Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too

first_img Related Items:amber hall, arielle neely, costa rica, oehleo higgs, teen tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2016 – The Turks and Caicos is gaining outstanding notoriety for its teen beauty queens. On Monday, Amber Hall, Miss Teen TCI left for Costa Rica and the international pageant there where she is already in the semi-finals. But founder of the organization, Oehleo Higgs said he will see another of his 2015 contestants journey abroad for an international opportunity. Higgs said Arielle Neely, the 2015/2016 first runner up will get her turn to shine this coming July.“International Media was following us, and our first runner up this year will also be going off to compete in July in the Miss Teenager Pageant so Malique started it and I am hoping that these girls continue to expand on what she started… the July pageant is called the Miss Teenager International pageant.”Details are to come on the second pageant, but it will be held in either Guatemala or Mexico. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos Miss Teen Universe, Miss Amber Hall Captures Miss Congeniality in Costa Rica Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant TCI officials attend Brazil Tourism Expolast_img read more

Family of four displaced after house fire in La Jolla

first_imgFamily of four displaced after house fire in La Jolla SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A house fire in La Jolla displaced a family of four Thursday and caused an estimated $650,000 worth of damage, authorities reported.The non-injury blaze in the 2200 block of Calle Guaymas erupted about 9:15 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extinguish the flames, which spread through about half of the single-story residence, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Investigators determined that the fire started in a master-bathroom closet due to an electrical problem.The monetary losses were set at $500,000 to the structure and $150,000 to contents, Munoz said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 1, 2018last_img read more

Turks seek alternative media as news landscape shrinks

first_imgA journalist and guest take part in an internet broadcast in a studio at the headquarters of Turkish alternative media organisation Medyascope on 16 May 2018, in Istanbul.It’s not an obvious location for a media organisation. A gritty area dominated by car repair workshops in the backstreets of Istanbul. There’s no sign outside — just a photocopied sheet of paper pinned to the door requesting silence: “Broadcast in Progress”.Welcome to the headquarters of Turkish broadcaster Medyascope, an almost three-year-old alternative voice in an increasingly constricted media landscape in Turkey and an example of what new media can offer even in tough circumstances.The door swings open to reveal a surprisingly standard television studio with a desk and coloured background. A team of young editors are glued to their laptops around a large table, whispering excitedly, preparing the next broadcast.Medyascope, which was founded in 2015 by leading Turkish journalist Rusen Cakir, does not broadcast through satellite let alone terrestrial TV, but rather via new media like Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.Every weekday it presents several hours of live debate from voices across the political spectrum with a freedom increasingly absent from the major news channels in Turkey under the rule of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.’No other channels left’ Awarded the Free Media Pioneer Award by the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2016, its importance has grown as ownership changes and increasingly adverse conditions for reporters have limited the media spectrum, encouraging prominent Turkish journalists to join the channel and frustrated viewers to watch it.And with Turkey heading for presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 