Ministry with Confederate roots helps African-American children become better readers,…

first_img General Convention 2015, Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The core work of Appleton Episcopal Ministries’ Freedom School is to help struggling first-through-third-graders improve their reading. A 2015 Annie E. Casey Foundation study found that 60 percent of Georgia’s fourth-graders were not proficient readers. Photo: Appleton Episcopal MinistriesEditor’s note: This story is part of a series profiling the Episcopal Church’s recent work planting new churches and other faith communities. Other stories about recipients of grants from the Episcopal Church’s Genesis Advisory Group on Church Planting can be found here.[Episcopal News Service] Julie Groce works for a ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta that began as an orphanage for the daughters of Confederate soldiers, and she is old enough to remember the days of separate drinking fountains for whites and blacks.It thus makes sense to her that Appleton Episcopal Ministries, which she says has been evolving since its founding in 1870, has begun a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School. Fifty African-American first-, second- and third-graders from the Macon, Georgia, area attended the school’s inaugural 2017 summer session.The school, an intensive six-week summer reading and enrichment program for children living in poverty who need to improve their reading skills, “kind of turns all that Confederate stuff on its ear,” Groce told Episcopal News Service.Sister Elenor, left, and Sister Sophie stand at the entrance to Appleton’s Beckwith Chapel in 1915. Appleton Episcopal Ministries, in the Diocese of Atlanta, began as an orphanage for the daughters of Confederate soldiers. Photo: Appleton Episcopal MinistriesOne of the earliest orders of deaconesses in the Episcopal Church, the Order of St. Katharine, formed at the Appleton Church Home, as the orphanage was first known.Groce believes that the deaconesses “would be so proud that this is what we’re doing and this is who we are serving, because we are still serving children in need and God doesn’t care what those children look like.”The Rev. John Thompson-Quartey, the diocese’s canon for ministry, said that Appleton’s founders are “spinning in their graves, for good reasons.” The organization, he said, has not lost its vision of “being a refuge or a safe haven for poor children. The focus is always on children.”The Freedom School will have its second session this summer from June 14 to July 25. This year’s students will read culturally appropriate books that explore history, civic engagement and social justice. They will also have art, science, dance, music and swimming classes, as well as field trips. College and graduate interns, enrichment teachers and nearly 100 volunteers make the school work.In 2017, Freedom Schools served more than 12,225 children at 173 program sites in 89 cities and 27 states including Washington, D.C., according to the Children’s Defense Fund website.Appleton received a $20,000 Episcopal Church Mission Enterprise Zone grant for the school. It also gets money from the Diocesan Ministry Innovations Fund and the USDA Summer Feeding Program, a grant from Appleton itself, and donations from individuals, churches and clergy groups. Classes are held in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the St. Francis Art Center, both in Macon.There’s more going on at the school than simply helping struggling students read better. It’s about starting to connect people in an area that has had troubled race relations for decades.“The primary inspiration for Freedom School was that it was automatically going to be a prospect of racial reconciliation,” Groce said, adding that organizers thought uniting the churches and the neighborhood around helping poor and struggling students might be a place to start mending that part of Georgia. There is still the aftermath of slavery and all of its modern-day heritage to confront, and there is still economic and de facto segregation in Macon, she said.“It allows us the ability to have some reconciliation begin in a gentle manner, and then as you interface with parents, we take it to another level,” she said. “And then the community takes it to another level, and it’s not perfect but it sure is a start.”If the Freedom School is providing connections in the community, then the people who form Appleton Episcopal Ministries are all finding wider connections. “Now we are part of this big thing,” Groce said, referring to the churchwide support represented in the grant, as well as the network of mission developers that Appleton joined when it received its Mission Enterprise Zone grant. “It is very inspirational to all of us and it reminds us daily, weekly, monthly of our Episcopal heritage, our commitment to love and to do social justice and just to do God’s work in the world.”Some students in Appleton Episcopal Ministries’ 2017 session of its Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School learn