About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teenager Angel Gomes says he was deafened by the Old Trafford crowd during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, 18, made his third appearance for the club when he replaced Juan Mata in the 80th minute.There could be more game time under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has brought a sense of optimism to the club, which Gomes says was audible.”Yes, it’s always nice to come on, especially when you are a young lad, following in the footsteps of the other players who are progressing and doing well,” Gomes told MUTV. “To come on and hear the crowd cheering you on was a great feeling for me.”My ears actually blocked! I couldn’t really hear, but, as soon as I got on, I felt at ease. The players helped me, they spoke to me and gave me instructions and I was fine from then on.”
Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dA6M7xCev8— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.
CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. says Steve Williams will retire as chief executive after the company’s annual meeting next May.Williams, 62, joined Suncor in 2002 and took the helm of Canada’s largest energy producer by market capitalization from longtime CEO Rick George when he retired in 2012.Williams has been one of the more outspoken CEOs in the oilpatch, insisting recently the company will approve no new major expansion projects until Canada’s export pipeline access problem is resolved. He has also led the way in support for environmental initiatives and was one of four energy company leaders to stand alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 when she unveiled the province’s sweeping climate plan, which included a growing carbontax.The company says Mark Little, 56, will trade in his chief operating officer title to become president effective immediately and will assume the CEO’s role in May.Little joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in several leadership roles in the company’s oilsands and international and offshore operations.
Binge drinking in adolescence, even if discontinued, may increase the risk for anxiety later in life, according to a study led by an Indian origin scientist. “Binge drinking early in life modifies the brain and changes connectivity in the brain, especially in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional regulation and anxiety, in ways we don’t totally understand yet,” said a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the US, and lead author of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”But what we do know is that epigenetic changes are lasting, and increase susceptibility to psychological issues later in life, even if drinking that took place early in life is stopped,” he said in a statement. “Epigenetics” refers to chemical changes to DNA, RNA, or specific proteins associated with chromosomes that change the activity of genes without changing the genes themselves, according to the study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardEpigenetic alterations are required for the normal development of the brain, but they can also be modified in response to environmental or even social factors, such as alcohol and stress. These kinds of epigenetic alterations have been linked to changes in behaviour and disease, researchers said. Adolescent rats were exposed to ethanol (a type of alcohol) for two days on and two days off or to the same protocol using saline for 14 days. All rats underwent an assessment for anxiety. The researchers exposed adolescent rats to a regimen designed to mimic binge drinking. Those rats exhibited anxious behaviour later in life, even if the binge drinking regimen stopped in late adolescence and the rats were allowed to mature to adulthood without any further exposure to alcohol. Rats with less Arc also had about 40 per cent fewer neuronal connections in the amygdala compared with rats that were not exposed to alcohol.
Berlin: Germany’s environment minister on Monday backed a European proposal to virtually eliminate man-made greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, deepening divisions within the German government over how to tackle climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron and eight either EU countries pitched the plan at a summit of European leaders last week, but Germany was a notable holdout. “I don’t think this decision is final,” said Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the center-left Social Democrats, the junior partners in Merkel’s government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I think we should talk about it again. Because I think it’s very sensible to stand alongside France and work to say at the EU-level that we want to implement Paris.” The 2015 Paris climate accord, approved by almost all countries around the world, set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times. Scientists say this is only possible if emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are drastically reduced in the coming decades. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking to reporters ahead of a climate change meeting of 35 countries in Berlin, Schulze also favored the introduction of a carbon tax to discourage fossil fuel use. The leader of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has instead favored expanding an EU-wide carbon trading system. A recent poll for public broadcaster ZDF found environment topped immigration as the issue Germans are most concerned about. But the survey of 1,357 phone respondents, conducted May 7-9, also found 61 per cent oppose a carbon tax on fossil fuels, even if other taxes are cut. Only 35pc were in favour, according to the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen polling agency. Despite its much-vaunted plan for an “energy transition” away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to renewable power sources, Germany has struggled to lower its emissions in recent years, particularly in the area of transportation. Germany is set to miss its reduction target for 2020 and under EU rules it could be forced to buy billions of euros (dollars) worth of carbon credits from other countries starting in 2021. A report published Monday by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a London-based research firm, listed 43 cities around the world that are leading on environmental action. None of them are in Germany. Schulze said she wants Cabinet to pass a “strong” climate law this year. “This is about big investment decisions that affect all of society, each and every one but also industry,” she said. “We need certainty about where the journey is going.”
