Sonias significance

first_imgIf reports of Sonia Gandhi’s refusal to accept the proposal to appoint Prerak (motivator) for conducting Congress’s outreach activities across the country, on the ground that the word has a glaring similarity to the Pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are true, there lies an enormous hope of speedy revival of 134 year old organisation from the situation it is facing for last five-six years. As media reports suggest, a proposal to have Preraks as a bridge between Congress and its grassroots was submitted by party’s training department in a recently held meeting of chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, leaders of legislature parties in different states, party presidents of state units and national general secretaries/in-charges of states. The proposal reportedly suggested that Preraks be appointed at various levels across the country to impart training and organise workshops for workers. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe proposal could not gather support from the participants of the meeting who found that the word sounded too similar to the nomenclature RSS has for its operatives. Movers of the proposal tried to convince the meeting to adopt the concept of Preraks by arguing that it was Rajiv Gandhi who had written a paper titled ‘Abhi Prerak’ in 1987. But interim Congress’s interim president reportedly rejected the idea by saying that this was ‘New India’ and the messaging has to be clear and bold. She said that Congress cannot be seen towing it’s rival’s line. She also stressed that public memory is very short and one cannot expect people to have such recall value that the word Prerak was used by us as early as 32 years back. Also Read – Insider threat managementPrerak, perhaps, would be changed to Samnvayak, Sanyojak or Sahyogi (coordinator, convenor or consociate). If happened, it was a very meagre part of the entire proceedings of the meeting. But the incident has its substantial importance because it shows how meticulous Sonia is in giving green signal to any program her party wants to undertake and how she has an eye for details which can ensure that Congress moves in the right direction in coming months. Had there been anyone else at the helm of the party affairs following Rahul Gandhi’s exit, Preraks would have found their way in a slumbering atmosphere. Only Sonia in her party has a ubiquitous moral authority with which she can handle things differently. Therefore, she could warn her chief ministers that they have a special responsibility in states and must stand out as examples of sensitive and responsive governance with accountable and transparent administration. “We must be seen to be fulfilling our manifesto commitments. If not, we will lose people’s support with obvious consequences”, she cautioned them. By this, she made it clear that the reports she is getting about the performance in various states are less than satisfactory. Imagine if any of the names that were taking rounds after Rahul’s resignation were leading the party provisionally today, would leaders such as Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot and Capt. Amrinder Singh taken this caution with required seriousness? It also requires spunk to tell a self-obsessed lot to have a concrete agitational agenda on issues of pressing concern to the people and that ‘it is not enough to be active and aggressive on the social media’. Sonia told the ‘hip-hip hurray brigade’ that far more important is to go to the people directly because ‘people expect Congress to stand up fearlessly to fight on the streets, fight in villages, towns and cities’. Sonia is well aware of the fact that at the time of preparing for 2019 general elections RSS-BJP launched a huge social media campaign but they kept their ground activities imperforate whereas, under the influence of alien teenage managers, even the seasoned leaders began fighting their electoral battles on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram only ignoring hard realities that need personal touch with the ground. This is the time when Congress can bombard against a situation that has taken its ugliest shape because of a prolonged economic slump, job losses and shakier confidence of investors. This is the time when Modi government appears more and more clueless and insensitive, when vendetta politics is at its peak, when people are feeling threatened and intimidating and when each and every institution is being diabolically subverted. If not now, when will the time of resurgence come for Congress? Realising this, Sonia said in the meeting, “democracy has never been at greater peril than it is now, the mandate of 2019 is now being misused and abused in a most dangerous fashion’. She also made it clear that during these testing times it will become clear that who are those steadfastly devoted to Congress as an ideology and those who look to Congress only as an opportunity for self-advancement. The recent upheavals within her party must have made Sonia much more observant in choosing the future fellows, not only for her but for Rahul and Priyanka too. States ruled by Congress are generally seen as the standing safe sanctuaries of democracy. People-centric governance, economic remonetisation, and the strongest bulwark against BJP would add to the credibility of Congress. There is a need to put in place an effective system for monitoring and implementation of the key manifesto commitments that the Congress had made in the run-up to the Assembly Elections. Effective coordination between the party organisations and the governments in Congress-ruled states is also necessary. Congress has to counter constant diabolic game destabilisation that the BJP plays. Congress has to re-launch its narrative strongly. It must have a strong and compact team of dedicated, well-studied and sober word-soldiers that can take on loudmouths of RSS-BJP spokespersons on various media forums. Personal likes and dislikes of middle-level schemers have brought Congress to this disgraceful footing. Getting rid of this lot by sidelining them ferociously must be a top priority for the party leadership. Without this, all the sweat will go waste, as in the past. If it is against the elegance to drive them out, those who want to slush everything, those who want to hush power and those whose job has been nothing than milking, let at least let them go. Observing Sonia Gandhi’s two decades in politics, I can say that she believes in being heart-to-heart with her colleagues. Her frankness is the child of her honesty and courage. She understands that politics is a common calling and that it is something to be discussed with absolute sincerity. Sonia has spoken the truth. Others must learn to hear it. Turning deaf ears to her advise will block opportunities for revival. Congress cannot afford to miss the train this time. (The author is Editor and CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

