New Delhi: A man died and two others were injured after a blast reported from a diesel tank during welding in South-East Delhi’s Govindpuri area on Thursday. Police have registered a case of negligence and started their investigation.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that they received a PCR call at 12.15 pm in police station Govindpuri regarding a fire in the tank and one person is burnt. “On receiving the PCR call SHO Govindpuri along with staff reached the spot and found four persons injured,” said DCP South-East Delhi adding that all the injured were removed to hospital. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice further stated that one of the injured identified as Sumit a resident of Dakshin Puri was declared brought dead by the doctor in the hospital. The investigation in the case revealed that the deceased was a welder and was welding the diesel tank of a truck and while welding, the tank exploded and there was the fire in which the deceased was burnt and later died. The tank was not attached to any truck. Police identified the victim as Mohd Nurain Khan alias Mama, Nizamuddin and Vakil. They were near the spot when the incident took place. The explosion was such that no one gets time to react. Police said that two injured Mohammad Nurain Khan and Nizamuddin were the passerby who were standing near the shop and they tried to save the victims. Both the persons received minor burn injuries and received treatment in local hospital at Govindpuri. Shakil was running the shop. He is in ICU at Safdarjung Hospital. A case under section 304 A (Causing death by negligence) and 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of Indian Penal Code is being registered at Govindpuri police station. “The case is being investigated and many persons were questioned in this regard,” police said.
Banda: Irked by his wife celebrating passage of the anti-triple talaq bill by the Rajya Sabha, a Muslim man allegedly gave her instant triple talaq and expelled her from his house in Fatehpur district near here, said police. “Mufeeda Khatun, a resident of Jigni village under Bindki police station celebrated the successful passage of the anti-triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha. This angered her husband Shamsuddin who expelled her from the house on August 3 after giving hr instant triple talaq,” said Bindki’s Circle Officer Abhishek Tiwari on Sunday. The police have registered a case against Shamsuddin on a complaint by his wife. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In her complaint, Mufeeda said her husband reached her home and “divorced” her instantly pronouncing “talaq” thrice in front of her parents. The Parliament on July 30, had approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, with the Rajya Sabha passing the contentious legislation. Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week. With the Rajya Sabha also approving it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men has been rendered punishable with a jail term of up to three years.
Next week, Audible will release THE RADICAL KING, a collection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.’s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Cornell West, and performed by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today.The Radical King includes a selection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including words that were never recorded for posterity— a revelation for King’s legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. The Martin Luther King Estate has allowed, for the first time, a dramatic interpretation of King’s words, by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today: Levar Burton, Mike Colter, Colman Domingo, Danny Glover, Gabourey Sidibe, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Kenneth Williams. The full collection will be available exclusively from Audible on April 3, 2018.The Radical King is revealing collection of essays and speeches that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X.“Much of America did not know the radical King — and too few know today — but the FBI and US government did. They called him ‘the most dangerous man in America.’“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people. The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution — a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.” — from the Introduction, written and performed by Cornell WestThese essays and speeches remain extremely relevant even, and especially today.“Reading Dr. King’s words was extremely daunting, but if this would introduce his lesser known works to more people, then I needed to do it. I tried to channel what the words meant to me, and what he meant to me,” said Sykes. Her powerful performance delivers King’s compassion, outrage, insight, and vulnerability like few others could — and reminds us all of the relevance his words still have today, and can be downloaded free at www.audible.com/theotheramerica from now until the release of the full collection.
