– underscores importance of involvement of all stakeholdersBy Devina SamarooAt a time when tensions are high within the City Council concerning the ongoing parking meter scandal, President David Granger delivered his first address to the Georgetown Council on Monday.While not attributing his remarks to any particular incident, the Head of State urged the Councillors to have a clearer vision and moreDeputy Mayor Sherod Duncan during Monday’s forumprofound mission for the development of the municipality, noting that the involvement of all stakeholders was most vital.He made it clear though that his intention was not to pass any instructions to City Hall on how they should manage their affairs.President Granger reminded the Councillors that they have a duty to represent and serve the people who elected them into office, noting that if they do not perform satisfactorily, they can easily be voted out at the next Local Government Election, which is slated to be held before December 2018.“Each one of you represents at least 2800 citizens: you don’t represent yourself, you don’t represent your family, and you don’t represent your political party. You represent 2800 citizens and you have to listen to them; sometimes you are tempted to speak for yourself, but speak to them first and find out what their views are before you attempt to make public your opinions,” he charged the Councillors.He continued, “If you don’t perform, you are going to get a bad report and people are not going to put you in office if you abuse and misuse that office.”The President emphasised that their return to the table was not dependent on their political affiliations but on their personality andMayor Patricia Chase Greenperformance.Granger also underscored the importance of proper planning before undertaking any projects.In this regard, he urged the Council to consider the establishment of a special commission to deal with these matters.“I ask this Council today to consider – please, note my language because I don’t want to be misreported, I haven’t come here to give instructions – I am asking the Council to consider the possibility of establishing a national capital planning commission,” he stated.This commission, he said, could be tasked with reviewing the numerous plans which have been prepared over the years, and to develop structured approaches to urban renewal.In addition, the President commended the work of the Council, particularly its efforts to prevent massive flooding in the city and for commencing the initiative to beautify the capital.“The city must regain its image as one of the most picturesque and pleasant places for residents and attractive destination for visitors; it must become a showpiece: a place which features attractions and services allow everyone to experience the good life,” he said.A military parade welcomes President David Granger to City HallWith this in mind, President Granger pledged greater assistance from Central Government in helping to push the urban development agenda and to further develop the capital city.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Extreme, over simplified, unscientific, and exaggerated problems for the sake of marketing, activism and bolstering the bankrolls of non-government organizations have proven to be far too successful to go away anytime soon.The reason these tactics work: they are sexy. PETA, Greenpeace, and the Humane Society of the United States have been successful because they know that sexy sells. The videos and pictures of abused animals, the mournful music, the attractive celebrities endorsing these groups doing crazy media stunts — all of this offers a unique flair that makes it stand out due to being extreme, memorable, unique, clever, terrifying, or otherwise instantly recognizable as something desirable or worthwhile. In short — sexy.The details of the science behind genetically modified crops are inherently boring to most people. Short, emotional headlines about their potential ills for mankind (where the facts need not get in the way) are sexy. That is the problem.If there is any hope of winning these industry-altering pubic relations battles, agriculture must find ways to be sexy too. That means coming up with strategies to make the sometimes complex and hard-to-understand daily realities of agriculture appeal to the mass public. This is not an easy task, to be sure, but it is important.Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of FFA members and advisors about this topic at the State Convention. As an exercise, I had them help me write headlines for three stories I was working on to make them “sexy.” They are: “Sharing the legacy: Small farm selling a connection to food” (a story about an organic CSA), “Raising sheep and teaching the flock” (a story about Extension sheep specialist Roger High), and “Generations adding new twists to family traditions on the farm” (an Ohio Century Farm story). Honorable mention goes to “Sheep specialist shares experiences both good and baaaad” for the sheep story. Stay tuned for these stories and their sexy headlines developed by FFA members in the coming weeks.Thanks to those FFA members for the help and attention to this important issue that has undoubtedly shaped my generation of agriculture and will certainly have more impact for future generations on the farm.Most everyone reading this already knows that ag is sexy. It is up to all of us moving forward that everyone else knows it too.
The Welsh international footballer has scored three goals in the last four Premier League matches and has won the praise of his club’s captainWith only 21-years of age, English midfielder David Brooks has been having a great season with Bournemouth in the English Premier League.This weekend his team won 3-0 against Fulham and the youngster scored his third goal in his last four matches.And that has gained the praise of his captain, Simon Francis.“He’s settled in really well with the lads. He’s been a real breath of fresh air for us,” Francis told the team’s official website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s very laid back off the pitch, which I think is why he’s looked so calm and assured on it.”“He’s provided that left foot out wide that we haven’t really had for a couple of years, probably since Matt Ritchie left really,” he added.“His signing has added another dimension to us going forward and he’s been excellent so far.”“He can also still improve, and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to develop,” Francis concluded.
