The ruling Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday removed Satish Kumar as vice-president of its Bihar unit for “anti-party activities”. Mr. Satish Kumar had criticised some senior leaders for convincing JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to withdraw from contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “Satish Kumar has been removed from the post of JD(U) State vice-president,” party chief spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh said. He said Sanjay Mandal was removed as State organisational secretary for the similar reason.Mr. Satish Kumar, a former MLA from Nalanda, was close to Mr. Nitish Kumar. He was credited with organising the ‘Chetna’ rally, the biggest ever by the Kurmi community, in Bihar in 1994. After the rally, Mr. Nitish Kumar was projected as a Kurmi leader, and he parted ways with Lalu Prasad. Mr. Satish Kumar was put in charge of the party in UP after the JD(U) decided to contest the Assembly polls.. Mr. Nitish Kumar addressed over six public meetings in UP. All of a sudden, the party withdrew from the contest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he can’t leave aside his public relations exercise even for five minutes.The Congress chief was addressing a public rally in Dhule district of north Maharashtra.“Our prime minister tells the media that India is united after the Pulwama terror attacks, but immediately targets Congress,” Mr. Gandhi said.“India’s prime minister can’t leave aside his public relations [exercise] even for five minutes. That is the difference between him and us,” Mr. Gandhi said.The Congress leader accused Mr. Modi of misusing solemn occasions to target the Congress.“He [Modi] does the same [engage in PR exercise] at the war memorial opening,” Mr. Gandhi said, referring to Mr. Modi opening an all-out attack on the Congress during the opening ceremony of the National War Memorial in Delhi recently.Mr. Gandhi also ridicules Anil Ambani on the Rafale aircraft deal, saying the industrialist can’t even make a paper plane.Slamming Mr. Modi over the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said under the Chowkidar’s watch, Rs 30,000 crore went into Anil Ambani’s pockets.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 65 in a strong batting show as India strengthened its position in the third cricket Test against the West Indies by taking a healthy 104-run lead on day three here on Friday. Score | PhotosAs many as four visiting batsmen scored fifties as India, resuming at eight for no loss, ended the day at 308 for six while replying to hosts’ 204 all out.Dhoni shared 103-run sixth wicket stand with Suresh Raina (50) and made sure that the good work of opener Abhinav Mukund (62), VVS Laxman (56) Virat Kohli (30) does not go waste.West Indies, deprived of services of Ravi Rampaul and handicapped by a hobbling Darren Sammy, never quite wilted under a scorching sun and on a flat pitch on a day when 94 overs were bowled at Windsor Park.Nearly 90 overs were lost on the first two days of the match due to poor light and rain but no such problem emerged on Friday.India lost two early wickets of Murali Vijay (1) and Rahul Dravid (5) but thereafter steadily mounted their total without ever dominating a depleted attack.Dhoni, played his first innings of substance of tour, and when on 52 completed 3000 runs in Test cricket in the 86th innings of his 57th Test.The Indian captain has so far batted for 157 minutes and struck three fours from 109 balls. He walked in when India were frittering away the advantage, losing three wickets in the afternoon to nothing balls.Mukund, Kohli and Laxman were all guilty of poor judgment as the visitors lost three wickets in the middle session.advertisementMukund had serenely moved to his top Test score of 62 when he shaped to play a rising leg-spin from Bishoo towards mid-wicket but only edged it on to his pads and the lobbed chance was gratefully accepted by Adrian Barath at forward short leg.Kohli seemed intent on making up for his lost chances of the series and had reached 30 without much ado but poked at a harmless delivery from Sammy down the leg-side and was brilliantly caught low by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.Laxman’s dismissal was a freak one when he allowed a leg-spin delivery from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to go to Baugh but his backfoot lost contact with the ground for just a fraction of second, which was enough for the keeper to whip off the bails.Laxman was flabbergasted but there was little doubt that it was his own carelessness which had did him in. He shared a 84-run stand for the third wicket with Mukund and added 52 for the next wicket with Kohli.Mukund batted for 176 minutes and hit five fours from 149 balls while Laxman handled 129 balls in 207 minutes, caressing three boundaries.Dhoni, in the company of Raina, then put his head down and began rebuilding the innings with singles and twos.There was never any temptation to throw their bats at a wilting attack, or at least cart the leg-spin of Chanderpaul around the park, as the two showed intent to build a sizeable lead over West Indies.Their