MilinkovicSavic wants to rest before decision on future

first_imgThere have been reports that Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United are looking to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who said he is happy to remain at Lazio.Amid growing speculation over a potential transfer to Juventus, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic says he would be happy to stay with the Biancocelesti but refused short of giving any assurances over his future.The Italian champions are just one of the numerous clubs in chase of the 23-year-old. He played every minute of Serbia’s World Cup group games before they crashed out.Having defeated Costa Rica in their Group E opener, Serbia suffered defeats to Switzerland and Brazil as they finished third and crashed out of the competition.Following the 2-0 loss to Brazil, the €120 million-rated playmaker told Mediaset via FourFourTwo: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.“I need a little bit of rest now.“I’ll return to Rome and I would be happy if I stay at Lazio, as I’m content there and I have a contract.”Milinkovic-Savic netted 12 goals and made 35 appearances as Lazio finished fifth in Serie A in 2017-18. His emergence under head coach Simone Inzaghi attracted Europe’s top clubs.“I read something different in the papers every day, but I haven’t thought about it yet,” he added.“First, I’ll rest for a bit, then we’ll see.”last_img read more

Inter made the correct decisions Spalleti

first_imgLuciano Spalletti is uncertain about Radja Nainggolan’s fitness against Torino but insists Inter Milan “made the right choices” in the defeat to Sassuolo.Spalleti’s side are considered favourites to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto, but they shockingly lost 1-0 to Sassuolo in their first league game.“We can look back and recognise some things we did better than others, but we remain convinced we made the right choices against Sassuolo,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“During the match, we lacked the unity and confidence we had last year during the fight for fourth place. For new elements of our approach to work, we must also rely on those tried and tested certainties.“I know my players and the way we train will sort everything out.”Meanwhile, Walter Mazzarri’s Torino were only beaten by a last-gasp Edin Dzeko volley in the 1-0 loss to Roma.“Toro always go out there with daggers drawn. We’ve got to do well to seek a victory, whether it’s pretty or not. We must be ready to go beyond the limits.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“This is a strong side, and it is, therefore, our duty to have a strong season. I don’t know if we’re the main challengers to Juve, as first, we must be the challengers to Roma and Napoli, seeing as they finished ahead of us last season.“If we just evaluate the Sassuolo match, we’re not the main challengers to anyone, as we have to do better. We’ve got to take the initiative and carry that belief to bring the result home. We are in debt with our fans, and they deserve more.”Mauro Icardi seemed isolated even when supported by Lautaro Martinez, Matteo Politano, and Kwadwo Asamoah.“He has always been a great hitman with precise characteristics, but he can do even better. In my view, if he drops deep to dialogue with his teammates, he’ll create more problems for the opposition defenders.”Radja Nainggolan missed the trip to Sassuolo with a muscular problem and could get his Inter debut tomorrow.“Nainggolan is in the squad, but we have to be wary because the supervision of the medical staff is crucial here. There are some risks, and we’ll decide what to do.“Milan Skriniar has recovered completely, and Keita Balde is at our disposal. We’ve got to keep a strong balance in the team.”last_img read more

Van Dijk on impressive Anfield record

first_imgLiverpool have played a total of 841 minutes of Premier League football at Anfield since they last conceded a goal.Michail Antonio’s strike for the Hammers during a 4-1 Reds victory in February was the last time Jürgen Klopp’s men were breached at home in the top flight.That run has stretched to an impressive nine consecutive clean sheets, the most recent secured against Manchester City thanks to Riyad Mahrez that fired over.One defender has started every game in that streak: Virgil van Dijk shared his thoughts with LFC.TV.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.“It’s credit to everyone,” the No.4 told Premier League Productions. “Anfield is obviously a very difficult place to come for every team.“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.”last_img read more

Cabinet approves Budget changes and nearly 1m for hurricane rebuilding money

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Cabinet yesterday approved, among other things nearly $1m for hurricane reconstruction work in the country by TCIG.   The supplementary appropriation bill was also accepted by Cabinet leader, the Governor during meeting this week and will now head to the Secretary of State in the UK and then to the House of Assembly in the Turks and Caicos for approvals.Media was on Tuesday evening told by the PNP House of Assembly Members that the Budget Supplementary, which frees up monies for the rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, will not be tabled now until the New Year.#MagneticMediaNews#BudgetchangesapprovedbyCabinetlast_img read more