Home (RealSimple.com executive editor Laura Schocker and Coastal Living editor Steele Marcoux) “It is clear that we have a greater impact and reach by working as a more unified digital team, especially at a time when so much of our audience now consumes our content in ways that defy brand boundaries,” wrote Murray in the memo. Travel & Luxury (Travel + Leisure digital director Miles Stiverson) It’s the continuation of a movement that’s been taking hold within the company for some time now, aimed at driving efficiency by maintaining separate brand identities — for instance, People, Sports Illustrated, or Entertainment Weekly — but also identifying and cross-promoting content that might be suitable for multiple audiences. In a memo to staff provided to Folio:, chief content officer Alan Murray officially revealed today the formation of ten digital desks based on ten different topical beats. Each desk will be staffed by one of Time Inc.’s editors, who will seek to aggregate and coordinate content across multiple Time Inc. brands. The shift began in July, when Time Inc. consolidated business-side operations, eliminating individual publishers to more easily sell and market across titles, but to this point editorial has largely been left unaffected. “While most routine assignments will continue to be handled within the brands, it will be the role of the desk leaders to ensure that we are collaborating in real time, quickly seizing opportunities to win in social and search and steering our collective resources where we can have the most impact,” added Murray in the memo. “We will track our growth not just across brands but also across the desks.”More on this topic Time Inc. Unifies Sales Force, Eliminates Publishers Jen Wong Named COO of Time Inc. Time Inc. Names Jennifer Wong New Head of Digital Updated: Dozens More Staffers Cut at Time Inc. Time Inc. Launching ‘Digital Desks’ and Streamlining Production Time Inc. Splits Titles into Four Groups, Reveals Editorial LeadershipJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by Health (Health.com executive editor Theresa Tamkins) Entertainment (EW.com editor Christopher Rosen) Style & Beauty (People style and beauty director Andrea Lavinthal) Food (Cooking Light and MyRecipes digital director Stacey Rivera) As Time Inc. continues to shift resources toward its growing portfolio of digital media brands — whose unique monthly visitors now outnumber Twitter’s — the publisher has revealed a major retooling of its editorial structure. Additionally, Edward Felsenthal will provide oversight of the News, Technology, Food, Health, Home, and Travel desks, while Will Lee will oversee Beauty & Style, Celebrity, Entertainment, and Sports. Both were already group digital directors prior to today’s announcement, leading digital efforts across several titles. News (Time news director Dan Hirschhorn) Sports (Sports Illustrated digital editor Mark McClusky) The ten digital desks (and their leaders) are: Celebrity (People.com executive editor Sara Nathan) Murray adds that no reporters or editors are being removed from the titles for which they currently work, but instead will be asked to contribute to at least one digital desk in addition to their current duties. Technology (Fortune digital editor Andrew Nusca)
This ginger tabby named Flynn shacks up with Tori Diaz, founder of This Cat is Chonky. Tori Flynn I’m standing at my desk working. Archer, a 10-pound bundle of sass and midnight fur, sits behind me on a stool, a single claw plunging repeatedly into the elbow of my sweater: “Pay attention to me!” Archer knows I’m looking at other cats. He just knows. I’m on Facebook, bearing witness to the fattest cats on the internet. It’s a private Facebook group called “THIS CAT IS C H O N K Y,” where proud members post photos and videos of their beloved fuzzballs and comments pour in by the hundreds. Along with over 270,000 others, I worship at the house of Chonky. We lurk here. We comment. We find deep comfort.Facebook has been slammed for privacy failures and scandals, and like social media in general, it’s been called out for feeding loneliness and depression. Even social-media-savvy political rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quit Facebook. I’ve been tempted to follow suit, but I stay, in part, for Chonky. And I’m not alone.Yes, Chonky is for oohing and ahhing over cats with belly flab and kittens with poofy cheeks. But for many, it’s also a light in the darkness. Selfies, cats and so many uploads: Our love affair with sharing photos Facebook Share your voice 5:14 Comments Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Originally published June 12. Now playing: Watch this: 13 Photos Online One Chonky mod asked members to share what the group means to them — and got over 1,000 replies. “It’s a ray of sunshine in a gray world of negativity,” one member responded. Said another: “There have been many days where I isolate myself and cry nonstop but this group can stop that in an instant.” Members going through breakups put out the call for soothing cat photos to lift their spirits. People who just lost their beloved furry companions turn to Chonky for support and a virtual shoulder to cry on. Chonky founder Tori Diaz gets messages from group members who want her to know how Chonky has cheered them up during their most stressful