Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said he empathised with Mithali Raj who was left out of India’s playing XI against England in the semi-final of the Women’s World T20.The decision to omit India’s highest scorer in women’s T20 Internationals created a furor even after skipper Harmanpreet Kaur justified the decision and said she had no regrets after India lost to England by eight wickets in Antigua last week.Hours after the semi-final, Mithali’s manager lashed out at Harmanpreet Kaur in a tweet which was later deleted. “Unfortunately @BCCIWomen believes in politics not sport. After witnessing what @M_Raj03 ‘s experience could do in IndvIre it’s shocking that they went with what pleases @ImHarmanpreet -a manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain,” Annisha Gupta had tweeted.Gavaskar said he did not agree with the team management reason to drop Mithali from the team for a knockout game.”I feel sorry for Mithali. She has a very good point.. She has served Indian cricket for 20 years. She scored runs.. she won player of the match in both matches (she played at the World T20),” Gavaskar told India Today.”She was injured for one game but fit for the next game. Just convert this situation into the men’s game. If you had a Virat Kohli who was injured for one game and then is fit for the knockout, will you leave him out? You have to pick your best player for the knockouts.. You needed the experience and expertise of Mithali Raj,” Gavaskar said.Even as reports of a rift in the dressing-room began to emerge, Mithali and Harmanpreet met with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after returning to India.advertisementSoon after, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing coach Ramesh Powar of humiliating her. Mithali said realised she would not play the semi-final only moments before the toss.”It is when Harman walked to toss, he came running to me and said that they were going with the same team. It meant the whole team knew who were playing and it was just me who was not aware. Also, when the team was getting ready to field in the second innings, it is customary that even those who aren’t playing should join the team huddle as it has always been the norm in our team. But to insult me that day, he sent a word through the manager to tell that it was only the playing eleven that can join in the huddle and the rest can go back to dugout making us feel as outcasts. It was worrying and insulting because the coach was out to destroy and humiliate me,” Mithali wrote in her letter to BCCI. “I couldn’t control my tears having given it my all for 20 years. It seemed my efforts had no value.”Gavaskar said it was difficult to comment on Powar’s role from a distance but said he did not agree with the Indian team’s reason behind Mithali’s omission.”What happened with Powar.. is very difficult to comment on that from here. It’s difficult to accept whatever the reason was.. They said they wanted to stick with the same team, I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. You can’t drop someone like Mithali Raj,” he said.Also Read | Mithali Raj has got good reasons to be peeved: Farokh EngineerAlso Read | Amitabh Chaudhary stunned, Mithali Raj letter to BCCI not shared with secretaryAlso Read | Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Also Read | Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Also Watch –last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool result

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

Judge finds Dennis Oland not guilty of murder in multimillionaire fathers death

first_imgREAD MORE: Oland to plead not guilty, finally face retrial for father’s murderRichard Oland died after being struck 45 times with a hammer-like weapon in July 2011, leaving his skull cracked in several places.The Crown had argued the younger Oland’s financial problems provided a motive for the crime.The defence had countered that the Crown’s case was based on circumstantial evidence, with pieces that didn’t add up.Oland, 51, was convicted of murder by a jury in 2015, but the verdict was set aside on appeal and a new trial was ordered. The second trial was heard by judge alone. SAINT JOHN – Dennis Oland has been found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multi-millionaire father, Richard.Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench delivered his decision this morning to a packed courtroom in Saint John, N.B.Dennis Oland hugged his defence team after the verdict was read, and there were tears of joy from his family members.WATCH: Defence reacts after not guilty verdict for Dennis Oland last_img read more

