Bangladeshi journalist tortured by police, held for nearly a year

first_imgContinuing fears On his release from prison, Faridul told waiting journalists and an RSF representative that he was still very concerned for his safety. “My security could still be in danger because the police officer’s colleagues and underworld gangs feel threatened,” he said. February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en In stories published in May and June 2019, Faridul focused on cases of extortion and death threats in connection with alleged links between local drug cartels and Pradeep Kumar Das, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) at the police station in Teknaf, a border town 75 km south of Cox’s Bazar. News Before bringing Faridul before a judge, OC Pradeep staged a raid on his home on 21 September 2019, in which his men planted two illegal firearms, 400 yaba pills (a popular local drug) and bottles of alcohol, and then pretended to discover them. This “evidence” and the three other charges brought by Pradeep sufficed to get Faridul jailed without any hope of bail. September 7, 2020 Bangladeshi journalist tortured by police, held for nearly a year News Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News On 17 August, the Bangladesh high court ordered his release on bail. He was released 10 days later but he remains charged on a total of six counts, including illegal possession of drugs, alcohol and firearms, which could potentially result in his being imprisoned again. All-powerful police officer BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence Faridul Mostafa with his family after being released from Cox’s Bazar prison on 27 August 2020 (left). The photo on the right, provided by the police, gives an idea of the level of the torture to which this journalist was subjected (photos obtained by Saleem Samad/RSF). “He was brutally tortured in police custody before being brought before a court in Cox’s Bazar three days later,” his wife Hasina Akter, told RSF. She said his hands and legs were broken and the nails of his fingers and toes were pulled out with pliers by Pradeep himself. His eyesight has been badly affected by the red chili powder that was rubbed in his eyes, and he was forced to drink sewage water, which caused severe diarrhoea. “We urge Bangladesh’s highest judicial authorities to immediately dismiss the spurious charges against Faridul Mostafa, to assume responsibility for his medical costs, and to issue orders for him to be given effective protection,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “His horrific ordeal calls for deep reforms in the police and judicial system so that journalists can freely investigate corruption cases without fearing reprisals. The credibility of the rule of law in Bangladesh is at stake.” Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage to go further After Faridul himself began being the target of threats, he wrote letters to the prime minister, home affairs minister and police inspector general in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on 28 June 2019 requesting protection against OC Pradeep. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Bangladesh His wife told RSF that the family did not dare to contest the charges in court or report this scandal to the press for fear of reprisals by the all-powerful police officer. It was only Pradeep’s arrest early last month for the murder of a retired army officer that finally loosened tongues and revived Faridul’s hopes. Receive email alerts As RSF reported at the time, local newspaper reporter Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly beaten to death by thugs acting on the orders of a local official in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, in July. News In June, RSF and four other NGOs wrote to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asking her to take concrete action to guarantee press freedom in the face of an alarming surge in physical attacks against reporters investigating corruption. According to RSF’s tally, at least 15 journalists have been subjected to serious violence in Bangladesh since a lockdown was imposed in late March in response to the coronavirus crisis. Two days later, OC Pradeep filed three complaints accusing Faridul of extortion. The alarmed Faridul fled to Dhaka but he was located by means of his mobile phone signal and, after OC Pradeep’s thugs arrested him there on 19 September 2019, he was brought all the way back to the police station in Teknaf. This is when the real nightmare began. Brutal torture May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists The editor of the Cox’s Bazar Bani daily and the Janatar Bani news website, Faridul Mostafa was finally released on bail from Cox’s Bazar prison on 27 August after being held for 11 months and five days for covering local government corruption linked to the region’s drug trafficking with neighbouring Myanmar. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is spotlighting the horrific story, one that remained unreported until very recently, of a journalist who was tortured and arbitrarily jailed for nearly a year for investigating the widespread corruption in and around the city of Cox’s Bazar in the far southeast of Bangladesh. February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Celebrate 10th Annual Domefest With 5 Sets, Cover-Filled Domefest All-Stars Session [Review/Photos]

first_imgBaltimore psychedelic rockers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rocked Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia last weekend for their annual Domefest. Over 2,000 Flockers flew in from around the country to take part in the band’s celebration of the festival’s 10th birthday, making it the biggest and best Domefest yet.Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Marvin’s Mountaintop was a new location for the festival this year, giving the Flock gorgeous views of the foggy mountains over the horizon each dawn and dusk. Arriving on-site, attendees were greeted with colorful signs reading, “Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate the People You Love,” and “Dome is Home,” noting that we’d be right at home for the next three days. Attendees got the chance to spread their feathers around the huge property that formerly hosted All Good Music Festival, giving everyone ample space in the field and woods to enjoy their weekend festivities and play games at the Innova disc golf course.Pittsburgh artist Chalk Dinosaur sparked the first set of live music on the weekend on Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Gallery Society Stage as the festival grounds were starting to fill in. Denver trio Cycles took the stage at 6:45 p.m. to dose the Flock up for the night with a rollin’ psychedelic rock fusion set, armed with their “The Aloe Parade” jam. Asheville five-piece The Fritz opened up the Bamboo Eater Stage for the weekend just as the sun was setting behind West Virginia’s mountains with an epic 30-minute set, equipped with tasteful covers of Michael Jackson‘s “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”Domefest veterans and friends of the Flock Magic Beans started their first set of the weekend at 8:45 p.m. and kept it classy onstage with their lyrical “Do Your Thing” before going on a great 20-minute “Mission Jam” as the