moments. “What hit me the hardest,” Diaz says, “were the people responding saying the group has helped them through suicidal thoughts, depression and severe medical problems.” I visited Chonky one day when a young woman expressed thoughts of self-harm. The group arrived to tell her that her life matters. They shared their own stories of depression and how their cats gave them something to hold onto. The original poster later updated the message to say she had reached out to a therapist for help. This Cat is Chonky proudly advertises its wares with a chubby-cheeked cat banner. Facebook/This Cat is Chonky The first rule of Chonk ClubChonky isn’t the Wild West. You can share pictures of your cats and comment on photos, but you can’t sling insults. The group has strict rules of conduct. Rule No. 1: No chonk shaming. This is “the ultimate sin.” Don’t shame owners, either. That includes not calling them bad pet parents because their cats are overweight.”Don’t be condescending, judgy, or incite arguments,” the rules read. No politics or medical advice. In an internet world full of snark and trolling, Chonky is meant to be sacred ground. Jerks will be banned.Diaz, who lives with a ginger tabby named Flynn (pictured at the top of this article), created the Chonky group one night in May 2018. “One major issue I noticed in animal groups was owner and pet shaming, especially if the animal was overweight,” Diaz tells me. “It made me sad to see them being torn down for posting a picture of a beloved pet that they were excited to share.” In an internet world full of snark and trolling, Chonky is meant to be sacred ground. Jerks will be banned. Tags You don’t have to look far to see what Diaz is talking about. Reddit’s popular Aww group is sometimes beset by this issue. A post showing a short video of a fat and fluffy cat received responses calling the owners out for “at least negligence, if not straight-up abuse.” It’s hard to know the stories behind the overweight pets we glimpse on social media. Are they on diets? Do they have medical conditions? Are they recent rescues?Diaz created Chonky to be “a safe group to post chubby cats, or any cats, without meanness.” The term “chonky” came to her when she was looking at a photo of a fat cat. She thought it felt like internet-speak for “chunky.” Chonky strummed Facebook heartstrings right from the start, zipping to over 100,000 members by the end of 2018. When it hit 125,000, Diaz accepted the help of a small group of Chonky followers who offered to become moderators. They work their butts off. “Chonky isn’t immune to the problems of nasty internet users and trolling, myself and the mods just remove problem people fast and have learned what types of posts are most likely to start problems,” Diaz says. “A lot of love and work goes into keeping the group how it is.” Moderator Natalie Bunting, who also volunteers at a cat rescue, says the rule to “be nice” is the one most frequently violated. She has witnessed (and quashed) arguments for and against outdoor cats, political statements and personal attacks, like a member telling another to clean up a house seen in a photo. “There are literally well over a thousand member requests each day and at least 200 posts an hour,” she says. “It’s absolutely mind blowing.” Volunteering to wrangle Chonky posts is time-consuming, but Bunting sticks around because she’s connected with Diaz and the other mods. They blow off steam in a behind-the-scenes chat group, where Bunting says they laugh, cry and support each other. A lot of the conversation revolves around Chonky business, such as which posts should be approved or whether a member should be banned, but sometimes it veers into talk of families, food and work. “The subject can change 30 times within 30 minutes and it is the most entertaining chat I’ve ever been a part of,” says Bunting, who has two chonks of her own: Cubby and Baxter. “They are the goodest boys,” she reports.This rotund fluffster is the kind of cat Chonky members love to coo over. Amanda Kooser/CNET Chonky terminologyChonky is a closed group, so you need to be a member to see the fur flying. Here’s a typical day in the life of Chonky: Emily shared a photo of her wide-load black cat sitting on a cable box, eyes poppin’ and two front legs dangling straight down. It attracted 222 comments, including some photoshopped parodies showing the cat wearing a business suit or strolling through a Western town. Another poster demanded to see the group’s “oranges” and kicked off over 600 comments about ginger cats.Lizzie posted her gorgeous 14-year-old fluffy boy, who’s in declining health. She received lots of love. “Cherish your time together, I’m sure he does,” wrote one Chonky member.If you’re fortunate enough to be accepted into Chonky and you can abide by the simple rules, you will need to know some vocabulary.Beans: toe padsCat tax: providing a photo of your own cat when requesting photos from othersChonk: a fat catFloof: fluffinessHamb/hambina: a catNip nops: nipplesPeets: cat feetSlonk: a skinny catSmol: smallTeef: teethThicc: fatVoid: a black catUsed in a paragraph: My boi Archer is a semi-chonk void hamb, while his sister is a smol void slonk. They’re not thicc super-floofs, but their lil peets are adorbs.Fear of the inevitableBunting’s avocado-loving cat, Cubby, suffered from a mysterious