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Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

first_imgWashington DC: A police chief in Texas has apologized after a photo went viral of two officers mounted on horseback walking a handcuffed black man by a rope, as if on a leash. The image caused outrage, serving as a painful reminder of some of the bleakest moments in America’s brutally racist past, including the chaining of enslaved people and lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow South in the years after emancipation. Vernon Hale, police chief for the coastal Texas city of Galveston, said that Donald Neely, who was arrested Saturday for trespassing, should have been taken to the station in a police car, but only mounted officers were available. Neely was then escorted on foot, led by a length of rope and flanked by the mounted officers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance,” said Hale, in a statement published Monday on Facebook. “First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” Hale said, adding that policy had been changed so that the technique would no longer be used. Hale’s statement sparked frustration, with some activist groups saying his response was “weak.” Others called for the officers to be penalized or fired for “humiliating” Neely in a manner that recalls extreme acts of racism from the country’s past, or even convicted criminals exhibited in public squares. “This is 2019 and not 1819,” James Douglas, president of the NAACP’s Houston chapter, told the Houston Chronicle. Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who is from the West Texas city of El Paso, also denounced the incident, tweeting, “This moment demands accountability, justice, and honestly (sic) — because we need to call this out for what it is: racism at work.”last_img read more

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

first_imgNew Delhi: Nora Fatehi moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood. She even managed to bag a few acting projects initially, including “Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans” and “Crazy Cukkad Family”, but these were low-profile projects and she went unnoticed. Then, her appearance on “Bigg Boss” and the dance numbers “Manohari” in “Baahubali: The Beginning” changed the tide. People started noticing Nora, and soon she was belting out the hit dance numbers, “Dilbar” (“Satyamev Jayate”) and “O saki saki” (“Batla House”). Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 27-year-old is currently in the spotlight as Bollywood’s new dancing sensation, and she credits her “dance performances” for all the fame coming her way. “I started my career as an actor but my acting skills did not get a lot of attention, and then I started doing whatever came my way. I got the opportunity to feature in hit songs, and I tried to showcase my dancing skills through them. Despite not being a trained dancer, I became a dancing sensation, which I would not have expected 10 years back. I just went with the flow. It was not planned. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “I am now where I am just because of my dance performances. People paid attention to me because of my dances. I feel my dance performances are helping in growing my brand as an artiste, as a lot of projects – including acting roles – are coming my way. Doors have opened for me,” Nora told IANS. Acting will always be Nora’s priority. Apart from flaunting her dance moves in “Batla House” recently, Nora got a chance to show her acting skills in a cameo role. “My focus has always been acting ever since I came India. Unfortunately, I did not start off well but now makers are approaching me with good roles and I am also trying to challenge myself, and put my best into everything. In the beginning, I had a problem speaking fluent Hindi but with time I have tried to improve myself. I really wanted to show people that I can act in Hindi, and I feel in ‘Batla House’ I have proved it,” she added. Nora also appears with actor Vicky Kaushal in the music video of Arijit Singh’s new non-film single, “Pachtaoge”. In the song, too, Nora showcases her acting skills as well as dance moves. According to her, “Pachtaoge” has given her a chance to prove her versatility. “The song is very different from what I have been doing so far. It taught me how to enact different emotions along with dance,” she concluded.last_img read more

Mamatas emphasis on handloom sector puts Tantuja on revival path

Mamatas emphasis on handloom sector puts Tantuja on revival path

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s emphasis on the revival of the handloom sector in Bengal has brought a major turnaround for Tantuja, which was struggling for existence during the Left Front government’s rule in the state.Diversification in products and designs to keep pace with the recent fashion trends have ensured profit for Tantuja and most importantly, the Puja season has been contributing more than 20 percent of the total annual sales. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have had a turnover of Rs 205 crore in the 2017-18 fiscal and a profit of Rs 10.26 crore. During the Puja this year, we have had a business of Rs 25 crore from our stores and another Rs 19 lakh through online sales. This is a clear indication that Tantuja’s demand in the state has been reasonably high,” a senior official of the state Textiles department said. It was 2016 when Tantuja had tied up with a handful of e-commerce portals. In Puja 2017, Tantuja’s online sale was Rs 10 crore and it went up to Rs 19 crore this year, which is Rs 9 crore more. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAt present there are 84 stores of Tantuja across the state. The Puja sale in 2016 was Rs 14.5 crore, Rs 18.5 crore in 2017 and went up to Rs 25 crore this year. Tantuja had suffered a loss of Rs 12.69 crore in 2010-11 – the last financial year of Left rule in the state. “In 2011-12, the very first year we assumed office, we made a profit of Rs 69 lakh,” the official added. Managing director of Tantuja Rabindranath Roy said: “We have gone for massive product diversification in terms of bringing in the latest designs in sarees and introduced jackets, scarves etc. The prices of products are commensurate with the design and people are getting their money’s worth. The showrooms across the state have also witnessed a major facelift.” The products are now purchased directly from the self-help groups and the weavers through camps in various parts of the state and payments are made directly to their bank accounts. “This has eliminated the role of middlemen and the designers are getting their due for their hard work,” the official maintained. It may be mentioned that Tantuja has also gone overseas through e-commerce. Recently, a designer saree that was made under special order has fetched around Rs 3 lakh for the single piece.last_img read more