A day after the CBI issued summons to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the agency, the senior IPS officer on Saturday failed to turn up at its headquarters in the city. The Calcutta High Court had on Friday vacated the interim order providing him protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam, following which he was issued summons by the Central agency. A team of CBI officers met their counsel Y J Dastoor, who had represented the agency in the High Court, and discussed their options for more than a hour. “We are discussing the matter with our lawyers,” CBI Joint Director Pankaj Srivastava told journalists. Asked what action would the agency taker against Mr. Kumar, “We cannot disclose that,” he said.Mr. Kumar, who is posted as Additional Director General, CID, remained untraced in the day. The CBI served notice on him under Section 160 of The Code of Criminal Procedure in the multi-crore scam. Mr. Kumar was part of the Special Investigation Team ( SIT) set up by the West Bengal government to probe the case before the agency took it up in 2014. In February, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat in dharna when the CBI tried to question the former Kolkata Police Commissioner.
Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford manager Sanchez Flores explains Welbeck setbackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Danny Welbeck injured his ankle and not his hamstring.The forward went down clutching his hamstring with barely a minute on the clock and was eventually substituted in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.Sanchez Flores said: “I was talking about him in the last press conference about how he’s fighting with this injury.”We know he’s happy to be with us, with the team. During the week he was good.”He didn’t complain about anything and our feeling with him was really good, but the ankle is uncomfortable.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.”
zoomImage Courtesy: OSG/Business Wire Florida-based tanker shipping company Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has taken delivery of two 50,000 dwt class product and chemical tankers at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The newbuilds, ordered back in 2018, have been named Overseas Gulf Coast and Overseas Sun Coast.As explained, they were built to comply with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards regarding nitrogen oxide emissions within emission control areas.In addition, each vessel is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system to meet the standards of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 standards regarding sulphur oxide emissions, according to the company.“These tanker deliveries mark the latest in a long history of co-operation with Hyundai shipyards, being the 52nd and 53rd in the multiple series of vessels built for OSG by Hyundai,” Patrick O’Halloran, OSG’s COO, commented.The Overseas Gulf Coast and Overseas Sun Coast will be operating in the international market under the Marshall Islands flag, with both vessels having entered into one-year time charters. Following this initial contract period, OSG anticipates that the vessels will transition to operate under the US flag.Sam Norton, OSG’s President and CEO, elaborated on the potential commercial future of these vessels:“An important … initiative in the U.S. House of Representatives’ annual National Defense Authorization Act seeks to augment the current Maritime Security Program with a new Tanker Security Program. The Tanker Security Program as conceived would, if made law, create a fleet of up to ten U.S. flagged MR tankers in a program effectively replicating the structure of the current MSP program.”He further said that OSG’s both new tankers will be made available to join the above program if passed into law in the coming period.OSG provides energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in the US flag markets. Its fleet currently stands at 21 vessels. In addition, OSG has two 204,000 barrel barges under construction in the US that will be Jones Act qualified vessels, with delivery anticipated during 2020.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe ongoing, Mi’kmaq-led opposition to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick is creating an on-line backlash, with some calling for a counter-protest in support of SWN Resources Canada which was forced to call off its planned work Thursday after facing dozens of demonstrators.The calls for a counter-protest were posted Thursday evening on the Facebook group, Say Yes to Natural Gas and Oil in New Brunswick.