No end to bad days for Rajasthan cricket

first_imgRajasthan Cricket Association has been suspended by the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) for long now and any hope that its misfortunes would end with elections of a new committee on April 26 got demolished with the cancellation of the polling.The RCA had elected Lalit Modi, former IPL chairman as its president in May 2014, forcing BCCI to suspend the body. The state since then has not been allotted any Test, one-day or even IPL matches.In recent months, Modi’s son Ruchir threw his hat in the ring after he was quietly elected to head Alwar District Association. He later announced his candidature to replace his father and when it appeared a smooth victory for him, CP Joshi, AICC general secretary, and former RCA president entered the field.Now Lalit Modi faces a major problem in not getting a clear signal from Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who once ensured his entry into RCA and rise as IPL founder during her previous tenure. That makes many representatives of the RCA reluctant to side with him. Also, even if they are willing to accept Ruchir as their chief, they want to get remaining posts for themselves and not Modi’s men.Although CP Joshi in his tenure as president hardly did anything significant to the cricket but many who want to build their fortune through RCA see a hope in allying with him. Moreover, Raje had just visited him to express condolences on his mother’s demise.Joshi was likely to win April 26 poll had he contested but at the last moment, registrar, Cooperative Societies raised certain queries about rules being followed for the elections. The elections were being held according to recommendations of Lodha committee some of which contradicted the Rajasthan Sports Act recognized by the registrar for elections.advertisementThis gave Modi loyalists a reprieve and given they are in power in RCA, they succeeded in recommending deferment of the RCA elections.That brings RCA back to status quo of being shunned by the BCCI.Will government repeal the Sports Act or amend it to meet Lodha committee’s recommendations and make an ad-hoc committee sans Modi to run RCA until then? That is the only way out but before that, there will be lot more bargaining among stakeholders. Cricket in Rajasthan will continue to suffer until then.last_img read more

RPS vs RCB: Confident Pune fancy win against depleted Bangalore

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) will aim to shed off their inconsistent run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on Saturday, when they take on a depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who are almost out of the race to the play-offs.After back to back wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, the Pune side went down to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their previous outing, to be at the fourth spot in the standings.On the other hand, last year’s runners-up RCB have found the going tough this season, managing to win only two of their nine matches to be languishing at the penultimate spot in the eight-team table.Going into Saturday’s first double-header at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here, Pune will bank on their in-form opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to give the team a great start.The middle order comprising the likes of captain Steve Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary has the experience to take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at ease. With all-rounders Daniel Christian and Rajat Bhatia the lower order batting can come in handy if needed.In the bowling department, the young Indian pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur have impressed both in the opening and death overs while leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Christian and rookie tweaker Washington Sundar can provide the breakthroughs as well as stop the flow of runs in the middle overs.Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led RCB have their task cut out if they are to stand any chance of making it to the play-offs.advertisementThe flop show in all the departments against Gujarat Lions at home on Thursday will only haunt them more when they take the field here.RCB’s fortunes depend on their captain and his opening partner Chris Gayle’s domination at the top along with South African AB de Villiers, who also failed to fire against the Lions.Wicketkeeper-batsman Kedar Jadhav was the lone bright spot along with all-rounder Pawan Negi but that was not enough for them to get over the line.RCB’s bowling too looked toothless with the likes of Sreenath Aravind, Travis Head, Aniket Choudhary failing to impress. Samuel Badree and Negi managed to be amongst the wickets.Squads:Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Ashoke Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Ajinkya Rahane, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Sreenath Aravind, Avesh Khan, Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary, AB de Villiers, Praveen Dubey, Chris Gayle, Harpreet Singh, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdulla, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Tymal Mills, Adam Milne, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Sachin Baby, Tabraiz Shamsi, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Shane Watson.last_img read more

Unai Emery urges Arsenal to seize Europa League trophy chance

first_imgShare via Email Transfer ban will stop Chelsea competing for title, says Maurizio Sarri Arsenal Beating Valencia offers Arsenal a route to the Champions League place they were unable to clinch via the Premier League but Unai Emery said his players must look beyond that and be motivated more by the chance to secure the club’s third European trophy.The Arsenal manager, who won this competition three times in a row at Sevilla, also insisted the match with his former club Valencia is “my final” – a game he wished could have been left until Baku on 29 May.A draw with Brighton left Arsenal needing a win, a Tottenham defeat and an eight-goal swing on the final day to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four place, and Emery effectively admitted defeat on doing so. Valencia Share on WhatsApp But while the Europa League, in which Arsenal lead Valencia 3-1 after the first leg, represents a second chance he rejected the idea that the competition is primarily a gateway to the Champions League. He also insisted the semi-final remains “50-50” and that Arsenal would seek to score, not just defend.“We started with two possibilities: one is through the Premier League and the second is through the Europa League,” Emery said. “We have finished in the Premier League and it is not a possibility for us now but we are in this competition and we will see tomorrow. We want to play the Europa League because it is a title first and secondly because of the Champions League [place].”“I first competed for this title here at Valencia when it was still the Uefa Cup and was a lesser title than I think it is now. It has grown. It’s an important title for all those teams not in the Champions League, one they all want to win.“Getting a Champions League place through the Europa League is a fair reward, I think. It’s an attractive title and it’s getting more attractive: we’ve seen Manchester United, Atlético, Sevilla against Liverpool. The demands are high and everyone wants it, as a title, not just a way in [to the Champions League].“At any club like Arsenal or Valencia, titles have to be objectives [in themselves]. Arsenal only have two European titles in their history: the Fairs Cup [in 1970] and the Cup Winners’ Cup [in 1994], neither of which exist any more, so I have a lot of ambition to win a title.”Emery added: “At Sevilla, that was what motivated us, what got the fans going: that feeling of playing a final. For Sevilla, that was bigger than a Champions League place. I feel pleased to have achieved the objective at both – a Champions league place at Valencia and titles with Sevilla. I want to bring all of that to Arsenal. This competition has huge importance – as a title.”Valencia (4-4-2, probable): Neto; Piccini, Gabriel, Garay, Gayà; Soler, Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes; Rodrigo, Gameiro.Arsenal (3-5-2, probable): Cech; Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Özil, Kolasinac; Lacazette, Aubameyang. Share on Messenger news Unai Emerycenter_img Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Europa League Topics Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Doucoure speaks out on Arsenal and Spurs interest

