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Truck overturns in Coxs Bazar 5 killed

first_imgRoad accident logoFive people were killed and nine others injured as a bamboo-laden truck overturned in front of Balukhali customs office in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known yet.Ekramul Siddik, assistant commissioner of Ukhia upazila, said the bamboo-laden truck overturned on four human haulers and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw standing beside it around 9:00am after the driver lost control over steering, leaving five people dead on the spot and nine others injured.last_img read more

Quack beats cancer patient to death

first_imgMap of CumillaA cancer patient has died as he was beaten for refusing to take more after gulping 60 bottles of rose water in the name of spiritual treatment by a quack, locally known as kabiraj, at Chhatadda village of Chandina upazia in Cumilla, reports UNB.The deceased is Shamim Khan, a resident of the village.Locals said Shamim had been suffering from cancer for long.He went to Abul Kalam, who was locally known as master of spirits (Jiner Badshah), for the treatment of his cancer spiritually while Kalam asked him to collect 107 bottles of rose water and eight towels for the treatment.Kalam told Shamim to drink all the 107 bottles of rose water at once, while Shamim managed to drink a total of 60 bottles on Monday night.As Shamim was unable to drink more rose water, Kalam started to beat him brutally and at one stage, Shamim collapsed on the ground and died.After Shamim’s death, his father filed a case with Chandina police station and police arrested the quack, said officer-in-charge of Chandina police station Shamsul Islam.last_img read more

Suu Kyi follows Israels Begin in turning away from peace

first_imgMyanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over the Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Reuters File PhotoMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won’t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week.Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the U.N. says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.That is a turnaround from 1991, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the prize and praised “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Once awarded, the prize cannot be withdrawn.“This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticised,” said Professor Geir Lundestad, who was the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1990 to 2014.Lundestad said the prize remains a force for good, even if some winners later fall short of its ideals: “Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.”The Nobel prizes were established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, whose fortune came in part from making and selling arms. The peace prize, worth 9 million Swedish Krona ($1.1 million) will be announced on Oct. 6 and can go to one or more individuals or organisations.A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them.Israeli leader Menachem Begin ordered the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, four years after sharing the Nobel with Egypt’s Anwar Sadat for their Camp David peace accord. Sadat was assassinated by an Islamist army officer in 1981.Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat shared the 1994 prize with Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the Oslo accords, which have not brought a lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin was assassinated by a far-right nationalist in 1995 and Peres was voted out of office eight months later. Arafat later presided over the Palestinians during the second intifada, a violent uprising against Israeli occupation.Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, awarded the prize in 1990 for his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, sent tanks in 1991 to try to stop the independence of the Baltic countries, though he later let them become independent.U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the 1973 prize with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho for what turned out to be failed efforts to end the Vietnam War. Tho declined the award, the only laureate ever to do so, accusing Washington of violating the truce. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese.When U.S. president Barack Obama won in 2009 just months after taking office, even he said he was surprised. By the time he came to Oslo to collect the prize at the end of the year, he had ordered the tripling of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated,” he said in his speech. “I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict.”PRICE TOO STEEPAmong Suu Kyi’s critics is Tutu who, in a Sept. 7 letter to his “dearly beloved younger sister” writes: “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”On 19 September, Suu Kyi condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished. While Western diplomats and aid officials welcomed the tone of her message, some doubted if she had done enough to deflect global criticism.Dan Smith, the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize might even have harmed the Rohingya.“She has an aura,” he said of Suu Kyi, adding that maybe her stellar international reputation “masked the true awfulness” of abuses over many years of the Rohingya.“When she responded to questions about the Rohingya by saying ‘why are you focusing on them, not on other issues?, people were inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.”Suu Kyi was the rare winner, like Nelson Mandela, to rise from political prisoner to national leader. Mandela stepped down after five years as South Africa’s first black president with his reputation largely unblemished, but some of his allies from the apartheid-era liberation movement faced scandals in office.“Maybe it’s this move from the image of the bold, heroic defender of human rights and ordinary people … into what is inevitably a more grubby world of politics where compromises are made” that tarnishes reputations, said Smith.SAINTS AND SINNERSEven saints face criticism. Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel winner canonised by Pope Francis last year, was faulted in 1994 by British medical journal The Lancet for offering neither diagnoses nor strong pain killers to dying patients in her Calcutta hospice.The decision to give the award in 2012 to the European Union was criticised at the time. Brussels was then imposing tough financial bailout conditions on member Greece that many economists said destroyed livelihoods. Tutu, among others, also faulted the EU as an organisation that uses military force.The risk of disappointment arises because Nobel committees pick laureates for the hope they carry or a recent achievement, rather than the sum of a career, said Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize.“It is always a risk when they promote somebody, because they are getting involved in politics,” he told Reuters. “And they cannot predict what is going to happen in the future.”“That is what makes the Nobel Peace Prize different from all the other peace prizes,” said Sveen. “Otherwise you would give the prize to very old people just before they die.”Among the favourites are parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, such as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time.The deal, which saw Iran agree to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions, has been criticised by hardliners in both Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump called it “an embarrassment to the United States” in a speech at the United Nations this month, and has suggested Washington could repudiate it.Experts on the prize say it is precisely the sort of breakthrough among foes that the committee tends to recognise.“This is the first time that a country subjected to Chapter VII (of the U.N. Charter) has seen its situation resolved peacefully,” said Henrik Urdal, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, referring to how Iran’s nuclear programme is no longer labelled a threat by the U.N. Security Council.“Focusing on the EU and Iran would also be a signal to the United States that the Iran nuclear deal has a broad support base,” Urdal told reporters.Other possible contenders are Pope Francis, Syria’s “White Helmet” rescue crews, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its high commissioner Filippo Grandi. UNHCR has already won twice.Last year’s prize went to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end half a century of war that killed a quarter of million people.last_img read more

