Government toppled

first_imgHow it happens right or wrong but look at the events happening in political space. The government gets elected. It completes some time and the currents continue from day one. The government keep planning what good should be done to the people. The currents get so strong that the government is thrown out in one minute. Who will carry forward the theme put up by the present government? If it was objective less why were they voted to power? Perhaps the people do proper screening and scrutiny. The government must have been going in the right direction. But definitely, some selfish motive must have come in the mind and whole equation got disturbed. The people had elected different government but now different one would rule. The point is simple there is an economic slide, malnutrition is disturbing, the maternal mortality rate is high, farmers suicide is unchecked, industries are in trouble means nothing is good which should be making the people happy. For the select few legislators, the government is toppled. Would the people accept them whole heartedly? Whether the planning will continue the same way or it would be changed. Whether the government employees will be ethically fearful from the new government which they must have judged them as unethical. This is the reason that people cannot be expected to be honest as they are not shown the honesty. The people will remain in poverty. Such legislators may not be considered to be doing good to the people as they have not established any ideal for the public to emulate. More than the cunningness the simplicity should have served the people better. Look at the oath in name of God taken at the time of swearing-in. In case it was found not complied then the God must have considered this act as negative.last_img read more


Green Beret’s wife welcomes President Donald Trump’s offer to review murder case

first_imgObtained by ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The wife of a former Green Beret who is charged with murder in the death of a suspected Taliban bomb maker in Afghanistan in 2010 welcomes President Donald Trump’s tweet that he will review her husband’s case.“I think it’s great, if that’s what it takes after all of this time, then so be it,” Julie Golsteyn told ABC News in an interview.“Enough is enough, let it go,” she said of the years-long investigation triggered by her husband’s comments that resulted in a charge of premeditated murder being filed last week. “That’s what we want, someone to do the right thing.”Trump’s sympathetic desire to review Maj. Mathew Golsteyn’s case has military legal experts questioning whether Trump may be exerting “unlawful command influence” in the case by interfering in the legal process before Golsteyn has even had a court hearing.But Julie Goldsteyn rejected that analysis telling ABC News that “it’s okay for someone to get involved if it is to the benefit of the soldier.”“It is only if it is to the detriment of a soldier that it’s undue command influence,” she said. “And someone higher up stepping up and saying ‘I’m going to do the right thing here’ is not undue command influence.”Last week, her husband was charged with premeditated murder in the February 2010 death of an Afghan man, who was suspected of having been a Taliban bomb maker responsible for the deaths of two Marines.On Sunday, Trump tweeted, “At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a ‘U.S. Military hero,’ Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder.”“We are very appreciative that he’s going to take a look at it and hopeful that he would take action to resolve this issue for Matt,” Golsteyn’s attorney Phillip Stackhouse told ABC News in a phone interview earlier Monday. Asked to comment on Monday about the president’s Sunday tweet, the White House referred back to the social media post and declined to provide any additional comment. A spokesman told ABC News that the White House does not traditionally comment on cases that may be under consideration for clemency and pardon.“The allegations against Maj. Matt Golsteyn are a law enforcement matter,” said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman. “The Department of Defense will respect the integrity of this process and provide updates when appropriate.”But Trump’s possible review is problematic, according to a prominent military legal expert.“The president’s tweet is extremely troubling because it’s touching the third rail of military justice,” Eugene Fidell told ABC News. “It’s commonly said that unlawful command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice.”Fidell, a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, has served as an attorney in several high-profile military cases. He was most recently an attorney for Bowe Bergdahl, a former soldier who was held by the Taliban for five years and last year pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.Fidell described Trump’s sympathetic offer to review the case as “a distortion of the administration of justice even if it’s for the benefit of the accused in a particular case.”The Army has not announced any dates for the initial court hearings that will determine whether Golsteyn will face a court-martial. His attorney, Stackhouse, estimates the Article 32 hearings, as they are known by the military, may not be held until next spring.That’s one reason why Fidell thinks the possibility that the president could offer Golsteyn a pardon should wait until the military justice system has had a chance to determine all the facts in his case.“Until there’s a proper, on the record, public investigation and ventilation of the facts of the case it would be very unfortunate for him to do that,” said Fidell.There are different narratives about what happened when the Afghan man died on Feb. 18, 2010. What is not in dispute is that the investigations were prompted by Golsteyn’s own comments.The Army’s initial investigation was triggered in late 2011 by Golsteyn’s acknowledgement during a CIA job interview that he had killed the suspected Taliban bomb maker.Golsteyn had told the CIA that he had killed the man out of concerns for the safety of the tribal leader and that he could have posed a future threat to U.S. troops, according to Army documents.That investigation did not result in any charges being filed against Golsteyn, even though investigators determined he had committed murder and conspiracy.He eventually lost his Special Forces tab and a Silver Star for heroism in a battle two days after the Afghan man’s death.Then in late 2016, a new investigation was triggered after Golsteyn admitted in a Fox News interview that he had killed the man.The Army’s narrative of events, as laid out in documents obtained by the Washington Post in 2015 under the Freedom of Information Act, is that Golsteyn and his team detained the man after finding explosive materials at his home that were similar to those used in the bomb that killed the two Marines.Taking the man to his home after a 24-hour detention, Golsteyn allegedly killed the man there and buried him in a shallow grave, Army documents said. Later that night, Golsteyn and two other soldiers dug up the remains and brought them back to their base where they burned his remains in a burn pit.According to Golsteyn’s lawyer, that’s not what happened. Stackhouse told ABC News that after having been released, the suspected bomb maker was not killed at his home. He said the man was killed along a road in southern Marjah, after he carried out an ambush against Golsteyn’s troops. He acknowledged that Golsteyn disposed of the body, but he could not say how.Stackhouse claims that the initial 2011 Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID) narrative has been wrong from the start beginning with the CIA’s characterization of Golsteyn’s comments as an assassination.“It’s just that CID put the wrong information in the investigation and repeated it over and over again,” said Stackhouse.Golsteyn was put on “voluntary excess leave” in August 2016, which is a non-paid status used for soldiers experiencing long-term administrative issues who can’t be formally discharged from service.He reported back on active duty in early December as the Army worked to finalize the ongoing investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Chicago teachers told to return to classrooms: ‘Our school are safe,’ mayor says