first_imgTransfers Doucoure on Arsenal and Spurs interest: We’ll see in the summer Robin Bairner 22:47 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Getty Transfers Arsenal Watford v Everton Arsenal v Manchester City Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Watford Tottenham Hotspur Premier League League Cup The midfielder, who has seven Premier League goals for the season, is hopeful of going to World Cup 2018 with France Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure admits that he is pleased to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, but is not ready to lose his focus for his current side.The 25-year-old has become a firm favourite at Vicarage Road, where he has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season and has stood out due to his power in the heart of the field.As a result, some of England’s biggest sides have taken an interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m coming to an important step,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s a pleasure to see these big clubs interested in me.“We’ll see what the state of play is in the summer and then we can ask questions.”Doucoure, meanwhile, is hopeful that he may have another summer distraction – the World Cup in Russia. The former Rennes midfielder may not have been capped by Didier Deschamps yet, but he is hopeful that it may happen.“Why not? If I’m playing well…” he considered. “Morgan Schneiderlin was playing well with Southampton and was part of the squad in 2014. I’m playing in the best league in the world.”Doucoure’s next mission is a home fixture with Everton on Saturday as Watford sit 11th in the Premier League on 30 points. However, that leaves them just four points above Southampton in 18th.last_img read more

Tommy Tuberville Reportedly Interested In Open College Football Job

first_imgA closeup of Cincinnati Coach Tommy Tuberville.CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Tommy Tuberville of the Cincinnati Bearcats looks on in the first half against the Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium on September 15, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Auburn and Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville reportedly has interest in returning to the sideline.Tuberville, 64, could reportedly be a candidate for a major assistant job.Miami will reportedly be looking for a new defensive coordinator, as Manny Diaz is expected to be the next head coach at Temple.According to a new report, Tuberville has interest in replacing him.“Regarding Manny Diaz situation: we’re told that among those believed to have interest in replacing him would be former Cincinnati, Auburn (and more) coach Tommy Tuberville,” Susan Miller Degnan tweeted.Regarding Manny Diaz situation: we’re told that among those believed to have interest in replacing him would be former Cincinnati, Auburn (and more) coach Tommy Tuberville.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) December 12, 2018Tuberville has been out of coaching since 2012. He led Cincinnati’s program from 2013-16 and previously coached at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Heres a list of February inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.6 per cent (1.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 2.9 (1.7)— Halifax: 2.1 (1.3)— Saint John, N.B.: 2.7 (1.8)— Quebec: 1.3 (1.1)— Montreal: 1.7 (1.6)— Ottawa: 2.2 (1.9)— Toronto: 2.6 (2.4)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.6 (1.2)— Winnipeg: 2.2 (1.9)— Regina: 3.0 (2.6)— Saskatoon: 2.9 (2.6)— Edmonton: 2.3 (1.5)— Calgary: 2.2 (1.4)— Vancouver: 3.3 (2.7)— Victoria: 2.1 (1.5)last_img

On International Day Of The Girl Innovation Is Key To Education

first_imgTo mark the second International Day of the Girl Child on Friday, UNICEF highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.Despite the decreasing number of girls out of school, too many around the world are still denied a quality education and a chance to reach their full potential. Evidence shows that even a single year of secondary school for a girl correlates with as much as a 25 percent increase in her future earnings. But today, millions of girls are still out of school, including 31 million elementary school-aged girls.“Education can transform the lives of girls and strengthen their communities,” said Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF. “Innovation can help us reach every girl by transforming education,”With its partners, UNICEF is exploring how technology can increase access to education for out-of-school girls and improve the quality of learning for every child.In South Africa, for example, the TechnoGirls partnership between UNICEF, the government, and more than 100 private sector companies is connecting 10,000 adolescent girls with mentors from the tech sector to boost their skills and job readiness.Innovation is also helping governments and their partners to reach the hardest to reach children who are at the greatest risk of being out of school. In Uganda, EduTrack is using text messaging to connect students and schools with UNICEF, enabling them to report on learning, teacher quality, and violence in schools.Innovation is not only about technology. It can mean embracing new ways to overcome other barriers that keep girls out of school, like improving sanitary facilities and keeping girls safe as they walk to and from school.“Innovation is giving us powerful new tools to reach and teach more girls than ever before,” said Lake. “To help more girls go to school, stay in school, and complete their learning, we need to keep learning ourselves, using these new tools, generating new ideas, and scaling up the most promising innovations.”UNICEF observed the International Day of the Girl Child with a series of events. These included a Google Hangout with students at the International School of Brooklyn and Anthony Lake to discuss girls’ education, and the unveiling of a unique interactive billboard by award-winning actress Freida Pinto that enables viewers to “erase” the image of child factory workers, revealing a hidden image of students in the classroom.Together with Intel, UNICEF conducted a Code for Good Hackathon, an event that brought together students from Stanford University and Contra Costa Community College in a 24-hour coding marathon to devise new ways of increasing South Sudanese girls’ access to quality learning—a problem posed by UNICEF’s Innovation Lab in South Sudan. Only 800 girls in the world’s newest country reach the last grade of secondary school.UNICEF also released a video by internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry ahead of the second annual International Day of the Girl Child. Watch the video here.last_img read more