SXSW 2018 Behind The Singing Competition Reality TV Show Curtain

first_imgNews MélatPhoto: Sasha Haagensen/WireImage.com MélatPhoto: Sasha Haagensen/WireImage.com Email Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com Facebook Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Korea Spotlight Coming To SXSW 2018 SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charm Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? sxsw-2018-behind-singing-competition-reality-tv-show-curtain Blake Lewis and two other past singing competition contestants got candid about their experiences and where they are now during a SXSW panelRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 17, 2018 – 3:27 pm We have an idea of what happens to the winners of some of the biggest reality singing competition stars — for example, take the smash success of GRAMMY winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood on “American Idol.” But what is life really like after the cameras turn off and the show moves on to the next season, especially if a contestant doesn’t win? We got a little insight thanks to the SXSW 2018 panel Now What? Life After Reality TV Singing Shows, held on March 17. Moderated by Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor Lyndsey Parker, the panel, the brainchild of Nakia and selected by attendees using the SXSW PanelPicker, featured three artists perfectly poised to give us the first-hand details. Nakia was featured on the first season of “The Voice,” where he competed on Cee Lo Green’s team and made it as a top eight semifinalist. Cas Haley was runner-up on season two of “America’s Got Talent,” and Blake Lewis competed on “American Idol” on season six, making it all the way to runner-up behind winner Jordin Sparks. Firstly, the panelists cleared up a few misconceptions about reality TV singing shows. Most contestants on the various competition shows are already working recording artists when they decide to compete on TV. It becomes a tool some artists choose to help their careers, not a fast track to instant success.”I think why some people in the music business don’t like these shows is they see it as a shortcut to stardom or having a career, that you didn’t pay your dues,” said Parker. “That actually isn’t the case. The majority of people were doing careers [before TV].”The former contestants reviewed how they got onto their respective shows in the first place. Nakia got an email from a producer on “The Voice,” inviting him to a private audition, which led to his inclusion in the inaugural season of the show. Lewis was convinced by a friend to audition for “American Idol,” though he had never seen the show.  Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 Twitter Prev Next Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time The panel also highlighted the difficulties of the complicated contracts they signed to compete on the shows, explaining that they often limit their options following the end of their season. The contracts often include album options, such as Haley’s five-album obligation. While he was able to get out of the option, he advised potential contestants to really look at what they’re signing up for because it can impact their career after TV. All three panelists said they were glad to have participated in their respective shows, but they have mixed opinions about how helpful they were to their own careers, or whether it could benefit those interested in participating.When recounting what it was like after his run on “The Voice” was over, Nakia revealed that was initially approached by fans all the time. But as soon as the second season ramped up and fans moved on, he went through a rough time getting back on track.”Nobody cared anymore,” said Nakia. “For me, I’m six years sober and at the time I was seven years sober. It was like withdrawal. I got really depressed, I relapsed. I had a whole year where I was really in a dark place because there was no connection to any of that. … They don’t do anything to nurture you after you’re gone. They don’t help you to stay doing this.”But depending on what you’re trying to accomplish with your music career, it’s undoubtable that being featured on a reality show has its benefits. Though Nakia mentioned that some genres (such as folk) might not benefit as much from the mass exposure, reality TV definitely has its place.”If you’re looking for pop fame, yes. If you’re looking for a bump in some money, sure,” said Haley. “If you’re looking for respect as a songwriter, maybe. You’d have to think about it.”The panelists’ advice for what to do once you step off the national TV stage for the last time? It’s all about persistence and keeping your musical goals top of mind.”My advice to people is actually just to stick with it. Keep going,” Haley advised. “Just keep doing it. Consistency is where it’s at.” As for what they are doing now? The post-TV show careers of these three singer/songwriters sound like the careers of so many other musicians in the industry. They’re hustling, recording, playing live shows, and working to get their music out into the world. But each one admitted to being glad they had the chance to participate in a competition show. “I had the most fun of my life being on ‘American Idol,'” said Lewis. SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More MélatPhoto: Sasha Haagensen/WireImage.com (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images SXSW 2018: Behind The Singing Competition Reality TV Show Curtain SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion?center_img SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Blake LewisPhoto: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Blake LewisPhoto: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Korea Spotlight Coming To SXSW 2018 SXSW 2018 SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images SXSW: Keith Urban’s Kinetic Keynote SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charm KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? Blake LewisPhoto: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charm Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Korea Spotlight Coming To SXSW 2018 What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Oscars 2019 Breaking down Black Panthers chances for best picture

