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HICAGO, Nov 26, 2019 The man accused of murdering a 19-year-old student in the parking garage on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus allegedly became "angry" when she ignored his catcalls, authorities said.

University of Illinois at Chicago student Ruth George, 19, was found dead in a parking garage on campus on Nov. 23, 2019.

Sophomore Ruth George was attacked after a Lyft dropped her off on campus just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday as she returned from a semi-formal event, according to a charging docu-

ment for 26-year-old suspect Donald Thurman. One of George's friends went back to her dorm while George walked alone to the parking garage on Halsted Street, where she had parked her car, prosecutors said. As she walked past a bus stop, Thurman allegedly noticed her and "thought she was pretty and tried talking to her," but George ignored him and continued walking.

Thurman, who was wearing a "distinctive white jacket," was seen on surveillance video following George to where her car was parked, according to the court document. Thurman then allegedly catcalled her and tried to talk to her again, but George continued to ignore him. When George got to her car, Thurman allegedly "was angry that he Continued on Page 8

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here are two tendencies in human nature. One is to harmonize the ideal with the life and other to elevate the life to the ideal. Former is the temptation of our lives i.e. motive passion of life behind it or selflessness etc.

If we believe that all are born equal, we should treat others the way we wish to be treated even if we may not have the same feelings for everyone. This is the human morality. As everything is evolving, plurality and cultural diversity brings acceptance and social harmony. But hypocrisy creates inner turmoil. Devil also knows what is good but lacks its rationale. Ethics is rule based. If ethics and morality are solely based on one’s instincts, the result is greed which leads to expansion, exploitation, and conflicts. When reason and introspection are the basis of ethics, peace within and harmony with nature will be the outcome. Reason is logic. David Hume wrote in 1739, “The reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of passion.” The Greek philosopher Epicurns advocated a calm life of modest pleasures. Albert Einstein said, “Freedom of teaching and opinion in books and press is the foundation for sound and natural development of any people.” Einstein repulsed tyranny and saw tolerance not simply a sweet virtue but necessary condition for a reactive society. Some scholars of the Chinese Academy of Sciences during Mao’s cultural revolution wrote that the theory of relativity is profound reflection of western bourgeois reactionary political viewpoint. To restore the sanity Zhou Enlai stepped in “The Jews nation has produced many outstanding talents - Marx

was Jewish so was Einstein.” Confusion was diffused.

All living beings have the fear of death.

Behavioral science research report concludes that some people never feel depressed which was attributed to their resilience in adverse circumstances and noted that the impressions on mind defines the attitudes and attitudes define habits. Repeated habits define character and repeated counterhabits reforms the character.

When mind wanders in sense objects desires appear, and intelligent people can also become victims of their desires. It may be called human weakness. One desires for pleasures and prosperity, curious to know, and thirsty for truth. Thirst and curiosity are natural, but the insatiable desires are due to some mistake. One can only correct one’s mistake. Power and lust are the off springs of desires, and greed is the ingredient of capitalism.

Abraham Lincoln said, ‘most men can withstand adversity, if you want to test the man’s character give him power.’ The words of Lincoln on character and Gandhi’s principle of truth and nonviolence are immortal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in 2004 with people of opposite views/sides shows that lying or hypocrisy by the opposite side lit up areas of the brain associated with rewards; lies by their own side lit up areas associated with dislike and negative emotions. At no point did the parts of the brain associated with reason show any response at all. It concludes that judgements are rooted in emotion and intuition, facts and evidence are likely to be secondary. Another research in 2009 showed that experiencing envy (at other person’s success) activates pain related neuron circuitry, whereas the delight at someone’s misfortune (schadenfreude) activates reward related neuron circuitry. Similar research in 2019 showed that experiencing anger, disgust, spiritual and suicidal thoughts suggests that cognitive neuron circuitry of such behaviors has been identified but the mechanisms of feelings and emotions are unknown. Work for a living is necessary but compassion, creativity, and discipline contribute to character building. Activity of the body, mind, and speech is called action (karma). All actions have consequences (pains or pleasures) which impacts everything we think, utter, and do. The law of karma emphasizes to trust yourself and do the right thing. It also guides to know one’s reality. People make mistakes due to ignorance and beer the consequences, but they are not sinners.

Nature has provided the mind with faculty of ego, feelings, discrimination, and analysis, and their use depends only on us. Despite unlimited resilience of the mind, it has three basic defects: malice, oscillating, and ignorant of the truth. The well tested technique to eliminate malice of mind is compassion, contemplation to calm the mind, and gaining knowledge to eliminate ignorance, which may lead to wisdom. Ethics, morality, and logic are all embedded in wisdom. Sensual pleasures and desire for power dominate the human mind, because ego seeks recognition, but they minimize when the thirst to know one’s reality arises. Everything is in the mind and everyone like pleasures and no one likes pains. People are interested to know others rather than knowing their own reality. The fact based on evidence is the root of scientific research. Fact can be experienced, and as fact changes, mind also changes. Science and technology enterprise are based on the natural laws. Unification of the five fundamental forces of nature and the theory of Universe will be the ultimate achievements of human race and its intelligence. Metaphysics emphasizes that the only reality is primordial energy or pure consciousness that pervades the entire Universe and any physical form is its outer manifestation at different levels of energy vibrations and true essence of any sentient being is the consciousness or soul. Thus, one’s reality is soul i.e. body with sentient soul is a living being.

Afflictions, actions and their fruits are our companions. Afflictions constitute of ignorance, ‘I’-ness, likes, dislikes, and the fear of unknown, which keeps us away from knowing our true nature. Thus, minimizing afflictions is required. Unawareness of the reality is ignorance, and the nature of ignorance is to cover the mind and one does not properly distinguish right and wrong.

Soul is subtle beyond causation and it alone is free and does not follow the natural laws. Then, how to perceive the soul with evidence? When ego is challenged, it takes shelter in reason/intellect. Although, reason can provide enthusiasm, reason alone cannot touch the soul, because imperfect reason cannot understand its fundamental basis. Therefore, the only way to study the mind and soul is to get at facts and deduce conclusion.

‘I’-ness is the pure existence, but when it comes in contact of nature it appears as ego and manifests in the form of desire, anger, pride, greed, envy, and delusion.

The brain, being a biological system, does not have feelings but mind does because of ego i.e. brain is one thing and mind another. During the deep sleep sense objects

are absent, so the brain activity ceases or minimizes i.e. mind goes to ignorant mode. Who is the witness of ego and mind during the deep sleep, if not the sentient soul? The profound peace after awakening is a glimpse/evidence of the soul which could not be perceived by the mind due to ignorance in deep sleep. When mind is trained for deep meditation, the brain activity also minimizes but the mind is awake. In this state, the ego perceives the soul and loses its grip on the mind i.e. ignorance of the mind removes as ego perceives the soul. Mind attains its original state as stationary mind wave – equanimity i.e. free from the waves of likes and dislikes. The result is eternal peace and the lack of fear and anxiety. This is the real experience not a belief, and anyone can experience it by untainted mind and own effort. As an observer cannot observe itself, ego cannot observe ego. Which is why soul is the witness of ego, and the body is merely its vehicle. Since everyone has soul within, metaphysics proclaims equality and no discrimination based on race, color, and gender. Different behaviors are due to ego alone, but soul is its witness i.e. nothing is hidden from the soul. After soul awareness, mind becomes more alert and one lives without anxiety and fear and serves the society with joy and freedom i.e. afflictions are minimized. Human life is a journey in search of happiness, freedom, and truth. The practice of meditation with discriminative faculty of mind helps in this journey. Honesty to yourself and discipline are essential in the process of meditation. Soul seeking is based on three stable pillars for its validity without external influence: self-effort, doubtless experience, and reason. Knowing one’s own reality is the birthright of every human being and the highest achievement in life. Many social and mental health problems could be avoided if ignorance is removed at any stage of life. Looking at one’s own virtues and others’ defects leads to ego boosting and malice, and one continues living in the darkness of ignorance with confusion, fear, and anxiety which is sad. Based on evidence, an effort is made to understand ethics, ego/self, and soul. The faith based on right understanding of beliefs could lead to solace and devotion.

Dr. Maharaj S. Tomar is a retired professor from physics department of the University of Puerto Rico has published over 120 research articles in materials science. He lives in Katy, TX. He To contact Email:tomar.maharajs@ gmail.com.


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Sankara Foundation 4th Fundraiser Banquet Nets over $25,000 in Aid of Free Eye Surgeries

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OUSTON: Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) hosted their fourth fundraising gala – The Gift of Vision Banquet - on November 17 at India House, Houston. Over 200 people attended the banquet to raise funds for free eye surgeries for poor and SEF hospitals in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Indore. Thanks to generous Houstonians, the Gift of Vision Banquet helped raise over $25,000 for free eye surgeries for poor and upcoming SEF hospitals.

The evening started with welcome address by Dr. Rajender Aparasu who thanked the attendees and Chief Guests for the evening. He praised Houstonians for coming together as a community for tough times like Hurricane Harvey and also for fun times like Howdy Modi event. He wanted all Houstonians now to come together to support the mission of Sankara Eye Foundation to eradicate curable blindness in India. The welcome address was followed by musical melodies by Sarada Akunuri, Karthik Swamy, and Sanjeev Kumar. The melodies oldies provided a wonderful start and enchanting mood for the evening. Ravi Vullanki, the master of ceremony for the event, invited and thanked Consul Rakesh Banati and Amit Khanna for joining the fundraising event. Mr. Banati commended the work performed by Sankara Eye Hospitals in serving humanitarian cause by performing nearly two million free eye surgeries and expanding the access to rural India. The evening belonged to the visionary leader, Murali

Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) Houston Chapter members and supporters with Consul Rakesh Banati (5th from left).

