September 14, 2019 Community Voices Frustration With Increase In Crime

Community Voices Frustration With Increase In Crime

first_imgKenai Police Chief Dave Ross said that between 2016-17 the City of Kenai alone saw a 20% increase in arrests: “I think I share some of the same frustrations that brought most of you out today. Crime in Kenai is my frustrations, that it is growing is my frustration.”  According to Sergeant Duane Kant with the Soldotna Police Department they are seeing the same upward trend in arrests as Kenai. Almost immediately after the bill passed, a debate began over whether its provisions were worsening the level of property and low level crimes. Those concerns were heard from community members during the Q&A portion of the meeting. With concerns about high crime rates, lawmakers have considered changes to the controversial SB 91, but community members are concerned “changes” aren’t enough and have requested a full repeal. Department of Law’s Criminal Division director John Skidmore believes an outright repeal of SB 91 is a bad idea: “We started to see increases in our crime rate in the State of Alaska prior to the passage of SB 91. So anyone who says that SB 91 is causing the crime to increase, there is a little bit of a problem there, because that trend began before SB 91 was passed.”  According to Senator Micciche, a number of provisions have been made to SB 91 since it was passed in 2016: “It makes more sense to keep making “targeted fixes”. We will continue to listen to Alaskans and make necessary changes as they arise.” Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “We passed a bill called SB 91, some of you have heard about it. We have problems, some are related to the bill, we had problems before the bill and we are going to have problems when we fix some parts of the bill. I voted for the bill along with almost everyone in the legislature, and it became quite apparent soon afterwards that we had some things to correct. We missed the mark in several areas.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roughly 50 people filed into the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center last night to talk about crime on the Kenai Peninsula. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, Department of Law, Kenai and Soldotna Police, and the Department of Correction formed a panel to discuss the number one issue facing residents on the Kenai: crime is increasing. “SB 91 really restricted what our law enforcement people could do on the low end crimes. I just don’t understand what was the rationale on not holding people accountable.”  Much of the frustration revolved around Senate Bill 91, the omnibus criminal justice reform measure signed into law in July of 2016. The thought behind SB91 was to reduce jail time for non-violent offenders, and put funding into treatment and anti-recidivism programming.last_img read more

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September 12, 2019 Sister Sledge Film Life Song In Development With Family Support

Sister Sledge Film Life Song In Development With Family Support

first_imgNews It’s true. At Muhammad Ali’s 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire, the sisters were there performing with James Brown. While America underwent turmoil and change, their family performed as well with the Jackson 5, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. But it all began in Philly learning to sing and read music from their grandmother, opera singer Viola Hairston Williams. Kim is confident she can capture it all on the big screen — after all, she has her family behind her.Sister Sledge was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “We Are Family” at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards, performing their hit at that year’s telecast. Following the group’s previous single “He’s The Greatest Dancer” ascending to No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 a month earlier, the song reached No. 2 in June 1979, setting the tone for the last summer of the 70s.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Sister Sledge Feature Film In Development sister-sledge-film-life-song-development-family-support Sister Sledge Film ‘Life Song’ In Development With Family Support Facebook Email Kim Sledge shares her work in progress on a movie in development about the “We Are Family” sisters’ amazing career.Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2018 – 5:30 pm Produced by Nile Rodgers, the 1979 hit “We Are Family” and its album of the same title introduced the sisters of Sister Sledge — Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim — to the world in a big way. On July 31 in an exclusive Variety interview, Kim spoke of the upcoming publication of her memoirs and her efforts to bring the story of the four Philadelphia sisters to the big screen with Life Song, a movie feature in development.Sister Joni died of natural causes at the age of 60 in 2017. Carrying on, the musical sisters still perform together and are able to look back from the unique vantage point of their industry success. “Music will be a great part of it, because that’s what our lives have been about,” Kim said. “During some of the most politically transitional moments in history, we were there.” Twitter last_img read more