at a time when journalists complain of a lack of pluralism in traditional media dominated by coverage of Erdogan, its voice is ever more important.”There are no other channels left in Turkey, where journalists like myself, with a mainstream media background, could work today,” said presenter Isin Elicin, formerly a prominent anchor on the NTV news channel.”The mainstream media are not broadcasting news in the way that people need to be informed. They look for sources that do alternative but independent, objective journalism. And they find us,” she said.Elicin, once a familiar face on mainstream Turkish TV, insisted it was essential that alternative media did not become identified as pro-opposition.”The main goal of Medyascope is to do journalism. It’s not the journalists’ job to do opposition. It’s our guests who make the comments,” she said.’Extending government grip’ Just ahead of the snap elections announcement, Turkey’s media world was struck in April by the thunderbolt-like announcement that the largest media group, Dogan Media Group, was being sold by Dogan Holding to its rival, Demiroren Group.The Dogan Media Group owns some of the country’s biggest media brands like the Hurriyet daily and CNN Turk news channel. While not seen as outright opposition media, they were regarded as bastions of independent journalism.But analysts have seen the takeover as a clear attempt by the government to exercise control over these media. Demiroren Group’s chairman Erdogan Demiroren is considered close to the president, while his son, Yildirim, runs the Turkish Football Federation.With the sale approved by Turkey’s competition authority, the changes have come fast at Hurriyet and CNN Turk, which have seen an exodus of talent, with prominent CNN Turk anchor Ahu Ozyurt the latest to go.In an op-ed in Hurriyet, Erdogan Demiroren appeared to indicate change was needed, saying media should “stay away from destructiveness and return to its stance of constructive criticism.”Marc Pierini, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said increasing control over the media was one of several instruments used by the government to ensure victory in the elections seen as a watershed for Turkey.”Favourable sales of media groups to government-friendly businesses is extending the government’s grip on the press,” he said.The furore over the acquisition of Dogan Media is nothing new.The Milliyet and Vatan dailies had already been sold to Demiroren by Dogan in 2011, while the Sabah daily, once an independently-minded newspaper, is now an unashamedly pro-government title following ownership changes in 2007. ‘Emerged out of a necessity’ Some independent titles do remain, such as the anti-Erdogan Cumhuriyet and the leftist BirGun. But the price can be high and 13 staff of Cumhuriyet were convicted on terror offences in April although they remain free pending appeal.In a sign of the thirst for news from such sources, top Turkish journalists have amassed colossal numbers of social media followers who enjoy their sometimes piquant views — the popular host of Fox TV’s evening news show, Fatih Portakal, has more than 5.95 million Twitter followers.While private and state networks tend to broadcast every word of Erdogan’s speeches from greetings to farewells, those of main opposition candidate Muharrem Ince are usually cut, while opposition nationalist Meral Aksener is barely shown at all.Burak Tatari, another anchor at Medyascope and formerly of weekly magazine Tempo, said that audiences in Turkey were failing to find access to the information they needed in mainstream media, with interview subjects and material filtered.He said that the main limit on Medyascope’s growth was financing, with advertising difficult to attract and the bulk of its revenues coming from grants from international foundations.”Medyascope has emerged out of a necessity,” he said. “We are trying to do here what the mainstream media should do.”last_img read more