Arab Summit finds no solution to Qatar crisis

first_imgArab officials and foreign ministers pose for a photo during the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers preparatory to the 29th Summit in Riyadh. Reuters Meta:The Gulf crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of Arab League states, Riyadh’s foreign minister said Thursday.“The solution of Qatar will be within the GCC,” or the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh ahead of the Arab Summit.He was responding to an AFP question on whether the crisis was on the agenda at the meeting on Sunday, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia and joins 21 of the 22 Arab League member states.Syria is technically a member of the league but has been suspended from the summit since 2011 over the government’s role in the war there.Qatar has confirmed its attendance at the Saudi summit.The 10-month Gulf crisis pits Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar. It is the worst crisis to ever hit the Gulf, home to both the world’s largest exporters of oil and liquified natural gas-Saudi Arabia and Qatar respectively.Riyadh and its allies broke off relations with Doha in June, accusing it of fostering close links with Tehran and supporting Islamist extremists. Qatar denies the charges.The boycott includes the closure of the small Gulf state’s only land border with Saudi Arabia.Saudi media close to the government this week announced the kingdom planned to dig a canal the length of its border with Qatar, to turn its peninsula neighbour into an isolated island.The planned canal, dubbed “Salwa”, is “funded entirely by Saudi and Emirati private sector investment under full Saudi authority,” Sabq Online Newspaper reported on Monday.The Saudi government has not issued a denial.Kuwait, a member of the GCC, has led mediation efforts in the crisis-to no avail-with the support of the United States.US President Donald Trump had initially supported the Saudi-led economic blockade on Qatar, but aides-mindful of the pivotal role that the Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha plays in US Middle East operations-have since convinced him to take a more moderate approach.Trump met with the Emir of Qatar at the White House on Tuesday, barely one year after alleging Doha funded terrorism at a “high level” and less than two weeks after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The president on Tuesday dubbed the Qatari emir a “friend” and “great gentleman”.last_img read more

Tulip gives birth to baby boy

first_imgRaphael Mujib St John Percy. Photo: BSSTulip Siddiq, a niece of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, gave birth to a baby son at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead in the UK.Baby named Raphael Mujib St John Percy appeared just before 10:00am on Saturday, London based the Camden New Journal reported.The PM’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana’s daughter Tulip Siddiq and her husband Christian Percy thanked staff of the hospital.“We are extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses, midwives and staff at the Royal Free hospital for their brilliant work and for looking after our son so well,” Siddiq said.Raphael is the second child of Tulip who gave birth to daughter Azalea in 2016.Siddiq, the Hampstead and Kilburn MP, was at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after being taken by taxi to the House of Commons car park so that she could take part in the vote of confidence in Theresa May’s crisis-hit government, said the newspaper.Earlier in the week, she had been pushed in a wheelchair to take part in Tuesday night’s Commons vote which saw MPs overwhelmingly reject May’s European Union withdrawal terms.Siddiq had delayed the Caesarean in order to vote against the Brexit deal, raising new calls for a proxy system allowing MPs to vote without being present in special circumstances.last_img read more