stand occupied the most of final session and raised 100 runs in 113 minutes from 182 balls.Raina showed uncharacteristic restraint and reached his half-century from 131 minutes of batting, hitting three fours from 103 balls.There was no further joy for West Indies but for the emergence of Rampaul from the dressing room as Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (12) helped India reach their first 300-plus score of the series.Earlier in the day, India lost Vijay (1) and Dravid (5) within the first five overs to be 18 for two before normalcy was restored.Vijay was nearly bowled off a low full toss in Edwards’ first over, squeezing the ball between the slip cordon for a four, but his tendency to push at the ball once again proved his undoing.In Edwards’ next over, a delivery took the edge of his bat on way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh?s gloves.The Tamil Nadu opener is in the middle of a wretched run of scores, the sequence of his five innings in the series reading 8,0,11,3 and 1.Dravid then fell to Sammy, making the normally passive West Indian captain roar in triumph as he has not done at any stage in this series.Dravid played for an away movement at the delivery which kept coming straight and went between bat and pad to rattle the stumps.- With inputs from PTI
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Arce, Kerr away on-loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Billy Arce has returned from his loan at Segunda Division club Extremadura UD.The 20-year-old signed for the Seagulls in August 2018 from Ecuadorian side CSD Independiente Del Valle, and moved straight to Spain on a loan deal.Arce made three substitute appearances in the Segunda Division, but played 90 minutes in the Copa Del Rey, as Extremadura were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Alcorcon.Meanwhile, Brighton under-23 defender Josh Kerr has joined Derry City on a six-month loan deal.The 20-year-old has linked up with the SSE Airtricity League side for the remainder of the season.Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This is a good loan move for Josh, and one that will allow him to play first-team football on a regular basis.“We will keep a close eye on his progress, and wish him well for the rest of the season.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton rival Man Utd for Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United face fresh Premier League competition for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.United are tracking the OL star, but are now being joined by Everton in their interest.Dembele, 23, moved to Lyon in 2018 from Celtic for €22m. His contract with the French club is valid until 2023. This season, the striker has played 11 matches in all competition and scored 6 goals.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted the interest of United and Juventus in August.
zoom The 18,000 TEU containership CMA CGM Vasco De Gama ran aground in August 2016 as it was too far north of the intended track when it started turning into the Thorn Channel near the Port of Southampton.The 399-meter-long ship grounded on the western side of the channel in the early morning hours of August 22 with two Southampton pilots aboard.The ship’s position at the time of the turining into the Thorn Channel reduced the sea room available for the manoeuvre and, given the environmental conditions, CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was unable to sustain the rate of turn required to remain in the dredged channel, a report released by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) showed.The execution of the vessel’s turn around Bramble Bank and into the Thorn Channel by the lead pilot was not in accordance with the port’s guidance for large inbound vessels.CMA CGM Vasco de Gama’s bridge team, assistant pilot and the Vessel Trafic Services, could not usefully monitor the lead pilot’s actions, or the vessel’s progress through the Precautionary Area, because “a detailed pilotage plan had not been produced; the lead pilot’s intended manoeuvre around Bramble Bank was not explained; the bridge team roles and responsibilities were unclear; and the electronic navigation aids on board were not fully utilised.”The investigation identifed that the vessel’s bridge team and the port pilots had the experience, knowledge and resources available to efectively plan and execute the pilotage. However, the standards of navigation displayed during the pilotage fell short of the standards expected by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.“It was apparent that complacency and a degree of over confidence on the part of the master and port pilots contributed to this accident,” MAIB said.Actions have been taken by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports to address some of the issues identifed in this report and to improve navigational safety.MAIB added that recommendations aimed at reducing the likelihood of future groundings and improving levels of navigation, bridge resource management, and use of electronic navigation aids have been made to CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.