first_img Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: And may stop us from staying on the sofa with Netflix, too.Which brings us to Netflix’s Roma. Now available to stream to your TV or laptop or phone, Alfonso Cuaron’s spellbinding drama is a cinematic triumph and richly deserves its best picture consideration. Although… comparing Roma to Black Panther shows the strangeness of artistic awards — how do you weigh up two such different films? Regardless, a win for Netflix’s Roma could also be seen as the start of a new era, as the highest bastion of the movie industry acknowledges a changing industry.Whichever film wins, Tuesday’s nominations signal some timely changes for movies. It remains to be seen who the winners are — not just on Feb. 24 but in the future of features.First published, Jan. 22.Update, Jan. 27 at 10:06 p.m. PT: Adds SAG Award win.Update, Feb. 21 at 10:55 a.m. PT: Adds additional awards the movie has won.  How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Tags Now playing: Watch this: 44 4:15 Comments 9:15 Genre flicks can win these headline awards. The Oscars are often associated with worthy dramas like Spotlight or 12 Years a Slave, but nominees like Avatar and Gravity and last year’s best picture The Shape of Water show sci-fi and fantasy aren’t necessarily an outside bet. Meanwhile box office success didn’t rule out best picture winners like Titanic and Braveheart. What’s more, Black Panther, for all its adrenaline-fuelled action and CG effects, is more than a superpowered beat-’em-up. Like BlacKkKlansman and Green Book, it tackles timely and relevant questions of race and prejudice. Where those other films examine the subject through a historical lens, Black Panther looks at the here and now. The scene in which African artifacts are reclaimed from a British museum gives a succinct take on the bearing of colonial history on the present. And the whole Afrofuturist premise of Wakanda’s highly advanced nation gives a glimpse at a possible future for the people scarred by that history.On top of that, Black Panther is written, directed and largely created by black filmmakers. In a year the movie industry has had to take a long hard look at itself, the story of who’s behind the camera is as important as the story unfolding on screen.So if Academy voters want timely subtext and positive representation as well as a thrilling story and cinematic verve, it’s all there between the punches and one-liners.doramblackpanthercropEnlarge ImageBlack Panther has taken over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel Films Of course, Black Panther doesn’t have to win an Oscar. Director Ryan Coogler and the folks at Marvel are probably pretty happy with the billion dollars Black Panther raked in at the box office, the rapturous reception from audiences and the near-universal critical acclaim. And those who’ve been thrilled and empowered by the film don’t need a stamp of approval from the Academy. An Oscar, at this point, would be merely the icing on the cake.Besides, awards may actually be the last bastion against Disney and Marvel’s total cultural domination. As much as we love superheroes and blockbuster shared universes, they’re increasingly crowding out anything that isn’t a remake or sequel from the big screen. So you could argue smaller and riskier original feature films need the boost awards buzz gives them. If the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes and the Oscars remind jaded viewers that the big screen is made for more than superheroes, it might motivate us to try a wider variety of movies. 77 Photos Oscar nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards Predictions: Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress No one cares about your Oscars speech, you just need to go viral How to watch the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019 Disney And the nominees are… Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s already a cultural phenomenon, a critical success, a billion-dollar box office sensation. At the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, will it also usher in a new era of recognition for effects-driven superhero blockbusters? Marvel’s smash hit, released last February, is up against BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma and A Star is Born for the best picture of 2018. Check out the full list of nominees here.So what are Black Panther’s chances?Enlarge ImageBlack Panther faces off against Green Book, Roma and more in the Oscars battle.  Marvel Black Panther has already bagged a bunch of gongs. Among a swath of award nominations, it’s scooped the best-film award from the African-American Film Critics Association, the Black Reel Awards, BET and MTV. The film’s music, visual effects and actors have also been rewarded with a BAFTA, two Grammys and several other wins. In January, it scooped up the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast, and the SAG Awards often prove to be a leading Oscar indicator.Effects-driven blockbusters do win Oscars, of course. They just tend to be confined to the technical Oscars, for visual effects and sound design and so on. This year, Black Panther joins Avengers: Infinity War, First Man, Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story on the shortlist for best visual effects. Panther is also up for production design, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, music, and best song.Without taking away from the achievements of the movie magicians rewarded for their skill and creativity in individual areas, best picture and best director remain the pinnacle of the awards season. And Black Panther deserves to challenge for the big awards. And the winner is…last_img read more

San Andreas fault ripe for earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning California in

first_imgA screenshot from Hollywood movie San AndreasA few days back, Dr Thomas Rockwell, a San Diego State University geology professor and paleoseismologist had claimed that the San Andreas fault, popularly known as the Ring of Fire is gearing up for a rupture. In a recent interaction with KPBS News, Rockwell claimed that the last strong earthquake that hit the area happened 380 years back. As per Rockwell, the average earthquake recurrent interval in this area is about 180 years, and it clearly indicates that the San Andreas fault is ripe for an earthquake, sometimes, a megaquake.Adding heat to these worries, Perry Stone, a popular prophecy preacher has claimed that a gigantic tsunami will hit the US coasts soon, and unlike Thomas Rockwell who relied on scientific proofs, Stone claims that these events are actually fulfilling Biblical prophecies. It should be noted that the last time a tsunami hit California was long back in March 1964, following a megaquake that measured 9.2 in the Richter scale.Perry Stone argues that the upcoming tsunami and earthquake will be much stronger, and it will actually trigger the end days on the planet.”I saw another detailed tsunami dream that was so vivid and detailed that it disturbed me greatly. On the West Coast, a major split occurred in the ocean causing the Pacific’s waves to rise high in all directions. This is the second West Coast dream of a tsunami I have seen. I often hesitate even sharing this on Facebook as the response is often so verbally critical and negative, reminding me of the same reaction Jeremiah received when warning the Jews of the Babylonia invasion, and one feels it is best left unsaid,” wrote Perry Stone on his Facebook page.Perry Stone also urged people to pray so that the impact of this tsunami will be reduced considerably due to the grace of God.In the meantime, a section of apocalyptic believers claims that doomsday on the planet will be triggered after the arrival of Nibiru. As per these doomsday mongers, Nibiru alias Planet X is a rogue planet that has already headed towards the earth for a devastating collision. However, NASA has dismissed these claims classifying it as an internet hoax.last_img read more

GMR denies selling stake in Hyderabad Airport Report

first_imgGMR Infrastructure, one of the biggest infra company in India, on Friday denied selling controlling stake in Hyderabad airport in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The clarification follows media reports of GMR being in talks with PE firms to sell stake in Hyderabad airport.”We completely deny sale of controlling stake in Hyderabad Airport. We wish to submit that GMR Group has been continuously exploring opportunities to raise necessary funds for the group,” GMR said in its regulatory filing to BSE on Friday.According to a report by the Economic Times, GMR Group’s business vertical GMR airport is planning to sell a controlling stake in Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi international airport. Apollo Global Management, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund and Canada’s pension giant PSP Investments are some of the private equity firms, which are in negotiations with GMR.GMR Airport (the holding firm) owns 63 percent stake in Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.The stake sale of the Hyderabad airport is valued between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 5,500 crore, the Economic Times had earlier reported. In addition, Paris Aeroport, which owns the TAV airports and manages the Istanbul Ataturk International Airports, Georgia, Tunisia and Macedonia airports, has also shown interest in the stake stale.Last month, GMR re-entered talks with Paris Aeroport as it plans to sell 49 percent stake in GMR airports. Paris Aeroport, formally known as Aeroports de Paris, is looking at global opportunities.Sources aware of the discussion told ET that GMR plans to close one of the deals, which would give a chance to the company to recover its debt and provide exit option to its present investors.A company spokesperson quoted by the Economic Times said “there is no definitive development. However, we are in the process of raising funds for the group to create liquidity and enhance shareholder value.”GMR under pressureThe company is reportedly looking to sell the stake at the earliest since its equation with three investors namely Standard Chartered Private Equity, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund and JM Financial Old lane has gone cold. The three firms had invested Rs. 1,458 crore in 2011. Now the investors are pressurising GMR to pay the outstanding amount and let them exit or face legal consequences, ET added.Some analysts quoted by the publication believe selling stake in Hyderabad airport as a standalone asset would be an easier transaction.The GMR Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs. 12.94 at around 12 p.m. on Friday, up 1.41 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Victorias Secret Angel Stella Maxwell bares her assets in skimpy lingerie on

