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Meghan Markles controversial politics angering the Royal Family

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is known for her vocal opinions. Especially when it comes to politics. The Duchess of Sussex made it quite clear how she feels about U.S. President Donald Trump. Even refusing to meet him when he came over to the U.K.Reportedly, Meghan has been warned her activism through her work as Duchess of Sussex may create “problems” for the Royal Family. It is being reported that after the Duchess of Sussex was revealed as a guest editor for Vogue issue focused on promoting female trailblazers, Meghan was warned against diving too close to the “political sphere.” Journalist Toby Young claimed the Duchess has been trying to make the Royal Family more aware of specific social issues.  Meghan Markle was a popular actress in the US before her weddingAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesSpeaking to talkRADIO, Mr. Young said: “The problem is his wife clearly has a particular political agenda – she is the woke Duchess and she sees it as her life’s work to make the Royal Family woke…..For a member of the Royal Family to take such an inadvertently political stance is always a bad idea because they are funded by the taxpayers and therefore they have an obligation to remain above the political sphere.”The Royal Family has to be neutral, especially when the country is in such turmoil. The Queen herself has been decisively detached, even when it came to her thoughts on Brexit. However, Meghan Markle isn’t the first Royal to show an interest in politics. Prince Charles has tried his hand at politics too. But Meghan isn’t trying to be a politician, she is already a Royal. But perhaps, she needs to use a lighter touch when spreading awareness. She is a member of the Royal Family after all. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Saudi Canada row ramps up as Saudia suspends flights

first_imgIn this file handout photo taken on 15 April 2018 and released by the Saudi Royal Palace Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. AFPSaudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.The Saudi government expelled Canada’s ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.Ottawa did not give any ground over the shock expulsion of the envoy, Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Later Monday, the row appeared to escalate as Riyadh said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, and state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.A pro-government Saudi Twitter account provoked outrage when it posted-and then deleted-a 9/11-style digitally altered image showing a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline.The account later apologised and the image was reposted with the plane removed, but screenshots of the original tweet spread quickly. Saudi Arabia’s media ministry said it was investigating the incident.Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia “will deal with any interference decisively”, dismissing Canada’s position as “built on misleading information”, in a statement carried by state media.Last week, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” over the new wave of arrests of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and called on Riyadh to “immediately release them.”Canada doubled down on Monday.“Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar’s brother, blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a combative foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.The United Arab Emirates, a strong regional ally, supported the Saudi response to Canada, with a senior government official calling Ottawa’s behavior “unacceptable.”Defence contract in peril?In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.“It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East campaigns director.But Riyadh’s singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy are the… thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said.When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government “looks forward” to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.last_img read more

The Latest More Storms On Tap For Texas And Southern Plains

first_imgThe Latest on severe weather affecting Southern Plains states in the US (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The spring storm risk is persisting in parts of the Southern Plains, with more than 21 million people at risk for bad weather. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says an area stretching from Louisiana to central Missouri, including all of Arkansas, could see very large hail, strong tornadoes and powerful winds Wednesday. The storm system is moving eastward after striking Tuesday in Texas and Oklahoma, where a truck driver was killed when high winds toppled his semitrailer. In Texas, three storm chasers were killed Tuesday when their vehicles collided. Forecasters say the storm risk will increase Thursday as the system moves into Tennessee and Mississippi. Already, forecasters say the severe-weather risk is moderate. That’s the second-highest classification from the Storm Prediction Center. Forecasters say they expect “an active severe weather event” Thursday for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. ___ 8:30 a.m. A powerful storm system with winds exceeding 60 mph (95 kph) has damaged homes in suburban Dallas, knocked out power to tens of thousands across Texas and brought heavy rain that inundated some areas. Roofs and walls were ripped away early Wednesday from homes in Rockwall, northeast of Dallas. The city’s mayor, Jim Pruitt, said one person suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It’s the same area where a powerful storm in December 2015 spawned tornadoes and damaged or destroyed more than 400 homes and buildings in nearby Rowlett. Thirteen lives were lost in the storm area then. Wednesday’s strong system later moved through East Texas on its way toward Arkansas and Louisiana. The power outages in the Dallas-Fort Worth area forced the closure of schools or caused delays. Fallen tree limbs and rising waterways were among the obstacles for motorists during the Wednesday morning commute. ___ 6:45 a.m. The Weather Channel says two of its contractors were among the three storm chasers killed in a crash in West Texas during severe weather. The channel said in a statement that Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall were “beloved members of the weather community” who’d worked as contractors for the channel. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the two died Tuesday along with another storm chaser, 25-year-old Corbin Lee Jaeger of Peoria, Arizona. Williamson and Yarnall were both from Cassville, Missouri. Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Gonzalez says a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Williamson ran a stop sign and slammed into a Jeep driven by Jaeger. Yarnall was a passenger in the Suburban. All three were killed instantly. The crash happened at a remote intersection near the town of Spur, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Lubbock. Tornadoes had been reported nearby at the time of the crash and heavy rain had been reported in the area. ___ 6:30 a.m. Authorities say a truck driver was killed when powerful winds upended his tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas. The storms that bore down on Texas and Oklahoma late Tuesday brought tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hail and powerful winds, but no widespread damage was reported. In Oklahoma, the truck driver was killed after strong winds pushed his rig off the interstate in El Reno, outside Oklahoma City. Forecasters confirmed a 95 mph (150 kph) wind gust in the area when the crash occurred. In Texas, the three storm chasers were killed when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into an oncoming vehicle. The crash happened at a remote intersection about 55 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Lubbock. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Corbin Lee Jaeger was the driver of the Jeep involved in the fatal wreck Tuesday that killed three storm chasers in West Texas. Randy Yarnall was a passenger in the other vehicle. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u When the Chicago White Sox recently played a four game series with the Orioles in Baltimore, a Chicago media personality decided to tweet out an incredibly distasteful “joke” referencing the death of Freddie Gray. The reaction from social media (including me) was swift and decisive. In this age of ubiquitous social media, how do we combat what seems like the inevitable ignorance of some at the expense of many? We’ll ask our experts. That story and much more, coming up this evening on A FRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Health budget likely to get 6 boost

first_imgAiming to provide affordable health for all, the Modi-led NDA government is set to increase outlays for health ministry in the second budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. According to highly-placed sources, the health sector is set to get about six per cent hike in comparison to the last fiscal’s final budgetary allocation. The increased budgetary allocation would be for diagnosis sector to save people from life threatening diseases such as Tuberculosis, Cancer, Malaria, AIDS, etc, the source further added. If sources are to be believed, the health sector will get above Rs 2,000 crore more in the budget making the final figure of allocation to Rs 35,000 crore for 2015-16. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The proper diagnosis will help in detection of life threatening diseases at its early stage which would help in saving several precious lives,” the source further added. Nearly 5 lakh people die of cancer every year in the country, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease, while almost 5 lakh people have died of TB.  In case of Malaria, the estimated death figure is of about 1.5 lakh out of over 5 crore cases recorded.It’s worth mentioning that the Finance Minister had earmarked Rs 39,237.82 crore for the sector in his first budget presentation in July last year, but Rs 6,000-crore was slashed from the coffer citing the reason that funds remained unutilised in the ministry’s budget making the final outlay to Rs 33,000 crore only.last_img read more