Hong Kong airport struggles to reopen after protests

HONG KONG — One of the world’s busiest airports was struggling to reopen the morning after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong’s main terminal and forced flight cancellations.Passengers were checking in for flights Tuesday morning in a sign operations were returning to normal, although protesters have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s administration to respond to their demands.About 200 flights had been cancelled.Passengers unable to leave on Monday were among those crowding in the departure hall.The Associated Press

UNICEF hails release of more child soldiers in Sudan

With 2,000 children out of an original total of 20,000 still associated with armed forces and groups in Southern Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed latest demobilization of 250 youngsters, the biggest of its kind since the signature of a peace accord ended a two decades of civil war in January 2005.“It is time for these children to go home, go to school and enjoy the fruits of peace,” UNICEF country representative Ted Chaiban said at yesterday’s ceremony in Upper Nile state.UNICEF Sudan is seeking $16.5 million to support child demobilization and reintegration throughout Africa’s largest country but so far only $2.5 million has been received or pledged for 2006. More funding will enable a more effective process and a wider range of programmes to meet the needs of these and other vulnerable children in the community as a whole in such areas as access to education, health, clean water, sanitation and hygiene.Since 2001, an estimated 20,000 children from the former southern rebel forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), have been disarmed, demobilized and returned to their families and communities with UNICEF support.But there are still an estimated 2,000 children associated with the SPLA, mainly in non-combat roles and in hard-to-reach areas. A significant minority are girls whose circumstances and needs often differ from those of boys and require special consideration.In addition, there are an unknown number of under-18-year-olds in other armed groups in Southern Sudan, which were formerly allied to the central government in Khartoum. Since early 2006, many of these forces have re-aligned themselves with the SPLA and are being absorbed. UNICEF has worked with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, now the ruling party of the Government of Southern Sudan, to establish sound policies and procedures to release remaining children in the SPLA forces, facilitate tracing of their families, ensure sustainable reintegration into their communities and prevent future recruitment. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,735.28 up 92.06 points):Teranga Gold Corp. (TSX:TGZ). Miner. Up five cents, or 5.95 per cent, to 89 cents on 7.9 million shares.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Up 43 cents, or 1.44 per cent, to $30.31 on 7.3 million shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down 30 cents, or 4.35 per cent, to $6.59 on 6.8 million shares.Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Miner. Up three cents, or 9.09 per cent, to 36 cents on 6.2 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up 46 cents, or 6.42 per cent, to $7.63 on 5.6 million shares.Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Down 69 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $34.89 on 5.4 million shares. PotashCorp says its fourth-quarter profit dropped to US$230 million or 26 cents per share, missing analyst estimates of 31 cents per share.Toronto Venture Exchange (952.88 down 5.88 points):Apogee Silver Ltd. (TSXV:APE). Miner. down 0.5 cents, or 25 per cent, to 1.5 cents on 6.4 million shares.Emerald Bay Energy Inc. (TSXV:EBY). Oil and gas. Unchanged at one cent on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Norbord Inc. (TSX:NBD). Wood products. Up $1.35, or 4.64 per cent, to $30.45 on 507,670 shares. The wood panel producer says it expects to maintain its quarterly dividend at 60 cents this year — despite a recent weakening of North American prices for its construction materials. The company adopted a variable payout last April, which rises or falls depending on the market cycle. At least one analyst had expected Norbord would cut the dividend later this year.Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU) Miner. Down four cents, or 3.28 per cent, to $1.18 on 481,876 shares. The Canadian miner says a tribunal in Romania has temporarily suspended a key permit for its Carnic open pit mine at its Rosia Montana project. The company says three non-governmental organizations applied for the suspension of the archeological discharge certificate pending a court case to cancel the permit. The next court date is Feb. 10. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

EHF EURO 2014 TOP 10 missing stars

Like never before last months of preparation for EHF EURO 2014 were full about injuries of some of the TOP European players. Handball fantasy in Denmark won’t be so perfect without some of the biggest players of this decade, who will watch the matches on TV. Some of them are injured, the others decided to stop NT’s careers…NIKOLAJ MARKUSSEN (DENMARK)LASZLO NAGY (HUNGARY)KIM ANDERSSON (SWEDEN)XAVIER BARACHET (FRANCE)BLAZENKO LACKOVIC (CROATIA)MARCIN LIJEWSKI (POLAND)ARPAD STERBIK (SPAIN)ALEXANDER PETERSSON (ICELAND)NAUMCE MOJSOVSKI (MACEDONIA)TIMUR DIBIROV (RUSSIA) ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: TOP 10 STARS Next Story → EHF EURO 2014 SCHEDULE ehf euro 2014 top stars

