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The Christian Association of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter and community leaders have advised Nigerians to receive the first, second and booster dose of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination at all health centers primary health.

They made the call on Tuesday, during the Technical and Social Mobilization Committee of Anambra, a project supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund housed in the State Ministry of Information, and concluded meetings of advocacy with traditional leaders, religious leaders and influencers on vaccination against COVID-19.

CAN State President Venerable Joseph Nweke has discouraged people from believing everything that has been said about COVID-19 vaccines on social media, especially unverified and unsubstantiated stories.

He said: “Although the COVID-19 vaccine, just like the measles or yellow fever vaccines, may have mild harmful side effects in some recipients, but most people do not experience any side effects after being vaccinated. .

“People, regardless of their religious beliefs, should embrace the COVID-19 vaccination. The World Health Organization, which is so passionate about the health of human beings, will not authorize the administration of COVID-19 vaccines if they pose a threat to anyone or a race. It is not an anti-Christ mark as overzealous preachers claim,” Nweke said.

The President of the Fraternity of Diocesan Priests of Awka, the Rev. Valentine Uzoezie, after calling on people to go out and get vaccinated against COVID-19, disapproved of how Nigerians have abused or looked down on free medicines.

According to the chairman of the Anambra State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Council, Prof. Steve Ibenta, “Isreal has vaccinated 100 per cent of its people and they haven’t all died.

“If President Joe Biden of the United States of America, all of the world powers, and our own bishops and clergy took the vaccine, why not take it? People are dying because of superstition, ignorance and inaccurate information,” Ibenta said.

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Review – Aquamen #5: The Great Awakening https://sektinfo.org/review-aquamen-5-the-great-awakening/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:14:05 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/review-aquamen-5-the-great-awakening/




Aquamen #5 variant cover, via DC Comics.

Aquaman #5 – Chuck Brown/Brandon Thomas, writers; Sami Basri, penciller; Vicente Cifuentes, inker; Adriano Lucas, colorist

Radius – 8.5/10

Ray: It’s the penultimate issue of this series – for now – with the next issue serving as a recap of Aquaman’s death in dark crisis. But right now, Arthur, Jackson and Black Manta have more than enough on their plates. A sect of long-dormant Atlantean sleeper cells carried out deadly attacks on the surface, seemingly with no memory of what they were doing. Atlantis is desperately trying to clean up its own mess, but the surface world is growing increasingly hostile and even Arthur’s ally Steve Trevor seems to view it with suspicion now. After saving her boyfriend Ha’Wea’s life, Jackson is finally able to overcome some of his anger over his mother’s impending death and refocus on the message that’s coming: teaming up with Mera to hold back the tide. in a particularly dramatic scene. I was also amused to see that another aquakinetic future, little Andy, seems to be progressing in his training.

Only. Through DC Comics.

The best part of this series from the start, surprisingly, has been Black Manta. Many writers have struggled to portray his relationship with Jackson – many try too hard to make him an abusive freak, but Brown was able to give the character plenty of nuance before this series began. He aptly compared this issue with the despicable Scavenger, a low-level villain with no sense of honor and no connection to make him fight for something bigger than himself. It causes more trouble than it’s worth, adding another sense of tension to the issue as we get closer to the finale. The pacing of this issue is fast, jumping from one action scene to another before you can blink. It might feel a bit frantic, and with only one issue remaining, it’s hard to imagine how smoothly this will all end, but the creative team has done a great job so far and I have no reason to believe that will change.

To find reviews of all of DC’s issues, visit DC This Week.

GeekDad received this comic for review.




]]> Letter: The national cult of the assault rifle must finally come to an end | Letters https://sektinfo.org/letter-the-national-cult-of-the-assault-rifle-must-finally-come-to-an-end-letters/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/letter-the-national-cult-of-the-assault-rifle-must-finally-come-to-an-end-letters/

In a recent CBS – YouGov poll, 44% of Republicans agreed that mass shootings are “unfortunately something we have to accept” in a free country.

In other words, our right-wing politicians “think gun carnage is okay” – even though recently more than 240 “mass shootings” involving four or more victims occurred in just (about) 155 days of 2022. Are they delusional? I think so.

