Jamaicas High Commissioner to Launch Diaspora Conference in London

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, May 31, 2017 – Kingston – High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, will launch the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference and the Jamaica 55 celebrations in London, on June 1.The conference will be held over the period July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. It is one of the key activities of Jamaica’s 55th Independence anniversary celebrations.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that a Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee that was recently established by the Jamaican High Commission will play a key role at the launch.“They have assured me that it will be exciting and engaging. I am told that there will be a mento band to welcome participants,” he said, adding that Jamaicans living in the UK and members of various community-based organisations will be in attendance.He pointed out that the Global Young Leaders of Jamaica, a network of young leaders from across the world, will have a session on the third day of the conference.“One of the outcomes that our Minister wanted was to have that mechanism for engagement of the youth, so this is the start of the process,” he said.#magneticmedianews#diasporaconferenceinlondon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#diasporaconferenceinlondon, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more



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STATE REP RACE Judy OConnell To Hold Campaign Kickoff Rally On June 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Committee for Judy O’Connell for State Representative is holding a Campaign “Kickoff” Rally on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 7:30pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).The event will include music, light refreshments, and cash bar. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.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… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Judy O’Connell Raises $10,000; Spends $4,000 Thus FarIn “Government”last_img read more



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Cadillacs hot new CT6V gets pricing and preorders

first_img 18 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Fans of luxurious domestic speed can rejoice because the order books are open for Cadillac’s next V car. Cadillac Cadillac has our emotions all over the place lately with the news of the CT6 getting canceled, then un-canceled, and now here we are getting pricing information on the saucy CT6-V with its locally sourced, farm-to-table, bespoke, artisanal Blackwing turbo V8. It’s almost more than a person can stand.Cadillac announced pricing for its newest and soon-to-be-onliest V-Series car on Monday, and as is typical for fast Caddies, it seems like a helluva deal with a starting price of $88,790.”The 2019 CT6-V marks the expansion of the V-Series sub-brand and is the proof point of Cadillac’s commitment to build high-performance vehicles as we continue our product offensive,” Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said in a statement Monday. “Fans of Cadillac will see high-performance variants across our portfolio.”Cadillac is also hoping to snare some prospective buyers for the car by opening up preorders in advance of the car’s projected mid-2019 on-sale date. If you want one, though, you’re going to need to move quickly because GM is only offering 275 preorders in total. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2 Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice Cadillac,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 69 Photos Cadillac Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Tags Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 26 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuffcenter_img More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice 81 Photos 71 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 4 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Cadillac CT6: Caddy’s flagship sedan bows out in style 10 Photos 49 Photos Performance Cars Luxury cars Car Industry GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow 70 Photoslast_img read more



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Sivaji Raja warns newly elected MAA president Naresh against taking oath before

first_imgSivaji Raja and NareshFacebookSivaji Raja, the president of Movie Artiste Association (MAA), reportedly threatened Naresh saying that he would move court if he holds the swearing-in ceremony before March 31.The elections for the governing body of the MAA was held in Hyderabad a week ago. Sivaji Raja and Naresh’s panels fought the polls as if they were contesting Assembly elections. Naresh’s panel finally emerged victorious and is now planning to take oath. But the fight between the two groups took an ugly twist a week after the election with Sivaji Raja not allowing Naresh to take his oath till March 31.It is reported that newly elected MAA president Naresh decided to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of his panel on March 22. When he was busy making arrangements, the team has received an objection from Sivaji Raja, who warned against taking the oath before March 31, which happens to be his last day in office as the MAA president.Along with his new panel members Jeevitha and Rajasekhar, Naresh held a press conference on Saturday to reveal the reason for holding the swearing-in ceremony early. “We were planning to conduct the ceremony on March 22 because it’s an auspicious day, after which the next one, the Ugadi festival, comes much later,” Deccan Chronicle quoted the actor as saying.Naresh said that another reason for it is the delay in the renewal of MAA members’ insurance policies, which might lead to repercussions. He added, “Also, there’s a lot of paperwork to be completed with respect to MAA’s pension and welfare schemes and insurance policies. It is very unfortunate that Mr Sivaji Raja said that he will move the court if we conduct the ceremony before March 31.”Now, Naresh has decided to seek the support of senior industry members. He said, “It is morally incorrect on Sivaji Raja’s part to ask me not to take the oath. However, with regards to the swearing-in ceremony, we are happy to follow the instructions of the elders from the MAA and the film industry.”last_img read more