first_imgModel Stella Maxwell presents a creation.ReutersStella Maxwell scorched the runway at the CR runway x LUISAVIAROMA 90th Anniversary Show in Florence, Italy. The gorgeous model has reportedly gotten back with Twilight star Kristen Stewart.The Victoria’s Secret Angel, put her svelte frame on display in all its glory when she modelled skimpy underwear. Apparently, golden and silver chains were slung around her neck for dramatic effect when the blonde bombshell strutted her stuff down the catwalk.The model dominated the runway and oozed sex appeal, she accessorized her look with PVC fingerless biker gloves. The model accentuated her beautiful features with a smokey make-up palette and she blow dried her hair straight for the occasion. Stella sure looked fierce at the show, maybe it has something do with her ex Kristen Stewart? The pair recently got back together after splitting up at the end of last year. Stella and Kristen are said to have rekindled their romance, according to a source confiding in US Weekly.  Lady Gaga performs with model Stella Maxwell.ReutersKristen Stewart will soon appear in the Charlie’s Angels re-boot directed by Elizabeth Banks and co-starring Naomi Banks from Aladdin and Ella Balinska. A source at the time of the break up told E! News: ‘Kristen and Stella are still in touch, but decided it was best to see other people.’The source went on to say that the pair started to disagree on things and it stopped being fun. Kristen then went to Germany to film and they realised that the relationship had run its course and they needed a change. However, the pair seems to have gotten back together and it looks like they are having fun again. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Khaledas release justified logical says Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain. File PhotoClaiming that the government staged a ‘farce’ on 30 December in the name of election, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Friday urged all to be united to ensure the voting rights of people, reports UNB.”…this can’t be called an election. This is a farce. There was a ceremony on 30 December when the government staged a farce in the name of election, deprived the country’s people of their rights, violated the constitution and defamed democracy,” he said.Kamal, also Gono Forum president, made the comments while delivering his concluding speech at a public hearing arranged by Jatiya Oikya Front at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.The public hearing was arranged to depict the ‘irregularities in the 11th parliamentary election before the country’s people and the international community.About the depositions made by 42 candidates in the public hearing, Kamal said, “The speeches all of you delivered here depicted a similar picture across the country. The government had taken all the mechanisms and strategies so that a free and fair election was not held.”He also demanded unconditional release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying the demand is justified and logical.Kamal led a seven-member jury panel at the hearing.Other members of the jury panel were professor Emajuddin Ahmed, ex-judge AKM Anisur Rahman Khan, professor Nurul Amin Bepari, Prof Dilara Chowdhury, professor Asif Nazrul and lawyer Mohsin Rashid.The public hearing was originally rescheduled to be held on 24 February. However, Oikya Front rescheduled it for 22 February as they failed to manage any venue in the capital to hold the programme on 24 February.last_img read more

Request for ICC probe in Rohingya crisis should be rejected Myanmar

first_imgMyanmar said Thursday that a request at the International Criminal Court to probe the mass deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country was “meritless” and should be rejected.Some 700,000 Rohingya were violently expelled from their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in a military crackdown that started almost a year ago after insurgents attacked border guard posts.The stateless minority fled to Bangladesh where they recounted widespread rape, murder and the burning of villages at the hands of security forces in operations the US and UN have called ethnic cleansing.Myanmar has vigorously denied that it orchestrated the campaign and said it was defending itself, but international pressure for accountability has mounted.In April the chief prosecutor at the ICC Fatou Bensouda took the unprecedented step of asking judges to consider whether the court could extend its jurisdiction to Myanmar, which is not a member state.A pre-trial chamber asked Myanmar to submit a formal response to the request by July 27, even though the Southeast Asian country has long maintained that it is not a party to the treaty that governs the court.The deadline passed but Myanmar went into more detail Thursday about why it did not respond formally, reiterating its previous position and claiming that the prosecutor relied on one-sided and biased sources.It also said it was unable to view submissions from Bangladesh and that the ICC had accepted briefs of “mostly charged narratives of harrowing personal tragedies calculated to place emotional pressure on the court”.Myanmar concluded that the request for a ruling on jurisdiction is “meritless and should be dismissed”.The statement said Myanmar had also established its own independent commission of inquiry though critics counter that the move falls into a pattern of creating investigative bodies that have no impact on addressing abuses.Bangladesh is a member of the Rome Statute underpinning the ICC and the prosecutor has argued that deportation is akin to a cross-border shooting.No decision has been made on the request but the legal thorniness surrounding it and the fact that a referral to the ICC at the Security Council could face pushback from China and Russia have raised doubts about whether it will proceed.Rights groups have said senior members of Myanmar’s security forces including commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing should be investigated, but so far the country has faced little real censure on the international stage except for targeted sanctions against a handful of military officials.Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement but the deal has stalled amid fears from Rohingya refugees that they won’t be guaranteed safety and full rights.The Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship decades ago and cast as outsiders in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with little freedom of movement or access to healthcare.last_img read more

