Answer Scripts of a public exam. Prothom Alo File PhotoAs many as 25 answer scripts of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination were recovered from Sonarpotti road in Joypurhat on Thursday night.The answer copies were of this year’s English 1st paper exam under Rajshahi secondary and higher secondary education board, reports UNB.Joypurhat police station officer-in-charge Mominul Haque said three passers-by found those answer scripts lying on the road and handed over to police.A general dairy (GD) was registered with the police station in this connection, said the OC.Read More: ‘Waves’ of question paper leaks hit childrenRead More: ‘Question paper leaks out of control’Read More: Govt asked to explain failure to stop SSC question paper leakRead More: 13 detained over SSC Chemistry question paper leak
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROA mandate spawned by the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising in April 2015, is at the threshold of being delivered this month.Reviewers have just completed sifting through 427 applications, representing more than $75 million in funding requests from the City of Baltimore’s recently created Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. The fund has $10 million available for its first round of winners, which are set to be announced after a final review this month.(Courtesy Image and Logo/@BYCFUND on Facebook)“We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to move this process forward holding true to the values that came from the legislation and the Children and Youth Task Force,” said Dianne Bell McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities (ABC), the organization tasked with developing a community involved process for the funding request and review of proposals for the Youth Fund.The overwhelming response of applicants for this year’s initial funding cycle of children and youth funding, revealed the breadth of individuals, groups and organizations invested in Baltimore’s young people, according to Danielle Torain, Project Director, Frontline Solutions, one of the organizations supporting ABC in coordinating the review process.“The applicants are really diverse in every aspect you can think of,” Torain said.“There are a diverse range of neighborhoods and geographic areas of the city involved; the applicants are diverse in the age range, types of populations of children and young people that will be served, and there is great diversity in the methods that will be used to serve youth,” she added.Torain and Dayvon Love, director of public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots Black think tank, were both active in advising how participants in the community driven process the Fund has embraced and emphasized the transformative potential for bringing the funding process closer to the community.“This is an applicant pool that has involved a lot of what the fund intended. A lot of grassroots groups and ‘Mom-and-Pops’. We welcomed different types of practitioners,” Love said.“We imagine there will be a lot of organizations that get funded from the Youth Fund that have never gotten funded before; that’s really the goal, is for organizations that traditionally aren’t able to get resources but do great work, the community knows and respects,” he added.The fund, conceptualized by Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young, was created through an amendment to the city’s charter approved by voters in 2016. Young said one of the first concerns expressed by Baltimoreans in the aftermath of Gray’s death was the need for more support for Baltimore’s youth.In 2017, Young established A Children and Youth Task Force, co-chaired by Adam Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dr. John Brothers, President of the Program for Charitable Giving at the T. Rowe Price Foundation, to make recommendations on how the Fund would operate. The task force recommended six guiding principles including transparency, community-driven and youth led processes and accountability to local communities.“The Task Force wanted to make sure opportunities were provided and there was community voice. I think this has been a great process thus far,” Bell McCoy said.The complete applicant list and names of the review panel for the Children and Youth Fund will be available in August in tandem with the names of the first recipients of the Children and Youth Fund.
By LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween.“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”___Elber reported from Los Angeles.
