0Shares0000Croatia’s fans disappointed but proud © AFP / Denis LovrovicZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 15 – Heartbroken but proud Croatian fans in Zagreb cheered and wept as their “heroes” went down 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.On the final whistle applause from tens of thousands of Croatian fans rang out through the capital’s main Jelacic square as many lit flares and set off firecrackers. Fans cheered the players on a big TV screen in the packed square, as car horns began blaring on the streets of the Croatian capital.“Our boys gave everything on the pitch, till the last drop of energy,” Kristijan Strnic, 22, dressed in a red-and-white chequerboard jersey, told AFP.“It was a spectacular match, the nation is grateful, we are so proud of our golden team, they fought like lions,” he said.As a party began in the square to celebrate the team’s performance a distraught supporter Aurora Krnic said with tears in her eyes that the second place was “still fantastic”.“I am sorry for all the young people, the team made them so happy, but they gave their all, they are heroes to us,” she said.“Croatia can be proud, we should applaud our boys” said match commentator Drago Cosic on Croatian state TV HRT.“A big football nation managed to outsmart Croatia with pragmatic albeit dominant football, France remains a puzzle to solve for Croatia”.“The fairytale of the ‘Fiery Ones’ is over!” proclaimed newspaper Jutarnji List on its website.“Mbappe and Pogba, with the help of the Argentinian referee and VAR, left Croatia on the threshold of paradise”.“Croatia was just a step away from football immortality,” said the Index.hr website.“These boys are world champions for us, they taught us about heart and unity,” said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic who watched the match with fans in a downtown fan zone.“We lived through a fantastic and unforgettable period for the whole of Croatia during this month,” he said of the Balkan nation with a population of just over four million people.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The Executive Director of the Bronx Children’s Museum, Carla Precht announced the Museum will honor three bright Bronx stars Richard Abrons, Rafael Collado and Kerry Washington at the Museum’s first-ever gala on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.The event will be hosted by Board member Sunny Hostin (co-Host of ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for ABC News). Special guest appearances will be made by renowned Bronx-born educator and jazz pianist and composer, Dr. Valerie Capers; comedian, Tracy Morgan; and Sounds by Swizz Beatz. “It will be a historic event” said Precht “with former Bronx children coming back to their roots to support the only cultural institution in the Bronx whose sole mission is to inspire and celebrate the children of the borough. “The gala will feature a live auction including a visit to the set of Scandal in Los Angeles, a morning on the NYC set of The View, premium tickets for four to top-rated Broadway shows including Hamilton and Kinky Boots, a meet-and-greet at Jennifer Lopez’s “All I Have” show in Las Vegas, and rides in fully-restored WWII plane owned by honoree Rafael Collado.“When we learned a decade ago that the Bronx was the only New York City borough without a Children’s Museum, we were stunned” said Hope Harley, President of the Bronx Children’s Museum Board of Directors. “Not only are we bringing equity to the Bronx, we are re-defining what it means to be a children’s museum in the 21st century. We started from the ground floor—working in neighborhood schools, parks, shelters, etc., rather than from a building. We see more than 15,000 children annually with nine successful dynamic outreach programs including a “Museum on the Go!” bus and will soon start construction on our site near the Yankee Stadium. “The Museum will always operate with and without walls… and we will have our walls by the end of 2018.”Honoree Kerry Washington and Bronx native shared “Growing up in the Bronx shaped my mind, my heart and my creative soul. I was fortunate to have parents who always encouraged my artistic pursuits and passions. I know how vital it is to provide kids with places that inspire them to think, create and dream. I am honored to support our very own Bronx Children’s Museum..” Kerry’s mother, Valerie Washington serves as a board member for the Museum and will be presenting her with her award.Richard Abrons is a playwright, author, and activist. He was a founding partner of First Manhattan Co., an investment management company. He is the author of twenty published short stories, one of which won a National Magazine Award, and five produced plays. Mr. Abrons is past president and vice chairman of the Henry Street Settlement, and a director of both GrowNYC and the Bronx Children’s Museum. His Plant-A-Lot program for GrowNYC has created