Votes of over 5 crore to decide Bengals fate today

first_imgKolkata: Around 5.71 crore people have exercised their franchise in the seven phase election in Bengal this year to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, taking the total poll percentage to 81.68. In the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Trinamool Congress had got 34 seats while Congress, BJP and CPI(M) had got 4, 2 and 2 seats respectively. Bengal has now seen an unprecedented election in 2019. Polls were held in seven phases after the Election Commission of India cited vulnerable environment. The first phase was held on April 11, while the last phase was held on May 19, with a span of 39 days. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe important seats that have drawn attention include Jadavpur and Basirhat, where Tollywood actors Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan are contesting. Asansol is another important seat, where Moon Moon Sen, who was an MP from Bankura, is facing outgoing BJP MP Babul Supriyo. In Purulia, BJP did well in the Panchayat election and the fight will be between outgoing MP Mriganko Mahato and the BJP contender. Malda North is important too, where Trinamool candidate Mausam Noor, the Congress MP who joined Trinamool Congress recently, is fighting against her cousin. Saugata Roy, who was elected from the Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat, is contesting against BJP leader Samik Bhattacharya. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSimilarly, Dinesh Trivedi, who was elected twice from the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, is contesting against Arjun Singh of BJP. The Midnapore Lok Sabha seat is also important where Manas Bhuniya is contesting against BJP state president and MLA from Kharagpur town Dilip Ghosh. The results of the exit poll shown on national and vernacular television channels mention that BJP will get 23, 16 or 11 seats in Bengal. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has, however, dismissed the exit poll as “gossip.” The people will have to wait till Thursday afternoon to get a clear picture of the post-poll scenario in the state.last_img read more

Donald Trump in Warsaw 80 yrs after WWII outbreak

first_imgWarsaw: US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago. Trump will be the first US head of state to come to Poland for an anniversary of the start of history’s bloodiest conflict, which claimed 50 million lives, including those of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Few other major leaders are expected in the Polish capital, as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are not coming, while Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the Polish presidency, around 40 foreign delegations are expected, half of them led by heads of state. They include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose partnership is important to Poland, which believes its security depends on Ukraine remaining outside of Russia’s sphere of influence. Warsaw said Putin was snubbed this time — unlike 10 years ago — because of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. “It would be inappropriate to commemorate the anniversary of armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who is today acting this way towards a neighbour,” Poland’s deputy prime minister Jacek Sasin said in July. Russia’s foreign ministry responded with “bewilderment”, noting Moscow’s “unquestionably decisive contribution to the defeat of Hitler’s Reich.”last_img read more

Quebecers accused in Australian cocaine bust have trials delayed until 2018

first_imgSYDNEY – Two of three Quebecers accused of importing cocaine into Australia aboard a luxury cruise ship last year have had their trial put off until next February.The trial for the man and woman was scheduled to begin this week.While their names have been published in the past, an Australian court employee said in an email Tuesday a publication ban is now in effect.The third accused has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting her sentence.The three boarded the MS Sea Princess in England and were arrested when the ship docked in Sydney last August.Australian authorities used sniffer dogs to find what they said was 95 kilograms of cocaine packed in suitcases.They said the drug had an estimated value of $30.5 million.last_img read more

Ariana Grande And Andy Hurley Named As Sexiest Vegetarians

first_imgPop superstar Ariana Grande and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley have just been crowned peta2′s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2014.“Problem” and “Break Free” singer Grande snagged the title over tough competitors, including Ellie Goulding, Ellen Page, and Carrie Underwood, among others. Pop-punk drummer Hurley triumphed over No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus as well as Thomas Dekker, Jason Mraz, and more.Grande went vegan after watching Forks Over Knives, from which she learned how unhealthy cow’s milk is for humans, and now that she knows more about the meat industry, she’s quick to point out on Twitter that factory farms are “beyond horrifying … shocking, disgusting, and heartbreaking.”Hurley, a vegan since the age of 16, credits the hardcore music scene with first exposing him to the horrifying conditions of factory farms and inspiring him to embrace the “ethical concept” and make the ethical “choice and decision” to go vegan—part of his overarching desire to make the world a better place.“When you realize that you can change yourself in such hugely important ways,” he says, “you start to realize, what can’t you change?” After going vegan, Hurley went from being a vegetable-hating kid to the health-conscious, fitness-minded musician he is today.This year’s runners-up are America’s Worst Tattoos star Megan Massacre — a longtime peta2 collaborator who says, “It makes me feel good knowing that I can enjoy food just as much as the next person but I didn’t have to kill an animal to eat it” — and Blink-182′s Travis Barker, who states, “It’s 2014, we have so many other delicious options without having to hurt any animals.”peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — previously awarded the title of Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity to such stars as Zendaya, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, Kristen Bell, Davey Havok, Gabe Saporta, and Christofer Drew, among others.last_img read more