Pakistan Taliban chief killed

first_imgA US drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination ofNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan defense ministry spokesman said Friday.In a telephone interview, Mohammad Radmanish said Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed early Thursday morning, just hours before Afghanistan’s Taliban began a three-day cease fire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The three-day holiday follows the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan when devout adherents fast from sunrise to sunset.However, Sakhi Mashwani, a Parliamentarian from Kunar province told the Associated Press that Fazlullah, along with five other insurgents, died when the strike slammed into the vehicle in which they were driving.Mashwani said dozens of people, including Fazlullah’s brother, Moheen Dada, gathered Friday in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province, to offer prayers for the dead Taliban leader.According to a statement attributed to US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt Col Martin O’Donnell, the US carried out a “counterterrorism strike” Thursday in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.”The statement did not say whether the strike had killed anyone and did not identify Fazlullah as the target. However, the statement did note that the drone attack did not violate a cease-fire announcement made 7 June by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. The Taliban’s promise of a temporary truce came on Monday.Radmanish said the drone attack took place in Marawara district, near the border.Pakistan’s military refused to comment on the report of Fazlullah’s death saying any information would have to come from Washington. Yet Fazlullah’s death would be welcome news in Pakistan, where the government has repeatedly complained that Fazlullah and his Tehrik-e-Taliban had found safe havens across the border in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kabul and Washington both complain that Pakistan has for years allowed Afghanistan’s Taliban free movement as well as medical treatment for battlefield wounds.Still, the recent cease-fire announcement by Afghanistan’s Taliban is being at least partially credited to Pakistan, which some observers say has been pressing the leadership to accept President Ghani’s recent peace overtures.In his Eid greeting this week, Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhunzada repeated the Taliban demand for direct talks with the United States before opening negotiations with the Afghan government. Until now, Washington has refused.It was Yousafzai’s open call for girls’ education and criticism of the Taliban that infuriated Fazlullah. She was just 14 when she survived the assassination attempt in 2012. Her return to her hometown earlier this year seemed a particular triumph as it was also to open a school funded by a charity she established to promote girls education globally.She has often said that Fazlullah’s attempts to silence her backfired and instead he amplified her voice around the world.A ruthless leader, Fazlullah ordered the bombing and beheadings of dozens of opponents when his band of insurgents controlled Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley from 2007 until a massive military operation routed them in 2009.In Yousafzai’s hometown of Mingora in the Swat Valley, residents welcomed reports of Fazlullah’s death with one resident saying many feared he would return one day to re-impose his violent rule.”We witnessed the brutality of the Taliban in Swat when Fazlullah and his men were present here and we are happy to know that he has gone to hell,” said Idrees Khan, a member of a local elders peace committee. “People in Swat will feel safer after the killing of Fazlullah.”His insurgent group, the Tehrik-e-Taliban, also took responsibility for the brutal attack on an Army Public School in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar in December 2014 when more than 140 children and their teachers were slaughtered.Survivors of the attack told of insurgents roaming through the school shooting their victims, some as young as six years old, in the head.Mohammad Akhtar, whose 12-year-old son Fahad Khan died in the 2014 massacre, said he had been waiting for confirmation of “terrorist Fazlullah’s” death.”Thank God, he is dead,” he said after returning from a visit to his son’s grave.Fazlullah rose to prominence through radio broadcasts in Swat demanding the imposition of Islamic law, earning him the nickname “Mullah Radio.” His radio talks also aired the grievances of many in the northwest against the government, such as its slow-moving justice system. He also reached out to women, promising to address their complaints about not getting a fair share of their inheritance.His brutality often included public beheadings, often of police officers. His exact age is not known but he was believed to be in his late 30s.last_img read more

Another man killed in police gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight with them at Jorda in Bera upazila of Pabna early Thursday.The deceased is Waliullah, 31, an alleged member of an inter-district robber gang and son of Akbar Ali of Shanila in Sadar upazila. He was wanted in eight robbery cases, reports UNB.Shahid Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Bera police station, said the police arrested Waliullah on Wednesday and later conducted a drive along with him to recover arms around 3:30am.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on the police, forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.At one stage, the police added that Waliullah suffered bullet wounds while the others managed to flee.Waliullah was then taken to Bera Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.According to the law enforcement, one pistol, one shutter gun, two magazines, six bullets and 17 phensidyl were recovered from the spot.last_img read more

