10 months agoHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…” last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.” last_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukic

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 10.360 Finance – Shanghai, China, 3.1 million shares, priced $16.50-$18.50, managed by Citi/Haitong. Proposed NYSE symbol: QFIN. Business: Chinese online consumer lending platform partnered with 360 Group (Qihoo).CF Finance Acquisition – New York, 25 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CFFAU. Business: Blank check company formed by the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald.CURE Pharmaceutical Holding – Oxnard, Calif., 2 million shares, priced $5-$7, managed by Network 1 Financial Securities. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CURR. Business: Developing oral dissolving film formulations of existing drugs.Chardan Healthcare Acquisition – New York, 7 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Chardan Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol: CHACU. Business: Blank check company formed by Chardan to acquire a healthcare business.Cornerstone Management – Guangzhou, China, 5 million shares priced at $4, managed by ViewTrade. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CSCA. Business: China-based private equity fund manager.Legacy Housing – Bedford, Texas, 3.5 million shares, priced $10.75-12.75, managed by B. Riley FBR/Oak Ridge Financial. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: LEGH. Business: Builds, sells and finances manufactured homes.Moderna – Cambridge, Mass., 26.3 million shares, priced $22-$24, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MRNA. Business: Early-stage biotech developing therapies based on its modified mRNA platform.Schultze Acquisition – Rye Brook, N.Y., 15 million shares, priced at $10, managed by EarlyBirdCapital/BTIG. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: SAMAU. Business: Blank check company formed by distressed debt investor George Schultze.Synthorx – La Jolla, Calif., 11.9 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by Jefferies/Leerink Partners. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: THOR. Business: Principal biotech developing immunotherapies for solid tumors.Tencent Music Entertainment – Shenzhen, China, 82 million shares, priced $13-$15, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs (Asia). Proposed NYSE symbol: TME. Business: China’s largest online music-streaming service.Uranium Trading – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced at $10, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE symbol: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Cops nab two with 4 kg ganja intended for selling to students

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police along with 4kg ganja on Wednesday night from the Anandapur area. Sleuths came to know that the ganja was intended for selling to students of various schools and colleges across the city.Police recently got tipped off about a racket being operated by some people who were supplying ganja to school students in and around the Taltala area. Based on the information, one Munni Das was arrested on March 4 opposite a school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSleuths came to know that apart from schools in the Taltala area, the racket used to target several other renowned schools across the city as well. On March 4, police had come to know from sources that someone would be going to a school located on AJC Bose Road to sell ganja. Based on the information, police reached the spot in plain clothes and kept a strong vigil in and around the school. In the afternoon, police officers noticed Das with a handheld shopping bag. After a while, sleuths noticed that Das was trying to approach some school students and was immediately detained. During preliminary search, ganja was found inside her shopping bag. Without wasting any time, police took her to the Narcotics Cell facility and started interrogating her. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, Das revealed the names of the duo arrested from Anandapur, identified as Dudh Kumar Halder and Parvina Bibi. Later, sleuths came to know that several students of renowned colleges and schools were their customers. Sleuths are now mulling about contacting the authorities of the schools and colleges whose names have cropped up in the case. Halder is a resident of Rajdanga, while Bibi resides on a footpath near 4 number gate of New Market.last_img read more

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‘Hope to go to Hollywood someday’

first_imgMumbai: In just seven years, Alia Bhatt has established herself as one of the most powerful performers from the current generation, and the actor says if she gets a good opportunity she would like venture into Hollywood. The 26-year-old actor, who will soon make her debut in Telugu cinema with SS Rajamouli’s RRR, said entering any new industry would be a tough task. “I do hope to go there (Hollywood) someday and soon. That is like entering a whole new industry and that is not easy at all. I will have to do it with some more time on my hand,” Alia said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor is currently busy promoting her next Kalank. She is also working on Brahmastra opposite beau Ranbir Kapoor and will be seen alongside Salman Khan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah. Alia, who had a great 2018 with Raazi earning big at the box office and receiving critical acclaim, said she picks roles which challenge her as an artiste. “All the characters that I have lined up are difficult and challenging. I am aiming at nailing them. That is my vision… My choices are instinctive. It comes from my gut. When I listen to a narration and if I like it, I do it.”last_img read more

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Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. read more

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Mexico Keeper Ochoa would love a move to Napoli

first_imgGuillermo Ochoa could be lining up a switch from Standard Liege in Belgium to last seasons runners-up in Serie A – according to his agent. Ochoa received worldwide acclaim for his performances for Mexico during the 2014 World Cup and is currently on duty in Russia for his national side, starring in their opening game victory against Germany.Speaking to CalcioNapoli24 as reported by Football Italia today, the goalkeeper’s representative Jorge Berlanga had this to say: “He’s played for many teams, he’s now at Standard Liege and he’s a leading light for the Mexican national team at the World Cup, like he showed against Germany.”“Who wouldn’t like to play in the Champions League? Still, no offers have arrived regarding this.”“On the other hand, he would be very happy to join Napoli and be coached by Carlo Ancelotti.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Para que estemos motivados este lunes. ??¡A seguir trabajando duro, Incondicionales! ⚡#NadaNosDetiene | #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/bWzg1L5nYT— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 18, 2018Mexico will be hoping to build on their huge victory over the reigning world champions in Russia, with their next game against South Korea scheduled to take place this coming Saturday.last_img read more

