Suspended constable dies in custody

first_imgA Manipur Police constable, suspended in connection with the escape of an extremist leader, has allegedly died in custody during questioning.Constable S.M. Manjur Ahmed was one of 10 police and medical personnel suspended after Thokchom Nando Singh of the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party escaped while undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal on March 25.Singh was arrested more than a decade ago for the kidnapping and murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, the eight-year-old daughter of former Minister Francis Ngajokpa in November 2003. “The constable was found dead in custody,” a police officer said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the reason for his death.last_img read more

Spurious liquor claims 10 lives in U.P.

first_imgTen people died after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ajay Sahani, Superintendent of Police, said.A dozen officials of the Excise and the Police Departments have been suspended for the incident, officials said.The tragedy was reported from the Raniganj area under the Ramnagar police station of the district.Excise Minister J.P. Singh said six deaths had been confirmed so far. In the Home Department briefing held in the evening, IG Law and Order Praveen Kumar put the figure at 10 and said four others were critical.Among the victims were four members of one family. Several others had been admitted to the trauma centre in Lucknow.The district Excise officer and the superintendent along with the local Inspector, an SI and two police constables have been suspended, while the suspension of the circle officer was under process, said Mr. Kumar.The victims purchased the liquor from a local registered shop run by one Danvir Singh. A case has been lodged against him and two associates. While a salesman has been arrested, Singh is absconding.Minister J.P. Singh said it was a “lapse” on the part of the local officials that spurious liquor was sold at a licensed shop. “Somewhere it is a lapse of our officials and staff because there is a standing order that stock in every shop must be checked,” he said.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the Principal Secretary, Excise Department, to probe the incident and take strict action against the culprits. The CM has directed a three-member committee led by the Excise commissioner to submit a report within 48 hours.The team would probe the source of the liquor, the accountability of the local Excise, police officials and any “conspiracy” angle, said Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.Rajeev Krishna, ADG Lucknow, said they were investigating at what stage the liquor was adulterated, whether at the factory or at the store. The shop did not have the licence to sell open liquor or serve it like a bar but could only sell closed bottles, he said.Mr. Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the kin of the dead.last_img read more

Satara MP demands re-election using ballot papers

first_imgNationalist Congress Party MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale on Monday voiced support for the ballot paper voting system as against the Electronic Voting Machine, which has been mired in controversy following multiple allegations of rigging. Mr. Bhosale’s statement comes days after Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi president Prakash Ambedkar announced he would be taking the issue to court. Saying that the EVM process was ‘manipulative’, Mr. Bhosale said that a difference of 672 votes was observed between the votes cast and votes counted in constituencies like Wai, Koregaon, Karad, Patan and Satara. “The statistics are there for everyone to see. It is clear that something was wrong with the entire election process. I don’t know why they call the EVMs fool-proof,” Mr. Bhosale said. While he accepted that securing fewer seats than expected in the recent Lok Sabha elections is a factor behind the issue of EVMs being raised, he also added that the difference between votes cast and votes counted still remains unexplained. Calling EVMs a “threat to India”, Mr. Bhosale demanded a re-election through ballot papers and also demanded that the EVM system be abolished permanently. “I challenge the Election Commission to see the results after re-elections are conducted using ballot papers. I am not going to rebel nor I am going to approach the courts. I can speak for myself and I want the people to raise their voice as well to save the future of India.” he said.On Saturday last week, Mr. Ambedkar, in a press conference in Dadar, had declared that his party would be taking up the issue of EVMs with the Election Commission of India and would also be filing petitions in regional high courts over the matter.last_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi denied bail

first_imgSacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi will continue to stay in Tihar Jail as a Delhi court on Monday rejected his bail application in connection with the CWG corruption case.  The Patiala House court has held that Kalmadi might be able to influence witnesses since most of them (witnesses) have worked in OC under Kalmadi. Kalmadi had been arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.  Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh dismissed Kalmadi’s bail plea along with that of Games organising panel’s Joint Director-General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad, saying that “the offences are of serious nature”. The court also said that “Prasad was close to Kalmadi” and had a key role in awarding the contract which caused huge loss to the exchequer. Kalmadi was arrested along with Prasad and three others for awarding the contract for installing the Time-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm, Swiss Times Omega, at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer. – With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