to play chess. Photo: Appleton Episcopal MinistriesAppleton Episcopal Ministries operates out of the Appleton Church Home’s original 1870 building. The building is now also the parish hall for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in the diocese’s Macon Convocation. There are 10 congregations in the convocation, most of them small in membership and scattered across the mainly rural southern end of the diocese.An endowment helps defray some of Appleton’s expenses. Since 2014, each congregation has had a seat on Appleton’s board. They pay an annual percentage of their income to support Appleton, and all the congregations in the diocese are required by canon to contribute each year. Some of those contributions are given back in the form of program grants.The aim is for the programs supported by the grants to eventually become self-sufficient, so they no longer need Appleton’s help. “We act as a multiplier,” Groce said, partnering with other denominations and organizations to help children in need.“My job is to serve those parishes and the Appleton board by going to those parishes and saying, ‘If money were no object, what would you like to do in community ministry?’” she said. She then helps those congregations find the resources to do that work. “I have a super cool job,” Groce added.The idea for a Freedom School came after Groce and others in the diocese saw the success of such a summer program run by the diocese’s Emmaus House in Atlanta. Groce knew, however, that bringing the program to Macon would require outside help.“It costs a lot of money, and there are lots of moving parts, and it is not for the fainthearted,” she said. “What made Freedom School different for us was that, unlike targeted parish programming, this was a program we did as Appleton overall, all of us as partners.”It was the prospect of that new partnership, and all the ways Appleton was already working to foster such relationships, that caught the attention of the Episcopal Church’s Genesis Advisory Group on Church Planting, the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church manager for church planting and mission development, told ENS.“They are curating community connections and creating partnerships that most Episcopal churches don’t even have the vision to create, much less sustain,” Brackett said. “They’re not giving money away as a one-off because somebody demonstrates need. They are strategically giving away money to partners who share their vision for creating community.”A student at Appleton Episcopal Ministries’ 2017 session of Freedom School paints a sea turtle. Enrichment activities reinforce the school’s efforts to help students become better readers and explore history, civic engagement and social justice. Freedom School scholars are encouraged to make a difference in their families, their community and the world. Photo: Appleton Episcopal MinistriesBrackett said the Genesis Group was intrigued by Appleton’s pledge that “the leadership there is fully supported by the diocese in the work of bringing area congregations together to consolidate their energies in engaging people who, historically, would never come to the Episcopal Church.”They are engaging those people, not to invite them to come to church, but to minister with them in their communities, he explained. It is not that they aren’t welcome to come to church. Instead, the Appleton group hopes that “as they develop these ministries, they’ll spin off new worshipping communities as well, each with their own unique character,” Brackett said.Appleton’s grant application not only outlined what the goal was, but also spelled out what the strategies for success would be.“We could tell from the very beginning that these people were going to make it with or without funding,” Brackett said. “They were basically inviting us as partners to come learn from what they’re doing.”Atlanta Bishop Rob Wright gave Appleton a glowing recommendation, Brackett said, and told the Genesis Group that the diocese was lucky to have the Episcopalians in the Macon Convocation as part of the diocese. Many of them were not born into the Episcopal Church, but they chose to become Episcopalians. Plus, Brackett said, “They’re dealing with people that we don’t normally have come through our doors, African-American, Latino folks, and they’re doing ministry as shaped by community leaders.”Groce said Freedom School’s first year taught lessons to everyone who helped run the program. It “sensitized all of us to the absolute fragility of the lives of so many children that we had never reached,” she said.Moreover, while the session hosted just 50 children, Groce said the influence is rippling far beyond them. “We impacted three elementary schools outside the traditional Episcopal circle, and those are seeds that are now planted that continue to grow beyond our tiny little field.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. 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Woman sues the father of her missing toddler: ‘Tell me the truth about what really happened

