10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leaving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leavingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Munir El Haddadi is leaving.The 54-year-old tactician has clarified that both the Blaugrana and the Spanish-Moroccan have decided to part ways.”Munir has made a decision and the club has also taken it,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.”We want a solution as soon as possible, if possible during this market.”I have nothing against Munir, as he has played and trained well and I don’t have much more to say about it.” last_img

Diana Shipping Agrees New USD 75 Mn Loan

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has signed a term loan facility with French banking group BNP Paribas for up to USD 75 million.On July 16, the company completed a drawdown of USD 75 million, secured by the vessels m/v Alcmene, m/v Seattle, m/v Electra, m/v Phaidra, m/v Astarte, m/v G. P. Zafirakis and m/v P. S. Palios.The proceeds from the loan facility together with available cash were used to voluntarily prepay in full the balance of USD 130 million of the existing credit facility with BNP Paribas which had maturity date on July 24, 2020.Diana Shipping said that the new loan facility, which has a maturity date of July 16, 2023, has resulted in the release of mortgages on 17 of the company’s vessels.The company’s fleet currently consists of 50 dry bulk vessels, including 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 22 Panamax vessels.last_img read more

SearsWhirlpool curtail relationship after 100 years

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool-branded appliances, curtailing a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years.In a note sent to its stores last week, Sears said that Whirlpool was making demands that would’ve made it difficult to sell those name-brand appliances at a competitive price.Sears has been ravaged by new competition for years, from stores like Home Depot and also from Amazon.com and other online retailers. It’s been closing stores as competitors take a bigger slice of the territory it dominated for decades. In the U.S., consumers buy most of their small appliances, from Walmart, according to market research firm TraQline. Amazon comes in second, with Sears placing fourth behind Target.The change to the Sears-Whirlpool partnership is effective immediately and Sears is also pulling from its floor products from Whirlpool subsidiaries like Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air.Sears said that it would sell off the remainder of its Whirlpool inventory. Its stores will now only sell its Kenmore products and other brands like LG, Samsung, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux and Bosch.Whirlpool’s CEO Marc Bitzer told investors Tuesday that the company told Sears in May that it would no longer supply branded products because it could not reach terms that were “acceptable to both parties.” He said Whirlpool will continue to supply the Kenmore products it makes for Sears.Bitzer also said the entire Sears business has declined over time and now accounts for only 3 per cent of Whirlpool’s global business, of which branded products are only a small fraction.The relationship between the two companies reaches back to 1916, when Whirlpool began making two types of wringer washers for Sears, Roebuck and Co., according to Whirlpool’s website. At that time, Sears operated exclusively through mail order. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company, now Sears Holdings Corp., also owns Kmart.Shares of Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, tumbled more than 10 per cent, or $18.30, to $164.20, in midday trading. The company had cut its profit outlook late Monday, citing rising costs. Sears shares fell 5.8 per cent, or 38 cents, to $6.18 in midday trading.last_img read more

OSC to consider settlement with Katanga Mining on Congo risk disclosures

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a tentative settlement with Katanga Mining Ltd. on allegations that the company violated securities rules by not properly disclosing public-sector corruption risks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The regulator has accused the company, a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, and several members of its leadership of materially misleading financial disclosures that are contrary to the public interest by failing to disclose the risks.The OSC says it will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether the proposed settlement is in the public interest. The details of the agreement are not being released until the hearing.Katanga Mining issued a statement giving notice of the hearing while saying it would not comment further on the case until the hearing is done.The OSC’s statement of allegations, which have not been challenged in court, also names Aristotelis Mistakidis, Tim Henderson, Liam Gallagher, Jeffrey Best, Johnny Blizzard, Jacques Lubbe, and Matthew Colwill, who either were or are employees at Katanga.The regulator alleges that the company failed in its annual information form to adequately describe the heightened risk associated with potential public sector corruption in the country and in relying on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Investigate Video Depicting Animal Abuse

first_imgRCMP continue to work with partnering agencies in an effort to hold the responsible parties accountable.The investigation is ongoing.No further updates are available at this time.  RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.If you have any information regarding this incident and have not previously reported it, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie Rural RCMP are investigating into a video that depicts animal abuse.On November 18, 208, RCMP was made aware of a video posted online, depicting the inhumane death of a coyote.RCMP have identified the parties involved, but are unable to release the names of the individuals due to their age (youth).last_img