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With a lot riding on it Samsung packs a lot into Unpacked

first_img Unpacked can’t come soon enough. Let’s face it, phones just haven’t been exciting lately. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, even though prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. “This was the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has declined on a full-year basis,” Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said. “It is a landmark event.”Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered. Overall, Samsung shipped 291.3 million smartphones last year, Strategy Analytics said, down 8.3 percent from 2017. Samsung, which declined to comment ahead of Unpacked, hopes the changes it’s making to its lineup will be enough to get us to open our wallets again. At the very least, the company wants us to be intrigued enough to head to its new stores to see the devices in person.Galaxy S10 tweaksSamsung has struggled with the same problem as everyone in the mobile industry: making changes big enough to get people to upgrade. Last year’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 didn’t have many noticeable improvements from 2017’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Sure, the phones had faster processors and souped-up components, but the designs remained the same and they didn’t do anything all that different. That hurt demand for the phones.The Galaxy S10 design isn’t expected to be a huge leap from the S9 — there’s only so much you can do with rectangles — but it should include some tweaks that make it a better phone. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Event • What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Feel like your Samsung phone’s a little boring? That’s about to change. Samsung’s phone lineup will take a huge leap this year. Among the advances: fingerprint readers, super-fast 5G connectivity and even foldable phones that expand into tablets. We’ll get a glimpse of those new features and more on Wednesday, when the company hosts its Unpacked event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium. Samsung will kick off its keynote at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.The South Korean phone giant will use Unpacked to introduce its new Galaxy S10 lineup, the phones many of us will buy over the next year. It’s also expected to show off wearables, in addition to talking up its 5G push and foldable phone. The event will be jam-packed with some of the biggest changes to Samsung devices in years. reading • With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags 1:28 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img “It’s been kind of hard for them” to make huge changes beyond what they’ve already done, Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “But some innovations we’re expecting and are rumored will be welcomed.”To start off, there’s expected to be an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Galaxy S10 should sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip that works with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’s embedded right into the display itself.That means Samsung fingerprint readers could return to the front screen, reversing an unpopular move to the back of the phone that reviewers and users complained about. The ultrasonic technology is expected to be much more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock technology. With the 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a display that stretches across the entire front.Samsung is also expected to improve the camera in its devices, adding more lenses and a new “Bright Night” mode to take better images in dark environments. For those camera lenses on the front of the phones, Samsung is expected to continue to avoid the notch popularized by the iPhone. Instead, it could include a “hole punch” design for the camera that lets the screen take up even more real estate on the front of the device. It teased this design during its developer conference in November.Foldables and high speedsThe Galaxy S10 tweaks aren’t all that’s in store at Unpacked. Samsung’s other phone announcements should be real showstoppers. The biggest news is likely to be the unveiling of Samsung’s first foldable phone. The company has been talking about the device for years and finally showed off a prototype in November. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.The device will be a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps will seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you’ll be able to use three active apps.Beyond those early details, Samsung hasn’t said much about the foldable, including when it could hit the market. While it’s unlikely to sell in huge numbers right away, the foldable could point to the future of smartphones. Phones Components And then there’s 5G, another emerging technology that we’ll all eventually use.5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than today’s typical cellular connection and will be even quicker than service on a physical fiber-optic cable. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. One version of the Galaxy S10 is expected to come with 5G connectivity, though it’s likely Samsung won’t offer 5G on all its phones. 5G components are expensive and the service isn’t yet in all markets. So don’t expect the 5G version to be cheap.Samsung has a lot riding on Unpacked. That’s why it’s packing a lot in.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. 31 See All Comments Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Apple See also Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Samsung sees slow phone sales too, but has hopes for Galaxy S10 debut Samsung’s foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? 21 Photos Qualcomm 5G AT&T Samsung Sprint Verizon Applelast_img read more

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Arjun Kapoor finally opens up about marrying Malaika Arora

first_imgArjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraVarinder ChawlaThere’s no secret that Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been seeing each other for quite a while now. The speculations about their impending marriage has been doing the rounds of the industry and it is being said that the lovebirds will be tying the knot in April according to Christian rituals. While Malaika has laughed it off the question about her marriage, Arjun has now spilled some beans on marrying his ladylove.When Arjun was recently asked if he is going to get married to Malaika soon, he told IANS, “When there is something to talk about, you will all know.”Arjun and Malaika are currently one of the most talked about couples in the industry. They are often spotted together during their romantic outings and unlike old times, the couple has been quite welcoming towards paparazzi who never miss a chance to capture their private moments into the camera lenses.When Arjun was asked if he finds it stifling that he is constantly under watch, he said, “Not really… It is a very small price to pay. At the end of the day, for what I have gained out of being an actor, somebody who is known across the country and the world, it’s a small price. And people like to know how we are. They like to be surprised how normal we are, they like to know our idiosyncrasies. It doesn’t really bother me.”A few days ago, Malaika had opened up about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan and said that she was glad that she took the decision on her own.”Everyone wants to be in love again, to be in a relationship. Nobody wants to be alone and single for the rest of their life. Irrespective of what everyone said around me, I am glad that I made this choice on my own,” Malaika had said on Anupama Chopra’s web show.Well, going by Arjun and Malaika’s statements, it looks like the couple is all ready to make their relationship official soon.last_img read more

