*While it seems that something like water - which is necessary to sustain life – should be free, Detroit residents are the unfortunate ones being targeted by the city as water for residents with unpaid bills of $150 or more face water shutoffs in a crackdown by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
But an unexpected ally has come to the city’s aid.
According to the Detroit Free Press, a Canadian group will attempt to send a convoy of eight cars adorned patriotically with Canadian flags through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, carrying some 1,000 liters of Canadian tap water in a neighborly gesture of friendship.
“We needed to show solidarity with our neighbors,” Council of the Canadian’s Sujata Dey told the news site. “How could we not do something for them?”
The Windsor chapter of the councilwill organize the gesture. They advocate for a variety of causes – with clean water being amongst them. They plan to make sure that the water can make it through the border check because U.S. regulations could pose difficulties if the quantity of water exceeds what is actually deemed “required” for personal use. Such imports usually require U.S. government approval to make sure the water is safe for consumption.
Dey says the water will likely be divided in portions that will enable it to pass through without provoking such scrutiny. If push comes to shove, she has a secret backup plan.
Customers in Detroit who have two months of unpaid water bills, or a bill racking up more than $150, have been faced with water shutoffs. Recently, the execution of the shutoff plan had been put on a 15-day hold to give some residents a chance to catch up on payments or detail why they are unable to pay their bills, the Free Press notes.
*When the big moment comes and a new mother finds herself being rushed to the maternity ward to have her baby, suffice it to say, she is not in the best mood. She will need a lot of pampering to get her through these next hours.
Then the time comes to bring that little bundle of joy into the world, and after all the laboring is over, all you want to know is, is my baby alright? Is he or she going to give that first cry?
The doctor will no doubt be offering encouraging words to you. “You’re doing fine.” “This is going to be over before you know it!” But, if you are a patient at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital of UMPC, and Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja is in your room doing the honors, he is softly clearing his throat because he plans to deliver your precious bundle of joy with…a song?Continue reading →
Special concerts featuring J Moss, Vickie Winans, Lisa McClendon, Natalie Grant and more!
(ATLANTA, GA) July 22, 2014 - The 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, August 1st & August 2nd 2014.The Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival is a two-day musical and health extravaganza designed for the entire community. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlantagospelfest.com.
The Gospel Fest promises to elevate attendees spirit the array of gospel music concerts; the body, with healthcare workshops and training; the mind with financial and literary empowerment workshops. There will also be special youth activities available.
*In what can only be called a jaw-dropping decision, a Pensacola jury has sent a strong message to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company (and others) by hitting them with a staggering $23.6 billion punitive damages payout in a lawsuit brought by the widow of a chain smoker killed by lung cancer in 1996.
Cynthia Robinson, the widow of Michael Johnson Sr., who died at 36, was given another $16.8 million in compensatory damages Friday, following a four-week trial that left a top Reynolds executive fuming. Continue reading →
*It has often been said that one person can make a difference. If just one person speaks up; takes action, decides to actually do something besides feel bad about a situation, things begin to move in the right direction. This is what happened when one man traveled to Ethiopia, hired another man to assist him, and the two unlikely men became trusted friends; with one taking action to change the mind of others’ who believed in a superstition that causes many Ethiopian babies to be put to death. Continue reading →
*Did you know that European eggs are stored on supermarket shelves while American eggs chill in the cold section?
Experts say it is because of the egg production process.
Unlike European eggs, American eggs are washed and sprayed with a sanitizer immediately after collection, then placed into a cooler. Bringing the eggs back to room temperature would increase the chance of bacterial growth, according to the USDA’s egg grading manual. Bottom line: we have to refrigerate our eggs because our egg distributors do. Continue reading →
*Shocked social media posts are not buying the fact that a Queens, New York woman of 22, who smothered her own child and posted pictures of his body on Facebook, is remorseful.
The woman wrapped her 11-month-old son in a sheet that made it impossible for him to move or breathe – then she went off to take a 30-minute shower and when she came back, the baby had turned blue.
She has been identified as Nicole “Nikki” Kelly in a PIX 11 report and in a plot-thickening story, we later learn she killed her baby simply because she didn’t want him anymore, according to the Queens District Attorneys office. Continue reading →