A special court on Tuesday directed that advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for fringe right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha; and his aide, Vikram Bhave, be sent to judicial custody in connection with the murder of eminent rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave, who were first arrested by the CBI on May 26, were produced before court on Tuesday on expiry of their CBI custody.The court of additional sessions judge R.M. Pande denied the CBI’s plea seeking a further extension of the custody of the accused. It observed that the CBI did not make any fresh progress in the investigation when the accused were in custody.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave have been alleged by the investigating agency to have participated in the conspiracy to murder Dabholkar, in destruction of evidence and in aiding and abetting Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, named as the assailants of the late rationalist.Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi argued for a 14-day custodial extension, saying the CBI needed time to analySe the data retrieved from Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile phone seized during his arrest.Mr. Suryavanshi submitted that Mr. Punalekar harboured one of the accused Sanstha members in the 2009 Madgaon blast in Goa. He said the CBI needed more time to probe how Mr. Bhave conducted the reconnaissance before Dabholkar’s murder and interrogate him to uncover details of the getaway motorbike used by the alleged two shooters.Arguing against the CBI’s plea, defence counsel Virendra Ichalkaranjikar said the CBI’s allegation against Mr. Punalekar of participating in the murder conspiracy was “not tenable.”“The CBI claims that Mr. Punalekar had advised alleged shooter Sahard Kalaskar in June 2018 to destroy the pistol used in a crime that occurred in 2013. This vague, ‘post-incident’ allegation does not hold water. Furthermore, despite seizing advocate Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile on May 27, the CBI has made no progress to retrieve data,” he said.In September last, while seeking an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI told the court that in July 2018, the accused dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane. It also suggested that one of the firearms could be the weapon used to kill Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Kalaskar allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Kalaskar further revealed that it was the Thane-based Mr. Bhave who planned the reconnaissance, pointed Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters after the crime.Besides the arrests of Andure, Kalaskar and Dr. Virendra Tawde – said to be the alleged mastermind of the murders of Dabholkar and veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare – the CBI has arrested Amol Kale, Amit Digvekar and Rajesh Bangera in connection with the conspiracy to kill the two rationalist-thinkers.Kale, Digvekar and Bangera, who were granted default bail in December last in the Dabholkar case, are presently incarcerated in a Bengaluru jail for their roles in the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh.
I believe daily exercise is a must for a healthy heart. What is the ideal fitness regimen to keep my heart strong? – Sameera AbhichandaniAn active lifestyle, regular exercise and a sensible diet are the three pillars of a healthy heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes) of low-to-moderate cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise done on most days of the week will help you maintain and improve your heart health.Walking, weight training, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, dancercise are also excellent. All exercises should be done at a moderate intensity. An increase in intensity will certainly burn more calories and make the body stronger but will also increase the risk of injuries. Intensity should be increased depending on your age and fitness level. When it comes to weight training, one has to be selective. Isometric exercises are to be avoided at all times and strength training should be done using low resistance (lighter weights) and more repetitions. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be included in addition to the aerobic workout. Consult your physician before joining any exercise programme, though. Here are some suggestions to enjoy your workout and get it right:Take professional guidance for exercise and diet.Exercise for an hour on all days of the week.Exercise with friends and choose an activity you enjoy.Nisha Varma is a Reebok master Trainer based in delhi. Write to her at nisha.v@ preventionindia.com
Royal 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.