Murali Krishnamurthy, Chairman, Sankara Eye Foundation addressing the gathering . Photos: Roy Photography

Krishnamurthy, Chairman, Sankara Eye Foundation for his inspirational and passionate talk about achieving excellence while supporting the noble vision. Quoting from teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Mr. Krishnamurthy shared his journey with SEF over the last two decades as a founder and a leader. He started by his talk about by sharing the legendary contributions of Dr. Radha Ramani, Founder of Sankara Eye Hospitals, India. He showed the video of the achievements and contributions of Dr. Ramani, who recently received prestigious

Before ending his speech, Krishnamurthy sang a soulful song, “Jyot se jyot jalate chalo.” The attendees were visibly moved by his passionate talk. In the end, Raghu Nednur thanked all organizations,

volunteers, media, supporters, and donors who were instrumental in organizing successful fundraising banquet. The gala food was catered by popular Biryani Pot in Hyderabadi banquet style. Krishna Sounds LLC provided the audio-visual sup-

port. Sudhakar Roy of Roy Photography covered the event with visually stunning photography. Make a difference, give the gift of vision and reach Sankara Eye Foundation at www.giftofvision.org

Padma Shri. An electronics engineer by profession and a singer by passion, Mr. Krishnamurthy inspired the guests to make a difference with commitment to excellence. He interspersed his inspirational talk with enchanting melodies in several languages. He shared SEF vision to build more hospitals across India to eradicate curable blindness. He thanked the Houston team of volunteers for their hard work in organizing the fundraising banquet. He was grateful to generous donors for SEF achievements.

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Pakistan becomes first country AAPI to take obesity awareto launch new typhoid vaccine ness campaign to Antarctica and South America

Pakistani villagers sit under trees on a hot summer day in Sindh province in May 2018 (AFP Photo/ RIZWAN TABASSUM) Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | 11/15/2019 - Pakistan has become the first country in the world to introduce a new typhoid vaccine, officials said Friday, as the country grapples with an ongoing outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of the potentially fatal disease. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), will be used during a two-week immunisation campaign in southern Sindh province. Sindh is where most of Paki-

stan's 10,000 cases of typhoid have been documented since 2017. "The two-week campaign beginning from today would target over 10 million children of nine months to 15 years of age," Azra Pechuho, the health minister in Sindh province, said in Karachi on Friday. The new vaccines have been provided by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to the Pakistani government free of cost. After the two-week cam-

paign, it will be introduced into routine immunisations in Sindh, and in other areas of Pakistan in the coming years.

Young participants at one of the awareness events.

Pakistan spends a meagre amount of its national resources on public health and a majority of its population remains vulnerable to contagious diseases such as typhoid.

uring the historical visit to the White Continent, Antarctica, with brief stays in Brazil and Argentina, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest medical organization in the United States, will organize Obesity Awareness Campaigns in the southernmost parts of the world, Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI announced here today.

In 2017, 63 percent of the typhoid cases documented and 70 percent of the fatalities were children, according to a joint press release from the Pakistani government, WHO and Gavi.

Anal cancer rates, deaths climbing in US

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ASHINGTON — Anal cancer cases and deaths are rising dramatically in the United States, especially among older people and young black men, a study says. Researchers examined trends in anal cancer cases over about 15 years and identified about 69,000 cases of anal cancer and more than 12,000 deaths during this time. “Our findings of the dramatic rise in incidence among black millennials and white women, rising rates of distant-stage disease, and increases in anal cancer mortality rates are very concerning,” the study’s lead author, Ashish A. Deshmukh, an assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health, said in a statement. “Given the historical perception that anal cancer is rare, it is often neglected.” Distant stage disease is when

the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. From 2001 to 2015, cases of the most common type of anal cancer increased by 2.7% per year, while anal cancer death rates increased by 3.1% per year from 2001 to 2016. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, “gives numbers to a trend that seems to be happening over the last decade,” said Dr. Virginia Shaffer, a colorectal surgeon and associate professor in Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute. “In that sense it gives us numbers to what we were already expecting,'” she said. Shaffer was not involved in the study. Anal cancer occurs where the digestive tract ends. It is different from colon or rectal cancer and most similar to cervical

Stroke Support Group Series offered by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

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UGAR LAND—(November 21, 2019) — The Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center at Sugar Land is offering a stroke survivors and caregivers support group. The group allows people affected by stroke to come together and share their experiences, ask questions about recovery and help others with their journey.

stroke – whether personally or with a family member.”

The sessions are scheduled every other month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginning on Feb. 19 in the hospital’s Main Pavilion Conference Rooms B and C.

To learn more about the Stroke Support Group Series, contact the Neuroscience & Spine Center at neuroscience@houstonmethodist.org or call 281.276.8271. Registration is not required.

“It may not get as much attention as other serious diseases, but stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of serious longterm disability for Americans,” said Dr. Larry Tran, board-certified neurologist and medical director of the Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center at Sugar Land. “The support group can be beneficial to anyone who has experienced

The hospital’s Stroke Support Group Series meets throughout the year to provide continuing support in a safe space. “Our goal is to provide a resource and community for stroke survivors and caregivers, recognizing that stroke affects an extensive amount of people,” said Tran.

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cancer. The most common subtype of anal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, caused by human papillomavirus, known as HPV. More than 90% of cases of anal cancers are associated with HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (-CNN)

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Dr. Ravi Kolli, Secretary of AAPI, who has been coordinating the historic Tour to Antarctica, said, “Nearly 200 AAPI leaders and supporters from across the United States are embarking on a voyage to the Seventh Continent starting on November 28th. During the two weeks long expedition to Antarctica, AAPI has planned several events in Brazil and Argentina championing the cause of Obesity Awareness across South America.”

Dr. Reddy lauded Vandana Aggarwal, Chair of the Family CME Cruise for developing the entire program, and Dr. Krishan Kumar, Chair of CMEs, who is coordinating the word class CMEs for Physicians during the Cruise. According to Dr. Uma Koduri, Chair of Obesity Awareness Campaign, the Walkathons planned in Brazil and Argentina will have the traditional antiobesity walks with participants wearing Yellow Shirts with Caps, the unique theme representing energy, motivation, hope, optimism, joy and happiness. Consequences of obesity include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, which can shorten the lifespan of children. American society has become characterized by environments that promote increased consumption of less healthy food and physical inactivity leading to this childhood obesity epidemic.

Research has shown that healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Subsequent to the Obesity Awareness Campaigns in Hyderabad, India during and after the Global Healthcare Summit 2019, AAPI has been organizing such Obesity Walkathon events with the goals to have them organized in at least in 100 schools in India and eventually the world across, making it an Obesity Revolution to educate and empower everyone to prevent obesity and lead healthy lives and make positive contributions to their communities.


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Mum knows best: Homemade soup may fight malaria by Elizabeth DONOVAN

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ARIS, France | AFP | 11/19/2019 - Some soups may be good for more than just the soul. A new study suggests that certain homemade broths -- made from chicken, beef or even just vegetables -- might have properties that can help fight malaria. Researcher Jake Baum of Imperial College London asked children from diverse cultural backgrounds at statefunded Eden Primary School to bring in homemade clear soup broth from recipes that had been passed down across generations to treat fever. The samples were filtered and incubated with cultures of Plasmodium falciparum, a parasite that accounts for an estimated 99.7 percent of malaria cases in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of 56 soup samples tested, five were more than 50 percent effective in curbing growth of the parasite, two

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with similar success as one drug currently used to treat malaria, Baum and his team reported Tuesday in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and had a variety of base ingredients, including chicken, beef, beetroot and cabbage.

Four other soups were more than 50 percent effective at blocking parasites from maturing to be able to infect mosquitoes, which transmit the disease.

Much to the pleasure of the vegetarians involved in the study, Baum noted, the veggie-only soups showed similar results to the meat-based ones.

"When we started getting soups that worked -- in the lab under very restricted conditions, I should add -- we were really happy and excited," Baum told AFP in an email. But he noted that it was unclear which ingredients had the antimalarial properties. "If we were serious about going back and finding the magic ingredient, like good scientists, we'd have to do it in a very standardised way," he said. - 'Golden recipes' The soups came from families from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including

He pointed to the success of Professor Dr Tu Youyou of China, who in the 1970s was instrumental in isolating and extracting an antimalarial substance from quinhao, an herb used in Eastern medicine to treat fever for some two thousand years. This research led to the synthetic production of artemisinin -- a drug now widely used to treat malaria -and won Tu the Nobel Prize in 2015.

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ARIS | AFP | Tuesday 11/19/2019 - Every day in 2017, 137 women and girls were intentionally killed by their partner or a family member somewhere in the world, according to UN statistics. This adds up to over 50,000 women's lives ended by those closest to them, a scourge blamed on deep-rooted gender inequality and damaging stereotypes of women as weaker and less valuable members of society.

In 2017, some 87,000 women and girls were murdered worldwide, according to a 2018 report of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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The high murder rate among women is a consequence of rampant genderbased violence. Nearly a third of women who have been in a relationship reported having experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner, or a non-partner, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). "Many of the victims of 'femicide' are killed by their current and former partners, but they are also killed by fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and other family members because of their role and status as women," said the UNODC. These killings, it added, do "not usually result from random or spontaneous acts, but rather from the culmination of prior gender-based violence. Jealousy and fear of abandonment are among the motives." The WHO report also blamed "unequal power of women relative to men" and the "normative use of violence to resolve conflict". - War -

"The lesson from me was more that there may well be golden recipes out there in the world for disease that remain untapped."

China 'medicine' demand threatens world donkey population: report

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EIJING | AFP | Thursday 11/21/2019 - China's demand for donkey skins to make a traditional medicine could wipe out more than half the world's donkey population in the next five years, researchers said Thursday.

by a burgeoning middle class, with production growing 20 percent each year between 2013 and 2016, Donkey Sanctuary said. China's domestic donkey population has collapsed by 76 percent since 1992, and the country imports most of the donkey skins it uses, mainly from traders in South America, Africa and Asia. There are currently around 45.8 million donkeys in the world, Donkey Sanctuary said. The donkey skin trade has resulted in "suffering on an enormous and unacceptable scale", the group's chief executive Mike Baker said in a statement.

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Of these, 58 percent had their life taken by someone in their inner circle -- 30,000 by their spouse or intimate partner, and another 20,000 by a member of their own family.

In absolute numbers, Asia had the most severe toll, with 20,000 women killed by a partner or family member in 2017.

Emerging resistance to drugs treating the disease -- which kills some 400,000 people a year -- means scientists have to "look beyond the chemistry shelf for new drugs", Baum noted in a press release.

Ejiao was once the preserve of emperors but is now highly sought after

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Women in Africa are most likely to be killed by a spouse or family member, with a rate of nearly 70 percent (19,000 murders) compared to 38 percent (3,000 murders) in Europe, the region with the smallest share, said the UNODC.