“I think the people that move this country are fed up… Time for action (sic),” posted Tim Bamford, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Chipman, NB. “The intent would to be to go there in support only. If it escalated…Then that would force the govt hand to act…Trudeau would have shut this down before it started (sic).”The comment was part of a 125-comment thread in response to a posted Twitter photo about Thursday’s protest on Hwy 11 depicting Elsipogtog residents and supporters stopping SWN’s trucks.SWN turned back its thumper trucks after dozens of Elsipogtog residents and supporters confronted the machinery. The RCMP intervened, briefly shutting down Hwy 11 in an area about 46 km north of Elsipogtog First Nation.One woman was arrested in relation to the protest and the RCMP is investigating several acts of vandalism against one of SWN’s trucks and some of its equipment.The day’s events triggered a flurry of angry online reaction.While Bramford’s call received some support, some posters worried whether they’d be able to muster enough people to make an impact.“Your right tim show of real support is needed and we shall do it (sic),” posted Dan Richard, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Miramichi, NB.“Good luck Tim Tim Bamford, we could hardly get 20 to show up at the leg building last year… But hey if there’s at least 50 going, IM IN! (sic)” posted Jason Chase, whose publicly available Facebook profile shows photos of a license plate from Nova Scotia.It appears the pro-SWN protest never materialized and instead the discussion turned to taking out a newspaper advertisement.“What if we all pitched in enough to take a full page ad out in the papers?” posted Peter Melanson, whose publicly available Facebook profile included a photo calling to “Frack Baby, Frack.”The thread also revealed a high level of anger from local residents over the ongoing protest.“Push clutch in, put transmission in gear, gently ease off the clutch, hammer down !!! (sic)” posted Kevin Cai, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he went to high school in Rogersville, NB.“Good thing i don’t drive truck because i likely would have run over top of them (sic),” posted Stephanie Dawn MacLeod, whose publicly available profile indicates she lives in Saint John, NB.“Run the maggots over.. take them out of there misery. Enough is enough!! (sic)” posted Adam Merrill, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Nova Scotia.“Arrest everyone of them or bring in our army and deal with the warriors with real warriors…one law for all in this country (sic),” posted David Donahue, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Blackville, NB.email@example.com
NEW YORK — As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the centre of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer.Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ago. He’s been chairman, CEO, landlord, lender, and largest shareholder — all at the same time. If the company survives, he wins. If it ends up liquidating, he also wins.The fate of Sears — and its Kmart brand — is likely to be decided Monday at a bankruptcy auction in New York. There, those who are owed money by Sears will consider Lampert’s last-ditch plan to preserve 425 stores and 50,000 jobs.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to complete the fiscal framework for LNG investment.According to the Government, this legislation will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver LNG investment that brings long-term benefits to the Province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental protections.Carole James, Minister of Finance, says this legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while protecting Indigenous rights and the environment. “British Columbians are counting on us to attract LNG investment that meets strict conditions: delivering jobs and financial benefits to B.C., creating economic partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and protecting our clean air, land and water. This legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while supporting those conditions.”Once passed, this legislation is expected to amend the Income Tax Act to implement a natural gas tax credit for LNG development in British Columbia, repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act that created barriers for investment in B.C.’s natural gas sector, and repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act that left British Columbians vulnerable to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.The Government says, once complete, these steps will deliver the fiscal setting needed for LNG Canada’s proposed $40-billion project in northern British Columbia – the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history. It is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the Kitimat processing terminal.It is also said that this project is on track to be the cleanest of its kind in the world, meaning it will fit within the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Government’s CleanBC climate action plan.To learn more about the new framework for LNG, you can visit the Government’s website.
