A Family Affair at Annual Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit

first_imgTwenty-three years after screen icon Elizabeth Taylor started her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), an intimate group of 250 family members and friends packed into the Wilding Cran Gallery in Hollywood to continue her foundation’s work.Celebrity host Colin Farrell and musical guest Katharine McPhee mesmerized the crowd while the Taylor family – a true living and breathing testament to Taylor’s presence – were there in force to engage and envelop the audience.Grandson Rhys Tivey sang and played trumpet to a captivated audience. Granddaughter Naomi Wilding spoke and assisted Andrea Fiuczynski, chairwoman of Sotheby’s West Coast, with auctions of priced works by notable artists and photographers like Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, and Catherine Opie. Ex-daughter-in-law Aileen Getty – who has lived with HIV/AIDS for almost 30 years – took to the stage with executive director of ETAF Joel Goldman. She encouraged everyone to give generously and announced that she would match every donation.February 27th would have been Dame Taylor’s 82nd birthday and the event was truly a celebration of her vision, generosity, and commitment to raising awareness of those who are most disenfranchised within the HIV/AIDS community worldwide.Joel Goldman called Taylor his “guiding star.” He played a video of Taylor’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award acceptance speech in 1993 that perfectly captured the spirit of her legacy:“I am asking for your help. I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame, that our sensitivity of those in need is stronger than our greed, that our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud, that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity and respect that every human being deserves.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Miss Keenans class at KhatinasAxh school in the Yukon wins a trip

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsMiss Keenan’s Grade 5, 6 and 7 class at Khatinas.Axh school in the Yukon has won a Parks Canada contest that will see them travel to Manitoba this summer.The school is based in Teslin, a small community about two hours south of Whitehorse.It’s home to about 125 people – mostly Tlingit.The community has a speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour and one of its RCMP cruisers is made out of plywood.But the kindergarten to Grade 8 school, which has about 50 students, plays a big part in the community and is supported by the community’s Elders.One of the challenges this community faces is the preservation of its inland Tlingit language.And how they do that was one of the keys to winning the contest.lsmith@aptn.calast_img read more

Hungary UN expert on press freedom concerned by media law

5 April 2011The United Nations independent expert on the right to freedom of opinion and expression today voiced concern over Hungary’s recent controversial media law, saying it could be used to curb the freedom of the press. “The media legislation still risks generating a climate of self-censorship,” despite some amendments introduced by Parliament last month, said UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue at the end of a visit to Hungary.“Freedom of the media is an essential foundation of democracy. Hence, every State must ensure that every medium of communication, be it television, radio, press or the Internet, can convey diverse opinions, including those that shock, offend or disturb,” he said.The law significantly expands State oversight over print and web-based media, while centralizing State media news production.Mr. La Rue highlighted key elements of the law, including the prescription of media content, which he said was based “on vague concepts and insufficient guarantees to ensure the independence and impartiality of the regulatory body empowered to apply the law.”He also drew attention to excessive fines and other administrative sanctions that can be imposed on media; broad scope of the law to regulate all types of media, including the press and the Internet; registration requirements for the operation of media service providers; and lack of sufficient protection of journalistic sources.He deplored the lack of broad public consultations with representatives of the media, civil society and other stakeholders prior to the adoption of the law last year, but welcomed a pledge by the country’s Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Minorities and Religious Matters to engage in consultations.“I am deeply grateful for the invitation by the Government to continue our ongoing dialogue and cooperation regarding the media legislation to bring it in line with Hungary’s international human rights obligations,” said Mr. La Rue.“As the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I hope that the Government of Hungary will serve as a model in the region by fully guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression,” he added. read more