Duran Duran and Kasabian will join the award winners at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Lunch on 3 July.Duran Duran will be awarded the highly coveted Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award.On receiving their Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award, Duran Duran said, “It’s truly an honour to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to help so many people. As musicians, we believe deeply in the power of music and all that Nordoff Robbins music therapy does on a daily basis. A couple of weeks ago we finished our 14th studio album – which will be released in September. After 35 years of making music together we are as inspired today as we were when we first started out. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to do what we wanted to do with our lives. Thanks so much for choosing us as the winner of the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award.”Kasabian will be awarded Royal Albert Hall Best Band at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. On their award Kasabian said, “We’ve admired Nordoff Robbins’ work for some years now and are honoured to be receiving the Royal Albert Hall Best Band Award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. As musicians, it means a lot to us to be recognised by a charity which does such great work using music to help people.”They will be joining James Bay, who will win Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer, Jake Bugg, AEG Live Best Male, Rita Ora, Vevo Best Female, Mark Ronson, American Express Innovation Award, Primal Scream, Investec Icon Award, Iron Maiden, O2 Silver Clef Award and Il Divo who will be awarded the PPL Classical Award.In the 40 year history of the O2 Silver Clef Lunch, there have been a total of 163 award winners. Some of the biggest names in the music industry have been honoured including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, The Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams and many many more.O2 have been proud sponsors of the O2 Silver Clef Awards for 12 consecutive years and O2’s Nuala Donnelly says, “O2 is incredibly proud to be associated with Nordoff Robbins and to be working with them on their 40th Anniversary. After 12 years of working together on the O2 Silver Clef Awards our admiration for their work continues to grow and we look forward to helping them raise more much needed funds.”Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “The Royal Albert Hall has been a passionate supporter of Nordoff Robbins and the exceptional work they do to change lives for the better for many years. We believe music is a vital element in the lives of young people and adults alike, and are exceptionally proud of our continued support of this inspirational charity. We are looking forward to working more closely with Nordoff Robbins over the coming year as part of the Hall’s extensive Education & Outreach programme. We are thrilled that Kasabian have won this year’s Royal Albert Hall Best Band Award. I was lucky enough to see them perform at the Hall and their three shows here have been truly amazing, showing what an explosive, exciting and unique group they are.”Mark Williamson, head of artist services for Spotify, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support Nordoff Robbins and the wonderful and inspiring music therapy it provides to those who need it most. We give our warmest congratulations to Duran Duran for their Spotify Lifetime Achievement award, in very well-deserved recognition of their huge and consistent contribution to the music industry.” Find out more about the event here.
Ryan Gosling says he’s “deeply disappointed” in himself for being oblivious to the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.The London, Ont.-born actor posted a note Thursday on Twitter standing in support of the women who’ve shared their stories.“Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse,” he said. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd are among the actresses who have come forward.The Canadian Press Advertisement “He’s emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.”Gosling is one of the few male actors to speak out against Weinstein in the wake of a New York Times report that opened the floodgates for stories from women who say they’ve been assaulted or harassed by the Hollywood mogul. Ryan Gosling posted a note Thursday on Twitter standing in support of the women who’ve shared their stories about Harvey Weinstein. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
Playboy’s stock price closed at $7.77 per share Thursday, down more than 30 percent from its 52-week high of $11.85 in October.Led by CEO Marc Bell, the company has tried to reposition the magazine—long thought to be a seedier version of Playboy—to compete with Hugh Hefner’s brand juggernaut.”We put the magazine back to its roots, where it used to be,” Bell told Reuters Wednesday. “We made it a young man’s magazine, slightly edgier pictorially than Playboy.”It’s a category that is hemorrhaging at the moment.Playboy said last month that it expects a 30 percent decline in advertising revenue during the first quarter of 2008. Playboy publishing group’s net revenue was $93.8 million in 2007, down from $97.1 million in 2006. The grim advertising projection came on the heels of its Audit Bureau of Circulations Fas-Fax statement, which indicated that single copy sales of the magazine fell 35.8 percent during the second half of 2007. Total circulation fell from 3,001,723 to 2,700,262—a 10 percent drop.Total paid circulation for Maxim, a magazine both Penthouse and Playboy purport to compete with, was flat. Penthouse’s average paid circulation was 350,000 during the second half of 2007, down three percent over the second half of 2006, according to ABC. Penthouse’s single copy sales—which make up roughly a third of its total paid circulation—were down 11 percent.Bell bought Penthouse in 2005. Penthouse Media Group has announced their intent to register for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission during the second quarter of 2008.The Boca Raton, Florida-based publisher plans to offer $250 million worth of stock in order to pay down its debt.The company has been aggressive in the digital space. Penthouse Media Group acquired 25 Web sites, including adultfriendfinder.com, for some $500 million in December. (Penthouse projected the acquisition would put its annual revenue at $340 million. Playboy’s 2007 revenues were $339.8 million.)