My wife is having an affair and she has left me. Can you help me identify the reason behind her actions? I’m shattered and depressed.Name withheld We marry because we are in love, and we fall in love with those who meet our most important requirement – emotional need. When the one we marry stops meeting those emotional needs, we become vulnerable to others who are willing and also able to fulfil them. If we let someone else meet our needs, we fall in love with that person, and an affair is off and running. Once an affair begins, it is like an addiction. The same emotional attachment that drew you and your spouse into marriage is now directed to someone else. So, time shall decide the future. Don’t worry, all will happen for the best. Don’t be depressed. Focus on either mending the relationship with your wife or building yourself strongly. Also Read – Feel what you fear My wife is getting very cold. Since the last few years, she comes back from work very late and takes no interest in anything physical! We have a seven-year-old son and as a mother she does her duty. As a partner, she’s never there. What should I do? J. Singh, Noida Did you try speaking to her? Don’t chase her but ask her what the problem is. Do not neglect this as it will only create more distance. Sometimes work related stress leads to fatigue that might affect your relationship. Or may be, there’s something that has changed in you and is having a silent effect on her. There could be other reasons too. But, let’s be positive and try to fix it. Plan a vacation, preferably just the two of you. This will heal the situation and help bridge the gap. Try to ignite the physical element as that really impacts the marriage. Be alert, sensitive and spend a lot of time chatting and being with her. Wish you good luck and I’m sure, soon the sun will shine again. Also Read – Homecoming I can’t trust anyone. I feel everyone is selfish. Is this abnormal? Please help. R. Saha, West Bengal At first, I request you to have confidence in yourself. If you have a positive inner self, nobody can scar it. It is indeed a fact that in the present time, there seems to be a difference between the face and the mask people wear. People do have hidden agendas which may conflict your expectations. The best way to be a happier individual is to have less emotional involvement. Give every association the time it requires before you give in or open up completely. Selfish people do exist but alongside exist good souls. Life will bring both. Wish you the luck to differentiate between the two. Avoid worrying and just be yourself. My wife earns more than me and she acts bossy and rude with the family. What can be done? T. Kunal, New Delhi If you are sure that her financial strength is the reason for your unhappiness, please try and work some better arrangements for yourself. Try and earn more, if possible. I do not know your profession but in today’s time, multiple sources of earning is becoming vital for survival. In the mean time, try and express your heart to her. If she loves you, she might change her behavior. Don’t try your hands at something beyond you. Try your best to manage the relationship and hope she will change someday. Don’t lose heart and be brave enough to be happy no matter what the hurdles around you are. (Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mumbai: Urmila Matondkar, the star of 90s hit Hindi films like “Rangeela”, “Daud” and “Judaai”, is contesting the Lok Sabha election but says she isn’t approaching politics as a star and would rather be known as people’s representative.”I am not approaching this whole thing as a star with my star image. I am trying to get to grassroot and connect to people. I know it is going to be difficult. “I want to generate confidence in them about me as their representative more than just another star coming in, waving and asking for votes. Because that is not the thought with which I have gotten into it,” Urmila told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Considering she is a known face, ask her if Bollywood celebrities can be vote pullers, pat comes the reply, “I can’t talk about others, it is not fair. Media generally likes to generalise things as it makes their life easy.” She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat held by Govinda. Urmila, who has been campaigning and meeting the locals, says some of the major issues of the area are housing, water scarcity, sanitation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The most important issue is housing and it is too deep rooted for anyone to get a solution quickly. The slum redevelopment needs to be looked into. Water is another big issue, it is also a deep rooted so overnight solution is not possible. Women’s health, local trains. But we need do to things. “This area is issue-ridden probably the most in Mumbai. People have been telling me about need for public toilets, water in Gorai area is another problem. Also (need for more) local trains as the population is more here and there is no infrastructure.” She is fighting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, a seasoned politician who has called Urmila naive and zero in politics. But the actor isn’t affected. “That shows his mentality in the whole thing. He started of saying that this is going to be a battle of vichardhara (ideology) but non-stop he is speaking derogatory things about me, which I have never done. “I think there can be two things behind it – someone who is not very confident and all these things stem out of deep rooted fear that must have come in.” The actor said the kind of politics him and his party indulge in focuses more on “emotional battles”, keeping people occupied with “all kinds of emotional, religious and socio-economic issues.” “So that they do not come to main issues like what is progress? And where is the progress? “If that is the politics he is referring to, I am happy to be political zero. For me politics is giving your word, standing by it and abiding by it no matter what.”
Chandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.