Winnipeg Mother gathers winter clothing for inner city kids

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN NewsThe season is giving is upon us – and with it brings some bitterly cold weather.With Christmas around the corner, one Winnipeg mother is trying to make sure little ones in the neighbourhood are kept warm this winter.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

CN Rails recently departed chief executive earned 123 million in 2017

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co.’s former chief executive received $12.3 million in compensation last year, before he left the company as it struggles through operational and customer service challenges, the Montreal-based railway said in a regulatory filing.Luc Jobin’s total compensation was up from $8.3 million in 2016, when he assumed the top job halfway through the year. He was chief financial officer for the first six months.His total compensation was slightly lower than the Royal Bank’s Dave McKay, at $12.4 million, the best compensated of Canada’s top five bank CEOs in 2017.But he was far behind Keith Creel, who was paid $20.1 million, including $10.5 million in stock options last year to head Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.Jobin last year received $1.4 million in salary, $5.15 million in share-based awards, $2.7 million in option-based awards and $2.6 million in annual bonus. The remaining money came from pension values and other compensation.On March 5, CN Rail’s board of directors announced Jobin’s departure and the appointment of Jean-Jacques Ruest, a 22-year veteran of the company, as interim president and CEO. Ruest will also remain chief marketing officer while the board conducts a global search for a full-time chief executive.In the filing ahead of its April 24 annual meeting in Toronto, CN Rail said the company was in the process of finalizing arrangements relating to Jobin’s departure “in the context of applicable legal requirements and the company’s plans.”Jobin received $4.8 million in compensation in 2015, including an extra $830,000 paid in February 2016 because of extra duties he assumed during former CEO Claude Mongeau’s medical leave of absence.As chief marketing officer, Ruest’s total compensation increased three per cent last year to $4.6 million.In a message to shareholders, CN chairman Robert Pace and Ruest described 2017 as a “notable year for CN with unprecedented volume growth.”Its revenues increased eight per cent to $13 billion as volume records were set in international intermodal, frac sand, coal, propane, and potash.CN Rail’s net profits surged 51 per cent to nearly $5.5 billion as it was helped by lower U.S. taxes. Adjusted profits were up six per cent to $3.8 billion or $4.99 per share.“It was also a year that ended with operational challenges,” they wrote.CN said it faced disruptions in the Western region caused by unusual weather conditions in the fall, including wind storms and mudslides, followed by harsh early winter conditions across the network.The railway hired 3,400 employees and is hiring hundreds more while also increasing its capital spending this year to $3.2 billion from $2.7 billion.Companies included in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP, TSX:RY)last_img read more

Draupadi in Rampur being disrobed dont stay slient

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday questioned Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s silence on party leader Azam Khan’s alleged “underwear” jibe against his BJP rival from Rampur Lok Sabha seat Jay Prada and asked him not to stay silent like ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ did at disrobing of Draupadi in Mahabharata. The senior BJP leader’s comments followed SP leader Khan’s alleged remarks at a rally in which, without naming actor-turned-politician Prada, he had said it took 17 years for people of Uttar Pradesh to understand her, but he knew in 17 days that she wears a “khaki underwear”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Tagging a video of Khan’s remarks, Swaraj tweeted, “Brother Mulayam, you are the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party. In Rampur, Draupadi is being disrobed in front of you. Don’t commit the mistake of staying silent like Bhishma Pitamah”, referring to an incident from the famous Indian mythology Mahabharata. Swaraj also tagged SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who was allegedly present at the rally when Khan made the controversial remarks, his wife Dimple Yadav and film star Jaya Bachchan, who is also an SP leader.last_img read more