first_imgDNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) — The mother of Ayla Reynolds, a Maine toddler who vanished in 2011, is filing a wrongful death suit against the little girl’s father in an effort to learn “the truth about what really happened to Ayla.”“Today marks seven years since Ayla was taken from me,” Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, said at a news conference Monday. “Not a day goes by that I am not haunted by what happened to Ayla. For seven years I’ve asked myself who would want to hurt such an innocent little girl.”The new civil suit alleges that Justin DiPietro, the girl’s father, was at fault for her death and aims to determine where, why and how Ayla died, Trista Reynolds’ attorney, William Childs, said Monday.Ayla, who was 20 months old, was last seen in December 2011 while staying with DiPietro.DiPietro reported her missing on Dec. 17, 2011, and told police that he put the toddler to bed and found her missing the next morning.Ayla’s blood was found in the basement, the Maine State Police said.“Investigators have ruled out any possibility that Ayla left the house on her own or that she was abducted,” state police said, adding that the “adults who were in the home are withholding information. Police believe that Ayla is probably dead.”In 2017 a court order declared Ayla died on or around Dec. 17, 2011.“I wonder if this is haunting you, Justin,” Trista Reynolds said at Monday’s news conference. “If you see her blue eyes when you close your eyes at night.”The wrongful death complaint, filed Nov. 30 in Portland, seeks monetary damages.Trista Reynolds “demands judgment and damages against Justin DiPietro,” the complaint says, alleging she “suffered damages as a result of Ayla’s wrongful death, including but not limited to professional fees and expenses that were required to petition the Probate Court for a presumption of death order; emotional distress; loss of comfort society and companionship; and other pecuniary injuries.”But the suit — which claims one count of wrongful death and one count of conscious pain and suffering — is mostly “looking for the truth,” Childs said.“Wherever you are, one day you will have to face me and tell me the truth about what really happened to Ayla,” Trista Reynolds said, holding DiPietro’s photo. “I won’t stop fighting for justice.”Trista Reynolds’ family is looking for anyone who has seen DiPietro in the past year.Childs said an official recently tried to serve DiPietro with a summons but was unable to find him.ABC News was unable to reach DiPietro for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Emergency treatment procedures

