Scrap Metal Trade Not To Be Blamed For Every Theft – Minister Hylton

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the scrap metal trade is not to be blamed for every theft of metal, either from a private or public space.The Minister was responding to a concern raised in the House of Representatives on January 29 that the re-opening of the scrap metal trade poses a risk to public infrastructure and personal property.“There is evidence that there is a local industry that has utilised a significant portion of the scrap. It is (also) reported that ammunition is being made illegally from such metals,” Mr. Hylton told the House.He added that it is an “easy tag” to say that every theft has a relationship to the trade in scrap metal.“I think it is yet to be proven that it is, and I will say further that this is why we have placed the burden of the trade on the exporters and not at the dealer level. It is the exporters that need to ascertain what it is they are buying and from whom they are buying and to establish the ownership chain, so that if they are confronted they are able to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the source of the metal,” the Minister said.In the meantime, the Minister said he is satisfied that the new scrap metal regime is being operated within the best possible regulatory framework.“Contrary to the view in certain public space that the re-opening of the trade is a manifestation of the ‘policy of poverty’, the trade in scrap metal benefits a wide cross section of Jamaicans, operating at various levels along the value chain,” he noted.Mr. Hylton added that with the price of energy ever increasing and the levels of certain non-renewable resources decreasing, it is his expectation that the demand for scrap metal will continue to increase.“This however, must not be pursued at the risk to public infrastructure and personal property. In the past we lost millions of dollars to theft and vandalism, in addition to the cost of dislocation to businesses and additional security measures, which companies were forced to implement,” the Minister said.He emphasised that underpinning the re-opening of the trade has been the need to tighten and enforce the regulations and ensure that “we bring to book any and everyone who does not play by the rules”.“All of us have to play by the rules if we are to have a sustainable and proper functioning scrap metal industry,” the Minister said.After more than a year of closure, the scrap metal trade was re-opened on Monday, January 28.last_img read more

Stars Come Out For AIDS Walk Los Angeles

first_imgLast week’s 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles saw a massive turnout, with 30,000 participants filling the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles.Video: Michael Urie and Sophia Bush Addressing the AIDS Walk LA crowdCelebrity supporters, elected officials, and notable AIDS activists addressed the crowd assembled in and around West Hollywood Park before the walkers set out on the route.The event also achieved strong fundraising results, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and 29 other important L.A. County AIDS service organizations. These groups provide urgently needed care to thousands of people living with HIV, as well as vital prevention work that reaches many more throughout the Southland.“The 30,000 participants who took to the streets today can take pride in the incredible $2,912,209 raised to fight AIDS and lift up the lives of those affected by HIV,” said Craig R. Miller, Founder and Producer of the event. “Thanks to the thousands of dedicated people who walk and fundraise each year, we have made tremendous progress and we are facing a better day in the fight against AIDS,” Miller says. “But we have to remain strong in our response. We have to remain vigilant. And most of all we have to remain visible.”Since its inception, AWLA has raised more than $75 million for APLA and a host of other HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County.“As we mark the 31styear of the epidemic in the United States, AIDS Walk Los Angeles remains a critical – and, in fact, the single largest – source of private support for those who rely on APLA’s services,” said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles. “With their incredible fundraising, AIDS Walk Los Angeles participants are changing lives, powering prevention efforts, and supporting advocacy work to defend the civil rights of all who live with this still-deadly disease.”The event’s visibility was compromised this year when AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ fully paid ads were banned by the City of Santa Monica’s transit line, Big Blue Bus, along with all other advertisements and public service messages from charities. Only “commercial” advertising is allowed under the new policy. For the past six years, these advertisements have been a mainstay of the event’s organizing campaign. According to City officials, the ads generated no complaints.AIDS Walk Los Angeles Founder and Producer Craig Miller blasted the ban by Santa Monica City Hall as both injurious to the fight against AIDS and an assault on Free Speech. “These bus ads are a key element in raising funds and awareness for AIDS Walk Los Angeles,” said Miller. “This censorship can only reduce our capacity to fight the epidemic, and will greatly disadvantage all community-driven organizations once served by Big Blue Bus.”AIDS Walk Los Angeles organizers were joined by APLA representatives at a recent Santa Monica City Council meeting to protest the ban.The AIDS Walk Los Angeles Opening Ceremony featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, who spoke about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles and West Hollywood and about the importance of the community’s response.Other elected officials and special guests in attendance included: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters; California State Senators Curren D. Price and Rod Wright; California State Assembly members Betsy Butler,Isadore Hall,and Ricardo Lara; Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Jan Perry, and Dennis P. Zine; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator Ricky Rosales; Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; and West Hollywood City Council members John J. Duran and John Heilman.Celebrities and notable figures at the event included Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Leslie Bibb (“GCB,” “Popular”), Sophia Bush (“Partners”), Drew Carey (“The Price is Right” Host), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daisy Fuentes (Television Host), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affairs,” “Popular”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Andrew Rannells (“The New Normal,” “Girls”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Michael Urie (“Partners”), BeBe Wood (“The New Normal”), the cast of MTV’s “Awkward” including Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Jessica Lu, Molly Tarlov, plus a special reunion with cast members from the critically acclaimed TV show “Popular” including, along with Bibb and Gorham, Bryce Johnson, Tamara Mello, and Carly Pope. Norm Lewis (“Scandal”) closed the Opening Ceremony with his performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”The corporate community continued to show its strong support for the event through team fundraising and corporate sponsorship. This year’s Presenting Sponsor was AHF Pharmacy. This year’s Grand Sponsors included ABC7, The David Geffen Foundation, Paramount Pictures, Paul Hastings, Time Warner Cable, and Toyota. Principal Sponsors included Albertsons, Delta Air Lines, Macy’s, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Vons/Pavilions.For more information, please visit To connect with the online community on Facebook, simply join the “AIDS Walk Los Angeles Facebook Fan Page.” To view exclusive video content, visit the AIDS Walk Los Angeles YouTube channel at To receive instant updates, follow “@AIDSWalkLA” on Twitter.last_img read more

