Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Two Transported To CPH Following HeadOn Collision On Kenai Spur Hwy

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 9:15 a.m., this morning, at mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Bud Sexton, with Nikiski Fire Department: “One individual in each of the two vehicles were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” Sexton: “Just a good reminder to everybody in these snowy conditions to make sure to leave plenty of distance between the vehicle in front of you, take it slow, and leave early.” The accident briefly halted traffic in both directions of the Spur Highway while crews remained on scene. Sexton stated that it was a ‘relief’ that both patients were in the condition that they were and not injured more severely in the accident.last_img read more

CES Responded To Flipped Boat Near Jims Landing No Reported Injuries

first_imgCES Chief Dan Grimes: “We responded with an engine, two engines, and a command rig. We also contacted the Russian River Ferry and had them meet us at the landing with their boat.” CES put two rescue swimmers on the boat and went downstream roughly 500 yards South of Jim’s Landing and located the flipped boat. Grimes: “Three victims all on shore, they were wet and cold, but okay. We brought them back safely to the landing.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to a flipped over boat in the Kenai River near Jim’s Landing around 9:51 p.m., last night. According to Grimes all occupants were wearing life jackets.last_img

The Wilmington Insider For July 7 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind.In The Community: Wilmington High School Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th Reunion tonight at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). For more information, contact organizer Steve Gerhartz at wilmingtonhs1968[at]gmail.com.In The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.MBTA Reminder: Beginning today, there will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Netflix to debut Dave Chappelles next comedy special this month

first_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Dave Chappelle. August 26th. We’ll let Morgan Freeman tell you the rest. pic.twitter.com/PDyh7YBHhT— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) August 15, 2019 Read the AirPods review 0 Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Comments $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo Read the Rylo camera preview “If you say anything, you risk everything,” Freeman says in the clip. “But if that’s the way it’s gotta be, OK, fine. Fuck it. He’s back, folks.”Sticks and Stones is Chappelle’s fifth Netflix comedy special. In 2016, the comedian signed a deal with the streaming service to release three stand-up specials, but he put out four. $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Post a comment Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. TV and Movies Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comedian Dave Chappelle’s fifth comedy special is coming to Netflix later this month. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Dave Chappelle’s next Netflix comedy special, Sticks and Stones, is slated for an Aug. 26 release, the streaming service said in a tweet Thursday. Netflix shared a Morgan Freeman-narrated teaser promoting the special.”Dave Chappelle. August 26th. We’ll let Morgan Freeman tell you the rest,” the tweet reads. See It Sprint See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Rylo $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

Sharps banks considering additional aid as part of Foxconn deal Source

first_imgSharp Corp’s two main banks are set to lower the interest rates on a combined 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion) in loans to the Japanese display maker as part of a planned takeover by Taiwan’s Foxconn, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said.The core banking units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Mizuho Financial Group Inc also plan to extend the deadline for repayment of a combined 510 billion yen in syndicated loans due at the end of the month, the source said.The source declined to be identified because the plan has not been officially announced.The banks are also considering an additional commitment line for the troubled company, the source told Reuters, as it seeks to restructure under Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.Representatives for Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho declined to comment.last_img read more

