As we reported and confirmedyesterday, Reed Business Information eliminated 41 positions, months after ReedElsevier, its parent company, announced that the unit was up for sale. The tipcame from this document,sent to one of the “victims,” which, curiously, lists the titles and ages ofthose who were laid off, as well as the titles and ages of those who remain.That’s something I’ve never seen a company do before. RBI declined to comment on the document itself, although myinitial thought was that it was intended to show that the company was notresorting to ageism in making its cuts. (At least one reader agreeswith me).Still, as another reader noted,it seemed “a bit cutthroat.” Perhaps because it is.
WILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”read more
Trump had last week phoned up both Modi and Imran Khan on the Kashmir issue, after Pakistan went on the offensive over India ending the special status of Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.During the call, Modi had conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in a reference to the Pakistani leadership’s anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.The US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. US President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.ReutersUS President Donald Trump on Monday said that he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night, and was told by Modi that the situation is under control.Addressing the media ahead of their 45-minute bilateral on the sidelines of the G7, Modi conveyed clearly that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and there was no need for third party mediation, as both countries were capable of solving their problems together.To a question on Kashmir, Trump said: “Well, we spoke last night about Kashmir, and Prime Minister Modi feels that he has it under control; and now when they speak with Pakistan, I’m sure they will be able to do something. They will be able to do something probably very good.”Modi, asked a question on Kashmir, said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries have to fight against poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work for the betterment of our people. And I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, and we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”He also made clear that “all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and we can find solutions between ourselves through dialogue”.Ahead of their meeting, Trump had said on August 21 that he would discuss the Kashmir issue with “friend” Modi in Biarritz and do his best to mediate in the issue.Trump had told reporters in the White House: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.””And you have millions of people who want to be ruled by others, and maybe on both sides, and you have two countries that haven’t gotten along in a long time.”And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people, they’re great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation.”Kashmir is a very tough situation, and this has been going on for decades, and decades; shooting, and I don’t mean shooting like shooting a rifle, but major shooting of howitzers, of heavy arms, and this has been going on for a long, long period of time.”But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently.”And I’m going to meet Prime Minister Modi, I will be with PM Modi over the weekend, in France.”And I think we’re helping the situation, but there’s tremendous problems between the two countries. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” he said.read more
Sohagi Jahan TonuThough 26 months have elapsed since the murder of Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu, the investigation into the gruesome killing continues to languish without any progress, reports UNB.Family members and locals expressed their anger and frustration as the police have even failed to name any suspect, let alone make any arrests.Meanwhile an announcement by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan earlier this month that “the mystery behind Tonu murder case will be revealed soon” seems to have come to nothing.The minister had come up with the announcement while talking to reporters after a programme at the Daffodil University campus on 5 May.Tonu, a second-year history student at CVC and active member of Victoria College Theatre, also worked part-time as a private tutor. She was found dead in a wooded part of the Cumilla Mainamati Cantonment on 20 March 2016 after she failed to return home from one of her private tuition classes.Her murder sparked a huge public outcry and people from home and abroad demanded justice.Physicians at the forensic department of Cumilla Medical College Hospital conducted two autopsies on her body but their reports failed to mention any clear cause of death.In May 2016, the CID – which was handed the case the previous month – revealed that bodily fluids (semen) of three individuals had been found on Tonu’s clothes – but the public has been kept in the dark regarding any tests the agency might have done to match the DNA samples found in the clothing with any suspect.CID officials last conducted a daylong interrogation of Tonu’s father Yaar Hossain, mother Anwara Begum, cousin Laizu and brother Mizan at the CID office in Dhaka on last 22 November 2017. According to the family it was all just about rehashing old information, and they learnt nothing new.Some weeks prior to that, on 25-27 October, CID apparently interrogated three individuals “suspected by Tonu’s mother” inside the Dhaka Cantonment. CID refused however to divulge their names, indicating they may have included serving army officers stationed at the Cumilla Cantonment.Tonu’s family, particularly her mother, have repeatedly demanded that two army officers of Comilla Cantonment named Zahid, (one of them a sergeant where Tonu had gone for tuition, the other remains unclear), be taken in for interrogation, along with Zahid’s wife.Akbar Masum, general secretary of Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) Cumilla unit, said, “An enthusiastic girl was killed and after 26 months, her killers are yet to be identified. Imagine what kind of society we are living in.”The case has been lying with the CID for long without substantial progress, said Gonojagoron Mancha Cumilla unit organiser Khairul Alam Raihan.Tonu’s brother Anwar Hossain said, “My sister was killed when she went to Sergeant Zahid’s house for tuition (she taught Zahid’s children). So, Zahid and his wife should be interrogated over the murder.””If needed we will meet with prime minister Sheikh Hasina to request her to arrest the killers,” he further said.Investigation officer of the case senior police superintendent of CID Jalal Uddin Ahmed said they will keep interrogating people which may take another two or three months.”We’re working to identify the killers of Tonu,” he said.read more
Map of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.