base of their first night’s set. Frontman Scott Hachey rang out the lyrics, “This is the part where you feel good,” in their rendition of “Off Leash”, getting the crowd loosey-goosey for the night ahead. The Fritz returned onstage for a refreshing 30-minute set noting their love of Nirvana and Elton John with “Lithium” and “Bennie and the Jets” covers to gear the Flock up for a wild first night at Domefest.Adorned in sparkly gold-sequined blazers and matching white pants, Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Ben Carrey and Alex Petropulos strode onstage ready to kick off Thursday night with the first Pigeons set of the weekend—a true “Domecoming” to welcome the Flock. Kicking things off with “Too Long”, the guys jammed into a fun “Sports Theme” with rock flares of “The Final Countdown” before sending the crowd into a sing-along of “Somethin’ For Ya.” A “Wireless” sandwich appeared dosed with “You Sexy Thing” and “My Girl” covers before switching gears and rendering their classic “Melting Lights”.Petropulos took the main vocals for Pigeons’ debut of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for some hard rock jams, sending fans into a cheer of “let Gator sing!” The band kept the Domecoming celebration going with the party anthem “Live it Up” before inviting the Magic Beans’ Casey Russell up onstage to lay down some dimensional keyboard grooves in “Whoopie”. The hip-hop jam “Couldn’t We All” broke out among the festival to spread the friendly vibes, leading the band to debut the brand-new lyrical song “Paperboy”. A hard and heavy “Schwanthem” closed out the first night’s set as cheers roared over the mountains.The band ran back onstage for an encore celebrating Domecoming king Schon’s birthday and 10th year as a festival with a birthday song and cake before closing out the night with an unexpected blissful “Su Casa” sequence. Nestled in West Virginia, the band surprised everyone with a rock rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads,” as the crowd joined along with the lyrics, “country roads, take me dome” before segueing back into a “Su Casa” to crown the victorious first night.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 1 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | 5/16/19Set: Too Long, Sports Theme, Somethin’ For Ya > Wireless > You Sexy Thing > My Girl > Wireless, Melting Lights > Enter Sandman^ > Live It Up, Whoopie%, Couldn’t We All, Paperboy*, SchwanthemEncore: Su Casa > Country Roads^ > Su CasaNotes:Domefest Night 1 – “Domecoming Weekend”^ First time played% w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys* Original debutMaryland jammers Litz kept the festival up on their toes with a classic funky “Strawberry Letter 23” opener for their hour-and-45-minute late-night set. Their electro-funk groove “Use Me” made an appearance on their 16-song set, and Domies who stayed up to groove were treated with a “No Sleep” equipped with jazzy saxophone harmonies. The band finished off their set with a rocked-out extended “Whosawhatsa” instrumental jam to close out the first night.With a little bit of an overcast, Domies woke up Friday morning with a perfect cool temperature to start off their second day. The festival grounds were graced with Mateo Monk’s groovy guitar and flute tunes at 12:45 p.m. to launch the second day’s music as the Flock gathered at the workshop dome with Pigeons’ Ben Carrey to share some poetic inspiration. Baltimore psychedelic trio Deaf Scene dosed attendees up with 45 minutes of deep instrumental rock before the Dirty Grass Players laid down some boot-stompin’ jams as the sun was trying to peek out.A big gathering of Flockers cooped up at the workshop dome at 3 p.m. as Deemster Porn founder Nick Heller belted out the words, “Figure out what you believe.” Heller’s “Appreciate Life” workshop inspired us all with his encouraging words, “I am a creature of love,” as he professed that we all have a purpose of passion that we can all discover. Heller preached, “the source of all of our energy is perfect and we must radiate acceptance to allow others to awaken. Self-honesty is key and everything happens for us, not to us.” Flockers from around the country cheered as Heller left us with the question, “What will you become?” as everyone hugged and joined in for the Flock family photo.Friday mid-afternoon was favored with Erica T. Bryan’s soulful voice in the eight-piece West End Blend, setting the soul-funk vibe throughout the festival. Carrey took to the Bamboo Eater Stage at 5:15 p.m. with his cosmic funk duo with Owen Murphy, looping synthesizers and live bass instrumentation producing danceable beats with flares of insane background voices to trip up attendees. As the sun was setting, Chicago fusion rockers Mungion got groovy as the festival saw Disney characters of Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, Jack Skellington, Pocahontas, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan and his shadow for the festival’s Disney theme night.Fletcher’s Grove spiced up the festival with the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” before Buffalo boys Aqueous took the stage at 8 p.m. sharp. Opening up with “Origami,” Aqueous jammed into their “Mosquito Valley, pt. 1” and slipped straight into the mid-song jam of “The Median”. The crowd rocked out to their cover of Cake’s “Short Skirt / Long Jacket” bringing out Mungion’s Justin Reckamp for added guitar flares and West End Blend’s Michael Bafundo on trumpet. Bafundo was joined by fellow band member John Mundy on accompanying horns in the band’s funky “Weight of the Word” before closing off with a high-energy “Don’t Do It”. A frenzied “Saints Come Marching In” cover by Fletcher’s Grove during their second 30-minute set got the crowd amped right before the Pigeons guys stepped onstage at 10:15 p.m. to bestow two sets of funk on the Disnified festival audience.Wearing matching red and black “Mickey Mouse” costumes—with Jeremy dressed as the king of Domefest—Pigeons Playing Ping Pong wasted no time opening up Friday’s “Magic Kingdome” with The Lion King’s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”, Ormont and Carrey alternating the sing-along parts of Simba, Zazu and Nala. The band spiced things up with a “Burning Up My Time” unfinished jam and continued the jungle grooves with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Ormont finished the sequence with the lyrics “til we find the Mickey” as a gentle, refreshing mist fell onto the crowd.A wild “Offshoot” came next, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “King Solomon’s Marbles” that kicked off an exciting sequence featuring West End Blend horns onstage for an “F.U.” sandwich that was loaded up with Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind”. The horns stayed onstage for the love tune “Fortress” and “King Kong” before the band paid tribute to the festival with “Dome People” that slipped into their silly “Time to Ride” jam. The set ended with a homage to Baltimore’s 8×10 king “Doc” for a funky ending right before midnight.Fletcher’s Grove brought out Austin Litz on keys for their third, 30-minute intermission set for a cover of Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” for an edgy alternative jam break before the Pigeons guys returned to the stage at 12:15 a.m. Not very often do the guys open with “Henrietta” backed by “Porcupine”, so the Flock knew they were in for a treat. The return of “Fade Fast” arrived with a Disney Jungle Book medley of “The Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” that got the Flock jumping up like wild pigeons. A dark “Sunny Day” rose out among the crowd with the band’s debut of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to fit the magic mountain theme before returning to the eerie echos of “Sunny Day”.The band peaked the night with an Aladdin-infused “Poseidon” that touched on “A Whole New World”, a sprinkle of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride”, and Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” before returning to the astounding climax of “Poseidon” that sent the crowd into a loud roar with the lyrics, “need a dome to return to.” Even after going 15 minutes over their set time, the band strode back onstage for an encore debut of a brand new song titled “Water”, a 7-minute funky hydration anthem with deep waves of psychedelic jams and a fierce drumming outro by Gator.