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September 12, 2019 Galt MacDermot OftSampled Hair Composer Dies At 89

Galt MacDermot OftSampled Hair Composer Dies At 89

first_img Galt MacDermot, Oft-Sampled ‘Hair’ Composer, Dies At 89 Email News The GRAMMY-winning composer’s impact on the music community stretched from Broadway to hip-hop and beyondNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 5:09 pm Acclaimed composer Galt MacDermot, known for his work on the music of Hair and Two Gentlemen Of Verona, has died. He was 89 years old. MacDermot’s memorable compositions for Broadway also played a key role in the early days of hip-hop sampling. Born Dec. 18, 1928, MacDermot won his first two GRAMMY Awards in 1961 for the Cannonball Adderley recording of his piece “African Waltz,” which took home both Best Instrumental Theme Or Instrumental Version Of Song and Best Original Jazz Composition at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. MacDermot had studied African music in South Africa, receiving his Bachelor of Music from Cape Town University.After moving to New York City in 1964, MacDermot penned the now iconic music for Hair. The show’s Broadway cast album won Best Score From An Original Cast Album for the 11th GRAMMY Awards, earning MacDermot his third career GRAMMY win. Four years later he’d be nominated again in the same category for Two Gentleman Of Verona, which also won the Tony for Best Musical in 1972.In the hip-hop world, his work was repurposed by many hip-hop artists and producers, including Gang Starr, Madlib, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, Run D.M.C., J Dilla, and DJ Premiere, who called MacDermot an “Incredible Icon Of Original Music” in a tribute post on Twitter.GRAMMY-winning producer and Roots drummer Questlove also honored the late composer via social media, writing, “King Galt. The broadway community is mourning his passing this morning… but best believe he was the hip hop community’s too,” before naming a few of the many artists who tapped into MacDermot’s mastery.MacDermot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His spirit lives on through his work as it continues to find new relevance and influence.In a statement, the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, “Three-time GRAMMY winner Galt MacDermot was a highly regarded composer best-known for co-writing the hit Broadway musical, Hair. He earned five GRAMMY nominations and won three GRAMMYs for his composing—most notably for Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album for Hair, at the 11th GRAMMY Awards.”MacDermot’s music also made a significant impact on the hip-hop community, with notable artists such as Public Enemy, Faith Evans and Busta Rhymes sampling his work. The music and theater communities have lost an extraordinary talent. MacDermot will be dearly missed, but his compositions will continue to influence music for years to come.”Read More: “Hair” Will Become A TV Musical In Spring 2019Read more ‘Hair’ Composer Galt MacDermot Dies At 89 galt-macdermot-oft-sampled-hair-composer-dies-89 Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks

first_img2:56 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Huawei P30 Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos The German site WinFuture shared this photo reportedly of the Huawei P30 Pro in orange. WinFutre Huawei made a splash in February with its foldable Mate X phone. It was instantly — and favorably — compared to the Galaxy Fold from Samsung. But it’s another Huawei phone that could be the real head-turner. A leaked photo published on the German site WinFuture on March 13 purportedly shows the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro in an eye-popping shade of orange.While the color could be considered red or orange, apparently it’s called Sunshine. Huawei is known for using vibrant finishes on its phones. But the color isn’t the only interesting thing we see in the photo: On the back of the phone is a camera array stacked with three cameras in the corner. There’s a separate fourth camera just below the flash.The P30 Pro is rumored to have a 7.8x optical zoom, which would be a first on a phone. Of course, we’ll know for certain about the cameras and the color at Huawei’s event in Paris on March 26.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the leak.Originally published March 14 at 1:03 p.m. PT.Update, March 17: Add photo featuring the Huawei P30 Pro in Sunshine Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect $534 Phonescenter_img Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less 8 Photos News • Huawei P30 Pro’s pop-out cam is powerful enough to shoot the moon Tags Huawei P20 Pro shows off its three cameras with four new standout colors Share your voice See it Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) Huaweilast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Govt ACC file petitions against Khaleda bail

