suites, Brock’s seventh residence, which will be ready for the 2015-16 academic year. Brock University students are about to get another taste of the suite life.The corner of St. David and Norman roads, which is a short walk to the St. Catharines campus, is currently a construction zone and will be home to Brock’s newest residence in time for the 2015-16 academic year.Brock’s seventh residence – called Gateway Suites – will accommodate 86 upper year, graduate and international students. There will be no first-year students and no Residence Life staff.“We’re always taking stock of the landscape,” said Jamie Fleming, Brock’s director of residences. “The University’s enrolment continues to climb. Also, the make up of the student population has changed over the years.“Our current residences are almost all first-year students who then move off campus. Now, some will move in here.”The suite-style units will have three or four bedrooms and offer students something different than traditional dorms (DeCew, Vallee, Earp, Lowenberger) and townhouses (Village and Quarry View).Each suite will be furnished and have appliances including fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.Brock will lease the four-storey residence from the same private developer who owns Quarry View, which opened in 2003 and is adjacent to the newest building.“Leasing space is an option a university can explore,” Fleming said. “Given the proximity and the existing relationship, this seemed to make sense.”
When people hear the name Seagram, they likely think of two things: gin and Samuel Bronfman.But, as illustrated in a now prominently displayed Brock collection, the renowned name actually pre-dates the man most commonly associated with the Seagram brand.In fact, the company originated with Joseph E. Seagram, a Canadian entrepreneur who became the sole owner of a Waterloo distillery in 1883. After his death, Seagram’s distillery was purchased by Bronfman, who formed a company that would eventually become the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in the world.The Seagram Wine Collection contains pre-20th century artifacts such as this stamp, that reads “Jordan Sparkling Burgundy, Red Seal,” and was likely used to label boxes of wine that were to be shipped or transported. Vintage corkscrews, bottles and a large piece of hollowed-out cork round out this section of the display, which is completed with present-day corks from local wineries to showcase both the historical and modern era of winemaking.A collection of artifacts telling the Seagram story — and, more generally, the history of alcoholic beverage-making in the late 19th and early 20th century — is currently on display at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).“Housing this collection exemplifies CCOVI’s long-standing commitment to education and knowledge transfer,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Many of the pieces, such as the magnificent cork processing pieces, are still of practical use for teaching purposes, and they offer a unique glimpse into the fascinating history surrounding the Seagram company and the development of the grape and wine industry throughout the world.”The collection was originally displayed at the former Seagram Museum in Waterloo. When the museum closed its doors in 1997, the collection was dispersed to a number of institutions, with CCOVI receiving a historic collection of winemaking books and artifacts.The donation from the Seagram Company was a major contributor to the institute and Inniskillin Hall.A 17th-century wine press and bottle rack are among some of the larger pieces that currently adorn CCOVI’s front foyer, while an impressive collection of quirky corkscrews, wine barrels and vintage glass bottles are on display throughout the building.When the institute recently underwent a summer facelift (by way of a fresh coat of paint and some newly acquired shelving), it seemed the perfect time to more prominently display the important historical collection and share its origin story with a new audience.It also falls nicely in line with Canada’s sesquicentennial, a time when citizens from coast-to-coast are taking a vested look at the nation’s history.Pieces from Brock’s Seagram Wine Collection are now on display in Inniskillin Hall.“Retaining stewardship of the Seagram collection and sharing its history plays a significant role in advancing our mandate to focus on the culture of wine,” Inglis said. “The pieces that we have in our possession are not only stunning visual artifacts, they also provide a living history of the industry to not only our students, but also to everyone who walks through the doors of CCOVI.”The collection includes everything from an 18th-century brass cellarette and models of decades-old winemaking equipment, to an eclectic collection of books and artwork picturing fun-loving monkeys popping champagne corks.“It truly is a very diverse and interesting collection,” Inglis said. Her personal favourite is a bottle from 1905 that is labelled as being a “Medicinal Wine” thanks to its ability to “enrich the blood and tone up the system.”“I also love the copper filler, the wooden corker and the riddling racks used in sparkling wine production — it is so hard to pick just one item,” Inglis added.The collection is currently on display in Inniskillin Hall, with some pieces also set to be displayed in other locations on campus in the near future.
Cambridge University is introducing “flexible” offers to students applying for Mathematics, in a bid to boost the number of female applicants. An offer to study Maths at Cambridge has previously been conditional on achieving at least two A*s and an A at A-levels, as well as scoring the top level in two mathematical aptitude tests called Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP). The move, which is being trialled by eleven colleges this autumn, is designed to limit the factors potentially deterring women from applying for the course. Cambridge has used the STEP tests for Maths for the past two decades, but recently it was felt this part of the entry requirement may be putting off women from applying….