Some pictures from yesterday aboard the freight train. About 500 people from the caravan were on the train. pic.twitter.com/HjQVrT04Kc— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 15, 2018 While massive tent cities are being created in California: Here comes the next wave of #Democrat #voters!”#Migrant ‘caravan’ at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass illegal crossing”pic.twitter.com/YGSfsRtgkUhttps://t.co/wWDMSRLrpE— occupycorruptDC (@occupycorruptDC) April 26, 2018 Photo via Twitter @bud_cannThe first groups plan to try to enter the U.S. on Sunday at San Diego’s border crossing.About 175 people in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers rested up Thursday ahead of the final leg of their monthlong journey to seek asylum in the United States, with the Trump administration warning they could be prosecuted, detained and quickly deported.The migrants — many of them women, children and transsexuals — were set to board buses in the border city of Mexicali for a two-hour drive to Tijuana to join up with about 175 others who already arrived.Lawyers planned free workshops on the U.S. immigration system on Friday and Saturday as many planned to seek asylum starting Sunday at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest.APCentral American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan march to call for migrants’ rights and protest the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Bogged down by logistical problems, large numbers of children and fears about people getting sick, the caravan was always meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants and was never equipped to march all the way to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)Migrant shelters in Tijuana’s Zona Norte neighborhood, home to the many of the city’s seedy bars and bordellos, were full. That forced organizers to look elsewhere for temporary housing, said Leonard Olsen of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group leading the effort.Migrants who stayed overnight at a shelter in Mexicali were tired from the long journey and nervous about the possibility of being detained in the U.S. but also knowledgeable about their rights to seek protection from persecution in their home countries, Olsen said. Many Central American asylum seekers say they face death threats by criminal gangs in their homelands.“This is a moment that will change their lives,” Olsen said in Mexicali, as he waited for three buses to arrive as Mexican federal police officers watched nearby.Caravans have been a fairly common tactic for advocacy groups to bring attention to asylum-seekers and the latest group pales in size compared to previous border surges, but it gained huge visibility after President Donald Trump unleashed strong criticism from the moment it began March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border.The caravan drew as many as 1,000 people as it crossed Mexico as Trump and top aides portrayed them as a significant threat and evidence of a dysfunctional border. On Monday, Trump cited the caravan as additional justification for the border wall he wants to build, even though the asylum-seekers plan to turn themselves in to border inspectors.Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said late Wednesday that any person trying to cross into the U.S. who makes false claims to immigration authorities will subject to criminal prosecution. She said prosecution was also possible for any people who might assist or coach immigrants to make false claims in bids to enter the U.S.The #RefugeeCaravan is now 600 people strong, with mostly mothers and children making their way to the U.S. to seek asylum. Donate to support @PuebloSF as they finish traversing Mexico: https://t.co/mnerSJmTH5 pic.twitter.com/8bSF8yXmH7— Neta (@netargv) April 23, 2018Nielsen’s threat is consistent with the administration’s narrative of widespread asylum fraud and claims that asylum-seekers are coached on what to tell U.S. authorities. The secretary also said asylum seekers in the caravan should seek protection in the first safe country they reach, including Mexico.The U.S. government is marshaling resources to ensure that cases are promptly decided, Nielsen said. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he may assign additional immigration judges to handle cases involving members of the caravan.As Sunday’s showdown at the busy Tijuana-San Diego border crossing neared, Amnesty International hoisted a billboard promoting the right to asylum in the U.S. on a truck in Tijuana that drove around the city.APCentral American migrants stand in line to start their documentation with a Mexican immigration official during the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan as the group makes a stop at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. The annual caravans have been held in southern Mexico for years as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)Four locations in Tijuana were being set up for lawyers to tell the migrants what they should expect when they turn themselves in to U.S. custody for questioning by immigration officers.The Juventud 2000 migrant shelter, on the edge of Tijuana’s red-light district, was filled with colorful dome-shaped tents to accommodate more than 200 members of the caravan.Guatemalan Ignacio Villatoro, 41, said Trump’s rhetoric about the caravan saddened him because he felt it might lessen chances of getting asylum for himself, his wife and four children. He still plans to attempt on Sunday.“God is just and powerful,” he said, lingering outside his tent. “A miracle is going to touch the hearts of immigration agents and the president.”The Villatoros fled a town near the Mexican border for reasons Ignacio declined to discuss because he said he feared for his family’s safety.They hope to join relatives in Los Angeles, where he said his children could learn English, go to school, play in parks and buy toys — luxuries that are out of reach to them in Guatemala.VIDEO: Around 100 Central American migrants from a caravan that infuriated President Trump have arrived at the Mexico-US border, where many plan to seek asylum in the US, organisers say pic.twitter.com/eDuWzJeRw0— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 26, 2018 Statement from the head of DHS on the caravan reaching the border. None of the estimated 326 people who are going to ask for asylum are storming the border so… pic.twitter.com/waDmPqTBjP— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 26, 2018 Message from caravan that left LA to head to the border to the Central American caravan in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/DRHcYf7Nit— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 26, 2018 Shareread more
Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of “First Edition,” which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9 Lanise Stevenson with her 12-year old son Ethan are featured in the documentary ‘For Him I Will.’ (Courtesy Photo)Oct. 26 marked six months since last April’s uprising. And one of the most enduring images from those transcendent, volatile days was that of Toya Graham repeatedly slapping her 16-year old son upside his masked head. The single mother of six recognized him while she watched the events unfold on television, during those initial moments of the protests at Mondawmin Mall following the funeral of Freddie Gray.Within days, the images of Graham disciplining her son went viral and millions heaped gushing accolades upon her for her actions. But, I feel like implicit in much of the praise was a perhaps not so insidious sentiment; `All these young, Black thugs need is for their mommas to go upside their heads and knock some sense into them.’I too applaud Graham for loving her son enough to go get him off the street, literally dragging him away from an incredibly perilous scenario.However, where much of the world may see a definitive narrative of how a Black mother should deal with her Black son, I see just one small flicker of time in the 16-year history of Graham and her son.Of course, the relationships between Black mothers and sons is vastly more complicated and nuanced than a few thunderous head slaps.A new documentary, “For Him I Will,” crafts an infinitely more complete narrative of Black mothers and the inherent challenges in raising the sons they love by themselves in Baltimore. The documentary had its debut screening Oct. 25 at the Delta Center in Park Heights.The film, by Baltimore filmmakers Bobby Marvin Holmes and Justin Gladden, focuses on the stories of three mothers: Lanise Stevenson, Bridget Bridgeford and Ericka Bridgeford (no relation).“I started going to funerals when I was 12-years old, so for me having a Black boy in Baltimore was a very scary thing,” Ericka said.“When I was pregnant with my first child I kept saying, `I hope it’s not a boy, I hope it’s not a boy. I wasn’t prepared for parenthood, I was prepared to just try to live everyday. I was trying to figure out who I was,” added Ericka, who was 24 when she had her son Paul.“For Him I Will,” is the second documentary for Gladden and Holmes who are intent on producing authentic, organic Baltimore stories.