NASA renames building after Katherine Johnson Hidden Figures space star

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Rylo Sci-Tech TV and Movies 1 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Boost Mobile Read the Rylo camera preview $999 7 $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Tags Comments Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal See at Amazon $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999center_img Read the AirPods review Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo Apple iPhone XS I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $59 at eBay Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Human computer Katherine Johnson’s work in helping to pioneer advances in space travel spans over 30 years. NASA NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, has a new name. It’s now the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility, in honor of the “hidden figure” portrayed by actress Taraji P. Henson in the movie Hidden Figures.The 2016 film celebrated influential women of color who helped to pioneer space travel at NASA during the ’60s.Katherine Johnson was a brilliant mathematician who worked as a “computer” — not a machine as we know computers today, but a person who computes. One of her greatest contributions to space exploration included making essential calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module. She also worked on the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite.nasabuildingHere’s a look at NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia. NASA NASA IV&V assures the safety and success of software on NASA’s highest-profile missions.”It’s an honor the NASA IV&V Program’s primary facility now carries Katherine Johnson’s name,” NASA IV&V Program Director Gregory Blaney said in a statement. “It’s a way for us to recognize Katherine’s career and contributions not just during Black History Month, but every day, every year.” After working at NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for over three decades, Johnson retired in 1986. In 2015, when Johnson was 97, President Obama awarded her America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $520 at HP NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comment Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See it Share your voice 17 Photos $210 at Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Bikini airline VietJet plans to grab 50 market share raises cap on

first_imgAn airplane of Vietjet Air is seen before a flight at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, December 15, 2016.Reuters fileVietJet, the six-year-old carrier of Vietnam, that went public this February, has a lot more to it than the occasional bikini stunts it’s known for. The first private carrier of the Southeast country plans, which currently has a 42 percent share of the domestic aviation market, plans to increase it to 50 percent by December this year.At its annual general meeting a few days ago in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, the low-cost carrier set for itself an ambitious target of 53 percent increase in revenues and 36 percent in profit for the current year.In 2016, VietJet logged 27.4 trillion dong (around $1.17 billion) in revenues and 2.4 trillion dong in profit, the Nikkei Asian Review reported, adding that the growth plans would mean 42 trillion dong ($1.8 billion) in revenues and 3.3 trillion dong in net profit.To drive growth, the company’s shareholders approved a proposal to hike the foreign ownership limit in the carrier from the current 30 percent to 49 percent, post which it will make a formal request to regulators.State-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines has about 50 percent share in the domestic market with the rest being held by its subsidies, the Bloomberg reported two weeks ago.Four months ago, the company’s 167 million initial public offering (IPO) that valued it about $1 billion, saw a spectacular listing on February 28, gaining 20 percent on debut on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange.Launching its commercial services in December 2011, VietJet has a 45 aircraft strong fleet and flies to destinations within as well as 30 regional destinations in Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Myanmar.The carrier managed to catch the attention of passengers and the general public when its stewardesses appeared in little more than bikinis as uniform.”They’ve been clever about their marketing.This gave them huge publicity all over the world,” aviation analyst Greg Waldron of FlightGlobal told the BBC in February.However, they had to pay a price in August 2012 for their bikini act. The airline hired beauty contestants in bikini-tops for a Hawaiian-themed dance on its maiden flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, the BBC reported that year, citing newspaper reports.VietJet said it merely wanted to offer a “holiday atmosphere for tourists who were on way to Nha Trang, a popular Vietnamese holiday destination.”The tactic backfired when the airline was penalised.Last week, VietJet resorted to a less-risky way — flash mob dance — to welcome its passengers on board on the maiden Hanoi-Singapore flight.VietJet’s founder and CEO is Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao. The 46-year-old executive is also Southeast Asia’s only woman billionaire, according to Forbes.  VietJet Air CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao speaks behind a model of a VietJet aircraft during an interview in her office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, January 10, 2017.Reuters filelast_img read more

