I could not believe it when I got India cap Saini

first_imgLauderhill (USA): An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20 International against the West Indies here. The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. “When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. That is why I have this tatoo.”last_img read more

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 18 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

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Lack of oxygen likely caused fatal plane crash near Calgary TSB report

first_imgKANANASKIS, Alta. — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says lack of oxygen likely played a role in a plane crash southwest of Calgary that killed two people a year ago.The board says in a report that hypoxia, or in-flight oxygen deprivation, caused the pilot to lose control before crashing in the Kananaskis area on Aug. 1, 2018.It says the pilot was travelling in a Piper PA-31 Navajo with a survey technician and they were headed to the Springbank Airport near Calgary.The TSB says although a portable oxygen system was available on the plane, the pilot was not continuously using it while the aircraft was above 4,000 metres above sea level, which is required by regulation.It says hypoxia slows down body functions, but its onset can be slow and gradual, so it’s likely the pilot did not recognize the symptoms.The board also found that flight crews do not undergo practical hypoxia training and there is a risk they will not recognize early symptoms in higher altitudes.WATCH: Two dead in Kananaskis plane crashlast_img read more

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Tamil MPs launch hunger strike

The TNA had this week called on the government to take immediate steps to release all Tamil political prisoners.Sampanthan told parliament on Tuesday that there are 234 Tamil political prisoners who are on a hunger strike. A group of Tamil parliamentarians have launched a hunger strike in Vavuniya over the long term detention of several suspected LTTE cadres without being charged.Parliamentarians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as well as MP J. Sri Ranga and former parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan are among those taking part in the protest. Relatives of the detainees and several others are also taking part in the strike. The government said yesterday it will open new courts in some areas to hear the cases of the long term detainees.  (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil parliamentarian are to continue their strike till this evening in support of several Tamil prisoners who are also on hunger strike demanding that they be either charged or released. “The prisoners have refused to call off their fast stating that several assurances given in the past have not been kept and that this time they are determined to fast unto death”, Sampanthan said.Sampanthan said he was appreciative of government action to rehabilitate and release 10,000 former LTTE recruits. “however, inexplicably many hundreds still remain in custody.”TNA requested that proper and responsible assurances be given to the fasting prisoners so that they suspend their hunger strike. read more

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Congress MPs call for Indian resolution on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has not implemented the recommendations of the LLRC despite India and other countries voting in favour of a resolution censuring the island’s government last year at the UNHRC. Seeking to exert pressure on the Centre, Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu today met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that India join western countries like the US in bringing a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC over the alleged human rights violations during the war, the Indian media reported.The MPs said India should join hands with the United States in bringing out a Resolution against Sri Lanka asking it to categorically implement the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC), the Press Trust of India said. “We feel that India should join hands with the United States in bringing out a Resolution against Sri Lanka to categorically implement the Recommendations of its own LLRC. “This will certainly help in rendering justice to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, in addition to delegation of power in Government, conduct of free and fair elections in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, and rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced persons,” the MPs said in a memorandum.The MPs, who met Singh are N S V Chitthan, M Krishnaswamy, K S Alagiri, J M Haroon, S S Ramasubbu, P Viswanathan and Manickam Tagore. They also said India should continuously support and work towards the welfare of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, so that they get equal opportunities and a safe and sound environment for a peaceful living.They also thanked the Centre for notifying the Cauvery Waters Dispute Tribunal’s final Award in the official Gazette of India.“We are quite sure, the publication of this notification in the Gazette would indeed bring in some respite to the people of the southern states of Kerala, Puducherry in general and Tamil Nadu in particular,” they said. read more

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Court says Bill consistent with constitution

The Speaker informed parliament today about the Supreme Court determination on the bill.The bill seeks to allow those who were displaced from the North between May 1, 1983 and May 18, 2009 to be able to register to vote if they have not been registered as voters in any other electoral district. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court has informed Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa that the special provisions bill for the registration of voters displaced by the war, in consistent with the constitution.Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Justice Sathya Hettige and Justice Rohini Marasinghe made the determination and communicated it to the Speaker.

