Snuggles with feathers City of Calgary allows livestock as emotional support

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first_imgCALGARY — A sense of calm comes over Nikki Pike when she’s with her three hens Nugget, Nibble and Noodle.The Calgary woman has had anxiety and depression since she was sexually abused as a girl. Spending time with backyard chickens provided a safe haven during that traumatic time, and the mental link between the birds and peaceful feelings has followed her into adulthood.“When I’m holding them, I’m feeling, I’m smelling, I’m hearing,” she says. “What calms me down is all of those sensory aspects of being with them.”Pike is working to formally register her “girls” as livestock emotional support animals under a new city program. In December 2017, a complaint prompted the city to investigate her backyard chicken coop.“I was worried that somebody was going to come and take them away,” she recalls. “That’s incredibly stressful on top of my already crazy life that involves a lot of anxiety.”Pike urged the city to amend its pet bylaw to allow animals normally found on farms into urban homes for mental-health purposes. Council voted to make the change last fall.Pike is happy the city has recognized her chickens’ importance to her mental health — and that the bylaw takes into account animal welfare and effects on neighbours.Pike’s hens spend most of their time in a heated coop decked out with disco balls, but they come inside at night for cuddles and treats. Her two sons, eight and six, like to read them bedtime stories.Chickens are more affectionate and show more personality than people realize, says Pike.“They will hop up on you and demand snuggles.” To get a permit, an applicant must provide a letter from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist stating an animal is needed to treat a mental-health condition. Many websites will provide a boilerplate letter for a fee. But Aalika Kohli, a business and policy analyst for the city, says those won’t do.“The process is pretty robust to ensure there are no loopholes.”The city must be satisfied the animal has adequate space and that there’s contact information for a veterinarian who can provide specialized care. An alternate home for the animal must also be lined up.The city has not received any applications since its online portal opened in March, but Kohli says she’s expecting five to 10 a year.She thinks most applications will be for chickens, pot-bellied pigs and miniature horses. Larger animals, like cows, would probably require too much space, but Kohli says each application will be weighed case by case.Strathmore, east of Calgary, is the only other jurisdiction the city found with a similar bylaw. An exception there was made for a family with a pot-bellied pig.  In 2014, Trevor Dahl and his family convinced Strathmore’s town council to allow Chuckles, a pot-bellied pig, into their home.The Dahls had taken in Chuckles as a rescue a few years earlier, but were told he couldn’t stay. Dahl says the pig was a big help to his daughter, then 10, who had been having nightmares after a large fire on their street.“As soon as he started sleeping through the night, she started sleeping through the night, too,” he says.The Dahls have since moved to a more rural area where county officials have no problem with Chuckles and another pig named Fairie as long as they’re not a nuisance.Unlike service animals — such as dogs that help blind people get around — emotional support animals don’t need training.Dahl took Chuckles to be trained in Edmonton anyway to bolster the case before Strathmore’s town council. The course was a breeze for the pig, he says.Dahl believes municipalities should regulate pot-bellied pigs the same as cats or dogs. They’re clean and quiet, but their sharp minds do need to be kept occupied with games and toys to keep them out of trouble.“They are more loyal than a dog. They’re incredibly intelligent. They’re extremely affectionate.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_img-30- Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said that Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise the way business is done in The Bahamas.During the “Understanding Blockchain Technology Applications: What You Need to Know” workshop hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at Baha Mar Convention Centre, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the DPM added that Blockchain technology has the ability to propel the country in a really dramatic way from where it is today to being a true leader in terms of technology and the way business is done as well as the ease of doing business.The workshop was facilitated by Chris Jagers and Natalie Smolenski from the Learning Machine Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  DPM Turnquest explained that with the Assistance of the IDB, he and several colleague Ministers toured the MIT Lab last year and saw the potential that the technology has for The Bahamas.“When a lot of people think of Blockchains, they think about cryptocurrency.  That is just one aspect of it.  That is something we are doing some research into to see how we will be able to capitalise on it.“More importantly than that is the way we can use this technology to improve the quality and efficiency of our daily lives.”He gave the illustration of the Government potentially using the technology to create electronic records that are “indisputable”, which would then lead to a system where records could be produced that individuals could carry around in the form of an electronic passport that they can take to any bank where they want to open an account.“If we had this electronic ID card if you will, you could walk into the bank, present your ID with your access code, they could look at your records, verify who you are via your information and away you go in minutes.  