People on the move 5114

first_imgJeannine Shao Collins named publisher at More. She was previously serving as Meredith 360 chief innovation officer. Theresa Griggs is now creative director at Cosmopolitan. She was previously design director at Women’s Health. mental_floss has named Erin McCarthy as its managing editor of digital content. McCarthy was previously deputy editor of digital for the brand.The New Yorker has named Jay Caspian Kang as editor of “Elements.” He was previously working in freelance after leaving his post as an editor at Grantland.HVACR Business magazine has made a few recent additions to its team:Bruce Sprague is now circulation manager. He was previously at Penton Media, where he managed circulation and fulfillment.Pete Grasso has been named editor. Grasso joins the magazine with a deep background in PR and b-to-b editorial.Tony D’Avino joined as director of business development. D’Avino was previously executive vice president at Advanstar.Mark Miller has resigned his post as deputy editorial director at The Hollywood Reporter. No news yet on Miller’s future endeavors or his replacement.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Shawsheen Tech Students Receive Printing Industry Award Of Excellence

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Students representing the Graphic Communication Shop at Shawsheen Tech were presented individual Awards of Excellence at the Printing Industries of New England (PINE) annual awards gala held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 10.Marcelo Freitas, a senior from Billerica, Hailey Nardone, a junior from Billerica, and Heather McLaughlin, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were recognized for the quality and creativity of their individual graphic design and print project submitted to PINE, an industry trade association, as part of the associations’ student project competition.Freitas worked on a new logo for a local construction company and Hailey Nardone designed a new logo for a brewing company.  Their respective designs were then printed and/or embroidered onto a variety of apparel that is in use at each company today.  Samples of this newly printed apparel were submitted to PINE by Heidi Lloyd and Tom Struthers, both instructors in the Graphic Communications Shop.“I was very surprised when I learned I won the award,” said Freitas. “It’s awesome.  I felt great. There is a certain type of feeling you get after you realize that you made something for someone else that they are going to use.  It’s a good feeling.”Nardone was elated when she heard the news of the award.“It felt awesome. I really like this type of work and this is what I want to do for my co-op job and then professionally for my work,” Nardone said. “This award gives me more confidence, and now the work is even more fun and interesting, knowing that I can really do this work.”McLaughlin was recognized for her framed canvas screen print of Bar Harbor Maine. “I was already working on this project.  I think I am the first person to use canvas as my material,” she said.As for the PINE award, McLaughlin added, “I felt proud of myself. I really respect my teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, for submitting my work and thinking it’s worthy of being recognized. The awards mean a lot to everyone else in the shop.  It’s really cool that three of us were recognized.  It’s great for the shop.”These students may soon be joining an industry that has a long and storied history in New England.  According to Christine Hagopian, the current President of PINE, this member-based organization has been in existence for 130 years as part of the National Printing Industry Association.However, Hagopian points out that the printing industry has a serious problem.“Our members are having great difficulty recruiting the next generation of employees for their company,” Hagopian said. “Older employees are retiring and many companies in our industry cannot find enough skilled talent to replace the people who are leaving.”“The printing industry is healthy and thriving, and there is opportunity for the next generation to do well,” Hagopian added. “This is why we started the Award for Excellence for students three years ago.  We want to recognize the schools and students that are doing good work in the graphic communications shops in New England, including Shawsheen Tech.”Students in the Graphics Communication program at Shawsheen Tech are part of the next generation of employees with the training and work experience needed  to fill the employment gap identified by Christine Hagopiian.  And according to Heidi Lloyd, an instructor in the Program, the PINE awards are a boost to her students as well as to the program.“I am thrilled that our students are being recognized! Our shop has undergone some changes over the past few years with the addition of some new equipment. We are now able to expand the education for the students with new and exciting skills and with that it is giving them more employment opportunities,” said Mrs. Lloyd.Left to Right: Hailey Nardone (Billerica), Marcelo Freitas (Billerica), Heather McLaughlin (Tewksbury) recipients of Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of New England at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”last_img read more