first_imgIf remote learning is failing so many, why have Chicago’s public school parents chosen for more than 80% of eligible students to continue remote learning? And why, amidst all the data and numbers that are mentioned, this one never discussed? Parents and families have spoken.— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) January 31, 2021Lightfoot said CPS and the union have agreed on four areas: health and safety protocols, ventilation, contact tracing and health and safety committees.CPS, the nation’s third-largest district serving roughly 341,000 students in 638 schools, wanted 10,000 educators to return to school buildings late January in preparation for in-person learning by Feb. 1. CPS has since changed the return a number of times in accordance with the teachers union. Due to the pandemic, CPS turned to full-time online instruction last March.A number of charter school networks within the district have chosen to remain remote until at least April when they said there will be wider access to vaccines, according to the union.As essential workers, CPS teachers are all eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are not scheduled to begin receiving shots until mid-February, CPS and Chicago Department of Public Health announced Jan. 22.Union members have taken issue with Lightfoot’s insistence on reopening classrooms without vaccinating educators by Feb. 1 regardless of the risk to staff and students from the pandemic. Halfpoint/iStockBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago teachers were told to return to classrooms starting Monday as the teachers union continues to fight the return to in-person learning due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.If teachers do not have an “approved accommodation,” they’re expected back in class, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Sunday.“In order to give the teachers an opportunity to get themselves ready for students, we’re telling parents, ‘come back and bring your kids to school on Tuesday,’” Lightfoot said during a press conference.In regard to the teachers who do not report back, “we’re going to have to take action,” Lightfoot said, adding that remote learning has been failing the city’s students. CPS has promised to lock me out from accessing my work account (google classroom, gmail, etc.) if I don’t go into an unsafe work building tomorrow. CPS will choose to prevent me from seeing my scholars and doing my job if I don’t go into an unsafe work building tomorrow.— Dwayne Reed (@TeachMrReed) January 31, 2021The union said Sunday that if CPS does lock educators out, its next step will be to call its house of delegates, ABC News Chicago affiliate WLS reported.A union delegate told GMA in January that educators who didn’t return to school buildings last month in defiance were locked out of their emails, telework system and were likely docked pay.Lightfoot did not say if there would be disciplinary action beyond the lockout. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. We have an obligation to give every Chicago parent the ability to choose the learning option that works best for their child.We’ve made significant progress in talks with CTU leadership in recent days on a safe return to in-person learning.— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) February 1, 2021The union has been defying Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) return dates in response to what its members believe to be an inadequate safety plan. Since January, teachers have engaged in the collective action to remain remote.Since CPS are concerned that union leadership will continue to direct teachers to teach remotely, CPS said it cannot ensure adequate staffing Feb. 1 and all students will receive remote instruction.In a letter shared with GMA, which was sent from Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson to families and staff regarding the reopening, CPS said in-person instruction will now take place on Feb. 2.Jackson said if teachers and staff failed to report to school Monday they’d have their access to Google suites cut off at the end of the business day. We’ve met with CTU 70+ times since June to discuss reopening, safety, and student learning in a hybrid model. We’re committed to working with our labor partners toward a safe, responsible reopening plan.Read yesterday’s update on our continued dialogue:— Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) February 1, 2021“We’re doing this because this is one step in a long plan on our road to safely reopen our school and at some point return to normalcy,” Jackson said.Lightfoot reiterated that Chicago schools are “safe” and urged the teachers union to reach a deal. Both sides have met 70 times since June to come to an agreement on in-school learning.Lightfoot said the city’s in-person schooling plan is supported by city health officials and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.The mayor also pointed to the tens of millions of dollars CPS has invested on safety measures including PPE, health screenings, temperature checks, hand sanitizing and proper ventilation.“Our schools are safe,” Lightfoot said. “We know that because we have studied what’s happened in other school systems in our city — 40,000-plus Archdiocese, charter and other public schools that have had some form of in-person learning since the fall.”last_img read more


