Texas hospital system accused of holding patients illegally

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas corporation that runs behavioural health hospitals is accused of illegally holding four patients.The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that SAS Healthcare Inc. was indicted Wednesday on nine counts of violating the Texas Mental Health Code.The indictment alleges the corporation known as Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System detained two patients involuntarily at its Arlington facility longer than the 48 hours allowed without a court order. It also accuses the company of not allowing two voluntary patients to leave.Prosecutors on Thursday said filed a notice saying they will introduce extraneous offences, including allegations the corporation didn’t conduct welfare checks on a patient who died by suicide in the facility’s care.A law firm for SAS Healthcare said the “unprecedented” criminal prosecution “ignores legislatively enacted blanket immunity” that gives medical professionals discretion in treatment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oilpatch CEO says Trudeau needs to give real pipeline support not just

first_imgBut Broen says Trudeau should sit down with officials from Kinder Morgan Canada, the company building the much-delayed Trans Mountain project, to find out what obstacles it is facing and then take action to remove those barriers.In a speech to investors at his company’s annual general meeting in Calgary, Broen said the government shouldn’t have launched a revamp of the National Energy Board, adding he doesn’t understand what was wrong with the regulator as it was.He says he disagrees with the prime minister that Alberta’s adoption of a carbon tax last year makes it easier to push through pipeline construction, pointing out no new pipeline capacity has resulted as yet.“I would tell him (Trudeau) he has to show leadership on the pipeline file. And it’s not just words,” said Broen. “He needs to back up Kinder Morgan, the pipeline he’s approved, and he needs to see it through to construction and make sure we can put shovels in the ground and get it built for the benefit of all Canadians.” CALGARY, A.B. — An oil company CEO is harshly criticizing Justin Trudeau as the prime minister tours the oilsands region of northeastern Alberta today.Athabasca Oil CEO Rob Broen says if he met Trudeau, he would tell him the industry needs real leadership on oil export pipelines, “not just words.”Trudeau has been telling audiences in B.C. and Alberta that he supports both the environment and pipeline projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Edmonton to the Vancouver area.last_img read more

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

On Monday, we posted “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?,” showing that wrestlers from the WWF era have passed away at a clip far exceeding actuarial expectations. One of the most common questions I received about the blog post was how wrestlers compared to other professional athletes.  Here’s commenter Matthew Durst:Is this phenomenon unique to wrestling or is it a cost of doing any professional sport? What’s the years of life loss on average for the big 4 sports?I’m glad he asked.To investigate, I used ESPN’s athlete bio database, pulling out anyone who had played at least five seasons in any of the Big Four sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey). I used the same five age groups (35-40, 40-45, 45-50, 50-55, 55-60) that I did for the wrestling analysis, except as of Dec. 31, 2010 (the most recent year for which we have data). I used only athletes whose careers had ended in 1998 or earlier (to match the period I looked at for the WWF, which changed its name to WWE in 2002). Then I took the simple percentage dead from each age group, as before:Outside of the WWF, professional athletes beat actuarial expectations. The NFL — which is commonly portrayed as being one step up from the Ludi —  at the very least doesn’t appear to produce many early deaths. Even offensive linemen, whose curve would be a bit higher on the grid, come in well under average (with about 4 percent dead in the entire age range).Though a bit surprising, there are good reasons why we might expect successful pro athletes to be better than average at surviving the 35- to 60-year-old period of their lives. They make a lot of money during their careers and have fairly good job prospects (relative to average) thereafter. They operate in a disciplined, highly regulated environment during a formative period of their lives and face extensive drug testing. Not to mention, these athletes are highly skilled and physically honed professionals. Their bodies may take a lot of damage that may stay with them for the rest of their lives, but it’s not the kind of damage that typically leads to an early grave.Wrestling in the WWF era, on the other hand, is reputed to have had a party culture, extensive performance-enhancing and recreational drug use, training focused on more aesthetic than functional physical improvements, a brutal schedule, and fewer monetary rewards than fans might think. read more