ExSC judge Justice PC Ghose appointed first Lokpal

first_imgMPost BureauNew Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was Tuesday appointed as the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, according to an official order.Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal. Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman. These appointments were recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. Opposition parties have been accusing the Modi government of delaying the appointment of Lokpal.last_img read more

Phil Jacksons Legacy With The Knicks Isnt All Bad

Phil Jackson is no longer leading the New York Knicks’ front office, agreeing to leave the organization Wednesday. In the video above, Neil Paine discusses Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks.Read more: At Least Phil Jackson Didn’t Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Players are hurt by defeat – Lascelles

first_imgNewcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles insists players of the club are hurt by their recent run of defeats and are desperate to turn things around.The Magpies have failed to claim victory in any of their first five games in all competitions, and are currently in the bottom three having only claimed one point from their four Premier League matches so far.But the Magpies captain disputes the idea that players are not affected by results to the same extent that supporters are. Rather, because football is the “priority” in their lives, Newcastle players can only fully relish other aspects of their lives if they record a positive result.Football, it kind of prioritises our whole lives; we put everything into it, with diet restrictions, preparations, anxiety before games,” Lascelles, who will become a father this week, told nufcTV, as quoted by Chronicle Live.“You put your whole life into football, and when you get just one victory it can make your whole week so much better.”“When you lose on a Saturday, your week can be terrible, and that’s how we all feel about it. That’s how important it is to us. That’s why we train as hard as we do; to give ourselves every possible chance of going out there on a Saturday and getting three points.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“At the end of the day, it’s not just about us; it’s about 52,000 Geordies that are paying good money to watch us play, the staff here working late to do their job, too.”“So, as players, the least we can do really is prepare the right way and work hard in training to put on a performance.”“It’ll be perfect timing for me if we win this weekend; with a baby coming, obviously three points would be lovely. The way we’ve been playing, we’re not far off it.”“We’re literally a few steps away from winning and we’ve had a tough start to the season, but now it’s about waking up and saying: ‘We need to start winning games now.”“It needs to change, and that’s what we’re looking to do on Saturday.”last_img read more

Ministry of Border Control updates on Illegal Vessel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment confirms that at approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 7th, Border Control officials received notification that a vessel suspected of transporting undocumented migrants from Haiti was spotted by fishermen off South Caicos and near the banks of North and Middle Caicos earlier that morning.Members of the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were the immediate responders and communication was made to Immigration Officials in South Caicos, Grand Turk and Providenciales.At approximately 8:15 p.m. Immigration Officers from the Ministry of Border Control and Employment met the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force to receive 67 illegal migrants of Haitian nationality and comprising 59 adult males, 2 minor males and 6 females, who were subsequently detained and processed at the Detention Center in South Dock Providenciales throughout the night.Through this medium the Ministry is extending commendation to the Immigration Department and stakeholders agencies, especially the Marine Branch of the Police Force and Department of Disaster Management and Emergency DDME, for their hard work, commitment and dedication. Commendation is further extended to the fishing community and Government officials of South Caicos who also played their part as responsible citizens and public officers.In his comment on this situation the Deputy Premier and Minister with responsibility for Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean R Astwood M.P. said “It is unfortunate that persons continue to risk their lives in attempts to breach our borders, in the hopes of improving their circumstances. While as a people, and as Government, we understand the hardships and desperation for many in Haiti, we are a very small country with limited resources and therefore can ill afford the strains on our social systems and other national security risks that are inherent with illegal migration.“The Ministry, along with the Police and support from the National Security Council and other agencies, are working hard to improve the protection of our borders, and will continue our ongoing efforts with the Haitian Government to invest in the interests of their people. However, I am also appealing to the Haitian diaspora and all persons who have connections with Haiti to assist in helping us to discourage persons from attempting this treacherous journey.“As a Government we have a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking and I, through this medium, am sending a very strong message to persons involved in human trafficking and illegal migration, that when discovered, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.“Sincere thanks is extended to the many men and women who continue to risk their lives day and night, to ensure the safety of us all, I am indeed grateful for your sacrifice. May God continue to cover you and keep you safe from all dangers.”  Preparations are underway for the immediate repatriation of the 67 illegal migrants to their homeland, which will commence as early as today.The Ministry of Border Control reiterates its caution issued to those in the Turks and Caicos Islands that might be inclined to harbor illegal migrants, that as a result of the new Immigration Ordinance which came into effect on April 1, 2016, penalties for harboring illegal migrants were increased, and such persons now face a fine of $20,000 on summary conviction or to a term of imprisonment of four years, or to both. In addition, persons acquiring status other than by birth that are convicted of such an offense, face the possibility of having their status in the Islands revoked, thereby making them liable to deportation.Investigations into this matter will be conducted by local law enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Franck Ribery blasts critics after eating from Salt bae restaurant