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Niger faces prolonged food crisis more aid urgently needed UN agency warns

“Niger has sadly slipped down the international agenda, which could have disastrous consequences for those who are still suffering from the effects of this year’s crisis,” World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Gian Carlo Cirri said.Over 1.2 million people are estimated to have cereal stocks for only three months, a further 2 million for a maximum of five months, and nearly 2 million more face a precarious year struggling to maintain already borderline livelihoods, yet WFP still needs $20.3 million to fund its current emergency operation until March, $8.3 million of it immediately.A break in food supplies looms as early as December if donations are not forthcoming.“It will take only the slightest adversity to push families over the edge again,” Mr. Cirri said, referring to this year’s crisis when 3 million people, about a quarter of the impoverished West African country’s population were hit by a food crisis following drought and locust infestations. “But Niger needs more than a quick fix – it needs sustained and targeted support to help it out of its crushing poverty once and for all,” Mr. Cirri said of the country, which is last on the UN Human Development Index (HDI).Even if rains are sufficient, locusts stay away, harvests are good and food prices remain stable next year, many Nigeriens have already stretched their ability to deal with difficult times to the limit. Their survival strategies will be less reliable and less sustainable in 2006. WFP completed general food aid distributions in early October, following the arrival of the harvest. A total of nearly 3 million people have received food, but pressing needs remain. In order to meet the most immediate requirements, WFP has extended its current emergency operation until the end of March. read more

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Students shop for jobs at the Pen Centre

A student is interviewed during last year’s Shop for Jobs event.Students looking for part-time jobs will head to the Pen Centre next week for the annual Shop for Jobs event.Sixteen employers at the local mall will do on-the-spot interviews with students on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The event – arranged by Brock’s Career Services, Niagara College and the Pen Centre – runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m.Shop for Jobs gives Brock and Niagara College students a chance to meet managers face to face and apply for potential employment.“This event is helpful for every student looking for part-time job to offset the cost of going to school,” said Lisa Kuiper, Career Services employment development co-ordinator.Students should be “dressed for success” and have hard copies of their resumes, as well as be prepared with a 30-second spiel about themselves, she said.More than 600 students attended last year. Participating stores are:AldoAmerican EagleBath and Body WorksBenix & Co.Continental CurrencyDynamiteGarage ClothingHMVJean MachineKeymanL.A. BrewMexxNeat StuffRW & Co.SpringSuzy ShierShop for Jobs is “a great opportunity to improve your resume, practice your interview skills and ultimately gain a part-time job while completing your studies,” said Lia Mancuso, a Career Services senior career assistant. read more

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Ohio States Braxton Miller named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday for his performance that helped the Buckeyes defeat Wisconsin 33-29 on Saturday. Miller accounted for three total touchdowns in the game as he completed 7-of-12 passes for 89 yards and added 99 more on the ground. A 44-yard touchdown scamper by Miller gave the Buckeyes a 12-point lead with just 4:39 remaining, but the Badgers stormed back with two quick touchdown drives to take the lead, 29-26. The Buckeyes got the ball back with just 1:18 left on the clock, but that was more than enough time for Miller and the Buckeyes. On first down, Miller escaped the pocket, scrambled to his right and heaved a 40-yard pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith in the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 33-29 lead that the Buckeyes would never relinquish. The win brought the OSU’s record to 5-3 on the season with a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play, but also put the Buckeyes right back in contention for the conference championship. OSU will remain at home this week to take on Indiana. Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Track and Field Multiple Buckeyes set personal records at Meyo Invitational