Govt ACC file petitions against Khaleda bail

first_imgHigh CourtTwo separate appeals have been filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against four-month interim bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Advocate on record Sufia Khatun filed the appeal on behalf of state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, on behalf of Anti-Corruption Commission, lodged another appeal.The ACC lawyer said that chamber judge of Appellate Division will hear the appeals at noon.On Monday, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 22 February, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Lawyers Nowshad Jamir and Kaiser Kamal, on behalf of the BNP chief, submitted the 880-page bail petition showing 31 grounds for granting her bail.On 25 February, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court says it will pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.Earlier, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Newly released letters shine light on McCarrick allegations

Newly released letters shine light on McCarrick allegations

first_img Catholicism Hospital chaplains stick to the heart of the job amid health care industry changes Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A series of leaked emails has revived a long-simmering scandal involving defrocked Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, providing new evidence that the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., was disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct but was nevertheless allowed to travel and work under both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.The emails appear to confirm some of the claims made last year by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican diplomat to the U.S., but do not appear to corroborate allegations that Pope Francis was aware of the restrictions placed on McCarrick after he was accused of sleeping with seminarians.Last year, the pontiff took away McCarrick’s rank of cardinal and banned him from ministry in the wake of a separate allegation that McCarrick abused a minor decades before.This 1974 photo provided by a man who agreed to be identified only by his first name, James, shows him in California with Theodore McCarrick, a Roman Catholic priest who eventually became a cardinal. James says he was sexually abused for about two decades by McCarrick, who was removed from public ministry in June 2018 over separate child abuse allegations. (Family photo via AP)In one August 2008 message to Italian Archbishop Pietro Sambi, then the pope’s representative in the U.S., McCarrick said he was “ready to accept the Holy Father’s will in my regard.” He was referring a request from Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re that McCarrick cancel his speaking engagements and move to a monastery. He contested the latter, suggesting that his sudden departure would cause “publicity,” which he said was “precisely what Cardinal Re is hoping to avoid.”The documents are the latest salvo in what at least one expert described as an internal “fight” over what happened in Washington, with a bevy of leaks, letters and reports painting an increasingly convoluted picture of who knew what, and when. It also puts additional pressure on Pope Francis, whose papacy has come under fire after the resurgence of the Catholic sex abuse scandal over the past year and a half.According to news first reported Tuesday (May 28) by the website Crux and by CBS News, Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, a priest in Newark, N.J., who previously served as McCarrick’s secretary, revealed the letters and emails he said McCarrick wrote from 2008-2017. McCarrick served as Washington’s archbishop from 2001-2006.The correspondence provided by Figueiredo, who also served as McCarrick’s “go-between” and aide during trips to Rome for years, includes McCarrick fervently denying some of the allegations against him.“I have never had sexual relations with anyone,” McCarrick allegedly wrote in one letter to a senior Vatican official. McCarrick did, however, acknowledge that he shared his bed with seminarians, an act he called “an unfortunate lack of judgment.”“As the problems of sexual abuse began to surface, I realized this was imprudent and stupid and it stopped,” he wrote.Other 2008 emails from McCarrick to Figueiredo — which Crux reportedly confirmed originated from McCarrick’s account — include him describing how Re told the archbishop to resign from all positions in Rome or with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and barred him from making any public appearances without permission.In this Sept. 23, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug former Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP)But the documents suggest McCarrick began to defy prohibitions as time wore on, traveling to Rome (something he was also initially told not to do) on numerous occasions as well as countries around the world — particularly after the election of Pope Francis in 2013, when McCarrick traveled on behalf of the church.Francis has repeatedly denied that he knew anything about the Washington cleric’s situation before spring 2018, saying as much in a new interview published the same day as the documents.“I said it many times, I knew nothing, no idea,” Francis told Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki.Massimo Faggioli, historian and theologian at Villanova University, said the documents do not indicate that Pope Francis was aware of the restrictions reportedly placed on McCarrick by Benedict.Faggioli said Francis’ willingness to make bold public statements regarding the scandal stands in stark contrast to other Vatican officials involved. He pointed out that Pope Benedict published a lengthy letter last month addressing the uptick in the sex abuse crisis but has not as of yet spoken out about the McCarrick incident.Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, left, chats with his predecessor, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, before an ordination Mass at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2007. RNS photo by Jay PremackThe letters appear to suggest that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who replaced McCarrick as archbishop of Washington, was involved in implementing restrictions against McCarrick, despite initially denying to the media that he knew about the abuse charges at all. (Wuerl later backtracked, calling it a “lapse in memory.”)“What’s clear is that they are still fighting over Washington, D.C.,” Faggioli said. “The appointment of Wilton Gregory (who became archbishop of Washington earlier this month) has not put to rest the issue, because it seems to me they are still going after Cardinal Wuerl.”Meanwhile, the Vatican continues to conduct its own investigation into the matter. But Faggioli suggested that any final report from the church is unlikely to be comprehensive and that the real power to investigate likely lies with American journalists.“I would not expect the equivalent of the Mueller report on the McCarrick case,” he said. Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conferenc … By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinscenter_img By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! TagsCarlo Maria Viganò clergy sexual abuse homepage featured Pope Benedict Pope Francis Theodore McCarrick Top Story Vigano,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinslast_img read more