Thousands of tourists stranded as flights cancelled over Pakistan

first_imgStranded passengers wait outside the Thai Airways ticket counter at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on 28 February 2019. Photo: AFPThousands of holidaymakers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday after Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad suddenly closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India.Twenty-seven flights, the majority to and from European routes, have been cancelled, the Thai flag carrier said, with three passenger jets forced to return to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday.The cancellations follow a snowballing crisis between nuclear armed neighbours Pakistan and India, which has raised fears of an all-out war.Pakistan claimed it shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace, although it later clarified only one Indian pilot had been captured.India said its forces had also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet as Pakistan suddenly closed its airspace.Thai Airways said nearly 5,000 passengers had been caught up in the cancellations.”There are 4,000 from European flights and 700 to 800 from flights to Pakistan,” a Thai Airways spokesperson said.”We are waiting for permission to fly over other countries,” she said, explaining Iran had rejected a request to fly over its airspace.”Now we are contacting China,” she added.The carrier said stranded passengers were put up in hotels at its expense.But frustration mounted Thursday at Bangkok’s main airport at the sudden delays.”We have waited here for 11 or 12 hours already,” Gerda Heinzel 55, a German tourist flying back to Munich after a holiday in Phuket.”We have not been given anything to eat, anywhere to stay. There are no German-speaking staff to help us.”Flights to London, Paris, Brussels, Milan and Munich were all cancelled on Thursday, while 10 incoming flights from Europe were also scratched.The cancellations are a blow to Thai Airways during one of the country’s most popular travel periods.last_img read more