Coronation Street Stars Attend Charity Ball

first_imgRoyal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is celebrating after surpassing its fundraising targets at Saturday night’s glittering Discovery Ball.Over 300 people attended the event at Manchester’s Hilton hotel, which was sponsored by ANS Group, helping to raise an incredible £130,940 the night.Guests – including Coronation Street actors Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine – were treated to live music performances from Simply Red front man Mick Hucknall and Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, as well as a stand-up act from renowned comedian Dave Spikey. The event was hosted by legendary broadcasting husband and wife team, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.Key 103 DJ Mike Toolan and BBC Sports’ Hugh Ferris hosted the evening’s auction with the star lot, a Hubelot wrist watch donated by Sir Alex Ferguson from his own personal collection, raising a staggering £12,000 alone.The Discovery Ball was raising money to help fund the expansion of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s world-class Children’s Clinical Research Facility (CCRF).Established in 2009, the CCRF was the first dedicated children’s research centre in the UK and is now one of only four in the country. Working with researchers, children and families, the CCRF carries out all types of clinical research, with a specific focus on the testing of new medicines for life-threatening and life-limiting diseases.Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The Discovery Ball was an even greater success than we hoped it would be and, once again, we are indebted to our supporters for their generosity. We are absolutely delighted with our fundraising total and sincerely thank all of our acts who performed on the night for kindly donating their time to support this most worthwhile of fundraising initiatives.”Manchester-based Infrastructure and Managed Services specialists ANS were the event’s headline sponsor. Passionate about engaging their staff in their varied CSR programme, which includes fundraising, environmental initiatives and voluntary work as well as sponsorship, ANS also fosters young talent through their Cloud Academy – a yearlong IT apprenticeship programme that offers both structured training and real hands-on experience.A long-time supporter of the hospital Scott Fletcher, CEO of ANS, said: “As predicted, the Discovery Ball was a fantastic event and it was heart-warming to see the support coming in from the community. There was a lot of hard work behind the scenes and so we were thrilled to see everything coming together perfectly. It was great to see the fundraising target exceeded, but more than that it was important to get the cause in the forefront of everyone’s minds and draw attention to the hospital and the outstanding work they do in and for our community.”Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.The charity has three main areas of work: to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.For more information about Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk.last_img read more

Mens basketball report Junior forward Keita BatesDiop out for season with stress

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 76-75 loss to No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night that dropped the Buckeyes to 10-5 and 0-2 in the Big Ten, it appears the team’s uphill climb to the NCAA tournament just got a whole lot steeper.OSU coach Thad Matta said in the postgame press conference that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will undergo surgery on a stress fracture on his shin next week. Bates-Diop did not play against the Boilermakers. He had missed five games earlier in the season with a high-ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 17 against Providence.Bates-Diop originally suffered this injury in the summer and after attempting to play through it, the injury kept reoccurring, Matta said.“That’s definitely a punch in the gut to us,” he said. “It is what it is and we got to move forward.”Matta called the 6-foot-7 Bates-Diop the team’s best defender considering his length and his ability to rebound with the taller players in the country.The Normal, Illinois, native played just nine games this year, starting three times. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in an average of 23.3 minutes. Matta said that Bates-Diop will receive a medical redshirt.1/5 Correction: Matta said Bates-Diop will have surgery next week. It was originally printed as Friday. read more

Toure thanks everyone at Man City

first_imgYaya Toure has thanked everyone at Manchester City for a “very special night” after playing his final home game for the club in their 3-1 win against BrightonThe 34-year-old will be leaving the Premier League champions at the end of the season after eight years.City paid tribute to their long-serving midfielder by starting him for their final home game of the season against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium and made him the captain for the night, as Toure led the club to breaking three Premier League record that were all previously held by Chelsea.Prior to his last home match, Toure was presented with a framed shirt, a mosaic plaque and a lifetime season ticket with his older brother, Kolo Toure, at his side and has now taken to social media to thank everyone.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot,” wrote the Ivorian on Twitter.Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot. ??#ComeOnCity ???? pic.twitter.com/tbMN2ZvOGT— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Germany begin life after World Cup with a draw