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September 2, 2019 Who Is Meghan Markle 6 Things To Know About The PrincessToBe

Who Is Meghan Markle 6 Things To Know About The PrincessToBe

first_img Share Photo via Meghan Markle’s Twitter @meghanmarklePrince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in spring 2018.Admit it. You’ve Googled “Who’s Meghan Markle” — or, at least, you thought about it.The 36-year-old American actress is now engaged to Prince Harry, the redheaded younger brother of Prince William, with a wedding planned for spring 2018.Here in America, our only princesses are of the Disney variety. But the wedding of Kate and William in 2011 proved that there’s tremendous interest — in some cases, obsession — with the marital machinations of the royal family across the pond.Meghan Markle recalls how Prince Harry proposed— TIME (@TIME) November 27, 2017So even if you aren’t on the edge of your seat wondering who snagged the former “playboy prince,” someone you know probably is. Let’s pretend you’re reading this on their behalf.She’s not royalty — and not BritishLike Princess Kate, Markle is a commoner. More unusually, she’s American; she was born in Los Angeles. That makes her the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.Back then, Edward VIII had to abdicate his throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson — not because she was American, but because she was divorced.Markle is also divorced (she was married from 2011-2013), but 80 years after the Wallas Simpson drama, that’s less likely to cause an uproar.She’s got two rescue dogsHere they are.She’s a humanitarian activist, promoting gender equalityThis March, Markle wrote for Time magazine about the stigma and shame around menstruation in some parts of the world and how it forms a barrier to girls’ success.“We need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation,” she wrote. “To break the cycle of poverty, and to achieve economic growth and sustainability in developing countries, young women need access to education.”Markle was honored by Vanity Fair U.K. for her role in the One Young World summit, along with Emma Watson, Cher and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.You might recognize her from the long-running legal drama SuitsMarkle plays Rachel Zane on the USA Network show, now in its seventh season.Her character began as a well-respected, ambitious paralegal at the show’s central law firm, whose father is a name partner at a rival law firm. Over the course of the show, Zane struggles to get into law school, becomes a lawyer and gets caught up in a love triangle. Her relationship with Mike Ross is one of the central elements of the show.“Rachel and I [are] very similar: ambitious, driven, and always trying to take the bull by its horns,” Markle told Marie Claire in 2013. “I love the intelligence that’s written into Rachel. Look, my very first audition was for ‘Hot Girl #1’ in some movie. It’s the ultimate for me that the writers are … able to go, ‘Sure, you can be a pretty girl, but there’s so much more to her.’ “Markle also describes herself as a foodie, another trait she shares with Zane, Vanity Fair reports.US Weekly reported earlier this month that Markle and costar Patrick Adams (who plays Ross) are both quitting the show at the end of Season 7.She has stayed out of the media hoopla about her romance with Harry …“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle told Vanity Fair in September. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”She described her relationship to the media with a Britishism, “ostriching” — as in, sticking her head in the sand.“I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits,” she said. “The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”… but Harry has spoken out publicly to defend her against tabloidsIn late 2016, when their relationship hit the press, Markle — who is biracial — was subjected to intrusive, offensive media coverage and frequently racist reaction. (The CBC collected several examples.)Prince Harry’s communications secretary responded with a rare public comment, written in the third person, acknowledging their relationship. It noted that Harry “has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it,” but then continued:“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”The statement was widely regarded as unprecedented.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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September 2, 2019 What Future Transit Options Does Houston Need