Tiar Wilson, aptn National NewsA number of inner city programs in Winnipeg that help combat gangs are in danger of being cut.The federal government has yet to send funding to 5 programs meaning that some staff may be laid off. Circle of Courage is one of the programs. It targets young boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk of being caught up in gang life. One of the boys who used to run drugs for a local gang says it’s helping him.“I’m going to school more often and I’m here (at the program) most of the time.”At the moment there are 70 young people enrolled in the 5 programs across Winnipeg. Two thirds of them are aboriginal teenagers.Leslie Spillett is with the Kanikanichik Organization that runs Circle of Courage.“there has been no new criminal charges laid against them there has been some breaches in probation but no re-offending has occured which illustrates in a very concrete way how important working with young people is.”The programs have been around since 2007 and are in part funded by federal, provincial and municipal dollars. Despite saying that the programs have been a success, Ottawa has yet to commit any money for the future and that means as many as 28 people could lose their jobs.Spillet says the worst thing is telling the young people that the program may close for good.“its a systemic thing. its an extremely frustrating way of providing services to the community, instead of putting your energy and focus on the community its on finding money.”More prisons:Earlier this month, the federal conservative government announced that it was spending 2-billion dollars over 5 years to expand Canada’s prisons. According to Spillet, that’s a little ironic.“the real irony is that how gangs got really established in this province is because of the criminal justice system because thats where the main recruiting went and goes on and thats how it spread into alot of our other communities.”email@example.com
APTN National NewsOTTAWA -Following the first meeting on the road to reconciliation Aboriginal leaders said they are encouraged by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told them behind closed doors.“We wanted to say how proud we were to be part of the conversations today, to see people starting to do things in a different way,” said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. “I think we’ve seen that here today, is what can be accomplished if you go in with that desire to dialogue.”Five leaders from various national Aboriginal organizations met with Trudeau to try and work out a plan to implement the recommendations contained in the Truth and Reconciliations June report. The commission’s final report was released Tuesday in Ottawa.Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami said he is encouraged by the meeting with Trudeau and members of his Cabinet.“What we were looking for is a renewed Inuit to Crown relationship,” said Obed. “That relationship can only happen with the type of meetings we had this morning, and the respect for the, for all Inuit organizations in a way that we haven’t seen in a number of years.”He said he looks forward to “renewing” the relationship in a tangible way.“I think the time for rhetoric is over and the time for action is now. I’m really happy to be part of the transition and the implementation of a meaningful new relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada,” he said.Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council said he was glad to meet with Trudeau but gave the new prime minister a message.“The Metis Nation is pleased that the TRC, the Canadian government has dealt with Indian Residential Schools. This morning, again, we reminded the Prime Minister that the Métis residential schools have not been dealt with yet,” said Chartier. “(We were) given assurances that our issues will be looked at. So I believe that’s very critical to us.”Chartier is a survivor of a Metis residential school, having went for 10 years. He supports the government’s call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous.“Myself, when I was 15-years-old at a boarding school, my mother was killed. No justice has yet been done for her,” he said.Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said success will be measured in results.“How are you going to measure success? Well, once you start getting rid of the 135-plus boil water advisories, you know, that’s going to be success,” he said. ” So success will be measured when that gap starts to close, and so that all peoples have the same opportunities to good jobs, good education and training and employment opportunities.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabat – Spain’s first far-right party Vox again called on Spain Thursday, September 12, at the Spanish Parliament to build walls at the Moroccan borders of enclaves Ceuta and Melilla.The wall, according to the party, would ease the flow of irregular migration between Spain and Morocco.Both countries are facing pressure due to irregular migration. Vox also seeks to send armed forces to the border, providing them with more weapons, according to Grupola La Provincia.Currently the borders of the two Spanish enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, with Morocco are enforced with double fences and barbed wire.Read Also: Spain’s Far-right Party Leader Wants a Wall at Ceuta, Melilla BordersOften described as a Trump-inspired politician, the leader of the party, Santiago Abascal, believes that Rabat should pay to build a wall at the land border between Spain and Morocco. In response to the party’s claims, spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi said at a press conference held after the government weekly meeting on September 12 that Morocco’s position regarding Ceuta and Melilla is clear.El Khalfi said that both enclaves are occupied territories. “The position of the kingdom has been known for a long time,” he said.This is not the first time that the Trump-inspired politician has asked Rabat to pay for a wall at the land border between Spain and Morocco.In a book titled “Santiago Abascal: Espana vertebrada,”published in March, writer Fernando Sanchez Drago revealed Abascal’s party immigration policies.The book states that Abascal wants to make Morocco pay for the wall because he sees the North African country as the primary culprit for the waves of irregular migrants that have reached Spain in recent years.Abascal believes that the wall “is a psychological one and consists of informing immigrants that those who enter illegally in Europe will never be able to regularize their situation nor will they have the right to stay, nor will they have social assistance, nor will they be given a health card,” according to Fernando Sanchez Drago’s book.