Homemade soup samples supplied by primary school children in London were found to have antimalarial effects. (AFP Photo/HOANG DINH NAM)

Nearly five million skins are used every year to make ejiao, a gel believed in China to be a remedy for troubles ranging from colds to ageing, putting enormous strain on donkey populations around the world, Britain-based animal welfare group Donkey Sanctuary said in a report.

Here is an overview of the worldwide killings of women, also called femicide.

Fewer than one in five murdered men were killed by their life partner, compared to 82 percent for women.

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Baum said he had wanted to teach children the process through which scientific research can turn an herbal remedy into a synthetically produced medicine.

Femicide: A global scourgeby Lucie PEYTERMANN and Mariette LE ROUX

The report showed that men were four times more likely than women to fall victim to homicide (they form 80 percent of all murder victims) but more often than not died at the hands of a stranger.

The share by gender of homicides and partner-killings worldwide. (AFP Photo/ Maryam EL HAMOUCHI) Emergencies such as poverty, war and humanitarian crises make women even more vulnerable. Countries topping a UN-compiled list of "intentional homicides, female" are mostly in Latin America and Africa, regions which struggle with gang and ethnic wars, unemployment and privation. Topping the list is El Salvador with 13.9 out of every 100,000 women murdered in 2017, followed by Jamaica with 11 per 100,000 in the same year. The Central African Republic was in third place with 10.4 per 100,000 based on 2016 statistics, followed by South Africa with 9.1 per 100,000 in 2011. The real numbers are likely to be higher, with reports based on whatever data is gathered by national statistical systems -- severely lacking in many countries in Africa and Asia. Many wars, from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to Kosovo and Iraq, are known for the tactic of targeting women, who are raped, beaten, taken as sex slaves, and often killed, as a "weapon of war". - Family According to the UN, some 1,000 of the 5,000 so-called "honour killings" reported around the world every year, are committed in India. These are crimes committed by close relatives after a woman or girl is deemed to have diverted from religious or traditional mores and values -- often for falling in love with a man from the wrong family, or for engaging in sex before marriage. They are shot, stoned, burned, buried alive, strangled, smothered, or

stabbed to death with what the UN describes as "horrifying regularity", often in countries where the laws exempt the perpetrators from punishment. Pakistan sees hundreds of these killings every year, while in Afghanistan 243 cases were recorded between April 2011 and August 2013. - Change coming? Spain is hailed in some quarters for turning the tide in the battle against femicide through a 2004 law against gender-targeted violence that sought to address the problem in different spheres simultaneously -- social, educational and correctional. About 100 special courts and police units were also set up. Last year, 50 women were murdered in Spain, and 51 so far this year, down from 71 in 2003. Activists say the number is still too high in a country where judges are accused of bungling cases involving violence against women. Last month, a court caused widespread anger by convicting five men accused of gang-raping a teenager of a lesser charge of sexual abuse on the grounds that she did not fight back. There are action plans to combat violence against women in all of Canada's 10 provinces and marital violence has fallen since 2009. "Training police has been one of the most beneficial factors," said Manon Monastesse, of the federation of homes of refuge for women. But a woman still dies in Canada every six days at the hands of her partner, with indigenous Canadians six times more at risk.

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ietary supplements help people get the nutrients they need to thrive, and 77 percent of Americans take them, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). However, experts say that in order to make smart choices down the line, it is necessary to understand changes being made to product labels. “The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that all dietary supplement products feature updated labeling by January 2021 to reflect the evolution of the American diet, as well as advancements in nutrition science,” says Brian Wommack, senior vice president of communications at CRN. “Larger manufacturers will comply by January 2020, and many other manufacturers will be introducing the new labels early, so it’s smart for everyone to get familiar with the updates now.” Eighty-two percent of Americans agree that the information on the label helps them make purchasing decisions, and being label wise, according to Wommack, means being committed to reading product labels, having knowledge of what information is featured and why, and making smart, well-informed purchasing decisions. “While some of the changes to the label are more obvious than others, all of them are important to understand,”

says Wommack. To help you understand the transition, CRN has identified some of the noticeable aspects of the new Supplement Facts label: • New Daily Values (DVs) will reflect the latest nutrition science and changes in American diets. • Vitamins A, D, and E will change from amounts in International Units (IU), to the more common measures of milligrams (mg) and micrograms (mcg). • Folic acid, an important nutrient before and during pregnancy, will be listed as folate and measured in micrograms of dietary folate equivalents (DFEs). • If sugar is added to the product, you will see the amount and percent DV. To learn more about the coming changes, as well as for more tips and advice on reading supplement labels, visit BeLabelWise.org or follow the conversation at #labelwise. “We all have unique nutritional needs. So, talk with your healthcare practitioner to understand how these label changes might impact you,” says Wommack.


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HGH Honors 13 Outstanding Youth at 2019 Hindu Youth Award

Raghav Aggarwal Neil Verma Rishi Bhutada, Karuna Kankani and Namita Pallod

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indus of Greater Houston celebrated 9th Annual HGH Youth Awards Gala on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at Durga Bari Society. Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) alongside its chapter organization, Young Hindus of Greater Houston (YHGH), hosted an event, honoring the Hindu youth of Houston for their community service, leadership, and display of Hindu values. The event chair was Bhawna Luthra, and the emcees were Akash Dhingra and Uma Zingde, current board members of Young Hindus of Greater Houston. The event commenced with a welcoming speech by a representative from Durga Bari Society, Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, highlighting Nishkam Karma, true volunteerism and the many tenets of Hinduism followed by invocation from Smt. Anindita Roy. A group of youth from many temples jointly rendered melodious music ensemble directed by Smt.Rajarajeswary Bhat from Krishna Gana Sudha Academy in celebration of HGH’s 30 years. Thara Narasimhan, President of HGH, highlighted

In addition, Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty and Acharya Darshana Nanavaty were the Chief Guests for the evening and received Lifetime Achievement awards for their dedication of spiritual teaching globally and locally. Gaurang ji encouraged everyone to study Bhagavad Gita to have a deeper understanding of our Manashakti and better ourselves. He said, “To be really called a Hindu, one must be practicing Hindu. I urge one and all to learn Bhagavad Gita, it gives you a goal of life and attain that goal and teach you how to live in samsara”.

ed four panelists: Neal Verma (Sita Ram Foundation), Rishi Bhutada (HAF), Namita Pallod (HHYC), and Karuna Kankani (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh). The panelists shared the concern of the impact of Western media on the youth and urged the youth to stay connected to their religion and culture by having deeper understanding of Sanatan Dharma. The Panel discussion gave youth the opportunity to understand the importance of connecting to their peers, their culture and faith through involvement in religious organizations and temples.

The keynote speaker of the evening was Rishi Bhutada, the Board of Director of the Hindu American Association (HAF). He shared meaningful personal experiences as a second-generation Hindu in America and emphasized the accomplishments this generation has made in different arenas along with the challenges faced. Rishi Bhutada was awarded for his outstanding dedication and leadership to the Hindu community. He asked the youth, “stay connected with Hindu community, no matter wherever you go,

The awards ceremony concluded with delicious authentic Indian cuisine. The event was enjoyed by all, with amazing performances of Hindu vocal mantras, traditional instruments, and amazing dance performances. People were amazed by the accomplishments of the young Hindus, of their society, and their continued efforts to make an impact on the community. “I am so proud to hear the achievements of these young children” said Manju Rani. “I would never be able to do all these things that these children completed at

HGH Board of advisors with Bhagwanj Bhutada and Subhash Gupta

CMH Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty and Acharya Darshana Nanavaty (left) received Lifetime Achievement awards. Rishi Bhutada was also recognized. Seen on stage with Sushma and Dev Mahajan

HGH Board of Directors and volunteers. Vijay Pallod, left, Gopal Aggarwal, Raj Shah, Bhagwan Bhutada, Hemant Jadhav, Past president Sharad Amin, President Thara Narasimhan, Tupil Narasiman, Immediate Past President Partha Krishnaswamy, Rajesh Bakshi, Sanjay Jain, Sreemathy Ranga, Bhawna Luthra, Vinod Mantri, Sanjay Jajoo and Past president Girish Naik. the accomplishments and service of HGH in uniting Hindus and bringing awareness of our faith to the community at large in Houston over the past 30 years. Durga Bari Society artists performed two cultural programs, based on Mahishasura Mardini Stotram and Ram Vandana. The youth represented various temples and Hindu organizations in which they have been involved in. The winners of the 9th Annual Youth Awards were Anishaa Potnis, Sindhuja Sridharan, Nilamani Venisetty, Dhruv Patel, Aatreya Tewary, Muktha Nair, Jay Chakraborti, Yesh Dhruva, Kanika Talwar, Devangshu Goswami, Surabhi Kartick, Devesh Kasireddy, and Radha Mulani. They shared their inspirational experiences of volunteerism and deep-rotted knowledge of Hindu principles.

whatever you do, serve the Hindu community with goal in mind”. Additionally, Uma Zingde and Vidisha Jain, board members of YHGH, presented about the mission and vision of their organization and encouraged youth ages 18 to 35 years to get involved. Namita Pallod and Abhimanyu Aggarwal, Directors of Hindu Youth Camp, made a thoughtful presentation about Hindu Heritage Youth camp (HHYC), encouraging youth to get involved as counselors at the camp. The event included a panel to have an introspective discussion on various topics, including our cultural and religious identity as secondgeneration Hindus and the differing experiences of Hindus from generation to generation. The panel was facilitated by Raghav Agarwal and includ-

such a young age when I was that old!” said Shubha Singh. Bhawna Luthra, the event chair, commented, “This event well-represented the Hindu community from various temples in Houston and brought everyone together to create cohesion and to strengthen the Hindu values among our youth”.

Society, handing the baton to Rasesh Dalal of VPSS. The event was a huge success, showcased our youth and in-

spired by speakers to follow the Santana dharma to live a peaceful life.

