Fulbright scholar, Sahitya Akademi award winner to be Assam’s new DGP

first_imgA Fulbright scholar and winner of several literary awards, who also has a doctorate from an Indian Institute of Technology, has been named Assam’s new Director General of Police.Special DGP (Law and Order) Kuladhar Saikia, who will take over from Mukesh Sahay as the State’s police chief on May 1, had won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 for his book ‘Akakhor Sobi Aaru Anyanya Galpa (Picture of the Sky and Other Tales)’.But Mr. Saikia, an IPS officer of the 1985 batch, will not be the first DGP of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to have won the Sahitya Akademi award. Current Meghalaya DGP Swaraj Bir Singh won the award in 2016 for his Punjabi play ‘Maseya di Raat (Moonless Night)’ and former Assam DGP Harekrishna Deka had won it in 1987 for ‘Aan Ejan (Another One)’, a collection of poems.He will not be the first DGP to have won the Katha award for literature either. Mr. Deka had won it in 1995, five years before he did.But Mr. Saikia will arguably be the first DGP in India to have earned the Sahitya Akademi award, Fulbright Humphrey fellowship (for community leadership) from University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and a PhD in crime and development from IIT-Guwahati.Mr. Saikia, 59, was among five senior IPS officers who were in contention for the DGP’s post after Mr. Sahay’s retirement on April 30. His resume weighed heavier than the others, a senior Home department officer said.Closely involved in anti-terror operationsMr. Saikia had been closely involved in anti-terror operations, including Operation Bajrang and Operation Rhino against the United Liberation Front of Asom in the 1990s. Much of his stint as superintendent of police was in militant hotbeds such as Nalbari and Kokrajar districts.But colleagues said Mr. Saikia’s came across as a humane officer even in the most critical of situations during “those terrible days”. This was manifest in Project Prahari, an awareness initiative he had undertaken in the early 2000s to tackle witchcraft-related crimes.His drive to curb witch-hunting in Assam as ‘an agent of change’ was recognised as a case study in the Harvard Business Review.Mr. Sakia has often turned his field experience into stories that have won awards and a sizeable readership. “Writing has helped improve my policing,” he says.last_img read more

OKC Thunder to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4

first_imgThe ceremony will take place when the Thunder hosts the Toronto Raptors on March 20. The crowd favorite’s number will be the first the franchise retires since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season.Collison announced his retirement last May after spending all 15 years of his career with the Thunder franchise, which was the Seattle SuperSonics when he was drafted 12th overall in 2003. He appeared in 910 regular season games with 177 starts and posted career averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.4 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCollison joins Russell Westbrook as the only players to spend the first 10 years of the Thunder era all with the team. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blake Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder will retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 in March.The team made the announcement in a news release on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Narrow gauge section closes from Oct 1 in Satputda valley

first_imgNagpur, Sep 20 (PTI) The narrow gauge section of Nagpur division of South-East Central Railway (SECR) will be closed for operations from next month as the broad gauge conversion work would be taken up, a senior railway official said. The 622-km network in the division is considered one of the biggest narrow gauge (NG) routes in Indian Railways presently. Barring the 111-km section from Nagpur to Nagbhir), the entire route will be taken up for broad guage (BG) conversion, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Nagpur division, SECR, Alok Kansal, said. The Railway Ministry has sanctioned gauge conversion work in Jabalpur-Nainpur and Nainpur-Balaghat sections where passenger trains will discontinue October 1, and on Nagpur-Chhindwara-Nainpur-Mandla fort section from November 1, Kansal told PTI. The above lines cover a total of 32 stations of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and as many as 45 passenger halts are situated on these lines. These narrow gauge railway lines in the division, earlier known as Satpuda Railway, were developed by erstwhile Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR), and connected Jabalpur with Gondia, Mandla fort, Chhindwara, Chanda fort and Nagpur. Recalling the history, Kansal said the lines came up in the early years of the 20th century and the first portion of the Gondia-Nainpur line was opened on April 13 in 1903, Nainpur and Chhindwara were connected in 1904 and Jabalpur in 1905. The Chhindwara-Pench Coalfield line came up in 1906-07 and the Nainpur-Mandla fort link in 1909. He said the Balaghat-Nainpur-Howbagh (186 kms in MP) along with Nainpur to Mandla fort, Balaghat-Katangi (47 Kms in MP), were subsequently converted to BG in 2009-10. Elucidating on the BG conversion project, Kansal said the biggest advantage will be that running time on Nagpur- Chhindwara, Chhindwara-Nainpur and Nainpur-Jabalpur routes will be reduce to maximum two and half to three hours, and between Nainpur and Balaghat to 90 minutes. Similarly, on the Nagpur-Itarsi trunk route, one alternative route between Amla to Nagpur will be available. Also, a shorter route from Jabalpur to Ballarshah bypassing Itarsi-Nagpur will be available via Gondia for passenger and goods operations, curtailing the distance by 256 kms, he said. Moreover, the Itarsi-Ballarshah line will be decongested, the DRM added. Currently, approximately 30,000 passengers travel daily on these narrow gauge sections and a revenue of Rs 7.50 lakh per day is generated from coaching services. PTI JOE ARS SMN SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Portugal, Greece in 0-0 World Bore