What Are Apple Musics Most Streamed Songs Of 2018

first_img Email There’s no surprise that rap music was the most streamed genre on the list. Drake dominated the list with “God’s Plan” at No. 1 and “Nice For What” at No. 2, two of his hit singles from 2018’s Scorpion. One of the album’s other viral singles, “In My Feelings,” held the No. 5 spot as Post Malone took the No. 3 and No. 4 spot with “rockstar” and “Psycho,” respectively. Lil Baby and Drake’s “Yes Indeed,” “Look Alive” by BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, late rapper XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” and Offset and Metro Boomin’s “Ric Flair Drip” rounded off the top nine.Notably missing in the top 10 were women; Cardi B was the only female artist on the top 10 list with her hit, “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin. “Motorsport” by Migos featuring Nikki Minaj and Cardi B, “No Limit” by G-Easy featuring Cardi B and FEFE by 6ix9ine featuring Minaj and Murda Beatz were the only other songs featuring women.The streaming platform also announced its top categories, as chosen by their editors, Their Artist Of The Year was unsurprisingly Drake, Album Of The Year went to Kacey Musgraves for Golden Hour, Song Of The Year was Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” and Breakthrough Artist Of The Year went to Juice WRLD.Apple Music made news itself this week as the streaming service hit 56 million users, still behind Spotify which is at 87 million users, but a milestone nonetheless.Exclusive: Ximena Sariñana On “Being As Direct As Possible” On Upcoming Album Read more Apple Music’s Most Streamed Songs Of 2018 what-are-apple-musics-most-streamed-songs-2018 Facebook Twitter center_img What Are Apple Music’s Most Streamed Songs Of 2018? News The streaming platform has released their top 100 songs of the year—which of your favorite tracks made waves around the world?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 4, 2018 – 1:54 pm Tis’ the season for roundups of the best music out there and this week Apple Music has released their lists of the top music streamed on their platform. Any guess which artists made the top 5 most streamed songs in the U.S.?last_img read more