MONTREAL – Exhibitors at a Montreal cannabis expo expressed hope and caution this weekend over the legalization process currently unfolding across Canada, as their products provided a glimpse of what could be to come in a future, less regulated market.The two-day trade show, which brought together more than 120 exhibitors, was the first gathering of its kind in Quebec since recreational pot was legalized earlier this month.The products on display provided potential investors and current stakeholders with information on the state of the industry, as well as an idea of what could be its future — from cannabis-infused personal lubricants to hemp sprays for pets.Soheil Samimi, an adviser to the board for cannabis product manufacturer Isodiol, said many companies are waiting for their chance to sell their products to a wider audience once the legalization market widens.Samimi said there’s a huge market in the wings for consumer products, including cosmetics, edibles and beverages, and health products.“The current problem is supply, not demand,” he said, noting that the consumer base is widening not only in North America but also Europe, South America and elsewhere.He said he’s feeling positive about the process that is underway and believes the legalization door will open to more products in time.“Today I can go buy a joint and smoke it on the street, but I can’t use a hemp-based pain cream, because it’s topical, and that’s not available yet,” he said in an interview near Isodiol’s booth, which featured empty packages for the company’s products, which aren’t yet licensed by Health Canada.He said he believes regulators will have no choice but to allow more products eventually if they want to reach their goal of eliminating the black market.At the same time, he said legalization had complicated matters for some companies who may find the new regulated system less clear than the unofficial market that operated before.“In a province like B.C. — and particularly the city of Vancouver — before legalization, there was a local ecosystem where everybody understood what was accepted practices,” he said.“There was an understanding of what you could or couldn’t do locally, and now it complicates the fact because there’s a new regulated system” that doesn’t always make its criteria clear, he said.The products on display at the cannabis expo ranged from smoke filters and odour-eliminating sprays to edibles and health and wellness products — many of which aren’t yet for sale or even licensed by Health Canada.The odour of cannabis flowers or smoke was almost nowhere to be found as the vendors pitched business opportunities as much as products.Catherine Lefebvre, who represents a company that sells hemp-infused products, said she believed legalization would open the door for new business opportunities — even for companies that already operate legally.The company she works for, La Feuille Verte, creates lines of products including hemp-based deodorants, skin creams and pet supplies, and recently debuted a line hemp-infused kombucha.She said people don’t always understand that the products don’t contain any THC — the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — and she’s hoping more public events will provide opportunities for further education now that the industry is entering the spotlight.“We’re there to teach people what it is, but we’re there to open people’s minds and show them that with the cannabis plant, we can do a lot of things.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Burger King restaurant in Fort St. John raised $2,500 to help one of its own last month.15-year-old Alaya McCormick, who works at the restaurant, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects white blood cells known as lymphocytes.Since her recent diagnosis, Alaya has had to travel to Vancouver, where she is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Burger King owner Trevor Bolin said that the restaurant donated a portion of the proceeds from every Whopper sold on Wednesday, September 19th to the McCormick’s to help with their travel expenses.Bolin said that in total, $2,500 was raised for Alaya during the fundraiser.This past weekend, Alaya was in town between treatments and came into Burger King on Saturday, where she received a cheque for the money raised.Bolin said the funds will be put in a savings account for Alaya, to go towards post-secondary tuition.
