UK Based Charitable Organization to Support Needy Communities

first_imgMr. Aihtsham Rashid.The head of the globally acclaimed Philanthropist and Charitable Organization based in the UK, The Akhirah Team, Aihtsham Rashid with another delegate from his team, will visit Liberia to assist some of the most needy communities.Rashid, who is the Chairman of the Akhirah Team, will be in Liberia as guest of another charitable organization, Vision for Liberia. They will together, from Friday, April 12-18, 2019, assess the needs of over 20 facilities, including orphanages, schools, mosques and clinics in six of Liberia’s 15 counties.During the Akhirah Team’s visit, they will assess orphanages, vulnerable schools and clinics in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties. Vision for Liberia has already attended to many of the facilities that the Akhiran Team will visit.As part of the team’s itinerary, they will meet with key stakeholders to include the ministers of Gender, Health and educational stakeholders.Mr. Rashid told reporters that his reasons for taking an interest in working with vulnerable children and families in Liberia is inspired by the legacy of President George Weah, who he said reminds him of his football playing days, and the way Weah has inspired and helped the world’s population through sports and his many humanitarian works.“I followed his career for many years, and saw you at the FA Cup Final 1999-200; (Chelsea Vs Aston Villa); and who can forget that goal you scored for AC Milan where you practically ran the whole length of the pitch. How you used football as a way to bring happiness to millions of people and to promote education for the children; inspired me the most,’’ Mr. Rashid said of President Weah.The Akhirah Team has worked in some of the most difficult environments around the world providing aid and helping the vulnerable populations.The Team has projects in The Gambia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and has provided basic social services and food to the homeless in the United Kingdom.A dispatch said Mr. Rashid and team are coming to undertake life impacting projects that would meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable members of the population such as the orphans. There will also be feeding program for each of the visiting centers.Approximately 100,000 children in Liberia are orphans, and many more less fortunate children live in rural communities.Most of the vulnerability exists due to the 14 years of civil crisis, and the emergence of the deadly disease outbreak, the Ebola virus, that resulted in the deaths of many adults, and left many children as orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India’s first methanol cooking fuel debuts in Assam

first_imgRitu Bordoloi of Namrup never thought she would create history. On Tuesday, she became India’s first owner and user of a cooking stove fuelled by methanol.The homemaker, 50, was aware that she had added a chapter to an area that has had many industrial firsts in India as well as Asia. Namrup, in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh district, is not far from where the commercial journey of the team began, the first oil well was struck, and the first refinery was set up.Ms. Bordoloi was one of 500 people who were handed over a stove with two 1.2-litre canisters of methanol on Friday, as part of a pilot project by the Namrup-based Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL), India’s first public sector producer of methanol and formalin from natural gas as feedstock.The project has been promoted by NITI Aayog.“APL has taken a huge step towards reducing India’s oil imports and tap into pollution-free methanol as fuel for cooking and transportation. It is apt that the project has begun with cooking fuel that mostly impacts women in India,” V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, said before handing over the first few methanol stoves.Can replace LPGDr. Saraswat said methanol is the future of fuel in India, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen on reducing oil imports that set the country back by $86 billion every year. “We are looking at conversion of coal, petroleum and natural gas to methanol so that LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) consumption is reduced,” he said.About 80% of LPG consumed in India is imported, Dr. Saraswat said.According to alternative fuel expert Prashanth Guru Srinivas, APL’s experience in producing methanol for 30 years gave NITI Ayog the confidence to go ahead with the cooking fuel project.“There are 5.5 lakh people in Africa and 8 million in China who use methanol as cooking fuel. But India is the first country where the focus is on replacing LPG. This is why much of the world is looking at how our cooking fuel project is working out,” he said.About 5% of 70 million metric tonnes of methanol used in China is for cooking, and the resultant market turnover there is $2 billion now, Mr. Srinivas said. “Methanol can be a major market in India, besides helping us reduce oil imports by 20%,” he added.In terms of heat value, a 14 kg LPG cylinder is equivalent to about 20 kg of methanol. But methanol works out 30% cheaper, and the saving on an equivalent quantity of LPG is expected to be up to ₹350.Target NortheastAPL Chairman Jagadish Bhuyan said the company would become the largest producer of methanol in the country by 2019-end after it expands its capacity from 100 MMT to 600 MMT. The expansion project is worth ₹1,337 crore.“After expansion, our target is to feed methanol to the Northeast and then to the rest of India,” Mr. Bhuyan said.APL Managing Director Ratul Bordoloi said the company is now planning to produce methanol from biomass, municipal waste and flare gas from refineries and oil wells. “Methanol is not only a clean fuel, it is light and can be easily carried to hilly areas,” he said.last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club. last_img