Haiti PM resigns after deadly unrest

first_imgDemonstrators march along a street during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersEmbattled Haiti prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices.”I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature.Lafontant had faced a potential vote of no confidence had he not resigned — something he had previously insisted he would not do.Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes — 38 per cent for gasoline, 47 per cent for diesel and 51 per cent for kerosene.The announcement sparked mass protests, with streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities blocked with barricades of debris and burning tires.Dozens of shops were looted and burned and cars were set ablaze. At least four people were killed. The government quickly did an about-face and called off the planned price increases.Lafontant, a physician who had little political experience before taking office in February 2017, had faced widespread criticism even before the spasm of violence.Several hundred protesters marched on Saturday in Port-au-Prince demanding the departure not just of Lafontant, but also of president Jovenel Moise.”It’s not just a question of changing the prime minister, because day by day, the people are still suffering from more misery, unemployment, insecurity, hunger,” said Fleurette Pierre, one of the demonstrators.Haiti is desperately poor: around 60 per cent of its people live on less than two dollars a day, and they are extremely sensitive to even minor increases in prices of just about anything.In February, Haiti signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the Washington-based global crisis lender, in which the country committed to carrying out economic and structural reforms to promote growth.- ‘More gradual approach’ -One of those conditions was the elimination of petroleum product subsidies, prompting the doomed price hike proposal.The accord also called on the government to keep inflation under 10 per cent.Since 2015, inflation has been running at 13 to 14 per cent annually. The budget blueprint submitted to the legislature in late June still foresaw a rate of 13.6 per cent.On Thursday, the IMF suggested “a more gradual approach” to ending fuel subsidies, paired with “compensatory and mitigating measures to protect the most vulnerable people.””We will continue to support Haiti… as they develop a revised reform strategy,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said, noting that ending subsidies would free up funds for other programmes such as education.Crafting a revised strategy — and divvying up Haiti’s meagre budget resources — will be a delicate task.The decision to scrap the price hikes means the government will have to find another way to come up with the $300 million the move would have generated.It is not an insignificant amount — the total is more than 11 per cent of the 2018-2019 budget presented to parliament in June for debate.Now, Moise’s government has to find a way to appease all sides — angry and impatient consumers, politicians with varying interests and IMF economists.Haiti’s deep levels of inequality are often cited by protesters who want both Lafontant and Moise out of office.More than 200 years after gaining independence from France, Haiti is still ranked by the World Bank as having one of earth’s most unjust societies.last_img read more

Congressman Al Green To Boycott Trump Inauguration

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew SchneiderCongressman Al Green, speaking at his district office in Houston.Congressman Al Green said he’ll boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Houston congressman was the first Texan among of dozens of House Democrats refusing to attend Trump’s swearing in.Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett and San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro added their names to the list several hours later.Green cited Trump’s language during the campaign as one of the main reasons he’ll be staying away from the Capitol on Friday, when Trump takes the oath of office. “I cannot participate in the inauguration of a person who calls women dogs, who would bar Muslims from this country, who has insulted a Gold Star family, who has insulted Latinos,” he said.Green also echoed Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who is boycotting the event as well, by saying Trump will not be a legitimate president.But Green went further, linking support for Trump to support for state efforts to suppress minority voting rights. As an example, he pointed to Texas voter ID law.“People are not going to accept Mr. Trump as a legitimate president,” Green said. “He’s lawful, but the way it happened is going to cast a shadow over his presidency, not just today, but tomorrow, and perhaps until he can help us change some of these draconian laws.”Green said that one of his top priorities for the new Congress will be working to reinstate portions of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court. He said that’s one area in which he’d be happy to work with the new president.Andrew SchneiderCongressman Green attacked Texas voter ID law, and others like it, for making it harder for minorities to vote. He said the first time he attempted to use his congressional ID to identify himself at the polls, he was turned away. Xlast_img read more