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Zapata scores on debut

Zapata scores on debut

first_imgDuvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

first_imgFormer Manchester United player Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba would have left Manchester United if Jose Mourinho was still the manager.The former United defender insists the breakdown in the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would have meant the Frenchman would seek greener pastures elsewhere when the transfer window reopens in January.The fall-out with the former Chelsea manager took a major turn at the start of the season when he was stripped of the captain’s armband in September, following Pogba’s comments in the aftermath of United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner was also dropped from the starting lineup at the start of December including United’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s last game in charge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.When asked if Pogba would have left the Red Devils in January, Neville said, according to Daily Mail:“I think they would (have lost him). The relationship was gone (with Jose Mourinho). It was clear at that point.”“He was sat on the bench at the end. But in the last few games he has been fantastic.”last_img read more

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama is now in damage control mode since Memories Resort and Casino announced that it is pulling out for sure.  Russell Miller, Chairman of the Grand Bahama Island Tourist Board says there are still resorts open, there are still activities for guests to engage, there are still ways for guests to get to the island and there is still tourism in the nation’s second city which suffered a catastrophic blow in Hurricane Matthew.“We are open and operational; we had some setbacks with some of our hotels under renovation but we are open and we are taking and accepting visitors.”   Russell talked too about linkages of Grand Bahama via sea and air;  he called scheduled ferry service from Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach lifelines for the island.  Nine resorts were listed as opened for business including Lighthouse Pointe, Flamingo Hotel, Island Seas, Old Bahama Bay, Fortuna, Pelican Bay and Royal Islander.Airlift from 11 states will also come in a Summer travel program, actually managed by Sunwing Travel and new to Freeport, Delta with daily service from the world’s busiest airport, Heartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, which is the hub for Delta.#MagneticMediaNews #GBTourism Related Items:#GBTourism, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

US Hurricane Awareness Tour lands in TCI

US Hurricane Awareness Tour lands in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – For the first time in history, the National Hurricane Center touches down in the Turks and Caicos as a part of a hurricane awareness tour and their host is the country’s Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies.The US Air Force is a part of the tour and has brought its Hurricane Hunter Aircraft.  The historic happening begins on the runway of the Providenciales International Airport with remarks and viewing of the aircraft by officials and media.  The CHAT or Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour will also feature, Dr. Rick Knabb of NOAA and move into the schools later.#MagneticMediaNews#USHurricaneAwarenessTour Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #USHurricaneAwarenessTour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Magazine Digital Initiatives Up 33 Percent in 2007

first_imgThe full list of initiatives, including links, can be found here. EXCLUSIVEMagazines announcing digital initiatives—video, content sharing partnerships, integrated marketing, social networking and other buzzy products related to Web 2.0—increased by more than 33 percent in 2007, according to year-end data by the Magazine Publishers of America scheduled to be released later this morning.Overall, 207 initiatives were announced last year, according to the MPA. There were 155 announced in 2006.Among those the MPA identified: Bonnier’s social networking platform; first-time partnerships with online communities made by Forbes, Condé Nast and Hearst; Consumer Reports’ Web crash-test videos; BusinessWeek’s widgets; Meredith Corp.’s broadband network; and Martha’s Circle, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s blog network.last_img read more

UPDATE RR Donnelley Bids to Acquire Quebecor World for 13 Billion

first_imgRELATED MEMO: R.R. Donnelley’s Letter R.R. Donnelley has approached fellow magazine printer Quebecor World—which expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection this summer—about acquiring the assets of the company for approximately $1.3 billion.“Quebecor and R.R. Donnelley have long represented a strong strategic fit with one another and, through this proposal, we have the opportunity to join them together in a way that greatly benefits stakeholders of both companies, including Quebecor World’s debtors and their creditors,” R.R. Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III said in a statement.It was not immediately clear if a merger of this size would conflict with antitrust regulations. A Quebecor World spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. UPDATE: Quebecor acknowledged receipt of the letter on Wednesday, and said its board of directors is in the process of reviewing the proposal with major stakeholders. According to the proposal, Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley has offered to purchase Quebecor’s assets in three parts: approximately $700 million cash to Quebecor’s debtors; $257 million in cash on Quebecor’s balance sheet; and $394.2 million in stock—representing approximately 15 percent of Donnelley’s outstanding shares. Donnelley said its proposal was based on Quebecor’s estimated value following its court-ordered reorganization.Last month, Quebecor World reached an agreement with its creditors that it said will allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection, possibly as early as mid-July. The agreement is based on the terms of a consolidated restructuring plan that is intended to recapitalize and “substantially deleverage” the company from its pre-filing levels.In connection with the restructuring, Quebecor said it anticipates having to arrange exit financing at levels below its current debtor-in-possession financing facility, the company said.Quebecor filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2008. In March, Quebecor reported a net loss from continuing operations of $943.9 million for 2008 compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $1.8 billion in 2007. The results included $165.9 million in taxes.last_img read more