first_imgWE EXPECT help whenever we are injured while playing a sport. We also expect the helpers to know what they are doing. A qualified first-aider should be present at every match and training session. There are a number of serious injuries and conditions that require prompt action, therefore, we should know what to look for and how to act if someone is seriously injured. When a sportsperson has stopped breathing, we can restart their respiratory system by forcing air into their lungs. We can do this by giving mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV). If their heart has stopped beating, we can try to get it beating again by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or a cardiac massage. However, we should always try to send for medical assistance. The following procedures can be applied while waiting for help to arrive. Mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV) MMV, referred to sometimes as the ‘Kiss of Life’, is an emergency procedure used to restore breathing by inflating the casualty’s lungs with your own breath. This usually helps the casualty to breathe on his own again and may very well save his life. 1. Have the casualty lie on his back and then open the airways by lifting the chin and tilting the head back. 2. Clear the mouth and throat of any obstruction. 3. Pinch the nostrils closed with thumb and index finger to prevent air from escaping. 4. Take a deep breath. Seal your lips firmly around the casualty’s open mouth. Breathe out smoothly and firmly until the chest rises. Take your mouth away watch the chest fall. 5. Take another deep breath and repeat. Repeat with one breath every six seconds for one minute. If breathing hasn’t returned within one minute, continue MMV, and check for pulse. If there is no pulse, start CPR. If breathing returns, place casualty in the recovery position. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/ cardiac massage If you are certain that the person has no pulse, CPR is a way of forcing a stopped heart to beat while waiting for medical help to arrive. 1. Check for a pulse. If the heart has stopped, there will be no pulse, the skin will be pale, lips blue, and arms and legs will be limp. 2. Place the person on his back and use the fingers to find the point where the ribs meet the breastbone. Put your middle finger over this point and your index finger higher up on the breast bone. 3. Put the heel of the other hand on the breast bone just above your index finger. This is the point where pressure should be applied. 4. Place the heel of the other hand on top of this hand and interlock your fingers. 5. Lean over the person with your arms straight. Press down firmly on the breast bone to a depth of about 45cm, then rock backwards to release the pressure. Keep your hands in place. Repeat at a rate of about 100 compressions in a minute. 6. Check pulse regularly. Stop compressions as soon as pulse returns. MMV and CPR If the casualty isn’t breathing and has no pulse, the following actions must be taken. 1. Open his airway and give two breaths using MMV. 2. Give 15 chest compressions. 3. Give two breaths. 4. Give 15 chest compressions. 5. Repeat the above until help arrives, while checking breathing and pulse regularly.  The recovery position Always use the recovery position for an unconscious person who is breathing. The position is slightly altered if the person has certain injuries. An individual can be rolled into the basic recovery position by doing the following. 1. Tilt the head back. This prevents the tongue from blocking throat and closing off the airways. 2. Keep the neck and back in a straight line. 3. Keep the hip and knee both bent at 90 degrees. This keeps the body safe, stable and comfortable. 4. Use the individual’s hand to support the head, which should be slightly lower than the rest of the body. This allows fluids to drain from the mouth. 5. Check pulse and breathing regularly while waiting for medical help. NB: The Red Cross and other organisations, conduct first aid courses. With a little training we may be able to provide life saving assistance in an emergency. Next Week: Health and Nutritionlast_img read more