WATCH LIVE Clinton To Address Supporters Wednesday Morning

first_img Share Broadcast live streaming video on UstreamHillary Clinton will speak to her supporters this morning in her first public remarks since her stunning defeat by Donald Trump. Her campaign says Clinton will speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel (at 9:30 a.m. CT) Clinton didn’t make a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early today to congratulate him on his victory.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Gage Skidmore/FlickrHilary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 Election.last_img read more

Baltimores Next Police Chief Faces Demoralized Department

first_imgInterim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore, after Rawlings-Blake announced her firing of Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s next police commissioner will have a daunting to-do list: quell a surge in homicides, rebuild trust between officers and the public, win the confidence of a demoralized and alienated department, and keep the peace when the explosive Freddie Gray case comes to trial.“It’s the toughest job in the United States at the moment,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former New York City police officer.Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired by the mayor on Wednesday, less than three months after riots erupted over Gray’s death from a spinal injury the 25-year-old Black man suffered while being bounced around the back of a moving police van. Six officers are awaiting trial in October on charges ranging up to murder.“You have a confluence of factors: You have an ongoing criminal case that’s traumatic for everybody. You have the specter of riots. For the police union and officers, they’re alienated, and the concern is that the cops will be further alienated,” O’Donnell said. “You need a chief who can, first and foremost, drive everyone toward common ground.”In dismissing Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said his approach was too divisive and his presence too damaging.Just hours before his firing, in a sign that the 2,800-officer department’s rank-and-file had lost confidence in Batts, the police union issued a report blasting his response to the looting, arson and vandalism that broke out April 27. The report said Batts discouraged officers from wearing protective gear and told them not to engage with rioters. Roughly 200 officers were injured during the unrest.“The officers characterized the Baltimore Police Department’s leadership during the riots as unprepared, politically motivated and uncaring and confusing,” said Gene Ryan, president of the police union.Batts’ standing was further damaged by soaring bloodshed in the city in the weeks after the riots.In May, Baltimore saw its biggest surge in homicides in four decades, while arrests dropped by half compared with the same period a year earlier. The city’s homicide total so far this year is 156, a 48 percent increase from the same time last year. And shootings have climbed 86 percent.Community members have accused police of not doing their jobs in the wake of the Gray arrests. Batts and the police union denied that officers were shirking their duties but acknowledged that police are angry, frustrated and fearful in the wake of the Gray case of being second-guessed and prosecuted.Peter Moskos, also with John Jay College and a former Baltimore police officer, said the Gray case led police officers to question whether the department had their backs.“The harm from the Freddie Gray death is it had a chilling effect: Cops were saying, ‘That could have been me,’” he said. But he said getting rid of Batts was “a step toward getting things on track.”“Batts was a leader without a following,” Moskos said. “If none of the rank and file thinks you’re competent, it’s as good as being incompetent.”Batts’ deputy, Kevin Davis, will serve as interim commissioner until the mayor appoints a permanent replacement. Davis said his first order of business was appointing someone to focus on riot response. Davis added that he would like to remain in the position permanently.“We have a profession with authority that no other profession has,” Davis said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We can take a person’s freedom away, and that’s a huge and awesome responsibility. We can take a human life if justification exists to do so. With that responsibility and authority comes a huge amount of oversight and second-guessing at times. That’s not new to law enforcement. Where we are in this moment in time is, we have to engage in a great deal of self-examination, and look at how we can do things better.“When situations come up where I can demonstrate support for officers keeping Baltimore safe I will demonstrate that support,” Davis said. “The other side is identifying areas that need improvements. I don’t think a leader has to choose one or the other. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.”In the most violent and drug-ridden neighborhoods in Baltimore — a city of roughly 622,000 people, 63 percent of them Black — residents have a long history of mistrust of the police department. After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into whether Baltimore police engage in discriminatory practices, including unlawful stops and excessive force.“The new chief has to institute a culture that builds much closer relationships between the department and the community,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “Police departments and their cultures have been reformed. Change can happen. But who is at the top is really crucial for that.”last_img read more

Govt to develop Gandhi Bhavan into major tourist destination

first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state Government is taking a major step in developing Gandhi Bhavan in Beliaghata as one of the favourite tourist destinations in Kolkata.It may be recalled that the state government has set up a 46-member committee with the Chief Minister as its chairperson to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The first meeting of the committee was held on April 23 and decision to undertake necessary task for proper renovation of the heritage structure was also taken. The state Public Works Department (PWD) carries out the maintenance work of the structure at present. A programme is also scheduled to be held at Gandhi Bhavan in Beliaghata on October 2. It may be mentioned that the structure in Beliaghata is of immense importance as Gandhiji had spent around 25 days in that bhavan. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department, visited the place last week and held a high-level meeting with concerned officials. A senior official from the state PWD was also present in the meeting, where detailed discussions on tasks that need to be carried out were held.An official said foreign tourists often visit the place. Hence, initiative has been taken to ensure that it gets a proper place on the state’s tourism map. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA roadmap will be chalked out and based on the same, task will be carried out to develop the place as a destination for people visiting Bengal from different parts of the country and abroad.There is garden all around the house and it is properly maintained. Now, steps will be taken to develop the area around Gandhi Bhavan. Since a lot of foreign tourists often visit the place, steps will also be taken to ensure that they reach the place easily without facing any trouble, sources said. All the tasks will be taken up only after the roadmap is prepared. According to an officer, the work of preparing the same has already started. Help of the concerned PWD officials would also be taken, if needed, to prepare the roadmap. It may be mentioned that to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of mahatma Gandhi, the state government will publish a booklet named as “Father of the Nation” containing speeches of Gandhiji.last_img read more