first_imgThe German national men’s football team have begun life after an embarrassing outing at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia with a draw against France, according to DFB.de.The Die Mannschaft held the current world champions to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena in Germany.After much debate, Joachim Low decided to stick with majority of the team that underperformed in Russia with Manuel Neuer started between the sticks for Germany, behind a back four of Matthias Ginter, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rüdiger. Joshua Kimmich started at defensive midfield with Leon Goretzka and Toni Kroos in front of him.Thomas Müller, Timo Werner and Marco Reus completed the starting XI as a front three. The German side started with purpose and soon got on the front foot, albeit without creating a clear-cut chance. For the majority of the half, the teams were in deadlock and headed into the changing rooms for half time with no more than a couple of shots on target to reflect on.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Low’s team continued to try to carve out opportunities in the wider areas but they couldn’t open up the French defence with the crucial final pass. In the 34th minute, for example, Rüdiger nearly got on the end of a dangerous cross from Kroos before Olivier Giroud tested Manuel Neuer with a header at the other end. The captain then parried a Kylian Mbappé free-kick from 20 metres out in the 43rd minute. The last chance of the first half fell to the world champions as a heel flick from Giroud went wide of the goal.Didier Deschamps’ French team started the second half as the better side as an Antoine Griezmann shot was saved by Neuer (48’). Timo Werner then tested Areola’s reflexes in the French goal from an acute angle (57’). Neither team could create many clear opportunities in front of goal with much of the game being contested in midfield. The next chance also fell to Griezmann, who attempted a shot from long distance (64’). At the other end, Areola spectacularly denied Reus with a fingertip save around the post (65’).A lack of cutting edge from both sides saw their first competitive meeting since 2016 end in a goalless stalemate.last_img read more

Prime Minister and Government Members Tour Atlantis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and members of the government took a tour of Atlantis, Paradise Island, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  As they walked through Atlantis taking in the beauty and variety of attractions, Prime Minister Minnis is pictured, centre; Atlantis President Howard C. Karawan, second left; and Atlantis Senior Vice-President Edward Fields, left.  Mr. Karawan gave a presentation on future plans for the aquatic-themed resort.(Photos/OPM Media Services)Release: BISlast_img