Aaron Craft knows the Ohio State basketball team needs another scorer. Outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have another proven option to put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis. Against Albany Sunday, Craft tried – and succeeded – in fulfilling that void. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and seven assists in OSU’s 82-60 victory. To be fair, fellow junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. also chipped in 18 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 10 in addition to Thomas’ 19, but Craft was the most consistent option. It’s something Matta hinted was coming in the preseason and Craft said he’s been working on all summer. “He spent a lot of time in the gymnasium,” Matta said. “Aaron is such a smart kid. He knows what this team needs and having another guy that can put the ball in the basket is obviously something this team needs.” Before the game, Craft warmed up differently than he has in previous years. Instead of taking set shots, the vast majority of his pregame reps simulated a situation where he’d come off a screen, catch the ball in stride and fire up a quick jumper. The junior guard was comfortable taking shots from standstill positions last year, but the ability to catch and shoot coming off screens is something Craft said adds another dimension to his game. “That was the biggest thing we tried to work on, just shooting behind screens and things like that,” Craft said. “Teammates got to trust me to shoot the ball as well. So throughout the summer, throughout the fall, just trying to get their confidence in me as well.” Albany coach Will Brown said that if Craft can score like he did Sunday, it makes the Buckeyes a different animal offensively. “Like I said to my staff coming into the game, if Craft hits five or six threes then it wasn’t meant to be, and sure enough he hit five threes. You know he’s going to play in the NBA for 10 years,” Brown said. “If Craft is scoring on that level he did tonight – I know it will be a lot tougher in the Big Ten – but he just keeps getting better every year. He’s already the best defensive guard in the country.” The Buckeyes are looking for more than just another scoring option though. With the departure of former Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger to the NBA, Matta is searching for a dominant presence inside. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore forward Amir Williams received the most playing time Sunday, but did not have much production. In a combined 31 minutes of playing time, the pair collaborated for zero points and six rebounds. “We were on them at halftime for rebounding. Amir and Evan played 20 minutes in the first half and had a combined three rebounds,” said Matta, who added he would like to see them get more involved offensively. Brown said the center position is key to the Buckeyes’ future. “I think if they get any consistency from the five spot, the center spot, they can go very, very far this year,” he said. It might not be safe to take too much away from the Buckeyes’ performance Sunday, though. Albany plays in the America East Conference and, as Brown openly admitted, is nowhere near the Buckeyes in terms of talent and athleticism. “(OSU’s) got McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” he said. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat.” OSU is scheduled to play Rhode Island on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., at 5 p.m.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterAfter recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-6, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Maryland (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) in five sets (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15) on Saturday night. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić topped both teams with a career-high 19 kills and 19.5 points. Junior middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed 13 kills and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry struck nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte had eight kills, seven blocks and two aces and Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin nailed three aces.Sophomore setter Becca Mauer clocked 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks for her third straight double-double. Sophomore defensive specialize Hannah Gruensfelder had a team-best 20 digs.The Buckeyes had an initial lead in the first set and were up 12-11. The score remained tight throughout the set but Maryland closed the set at 25-22. Ohio State also started the second set off strong, managing a lead throughout the set until the Terrapins tied the score at 17-all and continued to win the set 25-22. Ohio State came back strong in the following two sets, leading with a wide gap throughout the set before a 25-15 win. They continued this trend into the fourth set with a steady lead and while the Terps nearly caught up at the end, the Buckeyes clinched the set with a 25-22 final score. Ohio State still got ahead in the fifth set and were up 13-12 before the Terps tied the score, eventually winning the set and the match at 17-15. The Buckeyes get back on the road to visit Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The diaspora is being touted among the specific areas that will be engaged to attract investment for achieving economic growth. Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, speaking in a panel discussion and signing ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium on November 7, said the diaspora is a central repository for investment capital. He said the EGC will be engaging members of this demographic in visits to Atlanta, New York, Miami, London, Toronto and other diaspora nodes in a move to expose them to the mission of the council and how they can partake in the push for growth locally.Mr. Lee-Chin noted that other areas that are expected to drive growth include insurance, local and foreign investors, agriculture and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. He said investments in renewable energy, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure are also critical.The Chairman expressed confidence in the commitment to achieving growth of five per cent in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years, noting that the table is set for this due to a confluence of factors – fiscal stability, historically low inflation, low energy and telecoms prices, and improved business confidence. “The table is set for growth because the Government has accepted its role to enable and facilitate growth,” Mr. Lee-Chin emphasized.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Mr. Lee-Chin and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private sector-groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The growth initiatives by the EGC, which was appointed by the Prime Minister to consult widely and advise Cabinet on policies and reform that will facilitate economic growth, are to: maintain macroeconomic stability and pursue debt reduction; improve citizen security and public safety; improve access to finance; and pursue bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment.The other initiatives are to: stimulate greater asset utilization; build human capital; harness the power of the diaspora; and catalyze the implementation of strategic projects.