OBITUARY Margaret R Patey Champey 71

OBITUARY Margaret R Patey Champey 71

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Margaret R. Champey (Patey), fondly known as “Marge” to her family and friends, age 71, of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington and Cambridge, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, at Lowell General Hospital.Marge was born in Boston, MA on January 8, 1947; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Beverage) Patey.Marge married her beloved husband Joseph Champey in March of 1970; the couple lived in Cambridge for many years where they raised their family. Marge and Joe spent many wonderful years together before his passing in October of 2011.Marge was the devoted mother of Jamie E. Champey and his wife Debbie of Wilmington and the late Tanya M. (Champey) MacDonald and her husband Ralph MacDonald of Arlington, loving “RaRa” of Shaun and Dylan Champey and Vivian Rose MacDonald. Marge is also survived by her siblings, nieces, nephews and dear friends.Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Saturday, July 7th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Linda J. Gallagher, 71In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Considine Kennedy To Perform In Willy Wonka The Musical

Wilmingtons Considine Kennedy To Perform In Willy Wonka The Musical

first_imgLAWRENCE, MA – Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production. Close to 100 people joined us on the Andover Town Hall stage and performed for 4 full houses! In March 2019 we’ll celebrate this anniversary by bringing the magic back to even a larger venue (including some of the original cast!)The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by ‪Leslie Bricusse‬ and ‪Anthony Newley‬, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.Cast and crew hail from all over the Merrimack Valley, including Cael Considine and Maeve Kennedy of Wilmington.“I can’t say enough about our amazing cast of newcomers, Acting Out! alumni, parents performing with their children, and siblings that have joined our cast to make Willy Wonka a fantasmagorical treat!,” said Linda Schoonmaker, Director and President of Acting Out!.“It’s the wonderful actors, along with the sets, music and songs that make this show such an amazing experience for all ages!,” added Producer Dave Cook, Acting Out!’s Vice-President.This is the organization’s 17th year producing full-scale, royalty productions. Don’t miss this truly special event. Willy Wonka: The Musical runs for one weekend only at The Performing Arts Center in North Andover High School: ‪March 22nd‬ at ‪7:00pm, March 23rd‬ at 1:00 and ‪7pm‬, and ‪March 24th at 1pm‬.Advanced reserved seating $21/$18 for adults and $18/$15 for seniors/children. Prices higher at the door. Tickets available at www.actingouttheater.com or call ‪(866) 811-4111‬ for more information. Group rates available.About The Acting Out! Theatre Company, Inc.The Acting Out! Theater Company, Inc., led by president Linda Schoonmaker, has been bringing theater to the Merrimack Valley for the past 17 years. As a non-profit organization, our mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to become involved in theatrical stage productions (as performer, crew, publicity, administrative assistance, or as a member of the audience) in a fun and supportive environment.(NOTE: The above press release is from The Acting Out! Theatre Company.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Nora Orpin Performs In ‘James and the Giant Peach’ ProductionIn “Community”Cast For Wilmington Middle School’s Spring Musical AnnouncedIn “Education”OBITUARY: Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Fords EV Mustang crossover concept may debut this year report says