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 2 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | 5/16/19Set One: I Just Can’t Wait To Be King^ > Burning Up My Time^ > I Just Can’t Wait To Be King > Burning Up My Time& > Offshoot, King Solomon’s Marbles > F.U.* > Colors Of The Wind* > F.U.*, Fortress*, King Kong*, Dome People^ > Time To Ride, Doc**Set Two: Henrietta, Porcupine, Fade Fast > Jungle Book Medley > Fade Fast, Sunny Day > In The Hall Of The Mountain King% > Sunny Day, Poseidon > A Whole New World > Magic Carpet Ride > Abracadabra > PoseidonEncore: Water #Notes:Domefest Night 2 – “Magic Kingdome”^ Unfinished& w/ Lion Sleeps Tonight jam* w/ West End Blend horns% First time played# Original debutThe Magic Beans carried the magic through the night with their late-night set at 1:30 a.m., playing their “Here On Out” jam to party with the Domies before attendees were evacuated to their campsites due to some mountain lightning. Festival patrons were welcomed back to the stage about 30 minutes later, giving the band freedom to play past 4 a.m. with a Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” cover and a closing “Blackout” jam.Attendees woke up to the heat of the West Virginia sun on Saturday morning, making it the best-weathered Domefest ever. The Flock had to shed some feathered layers to stay cool in the heat all day as some attendees joined the festival’s visual artists for an inspiring art panel and Virginia jammers Kendall Street Company played a heated set at 12:30 p.m. Vermont four-piece Swimmer cooled the crowd down with some wavy electronica jams at 2:15 p.m. before Pigeons drummer Alex Petropulos’ band Puremotion took the stage for their second, 30-minute set consisting of a reggae jam on Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “I Shot the Sherriff” and Living Colour’s hard rock classic “Cult of Personality.” “Fifth Pigeons member” Manny Newman showed off his creative lighting techniques to the Flock at his workshop as Georgia progressive funk band Funk You took over the festival’s music at 4 p.m., treating the crowd to some passionate funk before ending their set with Flashdance’s “She’s a Maniac”.Ormont’s Scrambled Greg set highlighted his versatile music taste, starting with Rick James’ “Give It To Me Baby”. The scene was set with some playful bubbles by Ormont’s wife as he got the crowd jamming to a sensual “shiiiiiiiitttttt” guitar tune, toning off the start of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself.” Ormont professed that he loved the crowd, cats and dogs and broke out into his famous “Say Cheese” as a plate of gourmet cheese was passed around the crowd and Grateful Pandemic hosted a cheese and wine getdown. A crowd member got to play “hold the phone” with Ormont before he ended his spirited set with a new Tom Misch cover.Michigan groovers Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers broke out their fun, colorful set at 5:45 p.m. just as Saturday’s sun was setting. The crowd danced to their bright tunes including a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge” cover that was decorated with an array of flowers throughout the crowd. Goose began their first of three 30-minute sets in the holiday spirit with The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”, playing on the lyrics with “Merry Domefest”. The Connecticut four-piece debuted a new song titled “Drive”, leaving the crowd excited for the next two sets.Returning to the stage from the day before, Aqueous charmed the crowd with a cover-heavy set, including a Nickelodeon tribute of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Rugrats”. The band treated everyone with the Empire Of The Sun chorus of “Walking On A Dream” that saw guitarists Mike Gantzer and Dave Loss harmonizing on vocals before closing out with AC/DC’s “Back in Black”. Goose popped back onstage to pay tribute to The Who with a cover “Eminence Front” as well as a rendition of fan-favorite, “Tumble.”Returning to the stage for their final night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong joined their flock consisting of multiple Santas, Mardi Gras partiers, Halloween spookers and a banana man for their “Dome For The Holidays”-themed set. Petropulos dressed as a Christmas elf, Carrey as a 4th of July patriot, Ormont in a Mazel Tov sweater and Schon in a Christmas and Hanukkah sweater. The guys got right into the holiday spirit and set the night off with their popular “Pop Off” before going into their celebrating the jews on the mountain with Hebrew celebration anthem “Hava Nagila”.The Domies liked “the dome between their toes” in a “Julia” sandwich with their extraordinary “Beanstalk” right in the middle, as the Flock drank up “French Cafe” on the mountain. The energized “Funk In Funk” got attendees “high”-flying before the band tore down the mountain with their heavy psychedelic instrumental, “Avalanche”. Some Flockers threw fruit roll-ups onstage as the guys started into one of their newest tunes, “Distant Times”, before breaking out in a “Lightning” jam flavored with Tom Misch’s light, jazzy song “It Runs Through Me”. Extending from “Lightning,” the band transitioned into their funky party song “Moonwalk” before ending the first set with edgy bass grooves in “E-Funk”.Goose kept the Flock dancing with Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” and Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless” before Pigeons Playing Ping Pong marched onstage for their final set of the weekend as the full moon rose to its highest peak. Ormont warned the crowd “who knows what will unfold” right before the band started into their electrified “Whirled”, bringing back the memory of last year’s hour-long “Whirled” to trip up the crowd. The Flock was served up some chicken parmesan in “Landing” that jammed into a magnificent “Zydeko” that transitioned into the trance-like “Sir Real”. The Flock reached the mountains of their mind on Marvin’s Mountaintop as flashing lights and psychedelic sounds transitioned into a holiday mashup of “Jingle Bells” and “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”. The raging continued with a return to “Zydeko” sprinkled with the Peanuts Christmas tune “Linus and Lucy” and Flogging Molly’s “Drunken Lullabies” teases.Ormont began his banter to the crowd, congratulating all the bands and the Flock for being a part of the 10th annual Domefest history. He led over 2,000 Flockers in a huge howl to the full moon to release all negative energy and refresh everyone’s spirits with a new beginning, leading the band into an intense “Horizon” to “celebrate the people we love.”