May 17th

first_imgA memory from a young Baltimore woman whose life was changed radically by the landmark Brown v Board decision of 1954. May 17, 1954 marked a defining moment in the history of the United States. The Supreme Court declared the doctrine of “separate but equal” unconstitutional and handed The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund the most celebrated victory in its storied history. Reversing the 1896 the Supreme Court’s decision that separate but equal educational facilities for Negroes were legal. I’m sure you’ve seen the film and pictures of all of the White women upset about their children going to school with Black children. On that evening in May, like everyone in America who had a TV, I was watching the 10 inch black and white television; witnessing the drama being played out. In New York I had gone to Catholic School with a little redhead boy named Greenberg. At Holy Providence for Negros and Indians in Cornwells Heights, Pa., the convent where I was a boarding student; we were taught the Great Books and nothing about being a Negro or an Indian. In Saipan I was in school with children who looked like me and spoke a different language. Together we learned to eat Spam. Therefore, I could not imagine why these women did not want their children to go to school with me. To be perfectly honest I was more interested in the events of Baltimore than going to school. In the fall of 1953 Baltimore came alive. The electricity in the air was palpable. The Baltimore Colts had moved to town. Everyone, Black and white, welcomed the Colts with open arms. Baltimore was the Colts and the Colts were Baltimore. The great Buddy Young became my neighbor. Imagine, I could babysit for his family. One of the first Blacks to play pro football (after the “unofficial” ban from 1934 to 1945) Buddy Young #22, experienced the humiliations of prejudice. But Buddy Young always insisted that the worst prejudice he encountered was against his size being the shortest NLF player. He said his size was not a disadvantage and delighted in outsmarting larger opponents who attempted to tackle him. ”They hate to miss the little man, who can make them look foolish, so they hesitate,” he once said. ”That’s beautiful.” With Buddy Young being only a few inches taller than me, I learned to love my short genes. April 15, 1954, one month before the Brown v. BOE, big-league baseball came to town when the St. Louis Browns arrived with the new name The Baltimore Orioles for the 1954 season. The 1954 Opening Day Parade made its way through downtown. I love a parade. At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Camden Station, the Orioles – having traveled from Detroit, stepped off the train and into Baltimore’s version of wonderland. Other than the traditional “Animal Walk” Circus Parade coming to town with the a herd of 18 elephants, trunk to tail in chain gang style, leading the way from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus trains pulling the tents and the roustabouts dressed up as clowns, offered a dose of magic not obtainable anywhere else. The 1954 Opening Day Parade was the biggest parade I could remember. Baltimore had no Beltway, no Harbor Tunnel, and no Jones Falls Expressway. Working farms prospered inside the city; Howard Street was rows of beautiful bustling segregated department stores. Banana boats offloaded their bushels onto wharves where the Inner Harbor now stands. I loved the sight of the ships in the harbor, the sounds of streetcar trolleys on the cobblestone streets, the taste of the juicy red plug from the watermelon man (A-rabbers) with his horse-drawn cart. People took such pride in their white marble steps, and oh, how I hated polishing the brass railing lining those white steps. Mrs. Johnson, our next-door neighbor, was out to see that I did it right. The character of each neighborhood was on display. The descendants from Eastern European neighborhoods painted beautiful religious scenes on the front window screen. Anyway, that 17th day in May, when the decision was handed down, in that same TV news broadcast with the White women screaming and yelling, there was the very gracious, calm Mrs. Mildred Coughlin the principal of Western High School, beautifully styled white hair and dressed in a soft pink suit. I was taken aback by her comment, and I quote, “I will never see a colored girl graduate from my school.” Her school, Western High School, was one of the high class schools in Baltimore. At that time, some schools in Baltimore were not only segregated by race and they were also segregated by gender. The top schools in Baltimore were all that way, male and female. Western High School was the best, of all girl schools. Baltimore became the first City in the United States to integrate public schools.Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (BPI) had an unusually advanced and difficult college engineering “A” preparatory curriculum. After a law suit by the Baltimore Urban League and the NAACP on behalf of 16 Black male students, a settlement was reached. In the fall of 1952, Elmer (Buddy) W. German Jr. and his lifelong friend Victor Dates were among the first Black males to attend BPI. One cold day in winter of 1954 Buddy walked away. His mother was stunned, she was so proud of her oldest son. “Mom, yes my grades are good, yes I can keep up and no I cannot not tolerate the harassment any longer. He transferred to Douglass High School to graduate in 1956. In complete candor Buddy German was my best friend’s brother and my “starter husband.” May 1954, Walter Sondheim Jr. became president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City immediately after the Brown vs. Board decision and instantaneously implemented desegregation throughout the city. The NAACP, along with CORE, the Urban League, other civil rights organizations and the AFRO had actively pushed Maryland into being the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to accept the Brown decision. As the gateway to the south, Maryland and especially Baltimore needed to be seen by the world as being able to implement civil rights objectives before the south would even give it a try. Gov. Theodore McKeldin, on May 17, refused an invitation by Southern governors to consider plans for circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision. June 1954, Dr. John H. Fisher, superintendent of schools for Baltimore, detailed a four point program of integration for all public schools. The Board of Education approved unanimously. By the end of August, I was told we would go to “her school,” Western High School. There were five of us and we were hand-picked to start September 7, 1954, in the 11th grade, which was the junior year. Western High School was on Center Street a half block away from the AFRO building on Eutaw Street where my, Elizabeth Murphy Oliver, was firmly ensconced; this made perfect sense to pick me. However, on the other side of town, things did not go so smoothly. Oct. 4, 1954, near City Hall, a group of white students from Baltimore schools demonstrated against integration. Police held back white students at Southern High. Three days earlier, many students, led by their parents, boycotted classes in protest. Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, who had the city build 87 new schools, providing new facilities for Black students who had been relegated to inferior segregated buildings, prior to Brown v. BOE, appealed for “cool heads” to prevail. The administration of Baltimore held to their commitment of school integration. At Western High School students and teachers were very nice; at least no one was ugly. No one was overt, it was covert racism. No one spoke to me. I suppose their parents had taught them if you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all. The five of us were in different classes, different curriculums, so we weren’t together. No shared class notes, no social activities, none of the things that go along with high school. The entire time in school was spent very quiet. I guess in retrospect that was good because I learned a lot. I didn’t have anything else to do. And even if I had told my mother no one would speak to me, her first comment would have been, “You’re not supposed to be talking in school, and you’re supposed to be learning.” As you may suspect, I love to talk. Anyway we got through. May of 1956, just before graduation, we had done all we were supposed to do. Mrs. Coughlin, the principal, had been courteous to us; she had never been unkind or anything like that. However, just before graduation, Mrs. Coughlin turned her face to the wall and died. She never saw a colored girl graduate from her school. Now, I took it very personal, and as you can see it’s been 58 years and I will get over it- just not today. “Although the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown was ultimately unanimous, it occurred only after a hard-fought, multi-year campaign to persuade all nine justices to overturn the “separate but equal” doctrine that their predecessors had endorsed in the Court’s infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision,” explains the NAACP’s Legal Defense profile of the historic ruling that redefined the history of the United States. “This campaign was conceived in the 1930s by Charles Hamilton Houston, then Dean of Howard Law School, and brilliantly executed in a series of cases over the next two decades by his star pupil, Thurgood Marshall, who became LDF’s first Director-Counsel.” The drama took place in the towns and cities across the South, to the greater woe of the white bigots, but it will pass into history as something that has happened to us all, children of this age, and it will remain in our lives forever. Read more on Afro.com and the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Why Whupping Children Wont Save Black America