Half-time: Rotherham 0 QPR 0 – Rangers fortunate not to be behind at the break

first_imgA combination of Nedum Onuoha and the woodwork saved QPR from going behind in the first half at the New York Stadium.Onuoha produced a superb last-ditch challenge on the half-hour mark to deny Matt Derbyshire when the Rotherham striker looked certain to slot home the rebound after Paul Green’s shot had hit the post.Rangers, in their ninth match under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and still without a win since the Dutchman took over as manager, have been second best so far.They had to defend a succession of corners early on and keeper Alex Smithies, who was passed fit after an elbow injury, produced a save to keep out Joe Newell’s effort.The visitors did go close when Grant Hall’s header from Matt Phillips’ 32nd-minute free-kick was cleared by Danny Ward, who sent a header narrowly wide of the near post at the other end shortly before the break.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Angella, Chery, Petrasso, Sandro, Tozser, Mackie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Deepika, Sushil steal show as India regain second spot

first_imgThe fierce battle for gaining the second spot in the Commonwealth Games continued in earnest between India and England on the seventh day of competitions with the hosts edging in front by bagging four gold medals.Teenage archer Deepika Kumari upset an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold, Harpreet Singh clinched the 25m centre fire pistol gold, archer Rahul Banerjee grabbed the men’s individual recurve gold and world wrestling champion Sushil Kumar won the 66kg title by destroying all his rivals.Vijay Kumar bagged silver behind Harpreet, freestyle wrestler Anuj Kumar also got a silver in men’s 84 kg, trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu secured a bronze while Jayanta Talukdar finished third behind Banerjee.Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi beat compatriots Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesh to secure the women’s doubles bronze in tennis and swell India’s medal kitty.Banerjee’s sister Dola finished third in women’s recurve and grappler Anil Kumar got the bronze in 55kg freestyle as India came up with another impressive display to jump over England and regain the second spot behind leaders Australia.Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh assured India of two more boxing medals but defending champion Akhil Kumar made a shock exit in the Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals today.Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, while Dilbag (69 kg) thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 in while Akhil Kumar bowed out after losing to Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie of Mauritius in the 56 kg quarterfinals.advertisementThe two boxers joined Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.The haul of four gold, two silver and five bronze medals took the Indian tally to 28-19-22 while England were once again made to play catch-up with a haul of 25-45-29. Australia were far ahead with 57-33-35.India were also just three gold medals short of overhauling their best-ever harvest of 30 at the Manchester Games in 2002 when three gold medals were awarded for each weight class, a practice that has been discontinued since.The day opened with 17-year-old Ranchi-born Deepika, daughter of an autorickshaw owner, stunning 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Alison James Williamson 6-0, showing amazing precision and steady nerves in windy conditions to win her second gold of the Games.However, it was heartbreak for the 29-year-old Akhil who lost 5-7 to Julie after a see-saw battle. Ironically, Akhil had beaten Julie in the 2006 Melbourne Games final.Akhil was the first Indian to take the ring today and after an exhausting pre-quarterfinal win last night over European silver-medallist Iain Weaver of England, the Indian seemed tired.”A loss is a loss, I don’t have anything to say. I had beaten this same guy in the 2006 CWG finals, he must have done something right to win today,” said the feisty Haryana-boxer.”I gave my best and don’t think I could have done anything better. This is the way I fight,” he added when asked whether his natural style of keeping a low guard cost him the bout.Defending champion Geeta Rani failed to live upto her expectations as he finished a disappointing fourth in women’s 75+kg category weightlifting competition.Geeta Rani, who won the gold in the same weight category four years ago in Melbourne, cut a sorry figure before her opponents — Ele Opeloge of Samoa, who bagged the gold, silver medal winner Maryam Usman of Nigeria and Australia’s Deborah Acason (bronze).Sangrur-born Geeta Rani, who had won three silver medals in Asian Championship in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, simply failed to match her own skills, ending with a combined lift of 235kg (100kg in snatch and 135 in clean and jerk).In badminton, women’s seed Saina Nehwal breezed through her match as India continued their rampaging run in the tournament with all the shuttlers in the singles and doubles category winning their respective matches.World number three Saina thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5 21-9 to reach closer to her first Commonwealth games gold, while Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan Anand beat Nigerian Ola Fagbemi 21-12 21-6 in 21 minutes to stay on course of bettering his record at the sporting extravaganza.Debutants P Kashyap and Aditi Mutatkar also stormed into the third round in the singles event with straight-game victories in their second round match.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Michigan Football: Newly-Engaged Michigan Fan Wants Jim Harbaugh To Officiate His Wedding

first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Berkley is a Michigan alum, and a “Chad Henne fanatic” according to his Twitter bio. His new fiance Alex Jackson is a Wolverine fan as well. The pair got engaged last night in Los Angeles, and Berkley was anxious to share the good news with the Harbaugh clan on Twitter. He even wants Jim Harbaugh to officiate his wedding ceremony. @JayHarbaugh @CoachJim4UM I proposed last night with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind #goblue #harbaughofficiates— BB (@b_berk) June 17, [email protected] can we get @CoachJim4UM to officiate haha. We’ll have a Southern California satellite camp that weekend!— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015We fully support this idea, and hope Harbaugh at least attends the wedding. Congratulations to Ben and Alex!last_img read more