Returning Rohingya may lose land crops

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on 30 September 2017. Photo: AFPRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army.The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since late August amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has no control over the military, has pledged that anyone sheltering in Bangladesh who can prove they were Myanmar residents can return.Reuters has interviewed six Myanmar officials involved with repatriation and resettlement plans. While the plans are not yet finalised, their comments reflect the government’s thinking on how Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge will be implemented.Jamil Ahmed, who spoke to Reuters at a refugee camp in Bangladesh, is one of many Rohingya who hope to go back.Describing how he fled his home in northern Rakhine state in late August, Ahmed said one of the few things he grabbed was a stack of papers – land contracts and receipts – that might prove ownership of the fields and crops he was leaving behind.”I didn’t carry any ornaments or jewels,” said the 35-year-old. “I’ve only got these documents. In Myanmar, you need to present documents to prove everything.”The stack of papers, browning and torn at the edges, may not be enough, however, to regain the land in Kyauk Pan Du village, where he grew potatoes, chilli plants, almonds and rice.”It depends on them. There is no land ownership for those who don’t have citizenship,” said Kyaw Lwin, agriculture minister in Rakhine state, when asked in an interview whether refugees who returned to Myanmar could reclaim land and crops.Despite his land holdings, Myanmar does not recognise Ahmed as a citizen. Nearly all the more than 1 million Rohingya who lived in Myanmar before the recent exodus are stateless, despite many tracing their families in the country for generations.Officials have made plans to harvest, and possibly sell, thousands of acres of crops left behind by the fleeing Rohingya, according to state government documents reviewed by Reuters.Myanmar also intends to settle most refugees who return to Rakhine state in new “model villages”, rather than on the land they previously occupied, an approach criticised in the past by the United Nations as effectively creating permanent camps.The government has not asked for help from any international agencies, who are calling for any repatriation to be voluntary and to the refugees’ place of origin.”OWNERLESS” CROPSThe exodus of 589,000 Rohingya – and about 30,000 non-Muslims – from the conflict zone in northern Rakhine has left some 71,500 acres of planted rice paddy abandoned and in need of harvesting by January, according to plans drawn up by state officials.Tables in the documents, reviewed by Reuters, divide the land into paddy sown by “national races” – meaning Myanmar citizens – or “Bengalis,” a term widely used in Myanmar to refer to the Rohingya, but which they reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Kyaw Lwin, the state minister, confirmed the plans, and said there was a total of 45,000 acres of “ownerless Bengali land”.Two dozen combine harvesters operated by officials from the agriculture ministry will begin cutting stalks this month in areas under military control.The machines will be able to harvest about 14,400 acres according to official calculations contained in the plans. It is unclear what will become of the remaining crop, but officials told Reuters they would try to harvest all the paddy, recruiting additional labour to harvest manually if necessary.An acre of paddy in Myanmar typically makes more than $300 at market, meaning the state will gain millions of dollars worth of rice.The harvested rice will be transported to government stores, where it would either be donated to those displaced by the conflict or sold, Rakhine state secretary Tin Maung Swe told Reuters by phone.”The land was abandoned. There is no one to reap that, so the government ordered to harvest it,” he said.Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Phil Robertson, said the government should at least guarantee that the rice would be used for humanitarian support and not for profit.”You can’t call a rice crop ‘ownerless’ just because you used violence and arson to drive the owners out of the country,” he said.’MODEL VILLAGES’Many refugees are fearful to return and are sceptical of Myanmar’s guarantees. Those who do decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters, before mostly being relocated to model villages.International donors, who have fed and cared for more than 120,000 mostly Rohingya “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) in supposedly temporary camps in Rakhine since violence in 2012, have told Myanmar that they will not support more camps, according to aid workers and diplomats.”The establishment of new temporary camps or camp-like settlements carries many risks, including that the returnees and IDPs could end up being confined to these camps for a long time,” said U.N. spokesman Stanislav Saling in an emailed response.Satellite imagery shows 288 villages, mostly Rohingya settlements, have been fully or partially razed by fires since Aug. 25, according to HRW.Refugees say the army and Buddhist mobs were responsible for most of the arson. The government says Rohingya militants and even residents themselves burned the homes for propaganda.The hamlets where Rohingya farmers lived were “not systematic”, and so should be rebuilt in smaller settlements of 1,000 households set out in straight rows to enable development, said Soe Aung, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.”In some villages there are three houses here, four houses over there. For example, there’s no road for fire engines when fire burns the villages,” Soe Aung said.IDENTITY CHECKSThose who decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters.At the centres, officials said, the returnees will fill out a 16-point form that will be cross-checked with local authorities’ records. Immigration officials have for years visited Rohingya households at least annually for checks, photographing family members.For refugees who lost all their documents, the government would compare their photos to those that immigration authorities have on file, said Myint Kyaing, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.Officials will accept as evidence “national verification” cards handed out in an ongoing government effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship. The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants.”We are not going to go back like this,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, 57, a farmer from Myin Hlut village now living in the Tenkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where Jamil Ahmed is also staying.”If I can go back to my house, and get my land back, only then I will go. We invested all our money into those paddy fields. They are killing so many of us with swords and bullets, and killing the rest of us like this.”last_img read more

Road crash kills 2 on way to attend wedding party

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people were killed and five others injured when a tractor hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway in Kamarer Haat of Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district early Friday.The deceased are Latif Hossain, 35 and Tanjina Khatun, 28, daughter of one Aminur Rahman of Paschim Sardubi village in Hatibandha upazila, reports UNB.The tractor hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw, leaving two auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and four others injured around 1:00 am, said Patgram police station officer-in-charge Sazzad Hossain.The injured were taken to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital.They met the tragic incident while going to attend a wedding party of their relative.last_img