“The Liquid” revived the crowd with Ormont’s crazy stage antics before newly added cryptic laughing in “Upfunk” made an appearance to spook the Flock. Petropulos pounded on his Christmas stocking-decorated drums to finish off “Upfunk” as a cheerful “Dawn A New Day” closed out the final night’s set. With the loudest cheers all weekend, the band was brought back onstage for an “Ocean Flows” countdown that led the crowd into a cheer of “Happy Domefest” and an “Auld Lang Syne” completion under the full moon that revived our spirits and celebrated the festival’s history.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 3 | Marvin’s Mountaintop, WV | 5/18/19Set One: Pop Off, Hava Nagila > Julia > Beanstalk > Julia, French Café, Fun In Funk, Avalanche, Distant Times, Lightning^ > Moonwalk > E-FunkSet Two: Whirled, Landing > Jam > Zydeko > Sir Real > Dreidel Bells* > Zydeko”, Horizon >>, The Liquid, Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk, Dawn A New DayEncore: Ocean Flows > Auld Lang SyneNotes:Domefest Night 3 – “Dome For The Holidays”^ unfinished; It Runs Through Me tease [Tom Misch]* Jingle Bells / Dreidel Song mashup” w/ Peanuts and Drunken Lullabies teasesMungion continued the nightly celebrations with their 1:30 a.m. set, playing their “One Night Stan” jam and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” before the Domefest All-Stars took the stage at 3 a.m. Members of Pigeons, Aqueous, Funk You, Litz, Mungion, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Goose and ShwizZ played until the sun rose for all the late-night Domies. Playing groovy covers of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Aeroplane”, The Beatles’ “Get Back,” a 20-minute “Sports Theme”, Prince’s “1999″, and more, the Flock was dazzled with funky tunes with varying vocalists and talented musicians throughout the night. The early-morning set was greeted with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of the World” with Ormont and Austin Litz alternating verses before slipping into Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle”. The sun was rising above the horizon as the Domefest All-Star musicians ended their set at 6:30 a.m. and closed off the 10th annual Domefest with a victorious ending.With the sun shining brightly down on Marvin’s Mountaintop, the Flock woke up only a couple hours after the Domefest All-Stars set to pack up their nests and head back home. Leaving the site, the sign “Dome is Home” read out of the exit, reminding attendees that wherever good music and people lead you, you’re home. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong should be immensely proud of evolving their one-day college music event into the 10th annual three-day celebration of music and art that their friends and family can join in on. The band works, organizes, and produces the festival themselves, wanting the Flock to enjoy themselves all weekend long. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong should be an inspiration to other bands in the music scene. Staying humble and connecting with your fans on a personal level is where true success comes from. Nonetheless, we’re stoked for the 11th Domefest and can’t wait to see what the guys have in store for next year. DOME IS HOME!Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Domefest 2019 courtesy of photographer Matt Shotwell (@StrawberryIsland.Dweller).Domefest 2019 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | Cascade, WV | 5/16/19 – 5/18/19 | Photos: Matt Shotwell Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Room for improvement in ed policy

first_imgWhile the issue of education may have been largely missing from presidential campaign rhetoric, supplanted by language aimed at calming fears about the economy, many polls suggested it was still a top concern for voters.In a discussion at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Thursday, a panel of experts examined how the election results will affect education reform at the federal, state, and local levels.Education wasn’t a main talking point during the campaign, the speakers agreed, in part because of its nuance and political sensitivity. Obama programs such as “Race to the Top,” a $4 billion competitive grant program that rewards states that develop reforms, has some support from states but is “not easy to explain,” said Jal Mehta, an assistant professor of education. Mitt Romney, Mehta said, was forced to balance his track record of overhauls at the state level with the Republican Party’s desire to have a “limited federal role in education.”Voters are worried about the nation’s education system, said Martin West, an assistant professor of education and deputy director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, but they often perceive it as “someone else’s problem.”“National assessments of the public schools are at an all-time low,” said West, who served as the chair of Romney’s advisory group for K-12 education policy. “But at the same time, voters’ assessments of their local schools are an all-time high.”Part of the evening’s discussion centered on the prospects for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which established high standards for students and high accountability for educators and administrators. The act was amended and reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 under George W. Bush, but it has failed to receive further reauthorization from a Congress deeply divided over its system of reforms. Many critics argue that the act places too much emphasis on test scores and standardized measures to evaluate student performance.Yet Congress could potentially unite behind some kind of reauthorization of NCLB based on lawmakers’ distaste for the way the Obama administration has circumvented many of its accountability systems, said West. Both Democrats and Republicans, West argued, are upset with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for granting waivers that exempt states from parts of the law. As a condition of those waivers, Duncan has required that states adopt certain policies supported by the administration, like teacher evaluations based on objective indicators.“In particular, this attachment of additional conditions that Congress has not promulgated itself is what has members of Congress worked up.”West added that he hoped for an early reauthorization of the act during Obama’s second term. Such a move could provide “stability in the policy environment,” he said.Moderator Paul Reville, a senior lecturer on education at HGSE and Massachusetts’ secretary of education, asked the panelists to address the status of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the wake of Obama’s victory. The Common Core program is an effort to establish a shared set of educational standards for English and math that states can voluntarily adopt. More than 40 states participate in the program.Although Mehta deemed it a “good program in principle,” he worried it could, like NCLB, push for ambitious yet unattainable targets. “I am fearful that in a climate where there is no money, high accountability, and really high standards, what is a good idea will get rolled out, schools and states won’t be able to realize the standards, and that will lead to backlash.”Looking ahead, panelist Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, a national education nonprofit that works to retain experienced teachers in urban classrooms, was hopeful. She said she envisions the president continuing to promote a national model that supports teaching as a performance-driven profession, one that “puts the interests of the students first” and moves away from a system traditionally linked to seniority. “I think that has been a really good thing. I think it has seen its share of challenges over the last four years, but for me it’s the right track.”last_img read more