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LISBON, Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Portugal’s exhibition match against Greece on May 31 and his flair was sorely missed as the two World Cup-bound teams produced a tedious 0-0 draw.The muted game at the National Stadium in Lisbon did little to brighten the hopes of the two European teams ahead of the tournament in Brazil that begins June 12.The under-strength Portuguese lacked a spark that could have translated their sporadic forward moves into goals. As well as Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who is recuperating from a series of leg injuries and sore muscles, Portugal felt the absence of playmaker Joao Moutinho in midfield and Pepe in the central defense.Greece, though initially fielding its strongest team, looked ordinary and rarely got out of first gear.“One situation we have to be prepared for is not having our regular players available,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. “We paid the price of our lack of effectiveness in attack.”Portugal will start the World Cup in Group G with Germany, Ghana and the United States. Greece is in Group C with Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast.With Nani busy on the right flank as the Manchester United player tried to make his mark after an injury-hit league season, Portugal’s best chances came in the first 10 minutes as Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis tipped over a Bruno Alves header and dived low to his right to deny Ricardo Costa.A series of second-half substitutions sapped the game’s fluency. The Portuguese dominated possession but couldn’t break down the solid Greek defense.Hugo Almeida found Nani unmarked on the right of the Greek penalty area in the 67th but the winger took too long to set up his shot.In the final minutes, Giorgos Karagounis slammed a close-range shot against goalkeeper Beto’s legs.last_img read more

Man City could sue Wigan fan over Aguero fracas

first_imgManchester City Man City could take legal action against Wigan fan over ‘suck my d***’ Aguero taunt Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 23:31 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Sergio Agüero Guardiola The Premier League club have been consulting their lawyers as part of an FA investigation and they believe they would have a case against the fan Manchester City and Sergio Aguero are considering legal action against the Wigan fan they allege attacked and insulted the striker following Monday night’s ill-tempered FA Cup clash.It is claimed that a supporter hit the Argentine from behind, spat at him and said “suck my d***” during a pitch invasion.AdChoices广告Hundreds of Wigan supporters flooded the pitch at the DW Stadium following the Latics’ dramatic 1-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A small number, however, jostled with Aguero, forcing a reaction from the Argentine. The incident is one of several which is currently being investigated by the Football Association. Charges could be brought on Wednesday.English football’s governing body have asked both City and Wigan for their observations on a number of issues, from security arrangements and policing to the behaviour of their players and coaches.City have been in contact with their lawyers as part of the process and Goal has learned that the club could make a formal complaint to the police about the fan they believe provoked Aguero.City are also planning to speak to Wigan about their handling of the match, as they are unhappy that so many fans were able to get onto the field of play.Wigan vowed on Tuesday to carry out a full investigation. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

After historic merger vote some lament death of Albertas historic PC party

first_imgEDMONTON – The former president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives says some members feel adrift after a majority voted to embrace a new party, effectively consigning one of Canada’s great political brands to the ash heap of history.Katherine O’Neill, in an interview Sunday, said she’s been hearing from many PC volunteers and members who now feel “politically homeless” in a party they feel is tacking too far right on social issues.“There’s a lot of grieving going on today,” said O’Neill.“(These) people have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into the Progressive Conservative party and I know a lot of these people and they’re heartbroken.“There are a lot of memories, a lot of hard work. And now they’re not really sure where they could go and best use their efforts.”O’Neill headed up the PCs during the recent leadership race that saw former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney elected on a platform to merge with the Wildrose, Alberta’s official Opposition.That plan came to fruition Saturday night when members of both parties, in separate votes, chose overwhelmingly to join forces as the new United Conservative Party.The Wildrose and the PC names will live on legally, but are effectively husks with no candidates.O’Neill and other members left soon after Kenney’s leadership victory in the spring.O’Neill said she is fiscally conservative but socially progressive. She’s now heading up a political action committee called Alberta Together that is looking to back a party with similar values.Many at the Alberta Together meetings have been embracing the centrist Alberta Party.Dave Quest, a former PC legislature member, said he was cutting up his PC party membership card after three decades.“I don’t believe the UCP will be the party that I joined as a Progressive Conservative,” said Quest in an interview.Quest said that under former PC premier Ed Stelmach the government had to fast track infrastructure construction that had been allowed to lag when the PCs, under Ralph Klein in the 1990s, focused exclusively on debt reduction and budget cuts.“Should (the UCP) form government, it will be a 1990s fiscally driven agenda and it won’t be what’s best for the province,” said Quest.The Progressive Conservatives won power in 1971 and governed Alberta for almost 44 years before being defeated by Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP in 2015. The Wildrose lasted a decade.Kenney has stressed vote splitting by the Wildrose and the PCs led to the NDP win and that only a coalition can prevent a repeat in the 2019 election.Other PCs, including most of the eight-person caucus, have embraced the Wildrose merger, and the race for a leader for the new UCP has begun. That vote goes on Oct. 28.Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, Kenney, and longtime conservative and PC strategist Doug Schweitzer have already said they will run.Schweitzer has been campaigning for weeks, anticipating a positive vote on the referendum. His campaign focuses on fiscal conservatism but social progressivism.He said the die has not been cast on what the UCP will look like.“Those (Progressive Conservative) values can still be in this new United Conservative Party and I think that they are,” said Schweitzer.Jean said names and labels are important but can’t impede progress.“I think we’ve got a great legacy (on both parties) and together we’re going to have more even than we’ve had as two separates,” said Jean.“Unity is going to be extremely good for the province, extremely good for the conservative movement in Canada, and extremely good for Albertans — and that’s what it’s ultimately about.”Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said his party has offered alternatives on a range of issues from climate change to debt reduction, but said Albertans still don’t know what the UCP stands for.“It’s a group that seems united in opposition to the NDP but have offered not a single positive policy that tells Albertans how they’re going to handle the challenges facing our province,” said Clark.last_img read more