Houston Homeowners Move Forward After Harvey And Many Face Limited Options

first_img 00:00 /02:57 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Allison LeeMonica Augusta, 47, says this is the second time her home has been flooded.Officials have estimated that Harvey’s floodwaters have destroyed 30,000 to 40,000 Houston homes. And as the city recovers, the people who lived in those homes are asking, “Now what?”Monica Augusta lives in the neighborhood of Bellaire, in southwest Houston. The houses on her block are surrounded by what seems like a graveyard of flood-damaged mattresses, furniture, and personal items.This is the second time her home has flooded, and she said it doesn’t get any easier.“It feels like everyone I talk to, and the more questions I ask, and different answers I get, the more overwhelmed and confused I feel,” she said. “I don’t want to go through this again. A single mom with two kids and two dogs. I can’t go through it again. But, when you have a mortgage that’s already overwhelming, how do you even begin to think of adding to that mortgage?”– / 3Many people around Houston are facing that same exact dilemma, and are reaching out to people like Sam Craven.Craven is the co-founder of Senna House Buyers, in the Heights. Since Harvey, he said he’s been having seven appointments a day; and has racked up over 200 miles on his car within three days, just to get to them.Credit: Allison LeeSam Craven, 32, drives to multiple Senna House Buyers’ clients a day, all across Houston.“Most of the people that I’ve met with have been in the hardest hit areas; the ones that have been hit multiple times. And so, they’ve kind of been through it before,” said Craven.“We have so many people calling us right now, who don’t even know what the next step is. From people calling us saying, ‘Hey, I don’t know how to dry out my house,’ to people calling us crying and upset because they’ve lost everything and they just want to move on and sell their home,” said Craven. “We find ourselves as an unfortunate subject matter expert, here.”Craven said he’s also concerned about insurance adjusters potentially moving their attention from Harvey, to Irma.Credit: Allison LeeSam Craven meets with homeowner Monica Augusta, to calculate how much it would cost to fix damages from Harvey, and how much his business can offer her for the house.And as flood victims continue to navigate through the process, Bellaire homeowner Monica Augusta said the cycle is overwhelming.“You take whatever money you can, make it livable, and move back in. Only to go through it again. Because you don’t have any other options, and I’m feeling that,” she said. “So, part of me thinks, ‘How could you ever go through this more than two, three times. But then I realize you just don’t have options….So maybe we rent the rest of our lives? I don’t know. We’re going to an apartment in [West University Place]. But even that’s terrifying, because now you have rent and a mortgage.”Over the years, Harris County has bought out more flooded homeowners than any county in the country. But the process can take years. And now, FEMA officials are telling the Houston Chronicle they’re trying to find ways to speed up the process, so flooded homeowners can consider buyouts instead of rebuilding. X Sharelast_img read more

Trumps Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017.President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he’s dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to rack up significant legislative accomplishments.This did not go unnoticed by one of the top Democrats in Congress. Trump “throws destructive bones to his base then tells Congress to fix it: Iran, Health care, Puerto Rico,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Saturday.While Trump said Friday that Iran had violated “the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, he didn’t pull out of the multi-nation agreement, at least not yet. Instead, he opened the door for congressional action — and that’s exactly what he’s asking for.“I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” Trump said.And with that Trump dumped another item on Congress’ already very full plate.Just the night before he had announced another decision that could well require Congress to step in: halting cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurance companies. Those payments were designed to keep premiums down for low-income consumers, but Trump said they are illegal and just a gift to insurance companies.Democrats and moderate Republicans including Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida expressed dismay at the move. Both Dent and Ros-Lehtinen have already announced they do not intend to run for re-election next year.“We at the end of the day will own this. We, the Republican Party, will own this,” Dent said in an interview on CNN. “I believe his action will force us to enter into some kind of a bipartisan agreement on the cost-sharing reduction payments” to stabilize the insurance markets.Trump said stopping the payments was part of an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.“One by one it’s going come down, and we’re going to have great health care in our country,” Trump said in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. “We are going to have great health care in our country. We are taking a little different route than I had hoped because getting Congress — they forgot what their pledges were.”Still, he said he hoped this would prompt Congress to take bipartisan action to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said Friday he wants Democrats to come to him. They aren’t. And even when it comes to Republicans, it’s not clear the president and the various factions in Congress are even remotely on the same page about how to proceed.And that’s not the only item the president wants Congress to act on. There’s also the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. When Trump announced he would put a six-month expiration date on the program, he tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”Early on, it looked like he had reached the broad outline of an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress, only to then release a list of hard-line demands that Democrats — and even many Republicans — won’t support.“What I want is tremendous border regulation. I want the wall. And we’re going to get other things,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “And we’re going to see if we’re going to work something out. Now whether or not we do, I don’t know. But it would be wonderful to solve the DACA problem.”When Trump says “we” as he discusses DACA, Iran and health care, he mostly means “them.” Congress will have to do all the heavy lifting. And none of this will be easy for a GOP-controlled Congress (narrowly in the Senate) that is far from unanimity on any of these matters.“Every time you buck some issue over to their plate, you blow the place up,” said Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in Congress. “And Congress is not a well-oiled machine, so disrupting the agenda and putting more things on their lap — issues which are really wedge issues within the Republican Party … it’s almost mind-boggling to me that a president who doesn’t see himself as part of the party in Congress puts them back in that situation.”And all of these items come on top of what was supposed to be the top priority for congressional Republicans this fall: passing a tax system overhaul. In the midst of everything else, Trump has been campaigning for tax cuts and other changes to the tax code. He suggested maybe it could be a “Christmas gift” to Americans.A more likely Christmas gift could well be a shutdown showdown over must-pass government funding legislation. The current funding expires Dec. 8, and at least some of these issues could get wrapped up in negotiations.On Friday, Schumer did express optimism that at least the health care subsidies could pass that way.“I think we’re going to have a very good opportunity in the omnibus to get this done in a bipartisan way, if we can’t get it done sooner,” he said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Delhi get ready to be played