A London Olympics that started with a whimper for Michael Phelps has been a big bang ever since, including Thursday, when he increased his most medals record to 20 by besting American rival Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley.Lochte said these Games were “my time” after he opened by winning the gold medal in the 400 individual medley. He also said Phelps, who finished fourth in that event, would come back more determined than ever.Lochte was wrong about the first, right about the second.Phelps earned his 16th gold medal by handled the field in a time of 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing. The silver went to Lochte and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.So his final Olympics that looked bleak at the start look golden now. He was not as dominant as he was four years ago in Beijing. But his medal count this year rests at two golds and two silvers in five races – and he still has two more events to go.In fact, as soon as Phelps finished off Lochte, he hopped out of the pool and headed to the nearby diving well to warm down, knowing he still had a semifinal of the 100 butterfly before the night was done.Lochte had gone through the same routine just a few minutes earlier, trying to pull off an impressive double 31 minutes apart. He came up short in both races, fading to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind fellow American Tyler Clary, then touching after Phelps in the medley.Phelps’ reaction wasn’t a water-pounding celebration, just look of relief. He seemed to be soaking it all in, relishing a gold of his own in London with his previous victory coming in the 4×200 freestyle relay.Lochte shook hands with his rival before crawling out of the pool for the last time at these Games. In a symbolic gesture, he tossed his cap and goggles into the crowd, his work done. His final tally: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and a fourth-place finish — impressive, but undoubtedly shy of what he had predicted would be “my time.”
Tradition is an important part of college football, especially in the Big Ten. From the Ohio State Marching Band playing “Script Ohio” to Michigan football players running out of the tunnel and jumping up to touch the “Go Blue” banner, traditions make every school unique. Saturday, the No. 9 OSU football team will play at the University of Iowa, where players will encounter another unique tradition. The visitors’ locker room is painted pink. “I honestly don’t know anything about Iowa, the state or just anything to be honest. I know that they have a pink locker room, that’s about it,” OSU senior kicker Devin Barclay said. The pink locker room for visiting opponents is a tradition started by former Iowa coach Hayden Fry in his first season in 1979. “Our facilities were a little bit dilapidated when I arrived, and every place I’d gone to that had a losing program, we tried to change the image,” Fry said in an interview with Iowa TV station KWWL. Fry put linebackers coach Howard Sissel in charge of changing everything from the equipment to the facilities. When it came time to improve the locker rooms, Fry said, “The only paint that Howard could find was pink paint. So we applied that to the visiting team’s locker room.” Fry graduated from Baylor University with a degree in psychology, so he knew the pink color scheme could provide a small advantage for his football team. “Me, being an old psychology professor, knew that would be relaxing, cool, calm,” Fry said. “If I wanted to fire the opposing team up, I would have painted it red.” OSU coach Jim Tressel will be making his third trip to Kinnick Stadium, where he holds a 1-1 record. In Tressel’s first trip to Iowa City in 2004, the Hawkeyes dominated OSU 33-7. The Buckeyes’ last game at Iowa in 2006 had a much better result for Tressel — OSU won 38-17. Tressel doesn’t think the pink locker room will be too much of a distraction for his team Saturday. “They’ve renovated their stadium, and the locker rooms are nice but they are a different shade, and that’s one of the old tradition things that was done so long ago,” Tressel said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “Last time we were there, I didn’t notice it as a problem. Now, maybe two times ago that was the problem, I don’t know, but I’d like to think that won’t be the problem.”
Roger Espinoza and Konrad Warzycha knew they’d be competing with, and against, high-profile athletes when they left the Ohio State men’s soccer team to pursue Major League Soccer careers. But, teaming with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco never crossed their minds. Ochocinco, a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and avid soccer fan, recently concluded a four-day trial with MLS club Sporting Kansas City, which began March 23. Espinoza, a defender on Sporting KC’s squad, said he enjoyed training with the NFL superstar. “I spoke to (Ochocinco) a little bit, and he was happy to be here,” Espinoza said. “He’s a world-class athlete.” Espinoza, who helped to lead OSU to the 2007 NCAA College Cup championship game his senior season, said he expected Ochocinco’s trial with Sporting KC to be a “media thing.” Ochocinco’s attitude convinced Espinoza otherwise. “He’s not just here for media stuff,” Espinoza said. “He actually wanted to be here. He talks to a lot of the guys. He wants to play. … He knows a little bit about soccer.” Warzycha, a rookie midfielder on Sporting KC’s roster, never got a chance to meet or train with Ochocinco. After completing his final season as a Buckeye in November 2010 and signing a contract with Sporting KC on March 3, knee surgery forced Warzycha to return to Columbus for rehab. Warzycha said that missing the opportunity to meet Ochocinco was “definitely a disappointment.” “When I heard (Ochocinco) was coming,” Warzycha said, “I thought maybe I could do my rehab back in Kansas City.” To find out whether Ochocinco was offered an MLS contract, check out Monday’s edition of The Lantern.