That is what we are talking about it.”As it stands now, he said it takes weeks or months for Bahamians and six to eight months for foreign nationals to open a bank account, which is “a very inefficient and frustrating process.”The DPM also noted that the Government is looking at how Blockchain technology can be useful in producing a proper land registry, employing it with companies registering with the government.“There are a whole host of opportunities that exist as a result of this technology and we want to explore it all and take our country to the cutting edge.”IDB Country Representative, The Bahamas Florencia Attademo-Hirt explained that emerging technologies like Blockchain have been making waves all over the world in recent years.She said, “Very simply put, Blockchain is a digital technology able to store and transport valuable information and assets securely.“Blockchains were first used to record transactions of digital money (cyrptocurrencies), but since those early days, there have been other uses and applications of this technology.”Mrs. Attademo-Hirt noted that Blockchain technology has the ability to manage a large amount of data accurately allowing for it to not be tampered or altered, and could be either very transparent or confidential.“In The Bahamas, we think we can apply blockchain to a number of areas beyond cyrptocurrencies or even the Financial Sector.”She said one of the goals of the workshop was to convince stakeholders as well as get their feedback on the usefulness of Blockchain Technology in The Bahamas in the area of sovereign citizen security and justice, in particular the information that is being handled by the justice system.  Another goal was to see if the technology could be used for education and training in the sense of keeping records and diplomas available and making them easily accessible to their owner of the records, employers and learning institutions.Mrs. Attademo-Hirt said they really also want to establish how useful it would be for land title registration.“We would really like you to give us your ideas even if you feel like Blockchain might not work for The Bahamas, if you feel that it is not the solution, if you are afraid of using the technology, if you fear people need to be trained in a way that they will not be able to.“We will like to hear all of your thoughts and your feedback to make sure that whatever investment that we do moving forward using this or other technologies, it is relevant to your country, helps improves lives in your country and helps Bahamians have a better prospect for their future,” Mrs. Attademo-Hirt said.center_img CaptionsDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter K. Turnquest opens “Understanding Blockchain Technology Applications: What You Need to Know” workshop hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at Baha Mar Convention Centre, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Blockchain workshopDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest; Minister of Transport and Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell and Inter-American Development Bank Country Representative, The Bahamas, Florencia Attademo-Hirt attend the Blockchain workshop.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img read more



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first_img April 23, 2018 Annual “State of the Air” report released; San Diego region ranked sixth worst in nation for ozone pollution KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 23, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:33 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The American Lung Association in California released our annual “State of the Air” report, which grades California counties on air quality, specifically looking at harmful ozone and particle pollution. In this year’s report, San Diego County received an F grade for ozone and C grade for particle pollution. The news release is below. The San Diego/Carlsbad metro region once again made the national top 10 list for worst air quality in the country when it comes to ozone.More information about the county grades can be found at www.stateoftheair.org/california2018. Other key findings include:• The San Diego/Carlsbad metro region ranked sixth worst in the nation for ozone pollution, our worst ranking in the last five years.• The good news is that particle pollution in San Diego County continues to decrease, despite an uptick in the 2016 report.The San Diego region is continuing to display leadership in the fight for clean air, especially in reducing fossil fuel use by utilities and consumers:• 43% of San Diego’s electricity comes from renewable sources, among the highest levels in the nation among investor-owned utilities.• The city of San Diego, and several smaller municipalities, have adopted strict Climate Action Plans to reduce fossil fuel use.• The San Diego region is aggressively installing electric vehicle charging stations in residences and public areas, making it one of the nation’s leading areas for electric vehicle use.• The American Lung Association sponsors the Plug in to Clean Air program to educate the community about electric vehicle use.• The local utility offers the Power Your Drive program to assist multi-family housing complexes and commercial areas to install charging stations, and offers subsidies in low-income areas.Additionally, the American Lung Association in California invites all San Diegans to join us in strongly supporting California’s climate leadership and effective vehicle pollution standards, and in opposing federal EPA attempts to delay, roll back and weaken air quality rules.More information about the county grades can be found at www.stateoftheair.org/california2018 last_img read more