ExBangladeshi enclave dwellers vote in large numbers in India polls

first_imgIndian citizens of Masaladanga enclave queue up to cast their vote at a polling station in Cooch Behar district on 11 April 2019, during the first phase of general election in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Photo: AFPDespite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.Braving the heat, about 12,000 voters from the erstwhile enclaves, a small proportion of the over 18 lakh electorate in the Cooch Behar constituency, queued up since morning to cast their vote and at the same time air their grievances.The dwellers have been complaining of a dearth of jobs, while many of those who chose to migrate to Cooch Behar from the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory are yet to get their promised land and are forced to stay in detention camps.”Unlike the panchayat elections, the situation was peaceful today (Thursday). I did not face any difficulty in casting my vote though I had to stand in queue for about half an hour in the morning,” said Brijendra Nath Burman, a 68-year-old resident of the Falnapur enclave.Even after exercising his franchise, Burman, who underwent decades of deprivation, was uncertain whether the promises of giving land rights, jobs for youth and demand for better health, education and basic amenities would be realised.On August 1, 2015, following the implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely held enclaves. As a result, over 14,000 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens.The erstwhile dwellers had earlier voted twice in 2016 — in the state Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-poll.Gaining confidence after seeing central forces in the polling booth, Tozzammal Seikh, a 62-year-old dweller from Masaldanga, expressed his satisfaction after casting his vote peacefully and felt happy to be a part of the largest festival of democracy in the world.”There was enthusiasm among the voters who queued up in the morning. There was no incident of violence,” said Madan Roy, a Trinamool Congress polling agent and a dweller of Bakhalitchhora enclave.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the ruling Trinamool of indulging in rigging in 3-4 booths.”Polls were more or less peaceful but there were sporadic violence when Trinamool goons jammed 3-4 booths and rigged the polls in the enclave areas,” said Diptiman Sengupta, BJP’s Jalpaiguri district observer and Convenor of the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC).The north Bengal constituency witnessed a four-cornered contest between Paresh Adhikary of Trinamool, Nisith Pramanik of the BJP, Piya Roychowdhury of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the All India Forward Bloc. However, the real battle here is between the BJP and the Trinamool.last_img read more

State Rep Dutton Renews Uphill Fight To Abolish the Death Penalty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:29 Andrew SchneiderState Representative Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston)Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. But one state representative from Houston has made it his mission to end it all together.Harold Dutton’s law office sits two stories above the Main Street rail line in Midtown. One morning in 2002 he was drinking a cup of coffee and reading his daily paper, “and it talked about an execution that had taken place. And it said that it did it in the name of Texas,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ And so they did it in my name.”The idea really bothered him. “And I said, ‘I really don’t want them doing it in my name.’”He had already tried to stop new death sentences in Texas, after seeing states like Illinois take similar steps.“The way the death penalty works in Texas now,” Dutton says, “is your case is automatically appealed from the lower trial court all the way up to our Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest criminal court, and if they deny your appeal, they send it back to the lower court for setting an execution date.”In 2001, Dutton proposed a bill that would keep the appeals court from sending back any death penalty cases to the lower court for two years. That one made it to the House floor.Then one of Dutton’s opponents spotted what he was doing. “He got up and went to the back mic and said, ‘Representative Dutton, this looks an awful lot like a moratorium.’ And I said, ‘That’s because it is.’ And the whole House stopped, and of course the bill died at that point.”That was before Dutton’s fateful cup of coffee. Dutton offered his first bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003. He’s filed at least one bill to that end every legislative session since.Dutton also began to bring former inmates to testify at the Capitol. Some had been sentenced to die, but were exonerated after DNA or other evidence proved their innocence. Others had pled guilty, even though they weren’t, in order to avoid a death sentence. Dutton says their stories have changed minds but rarely votes.“There are members who have said to me privately, ‘Harold, you know, I like the idea you file that bill every year, but I just can’t vote for it, because I don’t think I’d get reelected,’” he says.Dutton is not the only reason Houston and surrounding Harris County are at the epicenter of the death penalty debate. Kristin Houlé heads the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She’s tracked the number of death sentences in Texas over the past four decades and broken them down by county.“At the top of that list is Harris County, which has sentenced nearly 300 people to death and accounts for 126 executions,” Houlé says. “That’s more executions than any other state except for Texas as a whole. But even in Harris County, use of the death penalty is declining. No one has been sentenced to death out of Harris County for the last two years.”There are several reasons why death sentences have been falling in Texas. The use of DNA testing, for one. Another is negative publicity over botched executions. Then there’s the cost. Because of the lengthy appeals, it often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.“I think there has been more of a tendency for juries to opt for the sentencing option of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they have that opportunity,” says Jack Roady, criminal district attorney for Galveston County.Before his election, Roady was a prosecutor with the Harris County DA’s office, and worked on many death penalty appeals. He notes the state legislature only made life without parole an option in Texas in 2005. Roady says that’s fine, “but there are some cases where the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment, and juries in Texas, in fact juries in the country, need to have that ability to impose that punishment if the evidence supports it.”Roady feels most of his constituents aren’t ready to give up the death penalty as a way to punish what he calls “the worst of the worst,” though he says abolition could happen if enough Texans decide that’s what they want.Dutton is counting on that. “Now that the public is also beginning to have a clearer view of the issues related to this whole issue of capital punishment,” he says, “that has made even legislators now have to stop and take a look.”Dutton’s already filed his bill for the 2017 legislative session. He’s hoping, this year, more of his colleagues will join him. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to accurately reflect changes by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as to the number of executions in the state and the number of scheduled executions.Note: Public radio stations from across the state collaborated on this series looking at the death penalty in Texas – its history, how it’s changed, whom it affects and its future. You can hear other stories in this series on the Texas Standard.TSC X Share Listenlast_img read more