Ohio State’s Cole Gorski celebrates in mid-air at the Simmons-Harvey Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterMembers of both Ohio State’s men’s and women’s track teams set individual records in South Bend, Indiana, during the Meyo Invitational. The meet, which took place Friday and Saturday, consisted of 37 teams, professional athletes and unattached competitors. Ohio State did not send its full team, opting not to send throwers, jumpers and some sprinters.Men’s RecapOhio State senior Cole Gorski re-set his personal high in pole vault, clearing 5.45 meters Friday night. Gorski’s previous record of 5.40 meters was set at the Buckeye Classic, the first meet of the season.  Gorski finished second behind Nate Richartz, a recent Notre Dame graduate, who jumped 5.55 meters. Richartz was an All-American in indoor track last year.Junior Coty Cobb finished third in the event behind Gorski and Richartz with a vault of 5.15 meters.Sophomore Alexander Lomong took first place in the men’s 800-meter run with a race of 1:50. Lomong also joined freshman Paul Bete, sophomore Ryan Harrington and junior Luke Landis on the first-place team that set a season-high in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 9:50.Women’s recapOhio State freshman Anavia Battle finished first in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7:46. She ran the 200-meter dash in 23:79, also taking first. Ohio State owned the 200-meter dash. Senior Maggie Barrie finished third (24.43), senior Beatrice Hannan came in fourth (24.49) and sophomore Taylor DeLoach placed sixth (24.71).Barrie also had a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.51.Senior Chantel Ray placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.32).In the 3000-meter run, senior Christine Frederick smashed her prior personal record by 11 seconds with a third-place finish at 9:24.Senior Madison Roberts also set a personal record Saturday in indoor pole vault, reaching 4.02 meters. She finished third in the event.Next weekend the Buckeyes will split up. Part of the team will head to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Vanderbilt meet and other Buckeyes will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Iowa State meet. read more

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2FM responds to criticism of Miss Personality contest says men cant enter

first_imgThis is radio, what we do is all about personality, you don’t have to be a size eight to enter and any woman who is interested in representing their country on a global platform as Miss Ireland now has the chance. It doesn’t matter what you look like.However, upon entering the Miss Ireland rounds, the winner of Miss Personality will have to partake in a closed door swimwear judging session, as well as a ‘beach’ segment on the night of the final.No one wears anything that they do not themselves select. Last year some of the girls wore kaftans or sarongs- so basically, if someone wants to cover up, they absolutely can.The contest has come under fire, particularly on Twitter.A spokesperson for 2FM has told DailyEdge.ie: We recognise that pageants aren’t everybody’s cup of tea; but this is a viable route into the Miss Ireland competition for women who are interested in taking part and would prefer be judged on their personalities rather than their looks. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet A 2FM CONTEST announced today as part of the Miss Ireland competition has come under fire after its stipulations were revealed.The Miss Personality contest will choose a Ryan Tubridy listener to go forward to be a Miss Ireland finalist, and aims to pick a winner based on – you guessed it – personality rather than looks.Prospective contestants are told:center_img No men allowedA number of men announced on Twitter this afternoon that they were planning on entering the contest, as the rules didn’t appear to bar them.However 2FM has told DailyEdge.ie that contestants in the Miss Personality contest must adhere to the rules of Miss Ireland:Peter Kavanagh is one of those who filled in the (7 page) application. He’s very disappointed at the news:Well I wanted to show it up for how ridiculously stupid it is. It’s not exactly a leap forward. Beauty pageants at the end of the day are a sexist exercise.Kavanagh also said that nowhere on the application does it say that men are not allowed to enter. He told us it “could have been a bit of fun”:Now I’ll have to return the Speedo to Debenhams. It’s a shame, because I’m really pretty.Previously: Tubridy’s ‘lovely girl’ contest met with mockery>last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Short URL Feb 21st 2018, 7:55 AM Share1 Tweet Email 7,279 Views Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:55 AM By Paul Hosford https://jrnl.ie/3862974 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s what you need to know as you start the day. Image: John Nguyen No Comments Image: John Nguyen EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #GARDAÍ: An Garda Síochána says it won’t comment on the emergence of a video purporting to show a member of the force having sex with a woman near a motorway.2. #VERSATIS: Thousands have signed a petition supporting a call for pain relief patches to be covered by drug payment and medical card schemes.3. #DIETS: New evidence suggests that neither low-carb or low-fat diets are superior.4. #RUSSIA PROBE: A lawyer linked to a former aide to Donald Trump has admitted lying to the FBI.5. #HE’S RUNNING: President Michael D Higgins will seek a second term as President and will make his intentions known in late May or early June, today’s Irish Times reports.6. #JAILED:  A prolific shoplifter with nearly 200 convictions has been jailed after being caught with a stolen bike that still had part of a fence attached to it.7. #DEADLY: Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says it’s “absolutely deadly” that there has been a surge in uptake of free optical and dental treatments since self-employed workers and their spouses were added to the scheme.8. #FEEL LIKE CHICKEN TONIGHT:  The KFC chicken shortage in the UK could last all week – but police have asked people not to ring them about it.9: #LOST CHILDREN:  One in seven Irish children is lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect, charity Barnardos says.last_img read more

