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Art and Music Scholarship Finalists to Perform

The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center announced the finalists for their art scholarship this week.The finalists in both categories will compete for $500 first prizes at the awards show on Saturday, March 30, at the Arts Center.

Melanie Laten, a local art teacher and owner of the Laten House Bed and Breakfast in Fayetteville, started the scholarship program in 2016. The program coincides with National Children’s Art Month.The program is administered by the Arts Center, which provides some of the prize money. Additional funds were raised by the Fayetteville Rotary Club during a silent auction at its Artoberfest wine and cheese event last year.

Student artwork will be on display to the public in the Arts Center gallery on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 4 p.m.The awards show will begin at 7 p.m.Each finalist will have approximately 10 minutes to present their art while projected pictures of their art are shown. Music finalists will each perform a 15-minute set.The presentations and performances will be considered as part of the judge’s final decisions. Robert Foster will perform a 15-minute set while the judges make their decisions.The show will end with the announcement of the winners and the presentation of checks.Art scholarship finalistsSophie Buck enjoys painting in all mediums and has experience with acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, and charcoal.

Last year, Sophie was a finalist and third place winner in the FLC Arts Center Scholarship. Sophie has entered hundreds of pieces of art, crafts, and photos in the Lincoln County Fair and 4-H contests, and she has won numerous best of show ribbons in art, photography, cartooning, and handicrafts.Sophie has also entered and won multiple times in the Tennessee Magazine art contest. Besides being an artist, Sophie also plays the fiddle, viola, guitar, mandolin, and most recently the cello.Last year, she was the first place winner in the music scholarship offered by the Arts Center. Sophie is currently the fiddler in the Rocket City Ridge bluegrass band.

She plans to go to college and pursue a major in graphic design.Maria Self says, “Art is my passion, stress relief, and favorite hobby.” She uses art to flue her creativity that spills into my everyday life. She developed her true love and appreciation for art when she first started high school and ever since then she cannot imagine life without art.It has become an essential tool in her life and a way for her to express what she cannot put into words. She plans on pursuing a career in art, because, “I want to do what I love for the rest of my life.I want to expose others to God’s amazing gift of art.” Music scholarship finalists Madelyn Goedde has always been fascinated with art and music.The sounds of a musical piece coming together or the way colors melted through the canvas fueled a burning passion for both. Madelyn took up drawing at an early age and is self-taught in divisions of drawing, sketching, watercolor and illustrating.

She has taken a few painting classes using acrylics and furthering her technique. In 2017 Madelyn entered a sketch in the Tennessee Magazine and won second place.She has entered her paintings in the Lincoln County Fair, placing third. Madelyn had a late start in getting into contests because of her shy nature, but she is looking forward to sharing her skills in the future.Madelyn has been taking piano lessons for a little over a year now and has been told many times that she has a gift. During her spare time, Madelyn loves to be swept away into a world of writing.

Poetry, books, and short stories seem to be the things that she is best. Madelyn hasn’t yet finished a complete book but hopefully plans on publishing at least one by the end of her high school years.Travis Leimer is an 11th grade homeschooled student with Riverside Homeschool Umbrella Program. He has received his Eagle Scout Award and continues to work with the younger Scouts.Travis is a member of the 4-H Honor Club and 4-H All Stars and participates in many 4-H activities. He plays guitar with the First Baptist Fayetteville youth band and praise band and is involved in serving the church in various ways.He also plays guitar and sings once a month at three of the local nursing homes. Besides music, Travis enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his friends.

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Mahira Khan is all praises for Meera’s song in Paray Hut Love

It’s always good to see women lifting each other up, especially when they’re in the same field. Pakistani actor Mahira Khan recently praised Meera for her performance in a song that will be featured in an upcoming Pakistani film Paray Hut Love.
Pakistani actor Mahira Khan recently praised Meera for her performance in a song that will be featured in an upcoming Pakistani film Paray Hut Love.I just saw a little preview of one of the songs of #pareyhutlove and the song and everyone in it is fantasticbut man you can’t look away from Meera Jee!! Owns every frame! 💃🏽💯❤️February 21, 2019Meera was quick to reciprocate the affection.Thankyou for such a loving tweet.I will always cherish the love and respect you have given me. Also, thankyou for being who you are and making all of us proud in so many ways.
May God bless you forever.February 21, 2019In the past, Meera had called Mahira an overrated actress for choosing to act in Raees alongside Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.She once also accused Mahira of running a smear campaign against her.Related: Pakistani model and actor Iman Ali ties the knot in LahoreDirected by Asim Raza, Parey Hut Love stars Mahira, Maya Ali and Shaheryar Munawar Siddiqui.Meera will be making a cameo in the movie.Meera will also be seen in another Pakistani movie this year called Baaji along with Osman Khalid Butt, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Ali Kazmi, Nayyar Ejaz and Amna Ilyas.