Moroccan Businessman Buys English Soccer Club

Taroudant- Young Moroccan businessman Otail Touzar and Mark Winter became the new owners of the English football club Salisbury City FC, according to a statement published Saturday by the local web site Salisbury Journal.Mark Winter told BBC that “Touzar would now be the main investor at the Conference Premier outfit.”To save the club from its serious financial difficulties, the Dubai based Moroccan-born businessman Otail M.Touzar and local businessman Mark Winter have agreed to invest in the club to secure its place in the Football Conference, which is one division lower than the English League 2. While Touzar, 31, is the main financial backer of the club, Winter will be running the club’s business on a day-to-day basis.“I am happy to be involved with Salisbury City FC and want to thank my partner Mark Winter and everyone who made this possible,” Otail Touzar told Footballtradedirectory.“I look forward to working with all club stakeholders to ensure a bright and sustainable future for the Salisbury City FC,” the Moroccan business man added.Founded in 1979, the Football Conference is a men’s football league in England consisting of three divisions, the Conference Premier, Conference North and Conference South. read more

Norway to open probe into cruise in stormy weather

COPENHAGEN — Norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1,300 people set sail despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation after a mayday call had been issued.Dag S. Liseth of Norway’s Accident Investigations Board says, “the high risk which the ship, its passengers and crew were exposed to made us decide to investigate the incident.”The Viking Sky is now docked in the port city of Molde, which it eventually managed to reach on its own engines after a daring rescue operation in which 479 passengers were airlifted to land.The ship was on a 12-day cruise along Norway’s coast with mostly English-speaking passengers.The Associated Press read more

Girls outscore boys on tech engineering even without class

SEATTLE — Though less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America’s girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to newly released national education data.Known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” the latest findings made public Tuesday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress also shows U.S. eighth-graders in 2018 did significantly better overall compared to 2014’s test results, particularly among students who are white, black, Asian or low-income.The gap between girls and boys is also growing wider as compared to the last time the federal government compiled technology and engineering literacy data among a representative sample of students and public schools across the country.The assessment made its debut in 2014, which also showed girls outscoring boys but by a smaller margin. In 2018, girls on average scored five points higher than boys on a 300-point scale, due to the fact that girls made gains between 2014 and 2018 while boys’ scores stayed about the same.The latest findings suggest the decade-long effort to champion more opportunities for girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is gaining ground. The campaign to nurture the budding interest of those girls to meet the corporate world’s seemingly insatiable demand for high-skilled workers in related well-paying jobs has drawn the money and attention from a wide spectrum of influencers, from tech giant Microsoft’s philanthropic research and initiatives to supermodel Karlie Kloss’ hands-on computer coding camp.Yet while some 61 per cent of male students reported taking at least one technology or engineering class, such as coding or robotics, just 53 per cent of female students reported doing the same in 2018.Peggy Carr, the associate commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics who presented the findings, said that the girls’ performance numbers signals that the results are a “meaningful statement” and “not random.”“Although girls are outperforming boys, boys are taking at a higher rate more engineering classes,” Carr said. “They are outscoring boys whether or not they take a class.”The test measured the ability to use technology and engineering principles to tackle real-world scenario tasks such as building a bike path or creating a museum exhibit, and tapped into elements of economics, history, math, science and reading. Girls especially outperformed boys in the areas of communication and collaboration.“The message to the administrators is we need to encourage girls to take more of these technology and engineering courses,” Carr said. “Let’s have boys think more about how to communicate and collaborate around these constructs.”It’s a familiar concern for those who have been trying to overcome the achievement gap.Last year, Microsoft issued a study looking at girls and women between 10 and 30 years old to explore why girls seem to lose interest in those subjects over time. It suggested that girls need more role models, hands-on experience and encouragement to stay motivated in the male-dominated industry.___Sally Ho covers philanthropy and education. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHoSally Ho, The Associated Press read more

Experts to open talks on 10year UN plan to promote sustainable development

The UN’s Sustainable Development Division and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have organized the meeting, which will kick off on Monday in Marrakech. More than 100 participants are expected to open the international community’s dialogue towards implementing one of the key commitments made by world leaders at last year’s Johannesburg World Summit for Social Development (WSSD): to develop a 10-year framework of programmes for sustainable consumption and production.According to UN statistics, the 15 per cent of the world’s population living in high-income countries account for 56 per cent of the world’s total consumption, while the poorest 40 per cent, in low-income countries, account for only 11 per cent of consumption. “We cannot continue consuming the world’s resources at the current rate without damaging the planet’s life support systems beyond repair. It is important to build on the momentum generated by the Johannesburg Summit and to start implementing the Summit’s decisions in this crucial area,” says JoAnne DiSano, Director of the Sustainable Development Division.The International Expert Meeting on a 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production will follow up on Johannesburg’s call to accelerate the shift towards sustainable lifestyles that promote social and economic development for all. Participants will discuss the structure and priorities for the 10-year framework to improve international cooperation, information exchange and assistance for developing countries. The outcomes from the Morocco meeting will be submitted to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development for consideration as part of its post-WSSD work programme. Governments attending the Commission’s first session since the Summit agreed last month that its future work should be organized on the basis of two-year cycles, each focused around thematic clusters of issues. Changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption was identified by governments as one of the key crosscutting issues that need to be discussed in every Commission cycle. read more