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Twitter Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter shows deep reverence for John after taking the stage to deliver her version of one of his biggest hitsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2018 – 2:07 pm There’s no shortage of pressure in singing a song everyone knows in front of the musical legends who wrote it. This was Kesha’s challenge when she took the stage for “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” to sing one of Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Prev Next How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? 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For all her success today, the singer still recalls listening to John as a child, and she took a moment to reflect on how performing for him now made her feel. “He’s a legend, he’s an icon, he’s like a music god. Music for me is my one true love, so having someone I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid, and listening to his records and studying his melodies like they’re the word of god,” says Kesha. “And then getting to sing one of his songs is just… kind of having me a little tongue-tied and speechless.”Kesha joins a superstar lineup of artists paying tribute to Elton John at the upcoming television special, including Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and SZA.”Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” concert special airs on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on CBS. 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BSE closes points 473.47 up on Feb 271.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 473.47 up on Feb 271.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 473.47 points up to stand at 29,220.12. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 160.75 points up to stand at 8,844.60. UNITECH and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.53% and 9.19% along with SINTEX and GMRINFRA with an increase of 9.19% and 8.89% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYPR and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.26% and 3.68% along with PMCFIN and NIIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD with a decrease of 2.86% and 2.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 417.21 points at 19,769.71 while the banking sector is up 581.77 points at 21,858.46 and the reality sector is up at 74.97 points at 1,838.53. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.82 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 473.47 points up to stand at 29,220.12. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 160.75 points up to stand at 8,844.60. UNITECH and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.53% and 9.19% along with SINTEX and GMRINFRA with an increase of 9.19% and 8.89% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYPR and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.26% and 3.68% along with PMCFIN and NIIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD with a decrease of 2.86% and 2.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 417.21 points at 19,769.71 while the banking sector is up 581.77 points at 21,858.46 and the reality sector is up at 74.97 points at 1,838.53. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.82 per dollar.
The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it will impose an environment compensatory charge (ECC) ranging from Rs 700 to Rs 1,300 on commercial vehicles entering Delhi as a transit route for their onward journey.The apex court bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, while giving this indication, reserved order to be pronounced on Monday (12 October).However, if was clarified that commercial vehicles carrying essential commodities, food stuff and passengers and emergency vehicles, including ambulances, would be exempted from the environment cess.The imposition of ECC would be for four months on an experimental basis and the money collected would go to the Delhi government.The Delhi government told the court that it would issue a notification in this regard after a formal order was passed by the apex court.The Delhi government also told the court that it would give wide publicity to the directions of the court.
S-400 Triumf air defence system transporter erector launcher.Wikimedia CommonsThe United States has warned India over its decision to buy S-400 missile defence from its long-time ally Russia. One of the senior officials of the State Department said that the S-400 deal between India and Russia is significant as it poses a threat to US national security. The official rebuked the claims that if the US might not be impacted with the deal as long as India continues to buy arms and ammunition from it. The official added that “I disagree. The S-400 is significant because of CAATSA sanctions. It’s also significant because of what it precludes, in terms of future high-tech cooperation.”The Print reported that the official warned that the deal could prompt the US administration slapping sanction under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia. Further, he also added that the deal could also give serious effect on the Indo-US defence ties which has increased significantly in recent times. The S-400 air defence system launches a missile during the International Army Games 2016 at the Ashuluk military polygon outside Astrakhan, RussiaReutersAsserting on the fact that the US doesn’t share its highest technology systems even indirectly with Russia, he said “We don’t commingle highest technology systems. There are threats posed by the purchase of an S-400. So that conversation you’re seeing played out in Turkey right now.” Moreover, he also warned India of sanctions similar to Turkey which has been engaging with Russia for military ties. The S-400 missile defence system is the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system manufactured by Russia. India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement on the sale of five S-400 units of worth USD 5 billion during 17th India-Russia summit in October 2016 in Goa in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.S-400 missile is regarded as the most reliable against a larger array of aerial attacks, particularly fighter the US made aircrafts such as F-18s and F-35s. Interestingly, S-400 has the capability of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 unit consists of tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles. The first missile system is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.