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched an AIDS awareness and help campaign for inmates in Becora prison in Dili, Timor-Leste.The project, to be run by a local non-governmental organization, Sharis Haburas Comunidade, will supply updated information on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases to the inmates, according to a news release issued by the UN mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).It seeks to take a holistic approach to assisting the prisoners, and to help ensure a way for them to move forward when they leave the prison. Timor-Leste has a relatively low incidence of HIV/AIDS, and a national plan to maintain that record, the mission stated.“However, prisoners were not given focus in terms of HIV prevention and care,” said Dr. Hernando Agudelo, UNFPA Representative in Dili. “To fill the identified gap, UNFPA has funded this project that will provide accurate services to the prisoners in this regard.” In addition to UNFPA and UNMIT, the project is also in collaboration with the faith-based Holy Spirit Sisters, the Ministries of Health and Justice, the Bureau of Prisons and the National AIDS Commission. 28 May 2009The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched an AIDS awareness and help campaign for inmates in Becora prison in Dili, Timor-Leste.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had received reports of the relocation from Abu Shouk camp to Korma, without the consultations with international agencies that the government had pledged to conduct.Last July OCHA said about 4,000 IDPs were forcibly removed from El Meshtel to Abu Shouk camp in North Darfur State, and another 7,000 IDPs from Nyala to Kalma camp in South Darfur State.Meanwhile, OCHA said UN staff members were trying to find and aid the IDPs who were moved by military and police units yesterday after they suddenly closed the El Geer camp, near Nyala town, during the night. Some went to another camp, but others were dispersed in Nyala, and Mr. Annan said he was troubled by the move.The Government, however, did not appear to have taken action to move IDPs from Otash camp, on the outskirts of Nyala, OCHA said.
Likely impact of Thai king’s death on economy unclear by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – Thailand’s stock market and currency were shaken as long-ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health worsened this week.After his death Thursday at age 88, the outlook remains murky. Here are a few of the key factors and indicators to watch for:SHARE PRICES: Thai stocks slid after the Royal Palace announced that Bhumibol’s condition was unstable, the first time it had used that phrase regarding the king’s health. On Wednesday the benchmark fell nearly 7 per cent but ended down 4.1 per cent. The market could be roiled by a sell-off of assets by palace officials or other members of the political elite.THAI BAHT: Thailand’s currency was trading at 35.23 baht to the U.S. dollar on Friday, down 1.3 per cent from a day earlier. It fell 1.1 per cent on Wednesday and 0.2 per cent on Thursday. But such gyrations do not compare with the baht’s meltdown under speculative attacks that triggered a region-wide financial crisis in 1997. Analysts say they expect the Bank of Thailand is prepared to intervene, if need be, to support the baht.ECONOMY ON EDGE: Bhumibol was a constitutional monarch with no formal political role, but was seen as a unifying figure amid Thailand’s perennial political turmoil. Many analysts expect the country to remain calm, as Thais focus on mourning and avoid trouble with the military junta. But there is concern over the succession, since the king’s son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, has not earned the same respect as his father.POLITICS: Concern over the royal succession has been entwined with political upheavals in the past decade, as royalists manoeuvred to control the process, instead of certain politicians whose fealty to the monarchy they doubt. In a report, the Eurasia Group said a general election scheduled for 2017 would likely be pushed back to 2018. The overall impact on the business environment, it said, would likely be limited to a 100-day period of mourning that would follow his death.RECENT TRENDS: Thailand’s economy is heavily dependent on exports, and thus vulnerable to weaker demand in major markets like China and the U.S. The country has been lauded for its progress in reducing poverty, from about two-thirds of the population to just over 10 per cent, according to the World Bank. Growth could fall short of forecasts of about 3 per cent if decision making slows and consumption falls while Thais mourn the king’s passing. But contrary to some expectations, bars did not close after the king’s death was announced Thursday and financial markets were open Friday, suggesting the country’s leaders are keen to avoid economic disruptions.UNCERTAINTIES: While most analysts expect Thailand’s transition to be smooth, the divide between its affluent urban centres and poorer rural areas is a constant source of instability. The military has overthrown civilian, democratically elected governments twice in the past decade, though the situation has been relatively calm since the last coup in 2014. Fresh protests could hurt the tourism sector, which accounts for a tenth of the GDP. Past unrest already has damaged the country’s competitiveness, as infrastructure projects stalled and investors held back, wary of uncertainty. “The lack of investment is undermining the economy’s future productive capacity,” Krystal Tan and Gareth Leather of Capital Economics wrote in a recent report. “The bottom line is that it is difficult to be upbeat about Thailand’s medium-term outlook until the political picture becomes clearer.”
