Community Op Ed: A Working People’s Agenda
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By Eric Adams, NYC Mayor Last week, inQueens — the borough I grew up in — I reported to New Yorkers on the state of our city. I outlined what we’ve accomplished in the year since I took office, and my vision for the future. We are going to build a city for working people, one that is more affordable, safer, cleaner, and more livable. We focused on four essential pillars: jobs, safety, housing, and care. Because without a strong working class, this city cannot survive. Working people need good jobs and pathways to get those jobs. And those jobs need to be able to support a home fo ..read more
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From education to healthcare, APAG comes up with multiple community development initiatives in 2022
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by World News
1d ago
New York: The American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) organized multiple community development programs in the year 2022 from the provision of better education to healthcare,  from uplifting community members in the United States to conducting relief and rehabilitation activities in flood-hit Pakistan. The APAG’s community development initiatives include food drives, scholarship programs, parades, and flood relief and rehabilitation activities for Pakistan. APAG hosted the first-ever Pakistani flag hoisting ceremony at Bowling Green Park, Manhattan in August. The event was attended by ..read more
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Gilgit-Baltistan Cultural Fest NYC showcases region’s natural beauty, cultural diversity
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by World News
3d ago
New York: The Gilgit-Baltistan Cultural Fest in New York showcased the region’s natural beauty, lofty mountains, lush green fields, diverse culture, history, people, and above all its untapped tourism potential. Gilgit-Baltistan is known to be the most attractive and picturesque region located in the extreme north of Pakistan. Much of its natural beauty, and tourism potential is still untapped. Thanks to Sony Watan Gilgit-Baltistan (NYC) USA for organizing a magnificent yet colorful event titled ‘the Gilgit-Baltistan Cultural Fest’ at Queens Boulevard, Forest Hill, in the bustling city of New ..read more
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New York City will require Uber and LYFT to go 100 percent electric by 2030
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by World News
3d ago
Web Desk: According to the national media, New York City has a new climate plan to cut its carbon footprint that includes major rideshare changes. All New York City Uber and Lyft rideshare vehicles must go fully electric by 2030, Mayor Eric Adams announced during his State of the City address last week. Adams said that would mean zero emissions for over 100,000 vehicles on the city’s streets. He claimed that both companies are embracing the shift. Both Uber and Lyft have already begun efforts to incentivize their workers to switch to electric vehicles.  “We are excited to partner with Ne ..read more
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MTA ends free Wi-Fi service from NYC Buses
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by World News
3d ago
Web Desk: According to the national media, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shut off its free Wi-Fi service on 4,266 city buses earlier this month. The announcement came at an MTA board meeting that took place Monday. The transit agency says the program is rarely used and costs millions of dollars a year to run. “The bottom line is, we had the service out there for several years…folks were not using it,” said Janno Lieber, CEO of the MTA. MTA officials say that only 1.5% of local bus passengers and 4.5% of express bus passengers system-wide used the Wi-Fi service. According to ..read more
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Travel Adventure Show NYC showcases Pakistan’s tourism  potential, natural beauty
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by World News
5d ago
New York: Travel Adventure Show 2023 in New York has also showcased the untapped  travel and tourism, and investment opportunities in Pakistan. The magnificent two-day show was held  at the famous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York. In the program, stalls were set up by different countries for the promotion of tourism. People showed great interest in the Pakistani stalls. The Pakistani stall in the show was inaugurated by the Pakistani Ambassador to US Masood Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister Aun Chaudhry and Minister of Tourism of Gilgit-Baltistan Nasir Khan ..read more
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NYPD’s MOS constructs new houses for the flood victims in Pakistan
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by World News
6d ago
New York: The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Muslim Officers’ Society (MOS) has built a number of new houses for the flood victims in Pakistan, and the construction phase is underway, with full swing. Sain Dad, a village predominated by the Rind tribe in Kandiaro region of Sindh’s District Naushahro Feroze was hit by the ruthless floods five months back. However, now life is slowly returning to normalcy. Ali Nawaz,49, is one of the worst victims to pay a heavy price of climate change in the Sain Dad village, as the floods washed away his home, leaving his extended family homeless an ..read more
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Virginia family in US sentenced for human trafficking of Pakistani woman
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by World News
1w ago
VIRGINIA: A family in the US state of Virginia was sentenced by a federal court on Tuesday for committing forced labor of a Pakistani woman for 12 years. Defendants callously exploited the victim’s vulnerabilities and brutally coerced her labor, The federal court in Richmond, Virginia sentenced Zahida Aman, 80, to 12 years in prison; Mohammed Rehan Chaudhri, 48, to 10 years behind bars; and Mohammad Nauman Chaudhri, 55, to five years in prison, according to AA.COM. Aman and Rehan Chaudhri were further ordered to pay the victim, who was not publicly identified, $250,000 for back wages and other ..read more
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Flu cases decline by half, New York Health Officials
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by World News
1w ago
Web Desk: According to Spectrum Local News, confirmed influenza cases in New York have declined by 50%, though state health officials on Monday urged people to remain cautious as the virus remains widespread. Flu cases have declined from 14,656 to 7,373 cases in the week ending Jan. 14, the fifth consecutive week of decline. Hospitalizations have also dropped by a similar percentage, 52%, to 798 people. Still, public health officials have warned the flu season this year remains a potent one. Officials have warned of a “tridemic” of the flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. St ..read more
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Gun Violence is on rise in New York City’s Teenagers
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by World News
1w ago
Web Desk: According to the national media, a look at gun violence in New York City shows a concerning pattern when it comes to kids. An NYPD assistant commissioner is sounding off about what he says is the cause of a disturbing pattern of rising gun violence among teenagers. According to the reports, 64 minors were shot across the city in 2019. In 2020, the number nearly doubled to 125, then increased again in 2021 and 2022. There have been 149 shooting victims under 18 this year, as of Dec. 18, according to Police Department data. That’s notably higher than the number in 2021 when 138 childre ..read more
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