The couple died following a police pursuit in west LondonCredit:Nigel Howard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Police were called to reports of a violent burglary taking place just after 8pm on Sunday evening in the Harrow area of north west London.The reports suggested a homeowner had been threatened by three raiders, one carrying a Rambo style hunting knife and a screwdriver.The burglars made off after stealing cash and jewellery and up to 10 patrol cars and a helicopter were involved in the chase.After around ten minutes, the Renault Scenic they had been following smashed through railings onto the wrong side of the A40 and hit a coach.Mr and Mrs McDonagh and her unborn child were pronounced dead at the scene, while the second man in the car was taken to hospital.The couple, who lived in Edgware, north London, were married in November and were expecting a baby girl in April. IOPC regional director Jonathan Green said: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of Patrick and Shauna, those injured and all those affected by this incident.“It is important that we now establish all of the circumstances surrounding this collision.“We have therefore launched an independent investigation into the events leading to the collision and immediately deployed our investigators to attend the scene and the post incident procedure.” “A National Police Air Service helicopter was monitoring the progress of the Renault when it crashed.”It has now been confirmed, as part of a separate police investigation, that the occupants of the Renault were not present at the time of an aggravated burglary reported to have taken place in Harrow.”The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation will examine the information the police had and the rationale for the pursuit.” A pregnant teenager and her husband who died in a car smash were not involved in an aggravated burglary which led the police to chase them, it has emerged.Newlywed teens, Patrick McDonagh, 19, and his wife Shauna, 18, were killed on Sunday night when the Renault Scenic they were travelling crashed into a coach on the wrong side of the A40 dual carriageway in west London.Another man who was travelling in the car sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.Police began chasing the car following reports that the occupants had taken part in an aggravated burglary at a residential address in the Harrow area.Officers gave chase for around ten minutes before calling off the pursuit shortly before the fatal crash.But a spokesman for the Independent Office for Police Conduct said initial investigations had confirmed that Mr and Mrs McDonagh were not been involved in the burglary, suggesting police had been following the wrong car. It is not clear why the McDonaghs did not pull over when the police began chasing, but that is expected to form part of the investigation.The spokesman said: “It is understood that police were pursuing the car, a Renault Scenic, for about 10 minutes but terminated the pursuit prior to the crash. The scene on the A40 close to the scene of the fatal accident
THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY of the Lions’ victorious tour of Australia is due to be released next month but here’s a taste of what fans can expect.The first trailer for ‘Lions Raw’ features this brilliant behind-the-scenes footage of Simon Zebo who, as a forfeit, had to phone coach Rob Penney and ask to be made Munster captain next season.If the rest of the documentary is anywhere near this good, it should be pretty awesome.The DVD is due to be released on 28 October. YouTube CreditAustralia drop James O’Connor following flight allegations
Espèces menacées : c’est aujourd’hui la journée mondiale de la grenouilleMonde – Ce vendredi 30 avril a été décrété journée mondiale de la grenouille. De nombreux pays se sont mobilisés pour sensibiliser le public au sort de ces amphibiens, menacés de disparition.Baptisée “Save the frogs day” aux États-Unis où elle a vu le jour, cette initiative est cette année reprise aux quatre coins du monde et notamment au Brésil, en Chine, en Grande-Bretagne, en Inde ou encore en Italie. Pas de fête à la grenouille en France en revanche, bien que l’espèce soit sérieusement menacée dans l’Hexagone.D’après l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), 30% des amphibiens recensés seraient en effet menacés d’extinction. Il s’agit donc, en cette journée mondiale de la grenouille, de sensibiliser le public au sort de ces espèces. “Seule une petite proportion du grand public a pris conscience que les amphibiens sont en train de disparaître, et les efforts menés pour leur conservation ne peuvent pas réussir si la population n’est pas informée” lit-on sur le site Internet de l’ONG Save the frogs. Selon le fondateur de l’association, Kerry Kriger, ce sont aujourd’hui plus de 200 espèces de grenouilles qui ont déjà disparu.Dans les villes qui ont décidé de se mobiliser pour sauver les grenouilles, des scientifiques interviendront dans des lieux publics pour