first_imgIn series of messages released on social media, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, on social media blasts critics after eating a gold-covered Tomahawk steak at the restaurant of the famous Nusret Gokce, called ‘Salt Bae’.The Frenchman received tons of criticism after he ate a steak which cost 1,200 euros, however, Ribery doesn’t give a damn and used his social media accounts to blast those criticizing him.“For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s…,” it began as quoted by Marca.“Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me.“For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”Ribery has 26 appearances and eight goals with Bayern Munich. He was ever present with the France under-21 team where he earned his first selection in September 2004 in a 1–0 victory over Israel in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championshiplast_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 5 Suspected Drunk Driver Hit Run Mulch Fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, May 5, 2018:Tewksbury Police asked Wilmington Police to help look for a Wilmington resident involved in an incident at Maverick’s Bar & Grill in Tewksbury. Tewksbury Police eventually located the resident. (12:22am)An Oakdale Road resident turned in bullets to police. (8:09am)A caller reported that when a driver got into his truck, beer cans fell out and he could smell a strong odor of alcohol. Police were unable to locate vehicle. (10:06am)Police assisted the Fire Department with a mulch fire on Andover Street. (1:30pm)A hit and run, causing minor vehicle damage, took place in the lot behind the Public Safety Building. (5:54pm)A caller reported that while stopped on a red light on Route 62, a vehicle pulled up next to her and the driver said, “watch out next time.” Driver drove into North Reading. Police transferred caller to North Reading police. (8:57pm)Police were out with an individual sleeping in a vehicle in the Windsor Place parking lot. Party said he pulled over to use his phone and fell asleep. A field sobriety test was conducted and driver was sent on his way. (10:13pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Town Of Wilmington Announces Details Of Early Voting For November 6 Election

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote? Now you won’t have to!The Town of Wilmington is offering WEEKDAY early voting on the following days, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, unless noted otherwise, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium:Monday, October 22 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 23Wednesday, October 24Thursday, October 25Friday, October 26Monday, October 29 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 30Wednesday, October 31Thursday, November 1Friday, November 2The Town of Wilmington is also offering WEEKEND early voting on Saturday, October 27, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium.Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 with any questions.The Wilmington Town Hall is located at 121 Glen Road.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Early Voting Schedule Announced For 2018 Election; 5,800 Wilmington Voters Voted Early In 2016In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Hard cash Tata Steel MD takes home Rs 817 crore in fiscal

first_imgRails ready for shipment are seen at the Tata Steel rails factory in Hayange, Eastern France, September 25, 2013. The factory was bought in 2007 by Tata Group. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerTata Steel Managing Director (India and South East Asia) T V Narendran took home a salary of Rs 8.17 crore in 2016-17, an increase of 11.87 per cent from Rs 7.3 crore in the previous year, news agency PTI said on Sunday, quoting from the company’s annual report.Group Executive Director (Finance, Corporate and Europe) Koushik Chatterjee’s remuneration for the last fiscal too increased by 10.06 per cent to Rs 8.09 crore from Rs 7.36 crore in 2015-16, it added.During the year, there has been no exceptional increase in remuneration for key managerial personnel (KMP), Tata Steel said in its Annual Report 2016-17.Non-executive directors Ishaat Hussain and D K Mehrotra received Rs 1.30 crore and Rs 75.20 lakh, respectively during the year.Company Secretary Parvatheesam K received a hike of 24.98 per cent with his remuneration rising to Rs 1.53 crore last fiscal, as compared to Rs 1.22 crore in the preceding fiscal.Tata Steel, which saw its net loss widen to Rs 4,168.57 crore last fiscal from Rs 497.09 crore in the previous year, said the average percentage increase in salary of its employees, excluding the KMPs, in 2016-17 was 6.60 per cent.Independent directors of the company, except for Nusli Wadia who was voted out from the board by shareholders in December last year, saw their remuneration rise between 6.28 per cent and 77.95 per cent.According to Tata Steel’s annual report, independent director Jacobus Schraven who retired in February, drew Rs 75.60 lakh, up 17.39 per cent.Subodh Bhargava, who also retired in March, received Rs 1.20 crore, an increase of 6.18 per cent, while Mallika Srinivasan’s remuneration jumped by 77.95 per cent to Rs 93.60 lakh, it added.Another independent director O P Bhatt had a remuneration of Rs 1.29 crore during the fiscal, up 16.44 per cent from the previous fiscal.Similarly, Andrew Robb had a remuneration of Rs 77.70 lakh, up 13.27 per cent the previous fiscal, the report said.The two had received Rs 1.17 crore and Rs 54.10 lakh respectively in the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