Boeing crisis escalates as 737 MAX 8 makes emergency landing shortly after

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/2:01Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015.ReutersA Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 heading to the California desert for parking during a global ban of the aircraft made an emergency landing on Tuesday due to an engine-related problem shortly after take-off, the carrier said.It did not have any passengers and the issue was not related to a computer system on the 737 MAX aircraft that has come under scrutiny following two fatal crashes, one on Lion Air and another on Ethiopian Airlines, since October, the airline said.”The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport,” Southwest said in a statement.Southwest Flight 8701 returned to Orlando International Airport just before 3 pm ET after pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines, the airline said.The flight was scheduled to fly from Orlando to a logistics airport in Victorville, California, near the Mojave desert, where Southwest began flying its fleet of 34 MAX jets for storage.The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded the 737 MAX following the two crashes but has allowed airlines to conduct flights without passengers to move planes to other airports.A Boeing spokesman said the company was “aware of the incident and supporting our customer.”Rather than fly to California, Southwest said the plane will be moved to an Orlando maintenance facility for review. US Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets After Fatal Ethiopian Airlines Crashcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Newborn dies as strikers stop ambulance twice

first_imgAmbulances are usually kept out of the purview of any strike, but transport workers in Moulvibazar district were not ready to accept that. They halted an ambulance here twice on Sunday, leading to the death of a 7-day-old girl.Family members alleged that the victim, daughter of Kuton Miah of Ajmir village under Sadar union of Barlekha upazila, died as she could not be taken to hospital in time due to a 48-hour strike enforced by transport workers.Victim’s uncle Akbar Ali said the baby was taken to Upazila Health Complex in the morning as she had not been taking breast milk or anything else since Saturday night, and had been crying all along.Physicians at the hospital referred her to Sylhet for better treatment and they started for Sylhet in an ambulance around 10:00am, he said.But, transport workers intercepted the ambulance first at Dasherbazar in the upazila for half an hour.The ambulance was again halted by the transport workers at Chandgram in Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet when its driver was also beaten.As the baby’s condition worsened, the demonstrators allowed the ambulance to move after one and a half hours, Akbar said, adding that having no movement from the baby at that time, they took her to nearby Beanibazar Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared her dead.Officer-in-charge of Barlekha police station Yasinul Haque said no written complaint was filed in this regard. “Steps will be taken once a written complaint is lodged,” he said.Transport workers enforced the 48-hour strike across the country on Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand, causing immense sufferings to passengers.last_img read more