Report prepared by Anjali Aggarwal, Marketing Director of YHGH and Komal Luthra, is founder of YHGH

FIS at HCC Foundation Scholarships luncheon

Thara Narasimhan, the President of HGH, commented, “It was a momentous occasion to reflect on the beginning of the Hindu presence in this great city and its evolution over the past few decades. The Hindu youth awards creates a platform for youth to come together. The awardees’ speeches emphasized their creative commitment to serve the Hindu community in the future.” At the end, Madhumita Sengupta of Houston Durgabari

Houston Food Bank's urgent call for help answered by middle schoolers

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OUSTON – Students from Harmony School of Innovation-Houston heard the Houston Food Bank’s urgent cry for help. On Friday, November 22 from Noon – 4 p.m., 15 to 20 students, parents and staff members will volunteer to help the Houston Food Bank. The community service is part of Harmony Public School’s

Service Learning agenda and is one of the school system’s core values. Last week, the Houston Food Bank threw out nearly 1.8 million pounds of food due to an ammonia leak related to refrigerated areas. The Houston Food Bank services 18 counties feeding more than one million people.

Harmony School of Innovation-Houston is a Title I middle school located in Houston's Sharpstown neighborhood. The campus recently received an "A" Accountability Rating by the Texas Education Agency for 2019-2020, along with seven separate TEA distinctions. The campus is a part of Harmony Public Schools.

Seated: Krishna Vavilala and Supal Vora with Dr. Zachary Hodges. Photo courtesy: Jill Assir,Director of Development, HCC-N.W. FIS Chair, Krishna Vavilala and Director, Supal Vora represented FIS at HCC Foundation Scholarships luncheon held on November,15,2019. They were among the guests of honor at the HCC-N.W. President's

table. Dr. Zachary Hodges, President of HCC-N.W. college went around the table to come and pose for this picture. Advisory Board member, Col. Dr.

Raj Bhalla could not attend as he was out of town.The event which was attended by almost a 1000 people took place at Houston's Bayou center. Photo courtesy: Jill Assir,Director of Development, HCC-N.W.


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23 per cent petitions seeking H1-B visas were denied in 2019: MEA According to H-1B petition statistics of the USCIS, 84.8 per cent of the total H-1B petitions processed and completed in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018-September 2019) were approved, as against 95.7 per cent of the total in Fiscal Year 2015.

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EW DELHI: PTI |Nov 21, 2019 About 23 per cent of new petitions seeking H1-B visas for the US were denied in the 2019 fiscal year, the External Affairs Ministry said. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said according to statistics of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a total 116,031 initial or new H-1B petitions were processed and completed in Fiscal Year 2019, out of which 27,707 petitions - accounting for about

23.9 per cent - were denied. "Indian nationals account for nearly 70 per cent of all H-1B visa issued, even though the share of Indian IT companies in the in the H-1B visa is relatively small," Muraleedharan said. He said Indian nationals also accounted for about 93 per cent of all Employment Authorization Document issued to H-4 visa holding spouses of H-1B beneficiaries as per statistics available till December 2017. In reply to another question,

he said according to inputs received by the government, there is concern across the global IT industry operating in the US, inter alia, over approval rates for H-1B petitions, higher rate of rejection among IT service-focused companies and cost implications of higher scrutiny and additional requests for evidence. According to H-1B petition statistics of the USCIS, 84.8 per cent of the total H-1B petitions processed and completed in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2014-September 2015), he said.

150 Indians deported from US over visa violations land at Delhi airport The special aircraft carrying them landed at the T3 terminal of the Delhi airport at 6am, an official said.

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EW DELHI-PTI |Nov 20, 2019 Around 150 Indians deported from the US, for either violating their visa norms or illegally entering America, landed at the Delhi airport on Wednesday morning, an official said. The special aircraft carrying them landed at the T3 terminal of the Delhi airport

at 6am, the official said. The aircraft reached India via Bangladesh. All the approximately 150 Indians are at the terminal and paper work with the immigration department is underway, the airport official said, adding they should start coming out of the airport "one by one" after 11 am.

These Indians have either violated their visa norms or were illegal immigrants, the official said. On October 18, more than 300 Indians, including one woman, were deported by Mexican immigration authorities for illegally entering the country to sneak into the US.

Telemedicine service enhances stroke care at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

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UGAR LAND — (November 19, 2019) — An expansion of telemedicine services is strengthening Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s ability to quickly treat patients suffering from stroke. Houston Methodist’s new TeleNeurology Service enables Houston Methodist Sugar Land physicians and nurse practitioners to access the skills and expertise of board-certified vascular neurologists during off-peak hours such as nights, weekends and holidays. The service provides real-time, interactive communication with a stroke expert – using sophisticated videoconferencing technology – and can even be accessed right from the patient’s bedside. “This is a great tool for our staff and a real benefit for stroke patients,” said Maureen Lall, director of the Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center at Sugar Land. “The TeleNeurology Service operates from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and holidays so we can quickly and easily access a vascular neurologist for consults to determine the appropriate course of action for each patient.” James Ling, M.D., the hospital’s stroke program director, said the service is an extension of Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s capabilities for treating stroke patients. The hospital recently earned the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. “Time is always critical when treating stroke, and the TeleNeurology Service gives us rapid access to experts in the event that there is no vascular neurologist in the hospital when a patient presents or suffers a stroke in the ICU,” Ling said. “Being able to reach someone quickly to discuss symptoms and treat-

ment options is extremely valuable.” Houston Methodist Sugar Land deployed portable videoconferencing carts in its Emergency Department and ICU, as well as the hospital’s

Emergency Care Center in Sienna Plantation, to enable staff to quickly access the TeleNeurology Service. “This is an excellent use of technology that will save lives,” said Larry Tran, M.D.,

medical director of the Neuroscience & Spine Center. “It takes less than a minute to access a board-certified stroke expert on the TeleNeurology Service, and once connected, the vascular neurologist can

quickly review patient symptoms and interact with the care team until the patient is stabilized. It’s a tremendous step forward in stroke care.” Visit houstonmethodist.org/

neuro-sl to learn more about The Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center at Sugar Land. For the latest news, events and information, visit our Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland.


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Suspect in the murder of Indian HPD honors Deputy Dhaliwal with new uniform policy American UIC student arrested Continued from Page 1 was being ignored," the charging document states. He then allegedly grabbed her neck from behind and put her in a choke hold, causing her to fall to the ground. While she was unconscious, Thurman allegedly threw George into the back of her car and sexually assaulted her, authorities said. George's family became concerned when she didn't return home, and they went to the parking garage with police after her phone's location pinged there. Around 11 a.m. Saturday, her sisters found her body face-down in the backseat of her car with her pants pulled down and her bodysuit ripped, prosecutors said. Investigators found marks The city of Houston, Texas, Nov. 18 announced it has adopted an accommodation policy for Sikh Americans to serve with their articles of faith intact at the Houston Police Department. (photo provided) by Charly Edsitty

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OUSTON: (KTRK), November 18, 2019The Houston Police Department announced it's making a change to its uniform policy in honor of fallen Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal was the very first

Harris County deputy to be allowed to wear his turban while on duty.

department for current officers and applicants of the Sikh and many other faiths.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Chief Art Acevedo announced HPD officers will now be allowed to wear religious articles of clothing while on duty, including a turban.

"Please come and apply at the Houston Police Department. Our policy is intact, it is open," said Acevedo.

The new policy opens up a new door to inclusivity at the

The order was signed back in October and movement for the change happened before Dhaliwal's passing.

Washington airspace alert sparks White House lockdown

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ASHINGTON | AFP | Tuesday 11/26/2019 - The White House and US Congress were locked down for

nearly an hour Tuesday over a suspected airspace intrusion over Washington, but hours later officials still had no explanation for what triggered

the alert. Major Andrew Hennessy, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense

Command, told AFP that "a track of interest" appeared on radars early Tuesday, sparking concern. "Something that gave off a signature that our radar registered" set off the alert, he said. A US Coast Guard helicopter deployed by NORAD to investigate what appeared to be an unidentified aircraft nearing tightly controlled Washington airspace found nothing. "There was no aircraft to intercept," Hennessy said. Hennessy declined to comment on speculation that a flock of birds may have triggered the alert. Hennessy also said an earlier NORAD tweet that said fighter jets had been scrambled to intercept the threat was incorrect.

Donald Thurman, 26, is pictured in an undated photo released by the University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department with a press release on Nov. 25, 2019, stating that he has been charged for the murder of Ruth George. made from George's shoes while she was being dragged on the scene, as well as a used condom in the car, according to the charging document. Surveillance video allegedly showed Thurman running from the parking garage about 35 minutes after he followed George inside the structure. The white jacket he was wearing at the time was found at his home, prosecutors said. Thurman was arrested when he returned to the area on Sunday and allegedly admitted during an interview that he choked George and threw her in the car. He admitted to sexually assaulting George but denied raping her, according to the court document. He also allegedly said that he knew his DNA would be "all over the scene." He lives near campus but has no affiliation to the university, police said. Thurman is charged with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault. At the time of George's killing, Thurman

was on parole for an armed robbery conviction. He and George did not know each other, police said. He was denied bond at his bail hearing Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether he entered a plea or retained an attorney. George was an honor roll student and a member of a professional fraternity for medical-track students at the university, prosecutors said. She dreamed of becoming a physical therapist one day and had "a compassion for others," UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis said in a statement Monday. "As a campus community we have shed many tears for her over the last three days," Amiridis said. "But our collective pain pales in comparison with the ordeal her family is and will be going through for days, months and years to come. Our thoughts and our hearts are with Ruthie’s family and friends this evening." Courtesy: ABC News

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Shooting in quiet Sugar Land neighborhood wounds 2 men by Courtney Fischer

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UGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) -- Two men were shot in a Sugar Land neighborhood late Thursday night. Police say the shooting happened in the Greatwood Village neighborhood at Morningside and Briarbend Drive around 10:30 p.m. Police are still searching the area for the shooter. No one has been arrested at this time. Police taped off a large area

of the neighborhood as a crime scene. Investigators spent a lot of time inspecting a van that belongs to one of the victims. Sugar Land police say they were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle but before they arrived, a shooting occurred at the same location. One of the victims was taken to the hospital via Life Flight while the other was taken in an ambulance. Authorities say both are expected to survive.

They believe one or more additional victims may have fled the scene. Police did not say if either victim lives on the street where the shooting occurred. Investigators are interviewing the victims for more information on the circumstances of the shooting and suspect. "It's an amazing neighborhood, I've lived here my whole life, 25 years. Something like this has never happened anywhere around here, so it's a very big surprise that something like this has happened," one Greatwood Village resident said.