Regional Partner Nations Share a Common Need for Security Cooperation

first_imgBy Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/Diálogo June 30, 2016 Lieutenant General Joseph P. DiSalvo, U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Military Deputy Commander, recently met with Nicaraguan government and military authorities in the country’s capital, Managua, to discuss security cooperation issues and a common interest in increasing the military-to-military relationship between both countries. To learn more about SOUTHCOM’s approach to improved relationships with Nicaragua and other countries and his perspective on this topic, Diálogo met with the Military Deputy Commander.Diálogo: What is the Command’s vision in re-establishing relationships with countries including Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Bolivia (which may have been more reticent to work/engage with us until now)?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: Right now, U.S. Southern Command is very open to establishing relationships with any of the countries in the Area of Operations. Regardless of where we are at politically, I think we have a common thread with all our partners on the need for regional cooperation for security. Of course, we are seeing that. For example, I was just in Nicaragua about three weeks ago, and it was very interesting. We had the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Defense, their service chiefs, the President, the First Lady, and the first line out of President Ortega’s mouth was he looks forward to improving military-to-military relationships with the United States. Ecuador, with the devastating earthquake they’ve had, gave us a great opportunity to offer any assistance that they invite us to have, and we responded with an air traffic control tower, set up capabilities for them, and that resonated very well. Bottom line is we’ll take these relationships wherever these countries want to go. The last thing we want to do is rush them into doing something they are not prepared to do. Usually, we have to be very measured. In fact, we encourage them to take some slow steps at a time so that they know what they’re getting into and what the expectations are, and so they don’t get overwhelmed by trying to do too much at one time. But there is a lot of opportunity. With Bolivia, quite frankly, there is still very, very little contact, but the contact we do have a lot of the message is the same: When the time is right, they look forward to improving and increasing the relationship. So, overall, I think it’s looking pretty encouraging.Diálogo: What is your perspective on this as SOUTHCOM’s Military Deputy Commander?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: As far as the role goes, I think that anything that I can do to help get the relationships either reignited or started up to begin with. I just really take my cues from Admiral Tidd, what his intent is, how far he sees the Command building those relationships… But any time we can get folks down to the countries to talk to them, and really, just take time to listen. Listening speaks volumes. What do they want? Especially if we’re looking at re-starting something, so where do they want the relationship to go? I think that’s the value I can provide Admiral Tidd. Listening and getting back to him on where they see us going.Diálogo: What message would you like to send to these countries? Why?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: Again, we are looking forward to partnering with them in any capacity they want, most importantly, what can we do with them? Not what we can do for them, but with them, based on whatever strengths they have, and just whatever we can offer. Again, we want to work with them and be more active and have a positive impact in the security in the region. Diálogo: What is the focus of your military efforts as SOUTHCOM’s Military Deputy Commander for the Central American, South American, and Caribbean region?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: From Southern Command’s perspective, I think that it would be great if we had more opportunity to carry out exercises with our partner nations. The scope of exercises is pretty limited right now: PANAMAX, which is a great exercise that, unfortunately, we only do a full version of every other year, is a great opportunity where we get the whole region to come together under the Command and Control of our partner nations, either in the land-component role or the maritime-component role, etc. It is a great opportunity for us to practice how we would execute the mission to secure the Panama Canal, for example, with other 17 nations, combining efforts under the charge of our partner nation leaders. It’s a great opportunity, and I wish we had more opportunities for that type of exercise.Diálogo: What kind of results do you expect to come to fruition as a result of these attempts to work closer with certain countries, and what results have you seen so far in your time here?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: I think the biggest change I see, and I think is great, is that instead of having regional conferences where we sort define a great deal of the issues we have, we are now starting to identify what the solutions are. I think it is more impressive to define what the way ahead is and take positive action towards solutions for the issues we have identified. In the past, we focused too much on admiring the problem, and now we are finally starting to take action. And we have seen it take place; we have seen a lot of our partners step up to assume more responsibility, either with intelligence sharing or sponsoring a Command & Control center so that all of the information can fuse in one spot and everybody knows where to go for that information, and actually having forces to act on illicit networks, for example. We are seeing that. It is a slow building momentum, we have a long way to go because the network is hard to tackle, but we are seeing results.Diálogo: What have you taken back from your visits to the different countries so far? Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: That it is not underwhelming to know that everybody in the Western Hemisphere shares the same, real threats, specifically the illicit networks. It used to be that it was not a problem for my country while it was so for somebody else’s, but again, in the past two to three years, we’ve realized that illicit networks are affecting everybody negatively, and the sooner we can work together from a regional aspect to make a dent into their network, the better our folks will be. So, I think that is the right approach. Just mastering all the resources to effectively counter those networks is where we are right now.Diálogo: How has this experience changed your vision on what you expect to aim for and achieve in the future?