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Anil Ambanis Reliance MediaWorks sells Big Cinemas to Carnival Group

first_imgAnil Ambani’s Reliance MediaWorks signed an agreement to sell its multiplex business to Carnival Films Pvt. Ltd, a South India-based hospitality group. ReutersThe deal is expected to help reduce Reliance Capital’s overall debt load by Rs. 700 crore through a combination of debt transfer of RMW and a cash infusion, according to a Reliance Capital statement.The deal will see Carnival become the third-largest multiplex operator in the country.Reliance Capital-owned Reliance MediaWorks operates ‘Big Cinema,’ a 250 strong chain of cinema screens.The deal, however, does not include real estate held by RMW at IMAX Wadala and other properties; which could bring in an additional 200 crore.The agreement holds a clause that would see Reliance Capital pick up a pre-IPO minority stake, at an appropriate discount, if and when Carnival Cinemas decides to list itself.Carnival Cinemas said they intend to grow to 1,000 screens by 2017 and their expansion plans include setting up substantial presence in Tier 2 and 3 cities.The deal is expected to close in the current financial year, provided statutory approvals are received.Reliance Group was advised by Ernst and Young; KPMG played the same role for Carnival Group.last_img read more

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Judgemental Hai Kya movie review and rating Audience hail it as the

first_imgKangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao in Judgemental Hai KyaTwitterA special screening was organised by the makers of Judgemental (Judgementall) Hai Kya two days prior to its release. And despite being mired in controversies be it from film’s title change or verbal spat with a journalist, Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao seems to managed to impress the audience.Moviegoers who got a chance to watch Judgementall Hai Kya before the release, have been pouring in appreciation tweets. While Kangana and Rajkummar are being hailed for their fabulous performances, the film’s gripping narrative and thrilling situations seems to have struck the right chord with the audience.Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, Judgementall Hai Kya is touted to be a suspense thriller which revolves around Kangana and Rajkummar Rao’s characters who are the prime suspects of an unprecedented murder case. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailendra Singh, the movie is all set to hit theatres on July 26.So before you make a choice whether to book tickets for Judegementall Hai Kya at a theatre nearby you, take a look at what audience has to say on Twitter about this Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s film.EXCLUSIVE First Review #JudgementallHaiKya from UAE Censor. A Well Made Film in all aspects. #KanganaRanaut does it all. Her magnetic smile, shouting eyes and priceless expressions makes this one of her best performances. She Nailed it. @RajkummarRao also Stole the Show. ???? pic.twitter.com/HJ1oJOo3Sv— Umair Sandhu (@UmairFilms) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya Internal reports says, the movie is outstanding and the ending has an unexpected twist . It will leave u shocked.Kangana is phenomenal and outstanding. Rajkumar rao at his best. Reviews – 5/5?????#KanganaRanaut pic.twitter.com/ayWP54wjOz— Sanjukta Sarkar ? (@Sanjukta_SS) July 24, 2019I watched #JudgementallHaiKya …It’s one of the most brilliant movies of 2019.@RajkummarRao amazed me with his performance and @KanganaTeam as always she nailed it. I’m sure the movie will be blockbuster, so i wish all the best to the team. @balajimotionpic @ektaravikapoor— Team Pranutan Bahl (@maithasaeedalm4) July 24, 2019watched #JudgementalHaiKya today in UAE. It is one of the best thriller movie in recent years. It will keep you hooked to your seat till the last scene. #KanganaRanaut and @RajkummarRao will completely surprise you?— Rizwan (@RizwanSRKian) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya StraightUp how effing proud am I there are so many friends involved in this film! This tweet is going to spill so stay with me! ? @ektaravikapoor @ShaaileshRSingh Boss Partnership! #Kangana FIRE?? I want to hug, scream at & hug Bobby, all at the same time!— Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) July 24, 2019last_img read more

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Coordinated efforts awareness needed for road safety Experts

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on road safety at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Monday. Photo: Sabina YesminAwareness among transport owners, workers and mass people and coordinated efforts between the government and stakeholders are needed in ensuring road safety, discussants at a roundtable observed.Prothom Alo, in association with ride sharing company Uber, organised the roundtable titled ‘a coordinated effort needed for road safety’ at Karwan Bazaar’s CA Bhaban on Monday.Superintendent of police of National Emergency Service 999, Mohammad Tabarak Ullah, said although emergency service has already attained people’s trust, road accident response is still its biggest challenge for perennial traffic jam in roads.Lamenting the delay in response due to mismanagement on roads and highways, Tabarak Ullah said, “We’ve installed Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) devices in 92 patrol cars in the city for better emergency response system. We’ll be able to cut down response time significantly once we can install the system in all petrol cars of the country.”He said the emergency service is being integrated with ride sharing services including Uber. Once the process is complete, passengers will be able to contact 999 easily, Tabarak Ullah added.Zulquar Quazi Islam, Lead at Uber Bangladesh, said the awareness among people and the strong implementation of law can curb mismanagement in roads.“Motorbike riders didn’t bother wearing helmets even six months ago. Now everyone wears helmet. It’s a good example of enforcement of law,” he said.Amalgamation of safety features and technology has played a big role in the popularity  ride sharing app Uber, Zulquar Quazi Islam added.Underscoring the need for valid and reliable database on casualty of road accident, director of Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB), Salim Mahmud Chowdhury, said, “There is often a big gap between data provided by the government and the private sector.”Superintendent of police of National Emergency Service 999, Mohammad Tabarak Ullah ®, speaks at a roundtable while Uber Bangladesh’s chief Zulquar Quazi Islam looks on. Photo: Prothom Alo.Ahmed Najmul Hussain, director of Road Safety Programme of BRAC, said that incorporating road safety lessons in text books can be a long-term investment for safe roads.Supreme Court lawyer Tanzib Ul Alam said faulty structure of roads and highways, weather condition and human error cause most of the road accidents in the country.Saying that transport owners and workers often put pressure on the government, he said, ‘We want proper implementation of law and punishment for the drivers involved with accident. The government should not surrender under the pressure from transport owners association in making and implementing laws.” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s psychiatrist Sultana Algin, assistant professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Kazi Md Saifun Newaz, acting head of physiotherapy of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) Farzana Sharmin, women affairs secretary of Nirapod Sorok Chai movement Manjuli Kazi, head of public policy at UBER’s Bangladesh-India chapter Iravati Damle, among others, spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