Two high-ranking Facebook execs — chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who has run the WhatsApp messaging product — are leaving the company.CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the changes in a memo to employees, which Facebook shared in its news blog.The departures come after Zuckerberg last week outlined a new privacy vision for Facebook, setting plans for private communications on the company’s apps to be fully encrypted — and for user content and messages to self-destruct after a certain period of time.Cox (pictured above) joined Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and helped build the first versions of key Facebook features, including News Feed. In 2008 he became Facebook’s first VP of product, where he built the initial product management and design teams, before being promoted to chief product officer in 2014 where he has overseen all of the company’s apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. In addition, Fidji Simo, previously head of video for Facebook, will be the new head of the Facebook app to take over for Cathcart. Simo, who joined the company in 2011 from eBay, had been in charge of video, games and monetization at Facebook, managing a team of more than 600 product managers and engineers.Facebook hasn’t announced a new head of video to replace Simo. “She has played key roles in building many aspects of the Facebook app, including leading our work on video and advertising,” Zuckerberg wrote. He added that Simo has already led the team for much of 2018 while Cathcart was out on parental leave, and “she is the clear person to lead these efforts going forward.”“While it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energized about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles,” Zuckerberg wrote. “For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something else,” Zuckerberg wrote in the memo. “At this point, we have made real progress on many issues and we have a clear plan for our apps, centered around making private messaging, stories and groups the foundation of the experience, including enabling encryption and interoperability across our services. As we embark on this next major chapter, Chris has decided now is the time to step back from leading these teams.”In a farewell note Cox posted on Facebook, he said in part that the company’s shift to “a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy” will be “a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through.”In what is likely pure coincidence, Facebook’s products suffered record outages and access problems for many users across its suite of apps, including Facebook and Instagram, over a 24-hour period starting Wednesday around noon ET.Zuckerberg said he doesn’t plan to immediately tap a replacement for Cox. Instead, the heads of each of the products (Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp) report directly to Zuckerberg.Facebook’s apps strategy has been led jointly by Cox and Javier Olivan, VP of growth, who has been responsible for all of the central product services that work across apps, including safety and integrity, analytics, growth, and ads. Olivan will take on a new role to identify “where our apps should be more integrated,” according to Zuckerberg.With Daniels also exiting the company — less than a year after Zuckerberg moved the former business development exec from running Facebook’s Internet.org initiative — the new head of WhatsApp is Will Cathcart, who previously has been in charge of running the Facebook app.According to Zuckerberg, Cathcart “led our shift to focusing on meaningful social interactions and has significantly improved the performance and reliability of the app.” In addition, the CEO noted, Cathcart “believes deeply in providing end-to-end encryption to everyone in the world across our services.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Kolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, will hold a meeting at Behala Tram depot on Wednesday to ensure availability of more number of buses in the southern fringes of the city.The state Transport department has already deployed additional buses in the area to help people until normalcy in the area is restored after the caving-in incident of the Majerhat bridge. The state Transport department will be engaging small- size buses that the locals of the area can avail to reach their destinations. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that the Transport minister will be taking stock of the present situation in the meeting and decisions on necessary steps would also be taken to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience in reaching their destinations when vehicles are diverted in the absence of the Majerhat bridge. The minister will be discussing the issues in this regard with senior officials of his department.This comes at a time when the Kolkata Traffic Police are taking all necessarysteps to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. At the same time, the state government is also taking necessary measures to construct alternate roads as early as possible and talks with the Railway authorities are also on in this connection.
To celebrate the International Mother’s Day, Cordlife in collaboration with Delhi Gynecologists Forum (DGF), organized a unique fashion show tilted ‘Saheli-DGF Gorgeous Moms 2018’. The event was held at Mavalankar hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi.In the first round of the show, about 150 pregnant ladies walked on the ramp, led by their 60 odd gynecologists, in the presence of a select gathering of 500 audiences.This was followed by the selection of the finalists by the jury members. Gynecologists Pooja Jian, Nimmi Rastogi, Ila Gupta and their pregnant patients Nidhika Khatri, Daisy, Mehzabeen Hussain, Jasmeet Kaur, Khushbu Sethi and Bhawna Dua were selected as the finalist, and they came on the ramp towards the end of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA musical evening, held after the healthy competition, saw singer Shibani Kashyap enthralling the audience by her sweet voice. Speaking of the event, Barun Das, CEO, Mydia100, said, “Delhi Gynaecologist Forum and Saheli have come together to celebrate International Mother’s day in a most unique way. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for all mothers, and this event is an effort from our side to help this moms-to-be to make this time even more delightful and memorable.”