Tata steelworks Port Talbot, Wales, April 26, 2016.Reuters fileAfter Tata Steel announced that it had tweaked the roles of two of its top executives TV Narendran and Koushik Chatterjee, it is now speculated that the decision was taken in tune with the company’s plans to merge with Thyssenkrupp in Europe.The board of Tata Steel met on Monday, October 30, and promoted managing director, India & Southeast Asia, Narendran to the post of global chief executive and managing director, and group executive director and chief finance officer Chatterjee is now executive director and CFO, reported the Economic Times.It is also being said that though Narendran has now been given a larger role in the firm, things may change once Tata Steel’s merger with Thyssenkrupp is completed. With this, Tata Steel is also aiming to expand its footprints in India and Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran has said that the brand is capable of doubling its presence in the country.Meanwhile, the brand’s merger with ThyssenKrupp was also debated for a while. Even though it had often been said that Tata Steel may not merge with the latter, the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in September. This deal makes the firms the continent’s second-largest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal.Amid these discussions, Chatterjee had earlier told the business daily that Tata Steel’s merger with Thyssenkrupp depended on quite a few factors, one of which was the pension scheme issue being resolved. “A fair resolution of the pension scheme in the UK will be key to securing Tata Steel’s future prospects in Europe, be it in pursuing a merger with Thyssenkrupp or running a lean and profitable business in high-value steels,” Chatterjee said.The Indian multinational steel-making company had earlier made news for paying bonuses worth £25 million to its top European managers, at a time when UK workers have been taking pension cuts to keep the British business floating.The “retention” bonus was reportedly awarded to about 100 top managers at the UK and Dutch offices. ReutersThe details of the payments made were leaked by a Dutch whistleblower, after which the company admitted that these bonuses had been paid to senior managers, reported the Financial Times. Additionally, the officials at Tata Steel also said that the retention bonus had been paid as per the terms and conditions of the said managers’ contract.When FT got in touch with the officials regarding the payments, the website was shown a letter that Tata Steel’s chairman Andrew Robb had sent to the employees of the company on Wednesday, July 12. The letter said: the company offers “a range of short and longer-term incentives for employees at all levels so we can attract and retain the appropriate skills for the future.”After this, several trade unions had slammed the firm and said that “Tata Steel managers should hang their heads in shame.”The Unite trade union added: “It’s remarkable that bonuses of such kind have been paid out to senior bosses at a time of great upheaval and uncertainty for the company. Workers on the shop floor whose livelihoods have been hanging by a thread and pay frozen will understandably be less than impressed.”
Abigail PandeInstagramTelevision actress Abigail Pande, who is a yoga enthusiast, recently took social media by storm when she shared a topless picture of practising yoga. Promoting nude yoga, Abigail performed back namaskar, while showing off her back to the camera.While she received immense support from her fans, haters trolled her for going topless. Commenting on the mixed reactions she received, Abigail, currently shooting for episodic horror series, Lal Ishq, said that while Kareena Kapoor Khan was spared for going backless in Kurbaan, people made a fuss about her picture.”While no one made a fuss about Kareena Kapoor’s backless Kurbaan scene, I was called names for doing the same, as I was practising yoga. Having said this, I did get good support for my above views as well,” she said.As part of her yoga practises, Abigail follows a well-known nude yoga practitioner (nude_yogagirl on Instagram), who often gets trolled for her bare pictures. Defending her form of yoga practice, the actress said, “Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying walk naked. My point was that rather than appreciating her and her art, you just look at it from only one angle.””Secondly, I don’t get the term vulgar which she was called. This itself is so loaded and wrong. Do we call nude works in Ajanta and Ellora as vulgar? Beauty is never vulgar when presented aesthetically. She really works hard to make her work look classy and not cheap. Her agenda is never arousal but to show yoga in its most natural form.”However, Abigail made it clear that she is just supporting the nude yoga practitioner. “I am just supporting the @nude_yogagirl. Personally, I’d rather do Hot yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Hath yoga.”Further, talking about how yoga is not just a means of exercise to lose weight but has helped her deal with medical problems, Abigail said: “I have been following this traditional Indian form of exercise for the past four years. I first started taking it as a kind of workout as a means to lose weight and get a better-toned body. But later, I realized that it has started helping me deal with medical problems i.e lower back weakness and PCOD as well. Also, I was a very distracted person, with my mind running around with 50 things at the same time. Yoga has kind of calmed me down and lets me stay in the moment.”