first_imgRecently I participated in the Holistic Parenting and Education Summit, an event organized by Kenyatta Macon-Moon, the founder of the Nsoroma Academy of Holistic Thought, Baltimore’s only African centered school.The event, at New Shiloh Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in West Baltimore, featured presentations and education workshops by Macon-Moon, my good brothers Changa Bell, filmmaker and founder of the Black Male Yoga Initiative and Bobby Marvin Holmes, author, filmmaker, {AFRO} contributor and founder of Son of a Dream, among others. There was a beautiful, vibrant energy in the room, maybe the most truly child friendly “education summit” I’ve ever been a part of; children, from toddlers to pre-teens ran freely, laughing, playing tag and having unadulterated fun with impunity.Dr. Stacey Patton, the event’s special guest, who I interviewed at the end of the afternoon on stage, reveled in the joyous atmosphere as she entered the room. “This is like Black heaven,” she said.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)An award-winning journalist, Dr. Patton is also assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Morgan State University, a child advocate and author of the book “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America.” For Patton, an adoptee, child abuse survivor and former foster youth, childhood was anything but “Black heaven.”“She was a cross between Joan Crawford, “Mommy Dearest”…and Sybil Dorsett’s mother (the abusive mother of the character from the book and movie, “Sybil,” the story of a woman with 16 distinctive personalities), in a Black body, that was my adoptive mother,” Patton said.The theme of her book is vastly more complicated than spanking vs. not spanking.  “It is about Black children and freedom. It is also a book about Black America and our pain. It is an examination of history, racism, trauma, crime and policing, media, child welfare policy, science and medicine, popular culture, religion, humor, schooling sexuality and who gets to be a child in America,” Patton writes.But, at its foundation, Patton digs up the roots of Black people disciplining our children by beating them.“How did we go from being a West African people who once believed that our children were gods, that they were mystical, that they were magical, that they were reincarnated ancestors…people who never struck children or coerced them, to a people who now believe that the only way to nurture our children through childhood into productive adults is to process their bodies through violence,” Patton said.“I hear Black parents say to me all the time, `If I don’t beat my kid, then the police will kill them, or they’ll end up in prison.’ Well, how’s that working for us? If whipping Black children was so effective at keeping Black people out of prison, then why do we have national conversations on mass incarceration and police brutality? It’s (beating children) not working.”During our conversation, Patton also spoke about the role of White supremacy in informing parental choices in raising children, Black and White.“When you look at…American history, regardless of who is in office, White supremacy has oriented Black people to hate each other and taught us to weaponize ourselves against our children,” Patton said. “Because White supremacy is about destroying our children, period, irrespective of their race. So, that they grow up to underwrite the logics and horrors of racism. So, White children have to be destroyed so that they grow up to lack empathy, a sense of racial justice…no humanity.”At the end of our talk, a parent in the audience asked Patton about “shifting the paradigm” away from spanking.“It takes some humility that Black people aren’t used to practicing with their children…to say, `I know that…in the past this is what I’ve done…this is how I was brought up. But, I want us as a family to try and do something different.’ And it’s going to be difficult,” Patton said. “But, it’s the most powerful thing that your children will be able to watch you go through and take that journey with you, to take partnership. It never diminishes your soul to say, `I apologize, that I hurt you and I’m going to do better.’ It’s like all these psychological chains begin to break in that particular moment.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor. Please join him Oct. 9 for the launch of, The AFRO First Edition w/Sean Yoes, at afro.com.last_img