I45 Feeder Between Scott And Wayside Awarded 56 Million For Reconstruction

first_img X 00:00 /00:48 Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Texas Transportation Commission has given green light to a project that will improve the condition of a feeder road located close to the University of Houston’s main campus.The commission has awarded $5.6 million for reconstructing the section of Interstate 45 feeder roads that run between Scott and Wayside.The reconstruction will be done both on the northbound and southbound feeder roads.“We are looking at a July 2016 start date. The project will take about 9 months to complete with an estimated completion date of April 2017,” explained Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation.George added the reconstruction will enhance safety and smooth out the roads for the public.She also said it can help alleviate flooding on the feeder roads, although “in situations where you have a lot of water coming in a short period of time flooding can occur.” last_img read more

Texas To Launch Massive YouthAthlete Concussion Study

first_imgBy Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator via Wikimedia CommonsA diagram of the forces on the brain in concussion.Texas is about to launch what state officials believe is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among middle and high school athletes.The governing body for public high school sports in Texas is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center to track to track the brain injuries.Researchers say they hope to use the data to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety, as well as what more can be done to protect athletes.Medical officials also hope that a state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a national database of brain injuries in young athletes.Click here to read more about this story.  Sharelast_img read more

125000 Unemployed Texas Workers Have Filed Claims After Harvey

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTAmong the costs of Hurricane Harvey are lost jobs.Early projections say Hurricane Harvey will end up costing $190 billion. Damages, disruption to businesses and increased gas prices all contribute to this. Another factor: lost jobs due to the storm.Lisa Givens, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), tells News 88.7 about 125,000 people in Texas have applied for Disaster Unemployment Assistance since Harvey hit.Givens says not all of those claims will be paid, as they’re still processing eligibility requirements. “As we move through the recovery process, we’re certainly looking to place people in employment,” Givens said. “We are anecdotally hearing many times these claims are for temporary situations of unemployment. But we just won’t know until the long term plays out.”More federal money is on the way to help with the situation. The Department of Labor has awarded a $30 million grant to the workforce commission to fund temporary jobs to aid cleanup, demolition and other Harvey recovery efforts. The commission is working with workforce development offices called Workforce Solutions to determine needs.“The Workforce Solutions offices can determine by looking at individual skills and assessing their skill level, they’ll be able to appropriately place them in employment that fits their needs, as well as the employers’ demands,” Givens said.Grants like these have been awarded to TWC in the past. An estimated $88 million in federal grant money was allocated to help after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A $13 million grant was awarded specifically for dislocated workers after the downturn of the gas and oil industry.Pre-Harvey, the Texas workforce was ticking up, adding 5,500 jobs in August. And annual employment growth for Texas was at 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:34 Sharelast_img read more

Tour de Cookie to Benefit Tree House Child Assessment Center

first_imgJoin cyclists of all ages at the second annual Tree House Tour de Cookie, a 12- or 40-mile bicycle ride on May 3 to benefit the Tree House Child Assessment Center. The Tree House Tour de Cookie is hosted by the Universities at Shady Grove. A public-private partnership, the Tree House Child Assessment Center is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of physical and sexual abuse, and neglect.The ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Participants will ride between cookie stands hosted by local clubs and organizations and collect and enjoy cookies and other sweet treats along the way. Riders will receive a collectible long sleeve t-shirt and a custom medal.Awards will go to the best cookie stand.In addition to the ride, a community expo will be held with exhibits and activities for children and families. There will be food for purchase and a raffle with prizes including autographed Washington Nationals memorabilia and gift cards from local businesses.For more information or to register, go to www.treehousetourdecookie.com .last_img read more

Black Public Relations Society Hosts Political Cypher Why We Still Matter in

first_imgThe National Black Public Relations Society will be hosting a political cipher: Why We Still Matter in America in response to the current political climate and its surrounding issues of individual rights, race, gender and policy in America. The panel will be held on Oct. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW. Panelists include Communications Director at the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kiara Pesante, the principal for the Podesta Group, Dana Thompson, the National Director of Faith and African american Engagement for Enroll America, David Street, the Senior Vice Chairman of DCGOP, Ralph Chattams, the President of D.C. Democratic Women’s Club and Pastor, Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness and the Co-founder of Higher Heights, Kimberly Peller-Allen. Barbara Holt Streeter will be the moderator. The event is free. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