Call for calm after 86 die in farmer herder clashes

first_imgMuhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president called for calm on Sunday after at least 86 people died in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in central Plateau state after the fighting, part of an escalation of clashes that have raged for years, often over dwindling fertile land.A total of 86 people had died by late Sunday, state police spokesman Terna Tyopev said, raising the local government’s earlier estimate of 70.The violence in Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for president Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability.In a statement on the president’s official Twitter account late on Sunday, Buhari appealed for calm, adding that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence.”But senior lawmakers lamented the state of Nigeria’s law enforcement systems.“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country,” Yakubu Dogara, the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, said in a statement on Sunday.Buhari’s party rejects criticism that his administration is soft-peddling justice for the herders, who belong to the same Fulani ethnic group as the president.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi resigns as Congress president

first_imgRahul Gandhi. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India’s main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter account.”Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”The 49-year-old, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, had only been Congress president since December 2017.Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1948, but it has seen a spectacular collapse in support in the past decade.Gandhi said immediately after his party’s defeat in the April-May national elections that he would not continue as leader, but party barons had hoped to change his mind and Wednesday’s official announcement still came as a surprise.Congress won only 52 of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament in the election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 303 seats, increasing its majority as it won a second consecutive five-year term.The BJP’s huge victory stunned the opposition and political pundits who had predicted a reduced majority for Modi’s party.While saying he could not avoid his share of the blame, Gandhi launched a virulent attack on the BJP’s tactics, hinting that the vote had not been free and fair and saying that the Indian press, judiciary and election commission had all been turned against the opposition.- Privileged scion? -“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state,” he said.Gandhi also accused the BJP of seeking to “destroy the fabric of our nation” and vowed to protect the country until his “last breath”.”I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India,” he said.Veteran Indian politician Motilal Vora, new intern president of India`s main opposition Congress party, gestures at his residence in New Delhi on 3 July, 2019. Photo: AFPCritics accuse the BJP of stoking religious tensions and trying to undermine the country’s secular credentials.The BJP denies the accusations, insisting it believes in equality for all.Around 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.The great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy, Gandhi had set out to rejuvenate the party after it lost to BJP in the 2014 election.But he struggled to shed his image as a privileged, dynastic scion.He even lost his constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that had been a family bastion for decades. He was allowed to contest a second seat, however, and won in southern India.Gandhi’s efforts at rebuilding the so-called Grand Old Party also seemed to flounder with the senior members refusing to yield space to the younger generation. Media reports said party baron, 90-year-old Motilal Vora, would become interim chief.”Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” Gandhi said.”It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility,” he added.Analysts said Gandhi’s resignation was likely to throw the party into fresh turmoil.”Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is an important point, but the bigger thing is what comes after this,” Manisha Priyam, an independent political analyst, told AFP.”Is it going to be a substitute who is going to be placed as the president?” she said indicating that making a Gandhi family pawn as new leader would not end its troubles.Rahul Gandhi’s mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. His sister Priyanka also took an increased role in this year’s election.last_img