WASHINGTON — Scores of Washington-area residents got up early – very early – to walk to raise money to educate men about prostate cancer and to support prostate cancer research and outreach at the Howard University Cancer Center.Participants began at 6:30 a.m. at scenic Hains Point at the southern tip of East Potomac Park and walked 5 kilometers.The walk was sponsored by Union Temple Baptist Church, the NAACP D.C. Branch and other participating organizations.Dr. Carla Williams, interim director of the Howard University Cancer Center, which is located at Howard University Hospital, praised the sponsoring organizations and said the support is desperately needed.African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men and are new two and a half times more likely to die from the disease, she noted.“We will use this money to better understand the risk factors for prostate cancer and to understand the various types of prostate cancer,” Williams said. “Some forms of the disease are very aggressive and some are less aggressive.”It is widely believed that a combination of genetics, lifestyle, nutritional habits and medical care may contribute to higher cancer rates and deaths.
By The Associated PressA publicist for the once-beloved Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby, 81, spent his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.A spokesman for Bill Cosby said the comedian was subjected to the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said September 25 after the comedian’s sentencing that Cosby was “one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years,” while decrying the trial as the “most sexist and racist” in the country’s history.The judge, prosecutor and jury saw it differently.“No one is above the law. And no one should be treated disproportionately because of who they are, where they live, or even their wealth, celebrity or philanthropy,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said in sentencing Cosby to an above-average sentence for a 2004 sex assault.Cosby’s defense team has raised the racial issue before, in 2016, before quickly scrapping it.“We prosecute where the evidence takes us and that was done in this (Cosby) case. When (U.S.) Judge (Eduardo) Robreno released the deposition and said that this is perhaps criminal, we’re obligated to look at that and we did and we worked through the case and we got to where we are today.”Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades.“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” O’Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s statement submitted to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it.”In her statement, Constand, 45, wrote of Cosby: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”On NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday morning, prosecutor Kristen Feden reflected on the difficulty of the case, which included a first trial in 2017 that ended in a hung jury, and said Constand told her she was happy with the sentence.“I always look for my strength in the victims, and Andrea Constand was amazing,” Feden said. “Her courage and her strength was enough for me to say, ‘Let’s keep going.’”Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward sat laughing and chatting with his defense team. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court. Constand smiled broadly on hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.In a blistering statement, spokesman Wyatt said the comedian was subjected to the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” Wyatt said all three of the psychologists who testified against Cosby were “White women who make money off of accusing Black men of being sexual predators.”Women’s advocates hailed Cosby’s sentence as a landmark #MeToo moment.“Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a prison cell sends a strong message that predators — no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court — can no longer be protected at the expense of victims,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York.Cosby’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction, but the judge ordered him locked up immediately, saying that “he could quite possibly be a danger to the community.”Cosby — who is legally blind and uses a cane — removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt and red suspenders, his hands cuffed in front of him. He appeared downcast, his eyes failing to meet the camera, in a mug shot released by authorities.Cosby must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.Cosby’s punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared him a “sexually violent predator” — a designation that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts. A psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent.Once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated “Cosby Show” in the 1980s, the actor was convicted of violating Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.Constand testified that Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized on a couch. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a “con artist” who framed the comedian to get a big payday — a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.Cosby faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying he is too old and vulnerable to go to prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, warning that he could still pose a threat to women.Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands , a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby’s estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case. Another DA reopened the file a decade later and charged the TV star after stand-up comic Hannibal Buress’ riff about Cosby being a rapist prompted other women to come forward and after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed some of Cosby’s startling, decade-old testimony in Constand’s related civil suit.In his testimony, Cosby described sexual encounters with a string of actresses, models and other young women and talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to those he wanted to sleep with.