Vijay Sethupathi to play lead heroines father in his 2nd Telugu film

first_imgVijay Sethupathi has two Telugu films in his kitty nowPR HandoutTamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called Makkal Selvan by his fans, is making his Telugu debut with Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. This film is the biopic of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who is said to be the first freedom fighter from the Telugu speaking people. Vijay will be seen playing the role of Raaja Paandi, a Tamil-speaking guy who is said to be someone like an assistant to Narasimha Reddy. While this is his first Telugu film, he had signed the second one a few months ago. This film is titled Uppena and marks the debut of Panja Vaishnav Tej, the younger brother of Panja Sai Dharam Tej, and nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Vaishnav will be seen playing a fisherman in this film which is going to be a commercial entertainer. Kriti Shetty, a Mangalore-based damsel, will make her debut as the leading lady.It is learnt that Vijay Sethupathi is going to play the father of the heroine. And this role is said to be an author-backed role which is going to be one of the highlights of the film. Sources have reported that Vijay was impressed with the script and immediately gave his nod to the film which is being bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in the next couple of months.Uppena is being directed by Buchhi Babu Sana, who is a debutante. Babu has assisted director Sukumar for many films and has become popular after writing dialogues for Rangasthalam with three more assistants. Launched a couple of months ago at a star-studded event, Uppena is touted to be a romantic drama.Vijay Sethupathi has bagged consecutive hits like Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, 96, Petta and Super Deluxe in Tamil and now, the 41-year-old actor is looking for content-oriented films in other languages too.last_img read more

WATCH Drunk BJP MLA dances to Karan Arjuns tunes while playing with

first_imgA Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Haridwar in Uttarakhand has landed himself in hot water after a video of him brandishing pistols while dancing to songs from Bollywood movie Karan Arjun went viral on social media.BJP has said that they have launched a probe and will look into the incident.MLA Pranav Champion was seen dancing in the video with a pistol in each hand and at one point, he even had one in his mouth. In addition to this, Champion was also drinking alcohol from a glass kept on a table near him. BJP MLA Pranav Champion who was recently suspended from the party for threatening a journalist, seen in a viral video brandishing guns. Police says, “will look into the matter and also verify if the weapons are licensed or not.” (Note: Abusive language)— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019 While Champion was dancing, other men around him were taking photos and one man was even handing him the pistols.The men in the video used abusive language and kept encouraging Champion. They were heard saying that he was the bravest and no one in Uttarakhand has the courage to do such a thing. Champion then replied saying, “Not only in Uttarakhand, but nobody could do something like this across India.”Champion has already been under fire by the BJP for threatening a journalist and was suspended for the same reason.According to a party spokesperson, officials are not happy with his behaviour and things have just gotten worse for him after the video surfaced online.”I’ve seen that video. I condemn it. These kinds of complaints came against Pranav Singh Champion earlier as well, that’s why he was suspended for 3 months. We’ll talk to Uttarakhand unit about it. Strict action will be taken,” BJP national media in-charge Anil Baluni was quoted as saying by Republic.last_img read more

PM Hasina says anarchy by public univ students not acceptable

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said any anarchic activity by the students of public universities is not acceptable at all as they are availing the education facility with public money, reports UNB.“Indiscipline is not acceptable, never. All must follow rules, if anyone wants to get education from any public institution he or she has to abide by the rules and regulations of that educational institution and act accordingly. That’s what we want from the students as does the nation,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating “7 March Bhaban”, a newly constructed residential building for female students inside Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU).In Bangladesh, she said, a student avail of the higher education probably at the cheapest cost in the world. “And all the education expenses are borne by the government … 100 per cent expense is provided by the government. I don’t know whether this exists in any other country of the world. So, the students must honour this system.”Chaired by DU vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman, the function was addressed, among others, by education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman professor Abdul Mannan, DU pro-vice chancellor (academic) professor Nasreen Ahmad, DU pro-vice chancellor (administration) professor Muhammad Samad, DU treasurer professor M Kamal Uddin and Rokeya Hall provost professor Jinat Huda.The 11-storey ‘7 March Bhaban’ constructed at a cost of Tk 880 million with all modern facilities.last_img read more