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Robert Lewandowski is going nowhere and that he is 100% certain of thatThe Polish international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid for the start of next season and is reportedly keen on the move, in a bid to win that elusive Champions League title.But Rummenigge has denied that any such move move is on the table and has made a bet that Lewandowski will remain at the Allianz Arena for next season to express his confidence on the matter.Asked about the Robert Lewandowski speculation, Rummenigge tells kicker “It’s well known that I like to make a bet every now and again. I’ll take the bet that Robert is 100% playing for Bayern Munich next season.” https://t.co/kMr9bGlb0wReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) 25 March 2018Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the past few seasons after a strong spell at Bayern, which has seen the 29 year-old score an impressive 32 goals in 37 appearances this season.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his delight at his team’s fast start to the game against Liverpool last weekend.One criticism leveled at the Gunners of late has been their slow start to football games and, since that was addressed during the club’s 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side and Emery wants that to continue this weekend and beyond.“Against Liverpool I think we had more in the 90 minutes of the game,” he said, according to BT Sport.“Our idea is to repeat matches with this pace over 90 minutes. It’s not easy because other teams have their moments in the matches. But our idea is to continue improving this.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is about the progress in the team. The progress is about continuing to create confidence and creating also tactically different ways to improve.”“The first thing we must do to improve is to continue with our way, with our positioning and our aggressiveness, with the ball and without the ball, and then taking confidence to do these things better every match.”“The confidence can come, firstly, from winning matches and then also from when you feel it on the pitch you have a capacity to battle against teams with the potential of (a team like) Liverpool.”
The former England national team player talked how he missed Banks in the 1970 World Cup last match and the kind of person he was.The England national team was knocked out of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico by West Germany.That day, goalkeeper Gordon Banks did not play as he was sick in his hotel room.“The day of the quarter-final we went for breakfast, then for a walk. The game was at midday, it was 100 degrees, it was the turn of Peter Bonetti [Chelsea goalkeeper] to be the substitute goalkeeper, not mine, and when Alf [Ramsey] named the team he named Gordon and that seemed to be it,” former Three Lions footballer Alex Stepney told The Guardian.“The FIFA rules of those times were that if you weren’t involved you had to go and sit in the stand. So I went back to my room to get my camera and that’s when I found that Gordon was bad and being sick in the toilet.”“I became a sub, Peter Bonetti was now selected. Yet when I went back to my room after the match Gordon thought we’d won because we were 2-0 up [Banks was watching a delayed television broadcast],” he explained.“I had to tell him the bad news. I held up my fingers to indicate the score [2-3] and he just couldn’t believe it. I think it made him worse!”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Don’t forget in those days we didn’t have goalkeeper coaches,” he remembered.“Basically what you did you did for yourself and when I worked with him we expressed ideas between us – that’s what it was all about.”“He inspired me so much regarding how I played: I’d like to think I wasn’t a flashy keeper, either. I learned a lot from him, working and playing against him,” Stepney continued.“Gordon was such a gentleman and an absolute one-off. His death is a very sad loss to the game.”“He is England’s best-ever goalkeeper – he won the World Cup, as simple as that, and 53 years on he’s still the only keeper who has done that,” he said.“At the end of the day I had Gordon Banks in front of me regarding England and you cannot argue with that.”