AFRO and Morgan State Celebrate Milestones

first_imgOn Nov. 8 The AfroAmerican Newspaper, in conjunction with Morgan State University, will host a symposium entitled “125 Years of Speaking Truth to Power.” The symposium will highlight the 125 years of the AFRO, with a focus on how the paper has covered presidential administrations, as well as Morgan’s 150th anniversary.Jake Oliver, CEO and publisher of the AFRO said, “I want people to get a sense of the enormous amount of history the AFRO has written about over the past 125 years. While it will be impossible to address all of the major historical events the AFRO has covered within the short time of the symposium, my hope is that those who attend will nevertheless come away with a deep appreciation of why a Black newspaper is critical to the progress of the American Black community.”Dewayne Wickham, dean of Morgan’s School of Global Journalism & Communication, said, “The Afro American Newspaper has had a long and impactful history of speaking truth to power. It has been the voice of Black America and the conscience of White America.”Oliver was interviewed on camera by Morgan representatives ahead of the symposium. Clips of the interview will be played during the symposium and then the panelists will react to Oliver’s comments. The discussion will cover five historical periods and the impact and influence each period had on Black America.The panelists for the symposium are journalist and filmmaker Tony Harris, writer and contributor Lauren Victoria Burke and professor and political analyst Dr. Jason Johnson.On the role of the Black press going forward Oliver said, “The role of the Black Press in the 21st century will continue to be the reporting of the news that involves and impacts the Black community. It will furthermore serve as a forum where Black thought can be aired and debated through editorials, commentaries, blogs, videos etc. It also must continue to promote issues important to the Black community at large, and to defend against the types of threats against our civil rights the coverage during the past 125 years so clearly dramatizes as having been too often threatened in innumerable ways.The symposium is one of many events to mark the celebration of the AFRO’s 125 years. Other events throughout the year include a concert at Morgan State University by Anthony Brown and group therAPy on Nov. 12 (ticketmaster.com), Ms. Santa in Dec., Character Education in Feb. and AFRO Clean/Green Block in 2017. The celebration culminates with the AFRO’s 125 Gala in 2017.last_img read more

Church Brings Jesus to the Front Door

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterImagine a church with no pulpit. Imagine a church with no choir. Try to wrap your head around a church with no VIP parking and no chance of NOT getting good seating, because the service could be in your own home.That is the church that Jomo Johnson wants us to believe is possible. And he is working to make that vision possible.“Church for Black Men and Families,” although focused on recruiting Black men to get back to the word of God, seeks for families of all kinds to open their homes for small worship services as opposed to worrying about joining a church and tithing. (Courtesy Photo)No, Johnson is not talking about streaming the sermon on your television or laptop. It’s still live. The Church for Black men and Families participated in the house church method.“‘Church for Black Men and Families’ is born out of that mission to be able to create vibrant families of Jesus for Black men and their families in the Black community,” Johnson said.Johnson started down a traditional path, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Beacon University and then a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He veered toward the Presbyterian denomination and was working to build a church in Savannah, Georgia, when he said he was told that the plan did not include certain types of Black folks.“They wanted a middle class African American church that could help financially support their ministry and cause,” Johnson said. “And they were bypassing people who were hurting, struggling or just people were were dealing with things they (the church Johnson was formally associated with) didn’t want to deal with.”Johnson resigned from that church and went through a process of soul searching. He came out of that experience with a vision of a different type of church and a very strong opinion about churches that place a heavy interest on fiscal obligations for church members.“Because the New Testament does not command financial tithing for New Testament Believers, Black Christians should leave any Churches that continue to teach this mistruth despite the good that these organizations may appear to do,” Johnson said. “This form of legalism, which actually robs the poor, is one of the key factors that Black men are leaving the traditional church.”Conducting his own survey, Johnson found that Black men are steadily declining to attend church in part because of such aggressive taps towards finances, and a lack of accountability of where the money given goes.According to research from the Pew Center about 79% of African-Americans self identify as Christian. But when you look across gender you see differences. A 2014 Religious Landscape study showed that about 69% of Black men say they are religious. For Black women that number reached 80%, according to the data.This is why Johnson turned to the “house church model,” or “simple church model” He referenced the second and fourth chapter of Acts in the New Testament of the Bible where it referred to people commuting from house to house.“We think if you are able to make spirituality more informal, more communal without a lot of the religiosity and rules and regulations of a traditional church setting, that can be more attractive to people who have been disenfranchised or hurt by the traditional church,” Johnson told the AFRO.Johnson is not opposed to traditional models of service and sees a purpose for all types of churches to do God’s work, but said, “for the large percentages for Black men and families that aren’t connected, we believe this organic model, this family model is actually a lot more attractive once we are exposed to it.”Currently Johnson is training volunteers who are willing to open their home up to about 15-20 members to hold services. Breakfast is served and people all participate in the word. No choir, no mortgage that the congregation has to cover.Even though the church moniker evokes Black men first, the congregation is for all, men women, LGBTQ, regardless of socioeconomic class. For more information on attending or volunteering to lead a service please go to www.blackmen.church.last_img read more

