Dear Editor,As an Everett, I was irate to learn that my family’s name was used in an attempt to smear a political candidate. The Everetts were long time residents of Wilmington. My mother ran a successful dancing school and donated proceeds to help build the Health Center. My father volunteered for years in Little League, Pony League and Pop Warner. He helped to build the Little League field by the Police Station and a skating rink behind the South School. I grew up in Wilmington and taught for 30+ years as Miss Everett, Mrs. Mosca, or Mrs. Farrar.The name Jack Everett comes from the Urban Dictionary. As copied from the Urban Dictionary:“Jack Everett – a strong leader that sticks up for other people and he will always put others first. lovely eyes and hair. good at sports, he isn’t arrogant, girls drop even when he is standing. he will fight to protect his friends and family”Perhaps, the person who hid behind a cartoon character and our name sees this as themselves. However, I question their integrity. Our family will fight to protect our friends and family, which is why I am writing this. We do not want to be attached to negative campaigns.For 63 of my years, I have lived and/or worked in Wilmington. I am invested in Wilmington. I am angry that our family name has been used in this way and to have been called on this by another hurts all the more.I hope that the people of Wilmington will vote on Election Day and will vote wisely.Sincerely,Sheryl Everett FarrarLike 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsIn “Letter To The Editor”
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri is, reportedly, almost confirmed to continue as the head coach of Team India. As reported by IANS, a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), appointed to pick the coaching unit has made it clear that Shastri is the biggest contender and they are not looking for foreign coaches. The member further added that under Shastri the Indian team have performed well so he probably will be handed a new contract.”We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Shastri does look to be the favourite to be handed a fresh contract,” the CAC member told IANS.The Kapil Dev led committee member also mentioned that if there is a joint-winner then Kapil’s vote will become the decider but as of now it is likely to be in favour of Shastri.”See, firstly, it is a three-member panel, so a split decision is highly unlikely. But yes, if at all a situation does arise where A goes for one candidate, B for another and C for another, the vote of the chairman will come in and the decision will stand. But as of now, we don’t see something like that happening,” the member said. File photo of MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri.ReutersOn the other hand, a senior BCCI official stated that it is necessary for Shastri to stay as India is undergoing a transition phase. He further claimed that as Kohli has a good equation with Shastri it will be better if the latter stays as the coach.”Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows the players to have the mental space to excel,” the official told IANS.”If a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official further added.The Men in Blue are currently in the Caribbean for the West Indies tour and they are already 2-0 up in the T20 international series. The coaching unit of the Indian team has been given an extension till the end of the Windies tour.
Sundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoThe World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO had warned Bangladesh government three years ago about the forest being endangered due to the Rampal power plant project and other factories in the vicinity.The UN body expressed its concern and objections, cautioning that the forest may lose its status as a World Heritage.Finally, the organisation recently recommended that the forest be included on the ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list.In this backdrop, a high-profile government delegation is going to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris to clear up this ‘misunderstanding’ before the heritage committee’s 43rd annual meeting at Baku on 30 June-10 July.The delegation is going to join in a pre-meeting discussion before the general meeting, according to two of the delegates who added, they would go to Azerbaijan too after this trip.The six-member-delegation will be headed by Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the energy advisor of the prime minister, and will comprise representatives from various government organisations including the environment department.Earlier, members of this inter-ministerial delegation went to the UNESCO headquarters in 2017 and took part in a meeting with the organisation’s top officials.The delegation at that time, also, joined in the 41st annual meeting of the heritage committee held in Poland’s Krakow.During the meeting, a press release issued from the foreign ministry here claimed UNESCO had withdrawn its objections regarding the Rampal power plant.On return of the delegation, Tawfiq-e-Elahi claimed at a press conference that there were no obstacles to go ahead with the Rampal project as UNESCO had withdrawn its objections following Bangladesh government’s deliberations.Director general of the power cell at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Mohammad Hossain, who was in the 2017 delegation and is a member of the current delegation, said, “The government has taken several steps to save the Sundarbans following all the UNESCO conditions,” but, “this might not have reached UNESCO properly.”He sees this may have led to “some misunderstandings.” He added, “We’ll go there with all the proof and information. I hope UNESCO will realise its mistake.”The UNESCO report published last week said the report submitted by the Bangladesh government in December 2018 showed progress in fulfilling the conditions to save the forest was very slow.A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) supposed to be conducted over the southwestern region of the country including the Sundarbans was not carried out either, the report observed.The tender verification required for the SEA is not yet complete while the actual assessment will start once the work order is issued after the verification, according to officials of the environment, forest and climate change ministry.It is natural to be stripped of the status if the rules and conditions to retain the Sundarbans as a world heritage are violated, Sultana Kamal, convener to the national committee to protect the Sundarbans, said.The government is still continuing with the construction of three coal-fired power plants within 20 kilometres of the forest, she said in a statement on Saturday, adding, these should be stopped as the air and water pollution control system of these plants are not enough to preserve the forest.Leader of ‘Save the Sundarbans’ movement Anu Muhammad told Prothom Alo, “The UNESCO observation is fully appropriate,” adding, “the government has been providing the people with false information so far.””The government should give up its lies and take meaningful steps to save the Sundarbans and stop all the industries near Sundarbans including that of Rampal.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
Howard University Business School in Northwest D.C. was where complaints were presented to District council members Oct. 8. In the school’s auditorium, many citizens vented their views regarding negative incidents with police while others listened to their stories.Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, organized the public oversight hearing to hear complaints entitled “The Metropolitan Police Department: Stop and Contact Policies and Procedures.”“Before the Council broke for recess, I committed to an oversight hearing to review Metropolitan Police Department practices, specifically the methods law enforcement uses to stop and detain people in D.C.,”Wells said in a statement. “All residents should be able to expect and trust that law enforcement will protect and treat us all equally, safely, and fairly.”Hearing topics included stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams.Councilmembers Anita Bonds, David Grosso (At-Large members) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward5) shared the panel with Wells. The NAACP, the Urban League, the American Civil Liberties Union and District citizens, gave testimonies.Kymone Freeman, a black male, demanded council members have a legitimate citizens’ review board to oversee complaints regarding police conduct. require a significant number of police live in the communities they watch, and have any officer who shoots an unarmed person indicted, arrested, and convicted.Freeman said he was tired of “dead bodies over and over again,” then candidly shared his experiences with the police.Jamal Mohammad of We Act Radio said social media displayed what has been happening for decades. “We have different realities from the world (speaking of Black men in particular) with different consequences,” Mohammad said.The topic of the 1974 Stop and Frisk Law was raised but no indication was given as to what it was based on or if it was a District law for police.“The 1974 laws do not work today in modern society,” Bonds said. She read data from the police department and concluded it may be different for citizens. Bonds later remarked when the hearing was over, “Some of the things my son has said to me, I was horrified.” She was open to suggestions on how to improve the relationship between citizens and the police.“We need more transparency,” McDuffie added. “People may be used to what’s going on and it becomes a way of life.” He encouraged citizens to file a complaint and gave a negative experience he encountered with police.Another hearing on the police department will convene 11:30 am. Oct. 27 at the John A. Wilson Building with Police Chief Cathy Lanier.