Doesn’t matter how much it rains, the heat and the humidity in the Capital always returns with a vengeance. After a relatively cool Saturday, Sunday was just that as we headed over to Shangri-La Eros Hotel’s Cafe Uno for a lazy brunch. The one adjective every one can easily associate with brunches is – laziness. The whole process of reaching the venue, choosing your dishes and your drinks must be done with complete disregard for time and haste. Otherwise, be rest assured, all a lavish lunch will be is a hurried lunch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’We took a walk around guided by sous chef Abhinandan Singh as we started off with smoked salmon, prawns, lobster, blackforest ham, salami and yes some very good sushi. All of this to go with the champagne. The coolest thing on offer, besides the cold cuts of course, is a live chaat counter right inside the cafe. So take your pick of gol gappas, raj kachoris and papri chaats if that is what you are craving on a weekend afternoon. And since gol gappas were on offer, could we possibly say no!? The cafe also has various flavours of lassi and chaanch, besides juice, to go with the Indian dishes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf you the kinds to steer clear off such quirks for a brunch, there is a pasta station and a pizza oven ready for you to customize the dishes to your taste. Cafe Uno offers an interesting mix of continental dishes along with Indian dishes when it comes to the heavier meals. Right from the Hungarian Goulash to the garlic mashed potatoes (topped off with bacon bits -heaven!), jacket potatoes, butter steamed vegetables and a grill where you can pick from prawns, fish and your meats to be cooked to your taste with your choice of sauce. The Indian spread has your papads, dal, paneer, mutton kofta, mutton raan, Hyderabadi fish kebabs and a lot more – clearly they intend to spoil you with options! For dessert they had a wonderful spread of ice creams and some exquisite pastries and you could also get pancakes or waffles made if you want. And yes – the fruits. Somehow for us fresh fruits trump most desserts so we were more than happy with our colourful plates. Rounding it all off with a cup of Darjeeling tea, office work was the last thing on our minds but well then! The cafe serves their brunch from noon to 3:30 pm and here are the rates – Rs 3, 200 plus taxes per person with unlimited champagne, Rs 2, 500 plus taxes per person with unlimited soft beverages and Rs1, 500 plus taxes for the kids buffet. Book your table soon!
The Capital is soon going to witness a unique exhibition that displays the variety of sources that inspire artistes to create great works. Ekam: Towards the Countless… is an attempt to create that variety through artistes who have a different visage towards their creations. It is a unique attempt at being one, being united, being diversified. The show will display paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Eminent artistes like – Satish Gujral, Niren Sen Gupta and Siddhartha Tagore of Art Consult Gallery are the special guests for the event that will open on 21 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has been curated by 4th Wall Art and managing partners are Priyanka Dua and Gaurav Chawla who are also participating in the exhibition.The other participating artistes are – Amita Gupta, Amrit Kapoor, Anand Krishnan, Asim Pal, Bhaskar Nayar, Bheem Malhotra, Chand Kumar Doliya, Devji Shrimali, Gaurav Chawla, Gayatri Tandon, Geetika Sangwan, Kamaljeet, Kapil Kapoor, Kristine Michael, Harminder Singh Boparai, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mishika Chawla, Nandita Richie, Neerajj Mittra, Nidhi Desai, Prabhinder Lall, Prince Chand, Priyanka Dua, Radhika Seksaria, Raosaheb Gurav, Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Sharma, Sonal Kabra, Shikha Osan, Swati Pasari, Umesh Hatkhambar, Nidhi Sehgal and Vikash Kalra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach has worked on his or her own through a personal quest, with diverging visions and unique working methods, and yet united with common faith that art must prevail. There is a ten-year old girl who has her own way of saying what she wants through her art.The artistes are as varied as the works of art they display. If some are moved by emotions which they express through colours, others feel this is the work of their sub-conscious mind. Some of them are looking for their destiny or spirituality through their work, and there are some who feel the journey of life throws out different experiences for men or women. Some look for inspiration at nature, and others who find it in the deep recesses of the human mind or human relationships, and even in music or books. So head over!When: 21 to 24 AugustWhere: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pm