Crazy long lines form at Katy In-N-Out drive-thru

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ATY, Texas (KTRK) - The wait is over! The first Houstonarea In-N-Out Burger is officially open!

The Katy location opened its doors to customers one hour earlier than planned.

Over the last several days, restaurant executives said folks can anticipate the opening soon. On Tuesday, ABC13 learned there's a race to the finish for two In-N-Out locations, with at least one other site waiting

In-N-Out is anchoring The Grid, a 350,000-square-foot development. on a construction start date. In-N-Out is anchoring The Grid, a 350,000-square-foot retail and restaurant development. In Katy, the restaurant will

join the Y shops at Park West retail shops. Employees at the Stafford location were spotted going over equipment and bringing in food items early Friday morning.

Sugar Land readies their annual Christmas Tree Lighting event

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n Friday, December 6, 2019, the steps of City Hall light up with holiday cheer and entertainment as Mr. and Mrs. Claus bring their holiday magic to Sugar Land Town Square. This event is free and open to the public.

- performances by local artists and choirs

Gather with family and friends around the spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree located in the middle of Town Square plaza to help Santa and Mrs. Claus usher in the holiday season with the annual lighting of the tree. Lighting of the Christmas The lighting of the tree will take place at the end of the event near our main stage area

ABC13 reporter Erica Simon caught up with him via FaceTime in between practices. Cornish describes Sunday's performance as electrifying. He equates what happened at Lakewood as the highlight of his career thus far. They sung records from Ye's new 'Jesus is King' album, and also remixed several R&B classics to give it Christian lyrics. It's a movement that's reached millions and it is one Cornish says he's grateful to be a part of.

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ORT BEND ISD (November 22, 2019) – On Wednesday, January 29, Fort Bend ISD’s Small Business Enterprise Program will host a workshop on “Contract Compliance and Monitoring and Upcoming 2018 Bond Projects”. The event will take place at the FBISD Administrative Annex (3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting is open to contractors, subcontractors and other small business representatives who are interested in partnering with Fort Bend ISD and learning more about projects included in the 2018 Bond Program. Attendees will also learn more about construction and non-construction small business opportunities.

Upcoming 2018 Bond Projects Gather with family and friends around the spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree located in the middle of Town Square plaza. (Photo courtesy Facbook/SugarLandParks) immediately following a short Welcome and our traditional countdown. The lighting will end with a short fireworks display and snow throughout the plaza area to conclude the event. Special Tribute to the City's 60th Birthday Celebration This year’s event will incor-

porate special 60th Anniversary elements including 60th ornaments, the singing of Happy Birthday during the program’s intermission and special sweet treats for sale by our local eateries including: The Sweet Boutique Bakery, Turquoise Grill & Bar, Kilwin’s, and Stacked Ice Cream. Parking and Shuttle Service Shuttling to the event is strongly encouraged to avoid traffic congestion. A free shuttle service will run from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town Square from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Limited onsite parking will also be available in the Texas and Lone Star garages located in Town Square. - City of Sugar Land

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ABC13 reporter Erica Simon caught up with him via FaceTime. Music is in Cornish's blood. He says he learned the ins and outs of instruments and composing from taking music lessons as early as 3 years old by the urging of his mother, who was in the crowd of thousands at Lakewood.

While in Houston, Kanye and his group also visited Harris County Jail and performed for inmates there. No word on where the next public performance will be, but we're staying tuned.

FBISD’S Small Business Enterprise Program to host quarterly workshop

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- face painting

- food and beverages available for purchase

The music director and organist for Kanye West's Sunday Service choir grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Fort Bend Hightower High School. His younger brother, Paul Cornish is the pianist and graduated from HSPVA.

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- holiday crafts and activities

- photos with Santa

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ISSOURI CITY, Texas (KTRK) -Philip Cornish had quite the homecoming at Lakewood Church on Nov. 17.

Topics to be addressed at the Jan. 29 workshop include:

The fun includes:

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Missouri City native part of Kanye West's Lakewood performance

"To be able to live out God's calling on your life is a blessing," Cornish said.

Stafford shopping development The Grid posted on Facebook news of the long-awaited opening Friday.

By lunchtime, there were already dozens of cars lined up down the road, waiting in the drive-thru line.

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Business Report Individuals interested in attending the workshop may register online. If you’re interested in purchasing a vendor exhibit booth, please complete and submit the SBEP Workshop Vendor Booth Form. About the Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP): The FBISD Board of Trustees adopted the Small Business Enterprise Program. In Nov. 2018, Fort Bend ISD voters approved the 2018 Bond, a $992.6 million package that includes funding for the construction of new schools and classroom additions, safety and security enhancements, renovations to address maintenance and adequacy throughout the District, and transportation and technology needs. To learn more about the Small Business Enterprise Program, visit www.fortbendisd. com/sbep or contact Jeanette Boleware, FBISD Small Business Enterprise Coordinator, at (281) 327-7697 or the SBEP team at sbep@fortbendisd.com or (281) 327-7195.

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Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi - First Look Poster: Kangana Ranaut trolled for 'looking fake' Kangana Ranaut's first look poster of Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi failed to impress a section of the Internet by Nilanjana Basu

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EW DELHI -November 23, 2019 - The first look poster of Thalaivi - the biopic of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa - released on Saturday and encountered mixed reactions on Twitter. Kangana Ranaut, who plays the role of Jayalalithaa in the biopic, indeed looks unrecognisable in the poster and while fans of the actress tweeted about anticipating yet another National Award for her, a section of Twitter was not impressed and decided to troll Kangana for "looking fake".

Thalaivi is a biopic of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor (L) and actress Kriti Sanon in Hindi film 'Panipat. AFP Photo.

"Kangana looking hilarious with 1 kg make-up," read a tweet while another user added: "This looks so freaking fake". Several others had just one word to describe Kangana's look as Jayalalithaa - "disaster" while many users laughed out loud on Twitter, reacting with the LOL emojis.

Panipat trailer out: Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor film is a mix of Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani

Some on Twitter also found Kangana's look as Jayalalithaa less like Thalaiva and more like Smriti Irani and Anil Kapoor's oversized character from the film Badhai Ho Badhai. Kangana Ranaut's team shared the first look poster of Thalaiva on Twitter with these words: "The legend we know, but the story that is yet to be told! Presenting Kangana Ranaut, in and as # Thalaivi." The poster was also accompanied by a teaser of the film. - NDTV

The trailer of Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt-starrer Panipat is out. The film is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Kangana Ranaut in and as Thalaivi. (Poster image)

Shabana Azmi's mother Shaukat Kaifi passes away at 93 Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and others offer condolences

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ate Shaukat Kaifi's son-inlaw, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, confirmed the news of the death of the theatre and film actor. PTIUpdated:November 23, 2019, Veteran actor and Shabana Azmi's mother Shaukat Kaifi passed away here on Friday evening due to agerelated illness at the age of 93. Kaifi's son-in-law, veteran writerlyricist Javed Akhtar, confirmed the news of the death of the theatre and film actor. "She was 93 and was having one problem after another. She was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. For certain days she was in the ICU and then she was out of ICU. It was all age related," he said. "Ultimately they brought her home. She wanted to come back to her own room where she stayed for a day or two and then passed away. Shabana is in Mumbai," Akhtar, who is in the US, told PTI.

Shaukhat Kaifi was born into a shia family of Uttar Pradesh migrants in Hyderabad State. She grew up in Aurangabad, India. At a young age, she was married to the Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi. They had two children together, a boy and a girl. Their son, Baba Azmi, is a noted cameraman and cinematographer. He is married to Tanvi Azmi, a Hindu by birth and the daughter of Usha Kiran, a famous actress of yesteryears.

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UMBAI - The trailer of Panipat has been released. Arjun has given us glimpses of his arduous gym sessions before, beefing up to get the body of a warrior and the actor doesn't disappoint in the Panipat trailer. Arjun is playing the role of the Maratha warrior, Sadashiv Rao Bhau in Panipat. Kriti Sanon is portraying the role of Parvati Bai, his wife, while Sanjay Dutt will be seen as Ahmad Shah Abdali on the big screen - the main antagonist. The film is based on the Third Battle of Panipat. The trailer opens with Kriti Sanon's voice in the background, introducing

to Sanjay Dutt's character. He has his eyes set on defeating Sadashiv Rao Bhau. By the end of the trailer, Sadashiv and Ahmad Shah come face to face, fighting for their pride. The film is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, who has helmed many historical dramas, these include the critically acclaimed Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar. Panipat's trailer, however, comes out as a mishmash of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani. Sanjay Dutt's look seemed to be inspired by Ranveer Singh's Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat and Arjun Kapoor too looks similar to Ranveer's character in Bajirao Mastani. Panipat is a historic city in Haryana, India. It is 90 km north of Delhi and 169 km south of Chandigarh on NH1. The three major battles were fought near the city in 1526, 1556 and 1761 were all turning points in Indian history. The city is famous in India by the

Shaukat and Kaifi's daughter, Shabana Azmi (b. 1950), is an actress of Indian cinema, married to noted poet and film lyricist Javed Akhtar. After Kaifi Azmi passed away in 2002, Shaukat Azmi wrote an autobiography, Kaifi and I which has been adapted to a play Kaifi aur Main. It premiered in Mumbai in 2006 on the 4th death anniversary of Kaifi Azmi.

Below: 2006 photo of Shabana with mum Shaukat Azmi at an event.

The last rites will be held on Saturday noon. Many Bollywood celebrities paid their last respects to Late Ms Kaifi at her family residence. Pics from the day were shared by paparazzi Viral Bhayani. Amitabh Bacchchan, Rekha, Manish Malhotra, Tabu, Shabana, Boney Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Satish Kaushik and others arrived at the venue.

Sanjay Dutt's look seemed to be inspired by Ranveer Singh's Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat. (File photo) Maratha warriors with glimpses of Arjun Kapoor on a murderous spree at the battleground. The trailer then goes on to shed light on Sadashiv and Parvati's love story. Almost halfway through the trailer, we are introduced

name of "City of Weavers" and "Textile City". It is also known as the "castoff capital" due to being "the global centre for recycling textiles". - India Today


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PGA Awards: 'Bombshell' tapped for Stanley Kramer Honor

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ONDON, | AFP | Wednesday 11/20/2019 - Legendary naturalist David Attenborough on Wednesday urged international action to tackle pollution as he received a prestigious award from Queen Elizabeth II, recognising the role his Blue Planet series played in highlighting the issue. The 2019 Chatham House Prize was awarded in London to Attenborough and Julian Hector, head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, for the "galvanising impact" of the Blue Planet II series on tackling ocean plastic pollution.