X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A Houston-based renewable energy company is trying to revive a $2.3 billion project to transmit wind power across the Midwest. We learn about the project, a case involving it before the Missouri Supreme Court, and the potential impact on other Houston-based energy projects.Also this hour: State health officials are looking into the potential that hepatitis and HIV were transmitted at some Coastal Health and Wellness Clinics in Galveston County. More than 9,000 people may have been exposed between March 2015 and February 2018, although there’s no evidence disease transmission did in fact occur. We learn more about standards for sanitation at health clinics in general and how they work to stay up to date on such policies.Then, from the recent teacher protests and walkouts, to students protesting gun violence, to the host of protests that took to the streets in the past year, public demonstrations are becoming a more and more prominent part of our culture in the United States. But how effective are they at actually changing public policy? A local expert helps us understand how to evaluate a protest’s effectiveness.Plus: Local vascular surgeon Dr. Lori Choi talks about I’ll Have What She’s Having, a group of area chefs, restaurateurs, and physicians working to use food as an effective motivator for women’s health causes.And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about writing the children’s book he wishes he had while growing up.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comEven in a news cycle perpetually dominated by the maniacal political machinations of Donald Trump, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was still be able to garner some national headlines with her announcement last week that her office would no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases. She is also seeking to vacate about 5,000 marijuana convictions.“This is not something that I arrived to overnight, this was the result of months of…researching the best practices across the country,” said Mosby as she sat for an interview with the AFRO in her downtown office on E. Baltimore St. She had just returned from the sentencing of Terrell Gibson, who received 80 years for the murder of Dionay Smith, the younger brother of T.J. Smith, the former spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is the latest big city prosecutor to announce their office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases. (Photo by Sean Yoes)“It has everything to do with the fact that it has no public safety value, it’s not making us any safer as a city to prosecute individuals in possession of marijuana. We have to be smart in our limited use of resources,” she added. “It makes absolutely no sense when you live in a city like Baltimore with 316 homicides…that we are expending resources to prosecute marijuana possession. And the most important aspect of it is the discriminatory enforcement and application of these laws on poor Black and Brown communities.”Mosby’s office published a policy paper last week, “Reforming a Broken System: Rethinking the Role of Marijuana Prosecutions in Baltimore City,” which outlines in detail the grievous racial disparities in marijuana arrests and prosecutions.While racial disparities are evident when considering the manner in which marijuana laws are enforced, the problem is even more compounded when such enforcement produces no demonstrable public safety benefit. For example, since 2014 the BCSAO (Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office) has closed 1,128 District Court cases for simple marijuana possession. Seventy three of those individuals were found guilty, five not guilty, 49 cases were stetted, and 1,001 (88%) cases were nolle prosequi. As a matter of consequence, no public safety benefit was seemingly gained in the overwhelming majority of these cases, yet they required the extensive use of limited city resources, including resources from not only the BCSAO but also resources from the Baltimore Police Department, according to Mosby’s report. Since the decriminalization of marijuana in Baltimore City in 2014, the report indicates that Black people have been issued citations almost exclusively despite the fact Blacks and Whites smoke marijuana recreationally at roughly the same rates. According to Baltimore Police Department BPD records, in 2015 45 citations were issued and 39 of those were given to Black people (89%). In 2016, records indicate that BPD issued 199 citations for marijuana possession and 187 (94%) were issued to Black people. In 2017, BPD issued 431 citations for marijuana possession, where 410 (95%) were issued to Black people. Shockingly, approximately 42% of the aforementioned citations were issued in the Western District, where approximately 95% of the residents in this District are Black. Despite the seemingly obvious racial implications of enforcement of marijuana violations, Gary Tuggle, Interim BPD Commissioner released a statement that indicated officers will continue to make marijuana arrests. Michael Harrison, who is poised to be Baltimore’s fifth commissioner since 2015, has reportedly vowed to continue that BPD policy on marijuana.There has also been backlash against Mosby’s announcement from law enforcement agencies around the state.