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Kouvelis might be next president

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The coalition government this week attempted to play down Sunday Kathimerini’s report that Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis is being lined up as a nominee for the Greek presidency, but at the same time government officials expressed support for the idea of the 65-year-old leftist succeeding Karolos Papoulias early next year.Government spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi said it was “premature” to start discussing who Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos would nominate for the presidency in the hope that the candidate could secure the minimum of 180 votes needed to be chosen, thereby sparing the need for national elections.However, Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis appeared enthusiastic about the prospect of Kouvelis being put forward by the coalition.“He is a politician that has served responsibly for many years, without engaging in divisive activities,” said the minister. “He is suitable for the role because the president must be a sober personality that can handle his institutional role. I believe he fits the bill 100 per cent.” PASOK MP Dimitris Karydis also seemed to favour Kouvelis’s potential candidacy. “We believe that among the people who could be picked for the role of president, Mr Kouvelis is one of those who could perform the job well,” said the Socialist official.The speculation about Kouvelis’s potential nomination prompted reactions from within his party, with some backing the prospect and others vehemently opposing it, while the main left opposition party SYRIZA roundly condemned it. Fotis Kouvelis was a SYRIZA MP before he left the party, with others, to form DIMAR.DIMAR press spokesman Christos Machairas suggested that the matter had been broached at an inopportune moment. “The presidential election is a serious political issue and must be weighed against the political climate of the time, and with the policies that are being exercised,” he said.Sources indicated that DIMAR will decide on whether or not to support Kouvelis as a candidate in the coming months if the party sees a shift in the coalition’s policy away from austerity. Prominent MP Spyros Lykoudis stated outright that “Kouvelis would be a very good president”. But other members of parliament, including Professor Yiannis Panousis, opposed the prospect. “DIMAR will vote down legislation and Fotis Kouvelis, as the president of the republic, will sign it,” he remarked.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Ivoire deux tonnes de défenses déléphants saisies au Viêt Nam

first_imgIvoire : deux tonnes de défenses d’éléphants saisies au Viêt Nam Haïphong, Viêt Nam – Les douanes vietnamiennes ont découvert jeudi, dans le port de Haïphong, deux tonnes de défenses d’éléphants importées illégalement du Kenya.Destinées à la Chine, les défenses ont été découvertes dans des conteneurs cachés sous des algues séchées et arrivés dans le port asiatique le 28 avril. En mars dernier déjà, les autorités d’Haiphong avaient saisi sept tonnes de défenses d’éléphants, qui provenaient cette fois de Tanzanie. Cette cargaison est alors devenue la plus importante prise de défenses illégalement importées au Viêt Nam.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosLe commerce international de l’ivoire est interdit depuis 1989 par la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces sauvages de faune et de flore menacées d’extinction (Cites), certaines ventes ponctuelles étant autorisées depuis 1997 dans les pays d’Afrique australe.Mais d’après les experts, le braconnage a redoublé ces dernières années, l’ivoire étant en grande partie destiné aux pays d’Asie. La Chine est en effet l’un des plus grands consommateurs d’ivoire au monde, tandis que le Viêt Nam souffre d’importantes lacunes législatives qui encouragent le trafic.Le 8 mai 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sampdoria boss Giampaolo Everyone would talk about it if Ronaldo scored