EURO TOUR FOR AFRICANS Slovenia beat Tunisia

rio 2016rio 2016 handballtunisian handball ← Previous Story DANISH TEAM READY FOR RIO – No place for Eggert and Lindberg Next Story → Beach Handball WCh 2016: Brazil going for double crown The second best team of Africa, Tunisia, suffered another defeat on European Tour before the Olympic tournament in Rio. The Africans are defeated in Slovenia 33:25 (15:14), only few days after lost in Germany 38:32.Slovenija : Tunizija 33:25 (15:14)Slovenija: Lesjak (6 saves), Škof (6 saves); Blagotinšek 2, Henigman, Marguč 7, Kavtičnik 2, Janc 6, Dolenec 3, Cingesar 4, Skube 2, Poteko, Miklavčič, Gaber 1, Zorman, Razgor 1, Bombač 4.Tunizija: Missaoui (4 saves), Maggaiz (3 saves); Toumi 3, Tej 2, Maaref, Bannour 3, Haj ;Youssef, Sanai 3, Boughanmi 4, Saied, Hosni, Ben Salah, Hammed 2, Chouiref 3, Soussi 1, Jallouz 5. read more

La smart TV Samsung est compatible avec des contenus YouTube 3D

first_imgLa smart TV Samsung est compatible avec des contenus YouTube 3D Le visionnage de vidéos YouTube est désormais accessible aux possesseurs de smart TV Samsung résidant en Amérique du Nord, au Royaume-Uni et au Japon.Conformément à ce qui avait été annoncé au salon IFA à Berlin en septembre 2011, Samsung a annoncé que la plate-forme de partage de vidéos YouTube pourrait être accessible depuis tous ces smart téléviseurs. Cette mesure s’appliquera dans un premier temps à l’Amérique du Nord, au Royaume-Uni et au Japon. Mais elle sera ensuite étendue aux autres pays du monde.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ? Cela signifie également que les contenus vidéos en 3D visibles sur YouTube pourront être lus sur la smart TV de Samsung. Les heureux possesseurs de Smart TV Samsung, qui se trouvent dans les zones du globe citées plus haut, bénéficient du visionnage de vidéos hébergées sur YouTube depuis leur téléviseur de salon. A court terme, il semblerait que Samsung possède l’exclusivité du contenu 3D pour smart TV.Il apparaît donc qu’à terme, le visionnage de vidéos YouTube pourra s’effectuer sans passer par un ordinateur (ou une tablette).Le 26 décembre 2011 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce de gecko découverte en Australie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de gecko découverte en AustralieDécrivant leur découverte jeudi 9 février sur le site de la revue Zootaxa, des chercheurs américains et australiens ont recensé une nouvelle espèce de gecko, un minuscule lézard, dans une île du nord-ouest de l’Australie. Un corps de 4,51 centimètres de longueur, plus 5,3 centimètres pour la queue, des doigts repliés et un poids de seulement 2,5 grammes : Cyrtodactylus kimberleyensis, une nouvelle espèce de gecko, vient d’être décrite par le Dr Aaron Bauer, de l’Université Villanova (Pennsylvanie) et le Dr Paul Doughty, du Western Australian Museum. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ceux-ci en ont découvert le premier spécimen – une femelle, porteuse d’un œuf unique de 9,4 x 5,3 millimètres – sur l’île d’East Montalivet, sur la côte nord de la région du Kimberley, en Australie occidentale. “La nouvelle espèce est l’une des plus petites du genre Cyrtodactylus, dont elle est le premier représentant connu en Australie occidentale. L’île d’East Montalivet est à plus de 30 km au large de la côte, au nord du Kimberley, ce qui en fait l’une des îles les plus isolées de cette région”, ont précisé les chercheurs cités par Sci-news.com.”La découverte d’un Cyrtodactylus à un tel endroit est particulièrement surprenante, étant donné qu’aucun reptile de ce genre n’est connu sur la partie continentale du Kimberley, voire sur toute zone au sein de l’Australie, en dehors du nord du Queensland, situé de l’autre côté du continent”, ont-ils encore ajouté. Le 13 février 2012 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bojack Horseman Isnt Even His Show Anymore