Casablanca – The police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Tuesday night two sub -Saharan Africans who were in possession of 75 kilograms of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The suspects were onboard a flight coming from a Latin American country.This is the biggest amount of cocaine seized recently by Moroccan customs in all border check points in the country. According to Mr. Abdelhadi Siba, chief of the airport’s judiciary police, the drug intercepted was carefully concealed in decorative objects, parts of vehicles, handbags and laptop bags.The perpetrators deliberately used spices to neutralize the smell of drugs.This it is the fifth aborted attempt to smuggle hard drugs into Moroccan soil in less than two weeks. About 22 kg of cocaine were seized recently in similar operations, according to the same source.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Wes Morgan has no longer been the most important defender in Leicester City’s squad but Claude Puel insisted that they want to extend his contract anyway it is going to expire in 2019.Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragović have played more this season than Wes Morgan but Claude Puel believes that this experienced centre-back is still a valuable part of the squad and it will be great if he would decide to stay.The French coach spoke about his side’s defender as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“Wes is our captain and a valuable player for us.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has a contract for next season and then we will see.”“I cannot say he can have six or seven years more of contract but I am happy with Wes, he’s a good professional with a good relationship with his team-mates.”“He is a valuable player for us and for the team. He’s very important and I am happy with him with everything.”
It’s that time of year again. That’s right—turkey time.I sat down at my desk this afternoon and began opening the stacks of magazines that are delivered here to the FOLIO: office daily. First on the pile was Condé Nast’s Bon Appetit, with a delicious-looking turkey resting gently in a roasting pan on the cover. Next came the herb-crusted masterpiece on the cover of American Express Publishing’s Food & Wine. Then I unwrapped the new issue of Martha Stewart Living, with its “simple and sensational” bird with glazed carrots and roasted vegetables, accompanied by a sweet potato casserole. OK, I can’t go on. I’m starting to salivate. Newsstands this time every year are overflowing with magazine covers featuring this succulent bird. But the cover that takes the cake (and the cranberry sauce, and the stuffing) this year is Hearst’s Food Network Magazine. The November issue features what the publisher says is the “first” triple cover in the U.S. (go on, share my hunger pangs—see the covers below). The first cover features the turkey dinner while cover two shows side dishes and the third follows up with dessert. The entire cover package was sponsored by Cargill’s Truvia, a natural sweetener.If that wasn’t already too much, the issue has nearly 140 recipes for creating more than 288,000 variations of the culinary wonder known as Thanksgiving dinner.Have these covers triggered your taste buds? Not to worry. Turkey day is only a little over a month away.
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Sunday urged the Awami League government to allow BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to go to London for better treatment.Referring to the media reports, B Chowdhury, himself a reputed physician, observed that opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda fell unconscious and hardly had blood pressure in her brain.”This kind of patient has chances of suffering stroke. She [Khaleda Zia] needs treatment at the best possible facilities,” he said at an Iftar programme hosted by Bangladesh Jana Dal (BJD) in the capital.A former president of the BNP regime who is now president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, B Chy insisted that since Khaleda Zia is a three-time prime minister of the country, she deserves to be sent to London for better treatment.He named Institute of Nurology Queen’s Square or Hammer Smith Hospital in London as the most suitable institute.B Chowdhury dwelt on prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s criticism of him for supporting the cause of BNP despite misbehaviour to him, and said he does speak against misdeeds and in favour of democracy.BJD president SM Shahjahan chaired the programme.
Raheel SharifFormer Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif has been made the chief of 39-nation Islamic military coalition which was formed recently to combat terrorism, Pakistani media report.Bangladesh is also a part of the Saudi Arabia-led military alliance to fight terrorism and extremism within the jurisdiction of the bloc.An agreement on appointment of general (retd) Raheel Sharif was finalised few days back, Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was quoted by Dawn on Friday.However, it added, he said he did not have much information at the moment about the details of the said agreement.“As you are aware that this thing was in the pipeline for quite some time and the prime minister was also part of the deliberations,” Asif reportedly said.He called formation of such an alliance a good step, saying that the “Muslim Ummah is in a spot of bother right now and needs unity among its ranks”.Dawn said the coalition was envisaged to serve as a platform for security cooperation, including provision of training, equipment and troops, and involvement of religious scholars for dealing with extremism.The Riyadh-based Islamic military coalition was announced by Saudi deputy crown prince and defence minister Mohammed bin Salman last year, said The Nation newspaper.A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.The Nation also quoted Pakistan foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as saying he was surprised to know about Pakistan’s inclusion in the alliance.The foreign office, however, welcomed the Saudi announcement and pledged Pakistan’s full support to the 39-nation Islamic military alliance, according to the report.Dawn said the Saudi government had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.Iran, Saudi Arabia’s archrival for influence in the Middle East, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from Syria to Yemen, the newspaper added.