Lanka may allow 250 Tamil Nadu trawlers on specified days

Sri Lanka may allow 250 Tamil Nadu bottom trawlers to fish in Sri Lankan waters on predetermined days as an ad hoc measure to mitigate the problem of poaching by Tamil Nadu bottom trawlers in North Lankan waters, an official source told the New Indian Express.The source said that this will be advantageous to Sri Lanka because, at present, nearly 3,000 TN trawlers invade Lankan waters every other day and systematically deplete and destroy the marine resources of the island and deprive North Lankan Tamil fishermen of their livelihood. Colombo is ready to allow a certain amount of bottom trawling by TN fishermen because trawling is not yet banned in Lanka. South Lankan Sinhalese fishermen trawl in the North Eastern sea off Mullaitivu with tacit government support. A bill seeking a total ban on bottom trawling was moved by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, in the Lankan parliament in February this year. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the bill would be sent to Lanka’s nine Provincial Councils for their comment. But Sumanthiran said that the consent of the Provincial Councils is not necessary because, under the 13 th. Amendment of the Lankan constitution, fisheries is a Central Subject and Colombo can decide.The Tamil MP is of the view that Lanka cannot stop Tamil Nadu and Puducherry fishermen from indulging in bottom trawling in the North Lankan seas when the practice is not banned in the island nation itself. While the Tamil Nadu government wants Lanka to release the 67 fishermen and 98 boats ahead of the talks, the Lankan government is not for the release of the boats. Colombo is not ready to accept the TN Chief Minister’s demand that the damaged boats be repaired by Lanka before they are handed over. Many of the 98 boats have been damaged due to non-maintenance. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen’s association of Rameswaram, which had met the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on June 30, was hoping to have talks with its Lankan counterparts in Chennai on July 8. But this was not to be. According to Gehan Gunatilleke of the Colombo-based Verite Research, there is opposition in Lanka itself to the imposition of a ban on bottom trawling. This is because Lankan fishermen (mainly from South Lanka) want to indulge in bottom trawling in the Northern seas once the Indian fishermen are driven away, Gunatilleke says.According to Gunatilleke and Sumanthiran, Lanka’s larger and long term interest will be served only by imposing a total ban on bottom trawling, irrespective of the nationality of the trawler.Meanwhile ,the proposed talks between the fishermen’s associations of Lanka and Tamil Nadu got postponed by two months at least because the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department said that it was preoccupied with other matters. read more

Amazon gives students 50 Kindle Fire HD 89 discount

first_imgAmazon is making a sweet deal to any students who haven’t gone back to school yet but still have some holiday gift cash to burn. As long as you have an Amazon Student account, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available to you at a $50 discount.The Kindle Fire line has had one goal from the beginning: to disrupt the tablet market. As PC manufacturers began to try their hands at tablets, and Apple sat at the top of the heap with hardware and pricing that defined the industry, tablets were expensive. Then the Kindle Fire came and offered much of the same tablet functionality for much less than any of Android and iOS tablets on the market. When Google countered with the $200 Nexus 7, Amazon responded with the Kindle Fire HD and continued to offer superior hardware for less than their competition. Amazon has tried a number of times to offer incentives for users to continue their Amazon Student subscription, with hardware discounts serving as the latest attempt.If you have an Amazon student account in good standing, you’ll be able to see the deal. If you have a .edu address and have never created an Amazon account, you have six free months of their service, which includes Amazon Prime shipping. If you have already taken advantage of this service and your six months have lapsed, you’ll be out $69 to get yourself another year of the service. If your account is active, you will see that every 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has been discounted $50, starting with the $299 model. This discount is set to expire at the end of January, and at any point during this month if you have an active student account you’ll be able to take advantage of the discount. Even if you go to create your account right now, the deal is available to you.This doesn’t apply to the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, due mostly to the fact that the tablet is already sold as close to cost as possible. Amazon makes very little off of their hardware, but the combination of kickbacks from content sales and the operating system level advertising on the Kindle Fire HD helps balance that out. If you’re not a big fan of the software, you can always root the Kindle Fire HD and turn the tablet into a stock Android device.last_img read more

