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Arrests, Shootings at West Indian Day Parade

Posted by admin On September - 5 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The annual West Indian Day Parade, which celebrates the cultures of the Caribbean islands, in Brooklyn was well on the way with thousands of spectators enjoying a colourful display of feathered costumes, soca and calypso music and delectable Caribbean food when  gunshots rang out and City Councilman Jumaane Williams and public advocate aide Kirsten J. Foy, were handcuffed and detained by police for choosing to walk along a closed sidewalk.

In the midst of the revellery  two men were shot while at the parade — one in the stomach and the other in the leg.  It happened around 2:30 p.m.  They were taken to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Violence is not new to the parade. There were fatal shootings took place along the celebration route in 2003 and 2005.

Police reports stated that they attempted to exit the parade route to attend a luncheon at the nearby Brooklyn Museum. As they passed the police checkpoint, Williams and his group were blocked by three police officers from passing through the police barricade. Even when they produced identifications to verify their identities they were not allowed to proceed. Words were exchanged and Williams tried to telephone the precinct captain. By then the exchange had attracted the attention of other police officers who joined their colleagues to ensure the group did not pass through the barricade. A heated exchange ensued and then a scuffle began.

An NYPD statement, released later, noted that the scuffle began when “an unknown individual” punched a police captain on scene. The statement continued: “In order to separate them from the crowd, Mr. Williams and Mr. Foy, who were handcuffed, were brought across the street and detained their until their identities were established and then released.” They were held at the Union Temple of Brooklyn on Eastern Parkway, and released with no charges.

In a brief statement after the incident, Williams said he was going to “take some time to figure it out” and would release an official statement later.  Williams is of West Indian heritage. His parents are from Grenada.

In spite of the arrests and two reported shootings, no one was killed, the masqueraders and spectators enjoyed a full serving of Caribbean culture.

First Lady Dances in India

Posted by admin On November - 22 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

US First Lady Michelle Obama described dancing with children in India as fun. President Barack Obama and Michelle danced with a group of children at a Divali festival at the University School in Mumbai during their trip to India in early November, 2010.

Michelle Obama in India. Image Credit: dailymail.co.uk

“I love dancing. Oh that was fun!” Mrs. Obama said after she danced with the children as they performed before a large crowd of dignitaries and visitors. She matched their hands and feet movements as she joined them in their performance to a Marati folk song. She also danced with the children when the title song from the Bollywood movie “Rang de Basanti,” was played. Nearing the end of the song the president joined the group. But it was Michelle that made the bigger hit. The crowd cheered and clapped as the first lady shifted smoothly between the various dance moves.

In the midst of the political backlash his Democratic Party suffered in the US Midterm elections 2010, the president and an entourage which included 40 planes embarked on a three-day visit to India on November 6, 2010.

An Indian newspaper reported that six armoured cars and 40 aircrafts that were used for the visit of the most powerful political figure in the world.  The armoured cars were used by Obama as he traveled around India. He was accompanied by Michelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia.

The objective of the visit was to build a more crucial economic relationship with India which has been rising fast as a world economic powerhouse.

The visit is said to have cost some $200 million a day.

In the following video of Michelle Obama dances with Mumbai children.

Aishwarya’s Smoking Worries NOTE

Posted by admin On November - 20 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) has taken issue with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s smoking character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Guzaarish. It particularly objects to posters of the star smoking a cigarette.

Dr. Shekhar Salkar, general secretary of NOTE fears the display of the posters showing Aishwarya smoking could become a trend-setter. He said the organisation has written to the actress asking her to have the poster withdrawn.

Salkar said many film stars, who confess to having an aversion to smoking in private, routinely smoke on screen and

Aishwarya and Hritik in a scene from Guzaarish.

take refugee in such phrases like ‘freedom of expression’. “There are innumerable posters of Guzaarish all over Mumbai. There would be many other scenes which could convey the storyline of the film, yet the producer has chosen this particular one, quite oblivious to its after-effects,” Salkar said.

NOTE has in the past dragged Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan to court for over promoting tobacco. It had also complained against Ajay Devgan, who was photographed smoking while shooting in Goa for Golmaal 3.  He was fined Rs.100 for his indiscretion.