Share APFILE – In this May 17, 2015, file photo, authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. A grand jury on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, returned indictments for engaging in organized criminal activity against 106 of the 177 bikers arrested following the deadly shootout, the McLennan County district attorney said. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson, File)Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas.The indictments mark the first murder charges in the case, and more than 20 other bikers were re-indicted on new charges ranging from rioting to tampering with evidence. The lesser charges come just eight days before the statute of limitations on such crimes runs out.Police arrested nearly 200 bikers following the shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 20 injured. Investigators say the incident was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Waco police officers monitoring the gathering also fired on the bikers.The murder charges were filed against Jeff Battey, a local sergeant-at-arms with the Bandidos, and two other club members: Ray Allen and Glenn Walker. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday from The Associated Press.Battey, a former Marine, and Allen were seen “triangulated” over Matthew Smith, a Cossacks member who later died at the scene from gunshot wounds, according to Waco police incident reports reviewed by the AP. Ballistics evidence also suggests Walker fired his weapon.Law enforcement evidence reviewed by the AP also showed that police officers killed at least two bikers. A grand jury cleared the officers of wrongdoing.Surveillance footage showed numerous bikers running from the scene and ducking for cover after gunshots rang out. A smaller number could be seen pointing and firing weapons, slinging a chain or participating in fistfights.Law enforcement officers recovered dozens of firearms, knives and other weapons from the restaurant and adjacent parking lot. Dash-cam video showed that officers indiscriminately organized many of the weapons into piles on the pavement and in the back of a police vehicle.All of the bikers arrested following the shooting were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony, with the underlying offenses of homicide and aggravated assault. They were held on $1 million bonds in county jail, and Battey was among the first to bail out.But prosecutors have dropped 154 of the initial 192 cases in the last four months, saying they wanted to focus on those who were “more culpable.”Only one biker — Jake Carrizal, a locomotive driver and the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos — has been tried. His trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial last fall, though he was among the bikers re-indicted on Wednesday. Carrizal is now facing a new charge of rioting.The county’s district attorney, Abel Reyna, didn’t return messages seeking more details about the indictments from the AP.Reyna said in February, when announcing the first round of disposed cases, that information gleaned during Carrizal’s trial was “invaluable” in his office’s decision to narrow the focus of its investigation.
Share Michael Zamora/NPRThe first 10 Democratic candidates prepare to debate on Tuesday night in Detroit.Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit was widely expected to pit the two leading progressives in the field against each other. Instead, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had each other’s backs in fending off the other eight aspirants onstage.They gave as good as they got, and emerged at least as strong as either was going in. That was particularly good news for Sanders, who had been perceived as ceding ground to Warren in recent months.The question of the night was not so much, “Who’s more progressive?” — it was more, “Can the Democrats win in 2020 running on their most progressive policies?” In the end, both questions were left hanging in the air: to be continued.Watch The Highlights: Warren, Sanders Vs. Rest Of DebateHere are the big takeaways of Night 1 of the July debate:1. Sanders and Warren were allies, not rivals.It began when all 10 candidates were introduced by the CNN moderators, who brought them out in the order they qualified for the event (based on polling and donations).Sanders was first, followed immediately by Warren, who clapped him on the back and shook his hand with an air of shared determination. It was as if their body language said “it’s us against them” from the outset.As the full 150-minute marathon unfolded, Sanders and Warren were often beset literally from all those on either side of them. The framing was largely determined by the CNN moderators, who wanted to know if the other candidates thought Sanders’ and Warren’s ideas about “Medicare for All” and aggressive action on climate change were out of the mainstream — or just too pronounced to attract swing voters in 2020.