What Future Transit Options Does Houston Need

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA light rail train in front of Metro’s headquarters on Main Street. Xcenter_img We often hear Houstonians bemoan the fact that we don’t have more vibrant, comprehensive mass transit. But what can we do about it – besides complain?Well, for one, there’s a task force working on the problem long term – about 25 years ahead, in fact.The High Capacity Transit Task Force is examining a variety of transit service concepts that might be workable for Greater Houston by 2045, when the region’s population is projected to be more than ten million.The task force will present its recommendations at the Transit Policy Council meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B.In the audio above, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards talks about the task force, the solutions it’s focusing on, and what she’s hearing from the public concerning its desires for future transportation services. 00:00 /21:22 Sharelast_img read more

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September 1, 2019 Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academys Family Festival

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academys Family Festival

first_imgThe Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy is scheduled to host a back to school community festival on Sept. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at 100 North Calhoun Street in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public and will include food and a movie. For more information, visit

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August 31, 2019 WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

first_imgKolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.last_img

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August 31, 2019 5 books to read in December 2018

5 books to read in December 2018

first_imgIt’s the last month of 2018, a year that saw the release of several impressive novels and nonfiction works on subjects of contemporary interest. December will ring the final bell before the arrival of literary festivals, and these new offerings across various subjects and tastes will keep you company. If political books are making much noise lately, brace for some more as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a spree of releasing books critical of the ruling dispensation, will be publishing ‘Changing India’, a unique series chronicling the country’s changing economy and polity over seven decades. This set of five volumes offers a selection of his writings, speeches, interviews and press conferences from his days in academia during the 1950s, through his career in the civil service during the 1970s and 1980s, as India’s Finance Minister in the early 1990s and as Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders of mythology will not be disappointed as Devdutt Pattanaik, who has authored over 30 books on subjects related to ancient Indian scriptures and mythology, is returning with a new book. It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic while the Mahabharata is realistic. “Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history,” believes Pattanaik, who in ‘Ramayana vs Mahabharata’, explores the similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a “playful analysis” accompanied by his signature illustrations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Why I Am a Liberal: A Manifesto for Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom’, by Sagarika Ghose, will ask its readers whether they are liberal, or dislike liberals. It argues that whatever the case may be, the liberal is at the centre of public debate today. “From discussions on nationalism to religion, freedom of speech, freedom to dissent and women’s rights, the liberal is regarded as a crucial voice. However, once influential, the Indian liberal is under attack from many who feel liberals have got it all wrong. Liberals stand for individual freedoms and argue against Big Governments. Yet, today, are individual freedoms such as the right to eat, worship, dress, love, marry, set up businesses, free speech, have opinions, read and write what you want in serious danger? Is the dominance of a Big Government or Big State stamping out individual freedom in an unprecedented manner?” asks Ghose. The author shows how deep liberal traditions in India are and how the founding vision of India was a thoroughly liberal one. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book, a book one might want to read to know about individual freedoms. And then there is ‘A Rural Manifesto: Realising India’s Future through Her Villages’, by Varun Gandhi. The book, published amidst a national conversation on rural distress, highlights the potential solutions to putting the village economy on an even keel, while exploring how the vast majority of India ekes out a living. “In this heartfelt and timely book, covering facets of the Indian rural economy, Feroze Varun Gandhi shines a bright light on the travails of the marginal farmer and asks searching questions on why the rural economy remains in doldrums, six decades after Independence,” the publisher said. The book is said to explore rural India’s innate perseverance and highlight potential solutions in development policy with a focus on making the rural economy resilient. ‘Where Some Things Are Remembered: Profiles And Conversations – Dom Moraes’, edited by Sarayu Srivatsava, will emphasise that Dom Moraes was not only one of India’s greatest poets, but also an extraordinary journalist and essayist. He could capture effortlessly the essence of the people he met, and in every single profile in this sparkling collection he shows how it is done. “The Dalai Lama laughs with him and Mother Teresa teaches him a lesson in empathy. Moraes could make himself at home with Lalu Prasad Yadav, the man who invented the self-fulfilling controversy, and exchange writerly notes with Sunil Gangopadhyaya. He was Indira Gandhi’s biographer – painting her in defeat, post-Emergency, and in triumph, when she returned to power. He tried to fathom the mind of a mysterious ‘super cop’ – K P S Gill – and also of Naxalites, dacoits and ganglords,” publisher Speaking Tiger said, giving a backround of the book. It said that the collection is literary journalism at its finest.last_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Rep Noble kicks off March is Reading Month tour