#POPE The conclave of Catholic cardinals will meet next Tuesday to begin the process of deciding who will be the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church, following Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. They wished to hold the conclave earlier than usual, and voted on the issue following days of meetings.#NICOLA FURLONG The father of Nicola Furlong, the Irish woman who died in Japan last year, has spoken about the murder trial. Andrew Furlong said that the family had been “coping better than expected” but the trial has been “hard listening”.#BAILOUT IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has said that the fund has an “open mind” about the possibility of delaying the repayment of Ireland’s IMF bailout loans. She made the comment while speaking in Dublin today, where she also spoke of the “extraordinary efforts” made by Ireland to rebuild its economy.#ABORTION The draft legislation to allow abortion within the terms of the X Case will be published by the Irish Government next month, and it hopes to have the legislation in place by July. A timetable on this was presented by Irish representatives at a Council of Europe meeting today in Strasbourg.In Mother Hubbard’s Child Care in Ongar Village Dublin for Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day were: Patrick Glackin (4), Kate Ayres (4), Sarah Aberg (4), and James Van Der Mesch (4). They were among 43,762 young people nationwide wearing their PJs to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Home Care for Children programme.THINGS WE LOVEDWorried for the future of this world? Buzzfeed shows that we need worry no more, thanks to these children who will clearly rule one day.By now, you’ve seen the many clips of goats yelling like humans. But why do they do that? Slate investigates.This Time In A Can project is fascinating. It involves using aluminium cans as pinhole cameras, fitted with photographic paper and left to expose a solarigraph (an image that records the ‘motion’ of the Sun) over six months. The photos were taken around the world and you can see the results on the official website. A general view of a giant boulder sculpture by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (1946-2012) , “Rock On Top Of Another Rock”, unveiled in Kensington Gardens in London. Pic: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics EntertainmentHERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#SHOOTING Four men arrested over the shooting dead of Peter Butterly (35) in the car park of the Huntsman pub in Gormanston, Co Meath, remain in custody. Gardaí said today that one of the men was released this afternoon. It is thought Butterly’s death may be linked to an internal Real IRA feud. (time in a can/Vimeo)THINGS WE SHARED Want to cook your mother breakfast in bed? The Guardian has some tips.When the Jihad came to Mali – a look at the impact of this by Joshua Hammer, from the New York Review of Books.Did you know that the Led Zeppelin cover photo for Houses of The Holy was captured at the Giant’s Causeway? Here’s more from Dangerous Minds.
The government has launched a consultation into the most effective means of regulating to prevent charges being imposed on members of workplace pension schemes used for automatic enrolment to recover the cost of commission paid to an adviser.This consultation follows the government’s announcement in March 2014 that it intended to prohibit member-borne commission payments to an adviser in relevant occupational pension schemes from April 2016.The consultation sets out two options for preventing member-borne commission payments.The first proposal puts a duty on pension trustees to ensure that members are not charged for the cost of any commission payments to advisers in relation to new commission arrangements, and that they endeavor to remove any existing member-borne commission arrangements. The second option set out by the government suggests placing the duty on service providers.The government has proposed a phased introduction for the ban. This includes making regulations to ban new member-borne commission arrangements from 6 April 2016, or an employer’s staging date if later, and then consulting on draft regulations to implement the ban on existing arrangements later next year.The consultation paper notes that many providers have already removed commission arrangements from their qualifying pension schemes in anticipation of the ban, while others are taking steps to remove these by April 2016.The consultation opened on 26 October and will close on 27 November 2015.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for an armed robber who held up a Hollywood Walgreens cashier at knife-point.According to investigators, the crook pretended to be a customer before demanding money from the clerk on Aug. 7.That suspect then took off from the store near Pembroke Road and North State Road 7.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