Trumps Challenge to All Who Can Figure Out The True Meaning of

first_img Share Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017Twitter created a Moment to showcase all of the #covfefe tweets that have been rolling in from fellow politicians, comedians, news writers, and the general Twitter-verse.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary shows no results for the word “covfefe”, so we’ll just have to see if the President reveals the definition in future tweets.  what makes me saddest is that I know I’ll never write anything funnier than #covfefe— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2017 You don’t know what you got till it’s #Covfefe. pic.twitter.com/zs0KDbsMvO— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) May 31, 2017 Really sad I missed all the “covfefe” covfefe.— Gabriel Gundacker (@gabegundacker) May 31, 2017As for now, we’ll enjoy these tweets and say cheers to covfefe! It began in the early hours of the morning with a single tweet from the President of the United States: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”Now hours later, the tweet has been deleted, but many still scratch their heads in question over Trump’s mysterious vocabulary.What in the world is a covfefe?This morning, the President tweeted in response to the confusion.last_img read more

Jailed Citgo Executives In Limbo Amid Venezuela Turmoil

first_imgAP/John L MoneDennysse Vadell sits between her daughters Veronica, right, and Cristina holding a digital photograph of father and husband Tomeu who is currently jailed in Venezuela, in Katy, Texas, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Tomeu Vadell is one of six executives from Houston-based Citgo who has spent 15 months jailed in Venezuela on what their families say are trumped-up corruption charges.A faint voice comes through the crackled phone line. On the other end, Tomeu Vadell, speaking from a military counterintelligence prison in Venezuela’s capital, asks his daughters in Louisiana whether they’ve gone to church and says he plans to spend his Sunday doing pushups to keep his body and spirit intact.The call ends abruptly after two minutes, leaving Cristina and Veronica Vadell wondering when they’ll next hear from their dad, who along with five other executives from Houston-based Citgo has spent 15 months jailed in Venezuela on what their families say are trumped-up corruption charges“He always tells us they can take away his freedom but never his dignity,” said 27-year-old Cristina, who has followed in her father’s footsteps and is an oil engineer in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she has lived most of her life.As the Trump administration plunges ahead in its effort to unseat Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the fate of the executives — five of them, like Vadell, American citizens with deep roots in Louisiana and Texas — lies in the balance. As does that of the American company they worked for, Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run oil giant PDVSA, and a major prize in the power struggle between Maduro and a rival the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s rightful leader: Juan Guaido.The families of the so-called Citgo 6 complain the men are being held in inhumane conditions, sharing overcrowded basement cells built for 22 people with nearly four times that number of inmates. They say the crowded conditions require the men to sometimes sleep on the floor and go without access to fresh air or sunlight for weeks.Vadell’s family says he has lost more than 60 pounds due to malnutrition. In a photo snapped clandestinely with a cellphone last month and provided to The Associated Press, he looks like a prisoner of war with sunken eyes and cheeks, a green army jumpsuit hanging from his gaunt frame.Cristina Vadell via AP, left, and AP photo, rightThis photo combo shows Citgo executive Tomeu Vadell at his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana in July 2015, left, and three and a half years later while in confinement in a Venezuelan jail in January 2019. Vadell’s family says he’s lost more than 60 pounds due to malnutrition since he and five other Citgo employees were arrested, for alleged embezzlement and treason, during a meeting at Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2017. The photo at left was provided by Tomeu’s daughter Cristina, and the photo at right was obtained by The Associated Press.Their case shows no sign of advancing. A preliminary hearing has been postponed 12 times for little apparent reason, leaving the families to question whether their loved ones are being held as pawns in a high-stakes political negotiation. The next hearing date is Wednesday.“The situation, as volatile as it is now, brings more uncertainty,” said Cristina Vadell. “We can’t predict the future. We don’t know what’s going to happen. But I do know my father is staying strong for us and we aren’t going to give up until we bring him home.”The families’ saga began the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2017, when Vadell and the other executives got a call from Nelson Martinez, then head of PDVSA, asking that they travel to Caracas for a last-minute budget meeting.The group flew out on a corporate jet. They included Vadell, vice president of refining; Gustavo Cardenas, head of strategic shareholder relations as well as government and public affairs; Jorge Toledo, vice president of supply and marketing; Alirio Zambrano, vice president and general manager of Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery; Jose Luis Zambrano, vice president of shared services; and Jose Angel Pereira, the president of Citgo.What happened next upended the families’ serene lives. A group of armed and masked security agents rushed into a PDVSA conference room and arrested all six executives. Hours later, Maduro’s attorney general appeared on state TV announcing charges of embezzlement stemming from a proposal to refinance some $4 billion in Citgo bonds by offering up a 50 percent stake in the company as collateral.