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesSanders and Warren greet each other at the start of Tuesday night’s debate.That theme brought some of the more marginal candidates suddenly to the fore, with the first-to-declare, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney having far more air time than in the summer’s early round.Delaney used it to tout his business experience and centrism repeatedly, but that opened him up to Warren’s zinger of the night: “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”It may have been a prepared line, but it burst out in a moment of apparent exasperation that made it all the more effective.Sen. Warren: “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for…I’m ready to get in this fight. I’m ready to win this fight.” https://t.co/lrVE7B6VCO #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/n8kwp3VjpA— CNN (@CNN) July 31, 20192. The stakes were high for lesser-known candidates.Also getting a welcome opportunity to address the national audience were Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who entered the race late and had not qualified for the first round; and Marianne Williamson, a self-help author who delivered several earnest sermonettes about love and hate in American culture.Bullock stressed his credentials as the only candidate who has been elected statewide in a state that voted for President Trump. He also advertised his bona fides on the campaign finance issue. But he seemed off-balance and tongue-tied when the topic turned to nuclear deterrence and the question of the “no first use” pledge.Electability in states Trump won was also salient for former congressman Beto O’Rourke, who twice claimed he had put his home state of Texas “in play” in 2020 by coming close to defeating Sen. Ted Cruz there in 2018. O’Rourke also seemed more sure of himself than he had been in the Miami debate last month, but that could also be said of all his rivals.The preparation level was high for this event in part because the stakes have risen so far, so fast. Those not meeting the elevated criteria set by the Democratic National Committee for polling and funding performance will not be on stage when the Democrats next meet in September. At that point, perhaps as few as half of those seen Tuesday night will be onstage again, joining survivors from the 10 who will be onstage in Detroit on Wednesday.Based on his latest performance, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper may have trouble making the next cut. While he smiled and leaned into his appealingly modest and moderate answers on several issues, he seemed just one in the pack of candidates presenting varying degrees of contrast to Sanders and Warren.3. Midwesterners claimed home-field advantage.Congressman Tim Ryan has been “on the bubble” and strove to break through in a venue not that far from his district in Youngstown, Ohio. He emphasized his empathy with displaced workers and ripped the Trump administration’s trade policies.But when asked if he would keep Trump’s tariff regime on steel or not, he did not have a ready answer other than to attack Trump again. Ryan also attracted adverse attention on Twitter and elsewhere for keeping his hands folded at his waist during the presentation of the colors before the debate. Everyone else on stage stood hand-over-heart.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesDemocratic presidential candidates stand for the national anthem ahead of the debate.Like Ryan, the other Midwesterners onstage sought something of a home-field advantage. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota talked of winning her state plus Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., also talked about there being “no such thing as a permanently red state.” Buttigieg, at 37 the youngest candidate, also made multiple references to his youth, noting at one point he was “a junior in high school” at the time of the Columbine High shootings in 1999. That brought smiles from several of the other candidates.Buttigieg was asked directly about his age in contrast with that of the man standing beside him — Sanders, at 77 the oldest candidate. Buttigieg said chronological age was less important than vision, while making a case for generational leadership. Sanders sidestepped the question to talk about income inequality.4. Sanders stood his ground.Sanders was gently chided by some for raising his voice and waving his right hand, two basic characteristics of his style. He did not alter that style Tuesday night. But overall his performance was far more reminiscent of his rallies and his better debates in the 2015-16 presidential cycle, when he shocked front-runner Hillary Clinton and got more than 40% of the delegates to the nominating convention.In the June debate, Sanders had seemed unsure of his footing, swatting at challenges from the NBC team and from his rivals and warily eyeing Warren. The veteran Democratic socialist seemed much more sure of himself on Tuesday night.5. There were noteworthy absences.Not in evidence on this night were the candidates who have made this the most racially diverse field in either party’s history. All the people of color running for this nomination drew into the second night of the debate by lottery.Issues of race and racism did arise, however, giving Williamson a chance to embrace her proposal for up to $500 billion in reparations payments to the African American descendants of slaves. She called it “a debt that is owed” and immediately set off a Twitter storm, pro and con. The rest of the candidates on stage tried to seek responses that were neither rejecting nor embracing of the cash payment idea.The debate also did not touch on the issue of abortion, despite the encroachment of anti-abortion forces in legislatures and in the courts.Even more surprising was the relative lack of talk about the president. He was referred to many times, usually with a vow to defeat him in 2020 that drew reliable applause and cheers from the partisan crowd.But the moderators had seemingly resolved there would be little daylight between these candidates with regard to Trump. Their clear preference was to explore the areas of disagreement separating these candidates before the field is winnowed over the next several weeks.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