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: I think the key is maintaining continuity. This is going to be a 20-year effort to really get control of the network and maybe defeat it. By network, I mean that it is not just narcotics. It’s the human smuggling, the whole bit, illegal mining, you name it. Wherever money can be made, the organized crime folks find the way to do it, and they are very good at doing it. But it is important to get a solid foundation to get momentum going, and to maintain continuity is going to be important because it is going to be an issue long after I retire, long after Admiral Tidd retires, long after anybody here retires, so we just need to get that momentum going on a permanent basis. I think that is the most important aspect.Diálogo: How did your time as Commander of U.S. Army South help you prepare for your current role? Lt.Gen. DiSalvo: It gave me a great appreciation for all that the components do. They do a lot of activities in the area; although I thought I had an idea when I was Chief of Staff, once I went to Army South, I saw a lot more activities going on down there, which is great, very much value added. I think the other aspect was just how to resource Southern Command, which they are the Department of the Army is tasked to do, and realizing what a good job they do at it. I don’t say that because I am in the Army, but the Department of Army does a good job of resourcing SOUTHCOM to the best of their ability. It is very complicated to get resources, so I have a good feel for that, and now I have a good feel for what General Chinn is doing in his role as U.S. Army South Commander to try to get the resources headed our way. It is tough, but the components step up pretty well for that.Diálogo: And what lessons learned there did you bring with you to your current role as Military Deputy Commander of SOUTHCOM?Lt. Gen. DiSalvo: The importance of accurately articulating whatever we need as Southern Command. You have to really articulate exactly the requirements you have to the U.S. Department of Defense, to the Department of the Army. If you just state what the requirement is without giving good background and what exactly you will do with those requirements, you will get nowhere. And I can understand that; money is precious, so they have to understand it because the investment is worthy.last_img read more

Anthony Davis dominates (40 points, 20 rebounds) in Lakers’ rout of Grizzlies

first_imgBron with the chasedown. JaVale with the oop. Some things never change.(📺: @SpectrumSN ) pic.twitter.com/D1kap1cKsG— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 30, 2019 PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and forward Anthony Davis react after center JaVale McGee dunked during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives against the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder, right, during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers has the ball knocked out of his hands by Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate with Jae Crowder #99 after scoring a three point basket and getting fouled by Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies backs into JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, blocks the shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, tries to keep the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, tips the ball to score over Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots over Memphis Grizzlies forward Solomon Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, shoots a floater over Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, looks to shoot under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, left, and forward Jae Crowder during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, draws a foul from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, blocks the shot by Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers pulls down a rebound against Bruno Caboclo #5, Marko Guduric #23 and Grayson Allen #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot by Marko Guduric #23 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, leaps for a basket next to Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James leaps for a layup during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, and forward Anthony Davis, right, react after the Memphis Grizzlies called a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee dunks past Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, left, and others during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, draws a foul from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, tips the ball to score over Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: LeBron James #23 is congratulated by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates with his teammates after scoring a basket at the end of the first half in an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dunks near Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by Quinn Cook #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers after a blocked shot against Marko Guduric #23 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: LeBron James #23, Dwight Howard #39, Anthony Davis #3 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after a dunk by JaVale McGee #7 against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and forward Anthony Davis react after center JaVale McGee dunked during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives against the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder, right, during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 33The Lakers’ LeBron James drives against the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder, right, during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The chants started out faintly this season for Anthony Davis, but they’ve been gathering steam.“M-V-P! M-V-P!”By the third quarter on Tuesday night, the Staples Center fans were standing and applauding with a more confident energy, finally firmly convinced they were witnessing the kind of greatness to which that label applies.Forty points. Twenty rebounds. All before the fourth quarter. “I mean, shoot! He needed to hear it,” Howard said of the chants. “He’s playing great basketball. We gotta let everybody know when they’re doing a good job. It doesn’t matter who it is.”Davis did not return for the fourth quarter, his 31 minutes having already given the Lakers (3-1) the edge they needed. James (23 points, eight assists) helped finish what he started, and the Grizzlies never got to within single digits again. The Lakers wound up scoring 71 points in the overwhelming second half.Davis, who enjoyed his fourth career 40-20 night, animated an otherwise gritty and sloppy game. The Lakers trailed for most of the first half, falling behind 15-2 after a sleepy start. While he was only 7 for 17 from the field, Davis also wound up with many of his own misses and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.What made it more incredible: The Brow played hurt.Following Sunday’s game, Davis had lingering soreness in his right shoulder after jamming it against the rim on a missed dunk attempt. The Lakers didn’t confirm Davis would definitely start until he had warmed up and tested it on the court 90 minutes prior to tip-off. Even during the game, Davis wore a thermal pack on his shoulder to help keep the muscles loose.He didn’t show any early ill effects, racking up 16 points in an otherwise sluggish first quarter for the Lakers. Davis headed to the locker room to retape the sore shoulder briefly in the second quarter, but he returned and checked in for the last six minutes of the half.