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first_img https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1048931982607110145 https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1058332438680735747 NO ME LO CREO El Mal Querer is out. Estoy tan feliz 😭🤪😆Decirme lo q habéis sentido en la primera escucha ♥️🎆 Os leo____________Let me know your feelings when you listen to it. I read your comments pic.twitter.com/BGx3Nv7iiw— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) November 2, 2018 Twitter Nominated for five Latin GRAMMYs, meet the artist who is getting noticed for her striking blend of new and old, flamenco and electro-pop, and tells the world: “Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 6:14 pm Meet Rosalía. The young Spanish singer is getting noticed globally for her modern take on her country’s tradition of flamenco music, rife with passion and infused with her electronic-infused and pop-ready flair. Her unique sound is something the world is showing its ready for and feels almost as if it should belong in a new genre shaped by her alone. Email How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global Pop Star Facebook The momentum the rising star has built in just a year in both Spanish and English language markets is quite impressive. She has been garnering a diverse, growing group of music fans, including other musicians. She worked with the likes of Pharrell Williams and J Balvin; “Brillo” is featured on Balvin’s hugely popular Latin GRAMMY-nominated album Vibras.Other musicians such as James Blake and Dua Lipa have noticed her as well and are on her growing list of fans—Lipa shouted her out when we asked her who she wanted to collaborate with a few weeks back. Rosalía told Pitchfork how “working with Pharrell was a dream….Collaborations like that are where you come up with sounds that maybe you wouldn’t have found otherwise.” The future looks bright for the young, innovative singer—keep reading to get a taste of her sound and style.”Malamente”Rosalía released “Malamente” as the lead single from El Mal Querer, and the music world has paid attention; the music video has 29.8 million views on YouTube to date. It is a great introduction to Rosalía and her sound, with flamenco-inspired clapping, or palmas, over a catchy, electronic beat and a mix of both haunting vocals and spoken word; her singing and clapping is interspersed at several points with an echoing repeat of words “mira,” or look—indeed the world is.She recently addressed the personal and cultural significance of the video’s visuals themes, like the motorcycle “bullfight”— a controversial subject in Spain, as bullfighting was banned in Catalonia in 2010 and later overturned by the Spanish government in 2016 for reasons of “cultural heritage.” Her aim was for the video to reflect traditional and modern elements of her Spanish culture, as she does in her music by having Nico Mendez, the director of both videos (“Malamente” and “Pienso en tu Mirá”), “visually translating this musical idea, which is about tradition but also about experimentation, with the current sound of electronic music. So on one hand it has this classic side, and on the other this current and transgressive vision.” she explained to Billboard. “I told him I wanted to do a video that had to do with Spanish iconography, with all of the images that make up our culture.””Pienso en tu Mirá”This song also features a steady dose of palmas, which play a part in much of her music. The video features more artist references to her Spanish heritage, semi-trucks, which were a regular feature of the industrial suburb she grew up in, a bull mounted on the wall, a miniature singing flamenco girl in the style of a Lladró, cermamic figurines made (and popular) in Spain. In her videos we get a taste of the star’s edgy, hip fashion sense, which is at times very street-style inspired and at others almost VIP-entrance-to-the-club ready. The young star is an artist and experimenter in all senses of both words.”[For this new album] I felt that I wanted to experiment with electronic music, to develop an idea that I´d had since I was 17. The idea of flamenco and sampling. Because electronic music forms part of my background. I wanted to develop a project that had the voice at the forefront, a lot of harmonies, very rhythmic, nothing like Los Ángeles,” she said.”Catalina””Catalina” is the one single she released from Los Ángeles and gives you a taste of her sound on that album, with a somewhat more traditional take on flamenco, without electronic sounds. She describes her experimentation on the album as focused mainly on playing with the way the guitar is used, with both the sharp chords of the guitar and her piercing vocals shining through on this song, offering a sample of a slightly more “pure” flamenco version of Rosalía’s music.”That folklore is part of who I am, and that’s the key: I don’t want to lose my roots. I think that’s what gives you your identity,” Rosalía said. “Rather than trying to adhere to some kind of global pop standard, it’s much more interesting to look to my roots and to the popular music of where I’m from. Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside.”19th Latin GRAMMY Awards: 19 Things You Didn’t KnowRead more Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star how-rosalia-reinventing-what-it-means-be-global-pop-star The 25-year-old is from Sant Esteve Sesrovires, a suburb of Barcelona in the Catalonia region in Spain. She began studying music since age 13, the same age she first fell in love with traditional Spanish flamenco music. She learned flamenco formally at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona, which only accepts one student a year, and received a degree from the Catalunya College of Music, where she developed the concept for her latest album as her graduate thesis.Music clearly runs through Rosalía’s veins, and her desire to perfect her art and make it her own is admirable. Reflecting on the first time she heard flamenco, “It was like getting pierced by an arrow—it was the purest thing I had ever heard,” feeling called to the sound and later realizing, as she told Pitchfork, “I