Imperial Oil CEO says proposed Syncrude partner deals must make sense for

first_imgCALGARY – Negotiations on commercial deals to improve reliability at the problem-plagued Syncrude oilsands mine and upgrader need to “make sense for all parties,” the CEO of its second-largest owner said on a conference call Friday.Rich Kruger of Imperial Oil Ltd., which owns 25 per cent of the four-decades-old project in northern Alberta, said his company is co-operating in discussions to find ways to improve Syncrude performance, especially after a power outage in June shut down the 350,000-barrel-per-day project.On Thursday, Steve Williams, CEO of majority owner Suncor Energy Inc., said other partners in Syncrude don’t have a “sense of urgency or support” to negotiate a commercial deal, noting there’s a proposal to build pipelines to connect Syncrude with the nearby Suncor Base Plant to allow greater integration of production operations.Imperial is “focused like a laser” on changes to the corporate structure at Syncrude to make it more efficient, Kruger said on the call to discuss second-quarter results, without referring specifically to Williams’ remarks.He said Imperial and its American parent company, ExxonMobil, have 120 people seconded to Syncrude under their management services contract and there is already co-operation with Suncor on regional logistics and warehousing.“Now we’re looking at … are there commercial arrangements that can be constructed that can help on both sides of the fence and I think, like all commercial arrangements, they need to make sense for all parties in the deal,” he said.“And we are working on a belief there are commercial enhancements that can be achieved here at Syncrude. If it can enhance value at Syncrude, we are 100 per cent behind it.”The Syncrude upgrader has been partially repaired since the June incident but isn’t expected to return to full operation until September.The Syncrude consortium also includes subsidiaries of Chinese companies Sinopec and CNOOC. Suncor’s share in Syncrude has grown from about 12 per cent to the current 58.74 per cent over the past three years through the purchase of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. and minor stakes owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Murphy Oil.Imperial reported a profit of $196 million or 24 cents per share in the three months ended June 30, beating the year-earlier loss of $77 million or nine cents, but falling short of analysts estimates of $495 million or 53 cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Total revenue was $9.5 billion, up about $2.5 billion from a year earlier, and ahead of estimates of $8.8 billion.The results were rated “negative” by analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital due to a material miss on cash flow linked to the higher-than-expected impact of planned maintenance.Imperial is poised to improve its performance in the second half of the year after completing its major maintenance programs, notably at its Edmonton-area Strathcona Refinery, and the disappointing performance of Syncrude in the quarter, Kruger said.The Calgary-based company will update its plans for its proposed two-phase, 150,000-barrel-per-day Aspen project, which will use solvent and steam to produce bitumen from wells, at its investor day in October or November, Kruger said.He repeated criticism of the length of time it has taken the Alberta Energy Regulator to produce a decision for the $2.5-billion-per-phase project, noting an application was first submitted in 2013 and the regulator ruled its environmental impact assessment was complete in 2016.AER spokeswoman Cassie Naas said the review period was prolonged due to changes to the application and First Nation consultation adequacy requirements, adding a hearing is expected to be called by commissioners who are reviewing application materials and statements of concern.Several different applications have been submitted at different times since December 2013 with the most recent, for Public Lands Act approvals, submitted in May 2017, she said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Ola cabs banned in Karnataka for 6 months

first_imgBENGALURU: App-based cab aggregator Ola cannot run taxis and autos in Karnataka for the next six months, the state transport department has said in a notification. The licence has been suspended for “operating bike taxis” without permission, which were already banned in the state since the last one year. “Karnataka transport department has suspended the license of Ola Cabs across the state for six months. Licence has been cancelled for operating bike taxis without permission and not replying to the notices of transport department,” the transport department said in the notice issued in Kannadda on March 18. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The notification came to the light today as the cab-aggregator issued a statement on the suspension of license saying it is “evaluating the options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in the state of Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of our citizens.” In January, Ola started running bike taxis in certain pockets of Bengaluru – but the cab aggregator says this was purely a “beta pilot” project in a bid to gather data for when the state’s policy allowed bike taxis. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA showcause notice was then issued by the state to which Ola responded, requesting permission for a four-month pilot project. Ola said the services were by stopped February-end. Right now, there is no two-wheeler taxi policy in Karnataka. Calling the notification “unfortunate”, the company today said it is working closely with the authorities on the issue. “Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry,” the statement read. “Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy,” it said.last_img read more

YSR brother’s murder: PS, aide arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Kadapa Police on Thursday arrested three persons in connection with the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, according to The Indian Express website. Vivekananda was found dead in the bathroom of his house in Pulivendula, in Kadapa district, on March 15. Vivekananda’s close aide E Gangi Reddy, personal secretary Krishna Reddy and Prakash Reddy, son of housemaid Lakshmi, were arrested for destroying evidence at the crime scene and misleading cops.last_img