sensibiliser le plus grand nombre. De nombreux évènements plus ludiques ont été organisés, tels qu’un concours de sauts à Toronto ou une collecte de fonds dans une boîte de nuit de Seattle. Des manifestations auront également lieu devant les restaurants qui proposent à leur menu… des cuisses de grenouilles.Le 30 avril 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Dec 2014 – Police are hunting down a 19 year old man and while they are asking for the public’s help; the public is also being cautioned to approach the man with caution. Kimbo Slice is the alias of this person of interest; described as having slim build, dark brown complexion, brown eyes, being from the Turks and Caicos and wanted in connection with multiple offenses. Steve Gardiner is his real name and while no details are given on why the 19 year old is being sought by police; the public is asked if they see him to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477; remember these calls are answered in Miami; the officers there have no way of knowing who you are, so if you know anything please help. The wanted poster of the man can be found in the TC Weekly News or at Magnetic Media’s fanpage on Facebook. Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:crime stoppers, kimobo slice, steve gardiner, wanted Bold burglaries & break-in attempts; three arrested boy, 16 Walkin Murder investigation needs your help
Posted: April 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, April 18, 2019 Achieve UC with UC President Janet Napolitano KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla plan to join more than 500 students at Morse High School on Thursday.Several education and community leaders will speak to students about the importance of preparing for college and the potential of every student to achieve a higher education degree.After the rally, President Napolitano and Chancellor Khosla will participate in a panel discussion with Morse High School alumni and current UC students.
Email St. Vincent’s “Girls Like You” Is Cardi B-tastic! st-vincent-remix-maroon-5s-girls-you-puts-cardi-b-top Twitter Facebook “Stop!” and listen to how St. Vincent has Cardi B remixing the rhythm in complete commandPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 2, 2018 – 1:25 pm A model of making her art her own way, St. Vincent and her 2017 album Masseduction have been seizing well-deserved attention. It’s the follow up to her self-titled LP in 2014, which won Best Alternative Music Album at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Now she’s followed up on Maroon 5’s star-studded remix of their own “Girls Like You” single, featuring Cardi B, with an appealing and punchy dance rethink.Using samples from J Dilla, St. Vincent makes liberal use of Cardi B’s attention-grabbing power, jumping into her rap at the top, making everything “Stop!” at her command, and closing the song on the same instruction. If you enjoy having your head rhythmically messed with half as much as St. Vincent says she had fun making this remix, “dancing alone in my studio,” the track is an upbeat pleasure. GRAMMY-winning engineer Laura Sisk handled the mix. St. Vincent Remix Of Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” Puts Cardi B On Top News https://twitter.com/st_vincent/status/1025057872055607298 St. Vincent was one of the powerful musical performances last weekend at Newport Folk Fest and we’ll be reporting on her show and many others this weekend in Chicago at Lollapalooza. Masseduction reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 last year, her highest ranking to date. Its single “Los Ageless” reached No. 23 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in March 2018.After Lollapalooza, St. Vincent’s tour dates take her overseas for the remainder of August, but she returns in September with festival engagements and west coast performances supporting Florence + The Machine and Lizzo.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Karimnagar: Be ready to launch agitations to fight on various public issues, Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy appealed the party leaders and cadre at a meeting at Baddam Yellareddy Bhavan in Karimnagar on Monday. State council member Andhe Swamy presided over the meeting.CPI state secretary Venkat Reddy said it is the responsibility of important leaders of the party to strengthen it from village level, so that it can fight on various public issues and can give a fitting reply to the government on its failures. Various sections of people across the State are suffering with various problems. The leaders must plan about proper agitation by joining new members in the party along with involving the people to fight against the government on their issues, he appealed. A committee will be formed to coordinate the party activities from district to village level, he informed. Party leaders Ponaganti Kedari, K Shoba Rani, G Lakshmi, B Raji Reddy, N Raju, P Srinivas, T Sammaiah, B Mahendar Reddy, B Sadashiva and others were present at the meeting.