Former head of Real IRA dies after shooting in Cork

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie File photo Dec 7th 2016, 8:00 PM Updated 8pmAN EX-CHIEF of Staff of the Real IRA has died following a shooting in Cork city this evening.Dissident republican Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, has been named as the victim of the gun attack outside the Church of the Annunciation on Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool at about 5pm today.It is understood O’Driscoll – who is often referred to by his nickname The Beast – was shot a number of times in the back.He was given medical assistance at the scene and taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem is to be arranged.Gardaí are currently at the scene, which has been preserved for technical examinations.Two partially burnt-out cars have been found in different locations nearby – one on Redemption Road in Blackpool and the other in Killeens, county Cork.Gardaí in Mayfield have appealed for witnesses.The Real IRA is a dissident republican organisation which has been heavily linked to criminality in recent years.With reporting by Órla Ryan 66 Comments Former head of Real IRA dies after shooting in Cork Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, was shot in the back a number of times. http://jrnl.ie/3126284 Short URLcenter_img 61,378 Views Share64 Tweet Email4 Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sinead O’Carroll File photo Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Spalletti Inter Milan deserved derby win

first_imgInter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti believes their 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan was deserved due to their dominanceThe 222nd official Derby di Milano ended in a 1-0 victory for Inter following captain Mauro Icardi’s dramatic injury-time winner.Despite losing midfielder Radja Nainggolan to a first-half injury, Inter were the better of the two sides but were unable to take advantage of their superiority.Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij came closest to scoring by hitting the post from close range before Icardi netted the match-winner for Inter.“We wanted to score sooner, and this would have reflected the pattern of the game perfectly,” said Spalletti on the club website.“But we played better than our opponents and were camped in their half of the field from the beginning until the end. We were the dominant team.“It’s not easy to play with a high line and press the opposition as we did, but we did it perfectly tonight and managed to prevent Milan from playing.”The Italian tactician hopes that Sunday night’s result will prove to be a turning point in their season.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I live for these results. I’m not here to simply warm the bench but to shape Inter’s future,” continued Spalletti.“The players should look to do the same and I liked what Icardi said at the end of the game, this victory helps us in terms of gaining consistency.“The club has chosen us to do just this, to bring the team back to the top. The fans really deserve for this to happen.”Inter are now third in the Serie A table with 19 points from nine games, while Milan languishes behind in 12th place.Buon lunedì! Quanti di voi stanno ancora esultando? 🤩🖤💙#InterMadeOfMilano #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/HHAu8VUR8t— Inter (@Inter) October 22, 2018last_img read more

Dave Scott celebrates opening night of the fourthannual GI Film Festival

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The GI Film Festival San Diego is a six-day military film festival which features more “untold and underrepresented” perspectives of America’s military through film.Our own Dave Scott was on-scene for its fourth-annual opening night- which included the San Diego premiere of, “American,” by Richie Adams and starring George Takei.KUSI’s Dave Scott and Mike Smith preview, “American.” Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsGI Film Festival San Diego 2018 runs from today, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 30.Screening times vary.Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park (for Sept. 25-28)UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (for Sept. 29-30)All Access Passes and tickets available on GIFilmFestivalSD.org. Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 25, 2018 Dave Scott celebrates opening night of the fourth-annual GI Film Festival Updated: 1:20 AM September 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Driver in Sunrise hitandrun surrenders to police

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man has turned himself in to police in connection to a hit-and-run in Sunrise that sent a woman to the hospital.Twenty-one-year-old Adrian Perez surrendered on Friday, police confirmed, in connection to the July 14 crash.Officers said he admitted to hitting the woman with his car and driving off.According to investigators, 53-year-old Michelle Holguin was riding her bicycle home from work when she was struck near Sunrise Boulevard.Sunrise Police later released surveillance video showing Perez arriving at a Mobil gas station, located at 12580 W. Sunrise Blvd., shortly after the time Holguin was hit. The footage shows the driver’s vehicle with visible damage to the windshield.Holguin’s family said she remains in the hospital in critical condition.A 7News source said Perez remains at the Broward County Main Jail and has been charged with failure to remain at the scene of the accident involving serious injury and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MagazineMedia Industry Optimistic on Publishings Future at AMC