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Texas Democrat Beto ORourke Risks RisingStar Status In LongShot Race

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @BetoORourkeO’Rourke is forsaking a safe seat in Congress and a rising-star career for the longest of odds in an attempt to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.He’s running for U.S. Senate but as the Sunday morning sun rose over a park near the Texas-Mexico border, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke had another run in mind.Wearing well-worn shorts and sneakers, the onetime punk rock guitarist was leading a group of supporters on a jog around a duck-dotted pond. Not everyone was game, though, including 76-year-old retiree Merrie DeVoe who said she’d instead be going to church.“But we’ll be praying for you,” DeVoe said.That could come in handy since O’Rourke looks not to have a prayer of unseating incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, whose presidential campaign only two years ago racked up millions of GOP primary votes nationwide. Even before Cruz, O’Rourke’s party hadn’t won a Senate seat in deep-red Texas since Lloyd Bentsen was re-elected in 1988.High-energy and bilingual, with a lanky, 6-foot-4 frame and a mop of dark hair that’s begun turning a distinguished gray, the 45-year-old O’Rourke reminds some Democrats and even a few Texas Republicans of a Spanish-speaking Kennedy.Feeling so fortunate to be up and at it with a morning run in Dallas. pic.twitter.com/iFyxdsFWZi— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 26, 2018But many wonder why he’s giving up a rising-star congressional career and safe seat in his native El Paso for a race that looks unwinnable.“It’s going to be hard but it’s absolutely worth doing,” O’Rourke said over lunch of chicken fajitas at Jose’s Cafecito restaurant in the nearby town of Weslaco, amid a blitz of recent campaign events along the border. “The odds are certainly long.”Still, he said he saw little hope of changing the country’s direction under President Donald Trump by just returning to the House. So lately, he’s been holding jogging sessions, rallies and town halls across the state while raising a respectable nearly $4 million.If it’s a suicide mission, O’Rourke’s campaign is a colorful one, with lively, occasionally profane rhetoric and attention-getting events that sometimes seem as much about partying as policy.He wants to legalize marijuana and ease immigration policies and opposes Trump’s border wall, likening it to the Berlin Wall that future generations will rue. But O’Rourke says also he’s courting Trump voters since the president has “asked the right questions about people who have felt left behind.”At his rallies, he invites anyone to ask him anything, which provides openings to slag his own party.“I feel like the Democratic Party up in D.C. is corporate politics,” O’Rourke told the audience of around 250 quaffing microbrews at an open-air beer garden stop. “They’re listening to the corporations and the special interests and the PACs. And the folks who write the checks are calling the tune. It’s not you and it’s not me.”O’Rourke opposed ending the government shutdown, accusing the top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, of “offering a wall to the president in exchange for doing obvious, correct things.” He said his party shouldn’t have made concessions in return for Republican assurances to soon take up legislation on young immigrant “dreamers” brought to the country illegally.A booming Hispanic population means Texas could one day be more favorable to Democrats, but the demographic shift won’t come fast enough to help O’Rourke. He also supports abortion rights, which is a tough Texas sell — even among some Hispanic Democrats who are devout Catholics.O’Rourke’s campaign has refused outside political money and doesn’t employ consultants. Before announcing his Senate run, O’Rourke called U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, about possible financial help.“He said, ‘Hey Beto, I’ve got to tell you, from the DSCC’s perspective, I would be fired for malpractice if I invested any money in Texas,’” O’Rourke recalled.O’Rourke said he hopes to woo Republicans angry that Cruz spent so much time outside Texas running for president. O’Rourke pledges to campaign in each of Texas’ 254 counties before the election.Along the way, he’s drawn larger-than-expected crowds, even in deeply conservative, rural areas like Lubbock.“If anyone can do it, Beto can,” said Illiana Noemi Holguin, chairwoman of the El Paso Democratic Party. She said he’s laying a foundation for his party’s future candidates by “going to all of these small, rural counties where, frankly, not a lot of Democratic candidates have gone.”U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said O’Rourke rallies in border towns could help improve traditionally low turnout in one of Texas’ few reliably blue strongholds: “He’s trying to build up the enthusiasm.”Cruz, believing he’s comfortably ahead, has decided he can largely ignore O’Rouke through November. At last count this fall, Cruz’s campaign fund was worth around $6 million compared to O’Rouke’s roughly $2.8 million. Asked about criticisms that Cruz was more interested in being president than senator, a spokeswoman didn’t mention O’Rourke while saying Cruz has “kept the promises he made” to Texans.Even some at O’Rourke’s events aren’t expecting miracles. “I don’t think it’s necessarily about winning the race as much as it is slowly changing the tide where, maybe next race, it is winnable,” said Pete Banda, 26, who attended a town hall in San Benito.A fourth generation Irish-American whose favorite phrase is “right on,” O’Rourke is the son of a longtime Democratic county judge and a Republican mother “who we’ve almost convinced to vote for me.” His first name is Robert but his parents called him Beto from birth.In the summers between semesters at Columbia University, where he studied English literature, O’Rourke played guitar and occasionally bass for an El Paso punk band called Foss. Bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala later fronted the better-known act The Mars Volta.O’Rourke stops short of calling his campaign punk rock-inspired but does see similarities.Punk rock means acting “without waiting for the corporation or someone else, somewhere else, to give you orders, or to show you how to do it,” he said.last_img read more