Theresa May and Charles Michel unhurt after car hits convoy in Belgium

first_imgA motorcade carrying British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Belgian counterpart Charles Michel to a World War I memorial ceremony in Belgium was involved in a motorway accident on Friday, but neither leader was hurt.Police and officials said two Belgian police motorcycle escort riders were injured when a car hit the leaders’ convoy. Michel’s spokesman, Barend Leyts, described it as “an unfortunate accident,” while Downing Street said May’s vehicle had already gone past when the incident occurred.Local media said the accident happened near Mons in southwest Belgium, after May and Michel had visited the Saint-Symphorien cemetery to pay homage to soldiers who died in the war, as part of this weekend’s 100th anniversary of the Armistice.last_img read more


Santa Clara County Firefighters, Paramedics Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Exposure

first_imgSANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. — Initially, the call to Santa Clara County dispatch seemed routine enough — a man was in need of medical attention at the Cupertino City Center Apartments on Stevens Creek Boulevard. When county firefighters and the American Medical Response ambulance crew arrived, they found the man lying unconscious in the locker room of the complex’s pool house. After clearing the area, San Jose’s hazardous materials team found a high level of carbon monoxide that apparently had been leaking from faulty equipment in the locker room. They began trying to revive the man when suddenly the three firefighters, the three paramedics and the person who discovered the initial patient began feeling woozy. “They didn’t see or smell anything unusual, but then, wow, they began working on the patient and started feeling lightheaded and nauseous,” said Kendall Pearson, battalion chief for the Santa Clara County Fire Department. “That pretty much clued them in something was wrong in the space.” “It’s kind of bizarre to have something like this happen,” Pearson said. Ultimately, eight patients, including the firefighters, paramedics and the two residents, went to three different hospitals. The firefighters were treated and released, but the paramedics and the initial patient remained hospitalized Monday evening, Pearson said. The status of the other resident was not known, he said.last_img read more


Raw Video: Bungee Cord Snaps After Jump

first_imgAssociated Press – An Australian tourist had a miraculous escape when her bungee cord snapped during a jump in Zimbabwe.last_img


Blind Husky and His Seeing-Eye Chihuahua Adopted Just in Time

first_imgWhen they were taken to the STAND Foundation, staffers posted on social media asking followers to adopt the pups together so they wouldn’t have to be separated – Isaac would not have been able to fare without his visual helper and Isabella might have been heartbroken over the loss of her big friend.WATCH: Hummingbird Refuses to Leave the Dog Who Saved Her LifeUnfortunately, the shelter only had a limited time to find them a home before they would have to be euthanized. Many pet owners said that they would be able to take one, but not both.Finally, just days before the deadline, a family came to the rescue and volunteered to adopt the buddies.Happy endings really do exist.Click To Share This Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo by the STAND FoundationAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThese two best friends were either going to be adopted together or not at all – and as their adoption deadline loomed ever closer, shelter workers were worried that they would have to be put down.Isaac the blind husky and Isabella, his seeing-eye Chihuahua terrier mix were found wandering the streets of Fontana, California without a home. As a navigator, Isabella had been helping Isaac with his vision disability by calling out to him.last_img read more