“I have a commitment to tell the stories of my community. Seeing other media outlets, organizations cover the unrest I thought it was a disgrace,” said Holmes. “We have a responsibility to tell these stories and to tell them right. Justin and I have an agenda…we’re Black men, so we’re Black boys as well…so, we want to tell the stories that you often don’t hear about the Black male and see Black males being vulnerable, which some of you don’t see on your prime time television,” he added.The mothers speak with gut-wrenching honesty and clarity about their sometimes tenuous journeys and the evolution of their relationships with their children.“I was so afraid of not raising them right that I wasn’t doing a lot of anything other than hugging and kissing them a lot when they were little, but I didn’t feel like I was doing a lot of relationship building with them,” Ericka Bridgeford said.“So, when I decided I really wanted to be on this earth and stand in my own power and make a decision about who I was everyday, that started at deciding the kind of mom I was going to be. And I chose to be a friend and be someone who was trustworthy to my children and from that moment on every day I learned what building a relationship with them was,” she added.Stevenson, who is raising her 12-year old son Ethan, hopes, “For Him I Will” is a conduit for women, particularly those with Black boys to unite and encourage each other.“It is time for us to truly come together in an authentic way,” Stevenson said. “Because we know how to be together in a superficial way, we do that very well you see it every day on social media. But, to come together as women in a very authentic way is something that I hope that this film will evoke because it’s so necessary.”
Kakdwip/Kolkata: Six of the 31 fishermen, who had gone missing in the Bay of Bengal after venturing into deep waters despite weather warnings four days ago, were rescued on Monday but 25 are still untraced, officials said. Thirteen other fishermen on another boat, which had developed a snag and drifted into the Bangladesh waters due to inclement weather, were rescued by the coast guards of India and the neighbouring country in a coordinated operation on Saturday, a Defence official had said. With this, 49 fishermen have been rescued since Saturday, the officials said. The secretary of the fishermen’s association at Kakdwip, Nikon Maity, said six fishermen of FB Dashabhuja were rescued by fishermen in Haribhanga islet of Bangladesh and they were brought to Kakdwip on Monday morning. The missing fishermen had started from Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on four trawlers – FB Nayan, FB Dashabhuja, FB Babaji and FB Joy Jogiraj – on Thursday, Maity said. Though FB Dashabhuja, FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji are feared to be submerged, 15 fishermen each from FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji have been rescued. The whereabouts of FB Nayan with 16 fishermen on board are still unknown. Nine fishermen from FB Dashabhuja are also missing, Maity said. After getting information about the missing fishermen by the West Bengal Fishermen Association, Sundarban Development Minister Manturam Pakhira had asked the South 24 Parganas district authorities to launch a search and rescue operation. All the missing fishermen were from Kakdwip area. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its Bangladesh counterpart had rescued 13 crew members on board an Indian fishing boat amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the Defence official said Sunday. The 13 crew members of fishing boat ‘FB Tara Shankar’, which had ventured to the Bay of Bengal from Kakdwip, were rescued on Saturday amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the official said. The boat had developed a technical problem and on receiving the information, the ICG regional headquarters contacted the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) West Zone headquarter at Mongla. A Bangladesh Navy ship located the Indian boat with 13 crew on board near the Mongla Fairway Buoy in the evening on Saturday and rescued all the crew members on the boat. The Bangladesh Naval ship took the Indian disabled boat under tow and brought it to Pussur river mouth, which is approximately 60 nautical miles eastward of the Indo- Bangladesh maritime border, where 100 more Indian fishing boats were sighted. The disabled boat was handed over to one of the operational Indian boats for towing back to India. As the sea was rough, around 100 Indian fishing boats, including the disabled one under tow, were guided by the Bangladesh Naval ship for taking passage through the riverine/coastal route westward up to the Haribhanga river, the official said. The coast guards of India and Bangladesh have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) followed by a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for helping each other during such incidents and making waters of north Bay of Bengal safe, he added.read more