“He went in the back and we’re getting close to the time in his rotation when he was going to go back in and he wasn’t around,” Frank Vogel said. “I thought all night that there was a chance that we could have to play the game without him so we were prepared to do so.”Under the rim, Davis took a beating. The Grizzlies assailed him with limbs and elbows, but for each of the nine times he went to the line in the first half, on just as many possessions he threw up his arms toward the refs, wondering why no whistles had arrived.“I was really just trying to figure it all out,” he said. “(My shoulder) was bothering me a lot. It was very sore, but I didn’t want to come out of the game. I just came to the back (in the locker room) and adjust some things.”The officials sided with him more often as the game went on: He finished the third quarter with 10 unanswered made free throws, helping put the upstart Memphis roster to bed in a 39-20 advantage for the Lakers in that period, and finishing with a 22-0 run.The more deliberate pace helped the Lakers’ defense stay stout, James said. Memphis entered the game as the third fastest-paced team in the NBA, and the Lakers ranked 26th – the second half was more the home team’s style of game.Davis has now gone 39 for 40 at the free-throw line in his last three games.“That’s easy money for him, and that’s great for our defense as well,” James said. “It’s great for our team to settle a game down like that.”While Vogel called Memphis youngsters Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. future stars before the game, the Lakers’ defense bottled them up for the meaningful portions of the game. Morant finished with 16 points, and Jackson had seven, but both were saddled with foul trouble. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.The mood got light enough that James, in the final minute of garbage time sparked the crowd to chant his social media meme, “TA-CO TUES-DAY” as he shimmied on the bench.What could one say? They were in a giving mood.“It’s going to be a long season, tough process, to do what we want to do,” Davis said. “You’ve gotta have fun with it. That’s the only way to get through it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis has long been touted for his feats on the court, but on Tuesday night during a 120-91 thrashing of Memphis (1-3), he was unofficially anointed by his home fans. In the first two Lakers wins this season, one could argue that he and LeBron James were true co-stars, but that moment – as fans showered him with adoration – was one to bask in by himself.A 40-20 game puts him in the exalted company of Lakers big men: George Mikan, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among them. The last Laker to reach that mark was Shaq in 2003 – which begs the question: Davis can put up the numbers, but can he raise the banners to match those Lakers greats?James seemed to think so, saying afterward: “I don’t even think he’s scratched the surface yet.”The bulk of Davis’ work came where he was truly unguardable: at the free-throw line. He was 26 for 27 from the stripe, breaking a franchise record previously held by his new teammate, Dwight Howard (25 makes).It seemed fitting that as Davis shattered his record late in the third quarter, Howard stood aside the lane, gesturing with his hands for the already excited crowd to get even louder.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes Tuesday, July 02, 2013:•10 a.m. Officers investigated control of animals and vicious dogs in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•10 a.m. Dustin D. Martin, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with two dogs at large.•12:05 p.m. Anthony A. Renfro, 48, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic violence in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•12:45 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run, private property accident in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Kimberly A. Hefley, Wellington.•Daniel D. Lott, 30, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of criminal damage to property.•Julia A. Stone, 48, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of failure to provide proof of insurance.•3:31 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 200 block N. G, Wellington.•7:37 p.m. Officers investigated violation of offender registration by a known suspect in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington.•11:45 p.m. Levi R. Lane, 34, Wellington was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and two Sumner County Warrants.last_img read more

Liverpool reach League Cup quarters after 10-goal thriller against Arsenal

first_imgLiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph on Wednesday.Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Unai Emery made 11 changes for the fourth round tie, but the understudies served up one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield.Arsenal enjoyed a memorable 6-3 League Cup quarter-final win at Liverpool in 2007, but this time they squandered multiple leads in an even more dramatic clash.In the shoot-out, Dani Ceballos’ penalty was saved by 20-year-old Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher before 18-year-old Curtis Jones converted the winning kick.Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times and they remain on course to lift the trophy for the first time since 2012.After Granit Xhaka’s astonishing outburst at Arsenal fans during Sunday’s traumatic Premier League draw with Crystal Palace, this was another body blow for Arsenal, who lost despite leading 3-1, 4-2 and then 5-4 with seconds to go.Xhaka was absent while Emery debates whether to strip the midfielder of the captaincy, but Arsenal were unable to take advantage of Liverpool’s youthful line-up.With an average age of 23 years and 122 days, it was Liverpool’s youngest starting eleven in any competition since January 2017 as teenagers Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster and Sepp Van Den Berg all featured.Liverpool’s rookies went ahead after just six minutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent over a low cross and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, sliding in to clear, accidently deflected it onto his knee and into the back of his own net.Yet, with all of Liverpool’s star defenders rested, the Premier League leaders were far less solid than usual and Arsenal drew level in the 19th minute.The goal came via an assist from the rarely used Mesut Ozil, who was making his only his third appearance of the season and his first since September 24.Ozil picked out Bukayo Saka in space and when his shot was saved, the unmarked Lucas Torreira slotted home despite Liverpool’s appeals for offside.