The Spanish right-back did not have much playing time while on loan with the Lega Serie A team and he decided he had to move away from MilanSpanish defender Martin Montoya started his professional career with Barcelona B back in 2009.He moved two years later to the first squad and in 2015 he was loaned for six months to Italian Lega Serie A team Internazionale Milan.But while playing with the Nerazzurri, he just appeared in three matches before deciding to been loaned out to Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I was only at Inter for six months but I was very happy,” Montoya was quoted by Football Italia.“I settled immediately, I learned the language in two months. I got on perfectly with my teammates, but unfortunately, if a player doesn’t play – and I played very little – in the end, you want to leave.”“I couldn’t stay there, even if I was very happy. I really liked the city, but I wanted to play more,” he added.
Baker Hughes and two other related companies and an employee are facing 10 criminal charges for allegedly exposing workers to toxic chemicals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Oil field service company Baker Hughes is facing criminal charges for allegedly exposing workers to toxic chemicals at its Kenai location, according to court documents. Court documents state that In May 2014, four contracted workers were exposed to a hazardous gas release while building a new chemical transfer facility to replace an aging one owned by Baker Petrolite Corporation. The construction site was about 40 feet away from the original facility. Court documents state, four UIC employees who reported exposure to the hazardous gas release complained of headaches, sore throats, respiratory distress and burning eyes. They were taken to a medical clinic for evaluation. Investigators note a specific incident in May of 2014 where BPC employees were cleaning a tote that contained RE31151CRW, a corrosion inhibitor chemical, that allegedly seeped into the construction site where the UIC employees were working. RE31151CRW is considered hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Baker Hughes issued the following statement: “Baker Hughes will continue to defend the case; however, in light of the Court’s order issued today, we cannot comment at this time.” An arraignment is set for July 2 at 1:30 at the Kenai Courthouse.
New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): The tapering trends in Indian economy urgently demands deepening of economic reforms so as to stabilise the dwindling economy of the country. India___s Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram stated this while interacting with the mediapersons in New Delhi. Earlier on Wednesday (September 18) the US Federal Reserve announced that it will continue with its monthly $85 billion bond buying programme and wait for more evidence of growth recovery. He also assured that the Indian government is working for the growth recovery and normalisation of the Indian currency.
Niki ShahPR HandoutNiki Shah started her own designer label at a young age of 18 with boutiques in India and Dubai. Soon she had a lot of fashion shows in her kitty. At 30, Niki Shah started blogging to set new fashion trends and became a social media sensation in UAE and India, promoting established and upcoming brands in fashion, travel and lifestyle.Niki Shah lives mostly in Dubai and calls it her home. She says that she grew up there looking and exploring every aspect of luxury that mankind has ever witnessed. Her blog Nikishah Dubai is reflection of the lifestyle that the city has to offer.Having lived in countries like India, Kenya and UAE she absorbed the essence of different cultures, nature and trends all her life. Her big success in India got her recognised as the new Youth Icon of Ahmedabad in 2010.She says, “I have dressed many celebrity customers and have participated in many international fashion shows, built a successful portfolio as a fashion designer. Now, I am a social media influencer and hence, I used both Fashion/Lifestyle knowledge and my Marketing Degree together to create a new avenue of Influencer/Blogger marketing based on strategic ideas to help promote not only well known brands but also help new and upcoming brands to promote their products in the most efficient way.”Niki says the she started blogging as a hobby which soon grew to become her identity. Somewhere between writing and styling up, social media is now fast becoming a profession for her. She has been fortunate enough to collaborate and create bespoke content and editorials for some of the world’s leading elite, fashion and beauty brands.At almost 30, she decided it is never too late to start anything new and explore other areas of the fashion industry and that is how she started writing fashion blogs and very soon, it turned into commercial blogging, converting it into a full-time career of being a lifestyle influencer through different social platforms.Her fashion blogs are a culmination of fashion content developed using all the technical knowledge of fashion studies, creating informative data base. She automatically creates trends which are relatable to most of the Asian women around the world and show how fashion can be worn without breaking the banks and cultural values.Niki puts it with pride, “My show wardrobe consists of more than 100 different brands and designers; I often love it how my followers and I connect on my social media platforms over our common love for footwear.” Not only this, she shares interesting, cost effective and yet, trending shopping tips everytime she is travelling to different countries like US, UK, Denmark and Turkey, etc. She connects with her women followers and reveals that make up is nothing more than grooming and one doesn’t need to layer up every other day in order to look well groomed. “Keeping it less with right amount is always enough!” She says. Niki adds further, “I also use the platform to share what I eat every day and how to maintain health when you are in a capital city of brunches!”Niki has worked with many brands conceptualizing their entire terms, marketing with her own elements and has built a successfully built her brand on social media. Social media can be utilised for spreading good ideas, branding with right informative approach on specialized subjects.
A broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersThe Indian equity indices experienced a highly volatile session on Wednesday, but managed to make gains, as apprehensions over the tension between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government gave way to investors clinching attractive deals.Consequently, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 550 points to reclaim the 34,000-mark, while the NSE Nifty setteled above 10,300 points.The day’s trade started on a shaky ground as reports emerged of the growing spat between the RBI and the government. The speculation over RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation briefly led indices into the red during the afternoon session.However, healthy buying in finance, banking stocks along with export-dominated IT and healthcare counters lifted the market higher.On the other hand, metals index, however, lost over 1 percent contrary to the other sectoral indices on the National Stock Exchange which registered sharp gains in the range of 1 to 4 per cent.In terms of currency, the rupee closed at Rs 73.95 to a US dollar from its previous close of 73.68 following a similar trend in all the major currencies, which traded lower. Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndex-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex settled 550.92 points higher, or 1.63 per cent, at 34,442.05. It had opened at 33,963.09 from its previous close of 33,891.13.The Sensex swung 875 points, touching an intra-day high of 34,463.38 and a low of 33,587.24.The NSE’s Nifty ended the day at 10,386.60, up 188.20 points or 1.85 per cent.Besides, broader markets, S&P BSE MidCap gained 1.56 per cent, while S&P BSE SmallCap was up by 1.38 per cent also the market breadth was positive with 1,619 advances and 943 declines.According to Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund: “Equity investors in India witnessed a relief rally on the last day of October 2018 as stock markets charged ahead with sharp gains.””The markets surged in mid-afternoon trade after the government clarified on a tussle with the Reserve Bank of India and said that it respects and nurtures central bank’s autonomy,”HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head Deepak Jasani said: “Technically, with the Nifty rallying higher, the bulls seem to be in control,””Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistances of 10,396 are taken out. Crucial supports to watch for any weakness are at 10,285.”Investments wise, the provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 193.65 crore on Wednesday while the domestic institutional investors bought scrip worth Rs 1,124.92 crore.The month has ended with an foreign fund outflow to the tune of Rs 28,921 crore (NSDL), highest monthly outflow in the equity segment since 2002.The top gainers on BSE were dominated by banking stocks, led by HDFC Bank, up 5.78 per cent at Rs 1,769.55; IndusInd Bank, up 4.47 per cent at Rs 1,424.45; Infosys, up 4.02 per cent at Rs 686.25; Axis Bank, up 3.43 per cent at Rs 581.90; and Yes Bank, up 3.30 per cent at Rs 188.05 a share.The top losers were: Coal India down 3.53 per cent at Rs 266.15; Tata Steel, down 2.25 per cent at Rs 552.40; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.33 per cent at Rs 6,608.95; Adani Ports, down 0.85 per cent at Rs 319.10 and Kotak Bank down 0.60 per cent at Rs 1,118 per share.
In this photo taken recently, 70-year old Abu Bakkar is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainA Dhaka city free from ‘nuisance’ of beggars is not a myth! Visibly invisible, the concept lives in political rhetoric and sometimes on paper, in a country where one-fourth of the population is statistically called poor.Only on 9 May, state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed told parliament that three zones of Dhaka city were made free of beggars.The zones are: Zone-I: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, zone-II: diplomatic zone, and zone III: Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, InterContinental Dhaka and Bailey Road.Beggars, however, are often seen everywhere in these three zones. In most places, the beggars do not even know that begging is banned there.Abu Bakkar from Pabna begs for money in front of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. He came to Dhaka around two months ago targeting Shab-e-Barat and the fasting month of Ramadan.The 70-year-old man, who earns around Tk 500 to 700 every day in this capital, does not know that he cannot beg money in the three zones.“No one told me about that,” Abu Bakkar said with a puzzled look. “I roam around begging from Panthapath to Shahbagh. No policemen or security guards disturb me while begging,” he added.According to the social welfare ministry’s data, there are around 100,000 beggars in Dhaka city.In this photo taken on 18 May, disabled Mostafa is seen begging on Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Gulshan diplomatic zone. Photo: Fajlay Rabbi RaazA member of Bangladesh Ansar, Shamim Sardar, has been working as a security officer for InterContinental Dhaka hotel for the past five months.“We work here in front of the hotel round the clock. Beggars can easily be seen here and in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and BIRDEM.’’Asked if he knew that the area has been declared beggar-free, Shamim shook his head in the negative.