British Government Donates £5 Million to Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The British Government has pledged to give the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica £5 million in UK aid, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel has announced.Priti Patel will visit the Caribbean on Sunday to see firsthand the damage caused to a number of British territories that were destroyed by two major storms. Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power – affecting almost the entire 70,000 population.Ms. Patel announced the latest wave of UK Government support as she visited HMS Ocean, which on Friday delivered 60 tonnes of UK aid to the Caribbean, almost doubling the amount of aid in the region.She said: “The UK has pledged to give £5 million to the people of Dominica, the island worst hit by Hurricane Maria – on top of the £57 million already promised to the region – to strengthen recovery following these relentless disasters. I have come to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see first-hand UK aid in action, helping families whose lives have been ripped apart first by Hurricane Irma and then Maria.”During her trip, Ms. Patel will meet families in the British Virgin Islands whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Irma, and she will visit Anguilla to see UK efforts to get schools and businesses up and running to speed up recovery.The £5 million pledge brings the British Government’s financial support for islands hit by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to £62 million, a sum which has gone to overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks, and Caicos.This new pledge comes after calls for the UK Government to revisit their foreign aid policy with would prevent the country from contributing to relief efforts in the British overseas territories. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:#magneticmedianews, British aid, Dominica, Hurricane Maria Recommended for youlast_img read more

Cant make it to Luftgekuhlt Lets talk about our favorite Porsche race

first_imgIt’s that time of year again where Porsche fanatics from all over the world gather in Southern California to celebrate Dr. Porsche’s magnificent machines. Luftgekuhlt is mostly a big party for 911 and 356 lovers, but all kinds of race cars show up, too.My favorite Porsche racing car is one that often gets forgotten when people start tossing around numbers like 917 and 935. It’s the 962 race cars of the 1980s and 1990s. These long, wide and low machines remained dominant in sports car racing much longer than just about anything else, and Porsche would have a lot fewer Le Mans wins without it.The 962 had kind of a weird childhood. It was designed at the last minute as a response to a rule change by the American racing organization IMSA. Explicitly, this change stated that a driver’s feet had to be located behind the car’s front axles and that made Porsche’s current world-beating sports prototype, the 956, ineligible. Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Porsche The 956 was introduced in 1982 as a replacement for Porsche’s 936 open-top race car. It was a savagely fast automobile, setting a lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife that stood from 1984 until 2018. It was also the first car to use Porsche’s PDK gearbox. The overall package of the 956 was incredibly successful, winning Le Mans outright four years in a row.That shows why Porsche, when updating the chassis to the 962 didn’t change an awful lot and why the two cars are pretty tough to tell apart when sitting next to one another. The Porsche 962 ran in several engine configurations during its long career, but it was always powered by a turbocharged flat-six engine and produced upward of 700 horsepower in some trims.The 962 models that ran in IMSA have a special place in my heart, as they are purely air-cooled and feature a massive scoop on the rear deck. Other versions, including the Le Mans-winning 962C, either featured water-cooled cylinder heads or were water-cooled entirely.So, if you’re unable to make it to Universal Studios’ backlot for Luftgekuhlt 6 today, kick back and enjoy some videos of one of the most dominant racecars the world has ever seen. Tags 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Share your voice Porschelast_img read more

Saaho makers reveal interesting details of Prabhas Shraddha Kapoors romantic songs

first_imgPrabhas and Shraddha Kapoor on the shooting set of Saaho in AustriaPR HandoutThe makers of Saaho, who have kept the details of its shoot under wraps, have now revealed the interesting aspects of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s romantic songs shot in exotic locales of Austria.Saaho is currently in the last leg of its shoot and two songs were shot in several locations across Innsbruck and Tirol regions of Austria in the final schedule. The producers have revealed that ace Bollywood choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant has directed the dance movies of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in these romantic songs of the Sujeeth-directed multilingual movie.The producers of Saaho are apparently very thrilled about the breathtaking locales of Austria. “Looking at recent stills from our shots across Innsbruck and Tirol region, it seems as though the locations seamlessly inculcate with the picturesque sequences of our high-octane action thriller. The shoot initially began in the Alpine city of Innsbruck,” reads their statement released to the media.Talking about the locations, the makers say, “The city beautifully blends raw breathtaking landscapes with an imperial city center. This juxtaposition is what really attracted Saaho to shoot across Innsbruck including the House of Music, the Innsbruck tram, Finstertal Dam in Kühtai, as well as at the aDLERS hotel. Some scenes were also shot at nearby town of Seefeld.”Saaho makers add, “Additionally, we had the privilege and support to shoot for a romantic song at the Top of Tyrol mountain at Stubaier Glacier and Gaislachkogel IceQ in Sölden which was one of the most memorable experiences for our crew. Some parts of the romantic song we also filmed at the Highline Suspension Bridge in Reutte. For our upcoming Song, we filmed at Salzburg Airport in Red Bull’s Hangar 7.”The team members of Saaho was so excited that they had a party after completing this schedule.”Along with the talented dancers from Red Bull Flying Steps the scenes truly came together beautifully within the glass dome after which the crew celebrated the wrap of the Austria schedule,” they conclude.The Baahubali actor was equally thrilled to shoot the songs of Saaho in the beautiful locations of Austria. In a statement released to the media, Prabhas says, “Shooting in Tirol was one of the most incredibly awesome experiences I have ever had.”UV Creations is thankful for the support received from Innsbruck Tourismus, Cine Tirol, Location Austria and FISA. “The shooting locations in Austria were the most spectacular ones where we managed to capture some breathtaking shots for our film Saaho,” says producer Pramod Uppalapati.He adds, “Our service producers Robinville Intech led by Ishvinder Maddh and Creative Creatures led by Dr. Ursula Keplinger-Forcher not only ensured that the shoot was conducted very professionally but also made the shooting experience pleasurable for the entire crew. We are glad to have them as our partners and look forward to coming back to Austria very soon for our next production.”last_img read more