– Origi heroics – Emery’s team took the lead in the 26th minute after more sloppy defending allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to cross and Gabriel Martinelli was on hand to fire into the roof of the net from close-range.Martinelli struck again 10 minutes later when Ozil intercepted Elliott’s loose pass to send Saka clear and he produced a low cross for the 18-year-old Brazilian forward to grab his seventh goal in seven appearances this season.James Milner reduced Liverpool’s deficit with a 43rd minute penalty after Elliott went down under minimal contact from Martinelli.Milner gifted Arsenal their fourth goal in the 54th minute when Maitland-Niles seized on his under-hit back-pass.Ozil kept the ball in play with a nimble piece of footwork and Maitland-Niles tapped into the empty net.Oxlade-Chamberlain got one back for Liverpool with a thunderous long-range drive four minutes later.And Divock Origi equalised with an even better strike in the 62nd minute as the Belgian spun sharply before blasting into the top corner from the edge of the area.But Willock restored Arsenal’s lead in the 70th minute with another contender for goal of the night, the midfielder sprinting away before unleashing a 25-yard rocket.It was only the second time Liverpool have conceded five goals in a home match in the last 66 years.Remarkably, that wasn’t the end of the scoring and Origi acrobatically volleyed Liverpool’s equaliser in stoppage-time, setting the stage for their shoot-out success.Aston Villa moved into the last eight with a 2-1 win over local rivals Wolves at Villa Park.Anwar El-Ghazi put Villa ahead and, after Patrick Cutrone’s equaliser, Ahmed Elmohamady bagged the winner.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lucky Eagle Casino July 9th – Nick Nicholson is coming to…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Tennessee native and rising country star Nick Nicholson is coming to the Northwest for a benefit concert for Lungs for Jake, a group raising money for Jake Drewry’s life-saving double lung transplant surgery. Nicholson grew up at the knee of his musical father and has been performing since he was twelve-years-old.After serving in the United States Air Force for ten years, Nicholson has returned to his passion – music, while still performing and volunteering at various veterans’ events throughout the year.Nick has performed with many other big country stars including Travis Tritt, Rodney Atkins, Trent Tomlinson, the Bellamy Brothers and Michelle Branch, just to name a few. Recently while performing at Toby Keith’s own bar, Keith himself joined him onstage for several songs.The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on July 9th at the Lucky Eagle Casino, just south of Olympia. Tickets are $35 and the show is 21 and over.Tickets are available at variety of locations including: The Olympia Fire Department (station 1), Lacey Fire Department (on Franz St.), Tumwater Fire Department, Littlerock Fire Department and Fire District 6 (Station 61 onNormandy).For more information on tickets or for ordering information contact Cherie Leyva at 360-791-2231.For more information on Lungs for Jake, or its soon-to-be nonprofit counterpart, Return to Life visit www.returntolife.org or check out Lungs for Jake Facebook page.For more information on Nick Nicholson visit www.nicknicholsonmusic.com.last_img read more

Former Soccer Treasurer Admits To $400,000 Theft

first_imgBy Jay Cook |FREEHOLD – The former treasurer of the Freehold Soccer League pleaded guilty earlier this week to stealing over $400,000 from the youth recreational and travel league where he volunteered, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.Anthony Gallo, 57, of Freehold Township, pleaded guilty Monday to second degree theft before Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano Jr. Gallo, the CEO of a financial services firm, faces a maximum term of six years in state prison. He must pay $280,000 in restitution when he returns for sentencing before Judge Falcetano on January 19, 2018, per terms of the plea agreement, Gramiccioni said.An investigation into Gallo’s activity began in March 2016 when Freehold Soccer League president Bryan Patmore alerted authorities about missing funds and unpaid uniform bills connected to the league’s account, according to Gramiccioni. The prosecutor’s office’s Financial Crimes Unit alleged Gallo swiped over $400,000 from those league accounts.Law enforcement authorities maintain Gallo wrote checks to himself, his company, Beacon Financial Services, and “cash” totaling over $300,000, Gramiccioni announced in March. Gallo also allegedly made numerous ATM withdrawals amounting to over $120,000 from the league’s account. He used league funds to pay personal expenses totaling over $25,000, including $12,000 for his Verizon Wireless bills, thousands of dollars at Honda of Freehold, other household bills, and for restaurants and shopping, the prosecutor said.Before being charged, Gallo paid back more than $119,000 into league accounts in an effort to prevent his crime from being detected, Gramiccioni said.A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Gallo of the theft in September, the prosecutor’s office announced at the time.Patmore, the league president, did not return a request for comment by press time on Wednesday. But in April 2016, he penned a post on the Freehold Soccer League’s public Facebook page talking about the “difficult and upsetting situation in which we find ourselves.”“On behalf of the FSL board, I would like to express our deep regret over this serious matter,” Patmore wrote. “We take our responsibility of managing this great club extremely seriously. Our job is to ensure the members of this organization Honor the Children, Honor the Game, Honor the Town and finally Honor the League.”Patmore also said the Freehold Soccer League would create an advisory board of current and former league members to oversee the league’s financial system. A third-party audit company and a certified public accountant would also be retained to review the books every year, he said.“We are soliciting the members of our community to help in any way they can,” Patmore wrote. “Volunteer an hour, volunteer a day, let’s pull together to make this club the best in the state of New Jersey.”This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Ford Shootout Novice Tournament fills Nelson with hockey fans

first_imgIf parking was a problem this weekend in the City of Nelson, blame organizers of the Nelson Ford Shootout.But remember, too many visitors to Nelson is a good thing.Once again the Nelson Ford Shootout Novice Tournament proved to be another success as more than 500 players and parents flocked to the Heritage City to compete in the annual event.Fifteen teams, including the Nelson Senior Leafs, Senior Rockets and Junior Nitros from Nelson Minor Hockey, participated in the tournament.There were two divisions, junior and senior novice. Each team played three games at the Nelson and District Community Complex or Civic Centre Arena.Teams entered from Rossland/Trail, Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Spokane and Tri-Cities.last_img