Video Here Is the Worlds Largest LEGO Ship

first_imgHong Kong-based cruise line company Dream Cruises has built a huge replica of its World Dream cruise ship out of LEGOs to mark the delivery of the ship.The large-scale replica was built by over 1,000 cruise guests and members of the public under the guidance of Greater China’s first LEGO certified professional, Andy Hung.The ship was constructed using more than 2.5 million LEGO blocks. The ship model weighs over 2,800 kg and measures 8.44 m (27.7 ft) in length, 1.33 m (4.36 ft) in width and 1.53 m (5 ft) in height, according to the information shared on Guinness World Record webpage.The model was officially unveiled at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal after two months of the construction process.Following the final measuring, the endeavor was declared successful, ensuring the company official Guinness World Records certificate.The new 18-deck, 151,695-ton cruise ship, was delivered to Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, in October 2017.The ship can accommodate 3,376 passengers and is 335 meters long, 39.7 meters wide and can reach a speed of more than 23 knots. This cruise ship also carries a small deep-sea submarine that can take guests down to a depth of up to 200 metres.Video courtesy: Guinness World Recordlast_img read more

Nunavik designer Victoria Okpiks latest creation is out of this world

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsVictoria Okpik has a sure fire way of relieving the pressures of work at the end of the day – she takes a moment to stare up into the night sky.“It’s kind of a nice thing to know that, this thing is in the space…somewhere!” she said with a laugh.The thing that Okpik is talking about is a bracelet…A sealskin bracelet to be exact, one that she crafted recently in her Montreal studio and is now on the International Space Station.“I’m proud that this bracelet is somewhere in the space, and Inuit should be proud of that as well,” said the 50 year old Okpik, who is originally from the small Nunavik community of Quaqtaq, QC.Earlier this month, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques rode a Soyuz booster rocket all the way from a launch pad in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.But before he was blasting off into space, Saint-Jacques was a physician in Puvirnituq, QC, an Inuit community of about 1,700 people in the subarctic Nunavik region.(The bracelet that Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques took into space. Photo courtesy: Victoria Okpik)Okpik said Saint-Jacques reached out to her this past summer on the recommendation of a mutual friend.“David wanted to bring something that was meaningful to Inuit,” recalled Okpik, “I think because he was a doctor up north, so I think that he feels he has a connection.”Saint-Jacques will spend about six and half months in space conducting science experiments and operating robotics on the space station.In a press conference held remotely from the space station, he emphasized that he wants to share his experiences with the world as much as possible.“It was nighttime, and then there was our first sunrise, on orbit and that was quite an emotional moment as I looked out the window and a little blue crescent started to get brighter and brighter, and I was like, ‘wow, this is actually the curve of the Earth.’ So that first sunrise in orbit I will never forget,” said a floating Saint-Jacques, approximately 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.But these days Okpik is a little too preoccupied to keep track of Saint-Jacques’s exploits in space.The holidays are a busy time of year when her hand crafted Inuit style mittens are in the most demand.Now, along with balancing her usual orders and a full time day job, she finds herself with a plethora of requests for seal skin bracelets ever since she posted about Saint-Jacques’s purchase on social media.“I hope I can finish them all before Christmas,” she said, a hint of worry creeping into her voice.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Fulham vicechairman tells a fan to go to hell

first_imgTony Khan attacked a fan on Twitter after the supporter asked him to step down from his position as Fulham lost against Burnley.Fulham FC was defeated 2-1 by Burnley in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.And fans are angry as their team lay in the 19th position in the table, just three points ahead of the last place.One Fulham supporter took his frustration to Twitter, where he asked the team’s vice-chairman Tony Khan to step down from his position.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Never. I’ll die at this club. Go to hell,” replied Khan.“To squad, staff, and supporters, some people are waving the white flag and saying we should surrender, people said the same when we were 6 & 4 points behind the past 2 seasons; we closed the gap both times,” he was quoted as saying by The Independent.“Our squad has great moments, but they’ve shown their abilities more often than they’ve gotten the points we need. But we can close this gap.”“As with last January we’ll make multiple signings to improve the squad, but it’s on our players now to fight, finish & win. Come on Fulham!” he concluded.last_img read more