Montgomery County Provides Program To Help Veterans Housed In Its Jail

first_imgListen Share Courtesy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeShannon Brown leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeAdam Wilson leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.Montgomery County is providing a voluntary program for veterans who are housed in the county jail.The program is called “Veterans Embracing the Tools for Success” (V.E.T.S.).Sheriff Rand Henderson started it at the beginning of May because many of the veterans in his jail don’t know about the resources available to them.Through classes about those resources and other services and also counseling sessions, the goals are easing their re-entry into society after their release and reducing the chances they will go back to jail.“This is a population that we feel that has the capability of rehabilitation so they, you know, can rely on the structure that was provided in the military, they can rekindle that here in the jail,” Henderson tells Houston Public Media.Michael Prevatt is one of 25 veterans who are currently participating in the program.He served for seven years and was deployed in Somalia, the Persian Gulf and Bosnia.Prevatt has been in the county jail since last October for possession of a controlled substance and he says the counseling is healing some old wounds because he is “finding out that these weren’t weaknesses, that they’re human things that we actually went through and that we can still have honor and, and know that… that these are human emotions.”The inmates also learn about how to look for a job and a place to live when they are released and get help with paperwork they have to file with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. X 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Texas Executes Man In 1998 Slaying Of Conroe College Student

first_imgDavid Martin Davies/Texas Public RadioLarry Swearingen during an interview with Texas Public Radio at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.A Texas death row inmate who argued that his conviction was based on junk science was executed Wednesday for the abduction, rape and killing of a suburban Houston community college student more than 20 years ago.Larry Swearingen, 48, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter. She was last seen leaving her community college in Conroe, and her body was found nearly a month later in a forest near Huntsville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston.Swearingen, who had always maintained his innocence in Trotter’s death, was the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. Eleven more executions are scheduled in Texas this year.“Lord, forgive them,” Swearingen said after the warden asked if he had a final statement. “They don’t know what they’re doing.”Then as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he said he could “hear it” going into a vein in his arm, then that he could taste it.“It’s actually burning in my right arm. I don’t feel anything in the left arm,” he said.Almost immediately, he took a short breath, then started to snore quietly. He stopped moving.He never opened his eyes and never looked at the witnesses who were there on his victim’s behalf, including her parents, who watched through a window just a few feet from him.At 6:47 p.m. CDT — 12 minutes after the lethal dose started — Swearingen was pronounced dead.“Today, justice was served for Melissa,” her family said in a statement provided to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “This process has been overwhelming. We want to praise God for getting us through this horrific ordeal. We feel we now can move forward and start the healing process.“We want Melissa to be remembered as a happy, loving, kind spirit with a beautiful smile. We always knew justice would prevail for Melissa.”Prosecutors said they stood behind the “mountain of evidence” used to convict Swearingen in 2000. They described him as a sociopath with a criminal history of violence against women and said he even tried to get a fellow death row inmate to take the blame for his crime.Swearingen had long tried to cast doubt on the evidence used to convict him, particularly claims by prosecution experts that Trotter’s body had been in the woods for 25 days. His longtime appellate attorney, James Rytting, said at least five defense experts concluded her body was there for no more than 14 days, and because Swearingen had been arrested by then on outstanding traffic violations, he couldn’t have left her body there.Swearingen, who was also represented by the Innocence Project, had previously received five stays of execution. He was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, which focused on allegations prosecutors used “false and misleading testimony” related to blood evidence and a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter.Kelly Blackburn, the trial bureau chief for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted Swearingen, said Swearingen’s efforts to discredit the evidence were unsuccessful because his experts’ opinions didn’t “hold water.”“I have absolutely zero doubt that anybody but Larry Swearingen killed … Melissa Trotter,” he said.Blackburn said Swearingen killed Trotter because he was angry that she had stood him up for a date. At the time of Trotter’s killing, Swearingen was under indictment for kidnapping a former fiancée.During a 2011 interview, Swearingen told The Associated Press that he was tired of being “demonized” for a crime he didn’t commit.“We’d all like to know who done it,” he said.In addition to questioning the date of Trotter’s death, Rytting maintained a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter was not a match to a piece found in Swearingen’s trailer. He also disputed prosecution experts’ claims dismissing blood found in Trotter’s fingernail shavings that was determined to not be Swearingen’s. He said that evidence supported the defense theory that someone else killed her.In letters sent to Swearingen’s attorneys in July and August, the Texas Department of Public Safety said its technicians should not have been as definitive in their testimony about the blood found in the fingernails and the pantyhose match.