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO—Mary Berner, the new CEO of MPA, set a feisty tone for the 2012 AMC right from the start. “I’m pissed because we have others hijacking our narrative,” Berner said in opening remarks here Monday morning. “By letting others hijack our story, it has become one of doom and gloom, demise and even death. And that conversation is affecting our business.”Instead, Berner said, the magazine industry is well positioned to thrive, if it has the “balls and the chutzpah” to prevail. Changing the conversation, she said, “has to be faster, louder and with one strong freakin’ voice.”Berner took the audience of 200-plus attendees through a quiz in which each multiple-choice question had one answer that told a negative gloom-and-doom story, and another that had the often much-happier reality. For example, total magazine-audience numbers have increased by 4 percent since 2010, and there has been a 57 percent spike in the number of brands advertising on magazine media platforms (tablet, online and print) since 2010.Paul Bascobert, president of Bloomberg Businessweek and conference chairman, also helped set the stage for the conference in opening remarks. “We’re competing in an attention economy—building an audience has never been more difficult,” he said. He added that while difficult, it is not impossible, especially given the expansion of media and the strength and quality of magazine brands. In one sense, Berner’s message and Bascobert’s was standard fare at the annual conference of large consumer-magazine companies. Berner’s message has been heard before—if not as strongly stated—many times, over the last decade, even as digital media has continued to transform the landscape. Still, the ability to use strong brands to prevail in a changing world was a key takeaway of the majority of the first day of AMC. The focus was on digital assets—tablets, mobile, online, social and otherwise—and how these platforms will play an integral part in publishing’s future health and growth.The ability to distribute magazine content and expand brands is an enormous opportunity in the digital space, Next Issue Media CEO Morgan Guenther told the audience. And with 2.5 billion global Internet connections, 5 billion mobile devices, 30-billion App Store downloads and 25 billion with Google Play, that’s a core of the Next Issue business plan, he said. “What else can we do to add value?” asked Karen Kovacs, publisher of People magazine in a morning session. The publication’s readers spend $100 a year for a subscription to the printed product. Yet, with proliferation of new avenues, Kovacs emphasized that publishers should be providing paying customers with several touch-points that extend beyond the magazine, and that can also drive revenue.People will roll out a new customizable mobile app in November that will give users to access specific content about their favorite celebrities, allowing the brand to also bring in advertisers in an integrated way. Similarly, Food & Wine magazine vice president and publisher Christina Grdovic, who sat on the same panel, said the publication had executed a editorially-driven cocktail recipe app that was sponsored by Belvedere. In this way, the company leveraged digital media, integrated an advertiser to drive revenue and extended its brand presence.”We have the opportunity to reach 200 million consumers through new platforms,” said Kovacs.Enthusiast publisher Source Interlink Media is turning its eye to video—it now has a 45-person production crew and is focusing on entertainment-based streaming content.“YouTube has allowed us to dive into episodic content and it’s evolving to be able to provide a lot of advertising content,” said Chris Argentieri, president of Source Interlink Media. Source in the digital age will be “truly a diversified media company from a revenue standpoint,” he added.Digital opportunities can also come in the form of in-the-moment offers, said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content for Amazon. The late Vanity Fair writer Christopher Hitchens, for example, released a 15,000-word Kindle Single article on the death of Osama Bin Laden shortly after Bin Laden’s death. This type of long-form journalism, which is easier consumed on a tablet than a desktop or laptop Web browser, was readily available before the magazine went to print, and easily monetized in a topical and timely way. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” said Grandinetti. “You’re only going to be constrained by how good your ideas are.”Timely interaction—through instant content updates or social media—will also help the magazine industry grow, Joel Lunenfeld, vice president of Global Brand Strategy for Twitter told the audience during a luncheon interview with Wired senior editor Bill Wasik. “There is an incorrect use of Twitter,” Lunenfeld said. “Using it as a broadcast platform is the wrong way to use Twitter—as just a one way dialogue. When you look at the best magazines on Twitter, they re-tweet and reply. A follower is a subscriber.”Lunenfeld added that Twitter does not have an algorithm that stops content from going to a person’s feed—that means if someone follows a magazine, they can see everything the publication pushes out, opening the door for heightened click-through rates and exposure. On average, a magazine’s Twitter following represents 14 percent of its circulation. However, the top 50 magazines by circulation usually have 150 percent more followers, said Lunefeld.“Twitter extends what editorial means,” Lunenfeld said. “Maybe it’s a poll or a question with a chat. It’s also leveraging expertise to give real time advice—the minute that people start talking to audiences it’s an ‘Ah ha’ moment,” where users feel appreciated and welcomed by a brand, he said.Perhaps the largest takeaway from the first day of AMC came in the form of a question from Ethan Grey, vice president of Digital for the MPA. He asked Pamela Maffei McCarthy, deputy editor of the New Yorker, “What is a magazine?”“There is a core that goes across all titles and all times,” she said. “It’s a critical mass of writing and pictures, very often subject specific, with a voice. There was a time we assembled it all in one place and in one time. But now there are a dozen ways and it’s 24/7. We used to welcome readers to our world, now it’s to our universe where all sorts of things are going on.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Legislature passes bill allowing Alaska State Fair ski areas to serve alcohol