first_img 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: A friendlier track animal Enlarge ImageFord’s been holding an electric Mustang-inspired crossover over our heads for months now, but we could see it in concept form by the end of 2019. Ford Ford’s been teasing a Mustang-inspired electric crossover for quite a while now, first with the “Mach 1” teaser in Detroit in 2018 that caused people to take to the internet with pitchforks and torches. We’ve seen other teasers for the new model since that time, and now according to a report Tuesday by Autocar.co.uk, we can expect to see a lot more than that before the end of the year. Autocar says Ford’s electric crossover will debut to the public in concept form sometime this year, with a production version expected to see the light sometime in 2020. Those are pretty bold statements, and it’s not entirely clear where Autocar is getting its information, but let’s take a look at what Ford has confirmed about this new EV. We know it’s not going to be called the Mach 1 and that Ford is targeting a 300 mile maximum range on the EPA cycle. That’s it. That’s all we know for sure, though it’s safe to guess that this new model would almost certainly have to be built on a new platform. It will also likely be marketed as a more performance-oriented competitor for Tesla’s Model Y and as perhaps a more affordable alternative to Jaguar’s I-Pace. When asked for confirmation on Autocar’s speculation, Emma Bergg, communications manager for Ford’s EV program, responded, “We do not comment on speculation related to our future products.” We’d be excited to see Ford get fully into the EV game and offer real (affordable) competition to brands like Tesla, Jaguar, Audi and Porsche and maybe spur folks at General Motors into making something a little more exciting than the Bolt. Electric Cars Concept Cars Future Cars Crossovers Comment Ford 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Originally published May 21, 12:30 p.m. PT.  Update, 2:28 p.m.: Adds comment from Ford. Update, 5:26 p.m.: Corrects EPA range estimate. Ford More From Roadshow 63 Photos 1 Tags Share your voice 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUVlast_img read more

Abercrombie Fitch CEO Mike Jefferies Steps Down

first_imgMichael Jefferies, the controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, stepped down from his post on Tuesday effective immediately, marking the end of a two-decade long career that saw several ups and downs.Abercrombie & Fitch did not specify if Jeffries was asked to leave or if it was his personal decision. It, however, said that the board had started looking for a potential candidate to fill the post. Meanwhile, the board has established an Office of the Chairman, which will include Chairman Arthur Martinez, CFO Jonathan Ramsden, brand president Christos Angelides and Fran Horowitz, brand president of Hollister, that will take care of the company’s needs in the interim.”It is impossible to overstate Mike Jeffries’ extraordinary accomplishments in building Abercrombie & Fitch to the iconic status the brand now enjoys. From a standing start two decades ago, his creativity and imagination were the driving forces behind the company’s growth and success,” Martinez said in a statement.”Going forward, we are confident in our talented senior leadership team and the steps we are taking to revitalize our brands and business. We are also confident that our search will identify a new leader with the skills and expertise to enable Abercrombie & Fitch to capitalize fully on its growth opportunities and build shareholder value,” Martinez added.Jefferies said that it had been an honor to lead the extraordinarily talented group of people in the firm.”I am extremely proud of your accomplishments. I believe now is the right time for new leadership to take the Company forward in the next phase of its development,” Jefferies said.Jeffries departure is the latest shake-up in the top-level management at Abercrombie & Fitch as several investors have been displeased by the company’s recent performance and controversies.Abercrombie & Fitch has been struggling to fix its balance sheet and its reputation. Over the past few months, the company has been marred by several controversies including one where Jeffries said that the brand was “exclusionary” and, therefore, didn’t have sizes exceeding 10 or L.Experts say that news of the stepping-down doesn’t really come as a surprise and could even be good for the company’s profits and reputation. Robin Lewis of Forbes notes that though Jefferies had a hand in positioning A&F’s image and taking it to new highs, he wasn’t able to strategically adopt to the changes the brand required.”Essentially, Michael Jeffries was A&F and A&F was Michael Jeffries. Both were one. Therefore, for him to re-position the brand, would be as impossible as changing his own personality – or his DNA. And, of course, he has not been able to do so,” Lewis writes.Others say that the departure is probably a calculated decision by the company.”Clearly one of the company’s goals was to work on a succession plan. From the company’s standpoint, they’re going to continue to do what they’ve been trying to do, which is to balance change with stability,” John D. Morris, a senior retail analyst with BMO Capital Markets was quoted by The New York Times.last_img read more