“On Monday he left and he was supposed to come back Tuesday,” said Vadell’s wife, Dennysse. “He went into a meeting and never came back.”AP/John L MoneWearing T-shirts with the message “Free the Citgo 6,” the Vadell family poses for a photo in Katy, Texas, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. From left are Hayes Weggeman, his wife Veronica Vadell, his mother-in-law Dennysse Vadell and sister-in-law Cristina Vadell. Dennysse’s husband and her daughter’s father Tomeu, a Citgo executive, has spent 15 months jailed in Venezuela along with five other Citgo executives on what their families say are trumped-up corruption charges.Then Maduro himself accused them of “treason,” though they have not been charged with that crime.The arrests kicked off a purge inside Venezuela’s oil industry that a few days later saw Martinez, the PDVSA head, and a former oil minister among dozens others jailed. In Martinez’s place, Asdrubal Chavez, a cousin of the late President Hugo Chavez and close ally of Maduro, was named Citgo president. In December, Martinez died in state custody, further alarming the families of the Citgo employees.Citgo, which controls about 4 percent of the U.S.’ refining capacity, has provided almost no support to the jailed executives despite an indemnity agreement that obligates it to act on the men’s behalf, according to a current Citgo employee speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of being punished by the company. In the ensuing months, Citgo also terminated their pay, the employee said.“The only communication I had with Citgo when this happened was they called to tell me not to go to the media and that they were going to every house to pick up the company cars,” said Maria Elena Cardenas, whose husband is among those jailed.Maria Elena Cardenas via AP)In this summer 2016 photo provided by Maria Elena Cardenas shows her, far left, and her husband Gustavo Cardenas, far right, with their children Maria, left, Gus, right, and Sergio, below, as they vacation in Austria. Since Venezuela’s government arrested Gustavo and five other Citgo employees in November 2017 in Caracas, their 18-year-old son Sergio, who suffers from a rare metabolic disease called mucolipidosis, has been having panic attacks and screaming at night for his Dad. Maria fears that he could die before his father’s release.A battle is now raging at Citgo headquarters, the employee said, as a result of U.S. sanctions on PDVSA last month that effectively block American companies from buying Venezuelan oil, diverting any payments into an escrow account controlled by Guaido, who the U.S. and dozens of other countries recognize as Venezuela’s interim president. Most of the employees loyal to Maduro have left, while any reference to PDVSA has been scrubbed from the company’s facilities, along with portraits of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.Maduro has vowed to defend Citgo from seizure, saying it belongs to the Venezuelan people. His attorney general last week filed criminal charges against the new PDVSA and Citgo boards appointed by Guaido.The U.S. is keeping a tight lid on whatever efforts it has undertaken to help the men.American consular officials have been repeatedly denied access to them in jail because the Vienna Convention doesn’t obligate Venezuela to recognize their dual American nationality. U.S. officials have raised concerns in diplomatic notes and meetings with the foreign ministry, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, when asked about the case in a Feb. 6 interview with Fox Business Network, said only that “anywhere there is an American who is wrongfully detained, in this case by the thug Maduro, the United States government is incredibly focused on obtaining their release.”Some family members wonder if the U.S. could be doing more.Venezuelan human rights groups don’t include the men among the almost 1,000 people classified as political prisoners, and the hushed approach contrasts with the very public diplomatic push that secured the release last year of Joshua Holt, a Utah man who was held for more than two years in a Caracas jail on weapons charges that were also seen as bogus. A Venezuelan official who regularly fielded U.S. complaints in the Holt case said Americans have been largely silent with regard to the Citgo employees. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the press.“We are grateful for the people who continue to help us, but we’re not convinced the U.S. government is taking these Americans into account when making policy toward Venezuela,” said Veronica Vadell.For Maria Elena Cardenas time is running out.Her 18-year-old son, Sergio, suffers from a rare metabolic disease that has stunted his physical growth. Since his father’s arrest, he has been having panic attacks and screaming at night. The two traveled to Caracas recently at great risk to Sergio’s health for a two-hour jailhouse visit to calm the teen’s nerves.“He shouldn’t be in jail. He should be home with his us, his family,” the younger Cardenas said, his voice quivering with emotion. “He’s the bravest person I’ve ever known. He’s the greatest father in the world.” Sharelast_img read more

