KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A decorated Navy SEAL facing a court-martial for allegedly stabbing a teenage ISIS prisoner to death in Iraq and shooting at Iraqi civilians will remain in custody at the brig at Miramar during his trial, a judge ruled today.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran –is charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault. He faces life in prison if convicted at a trial set to begin on Feb. 19.Gallagher’s defense team asked a judge last week to release the defendant from pretrial confinement, but that request was denied today, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke.During an Article 32 hearing in November, Navy prosecutors accused Gallagher of killing an injured ISIS fighter who they estimate was about 15 years old. The fatal stabbing happened in Mosul. Iraq, in May 2017.Rear Adm. Yancey Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, reviewed the evidence presented at the Article 32 hearing and determined that Gallagher should face court-martial.Prosecutors also presented evidence that they said shows Gallagher tried to bribe fellow SEALs not to talk about the incident to NCIS investigators.Gallagher’s attorney, Phil Stackhouse, said his client should be judged by a military jury of his peers because of the nature of the allegations in a combat zone.Disgruntled SEALs made the allegations against Gallagher, his attorney said. January 10, 2019 Judge: Navy SEAL who killed ISIS prisoner remains in custody Updated: 10:28 PM Posted: January 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom
First Post’s traffic tops a million unique visitors a month, according to Dennis. All 12 of the site’s staffers will become Dennis employees. Steven Kotok, The Week’s general manager in the U.S., called deal an “ideal match.”More on this topic AMI Sells Rights to Publish Men’s Fitness UK Digital Magazines That Actually Generate Revenue Dennis Buys Bimonthly Trivia Magazine Mental Floss Jimmy Jellinek Out as Editor of Maxim United Picks New Publisher for Hemispheres Justin Smith Leaves The Week for Atlantic MediaJust In The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by Felix Dennis kept The Week out of its $240 million sale of his U.S. publishing division, and now the company is buying products to complement it.Dennis Publishing has acquired The First Post, a British online daily covering current affairs, from First Post Newsgroup Holdings, a private company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and a Dennis spokesperson declined to comment on the sale price.The move confirms rumblings that The Week would focus more energy on the Web this year, and expands the company’s current affairs portfolio.
If you’re a journalist who believes, as I do, that the best way to improve your skills is to teach yourself rather than wait for the boss to invest more money in you, there are a couple of interesting announcements today.First, check out Wired Journalists, a social-networking and information-sharing site born in the wake of Howard Owens’ call for non-wired journalists to learn the skills of new media.Wired Journalists has been in beta for a few weeks now. (I was the seventh person to join.) But now it’s open to the world.You can read Howard’s announcement here. Read Ryan Sholin’s take here. Check out Zac Echola’s thoughts here. I’m looking forward to seeing more folks from the world of B2B journalism on the site soon. So if you’re willing to share what you know, and willing to learn more, join Wired Journalists.Second, longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of WordPress, the content-management system popular with thousands of bloggers. I’ve long argued that WordPress and similar open-source systems are vastly superior to the systems used by most publishers.Now comes news that WordPress has landed $29 million in new financing … including an investment from the New York Times.Check out Matthew Ingram’s thoughts on the deal here. Read Wall Street Journal coverage here. For an earlier post of mine on WordPress, click here.
A Class-III girl was violated allegedly by a man in Dashkahniya village of Sherpur sadar upazila on Friday afternoon.Victim’s mother said that Jasim Uddin, a resident of the same village and father of two children, chased the 11-year girl while she was returning home from a local market in the afternoon.He forcibly took her in a paddy field and raped there, she added.After being rescued by locals, the victim was taken to her house.As her condition deteriorated, she was admitted to Sherpur Sadar Hospital.A case was filed at night against Jasim.
Jatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain and some BNP leaders on Monday had a meeting with the envoys of three counties, including the USA, over ‘Bangladesh’s latest political and human rights situation’, reports UNB.The one-and-a-half hour meeting that began around 11am was held at BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan’s Gulshan residence, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.Apart from US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl Robert Miller, British high commissioner Alison Blake, Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett and UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo attended the meeting.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.However, there was no briefing from either side about the parley.Wishing anonymity, a BNP leader who was present at the meeting said, Kamal Hossain first briefed the envoys about the country’s overall situation.Later, Mirza Fakhrul talked about the country’s human rights condition, ‘repression’ on their party leaders and activists, Chawkbazar fire incident and some other issues relating to the last general election and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment.Later, Kamal and the BNP leaders replied to various queries of the foreign envoys.