Trudeau to be honoured guest at internationalaffairs gala in New York

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be honoured at a prestigious international-affairs gala in New York City next month.The prime minister is among the honoured guests at this year’s Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards.Past recipients include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and the late Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.The black-tie gala will be held Sept. 19 while the prime minister is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.The hosts say Trudeau will be recognized for his visionary leadership, support for open trade and borders, and respect for universal freedom and diversity.Organizers include two prominent Republicans — former presidential candidate and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, and former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft.The annual dinner usually includes several honoured guests, and the rest of this year’s will be named over the coming days.last_img read more

With Donald Trumps trade czar now in place he says he wants

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s ready to start a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now that his trade czar has achieved his long-awaited confirmation by the U.S. Senate.The upper chamber voted with a large bipartisan majority Thursday to approve Robert Lighthizer, which gives the administration its U.S. trade representative and allows it to kickstart its NAFTA process.The president told an interview with The Economist that he intends to proceed quickly thereafter: Trump intends to file a 90-day notice with Congress, work with it on negotiating priorities, and start talks with Canada and Mexico later this year.“The clock starts ticking (with Lighthizer’s confirmation),” Trump told the magazine, before the vote. The administration has begun signalling that it wants significant changes in a range of areas, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the dispute-resolution system.Trump interjected when an interviewer suggested it sounds like he wants a big renegotiation.“Big isn’t a good enough word,” the president replied.“Massive.”White House advisors called Ottawa to urge Trudeau to help talk Trump down from scrapping NAFTABill Morneau and U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to talk trade at G7 meeting in Italy, source saysBut that desire for a “massive” renegotiation is butting up against the mundane realities of the political calendar. The U.S. and Mexico have both expressed a desire to get a deal by early next year, before the Mexican election. Few observers believe a substantive renegotiation is possible within a few months.Trump repeated the story in that interview of how he almost withdrew from NAFTA last month. It’s a story he’s told several times.He described an amazing coincidence: Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto, called him one after the other, and both told him almost the same exact thing, urging him to reconsider.“I have a very good relationship with Justin and a very good relationship with the president of Mexico,” Trump said.“It was an amazing thing. They called separately 10 minutes apart. I just put down the phone with the president of Mexico when the prime minister of Canada called. And they both asked almost identical questions: ‘We would like to know if it would be possible to negotiate as opposed to a termination.’Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg And I said, ‘Yes, it is. Absolutely.’ So we did that and we’ll start.”There’s a simple explanation for that coincidence: It wasn’t a coincidence.Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner set up the Trudeau call.Around 6 p.m. on April 26, Kushner phoned a prime ministerial aide, told her there was an immediate window to speak with Trump, and she conveyed the news to Trudeau. Sources from both countries have confirmed that Kushner facilitated the call. In the White House version, Kushner was helping out, responding to a request earlier in the day from the Canadians to speak.One source familiar with the thinking of both governments offered a theory for what’s happening: Trump wanted to take credit, before his 100th day in office, for forcing Canada and Mexico into a renegotiation.The source said the governments of Canada and Mexico did the exact same thing as some companies like Ford and Japan’s SoftBank — they let Trump take credit for things they already intended to do.The clock starts ticking (with Lighthizer’s confirmation)In the case of the companies, it was building U.S. facilities. In the case of Canada and Mexico, it’s renegotiating NAFTA — which both countries had repeatedly stated they were ready for.“That’s what everybody’s doing,” said the insider.“(People are saying), ‘We’re gonna let Trump have the announcement — so he gets credit for it.’… They’ve decided, if they need to give him some victories, as long as it suits us — fine…“As long as they’re not actually, in reality, getting screwed, he can say whatever he wants.”A binational business group suggests one future way this could happen: on regulatory co-operation.Canada is already working with the U.S. to eliminate red tape on products. Now that Trump is looking to slash two regulations for every one he creates, Canada could just hand him the credit.“President Trump is eager for some wins. Canada can help provide him with one, while also advancing its own interests,” Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian-American Business Council wrote in a Policy Options article.“The Canadian government could present the United States with a proposal for aligning a particular set of regulations. This would represent a bilateral victory for what is at the moment a U.S.-only effort to cut regulatory red tape.”The Canadian Press read more

Government accused of buying votes for 2017 budget

He said that apart from money, the Parliamentarians were also given other perks, including new vehicles. (Colombo Gazette) Joint opposition Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that some opposition Parliamentarians were offered the money to obtain their votes for the budget. The 2017 budget was passed by Parliament on Saturday by a majority but Aluthgamage says most Parliamentarians were given gifts to buy their votes. The Government has been accused of buying votes for the 2017 budget which was passed in Parliament last weekend.The joint opposition claimed that some Parliamentarians were given cheques to the value of Rs. 500,000 and Rs. 200,000 a day before the vote on the budget. read more