The Republican Party – claiming to be “the Party of Law and Order”, has become so radicalized that it cannot recognize any circumstances in which, perhaps, weapons designed solely for human carnage should be restricted .

It has become a haven for absolutists who would rather condone mass murder, including the slaughter of children, than even consider “reasonable” measures like waiting periods, background checks, permits , shooting training, a ban on assault weapons.

Are we crazy to let this continue? or are they mad when so-called people in positions of power (our legislators at all levels) continue to act so shamelessly, so irresponsibly and so hypocritically? These people are not fit for high positions, lower positions or any position – given that we have succumbed to becoming a “gun loving country”, in which there are far more guns on fire than people.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “a true conservative conservative,” wrote that “the right of the Second Amendment is not unlimited.

It is not a right to possess and carry any weapon, in any way and for any purpose. During his tenure as Chief Justice, Warren Burger (a conservative appointee to the Court) said in an interview that, as currently interpreted, the Second Amendment “is a fraud.”

With these thoughts in mind, how did “American exceptionalism” become the realization that we are the most heavily armed nation on earth – with by far the most gun deaths – in our supposedly civilized status as “leader of the free world?”

Michael Gerson said it unequivocally in a column last week – “It’s high time for Republican politicians to accept some risk in the cause of life – and end their dance with death.”

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Kamala Harris says voters have final say after SCOTUS rule overturns Roe v. wade https://sektinfo.org/kamala-harris-says-voters-have-final-say-after-scotus-rule-overturns-roe-v-wade/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:38:20 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/kamala-harris-says-voters-have-final-say-after-scotus-rule-overturns-roe-v-wade/

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris joined many pro-choice voices in condemning the conservative-majority Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade. In his closing remarks, Harris said voters would have the final say on reinstating the landmark decision.

In his words Speaking at a conference in Illinois on Friday last week after the High Court released the ruling the same day, Harris said the public would have the final say on whether the ruling, which legalized the abortion in 1973, would be reinstated.

The court voted 6 to 3 to uphold the ban in Mississippi that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy while also overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care they had this morning,” Harris said. “Without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years.”

“It’s not over,” Harris said. “You have the power to elect leaders who will defend and protect your rights.”

President Joe Biden also warned that by overturning Roe v. Wade said women’s health is now at risk and promised that his administration would do everything possible to challenge the decision by protecting and ensuring women’s access to abortion drugs provided by the Food and Drug Administration.

Biden said Congress was able to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. Biden also called on the public to elect more pro-choice officials in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Before the publication of the decision by the court, Harris met Democratic state attorneys general in Washington to discuss their role in protecting women’s health and women’s bodily autonomy.

During the meeting, they discussed their powers in advocating for women’s reproductive rights, while the attorneys general also discussed their efforts so far to protect access to reproductive health care in their states.

The meeting followed previous meetings Harris had with health care providers, religious leaders and experts in constitutional law, privacy and technology in anticipation of the court’s decision.

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It’s a win for party workers, Bhindranwale teachings, says Simranjit Singh Mann after winning Sangrur partial polls https://sektinfo.org/its-a-win-for-party-workers-bhindranwale-teachings-says-simranjit-singh-mann-after-winning-sangrur-partial-polls/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 16:37:17 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/its-a-win-for-party-workers-bhindranwale-teachings-says-simranjit-singh-mann-after-winning-sangrur-partial-polls/

It is a victory for the party workers and the teachings of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Simranjit Singh Mann said after winning the Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election on Sunday. He also said he would raise the issues of “Indian army committing atrocities in Kashmir”, “murder of tribal people in Bihar and Chhattisgarh calling them Naxalites”.

Notably, Bhindranwale was the leader of the Sikh religious sect Damdami Taksal. He was in the Indian Army and was stripped of his rank and court-martialed for corruption. He joined the Khalistani movement in 1984 and was killed during Operation Blue Star launched by the army at the Golden Temple Complex. Mann, who was a candidate for Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) won the by-election by defeating party candidate Aam Aadmi in Sangrur, the territory of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann.