“I wanted to be sure the citizens of Harford County understand this latest disappointing action of the City State’s Attorney has no impact here,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler via tweet on Jan. 31. “We will continue to enforce the State’s laws in regards to marijuana possession because that is what we are sworn to do.”Still, Mosby’s initiative makes her part of a growing group of big city prosecutors who are choosing to eschew prosecuting marijuana possession cases including: Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Chicago, Cyrus Vance Jr. in Manhattan and Eric Gonzalez in Brooklyn.Mosby, who was thrust into the national spotlight when she charged six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in April 2015, acknowledges her continuing leadership role in the national conversation regarding criminal justice reform.“I think that Baltimore is in a unique position in that we can be a model for the rest of the country. I’m open to criminal justice reform, and any way I can utilize my platform or to be an example for redefining what justice looks like from a prosecutorial perspective, then I’m open to it,” Mosby said.“They can take our example, but I’m going to lead and ensure that the constituents that have elected me know that there’s always going to be one standard of justice in this city.”
If you work in a female-dominated workplace, chances of having access to flexible working arrangements could be less and not more as commonly assumed, new research suggests. The study looked at individuals in 27 countries across the European Union. It found that the best workplaces for providing flexibility were gender-neutral – where men and women were equally represented.The research, published in the journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, provides evidence to ‘reject the assumption’ that women have better access to flexible working arrangements and that female-dominated workplaces are better at providing them, said researcher Heejung Chung of University of Kent in Britain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Working in female-dominated jobs and/or sectors significantly reduces access to schedule control for both men and women,” the study said. It is commonly assumed that the low wages often found in female-dominated workplaces can be justified through better provision of family-friendly arrangements, but this research provides evidence that low wages are accompanied by worse working conditions for many.The implication for policy makers is that the group of the population that may be in most need of flexible work arrangements may be unable to gain access to them.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 3 min read The uproar over the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency has taken center stage in Washington, but for the majority of internet users, advertisers are more feared than the government, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.Almost 9 in 10 internet users, or 86 percent of Pew survey respondents, report having taken steps to wipe away or hide their digital whereabouts. Practices include everything from clearing one’s browser history to using a public computer to be able to browse anonymously. And 55 percent of survey respondents have taken actions those actions to clear their internet history to avoid specific people, organizations or the government, the report says.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic)Unsurprisingly, internet users say their top threat online is hackers and criminals. Their second most avoided foe are advertisers, with 28 percent of survey respondents saying they have attempted to hide from advertisers online. Nineteen percent of users said they wanted to avoid people from their past and specific friends. Meanwhile, only 5 percent of respondents attribute their attempts to be covert on the internet to avoiding the government.Even as they take steps to cover their digital tracks, however, many internet users know that in this age of hacking, nothing is really ever gone.Related: Surge in Mobile Banking Creates a Security Gap That’s a ‘Wild West’ for Fraudsters“Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet said in a statement. “Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government.”’Internet users fret about their personal identity being uncovered online because the chances are decently high that either they or somebody they know have suffered a consequence. Here is a look at what survey respondents report having suffered:21 percent of internet users have had an email or social networking account violated or taken over12 percent have been stalked or harassed online11 percent have personal information stolen, including such their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information6 percent have lost money after being the victim of an online scam6 percent have had their reputation damaged because of an online faux pas4 percent have experienced physical danger as a result of online activityThe survey from Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center included responses from 792 internet users, all of whom were surveyed between July 11 and 14 on the telephone by the Princeton Survey Research Associates.Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data (Infographic) September 5, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals