Brady, Goodell Head to Court

first_imgNEW YORK — New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are set to explain to a judge why a controversy over underinflated footballs at last season’s AFC conference championship game is spilling into a new season.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ordered the men to appear before him Aug. 12 at an initial hearing in Manhattan after the NFL sued the players union two weeks ago.The league asked the judge to declare that it followed its players’ contract properly when it punished Brady after Goodell concluded he “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to support a scheme in which a Patriots’ employee deflated balls on game day. Brady insists he knew nothing about it.On Aug. 11, Berman asked Goodell and Brady, along with lawyers, to appear before him privately a half hour before a public court session.He said he wants to learn the status of negotiations. He also asked them to continue negotiating prior to the hearing. Brady was not at Patriots practice.At a news conference in Illinois, Goodell said the league plans to cooperate fully with Berman.In a July 28 decision upholding the suspension, Goodell heavily criticized Brady for having an aide destroy a cellphone containing nearly 10,000 text messages from a four-month stretch including the AFC championship, when the Patriots defeated Indianapolis 45-7, and the Super Bowl, which New England won.He accused him of obstructing the NFL probe about a controversy that represented “conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.”In court documents, the union’s lawyers said the suspension was unfair and violates the labor contract and complained that it would cause irreparable harm to Brady by forcing him to miss games.They called a June appeals hearing before Goodell “a Kangaroo Court proceeding, bereft of fundamentally fair procedures.”___LARRY NEUMEISTERTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

End of road for Ravi Shastri BCCI seeks fresh applications for the

first_imgAfter India’s semi-final exit, the BCCI is all set to invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team’s support staff, which includes the head coach. Hence, Ravi Shastri will have to reapply for his position once his contract expires after India’s tour of West Indies gets over next month.The coach and the support staff which consists of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were all given an extension of 45 days after the World Cup owing to the upcoming tour of the West Indies. All the incumbents will now have to reapply for the positions. However, the team will now have the services of a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively following India’s semifinal exit in the World Cup.New management to be in place before home season Virat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia’s home season kicks off after the West Indies tour when they will take on South Africa. That series kicks off in September. Shastri was given the charge of the Indian team following the controversial end to Anil Kumble’s role back in 2017 after the Champions Trophy defeat.”The job openings will be put up on our website in a day or two. Besides the support staff, fresh applications will also be invited for the post of team manager,” a BCCI official told PTI. Former Tamil Nadu captain Sunil Subramanian was appointed team manager in 2017 on one year-contract but he got an extension.Shastri has also served as India’s director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016. However, India have not won a major ICC event under his guidance and the only historic series win came against Australia earlier this year. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar, head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli at Lord’s.Stu Forster/Getty ImagesFollowing the Lodha committee recommendations, the BCCI has done away with the direct appointment and follows a proper recruitment process which is very transparent.There are other changes expected after India’s exit from the World Cup. The BCCI is thinking about split captaincy and they might offer the job of leading the limited-overs outfit to Rohit Sharma while Virat Kohli continues to be captain of the Test side.”This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” the functionary told news agency IANS.Also, there are reports that the BCCI is not very happy with the performance of batting coach Sanjay Bangar as under him, the side has not been able to fix their number four woes and the middle order muddle which eventually cost the side in the World Cup.last_img read more

Dhaka Tokyo discuss quick Rohingya return

first_imgTaro Kono, the Japanese foreign minister. Photo: CollectedJapan has highly praised Bangladesh’s efforts and generous support in hosting Rohingyas from Myanmar, and both the countries have agreed on the importance of their safe and dignified return at the earliest possible time.The issue came up for discussion during a bilateral meeting between foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Monday.Japan will support Bangladesh to promote mutual bilateral interests as well to realise the development goals of Bangladesh, said the Japanese foreign minister.AH Mahmood Ali is now on a three-day official trip to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese oreign minister, said the foreign ministry here.During the official talks, the two foreign ministers discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to further promote comprehensive partnership and strengthen the traditionally close ties between the two countries.Kono reassured Ali of Japan’s continued support to Bangladesh’s development efforts.Earlier, the foreign minister met JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka and exchanged views to strengthen mutual development cooperation between the two countries.Kitaoka lauded the economic development taking place in Bangladesh and spoke highly of the prudent leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.He informed the foreign minister that JICA’s development assistance will continue to realise the development goals of Bangladesh.Foreign Minister Ali also met the deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida separately and exchanged views to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.last_img read more

PM to address nation Friday evening

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on Friday evening following the formation of her new government through the eleventh parliamentary election.State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will simultaneously broadcast the prime minister’s address from 7:30pm, said prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim on Thursday.Private television channels and radio stations will also air the speech.Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive term following her party Awami League’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election.The new cabinet was formed on 7 January last and the maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on 30 January.last_img read more

Religious leaders react to mass shootings call for action from Trump Congress

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — As the nation reacts to the weekend’s mass shootings and President Trump decries hatred that “devours the soul,” religious leaders called for action from his administration and Congress.In his remarks from the White House on Monday (Aug. 5), Trump said he joined in the grief and outrage over the “two evil attacks” in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in which more than 80 people were killed or wounded. At least 22 people had reportedly died as a result of the El Paso shootings and nine in the Dayton violence.The president also made a religious appeal in his speech. “We ask God in heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer and we vow to act with urgent resolve,” he said in a 10-minute address, with Vice President Mike Pence standing nearby.The president called an online manifesto allegedly posted by the El Paso shooter “consumed by racist hate.”“In one voice our nation must condemn racism bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”RELATED: Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, and the normalization of violenceThe president suggested several possible courses for bipartisan action, saying he would direct the Department of Justice to partner with other agencies and social media companies to better “detect mass shooters before they strike” and to propose legislation so those who commit mass murders or hate crimes will face a death penalty that is “delivered quickly, precisely and without years of needless delay.”Vice President Mike Pence, left, listens as President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, on Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump also called for reducing “glorification of violence in our society,” including through video games, and legal reforms to better identify mentally disturbed people and to reduce access to firearms by people considered a risk to public safety.Spiritual organizations and faith leaders were also focused on solutions to the wave of shootings. In a sampling of religious reaction to the tragedies, several urged politicians and governmental bodies to take steps:National Council of Churches“The combination of readily available weapons of mass destruction and a toxic white racist nationalist ideology is a recipe for disaster. If we cannot confront these two evils, far greater violence and social disruption awaits our nation.“We beseech elected officials to renew the lapsed ban on assault weapons and to require licensing and background checks for gun ownership. We also demand that legislation which has recently passed the House, including HR8, be brought to a vote in the Senate and passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must be held to account for blocking legislation that would have introduced common-sense measures years ago.”Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank J. Dewane chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development“We encourage Catholics to pray and raise their voices for needed changes to our national policy and national culture as well. We call on all relevant committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to outline a reinvigorated policy agenda and pastoral campaign to address ways we can help fight this social disease that has infected our nation. The Conference has long advocated for responsible gun laws and increased resources for addressing the root causes of violence. We also call upon the President and Congress to set aside political interests and find ways to better protect innocent life.”The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference“The NHCLC’s community of thousands upon thousands of churches is profoundly grieving at the terror unleashed in El Paso today, terror targeting our nation’s beloved Hispanic community. We urge our political leaders, Democrat and Republican, to once-and-for-all depoliticize immigration in this country and instead embrace a fact-based approach to this and to all political questions that divide us. Even more importantly, we call upon people of sincere faith in every corner of our country to recommit themselves to loving the ‘other’ and to begin to pray with all their might that God would heal our broken land.”Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Anjleen Kaur, executive director of the National Sikh Campaign“The Sikh American community is deeply saddened by the shooting in El Paso, Texas. As Sikhs our central belief in our faith is that in the eyes of God all people, regardless of their race or gender, are equal and as Americans our founders declared in our founding documents that ‘all men are created equal.’ We are disturbed by the rise in ideologies in our country that are fundamentally contrary to the core values of our nation and our faith. We pray for the victims and their families in El Paso and also in Dayton, Ohio.”Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League“Yet again we turn our thoughts and prayers to a community grieving after another mass shooting potentially motivated by hate and extremism. But thoughts and prayers are simply not enough.“We have documented a rise in extremist activity, both online and in our communities. As with too many of these incidents, our experts have again been reviewing the apparent manifesto of an alleged shooter, as well as other elements of his online footprint, to evaluate potential extremist ties, and we have also reached out to law enforcement to provide expert analysis and support.”The Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action“We are seeing a pattern of an especially dangerous form of domestic terrorism that has people of color, immigrants, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and others in its crosshairs. It is beyond time for this Congress to act to rein in the proliferation of guns, especially those created for the sole purpose of indiscriminate killing. We each have a moral obligation to pressure this administration and this Congress to act. But beyond that, we must not let the forces of evil divide us and frighten us into silence.”Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association“The American Family Association condemns white supremacy, all manner of racial animus and hatred of any kind that may have been the impetus for the attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. We also recognize the deep and vast spiritual needs of our country. Our nation needs God desperately, which is more evident every day. The more our nation turns away from God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible, the more it seems we reject the reality that innocent human life is sacred. We call on AFA friends and supporters around the nation to join us in praying for the devastated families and communities affected in El Paso and Dayton.”The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral“It is absurd to suggest that eliminating military style assault rifles and extra capacity ammunition clips or requiring universal background checks will lead to the government taking away all our guns. These are fears stoked by a gun lobby that values the desire to own such weapons over the well-being of the community.“We must also address a culture where hate is all too present in our national dialogue. The specific motives of this week’s shootings are still under investigation. However, seeing deeply troubled individuals driven by anti-immigrant and white supremacist sentiments seeking to make their point with deadly force is not a consequence we should tolerate.”Zarina Baber, chair of the Muslim Caucus of America“The Muslim Caucus of America stands in solidarity, support, and remembrance of the victims and communities affected by the senseless domestic terrorist attacks that took place within 24 hours of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.“As additional details continue to be reported and revealed on these mass murders, the Muslim Caucus of America also stands with those law-makers of conscience to condemn these attacks. We also demand all elected officials to take action for common-sense gun reform and the designation of white nationalist terror as domestic terrorism, similar to Canada, who added white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups to its list of terrorist organizations.”The Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life“On the seventh anniversary of the attack on the Sikh temple at Oak Creek, which killed six people, we mourn continued mass murder in El Paso and Dayton. People are being murdered by weapons of war because of their race, their religion or simply being in the wrong place. President Trump must stop his rhetoric, which incites violence, and prioritize investigating white supremacist terrorism. The Senate must pass HR 8, which would amend federal gun laws to require background checks for all gun sales. Only these concrete steps toward repentance will start to heal our nation.” Share This! Share This! Share This! Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagsassault weapons Dayton El Paso gun violence homepage featured mass shootings reaction Religious Response Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism News Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,North Carolina becomes first Southern state to ban state funding for conversion therap … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Leadership in Aging Nominations Deadline