EDWRR experienced a 9.2 percent loss in ad pages in 2011’s first quarter compared to first quarter 2010, dropping from 117.64 to 106.85 pages, according to the Publisher’s Information Bureau first quarter report. Design and photography have been rethought in the relaunch process. The pages now include sketches and handwriting-like fonts; three dimensional slugs and textures like notebook paper, grocery bags and paper clipped items are seen throughout the copy. The photography has been made “more approachable,” with special attention paid to the food shots included in the magazine.Digital offerings were also ramped up during this relaunch. Vaccariello shared that five regular columns have monthly mobile apps “where readers can shoot the on-page jag tag and download extra content, shopping lists [and] special reader deals.” Slide shows and videos are included with the more popular EDWRR stories. The digital version of the magazine is now available through Zinio and Nook versions. “We want to turn things up at newsstand and increase ad revenue…I’ve been on the road for the last two months showing the new product to key advertisers, and the response has been terrific,” Vaccariello said. “Next, we turn our attention to creating new digital products.” Around the five year anniversary of Every Day with Rachael Ray, Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief, noted that the “architecture and pacing [of the magazine] were off”.Vaccariello, who joined EDWRR in November 2010 from, has led a relaunch of the food and lifestyle magazine. Debuting with the May 2011 issue, Vaccariello said, “We completely reorganized the magazine.” The magazine is now broken into four distinguishable sections: “Specials of the Month,” features specific to the current issue; “Found in every issue,” which are regular columns; and “two clear front-of-book sections,” “Fun” and “Food.”“These run up to a new feature well and a rich back of book experience meant to evoke the conversation that Rachael [Ray] has with her fans, that readers have with our test kitchen team and other experts, and that we have with cooks and celebrities everywhere,” Vaccariello said.New columns include “How Cool is That,” “You’ll Wanna Do It” and “Makeover Takeover.”
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Prothom Alo File PhotoWelcoming prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision on holding talks with political parties, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Tuesday sent her a letter to seeking dialogue with her party.BDB presidium member Abdur Rouf and organising secretary Omar Farroque carried the letter to the Dhanmondi Office of Hasina, also president of Bangladesh Awami League around 6:00pm, B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam told UNB.Earlier at a meeting, BDB presidium members welcomed the premier’s response to political parties’ proposal for engaging in dialogue and expressed their desire for talks with her.Following the presidium members’ decision, B Chowdhury sent the letter to the prime minister.In the letter, B Chwodhury said, “We’re pleased that you’ve extended offer to engage in political dialogue to resolve the problems over the election. We, on behalf of Jukta Front and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, sincerely thank you.””We’ll be happy if you invite us to join dialogue with you at your convenient time. We believe it’s possible to resolve all the problems through our will and cordiality,” he wrote in the letter.On Sunday, eminent jourist Kamal Hossain, in favour of the Jatiya Oikya Front, sent a letter to prime minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue about the 11th national elections.In response to it, Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to Kamal Hossain on Tuesday morning and invited the Oikya Front leaders to join the dialogue at 7:00pm on Thursday at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister.
Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHPD Chief Art Acevedo (third from right) discusses crime statistics pertaining to 2018. X Share 00:00 /00:45 Listen Total crime in Houston dropped by 4.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, and violent crime went down by 10.4 percent, according to data released by the Houston Police Department Monday.However, there were 279 more homicides last year, 10 more than in 2017 – a 3.7 percent increase.That makes Houston one of only a few major U.S. cities where the number of homicides went up in 2018, according to a December analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.Washington, D.C., is one other notable exception, whereas murders in high-crime cities like Chicago and Baltimore went down.But Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the longer-term trend is a better indicator, and murders went down in 2016 and 2017.“I promise you long term we’re trending in the right direction, including homicides,” he said. “We’re trending in the right direction in everything our community should care about.”This, he said, despite limited resources. The chief has long said the police department is understaffed.Acevedo said 37 percent of homicides were either gang-related or family violence.And, he said, the number of family murders in particular went up by 38 percent compared to 2017. The Houston Police Department has started some programs to tackle domestic violence and is working on more, the chief said.The 279 Houston murders did not come close to the Brennan Center for Justice’s projection in December, which predicted a 24.7 percent increase in homicides for the year.Robberies were down for the fourth straight year, nearly 1,000 fewer last year than in 2017.Acevedo said robberies really tell the story of what is happening in a city, because it is usually a stranger-on-stranger crime.