Holy Week Service at Sharon Baptist

first_imgBy AFRO StaffSharon Baptist Church the venerable West Baltimore church led by Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, will hold Holy Week services April 16 and 17. On April 16, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas will preach at 7:00 PM. On April 16 and 17, Bishop Frank M. Reid will preach both days at noon. For more information call the church at: 410.669.6667. Sharon Baptist is located at 1375 N. Stricker St.(Stock Photo)Rev. Dr. Vaughn and his daughter Cassandra Vaughn are also pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter and granddaughter Lauren Apryle Fox, to Khai Javier Atkinson, son of Joel Atkinson and Kya Taylor. They plan to marry next February.last_img read more

Amid Scandal Audit Ordered Into Baltimore Nonprofits Work

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s acting leader has ordered an audit of a nonprofit’s management of a city youth fund with $12 million set aside from property tax revenue after the organization was tied to embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh’s hard-to-find illustrated books for children.The audit of Associated Black Charities’ work and a freeze of legislation that would renew its management of the taxpayer-financed fund comes as the first-term mayor is embroiled in a scandal that threatens her political career.In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)“I want to ensure that the fund is being well-managed and that there are no conflicts of interest,” acting Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young wrote in a letter sent to the nonprofit’s CEO.A longtime city councilman, Young took over Pugh’s day-to-day responsibilities April 1, the same day Maryland’s governor asked the state prosecutor to investigate her alleged “self-dealing” book sales. As the scandal focused on her “Healthy Holly” paperbacks escalated,Pugh went on an indefinite leave, citing deteriorating health from pneumonia.The mounting allegations have left Pugh increasingly isolated and politically vulnerable. Friday marked the 10th day of her paid leave as multiple investigations probe lucrative deals she negotiated since 2011 to sell copies of her self-published books to customers including a hospital network she once helped oversee and a health plan that does business with the city.The CEO of Associated Black Charities was once a member of Pugh’s transition team and inaugural committee in Baltimore, a city with a tight-knit political and civic culture. Diane Bell McKoy has not returned calls seeking comment. Through a spokesman, the ABC nonprofit said it will “cooperate fully with all official inquiries and investigations.”In a news release issued late Thursday, Young portrayed the audit as necessary for “full transparency,” while also saying he had no concern that the group’s management of the taxpayer-financed Baltimore Children and Youth Fund is “related in any way to its relationship with Catherine Pugh” or her limited liability company.The $12 million youth fund was first proposed by Young after the massive unrest sparked by the 2015 death of a young, Black man fatally injured in police custody. Following a task force’s review, Associated Black Charities was picked to manage the fund and was officially authorized by a five-member spending board controlled by the mayor and included Young in his capacity as City Council president.Associated Black Charities got some $1.2 million to manage $10.8 million in grants during the city youth fund’s first year.In a statement issued early this month, Associated Black Charities disclosed that five organizations donated $87,180 to pay for “Healthy Holly” books, of which the nonprofit group kept $9,552 to use as “general support.” The money collected between 2011 and 2016 to buy and distribute 10,000 copies of Pugh’s books was made up of donations from entities including the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insurance carrier.But that’s just one part of the Healthy Holly saga. There’s been a growing tide of investigations spurred by revelations that Baltimore’s elected mayor was paid $800,000 over roughly eight years for tens of thousands of copies of her obscure children’s books.Pugh’s biggest customer, The University of Maryland Medical System, whose board of directors she sat on for nearly 20 years, paid her $500,000 for 100,000 copies. She’s since stepped down from the UMMS board and returned her most recent payment of $100,000.Health care provider Kaiser Permanente also spent roughly $100,000 on Pugh’s books after she became mayor, when the company was seeking a contract with the city. A financier donated some $100,000 to the mayor’s initiative, insisting he didn’t expect anything in return for his largesse.Numerous city and state officials have called for Pugh’s immediate resignation. On Friday, the board of the Greater Baltimore Committee, an economic development group, made the latest call for her to step down, saying the recent revelations into her actions as an elected official “have undermined her moral authority” to lead the city.Her spokespeople say Pugh fully intends on returning to City Hall when her health is better. Pugh’s lawyer has said she looks forward to cooperating with the state prosecutor’s criminal investigation.City Solicitor Andre Davis says only a conviction can trigger a Baltimore mayor’s removal from office.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfaddlast_img read more