By J.K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore StaffMorgan State University’s new Food Resource Center is reporting great success, as the season of giving continues.“We started with bare shelves, and now, they’re packed with stuff,” Dr. Stacey Patton told the AFRO.Patton is an award-winning journalist and professor in the Morgan School of Global Journalism and Communication.Melissa Thomas is a member of the Food Resource Center Committee at Morgan State University. (Courtesy Photo)As the 2008 recession lingers, hunger has become a campus-wide and national issue among colleges, Patton said.“I had expressed a need over a year ago, when I came to Morgan,” Patton said. “I’ve been at Morgan for a little over three years now, but when I first came, I started noticing this hunger issue and I was always keeping snacks in my office.”Patton took her concern to the Morgan VP of Student Affairs and the university’s social worker.Planning began last Summer, Patton says, and the food drive started earlier this December. The drive generated 10,000 pounds of non-perishable foods. Each Morgan school has its own part to contribute to bags of peanut butter, jelly, rice, beans and other nutrition.Food and donations are also coming in from across the country.“I had a lot of my Facebook friends, I have about 60,000 followers on Facebook,” Patton said. “I put out an announcement that we were doing this. And a lot of folks ordered stuff on Amazon Pantry and had stuff sent to my office. So that was a lot of fun, getting all of these boxes, food and all kinds of things. So it was really cool.”Morgan State is situated in one of Baltimore’s food deserts and suffers the consequences in much the same way as the community at large.“We’re in our infancy but we really don’t want to have our students have to go off campus to other places to get food when they can get some help right here,” Patton said.If the initial successes continue, Patton aims to make food resources available to faculty, staff and workers at Morgan State and to expand the program as part of the university’s Morgan Community Mile project taking a place alongside other operations like Morgan’s Solar Panel Initiative and Community Policing Project.Prior to the Food Resource Center, Patton was raising and continues to raise money for Morgan student’s textbooks.“I had folks who fed me, so as a professor, I want to teach as I was taught, but also nurture, as I was nurtured,” said Patton, who was a foster kid.The Food Resource Center is scheduled for a new distribution on January 4.
Black magic is not something you want to just idly mess about with. It’s serious business, so don’t take it lightly. More importantly, don’t try and use it on little kids because you’re obsessed with them being so “noisy.” That’s exactly what one creepy guy in Tokyo did, and it’s totally weirding me out. Why would you even do that?The story goes that on the morning of September 26, a group of kids were on their way to Edogawa Elementary School when they crossed a bridge along the path to school. There was an extremely creepy item found there: a straw doll, or waraningyo, with a note that said: “All you f*cking brats jump from here and die.” Charming.It appears the note was written by 41-year-old Takeshi Inaba, who lives pretty closed to the school, and has been trying to curse the kids who go to the school because they’re too noisy. His confession stated as such: “Those kids running wild in the park are too noisy.” That doesn’t necessitate trying to cast a spell on anyone, though, loud or not!AdChoices广告The straw doll, or the waraningyo, was meant to be a type of voodoo doll, just like you see in the anime Hell Girl, but obviously he didn’t do a very good job of casting said spell. He’s now facing charges of criminal intimidation, and hopefully being a creepy and absolutely dreadful old person, because why is this ever okay?Inaba is also likely the culprit of several different instances of graffiti across the city where it’s stated that “Kids are too noisy!” and other variations of how loud school children are. Imagine having nothing else to complain about and doing it so often that you really want to curse someone. Still, as asinine as it is, the original doll with the attached note is far too creepy and shouldn’t be allowed to continue. Hopefully, since he’s confessed Inaba won’t be doing any of this weirdness going forward.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
As a gamer who prefers single player, narrative-driven experiences, multiplayer-focused titles don’t have much appeal for me. This is why I don’t pay much attention to games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, Overwatch, and the like. There’s not much there to hold my interest. You can only mindlessly shoot random players for so long before it becomes dull and repetitive. This is why I appreciate what DICE has done with Battlefield V. While it is still a multiplayer game at its core, the introduction of meaningful narratives gives players like myself an incentive to play. As such, I’m a big fan of Battlefield V’s War Stories.Instead of tackling well-known World War II battles like the Invasion of Normandy or The Battle of the Bulge, Battlefield V’s War Stories tell lesser-known tales. Though the stories are entirely fictional, their inspiration comes from true events. This gives each tale a solid foundation while still allowing DICE leeway to embellish each story for maximum effect. Best of all, those who wish to find out more about the real-life inspiration for every War Story can go and look up the actual events. It’s a nice mix of history and creative storytelling you wouldn’t expect from a military shooter.The prologue does a brilliant job of establishing what players can expect from War Stories by giving them snippets of the war. One moment, users drop into Norway via parachute under heavy gunfire. The next, they’re driving a German Tiger Tank leading a charge against Allied troops. The somber narration which plays over the small