Greece alone on loan agreement

first_imgGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Greece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsBusinessGreek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.last_img

Trouble for Shrenu Parikhs Sarvagun Sampanna makers receive threat calls from influential

first_imgShrenu Parikh as JahnaviPR HandoutRecently Star Plus unveiled the promo of their upcoming show titled Ek Bhram- Sarvagun Sampanna starring Shrenu Parikh as Jahnavi, in a completely unique concept of an antagonist Bahu as opposed to the conventional docile daughter-in-law.The show, however, is inspired by a real story of a high profile influential family, which the makers are extremely confidential about.The creators have been strictly instructed to keep the details of the family under wraps, as the reputed family fears exposing the controversial story.The makers along with the entire cast and crew have been bound by an NDA which restricts them from divulging any details on the real inspiration.A source reveals, “Ever since the promo released , the makers have received threat calls from various influential families interrogating if it is based on their lives. Though it is based on one powerful Indian family, the producers are currently unwilling to disclose details to viewers. They have signed a NDA with the cast and crew, who have been told to remain tight-lipped about the offering.”Apparently the promos of the show Ek Bhram- Sarvagun Sampanna have left the most elite families startledEver since the news came out that the show is based on a real family, which has a very high social status in India, the makers have been bombarded with queries on the family. In fact, a lot of people have called the makers enquiring if the show traces their story.While the show puts forth a very unique narrative of an wicked daughter-in-law, who surpasses levels of scrutiny to torture her family members, the makers did not anticipate that the story bears resemblance to so many influential families.Recently, the makers launched multiple promos of the show introducing the lead protagonist, Janhvi Mittal played by Shrenu Parikh. The actress has been going through a grueling preparation mentally as well as emotionally, to portray the villainous character.last_img read more

Naresh Goyal willing to dilute stake to 15 to save Jet Airways

first_imgThe Tata group had also shown interest in the airline, but the proposal was for a buyout, wherein the Tatas, in partnership with Singapore Airlines, would take over complete ownership of the carrier.Goyal is reportedly pursuing a deal under which he would remain the chairman of the company. All that remains to be seen is, if Etihad will put in good money after the bad. Close [Representational Image]Reuters fileJet Airways founder and chairman Naresh Goyal could consider pruning his equity stake in the company to as low as 15 percent in order to prevent the embattled airline going belly up, as per new reports.The airline, India’s biggest full-service carrier, has grounded planes, cut pilots’ salaries and deferred salary payments in a bid to preserve cash. It has also been reported that Goyal was in talks with potential buyers including Etihad Airways and the Tatas.In the latest development in the long-running saga, Goyal had a meeting on Sunday with Etihad group CEO Tony Douglas in Dubai, reported the Economic Times.Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has a 24 percent share in Jet, which Goyal founded in 1993. Before Jet’s troubles worsened, Etihad had reportedly shown interest in taking a controlling stake in the loss-making airline, but Goyal, who holds 51 percent, had declined the offer. ReutersJet Airways is now reeling under a debt pile of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion). In the year ended 31 March, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. The company hasn’t made profits in nine out of the last 11 years.Last month, the cash-strapped airline reportedly sought a loan moratorium from the banks in a bid to tide over the liquidity problems. The airline has also been trying to raise loans in the market but banks have insisted on a turnaround commitment.With the outlook worsening, Goyal is now willing to dilute his equity stake drastically and give operational control to Etihad if a deal comes through, ET said.center_img Mid-air technical snag forces Etihad flight with 349 people on board to make emergency landinglast_img read more

