SULLEE J: ft. Alyson Blaire – Make You Mine


Sullee Justice, the ‘thinking fan’s rapper’ from the US city of Baltimore, has launched a new single this past Friday, entitled “Make You Mine” and featuring R&B/soul singer Alyson Blaire.

The song comes fresh from Sullee J’s latest album, and is the third to be released after he recently collaborated with KXNG Crooked of Shady Records and Templar’s of Hip Hop artist Beast 1333. It’s a clash between reggaeton (a musical style that has enjoyed a steady resurgence this year) and Sullee J’s genre of choice: hip-hop. Starting with an ethereal and dreamy beat, the track soon drops into a gentle rap with words and a couple appearing on screen. Subtle Spanish influences, Sullee’s masterful words and plenty of setting sun make this an ideal track for first date rides in a convertible on a hot summer’s evening.

“Make You Mine” and Sullee J’s other jams are available for fans to purchase on all outlets, including iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon & more.



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URUGUAY AND ITS CAPITAL: A South American success story

The small South American nation of Uruguay, tucked away on the continent’s east coast between Brazil and Argentina, may be not as as well known as its bigger neighbours when it comes to the world stage and the everyday person, but the country is being lauded as a success story that has been financially and politically sound beyond many people’s expectations… and is on the rise.

In the past fifteen years, Uruguay has spearheaded economic growth on the continent with an interannual growth rate of 2 per cent under three successive governments of the country’s centre-left Frente Amplio coalition, bringing new wealth and the attentions of the moneyed and savvy to it and its cities.


The biggest beneficiary of Uruguay’s success has been its capital, Montevideo. A microcosm of old Spanish America with its vintage buildings, alongside the recognisable signs of modern city environments, Montevideo has been voted the Latin American city with the highest quality of life, as well as joining the club of the world’s thirty safest cities. On top of that, Uruguay’s capital is also at ninth place in terms of purchasing power per inhabitant in all of Latin America.

Montevideo not only offers great culture, but also great investment opportunities for those who want a part of the success story. Many of its neighbourhoods, including Punta Carretas, Pocitos Nuevo, Parque Rodo, Buceo and Villa Dolores, are highly sought after by both property investors and people searching for a better standard of life. They have attracted a lot of attention from investors owing to their decent selection of amenities, such as nightlife, transport links, and a high rate of urban development. The city is experiencing massive demand especially for new family sized homes as well as properties for singles and couples, as more people from outside Montevideo and Uruguay are drawn to the city’s prospects.

Montevideo, with its population of only 1.5 million inhabitants, is also a magnet for tourists, who flock to see old colonial architecture as well as the beaches of the Atlantic and the Rio de la Plata region. This massive river forms part of Montevideo’s allure, fringed with nature reserves and protected areas displaying the biological diversity of natural Uruguay. The city is experiencing a quiet boom in tourism, as more people discover its charms and magic.

Perhaps it will take a lot less than fifteen years for little Montevideo to become maybe the new Rio de Janeiro of Uruguay, or even the Barcelona of South America.


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POST-BREXIT UBS: Banking giant to move London jobs to Europe amidst uncertainty

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The uncertainty about the political and economic ramifications of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union next year have set European businesses with operations in the UK on edge in the past year. Now Swiss banking giant UBS is the latest bank to doubt its ongoing presence in Britain after the withdrawal, with UK newspaper The Independent reporting recently that the bank is planning to move jobs from London to Germany.

As talks between Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and the European Commission see trade deals and negotiations complicated and rejected left and right, UBS has said it expects to merge its British arm with its Germany-based European facility before the Brexit deadline of 29th March, 2019.


Many of the senior staff in London will be transferred to positions in Europe, mainly in Frankfurt, with the ‘lack of a Brexit transition deal’ being the main reason, causing considerable headache for UBS senior executives worried about possible fallout to the UK’s finance industry, of which UBS is a major player.

The move will mostly affect staff who serve Europe-based clients as well as those working in the bank’s central risk management and support services, which will be centralised in Frankfurt.

​UBS said its plans would be put in motion “in the absence of adequate transition relief being agreed and passed into law by the United Kingdom and the European Union”.

“The nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU remains unclear,” UBS said.

“Any future limitations on providing financial services into the EU from our UK operations could require us to make potentially significant changes to our operations in the UK and the EU, and to our legal structure.”

It added: “We further anticipate that some staff would be relocated as a result.”

Many in the UK financial industry had been hoping for the maintenance of ‘passporting rights’ which allow UK and mainland European institutions to operate seamlessly in each other’s territory with few restrictions, but the dithering in the Brexit negotiations casts doubts in any future interconnectivity between the two.

UBS had not formally stated how many jobs will move from Britain, but the Independent has stated that the number will be in the region of 200. The bank does plan to keep its UK wealth management, asset management and non-EEA investment bank business in the country, where it employs around 5,000 people, mainly in London.

“The timing and extent of the actions we take may vary considerably depending on regulatory requirements and the nature of any transition or successor agreements with the EU,” UBS said.

UBS follows in the wake of several other international finance leaders who are re-orienting themselves towards the Continent in the aftermath of Brexit. German firm Deutsche Bank plans to also move staff, possibly in the hundreds, out of London, while HSBC will relocate 1,000 jobs to France. Another thousand jobs will go with JP Morgan, which plans to beef up its European operations, while American heavyweights Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley may also move staff across various EU locations, according to the newspaper.


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“Brexit: UBS to move London jobs to Europe as lack of transition deal forces ‘significant changes’ ” – Kalyeena Makortoff, Independent (10 March 2018)


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NEW STRATFORD HOUSING PROJECT: Not so much in the way of ‘affordable’

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As the city of London struggles to house its growing population amidst a housing crisis and soaring rents and house prices, a new housing project underway in the district of Stratford has come in for criticism after it was revealed that only twenty-five per cent of the available stock will be marketed as affordable, the local community newspaper Newham Recorder reported.

The Legacy Wharf complex, being designed by Bellway Homes, is being promoted as an ideal site for first-time buyers to move into an up-and-coming part of east London, only a few minutes from the centre of the city. But only around 50 of the 196 flats (apartments) planned for the site will be classed as affordable, meaning that people on average city wages (around GBP £28,000/USD $38,788) will be able to successfully purchase them.


Legacy Wharf, which is expected to be ready this spring, claims to offer a variety of apartments for different budgets, especially for first-time buyers, young professionals and families. The development, located in Stratford’s Cooks Road will also have an on-site gym, children’s play facilities and even a concierge service, but the starting price for a one-bedroom flat there will start at GBP £365,000 (USD $505,631). The Bellway development will consist of a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom living units, with some properties being available to buy via the UK government’s Help to Buy scheme, which aims to help first-time homeowners get their foot on the housing ladder.

Bellway did not comment on the limited amount of affordable housing offered at Legacy Wharf, which is being built in one of the poorest areas of London, where rapid gentrification have caused even low-grade ex-local housing authority homes to cost several hundred thousand of pounds. However Emma Denton, the firm’s sales director designate told the Newham Recorder “Homebuyers will have a great opportunity to invest in this revamped area of Stratford at Legacy Wharf,”

Many parts of east London have changed rapidly in recent years as new apartment blocks and villages have sprung up catering to young professionals and working families with jobs in central London, alongside foreign investors looking for the next property portfolio golden egg, but developers in the city have been criticised for not providing enough flats affordable to the vast majority of Londoners, particularly those on benefits or average incomes.


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“Quarter of flats in Stratford development ‘affordable’” – Alex Shaw, Newham Recorder/Archant (8 March 2018)


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GUINEA POLITICAL TENSION: Ten killed in February alone

Conakry – VIJAY SHAH via the International Crisis Group

A crisis is brewing in the west African country of Guinea after ten people died in politically motivated clashes after a controversial election held on the 4th of February this year, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.

Tensions have been growing since the election and the opposition parties having had accused the Guinean ruling party of fraud in local polls held last month. Clashes between opposition supporters and strikers and Guinean security forces have led to the deaths of ten people already, according to the ICG’s CrisisWatch website. The president of Guinea, Alpha Condé, who has been at the helm of government since December 2010, has himself being accused of fraud in the election along with his party, the Guinean People’s Assembly.


Battles have been fought between Condé loyalists and opposition supporters  in the capital Conakry and also in the town of Kindia. Five children were reported to have been killed in clashes in the town of Dinguiraye. They perished in a fire, the ICG stated. Further clashes occurred between the gendarmerie, teachers and students who have been on strike or unable to learn since the 12th February. Teachers were later joined in their industrial action by union members of the Guinea General Union of Workers (UGTG). Strikers fought with the gendarmerie leading to around four deaths.

The government is in talks with the Guinean teachers’ union in an attempt to stem the tension. Talks began on the 28th of last month, but no word was made of progress in these talks by the ICG.


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ICELANDIC BITCOIN RUSH: Cryptocurrency mining drains entire country’s electricity supply

Reykjavik – VIJAY SHAH via Grande Medios

Bitcoins have become the source of what could be described as this century’s very own Gold Rush. The mining of cryptocurrencies, which is the most widespread method of obtaining this cyber money, requires a significant amount of both computing power and electrical current. In the northern European island of Iceland, the residents have taken to bitcoin mining in such a way that it is causing the country to actually run out of electricity.

Iceland has around 340,000 inhabitants, one of the smallest in Europe. Famed for its volcanic landscapes and breathtaking landscapes, the country is also well-known for living progressively. Renewable electricity, particularly from the Nordic nation’s many geothermal sources, is a big thing. But it seems the nation’s appetite for the financial game changer that is bitcoin is causing quite a headache for utilities companies, reports Spanish-language online magazine Grandes Medios.


Residential electricity consumption in Iceland barely exceeds 700 Gigawatt-hours per year, but the sudden uptake of mining activities for cryptocurrencies, including the highly profitable Bitcoin itself, which at one point in 2017 was trading at USD 8,000 per BTC, has seen miners add another 100 Megawatts to the consumption total. This could see usage push past the 800 gW/h mark.

Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, a manager at utility firm HS Orka, told the Associated Press that “Four months ago I could not have imagined that we would reach this trend, but at that time the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed and we received many more requests. Just hours ago I met with a mining company that wants to buy 18 megawatts, “

Iceland’s electricity producers now fear that the increased demand will outstrip their capacity of supply, sparking a national energy crisis. Now in addition to the tech-savvy individuals who were the earliest adopters of mining in Iceland, there are several startups appearing who specialise in bitcoin mining on an industrial scale, meaning this virtual Gold Rush could see a painful run on the Icelandic electricity meter, and a lot of lights switching off.

Despite the volatility of bitcoin prices on the markets, with a crash in trade prices happening earlier this year, more and more Icelanders are flocking to bitcoin, meaning the country’s government in Reykjavik possibly planning to bring in regulation of the bitcoin mining industry in the near future to help conserve the electricity supply and prevent a island-wide blackout.


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“La minería de bitcóin en este país pronto consumirá más electricidad que sus residentes” – Grandes Medios (13 February 2018)


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SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

Dubai – VIJAY SHAH via Filmfare, sources

The Indian film star Sridevi Kapoor, popularly known as simply Sridevi, has died at the age of 54 after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a nephew’s wedding in Dubai, UAE. 

The actor, known for her screen siren roles in the Mumbai-based film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, was once one of the Indian film industry’s most highly paid. Famed for her good looks and superb acting, her death yesterday was greeted with shock by India’s film fraternity and her worldwide army of fans.


According to the Indian Express, many current Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandes, Sidharth Malhotra and others have taken to social media to express their condolences. Initial reports and commentary suggest that she suffered a ‘massive heart attack’ while attending the marriage celebration of her relative Mohit Marwah, along with her husband Bonny Kapoor and one of her daughters, Khushi. Initially regarded as a hoax when first reported, Sridevi’s death was confirmed as fact by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor. Sridevi was said to have had no history of heart problems.

Sridevi was born in the Indian town of Sivakasi, in the Tamil Nadu state in the south of the country, in 1963. Named originally as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan to mixed-race Tamil and Telugu parents, she began her career as a child actor aged just four in regional movies in both the Tamil and Telugu languages, before getting her big break in mainstream Hindi cinema in 1975, in the hit iconic film Julie. She won several awards and wowed observers with her sensual dance numbers and duplicity of roles. Her fame became global, even gaining a cult following in Afghanistan after the fall of the film-hating Taliban administration. In later years, she had invigorated her career and also took up modelling.

The actor’s body will be repatriated back to her home in Mumbai in the forthcoming days. Concerned fans and friends of the Kapoor family have being heading to her home to comfort her other daughter Jahnvi, who did not attend the wedding due to work commitments.


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WATERFALL PHOTO DEATH: Tourist dies in fall while posing for photo


A tourist has died after falling a hundred feet while posing for a holiday snap at a waterfall, reports the newspaper Metro today.

Jiri Barta, a man aged 32 from the Czech Republic, was visiting the tourist spot on the popular holiday island of Koh Samui, Thailand with a group of eight fellow travellers. They had reached the Khun Sri waterfall, where Barta and another group member decided to sit at a cliff edge to take pictures. However, Barta lost his footing and tumbled off the cliff, falling 100 feet (30.5 metres) to the ground below. His horrified companions desperately tried to give him first aid, but he did not survive.


Local ambulance rescue teams were called and arrived at the scene. They also attempted to save Barta’s life but later declared him deceased and ferried his body to a local hospital for a post-mortem.

According to a friend of the deceased quoted in the Metro article, Barta was part of a group of five tourists who arrived in Thailand on February 5, and hired five motorcycles to travel around Koh Samui island. The friend, Romana Uassara, told the paper: We were just admiring the beauty of the waterfall and he walked over to the edge for a picture.

‘The edge is so steep and he fell onto his back. It took a long time for his body to hit the bottom. I don’t know why. ‘

We went down and he was still alive. We tried to do CPR and asked for help from villagers in the neighbourhood”

Tourist police spokesperson Boonchai Wannawatchanasuntorn said that rescuers spend five hours negotiating the terrain to retrieve Jiri Barta’s body. He added There is a sign in both Thai and English barring people from entering, but tourists keep ignoring it.

Accidents happened often because the slope is very steep, at almost 90 degrees, and it is very slippery.”

Lieutenant Colonel Piyawat Chunwat added: “This is a very dangerous area and we advise all tourist [sic] to stay away and be extra careful.

‘The rescue and recovery of the body was made more difficult by the steep cliffs and dangerous conditions.”

Koh Samui, with a population of 62,500, is Thailand’s second largest island and is popular with budget travellers. The island is famed for its many beaches and mountainous scenery.


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BAHRAIN ACTIVISTS: Human rights group appeals for release of detained brothers


As the government of Bahrain is being slammed for widespread human rights violations against protesters calling for greater transparency and democratic rights, a U.S. based charity is calling for the release of two young brothers detained by authorities in the Middle Eastern ‘oil state’ for activism and pro-democracy demands.


Activist group Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) has recently released a statement calling for Bahrain to release siblings Ahmed AlArab, aged 27, and Ali AlArab, 25 years who are facing life imprisonment as well as possible death sentences. According to the charity, the AlArab brothers were arrested and tortured by authorities in connection with a prison escape from the Jau correctional centre near the capital Manama, in January 2017. According to Al Jazeera news network, armed men attacked the prison where several anti-government protesters were detained, killing one security guard and setting free an unknown number of the jailed.

Ahmed AlArab, a former nursing student, has been repeatedly put in jail over his political activism, calling for greater rights and freedoms for Bahraini citizens and was said to have been regularly harassed by security forces before his latest arrest. He was said to have been tortured for 21 consecutive days at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) and forced to confess to criminal activity, according to ADHRB. His right to a fair trial was violated and was even stripped of his citizenship, despite being a native Bahraini.

Ahmed’s brother Ali was himself arrested on 9th of February, 2018 by security agents of the Ministry of Interior while visiting a friend. He was also taken to Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters where, it is alleged, he was forced to sign a confession while blindfolded. He was then transferred to another detention facility, named the Dry Dock, where he underwent torture, and was beaten by guards there for refusing to bow down and kiss a guard’s boot. It is also claimed Ali’s toenails were ripped off, and his injuries were bad enough to prevent him from walking or praying, necessitating a visit to the prison clinic.

In a mass trial held at the end of January, Ali was sentenced to death for the killing of the security guard at Jau prison a year previously and was also stripped of his passport. His trial was not held under fair legal rulings, with lawyers warned off taking on Ali’s case and Ali himself not allowed to receive legal counsel.

ADHRB condemned the actions of Bahrain’s government, citing that the Gulf emirate is a signatory of many international legal frameworks, including the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Both of these treaties are said to have been violated in the case of the treatment and detention without proper trial of the activist brothers.

ADHRB ended their statement by calling on Bahrain to cancel the AlArabs’ convictions as they did not receive a fair trial and retry them under international treaty requirements. It also appealed for the AlArabs’ citizenship to be restored and for allegations of torture and maltreatment to be fully investigated, and the torturers to be brought to book.


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“Profiles in Persecution: Ahmed and Ali AlArab” – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (16 February 2018)


BATHINDA GO-KARTING TRAGEDY: Woman dies in accident at go-kart course

Bathinda – VIJAY SHAH via LUCIA SUAREZ SANG, Fox News and India sources

A go-kart fan in India has died after getting her hair caught in the wheel of the vehicle she was racing in, according to a news report published in the US’s Fox News website yesterday.

Puneet Kaur, aged 28 years, was visiting the Aqua Village amusement park, a popular destination for families near her home in Rampura Phul, a locality of the Punjab city of Bathinda, when the incident occurred. She had been visiting the park with her husband, Amardeep Singh and their 2-year-old son and their family when they decided to try out the go-kart racing course.


According to police sources mentioned in the Indian national newspaper the Hindustan Times, Kaur and her husband Amardeep Singh got in one cart, while their child and his grandmother rode in another one. As the vehicles began racing, Kaur’s hair was suddenly trapped in the wheel of her cart, causing catastrophic injuries to her scalp.

“My wife and I were enjoying the ride on the go-kart. Suddenly, my wife’s hair got loose and I heard her scream. I raised an alarm and when the kart stopped, her scalp was peeled off. I do not know the quality of the rubber band and the helmet given to my wife,” Kaur’s husband told police, according to the Indian Express, another national newspaper.

After the accident, Puneet Kaur was immediately rushed to hospital, but tragically, she failed to make it. The incident is now under investigation by the Punjab police and the amusement park has closed the race track to visitors, pending the investigation’s outcome.

“The exact cause of death is unclear, but we will know after we receive details of the post mortem report,” a police officer told the British public service broadcaster BBC.

The manager for the amusement park told the Hindustan Times that the incident has “left everyone shocked.”

“Usually, all safety measures are followed,” Yadavindra Gardens manager Neeraj Gupta told the newspaper. “One person has been tasked with ensuring that all people wear proper head gear and follow other rules before using a go-kart. It is shocking this incident happened.”


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