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down Swearingen’s challenge to the blood evidence and pantyhose match, citing the “mountain of evidence” that “seals Swearingen’s guilt for Trotter’s murder.” The appeals court disagreed with defense allegations that the testimony about the blood evidence and pantyhose match was false and misleading.Blackburn said Swearingen tried to get people to lie to give himself an alibi. After his arrest, Swearingen got another inmate to write a letter Swearingen composed in Spanish that professed to be from the real killer and had it sent to his attorney. In 2017, Swearingen and another inmate, Anthony Shore, concocted a plan to get Shore to take responsibility for Trotter’s killing. Shore, who was on death row for another crime, was executed last year.Rytting said Swearingen was guilty of doing “some very stupid things,” but prosecutors didn’t have proof he killed Trotter.Lozano reported from Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Pugh Lays Out Agenda for Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, with Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, the day after the Baltimore primary. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Catherine Pugh is planning for Baltimore’s future.  Even as Sheila Dixon, Pugh’s primary opponent in the Mayoral race publicly weighs her options for contesting the results of the April 26th Democratic election, Pugh is reaching out and moving forward.  “My campaign was about unity and bringing people together” Pugh said in an interview with the AFRO.Since being named the winner of the election on April 26, Pugh has been busy meeting with Baltimore’s business and educational leadership. She is working on strategies to transform Baltimore into the place where people will choose to send their children to school.  “We have to make sure Baltimore City Public Schools can provide an experience where our children are well educated. When parents begin to have children that are school-aged, they are not choosing Baltimore.  We have to figure out how to change that,” she said.Pugh spent her first post-election weeks meeting with Baltimore’s business and higher education leaders to discuss ways to make career opportunities available to the city’s college graduates and influence students to make Baltimore a permanent home after college.  “I came here as a Morgan State University student. Baltimore is the place where I grew up and became an adult, a business owner, a banker, a CEO, a public servant and state legislator.”   “I’ve spoken to Michael Cryor and we are working with The One Baltimore Committee on job opportunities.  I would like to see students have options in Baltimore during their junior year so more of them can consider staying in the city,” Pugh said.Pugh recognizes Baltimore’s college graduates aren’t the only ones who need viable employment opportunities.  She acknowledges great inequities in accessing opportunity threatening the basic stability of many neighborhoods in Baltimore. “I’ve also been talking about our vision to reduce overall unemployment in our city. We have 77,000 who are unemployed in Baltimore,” Pugh said. In addition to an unemployment rate in excess of 12%, Pugh also mentioned the systemic challenges and inequities created by the combination of high unemployment with Baltimore’s high incarceration and substance abuse rates.One-third of Maryland’s State Prison population hails from Baltimore, according to a February 2015 report by the Justice Policy Initiative (JPI).  25 of Baltimore’s 55 communities are considered “high incarceration communities.”  These 25 communities are home to most of Baltimore’s 7,795 state prison inmates.   Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park, the community Freddie Gray called home, has the highest rate of State Prison inmates from Baltimore.“High incarceration communities” are also plagued by higher rates of unemployment, substance abuse, more reliance on public assistance and public transportation, and the lowest income per-capita rates in Baltimore, according to the JPI report.Pugh recognizes that she will need a broad coalition of support to create the kind of long-term systemic changes needed to reach deep into Baltimore’s struggling neighborhoods. “I consider myself as one who does have the right approach to unite this city around issues of importance.”  Pugh acknowledges and welcomes ideas that have come from some of her opponents. “I plan to have a very big tent, welcoming and open to new ideas and new vision.  Great ideas came from some of our younger candidates, during this election.  People who are positive and understand that the glass is half-full rather than half-empty” she said.Scholars who closely examined the city’s primary election believe Pugh can deliver the change Baltimore voters want. Ann Cotton, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, believes Pugh is a strategic choice for Baltimore in the aftermath of the city’s broad-based unrest.“In choosing Catherine Pugh as the democratic nominee for Mayor of Baltimore, voters are saying they want change, but they also want a seasoned leader at the helm. With her experience in Annapolis and understanding of the challenges facing Baltimore, Ms. Pugh is well-positioned to leverage Baltimore’s position in the national spotlight to launch bold initiatives to bring about major change in Baltimore,” said Cotton.Pugh said she understands that her administration must open city government processes and become more transparent. “The message for Baltimore is that we are going to be more inclusive. When we talk about boards and commission, we want the participation of more Baltimoreans.last_img read more