have the power to communicate something, and I’d like to develop that. This is what I want to do with my life.”She co-produced both of her albums and released her debut, Los Ángeles, on Feb. 10, 2017, when the buzz began, even resulting in a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2017 Latin GRAMMY Awards. On May 29 she released the lead single “Malamente” for her sophomore album El Mal Querer, which just dropped on Nov. 2, and the excitement around Rosalía has only continued to build, in Spain and far beyond.This year she is in the running for five Latin GRAMMYs, the second-most nominated artist behind reggaeton king J Balvin, even though nominations went out before her second album was released, with just its lead single eligible for consideration. Pointing to the record’s wide appeal, “Malamente” is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video. News i’m downnnnnnnn 💖💖💖 @DUALIPA https://t.co/vCxhfnpuEJ— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) October 7, 2018last_img read more


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first_img 18 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Huawei’s sold millions of phones like the P30, but it tempered expectations that it’ll overtake Samsung to become the world’s biggest vendor in 2019. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei is reportedly giving itself more time to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest phone-seller.The scandal-scarred Chinese company took the No. 2 spot from Apple in the second quarter of 2018, and CEO Richard Yu previously said it aimed to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.Its chief strategy officer revised that goal in a speech Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, according to Reuters.”We would have become the largest in the fourth quarter [of this year] but now we feel that this process may take longer,” Shao Yang said in Shanghai. 9 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Huawei scales back production, AI destroys humans (again) Share your voice Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • reading • Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Phones He noted that Huawei is selling 500,000 to 600,000 smartphones a day. The company is likely tempering expectations for 2019 after President Donald Trump in May signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, due to national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. The US also urged its allies not to do business with Huawei despite the company’s consistent denials that its products are used for spying. Last week, its chairman said that Huawei is willing to sign a “no spy agreement” with the US.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:35 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Apple Huawei Samsung Apple Donald Trumplast_img read more


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first_imgDoctors of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Karnataka, wearing bandages stage a demonstration against the brutal assault on fellow medicos of West Bengal and press for adequate protection for their counterparts, in Bengaluru on June 14, 2019.IANSDespite the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister’s appeal to keep the protests symbolic, the private hospitals in the state were shut for all out-patient department and non-essential health services on Monday, June 17. Shivanand S Patil had on Sunday appealed to the doctors in the state to limit their protest and not cause any obstruction to patient services.The minister had said that he was in support of the doctors and was empathetic to their situation. He said that it is the duty of the government to ensure the safety of the doctors and that they should not face any trouble while discharging their duties.The nationwide strike was called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in the wake of the recent attack on two junior doctors at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal by the patient’s family members on June 10.”All non-essential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am to 6 am the next day. All emergency and casualty services will continue to function,” said the statement issued by IMA. However, the government hospitals in the state will continue its services and will function without any halt.Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has also requested the doctors to ensure a peaceful strike. “Assault on anyone is unacceptable. I condemn the attack on the doctors and request the doctors on strike today to ensure that their protest is peaceful and does not cause any problems to the patients,” read his tweet. NIMHANS doctors striketwitterAccording to the reports, more than 15,000 hospitals in the state are taking part in the nationwide strike and thousands of doctors will also join the silent protests. The most affected patients in Bengaluru are from the National Institue of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), where a large number of people have lined up for health services despite the nationwide protest. A large chunk of these people has come from other states for treatment.While most of the private hospitals in Bengaluru have supported IMA’s nationwide strike, several hospitals have disregarded the solidarity protest by the medical fraternity by not shutting their medical services.last_img read more