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In Texas A Database Of Exhumed Objects Aims To ID Migrants Who

first_imgCourtesy of Texas ObserverCase 0408: The remains are presumed to be male, aged 35 to 56, and were found on Nov. 3, 2009, on the Coldwell Ranch in Brooks County, Texas. They were exhumed from the Sacred Heart Cemetery on May 26, 2013.He is known only as Case 0408. The remains of a middle-aged male immigrant were discovered in Jim Hogg County, Texas, on Nov. 3, 2009. Six belongings are the only things in the universe that may help identify him: a beat-up sneaker, a size L pullover shirt and hoodie, a ring found sewn into the waistband of his pants, a red and black lucha libre wrestler’s mask, and a stuffed smiley lion.Case 0408 is one of about a hundred migrants who perish every year in the harsh, sweltering brush country of far South Texas trying to sneak around Border Patrol checkpoints. This is one of 80 cases featured on the website of The Texas Observer, the venerable progressive magazine published in Austin for the past 62 years. The idea is to create a small, searchable database where relatives can go to find photos of personal items associated with their missing loved one — a brother, sister, or son who trekked to el norte, never to be heard from again.Courtesy – Texas ObserverCase 0435: The remains are presumed to be male and were found Feb. 9, 2012, on the Laborcitas Creek Ranch in Brooks County, Texas. They were exhumed from the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurrias on May 23, 2013. All items were found in the blue backpack.“I don’t feel like I’m stepping over any boundaries,” says Jen Reel, the Observer’s multimedia editor who produced the project, titled I Have a Name. “I hope it serves as an example of what we can do as journalists, how we can take it to the next level of problem-solving.”Most of the remains featured in I Have a Name were found in mass graves in Sacred Heart Cemetery in the town of Falfurrias in Brooks County. The skeletons had been unceremoniously dumped into plastic trash bags, shopping bags and body bags, or deposited in the dirt of an open grave. A local funeral home was criticized for its disrespectful handling of the relics of the nameless migrants. The human remains and personal items were found by a forensic anthropology team from Baylor University when it exhumed the cemetery in 2014. They are now stored at Texas State University awaiting identification.Reel says only one case has been solved. When she was building the database, she found a child’s drawing that had a woman’s name on it and a prayer mentioning Ecuador. According to the Observer:“A Google search turned up a missing persons ad in a McAllen, Texas, newspaper from November 2013 — six months after the remains were found. Texas State University, working with the South Texas Human Rights Center, got in touch with the humanitarian organization that took out the ad, which in turn contacted the family. DNA testing confirmed the woman’s identity.”The project’s primary goal is to identify human remains so that a lost relative can be repatriated and a mourning family can find closure. The secondary motive of the project is to humanize immigration.Courtesy of Texas ObserverCase 0378: The remains are presumed to be female, age unknown, and were found on Aug. 28, 2012, on Tepeguaje Ranch in Brooks County, Texas.“I want us to be able to understand that when we talk about statistics involving immigrants, we’re talking about human beings,” says Reel. Of all the rosaries, jewelry, backpacks and clothing she photographed for the project, for her, the stuffed lion and the lucha libre mask stand out.“It seemed to me that these were gifts that he was bringing to someone who was here in the U.S.,” says Reel. “He must have been reuniting with family.”But Case 0408 never made it.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more



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Northeast Social Security Office Temporarily Closes

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROCiting unexpected repairs, officials have closed the Postal Plaza Social Security office in Northeast D.C. until further notice, the Social Security Administration announced April 30.People with existing appointments there should expect to hear from the administration with two options: to either receive services over the phone, or to reschedule their appointments to another office. The administration operates two offices in the District nearby. One is in Anacostia at 2041 MLK Jr. Ave. SE and the other is downtown at 1300 D St. SW.  The closure will not affect people with telephone appointments. Employees have been temporarily moved to other offices close by.Most Social Security services don’t require an office visit. To peruse through benefits or get more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. People 18 and older can sign up for a “My Social Security” account, which allows beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients to see their benefit verification letter, review payment history and earnings records.People who don’t receive benefits can use their online account to obtain a Social Security Statement that details earnings information and estimates of future benefits.Most services, meanwhile, are available by calling the administration at 1-800-772-1213. The deaf and hearing impaired should call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.last_img read more



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