A Separate War Pioneering Black Marines Endured Prevailed

first_imgBy Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated PressIt was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where Black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for.“I said, ‘Wow, that’s a real pretty uniform,’” recalls Thompson, now 94.It took President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 executive order banning discrimination in government and defense industry employment because of “race, creed, color, or national origin” to give the teenage son of Black South Carolina sharecroppers a chance to serve as a Marine during World War II.In this photo taken April 3, 2019, former Montford Point Marine John Thompson talks about his training during an interview at his home in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Just not alongside Whites.The first African Americans admitted to the Marine Corps after Roosevelt’s order were put in segregated units, starting with their training. At a swampy, bug-infested camp called Montford Point, adjacent to but separate from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, they endured indignities — but they also paved the way for others who came after.Thompson, who enlisted in 1943, was among them. The Marines were the only military branch for him, after he saw their uniforms on newsreels at the Black theater where he sold popcorn and after two of his friends joined the Corps themselves.“The Marine Corps is an elite group. I wanted to belong to an elite group. That was my feeling,” said Thompson, who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thompson, now a retired teacher, is one of an estimated 400 still living from among the approximately 20,000 men who trained at Montford Point.In Jim Crow-era Kannapolis, N.C., where Thompson was raised, Black men were mostly relegated to low-paying jobs at a textile mill and Black women weren’t hired at all, he recalled. Blacks had to go to a restaurant’s back door to be served.As his friends were drafted, one by one, Thompson told his father he wanted to join the service.“There had been only two Blacks in town to go to the Marine Corps, and that had been within the last five or six months before I first started talking to my dad about it,” he recalled.But racial segregation ruled out Marine training for Black recruits at Parris Island, S.C., where Whites were trained.“During that time, they didn’t want Blacks to belong to elite groups,” Thompson said. “I wanted to belong to an elite group because, at the time, I didn’t think there was a teenager anywhere in the nation any more physically fit than I was.”Thompson and the other Black would-be Marines were sent to Montford Point. Separated from Lejeune by railroad tracks that they weren’t allowed to cross, Thompson said it was like the racial separation back at home.“Mind you, I was in a segregated society,” Thompson said. “I knew nothing else. It was a way of life.”The new recruits’ fatigues weren’t folded and didn’t fit, Thompson said. When their first day’s training was done, they had no real barracks either.“We had huts to live in. The walls were one board thick, and they looked as if you could ram your fist through a wall,” Thompson said. “In the middle of the hut was one oil stove. We had to supply that stove with buckets to keep that stove going.”When their training began, the Black recruits served entirely under the command of White men.“We had white sergeants … Most of them were Southerners with heavy accents. We only had two or three sergeants from the North,” Thompson said. “It was because they wanted to treat us less than any White person who had ever been in the Marine Corps.”Thompson said the sergeants didn’t use outright racial epithets, but they would often refer to the Black recruits as “you people,” which he considered “subtle expressions” of racism.Yet in a training course notorious for weeding out all but the strongest, Thompson endured their rough tutelage and even thrived.“This training lasted for two months,” he said. “I was made a squad leader. I never did have to do any KP while I was in the service because I was a squad leader and squad leaders didn’t go to the kitchen.”He said he and his comrades helped one another stay strong in the face of challenges. When off duty, they would compete against each other on the drill field to see who was fastest.“I always tried to outdo the other guys,” Thompson said.But even a Marine uniform won a Black man no respect.“Everything was done separately. At the bus station, we would get in line to get on the bus. We had to go all the way to the back of the bus,” he said. “We never could sit up front unless the bus was completely full of Black people.”The Black Marines’ duties in World War II were confined mainly to dispensing ammunition and retrieving the wounded from the front lines. Thompson didn’t see combat, but others did.Historians say the government initially planned to discharge the Black Marines after World War II. But in 1948, President Harry Truman issued an order fully desegregating the U.S. armed forces. Today the Marine Corps is about 11 percent Black — still low among the services, but a seismic shift ahead of the World War II-era.Montford Point Camp was decommissioned on Sept. 9, 1949. On April 19, 1974, it was renamed Camp Johnson in honor of the late Sgt. Maj. Gilbert H. “Hashmark” Johnson — a Marine legend and one of the first Black men who eventually were trained as Marine drill instructors. Today it’s the only Marine Corps installation named in honor of an African American. A memorial honoring the pioneering Montford Point Marines was dedicated there in 2016.In 2011, then-President Barack Obama signed a law awarding all Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal.Some of those medals were awarded posthumously.“We went through a lot and we realized we went through a lot,” Thompson said. “This is just a small token of what we went through.”last_img read more

Wasike and Forrest Begin NCAA Indoor Competition This Weekend

first_img Live Results Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Drocas Wasike and Makenli Forrest will be competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.  Wasike will run in the 5,000 meters on Friday while Forrest will compete in the women’s weight throw on Saturday. The championships, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, will begin Friday, March 8 and conclude on Saturday, March 9.ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.Wasike will run on Friday night at 9:07 p.m. Eastern time.   Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of  9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  She currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 5,000 meters.  Saturday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link center_img Forrest will start competition in the weight throw at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Forrest established herself as a strong competitor in the weight throw once again this season. Forrest set a personal best with a throw of 22.18m/72-09.25 at the Hoosier Hills. She won the event four times, finishing in the top four of all six meets this season.  She earned second team All-ACC honors after finishing fourth at the ACC Championships with a throw of 20.71m/67-11.50.  She currently ranks eighth nationally in the weight throw.  Print Friendly Version Friday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link last_img read more

US cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly con

first_imgUS cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly considering taking an equity stake in video-on-demand site Hulu, according to several US reports.Bloomberg reported that discussions between the firms are at an early stage, and said another, unnamed, pay TV company was also mulling a bid for the VOD site.It claimed that a deal would make Time Warner a co-owner alongside Disney, News Corp and Comcast, who each own around a third of the business though Comcast gave up corporate control of the site as part of its NBCUniversal takeover deal.Separately the Wall Street Journal reported that it was unclear whether Time Warner Cable was looking to take a minority stake in Hulu or launch an all-out deal, but said Hulu’s owners don’t see the cable operator as the most likely buyer. It too said at least one other pay TV operator was weighing an investment in Hulu.A third report by the New York Post claimed that Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has held talks with other cable TV providers about making a joint bid for Hulu. Such a move could turn Hulu into an authenticated online service for paying cable customers, the report said, and added that Hulu was keen for bids to be in by the end of next week.The news follows reports earlier this month claiming that Yahoo! had also held preliminary talks with Hulu, after the VOD business reached out to potential bidders in March.The digital arm of financial services business Guggenheim Partners, Amazon, and former News Corp president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin are also reported to have shown interest in the VOD site in recent months.last_img read more