Facebook finally wants to help humans build meaningful connections

first_imgAfter 15 years of homage to the idea that more connection is always better, Facebook seems to be waking up to the reality that quality matters and humans are not designed to be hyper-connected. “Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks,” he wrote, suggesting of course that we have been very much not-ourselves for the past 15 years. “Humans need others to survive,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. “Regardless of one’s sex, country, or culture of origin, or age or economic background, social connection is crucial to human development, health, and survival.” Her research found that being disconnected posed comparable danger to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and was more predictive of early death than the effects of air pollution or physical inactivity. Read the whole story: Quartz On Wednesday (March 6) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post outlining Facebook’s latest pivot, away from the town square model of very publicly sharing videos, pictures, and status updates with everyone, to something more akin to your living room. The question is whether trying to connect people in more intimate settings can promote actual social connection, which appears to be fraying in contemporary culture. Connecting is a biological imperative, honed over millions of years to protect us from being eaten by lions, but also to help us thrive as humans. Indeed, the absence of social connection can lead to profound loneliness, which is on the rise and deemed a public health threat by some countries. Facebook has just done an about-face. After turning the world into one big, aggressive, competitive, depressing, hyper-connected community that shares tons of information nobody needs to know about their personal lives, the social network is now emphasizing privacy.last_img read more

Beyond the picture postcards

first_imgBattling the scorching summers of Delhi, pigeons take refuge where once cannons struck Kashmiri Gate. 11 May 1857: the saga of Mangal Pandey, the followed up Sepoy Mutiny, the first war of Indian independence, and the post war catastrophic fall of the Mughal era; the date stands for a tumultuous epoch in the history of Indian independence. The carousel of life oscillates between time, bringing back the memories of 1857 and its imprints on Delhi post 156 years. It was in the sweltering heat of May that the sepoys blitzkrieg-‘ed’ into  the walled city of Shahjahanabad to strengthen Mughal power under Bahadurshah Zafar and overthrow Britishers. Roused by the incident of animal fat on cartridges, they marched to topple British power in Delhi. The remnants of Shahjahanabad’s walls, the confines of Kashmiri gate, the shrouded telegraph memorial, and the garden of Qudsia beckon you into history.Saddle up your horses to gallop into the lanes of Kashmiri gate and witness some of its vignettes this May. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Kashmiri Gate Swerving through the lanes of Old Delhi, his school bus travelled from Ludlaw castle, passing by Qudsia Bagh, through the then open gates of Kashmiri gate back in 1954, revels the 63 year old Chartered Accountant, Suresh Malik. The gate is now confined, literally, to the four walls under the Archaeological survey of India.Leading to the road to Kashmir, walled city’s northern gate was built by Shahjahan in 1638 AD. Withering through the onslaught of 1857, it came under the downpour of cannon balls; marks still visible in the holed up façade taken over by the pigeons to rest in peace now. A plaque inside the monument entails the story of 1857; how the mutineers assembled and strategized here, and how on the morning of 14 September, 1857 the left bridge and the right leaf of the gate were bombarded by British forces, gradually marking the end of the siege in Delhi. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSt. James ChurchOne of the oldest churches of Delhi lies a stone’s throw away from Kashmiri gate. The copper ball and the cross atop its dome bore the scathing attack from sepoys in 1857. The marks may not be visible as the replicas took over but the magnificence of British era emanates through its grandeur. Telegraph Memorial and the magazineShrouded by trees stands Telegraph Memorial: the site from where the revolt was signaled off to Ambala before the officers on duty evacuated their cabin in fear. The magazine next to it was blasted by the Britishers  in fear of loss of weaponry to the mutineers. Interestingly one plaque  calls the mutineers as rebels and the other below bestows an honor of ‘patriots’ to the sepoys  Nicholson CemeteryLike Pere Lechaise in Paris, it doesnt have violonists but it  still conjures up lives of people in 19th century. Walk through its carved tombs, read through its epitaphs; the moss grown gravestones turn into expression of poetry in mourning;, offering a peaceful experience dedicated to the British Brigadier General John Nicholson who was mortally wounded in 1857.   Qudsia BaghA wisp of elegance en-wraps it. Once Yamuna ran through its sides, breezing in air through its corridors. Though the river changed its course, the garden still dots with men playing cards, laborers  catching up noon’s nap, and tired travelers. A mosque, a gateway and some domes carved in diamond cut style, is what remains of the sprawling palace of Qudsia, made by Mohammad Shah Rangeela in honor of his begum.  The palace bore the brunt of the British forces during the seige of 1857. Perhaps, one can take down bricks and mortar, but the signature of splendor stays on.last_img read more