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Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman announced

first_imgKolkata: Minister of State for Cultural Affairs and Tourism Indranil Sen announced the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman in 11 different categories on Monday. As many as 75 Pujas receiving the award will take part in the Red Road Carnival scheduled on October 23.The categories in which the awards were announced include Best Idol, Best Pandal, Best Theme, Best Lighting Arrangement, Best Eco-friendly Puja, Best Invention, Best Ambience, Best Artist, Best Dhakeshri, Best Biswa Bangla branding and Best Traditional Puja and also Best of the Best award. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Best of the Best award was bagged by as many as 17 Pujas including Suruchi Sangha of New Alipore, Chetla Agrani, Naktala Udayan Sangha, Tridhara, Kashi Bose Lane, Ahiritola Sarbojonin to name a few. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has penned the theme song for the festival and also composed the music for Suruchi Sangha. The Best Idol prize has gone to 11 Pujas, the Best Pandal to as many as 9 Pujas and Best Lighting to 6 Pujas. There are three categories of the award — Best Puja, Best Idol and Best Pandal — for the Pujas in the rest 22 districts of Bengal which will be announced soon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, lakhs of pandal hoppers hit the streets on the day of Mahashashti to visit their favourite Puja mandaps. The weather office has predicted pleasant weather during the Puja days much to the joy of the pandal-hoppers so the Puja revelers will hit the road more in the next four days — Saptami, Ashtami, Nabami and Dashami.”We are thankful to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as she starts inaugurating Puja mandaps from the day of Mahalaya. It gives us opportunity to visit the Puja mandaps for more number of days. We try to cover entire Kolkata and its adjoining areas,” Satadal Chatterjee, a college student said. Additional policemen have been deployed to ensure better crowd control and traffic management as well. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday announced the name of the Puja committees that will be the recipients of the Kolkata Shree 2018. The prizes are given out every year to the best Pujas by the civic body.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee announced the name of Puja committees that have won the award for this year. 81 Puja committees were chosen for the awards from 402 applications that were received by the civic body. The competition was judged by several eminent personalities.The 10 categories in which prizes were announced includes ‘Serar Sera’, ‘Sera Pujo’, ‘Sera Pratima’, ‘Sera Sailpik Utkorsho’, ‘Sera Bishoy’, ‘Sera Aloksajja’, ‘Sera Paribesh’, ‘Sera Parichana Pujo’, ‘Sera Sambhabana’ and ‘Mayor’s Choice’.The Pujas that won in the category of ‘Serar Sera’ are Chetla Agrani, 95 Palli, Suruchi Sangha and Tridhara Akalbodhan. In the ‘Sera Pujo’ category, the winners are: Naktala Udayan Sangha, Rajdanga Nabauday Sangha, Hindustan Club and Abasar Sarbojanin. Baghbazar Sarbojanin, Tala Prattay, Kashi Bose Lane and Behala Natun Dal.The awards for ‘Sera Sailpik Utkorsho’ category was bagged by Shib Mandir Sarbojanin, Selimpur Pally Sarbajanin, 66 Pally and Bosepukur Sitala Mandir; ‘Sera Bishoy’ category includes Bhowanipore Swadhin Sangha, 75 Pally Sarbojanin, Bosepukur Talbagan and Samaj Sebi Sangha; ‘Sera Aloksajja’ category includes Ekdalia Evergreen, Badamtala Ashar Sangha, Dakshin Kalikata Sarbojanin and Kalighat Milan Samity.A total of 45 Puja committees have won the category of the ‘Mayor’s Choice’. The Mayor’s Choice award will go up as the Mayor himself will visit several pandals during the Puja days. Last year, the total awards were 101. “It is expected to be more or less same this year also,” a KMC official added.last_img read more

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GNOME 330 released with improved Desktop performance Screen Sharing and more

first_imgThe latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. GNOME 3.30 features many significant performance improvements. In total, the release incorporates 24845 changes, made by approximately 801 contributors. GNOME is a desktop environment composed of free and open-source software that runs on Linux and most BSD derivatives. Fun Fact: 3.30 has been named “Almería” in recognition of this year’s GUADEC organizing team. GUADEC is GNOME’s primary annual conference which was held in Almería, Spain this year. Improvements to Desktop performance The entire desktop now uses fewer system resources. Users can now run multiple apps at once without encountering performance issues. Improved Screen Sharing With GNOME 3.30, it is now easier than ever to control screen sharing and remote desktop sessions. A newly added system menu displays an indicator when a remote connection is active, making it easy to stop the session when finished. Update Flatpaks Automatically Flatpak is an emerging technology that makes getting apps fast and secure. Many new apps are already available on Flathub which is a repository of curated Flatpaks. GNOME software manager, can now automatically update installed Flatpaks. Focus on Content Web, the GNOME browser, now comes with a new minimal reader view. Web can toggle between the normal view and the clean, minimal reader view when viewing a compatible web page. The minimal reader view removes irrelevant menus, images, and content not related to the article or document. Updates to GNOME Virtual machine application Boxes, the GNOME virtual machine application, can now connect to remote Windows servers using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Boxes also now has the ability to import OVA files, making sharing virtual machines even easier. Gaming Application changes Games, the retro gaming application can now be navigated by gamepad making it faster to use: The keyboard is mappable to gamepad inputs. Additional details about each available game is displayed in the collection view. The Flatpak bundles 4 more emulator cores. GNOME 3.30 introduces a new podcast app called Podcasts that lets you subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts, right from your desktop. These are just a select few updates. For a complete list of updates, read the GNOME Blog. Read Next Deploying HTML5 Applications with GNOME. Install GNOME-Shell on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”. Is Linux hard to learn?last_img read more