I saw Selina Parveens death up close

I saw Selina Parveens death up close

first_img.Delwar Hossain was 28 years old. He had finished his studies at Dhaka University and had joined Greenland Mercantile Company as chief accountant. When the liberation war began in March 1971, he left his house at Shantinagar in Dhaka and shifted to his village home in Comilla, near the border. He even went to India with his four brothers to train for the war under Maj. Salahuddin.In May, Delwar returned to Dhaka, joined work and surreptitiously worked as a spy. Then on the morning of 14 December, members of the Al Badr force turned up at his house and took him away. He was taken to the Mohammedpur Physical Training College where he was tortured. He also witnessed the inhuman torture, and death, of Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzel Haider Chowdhury there.Around one thousand people, including Delwar Hossain, were taken to the killing fields of Rayer Bazar at midnight. There he saw the monsters, Al Badr leaders Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan. He saw Ashrafuzzaman dragging journalist Selina Parveen into the jaws of death.Delwar Hossain smeared himself with the blood of others so that the enemies thought he had been shot dead. His throat was parched with thirst.  The moment he got the chance, he jumped into the river Turag. The water was cold, but he swam on.Today Delwar is an elderly man and still assailed by those frightful memories of 1971. He recalls the details of that horrific day:“I lived in Shantinagar. It was the morning of 14 December 1971 and I was hungry. There was curfew in the city, but there was no food at home. I went out to get something to eat, but all the shops were closed. I returned home, wondering what to do. There was a knock on the door and in Urdu someone called out to open the door. It was a tin and bamboo-fenced house. I tried to peep through the fence, but two persons broke down the door and entered. They dragged me outside and were talking to someone they addressed as Ashrafuzzaman. He ordered them to search the other houses. They first took me to a Pakistani army officer who was among them. Then they placed me, blindfolded with hands tied, in a mud-smeared microbus.  They took us to a building in an unknown destination and threw us into a room on the first floor.“There were many wounded persons in the room. When they pushed me inside, I fell onto them. This was the hall room on the first floor of Mohammedpur Physical Training Centre. My wrists were tied so tight, I couldn’t help crying. I was thirsty.  A boy there said, “If you cry so hard, they will kill you.”“I asked the boy, “Who are you?”“‘I am Tareq, the son of a sergeant at CMH,’ he replied.“I asked him to untie me and he finally did so when I insisted. I pulled off the blindfold and looked out of the window. Men in army uniforms wandered around the grounds. I noticed the boy Tareq’s fingers were swollen and there were bloodstains on his head. They had beaten him with an iron rod. There were others in the hall room, huddled together. They were injured, some covered in blood, some with an eye gouged out, some with bayonet wounds. I blindfolded myself and tied my hands again, thinking of ways to escape.“On 14 December I also saw Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury. They were shoved into the hall room at around seven in the evening. Munier Chowdhury was clad in a lungi and Panjabi. I was a student of Dhaka University and so I recognised them both. They were tortured there in the hall room and later, around eight at night, 10 to 12 armed persons entered the room. Then first asked Munier Chowdhury’s name and then asked him if he had written anything about Rabindranath. He replied in the affirmative.“They then asked Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury’s name and also asked if he wrote on Rabindranath. He said he had. A member of the Badr force came up and said, ‘We don’t have much time. The Indian forces are bombing from the air.’“I realised then that they would kill us and I began to pray. They were beating Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury with rods. Blood streamed down Munier Chowdhury’s face. He fell to the ground, reciting the kalmas. The Badr forces left the room then. I smeared myself with blood and kept my head down. After a while, I tried to look up, but was immediately hit on the head.“I saw journalist Selina Parveen’s death up close. I was taken down at around 11 at night and placed in a bus again. There were 20 to 22 buses outside and around 1000 people were crowded into the buses. We were taken down at a point in Rayer Bazar and made to form groups of 15 to 20. A long rope was used to tie our left hands and we were led to the brick field. Anyone shouting out was shot dead. Those who remained quiet were knifed to death with bayonets. I felt it would be much more painful to be killed by a bayonet and decided to be shot dead. Right then I heard girls crying out too. A woman next to me was crying out, “You all are my fathers, my brothers. I have a small son. Let me go. I will leave Dhaka and go away.”“Someone replied, ‘You had been taken to the Badr force’s headquarters but you persisted in writing.’“The woman was screaming. As someone approached her, she cried out, ‘Ashraf bhai, they will kill me even though you are here!’ As another person went up to her, I managed to flee.“I later learnt that the young woman was journalist Selina Parveen. After I managed to escape and return alive, Selina Parveen’s family showed me her photograph and I could identify her.“When I escaped, I had first untied my hands, removed my blindfold and managed to pull the rope around my left wrist, scraping my hand badly. I ran to the marsh nearby, managed to get to the river and began to swim away. The Badr force men were looking for me, sweeping the torchlight all around and shooting. Allah protected me and I was not hit. It was around 3am then. When I reached the river bank on the other side, I still didn’t dare to climb out. I spent the entire night in the marsh.“I later reached Basila and found freedom fighters. Many first thought that I was mad and crowded around me. Like delivering a speech, I related the events that had taken place. Later the villagers gave me cheera (flattened rice), panta bhat (water-soaked rice) and gourd. I think I never had a tastier meal in my life!”Delwar Hossain returned to Dhaka on 17 December. The next day details of the events he had witnessed were published in Dainik Bangla and aired on BBC.Delwar Hossain still suffers from the trauma. He said, “I couldn’t work properly, I had problems in my head. I would lose my temper, make mistakes. I still have problems. My wife Hafeza Begum taught at Tejgaon College and she would run the family. I have not been recognised as a freedom fighter. I really don’t mind that. What pains me is that Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman and still alive, hale and hearty.”*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