first_imgFollowing a humiliating 3-0 match between Sampdoria and Napoli, Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo believes “if Cristiano Ronaldo had scored Fabio Quagliarella’s goal, everyone would talk about it.”Football Italia says that the Blucerchiati ran riot at Marassi with a Gregoire Defrel brace and Quagliarella’s astonishing back-heel flick.“It was a wonderful evening because to beat Napoli you need to put in a great performance and be fortunate in some incidents,” the Coach told Radio Rai as quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I don’t even know how good my team is, because some players are still in precarious physical condition. We made up for the unlucky defeat to Udinese and showed we could both attack and soak up the pressure.“The squad was unduly criticised after that loss in Udine. Defrel was extraordinary when attacking the space, while if Cristiano Ronaldo had scored Quagliarella’s goal, everyone would talk about it.last_img read more

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Sophie Turner kept this HUGE secret from her parents about Game of

first_imgActor Sophie Turner attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesSophie Turner sure is on a confession streak. The Game of Thrones star revealed that she kept a pretty big secret from her folks. She didn’t tell her parents that she was auditioning for a role on the future hit HBO TV show.Reportedly, Sophie revealed that she auditioned for the fantasy series as a “jokey thing to do” with her friends. And because she wasn’t serious about auditioning, she neglected to inform her parents.”I didn’t tell my parents I auditioned for Game of Thrones, they just kind of found out,” Turner recently told Vogue Paris, while promoting the film Dark Phoenix. The role of Sansa Stark, was Sophie Turner’s debut and we have to say, what a debut it was.The 23-year-old said the show’s casting director, Nina Gold, visited multiple schools, searching to cast young actors. “Me and all my friends auditioned,” she said. “We just thought it was kind of a fun, jokey thing to do. And then I just got call back, after call back.”  Sophie Turner in a still from Game of Thrones Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOWe have to say, being able to keep a secret from your parents for so long does require some serious acting skills. “My parents found out when I was in the final seven, and then my mom kind of freaked out, and she called my dad and said, ‘I don’t know if we can do this,'” Turner continued. “But my dad said, ‘Shut up, this is what she has wanted her whole life. You have to let her give it a go.”Her mother seemed to come around and Sophie went on to play the iconic role of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.last_img read more

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Khaleda faces arrest warrant in 4yr old case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA court on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by 18 February on execution of the arrest warrant.The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with chief metropolitan magistrate court on 21 October, 2014.According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on 14 October, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh police station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.Later, the IO submitted the report on 30 June, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.last_img read more

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US Forest Service Chief Under Investigation After Complaints Of Sexual Misconduct

first_img Share The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that the United States Department of Agriculture, its parent agency, has “engaged an independent investigator” to look into complaints against Chief Tony Tooke.News of this investigation comes as the Forest Service is dealing with allegations of a broader culture of harassment and retaliation within its ranks, as detailed in an investigation published by the PBS NewsHour this week.In the course of reporting its investigation, the PBS NewsHour discovered allegations of sexual misconduct against Tooke, specifically relationships with his subordinates, before he became chief.In a statement, Forest Service press officer Babete Anderson said the investigation would “undertake a thorough review of [Tooke’s] conduct. We take very seriously the responsibility to promote a safe, respectful and rewarding work environment for all employees.”When asked about the allegations, Tooke said in an email: “I’m in support of this investigation, and I have fully cooperated from the start. I expect to be held to the same standards as every other Forest Service employee.”In an email to employees responding to the NewsHour’s original report, a spokesman from Tooke’s office said: “The stories the Forest Service employees shared during the PBS NewsHour piece are important to hear, difficult and heart-wrenching as they may be. Stories like these, which have come to light over the past few years, have underscored that there are elements of sexual harassment in the Forest Service that have existed and continue today.”It continues: “While we have taken significant actions over the past several years to address sexual harassment in the Forest Service, we acknowledge that we have more work to do. These are critical issues that the Forest Service must continue to take on to increase our efforts to protect our fellow employees so they know they can speak up and speak out, without any fear of retaliation or reprisal. We continue to consult with outside experts and focus internal resources to help us better support victims of harassment during investigations. Victims must know that there will be accountability for persons who engage in sexual harassment and reprisal. We are committed to our duty to create a workplace that is respectful, rewarding, and above all, a safe place for all employees. The Forest Service is committed to permanently changing our culture to create the workplace we all deserve”The statement, from Dan Jiron, acting deputy undersecretary for natural resources and the environment, did not mention Tooke.After the NewsHour team reported on those allegations this week, more than 45 women and men also came forward with their own stories about the agency. If you are in the U.S. Forest Service and want to share your experience, email us at tipline@newshour.org.last_img read more