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Docker Store and Docker Cloud are now part of Docker Hub

first_imgYesterday, the team at Docker announced that Docker Store and Docker Cloud are now part of Docker Hub. This makes the process of finding, storing and sharing container images easy. The new Docker Hub has an updated user experience where Docker certified and verified publisher images are available for discovery and download. Docker Cloud, a service provided by Docker helps users to connect the Docker Cloud to their existing cloud providers like Azure or AWS. Docker store is used for creating a self-service portal for Docker’s ecosystem partners for publishing and distributing their software through Docker images. What’s new in this Docker Hub update? Repositories                                          Source: Docker Users can now view recently pushed tags and automated builds on their repository page. Pagination has now been added to the repository tags. The repository filtering on the Docker Hub homepage has been improved. Organizations and Teams Organization owners can now view the team permissions across all of their repositories at one glance. Existing Docker Hub users can now be added to a team via their email IDs instead of their Docker IDs. Automated Builds Source: Docker Build Caching is now used to speed up builds. It is now possible to add environment variables and run tests in the builds. Automated builds can now be added to existing repositories. Account credentials for organizations like GitHub and BitBucket need to re-linked to the organization for leveraging the new automated builds. Improved container image search Filter by Official, Verified Publisher, and Certified images guarantees a level of quality in the Docker images. Docker Hub provides filter by categories for quick search of images. There is no need of updating any bookmarks on Docker Hub. Verified publisher and certified images The Docker certified and verified publisher images are now available for discovery and download on Docker Hub. Just like official Images, even publisher images have been vetted by Docker. The certified and verified publisher images are provided by the third-party software vendors. Certified images are tested and supported by verified publishers on Docker Enterprise platform. Certified images adhere to Docker’s container best practices. The certified images pass a functional API test suite and also display a unique quality mark “Docker Certified”. Read more about this release on Docker’s blog post. Read Next Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB): Docker, Microsoft partner on an open source cloud-agnostic all-in-one packaging format Docker announces Docker Desktop Enterprise Creating a Continuous Integration commit pipeline using Docker [Tutorial]last_img read more

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On Monday Farhad Javid will meet with Afghan Pres

first_imgOn Monday, Farhad Javid will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, Rula Ghani, to ask whether the president will order the release of some 190 women and girls who are currently in jail for failing a virginity test.Javid is Afghanistan’s country director for Marie Stopes International, a global family planning organization. Five months ago, he and three colleagues visited the Mazar-i-Sharif prison and went from cell to cell to count the number of women and girls who had been jailed for failing the test. In Afghanistan, premarital sex is considered a moral crime. The issue of virginity testing is not confined to Afghanistan. This week, the U.N., along with the World Health Organization, U.N. Women and U.N. Human Rights, called for a global ban on the practice. Virginity tests have been documented in at least 20 countries around the world, including Egypt, Indonesia and South Africa. And according to the U.N., increased globalization in the past century has resulted in requests for and cases of virginity testing in countries that had no previous history of the practice, for example, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.K. The test is administered for a variety of reasons: to determine whether a woman can go to school, get married, get a job — or whether she is a victim of rape. According to the U.N., virginity tests are often performed by inspecting the hymen for tears or for the size of its opening, or inserting fingers into the vagina, to determine whether a girl or woman has had sex.WHO states that there is no evidence that the test can prove that a person has had vaginal intercourse or not.”This medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end,” the U.N. announced in a statement at the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro.In its statement, the U.N. called these tests a violation of human rights and a form of gender discrimination: “The social expectation that girls and women should remain ‘virgins’ is based on stereotyped notions that female sexuality should be curtailed within marriage. This notion is harmful to women and girls globally.”In Afghanistan, the test is sometimes administered if a girl does something as simple as walking down the street with a boy, says Javid.That’s what happened to a 13-year-old girl that Javid and his team from Maria Stopes met at the prison in Mazar-i-Sharif, the country’s fourth-largest city. The young teenager told a female member of the team that she was stopped by the police, accused of having sex and subjected to a virginity test. She says she failed the exam and was sent to prison.Even the act of undergoing the test can have alarming consequences, says Javid. In talking with women and girls, he has been told that even if someone is determined to be a virgin, her “reputation is tarnished,” he says. “The family of the girl will think, ‘You have brought shame to our family and village.’ “In Afghanistan, the law states that women who fail the exam can be incarcerated for a maximum of three months. But, says Javid, “many are kept inside the jail for a year and a half — for nothing.”After hearing reports from some of the prisoners, including the 13-year-old, of sexual abuse by wardens and prison guards, Javid sent two doctors to the prison to perform physical and psychosocial exams. The doctors told him that many girls and women reported they had been sexually abused by prison staff.Javid and Marie Stopes Afghanistan are taking steps to tackle the issue.That’s what the U.N. is recommending in its statement: The onus of eliminating virginity tests should be on local governments, working in tandem with rights groups, activists and nonprofit organizations. Together, “they’ll create the tools and policies and provide the support on a national level,” says Nazneen Damji, policy adviser on health at U.N. Women.In July, the government of Afghanistan approved an official public health policy that Marie Stopes Afghanistan helped draft in an effort to stop enforcement of the law that allows women to be jailed on the basis of the virginity test. Aimed at doctors and medical professionals, the policy states that virginity tests are ineffective and unscientific as a means to ascertain whether a woman is a virgin.Over the next three months the group will use funding from the Swedish government to train hospital directors in 19 provinces in the new policy. Marie Stopes doctors at these facilities, who provide family planning services, will also monitor to ensure that no virginity tests are administered.”The doctors will be discouraged to carry out any of the tests with us being there,” says Javid. So if a police officer were to bring in a woman for such testing, the doctor could refuse.Javid also hopes to convince Islamic community leaders that the test is ineffective. In November, he and his team are planning to hold meetings with leaders in four cities in Afghanistan, with subsequent visits to leaders in 19 of the country’s 34 provinces as well as some rural areas controlled by the Taliban.Javid thinks about the 13-year-old girl he saw at the prison. When he visited her, she was packed into a tiny cell with 15 or 16 other women, he says.”The poor girl was so small, just a teenager,” he says. “She looked like a pigeon with its wings all tied up.”Upon reflecting on the girl’s story, he says, “We hope we will be able to convince the president and his wife this Monday.”He knows the U.N.’s mandate to ban virginity tests won’t matter “to people on a provincial level.””But when you meet informed politicians, it absolutely matters,” he says. “We can use it to our benefit.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Virginia Gov Ralph Northam is embroiled in contro