Ekushey book fair stalls books damaged by rain

Ekushey book fair stalls books damaged by rain

first_imgA number of books at Amar Ekushey Book Fair get drenched in rain on Sunday morning. Photo: Sajid HossainAn early morning shower on Sunday caught the book publishers at the Ekushey book fair off-guarded as it damaged thousands of books at the fair venue, reports UNB.Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the book fair management committee, told the UNB that some stalls were also damaged due to the rain that swept the city coupled with hailstorm and temporary gusty wind.”Stall owners had some precautionary measures. They used tin-sheets on the roofs of their stalls which saved them from greater damages,” Jamal said.He said the book stall owners can claim compensation from insurance companies as insurance policy was made compulsory for the stall owners this year.Jamal said the stall owners had suffered huge losses in previous years due to heavy rains. “So, the insurance policy was introduced to protect them from financial losses.”The fair will continue as usual despite the damages of some stalls, he said adding that they took prompt steps to remove the stagnant water from the fair ground.Visiting the fair venue, the UNB correspondent found many books lying in stagnant rainwater on the fair ground in the morning.The capital experienced around 20mm of rainfall coupled with hailstorm, thunderstorm and temporary gusty wind, under the influence of seasonal low that lies over the South Bay.A number of areas of the capital were inundated due to the rain causing sufferings to the city dwellers, including school, college and officers goers, in the morning.last_img read more

BAKSAL created for cementing power forever says Fakhrul

BAKSAL created for cementing power forever says Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirDescribing the Awami League-led government as a ‘puppet-one’, BNP on Friday alleged that bureaucrats are now ruling the country, reports UNB.”We all know who did what in the (30-December) election. Now, the state is being run by bureaucrats. They (govt) are now raising the salaries of public servants, army, police, RAB and those are in civil administration, but people’s incomes aren’t increasing” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The current government is not an elected one. It has been in power by holding farcical elections one after another only to carry out the orders of its ‘masters’. It’s playing the role of a puppet government.”Fakhrul also voiced concern as prime minister Sheikh Hasina has now started praising the ‘one-party’ BAKSAL rule of 1975. “They (AL) established BAKSAL in 1975 having failed to run the state. There was no noble intention behind BAKSAL. The main motive behind it was to cement power forever.”He feared that Sheikh Hasina is trying to glorifying BAKSAL to hide the ruling party’s misdeeds and corruption. “We would like to say (the perspectives of) 1975 and 2019 is not the same and many things have changed by the time. The country’s people will in no way accept if you want to materialise your dream of restoring a one-party rule.”Accusing the government of keeping their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ‘unlawfully’, the BNP leader urged the freedom fighters to get united to ensure her release from jail.last_img read more