Most websites flunk basic standards for disability accessibility says UN survey

Only three out of 100 leading websites around the world meet the needs of persons with disabilities, such as the visually or manually impaired, according to a United Nations-commissioned report unveiled today.But the study, commissioned by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and conducted by the British firm Nomensa, found that a quarter of the websites investigated could be brought into line with the international standards quickly and for little expense. Thomas Schindlmayr, a policy specialist with DESA, said the survey – which looked at guidelines for persons who are blind, have low vision or cannot use a computer mouse – indicates that “we’re not close to reaching the Internet’s full potential for use by persons with disabilities. “Webmasters around the world – including at the United Nations itself – should be aware that they are losing a significant portion of their intended audience by not being fully accessible to all people.” The survey examined leading websites for travel, finance, media, government and retail shopping in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which the survey used, websites must allow users to easily adjust text size, navigate through the site, differentiate between colours, allow keyboard shortcuts and offer an alternative to JavaScript, which prevents many people from accessing key information. The only websites that met these guidelines were those for the German Chancellor, the British Prime Minister and the Spanish Government. Mr. Schindlmayr stressed that reaching the guidelines brings benefits not only to persons with disabilities. “Persons with disabilities shop, they travel and they need information just like everyone else. Allowing people to exercise their human rights and play their full part in the economic, social and political lives of their societies just makes good sense all around.” read more

Canadian dollar advances on stimulus hopes positive Chinese economic news

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar advances on stimulus hopes, positive Chinese economic news by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:30 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed Wednesday against the greenback amid hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will provide more stimulus to keep the economic recovery on track.Meanwhile, a report indicated Chinese authorities have succeeded in engineering a “soft landing” for the country’s economy.The currency, which is particularly sensitive to commodity values, also benefited from rising prices for oil and metals and gained 0.5 of a cent to 98.5 cents US.Helping sentiment Wednesday was a Wall Street Journal report that the Fed is moving closer to taking new steps to spur the American economy. Central bankers could take new steps at their meeting next week. But the WSJ said the Fed may wait until September to get more information on the pace of economic growth.Meanwhile, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny raised the prospect that the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone’s planned permanent bailout fund, could be given a banking licence. That would give it the ability to borrow money from the ECB, increasing its financial resources.The International Monetary Fund says China has achieved a soft landing in its economic slowdown, as authorities sought to cool an overheated economy and bring down high inflation.The IMF praised China’s leaders for adjusting policies to help counter the malaise plaguing the global economy that has also slowed robust growth in China and other emerging nations.China’s second-quarter growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent. Analysts say a rebound might begin in the second half but could take longer to take root and be weaker than previously expected.Commodity prices were higher with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closing up 47 cents to US$88.97 a barrel.Copper prices were up two cents to US$3.37 a pound while bullion advanced $31.90 to US$1,608.10 an ounce. read more

Sam the Record man dies at age 92 ran iconic chain of

Sam the Record man dies at age 92; ran iconic chain of music stores TORONTO – “Sam The Record Man” Sniderman, who founded the iconic store that became a hub for Toronto music lovers, has died at age 92.A statement says Sniderman passed away Sunday, surrounded by loved ones.Sniderman opened his flagship store on Toronto’s Yonge Street in 1959.The famed shop — with its huge flashing red neon record signs — closed in 2007, seven years after he retired.A major promoter of Canadian music, Sniderman was a Member of the Order of Canada, an inductee of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. He also received a Governor General’s Award and Honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and the University of Prince Edward Island.Known widely as Sam the Record Man, Sniderman and his brother, Sid opened a small store on College Street in Toronto in 1937 and together they built a chain of Sam the Record Man stores that spanned the country.“Sam was the last of the great Canadian showmen that were able to establish themselves as household names purely through the force of their personality”, said Brian Robertson, a close family friend and Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.“He was a mentor to literally hundreds of Canadian artists and musicians and the Yonge Street record store and Sam’s presence there was the centre of the Canadian music industry’s universe for over three decades.”The family says a service will be held Tuesday, and that a memorial service will be announced for October. by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 10:29 am MDT read more