Harvey Aid And Flood Insurance High Priorities As Texans Return To Congress

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneFloodwaters threaten the Grand Vista neighborhood in Richmond on Aug. 28, 2017. Residents were forced to evacuate due rising water from the Brazos River.It’s hard to find anyone who can remember the last time all 36 Texans in the U.S. House came together for a delegation-wide meeting.But that’s just how cataclysmic of an event Hurricane Harvey was to the entire state: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, are gathering all of the Congressional Texans together later this week to sort out how the delegation can best use its size and influence to advocate for the devastated Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi regions. “This is not a normal time,” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, told reporters Tuesday when asked to forecast how the Congress will tackle a whole host of fiscal issues this month, including how to address flood insurance in Houston. The U.S. House is set to cast the first votes for an initial round of Hurricane Harvey relief funding Wednesday. But Congress is also facing a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Plan, which is the arm of the government that settles the claims of flood insurance policyholders. The program was, as U.S. Rep. Gene Green put it, “way over-committed,” even before Harvey. But given the damage of that storm and concerns about a new one, Hurricane Irma, that appeared Tuesday to be headed toward the Florida coast, Congress is all but certain to commit more funds to the program. But how much? That’s the question facing the limited-government Republicans who dominate the delegation, and Congress, for that matter. Delegation sources tell the Tribune they are confident they have the legislative muscle to secure some renewed funding. But the scale of the damage is still an unknown and many of these fiscal conservatives are already becoming anxious over the size of the estimates.For some in the delegation, the goal is to avoid taking any hard stances as negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks.Also, flood insurance will not help everyone affected by the storm. Only 17 percent of homes in the hardest hit areas in the state had flood insurance, according to a Washington Post analysis. For those who do have coverage, a homeowner can expect up to $250,000 to cover damage to the structural house, and $100,000 for belongings inside the home.  The funding problems escalate as members of Congress ponder how – or even whether – to help homeowners who did not have flood insurance.Green, a Houston Democrat and a flood insurance policyholder himself, has seen several hurricanes blow through Houston in his 25 years in the U.S. House.“What happens if you don’t have flood insurance, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] gives you a certain amount,” he said, often in the form of a Small Business Administration loan far less generous than the payments received by those with flood insurance. Several members concurred that funds could be diverted from the Small Business Administration into loans.  But the concept of backing every damaged home is daunting. And not everyone is a fan of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was created decades ago, when the business model for flood insurance was unsustainable in the private market. To critics, it is a government-funded moral hazard that encourages citizens to build homes in places where they should not exist because of the costs and likelihood of flooding. One of the chief critics of the program is a Texan, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas. From his perch as the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he is an advocate for radical changes to the program including ones designed to encourage more private insurers into the market.Still, as Texans returned to Congress Tuesday night, greeted by colleagues from other parts of the country with hugs and sympathy, a measure to extend the flood insurance program past its looming deadline seems likely to pass in some form.For Green, though, this is a no brainer.“It’s not a tough vote for me because of where I come from,” said Green.  Sharelast_img read more

Supreme Court Rules That Immigrants Including Permanent Residents Have No Right To