India has eyes on Sri Lankas growing economic ties with China

Indian External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj laid out this approach at a meeting with top diplomats posted in the neighbourhood on the sidelines of the Head of the Missions Conference, said four officials familiar with the development. After listening to all the presentations, Swaraj said – according to both the first and second official – that Delhi’s focus must not be on competing with China on resources.Instead, she reiterated, India must continue to closely watch all Chinese activities; it must push ahead, with full vigour, its own work, and advise and educate friends in the neighbourhood about how a certain kind of economic engagement with Beijing can have negative consequences for them. This refers broadly to the phenomena of big investments in economically unviable projects with Chinese loans, which then gives Beijing both an economic and strategic foothold and “traps” the country.The fifth government, official, however said that it would be wrong to read any such deliberations as policy. “You must see this in the nature of an internal brainstorming meeting as a part of a broader conversation on a range of themes. The idea was to seek everyone’s views; it is a free-wheeling conversation. Everyone is encouraged to speak their minds. This is not in the nature of a policy directive. It is a constructive in-house engagement to understand evolving geopolitics. To interpret this as policy would be wrong.” It is important to understand that China is now explicit about its global and regional ambitions, and within that, its periphery is of high priority, said Ashok Kantha, former ambassador to China and director of the Institute of Chinese Studies.“On our response, the most important part is not to try to mimic or ape China. We don’t have to be paranoid about them in the neighbourhood either. They have their own advantages and disadvantages. We need to work on our strengths and leverage those. There is extensive synergy and our inter-connectedness straddles across domains — from physical proximity to economic ties to cultural links,” Kantha said. He added: “It is not a question of us educating them, but countries can increasingly see the pitfalls of going ahead with projects which may not be economically viable, without due diligence. They can see the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) is not the free largesse it was supposed to be. Sri Lanka is a cautionary tale.”BRI is a Chinese initiative to expand its influence abroad by financing infrastructure projects including railways, roads and power projects, thereby opening up potentially lucrative business opportunities for Chinese companies. (Colombo Gazette) Indian high commissioner to Mauritius Abhay Thakur and ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri were also present.This was a sub-set of the larger HOM Conference, a closed-door annual MEA affair. This year, multiple themes — from the need to focus on Indians in distress abroad to deploying soft power and celebrating Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary; from India’s global development assistance and cooperation to evolving regional and geopolitical dynamics – came up, said a fifth government official. Swaraj gave the inaugural address and PM Narendra Modi delivered the final keynote speech at the meeting. One ambassador, according to the third official, laid out the border context and emphasised that Beijing had given up its defensive posture and was aiming for a ‘Pax Sinica’, indicating its ambitions of hegemony. “India has to recognise this and make a choice accordingly,” the official said. The meeting was attended minister of state MJ Akbar; foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale; India’s ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale; and the country’s envoys to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries — Ajay Bisaria in Pakistan, Vinay Kumar in Afghanistan, Manjeev Singh Puri in Nepal, Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Bangladesh, Taranjit Singh Sandhu in Sri Lanka, Akhilesh Mishra in the Maldives and Jaideep Sarkar in Bhutan. India is keeping a close watch on Sri Lanka’s growing economic ties with China.India is to adopt a broad, three-pronged approach to deal with China’s increasing engagement in the South Asian and Indian Ocean neighbourhood — track Beijing’s activities carefully; pursue its own projects and commitments; and educate and advise neighbours on the consequences of engaging with China, the Hindustan Times reported. It was on the sidelines of this conference that Swaraj held both individual and region-specific meetings with ambassadors posted in Europe, Gulf, African and Latin American countries, besides the neighbourhood. “The idea behind the region-specific meetings is to ensure a broad commonality of approach since there are many overlapping themes; it is to understand, in a free and frank internal setting, the views of different ambassadors and if there is anything the ministry can do to help,” said the fifth official.Kicking off the neighbourhood meeting, according to the first official, Swaraj asked the ambassadors to give her a broad sense of what China was doing in each of their countries. Each envoy then spoke briefly about Beijing’s footprint in the country they serve.According to the first four officials, the broad sense in the meeting was that in Pakistan, China’s economic and political dominance had only grown; in Afghanistan, China could not be a strategic partner but its economic and development footprint was minimal and there was room for engagement; in Nepal, while Beijing’s involvement had grown, PM K P Oli’s recent visit to China had not broken new ground and was a reiteration of past agreements; in Bangladesh, while the Chinese have made huge economic commitments, many in Dhaka were wary of the ‘debt trap’ Sri Lanka found itself in; in Sri Lanka, while the government remained politically friendly to India, its economic ties with China had continued apace. In the Maldives, according to the first and second officials, the presentation focused on how there was a conscious attempt by the regime in Male to erase the Indian footprint altogether and China had gained tremendous leverage with investments, already made or in progress, in an airport, bridge, islands and port. read more

We had poems ready for his funeral Charity calendar celebrates survivor babies

first_img“Close to 24 weeks, I was lying in my hospital bed waiting, and we had songs and poems picked out for the funeral, and clothes to bring him home in. Suddenly, the pain stopped, and I was brought my ambulance to the Coombe.”Tommy was delivered by emergency c-section at 6.33pm on the 27th of June last year, weighing just 1lb 9oz, and spent his next 10 weeks in ICU.He also spent four weeks on a ventilator until a course of steroids was needed to boost the development of his lungs  in order for them to function on their own.It wasn’t until October 13th 2012, the day after his due date, that he was able to be taken home.The calendar is available to purchase online at www.friendsofthecoombe.ie. ANNE-MARIE MURPHY wasn’t hugely worried when in the 22nd week of her pregnancy, she encountered some common complications. She left work early and headed for hospital as precaution.However, she soon discovered that she was already dilated, and that there was was little hope of her baby surviving if delivered so early.Despite the odds stacked against him, Tommy Murphy was delivered two weeks later, and a year and a half later is doing great.He features in a new calendar from Friends of The Coombe, which supports research in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, as well as helping existing services available for mothers and infants to develop.3 years in hospitalThe calendar features 20 children, who combined spent more than 3 years in the neonatal unit of the hospital.Each are dressed as what they hope to be when they grow up. For Tommy, his aim is to be a professional rugby player.Anne-Marie told TheJournal.ie that Tommy, who features as Mr February, spent a total of 16 weeks in Coombe Hospital after he was born.When complications arose at 22 weeks, a stitch was applied and held for a further two weeks. For that time, Anne-Marie simply had to lie down and wait. If he was delivered early, there was little hope due to the lack of a neonatal unit near her in Kilkenny.Luckily the stitch held, bringing Tommy to the crucial 24 week stage — although they had been prepared for the worst:last_img read more