He also praised youth protesters around the world who had helped raise awareness of the issue through their programme of school strikes.

The Queen said she was "delighted" to hand over the award to the 93-yearold broadcaster, whose voice has for decades brought the natural world into homes across the world.

"They have every right to feel outraged... and they should make that feeling clear. I hope now the point has been made."

"This award recognises your many talents," she told Attenborough, a long-time friend. "For those of us of a certain generation, we can take great pleasure in proving that age is no barrier in being a positive influence," she joked. Attenborough issued a stark warning in his acceptance speech. "International problems have never been more international, more crucial, more pressing that they are today," he said. "The atmosphere doesn't have favourites among nations. "Never has there been a greater need for international cooperation; We are citizens of the world and we must recognise that," he added. - 'It's their world' Attenborough earlier called out "two or three" unnamed big nations for their lack of urgency on climate change, saying "I'm sure we will bring them around, but it's going to take time."

"The world belongs to the students, it's their world, it's not my world," he said.

The global smash series Blue Planet II highlighted the damage caused by discarded plastics to the world's oceans and marine wildlife. More than 150 million tonnes of plastic is now estimated to be in the world's oceans. "Plastic pollution is one of the gravest challenges facing the world’s oceans, and undoubtedly an international issue," said Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House. "Sir David and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit played an instrumental role in helping to put this issue at the forefront of the public agenda." Attenborough said the response to the series had "amazed us all". "The strange thing about the polluting of the ocean is we have been talking about plastic for a long time, but in the mass media it is very mysterious when you make an impact and when you don't. "All we can do is go on about it," he added.

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OLLYWOOD - Bombshell, the new drama about sexual harassment at Fox News, will be honored with the Stanley Kramer Award at the 2020 PGA Awards, the Producers Guild of America announced Monday. Established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues, the Kramer Award has previously been presented to people associated with Get Out, Loving, Fruitvale Station, The Normal Heart, The Hunting Ground, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, In America, Antwone Fisher, Precious, In the Land of Blood and Honey and Bully.

Bombshell, the producers of which include star Charlize Theron, will be feted with the honor at the 31st annual PGA Awards on Jan. 18 at the Hollywood Palladium. "Bombshell proves that cinema has the power to encapsulate moments and movements in a way that serves and enlightens us all," PGA presidents

Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement. The PGA press release notes that Bombshell is "one of the first films to incisively explore the #MeToo era" and has prompted an "important dialogue" about abuse, power and sexism in the workplace. - Hollywood Reporter

Trump honors legendary actor (and rare Hollywood supporter) Voight

Bill Cosby shows no remorse in first interview from prison by Suze Byrne

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ill Cosby is speaking out from prison.

Over a year after he was first incarcerated for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand, the disgraced actor and comedian — who is serving three to 10 years — has given his first interview. In it, the 82-year-old maintained his innocence from his Pennsylvania correctional institution, Phoenix, which is located outside Philadelphia, and, because of that, he expects to serve the entire sentence. Cosby also called his trial a “set up” and the jurors “imposters.” “I have eight years and nine months left,” Cosby told National Newspaper Publishers Association's BlackPresContinued on Page 13

President Donald Trump on Thursday honored Oscar winner -- and one of his rare public supporters in Hollywood -- Jon Voight, recounting fighting tears while watching one of the actor's films.

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ASHINGTON | AFP | Friday 11/21/2019 - President Donald Trump on Thursday honored Oscar winner -- and one of his rare public supporters in Hollywood -- Jon Voight, recounting fighting tears while watching one of the actor's films. Voight, 80, was among eight people given the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony, the highest state honor for artists.

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Voight said he was invited by Trump during the medal ceremony, and added that he did not meet the service members' families. The actor won a 1979 best actor

Academy Award for "Coming Home," in which he played a paraplegic Vietnam War veteran alongside Jane Fonda. He made a star turn in "Midnight Cowboy" with Dustin Hoffman and also played in "Deliverance" and the "Odessa File," among other hits. Trump said another Voight film, "The Champ," was the "greatest boxing movie of all time." "Everyone was crying at that movie. I tried not to, Jon, but it wasn't easy," Trump said. Voight stands out as a highly public supporter for the Republican Trump in Hollywood, breaking ranks with the bulk of his acting colleagues who have long leaned to the Democrats. His daughter, the actress Angelina Jolie, is a fierce Trump critic. She was not seen at the medal ceremony in the White House's East Room.

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ENEVA, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 11/21/2019 - Four in five adolescents worldwide do not get enough physical activity, to the detriment of their health, the World Health Organization said Friday, warning that girls especially need more exercise. In its first ever report on global trends for adolescent physical activity, the UN health agency stressed that urgent action was needed to get teens off their screens and moving more. "We absolutely need to do more or we will be looking at a very bleak health picture for these adolescents," study co-author Leanne Riley told journalists ahead of the launch. The report, which was published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, is based on data from surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016 of some 1.6 million students between the ages of 11 and 17 across 146 countries. It found that 81 percent did not meet the WHO recommendation of at least an hour a day of physical activity such as walking, playing, riding a bike or taking part in organised sports. This is worrying, since regular physical activity provides a host of health benefits, from improved heart and respiratory fitness to better cognitive function, making learning easier. Exercise is also seen as an important tool in efforts to stem the global obesity epidemic. - 'No improvements' But despite ambitious global targets

for increasing physical activity, the study found virtually no change over the 15-year-period it covered. "We are not seeing any improvements," Riley said. While the report does not specifically study the reasons for adolescent physical inactivity, she suggested that the "electronic revolution... seems to have changed adolescents' movement patterns and encourages them to sit more, to be less active." The report authors also pointed to poor infrastructure and insecurity making it difficult for adolescents to walk or bike to school. The study found that levels of physical inactivity among adolescents were persistently high across all regions and all countries, ranging from 66 percent in Bangladesh to 94 percent in South Korea. "We find a high prevalence pretty much everywhere," lead author Regina Guthold told journalists, noting that in "many, many countries, between 80 and 90% of adolescents (are) not meeting the recommendations for physical activity." - Girls less active And the situation was particularly concerning for adolescent girls, with only 15 percent of them worldwide getting the prescribed amount of physical activity, compared to 22 percent for boys. In fact, girls were less active than boys in all but four countries -- Afghanistan, Samoa, Tonga and Zambia. And while the situation for boys im-

proved somewhat between 2001 and 2016, with inactivity levels dropping from 80 to 78 percent, girls remained at 85 percent. In a number of countries, the gender gap appeared to be linked to cultural pressure on girls to stay home and shun sports, as well as concerns over safety when moving about outdoors. But Guthold also pointed out that "a lot of physical activity promotion is more tailored towards boys."

MSTERDAM, Netherlands | AFP | Friday 11/22/2019 Like many other nine-yearolds, Laurent Simons likes TV and his pet dog. But he also wants to make artificial organs, and is about to get the qualifications to set him on his way. The Belgian boy will in December receive a degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, which will make him one of the world's youngest graduates. Far from being fazed by his achievements, which also saw him complete the course in just nine months instead of the usual three years, Laurent says it's "normal" -- although he adds too that it's "cool". "I'm currently studying electrical

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The President’s Cabinet was established 26 years ago at UTMB to provide seed funding for programs that further the university’s mission. The more than 300 members include faculty, staff, community members, alumni and others. Annual contributions from President’s Cabinet members—$500 for junior members (age 40 and under), at least $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for corporations, foundations and other organizations— are pooled to create the awards. President’s Cabinet members have contributed more than $6 million since 1993, with awards given to more than 150 programs. For more information about the President’s Cabinet, visit https:// development.utmb.edu/cabinet-intro. The 2019 awards are: “The Gift of Life: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Eye Care at St. Vincent’s House” This program builds on the success

“Pain, Pain Go Away: Reducing the Perception of Pain in Children with Comfort for Kids” Pain related to medical procedures can cause stress and anxiety for children and their families. Studies show that distractions are considered safe, effective and low-cost methods to lower pain and anxiety. This Presi-

While Laurent is studying in the labs of the university, his best friends are playing tag in the playground of his old school in the Belgian coastal resort of Ostend. Laurent, wearing a rollneck jumper, jeans and trainers, himself says that "I don't really miss primary school, but I still have friends there." He was raised in Ostend by his grandparents until the start of this year, as his parents Alexander and Lydia were "busy with work" in the Netherlands. Starting school at four, he complet-

"In the United States, we see that since 2001, levels of insufficient activity have decreased in boys by seven percent, while there has been no change in girls," she said. The US for instance put in place an ambitious national plan for physical activity in 2010, but the efforts "for some reason only seem to reach boys." In a bid to encourage healthier living, countries have set a target of reducing physical inactivity among adults and youth alike by 15 percent between 2018 and 2030. But Riley noted that meeting that target would be a challenge after driving down adolescent inactivity by a mere percentage point over the past 15 years. "We need to do more if we want to halt the rise in obesity in this age group and promote better levels of physical activity," she said.

He was raised in Ostend by his grandparents until the start of this year, as his parents Alexander and Lydia were "busy with work (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard) engineering. It's about designing circuits and things like that. So chips, actually," the mop-haired youngster told AFP in the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

ed primary in a year and a half. It has taken him just five years to go through primary and secondary school and university.

He adds that "I really like karting. And I like playing with my dog and watching Netflix."

"In the end, it's about finding a balance for the child so that he enjoys life, being a child and being mischievous," says Alexander, 37, a Belgian dentist who has a practice in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

His teachers run out of superlatives to describe him. "Laurent's qualities are all simply extraordinary," says Sjoerd Hulshof, programme director for electrical engineering at the university, a course that itself is considered particularly difficult.