first_imgThe bill was introduced by Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, initially just to address the state fair. The alcohol board denied Eaglecrest’s application to sell beer and wine last fall, even though several other ski areas in the state were already selling alcohol. Hannan said this solution is short term. She said another bill introduced by Micciche this session, Senate Bill 52, is the larger effort to rewrite the state alcohol statute known as Title 4. “The bill started slim, it grew and then went on a diet in the last couple of days,” Micciche said. “So it got back to our original intent, and that was to save businesses that were at risk because of the board’s recent actions on recreational site licenses.” The main lodge of Eaglecrest Ski Area on Douglas Island is at the base of the ski slopes rising in the background., pictured here in October 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) As the bill progressed, more businesses came forward with similar dilemmas. Several business and venues across the state were caught off guard when the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board began denying recreational site license renewals last year, saying they did not meet the criteria in state law. “We were very happy with the outcome that the Alaska State Fair was able to be grandfathered in,” said Jerome Hertel, general manager of the Alaska State Fair . Juneau Rep. Sara Hannan introduced an amendment Wednesday to include Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau. On the last day of its regular 121-day session, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill allowing businesses like the Alaska State Fair and others to continue selling alcohol. Erika McConnell, director of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, said the alcohol board plans to revisit the denied license renewals at its next meeting after Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs SB 16 into law. Senate Bill 16 broadens the state’s legal definition to include places like performing arts centers, bowling alleys and ski areas — many of which had sold alcohol for decades without issue. The Legislature will revisit SB 52 next year. The board’s next meeting is July 9. Dunleavy spokesman Matthew Shuckerow said the administration is focusing on broad legislation related to crime and the state budget right now and does not know when the bill will be signed.last_img read more

Panasonic to Invest Over 200 million for Teslas Battery Plant in US

first_imgTesla MotorsPanasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.The overall investment for the project could touch $5 billion and Panasonic’s share could reach $1 billion. However, a Panasonic spokesperson declined to talk about the investment figures, and said that the company has signed a letter of intent to participate in the Tesla battery project and was in talks on the matter.The stock prices of Tesla Motors and Panasonic Corp surged 0.56 percent and 0.16 percent on Tuesday. ($1 equals 101 Japanese Yen). PanasonicReuters reported that a basic agreement on the deal between the two companies will be announced by the end of this week, including quarterly earnings report on Thursday. But the official added that investment figures will be kept under wraps. In a contract signed in October 2013, the two agreed that Panasonic would supply Tesla with 2 billion battery cells between 2014 and 2017, Nikkei business daily reported.Tesla is looking at three to four sites in the United States to build the Giga Factory units in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada to double the production of lithium-ion batteries by 2020.According to a report by insideev, batteries for Plug-Ins and Hybrids were a $660 million market in Q1 2014, led by US demand. Meanwhile, Panasonic has 39 percent share of Plug in Vehicle batteries along with its partnership with Tesla Motors.last_img read more