Citizens suffer during Traffic Week

first_imgCNG run auto rickshaw drivers are taking advantage of decreased public transport in the capital. Prothom Alo File PhotoCommuters in Dhaka city are suffering from acute public transport crisis amidst the ongoing Traffic Week of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Many vehicles are not plying on the city roads fearing punishment as they don’t have license. Taking advantage of the situation, drivers of CNG-run auto-rickshaws are charging extra fare from the passengers.Passengers said, the CNG drivers seldom go by the fare fixed by the government. The situation improved a little with the introduction of the ride-sharing apps, but the number of vehicles decreased in the city when the students launched demonstrations demanding road safety last week.The passengers, especially women, are the worst sufferers of the situation. Almost all the CNG drivers charge extra fare than the one shown on the metre. Worse, they often refuse to go to the desired destination of the passengers.A passenger named Salma Ahmed said, she paid Tk 250 for coming to Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Hospital from Dhanmondi Road No 7 while the fare is Tk 130 according to the metre.The government in 2015 fixed the fare of CNG-run auto-rickshaw. As per the decision, the driver has to pay the owners Tk 900 per day. The fare is Tk 40 for the first two kilometres, Tk 12 for each kilometre after the first two and Tk 2 per minute for waiting period.Asked about the reason for flouting the government fixed fares and not going by metre, CNG driver Jamal Mia said, the auto-rickshaw is not allowed to ply on many city roads. Moreover they have many expenses that are not possible to meet when they go by metres.Dhaka Metropolitan CNG Autorickshaw Owners’ Association president Barkat Ullah said, the number of CNG autorickshaws has decreased as many are being re-registered, which takes around one month.He agreed that the drivers are charging extra fares as the overall number of public transport providing vehicles has lessened.Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association’s secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the passengers are lone sufferers of the irregularities in the public transport sector. Whenever there is shortage of public transport providing vehicles, the drivers charge extra fares, holding the passengers hostage.last_img read more

More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of States Advisory On Voter Fraud In Texas

first_imgMonday, February 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of State’s Advisory On Potential Voter Fraud In TexasThe legal response to an advisory recently issued by the Texas Secretary of State regarding the potential voter registration of non-citizens is mounting as civil rights organizations are filing lawsuits.On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley and Keith Ingram, director of Elections. The lawsuit also includes election officials from the counties of Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Galveston, and Washington for sending out notices warning about the possibility of canceling voter registrations based on the list compiled by the Secretary of State.The lawsuit claims the advisory sent to voter registrars and election administrators was flawed, despite knowing that the list included naturalized citizens eligible to vote.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has also initiated litigation. The organization filed a lawsuit last Friday on behalf of a group of naturalized citizens and advocacy organizations.The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was the first organization to file a lawsuit over the Secretary of State’s advisory. They filed the litigation on January 29 contending that Whitley and Paxton are trying to intimidate people who are legitimately eligible to vote.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Officials Confirm Three Measles Cases In Harris CountyHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a 25–35-year-old woman. All of them live in northwest Harris County.There is also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its Health District, which said the patient is a boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months. He was tested on January 28. Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, said they are “aware of a small cluster of cases in the region.”Montgomery County health officials have also confirmed one case, a girl under the age of 2 who was tested in January.Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen interviews Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) on Feb. 4, 2019.Fletcher Will Back METRO’s Regional Transit PlanMETRO will get more federal support for public transportation projects if Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher has anything to say about it. The freshman lawmaker wants to use her new seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to back METRO’s Regional Transit Plan.“I want to be a partner with METRO,” she told Houston Matters Monday. “And looking at their plan, I know it’s undergoing input right now, community input, through all these town halls they’re doing. But I think it’s really important to be a partner and try to help in all the ways that you can in the federal government [to] implement and get funding for those plans.”Fletcher frequently attacked Congressman John Culberson during the 2018 campaign for blocking METRO’s efforts to build a light rail line along Richmond Avenue. She stopped short of endorsing the project herself on Houston Matters, but indicated she’ll follow METRO’s lead. Sharelast_img read more