Rep Noble kicks off March is Reading Month tour

first_img06Mar Rep. Noble kicks off March is Reading Month tour State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced his March is Reading Month tour in southeastern Michigan. During March, the lawmaker will visit five elementary schools in Northville and Plymouth to celebrate the month-long reading event.March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside the classroom. This year, Rep. Noble will visit Northville’s Ridgewood and Silver Springs elementary schools and Plymouth Scholars, Plymouth Christian and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. During his classroom visits, Rep. Noble will read to students, answer their questions and discuss the importance of reading at an early age.“Developing good reading habits is imperative to a student’s long-term success,” Rep. Noble said. “I always enjoy visiting local classrooms, meeting students and sharing a good book.”Local schools interested in hosting the representative for March is Reading Month can contact his office at 517-373-3816, or by email at INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble celebrates March is Reading Month by visiting and reading to students at Ridgewood Elementary School in Northville. Categories: Noble Newslast_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Reilly removes unnecessary hurdles for homeschool families

Reilly removes unnecessary hurdles for homeschool families

first_img27Feb Reilly removes unnecessary hurdles for homeschool families Categories: Reilly News A solution introduced by state Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, would change a law requiring homeschool students to obtain a work permit from a local school they do not attend in order to work an after-school job.Under Reilly’s proposed legislation, parents of homeschoolers could provide consent instead.“Current law puts schools in an awkward position as they do not know the student seeking the permit,” Reilly said. “Parents know what’s best for their children and should be given full autonomy to decide if an after-school job is what’s right for them.”Reilly specified that the bill does not change regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. The legislation simply eliminates government overreach that creates unnecessary hurdles for homeschool students.House Bill 4262 was referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

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August 7, 2019

UK satellite service provider ViewSat has installe

first_imgUK satellite service provider ViewSat has installed a digital video headend from Harmonic to deliver DTH services to subscribers in Africa and the Middle East.ViewSat is using Harmonic’s Electra MPEG-2 multichannel encoding and ProStream with ACE real-time stream processing and transcoding platforms.“In deploying a new digital video headend, our goal was to find a solution that would optimise bandwidth while ensuring a high quality of experience for our customers,” said Awaes Jaswal, CEO, ViewSat. “Harmonic’s high-density and scalable video processing solutions will enable us to efficiently add new channels and services in the future to support our growing subscriber base, all while maintaining superior video quality.”last_img

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