DeSean Jackson on Michael Vick Hes Still Elite Quarterback

Michael Vick is an “elite” quarterback and there will be no change at the position. At least that’s the view of Philadelphia Eagles’ receive DeSean Jackson.“As far as I know right now, Michael Vick is going to be the quarterback,” Jackson said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “I haven’t heard of changes or anything like that, so we’re still going with the plan.”The Eagles are 3-4 and Vick had said Sunday after the Eagles’ 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that coach Andy Reid was considering making a change at quarterback, and that he might be benched in favor of rookie Nick Foles.Jackson sees it differently.“You can’t never blame it on one man,” Jackson said. “There’s been turnovers and things like that, but as far as Michael Vick and what he’s capable of doing, I think he’s still an elite quarterback in this football league.”Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on the final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles in 2009. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.He is ranked 18th in ESPN’s quarterback ratings with a Total QBR of 55.3.Vick said after Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Falcons: “Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it. The thing I know is, I’m giving it everything I’ve got out there when I step on the field. Deep down, as long as I know I’m doing that, giving it everything, that’s all I can ask out of myself.”Reid postponed his weekly news conference Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.But league sources told ESPN on that Vick does not believe he deserves to be benched and is upset at the idea of it. The sources said that supporting Reid’s decision should not be confused with happily accepting a decision to start Foles.Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and players who didn’t make a roster. read more

British silence on public transport makes it harder to stop sexual assault

first_img“It’s an opportunistic crime in many ways and when the Tube is really full these perpetrators play on that, in that a woman is not really sure whether it’s happened to her.”Busy carriages made it even more difficult for others to intervene, she added. “Women are also thinking ‘is this actually assault, what’s actually happening’ so it’s really hard for a stranger to see what’s happening. “The likelihood of them saying something is very low. We could all be looking out for each other a bit more.”Many of the reported assaults involve men pressing up against or groping a victim, often in a busy carriage. In 2015 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who at the time was campaigning for the leadership, was criticised for suggesting that women-only carriages could be considered to reduce attacks.Ms Krys called the idea “extremely problematic”. “Some men feel like they have more right to the space than women”, she said. “We need equal spaces – we need freedom for women,” she added. Detective Chief Inspector Darren Malpas from the British Transport Police said: “Tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport is a priority for British Transport Police and we have worked hard in recent years to send a clear message to victims that they will be taken seriously and we will investigate offences.” British silence on the rail network is making it harder for women to speak up about being sexually assaulted, campaigners have said. Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates show that the number of reported sexual offences on trains has doubled in five years from 650 in 2012/13 to 1,448 in 2016/16. The data, which was released by the British Transport Police following a freedom of information request, shows that the majority were sexual assaults on females aged over 13.  Campaigners said the figures, which cover England, Scotland and Wales and include the London Underground, showed that women were more comfortable reporting incidents to the police, but added that commuters needed to do more to look out for each other.Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: “As many times as you hear a good story about someone intervening to help, you hear another one about nothing happening. “People don’t interact on the Tube and this does take all of us interacting a little bit better and taking some responsibility for each other. “We need to say we want a different type of transport system.”She said the organisation’s research had showed that most incidents take place at rush hour when carriages are busy.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Senators Want DOD Audit to Go On

first_img ADC AUTHOR A group of 26 Senators are concerned that Pentagon leadership changes will delay an audit of DOD spending, according to UPI.“It is important that the responsibility of overseeing the DoD audit is not in any way neglected,” they wrote in a letter spearheaded by Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Angus King (I-Maine).In the department’s leadership shift, David Norquist, the comptroller and chief financial officer, also became deputy secretary. Norquist oversaw the department’s first-ever audit last year, but DOD missed a January deadline to brief Congress on how it will address concerns raised in the report, UPI reported.House Armed Services Committee member Rob Wittman (R-Va.) praised the completion of the 2018 audit in a Defense One column but said that “if the Defense Department fails to implement the appropriate remediations, then they really will have failed.”Sen. David Perdue visits Marine Corps Logistics Command. U.S. Marines photo by Nathan Hankslast_img read more