Speaking to the media after his victory, he said: “It is a historic victory with which all parties including BJP, Akali Dal, Congress, AAP will be perplexed because we won. after a long time. We will oppose political parties in Parliament. Now there will be protests against us because we were made fun of that we couldn’t win. “This is a victory of our party workers and the teachings that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale has given. The Sikh community is very upset over the death of Deep Singh Sidhu and Sidhu Moose Wala and now the Indian government will not behave in the same way as he behaves with Muslims, as their localities are questioned, as Indian army commits atrocities in Kashmir and kills Muslims daily.Tribal people of Bihar and Chhattisgarh are slaughtered calling them Naxalites. I will meet with the candidate running for president and discuss it,” Mann said.

The leader demanded the resignation of Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema and said: “He used to say we can never win, now he should resign as they have lost a lot in their region.” Mann said he wants trade with Pakistan to resume through the Attari-Wagah border so that farmers in Punjab can benefit.

“For me, the most important thing is to highlight the problems of farmers in Parliament. I want the road to Pakistan to be opened through the Wagah border so that trade can be increased and the harvests of our farmers can also be sold to Pakistan. I will raise the China issues as well because the BJP doesn’t know anything about the military. China has occupied a lot of our territory,” he said. , Mann won the by-election with 2,53,154 votes, beating the ruling party candidate to a Lok Sabha seat last held by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

“This is a big victory for our party. We beat all national parties in this partial poll. My priority will be to raise the issue of the poor economic situation in Sangrur, including the condition of indebted farmers. We will work with the Punjab government,” Mann said. “I am grateful to the voters of Sangrur for electing me as your representative in parliament. I will work hard to alleviate the suffering of our farmers, farm workers, traders and all people in my constituency,” he added .

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal congratulated Mann and said, “I sincerely and wholeheartedly congratulate Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann and his party on their electoral victory in the Sangrur parliamentary poll and offer them our best wishes and our cooperation. We bow to the mandate of the people in a true democratic spirit.” (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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“Mad God” and other cult films are at the Brattle; ‘Elvis’ and ‘Official Competition’ begin their races https://sektinfo.org/mad-god-and-other-cult-films-are-at-the-brattle-elvis-and-official-competition-begin-their-races/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 04:11:08 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/mad-god-and-other-cult-films-are-at-the-brattle-elvis-and-official-competition-begin-their-races/

Film Ahead is a weekly column highlighting special events and repertoire programming for the discerning Camberville movie buff. It also includes capsule reviews of films that are not subject to a feature film review.

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The region’s premiere of Panah Panahi’s haunting “Hit the Road” (reviewed here last week) continues this week at The Brattle Theater, while special engagements include a 25th anniversary screening (with a new 35mm restoration print) of David Lynch’s “Lost Highway,” starring Balthazar Getty, Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Robert Blake, before he is in trouble for his own little domestic horrors. It feels like a warm-up to “Mulholland Drive” (2001), considered by many to be the director’s magnum opus. The week-long race begins on Friday. For those who enjoy quirky, gothic stop-motion animation from the Quay Brothers, there’s special effects innovator Phill Tippett’s “Mad God” (“Jurassic Park,” “Robocop”) with filmmaker Alex Cox ( “Sid and Nancy”, “Repo Man”) as the last human in a futuristic steampunk landscape. It took Tippett almost 35 years to complete this passion project – of course, he was busy with his day job in the process of The cult hit-to-be plays the late-night slot Wednesday and Thursday. Plus, in line with Lynch’s “Lost Highway,” The Brattle kicks off their “Lost in America” ​​program with “It Happened One Night” (1934) by Frank Capra, which marked the first screen pairing of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

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More at Harvard Film Archives, the “Complete Federico Fellini” series continues with “The White Sheik” (1952) and “The Miracle” (1948, directed by Roberto Rossellini but starring Fellini) on Monday; a Friday encore screening of “8½” (1963), which also played last week; and “Rome, Open City” (1945) defining Rossellini’s neorealism, to which Fellini contributed the screenplay, on Saturday.

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The “70 mm & Widescreen Fest” continues to take place in the big house of the Somerville Theater with Cutis Hanson’s dark neo-noir “LA Confidential” (1997, Monday and Tuesday), about the deep corruption in the town of Tinseltown in the 1950s. The incredible cast includes Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won Best Screenplay (Adapted from James Ellroy’s novel) and Best Supporting Actress for Basinger, still resembling Veronica Lake. The 70s disaster film “Airport” (1970) also lined up, with a rich medley of performers including Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy, Jaqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg and Maureen Stapleton; and “Spartacus” (1960), Stanley Kubrick’s sword-and-sandal epic starring Kirk Douglas as the titular slave turned gladiator, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Oliver and Herbert Lom. Both movies play Thursday and next week. For you warriors of the Midnight Cult, there’s a restored copy of Hsin-Yi Chang’s 1981 gonzo “Conan” adventure “Thrilling Bloody Sword.” The FX are dated, but that only adds to the film’s charm. If you want to refuel, catch “Mad God” at the Brattle earlier in the week and cap off your Saturday night with this midnight screening.

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In theaters and streaming

“Just an Illusion” (2020)

Jay Meyers’ timeline of his 11-year boat trip with his father and brothers is a kind of meandering curiosity that’s more of a personal travel diary than anything else; it feels like watching someone’s home movie of a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience as images bounce through time and place. The Meyers are a Midwestern family sailing a 28-foot sailboat (the Illusion) on the carp-choked Mississippi River, with the ocean delta in Alabama as their apparent goal. The logistics around funding and whether the journey you see is linear in time, geography and such are hard to glean, which is somewhat frustrating. What you get are plenty of unglamorous details about bottoming toilets, those invasive carp, and the dangers of not being a seasoned shallow-water sailor. These cautionary tales (and others shared by the brothers sitting in their living rooms and offices and mirroring each other) intertwine with shots of dad looking like a shrewd old tar at the helm, the family wading through the muddy brown Mississippi and other dizzying moments of triumph. What we don’t understand is just who the Meyers are as individuals, their desires or fears, or family dynamics; the soft narrative keeps them aloof and just out of reach. Aurelio Damiani and Christian Carpenter Fields’ pop-grunge soundtrack is overused, though it rightly highlights the film’s whimsical nature and the Meyers’ dreamy aquatic drift.

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‘Elvis’ (2022)

This biographical portrayal of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by cinematic storyteller Baz Luhrmann (“Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Great Gatsby”) begins in his typically frenetic style, with hyper flash-cut vignettes from the young Elvis (Austin Butler, a Mansonite in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) was shaking and shaking in front of a group of screaming girls. It settles into something more palpable and real, becoming an internal (and financial) struggle for the singer’s identity and soul. Our unofficial narrator is Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks, bringing as much humanity to the role as possible), a despicable con man who had his hooks deep in Elvis and chained him to Vegas casinos to pay off his own gambling debts – something Presley was kept in the dark. In the end, you really feel the artist never really got to fulfill his vision of connecting more deeply with gospel and soul, and traveling the world, because of the gaslighting and control by Parker. The charismatic Butler renders fine, if somewhat inconsistently (something like 16 other actors have played Elvis, including Kurt Russell, Nic Cage and Val Kilmer), but nothing will knock you for an emotional loop as big as the real footage. from Presley’s Last Performance. It’s haunting and heartbreaking.

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‘Official Competition’ (2021)

Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s semi-meta-deconstructionist cinematic adventure is a sharp exploration of near-Trump-sized egos, though none would compare the actors here with our regularly disgraced former Potus. No, what we get is a risque mix of characters that starts with Penelope Cruz, with a big red mane of kinky savagery, like Lola, a boundary-pushing director hired by a billionaire to adapt a Nobel Prize-winning novel titled “Rivalry ” for the screen. The ambitious project lands popular actor Felix (Antonio Banderas) and Iván (Oscar Martínez), a quiet man who prefers the stage and swims under the professional label of “thespian”. The title of the film and the name of the film in the film emphasize the sword fights and penis envy between the two protagonists – not to say that Lola can’t get in on the act either, because she smokes cigarillos, enjoys a young woman who only dances in their encounters, and when neither of the leading men can embrace the object of their rivalry convincingly enough for a scene, she steps in to show them how it’s done . It’s a tour de force from Cruz with the guys there to support her mission – not that she needs it.


Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. His reviews, essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in literary journals The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper, and WBUR’s SLAB. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and bikes everywhere.

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What is arguable in the case against Donald Trump? https://sektinfo.org/what-is-arguable-in-the-case-against-donald-trump/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:53:00 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/what-is-arguable-in-the-case-against-donald-trump/
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Former President Donald Trump would be irritated that he has no defenders on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Based on last week’s testimony, all potential defenders should consider themselves lucky not to be on the select committee.

Could they defend Trump’s repeated attempts to use the Justice Department to interfere in the election process, after being repeatedly told, starting with then-Attorney General William P. Barr, that the DOJ found no evidence of fraud?

Could they defend the president by then telling acting assistant attorney general Richard Donoghue in a phone call, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen”?

Could they defend the president for asking why the government was not seizing voting machines that his campaign lawyers had targeted with a bogus conspiracy theory involving Venezuela and its former leader Hugo Chávez?

Could they defend his plan to replace acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with an assistant attorney general named Jeffrey Clark, who other DOJ officials say was not competent to lead the department and yet willingly stepped down? complied with the president’s orders to prevent Congress from ratifying Joe Biden’s victory?

Could they defend Clark’s drafting of a letter to be sent to several swing states saying the department had “significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election” when in fact there were no was any evidence to back this up?

Could they defend the discussion of appointing attorney Sidney Powell — who along with Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, was promoting various conspiracy theories for which there was no evidence — as special counsel to lead an investigation that had no other purpose than to delay and disrupt?

Could they defend the fact that a lawyer named Kenneth Klukowski, who had joined the Justice Department after the election and worked with Clark, was also working with Trump’s outside counsel, John Eastman, an architect of the self -so-called false voter strategy?

Could they defend Trump’s repeated attempts to intimidate, harass, and otherwise try to coerce state or local authorities to nullify recounted and certified election results in their jurisdictions?

Could they defend him by asking Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” and thereby rob Biden of his rightful victory in that state with a single vote?

Could they defend efforts to persuade Russell “Rusty” Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House, to mount a formal election investigation without providing evidence of fraud?

Could they defend what Giuliani said to Bowers, according to the speaker’s testimony, which was: “We have a lot of theories. We just don’t have the proof”?

On June 21, the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol presented a plan backed by President Trump to void the 2020 election. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

There was a moment during Thursday’s hearing when the deviousness of the efforts of the President and his loyalists turned into delusion, showing how Trump, then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, sought to use government agencies to advance their plan. It was one of the craziest conspiracies of the entire post-election era, that an Italian defense contractor somehow uploaded software to a satellite that then transferred votes from Trump to Biden.

Reportedly, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) contacted Meadows to ask why the administration couldn’t work with the Italian government on the matter. Meadows sent the link to a video describing the plot to Rosen, who sent it to Donoghue, who watched the video and determined it was “pure madness”.

Meadows nonetheless urged Rosen to meet with one of the plotters, a man named Brad Johnson. Rosen said he wouldn’t, that the person could go to any FBI field office if he had real evidence to offer.

Meadows seemed to accept this answer, but later called back to say that Johnson was working with Giuliani and that Giuliani was offended and insulted to be told that Johnson would have to go to an FBI field office.

It wasn’t the end. Donoghue then received a call from a Ministry of Defense official asking for “that story from Italy”. Donoghue told the official that it was all murky, that the video “was nonsense” and that justice had nothing to do with it anymore.

But the committee heard that acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, whom Trump appointed after firing former secretary Mark T. Esper, had called a defense attaché in Italy for information that would confirm the claims by Giuliani and Trump.

Perhaps Trump’s defenders would try to defend the whole thing as a simple effort to follow every lead. But the sheer absurdity of Italy’s satellite conspiracy theory begs the question of how the president, his chief of staff and Giuliani could fall for something so outlandish, other than out of a desire to do whatever they could to disrupt the orderly counting of the elections. votes and prevent an orderly transition – even after learning that Trump had lost the election.