Cardinals Release 2019 Lacrosse Schedule

first_imgThe Cards return to Louisville on March 9 for their ACC home opener against Duke. Louisville will then break from ACC action for a game against Duquesne on March 11 in Pittsburgh followed by a game at home against Cincinnati on March 13. The Cards conclude their busy week when they host their third 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent Syracuse on March 17. Postseason play begins on April 24 in Boston, Mass. at the ACC Tournament. The opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament are slated to begin on May 10-12 with the Final Four occurring in Baltimore. First up in the Cards’ three-game home stint is Delaware on March 31. Louisville will then have a week to prepare for 2018 NCAA Tournament semifinalist North Carolina on April 6. Fans will have one final opportunity to see the Cardinals in action at UofL Lacrosse Stadium when they take on Ohio State on April 9. On March 2, the Cardinals kick off ACC play with a trip to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame. In a quick turnaround, Louisville remains in Indiana for a mid-week tilt against Butler on March 5. For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version After a week of preparation, the Cards welcome Mercer for their home opener on Feb. 24. The month wraps up when Louisville hosts Vanderbilt at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 27. The regular season caps off with a pair of conference road games against two 2018 NCAA Tournament foes. First, Louisville squares off against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on April 13 before meeting the national runner-up Boston College on April 20. On March 23, the Cardinals travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech, their second straight 2018 NCAA Tournament squad, before returning to Louisville for their final three home games of the season.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter announced the 2019 schedule, which features games against seven 2018 NCAA Tournament teams and eight contests at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The Cardinals’ roster is filled with underclassmen, featuring just one senior in attacker Tessa Chad. Chad saw action in all 17 games a year ago, ranking second on the team with 42 goals and 49 points. “We are very excited about the upcoming season and the opportunity to play such a challenging schedule,” said Teeter. “We will have a young team, but we’re encouraged by the way they have developed and are anxious to get the season started.” The Cardinals open their season on Feb. 8 in Evanston, Ill. with a matchup against 2018 NCAA quarterfinalist Northwestern. Two days later on Feb. 10, the Cards head to Milwaukee, Wis. to take on Marquette before concluding the three-game stretch of road games to open the season at 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Denver on Feb. 16. Story Links The leading returnee is sophomore midfielder Caroline Blalock. Blalock was named Second Team All-ACC a year ago after leading the team with 43 goals, 55 points and 24 caused turnovers.last_img read more

Cards Hold Off Saint Louis for a 10 Win

first_imgKouzelos had a pair of saves and Ekic led the team with three shots. Louisville finished with an 11-7 shot advantage and edged Saint Louis 5-2 in corners. The Cardinals held a 56-44 advantage in possession over the Billikens.  Live Stats Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Brooklynn Rivers and Gabby Kouzelos Postgame The Cardinals used a strong defense to hold the Billikens to only two shots in the first 45 minutes. Offensively, the Cardinals had four shots on goal but could not get the ball past SLU’s Mary Niehaus, who finished the game with six saves.  Despite a number of close chances through the remainder of the second half, the Saint Louis defense was able to keep the Cardinals from doubling their lead. The Cardinals will continue a seven-game home stretch on Sunday, Sept. 1 as they welcome Eastern Michigan to Lynn Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version ACCNX At the end of the first half, Louisville held a 7-2 shot advantage while both teams finished with two corner kicks.  Neihaus finished with four saves in the half while Gabby Kouzelos finished with one.  Next Game: Eastern Michigan 9/1/2019 | 7:30 p.m. Karen Ferguson-Dayes Postgame Louisville came out aggressive in the second half, taking the lead in the 50th minute. With a pair of clean passes from Niamh Nelson and Emina Ekic, Rivers buried a shot into the bottom left corner of the far post to put the Cardinals up 1-0. PDF Box Score Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s soccer team outlasted Saint Louis on Thursday night at Lynn Stadium after a lone goal scored by senior Brooklynn Rivers. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-0 on the season while the Billikens fall to 1-2. Game Highlights last_img read more