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AFRO Exclusive with Taraji P Henson

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIn the Black community, mental health is often treated as the elephant in the room that no one really wants to talk about.Between “praying the pain away,” worrying about “airing dirty laundry,” and thinking therapy is for “privileged people,” many in communities of color keep mental and emotional health challenges inside, as opposed to seeking help for their illnesses. Not getting professional help for mental health issues can lead to further physical health issues including high blood pressure, muscle pain, addiction and death.Taraji P. Henson sat down with AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor to discuss her organization, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, and her conference, “Can We Talk?,” which took place in Washington, D.C. June 7-9. (Photo by Jabray Franklin AFRO Intern)For these reasons actress and advocate Taraji P. Henson, hopes to break the stigma and silence around mental health with her organization, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, and her conference, “Can We Talk?,” which took place June 7-9 in her hometown, Washington, D.C.In an exclusive AFRO interview, Henson took some time out from the conference to share the importance of her foundation, and why Black people need to talk about mental health.“Because it’s taboo in many ways.  We don’t really talk about it,” Henson told the AFRO.The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is named after the actress’ father, who was instrumental in influencing her to go after her artistic endeavors.“My dad was very paramount about me becoming an actress. He sewed great seeds into me.  He told me I was going to be one of the greatest actresses alive when I was little. He always spoke great things into me, so I had no choice but to dream big because those are the seeds he planted,” she said.Notwithstanding her personal career, the D.M.V. native also shared that she named the foundation in honor of her father, after realizing, once he passed, the importance he had in her life by actually talking about mental health.“He was an open book- open road map to his life… He told his truth, he walked in his truth no matter what, and that’s a bold place to live.  A lot of us are really afraid to live in our truth. And that’s what he taught me,” she said. “He was very open and honest about his mental issues.  You never go to war and come back the same. So, I just felt like this was a way to honor his legacy and the things he instilled in me,” the actress and mental health advocate added.Henson noted the domino effect that has taken place in the Black community by not talking about mental health.“That’s why there’s a shortage of African Americans in the field of  mental health, because we don’t talk about it at home. Our children don’t even know, this is a field they can even flourish in.  They’ll say, ‘I want to be a doctor, I want to be a dentist,’ no one ever says, ‘I want to be a psychiatrist, I want to be psychologist, I want to be a therapist, a mental health therapist,’” she told the AFRO. “I think once we have open dialogue about it, people will be more comfortable about being vulnerable.”In opening up about mental health, Henson feels, true change can happen.“We’ve always been taught to keep our problems close to us, but that’s not how you change lives.  You change lives by telling your story, telling your truth, however ugly it may be. No one wants to hear how easy you had it, you can’t change a life like that,” Henson told the AFRO. While the conference is now over, there are still ways to get involved with the foundation, by visiting the website http://www.borislhensonfoundation.org.For those interested in donating to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, the actress has specific instructions. “If you feel like you want to help in any way- any donation is a good donation- you can text, ‘Can We Talk’ to 41444.”last_img read more

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