first_img Team Geek’s Favorite TV Shows of 2017The Great Question of our Time: Rick and Morty or Bojack Horseman? In its fourth season, Bojack Horseman grew into something nobody could have seen coming. It started out as a satire of Hollywood and entertainment culture, revolving around a washed-up actor who consistently, almost purposefully screws up everything halfway decent about his life. He instinctively pushes people away. Any conscious efforts to be a better person, or even actively seek out happiness are self-sabotaging. Anyone who sticks with him, either through obligation or because they genuinely like him for some reason, are drawn into Bojack’s cycle of sadness. If they weren’t already wallowing in their own.When season four begins, the show has already taken this premise to its logical extreme. There’s no clear place to go from the end of season three. The show can’t keep telling the same stories over and over again, nor can it keep relying on the same gags. It had to branch out. It had to experiment. In season four, Bojack Horseman became about so much more than Bojack Horseman. When the show began, we really only focused on other characters as they moved in and out of Bojack’s life. Now, they all have they’re own lives that hardly involve Bojack at all. Part of that is because the characters are all growing apart. Bojack and Princess Carolyn hardly talk to each other all season. Todd has moved out of Bojack’s house and continues to found ridiculous startups. Bojack actively avoids talking to Diane, who’s having her own marital problems with Mr. Peanutbutter. In one episode, Princess Carolyn’s imagined granddaughter justifies her inclusion of Bojack and Diane’s B-plot as fleshing out the world. That’s what the entirety of season four was. By broadening the scope, this fictional version of L.A. was the most fleshed-out, living world it’s ever been.Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) (via Netflix)The show now has more confidence in itself than in past seasons. We care about every character, not just how they relate to Bojack. Their storylines don’t have to crossover in every episode. This season, it became the norm for characters to go entire episodes without ever seeing each other. That freed the writers up to focus on the cast as a whole, and really dive into their lives. And it turns out, even without Bojack’s constant presence, they’re lives are pretty sad on their own. More than in any other season, a pervasive atmosphere of sadness and hopelessness hung over the story. Don’t get me wrong; it was still incredibly ridiculous and funny. I cackled out loud even more in this season than in any of the past three. It’s just that, more than almost any other animated comedy, Bojack Horseman cares about the consistency of its world, and refuses to let any of its characters off the hook.Nothing comes easy for anyone on Bojack Horseman. Even when Princess Carolyn thinks she’s found the perfect guy, complications arise. He’s a mouse, and his family has an entire religious holiday dedicated to how evil cats are. Then, he makes a comment about how easy everything is with her when she’s been working incredibly hard to keep everything together. They try to start a family, and she has a miscarriage. Not her first either, as she reveals. She tells him if he wants easy, he should leave her. And he does.Diane (Alison Brie) and Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins) (Via Netflix)Mr. Peanutbutter is roped into a campaign for governor that brings both of his ex-wives back into the picture, and puts a serious strain on his relationship with Diane. They go through the worst this season has to offer. At the beginning, they find out they can really only have sex after a heated argument. By the end of it, they’ve bought a house together and tried an impromptu trip to Hawaii (there’s a bridge now) that wasn’t nearly as romantic as either of them hoped. In the final episode, Diane is forced to confront how sad she really is. Their marriage is a hard, messy thing that doesn’t appear to make sense. “But if you squint just right, everything lines up and it’s the most perfect, beautiful, amazing thing.” Then, Diane tells him she’s tired of squinting, and it’s the most brutal, heartbreaking line I’ve ever heard from a wacky animated comedy.Todd probably has the most traditional sitcom storyline of any of the characters, which is not something I’d ever thought I’d say about a plot involving rabid clown dentists. Everyone else on the show still thinks of Todd as the aimless kid who crashes on Bojack’s house, but that’s not who he is anymore. He’s a (mostly) successful businessman. He has his own place. He’s the one person everything seems to work out for. He got his own episode, which turned out to be one of the best of the season. He frantically juggles responsibilities, including a sham relationship with a movie star, working for Mr. Peanutbutter’s gubernatorial campaign, finding out whether or not the mysterious young horse who showed up is Bojack’s daughter, and playing triangle at the Hollywoo bowl. Along the way, he inadvertently starts a fashion craze that persists through the rest of the season. Todd is the most earnest, hardest-working person on this show, and it starts to pay off this season. One of the most heartening things about his story has been his discovery and acceptance that he’s asexual. Over the course of 12 episodes, we saw him grow more comfortable with using the word to describe himself, find a support group to help him make sense of his feelings, find out that being asexual doesn’t preclude loving, romantic relationships, and possibly find someone who feels the same way that he does. It’s the most positive (if not the only) portrayal of asexuality on TV, and this show handles it with surprising depth and nuance.Todd (Aaron Paul) and Courtney Portnoy (Sharon Horgan) (Via Netflix)The season’s biggest surprise though, was saved for Bojack. For once, the show cuts him a break, though he had to go through hell to get it. After losing his on-screen daughter at the end of last season, this one focused on his relationship with two real-life relatives: His mother and his alleged daughter. Needing a break from Hollywoo, he’s entirely absent from the first episode. In the second, he visits his mother’s childhood summer home, and we realize what a terrible childhood she had. Later in the season, we see how she and Bojack’s dad met, married and grew into the people Bojack knew. Yes, they were terrible parents, but the cycle didn’t start with them. When Bojack returns to Hollywoo, he’s confronted with a 17-year-old horse who may be his daughter. She’s smart, self-reliant and genuinely kind, thanks to the great parenting of her eight dads. She still has some of Bojack’s problems. That self-loathing appears to be genetic. In an episode consisting almost entirely of Bojack’s inner monologue telling him he’s a piece of shit, Hollyhock reveals she has that same voice in her head too. (Side note: It’s eerie how will this show captured crippling self-doubt in that one.)Introducing a possible daughter-figure for Bojack turned out to be a great move. The more Bojack sees himself in her, the more he realizes he doesn’t want her to turn out like him. Her presence actively pushes Bojack to try to be better. That’s something we’ve never seen from him before. It’s not easy for him, either. He screws up, but Hollyhock understands. It helps that she’s not looking for another father and doesn’t expect that from Bojack. All she wants is for him to be a decent human being. She pushes him to bring his mother home. A gesture that backfires horrifically. Ever obsessed with weight, his mother hides diet pills in Hollyhock’s coffee. She grows increasingly unable to process the world around her, doesn’t recognize her body and unknowingly overdoses on amphetamines. As a result, he abandons his mother in a crappy nursing home in Michigan with a view of a dumpster. It’s the worst thing he can do, as she is rapidly spiraling into dementia and barely knows what’s going on around her anymore. Bojack at least performs one last act of mercy for her, if you can call it that. Before leaving her in that room, he gives her a comforting lie about where she is. He tells her she’s at the old summer house eating ice cream. Yes, he’s taking advantage of her illness, but it makes her smile, at least. Plus, after what she did, it’s hard to blame him. Man, even just before the most hopeful ending its ever had, Bojack Horseman is really dark.Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla) (Via Netflix)The series does have a genuinely uplifting ending though. That might actually be a first. Upon finding out who Hollyhock’s mother is, and giving her a phone number, we learn that she wasn’t Bojack’s daughter after all. She’s his half-sister. And her positive influence on Bojack might continue next season. As she says in the finale’s last line, “I’ve never had a brother.” It’s a genuine, heartfelt moment that represents the best of what this series can be. It can be one of the raunchiest, inappropriate and hilarious comedies on TV. It can go to some truly dark and messed up places. But even after all that, it retains its heart. These characters are truly messed up, but the feel like real people. The writers of the show deeply care about them, and as a result, so do we. After the binge is over, it’s sad to see them go. Season four broadened the scope, and made us care about everyone on this show. Now, I can’t wait until we get to see them again next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Facebook Instagram hit by apparent global outage