AFRO Editors Celebrate Mothers

first_imgQueena poem by Tiffany GinyardAFRO Managing Editor and mother Teresa Nicholson Ginyard.Here Ye! Here Ye!I present to theeA love poemFor my mother,my Queen.You are my everything.I owe you everythingI have.For you I’d do anything.Love, you’ve been a good stewardof my life. For that,I cherish your life.To me you’re royalty.For that,Forever stands my loyalty.You mean the world to me.You have made my life altogether lovely.If I couldI would give you a crown, some diamonds, some pearlsBut that wouldn’t be enough for youMa, because even more than that you deserve.You’re my number one home girl.The first to love me beforeI even came into this world.Queen,I delight in every momentI spend in the kingdom of your;As long as you’re aroundI’m content.Thank you, MaFor making your house a home.For sacrificing, sometimes yielding life.For unconditionallyloving me.Your smile, so heavenly,energizes me.You’re so beautiful, Mommy.You are my Queen.A poem from “This Thing Called Life,” a collectionof poems by Tiffany C. Ginyard, copyright 2004****************************************By Micha GreenI’m convinced that Black women are God’sgreatest gift to the world- and I contend my mothermust be the special, sparkly bow on top of thepackage. The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark (Mommy),walks in Dr. Maya Angelou’s phenomenalwomanhood; she travels the railroads of HarrietTubman; makes her voice heard even in spaces withthe fervor of Sojourner Truth when she asked, “Ain’tI A Woman;” and is the magician from which myBlack Girl Magic was bestowed.AFRO Washington Editor Micha Green and mother The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark.My favorite quote is from Ntozake Shange’s “ForColored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ Whenthe Rainbow Is Enuf.” Shange wrote, “i found godin myself & i loved her/ i loved her fiercely.” WhenI first read that play over a decade ago, I thoughtabout the shirt Mommy has donned for years thatreads, “God is not a boy’s name.”Mommy lives every second of her life with therecognition of the powerful God within and thefierce love that she has for Her. My mom raised meto walk fearlessly in this world, with a confidencethat my choices matter, my voice matters, my rightsmatter, my life matters and the God within mattersand should be loved “fiercely.”Everyday is Mother’s Day for me. I know theGod in me and I know the Paula in me- and bothsurface FIERCELY anytime I’m about to forget thepower I possess. I was raised and am still nurturedby the most amazing, loving, intelligent womanI’ve ever known. The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark,Mommy, is my shero and superwoman and in thegreatest, eternal way- I love her fiercely.last_img read more

House Senate Committee Leaders Ask Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg to Testify at Hearing

first_imgFacebook executives briefed congressional staffers on the ongoing controversy. It could be a prelude to some sort of legislative action on the protection of privacy data. Popular on Variety UPDATED WASHINGTON — House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling for him to testify at an upcoming hearing in the wake of the scandal over how Cambridge Analytica accessed its user data.Hours later, the two leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee followed with its own calls for Zuckerberg to testify before a hearing in their committee.“In comments to the press, you stated that the person with the most knowledge at Facebook about what Congress is trying to learn is the appropriate witness for a congressional hearing,” the letter stated. “As the chief executive officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.” The committee is planning a hearing in the “near future” to “examine the harvesting and sale of personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, potentially without their notice or consent and in violation of Facebook policy.” The group indicated that it would also explore “broader questions” of Facebook’s policies at the time it was launched and what it plans to do with user information in the future.The letter was signed by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the committee, as well as its top Democrat, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Leaders of subcommittees on digital commerce and consumer protection, and communications and technology also signed.A Facebook spokesman said they have received the letter and are reviewing the invitation.Zuckerberg apologized for what happened in a blog post earlier this week, and said the site was going to strengthen its regulation of the apps it allows to collect user data.In an interview with CNN, he said he would be willing to testify if he is the right person to do so.“We see a small slice of activity on Facebook, but Congress gets to, you know, have access to the information across Facebook and all other companies and the intelligence community and everything,” he said. “So what we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go.”Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and its top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, issued a statement on Friday that asked that Zuckerberg appear before the committee.“On a bipartisan basis, we believe Mr. Zuckerberg’s testimony is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the company plans to restore lost trust, safeguard users’ data, and end a troubling series of belated responses to serious problems,” they said. “We appreciate the efforts Facebook and its employees have already made to assist our committee and will work with them to find a suitable date for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in the coming weeks.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Twin celebrations on Tagores 156th Birth anniversary