Search for New Chancellor As District Schools Set to Open

Chancellor Kaya Henderson will be leaving her job on Oct. 1. (Courtesy Photo)District classes are scheduled to start in less than three weeks while at the same time there is a nationwide search for a new public school chancellor. Current Chancellor Kaya Henderson is set to step down on Oct. 1 after five years on the job. Mayor Muriel Bowser will name her replacement following the search.As summer heads into its remaining weeks, District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) officials are preparing for the 2016-2017 academic year. For the traditional schools, new teacher orientation will begin on Aug. 10-11 and the first day of school is Aug. 22. In the schools with the new extended-school year, which is nearly year-round with frequent breaks, students return to school on Aug. 8.While D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has said publicly that DCPS is the “fastest improving school district in the country,” a recently released study by WalletHub titled 2016’s Best & Worst Schools Systems, said that the District as a state ranks 47th among 51.The school system’s rank for quality was 50th out of 51 and its safety rank was 24 out of 51.The study said the District had the highest dropout rate and the lowest math, reading, and SAT scores. One positive note in the report said that the District had the lowest rate of bullying in schools.In face of the report and Henderson’s assessment of her district, parents, and community members spoke out on what needs to be done to make the upcoming academic term a success.Marvin Tucker, executive director of the One City All-Star Extravaganza (OCASE) Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes education through athletics, told the AFRO that in many cases, students don’t have the proper supplies to learn in class. He said that even though the District’s economy is “doing great and the unemployment rate is down, there are families that are struggling to get by.”“There are some students who don’t have school supplies to have a productive year,” Tucker said. “These students need extra help and we do that by providing backpacks and the other things that they need.”Douglas Sloan, a Democratic political commentator and an advisory neighborhood commissioner for 4B09 in Ward 4 said he is looking forward to his six-year-old attending Shepherd Elementary School for first grade. “The school and the atrium has just been renovated and that is pretty exciting,” Sloan told the AFRO. “They need to complete the cafeteria and make other renovations but I am pleased with what they have done.”However, Sloan said that he has concerns about his child’s school day. “There needs to be more recess at the schools,” he said. “Right now, they are getting about 30 minutes a day and it really should be about 60 minutes daily. More recess will fight childhood obesity and physical activity should be just as important as music and art in the curriculum.”Sloan said that he has the financial means to send his child to a private school but has opted for DCPS. “DCPS is doing well in preK-5th grade,” he said. “There are some great elementary schools with innovative programs. The real impact is when parents and the community are involved in the schools. That is when the schools will get better.”On July 29, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a 17-member DCPS Rising Leadership Committee that will provide her with recommendations during the process to select a new chancellor. “We are moving full steam ahead in our search for the next DCPS chancellor,” Bowser said. “The DCPS Rising Leadership Committee is composed of principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members and is truly representative of our diverse city. I look forward to working with them and thank them for their dedication to our students.”The committee is co-chaired by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, and Gina Adams, a Ballou High School graduate who is the senior vice president of government affairs for FedEx. Other noted members of the commission include Thomas Penny, general manager of the Courtyard Marriot Convention Center; Ward 8 parent Tara Brown; H.D. Woodson High School student Kevin Dilliard; Ed Fisher, director of community affairs at Carefirst BlueCross/BlueShield; and a DCPS parent Jonte Lee, a Wilson High School teacher.The committee is scheduled to meet three times during the chancellor selection process to gather and synthesize information about the candidates before making its recommendation to Bowser.The committee will hold three community forums so that the public can provide their input into the process. The forums will be at Roosevelt High School on Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m., Eastern High School on Sept. 7, and Savoy Elementary School on Sept. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. read more