“Think about that for a minute,” Acevedo said. “A thousand people that didn’t have a gun placed at their head or in their face, or a knife or a bat or some other form of force to rob them.”Among non-violent crime, only auto theft went up slightly in 2018, by 2.3 percent, while burglaries have gone down every year since at least 2014.You can read a chart with HPD data that contains information about crime from the year 2014 to 2018 here: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRONortheast Eats, a tasting that’ll amplify food and drink companies in the Northeast quadrant of the District on June 1, has booked eight Black-owned businesses this year, and hopes to add five more before the week is out.That would bring the total number of participating Black-owned businesses to 12, the most in the event’s four-year history, says Brian Becker, the festival’s founder and organizer.Northeast Eats, a tasting event in D.C that highlights vendors in the Northeast quadrant of the city, is featuring at least eight Black owned businesses, including Rabia Kamara’s (pictured above) Ruby Scoops. (Courtesy Photo)The eight confirmed Black-owned businesses are: Ruby Scoops, Mondiale Dressing Co., Sweet Mossie’s stew pot spot, Exotic Chef, Yoco Confections, District Chop, RunVeggie and SweetKiwi yogurt company. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and brings more than 40 food vendors and 10 breweries and distilleries under one roof to D.C. Brau, 3178 Bladensburg Rd. NE. More than 400 people are expected to attend, giving participating businesses crucial visibility. Northeast Eats also partnered with BLCKNLIT, a Black-owned organization curating Black events and experiences, to hold a ticket giveaway on their behalf. Becker also teamed up with DMV Black Restaurant Week to help promote the tasting — they will have a table at the event. Becker says if the tasting didn’t include Black vendors, then he would have failed to put on an inclusive event that represents the city.“There are some very obvious disparities and there’s some obvious tension and yet I think about my life and what makes me love living in the city is… it’s such a diverse place,” said Becker, who is White. “If we just stick to the people that I know, it’s not going to be representative. So let’s get to work.” Ruby Scoops owner, Rabia Kamara, has been involved with the tasting since its inception, and serves on its board as secretary. Her duties include helping secure vendors for the event. She’s delighted to see Black-owned businesses jumping in because, even though Blacks comprise 47.1 percent of the city, according to the U.S. Census, their businesses aren’t spotlighted enough in D.C., in her view. Taking part in the tasting not only gives Black entrepreneurs exposure, but it also allows other people of color to see them doing their thing, she told the AFRO. “So me being me, I was like, ‘Hey other Black people come do this thing,’” Kamara said. “I want to make sure we don’t get lost in the sauce of the gentrification.” Organizers hope to spread the wealth across the city by taking future tastings to other quadrants, including Southeast, which encompasses Wards 7 and 8.“I feel like we need to open up to everybody,” Kamara says.Northeast Eats has been around for four years — the first three years, it acted as a fundraiser for Washington Jesuit Academy, a Catholic middle school in Northeast for low-income boys. Becker worked in various positions there, including acting headmaster and director of leadership giving, and told the AFRO the event raised a total of $50,000 over the last three years. Becker left the school in June 2018, so for the first time this year, all of the tasting’s proceeds are going back to the vendors to cover staffing and product costs they incur for participating in the tasting.Vendors get $100 for posting their involvement on social media, another $100 if they sell 10 tickets with a discount code, and another $100 after Becker covers all of the events costs.“Everybody wins when we get 300 tickets sold and everyone wins again when we hit 400,” Becker says, adding that hitting both of those benchmarks generates another $200 for vendors. Tickets cover all food and drinks and cost $50 or $20 for people under 21.Other vendors on tap at Northeast Eats include Toki Underground, Wunder Garten, Brookland’s Finest, Sloppy Mamas, One Eight Distilling, D.C. Brau, MGM Roast Beef, and Masala Story.
Major Nelson has passed along some good news this week if you like your shooters and you are an Xbox Live Gold Member. Starting yesterday and running until February 14, there are six shooters available on Xbox Live with at least 50%, and in some cases 67% knocked off the price.The games in the offer include:Duke Nukem Manhatten Project – 50% offSpace Invaders Infinity Gene – 50% offGeometry Wars 2 – 50% offSerious Sam HD: The First Encounter – 67% offSerious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – 67% offGalaga Legions – 50% offThe deal works out to every game costing just 400 points or $5. Any in that selection you would recommend at these bargain bin prices?Looking ahead there’s also two further games getting large discounts starting February 14. They are:Blacklight: Tango Down – 600 Points – 50% offRisk Factions – 400 Points – 50% offIt looks as though these two discounts are open to everyone, not just Gold membersRead more at Major Nelson