Rishabh Pant dropped from World Cup squad due to poor keeping Twitter

first_imgRishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad has left many disappointedAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesWhen the 15-member Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 was announced and Rishabh Pant’s name didn’t feature in it, some people were surprised. However, chief selector MSK Prasad made it clear that the reasons for Pant not being picked – despite his undeniable talent – was Dinesh Karthik’s superior quality as a keeper.”Well, it’s definitely a case where we have debated at length and all of us, in unison, felt that either Rishabh Pant or DK will only come into the playing XI if Mahi (MS Dhoni) is injured,” chief selector MSK Prasad said. He then nailed home the point about Pant’s keeping, “So at that juncture, it is a crucial match like the semi-final or an important game (of the World Cup), wicketkeeping also matters. So that’s the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Karthik. Otherwise, Rishabh Pant was almost there.”Indeed, Pant’s keeping has come in for a lot of criticism. Even in Australia, he was guilty of missing chances while the recent home series against Australia too witnessed the left-hander committing errors. In fact, every time he made a mistake, the crowd responded by chanting ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ much to the discomfort of the young Delhi lad.So, how did the fans and experts react to his omission from the World Cup squad? Let’s take a look at some of the more prominent reactions on social media. Most people seem unhappy with the decision but they also saw the funny side of the story.Rishabh Pant waiting for selectors pic.twitter.com/IhCz2mqOiq— Faking News (@fakingnews) April 15, 2019#CWC19This is how @DineshKarthik and his fans making fun of #PantI m feeling bad for himRishav pant??Better luck next time pic.twitter.com/Ew1qv64dmZ— Waz kkr (@WasherSrkian1) April 15, 2019#worldcupsquad #WorldCup2019*BCCI selects Dinesh Kartik Over Rishabh Pant*Rishabh Pant to BCCI- pic.twitter.com/D9XVTArpmU— N I T I N (@theNitinWalke) April 15, 2019Rishabh Pant looking at India’s #CWC2019 squad announcement pic.twitter.com/Dk8WOTn0xV— The-Lying-Lama 2.0 (@KyaUkhaadLega) April 15, 2019Rishabh Pant After Today’s 15 Men World Cup Squad Announcement #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/3gAVKcoOyG— Chowkidar Dipanshu Rathore (@DipanshuR07) April 15, 2019Some also raised questions about the logic of selectors in not picking the Delhi Capitals’ star.While Pant will be a bit confused given that he is the test keeper but has been left out on wicketkeeping skills, this caps an astonishing sequence of events for Dinesh Karthik. From being down and out in life to being at the World Cup. It is a story of hope.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats. ??— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019Karthik over Pant is defensive thinking IMO. If Pant is first choice wk for Tests, what reduces his ability for ODIs?— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 15, 2019Kartik for Pant is the only debating point. Rest all on expected lines. If Pant keeps in test cricket can keeping be the issue? Or is it bec he is throwing his wicket away too many times?— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 15, 2019NOT picking Pant is preparing for the worst. You’re building a side around the idea that a top three containing arguably the two best ODI players of their generation (and arguably the GOAT) is going to fail. It suggests, implicitly, that India are scarred by the 2017 CT final.— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) April 15, 2019Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (WK), Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik (WK)last_img read more

Pope to go beyond fear in Romania

first_imgPope Francis (C) blesses faithful as he leaves his weekly general audience on 29 May 2019 at St. Peter`s Square in the Vatican. Photo: AFPPope Francis heads to Romania on Friday with a message of integration not just for its faith communities but for a post-election European Union, following nationalist gains.During the three-day trip to the mainly Orthodox country, which sits at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe, the pontiff is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations.”I come to you to walk together,” Francis said in a message to the people of Romania ahead of the visit.”We walk together when we learn to keep the roots of the family, when we cater to the future of our children and of our brothers next to us, when we go beyond fear and suspicion, when we let the walls that divide us from others fall,” he said.Relations between the Orthodox Church and Romania’s Greek Catholics — who number just 150,000 — have been strained ever since the country was under post-war Communist rule.The tiny community had its property confiscated while its religious leaders were jailed.But the Greek Catholics resisted, holding secret masses until the dictatorship fell in 1989.The pope will beatify seven bishops who were tortured and died in prison, setting them on the path to sainthood.Golden rose Francis’s visit follows 20 years after John Paul II received a hearty welcome for his perceived role in the fall of Communism.The Argentine pontiff will travel across the country, from Bucharest to Iasi and Blaj, to meet people of diverse faiths and languages among Romania’s 20 million inhabitants — which include 18 officially recognised minorities.The highlight of the trip is set to be Saturday’s mass at the Sumuleu Ciuc shrine in a predominantly ethnic-Hungarian part of the picturesque Transylvania region.Tens of thousands are expected to attend the ceremony, which will see Francis present a golden rose to the large wooden replica of the Madonna — a tradition for popes visiting major Marian shrines.On arriving Friday in Bucharest — once nicknamed “Little Paris of the East” — Francis will meet the country’s president Klaus Iohannis, as well as Romania’s first-ever female prime minister, Viorica Dancila, before addressing the nation in a televised speech.This is the moment the 82-year-old may touch on unemployment and poverty — factors that have driven some 16 percent of the population, mostly youngsters, to emigrate to other EU countries since Romania joined the bloc in 2007.He will likely reference the conservative and anti-immigrant narratives that propelled many nationalist parties — including in neighbouring Hungary — to significant wins in last week’s European parliament elections.Hearts and minds openIt will be an opportunity “to send a message to the many Catholic Hungarians there to keep their hearts, minds and gates open to others,” religious expert Claire Giangrave wrote in the religious news website Cruxnow.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told journalists that the pope’s trip “will take into account” the EU populist gains.Francis will take a turn in his popemobile through the crowded streets of Bucharest to Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, where 30,000 people are expected to gather for a mass.He will have a private meeting with Orthodox Patriarch Daniel, but while they will pray alongside each other — one in Latin and the other in Romanian — the pair will not appear together in public, a sign of their frosty relations.”The challenge for the pope is to stress to the Orthodox community that the Church of Rome does not want to ‘Latinize’ it,” said Bishop Pascal Gollnisch, director of the Oeuvre d’Orient French charity, which supports Eastern Churches.”The unity sought is not institutional: the aim is not to bring all Christians together under the Catholic label, but to have everyone recognise each other as Christians,” he told AFP.last_img