Everything discussed at the two public hearings last week was not new. In fact, a considerable amount of information had already been reported. The audio of Trump’s Jan. 3, 2021, phone call to Raffensperger, for example, was made public at the time, thanks to reporting by my colleague Amy Gardner. Stories of exchanges between Trump and DOJ officials had also emerged earlier.

But the power to see the actors involved — Trump-appointed Justice Department officials and Republican lawmakers in Georgia and Arizona (as well as local election worker Shaye Moss of Fulton County, Georgia, and her mother, Ruby Freeman, who were targeted by Trump and Giuliani) lent credence to those earlier reports.

At the January 6 committee hearing on June 13, several witnesses testified that President Donald Trump and some members of his campaign had spread false election claims. (Video: Blair Guild/The Washington Post)

Many scandals since Watergate have been associated with the word “gate”. In this case, the comparisons are legitimate. Like Nixon, Trump sought to undermine the Constitution in hopes of clinging to power.

Thursday’s testimony showed that Trump was ready to turn the Justice Department into an agent of his own campaign. He also faced a repeat of the famous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate.

The president was told by Donoghue during an Oval Office meeting that if he replaced Rosen with Clark, he could expect a mass exodus of top DOJ brass and the possibility of hundreds of resignations. Faced with this, he decided against moving forward and appointing Clark as acting attorney general.

The January 6 committee is putting together the best case possible, based on extensive evidence gathered over several months. Only the members of the committee and their staff know what exculpatory elements may exist in their files. Hearings are not a court. There is no cross-examination of witnesses.

But virtually all of the witnesses who have appeared in person or by video have been members of the Trump administration or his campaign, advisers to former Vice President Mike Pence, or Republicans from swing states — in other words. , officials who likely all voted for Trump and, as Bowers said after his testimony, would do so again if Trump were the GOP nominee in 2024.

Trump may privately complain about the lack of advocates on the committee, but the evidence presented so far is both damaging and difficult to defend. Trump’s only response was to repeat the lies about a stolen election. Other Republicans would rather look the other way than try to defend the president’s conduct.

]]> Adina named ambassador for Plan International’s ‘She Leads’ campaign https://sektinfo.org/adina-named-ambassador-for-plan-internationals-she-leads-campaign/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 02:23:43 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/adina-named-ambassador-for-plan-internationals-she-leads-campaign/

Ghanaian singer, Adina Thembi, has been named brand ambassador for Plan International’s ‘She Leads’ campaign.

The campaign aims to empower girls and all actors in society to recognize the challenges faced by girls and the steps to be taken to address this national problem.

The nationwide media campaign was launched on March 8, 2022, which was International Women’s Day at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

The campaign also seeks to partner with actors from different sectors of society to be able to reach more people.

It is against this backdrop that Plan International undertook a three-day workshop held in May 2020 in Accra.

The workshop focused on legal literacy to increase the lasting influence of girls and young women (GYW) in decision-making and transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions in Ghana.

The workshop included representatives from the “She Leads” change champions. They include chiefs, queen mothers and religious leaders from the North East, Ashanti, Central, North West and Upper West regions.

A day after the three-day workshop, representatives issued a statement addressing their consensus concerns to the media in attendance. It reads;

1. We call on other leaders and religious leaders to become progressive leaders to avoid negative social norms that deepen the marginalization of girls and young women, prevent girls and young women from speaking up and taking responsibility.

2. We call on the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Care to urgently table the Affirmative Action Bill before Parliament for consideration into law to facilitate gender equality to promote gender equality. participation of girls and young women in decision-making at all levels.

3. Leaders should develop and institutionalize rules for the protection and promotion of girls’ rights and promote the creation of civic spaces for girls to meaningfully participate in decisions that affect them. Religious leaders and organizations should create space within their courts and palaces for girls and young women to participate in decision-making. To this end, we also call on men and boys to recognize, redistribute and reduce the burden of unpaid care work on girls and young women.