At Anchorage library open mic teen performers take center stage

first_imgGloria Arnett, 18, performs at a teen open mic session at the Loussac Library on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Kirsten Swann / Alaska Public Media)On a busy Friday afternoon in October, a librarian set up a pair of speakers in the buzzing atrium of the Loussac Library, switched on the mic and handed it over to a rotating cast of teen performers.Listen nowThey performed for passing library patrons, gathered family members and customers waiting in line at the library cafe. One recited poetry; one sang along with Bruno Mars. Nikita Idleman, 15, brought her ukulele and covered Vance Joy and Twenty One Pilots. The afternoon teen open mic was the chance she’d been looking for, she said.“I’ve been wanting to share my singing and music for a while, and this was an opportunity, so I took it,” Idleman said after the show.Organized through the Anchorage Public Library, the mostly monthly teen open mic sessions are a way for young musicians and poets to practice performing in front of a live audience, said Teen Services Librarian Jon Ebron. There aren’t enough venues for that around town, he said.Sometimes the library sessions draw several performers. Sometimes nobody comes. The key is to provide the platform, Ebron said.“For me, what I think is really important is just making it available and possible for those who choose to come and experience it,” Ebron said.Gloria Arnett, 18, was the last performer to take the stage at the October open mic session. It wasn’t the first time she’d performed there, she said. She said she dreamed about getting discovered and starting her own record label and representing Alaska. The library open mic was a step along the way.It’s also a place to feel safe, Arnett said. For nearly as long as she can remember, she said, music has been an escape — a way to cope with everything from homelessness to bullying in school.“It makes me forget all the mean things that the kids would say about me,” Arnett said, waiting for her turn to take the mic. “(Music) will put me in my own little world of like, ‘Hey, you don’t need those people, you don’t need to listen to them, you’re confident, you’re beautiful, you’re not who they say that you are, they only look at the outside, not the inside.’”When Arnett ended her October performance with acapella Beyoncé, the atrium filled with applause.last_img read more

Savar road crash kills 2

first_img.Two people were killed and three others injured when a truck hit a number of rickshaws on Tongi-Ashulia-EPZ road at Itakhola in Ashulia of Savar on Friday, reports UNB.One of the deceased is Moushumi while the identity of another could not be known yet.Police said the accident took place in the morning when a sand-laden truck rammed a number of stationary rickshaws, leaving two people dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were taken to a local hospital.Police seized the truck but could not arrest its driver, said Rizaul Haq Dipu, officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station.last_img read more

Defamation Lawsuit Against Mosby Blocked

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIt’s been almost three years since the six Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers charged in the homicide of Freddie Gray were officially indicted by a grand jury.This week, a court blocked a defamation lawsuit by five of the six officers against Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (police van driver Caesar Goodson was the only officer charged in the case who did not file a lawsuit against Mosby). The five other officers; William Porter, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Brian Rice and Garrett Miller, argued they were charged without sufficient evidence, in an effort to assuage anger following the uprising after Gray’s funeral April 27, 2015.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was facing a defamation suit, among other things, for her role in prosecuting several police officers. (Twitter)“They claim that her role in independently investigating their conduct strips her of absolute prosecutorial immunity and that their bare allegations of malice or gross negligence overcome Maryland’s statutory immunity protections. We resoundly reject the invitation to cast aside decades of Supreme Court and circuit precedent to narrow the immunity prosecutors enjoy. And we find no justification for denying Mosby the protection from suit that the Maryland legislature has granted her,” wrote Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory in his opinion for the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. That 4th Circuit’s ruling overturned a 2017 decision in the U.S. District Court that allowed the officers to sue Mosby for defamation, invasion of privacy and malicious prosecution.“I support the court’s opinion that the people of Baltimore elected me to deliver one standard of justice for all, and that using the legal system to reach a fair and just resolution to Gray’s death was not a political move, but rather it was my duty,” said Mosby in a statement emailed to the Baltimore Sun.Mosby faces two challengers in the upcoming June 26 Democratic primary: veteran defense attorney Ivan Bates and former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah. According to the Sun, both Vignarajah and Bates have grown frustrated with their lack of opportunities to confront Mosby in a formal debate setting. However, Vignarajah complained via Twitter on Apr. 30, both Mosby and Bates have been missing in action for debates.“I have accepted invitations to each of the seven scheduled State’s Attorney debates and shown up to everyone,” Vignarajah wrote. “I’m disappointed my two opponents, combined have gone to none. I’ll keep showing up, and I hope one day they do too.”last_img read more