first_imgIf it’s time to celebrate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary, Kolkata is ready with various events to commemorate the special occasion. ‘Two Poets’ is a unique musical conceived by versatile Assam based vocalist Chandrima Bhattacharya which deals a magical blend of Tagore’s songs along with compositions of the legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar. Both are poets from different times but this musical revolves around the similarities between their creative urges. Be it songs of love, Monsoon, philosophy of life, both poets connect well. It shows the way how a living legend gets inspired from another Bard of a different era. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGulzar once said, “My first introduction to Tagore was when I came to India after partition. Tagore has this beautiful way of giving details. He wrote all by experience and living those moments. Nothing feels imaginary in his works. Being a lyricist, I’m deeply aware of sounds in poetry. People beyond Bengal don’t even know the romantic poems of his young age. They don’t even know that he wrote romantic poems. They don’t even know that he was young! People know him as the bearded man who wrote the national anthem. So people take him in the line of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. He was a playful young man too. One should learn about this side of him as well. Look at his poetry for the young. He wrote so much for children. It is sad that apart from a few of his writings, children today are not taught Tagore.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSudarshan Chakravorty, an ace choreographer, is all set to present the musical journey, performing as a story teller for the first time. People have watched him dance, and produce big dance shows before. Chandrima Bhattacharya, who will sing the songs of Tagore and Gulzar, said, “This is happening for the first time in Kolkata. I am thrilled as this musical deals with very unusual gems from both the greats. Gulzarji’s ghazals, poetry, his personal anecdotes regarding the Bard will add a different colour to the whole venture.” Gulzar has often said that the ‘Geetanjali’ changed his life and that one whole community(Bengalis) lives on Tagore. The programme will include eleven songs in all, five from Tagore’s ‘Geetanjali’ and six from Gulzar. ‘Amare tumi ashesh korecho’ by Tagore is to be paired with Gulzar’s ‘Shyam se aankh me nami si hai/aaj phir aapki kaami si hai’, and Gulzar’s ‘Ek ekele ek shahar mei’ would be paired with ‘Amar ei path chalatei anando’ in the programme. The script has been penned by Angshuman Bhattacharya, supported by Romil and Sudipta Chanda. ‘Two Poets – Dui Kobi’ will be held on May 18 at a tea lounge in South Kolkata. A man for all seasons, Tagore’s birthday is celebrated with aplomb and a plethora of cultural ensembles in the month of May. So where and how did Tagore spend his birthdays?That is answered by ‘Jonmodine Rabindranath’ – an initiative by interdisciplinary artist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee comprising narratives by popular film actor Sohini Sarkar, medical professional Sharmistha Ray and Sujoy himself. “Sarala Devi first started celebrating Tagore’s birthday when the poet was 27 years old. She gifted him a dhoti and a chador(shawl). This was after Satyandranath Tagore returned from abroad. There is another anecdote that Lady Ranu Mukerji (then Adhikari) gifted him a handkerchief on his 59th birthday. Another slightly tragic story would be of his elder brother Satyendranath Tagore and Rabindranath parting ways in terms of their estate on one of his birthdays. The Padma and Silaidaha were no longer part of his territory,” Chatterjee told Millennium Post.Interestingly, this show encompasses anecdotes, stories and incidents associated with the celebration of his birthdays till the very end (80 years). The chronology is maintained and the changing social and political dynamics of the country also gets reflected in the script which documents all of this through songs and stories. The songs will be presented by Srovonti Basu Bandopadhyay. The show is being organised by Highland Park Housing Society and opens on May 13 at Highland Park Club. Following the show, there would be a concert by acclaimed Rabindrasangeet vocalist Jayati Chakraborty.last_img read more