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy Rylo Tags Angela Lang/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Facebook is down for many on Sunday. Angela Lang/CNET Many users of Facebook and Instagram are unable to access the social networks’ services Sunday in an apparent global disruption.The issue apparently began around 6:30 a.m. PT, according to Down Detector.Instagram users complained of not being able to log in to their accounts, while Facebook users said they were having trouble sharing status updates and media such as photos and video. Users across the US, Canada, Australia and parts of Asia complained of not having access.”Every comment I make is being deleted for ‘going against community standards,'” Christine Caro wrote Sunday morning on Isitdownrightnow.com.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review See It Post a comment $59 at eBay Facebook Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Boost Mobile Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express $999center_img $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Share your voice $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $60 at Best Buylast_img read more

Vanier is gone but his Christian model for living alongside the disabled

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsDuke Divinity School Friendship House health care homepage featured Jean Vanier L’Arche people with disabilities Top Story,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — At the evening prayer service at a new residential complex here, a dozen young people took turns reading a passage from the Gospel of Luke, reciting a Psalm and singing some prayers.They paid no mind as one woman tripped over the words “rebuke,” “unrighteous” and “snare” that appeared in the liturgy. They congratulated another person who, at the end of the Lord’s Prayer, blurted out, “What does ‘amen’ mean?”“Good question!” some exclaimed in unison. It means “truly,” offered one; “so be it,” offered another.These kinds of moments are common at the weekly service where a mix of graduate students and a handful of adults with developmental disabilities share living quarters in three new buildings in the city’s Haymount neighborhood.Jean Vanier. Photo courtesy of Templeton Prize, John MorrisonFriendship House, as they call their co-housing space, is in many ways an outgrowth of the thinking of Jean Vanier, the Catholic theologian and humanitarian who died earlier this month and who changed the way many Christians view disability. Insisting on the humanity of all, Vanier worked to tear down the separation between the able and disabled and between those helping and those being helped.His signature creation was L’Arche, a worldwide network of homes where people with and without disabilities live and work as peers. The influence of L’Arche can be found in Friendship Houses, which have adopted Vanier’s core principle of “Eat together, pray together, celebrate together.”READ: ‘Intrinsically worthy’: Jean Vanier’s legacy to people with disabilitiesThere are seven Friendship Houses in the U.S. and one in Scotland. The Fayetteville Friendship House, which opened late last year, is the newest and most novel. While other Friendship Houses are affiliated with seminaries or Christian universities, Fayetteville’s is intended to allow students in health care professions the opportunity to learn from disabled people.It is the brainchild of Scott Cameron, a physician and a graduate of Duke Divinity School, who realized he needed to change his own attitude about some of the diagnoses he delivers to parents of babies he cares for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. With Friendship House, Cameron aims to extend that insight into a larger group of health care students.“I think it will help them change the way they view disabilities, not as something that is broken, but something that can be celebrated,” he said.Cameron and his family — his wife is a public school teacher — moved into a newly constructed house next to Friendship House last year. The Camerons often lead joint activities there.Two of the three Friendship House buildings in Fayetteville, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronThe campus, with three buildings, a barn and a garden, cost about $1.5 million to build. Much of that was raised through partnerships with businesses and nonprofits. The land was given by Highland Presbyterian Church, which is located across the street.The house is meant to attract those studying to be nurses, doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists and occupational therapists at four nearby universities and a community college. At full capacity, it will house 18 students and six people with developmental disabilities.Each resident pays a monthly rent of $450, including utilities, and is provided a bedroom on a single-sex unit. Each unit includes a disabled person and three students.But the students are not caretakers or babysitters. They are there mostly to offer social support.“My job is to be a friend,” said Victor Long, 30, who graduated from Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine this month and shares a Friendship House apartment with Michael Brown, a 24-year-old man with autism.“I go about my daily living. If I go grocery shopping or out to eat with friends, I try to get Michael involved, to be social,” said Long, who begins a residency at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center next month.Michael Brown, standing right, helps plant some raised beds at Friendship House in Fayetteville, N.C. Photo courtesy of Avery CameronThat help with socialization is a key part of what draws people with disabilities to the house.“Our son loves Friendship House and I think this is the first time in his life where he’s felt like he has a network of friends,” said Brenda Brown, Michael’s mother. “That’s probably the biggest thing he’s gotten so far.”The first Friendship House opened in 2007 at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. Matthew Floding, then dean of students, said a couple approached him at church and told him they wanted their disabled son to live independently but couldn’t find a safe place for him.At the time, the seminary was looking to provide more housing for its students, and the idea of pairing students with people with disabilities was born.Floding, now director of ministerial formation at Duke Divinity School, said the need for housing may have sparked the project, but theological considerations also played a role. A co-housing arrangement would provide students entering ministry the opportunity to live among marginalized people — people like those Jesus ministered to.“How can you train people to serve all people if you don’t address it in your curriculum or experientially?” he asked.An estimated 4.6 million Americans have an intellectual or developmental disability, according to The Arc, a national organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Developmental disabilities may include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, developmental delay, autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Intellectual disability generally means an IQ test score of approximately 70 or below.Unlike L’Arche homes, which welcome people with profound disabilities (and also receive federal and state support), the adults with disabilities living in Friendship Houses typically have mild delays such as autism or Down syndrome. Most have high school diplomas and some hold driver’s licenses.Participants pray together after the spring planting and dedication of raised beds at Friendship House in Fayetteville, N.C. Photo courtesy of Avery CameronLike at the L’Arche homes, faith binds the residents together. While no one has to profess a Christian faith, or any faith, residents are expected to participate in the weekly prayer service.That was something Chasity Sullivan, 26, welcomed.“I’m a Christian and had been looking for a church — and hadn’t found the right one — and this offered a faith community,” said Sullivan, who is studying at Methodist University to be a physician’s assistant.Floding said he is interested in developing an interfaith Friendship House, perhaps on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But for now, most of the interest has come from Christian seminaries: Princeton Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Luther Seminary are all considering opening their own Friendship Houses, he said.For Cameron, who took his Friendship House residents on a hayride around town after prayer services on a recent Tuesday evening, it’s a worthy effort.“We need to be in community with folks who have disabilities more than they need to be with us,” said Cameron. “There’s something that they bring. It’s a leveling effect, where ambition and the career ladder and your bank account balance, they become silly.”The relaxing front porch of a Friendship House building in Fayetteville, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,In St. Louis, ‘Grill to Glory’ deploys churches (and hot dogs) for communi … DIY Faith • News Share This! Share This!center_img News Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 To Botham Jean’s parents, fatal shooting still feels ‘as if it just happened’ Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This!last_img read more