In Contentious Supreme Court Case A Cornucopia Of SugarCoated Confections

first_imgBrennan Linsley/APThe Supreme Court will hear the case about whether or not Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips has a constitutional right to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex coupThe cake shop case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday promises to be more than just a food fight.At issue is whether Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., has a constitutional right to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex couple. Part of Phillips’ argument is that his First Amendment rights, including his artistic expression, would be compromised if he made a cake for a same-sex wedding.Nearly 100 briefs have been filed in the case, two of them from culinary groups, and one sprinkled throughout with colorful pictures of cakes that may be a welcome respite from all that reading.The so-called “cake artists” brief favors neither side. It has just one point: Cake baking is art. And it illustrates that claim with photographs of more than 30 gorgeous cakes. Advice to the reader: Don’t look if you are hungry.– / 4It’s not a piece of cakeLexi Ginsburg Mota, the owner of The Cakerie in Birmingham, Ala., was hesitant at first to be part of the brief because she is pro-gay rights and did “not want to do anything to help [Jack Phillips] win.” However, she says she joined the brief because she wants people to recognize the amount of labor that is involved in creating a custom cake. “People call us all the time shocked by our prices because they don’t know what goes behind it,” she says.Mota makes all her cakes from scratch. “We like the cake on the inside to be just as good as the outside,” she explains. “We want it to taste good, too.” Her wedding cakes can take almost three days to make.Another cake in the brief, Jennifer Jones’ “Repetto,” took two weeks to create. Would those edible ingredients be edible in the end? The decorations on top of the cake might be OK after two weeks, Mota agrees. But the cake itself? “No, that’s gross.”The brief touts a cake Mota created for an event at the Birmingham Museum of Art as evidence that cake-making is artistic. Her museum cake was inspired by Juan Uslé’s painting Zozobras en el Jardin (Rumors in the Garden). But no one ate the cake at the end. “It wasn’t real on the inside,” she explains.Courtesy of Birmingham Museum of ArtIn all, Mota has six cakes pictured in the brief. Among them is a wedding cake inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the bride’s favorite story. Another evokes a Herend China pattern made for a company that provides wedding-related services.The cake artists’ brief says custom cakes “involve artistic talent and communicate emotions and messages at least as clearly as other forms of art.” Even so, there is more than cake at stake in this case.Unlike the cake artists’ brief, one signed by chefs, bakers and restauranteurs takes a side. It supports the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the gay couple, contending that it does not matter whether baking a cake is an art form because even artists who open their doors to the public are required to abide by laws that apply to businesses in general.Courtesy of Nik Layman Photo VideoMota’s art-inspired cake at an event for the Birmingham Museum of Art.Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, a co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake, says she joined that brief because she does not believe that the court should allow businesses to discriminate. “This is about doing the right thing and welcoming all,” she says.Emily Kan is an intern for NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Spotify Lands Deal With Obamas to Produce Exclusive Podcasts

first_img Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubSpotify Simplifies Podcast, Music Navigation for Subscribers Stay on target The Obamas are throwing their hats into the podcast ring. The former first couple have signed a deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts exclusively for the streaming platform.The Spotify pact is similar to the Obamas’ multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.Under the multi-year deal between Spotify and Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company, Barack and Michelle Obama are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a wide range of topics.“Lend their voices” means the former president and first lady will sometimes be heard on the new podcasts — but their primary role will be in the development and production phases.The agreement is with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company, that will be working on the Obamas’ podcast projects..@Spotify and @BarackObama & @MichelleObama’s Higher Ground announce partnership to produce podcasts. https://t.co/gdge9i5L6z pic.twitter.com/yTf3O1JNzH— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) June 6, 2019The podcasts produced by the Obamas will be exclusive to Spotify and will be distributed worldwide to the platform’s paid and ad-supported user base. The deal is seen as part of a broader push by Spotify to make a bigger splash in the podcasting space.“We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement provided by Spotify. “It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We’re excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together.”Neither Spotify or Higher Ground Productions disclosed details on specific podcast projects the Obamas may be planning. According to Spotify, the programming will encompass “a diverse slate of original podcasts.”“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” said Michelle Obama. “Our hope is that through compelling, inspirational storytelling, Higher Ground Audio will not only produce engaging podcasts, but help people connect emotionally and open up their minds — and their hearts.”During his time in the White House, President Obama has been known to create music playlists for the White House Spotify, including a playlist of his favorite songs for the summer.Spotify, a digital music service with millions of songs, has grown its paid subscriber rolls by 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers.The company has acquired several podcasting companies this year, including producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. In March, Spotify also acquired Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio.Watch: Spotify Premium Now Has 100 Million Global UsersMore on Geek.com:Obamas’ Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentExperimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music Artistslast_img read more