4. In addition, MMDAs should also create space for girls to participate in decisions affecting girls and young women during their planning and review sessions and facilitate their inclusion on assembly committees since most committees make decisions that affect them.

5. The government should also enforce laws for the protection of girls’ rights. This would help reduce sexual and gender-based violence (teenage pregnancy, child abuse), child neglect and the worst forms of child labor that lead to school dropout and affect the empowerment of girls and young people women. The Ghana Health Service should also increase its sexual and reproductive health education to reduce unwanted teenage pregnancies.

The ‘She Leads’ program is a five-year strategic partnership between Terre des Hommes, Plan International, Defense for Children/ECPAT, African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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Let the Publix craze begin https://sektinfo.org/let-the-publix-craze-begin/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:07:28 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/let-the-publix-craze-begin/

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — By the end of 2024, The Fountains at Palomar will welcome its largest tenant: Publix.

The Florida-based grocery chain announced Thursday that it will open its first store in Lexington. The location will be its third in Kentucky, following two stores in Louisville that will open in 2023.

“I’ll be in line first trying to get that ‘Pub Sub,'” said Carson Carby, who was eating with a friend at Papi Mexican Restaurant in the Palomar Mall on Thursday.

Carby was referring to the signature Publix sandwich, which has become popular throughout the southern United States.

“Subway is like a second tier for Pub Subs,” Carby said. “I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s like the freshness and the flavors. It’s just different. It’s not like your normal sandwich.”

Carby’s mother lives in Florida, so she knows the store well.

“It really feels like a cult favorite honestly,” Carby said.

Her friend, however, has never set foot in a Publix.

“Maybe I should go to Florida to try it out,” Carson Stanifer joked. “I don’t know why everyone is doing so much, but I have to understand.”

Stanifer said the hype surrounding Publix reminded him of the opening of Buc-ee in Richmond.

“Everybody in Richmond went to Buc-ee,” Stanifer said. “We ask you if you went to Buc-ee’s.”

While Carby and Stanifer enjoyed margaritas outside, Marcos Valdes was inside, dazed by the news that Publix would soon be his neighbor.

“There will be more foot traffic,” Valdes said. “And that will hopefully mean more business for us.”

Valdes is the owner of the Mexican restaurant Papi. He opened his third location at the Fountains of Palomar about 15 months ago, becoming one of the first tenants. He heard about the Publix announcement on Thursday morning.

“I said [to our staff]”We have to have a meeting and we have to see how we are going to take advantage of it,” Valdes said. “I don’t have any ideas yet, but we’ll sit down, brainstorm and brainstorm.”

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Yuba City man arrested and charged with stabbing an SFO machete https://sektinfo.org/yuba-city-man-arrested-and-charged-with-stabbing-an-sfo-machete/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:58:14 +0000 https://sektinfo.org/yuba-city-man-arrested-and-charged-with-stabbing-an-sfo-machete/

A Yuba City man has been charged in connection with last week’s machete attack at San Francisco International Airport that left three injured.

Karamjit Singh, 33, is charged in San Mateo County with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as one count of vandalism.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, Singh entered SFO’s international terminal on Friday and stabbed three people with a 2-foot machete near the ticket office and food court.

The attacker appeared to be motivated by a conspiracy theory related to the September 11 attacks. After cutting his first two victims, prosecutors say Singh dropped a stack of papers with his writings claiming Greeks and Indians were responsible for the terror attack.

Prosecutors say Singh continued to distribute his writings throughout the airport and at one point wrote similar sentiments on the airport wall.

San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said responders arrested Singh at the scene and deemed him to be suffering from a mental health crisis. The police first took him to a psychiatric care facility; he was later transferred to prison, where he is being held without bond.

Mental health issues and his “rant about who was really responsible for 9/11” appear to be the motivations for the attack, Wagstaffe said. He added that Singh had previously shared 9/11 conspiracy theories with Yuba City police and the FBI.

The three victims of the machete attack are expected to recover. The first two victims suffered serious back and shoulder injuries, while the third victim suffered minor injuries, Wagstaffe said.

Singh’s arraignment was postponed until Friday for the court to provide a Punjabi interpreter.

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