first_imgVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam is embroiled in controversy for admitting that he wore blackface at a party in the 1980s and for a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. But the governor, a pediatric neurologist by training, told CBS he isn’t resigning, because “Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”NPR spoke with another doctor, Damon Tweedy, about what message it sends to black patients to hear a prominent doctor tell the country that he has worn blackface. Tweedy is the author of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University.The debate in Virginia is only one episode in a long history of racism in medicine, Tweedy says. Many African-Americans may feel distrustful of physicians, stemming in part from the legacy of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. This distrust has repercussions for the health of black people in America today, who may be less likely to stick with treatments or participate in medical research.Tweedy says he hopes the debate will generate more open conversations about the way bias works its way into the health care system.Our interview has been edited for clarity and length.What’s your response to the photo with the guy in blackface and the other guy in Klansman robes in a medical school yearbook?The first thought I had was what that might mean for the patients. One of the problems is that if we just sort of make it all about Gov. Northam, that in some ways kind of misses the point. Someone had to take that photo; someone had to put that into a yearbook. And you think about it, that medical school was in a community that at the time — even now — was 40 percent African-American.What does that mean for those patients, that there’s this tacit acceptance of these attitudes about race? And further, 1984 is not that long ago. People are still in practice who trained in 1984. Many of them are the generation that supervised me as I was coming in, training.Lay out for me briefly, what the history of tension is between the American medical community and African-Americans? It dates back to the beginnings of our country, in some ways. The most famous example in modern times is the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, which basically was run by the U.S. Public Health Service and investigated the natural history of syphilis in African-American men. Even after treatment was available, the researchers never notified the men that they had syphilis or that there was treatment available. It was the most egregious example that we know of.But in some ways it follows a much larger history of concerns, not just in the research realm but in the clinical realm. It’s very much an oral history among African-American people. You often find that people have a concern or mistrust that they are being experimented upon or that the medical establishment in some way doesn’t have their best interest at heart.When you were in medical school back in the ’90s, was race ever addressed in the curriculum or in practical training in your residency? During that time there was just starting to be those conversations. Maybe an hour, out of a four-year curriculum, an hour or two. Think about that. I think that a lot of times people think that if you’re a doctor, you’re very intelligent, you’re sophisticated, and somehow you’re not as susceptible to these issues of bias and racism in a way that other people might be. I think that’s shortsighted.I’m a professor myself, and I’ve used this recent event as a sort of a teaching opportunity. You know, had discussions with students where we’ve sort of really openly talked about what do these issues mean.I wonder if you have any advice for Gov. Northam, one doctor to another? I’m not sure how much he might listen to me, but I’m less interested in the idea of him resigning or not. Regardless of what happens there, he does need to find a way to use his story, not out of self-interest but in terms of moving forward the conversation in other medical schools and medical settings. How might someone who thinks that they’ve been well meaning and educated and all that sort of thing, how might they still have made mistakes that could have potentially harmed people?What are the most glaring racial health disparities you see today in your teaching or in your practice?I’m in psychiatry, personally, but it really transcends every medical specialty. There’s been a body of research that shows that these disparities come across in every way because really they derive from society … from social inequality, economic inequality. That so much drives the kind of care people can receive, where they can receive it, if they can receive it at all. It really cuts across every specialty. Doctors need to learn that they’re part of this larger social world.Justine Kenin produced and Selena Simmons-Duffin edited the audio version of this interview. Mara Gordon produced and edited it for web.Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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How do you get ahead in BangladeshOften its by l