By ELANA SCHOR, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.”The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second Black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse, delivered his message of unity amid an era marked by bitter political division. He announced his run on the first day of Black History Month, underscoring his consequential status as America’s potential second Black president after Barack Obama.In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with an attendee after speaking attends at a get out the vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” Booker said in a video message to supporters, subtly jabbing at President Donald Trump.“It is not a matter of can we, it’s a matter of do we have the collective will, the American will?” he added. “I believe we do.”Booker enters what’s shaping up to be a crowded presidential primary, with three of his fellow Democratic senators — Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — already either declared or exploring a run. But he’s spent months telegraphing his intentions to join the race, visiting the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to build connections with key powerbrokers. He already has slated trips back to those states later this month.Booker began reaching out to key constituencies Friday, calling in to three radio shows popular with Black and Hispanic listeners. He spoke in fluent Spanish during his interview with Univision, vowing to work closely with “the Latino community,” and discussed his support for marijuana legalization in another interview. Later on Friday, Booker will be a guest on “The View,” a TV talk show popular with female viewers, where his mother plans to sit in the audience.A former mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, Booker won a special Senate election in 2013 to replace Democrat Frank Lautenberg and then won a full Senate term in 2014. He will be able to run for a second full Senate term in 2020 while running for president, thanks to a law that New Jersey’s governor signed in November.But that doesn’t mean the 49-year-old’s path to the nomination will be easy. As many as five more Democratic senators could soon mount their own primary bids, creating a competition for voters’ attention, and several of Booker’s rival presidential hopefuls bring higher name recognition to a race that may also feature popular former Vice President Joe Biden.The affable Booker, known for his fluency in connecting with voters during an age of selfies and social media, also could face some difficulty winning the hearts of the Democratic base due to his past financial ties to banking and pharmaceutical interests. Booker said he would stop taking contributions from pharmaceutical companies in 2017, the year that he partnered with potential presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on a bill that would allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada.He also likely will stand alone as an unmarried candidate, though he brings a compelling personal biography that could help elevate his message that “the only way we can make change is when people come together.”Booker’s father grew up in a low-income community in North Carolina, and the senator has recalled his family’s later struggle to settle in suburban New Jersey amid discrimination against Black homebuyers. The senator has brought a heartfelt and passionate style to his achievements in the Senate, at times fusing his personal spirituality with policy proposals that focus on social justice. Booker played a key role in the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill thatTrump supported last year, for example, helping strike that deal two months after sparring with Republicans during the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.In his announcement video, Booker invoked the fight against slavery and the role of immigration in building the nation’s character.“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” he said.Born in the nation’s capital but raised in New Jersey, Booker made a name for himself as Newark mayor by personally shoveling the snow of residents. He has $4.1 million left in his campaign coffers that could also be used to assist his presidential run. Rather than opening an exploratory committee to test the waters, Booker took the direct step to open a campaign seeking the Democratic nomination.Booker is aligning with many other prominent Democratic White House contenders by forswearing all donations from corporate political action committees and federal lobbyists to his campaign, dubbed Cory 2020. A prominent Booker supporter, San Francisco attorney Steve Phillips, says he is working on millions of dollars in committed donations to a so-called super PAC that would boost the senator’s candidacy, but Booker’s campaign is openly against super PACs playing any role in the presidential race.Booker visited his local congregation at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark on Thursday night for prayers ahead of his Friday announcement, a decision that underscores the role his faith will play in his campaign. He has attended service at the church since moving to Newark in 1996.Booker’s campaign manager will be Addisu Demissie, who managed California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign last year and previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. His deputy campaign manager, Jenna Lowenstein, is also a veteran of Clinton’s 2016 campaign, while his current Senate chief of staff, Matt Klapper, will serve as a senior campaign adviser.