illness for months before vets finally diagnosed the rare Cushing’s disease, an adrenal gland issue that can be difficult to treat. The Chonky team posted a GoFundMe fundraiser on Bunting’s behalf, and the community has fed money toward the $2,000 goal to offset Cubby’s steep health expenses. “Sending healing energy for Cubby! Thanks for sharing the chonks with the world,” wrote one Chonky-loving donor.Bunting says the campaign absolutely blew her away at a time when she was dealing with an unexpected death in her family. “As silly as it sounds, the whole thing gave me reasons to smile during an extremely difficult time,” she says. Chonky fans are also mailing her little shirts for Cubby to wear to help protect his fragile skin. “I still have no idea who sent some of them,” Bunting says. Enlarge ImageThe author and her own chonky cat, Archer Amanda Kooser/CNET I’ve been working on this article for a while. My big boy Archer has curled up inside his UFO-shaped cat bed under my monitor stand. He’s sleeping, but there’s now a tiny paw appearing from beneath my keyboard holder, reaching out daintily for the front of my sweater. “Pay attention to me!” I shift my position so his teensy sister Delia can sit on my lap. I visit Chonky a couple of times a day. I do it for the respite of cat pictures. I’m also here because I’m afraid of the future. My cats are over 17. I’ve known them since the day they were born in a friend’s closet as little wiggling bundles of fur, and I love them like they were carved from my own heart. They both have kidney disease. Delia is getting clumsy. Archer had a mysterious seizure some months ago. The vet calls them seniors, and I know someday, probably not too long from now, I will lose them both. As much as I lurk on Chonky, I rarely post. When the day comes that I have to say goodbye to my beautiful cats, I already know I will go to Chonky for solace. And I know a vast community of cat-loving Chonksters will be there to support me. 7
Indian Supreme CourtIndia’s Supreme Court on Thursday heard a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of “triple talaq” and to know whether it was fundamental to Islam.”We are going to decide the validity of triple talaq,” said chief justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, heading a constitution bench.He asked the parties concerned to focus on whether triple talaq was fundamental to Islamic religion.The chief justice said that petitioners and respondents would address the court on whether triple talaq was an enforceable fundamental right.The bench sought suggestions on the broad parameters of the directions the court may issue while deciding the validity of triple talaq.Other judges on the constitution bench are justice Kurian Joseph, justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, justice Uday Umesh Lalit and justice S Abdul Nazeer.The court said both sides would get two days each to argue their case. Thereafter, both sides would get a day each to submit rejoinders.Triple talaq is a practice under which a husband can verbally divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” thrice.This has been opposed by a section of the Muslim society while others say it cannot be changed as it is part of Muslim personal law.The Modi government wants triple talaq to go. The practice is not followed in many Muslim countries including Pakistan.
The US-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed top cleric in an air strike in May on a Syrian town near the Iraqi border.“Coalition forces killed Turki Binali, the self-proclaimed ‘Grand Mufti’ or chief cleric of ISIS in an air strike 31 May in Mayadeen, Syria,” the coalition said in a statement, using an acronym for the jihadist group.Rumours of Binali’s death had circulated after the strike, but there was no official confirmation until the statement.It described Binali as “a close confidant” of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he “had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world.”A 2016 US Treasury Department counter-terrorism designation identified Binali as a citizen of Bahrain born in the country in 1984.He was also listed under UN sanctions, which described him as having been chosen as IS’s “chief religious advisor” in 2014.He served as head of IS’s religious compliance police, a recruiter of foreign fighters and on a team of advisors to Baghdadi, according to the UN listing.He was killed in a strike that came days after another US-led coalition air raid on Mayadeen that reportedly killed the founder of IS’s notorious Amaq propaganda agency.The 29 May strike killed Rayan Mashaal, also known as Baraa Kadek, according to local Syrian activists, though the coalition has not yet confirmed that.The IS deaths come as the group is under major pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.Its fighters are surrounded in the Old City of Iraq’s Mosul, and under attack in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa from a US-backed alliance that has also seized four neighbourhoods of the city.Russia said on Friday it was seeking to verify whether Baghdadi was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night raid in Syria last month.More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests before spiralling into a war that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.