TxDOT Says Redesigned Exit Should Help Traffic Flow at A Freeway Hotspot

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49 After last week’s opening of the direct connector between I-45 northbound and U.S. 59/I-69 North, TxDOT will now open the new St. Joseph Parkway-Pease Street exit to help get traffic into downtown Houston.TxDOT’s Deidrea George said the revamped exit should be open by Monday morning’s commute.“It will feed directly from 45 northbound,” explained George. “And there will also be two lanes versus the one-lane exit that was there.”And George said having a ground-level exit will greatly help traffic flow.“The addition of the extra lane will definitely help to take traffic off of the freeway and move them out onto the frontage road quicker, which will also free up some of the traffic holdup on 45 northbound,” George told Houston Public Media.So where does the project go next? George said they’ll now start construction on the Cullen Boulevard ramp.“What the Cullen Boulevard entrance ramp will do, it will provide a ramp to the newly-elevated 69 north and southbound connector, which is Spur 5 now,” added George.TxDOT expects to complete the entire project by spring of next year.center_img – / 6 Listen Sharelast_img read more

Developing Legal Group Challenges the System Fights Black Laws

first_img1928 • U. Grant Tyler, Roy S. Bond, Emory Cole and John Hampton outside the Banneker Law Building, which was owned by African-American lawyers.After half a century of practicing law in Maryland, by 1935, Black attorneys were still denied entrance into bar associations.The two local groups at the time—the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City—offered professional comradery and mentorship opportunities to its members.“It was a way of networking and formally passing down information,” University of Maryland law Professor Larry Gibson says. “Older lawyers, in a social setting, could share information with younger lawyers and mutually help each other.”The doors to those professional organizations were closed to Baltimore’s Black lawyers, so they created their own brotherhood around a mission to uplift the race. They called it the Monumental City Bar Association.The Early YearsReferences to the Monumental City Bar date back to 1917 although the group’s early work was “spasmodic,” according to an AFRO article that commemorated the organization’s 10th anniversary. The association’s first leader was Cornelius C. Fitzgerald, an attorney who specialized in testamentary law and was considered an authority on wills.It was not until 1921, when W. Ashbie Hawkins became president, that he “led [the Monumental City Bar] into prominence with a new program of cooperation, legal supervision for race people and a fight on the ‘black laws’ of Maryland,” the AFRO article reads.The members of the group met each month, held discussions and formed committees.“They were a collective voice,” says Gibson.Although the attorneys led their own practices—some representing civil organizations such as the local NAACP and the AFRO—they united on civil rights concerns, opposed discriminatory laws, and endorsed politicians.Marshall’s Role1936 • Monumental City Bar Association, regular meeting letter.The Monumental City Bar was incorporated in April 1935. The group’s secretary was Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice. Gibson says Marshall drew up the legal group’s incorporation papers and filed them with the state.When Marshall was a newly-minted member of the Maryland Bar in 1933, he was denied office space to start his law practice because of his race. He finally found a workplace with two members of the Monumental City Bar—Warner T. McGuinn and William Alfred Carroll Hughes Jr. They leased the sixth floor of the old Phoenix Building in downtown Baltimore.“They were the first Black lawyers below Fayette Street,” says Gibson. “Most of the other Black lawyers were in the Banneker building on 14 East Pleasant Street, which is still occupied by Black lawyers.”Marshall’s first big civil rights win came the same year the Monumental City Bar was founded. The case forced the University of Maryland’s law school to admit applicant Donald Gains Murray and thus all qualified Black students.