Dengue patients throng hospitals all night

first_imgLittle Sumaiya has dengue but her father had to take her back home as there was no room in hospital. Photo: Ashraful AlamIt was 11:15 Wednesday night and two women were sitting in the reception of Holy Family Hospital in the capital city, anxiously tending to an infant. They said the baby had dengue and was being treated at a different clinic, but when her platelet count fell to just 25,000, they rushed to this hospital as the clinic lacked the facilities to deal with the case.The infant was lucky enough to be able to get admitted there, unlike little Sumaiya who couldn’t be admitted to Dhaka Shishu Hospital. Her father Forkan, a day labourer from Mohammadpur in the capital, said four-year-old Sumaiya had been suffering from fever for two days and was brought to Shishu Hospital on Wednesday night. He had been sent from one overcrowded room to the other with his daughter at the hospital’s emergency unit and finally, after one and a half hours, his daughter received attention. Her blood test showed positive for dengue but there was no room for her in the hospital and so Forkan had to take her daughter back home.These two incidents reveal the state of the emergency departments at the city’s hospitals all through the night. Five correspondents of Prothom Alo visited Dhaka Medical College, Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital (Mitford Hospital), Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night, staying at the emergency departments from 9:00pm till 12:30am.The emergency departments were overflowing with patients. The physicians were under tremendous pressure. They said almost all those who were coming late at night were dengue patients and mostly poor.In these two and a half hours at the five hospitals, at least 270 patients were treated. Most of them were affected with dengue. Some managed to get admitted, while others had to try their luck at different hospitals. Others simply returned home.Even after midnight there was a long line of patients with their families at the Mitford Hospital. At 11:00pm, there were around 22 patients waiting in line at the Shishu Hospital. New patients were still arriving.At midnight patients still were arriving at Suhrawardy Hospital. An internee physician at the hospital said that normally only Dhaka Medical College’s emergency department saw such a large number of patients so late at night. But, over the past couple of weeks, this hospital was under such pressure too.From one hospital to anotherAt midnight, an infant was brought to Holy Family Hospital but had to be rushed by ambulance to a different hospital as there was no Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) there.A relative of the infant, Pulak Chandra Bhadra, said the child, 9-year-old Arghya Dutta, was from Lohagora, Narail. He had been taken with fever to the Narail upazila hospital and then to Narail Sadar and then on to Jessore Sadar Hospital. Then he was brought to Dhaka. A physician on duty at Holy Family’s emergency department HN Ashiqur Rahman said that the child was in a bad condition but couldn’t be admitted there as they had no PICU.When security guard Suman arrived at Dhaka Shishu Hospital from Kazipara with his 23-month-old infant, it was nearly 10:00 at night. He had to wait for an hour before the physician could attend to his child. The physician said the child needed to be admitted to hospital but there was no space there and so Suman rushed off to Suhrawardy Hospital to see if he could find a place there.CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver Hanif arrived at Shishu Hospital with his ailing wife and child at 9:30pm. The hospital doesn’t treat adults and so he had to take them to Suhrawardy Hospital.Who gets admission?Nazrul, who runs a tea-stall, was distraught. Sitting in the veranda of Suhrawardy Hospital at 11:00 in the night, he lamented, “My 12-year-old son has been suffering from fever for three days. He can’t eat and keeps vomiting. Mirpur’s Shishu Hospital diagnosed him with dengue. I have brought him here to get admitted at Suhrawardy Hospital, but the doctor said they only admit patients who are bleeding through their nose and mouth. So how bad does a patient’s condition have to be to get admitted?”Dengue patients in verandas, on the floorsDengue patient Sabita Sen was under treatment for four days at Dhaka National Medical Hospital and shifted from there to Mitford Hospital at 11:30 Wednesday night. She was admitted there, but had to lay her bedding on the floor as there were no vacant beds. There were many patients similarly lying on the floor.At midnight, day labourer Billal, lying in the veranda of Suhrawardy Hospital, spoke to the Prothom Alo correspondent. He had come from Dhanmondi and had been in the veranda of the hospital for the past four days.last_img read more