first_imgHow do you get ahead in Bangladesh?Often it’s by leaving Bangladesh.An estimated 10 million Bangladeshis are currently working abroad, primarily as low-skilled laborers in the Arabian Gulf. Only India, Mexico, Russia and China send out more migrant workers each year according to the World Bank.The Bangladeshi migrant workers are gardeners, construction workers, janitors and maids. On average they earn $400 a month, far more than they’d make doing the same jobs at home. And the totals add up. The $15 billion sent home by migrant workers last year — called “remittances” in economic jargon — is Bangladesh’s second-largest source of foreign earnings after its gigantic textile industry.But their months or years abroad can turn into misery, with stories of scams, exploitation and abuse, according to labor activists and human rights groups.Getting in lineAn entire industry has developed in Bangladesh to recruit, screen and process workers who yearn to go abroad.Outside a two-story office building on the eastern side of the capital, Dhaka, young men hoping to get jobs in the Arabian Gulf are waiting on the street. Before they can finalize a labor contract they have to get poked, prodded and fingerprinted at a branch office of the Gulf Approved Medical Centres Association.The job seekers are given physical exams at the Saudi-run agency to make sure they are fit to work. They are screened for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases. If they test positive, they’re barred from working in the Gulf (an official in the GAMCA office says they can still find work somewhere else in the world). Women have to take a pregnancy exam and are excluded if they’re pregnant.The agency uploads their fingerprints and travel documents into a centralized database that will be available to immigration authorities in the countries the workers are sent to.One of the applicants on a recent April day is Mohammad Kiron Mia, who is trying to get a job as a gardener in Oman.For Mia, 36, this will be his third trip overseas. During the first he worked as a tailor in Oman for seven months. Then he returned on a two-year contract as a gardener.”We are poor people,” he says of himself and several neighbors from his village who are with him outside the agency. He is hoping to return to Oman: “The jobs in Oman are better opportunities for us because the work permit costs far less than a permit for Saudi Arabia or Dubai.”Permit fees are based on the destination and job and can cost thousands of dollars.”I want to make a better life for my family and my children,” he says. “I can make twice as much money working in Oman compared to working here in Bangladesh.”The GAMCA office where Mia has come to submit his paperwork is one of 46 across Bangladesh that process workers exclusively for Gulf countries. Other labor brokers with other agencies set up jobs for Bangladeshis seeking to work in India, Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of Asia.”Bangladesh is one of the top 10 countries in the world for migration and remittance according to World Bank,” says Shariful Islam Hasan, head of migration for BRAC, Bangladesh’s largest nonprofit development and social service agency. Hasan says remittances are hugely important to Bangladesh. A single migrant’s wages help provide education, health care and food for that worker’s family. Bangladeshis will work abroad sometimes for five, 10, even 20 years, he says, to try to attain a better life.”You will not find a single person in Bangladesh who doesn’t have someone — a relative, someone — abroad,” he says. “So everyone is very much involved with this migration and remittances process.”One of the great benefits of remittances, Hasan says, is that unlike the money brought into the country by exports from the garment industry, this money is dispersed all across Bangladesh.Yet Bangladesh is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Despite recent progress, per capita income remains below $2,000 a year. Broken promisesHasan says there are many hazards for foreign workers. Some are scammed by job brokers who overcharge them for visas, flights and work permits. Others sign up to do one type of work — for instance driving a delivery van in Abu Dhabi — and end up toiling long hours instead outside in scorching heat on a construction site in Dubai. Women primarily find jobs as maids and housecleaners. Hasan says women are often overworked and subjected to physical, emotional and even sexual abuse.”If you don’t get a holiday, if you don’t have food or what you need — according to the definition of modern-day slavery, this is one kind of slavery,” he says.Mim Akter Tania, 22, knows this all too well. Tania shares an apartment with her husband, daughter and another young married couple in a crowded part of the Bangladesh capital known as Old Dhaka. When Tania got a contract last year to work as a custodian at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, she was incredibly excited.”At that time we didn’t have much money so I thought that going to Saudi Arabia might give us a better chance to live a good life,” she says.She hoped she could move up from mopping floors at the hospital to working as a nurse’s assistant or a medical technician. She sent her daughter, just a year old at the time, to live with her mother and signed a two-year contract to work in Saudi Arabia.But when Tania got to Riyadh there was no job in a hospital.Instead she was sent to work as domestic servant.She says that after she worked all day at her boss’s house, he would send her in the evening to clean his brother’s house.”I knew I had to do the work but my employer was not a good human being,” Tania says. “He often beat me and behaved very rudely toward me.”When the boss and his brother tried to rape her, she says, she ran away and went to the Saudi police.But the police just brought her back to her employer’s house.Two months after she arrived, she says, her boss pushed her off a balcony. The fall broke her leg. From the hospital Tania got in touch with the Bangladeshi Embassy, which moved her to a safe house full of other Bangladeshi women who had also fled their employers and were waiting to go home.Her salary was supposed to be $160 a month plus room and board, but she says, “I never got any payment for the work I did there. None.”Hasan from BRAC’s migration program and other worker advocates say that Tania’s experience is far too common. Bangladesh has come to rely so heavily on the money that workers send home every month, Hasan says, that mistreatment and abuse are often overlooked.Underage workersAt times even children get pulled into the foreign worker system.At the Kurmitola General Hospital near the international airport in Dhaka, the Begum family is gathered on a row of blue plastic benches in the ground floor waiting room. Their daughter, who they say is 16, is huddled next to her mother. She is wearing a black burqa with no head covering over a filthy hooded sweatshirt. She has bruises on her left cheek and a cut at the base of her neck. A small duffel bag with a checked-luggage tag still wrapped around the handle sits at the girl’s feet. She refuses to speak. Her mother, Minara, says she and her husband hadn’t heard from their daughter in months when she suddenly called from Saudi Arabia saying she was coming home.Minara says this whole saga started months ago with a woman named Beauty, who came to the Begum family’s village and offered to get Minara’s daughter a job cleaning houses in Dhaka. While the family no longer heard from their daughter regularly, every month Beauty sent them 16,000 taka, almost $200.Minara says her daughter was 15 when she left their village with Beauty. Now, just a matter of months later the girl is holding a passport that lists her age as 26.Her parents believe that Beauty must have arranged for the fake passport. Minara and her husband brought the teenager straight to this hospital from the airport, but she won’t let the doctors or nurses touch her. She refused to go into a small examination room and is scared to enter the stalls in the hospital’s public restrooms.All her daughter will tell them, Minara says, is that she wants to go home.Minara is still trying to understand what happened to her daughter, what horrors she experienced. One of the things that made Minara think her daughter was OK was that every month her wages arrived like clockwork. Minara had no idea that that money was coming from Saudi Arabia — and that it was part of the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign remittances flowing every month into Bangladesh. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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