“I don’t know about this, nor even have I seen any police driving beggars away from in front of the hotel,” he said.Seen in front of SAARC Fountain signal, Zarina Begum was sitting on the pavement with her two-year old daughter, Andhari. Asked if she knows that the footpath where she is begging has been declared beggar-free, she replied she is not a beggar, rather she is a street vendor and sells cigarettes on foot.“I’m not a beggar. I have sold all my cigarette packs today and now I’m just sitting idly beside the road. But, I don’t mind if anyone helps me financially,’’ she said.Just a few yards away, a limping Tofazzal Hossain was leaning on a crutch and begging. Tofazzal, who lost one of his legs in a train accident, is from Rangpur but now lives in an Azimpur slum.His three sons are rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers. He also has two daughters.“After much difficulty, I could marry off my daughters. My sons are not well established enough to support us. And this is why I have been begging.’’In this photo taken recently, Zarina Begum and her daughter Andhari are seen sitting on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainWhen asked if he knows this area has been declared beggar-free, “I know begging for money is legal in Dhaka city. There is no bar. No one has told me anything about this.”Begging, however, is a punishable offence according to existing laws of the country. The minimum punishment for begging is three years in prison and the maximum is seven years, to be doubled for a repetition.Mahfuz (pseudonym), a police constable, attached with Bangladesh Police Lines, deployed in front of Sonargaon hotel, told Prothom Alo, “I don’t know if this place has been declared beggar-free. We often see beggars signalling cars for money. We have not been instructed to look after this. Our duty is to keep the footpath moving so that no one can stand still in front of the hotel.”Only a few metres away, a beggar couple started knocking on the car windows, especially to the expensive cars.One of them is blind.When approached with the same question, they gave Prothom Alo the same reply, “We don’t know that we can’t beg here.”A pedestrian, Hassan Zakaria, said that there was a billboard reading, ‘beggar-free area’ on the island just in front of the Sonargaon hotel. “But, it has been removed a few months ago,” he added.A lame man was found begging for money on the Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka on Friday. His name is Mostafa.When approached, Mostafa said he is begging for money with the fear of being evicted as policemen often drive them away from the diplomatic zones in the capital. Despite the fact, he was begging there as both locals and foreigners have a tendency to donate money here.“I know this place has been declared beggar-free as police evicted me twice. Despite that, I sit here to beg as I can earn more here,’’A housewife who lives in Gulshan-2 told Prothom Alo, “Beggars here in posh areas are very smart. Sometimes, they ask for money, especially dollars, from foreigners in English. And sometimes, they will come to your car window and say that they left begging and have become street vendors. And so, you must help them financially. Isn’t this begging too?” In spite of beggars’ presence in all three ‘beggar-free zones’, ruling party leaders and ministers talk tall of having beggar-free Dhaka, and sometimes beggar-free Bangladesh. In this photo taken recently, limping Tofazzal Hossain is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainState minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said that the country would have no beggars by 2018 as the prime minister announced that beggars would be rehabilitated and job opportunities would be created for them.On 17 March, prime minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned that necessary measures had been taken to make every district free from beggars.Just a few days later on 29 March, finance minister AMA Muhith told a programme, “Begging will completely be rooted out once the Sheikh Hasina-led government comes back to power.”Earlier in mid 2013, the government said it had decided to clear beggars from some locations in the capital including Shahjalal International Airport area, Bailey Road, the diplomatic zone and places surrounding the embassies, and the Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla and Radisson hotels.The government took a number of projects to rehabilitate the beggars but these do not seem to have been so successful.According to social welfare ministry officials, the government’s experience of rehabilitating beggars is not pleasant as the beggars simply return to begging just a few months after being rehabilitated.And so, the vision of a beggar-free Dhaka remains a distant dream.
.A mentally challanged girl was raped allegedly by a local youth in Joypura village of Shahjadpur upazila in Sirajganj on Friday, reports UNB.The accused is Momin Munna, 22, a college student and son of Amirul Islam of Joypura village.Officer-in-Charge of Shahjadpur police station said Munna pounced on the victim when she went to fetch a goat from the bank of the Jamuna river on Friday evening.As she was late to return home her grandmother went to look for her and found Munna violating her, but he eventually managed to flee.Being informed, village leaders tried to settle the matter in arbitration but failed.Later on Sunday victim’s father filed a case with Shahjadpur police station over the matter.