first_imgMarch 28 is the last day for nominations for the Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards to be given May 15 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Md.Persons suggested should have shown excellence in visual arts or performing arts, or demonstrated a strong commitment to healthy living. The Trailblazer award is for the individual, community group, business or organization demonstrating leadership in advocacy, development of an innovative program, research or training for seniors.For more information call 410-767-2075 or email read more

Monsoon Session of Assembly to kick off on Friday

first_imgKolkata: The Monsoon Session of the West Bengal Assembly is going to start from July 20. It will continue till July 31.The all-party meeting before the session was held on Wednesday. Senior leaders of all the political parties including Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and BJP were present in the meeting.Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and state Finance minister Amit Mitra were present in the meeting. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that some important bills, including one of the Correctional Administration department, will be placed in the Assembly in this session.Sources said that the matter related to the nomenclature of the state will also come up in the Assembly.It may be mentioned that on August 29 in 2016, the state Assembly had passed the resolution of renaming the state as “Bangla” and “Bengal” in English in a special session.Later, on September 2017, the state Cabinet had decided to go for only one name for the state. It has been learnt that the Centre has also urged the state government to suggest one name for all languages.The matter related to upgrading Krishnanath College in Murshidabad to a university, will also come up in the Assembly in this session.last_img read more

Senco pays tribute to martyrs

first_imgSenco Gold and Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India, drew up a noble way to pay homage to the martyrs of India by organising ‘Youth talent hunt’ contest in Bengaluru recently. Christened ‘An Ode to the Nation’, the contest – being held in memory of the 41 CRPF jawans who gave up their lives to protect the nation – not only presented the students and youths of Bengaluru with an opportunity to showcase their talents, but also to pay their tributes to these brave souls. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresent at the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said: “These brave jawans have made the sacrifice, laying down their lives to protect us and our nation. It is our way of saluting these martyrs, however small it is.” “The platform aims to bring together children, women and especially the youth and mobilise them by inspiring them to contribute to our nation,” he further added. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India South 2019 winners walked hand-in-hand with the children from Gifts of God (Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust), to spread the message of unity and show the world that little children are future of our country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSt Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore received a cheque of Rs 50,001 towards mid-day meal for the needy students, Vasantharatna Foundation received Rs 1 lakh for the stronger future of martyrs’ families and empowering veer naris (war widows) of our nation, Honour point received Rs 50,001 for the development of online memorial for Indian soldiers and creating support system for martyrs’ families and Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust received Rs 70,001 for development of education system for orphaned children. To show solidarity and pay homage to martyrs, various people from different walks of life were present at the event including Major Aditi Mohan (Retired), Lady Indian Army Major, Major Pankaj Adhar (Retired), Saurabh Mukherjee, Deputy commandment of CISF, Regional Head CISB, Col Sandeep Sirohi (Retd), Paratrooper 7 Paras officer, Dr K V Jagadeesh, IPS, DCP (Traffic East), Bangalore, Rudra Shankar Roy, Convener, SXCCAA – South Zone Chapter and Chief Coordinator – ‘An Ode To The Nation’, along with families of martyrs.last_img read more