Will Ferrell Deletes His Facebook Account

first_imgIn this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.I love my fans and hope to further interact with them through my comedy via the mediums of film and television.-Will Ferrell “I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy,” Ferrell wrote in the post.He continued, “I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”Ferrell joins the budding revolt against Facebook in the wake of the user-privacy fiasco. Playboy also has announced that it was leaving the platform, after Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla Motors and SpaceX last week. Brian Acton, a co-founder of messaging app WhatsApp — which Facebook acquired in a deal valued at $19 billion — called for a Facebook boycott in a March 20 tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”Ferrell, in his farewell post on Facebook, admitted that he’s “always had an aversion to social media” and has primarily used it “to help support our work at Funny Or Die” — the comedy media company he co-founded — as well as some of his personal projects and charity causes. Ferrell does not maintain official Twitter or Instagram accounts.Here’s the full text of Ferrell’s message, posted on Tuesday:Hi Friends,I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account. I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers.I have always had an aversion to social media and have primarily used it as a tool to help support our work at Funny Or Die, some of my personal projects, as well as charity causes that I am passionate about. Facebook allowed me to promote and share the work of many dedicated and talented individuals who deserved recognition.I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy. I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Popular on Variety UPDATE, 3/31: Will Ferrell’s official Facebook page has been deleted. The link to his page currently displays the message, “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now.”Previously:Will Ferrell has had enough of Facebook.The comedian and actor, in a post on the social-media platform, said he will delete his Facebook account by this Friday. His page currently has 10.1 million fans.Ferrell cited Facebook’s mishandling of user data in the case of Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data-analytics firm that obtained unauthorized info on 50 million users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook has pledged to make changes to give users more control over privacy settings and restrict usage of data on its platform, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for the situation. But evidently those measures haven’t satisfied Ferrell. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

With Dawn Ostroffs Exit Condé Nast Names Sahar Elhabashi Interim Head of

first_imgElhabashi joined Condé Nast Entertainment as COO in April 2012, after serving as COO of Discovery Networks International. Prior to joining Discovery in September 2007, she worked at Viacom’s MTV Networks for 15 years, most recently as EVP of strategy and digital media for MTV Networks International. Earlier in her career, Elhabashi was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an analyst at Salomon Brothers.Read Sauerberg’s full memo to staff about Ostroff’s departure:Team –It is with mixed emotions I share the news that Dawn Ostroff, president of CNE, will be leaving at the end of July to take on a new role as global chief content officer for Spotify.I first talked to Dawn back in 2011 about joining Condé Nast to establish our video business when it was no more than an idea we sketched on my white board. In short order, she built Condé Nast Entertainment, a thriving digital and social video business that reaches an average of 50 million unique viewers, generating more than 1.1 billion views per month, and a burgeoning TV and film studio. We currently have eight TV series in production or on the air, including the multiple award-winning “Last Chance U” on Netflix, and our fourth feature film, “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck, which will be released by Fox Searchlight on September 28 and already is generating award buzz and new revenue for the company. We were well ahead of all our competitors when we launched CNE, and in large part due to Dawn’s prescience, leadership and the CNE team, remain so today.Simply put, our video business is one of the most important assets to our company’s future, recognized by our audiences and advertising partners alike. It is the fastest growing revenue stream here at Condé Nast and we are committed to tripling it in the next few years. I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sahar Elhabashi, the chief operating officer, will serve as interim head of CNE and lead our video strategy until we name Dawn’s replacement.Please join me in both congratulating Dawn on her new global role at Spotify and thanking her for the innumerable contributions she made to Condé Nast. You can read more about Dawn’s new role here.Bob Condé Nast Entertainment will be led on an interim basis by Sahar Elhabashi, COO of the video entertainment division, until Condé Nast hires a replacement for Dawn Ostroff — who is joining Spotify as chief content officer at the end of July.Ostroff, a veteran TV exec, cofounded Condé Nast Entertainment in 2011 and has built a growing stable of original digital productions as well as a handful of longer-form TV series. At Spotify, she will be in charge of content partnerships spanning music, audio and video, including all of its original programming.In a memo to staff Tuesday, Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg praised Ostroff’s leadership at CNE. He cited video as the media company’s fastest-growing revenue stream and a critical component of its future.“I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future,” he wrote.last_img read more