Chandigarh, Jun 14 (PTI) In the wake of allegations that some of Congress votes in Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana were rejected due to use of wrong pens, PCC chief Amarinder Singh today asked what difference it makes if someone uses ink of a different colour while voting.”The world has entered the year 2016. And you are saying which is blue pen, black pen? What difference it makes, when one has ticked with blue, red, green, pink colour of ink. Who cares? It is stupidity….,” he said here.The votes of 14 Congress MLAs were declared invalid in the Rajya Sabha elections for two seats in Haryana which led to independent candidate R K Anand, backed by the party, losing the poll.Amarinder said the party would find out what had led to the shock defeat.After the victory of BJP-backed Independent candidate and media baron Subhash Chandra from one seat in the biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana, allegations and counter allegations by political parties ran thick and fast on the “invalid” votes.Congress yesterday approached the Election Commission to demand cancellation of the election to both Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana, alleging that a “conspiracy” by the BJP and RSS led to the defeat of the candidate backed by it.Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who is also Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly, had pointed fingers at the ruling BJP as well as “Hooda and company” for allegedly being behind the conspiracy which led to the votes being declared as invalid, paving the way for Chandras win. PTI CHS VJ BSA ZMN BSAadvertisement
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Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), October 14, 2016 – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday. Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area. As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting and guarding the heritage of the Bahamas.
-The ruling Awami League has apparently become desperate to win the upcoming elections in six city corporations, seeing this as a dress rehearsal for the national polls.The party’s central leaders are now speaking to grassroots activists besides trying to get new people on board, to find the best candidates for the contest likely from the opposition.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader had a new member enrollment campaign in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Local leaders are asked to work for the best possible results in the upcoming city corporation polls.Another of such campaign will be held in Rangpur on 9 November and then in other cities, party insiders say.The election commission (EC) has said the election to the Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December. The election schedule will be announced on 5 November.EC sources said elections to Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations could be held in April or May next year.Among these six city corporations, only the Rangpur mayor is from AL while the five others were elected from opposition party BNP.However, they were either busy appearing at the court or had to be away due to suspension.The AL selection committee to find suitable candidates said it had not sat together yet. It will convene a meeting after the schedule for Rangpur City Corporation is announced.AL president Sheikh Hasina has done her own homework already, doing a survey among the party leaders, the partu leader said. A list of potential canidates have already been chalked out.The AL is trying to maintain four key criteria while choosing the candidates — who is ahead in the survey, if s/he is welcomed at all levels of the party, if s/he has any ill reputation and who could be his/her opponent.To this end, AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, who is also in the selection committee, said, “There is no chance to take this local election lightly. Since it’s just before the national elections, its impact will be huge. Whoever wins it will have a set of more zealous activists.”Senior AL leaders say the city corporation elections will give them a clear idea about the ability of the grassroots activists, the opposition, the local administration and the election commission.Following a meeting of the AL presidium in May, party president Sheikh Hasina asked Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Khairuzzaman to get ready to contest in Sylhet and Rajshahi city corporation elections respectively, the party sources said.In Barisal, presidium member Abul Hasnat Abdullah’s brother Khokon Serneabat and son Sadek Abdullah are in contention, while in Khulna Sheikh Jewel, brother of Sheikh Helal MP, might get nomination.In Gazipur, it will be either metropolitan AL president Azmat Ullah or general secretary Jahangir Alam who would get nomintion. Azmat lost the 2013 election to BNP candidate Abdul Mannan, but Jahangir is in good books for withdrawing his candidacy and supporting the party chosen candidate.
Joi-Marie McKenzie offers tips to participants on how to find their niche as bloggers during the Blogger Week Unconference. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Black bloggers from around the country converged on Washington, D.C., for the annual Bloggers Week festival, a multicultural gathering of bloggers, journalists and social media gurus. Hosted by Black Bloggers Connect, the three-day event included Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels and networking events.Supported by more than 7,500 bloggers through features, published news, contests, and campaign opportunities, the Blogger Week UnConference brought together hundreds with one goal in mind: finding more concrete methods of sharing the African-American experience across the globe.Blogging participants captured the event in real-time for their own audiences throughout the various Blogger Week Unconference panel sessions. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)“I just started writing for my blog and I wanted to connect and be inspired by the many young, Black women who participate,” said Nia Phillips, who, along with Linda Joseph, manages the blog Glamsavvylife. “When we create our own spaces and our own stories, we have a certain level of control that is often missing from mainstream media and popular culture. That control is beautiful.”With Black women making up the majority of participants and facilitators, the blogging festival took on a tone of double-consciousness reminiscent of activist-publisher Ida B. Wells’ efforts to advocate for the race, and also for Black womanhood.“As Black women, too often we are overlooked or confined within stereotypical spaces, so it is great to be a part of a movement to bring our voices to the forefront, Joseph said. “I think it is amazing to see so many Black women using blogging to express themselves and as a tool for engaging our communities.”Panel discussions included “Don’t Quit your Day Job, Yet: Building a Successful Blog While Maintaining a Full-time Gig,” “How Bloggers Can Help Each Other Drive Traffic,” and “Tap into Your Authentic Voice: Purposeful Blogging.”Bloggers Tyece Wilkins, Erica Nichole and Shefon Nachelle field questions presented by facilitator G.G. Renee Hill and audience members about increasing and maintaining a loyal blog following. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Troy Johnson, founder of the African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC), encouraged bloggers to support each other’s efforts, noting an increase in writers of African descent with fewer platforms for reviews, discussions, or exchanging information about books.Finding the courage to present divergent narratives was a consistent theme within panel discussions presented at this year’s festival. Many participants told the AFRO that creating a network of support for emerging talent, even as they learned new techniques and disciplines themselves, was key to the success of Black bloggers.“It was important for me to gain insight from people whose goals include trying to make better social media platforms, regardless of what stage the individual attendees find themselves,” said Buddah Desmond, who attended last year’s sessions as well. “We’re finally taking advantage of this media in order to express our stories and tell our truths for our communities. Particularly for younger people, it is a way of being heard and being seen without the filters or misinterpretations of others,” Desmond said.BlackBloggersConnect.com was launched in June 2011 as the brainchild of community relations guru Jessica Ann Mitchell to provide a social network specifically for Black bloggers to address issues within the Pan-African world.
AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, a Medicaid provider, has fashioned an ongoing summer self-esteem workshop. It aims to help teens cope with local violence while encouraging them to live up to their potential. The “Best Me – The Blunt Truth on Violence and Prevention Summer Series” uses music, storytelling, video skits and development activities to encourage behavioral change among youth. High school students enrolled in the six-week program are from the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. The campaign attempts to foster a supportive environment for kids to discuss issues that affect them. Topics covered include eating better, safe sex, domestic violence, and resolving conflicts through words, not fists.“It removes barriers and it makes it personal,” said Lauren Reynolds, the AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. marketing and communications consultant who devised the campaign. “Whatever your personal best is, and that’s in terms of decisions that you make, things that you do, people that you hang with, always doing things that will allow you to be and exhibit your best.” Reynolds wanted to do something to help local teens heal from the threats they sometimes face at school and in their communities. The wheels started turning last spring after she saw a video skit in the Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, which travels from state to state to help high school and college students combat youth violence and crime through video, dialogue and live entertainment. DJ Young Music, a local 20-year-old radio host, runs the Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation, which produces the tour Reynolds saw at Friendship Heights Academy in Northwest D.C. DJ Young Music created the foundation and tour in response to the slaying of his friend – rapper Douglas “Swipey” Brooks, 18 – during an attempted robbery. Two District men were arrested in connection with the homicide in February, according to The Washington Post. When it came to the programming piece, Reynolds teamed up with Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, public health consulting firm Trident House International, and FOuR Youth, which works to instill hope and leadership skills in District teens and their support systems. Reynolds also brought in MindRight and AprilMay Company to offer mental health support for high school students. MindRight guides teens through their problems via text message, while AprilMay offers outpatient mental health services to children and families. AmeriHealth, meanwhile, ensures the resources are in place for the kids. On July 28, roughly 100 students and advisors met at Brookland Middle School to discuss video skits on safe sex and the dangers of domestic violence. They also addressed various types of abuse, including bullying, physical and emotional abuse. The students played a version of charades that focused on safe sex. They then took a pledge to, among other things, own their futures, fall in love with growth, stay committed to lifelong learning and never lose sight of their dreams.Lauren Mallard, 15, said the program has taught her to put her best foot forward and to become a better version of herself by asking for help with schoolwork and supporting her mother. “I’m trying to be that person [that would say if] you want to do something, I’ll do it with you,” Mallard told the AFRO. “You can learn and do stuff together.”The July 28 event marked the second installment of the program. The first one took place with another set of District teens last month. Two more installments will happen in August and September.Reynolds estimates the pilot program reached about 300 kids this summer. “We’re going to be doing the same thing in other high schools coming up this year,” she said.
Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Brochures, Contests, Trafalgar TORONTO — After breaking down the numbers of Trafalgar’s new 2017-18 Autumn, Winter & Spring (AWS) brochure, you get 34 itineraries, 26 European countries, two new trips, and $150 in early booking savings.The new brochure highlights everything from traditional Christmas Markets and alpine peaks to Tuscan wines and Parisian farmers’ markets. New this year are the nine-day ‘Delights of London and Paris’ and the seven-day ‘Festive St Petersburg and Moscow’ itinerary.In addition to these two new itineraries, Trafalgar has made its 15-day tailored ‘European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights’ trip available to Canadian travellers for the first time ever. While on this tour, clients will learn about champagne production, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and ring in the New Year in Tuscany.To entice clients to book early, Trafalgar is offering 7.5% off 2017-18 AWS Europe vacations when paid in full by Aug. 31, 2017, plus $150 per couple on air booked and paid in full from May 5-June 15, 2017.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAgents also have a chance to win one of four pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Agents can enter by signing up for Trafalgar’s agent newsletter, by selling from the AWS brochure from now until June 30, 2017, and by sharing travel moments and including a #SimplyAWS hashtag. This contest is running now and will end on June 30.“There really is no better place in the world to experience different seasons than Europe, and we’ve made it easy for clients to discover the festive flavours and allure of some of our favourite destinations with authentic experiences and moments of magic,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We also want to help our loyal agents sell effortlessly this season and top up their 2017 bookings while giving clients amazing value holiday experiences.” Travelweek Group Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgar’s AWS brochure Posted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>