On Oct. 22 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sankofa Video Books & Café, located at 2714 Georgia Avenue NW; the Lukumi People Music & Indigenous Bohemian Arts group will be hosting an event that will pay homage to the Egùn (ancestors) and Òrísá (deity of nature). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 26, 2018Contact: Larry Jones443-885-3022Majority of Black Voters in Maryland Plan to Choose the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Despite Approving of the Job Being Done by the Republican Incumbent; Overwhelming Lack of Faith in Current Government and AdministrationWith early voting in the State of Maryland now underway, Morgan State University and the AFRO-American Newspaper have released the results of a statewide poll of African Americans’ opinions about the State’s current governor’s race and national government leadership. More than 600 African-American Marylanders, representing a range of demographics and hailing from cities/counties across the state, participated in the poll, answering up to 30 questions related to the current election cycle. The polling collaboration, which was announced earlier this week, is the first of its kind between the two respected black institutions, which plan to use their polls’ findings to help address and/or interpret issues of importance to the black community.Among the standout findings of the research poll is that many African Americans in Maryland actually support the job that incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan is doing, with 65 percent giving their approval. The poll also revealed that an unexpectedly large percentage of black respondents, 30 percent, were planning to vote for Hogan, increasing the Republican’s chances of winning a second term. However, despite Gov. Hogan’s favorability among potential black voters, the majority, 56.6 percent, still planned to vote for the Democratic candidate, Ben Jealous, who also had high likeability among the African Americans surveyed by the poll.“The poll data show that even though Gov. Hogan enjoys a high approval rate among African-American voters who are likely to vote in Maryland, only 30.3 percent of them indicated that they will vote for him,” said Raymond Winbush, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Urban Research, Morgan’s primary social science research and training arm. “This 34.7-point gap may be attributed to the overwhelming numbers of Maryland’s African Americans’ (84 percent) having a very unfavorable opinion of President Trump and his unfavorability rating causing a ‘drag’ on Gov. Hogan’s support among black voters in Maryland, even though he has distanced himself from the president.”Although the current state leadership is receiving the benefit of the doubt and some support from Maryland African-American voters, the same cannot be said for the nation’s leadership in Congress or the White House: 84 percent of respondents disapprove of the job President Trump is doing, including 89.8 of the women polled. However, paralleling some of the national attitudes toward the president, Trump’s approval was highest among registered voters in the 45–54 age range. His disapproval rating was highest among voters aged 55 and over.Regarding the state of the country and the job the nation’s leaders in Congress are doing, the poll showed black voters in Maryland overwhelmingly disapprove. More than 70 percent (70.7 percent) of respondents said the country is worse than it was two years ago, and 71.3 percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing.The areas of the state with the largest concentrations of African-American residents had the highest response rates to the poll, with Prince George’s County representing the largest group of respondents (33.4 percent), followed by Baltimore City (22.5 percent) and Baltimore County (12.7 percent). While many older adults participated in the poll survey, the response rate was lowest among African Americans aged 18–24 (57 of the total 604 respondents).Researchers from the Institute for Urban Research are still poring over the 52 pages of raw data received from New Jersey-based Braun Research, Incorporated. As more analysis is completed, additional details will become available from this first in a series of collaborative polls between Morgan and the AFRO.The Braun Research network of companies, founded in 1995, engages in data collection via telephone and internet for various survey research firms, government and advertising agencies, local community organizations, local and national business groups, foundations, universities and academic entities, as well as religious organizations. In 23 years, Braun Research has conducted more than 10,000 research projects by telephone, internet and mail worldwide. Nationally known research firms have hired Braun Research, including Gallup, Inc., the Pew Research Center, the Eagleton Poll, Mathematica Policy Research and The Washington Post. Braun Research has worked for the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services as well as other government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About the AFRO-American NewspaperWhile the AFRO is honored to be designated by a 2014 Nielsen-Essence survey as the #1 source of news for African-American people, being that source is something it’s been doing for more than 125 years. Since its 1892 founding by John H. Murphy Sr., the AFRO has gathered news from and for black communities throughout the country and beyond. With its own itinerant writers and photographers, the AFRO has sensed value that could or would not be perceived by other journalists and has told every relevant story, recorded every insightful conversation and sent those stories to homes and offices through the hands of paper boys and girls who have grown up to be corporate and entrepreneurial news influencers in their own right. And the work is now expanded through the use of the latest technology and social media, as the AFRO enjoys more than half a million Facebook followers and tweets its news on Twitter and its photos on Instagram.About MorganMorgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