When will the torture end

first_imgEight minutes may not hold much importance to us but a child in India goes missing every eight minutes. Our country is widely recognized as having the world’s largest number of trafficking and slavery victims, many of whom are children. Exploitation and slavery in India includes sex trafficking, and multiple forms of slave labour. But India is not alone where children, women, and men are trafficked within or across a nation’s borders. Not My Life, a widely acclaimed film by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer on human trafficking discusses this issue very effectively. The documentary which is filmed on five continents in a dozen countries is a grim reminder of how human trafficking and slavery is growing rampantly and how we are not doing enough to curb the issue. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. It takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day through labour, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. Challenging though it may be, Not My Life’s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ‘Human memory is very short. We are hurt but what we very quickly forget. Indian children go missing in India every eight minutes. These children become slaves,  work in factories and in brothels, and they are numbered in millions.’  Commenting on the film Billheimer said, ‘This project is a labour of love. We kept asking, who will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves?  In the end we felt that making Not My Life was not only our job, but our mission, because far too much silence still surrounds this issue.’ The Director General of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan made the endeavour to take the film to the remotest corners of the country and overseas where it can be seen, so that it can create the right kind of impact about the horrors of human trafficking.  He said that the problem of human trafficking existed in at least 190 countries and the film had attempted to cover some of these including India. Doordarshan will telecast the 56-minute documentary dubbed in Hindi in its international première on 29 June at 9.30 pm.last_img read more

Of sacred geometry and cosmic order

first_imgVictory, would be launched on January 4 (Sunday) at the exhibition. It describes the unique journey that she set upon in 1971. Intimate details are revealed of how discoveries were made that opened the New Way, her unique contribution to the world to higher knowledge. The Volume 1 of her book describes her astonishing breakthroughs into the heart of sacred number, geometry and cosmology.In January 1970, the Mother made the most significant breakthrough of the age. She entered the solar world and saw there a chamber which in sacred architecture encapsulated the entire process of supramentalisation for both individual and collectivity. The Mother drew up a plan of the chamber with very precise measurements for its construction in the physical world. This most extraordinary accomplishment ever recorded in the sacred sciences has remained unknown to the world for 44 years.The exhibition is focused on sacred geometry. Since the exhibits may appear too abstract for some, they would be placed side by side with images from the Puranic Age that encapsulate the same principles. The viewers would be offered an integral package – number, geometry, architecture – all grounded in Indian mythology. Such an integral approach to the sacred has not been attempted before.last_img read more