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PM Imran to launch health card scheme in Rajanpur today

RAJANPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday is all set to launch the health card scheme in Rajanpur. According to Radio Pakistan, “800,000 people of Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts will be provided health cards by the end .

According to Radio Pakistan, 800,000 people of Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts will be provided health cards by the end of next month.At least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will also get health cards by the end of 2019, said provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid.
Earlier, PM Imran had launched the Sehat Insaf Card for people living in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Addressing the ceremony, PM Imran said that having access to free healthcare is perhaps “the biggest blessing from God for a household of lesser means”.

“For such a family, when a member falls ill, it is a bombshell. As it is, the earning member feeds the others with a lot of difficulties.
With someone getting sick, the whole budget gets upset, and they fall deeper into poverty,” he had said.Stating that the health cards will alleviate poverty, PM Imran said, We want to aid and safeguard the poor segments of the society by issuing health cards.Under the programme, Rs 720,000 will be allotted for every household. “At least in their difficult times they can have the consolation that they have the health card,” the prime minister had said, adding that a family can use the card at any hospital in any city and receive treatment worth that amount.

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Kapil Sharma To Reportedly Reunite With Sunil Grover But There’s A Twist

Kapil Sharma and his show frequently top the list of trends and recently it was reported that his ex-colleague Sunil Grover will be joining him on The Kapil Sharma Show but not as a co-star.
Katrina Kaif will join them too Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover ended their collaboration in 2017 after a mid-air fight while flying home from Australia. After the fight, Sunil Grover quit The Kapil Sharma Show (previous season).However, months later, Sunil Grover said that if ‘God’s willing, he and Kapil Sharma will work together again,’ news agency IANS reported.In December, when Kapil announced the new season of The Kapil Sharma Show, Sunil Grover revealed that he had a’casual discussion’ with Salman Khan about joining the show but added that the dates were clashing with his Bharat schedule.Salman is also the co-producer of The Kapil Sharma Show. Meantime, Sunil Grover launched Kanpur Wale Khuranas with Kapil’s ex-colleagues like Ali Agar, Upasana Singh and Sugandha Mishra.Kanpur Wale Khuranas went off air recently.View this post on Instagram Sunil GroverDec 7, 2018 at 11:32pm PST”My own dates would have clashed with Kapil’s show as I am doing a film with Salman sir.
This show that I am doing for Star Plus fitted in the window that I had. But Salman sir did speak to me briefly about it (bringing two of us together).
We had a very casual chat about it but nothing much,” Sunil Grover said, IANS reported.View this post on Instagram Kapil SharmaJan 5, 2019 at 4:01am PSTLast week, The Kapil Sharma Show featured in headlines after the Internet demanded a ban on the show following Navjot Singh Sidhu’s controversial remark on the Pulwama terror attack.”For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?” he said, PTI reported. Later, it was reported that Archana Puran Singh has replaced Navjot Singh Sidhu on the show.#BoycottKapilSharma trended all of Tuesday, after Kapil Sharma reportedly said at an event that ‘banning or sacking’ Navjot Singh Sidhu from the show is ‘not a solution.'(With IANS and PTI inputs)Sooraj Barjatya’s Father Raj Kumar Barjatya Dies in MumbaiHere’s The Problem With Bohemian Rhapsody (And Every Musical Biopic Ever Made).

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Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

PESHAWAR: Pregnant, desperate, and poor, Pakistani mother Zameena faced a stark choice: risk her life by having a secret abortion, or risk her life bearing her husband a sixth child.
Almost half of all pregnancies in Pakistan — around 4.2 million each year — are unplanned and around 54 percent of those end in termination, according to a report by US research firm Guttmacher Institute.”Three years ago, when my daughter was born, the doctor told me that I should stop having babies because it would be bad for my health,” said Zameena, using an assumed name, from her home in the northwest city of Peshawar.”But whenever I say that to my husband, he tells me to trust God,” the 35-year-old added. “My husband is a religious man.he wants to have a line of sons.”Decades ago, a family planning campaign with the slogan “do bache hi ache” or “two children is good” was rejected by religious leaders as well as nationalists who wanted a bigger population to rival the 1.
2 billion people in neighbouring India.Today with a population of around 207 million, Pakistans baby boom is stretching resources beyond capacity and experts warn of trouble ahead.
Zameena said she frequently suggested to her husband that they practice family planning, but he refused.”My mother-in-law had nine kids,” said Zameena.
“When I complain to my husband that I cant have more babies, he answers: If my mother didnt die, you should also stay alive.”Abortion is allowed in Pakistan if the health of the mother is in danger.
But many doctors invoke their Muslim faith and refuse to carry them out. As a result, some women abort illegally and authorities largely turn a blind eye to the situation.The preferred method is by ingesting Misoprostol, an over-the-counter drug used to treat ulcers, which causes the expulsion of the embryo. It can also cause serious complications for the mother.NGO Aware Girls counsels those who call its hotline on how such drugs should be used safely and when to seek emergency or professional treatment at a clinic.”Most of us know women who have died of an abortion,” said Aware Girls co-founder Gulalai Ismail.
Willing to do anything Zameena was one of the lucky ones, she knew where to go for help once she decided to terminate her latest pregnancy. At the other end of the Aware Girls hotline, counsellor Ayeesha reassured and advised her on what medicines to take and in which dosage.
They insist that women must never be alone when they attempt such procedures.”My work saves womens lives.When they call, they are willing to do anything to have an abortion,” explained the 26-year-old.Ayeesha estimated that she fields around 350 calls a month.Most women who contact the NGO know very little about contraception. Access to condoms, the most well known option, is limited and even when they can be bought, it requires the man to agree.
According to official statistics, only around 35 percent of Pakistani women use any form of non-abortive birth control despite them being inexpensive.Birth control pills cost just 20 rupees (0.12 euro), for example, while an IUD is available for 400 rupees (2.5 euros).But population control is a controversial issue in Pakistan, where large families are prized.”Authorities have not been able to make this issue an emergency for Pakistan.
It is all rhetoric and political gibberish,” says Dr Haroon Ibrahim of the family planning NGO Greenstar,Zeba Sathar, a demographer in charge of another NGO, the Population Council, branded the nations negative attitude to contraception a “systemic failure”.Women are dying Prime Minister Imran Khan in December acknowledged the lack of political will on the issue and promised pro-contraception campaigns using the media, cell phones, schools and mosques.
“The mullahs have a key role to play,” he insisted.But the Council of Pakistani Islamic Ideology, a religious body which advises the government, says otherwise, insisting that family planning is against Islam.
“The birth control campaign at the government level should be immediately stopped and the birth control program should be removed from the economic planning,” the council told AFP.The charity Marie Stopes, whose clinics provide post-abortion care, has profiled a typical client in Pakistan: aged in her thirties, married at 18, she is poor, uneducated and already has three children.Such women approach the agency when backstreet abortions go wrong.”Women are just dying.
for the lack of knowledge,” said Xaher Gul, an executive at Marie Stopes.In 2012, the year of their last study, the Guttmacher Institute estimated there were 2.
25 million abortions in Pakistan with 623,000 women treated for post-abortion complications.”We have failed women in this country,” warned Hassan Mohtashami, former head of the United Nations Development Programme in Pakistan.
He added: “Abortion is not a family planning method.”.

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Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran s president on Monday insisted “enemy” plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran,means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives, a defiant President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran s Azadi (Freedom) Square, decrying a conspiracy involving Washington.Chador-clad women, militia members in camouflage fatigues and ordinary citizens marched through the capital in freezing rain to commemorate the day in February 1979 that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ended millennia of royal rule.The routes leading up to the square were packed with people as loudspeakers blared revolutionary anthems and slogans.Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the US last year reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran s nuclear programme.

Rouhani lambasted calls from the United States and Europe for a fresh agreement to curb Iran s missile programme.We have not, and will not, request permission from anyone for increasing our defensive power and for building all kinds of missiles, he told the crowd.Speaking from a flower-festooned stage overlooking the square, the president warned that Iran was now far stronger than when it faced off against Saddam Hussein s Iraq in a devastating 1980-1988 war.
Today the whole world should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considerably more powerful than the days of the war, Rouhani said.Seemingly reaching out to his political critics within the country, the president added: The more we allow different ideas, beliefs and (political) factions the stronger our system will be.A pre-prepared resolution was read out ahead of his speech that proclaimed unquestioning obedience to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and called US President Donald Trump an idiot.In a tweet written on the anniversary that he also sent out in Farsi, Trump said the revolution had been a complete failure. 40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure, he wrote.The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future, the American president added.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary if it attacks his country.

If this regime makes the awful mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed, he said. However, this would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate.The events Monday were the culmination of official celebrations called the 10 Day Dawn that marks the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini retuned from exile and ousted the shah s last government.The state has played up this year s anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.But despite the official festivities today s Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and US sanctions.State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marches in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashhad in the northeast.

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including Death to America, Death to Israel, we will trample on America, forty yeas of challenge, forty years of US defeats.A number of Israeli and American flags were set on fire by the crowds.An anchor on state television warned of hostile foreign media trying to downsize the participation of Iranians in the march but expressed confidence that they would be confounded by the unprecedented level of attendance.Those who took to the streets were bullish despite the economic problems in the country, made worse by Washington s punitive measures.
Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution.We are here to support the revolution, the 57-year-old pensioner, who refused to give his first name, told AFP at the event in Tehran.He compared the US sanctions and economic hardships to riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.On the revolution s 40th anniversary we are at the top for scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles, he said.Cleric Hossein Firouzi told AFP Iran s revolution had achieved everything it set out to in terms of military power, political identity and scientific achievements.Iran has changed from a backwards nation to a world power, said the 50-year-old.

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