SMC Madeleva Lecture promotes religious dialogue

first_imgMonica Villagomez Mendez SMC President Carol Ann Mooney speaks at the annual Madeleva Lecture in Carroll Auditorium, examining the importance of interfaith conversations.Sr. Eva Mary Hooker, professor of English at Saint Mary’s, began the night reading two original poems. The first was based on an image she saw in an illustrated bible, where lines of scripture were being pictorially hoisted into place with a bumblebee and pulley, and the other poem was inspired by the line of sycamores lining the Avenue, she said.“I want tonight to celebrate in poetic image the mission of this college and the sisters who have worked here and the land upon which it stands,” she said. “We have all built together a place in which we seek wisdom.”Following the poetry reading, Marianne Farina, a professor of philosophy and theology at Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California, spoke on “Sacred Conversations and the Evolution of Dialogue.”Mutual understanding and enrichment comes from sacred conversations, as such dialogue helps one appreciate the holiness of religions and cultures, she said.“Sacred conversations contribute to a deep theology, which like deep ecology contemplates the interconnectedness of all the cosmos,” Farina said. “This deep theology evinces an evolutionary consciousness skilled at holding it in esteem, the unenthused complex and enthused connection that exist between all living beings and the goodness God has ordained for each.”These conversations are opportunities for communication with self, God and others, Farina said. This idea is shared between Christian and Islamic traditions.“For as the sacred texts of Christians and Muslims proclaim, ‘God spoke and creation came to existence.’ These texts also tell of God’s continuing communication with nature in ways that foster a deep interiority in our encounters with cultures and religions,” she said.Farina said she had a religious experience of her own when providing cyclone relief efforts for an island off Bangladesh. The island population heard another storm was coming, and Farina spent the night of the scheduled storm in the second story of a building with numerous other women and children, many of whom were Muslim.Farina said the eye of the storm spared the island and very few were harmed. She noticed the Muslim women never stopped praying that night, and asked why the following morning.“Over a simple breakfast we had the chance to share our experiences of that fearful night,” she said. “They remained in the prayer circle because if that night was to be their last, they wanted to meet God together as a community uttering God’s own words on their lips. At that moment and in their telling, I gained insight.”Farina said dialogue and communication are important and evolutionary when they enter into the depth of shared existence in God. This movement is not linear, but rather a discovery of God’s presence in everything, she said.“Sacred conversation assists our entry into this depth, where we experience spiritual power,” she said.The values of humility and hospitality are essential to inter-religious dialogue because humility affirms a status as situated beings, and hospitality makes people come to terms with traditional differences in a way that opens up to self-knowledge and new insights, she said.“Whether we are engaged in dialogue or academic study, conversations focused on deep listening and the movements of the spirit are critical to developing scholarship and pastoral leadership responsive to today’s reality,” she said. “One example of such efforts in the story of Holy Cross. … Thus, the Holy Cross apostolic charism based on a spirit of union, and a gift of hope embodies the spirituality of dialogue.”The response by Sisters of the Holy Cross in Bangladesh is an example of the way mission and dialogue crosses numerous boundaries, she said.“Through [sacred conversations], we stand in solidarity with all others filled with hope, especially at the foot of the cross, bearing witness to … a future larger than ourselves,” she said.Asma Afsaruddin, a professor in the department of near Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University, said she has met Farina multiple times at various symposiums. Afsaruddin responded to Farina’s talk and said she appreciated Farina’s passion for open interfaith dialogue.“Change is to be affected first internally in the individual before any meaningful external change can take root,” Afsaruddin said. “The most important site for bringing out genuine individual change, followed by social change, is clearly the human heart. Transformation of the human heart occurs by making it receptive to God’s will and becoming filled with God consciousness,” she said.Both Christian and Muslim traditions emphasize internal transformation and reconciliation with the creator and created beings to live an open life which can develop profound self-knowledge, she said.“It is fitting that Marianne should end her inspirational talk by emphasizing hope, to which God calls us to bear witness,” she said. “Both Christianity and Islam are founded on hope. The Quran and the Bible assure us that we must never despair of God’s love and solicitude for us and never lose faith in the ultimate goodness of human beings.”Afsaruddin said she agreed with Farina that humility and hospitality are necessary for sacred conversations and inter-religious dialogue, because these conversations allow people from different traditions to celebrate interconnectedness and common responsibilities to promote what is good.“Sacred conversations help to keep this compact among ourselves alive and relevant,” she said. “And most importantly of all, these sacred conversations help us to push back against other profane conversations that seek to divide and form hatred, of which unfortunately, as we know, there has been way too much lately.”Tags: Madeleva Lecture, religion, Sisters of Holy Cross, Theology Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality hosted the 31st annual Madeleva Lecture on Thursday, honoring the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The event featured three keynote speakers, all women scholars, to discuss religious dialogue.last_img read more