Shoelace productions and Aranya brings to the Capital, a unique theatre festival – Prayog, offering three plays to entertain theatre enthusiasts. To be held at LTG auditorium from 26 to 28 October, the plays that will be staged include Illham, Park and Laal Pencil.Manav Kaul, veteran theatre personality, who has penned each of these plays says, ‘I’m quite excited about my plays being staged in Delhi. I’ve been performing in Delhi since 2004 and simply love to see the response of theatre lovers in the city.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Deepak Dhamija, the brain behind Prayog, says, ‘I realised there was a scarcity of playwrights in India. Through this festival we wanted to provide a platform for young contemporary writers.’ Dhamija dubs Prayog as an ‘experiment’.Being staged on 26 October, Illham focuses on the tagline: is Bhagwan the epitome of the mundane? It’s about the life of a middle-aged banker, who is married and has grown up children. However, one day, while sitting on a decrepit park bench he stumbles upon ‘enlightenment’. Therein begins the battle between the world outside and his world inside. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile the second in line is a play titled Park, being staged on 27 October, about any park, just about anywhere, with three regular benches, where three men squabble about the choicest of seats. Because each one’s claim is the greatest and the most fundamental one. Last in row, being staged on 28 October is Laal Pencil based on a Korean novel. It revolves around a young school girl, whose entire life changes when she acquires a magical red pencil. So select your play from Prayog and head to LTG, ensuring a sheer theatrical delight!LOG ON to www.indianstage.in to book tickets right away! read more

For a cause

first_imgStar India, the nation’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, will strengthen on-going efforts at rehabilitation in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand by raising funds to help bring comfort to victims of this tragedy.Leading actors from Bollywood will join Star’s fund-raiser – a seven-hour marathon event on the occasion of Independence Day – in what’s the first such effort by the entertainment industry to alleviate the sufferings of people impacted by the floods. The entire advertising revenue generated through the event will be channelled to not-for-profit bodies that are working diligently to restore normalcy in Uttarakhand. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The tragedy in Uttarakhand is a solemn opportunity for every Indian to lend a helping hand,’ Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, said. ‘This occasion demands that people join forces to support those in need. It’s heartening that people are coming together and our role is only that of a catalyst.’Early confirmation of stars supporting the initiative include Indian cinema’s icons Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Anil Kapoor, AR Rahman, Boman Irani, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Prasoon Joshi, Mukesh Bhatt, Ayushmann Khurana and celebrities from top television shows of the Star network such as Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDiya Aur Baati Hum, Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara, Saraswatichandra, Savdhaan India, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev and India’s Dancing Superstars among others.Film Producers Guild, Federation of Western India Cine Employees, TV Artists Forum, Corporate Charity Trusts and several independent industrialists and donors will partner Star India’s marathon fund-raiser that will be attended by senior leaders from the state and central governments. ‘I am delighted that the Indian film industry has embraced our outreach plan and is partnering with us in this initiative to spread hope,’ Shankar added.last_img read more