Eight programs to benefit Galveston area and beyond of a 2011 President’s Cabinet award that provided hundreds of Galvestonarea patients with sight-saving diabetic retinopathy treatment and follow-up examinations. The new award will expand vision services to the economically disadvantaged in Galveston who rely on St. Vincent’s Eye Clinic for care. St. Vincent’s House is a community health clinic staffed by volunteer health professionals and UTMB students. The program will upgrade and purchase new equipment, supply eyeglass prescriptions, offer testing and treatment for glaucoma patients and develop cataract surgery services. Awarded to Drs. Lance Lyons and Jed Assam, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences residents; Mary Schmitz-Brown, assistant director of the Ophthalmology Research Laboratory; Dr. Misha Syed, associate professor in Ophthalmology; and Dr. Malkit Singh, a contractor in Ophthalmology.

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This, she said, seems to explain the fact that the biggest gender gap could be found in the United States and Ireland, where the difference in activity levels between boys and girls was over 15 percentage points.

2019 President’s Cabinet Awards recipients announced ALVESTON, Texas Eight innovative community health programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch have earned President’s Cabinet awards totaling more than $200,000. The programs include pediatric care kits that provide items like toys and electronic devices to distract children during medical procedures, lifelong learning opportunities for older adults in Brazoria County and a fitness program for Galveston students.

The boy is "the quickest student we've ever seen. And he's not just hyper-intelligent, but very nice", Hulshof told AFP.

dent’s Cabinet award will support the creation of 25 portable pediatric care kits that include age-appropriate toys, an iPad equipped with specialized comfort applications and an external vibratory buzzing device. The kits will be distributed to UTMB outpatient pediatric clinics based on the severity of medical procedures, including immunizations and biopsies. Awarded to Stephanie Kemmerling, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Dermatology.

“Lifelong Learning for Angleton Danbury” Since 2002, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UTMB has provided engaging learning environments to adults aged 55 and older. OLLI’s enormous success and UTMB’s growing presence in Brazoria County have sparked the establishment of a similar lifelong learning program for residents in Angleton, Danbury and the surrounding area. OLLI will be created with a basic classroom infrastructure at an Angleton location and will provide free oneyear memberships for underserved community members. College-level courses, age-appropriate fitness activities and various health-related workshops will be modeled after the OLLI program in Galveston. Awarded to Mi-

"His grandfather and his grandmother, who raised him, told us already: he is very intelligent, more than the others... Then, when he was old enough to go to school, they kept doing tests on him from higher levels," adds Lydia, 29, who is Dutch and works as a dental assistant for her husband. - 'I've only just started' -

chael Washburn, program manager of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus Community Resources, Wellness and Volunteer Services; and Dr. Michelle Sierpina, founding OLLI director.

“Transitional Care Management Program for St. Vincent’s Nurse-Managed Clinic” Transitional Care Management (TCM) programs are effective at bridging gaps across health care settings, particularly for patients at high risk for poor medical outcomes. With an estimated 3,000 patients seeking medical treatment at the St. Vincent’s House nurse-managed clinic annually, more than 17% are considered at-risk. This President’s Cabinet award will cover the services of a nurse transition care manager to facilitate a TCM program at St. Vincent’s House. The program objectives include building rapport with patients, providing disease-specific education for self-management, confirming follow-up appointments and providing care management to support effective treatment. Awarded to Dr. J. Michael Leger, associate professor in the School of Nursing Master’s Program; and Dr. Maureen Biggs, nurse practitioner in the School of Nursing’s Community Engagement.

They are now selling the Rotterdam surgery so they can "completely dedicate" themselves to Laurent, who must be taken to university every day because he is too young to go by himself. "He can't take the train himself," says Alexander, whose Amsterdam home features a huge black and white artwork of the faces of himself and his son. His parents admit they "don't understand at all" the subjects that come so easily to Laurent, whose closest companions apart from his dog are his laptop and a book on integrated circuits. Laurent says his goal now after receiving his degree in December is to "make artificial organs to prolong life". The reason? He wants to help heart patients -- like his grand-parents. "I still have to see how I'll do it. I've only just started." His parents are now already in contact with universities in the United States as they eye another degree for their son. Aware of the media attention that has recently surrounded his son, Alexander says his son is growing up in a healthy environment unlike "singers and pop stars." "If, one day, we realise he's becoming big-headed, that he's becoming pretentious or arrogant, we'll put his feet back on the ground."


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Ramesh Cherivirala, Financial Adviser introducing Brad Trevino, seminar presenter at the India House on nov 19, 2019. (Photos by Shobana Muratee, VOA)

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OUSTON –A complimentary seminar addressing “Six Key Areas of Capital Accumulation and Protection” was held on Tuesday, November 19 at the India House. It was hosted by Ramesh Cherivirala, Financial Adviser, New York Life Insurance Company. The seminar cum sales presentation was primarily open to local physicians and professionals by invite only. Presenter Brad Trevino, a practicing tax attorney from Dallas and Advanced Planning Consultant with New York Life Insurance Company, gave an overview of some of the areas that professionals and business owners normally have concerns in. Guests were duly informed that the seminar was solely for information purposes and not a way of giving legal, tax or accounting advice. In his presentation, Trevino touched on the six key areas that included: 1. Increase asset protection, 2. Reduce income tax liability, 3. Enhance retirement planning, 4. Decrease capital risk, 5. Protect income, and 6. Reduce estate cost. “The real value in the seminar is, if something here piques your interest, you can speak with Ramesh,” Trevino said pointing to the host.

While building assets in one’s practice or business, it is important make sure to protect one’s income and building a safety net for family. The greatest threats to your income are death and disability, Trevino mentioned. Income tax is another threat to assets. Professionals can tell you how to save money on taxes through a long-term, sustainable plan. They can assess where you will be in the next 20-30 years’ time. What do we do now to put ourselves in favorable tax environment? As tax laws change all the time, working with professionals will help set your goals in your favor. Narrowing the talk to cover the key aspects, Trevino said, “Do leave to chance.” Knowing your future objectives and

India shelves consumer spending report after leaked data shows slump

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UMBAI, India | AFP | Friday 11/15/2019 - India said Friday that it would not release a controversial report on shrinking consumer demand after a leading business daily leaked data showing that per capita spending had slumped for the first time in four decades.

ed not to release" the report, it said.

The report is bad news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has struggled to revive India's stuttering economy.

The decision to bury the report comes as Asia's thirdlargest economy battles a prolonged slowdown.

Consumer demand in India's villages fell 8.8 percent between July 2017 and June 2018, compared with 2011-12, the Business Standard reported, using unpublished National Statistical Office (NSO) data. Two-thirds of India's 1.3 billion population lives in rural areas, making it a key economic driver. But spending on food, education and clothing declined, with demand for essential items such as cereals plunging 20 percent, the newspaper said. Although urban consumption rose by two percent, overall per capita monthly spending in the country slipped 3.7 percent -- the first time it has fallen since 1972-73, the business daily said. The report was scheduled for release in June but was delayed because of its "adverse" findings, the Business Standard said, citing sources familiar with the matter. The ministry of statistics slammed the claims, saying that the government had decided not to release the report following the recommendations of an expert committee. "Concerns were also raised about the ability/sensitivity of the survey instrument to capture consumption of social services by households especially on health and education," a ministry statement said. "In view of the data quality issues, the ministry has decid-

A ministry official had earlier told AFP the report was not finished. The data "can only be confirmed once the ministry publishes the report", A.K. Mishra said. - Prolonged slowdown -

In January, the Business Standard reported that unemployment had surged to a fourdecade high during Modi's first term in power, citing unpublished government data. The delay in releasing the jobs report prompted a top Indian government statistician to quit in protest. The report confirming the jobless data was finally released in May, after Modi was re-elected with a thumping majority, defeating challenger Rahul Gandhi. On Friday, Gandhi hit out at the government's alleged attempt to bury unflattering data. "Modinomics stinks so bad, the Govt has to hide its own reports," he tweeted. To counter the fall in demand for everything from cars to cookies, India's central bank has trimmed interest rates five times in a row, but to little effect. Experts say India's economy has never recovered from Modi's surprise cash ban in 2016, which made 86 percent of the currency in circulation void. Many small businesses shut up shop and hundreds of thousands lost their jobs. The rollout of a nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2017 worsened the situation as businesses struggled to adjust to the new rules. In October, market researcher Nielsen said Indian rural consumption had slumped to

a seven-year low, highlighting falling income for farmers who are struggling with mounting debt.

Bill Cosby interviewed... Continued from Page 11 sUSA.com, clearly not believing he will leave prison on the early side of his sentence. “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.” Cosby, who is appealing his sentence, said his trial was “all a set up. That whole jury thing. They were imposters.” Cosby referred to an incident after the jury was selected when an alternate juror claimed to have overheard a seated juror say that Cosby was guilty. While the issue was raised by Cosby’s legal team with the judge, that judge apparently found insufficient evidence of it because the juror remained. “It’s something attorneys will tell you is called a payoff,” Cosby said. He tied his sentence to racial injustice, saying, “I know what they’ve done to my people. But my people are going to view me and say, ‘That boy looks good. That boy is strong.’ I have too many heroes that I’ve sat with. Too many heroes whom I listened to like John Henrik Clarke, Kenneth Clark, and Dorothy Height. Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing.” (He previously compared himself to political prisoners including Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.) But Cosby — who is in general population with prisoners

the amount you need when you retire would allow an expert to tell you how much you need to put away to reach that goal. “Don’t do it on your own. If you are talking about your financial future, you’ve got to go to a professional,” Trevino said, making an analogy to the risks of patients treating themselves instead of a physician. Attendees should consult their own professional advisors prior to implementing any planning strategies. Cherivirala thanked the speaker for encapsulating an otherwise hourlong seminar in just 20 minutes, covering all the six key areas. “We have 20 attorneys and CPAs called the Nautilus Group,” he said, “that help a limited 200 agents.” Being part of the prestigious group, he could bring those resources to his

clients. Cheriviral thanked his guest and Srinivas Ranga, Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company from New York. Attendees were given a questionnaire to fill out for a one-on-one meeting with the financial adviser if needed. The elegant evening featured tasting of Macallan’s scotch with Christopher Maclaine, Bar Consultant and Cocktail Curator, explaining the flavors and pairing of three of blends: Harvest, Amber, and Honey. As Macallan does not have much peat moss; instead it has honey, papaya, citrus, toffee, and butterscotch. It makes a great entry-level Scotch especially, Maclaine said. Lana Riley, Market Manager, Edrington Americas represented Macallan on the occasion. The guests were also treated to a good spread of Indian specialties, which were served by Godavari Indian Cuisine at the conclusion.