Being Black and Republican in the Era of Trump Presents Real Challenges

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaIt’s likely that identifying as a Republican today isn’t as easy as it once was, particularly with President Donald Trump’s policies that have included separating children from parents; the administration’s escalating racial rhetoric; and a special counsel report that strongly suggests the nation’s commander-in-chief committed crimes that may not just end with obstruction of justice.And, as tough as it is for White GOP members to identify with the party (See: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash’s declaring his independence this month and leaving the party) African American Republicans may have an even more difficult task of letting people know where they stand.Some believe that African Americans as a whole will ever be convinced that the Republican party has the community’s best interest in mind. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)In fact, prominent Republicans like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Telly Lovelace, who once was responsible for African American outreach, press strategy and field engagement for the Republican National Committee, nixed requests by the NNPA Newswire to detail life as a Black Republican.We also reached out to others without success including Herman Caine, Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson, and Armstrong Williams.Perhaps they weren’t able to articulate what former RNC Chair Michael Steele could – “I mean, you know, people don’t ask Democrats that question when they had their crazy left-wingers out there,” Steele said.“But, you know in any political climate there are underlying arguments for being reasonable and in my view, which is why I remain a Republican, is that despite Donald Trump, there’s still a balance and there’s still underlying arguments for Republicanism that are still valid,” Steele said.“The principles are still valid,” he said before offering a reminder of what he told a Washington Post reporter in 2018.“You invite me over to a nice dinner and I come to your home. And during the course of that evening, I start breaking your china. I start slicing your drapes, tearing up your carpet, putting holes in your walls.“So, at that point, do you leave, or do you kick my ass out? You’re going to kick me out. That’s where I am. I’m not leaving. This is my house.“I know I gotta repair the drapes and patch up the holes in the walls and replace the carpet. But your ass will be gone and that’s the goal,” Steele said.Shekinah Monee, of Perfect Vision PR Company, said as a Republican in the current climate it’s often difficult when she discusses her views to fellow African Americans who don’t favor her party.“My mother blames my boyfriend for my party change, although my views have never changed,” Monee told NNPA Newswire.“I had to reevaluate my views and why I was with a [Democratic] party that did not support me. While I have always been conservative, I was told as a black woman I must be a Democrat. I attempted to become a Republican several times, but the Board of Election kept keeping me as a Democrat. I finally became a Republican in 2019,” Monee said.“I think that the African American community truly needs to read and know their history. I think that a lot of people dislike a person and let it speak for the party,” she said.“There is no consideration taken about the entire picture. Also, we must hold everyone to the same standards,” Monee continued.Having worked in Republican politics for 15 years and being the head of the only black GOP political campaign consulting firm, Richard S. Holt said his experience shows that having an all-white administration makes many African Americans believe that the party is racist.“My friends and family understand this narrative and how it works in terms of the politics of race,” Holt said.“My father was very conservative and hated the Democrats who he saw as holding back black progress. As I grew up, I began to get a better understanding of his ideas,” said Holt, whose father was the first in his family to get a college degree and the first black chemist to graduate from his college,” he said.“I was taught a very ‘up by the bootstraps’ idea that we had to be smarter, be wiser, and work harder than whites to get ahead,” Holt said.“Once I read the book, ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’ in college back in 1999, I was sold on conservatism overall,” he said.Holt did say he disagreed with the author’s ideas on the Civil Rights Act, but the overall philosophy of conservatism just made the most sense for the kind of America he wanted to live in.Jonathan Farley, whose father is a native of Guyana who holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and his mother who is Jamaican and holds a Ph.D. in American history, said he’s an independent who voted Republican in the 2018 midterm elections.“I decided to do that because of the Democratic Party’s support for alternative lifestyle groups and the party’s support for women who make false allegations against men like the #MeToo movement,” Farley said.Despite his conversion, Farley said he doesn’t believe African Americans as a whole will ever be convinced that the Republican party has the community’s best interest in mind.“Republicans should make it clear that the Democratic party supports anti-Christian efforts like teaching kindergarteners about transsexuals and Republicans should stop taking the side of neo-Confederate groups and the party should publicly state that Confederate statues need to be removed,” Farley said.last_img read more