vignettes serves to heighten the emotional impact of each segment. One doesn’t expect to get emotional when playing a First Person Shooter but this intro pulls at the heartstrings.Battlefield V has three main War Stories at launch: “Nordlys,” “Under no Flag,” and “Tirailleur.” A fourth story, “The Last Tiger,” will release before the year is over. Each story takes roughly two to three hours to complete, depending on how good you are at shooting. Since I’m not all that with FPS titles, it took me closer to three hours to complete each segment. The narratives are just long enough to remain engaging but not too long to wear out their welcome. After finishing the intro, users are free to play the stories in any order they want. The narratives are entirely independent from one another. This makes each feel like its own epic movie. While I personally would have liked some kind of connective tissue between the tales, having them as separate experiences gives each a tighter focus.I previously had the chance to play through the entire “Nordlys” campaign during a Battlefield V preview event. This story takes place in Norway, where you get to play as a young Norwegian commando who is trying to rescue her mother from Nazis. Of the three available War Stories, this is the most stealth-centric. You can go in with all guns blazing if you wish, but it’s clear this stage is best played stealthily. As such, your best weapons are throwing knives which can kill guards quietly. Truth be told, the throwing knives are ridiculously effective and make things a bit too easy. At the same time, I can’t argue with the results.Despite being a stealth-heavy campaign, players can don a pair of skis and use them to traverse the snow-covered terrain. It’s actually quite comical to shoot at Nazis while flying down a mountain on skis. Walking across snow is, as you’d expect, difficult, so the skis definitely come in handy. Another unique thing about this level is a brief section where Solveig (the protagonist) must find campfires to keep her body temperature up. While this portion is interesting, I’m glad it doesn’t go on for too long. Trying to stay hidden while also running toward fires kind of negates being stealthy.“Under no Flag” centers on a British officer and a criminal he had freed from jail. Their task is to head to North Africa and disrupt a Luftwaffe air base. This War Story plays out like a WWII version of the Odd Couple. Though still serious, this is easily the most light-hearted War Story of the bunch. The banter between officer Mason and the rogue Bridger is hilarious at points. Some of the dialogue comes off as cheesy (and stereotypically “British”) but I appreciated the levity this mission provides.This chapter is more free-form than “Nordlys.” The locales are bigger, which lets players complete objectives in any manner they choose. Under no Flag also gives users the opportunity to fly planes. That is if they’re good at flying in the first place. In my case, I tried to avoid flying if I could since I’d only be up in the air for a couple of minutes before crashing. The chapter ends with a massive shout out against a horde of Nazi troops. While it’s fun to gun down so many Nazis, the fact they provide no real challenge diminished my enjoyment. I felt a sense of relief, not accomplishment, when I got to the chapter’s denouement; which I’m sure wasn’t the intention. Still, the witty banter alone saves “Under no Flag.”“Tirailleur” focuses on French colonial troops from Africa doing their part to liberate a country they’ve never seen before. The chapter does a splendid job of examining race and discrimination without feeling preachy. Unlike the other two chapters, this one truly makes you feel like you’re part of a grander war since you’re fighting massive battles alongside fellow soldiers. Because of the scale of engagement, this is by far the most Battlefield-feeling of the War Stories. It’s also the most somber of the stories.War Stories are all about showing a different side of WWII and “Tirailleur” perfectly embodies that spirit. The Second World War wasn’t just fought by Europeans or European descendants. People from all over the planet participated in the war — whether they wanted to or not. This particular narrative is fascinating since the soldiers fight for a land they’re not even from. Despite that, they fight as bravely as any native-born French soldier. “Tirailleur” is by far my favorite War Story and one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had playing a video game this year.My only main complaint with War Stories is that two out of the three require players to read subtitles. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate having these stories portrayed in their native languages. I have to give DICE props for adding that level of authenticity. However, trying to read subtitles while focusing on the action isn’t exactly easy. I know I missed some bits of dialogue because I was too busy trying to stay alive. I suppose the game could have had English voice-overs, but that would kill some of the realism. At the end of the day, it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s something that somewhat hurts the experience.Though I know Battlefield V’s longevity rests on its multiplayer modes, for players such as myself, the main draw is War Stories. Like I said up top, I’m don’t typically play these sort of games. Because of that, I’m thankful DICE decided to actually incorporate a deep narrative experience for those who find shooting strangers online boring. Focusing on lesser-known WWII tales is one of the best decisions the devs could have made. I’m certainly looking forward to “The Last Tiger” and any potential future War Stories. If you’re not into military FPS games but do enjoy history, you should do yourself a favor and check out Battlefield V for War Stories. It may change your outlook on the entire genre. Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018These Are the Games You Should Check Out This Month Stay on target