more than 90 community gardens. Mr. Abrons’s parents lived in the Bronx for many years. Rafael Collado has founded, built, managed and sold three companies, including: Inabox, a web-based software company dedicated to website creation tools (acquired by register.com in 2000); BERN Associates, Inc., that provided Internet consulting, network services and content development tools to telephone companies (acquired by Prime Cellular in 1996); and Sigma Research, a software company (acquired by FastComm Communications in 1993). Mr. Collado also founded and was CEO of Protocom Devices, which he took public in 1985. Mr. Collado is working on projects including SaraGEO, which enables users to quickly and easily design collaborative, data-driven maps and GetMyBoat which allows users to easily rent and charter boats in over 126 countries and 3,000 locations. He grew up in the South Bronx and is married to his Bronx sweetheart. They have three children and a grandchild. Bronx native Kerry Washington stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. She broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Ms. Washington has received wide public recognition for her portrayal of Olivia Pope, the lead character in the Peabody Award-winning series, along with two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, two NAACP Image Award wins, and a People’s Choice Award nomination. Ms. Washington was most recently seen in the HBO TV movie Confirmation, which she stars in and executive produces.“Our aim is to give the children of the Bronx a safe and educational haven to be inspired, dream, create, explore their surroundings, embrace their culture and heritage, and find their place in the world,” said Precht. “We are more than just what can be found within the walls of a building – we are creating experiences everywhere we go under our Museum banner, always using the Bronx as our inspiration, to ensure our relevancy in the lives of the children and to connect children and their caregivers to the world around them. “The Gala sponsors include The Boston Consulting Group, GetMyBoat, Kimelman & Baird LLC, The Perry Foundation, Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Protocom Aviation and The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation. Board of Directors includes Hope Harley, President, Richard Abrons, Arlene Bascom, Amanda Collado, Takisha Dozier, Kate Green, Hon. Stanley B. Green, April Horton, Asunción “Sunny” Hostin, Dodge Landesman, Paul Lipson, Emily Menlo Marks, Jeanne B. Mullgrav, José A. Rodriguez, MD, Alannah Sheerin, Lauren Stanich, Richard L. Stein, Damion Townsend, Ellie Meek Tweedy, Sapan Vyas, CFA, Valerie M. Washington, Ed.D and Kathy Glick Weil, with Sandra Priest Rose, Honorable Member, and Rubén Díaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President, Ex Officio.For more information about the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala please visit: BronxChildrensMuseum.org/gala or 501Auctions.com/bcmgala.
Asaduzzaman Ripon and Tabith AwalFive aspirants, including Asaduzzaman Ripon and Tabith, collected nomination forms of Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday for contesting the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation mayor polls with the party ticket, reports UNB.The nomination seekers bought the forms at Tk 10,000 at different times from BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.The three other nomination aspirants are BNP assistant publication affairs secretary Shakil Wahed, its Dhaka north city unit president MA Quayum, and ex-member of parliament Akhtaruzzaman.Tabith contested the DNCC polls held on 28 April, 2015 with BNP ticket and boycotted the voting halfway through bringing various allegations, including widespread vote rigging and obstruction to voters.Earlier, the party started selling its nomination from at 11:00am and it continued until 4:00pm.On Saturday night, BNP standing committee members at a meeting decided to sell nomination forms among people willing to contest the upcoming by-polls to the DNCC with the party ticket.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the nomination seekers will have to submit the forms to the BNP office with Tk 25,000 security money by 4:00pm on Monday.Later, he said the party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee member, headed by its chairperson will interview the aspirants on Monday night at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.The BNP leader said the nomination board will pick one of the nomination seekers as the party candidate for the by-polls.He hoped that the name of the party-nominated candidate will be announced on Monday night.As per the schedule declared by the Election Commission, the by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post will be held on 26 February.The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of Annisul Huq on 30 November last year.