A section of the audience at the India House.

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who serve as his helpers, due to his age and being legally blind — called himself a “privileged man in prison.” He also called his small cell his “penthouse.” The interview took place over several phone calls and Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, on the line for each one. A Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson tells Yahoo Entertainment that “reporters are like any other visitor. They need to be on the inmate approved visitor list for an in-person visit, or they can do it via phone,” which is how Cosby’s interview was conducted. Much of the interview centered on what Cosby says he’s doing to help his fellow black inmates while incarcerated. He said he frequently speaks at the prison reform program Mann Up’s meetings, which are meant to encourage and empower African American inmates. Of course, prior to his conviction Cosby was famously critical of the African-American community — and acknowledged that. He said he probably shouldn’t have given his infamous 2004 “Pound Cake speech,” in which he criticized poor blacks for not living up to the promise of the civil rights movement. “They are under siege,” he said of African Americans. “This thing with the drugs and the different pockets of the neighborhoods where it’s going on. When you look at what drugs are doing ... things that make these people drive around and shoot into crowds. The insanity of what is the cause to the brain by all the drugs these people are dealing with. It’s exactly what I warned them about in 2004. They’ve thrown education out the window. They’ve thrown respect for the family out the window, and

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The initiative is part of a wider effort to ensure more transparency in the US health care industry, which is notorious for being opaque when it comes to costs.

they’re blaming each other for what’s going on. There is posttraumatic stress syndrome, and there are also bad manners.” But Cosby said he’s helping his fellow inmates, some of whom went on the record for the interview. “I’m not a psychiatrist, and I’m not a psychologist,” Cosby said. “I’m an educator, and what I look forward to is talking to this group of 400 or so men. Some of them here are in their 70s, in their 50s, their 40s, 30s, and 20s. I tell them what I know and what I feel. I feel that everything that I said in 2004, there is a light [behind it]. The mistake I made [in 2004] is making it sound like all the people were making the infractions, and that’s not true.” One of the inmates talked about how Cosby enters the lectures “with his fist in the air and all of these men rise up and applaud him.” Cosby seems to have a lot of pull on the inside. He also claimed he talked one of the inmates into calling off a hit. “I heard a guy say to someone that if someone did something he didn’t like, he’d go out and get all his boys and they’d kill the fella,” Cosby recalled. “I said, how much sense does that make? You call your boys, and they want to kill him. I said to look at all the people you’ve got involved, and when you get caught, you are all going to jail, and you got one dead fella. ‘Call if off,’ I told the guy. I said to him that you need to call your friends, too.” Cosby also used the interview as a platform to blame race, not his conviction or the accusations of sexual misconduct by 60 some women, for being behind his iconic show The Cosby Show being pulled from the air.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the move would help by "shining light on the costs of our shadowy system and finally putting the American patient in control." Currently, patients are often at a loss when they seek guidance on how much a procedure will cost them. Some end up agreeing to procedures without knowing the price they will pay. "Under the status quo, health care prices are about as clear as mud to patients," said Seema Varma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency under HHS. "Kept secret, these prices are simply dollar amounts on a ledger; disclosed, they deliver fuel to the engines of competition among hospitals and insurers." In the United States, costs for procedures are not fixed by any central authority. They are instead negotiated between hospitals and private insurers, which provide coverage for more than half of Americans. A major insurance company may be able to obtain a better rate on a knee operation than a small company. A hospital network with a monopoly in a particular city can fix higher prices than in cities where there is more competition. For now, such negotiated prices are confidential. Insurers don't know what their competitors are paying, and patients often don't know how much will come out of their pocketbooks. Even if a patient knows that the insurance company covers 80 percent of any given procedure, the remainder owed by the patient is a moving financial target. The new proposed rule would address that issue. The two rules are expected to end up in the courts, however, as the hospital industry is unlikely to accept them.


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21 March to 20 April While you may be busy with financial affairs and career decisions, the sun in upbeat Sagittarius can be a call to explore new options. This can be especially so with lively Jupiter in the last degrees of this adventurous sign. If you bypassed an opportunity in recent months, you might decide to take advantage of it before it’s too late.

21 April to 20 May You’ll be eager to expand your options regarding your personal desires, money matters, and creative ventures. With your ruler Venus moving into ambitious Capricorn, you’ll want more out of life, and with the right approach, you can have it. Are you looking for a love adventure? It might now be possible. Align yourself with the moon tide and you could see gradual progress.

21 May to 20 June As sultry Venus moves into your sector of finance, business, and intimacy, her presence can enhance your love life. Both cautious Saturn and potent Pluto are already in this zone, so things may not have been straightforward in this area. Sex may have been used as a bargaining chip, even if subconsciously. The presence of lovely Venus in this sector can ease those jagged edges and smooth things over.

21 June to 22 July Romantic options look more promising as delectable Venus moves into Capricorn and your relationship zone. Her presence here can help offset any difficulties you may have experienced by enabling a more understanding approach. Still, with this seductive planet angling toward restless Uranus this week, you may be looking for more stimulating and exciting encounters.

23 July to 22 August A lot of activity takes place in three key areas of your chart: domestic sector, leisure and romance zone, and lifestyle sector. With dynamic Mars continuing its journey through Scorpio, this is a great opportunity to get moving on those jobs around the house that you’ve been avoiding. Sweet Venus encouraging you not to be so hard on yourself.

23 August to 22 Sept This week’s new moon in your domestic sector could inspire a fresh start or perhaps a clean sweep. If you’re eager to get your place shipshape for Thanksgiving, this is the time to get serious. Equally, if you’ve been thinking of adopting a pet or making other key changes, do it now.In the meantime, lovely Venus moves into your leisure and romance zone.

23 September to 22 Oct Are you eager to get your finances organized? A lingering tie between dynamic Mars and electric Uranus suggests that you should be a little careful because impulsive buys are still possible. Money can flow in and flow out just as easily, so setting a budget and saving when you can could make a big difference.

23 October to 21 Nov Feisty Mars in your sign can make you more determined than ever, but just as you’re getting into your stride, someone could tip the applecart. Be prepared to be flexible this week, because you never know what might happen. Still, as convivial Venus moves into your sector of talk and thought, it could be easier to negotiate and get along with others in general. Sociable Venus can help with this.

22 November to 21 Dec A focus on your sign can revitalize you and give you a boost. You’ll have an opportunity to initiate some of your hottest projects. Get moving on whatever is most meaningful to you and the moon tide can give you additional momentum. Jovial Jupiter is currently in the last degrees of your sign, so if you feel that you’ve failed to act on a life-changing opportunity, now is the time to do so.

22 December to 20 Jan There is a powerful focus on your spiritual zone with the new moon here on Tuesday. This can be an opportunity to begin a spiritual practice that increases your peace of mind. You might also be ready to take on the service of a life coach or teacher who can help you live to your full potential. Something could kick into place, enabling you to go further and reach higher than ever before.

21 January to 19 Feb Dynamic Mars powers through a more prominent zone of your chart, so you’ll have an opportunity to pour your energy into your latest project. You might need to be flexible, though, because unexpected events at home could disrupt your plans. Still, with luscious Venus moving into a private zone on Monday, you may be eager to spend more time with yourself. This is a chance to relish some “me” time and relax .

20 February to 20 Mar As sweet Venus sashays into your social zone on Monday, it can help bring a more positive and uplifting energy to your interactions. Are you looking for romance? You could find it in a formal setting or at a business event. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, the new moon in your sector of ambition on Tuesday could help kick-start this process.

ACROSS 1. Observation point's attraction 5. Included for large parties? 8. 252 gallons of wine 11. Soprano's song, e.g. 12. Pakistani tongue 13. Word with foster or health 14. Lancelot and Mix-a-Lot 15. Unstable particle 16. Orangutan, biologically speaking 17. *Car safety invention 19. Caspian Sea, e.g. 20. They flock together? 21. "____ the ramparts..." 22. *Risqué garb named for atoll 25. *Bakelite was first one made from synthetics 29. RNs' org. 30. Like a pumpkin on Halloween 33. € 34. "To Kill a Mockingbird" protagonist 36. Columbus Day mo. 37. Unlock 38. Without, in Paris 39. Limestone landscape forms 41. Broke bread 42. *Synthetic for a diabetic 44. Putin's currency 46. *Willis Carrier's invention conditioned it 47. *Asp ar t ame-b as e d sweetener 49. Hard tale to believe 51. *Scuba diver's gear 54. "It's still Rock and Roll" to him 55. The Colosseum, e.g. 56. Stage part 58. Bohemian 59. Gold coating 60. Fishing rod attachment 61. Sticky stuff 62. Make a choice 63. Big Bang's original matter

DOWN 1. Military hospitals 2. Fleur-de-lis 3. Irish word for Ireland 4. Sushi restaurant "burner" 5. Set straight 6. Objects of worship 7. Fourth down option 8. *Little Willie or T-34 9. Egg on 10. Opposite of paleo12. Perugia region 13. Make less refined 16. Court bargain 18. Touch of color 21. Antediluvian 22. Low in La Scala, pl. 23. Relating to Quechuan people 24. Unstable mesons 25. Four-legged friends 26. ____ Ligation 27. All worked up 28. Apple leftovers 31. Multicolored horse 32. *Acronym that revolutionized TV-watching 35. But not always 37. Like some suspects? 39. Crème de cassis plus wine 40. Like Ferris Bueller 43. Monet's water flower 45. Out of focus 47. Provide with gear 48. Cover with a story to tell? 49. Beginner 50. Charlie Parker's sax 51. Golden Fleece ship 52. Season to be jolly 53. High school club 54. *Air____, vehicle restraint 57. Freddie Krueger's street

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On Thursday October 10, 2019 at around 5:00p.m., a 54-year-old male was waiting in line at a Chevron Food Mart located in the 10900 block of W Little York in far west Harris County.

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ahead of the complainant and attempted to purchase items. A verbal altercation quickly turned to physical altercation. The male suspect pulled a pistol and shot the complainant one time in the upper torso. The male then fled from the store. The victim is expected to make a full recovery from his wound. The suspect is between 18

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