US auto brands lose Mexico market to Asia Europe

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — During the last 10 years, popular US automakers have lost their footing in the Mexican market by nearly 50 percent, which has been taken over by Asian and European brands.US automakers Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) lost approximately half of their market share in Mexico compared to Asian and European brands.In 2008, American brands dominated the sale of cars in Mexico with nearly half of the market, but in the first four months of 2018, the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) says they now have only about 25 percent of the market.The AMIA says that Asian brands such as Nissan, Toyota and Honda, which 10 years ago had only 35 percent of the market now have 51 percent. They say that over the last 10 years, European brands have captured 23 percent of the Mexican car-buying market, leaving US brands with just over 25 percent.AMIA says that the construction of the Asian plants in Mexico between 2014 and 2017, which were investments exceeding $2.6 billion USD, boosted its presence in the market. In addition, Mazda, KIA, BAIC and Toyota began aggressive commercial advertising with financing plans and longer warranty periods than the American brands.In 2014, Mazda opened a plant in Salamanca, Guanajuato to produce the Mazda 3. That same year, Honda opened its second factory in Mexico to assemble Fit and HR-V models in Celaya.In 2016, Korean KIA opened its assembly plant in Pesquería, Nuevo León where it produces the Forte, Rio and Hyundai Accent models, while in 2017, BAIC began assembling the D20 and X25 models at a plant in Veracruz.Toyota, for its part, is building a factory in Guanajuato that will begin production in 2019.According to experts, Asians have a better understanding of consumers, mainly millennials, who prefer greater fuel efficiency and innovative designs.“Asian brands are more focused on taking advantage of market knowledge, consumers tell us. In design, American brands make attractive models, but they have to continue working on other aspects such as knowing the clients,” said Gerardo Gómez, senior director and country manager of JD Power de México.The same consultant revealed that 46 percent of the purchase decision has to do with the quality of the car and the after-sales service offered by the brand. For millennials, a decisive factor (16 percent) is fuel consumption, followed only by design (14 percent).This year, brands dominating the Mexican market include Nissan with 23 percent followed by Toyota with 7.7 percent and KIA with 6.9 percent, which is the fifth most commercialized brand in the country.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Comparison of Screening Recommendations Supports Annual Mammography

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems August 22, 2017 — When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue to spark emotional debates. A new study compares the number of deaths that might be prevented as a result of three of the most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may provide valuable guidance to women and their physicians about choosing a screening regimen.To uncover insights that might help women make informed choices about mammography screening, researchers led by Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, and R. Edward Hendrick, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, used computer modeling to estimate the possible effects of three schemes: annual screening starting at age 40 years, annual screening at ages 45 to 54 years and then biennial screening at ages 55 to 79 years, and biennial screening at ages 50 to 74 years.The investigators estimated how many breast cancer deaths might be prevented with the different screening schemes. The team found that the recommendation of annual screening starting at age 40 would result in the greatest reduction in breast cancer-specific deaths — a nearly 40 percent reduction in deaths due to breast cancer, compared with 23 percent to 31 percent reductions with other recommendations.”Our findings are important and novel because this is the first time the three most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography have been compared head to head,” said Arleo. “Our research would be put to good use if, because of our findings, women chose to start annual screening mammography starting at age 40. Over the long term, this would be significant because fewer women would die from breast cancer.”The researchers’ modeling also considered risks associated with screening, including callbacks for additional imaging and, in some cases, a needle biopsy, both of which may reveal the absence of breast cancer despite a suspicious mammography finding.”Our results show the differences in the three current recommendations for screening mammography in terms of benefits and risks. Women and their physicians can use these findings to guide choices of when a woman begins screening mammography and how often she gets screened,” said Hendrick.An estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2017, with 40,610 U.S. women expected to die from breast cancer in 2017. About 33 million screening mammography exams are performed each year.In an accompanying editorial, Otis Brawley, M.D., of the American Cancer Society, noted that it is ultimately an individual’s value judgment as to how many false positive mammograms and biopsies are too many to save one life. He stressed that it is important to acknowledge the limitations of mammography and to make it a priority to develop a better test. “The ideal test would be easy to administer and accurate in women of all ages, meaning there would be few false positives and few tumors would be missed,” he wrote.For more information: www.canceronline.wiley.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Consumer Confidence Rises on Brighter Job Expectations