As I enter Aleph Book Company’s subtly done-up office space in Yusuf Sarai, its co-founder and MD David Davidar walks in, exuding a candour that comes from years of multi-fold experience spent, in a way, formulating India’s publishing scene. The conversation begins instantly, picking up from the last time we met – when he set up Aleph two years back.Recalling his ‘smooth’ journey with this relatively new publishing venture, Davidar says, ‘We didn’t have to fight for the authors we wanted. A lot of them came to us and the others who we wanted to target, we had no problem in getting them to sign with us. In these two years, we have probably published about 20 books, signed on about 100 authors and aim to publish 50 books a year from 2014. We have signed on Shashi Tharoor, who we will publish by next year. We want to be a very exclusive publishing house which brings out only select numbers of very up-market novels and quality fiction. We have done what we wanted to do and now let’s see how the market responds to us.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Maintaining his quintessentially calm demeanour, when queried about Aleph focusing on a particular genre of books, especially on being a niche up-market publishing house, he goes on to say, ‘We are a specialist publisher and I am very clear about that. Having spent most of my life being a general publisher, I know how it works. For example our sister publisher, Rupa, is exactly like the company I used to run, Penguin, which, again, is similar to HarperCollins. These are very large companies which publish hundreds of books a year. They have to do so to maintain their turnover. They have to publish everything under the sun – from chic-lit to very high quality books. Aleph, however, is an extremely focused publisher. We only publish literary fiction and high quality non-fiction and nothing else.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo, with quality as a benchmark, would he be ever venturing into publishing poetry? Davidar instantly replies, ‘I will never publish poetry because I don’t know how to publish poetry. Anyone can sell poetry but I don’t know how to make it sell.’With the current onslaught of social media, what is the format of narratives dominating the publishing scene now? Davidar mulls over the question for about a second or two, and then goes on to say, ‘The minute people stop reading long-form narratives, we might as well all pack up and go home. I don’t think that is ever going to happen. You know all the stuff people talk about, on our attention span waning and so on, that is not completely true because from the beginning of time, we have always fallen back on story-telling that uses long-form narrative. When you watch television serials, you are willingly submitting to the long format.’ He pauses awhile, then adds, ‘Just forget these classifications – of book, movies, television serials, magazine articles that are in long format – they have just been packaged in different ways. The minute we stop feeling involved in it and our interest absolutely shifts to the Twitter kind of short form narratives, then, naturally, these forms will go away. So, I don’t think there is any fear about that. Yes, the forms might change. You might read in the e-book form. At that time, book published might vanish, movies produced might vanish, but how does that really matter? Somebody still has to make money. I think the question to ask is till how long the long form narrative would last. And the answer to that, I think, is, forever. People will always want a good story. And there will always be people who make up stories.’Rupa has their Chetan Bhagat, has Aleph found its own? Davidar chuckles and says, ‘Well, Chetan Bhagat is the commercial end of the spectrum. He is an exceptionally good storyteller, but, we too have our own storytellers. They may not sell in the same number but let’s not forget we are exactly two years old and Rupa is 77 years old. So give us time. I am sure we will find our Chetan Bhagat.’But would he really want to find someone like him for Aleph? ‘I would love to sell a million copies, who would not? But we are proud of every single book we publish. Because if we publish only 25 new books a year, each one has to count, make a real difference, whereas when you publish hundreds of books a year, you tend to get a little more relaxed about one book which does not do well. Right now, I am not at all in that frame of mind. For me, every book has to count,’ comes Davidar’s frank answer.When is his next book coming out? ‘I know what I want to write, but I think I am going to give myself one more year for Aleph to settle down. When I was running large companies, I did not do much actual hands-on work. I just spent time telling other people what to do. But now, I actually have to do hands-on work. Now, if I don’t edit a book, then it does not get published. So, I am very busy actually editing books. Because I am doing so much of first hand editing myself, I can’t find time to write my own books. I will have to wait for at least another year for that,’ confesses Davidar.How does he manage to separate the editor-publisher from the writer? Davidar remarks, ‘I realise that I am able to compartmentalise the disparate traits quite well. I don’t think too much and now I don’t care. I don’t read any reviews of my books. I don’t care about how my books are received. So, that helps.