This one’s for the art lovers. A solo show titled Play – A Series of the Captured Moments that displays paintings and prints by Priyanka Dua has been organised in the Capital that started off on 1 November at Vivanta by Taj. The paintings on display are a series of some significant moments Dua had which she’s playing as a reel of her real life. Dua says, ‘There are endless ideas which run through my mind with every new moment. Some of them stay with me and I start working on them reliving the experience. Every piece of work ever done by me stands for an emotion felt which started as an inspiration for me to create it’.She added, ‘Every new moment comes with a new emotion. I try and capture those emotions which all of us experience but are unaware of them consciously. I personally love capturing positive emotion as they make us aware of all the happiness around us. Regardless of gender, living or non-living, colour or black and white, my paintings are purely me and my way of expressing and sharing thoughts with the rest of the world.
Kolkata: Five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp as show-stoppers donning outfits of ace fashion designer Agnimitra Paul at an event, with a galaxy of dignitaries from different walks of life cheering them.State Women and Child Development and Social Welfare (Independent Charge) minister Sashi Panja, who was present on the occasion on Saturday, commended the efforts put in by the girls to make this turnaround possible.”They are not acid attack victims, they are survivors,” she said. To a question, Panja said, the government has always stood by women, who have been subjected to attacks and torture by providing them emergency treatment at state hospitals.”We are also ready to help them in getting legal assistance if they approach the state government,” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeComing back to the event, Panja said, “What I liked the most is their confidence, none of them are embarrassed of the scars. Infact they are the most beautiful women as their beauty comes from within.”Paul, who designed their clothes, said the five women were “show-stoppers” in the truest sense of the term.”If we consider what they had gone through, the battle they had waged after such brutal physical attacks on them, these five women will eclipse any celebrity from the world of glamour or sports.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe show also advocated stringent punishment for perpetrators of acid-attacks, the designer stated. “If we can carry on protests against rape, we should also be equally vociferous in our protests against acid attack. There should be equally stringent laws to convict acid-attack accused,” she asked.Recounting the battles of the women, whose names could not be disclosed, Paul said: “One of them had acid thrown at her by in-laws and husband for giving birth to a daughter. She came out and brought up the girl with great difficulty. “But her daughter, for whom she had faced the brunt of the savage attack, died two years ago. I told the woman not to let the smile on her face go away and face the world and adversities with her head held high.” The women, dressed in vibrant outfits, were overjoyed to learn they can take these outfits home, Paul said.”This is just a tiny gesture on my part to tell them how special they are,” she added.The five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp on the sidelines of a beauty pageant ‘Tanaya’ at ‘Bengal Club’. Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh, actress Mimi Chakraborty, Kanchana Moitra, painter Suvaprasanna and danseuse-social activist Alakananda Roy were among those present in the audience to cheer the five women.
Teenagers who are habitually glued to their smartphones are more likely to be unhappier than their peers, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Georgia in the US, analysed data from a survey of over a million US teens.The survey asked students questions about how often they spent time on their phones, tablets and computers, as well as questions about their in-the-flesh social interactions and their overall happiness.On average, they found that teens who spent more time in front of screen devices – playing computer games, using social media, texting and video chatting – were less happy than those who invested more time in non-screen activities like sports, reading newspapers and magazines, and face-to-face social interaction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers believe this screen time is driving unhappiness rather than the other way around. “Although this study can’t show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use,” said Jean M Twenge, professor at San Diego State University in the US.Total screen abstinence does not lead to happiness either, Twenge found. The happiest teens used digital media a little less than an hour per day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever after a daily hour of screen time, unhappiness rises steadily along with increasing screen time, according to the study published in the journal Emotion.”The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use,” Twenge said.”Aim to spend no more than two hours a day on digital media, and try to increase the amount of time you spend seeing friends face-to-face and exercising – two activities reliably linked to greater happiness,” he said.