Owls vs. Cards still on for now

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT — With the possibility of rain looming, the Lamar baseball team is still slated to host in-state rival Rice at 6 tonight in the final contest of the 14-game home stand that opened the 2016 campaign at Vincent-Beck Stadium.Both teams will confer this morning and see if there is still a possibility of play. Continue to check or @Lamar_Baseball on Twitter for updated information on the game.The Owls (6-6) and Cardinals (9-4) have a long-standing tradition against each other, a tradition that spans 124 games and lasts for as long as there has been LU baseball. Along with that, both head coaches are longtime managers of their respective ball clubs.Jim Gilligan, who is retiring at the conclusion of the season, is in his 39th season as the skipper for LU and has amassed more than 1,300 wins and Wayne Graham has been with the Owls as head coach since 1992 and has well over 1,000 wins. Between the two, the field will host more than 2,400 Division I wins.The all-time advantage swings Rice’s way at 78-46, including last season’s matchup that had the Owls victorious, 4-3 at The Beck. Normally, the two teams meet for a home-and-home each season, but coincidentally the first game of last year’s series was rained out.Rice, which started out the season in the Top 25, took two of three from Central Florida at Reckling Park over the weekend, including a 13-10 victory in the finale on Sunday. It started its season out with two losses in a three-game tilt with Arizona.The Owls come in with a team batting average of .237 and averages 4.2 runs a game. Shortstop Ford Proctor tops the team in hitting at .359, and is followed by Dayne Wunderlich (.333), Charlie Warren (.317) and Grayson Lewis (.306). Wunderlich, left fielder, is the team’s leader in runs and RBI with nine and 10, respectively. He also has the team’s highest slugging percentage, .455.Lamar enters the game with four .300-plus hitters as well, led by catcher Bryndan Arredondo at .465. He ranks third in the Southland Conference and 37th in the country. Reid Russell is hitting .327 on the year followed by Cutter McDowell (.314) and Jake Nash (.302).Nash comes in after a huge week that had him with eight RBI and four runs scored.Neither team has announced a starter for the contest. Next Uplast_img read more


Montpelier landlord settles lead law violations

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont property owner David Rogers of North Montpelier settled claims that he failed to file lead compliance statements for four rental properties in violation of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. “Lead paint responsibilities do not go away. If you are a landlord with pre-1978 rental housing, the lead law requires annual compliance. The law also provides for penalties if you ignore or delay your lead paint duties,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.Every landlord with pre-1978 rental properties is required to submit annual compliance statements which show that the landlords have performed the essential maintenance practices (known as EMPs) and that the properties are in compliance with the lead law. The Department of Health confirmed that Mr. Rogers had not filed current EMP compliance statements for this year for his four rental properties.Under the terms of the settlement(link is external), Rogers will pay a penalty of $10,000 ($3,000 in payments to the State and $7,000 to be paid into the properties for permanent lead abatement improvements).For more information concerning the Vermont lead law, including the duties of property owners, and for copies of court documents from recent enforcement actions involving lead, see the Attorney General’s website at: is external) and click on “Lead.” Tenants who live in pre-1978 premises which have chipping paint or no notices regarding lead hazards may file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program, via the online complaint form(link is external), by phone: (802) 656-3183, by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail), or by mail to: Consumer Assistance Program, 109 State St. Montpelier, VT 05609-1001.Source: Vermont AG Dec 21, 2016last_img read more


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