Black shoppers walk down M Street NW in Washington, D.C., browsing through stores in the Georgetown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District)The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, is claimed to have been a useful technological tool in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown district, helping business owners to connect with police in real time in their efforts to curtail crime and targeting shoplifters along the neighborhood’s popular shopping strip. Now the app is in the process of being taken down, because of possible racial profiling toward Blacks.“The overriding goal of our retail community is to ensure that everyone who visits Georgetown feels welcomed, comfortable, safe, and that their civil rights and individual dignity are protected and respected. So long as there are questions about how this app is being used, this goal cannot be met,” wrote Georgetown Business Improvement District’s chief executive Joe Sternlieb in a statement, as cited in an Oct. 19 article in The Georgetowner.An Aug. 10 investigative report from the publication, “Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” noted that although the community worked to identify threats and prevent crime beginning with the app’s launch in March 2014, it also “illustrated a stark racial disparity in how crime and suspicious behavior are reported in the community, raising hard questions about the relationship between community policing and civil rights.”The idea of using the app was introduced by Metropolitan Police Officer Antonial Atkins, who covers Georgetown. As a result, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) began using the app as a go-between for retailers and police.Unfortunately, the app seemed to create a mechanism for racial profiling, critics say. Murray’s article stated that between March 1 and July 1, warned messages sent on the app targeted 330 people of which 236 were Black (72 percent). Only 16 percent were White. Also, in terms of appearance, people with dreadlocks were often deemed “suspicious.”The Georgetown shopping area is known for its wide variety of fashionable stores in Northwest, where it begins at M Street all the way to Wisconsin Avenue. Shopaholics can find medium to high end priced stores such as TJ Maxx, Alex and Ani, Lacoste, Ann Taylor, Dean and DeLuca, Banana Republic and many others.One manager at the Nike store stated they used to use the GroupMe app but stopped it some time ago. A sales clerk at Barney’s New York said her manager was in a conference call. Ayana Ransom, a Black manager at All Saints, stated the app did help.“Yes, there are a lot of pictures of African Americans on the app,” Ransom said. “The shoplifters don’t look at the prices, they bring in old bags and sometimes wear sunglasses.” She picked up two shoplifters in the last three weeks.Two women, Stacy and Shaquanta, window shopping for fall fashions, said, “Basically, if you’re Black in America, you’re constantly under surveillance, you’re looked at frequently; honestly every day.”
Kolkata: The state government has decided to consult experts to assess the “strength” of the six-storeyed Bagree Market building considering that it might have turned “weak” with the devastating fire continuing to burn inside it for the past 60 hours.This comes a day after the Group of Ministers (GoM) held a meeting at Nabanna and a committee has been set up to probe the incident.Sources said that the necessity to assess the condition of the building has been felt considering two basic aspects. Firstly, it is a 55-year-old building and secondly it could have become “weak” with the recent incident of fire.It is learnt that the step to engage experts have been taken considering that the structural engineers can ascertain whether there is any need to pull down the building or any particular portion of the same. A senior official said it would lead to another disaster if any portion of the building collapses later. The structure is situated at Canning Street which is extremely narrow and congested, especially on weekdays and would claim lives if any portion of the building collapses all of a sudden. “So, as a precautionary measure, the assessment will be carried out to ensure security of the people,” the official said.The police have also been directed to find out the authorities of Bagree Estates Private Limited. An FIR was also lodged against the directors of BEPL – Radha Bagree and Varun Raj Bagree — and also against its Chief Executive Officer, Krishna Kumar Kothari.The official maintained that the report of the experts is quite crucial as subsequent steps need to be taken if they suggest to bring down the building or some of its portion.The six-storeyed Bagree Market at 71, Canning Street, where the fire broke out in the wee hours on Sunday, houses around 900 shops, godowns and offices. So the issue of rehabilitating some of the traders to some other location could also crop up if decision is taken to bring down the building or any of its portions. In that case, the state government will be extending necessary support as much as possible for the sake of the people.It may be mentioned that the devastating fire led to loss of crores of rupees. So the state government is all set to take precautionary measures to avert such incidents in future.