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first_imgAfter Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru.ReutersThe investigation in the multi-crore bank fraud involving fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has widened after the Enforcement Directorate detected unaccounted transfer of funds by his former executive assistant V Shashikant.Based on an intelligence input, the ED raided the residential and business premises of Shashikant on July 24. He was an employee of Vijay Mallya till February 2017 and a former Managing Director of United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL).The investigation revealed that UBHL exported Kingfisher beer and shoes manufactured by United Breweries International Trading Limited and was liquidated after Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loan repayment of about over Rs 7,000 crore to banks.UBHL owned 10.72 percent stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL). Heineken, a Dutch brewing company, now owns over 46 percent stake in UBL.After Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru in which his wife Jayanti Shashikanth and daughter Archita are partners.”It has been detected that this partnership firm has taken over the business of UBHL for exporting both kingfisher beer and shoes and export turnover is approximately Rs 220 crore per annum,” said an ED official. UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:39Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mallya owes a consortium of 17 Indian banks more than Rs 9,000 crore. The businessman fled India and moved to London in March 2016 and has been declared a fugitive economic offender by a court in Mumbai. India has also requested Mallya’s extradition from UK.He recently filed a petition which said that only properties of Kingfisher Airlines should be seized. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on August 2 his plea challenging the confiscation of properties belonging to the companies.center_img Close The firm has monopolistic rights for exporting and trading all brands of Kingfisher beer since March 2018.”One interesting fact has also come to the notice that 60% of export by UBG has made to M/s Tammy International Dubai which in turn exporting beer to other countries,” the ED official added. Tammy International is allegedly owned by Shashikant’s son-in-law.Ultimate Branding is allegedly getting a commission from UBL for “getting business” and the profit is being “repatriated” to Mallya through “overlapping transactions” to fund his “daily maintenance and legal expense”.”I have never heard of Tammy International and have no connection with them,” Mallya told The Indian Express in an email response.”We acknowledge that the Enforcement Directorate searched the offices of Ultimate Branding Worldwide. We have extended full support to them and shall continue to do so. We deny the allegation that the two companies are associated with Vijay Mallya nor do they have any transactions with him,” said a spokesperson of Ultimate Branding.Various incriminating documents, emails and WhatsApp messages were seized during the raid in Shashikant’s office, which indicate that V Shashikant was is in regular touch with Mallya.The ED also found that Mallya’s dummy companies – Gold Reef Investments Ltd and McDowell Holdings Ltd – support 20 to 25 employees of UB Group. The agency has frozen shares worth Rs 3 crore held by McDowell Holdings Limited.last_img read more


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first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision, reports UNB.”We’ve clearly conveyed them our party’s decision of not joining parliament and they won’t do it,” he said.Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee at his Motijheel chamber.Meanwhile, the Oikya Front has decided not to join the tea party at Ganabhaban on 2 February terming it a “mockery”.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many others killed and injured centering the election. Many candidates have also been injured.”He further said, “Under the circumstances, we think arranging such a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery. So, we think there’s no necessity to join the tea party.”last_img read more


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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Amy BishopSheldon Epps came onboard as Theater Under the Stars’ new Artistic Advisor in late April.It’s only been about six weeks since Sheldon Epps came onboard as Artistic Advisor for Theater Under the Stars, but he’s already making some bold changes. They’ve just announced that half of next season’s shows are being switched out.“One of the things that was a bit bothersome for me about the previously announced season was that there were shows on it that had not only been produced here but had been produced often and in recent memory,” Epps says, adding that his intent for the Houston-based musical theater company is to reach an audience that represents the area’s diversity. He’s replacing Grease with In the Heights, cutting Shrek and adding Into the Woods, and replacing Jesus Christ Superstar with Dreamgirls.But how will the subscribers – which number about 4,000 – feel about the changes?“I’m hoping that even though change is sometimes difficult to adjust to, that it’s change for the better and people will be happy about that,” he says.But for any subscribers who are not happy with the changes, TUTS says they’ll refund their money.Epps came into TUTS in the wake of what some have described as drama within the organization, which has undergone swift and unexpected leadership changes over the past few months.But Epps is more concerned with the future.“Frankly, my focus is not on what has occurred in the past, but where TUTS is going,” he says.The California native’s acting career began at the Alley Theater in Houston after college. For the past 20 years, he’s served as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse in California.He says another interest is creating a “Second Stage Series,” which would involve bringing in additional shows specifically for the Hobby Center’s smaller stage. The organization has not made an announcement of their plans for TUTS Underground, the company’s series known for its edgier, more contemporary productions. Epps says they’ll have more information for the public in early July. X Share 00:00 /02:00last_img read more