Lawrence Lacks has childhood memories of his mother Henrietta as a beautiful, vibrant, outgoing woman who was a connector, the one who held things and people together. Though strict, she was the glue for her immediate family, as well as the extended network of family and friends who would follow her and her husband, David, from their family home in Halifax County, Virginia to Maryland.Henrietta and David made the pilgrimage to Maryland when their oldest son, Lawrence, and daughter, Elsie, now deceased, were young children. Lawrence remembers the bustle of their home in Turner Station, one of the oldest African American communities in what is now Dundalk, where the family moved not long after arriving.Ron L. Lacks and Lawrence Lacks with a family portrait of Henrietta Lacks. (Courtesy photo)“We was the first ones from Virginia here. The rest of them, everybody came to her house to get a start,” said Lawrence Lacks, the oldest of Henrietta’s five children. “Everybody would come there, stay a month or two and leave. She helped a lot of people from Virginia and North Carolina,” Lawrence said.Lawrence grew up seeing his mother serve as a bridge to a better life for loved ones and friends migrating up what is now the I-85/I-95 corridor. Like many African-American families that journeyed from the South, the Lacks home became the way-station for others seeking to travel North in the era of legal segregation. Lawrence couldn’t imagine until years later that Henrietta would literally be that bridge to a better life for people all over the world.David Lacks found employment at Bethlehem Steel and shortly thereafter, was recruited to fight in World War II. Henrietta raised Lawrence, Elsie and had three other children, David, Deborah, and Joseph in those years in and near Baltimore.It was not long after the birth of the Lacks’ youngest child, Joseph (Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman) that Lawrence, who by then was an adolescent, noticed the daily routine in the Lacks home was changing.“Nobody told me but I could see the difference and feel the difference. I noticed that she had start slowing down and couldn’t take care of everything and I had to start taking care of the responsibilities,” Lawrence said. “Her chores became mine; I had to get in there and start providing for my brothers and sisters.” Henrietta’s illness was diagnosed as cervical cancer in 1951, just months after the birth of her youngest son.Henrietta’s primary care doctor in Turner Station referred her to Hopkins for treatment where she received radium tube inserts, and continued with scheduled X-ray treatments and follow-up visits. During one of her follow-up treatments, two samples were removed from Lacks’ cervix without her permission or knowledge.The samples were given to Johns Hopkins cancer researcher and physician, George Otto Gey. The cancerous sample is what is now commonly known as the HeLa immortal cell line, the oldest and most commonly used cell line in scientific research throughout the world.Lawrence remembers his mother calling him and his siblings to her bedside at Hopkins when she was admitted for the final time in August, 1951. Henrietta died on October 4, 1951.“I remember she told me to take care of my brothers and sisters,” Lawrence said, an admonition he still takes to heart today.Lawrence Lacks became the family patriarch, took a job as a railroad engineer and started several small businesses to provide for the needs of his extended family and things eventually returned to normal. At one point, his brothers and sisters all lived together with Lacks, his wife Bobette and their children in Baltimore.“I try to go where I’m needed and try to help everybody in the family to keep the whole family together,” Lawrence said.Then, in 1975, Bobette Lacks, who worked as a nurse’s assistant, went to lunch with a neighbor, who introduced a doctor friend. When the physician heard the name Lacks, he immediately recalled the HeLa Cells project at Hopkins – the cells that carried Henrietta Lacks identity and were the first cells to remain alive outside the human body. Bobette put things together and started working with the neighbor to try and get information from Hopkins about the HeLa cells.Unfortunately, they faced roadblock after roadblock, said Ron L. Lawrence, Lacks’ son. “Hopkins told my Mom that they didn’t give that kind of information to Negroes,” Ron said. Lacks said his parents tried to seek information from Hopkins for years with no success.Then came Rebecca Skloot, author of the award-winning book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was published in 2010. According to Lawrence and his son, Skloot was curiously able to gain access to the information denied the Lacks family for years.Part two of Lawrence Lacks – my side of the story will appear in next week’s Afro. The life of Henrietta Lacks has been turned into a HBO movie, starring Oprah Winfrey and scheduled to be released on April 22.