first_imgRoss D. Franklin/APImmigrants, suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, are transferred to be processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Arizona in 2016.Updated at 11:28 a.m. ETThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and asylum seekers, do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.It’s a profound loss for those immigrants appealing what are sometimes indefinite detentions by the government. Many are held for long periods of time — on average, 13 months — after being picked up for things as minor as joyriding. Some are held even longer.The case, Jennings v. Rodriguez, has implications for legal permanent residents the government wants to deport, because they committed crimes and asylum seekers who are awaiting a court date after turning themselves in at the border. Immigrant advocates contend that many of these immigrants have a right to be free on bail until their case is heard.But the court wrote in its 5-3 opinion Tuesday, “Immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens in the course of immigration proceedings while they determine whether those aliens may be lawfully present in the country.”The majority opinion was penned by Justice Alito and joined by the court’s conservatives. (Justice Kagan did not participate. She recused herself, stemming from work she had done as President Obama’s solicitor general.)The decision reversed a Ninth Circuit ruling and the court remanded it for the Ninth to reconsider the case. So this is not the last word and could come back to the high court.Justice Breyer read from his dissent, a rare move for the court that indicates just how passionately he disagrees with the majority opinion.“We need only recall the words of the Declaration of Independence,” Breyer said, “in particular its insistence that all men and women have ‘certain unalienable Rights,’ and that among them is the right to ‘Liberty.’”He continued, calling the ruling “legal fiction.”“Whatever the fiction, would the Constitution leave the Government free to starve, beat, or lash those held within our boundaries?” Breyer argued. “If not, then, whatever the fiction, how can the Constitution authorize the Government to imprison arbitrarily those who, whatever we might pretend, are in reality right here in the United States?”Breyer added, “No one can claim, nor since the time of slavery has anyone to my knowledge successfully claimed, that persons held within the United States are totally without constitutional protection.”The lead plaintiff in the case is a legal permanent resident, Alejandro Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. as a child and worked as a dental assistant. As a teenager, he was convicted for joyriding, and at 24, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.Rodriguez was detained for three years without the right to appear before a judge to ask for bond.The American Civil Liberties Union took up Rodriguez’ case. The civil-rights group filed a class action lawsuit and eventually won his release and the cancellation of his deportation order. Rodriguez remains in the United States.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the immigrant detainees and asylum seekers can’t be detained indefinitely and that they have a right to a bond hearing every six months. The appellate court also held that, in order to hold these detainees, the government must show the immigrants would pose a danger or become a flight risk if set free.The Obama administration appealed to the high court, insisting that Congress — not the courts — has the power to make immigration law and that the law allows the government to detain “criminal and terrorist aliens” as well as “aliens seeking admission to the United States.”The Trump administration continued the case.The administration also argued that detained immigrants should not be recognized as a class that could bring legal action. Lawyers for the Justice Department said detainees should rely on individual habeus corpus petitions to challenge their detentions.The ACLU countered that few detainees have access to legal counsel and that a backlog of such habeus corpus petitions almost guarantees delays in winning release.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Marketing Chief Kelly Bennett Is Stepping Down EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety At the end of October 2018, Bennett executed Netflix stock trades that netted him $3.36 million, according to SEC filings.Netflix has commenced a search for a new CMO. Bennett said he will remain with the company for an interim transition period and is committed to staying at Netflix through the end of the year if necessary.“Kelly Bennett has been absolutely transformational for us as we expanded our member base in the U.S. and globally, and particularly as we transitioned into being a leader in original series and films,” Hastings said in a statement. “He has been a source of inspiration both inside Netflix and in presenting our brand to the world, and we are thankful for his enormous contributions.”During Bennett’s tenure at Netflix, the company grew from 25.7 million paid streaming members in the third quarter of 2012 to 139 million worldwide at the end of 2018. In recent years, Netflix has dramatically cranked up marketing spending: Marketing costs grew 65% in 2018, to $2.37 billion, and analysts expect that to grow this year by 22%, to nearly $2.9 billion.“When I joined in 2012, we were mostly a tech company,” Bennett said. “Today, we’re a global entertainment programmer at significant scale.”Bennett’s pending exit comes after another recent C-suite shuffle at Netflix. David Wells, a 14-year veteran of the company, said last summer he would step down as CFO. In January, Netflix named Spencer Neumann, formerly CFO of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief financial officer.Meanwhile, Netflix said Wednesday that Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals for Latin America, EMEA and India, is leaving the company after eight years to start his own production company. Netflix named Bela Bajaria, previously Netflix’s VP of content acquisition, to head international non-English TV originals.Bennett started at Netflix as CMO in August 2012 after nine years at Warner Bros., where he most recently was VP of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he led international digital campaigns for the studio’s movies. Before that, Bennett ran digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and worked in promotion and business development at the company. ×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 Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2003, he held executive positions at Dow Jones International and Ignition Media and was a partner in online marketing agency Cimex Media. The Canada native holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kelly Bennett is leaving as Netflix’s chief marketing officer after more than six years leading the streaming giant’s branding and advertising teams during a period of massive growth.Bennett, 46, said in an interview that it’s the “ideal time for me to leave.” He said the decision was his personal choice and that CEO Reed Hastings hadn’t asked him to depart. “Given the success we’re at today — the way we’re performing as a team — it’s the right legacy for me to leave while we’re at our very best,” he told Variety.After he leaves Netflix, Bennett expects to be semi-retired. “I likely will never work full-time again. That’s not something I’m particularly interested in,” Bennett said. “I’m definitely going to spend some more time with my family,” noting he has three children (ages 11, 14 and 17). He added that he’ll look to pursue roles in the non-profit sector or teaching, and possibly serve on some boards.last_img read more