Legislature Sends SB 91 Repeal To Governors Desk

first_imgSenator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “HB 49 is headed for the governor’s desk, and he has told me it far exceeds his expectations. Through HB 49 we are prioritizing public safety, protecting Alaskans, and the law abiding first.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday voted to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91, strengthen the state’s sex crime laws, and provide police and prosecutors with new tools to fight crime. House Bill 49 is the product of a compromise reached by a House-Senate conference committee that repeals the harmful portions of Senate Bill 91 and takes crucial steps to improve public safety. House Bill 49 passed the Senate 18-0 and the House 36-2, for a combined vote of 54-2. The bill is now on its way to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s desk for his signature.center_img The governor posted to Facebook shortly following the vote: “I am pleased that the Senate today joined the House in passing House Bill 49 – this legislation repeals the failed SB 91 and replaces it with common sense crime laws that all Alaskans can trust. During my State of the State I urged legislators to join me in making public safety a priority, and with the passage of HB 49 we have done just that. Thanks to the actions of Legislators and my public safety team we are turning the corner to a safer tomorrow.” The crime package is seen as a further rollback of a 2016 criminal justice overhaul that could swell the state prison population and lead to the re-opening of the prison in Palmer.last_img read more

Atlantic Medias Government Executive Goes Local

first_imgThis week, Atlantic Media expanded the reach of its Government Executive brand into state, county and city governments. Previously, Government Executive was tailored towards offering federal-level elected, appointed and public sector managers information and analysis on pressing issues. Obviously, now that strategy has been extended into hyper-local markets. Constance Sayers Witherspoon, group president, refers to it as “a natural step.” The national campaign is expected to reach over 15 million government and private sector influencers. Plus, 350,000 readers have already signed up for the first newsletter. Also, later this year, the brand will introduce a mobile app, online utility tools and ebooks. Michael Grass, who is a recently hired senior editor, will spearhead the initiative. In a statement, Grass suggests that the new audience will strengthen the brand’s overall value and ability to better serve its core mission. “As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new exciting ways. Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.”last_img read more

3DGun Designer And Sexual Assault Suspect Cody Wilson Reportedly Arrested in Taiwan

first_img Share Jorge Sanhueza Lyon/KUTCody Wilson is the founder of the Austin-based, 3D-printed gun design firm Defense Distributed.Cody Wilson, founder of the Austin-based, 3D-printed gun design firm Defense Distributed, has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan, according to multiple outlets.Austin police issued an arrest warrant for Wilson on Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl last month in North Austin.Authorities said he traveled to Taipei shortly after and missed his flight back home.EBC News in Taiwan reports Wilson attempted to lease a home in Taipei this week, but a real estate agent recognized him from news coverage and alerted authorities, leading to his arrest.While Taiwan does not have an extradition agreement with the U.S., police there have said they are cooperating with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force’s investigation and, EBC reports, are planning on returning him to Texas, where he faces a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault.last_img read more

Alexandria Woman Falls Victim To Southeast Residence Shooting

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comThe weekend was bloodier for the District after two people were killed, raising the year’s death toll to 155.  This time last year there had been 118 deaths in the nation’s capital according to D.C. Witness, an online publication tracking District homicides.One of the slain was, Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, who was pronounced dead late into the evening of Friday, Nov. 30.Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, of Alexandria, Virginia, was killed in Southeast on Nov. 30. In memory of Howard-Reynolds’ passing, her family member posted this photo on Facebook. (Courtesy Photo)Around 11:51pm, members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Sixth District, reported to the Unit Block of 57th Place, Southeast. There, MPD discovered Reynolds inside a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound.The District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived to the scene and transferred Howard to a local hospital, but after life-saving efforts, she was pronounced dead.The Metropolitan Police Department is offering an award of up to $25,000 for any individuals with information pertaining to the case, which leads to the arrest and conviction of Howard’s murderer. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202)727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.last_img read more