“Marshall felt strongly about this case because of his dismay, when he was about to begin his own legal studies, that he could not attend the Maryland school,” according to an AFRO article chronicling Marshall’s life in 1960.His work with the University of Maryland set the stage for his most memorable case, Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the desegregation of all public schools.The Black Legal BodyServing as the “legal body” for the Black community, the members of the Monumental City Bar adopted resolutions regarding legislation, even sending telegrams to lawmakers urging their support of bills that were important to the race such as the anti-lynching bill.In 1935, more than 22 cities on the East Coast had Black lawyers in their respective state’s attorney’s offices, but Maryland’s J. Bernard Wells told the AFRO: “I am afraid that Maryland is not ready for the appointment of a colored man [in this office].” Monumental City Bar members reacted by submitting petitions for the state’s attorney to appoint Black lawyers.Members were also active in the National Bar Association, comprised of Black attorneys from across the country. Marshall served as secretary in 1937, and the Monumental City Bar often hosted NBA conferences.1934 • Lawyers attend the National Bar Association in Baltimore.Prominent MembersFormer Monumental City Bar president, E. Everett Lane, was the “first robed judge south of the Mason Dixon line,” according to an AFRO article. Lane was appointed by Maryland Governor Theodore McKeldin in 1957 as associate judge of what was then the People’s Court of Baltimore City—a local court that handled 19,000 cases annually. That same year, Lane was among the first three Blacks admitted to Baltimore’s bar association. He was also a veteran, having enlisted in World War I and having been honorably discharged as an army sergeant.Lane called his work on the People’s Court “fascinating, but challenging…For the rights and welfare of many people must be guarded, and there are many cases in which those involved are unable, financially to procure counsel,” according to a speech referenced in a 1957 AFRO article.Law was an integral part of the attorney’s family. His father was one of the first Blacks allowed to practice in Maryland, and Lane says he was named after Maryland’s first Black lawyer, Everett Waring.A brother pair with ties to the legal group also contributed during this time period. The Kogers are said to have opened the first law firm in the country owned by Black brothers. Linwood G. and Azzie B. Koger were veterans who graduated from Howard University’s law school.Roy S. Bond was credited with more divorces than any lawyer outside Reno.Despite their similar interests in increasing opportunities for Black people, the pair had distinct strengths. Azzie B. Koger was more scholarly, writing about the history of Black lawyers and ministers. His brother Linwood Koger was more active as a lawyer, presiding over the Monumental City Bar for several terms, working as an assistant city solicitor, and heading the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP. Linwood was also one of the first Blacks to run for the state legislature and Congress. The well-known attorney also became a judge and made an impression on a 13-year-old Gibson.“He’s the first Black judge I ever saw in my life,” Gibson recalls. “I have the clearest recollection of going down to the Northwestern Police District…Seeing this Black judge up there, as far as I was concerned, he might as well have been on the Supreme Court.”Another set of brothers opened a law firm in 1931—Cornelius C. and William L. Fitzgerald. The two-office firm specialized in real estate, fire, and automobile insurance. The elder brother, Cornelius, was Monumental City Bar’s first leader. The former city councilman and president of the board of trustees for Provident Hospital died of an illness in 1935, just months after the group’s incorporation.William Fitzgerald’s legal career spanned more than 60 years. He was also a Monumental City Bar president, and he represented Baltimore’s 17th Ward on the city council from 1919-1923. An AFRO article in 1950 announced he was the first Black person to pass Maryland’s written law exam.The younger Fitzgerald brother was a powerful voice behind the years-long campaign to increase Black teachers’ salaries. He was also a powerhouse real estate attorney, and the Housing Authority often called on him for help planning sites for low rent housing. His goal was to “make homes and investment property on principal streets available to members of his race,” according to his 1961 eulogy in the AFRO.Another active member of the Monumental City Bar, Roy S. Bond, owned one of the largest divorce practices on the East Coast. An AFRO article credited him with more divorces than any attorney outside Reno.“A White lawyer told me lines would come out of the building to see Roy Bond,” says Gibson. “He was handing out more than one divorce decree in the same day. The highest I found he issued was 12 [in the same day].”Bond served four terms as president of the Monumental City Bar, often mentoring up-and-coming attorneys and letting them take over some of his divorce cases.Although many of Maryland’s first Black lawyers championed civil rights cases, “they had to make a living,” explains Gibson. “Bread and butter work for lawyers was divorces.”By the 1950’s, the coalition of Black attorneys started winning local and state appointments, but it would be over the next two decades that they truly began to play a prominent role in the state and country’s political scene.last_img read more