first_img January 27, 2015 780 Views Consumer confidence touched its highest point in more than seven years in January as Americans expressed a much rosier outlook for the economy and the job market.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its monthly Consumer Confidence Index rose to 102.9 this month from an upwardly revised 93.1 in December.According to the group, January’s reading was the highest since August 2007, when the index was at 105.6.”A more positive assessment of current business and labor market conditions contributed to the improvement in consumers’ view of the present situation,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “Consumers also expressed a considerably higher degree of optimism regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and labor market, as well as their earnings.”The survey’s index measuring sentiment about present-day conditions rose more than 10 points from December, hitting 112.6, the Conference Board said. The number of respondents saying business conditions are currently good rose nearly four points to 28.1 percent, while the share of those saying jobs are plentiful climbed nearly three points to 20.5 percent.The survey’s Expectations Index also improved, increasing to 96.4 from 88.5 in December. Looking ahead, 18.4 percent of consumers expect business conditions to improve, up from 17.8 percent previously.Meanwhile, 16.7 percent expect more jobs in the months ahead (up from 14.6 percent), while an even 20 percent anticipate growth in their incomes (up from 16.2 percent).The Conference Board’s index isn’t the only measure of consumer attitudes to see improvement this month. The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment index rose to an 11-year high in a first-look January reading, and economists expect it will stay where it is for the final report, which is due Friday. Conference Board Confidence Jobs Unemployment 2015-01-27 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share Consumer Confidence Rises on Brighter Job Expectationslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter AccorHotels announce

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >AccorHotels announces the opening of Pullman Vung Tau, the first five-star international hotel in the seaside destination. Featuring the largest meeting facilities in Southern Vietnam and views of Back Beach and Front Beach, Pullman Vung Tau is ideal for leisure and business travellers seeking a quick getaway from Ho Chi Minh city.The hotel has 356 spacious rooms and suites, with each room category providing views of the city and sea, along with complimentary Wi-Fi. The executive rooms and suites on the 10th through 12th floors feature additional amenities such as an espresso machine and a Jazz Blu Dock. The exclusive Executive Lounge on the 11th floor offers VIP check-in and check-out, breakfast, evening cocktails and a private meeting room.            Mr Raetus Balzer, General Manager of Pullman Vung Tau, said, “Pullman is renowned for its vibrant and cosmopolitan touch while maintaining a reputation of innovation and comfort for all types of guests. Our hotel is a perfect choice for travellers seeking a work-life balance. The hotel provides a unique choice for global nomads living in Vietnam and beyond, as well as locals residing in the nearby business hub of Saigon.”Pullman Vung Tau’s bars and restaurants offer a unique culinary journey and dining experience. The all-day dining restaurant, Riviera, serves a sumptuous buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an international and locally inspired à la carte menu. Its open kitchen allows guests to watch their meals being prepared. At the Corniche Ultra Lounge, guests can relish Pullman Tapastry, a tapas menu concept with a variety of small bites, or enjoy a selection of international or local wine carefully chosen by a sommelier at Vinoteca. The Lobby Bar provides an intimate yet relaxed ambiance suited for social appointments or business meetings, while Pool Bar promises a delicious selection of cocktails and refreshments.The hotel also offers 2036sqm of flexible meetings and events space comprising 2 Grand Ballrooms, 4 multifunctional meeting rooms and a chill-out area. The meeting rooms are equipped with the latest technology, flat screen LCDs, teleconferencing services and high-speed Wi-Fi.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

The Simpsons briefly addressed Sunday criticism

first_img “The Simpsons” briefly addressed Sunday criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner, Apu. But a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show’s response “sad” and attacked the show on Twitter for reducing a discussion about racism to political correctness.Sunday’s episode featured Marge sharing her favourite childhood book with her daughter, Lisa. Marge realizes the book is more racist and offensive than she remembered and attempts to edit it as she reads. The story, titled “The Princess in the Garden,” contains stereotypes about people of Irish and Latin American descent.Lisa reacts to the story by saying, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” A photo of Apu appears and Marge says, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date” and Lisa adds, “if at all.”Comedian Hari Kondabolu, who wrote the documentary “The Problem With Apu” about how marginalized groups are represented in pop culture, called Sunday’s scene a “jab” at progress .“In ‘The Problem with Apu,’ I used Apu & The Simpsons as an entry point into a larger conversation about the representation of marginalized groups,” Kondabolu thumbed out in a tweet. “The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress.”After journalists reached out to Kondabolu following Sunday’s episode, he tweeted, “Congratulations to the Simpsons for being talked about & being seen as relevant again.”Other South Asians also took to social media to blast the episode over the small mention of Apu.Chris Alexander, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television, said the show’s producers are declining comment and prefer to let the episode speak for itself.On the show, Apu runs the Kwik-E-Mart, where he sells expired food, rips off customers and delivers the sing-songy slogan, “Thank you, come again.”People of South Asian heritage have criticized the heavily accented Apu character for reinforcing stereotypes which they say led to world bullying, self-loathing and embarrassment.The character is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white Jewish man who was raised in the New York borough of Queens.Azaria told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in January that “The Simpsons” producers planned to address the controversy around Apu. “The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on ‘The Simpsons,’ the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing,” he said.“This character — the only representation that we have — led a lot of kids who were born and raised here to feel non-American,” Kondabolu, who also grew up in Queens, told The AP last year. “If you don’t nip racism in the bud from the beginning, it mutates and finds other ways of surviving.”___Associated Press writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP’s race and ethnicity team. Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2018 9:32 am PDT Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Simpsons’ reference to Apu criticism sparks backlashcenter_img FILE – In this July 21, 2007, file photo, characters from The Simpsons pose before the premiere of “The Simpsons Movie,” at the town’s movie theater in Springfield, Vt. “The Simpsons” focused on political correctness and seemingly tried to address criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner Apu. The Sunday, April 8, 2018, “No Good Read Goes Unpunished” episode featured Marge sharing her favorite childhood book with her daughter, Lisa. But Marge realized the book is more racist and offensive than she remembered. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) last_img read more